Build a Bridge to Maximize the Community Experience With Social Learning
MAY 18, 2017
If we build it, members will come, right? Organizations and associations dedicate significant resources to their learning strategies and content development in order to attract members and make their membership more valuable.
How to Recruit and Retain Millennial Employees (Hint: Start by Building Community)
MAY 11, 2017
Some companies naturally attract millennials. They’re the cool ones with foosball tables in their break rooms. But for the rest of the businesses out there, convincing Gen Y that your organization is a great place to work isn’t so easy.
The Great News in the Jive Acquisition
MAY 16, 2017
Last week, Jive announced it was being acquired by Aurea, which would make Jive part of the Aurea customer experience management platform.
How Vimeo’s Community Helps Them Create Better Products
APRIL 27, 2017
We recently caught up with Alexandra Dao , Senior Manager, Research and Customer Insights for Vimeo. Alexandra spoke about how she works with current Vimeo users to do usability testing on new products.
5 Reasons You Need to Integrate Your Online Community and CRM Today
APRIL 11, 2017
My favorite childhood game was Telephone. My friends and I would sit in a circle for hours passing messages around by whispering in one another’s ears. Hearing how the original messages changed to something nearly unrecognizable at the end always made me laugh.
Treat Your Volunteers Like Employees
APRIL 25, 2017
What if the way to motivate your volunteers to come back again and again is to forget for a moment they’re volunteers? What if, instead, the key is to recruit and treat your volunteers like employees? Many volunteer programs struggle with the same problem - getting a core group to return regularly.
Higher Logic Acquires Socious: Building Better Communities Together
JANUARY 18, 2017
We’ve been busy here at Higher Logic - last September we announced our spot as a Leader in the inaugural IDC MarketScape : Worldwide Online Communities 2016 Vendor Assessment, as well as our new investment and partnership with JMI Equity.
Why Online Communities Still Aren’t a Top Business Strategy (And How to Change That)
MARCH 30, 2017
Dear online community professionals, We have work to do. Today, we are failing to showcase the inherent value we believe online communities can provide, because too many of our arguments are unproven. Beliefs are not facts. Beliefs don’t drive revenue.
What Makes a High-Performing Team?
MAY 2, 2017
Raise your hand if you were ever part of little league or played a high school sport. Or maybe you did Model UN or debate club? Whether it was sports teams or other team-oriented extracurriculars, many of us spent a good chunk of our adolescence learning how to function on a team.As
LEGO Tries a New Type of Community - Will it Work?
MARCH 28, 2017
LEGO recently announced it was ending its LEGO Message Boards (LMB). This upset many longtime LMB members as well as people in the larger community industry - especially because it didn’t say if there was going to be a replacement community, or why it made such a drastic decision in the first place.
Online Communities are Organizational Silo Breakers
MARCH 7, 2017
What department should be involved in their organization’s community? Generally, people would say it depends on what type of community it is. Some might say support, since communities are a natural gathering place for customers to seek help.
Higher Logic Acquires Kavi: Powerful Collaboration for Thriving Communities
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
2017 is shaping up to be our best year yet! Last month we announced our acquisition of Socious, bringing the best minds in member engagement together to lead in product innovation and the community industry.
Why Do People Volunteer for Professional Associations and Trade Groups?
APRIL 18, 2017
“We make a living by what we do. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill. Of the many ways to give back, volunteering is one of the most profound. Giving your time and knowledge is invaluable, which is one of the reasons organizations appreciate their volunteers so much.
How to Make Your Events More Inclusive
JANUARY 3, 2017
"Anyone can come to our event." That’s what we tell ourselves - we the people who program and labor over our events. We don't bar anyone from joining the fun, and the only barrier may (or may not) be a ticket price or alcohol-related restrictions around age.
How to Calculate the Impact of Online Community Engagement on Your Business
APRIL 4, 2017
You slave over your community. The alerts never stop chiming on your phone, your email is the first thing you check every morning, and you know your all-star members better than you know your best friend. You are a master of online engagement.
What We Love About the New Business Impact of Online Communities Study
FEBRUARY 10, 2017
According to the new Business Impact of Online Communities Study by Leader Networks, which surveyed hundreds of communities, about 35 percent of community leaders surveyed said they lack meaningful metrics to report success in business terms. That’s a sizeable number.
LEGO: Don’t End Your Community
JANUARY 26, 2017
Is an online community ever too big to fail? Unfortunately, just like everything else, no. In fact, LEGO Message Boards (LMB), a vibrant online community for LEGO enthusiasts, is being permanently shut down and deleted this March.
Three Analytics Community Managers Need to Track
JANUARY 17, 2017
When it comes to analytics and KPIs, it can be hard for community builders to know exactly what to focus on.
What Can Community Professionals Learn from Influencer Marketing?
APRIL 20, 2017
Imagine your user conference is in Cleveland, and LeBron James sent a tweet, welcoming your customers to his city. Or Google’s Sundar Pichai wrote a guest blog post on your community about the future of cloud computing. Do you think your customers would be excited?
How to Create an Effective Welcome Email Campaign for Your Online Community
MAY 4, 2017
The dreaded welcome email. We’ve all gotten it – whether it’s from a blog we subscribe to, a company we patronize, or a new social media group we’ve joined. How many of those welcome emails can you remember now? I couldn’t tell you about the content in a single welcome email I’ve ever received.
Harley Davidson Stumbled Upon Community (And it Saved Them)
DECEMBER 19, 2016
What makes a Harley Davidson motorcycle special? You don’t have to be a motorcycle enthusiast to answer this question - almost anyone can name something. Harley bikes have a distinct sound, look and feel. Even if you’ve never been on one, they’re an iconic part of American culture.
How to Engage Members Without Desk Jobs
JANUARY 19, 2017
How do you engage members who don’t sit in front of a computer all day? If your community members typically sit at a desk most days, an online community fits more easily into their routine.
The Role of Online Communities and Customer Portals in Sales Enablement
FEBRUARY 23, 2017
Sales professionals are some of the smartest, most people-savvy individuals you’ll ever meet. They can read your tone of voice, body language, and dig into your deepest needs to find the best product or service to meet them. In the past, salespeople did all this either in person or over the phone.
The Wikipedia Effect: Why People Volunteer
JULY 27, 2016
Wikipedia is one of the best examples of user generated content on a massive scale. Almost the entire site -- one of the most used websites in the world -- is content made by extremely dedicated volunteers.
Have You Seen the IDC MarketScape Report on Online Communities?
SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
Online communities are all about getting relevant, ongoing conversations to customers quickly and easily. The community industry is quickly becoming a frontrunner for the customer experience, with an emphasis on the growing importance of communities for customer relationships, feedback, and support.
Building Inclusive Online Communities
JANUARY 10, 2017
What would happen if you asked me for my email address and I told you it was firstname.lastname@example.org? How might your perception of me be shaped by that one piece of information? What if I told you it was a gmail address? Would that draw any reaction at all?
The C-Suite's Role in Social Media
OCTOBER 5, 2016
Social media has undoubtedly gained an increasing role in the business community. For any organization, the importance of social media is right up there with any other marketing strategy. However, are there reasons for business executives to have their own presence on social networks?
Why You Should Be Measuring Community Vibrancy
MARCH 21, 2017
Charisma, drive, perception – all so-called "soft skills" essential in today’s workplace. Yet despite being widely known and valued, soft skills take a back seat to more defined skills like writing or expertise in Excel. Those are the skills employers use to grade your resume.
Is Small Data the Next Big Thing?
SEPTEMBER 8, 2016
Most people aren’t skilled woodworkers -- but almost anyone can build an IKEA dresser. That’s how intuitive the company’s design and instructions are. And it’s no accident that its furniture design is incredibly attuned to users’ needs.
Five Social Media Marketing Trends for 2017
DECEMBER 27, 2016
In social media marketing, whenever a door closes, another one has opened. Changes in technology constantly give marketers new opportunities while making old options obsolete. The quicker your association adapts, the better you will be at using social media to your advantage.
Six Reasons to be Excited for the 7th Annual Higher Logic Super Forum
OCTOBER 19, 2016
We are so excited for Super Forum - this year it’s November 14 and 15. Since this is our seventh one, we have big things in store -- you won’t want to miss out! Here are just a few things I’m personally excited for: Results Driven theme.
Dynamic Communities Spurs Engagement and Conversation for Microsoft User Groups
OCTOBER 10, 2016
Dynamic Communities, Inc. is the administrative organization behind professional software user groups such as the Dynamics AX User Group (AXUG), the Dynamics GP User Group (GPUG), the Dynamics CRM User Group (CRMUG), the Dynamics NAV User Group (NAVUG), and more.
Establishing the Business Value of Online Communities
SEPTEMBER 28, 2016
We can all agree that every organization's CEO and leadership team is accountable for determining what adds value to the business. The very best ones are focused on creating and delivering value for all stakeholders inside and outside of the organization.
Super Forum After Hours: What DC and Arlington Have to Offer
NOVEMBER 1, 2016
How well do you know our nation’s capital? Beyond housing the President and being the epicenter for American politics, DC has so many fun things to do! While you’re in the area visiting for Super Forum , we hope you have time to at least quickly explore DC and the surrounding areas.
6 Quick Website Tweaks that Make a Big Impact
FEBRUARY 28, 2017
If you watch budget design shows on TV, you know that one of the designers’ favorite tricks is paint. It’s cheap, fast, and gives a whole new look to furniture and walls. Rarely do you see a makeover on a budget that doesn’t at least paint an accent wall. White walls hardly ever remain white.
Bringing Real-Life Neighborhoods Online: NextDoor’s Privacy Issues
MARCH 9, 2017
NextDoor reinvented the idea of a neighborhood listserv, and turned what used to be mass emailing into an online neighborhood community. To join, you simply confirm your address via credit card, phone number, or a postcard sent to your house.
Lessons From the (Long) History of Online Communities
FEBRUARY 20, 2017
Some people think that online social networking began with Facebook or MySpace - but they couldn’t be farther from the truth. Even before the invention of the World Wide Web in 1989, people used the internet - a massive network of computers - to congregate virtually.
Should you remove negative reviews from your community?
MARCH 23, 2017
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 2016 Super Forum Community Expert Panel: Highlights
NOVEMBER 28, 2016
We were honored to host four renowned community thought leaders at this year’s Super Forum. It was a vibrant discussion that included data versus passion in community, engagement as it relates to retention, the state of community management, and influencing community behavior.
What 15 Year-Olds Can Teach Organizations About Content Strategy
NOVEMBER 9, 2015
This guest post is by Jill Andreu, Naylor’s vice president of content strategy and development. Jill is responsible for the overall strategy, direction, leadership and management of Naylor’s editorial department.