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5 Unexpectedly Thoughtful Ways to Thank Your Association’s Volunteers

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Whether they’re in your office or working remotely, your association probably has volunteers contributing to projects every day.

4 Ways to Use Your Online Customer Community to Increase Upsell and Cross-Sell Revenue

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Did you know that 80 percent of your future revenue will come from only 20 percent of your current customers ? This highlights just how important your existing customers are to growing your business.

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Association Tips: 6 Irresistible Member Benefits that Convince People to Join and Renew

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Getting people to join your association is like making a sale. You need to offer them something they want enough that they’re willing to pay for it. The problem is that many other organizations have similar offers and value propositions.

Membership Marketing: Get More Email Opens by Understanding Send Patterns

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Email can be overwhelming. Many of us let emails sit, often with good intentions of getting to them later, which results in emails not being opened or read at all. Email communication suffers when we’re busy or our inboxes are clogged with to-dos.

Improve Your Customer Retention Program with an Online Community

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Many people ask how online communities can bring in new customers. It’s important, but communities aren’t just about growing your customer base. Part of a community’s value comes from something else - retaining existing customers.

Build a Bridge to Maximize the Community Experience With Social Learning

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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.

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Higher Logic Acquires Socious: Building Better Communities Together

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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.

How Vimeo’s Community Helps Them Create Better Products

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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.

Why Online Communities Still Aren’t a Top Business Strategy (And How to Change That)

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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.

How Online Communities Help Teams Build a Culture of Collaboration

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According to the Harvard Business Review , before technology made it possible for companies and organizations to connect with large groups of colleagues and stakeholders anywhere in the world in real time, the average team size was around 20 people.

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Why Do People Volunteer for Professional Associations and Trade Groups?

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“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.

The Internet of Things Demands Interoperability

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Although half of all cyclists have had a bike stolen, new developments in bike lock technology have traditionally been limited to tougher metals and fancier keys. Lattis, the maker of the Ellipse bike lock, is introducing an alternative technology using the Internet of Things.

3 Types of Online Learning Experiences Association Members Love (And How to Provide Them)

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Online learning and distance education is on the rise, providing easy-to-access and challenging development opportunities for users.

The Great News in the Jive Acquisition

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Last week, Jive announced it was being acquired by Aurea, which would make Jive part of the Aurea customer experience management platform.

Why Bad Customer Service Disappears in an Online Community

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According to a study done by Forrester Research , 80 percent of businesses think they deliver ‘superior customer service.’ And, guess what? That same survey found that only eight percent of customers agree. Clearly, there’s a major divide between perception and a hard reality.

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What We Love About the New Business Impact of Online Communities Study

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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 Tries a New Type of Community - Will it Work?

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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.

An Introvert’s Guide to Growing a Private Online Community

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Several years ago, ASAE’s keynote presentation was by Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. Her talk – and her book – changed my world.

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How Members’ Website Expectations Have Changed (And How You Can Keep Up)

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Advances in technology and web design have changed what we expect from the internet and the websites we use every day. A great website five or ten years ago wouldn’t meet the cut today. Think about Facebook’s early design, for instance. It was text-heavy and clunky.

How to Overcome Challenges and Use Community as an Integrated Service to Improve Business Results

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Historically, organizations have struggled to integrate community into their infrastructure and customer-facing offerings.

How to Make Your Events More Inclusive

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"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 Increase Nonprofit Website Traffic (And How That Translates to Revenue)

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Websites are par for the course. Your nonprofit probably already has one, but you may be leaving money on the table if you’re not consistently working on improving your website’s visibility. Just having a website isn’t enough.

Online Communities are Organizational Silo Breakers

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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.

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Higher Logic Acquires Kavi: Powerful Collaboration for Thriving Communities

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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.

How to Decide Between an Open Source or a Proprietary Community Platform

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Treat Your Volunteers Like Employees

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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.

6 Key Features of the Best Learning Management Systems

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By 2020, 65% of all jobs in the U.S. will require some type of post-secondary education or training. Unfortunately, colleges and universities aren’t even meeting today’s needs. According to employers, new college graduates don’t have the skills to fill entry-level jobs.

LEGO: Don’t End Your Community

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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.

Is Your Company Using Online Community Data Effectively?

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In my last post, I talked about folding community into your larger business operations to better serve customers and your company, a technique known as Community as an Integrated Service (CIS).

Turn Customers from Promoters to Creators

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Are happy customers as engaged as they can get? Or is there any way to increase their engagement—by giving them more purpose and helping your organization create more value for all members?

How to Improve First-Year Member Retention

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Retention is king. It’s vital to growth and sustainability as well as the success of new member acquisition campaigns. Because how valuable are new members if they stay for just one year? That’s what many new association members do. They join, pay their dues, and drop their membership a year later.

How User Groups Defer Customer Support Costs While Creating Raving Fans

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

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Three Analytics Community Managers Need to Track

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When it comes to analytics and KPIs, it can be hard for community builders to know exactly what to focus on.

How to Calculate the Impact of Online Community Engagement on Your Business

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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.

The 6 Biggest Business Benefits of Starting a Branded Online Community

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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.

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

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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.

Online Community Platform vs AMS Add-On: What Software Does Your Association Need?

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Online communities are now better known for their ability to improve member engagement, satisfaction, and retention than they were even a few years ago. It makes sense, then, that more and more associations are considering, or expanding, their online community plans.

What Makes a High-Performing Team?

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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

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Why Data Analytics is Important and How to Budget Accurately

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Your community contains loads of member and customer data. When you analyze it, you gain access to all types of valuable insight: which users are most engaged, what topics they’re most interested in, who is contributing to discussions and the list goes on.

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Why Everyone Needs to Be a Community Manager

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“You can never go wrong by investing in communities and the human beings within them.” – Pam Moore , CEO and Founder of Marketing Nutz. As an association, you can never go wrong investing in your members, which is part of what makes your private member community so powerful.