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Facebook Creates Organ Donor Update

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They want to lower the number of people who die each year  waiting for an organ donation. More than 114,000 people in the United States, and millions more around the globe, are waiting for a donated organ that will save their lives. Many of those people – an average of 18 people per day – will die waiting, because there simply aren’t enough organ donors to meet the need.

How Social Is YOUR organization?

SocialFish

Some trivia for you: our first book, Humanize , was originally set to be titled “The Social Organization.” And, of course, regardless of the title, the book was about the same thing: what if we ran our organizations using the same principles that were behind the growth of social media? But are you a social organization? Big things are happening!! Congratulations.

Design Your Online Community for the Users, Not for the Organization

SocialFish

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. Featured Industry Insider Open Communit

How to Build a Community that Thrives

Spin Sucks

We talked a lot about engagement and networking and building community. In the early days of social media, everyone talked about community. Build a community. Talk to your community. Community is the bee’s knees. Everyone should have a community. What is Community? But let’s back up and talk, first, about what it means to build a community.

Top 5 Twitter Management Tips for Non-Profit Organizations to Increase Followers Organically

SocialFish

The social media network isn’t just limited to commercial entities, but is also beneficial to a wide range of not-for-profit organizations who support various causes. The challenge for most organizations on Twitter lies in getting a good number of followers, and growing followers. Build a community. Twitter is a great tool that can help you promote your organization.

Do Social Referrals Affect Organic Traffic?

Convince & Convert

Add value > Engage with your audience > Build relationships > Grow your community > Nurture relationships > Gain brand ambassadors  ( Tweet This ). Jay’s podcast got me thinking of another area where social media doesn’t get enough credit:  the organic traffic that comes to a website as the result of an initial social referral. Community Building.

Why the Future of Social Community is Omni-Social

Convince & Convert

The online community pendulum is swinging back. It’s no longer enough to rely on social networks for community infrastructure. Smart companies are now combining owned and rented community functions into a 1+1=3 scenario I call Omni-Social. But this, of course, makes social community more expensive and less efficient as brands are forced to pay for Reliable Reach.

How Instagram Makes Communities Better

Spin Sucks

In the fourth chapter, New Society: Elegant organization , Jarvis begins with a brief anecdote. Jarvis writes: Please, the publisher beseeched him, how can my publication start a community like yours? We should own a community, shouldn’t we? You don’t start communities, he said. Communities already exist. This is something Jarvis calls elegant organization.

The State of Community Management 2014

SocialFish

From the Community Roundtable comes the awesomest comprehensive report on communities. Those objective markers – developed in conjunction with members of TheCR Network – enable community teams to validate their approach and develop roadmaps. The State of Community Management 2014 from The Community Roundtable. Report: State of Community Management.

Are Bloggers Community Managers?

Spin Sucks

Are all bloggers also community managers? Jayme Soulati , in suggesting this topic , wondered if ignorance regarding community management might explain some blog failures. Because this post began as a comments-section Q&A, we’ll continue it in the same vein: What Is Community Management? Are Bloggers Community Managers? Schedule community events and Ustream chats.

Is your Organization Capable of Unorthodox Thinking?

SocialFish

Unless you can get your organization to challenge assumptions and think outside formulaic patterns and solutions, you cannot expect different results or steer it into a different future. Success is based on the ability to constantly discern, re-organize and leverage “pieces of a puzzle that are constantly shifting.” The New Competence of the Knowledge Age. Sermo did.  

Monitoring What Others Are Saying About Your Organization

SocialFish

Part of managing your organization’s brand is being consistently aware of what others are saying about it. You can’t engage your audience or your market base if you can’t see your organization through their eyes. One of the most effective ways to do this is to monitor what’s being said about your organization, who’s saying it and how much influence they have. Paid Apps.

The State of Community Management 2015

SocialFish

The 2015 State of Community Management Report is out!! You know I look forward to this research every year and I’m excited to see communities definitely maturing this year. Strategy: Community-minded organizations must invest in people and systems, not just platforms. Operations: Community advocacy programs are more than just a checkbox.

Is Your Online Community Changing with the Times?

SocialFish

This post  originally appeared on the Higher Logic blog , where I’m posting an  ongoing series  related to Millennials and online community.   And don’t forget that Higher Logic clients can have access to our  Essentials of Online Community Management  program at a special discount. We need our online communities to morph and shift with the changing landscape.

Millennials and Transparency in Online Communities

SocialFish

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?

How to Make Your Organization Seem More Human

SocialFish

You’d think in an era of social media, where we’re all so aware of what everyone else is doing, that it’d be simple to give your organization a human face. So, in this age of automated sales, web-etiquette and tech, how do you maintain your organization’s connection with members? Provide a specific point of contact — the face for your organization — to your customer.

Five Subtle Lessons from Great Community Managers

SocialFish

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. Did you know that at least half of that time is spent guiding staff who should be using the community as part of their daily work? This is time-intensive work. photo credit ).

NEW! Essentials of Online Community Management On-Demand Course

SocialFish

I’ve partnered with Ben Martin of Online Community Results to offer an on-demand, crash course on the Essentials on Online Community Management (EOCM).  We designed this course for community managers (full or part-time) and the executives who oversee community management. You don’t need a deep dive into the finer points community management. Going live.

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Starting an Association Online Community? Five Tips for Building a Strong Foundation

SocialFish

This post originally appeared on the  Online Community Results blog. ———– Recently, Ernie Smith wrote a good piece  about starting online communities in Associations Now. In the article, he referred back to the Reddit volunteer moderator revolt I wrote about last August , and offered some tips for organizations just beginning to build online communities.

Marketing, community, support or all of the above?

Dave Fleet

While public relations practitioners were early out of the blocks on social, the last few years have seen a shift of budgets towards marketing organizations, and money talks – their role has become increasingly prevalent in social for many companies. Communities in particular were by their nature filled with people who already have an affinity or interest in your product, right?

All you need to know about organic reach on Facebook

SocialFish

But nonprofits who have worked hard to build community on their pages? Long version: Also known as the spin:   Organic Reach on Facebook: Your Questions Answered   – Facebook thinks there’s too much content so they are trimming it for us. Sample laugh out loud quote: “Is organic reach dropping because Facebook is trying to make more money? Short version: Sigh.

Want to know how much Community Managers are paid?

SocialFish

The Community Roundtable’s Community Careers and Compensation Report 2015 is out! Community strategy development was the most valued skill of the 50 we asked about in the CCC survey, for each of the three job roles we examined in detail – community manager, community strategist and Director of Community. Key finding #4: Communities are everywhere.

Membership as Living Community

SocialFish

She will explain and explore for us how “d emand-centered models require a re-orientation of an organization from products and policies to people—customers, members, stakeholders” — and these are ideas which clearly relate very directly to the themes we’ve been exploring both in  Open Community  and in  Humanize. . And why wouldn’t it? the higher the retention rate.

Should your online community be open or closed?

SocialFish

This post originally appeared on  Online Community Results. We partner with OCR on many online community strategy and implementation projects – contact us if you need help with yours. If your community is completely open, anyone can see everything, post anything, and participate as a full member of the community. Your community is less than 6 months old.

Community design showcase: NTEN keeps it simple

SocialFish

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. ———— Here’s an online community that is simple and elegant and works really well. Let’s look at a few key parts of the community. 1. YES, SERIOUSLY!

HELP NEEDED: community managers for CiviliNation Survey

SocialFish

CiviliNation is a nonprofit education and research organization focused on advancing the full capability of individuals to communicate and engage in cyberspace in a responsible and accountable way. Are you a Community Manager? Yet if not managed properly, conflicts can also also tear a community apart. Open Community The Social OrganizationHelp CiviliNation out.

Come for the content, stay for the community

SocialFish

Came across two slides decks on the same day that I thought were unexpectedly about the same thing – loyalty and community. Secrets of Great Communities And Community Managers from Leader Networks. Featured Open Community See what you think. The Power of Loyalty in Social Media from Dave Fleet. Click through to see them! ——— ( photo credit ).

Are you a community manager?

SocialFish

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

Guerilla Community-Building Group Provides Insight to Modernizing Your Organization

SocialFish

recently discovered an emerging New York City community/organization called The Office Hero League that seems to be providing the same value to the members of their community that an association would provide. Their push and call for community is starting out as a digital campaign, and then bringing people together in person in order to strengthen the community.

5 Ways to Grow Your Instagram Following and Build Community

Convince & Convert

What’s the secret to building a thriving community on Instagram? And today, I’m going to show you some of my favorite strategies for creating an engaged and growing community on Instagram using some advanced tricks of the trade. My favorite types of shout outs are those that happen organically, but sometimes, you have to put down the capital to really drive reach. ” 3.

The Case for Building a Fiercely Loyal Community

SocialFish

Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Sarah advises her international clients on how to build a thriving, successful community, how to increase social media effectiveness, and how to develop a remarkable online and offline business presence. ———————— I know you may be thinking “Why do I need to read about the case for building a community?

Online Community Manager Job Description

SocialFish

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.

YOU’RE INVITED: Community Manager Appreciation Day, Washington DC #CMAD

SocialFish

Next Monday, January 26 is Community Manager Appreciation Day! Community is what we all do, and we’re passionate about it. Definitely check out what’s going on for CMAD this year, including 24 hours of Google+ hangouts and Community Manager Appreciation Awards, on the official website. Humanize the Brand to Build Real Community. How awesome is that? 6pm – 8pm.

Facebook, Instagram Team Up With IOC, Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, Official Broadcasters

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The social network announced a collaboration with the International Olympic Committee , the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, more than 20 official broadcasters and the national Olympic committees of several countries, under which more videos and other interactive content will appear on Facebook and Instagram. By giving people the ability to engage and share their passion for the Games and their favorite teams, we will help connect our global communities with the Olympic Games and each other. Readers: Have you been interacting on Facebook and Instagram during the Summer Olympics?

The Future of Community Management

Ignite Social Media

So, when I was asked to share what the future of community management would be like, at first it felt like an impossible task.  Perhaps you are feeling the strife of defining “community management”, or trying to figure out where a discipline that touches so many areas of your business fits on your org chart. Let’s Get Grounded: What’s Community Management, Really?

Timehop Helps You Build Community with Nostalgia

Spin Sucks

Timehop Builds Community around Nostalgia. Each day when you get your recap email, you are given options to share the different events from that day throughout the years on your social channels or email—further spreading the nostalgia and building community. One of the most powerful aspects of nostalgic memories is the community built around these shared experiences.

Change Management Is the Foundation of a Social Organization

SocialFish

Michael Brito is currently a Vice President at Edelman Digital.  He writes frequently in his  social media blog and just finished writing his first  social business book,  Smart Business, Social Business: A Playbook for Social Media in Your Organization which will be released in July 2011.  We’re honored that he was willing to write this guest post for us. The Social Organization

Using Online Community to Increase Member Retention

SocialFish

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.

2013 State of Community Management Report Stresses Importance of Community Managers

SocialFish

Even though my current role is broader than community management, I’m still a community manager at heart and it’s still my passion. If you want to see value from online community, you need to invest in community management. Successful community management is not a role delegated to the least experienced members of a team.

Five Lessons from Great Community Managers

SocialFish

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.