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Are You Calculating Your Online Community’s Business Impact? [eBook]

Written by Julie Dietz on February 6, 2018 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

Your online community wasn’t a whim. You didn’t buy, implement, and grow it for no reason. You did it to make a positive impact on your business. And chances are you’ve been successful.

But have you used business metrics to prove that success?

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Topics: Customer Retention, Customer Support, Online Community

How User Groups Defer Customer Support Costs While Creating Raving Fans

Written by Julie Dietz on August 17, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

In 2016, businesses lost $63 billion dollars due to bad customer service. That’s up from 2013 by a whopping $20 billion.

To make matters worse, almost half of customers will stop doing business with a company because of bad service – a percentage that will likely increase as younger generations (who are more likely to switch companies) become more prominent and influential.

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Topics: B2B Communities, User Group Communities, Customer Experience, Customer Support, Online Community

The 6 Biggest Business Benefits of Starting a Branded Online Community

Written by Hunter Montgomery | on June 15, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

What drove your last business initiative?

For most of us, the answer revolves around meeting goals and improving the bottom line. We launched our latest project to be more efficient, increase sales, or improve retention.

Those are the same reasons why business executives are starting branded online communities.

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Topics: Customer Communities, Customer Retention, Customer Support, Customer Advocacy, Online Community

How to Leverage Your User Group to Differentiate Your Company in the Sales Process

Written by Julie Dietz on May 30, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 3 minute read

Sales are competitive. Even companies with quality products that get great results must fight to win new customers because there are always half a dozen other options that customers are comparing to yours.

Every good sales professional knows that. They know that while potential buyers are talking to your company, they’re also talking to your competitors, weighing cost, functionality, support, and features that will help them achieve their goals.

Your company – and your sales team – need a way to break through the noise.

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Topics: B2B Communities, User Group Communities, Customer Support, Customer Success, Online Community

Should You Remove Negative Reviews from Your Community?

Written by Molly Talbert | on March 23, 2017 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

You went out to dinner and had a horrible experience. What do you do? Many people would go to a site like Yelp and post about how the food was late, cold, and over-priced. Hopefully the restaurant either sees your review and apologizes, or a future customer decides to eat somewhere else.

The truth is, consumers trust peers, even if they find that advice online. According to Jay Baer’s book, Hug Your Haters, 80 percent of American consumers say they trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. People are swayed by online reviews even if they don’t know the person who wrote it.

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Topics: Online Community Management, Customer Retention, Customer Support, Online Community

Protech Associates Creates “Tier 1 Support on Steroids” [Case Study]

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on December 5, 2016 at 8:45 AM | 7 minute read

Based in Columbia, Maryland, Protech Associates, Inc. provides cloud association management software powered by Microsoft Dynamics CRM and run on the Microsoft Azure cloud. The organization has dedicated more than 30 years to exclusively serving the association community and is continuously looking for ways to improve the products and services it delivers.

In early 2015, Protech realized it needed an online community to enhance its customer support experience. Protech Director of Customer Care Matt Bruffey spearheaded the project, which has become one of Protech’s most valuable benefits for its customers.

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Topics: Engagement, Marketing, User Group Communities, Customer Support, Online Community

How the Customer Support Funnel Works for an Online Community

Written by Hunter Montgomery | on November 17, 2016 at 3:30 PM | 6 minute read

Funnels, chutes, hourglasses - they’re all used to help us plan the customer’s journey with our organization (or maintain a particularly organized baker’s kitchen - depends on your audience).

There are tons of models and terms we can use when we talk about customer acquisition, and getting people to engage with your brand or organization.

Online communities are no different. So, what shape should you use? How are you getting people engaged in the first place, and how do you make them stay?

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Topics: Customer Communities, Customer Engagement, Customer Support, Online Community

NAASF Crowdsources Customer Support and Advocacy with Online Community [Case Study]

Written by Caitlin Struhs | on August 11, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 6 minute read

The North American Association of Subway® Franchisees (NAASF) uses online community to advocate for members and solve industry problems for fast food franchises. Franchisees want to communicate with each other and share resources and best practices, but they don't always want franchisors steering those conversations. NAASF recognized a communication challenge and set out to develop a better system for its franchisees to gather and share knowledge.

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Communications, Customer Support, Customer Advocacy, Online Community

Build a Better Organization with Community

Written by Molly Talbert | on June 28, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Community will help your customer relationships -- they’ll feel more connected to you and to other people who use your product.

But will community help your entire organization?

You bet.

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Topics: Engagement, Customer Communities, Customer Support, Online Community

How to Implement a Customer Portal Platform

Written by Julie Dietz on April 22, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

So, you've decided to launch a customer portal. You're now one step closer to creating a gateway for your customers to connect and collaborate with your company. Your new portal can become a central part of your customer retention strategy and help you expand your relationship with customers as soon as people start using it.

You're living the customer experience dream, right? Not quite. Before you reap the benefits, you need to actually set up, or implement, your customer portal platform.

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Topics: Online Community Software, Customer Engagement, Customer Support, Customer Success, Online Community

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