Forums are a fundamental building block of the internet, used by millions of people every day. Though the existing software behind many of today's forums is outdated, broken and unusably bad.
In addition to the lack of attention that Forum Software gives to its users, there are many other limits that forums today have as communication platforms.
Jono Bacon put it in the best words:
"While they are simple to use, most forums I have seen look like 1998 vomited into your web browser. They are often ugly, slow to navigate, have suboptimal categorization, and reward users based on the number of posts as opposed to the quality of content. They are commonly targeted by spammers and as they grow in size they invariably grow in clutter and decrease in usefulness"
With these limitations, it is no surprise you are looking for a solution that is regularly updated and enables your group leaders to get the most out of their community.
The ideal group communication tool would combine multiple tools (for example, social feed, CRM, messaging, event invites) into one, let you access detailed information about your group members, help you and your group members filter and prioritize communication, and provide robust analytics on all of the above.
You need an all-in-one community management platform
Mobilize offers some other powerful advantages over existing Forum Software, and frankly, the rest of the group management field, with a collection of easy to use features:
- All-in-One Communication Platform. Group communication is made easier with the Mobilize outreach center. You can construct and blast an email to everyone in (or just a subset of) your group by applying smart filters with just a few simple clicks. You can also send and manage event invites or conduct a poll. And unlike forums, all of this can be accomplished within the app—no third-party service needed. Check out more features here
- Privacy & Permissions. You control how social you want your group to be. Allow members to find each other and network, start private conversations, or discussion groups. You control how social you want your community to be. Forums limit the number of ways that your group members can connect with one another. With Mobilize, you can encourage more meaningful connections.
- Create a powerful member directory. The more you know about your group, the better you can serve them. Mobilize gives group leaders the power to learn more about their community by allowing group leaders to customize the data they collect. Allow members to enter their location, files, and other pertinent information to create subgroups within your community—fostering collaboration and engagement among like-minded individuals.
- Own the brand experience. When you use Forums, your brand is not the focal point. But with Mobilize, you can create a customized member experience. Connect your custom domain and create a registration form associated with your brand to add member trust and credibility to your group. In other words, you’re not just another Forum, you’re a thriving community.
- Members can reply from anywhere. With Mobilize, group members don’t need to login to reply to the communications you’ve sent. And communication friction can be reduced further by letting members join your group using their social logins—in addition to using an email address.
- Group member tools. Mobilize is far easier to manage than Forum Software. New members will find it easy to join via the Mobilize platform’s onboarding process. And current members can filter communication with the ability to unfollow individual posts.
- Analytics. Community leaders can easily access powerful analytics across their entire community, including open rates, response rates, new member counts and many other key performance indicators. This is especially useful for communities with multiple sub-groups.
Put simply, Mobilize was built from the ground up for empowering community leaders to do what they do best, make the world a better place. For example, Mobilize offers association solutions, membership database management and an online member directory.
At the end of the day, you may still love Forums, but your group deserves a dedicated solution that offers powerful community management tools and regular updates.