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    • By Martin A.
      Community Map (formerly known as Member Map) is an application that allows your users to put their exact or approximate location onto an interactive map.  Create unlimited markers and map out the world!  

      Community Map is the same as Member Map, but updated for 4.5+ compatibility.  
      If you like this app, a review would be much appreciated!

      Highlights
      Create unlimited marker groups with unlimited markers for member meet-ups, exhibits, landmarks, highlights, shops, or other geographic listings. Maps can overlap in a global map.    Administrator can control what member groups are allowed to post to map Import markers from Google Earth using .kml or .kmz file Integrates with Clubs. Shows club members on a dedicated club map, and the club location is shown on the global map. Integrates with Member's Country where it'll update your member's flags when the map location is added or edited. (In 1.3) Show Gallery images (as of 1.3), Calendar events, Calendar venues, and Page records address on the map
      Notes for 4.5 
      Community Map is the IPS 4.5+ version of Member Map from the same author. Member Map have been with us since the early days of the IP.Board 3 series, and over the decade has evolved to show more than just members on the map. This seemed like the perfect time to change to a new name!  (Also, the ACP Marketplace forced us too.)

      Upgrading from Member Map
      If you're upgrading from Member Map you'll be presented with a import tool the first time you visit any of the ACP pages for this app. This page will only be forced on you once, after this you'll find it as a button on top of the settings page. If you choose to use Community Map before you import you should note that all content in Community Map will be deleted prior to the import.

      For developers
      If you are a developer and you store location data in your app that you'd like to show on the map, you can now do so by creating a communitymap/Mapmarker extension. Instruction on how to use it is included in the auto-generated file. Contact me for more details if you haven't purchased this file.
    • By NZyan
      One of my communities was down for about 1,5 hours.
      As admin I got an notification message in the dashboard (but no mail) that there was a problem with my license key – which is perfectly valid, all invoices paid weeks ago.
      After revalidating the license key everything worked again.
      Question:
      How can I avoid this in the future?
      I got no notification mail from IPB or my admin dashboard – and I'm not checking all of my communities on an hourly basis.
      And with such incidents I loose money and trust from my members.
      Andreas

    • By Jordan Miller
      The holy trinity of successful communities intertwines cause, experiences and value together. Create these and your community will no doubt hold a special place in peoples’ hearts. 
      Before we unpack this special trifecta, let’s define what success means through the lens of community building. 
      While success is subjective, there are a few things we can all agree on: 
      Communities that can consistently deliver value while also connecting people to one another will prosper. 


       
      Cause
      Cause is your ‘why.’ Why does your community exist and why should anyone care to join?
      It sounds obvious, but many businesses have trouble understanding who their audience is or how their community can help them.
      Can you answer this?
      My audience is ___________________.
      An important component of cause is justifying your community’s existence. If you can define why your community helps people, you’ll see success. That may look like:
      Offering guidance Answering questions Sharing information Selling a product or service A community that stands to elevate a group of peoples’ lives will eventually break the threshold from ordinary to extraordinary. 
      There’s a number of ways to utilize the Invision Community platform to assist with your cause.
       
      Create a niche forum for your members to engage with one another using our Forum application. Sell a digital product or physical item using our Commerce application. Create an event with our Calendar application. Share news, information and blogs using our Blogs and Pages applications.
      How to create a cause: creating and nurturing your community takes a lot of hard work and determination. Having a passion to serve is a must; without it you will burn out. 
      If you have yet to define your community’s purpose, don’t fret – reading this blog post about how to create a successful community is a perfect starting point. However, if you’re a small or big business and ready to take that next step, start by answering the following:
      My community will help people by ___________________.


       
      Experiences
      Members participating in a shared experience together is what takes your company from just a business to a community. 
      Your community’s cause inspires experiences.
      A lively community isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it medium. While you’re consistently chucking wood into the community campfire, you’ll need time on your side. That’s a nice way of saying be patient! The compounding effect of shared group experiences is something a company or brand can’t manufacture, however it’s essential for a meaningful history. Oftentimes, a business owner expects their community to flourish in a year or two. It’s possible, but uncommon, because there likely wasn’t enough time to generate an impact across a population. Be in this for the long haul. 
      How to create experiences: tap into people’s emotions. Create content that takes the member on a journey of highs and lows – encourage them to follow suit when creating their own content.  
      My community will make a long-lasting impact because ___________________.
       

       
      Value
      We’ve all heard the recycled marketing adage, ‘people come for the content, but they stay for the community.’ There’s a reason content is king; it’s a vehicle to drive new audiences to your community while also making your brand more valuable. However, content is only one of several value modalities. 
      This is when value comes full circle with experiences. A brand does this by easily explaining its cause, creating experiences then adding value by justifying its existence through offering guidance, answering questions, sharing information or selling a product/service. 
      How to create value: A community platform alone won’t create value. It requires thoughtful intention, inspired action and follow up.  
      Offer a world class experience by consistently over-delivering: 
      Offer premium, information-style content (like blog posts, YouTube videos, newsletters, social media outreach). Engage with your members in the community (reply to their posts, feature their content, reward them with public recognition using our Achievements system).  Touch base outside the community with email outreach, respond to their social media posts, even monthly calls.   Creating a community is single-handedly one of the best decisions you can make for your business. 
      My community brings value to the world because ___________________.
       
      We’ve helped serious hobbyists, small businesses and enterprise giants give their super fans/customers/clients the ability to create meaningful connections with one another. 
      Ready to bring cause, experiences and value to your company? 
      Get in touch with us!
    • By Kirill Gromov
      Russian language pack for Invision Community 4.6. Full translation. It is maintained and updated constantly and on a free basis. Join our Russian community - https://invisionbyte.ru 
      We will be very happy for the feedback and the search for shortcomings.
    • By Matt
      🟢 Scaling your community requires overcoming many barriers and learning new ways of working with your community. Rosie explores this in her blog: How we are at the small scale is who we are at the large scale.
      "In community, we often say to do things that don't scale. To start small. To get the foundations right. To trust that how we are and what we do is what the community becomes, on a larger scale. Our behaviour, our intentions, our alignment, and our goals all influence what the community can become."
      🧠 What we think: There is no right or wrong way to scale your community from its humble beginnings and it can be a lot of hard work but that doesn't mean we should change our core values and how we approach helping others.
       
       
       🟢 Should you respond to questions before your members? Is a question explored by Richard at Feverbee.
      "If you (the community manager) respond to a question in a community, other members are less likely to respond. This makes it harder for top members to earn points and feel a sense of influence.
      But if you don’t respond to a question in a community, it can linger and look bad. It also means the person asking a question is waiting for a response and becoming increasingly frustrated."
       🧠 What we think: There are certain areas where you need your team to lead. Right here on this forum we want to provide the best service for our customers so our support team are active and quick to reply to all questions. There are other community-led sections that definitely benefit from allowing time for other members to reply to share their knowledge. It's a good feeling helping others.
       
       
       🟢 CMX explores how to move your community online. Much of this is great advice for anyone considering moving platform (to Invision Community, right?). 
      "Christiana recommends viewing community migration as a process that requires patiences, “this is not a race meant to be run fast. We are changing the mindset of the people in our ecosystem”. "
        🧠 What we think: Patience is definitely key when moving platforms. The sooner you start engaging with your own community and explaining the reasons for the move and the benefits it'll bring, the easier it will be.
       
       
       🟢 Michelle can't find the bathroom when at a party which inspires a blog on 5 secrets to community onboarding.
      "Walking into a party without your host can feel confusing, alienating, and frustrating. And for your customers, joining a new community without onboarding is just as bad."
         🧠 What we think: Onboarding is critical to your community's success. New members can often feel lost and unsure where to start. It can be intimidating in real life to enter a room full of people that know each other, and this is true in the online space too.
       
       
      🎧 Podcast: What makes a community a home? Patrick explores this by interviewing members of his own community, which opened 20 years ago and is still going strong.
          🧠 What we think: We love hearing about long established communities that are still thriving and hearing how those early online relationships shaped people's lives.
       
       
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