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What’s the Difference Between Automation Rules and Marketing Automation, Anyway?

Written by Elizabeth Bell on January 23, 2019 at 7:50 AM | 3 minute read

Automation rules. Marketing automation. Two terms that sound similar (and sort of are) except for the fact that they tend to be siloed into two separate spheres of community and marketing.

Though it’s a tad confusing, it’s no coincidence that these two key Higher Logic features both use the word “automation,” because it reminds us how closely and effectively the two tools can work together. And for what? Improving member communications.  

To eliminate any potential confusion, let’s look at some expanded definitions – what do these terms really mean?

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Topics: Integration, Online Community, Marketing Automation, Engagement, Communications, Marketing, Associations

2019 Marketing Strategy: Food for Thought From Seth Godin

Written by Gabrielle Wathen on January 16, 2019 at 2:24 PM | 6 minute read

The start of a new year is a great time to reevaluate your current marketing strategy and decide which tools and changes you can implement to drive maximum success in the months ahead. Now, I know strategizing is no easy feat, but approaching this task doesn’t have to be daunting when you’ve got guidance from the pros.

Seth Godin, a best-selling American author and entrepreneur, recently shared a multitude of thought-provoking perspectives while promoting his newest book This is Marketing on the podcast Self Made Man. The episode focuses on how marketing is changing, and when the host asks about how people should measure the effectiveness of their marketing today, Seth said:

“It begins with the feeling of knowing who would miss you if you didn't show up tomorrow. If your brand were to disappear tomorrow, who would truly miss you? If your podcast didn't go live on its scheduled day, how many people would you hear from? If you shut down your restaurant on Thursday, how many people on Friday would feel bereft?”

You can get a better idea of where you are today, and where you want to go, by considering your answer to this question and contemplating some more of Seth’s marketing points.

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Topics: Online Community, Marketing Automation, Marketing, Customer Engagement, Customer Advocacy

7 Ways to Refine Your Buyer Personas with Community Data

Written by Annie Moncure on January 15, 2019 at 8:30 AM | 13 minute read

All great buyer personas are alike; each bad buyer persona is bad in its own way. 

Sound familiar? Well, it’s not exactly how Leo Tolstoy began his classic novel, Anna Karenina, but if he’d been a marketer, we’d bet at least a dollar that he would have.   

And what is that common ingredient that makes all great buyer personas alike

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Topics: Online Community, Marketing, Marketing Automation, Online Community Management, Online Community Software

Making Connections, Expanding Reach, Improving Data: A Trade Association’s Community Story [Case Study]

Written by Elizabeth Bell on January 8, 2019 at 9:15 AM | 6 minute read

Staying relevant, providing value, connecting with members and customers – do these challenges sound familiar to you and your organization? Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) was thinking through these goals.

Leadership had sensed that PPAI’s relationship with members wasn’t very “sticky.” Members might pay dues so they could gain education at tradeshows or access a search tool, but the connection didn’t go much deeper.

PPAI wanted to find a way to show members the real value of their membership.

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Topics: Associations, Member Engagement, Online Community, Online Community Management, Marketing Automation

New Year, New Association Goals: 3 Online Community Building Mistakes to Avoid

Written by Gabrielle Wathen on January 7, 2019 at 10:57 AM | 5 minute read

The good news: there’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s Cup. The bad news: there are at least a few wrong ways for an association to approach online community building. And by wrong, I mean misguided – you may not recognize that you’re making these mistakes, so how would you know to resolve them?

In the spirit of reflection, strategy, and righting our wrongs in the new year, I invite you to take a step back and ask yourself: Am I making any of these online community building mistakes? If so, how committed am I to building a strong and sustainable community in 2019 and beyond?

Regardless of what kind of community you’re building, one thing is certain: demonstrating real value to your members should be your ultimate resolution.

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Topics: Online Community, Marketing Automation

Ace 2019 with 6 Expert Marketing Strategy Tips

Written by Marina Devalia on January 2, 2019 at 11:32 AM | 13 minute read

How can we better engage our customers? How can marketing and sales teams work more efficiently? How can we produce more qualified leads?  

If these types of marketing strategy questions are floating around in your mind as we enter the new year, keep reading. Nobody wants to be the company left behind because they missed the trend, and everybody wants to get ahead with new groundbreaking marketing techniques. 

As always, marketing is evolving. Successful marketers know that staying ahead of the game means adopting the trends that will give you sustainable growth and make your company more competitive 

So, how do you know which trends are worth pursuing? To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the six most promising trends to adopt. You’ll find practical tips along the way to help you get started with each one. 

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Topics: Marketing, Marketing Automation

How to Use Social Media to Humanize Your Brand in 2019

Written by Gabrielle Wathen on December 27, 2018 at 12:54 PM | 4 minute read

Dear [Valued Customer/Wrong Name],

I have a hunch that being greeted like that made you feel more like a machine than the living, breathing, unique, and invaluable human that you are. Wouldn’t you say? Now, as a consumer in 2019, how much generic and lifeless content are you hoping to, well…consume? My guess would be little to none, but you’ll still run into it, whether it’s in your inbox or your social feeds.

When you’re thinking about how to market your brand in the new year, remember that generic content might be easier to produce, but it’s also easier for people to ignore (and to be honest, it’s not even that much easier to produce, thanks to timesaving tools like marketing automation). Don’t be afraid to take risks. Because here’s the thing about risks – people take them, not brands.

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Topics: Marketing Automation, Customer Engagement, Member Retention, Social Media, Marketing, Engagement

Member Retention in 2019: Why They Leave & 3 Ways to Keep Them

Written by Elizabeth Bell on December 19, 2018 at 8:27 AM | 12 minute read

Member retention: it’s always on our minds. In 2019, how do you plan to get your members to stick around? When people face so many competing demands for time, attention, and money, this question is bigger than ever.  

The Membership Marketing Benchmark Report asked associations why they think members don’t renew. The two biggest reasons they mentioned, after “lack of engagement (37%) were: 

  • Members could not justify membership costs with any significant ROI (28%) 
  • Members thought their membership lacked value (23%) 

If you’re wondering how to attack the retention question this year, these stats are a pretty good indicator of where you should start.  

We talked about engagement pretty extensively in another post, so, I want to get into this idea of value.  

These stats are really about how your members perceive the value of their membership with your association. You could be offering what you think are the best membership benefits in the world, but if these benefits aren’t what your members are looking for, they won’t value them. Furthermore, they may not be willing to pay up when it comes time to renew their membership.  

So, how can we bridge this divide between what you’re offering, and your members’ expectations? 

We need to take a member-first approach, and we’ll get there through: 1) research, 2) refinement, and 3) follow through. 

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Topics: Member Retention, Online Community, Marketing Automation

Why You Should be Segmenting Your Members by Data, Rather than Type

Written by Mitch Eisen on December 6, 2018 at 1:00 PM | 5 minute read

In the 2018 Membership Marketing Benchmarking Report from Marketing General, Inc., associations surveyed revealed the most common level of segmentation for their member marketing efforts:

  • 55% – Membership level/type

  • 32% – Demographic-based

  • 29% – Job/occupation-based

How are you segmenting your members? These numbers suggest some missed opportunity.

Why? Because online community and marketing automation provide member behavior data that allow us to hyper-segment and provide relevant, personalized content, instead of having to guess what members want to read based solely on their membership level or some other item, like demographics. Behavioral data and segmentation are key to maximizing the value of your targeted marketing efforts.

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Topics: Marketing Automation, Online Community, Email Marketing

20 Marketing Automation Mistakes You Could Be Making (And How to Fix Them)

Written by Tien Dinh on November 27, 2018 at 7:58 AM | 10 minute read

 

Before we get started, let me say this: making mistakes is part of learning how to do anything well.

That being said, it’s time to take a closer look at your marketing automation strategy to see if you’re making any of these common mistakes. Knowing what you’re doing wrong is also a vital part of learning how to do something well.

And don’t worry, we won’t leave you hanging. We’ve got a solution for every mistake on the list.

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Topics: Email Marketing, Marketing Automation, Email Deliverability, Engagement, Marketing

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