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Quick TIp: How to Add Graphic Badges to Member Profiles

Your community members are pretty awesome. Have you ever wanted to give them a visual reward for being so awesome? Hoop.la supports admin-editable profile fields, so you can create a Badge profile field and add flair to any member's profile instantly. (Those admin-editable fields can be used for private information too, like internal customer IDs or other "flags" you might want to put on your members.) First, create your beautiful badge graphic. Next, go to your control panel and click...

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...

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...

Re-Introducing The UBB

 We're very excited to announce the launch of a new service today- UBB Forum!  UBB Forum is a scaled down version of our Hoop.la service, designed for sites that want a community that is completely focused on forums. Our company...

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...

Responsive Design Project

We've started work on a major new upgrade for Hoop.la , UBB Forum , and QuestionShark that will make all pages completely "responsive".  If you are not familiar with the term "Responsive Design", here are some resources for you:   What...

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...

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...

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...

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?

The Credit Card Security Release

Over the past few months, we have focused on improving the overall security offerings within Hoop.la. Hoop.la is already a highly secure platform, but we wanted to offer an even higher level of assurance and compliance for the ultra-security conscious customer. This has included a new Premium Security add-on that offers many new, advanced security features such as total data encryption of all data at-rest, anti-virus/anti-malware, DoS/DDoS mitigation, IP Reputation Management, Intrusion...

Pay Day Arrives For Hoop.la Sites

Today is officially Pay Day for all Hoop.la site owners! We've just rolled out a software update that includes support for Premium Memberships. We've made it amazingly easy for you to start earning money from your site. Here's how easy it works:...

Facebook Profile Feeds Disabled in Hoop.la

As part of the recent Sets and Collections Release , Hoop.la no longer supports Facebook feed integration on member profile pages. The purpose of the feed integration on member profile pages is to provide a unified snapshot of a particular member's social activity across both Hoop.la and other social networks like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. It makes it easy to see, at a glance, a particular member's recent photos on Instagram, tweets on Twitter, etc. Over the years, Facebook has...

Online community is the Swiss Army knife of customer satisfaction and retention

In a recent study from Leader Networks and CMX Media, customer satisfaction and retention were cited as the most important drivers of community. (For more about the report, see “ Keys to Community Readiness and Growth ”.) That’s a big shift from the oft-cited “reduce support costs” driver (which is still up there, at number three). So how do you structure your online community so that you maximize the opportunities to satisfy customers and keep them coming back? Listen to your customers It’s...

Community engagement starts with a good pair of sneakers

Engagement is the Holy Grail of most community managers. And we expect to see at least a dotted line between our day-to-day activities and the engagement trend line. If engagement is flagging, first we round up the usual suspects. Is it the technology? Is it the personal preferences of our members? Did I say something wrong? Sometimes it's hard to diagnose why a particular community isn't thriving. And sometimes the roots of the problem go all the way back to before the community was...

How to blog, 3-2-1

Rocket by mtshaw , on Flickr   There are as many ways to blog as there are bloggers, but I recently had someone ask me how you start from scratch, so here goes.  This is my 3 - 2 - 1, super-simplistic blog launching pad. 3. Choose your subject area .  Be sure that it’s a subject you know backwards, forwards, in your sleep, and could talk/write about for a long time without running out of ideas.  Think about your subject as a potential mate; you don’t want to...

 
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