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Written by Tom Lehman on May 16, 2019 at 9:08 AM | 4 minute read


“Digital transformation” is leaving no stone unturned. Its effects aren’t limited just to big consumer brands like Amazon, Netflix Uber. Italeri it6180 French and Indian War 1754-1763 Model Kit 1 72 modelTechnology has changed how people travel down the path toward membership at your association, and how they engage with your association if or when they join.

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Now, they come to your association at various stages of the funnel, or the member/buyer’s journey. And along the way, they expect a different experience from what was the norm 20 years ago.

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No matter the reason for the change, anyone who has grown an online community to maturity can tell you that the thought of moving that community to a new platform is enough to keep a person up at night.Spark 1 43 Ford Fiesta WRC – Montecarlo 2012-PROKOPYEVSK

There are logistical and personal challenges to migrating an entire community, like:

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But whatever your worries are, moving your community could be what it needs to become even better.

HOT WHEELS ONLINE EXCLUSIVE KING KUDA & NEO-CLASSICS SERIES HI-TAIL HAULERTo get you to that new, better place, there are some strategic elements to think about as you transition your community from one platform (be it social media, a different company, or a listserv) to another.

We’re here to help you meet your goals while avoiding these pitfalls.

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Written by Brett Moffitt - 2018 1 24 Aisin Group Atlanta Win Tundra on May 9, 2019 at 10:53 AM | 5 minute read

Do you have a Customer Advisory Board (CAB) or customer advisory council?Menards United States Army flatcar A lot of software companies do. It’s one of those boxes that you check because you know it’s a best practice.

But something else that’s common is when companies check the CAB box just to have one, but don’t end up doing much with it (likely because of the workload it takes to manage). O Scale 2R Atlas Phenix Cheese Woodside Refrigerator CarRather than becoming the product and customer experience-changing entity that it has the potential to be, many CABs go into hibernation, never to be heard from again.Motorworks M4A3 SHERMAN W 75MM GUN WWII U.S. TANK - W 2 Figures - New in Box

It’s time to change that. It’s time to mobilize your CAB for action.

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Written by Nick Mignogna on May 1, 2019 at 10:14 AM | 9 minute read


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