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CBS Issues Fake (and Totally Awesome) News Release

Spin Sucks

They issued a news release announcing the development of a new show called  Dancing on the Stars. See for yourself: Subsequent to recent developments in the creative and legal community, CBS Television today felt it was appropriate to reveal the upcoming launch of an exciting, ground-breaking and completely original new reality program for the CBS Television Network. Too Far? My take?

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Report: How Twitter Users Discuss Mental Health Issues

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People are becoming more vocal about mental health issues on social media, and this year, Twitter users posted 65 percent more mental-health-related resolutions than in 2015. In addition to raising awareness, these hashtags work as conversation starters and help people locate communities and resources where they can get help. Check out the full report for more details.

22 PR Tools From the #PRstack Community

Spin Sucks

In the past 12 months, the #PRstack community has  created an app that has characterized more than 250 third-party tools. It has published 48 how-to guides written by more than 35 community members covering different areas of the public relations workflow. lively community has developed and grown on  Facebook  and  Twitter. The 22 PR Tools From the #PRstack Community.

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Would you join a Community Manager Association?


So money isn’t the issue; it’s the value that associations place on the discipline of community management…which, at present, stands at about…not much. Or, to take it a step further, what about an association for association community managers? Is it so far-fetched to think that there could–and should–be one for association community managers? There’s obviously ASAE.

Millennials and Transparency in Online Communities


This post originally appeared on the Higher Logic blog , where I’m posting an ongoing series related to Millennials and online community.  I’m excited to share them here for you over the next few months! And don’t forget that Higher Logic clients can have access to our Essentials of Online Community Management program at a special discount. Contact me for details! ” Right?

Are you a community manager?


Are you an association/nonprofit community manager (or association exec with community management newly thrust upon you?). Join us for an 8-week online certificate program , providing 15 hours of CAE credit , where you will: learn from experienced community managers about the fundamentals of community management strategy. WEEK 2: Launching your new community

Online Community Manager Job Description


Here’s the best job description we’ve come across so far, courtesy of our friend Ben Martin at Online Community Results. We’re doing lots of cool work with Ben, who’s our go-to for outsourced community management. Check out his site and all the awesome community management stuff he’s offering. JOB DESCRIPTION: ONLINE COMMUNITY MANAGER.

Using Online Community to Increase Member Retention


And of course I was excited to get a chance to talk about my favorite subject, online community, with my friend  Josh Paul , in the session we presented yesterday,  Using Online Community to Increase Member Retention. Suppose you’re not obsessed with online communities like I am–you might wonder how online community can help increase member retention.

Five Lessons from Great Community Managers


I’ve been thinking about community management a lot lately. In our role as consultants for SocialFish, Maddie and I have talked to hundreds of community managers about what they do, how they do it, and the why behind it all. Our latest community management consulting package drills down into what we’ve learned and how to apply it. Here are five quick lessons we’ve picked up along the way. 1) Managing the community takes more time than you think. For example, maybe the community supports their volunteer activity. This is time-intensive work.

Community Management 101


The association I work for is making the leap many associations have already made: launching a members-only community platform. It’s exciting and something I, as the association’s online community & social media manager, will obviously be intimately involved with. FeverBee — Good, frequently updated blog that addresses community management issues in detail.

Community Management Continues to Mature [REPORT]


The Community Roundtable’s essential 2012 State of Community Management Report is out. these three kinds of community structures often coexist around a single organization or company. - the complexity of distributed and decentralized relationships with customers collide with corporate cultures (this is exactly what Humanize is about!). Clarity over control is needed.).

Preparing Your Online Community for the Digital Generation


This post originally appeared on the Higher Logic blog , where I’m posting an ongoing series related to Millennials and online community.  I’m excited to share them here for you over the next few months! And don’t forget that Higher Logic clients can have access to our Essentials of Online Community Management program at a special discount. Contact me for details!

How to Build Stronger Bonds With Your Community

Convince & Convert

It’s no small secret your online community and your loyal customers within are your company’s greatest asset. While a customer may be happy with their one-time experience with your brand, what’s going to make them a lifelong community member? The last thing you want to come off as in your online community is intimidating. Image via Easier said than done.

Social Media Comic – Communicating With Your Customer Community

SocMed Sean

Sometimes there are issues. But, as with most things in life, honesty is the the best policy when it comes to communicating with your online community. Communicate frequently with status updates about how you’re going to resolve the issue. Let your community know that you are: 1) aware of the problem; and 2) working to resolve it. Sometimes, things go wrong.

HELP NEEDED: community managers for CiviliNation Survey


Check out their resources for help with issues like online hostility, cyberstalking, and online conflict. We’re very interested in the work that they are doing, specifically with regards to developing education and training for community managers in facilitation and mediation , which happen to be two of the new skills we identify in our book Open Community.

Interview with Community Manager: Emma Gannon

Social Media Citizens

Emma Gannon is currently a global  community manager of Dove Facebook. Emma has experience of community managing blogs, Twitter and Facebook pages for international brands. The best resources can be found by looking simply around online and seeing what other brands are doing with their communities. think it is genius. G: Where is the best place to build the community?

Community Un-Managing: Cheat Sheet for Community Managers and Tips for Companies


I recently left my position managing social media and online community for a large professional association. In the process of disconnecting myself from the organization’s various social media accounts, it occurred to me that I haven’t seen a lot–or anything–written about how to leave a community management position. They should. Facebook. Linkedin. Twitter.

The dark side of community management


Since we’re on the topic of community management, check out this deck from the CR. For those of you who are community managers, do you recognize some of these frustrations? asked my co-author on Humanize , Jamie Notter, to give me his take on this: “It’s not surprising to me, actually, that Community Managers are struggling with these issues.

10 Reasons Businesses Will Start Using Google+ Communities in 2014

Convince & Convert

Well, with over 150,000 communities with more than 10 people, and tens of thousands will thousands of members, Google+ is really happening. Types of G+ Communities There are two types of communities: 1. Private:  This content cannot be shared outside of that community and can only be viewed by members. Why Use Google+ Communities? Now you have the basics on communities, let’s look at the 10 reasons you will start using them, especially in relation to your content marketing: 1. Find and Build Your Tribe A community attracts people. Simple. 5.

Helping Members and their Communities Succeed: the Future of What We Now Know as Membership


Curiously enough, however, it was not her association she turned to in order to address the issues and problems that mattered the most to her daily practice of medicine. The community was shaped to her needs and facilitated the kind of interactions, learning and development paths she needed to practice successfully. We all have had these moments. To me the message is crystal clear.

Interview with Community Manager: Jonas de los Reyes from Yahoo!

Social Media Citizens

Jonas de los Reyes is a lead community manager of Yahoo! You can follow Jonas on Twitter , Facebook and Linkedin. G: How did you build your experience as community manager? J: For me, it was a combination of things happening in my career that stirred my path to community management. Another thing that is needed for a community to thrive is community guidelines.

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3 Steps to Turn A Network Into A Community

Engaging Brand

Social media may be great at building a network BUT that doesn’t mean you have a community of loyal customers. What is the difference between networks of people and community of advocates? network gives you reach but a community gives you advocacy Click To Tweet. community occurs when you facilitate a place where people gain what they need.

What’s in Your Community Manager Job Description?


This post originally appeared on Online Community Results. SocialFish and OCR partner on many online community strategy and implementation projects – contact us if you need help with yours. ————— Are you thinking of hiring a community manager? Here’s a sample community manager job description for you. But wait!

Open Community Case Study – GoPlow


Community: GoPlow. GoPlow is the Snow & Ice Management Association ‘s (SIMA) online community. Brian believed they couldn’t do that until they had a open community website generating solid content. GoPlow is not only the center of their online community-building efforts, but an already profitable revenue center too. Check them out: GoPlow Community.

The Many Roles of an Internal Community Manager

Social Media Strategery

When someone in the communications industry refers to a “ community manager ,&# they are usually referring to someone that can manage the online relationships for a particular brand, using tools like Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. software , vendors and clients alike have come to realize that these communities don’t just magically appear. Yeah, that’s going to be you.

Google+ Communities Yay or Wait and See?

Janet Fouts

I don’t know about you but I’ve gotten more than a dozen invitations to Google+ communities in the last couple of days. In case you’re not aware of what that means, Google+ launched a new feature, Google+ Communities on Dec 6. Here’s a video from Google on what these new communities are all about: What Do Google+ Communities Offer My Business?

How and Why Data Syncing Matters to Your Online Community Setup


This post originally appeared on Online Community Results. We partner on many online community strategy and implementation projects – contact us if you need help with yours. ———– The connection between your back office CRM or AMS and your online community is the most critical part of any community implementation. Single sign-on. This

The New Competition: For-Profit Communities With Deep Pockets (Part 2)


Check out  Part 1 of this series for an introduction to the new, for-profit, online communities  like  Doximity  and  ResearchGate  that are changing the way their members work. These new communities focus first on providing indispensable tools to their members – tools that save time, money and, in the case of doctors, lives. Part 1 is here (and here on Avectra ). Member services.

Meet Joseph Mwakima, the Ultimate Community Manager

Geoff Livingston

In online circles we believe a community manager is someone who cultivates and activates a group or a brand following on a social network. As a Wildlife Works community relations officer , he regularly meets with people engaged in projects throughout the region. His community needs him, as does the overall Wildlife Works effort. Widespread Community Activation. Rangers.

How to Name Your Private Online Community


This post is by Ben Martin and originally appeared on the Avectra blog.  We’re working through this very issue with SEVERAL clients right now, so I thought this would be a great post to revisit! There are basically two schools of thought on naming a private online community. There is little to no ambiguity about who owns the community. ———-. Not so fast!

Get Open Community on Audible


Open Community is now on Audible! Just answer any of these questions: How has the growth of online community changed  the way you work today? Is community management part of your job? How has community management changed other business processes at your org (e.g. Does the leadership at your organization understand the impact of online community on the future of the org?

8 ways to deal with negative comments in online communities

Laurel Papworth

How do you respond to a negative comment in an online community,  on Facebook? Unless they go off and create an anti-community such as Dell Hell, alert the Press and continue to pursue their point of view. Something bad that had only a few views suddenly jumps to millions when you tell the online community Digg to remove information ( The Hole That Digg Dug ). Fight with them?

HootSuite Talks to Spanish Speaking Community


The problems appear to be caused by an issue affecting the Amazon Web Services. The issues were all visible on 4/21/2011 at Amazon’s AWS Service Health Dashboard. On April 21, 2011 there are several websites down. Among the affected are  HootSuite, Reddit, Foursquare and Quora. The company claims that are working to resolve the problem. The HootSuite Case. Why HootSuite is Doing This?

A Tale of Two Communities Part 1 – Volkswagen


This post is the first in a two-part series where guest blogger Garry Polmateer , former association executive currently working at NimbleUser helping organizations with Salesforce, looks at two online brands through the lens of the concepts in our book, Open Community. This post will focus on the Volkswagen community. Open Community Means Collaborating with a Purpose.

Interview with Community Manager: Ida Vega Santana from Sony Iberia

Social Media Citizens

Ida Vega Santana is a community manager at Sony Iberia. For the last 5 years she have been exploring online communication world and developing her community management skills at companies like Heineken , BBDO and the likes. You can follow Ida on Facebook , Linkedin or Twitter. G: How did you build your experience as a community manager? I: I think it’s essential to have previous experience in marketing and communication departments. Behind the communities to maintain and invigorate them, never forget that we must have a plan for initial communication.

How to Cut Costs with Your Own Support Community

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

Maintaining traditional channels like phone, email and live chat support are a must—but a solid support community can cut that burden drastically, saving you time and money. But good communities are more than support channels. Customers who participate, create content and connect with other community members become loyal brand advocates. Now, community managers run WUGspace.

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Interview with Community Manager: Helen Lynch from

Social Media Citizens

Helen Lynch is a community manager at, UK’s leading local search engine. You can follow Helen on Linkedin or Twitter. G: How did you build your experience as community manager? H: I started out in forums and IRC chat rooms, first as a user then as a volunteer mod and eventually moving into the role professionally. where I sometimes get to play with gadgets/toys and pretend it’s work! G: What are you top resources for community management? H: The emint mailserv, mentioned above. And what you mean by community – no two CM roles are exactly the same.

Velma Hart Talks Open Community


This is the second in a series of interviews we are conducting with CEO’s and senior executives about their take on the concepts in Open Community. We started our conversation with this one question: How do you think the concepts in Open Community will shape associations in the future? think there are a number of ways that open community will change associations in the future.

How to Succinctly Report a Blog Issue to Tech Support


You discover an issue with your site, or one of your community members emails you to tell you about it, and soon you start to see tweets about it too. So it’s important that you get the issues rectified as soon as possible, and get the show back on the road. It’s a lot like writing: when you’re reporting technical issues, you need to write for your audience.

Content vs. Community: How Online Publishers Can Nurture Both

As publishers continue to rely on the outside social web to foster their communities, they often witness dire consequences. Sites have experienced a dramatic decrease in core metrics and a dispersion of their most passionate community members. Today, the comment section provides a tool to build community engagement around a publisher. socialmedia longtailseo communities