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Community Management

Top tips for optimizing your community's SEO

Unlike a regular website, where you write content for each page, target keywords and optimize text, a forum community's content is predominantly written by users. They don't know or care about your site's SEO and just want to interact with other users or find answers to their questions. To keep your community moving forward, Invision Community implements many best-practice SEO techniques an…

Rikki

Rikki

Community Management

6 reasons why you shouldn't just settle for a Facebook group community

Whether you run an existing community or are taking tentative first steps into setting up an online community forum around your brand, an important choice you need to make is between social networks like Facebook or having a community you own and control. Let's take a look at the benefits of an owned community versus a Facebook group - as well as how you can still use Facebook (and other so…

Rikki

Rikki

Product Updates

Invision Community 4.3 Coming Soon

Our recent release of Invision Community 4.2 was the most well-received version ever! The feedback we received on new features like Clubs, Reactions, and Promotes was better than we could have hoped and we really enjoyed seeing all the creative uses as people implemented them on their own communities. We have been hard at work on version 4.3 with a goal of improving on all the great new fea…

Charles

Charles

Community Management

Highlighting staff posts to improve communication

Whatever the purpose of a community - be it customer support, fan engagement, interest-based groups and so on - there's usually a need for site staff to communicate important information to users. Of course, in some cases this information is best suited to a site announcement, which by design has a lot of visibility and authority. But it's important that day to day staff posts stand out t…

Rikki

Rikki

Off-Topic

QOTW: This week we talk home automation

This week, we were inspired to discuss home automation after @Joel R raised the question in a topic. With so many commercial options available now, such as Alexa, Siri and Google Home, we started discussing what automation we have in our homes. This week we'll focus on the a few team members who have heavily automated teams. Although @bfarber's answer "I have kids to help automate the home"…

Matt

Matt

Community Management

Proactive and reactive moderation - which is right for your online community?

One of the bigger decisions a community manager has to make as a community grows is whether to employ proactive or reactive moderation (or a combination of both). This isn’t always a conscious decision; sometimes forum moderation features are toggled without giving much explicit thought to the style of moderation desired and the pros and cons of doing so. It’s worth taking a moment to consider t…

Rikki

Rikki

Off-Topic

QOTW: What is the one thing you'd like to do in life, but haven't got around to yet?

What is the one thing you'd like to do in life, but haven't got around to yet? <br> This week, we get introspective and look at the things we'd love to do but haven't found the time to do yet.  Brandon (Senior tech support and development) Travel more. I've traveled a little bit, but there are still many many places I'd like to visit. Something tells me I'll need to wait for some of t…

Matt

Matt

Off-Topic

QOTW: Let's talk about music

This week's question is inspired by liquidfractals's reply to last weeks question. What is your favorite music and which bands would you have loved to see live? <br> We learned many things; mostly that our team have poor taste in music. Brandon (Senior tech support and development)  I like a lot of different genres. I grew up with rap and pop, but I like R&B, country, electronic …

Matt

Matt

Off-Topic

QOTW: Name the one thing you cannot live without

This week, the team have been discussing the one thing they can not live without. Some found this a hard question to answer. What is the one thing you cannot live without? <br> A tricky question for some. Could you pick just one thing? Brandon (Senior tech support and development) My family is my saving grace and escape, and even though they're (collectively) the ones typically c…

Matt

Matt

Off-Topic

QOTW: What was your first computing memory?

This week, the team have been discussing their very first computing memory. This will probably reveal a lot about the age of some of our team. We recently worked out that when Matt and Charles first met and started producing community software, some of the younger members of our team were still in primary school. What is your first computing memory? <br> An easy question for tech-heads as …

Matt

Matt

Off-Topic

QOTW: What is your favorite TV show?

Welcome to the first of a new regular series we're calling "Question of the week". Each week, we'll ask our team a question and share the replies. To kick things off, we posed a very simple question: What is your favorite TV show right now? <br> We may have over-estimated how much TV the average geek watches. Here's what our team said. Brandon (Senior tech support and development…

Matt

Matt

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