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Preparing for the GDPR (EU Privacy Regulations)

As you may (or may not) be aware, the EU last year passed a strong set of guidelines aimed at protecting individual data privacy rights. Those guidelines are called “GDPR,” or General Data Protection Regulation, and they apply to any entity who collects or processes identifiable data from EU citizens (in short, almost everyone). There are a few primary principles: Users must be notified specifically whenever data is being collected from them. Users have the right to delete or export the data...

Facebook Integration Change

Facebook has recently changed their OAuth authentication requirements by enabling “ Strict Mode ” for all consumers. What this means, is that if your community is using Facebook as a linked Social Network, then that integration with Facebook will no longer work until you have met their requirements. For all site owners who have not integrated Facebook as a Social Network for your members, please allow your eyes to haze over and move on with your day. Perhaps throw on some music and get a...

Q&A with Colin Armstrong, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Today I'm so happy to share a great Q&A session with Colin Armstrong, who spearheaded the recent launch of a Hoop.la community for Walgreens Boots Alliance. The new YourGoodSkin(TM) brand leverages an innovative approach, deeply involving thousands of women in the creation and development of the skin care line itself. How does online community figure into the YourGoodSkin brand story? The whole brand ethos of YourGoodSkin is that it has been, and will continue to be, co-created by women.

Best practices for an influencer community

An influencer community is an increasingly important component of the marketer's toolkit. It can help you leverage word of mouth, deepen your relationships with experts and fans, and give you a space to gather insights about your product or service. But you need to be sure that you're doing it the right way, so you don't end up in hot water with the FTC (and don't destroy consumer trust of your brand). The FTC's endorsement guidelines all come down to one simple thing: don't be a snake in...

Quick Tip: Use a Recipe to Monitor Member Profile Changes

Today's tip will help you set up an automated sentry on member profile changes, using Hoop.la's Recipes function. The default template for this recipe will alert you whenever any part of a member's profile is changed. However, using this tip, you can focus on a specific profile field. Here are just some of the reasons this might be useful: Screen out weird/bad avatars - you know that guy who wants to use a dancing panda gif? Watch for job title changes or location changes - set up a custom...

Introducing Databases For Hoop.la

We're excited to announce the debut of a brand new content module for Hoop.la - Databases! With Databases, you can store and display structured data on your site. When you create a database, you determine the specific fields to associate for each database record. Imagine the possibilities- a database of movies, sports transactions, products, business leads. It's a great way to store and catalog information. You can create any number of distinct databases and each has its own permissions and...

Essential Podcasts for Community Managers

It's a new year, and that can only mean one thing. We have all tossed the clothes off the handles of our treadmills and are looking for good stuff to listen to while we meet those fitness goals. You're in luck, because I've found some podcasts that are specifically created for community managers. The Community Signal podcast is fairly new, but its host, Patrick O'Keefe, is an "OG" community manager. The podcast is nicely produced, and Patrick has access to great guests from around...

10 Concerts: How to Create a Community Trending Topic

On Facebook over the last couple of weeks, everyone has been sharing a list of "10 Concerts" they've attended. The idea is to include one red herring concert in the list and see if your friends can guess which is the fake one. It was an innocuous little game, very similar to other list-sharing games like "25 things you might not know about me," which made the rounds a few years ago. However this one seemed to strike a chord. Why do some conversation-starters take off like wildfire, while...

Responsive Project Update

As we posted a few months ago, we are in the middle of a major project to make Hoop.la , UBB Forum , and QuestionShark responsive.  Things are going a little slower than we originally projected, but we now have a target date for beginning our...

How to make self disclosure easier for community members

In face-to-face networking situations, it's easy to get stuck with "that person" who won't stop oversharing about themselves. By the time you've grabbed two appetizers from the buffet, you're familiar with their entire medical history and the current political climate in their office. But in online networking situations, or online communities, it can be extremely difficult to elicit personal information from members. The community administrator or moderator team is (of course) interested in...

Show the Value of Online Community with this Research Roundup

A successful online community is more than a buzzword, more than just technology, more than just a group of people "engaging," it is purpose-driven. If the community is owned or sponsored by a business, then someone is going to need to know what the purpose is. What's the value to the business? Fortunately, this is a question that researchers have been studying for years, and I've been collecting those studies and reports like a nerd. This slide deck is an early Valentine's Day gift, a...

The Recipes Release

Today is a big day for Hoop.la , with the roll-out of a major new release which includes all of the following new features: Recipes : Recipes are automated workflows, with support for multiple actions per trigger. These automations include triggers based on content being posted, users registering, user inactivity, and more. For much more on recipes, read this blog post: Introducing Recipes Censor List Improvements : We made the censor list more flexible by adding support for phrases, prefix...

The Advanced Reporting Release

Today we rolled out a bunch of new features for Hoop.la , UBB Forum , and QuestionShark , most of which revolve around "advanced reporting".  The new reporting features will give you an unprecedented perspective on the health of your community...

Pinterest Integration Release

This week, we are rolling out a Hoop.la update that adds the following new features: 1. Integration with Pinterest . Pinterest is a new supported Social Network that you can enable for social sign-ins, as well as to allow users to display their own Pinterest pins on their member profiles. 2. Admin-Only Custom Profile Fields Administrators can set private profile fields that only they can set and access via a new "Hidden" option. The members themselves would not see these admin-only fields.

10 Point Community Tune-Up Checklist

It's the beginning of a new year, and whether your community is just getting started or has been around for years, it's always good to go into the shop for a tune-up once in a while. Here's a handy checklist you can use to make sure your online community continues to hum along throughout 2016 and beyond. 10 Point Community Tune-Up Checklist Terms of Service, legal - Have there been any changes in the last year that affect your TOS or legal position? New regulations? New lines of business?

Hoop.la 2.0 Goes Beta!

Today, we begin the process of launching our biggest software update ever for Hoop.la (as well as for UBB Forum and QuestionShark), as we kickoff a beta period for Version 2.0, which centers around making the entire application " responsive ".

 
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