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Montreal Happy Data Hour with Vanilla Forums & Keen IO


Are you in Montreal June 8th? Keen IO and Vanilla Forums will be having a casual drinkup at from 5:30-8:30 PM, and we’d love you to join us!

We’ll be talking analytics and community (our favourite topics), but we’d also be open to talk about anything on your brain about our companies.

Please RSVP here if you’re coming. We’ll have some food and drinks, but we need to know how much to plan for. See you there!

Vanilla Forums New Features Spring Release 2016

Vanilla Spring 2016 Webinar (1)

Here at Vanilla Forums, we are constantly enhancing and improving our software. It’s time we make it easier for you to know about all the great new features and functionalities. Starting with our Spring release, we’ll be rounding up our newest features and fixes to make it easy for you to stay in the loop on a quarterly basis.

We are proud to announce a new Live Spring Release Webinar on April 26th 2016 at 12PM EST, and you’re invited to RSVP.

Some of the great things we’ll be showing you include:

  • our new HTML email styling options,
  • our latest SSO additions,
  • improvements on moderation workflows, discussion features and mobile usability,
  • and most importantly our new Ideation feature!

You’ll be able to ask questions to our presenters in real time.

We will also be offering a sneak peek on some other surprises coming to your Vanilla community in the future. We hope you can join us!

Makes sure to sign up here to learn more about these changes during our webinar or check out the release notes.

Happy #CMAD Community Manager Friends!

Community Manager Appreciation Day #CMAD

Hi Community Manager friends!

Today is the day to thank all the hard-working community managers you know. It’s not an easy job, as you know. Why else would we have to create a survival guide for tricky situations?

One of the ways we are able to say thank you is to support community managers. That’s why we are proud to sponsor the official #CMAD celebration being held by with the lovely help from many of the team from

Today there is a full schedule of events, and some started already. You can get the full schedule here. There are also some meetups being planned, as are some awards!

It is sure to be a great day for learning, growing and connecting!

Further to the planned activities, we at Vanilla also are looking to honour the tireless and hardworking CMGRs of Vanilla-powered communities. If you know someone who deserves some recognition for their hard work as a community manager and they are using Vanilla (you will usually see a Vanilla logo in the footer), please consider nominating them here. We will be announcing a winner in each category very soon, and be presenting them with a very nice award.

Also, I will be hosting a Blab at 2-3PM (EST) on whatever Community Management topics that are of interest to you. Come on by and say hello, I’d be happy to meet you and talk all things about community!

Bringing Your Community Into the Real World

Bringing Your Community Into The Real WorldWe often speak as though community is a function of technology, but it’s the other way around. People form communities on their own, the role of community creators and managers is to provide framework, platform and values for this basic human need. One of the key success points we all look for is a community that’s self-sustaining; where direct input from staff is no longer required and we can become more like pub landlords and less like party hosts.

A great sign of this kind of community health is when your community ecosystem is larger than your own platforms. One of the most gratifying things for a community builder is seeing members organise meetups and building strong real-life social links. I’m fortunate enough to have even attended weddings (and births!) that resulted from connections and bonds formed in forum communities that I helped to build.

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