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Why Aren't We More Obsessed With the Mobile Community Experience?

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

It’s a no-brainer to say mobile is bigger than ever. People are attached to their phones and use them in almost every part of their lives, from connecting with friends, to ordering pizza, to tracking sleep and exercise. And almost every industry is stepping up to the plate, bringing better mobile options to their audience.

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Topics: Engagement, Online Community Management, Member Experience, Online Community, Online Community Software

Shaping Community Behavior with Positive Language

Written by Lindsay Starke | on June 7, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

The goal of every community manager is to inspire others to share their stories, challenges, and triumphs. To welcome them into a deeply satisfying and inviting space. So why, when we’re onboarding, do we present new members with a long list of don’ts? All too frequently, conduct guidelines, administrative messages, and onboarding materials end up full of negative language that doesn’t exactly inspire one to engage. “Don’t do this, don’t do that.” Leaving users wondering, “well, what the hell can I do?”

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Topics: Community Platforms & Updates, Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

Startup Success the Community Way

Written by Molly Talbert | on June 1, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 4 minute read

Starting a business is hard. Even if you have an excellent product or service idea and a detailed business plan, plenty of funding and a smart co-founder, you’ll inevitably hit bumps in the road or stumble across problems you didn’t even know existed. (If you want an in-depth look at these types of trials and tribulations, check out the podcast, StartUp. Definitely start at the very beginning -- it’s worth getting the whole story.)

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

Dealing With Trolls in Your Community

Written by Calista Rollogas | on May 31, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 5 minute read

Sometimes your best user is your worst user.

These days, everyone knows the tell tale signs of a troll -- people who write abrasive, abusive comments, often directed at certain people, and who often blatantly ignore community standards. Prime examples of trolls are can be found in the comments section of online news outlets.
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Topics: Engagement, Member Experience, Online Community Management, Online Community

What Makes Lyft Different

Written by Molly Talbert | on May 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 6 minute read

The sharing economy is big these days, with new companies popping up -- and fading away -- almost daily. And there’s big money to be made, both for the companies providing the platform and for the people using them -- think of Uber and Getaround for transportation, AirBNB for accommodations and LendingClub for loans. Lyft is in this same group and, although significantly smaller than Uber, is still a unicorn (a private company worth over a billion dollars).

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Topics: Engagement, Marketing, Online Community

Do's and Don'ts for Engaging Lurkers in Community

Written by Molly Talbert | on May 24, 2016 at 8:00 AM | 6 minute read

Every community has them -- those people who watch from the sidelines but never participate. Lovingly called “lurkers,” people often wonder: do they add value? And how can I nudge them towards becoming a regular poster?

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Topics: Online Community Management, Engagement, Online Community

Blogs that work...and spread

Written by Josh Bernoff | on May 17, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

Blogging is writing with a dual purpose. Effective blog posts both educate the reader and benefit the writers -- or the writer’s organization. Let’s take a look at how to do that well.

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Topics: Communications, Engagement, Marketing, Online Community

Motivate Members: Intrinsic Rewards That Actually Work

Written by Molly Talbert | on May 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM | 7 minute read

Everyone has their own engagement theories for fostering interaction within online communities. Some engaged communities appear effortless while others remain stagnant, with occasional spurts of activity. So, what gives? What’s the trick for building sustainable, steady engagement?

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Topics: Engagement, Member Experience, Online Community

Why Aren’t Members Opening Your Emails?

Written by Molly Talbert | on May 12, 2016 at 9:30 AM | 6 minute read

Getting people to open emails can be a frustrating, fruitless task. Especially when a big part of your job is communicating to members through email -- depending on your industry and the types of emails you send, what’s considered good open rates can look pretty low.

So how do you turn the tides and get people to open your messages?

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Topics: Engagement, Online Community Management, Member Experience, Online Community, Email Marketing

How to Get Customers to Create Content That's Ranked Highly on Google [SEO Tips]

Written by Julie Dietz on May 2, 2016 at 8:30 AM | 5 minute read

How important is being highly ranked in search results? Research from popular marketing software company, HubSpot, suggests that 75% of Internet users never even bother clicking through to the second page of results, which means being highly ranked could make or break your organization.

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Topics: Engagement, Online Community

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