What Is An Online Community, Anyway?

Influitive

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “online community?” The definition of online community varies depending on who you talk to. Joanne Jacobs, a digital strategist who spoke at a live online session at a past Community Manager Appreciation Day (CMAD), says “Communities are not just. Quick! Facebook? LinkedIn? Your company’s support forum?

Why Most Online Communities Are Destined to Fail—And 5 Ways To Save Yours

Influitive

Listen, if you’re an online community manager, or are responsible for the success of an online community, you might want to know this: According to Gartner, 70 percent of online communities are destined to fail. Despite the billions of dollars being poured into online communities, almost 70 percent of customers never.

Infographic: Why Your B2B Online Community Needs Advocacy

Influitive

Are branded communities living up to organizational expectations? Although hopes are high, B2B online communities frequently become nothing more than dead zones featuring the occasional support question—a far cry from their vibrant consumer counterparts. Recent research from CMX and Influitive on B2B communities shows that more and more organizations are.

The Value Of B2B Branded Communities In 2017

Influitive

Measuring the value of branded communities has always been difficult. Community managers are often forced to fall back on the savings they generate for customer support teams, rather than reporting on the revenue they generate for the company. Even worse, these communities consistently fail to live up to expectations on both sides of the screen.

How to Prepare Contact & Account for an Account-Based Marketing Strategy

Among B2B communities, 2017 brought upon several new concepts, trends and technologies… But perhaps none captured more attention than the re-emergence of account-based marketing as a viable growth strategy

8 Discussion Topics To Help Kick-Start Your Online Community

Influitive

Discussions are a critical aspect to the success of any online community. With a platform that allows for one to one interaction with like-minded people, that’s where members truly begin to identify with the community. If a community made up of highly engaged members is a roaring fire, the role of the community manager is. The post 8 Discussion Topics To Help Kick-Start Your Online Community appeared first on Influitive.

Online Communities are Not Virtual

Biznology

Do you consider message boards, forums, virtual realities, and virtual communities to be a waste of time, populated by losers? Abraham PR respects online community; Abraham PR respects the online life. There is a general misunderstanding that online virtual communities are escapist.

Online communities aren’t all bullying bullies

Biznology

Many Online Communities are Friendly. The post Online communities aren’t all bullying bullies appeared first on Biznology. Online Community Business fitness Google gym Online Communities Reddit social media

Ask the Experts: How Do You Know When It’s Time to Reevaluate and Rework Your Online Community?

Influitive

Part of what makes someone an exceptional online community manager is the ability to pinpoint exactly what resonates with members and pivot when you’re not offering what they’re looking for. In the two years that he’s been running Webroot’s customer advocate community, Senior Communications Manager, Drew Frey, has become well-acquainted with this fact. The post Ask the Experts: How Do You Know When It’s Time to Reevaluate and Rework Your Online Community?

Ask the Experts: 5 Tips for Getting Value From Your Online Community with GE Digital’s Mary-Leslie Davis

Influitive

The post Ask the Experts: 5 Tips for Getting Value From Your Online Community with GE Digital’s Mary-Leslie Davis appeared first on Influitive. Community Managers Customer Marketers Customer Marketing advocate marketing buy-in advocate marketing program b2b online community community manager customer engagement customer marketing online community online community buy-in

9 Award-Winning Customer Advocacy Success Stories

Why Building a Customer Community is Important

Act-On

A customer community is a great way to encourage engagement among your current customers. Here are a few other benefits of building a space dedicated to customers. Corporate

Virtual online community and social media article roundup

Biznology

Online communities predate February 2004. Virtual online communities even predate the WELL ‘s birthdate, circa 1985. My first online community was a local dial-up BBS back in 1983—but I didn’t get it. Online communities are not virtual. Online Communities

How To Build A Community of Brand Advocates

Influitive

B2B marketers can learn a thing or two about mobilizing advocates from our B2C cousins. Think about the products that you use every day. For me, it’s my iPhone, Sennheiser headphones and Altra running shoes. I didn’t go straight to a store or the vendor’s website to buy these products. Instead, I decided to purchase.

How To Create A Discussions-First Community in 7 Steps

Influitive

So it’s not surprising to see that online communities have grown rapidly in recent years, since they’re built on human. Did you know that aside from food and shelter, social connection is one of the most important things that humans need to survive? According to Psychology Today, “belongingness is the driving force of human behavior.”

How To Build A Thriving Online B2B Community, According To Jennifer Susinski From HPE

Influitive

They’ll even drive three hours to a fellow customer’s office just to help them set up the optimal IT environment—all based off interactions in HPE’s online B2B community. The post How To Build A Thriving Online B2B Community, According To Jennifer Susinski From HPE appeared first on Influitive. HPE SimpliVity’s advocates are known to do radical things. For example, take reference calls while on vacation. Or send s’mores to each other’s kids.

How To Turn A Sleepy B2B Support Portal Into A Thriving Advocate Community

Influitive

The role of B2B communities is shifting. However, as customer engagement and retention become increasingly important in a subscription-based world, marketers and community managers are focusing on leveraging communities to impact these metrics instead. In the past, they tended to devolve into quiet support portals (or, at worst, ghost towns).

3 Things You Need To Know About Your Advocacy Community Now

Influitive

Community is no longer a tactic, it’s a necessity! Business has shifted from a digital revolution to community-driven business. Community-driven business is collaborative and connected. So, what does that mean? The company used to be the sole creator of value at a point when customers were connecting socially. Now, things have changed. Customers are creating.

Online communities are the best thing about the internet

Biznology

Recently, all I hear when it comes to virtual online communities on the radio, the internet, or TV is how passionate, intimate, and persistent online communities are either: 1) bubbles within which all the denizens are echo chamber zombies or 2) they’re traps for naïfs and nerds who are one kind word away from being radicalized into violent extremism. If it weren’t for online communities as a young man, I don’t know where I would be now.

Q&A With ADP’s Sarah Schreiner: How To Make Your Customer Advocate Community Service Your Entire Business

Influitive

A well-managed customer advocate community can be your go-to source when you need anything from referrals, to references, to. The post Q&A With ADP’s Sarah Schreiner: How To Make Your Customer Advocate Community Service Your Entire Business appeared first on Influitive. Community Community Managers Customer-Powered Enterprise Q&A community community management customer advocacy customer advocate community customer powered growth customer-powered enterprise product feedbac

Email Marketer, Party of One: The Communities You Should Join to Feel Less Alone

Litmus

Google is a powerful tool—and honestly, a skill—but a lot of the time, having a mentor or a community to talk with is much better than blindly searching online for answers. Join the #emailgeeks Slack Community. Get Online Help from the Litmus Community.

Q&A With Wiley’s Nicole Dingley: How To Nurture Your Customer Community To Fuel Your Entire Business

Influitive

Brands have known for a while how powerful building a customer community can be. But, there seems to be some confusion as to what “community” should mean and how to successfully manage one. The post Q&A With Wiley’s Nicole Dingley: How To Nurture Your Customer Community To Fuel Your Entire Business appeared first on Influitive. So, we asked the experts. In the latest instalment of our Customer-Powered Enterprise webinar series, I had the chance to talk to.

Meet your community by hosting an IRL Meetup

Biznology

Reaching out to local communities and stoking fandom in real life. Well, when it came to Goethe, I was trying to make a community of influencers. Spoil your community like that. The post Meet your community by hosting an IRL Meetup appeared first on Biznology.

Content Community Pioneers: Databox

nDash

Although we’d love to take credit for originating the concept of a Content Community , the truth is that brands have been successfully leveraging this approach for years. It’s a perfect example of a content community in action.

Are anonymous communities most authentic?

Biznology

And all will be well in the communitys garden. I am a proponent of “real name” communities. I am also a proponent of safe communities — and real name accountability tends to civilize people’s behavior online in a big way.

5 Things Every Good Community Manager Does

Tomorrow People

Social media professional Sookie Shuen makes the case for community managers everywhere. So why do so few companies employ a social media community manager? At Tomorrow People , we've been developing our community management team and processes to real effect over the past 16 months.

Four Characteristics of a Successful Brand Community

Tomorrow People

Branded communities can be a wealthy source of customer advocacy and social proof - but how do marketers make them successful? Brand Credibility

Q&A With PowerDMS’ Ray Lau: Why A Customer Advocate Community Is The Cheat Code For Growing Your Business

Influitive

The post Q&A With PowerDMS’ Ray Lau: Why A Customer Advocate Community Is The Cheat Code For Growing Your Business appeared first on Influitive. Advocate Marketing 101 Community Community Managers Customer Marketers Customer-Powered Enterprise Q&A community management customer advocacy program customer advocate community customer powered growth customer-powered enterprise product feedback

Infographic: Top 5 Financial Benefits of a Customer-Powered Community

Influitive

One of the most valuable resources available to businesses today is a healthy community of engaged, happy customers. In fact, IDC expects the worldwide online communities market revenue to grow to $1.2 Many leading companies are also leveraging their communities to mitigate costs, saving thousands without having. The post Infographic: Top 5 Financial Benefits of a Customer-Powered Community appeared first on Influitive.

Inside Act-On: A Run for Fun and Community Service

Act-On

Act for Good is a vision and a program that sees community service as a practice, rather than a principle, and one we’ve taken to heart here at Act-on Software. Corporate Events Marketing Life 4k4Charity act-on software community service inside act-on

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What You Must Know About Community Management

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this The term “community manager” no longer lives in the realm of buzzwords. As social media, online communities and even in-person events have become a regular part of the modern marketing mix, community managers have been getting hired up. (If

Our Contract With the Freelance Community

Contently

Launch a Freelancer Advisory Board, made up of members of the freelance community, to ensure we receive continuous feedback on how we can best serve freelancer. Set up workshops, meet-ups, and more, based on input from the freelance community. The post Our Contract With the Freelance Community appeared first on Contently. When we started working on Contently in 2010, we issued a manifesto stating that we believed freelancers are the future of creative work.

How Community Banks Can Use Content Marketing

SmartBug Media

Whether your bank has been in the community for less than a decade or for many generations, your customers’ habits are changing. Now, instead of competing with other local banks, community banks are forced to compete with banks everywhere.

How to Build a Thriving Customer Community

Kapost

The post How to Build a Thriving Customer Community appeared first on Kapost Blog. In 1983, Harley-Davidson was facing financial collapse. The demand for their products had diminished and the company was saddled with unfavorable contracts and overhead that dug into their profitability.

5 Things Every Good Community Manager Does

Tomorrow People

Social media professional Sookie Shuen makes the case for community managers everywhere. So why do so few companies employ a social media community manager? At Tomorrow People , we''ve been developing our community management team and processes to real effect over the past 16 months.

The Power of Community

Digital Marketing World Forum

By understanding the value of digital communities. Creating private brand communities in which they can share their own experiences, can unlock previously unseen community content on a new level to what’s currently being achieved.

Optimizing Lead Nurturing for Senior Living Communities

SmartBug Media

This is especially true when it comes to marketing senior living communities. Inbound marketing can have powerful results for senior living communities. Typically, the decision to move to a senior living community is a big step and is a decision that takes a long time to make.