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3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Purchasing New Association Technology

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Purchasing new technology is a big undertaking. There are so many platforms on the market, how do you wade through your choices to find just one that fits your association? You need to choose carefully: find a vendor that will support you and software that makes employees’ jobs easier.

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.

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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4 Professional Services that Save Associations Time and Money

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There’s never enough time in the day, especially for association professionals. It’s common for association staff to wear multiple hats, consistently switching roles in order to get more done with fewer resources.

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.

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.

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.

5 Reasons You Need to Integrate Your Online Community and CRM Today

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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.

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.

5 Lessons to Help You Start Using Data Science

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What comes to mind when you think about the term “data science”? Most of us have heard of it, but have trouble translating it into something useful. We struggle to describe data science and actually use it to solve problems, even as it becomes one of the hottest new areas in business.

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.

Getting Buy-In: 5 Objections to Online Communities that Are Holding You Back

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Everyone knows getting buy-in for a new project can be frustrating. There are concerns, objections, other priorities that need to be addressed before you can move forward. It’s often a long process. Getting buy-in for an online community is no different.

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.

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.

How Switching to a Private Online Community Helped the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Double Community Engagement

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The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) once served its members with a Yahoo Group, but only a few hundred members signed up to participate on the platform. Something wasn’t right.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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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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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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.

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.

From Personalized Marketing to Predicting Client Demand: Brad Klingenberg of StitchFix Explains the Power of Data

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Data science is a new and growing profession and many companies are scrambling to either find a data scientist or to increase their data team. But what exactly do these people do and how can they help all types of organizations?

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.

The Evolution of Experience with Marketing Automation

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one: marketing automation will save you time and increase your engagement and efficiency. Okay, you’ve definitely heard that one, and it’s all true. The problem is you may not be getting to the biggest benefit that marketing automation has to offer: time.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Choose Wisely: Will an AMS or an Online Community Better Achieve Your Current Goals?

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An AMS is one of the largest and most expensive software purchases your association will make – and rightly so. Association Management Software (AMS) is the go-to software tool for membership management and is incredibly valuable. But should an AMS always be the go-to software for all associations?

Community for Career Development: A Look Inside One NAVUG Community Member’s Journey

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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead. I’m a member of NAVUG , an online community that is the epitome of Margaret Mead's statement.

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.

Harley Davidson Stumbled Upon Community (And it Saved Them)

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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 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.

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.