What do you think about your community platform?

SocialFish

We won’t buy a $6 latte at a café without checking out reviews first. But where do community managers go when they’re getting ready to spend $10,000 or more per year for on-domain community software? Why isn’t there a Yelp specifically for community software?

How to Buy a Website

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

Apart from a great how-to on starting up a site, it highlights the growing trend to buying websites rather than starting from scratch. Why Buy? By buying instead, you can get a proven website where you can focus on growing the site rather than getting than initial traction.

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Who Will Buy Your.Brand Domain

Ari Herzog

Companies have historically been limited in what they can buy and how they can market their brand in accordance to availability. Companies, organizations, and individuals can not buy their own domains in the name of themselves.

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How Social Media and Smart Devices Impact Consumers’ Buying Decisions [Infographic]

Mindjumpers

This brilliant infographic by Symphony Teleca entitled “The Meaning of Like”, illustrates how mobile devices and real-time access to review sites and social networks impact consumers’ buying decisions and overall retail experience. Social networks influence buying behavior.

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Buy and Sell Influence on Empire Avenue

Ari Herzog

That’s right, you can now track my sticker symbol and buy and sell shares of my stock to your heart’s content. I didn’t understand the rationale to buying and selling “stock&# in friends and websites.

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Buy Some Social Media Today!

Jason Yormark

I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time at Microsoft Advertising on the community team. About a year ago, I remember reaching a crossroads for myself around what career path I wanted to align myself with. I had built up close to 12+ years of experience around digital marketing, but was really gravitating towards social media marketing.

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Not Buying What You're Shilling

Twist Image

Brands get two major things wrongs when enlisting people from within the Social Media channels to do their bidding: Brands assume that they will be trusted because the person talking about them has a trusted community. Just because you've enlisted an evangelist, it doesn't mean that a brand has any semblance of credibility within that community. Don't expect the evangelists' community to be your community. community.

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How’s your community manager doing?

SocialFish

Rachel Happe has a really important post at the Community Roundtable about the lack of support she’s seeing for community managers. And yet, most CEOs and executives probably would respond with a blank stare if you asked them about community management and/or social business.

Are you strangling your community?

SocialFish

Her new book is out and I asked her to share some thoughts about community building, a topic dear to our hearts. BUY THE BOOK – FIERCE LOYALTY: UNLOCKING THE DNA OF WILDLY SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITIES. We dictate the operations of the community.

Preparing Your Online Community for the Digital Generation

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.

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

SocialFish

The community was shaped to her needs and facilitated the kind of interactions, learning and development paths she needed to practice successfully. Its value was not a list of “benefits” but the community itself: a facilitated joint journey of continuous discovery.

Tweeting of purchases is a plug that money can’t buy – Social Media ROI Monetization

Laurel Papworth

ChompOn, a group-buying site similar to Living Social and Groupon, recently revealed that at the end of a purchase, if the customer “shares” the purchase on Facebook, it’s worth $14 to their business. How much is a a Tweet worth, in dollar terms?

You Can’t Buy Brand Advocates or Social Media Friends

Pam Moore

You can’t buy advocates, friends, fans, evangelists, or word of mouth. It requires investment in the human beings within your community. It’s not news that social networks such as Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn are moving to a pay to play model.

Buy the book: Open Community is out!!

SocialFish

Buy it now! What is Open Community? Tags: Featured Open Community Soooo…we might have been talking your ears off about a certain little book we want you to check out… It’s finally here. We want to hear what you think about our ideas. Talk to me, Goose! on Prezi.

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Interview with Community Manager: Ben Bateman from Square Enix

Social Media Citizens

Ben Bateman is community manager from Square Enix. A Currently Community Manager for Codemasters, supporting all boxed titles including DiRT 3, Operation Flashpoint Red River, F1 2011, and Bodycount. G: How did you build your experience as community manager?

Why Best Buy and Hertz Fail

Ari Herzog

Good luck unsubscribing from email newsletters sent by Best Buy and Hertz. If you are inspired to add a comment with your thoughts, please visit Why Best Buy and Hertz Fail in your browser.

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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. The Internal Community Manager wears many hats.

Social Media Community Management: An Interview with Kathryn Peck of EA SPORTS

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

Her community outreach on behalf of Electronic Arts was amazing and her engagement with customers gives all of us lessons to live by. What’s a typical day like for you as the EA SPORTS Active Community Manager?

Having a Community Means Having a Brand: Listen to Feedback!

Mindjumpers

Having a community such as a Facebook brand page equals engagement! The key element is not only to promote your brand or a new product launch, because if you had no community, where would your business actually be?

Buying & Selling Websites for Profit: An In-Depth Guide

Viper Chill

In short, here’s my position: I like to buy websites I can automate through outsourcing and I sell websites that I no longer enjoy running or have a desire to grow. I like communities that already have large paying audience because the income they are generating is quite safe.

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A Tale of Two Communities Part 1 – Volkswagen

SocialFish

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. Open Community

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. Take a look at some strong examples of community support.

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Why Buying Twitter Followers Is Damaging To Your Brand

Akamai Marketing

Community social media Transparency Twitter Vent advice automation personal brandingWe've Moved! Please Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: [link] Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.

Is Link Buying Necessary?

Small Business Mavericks

» Is Link Buying Necessary? to incorporate link buying into your marketing plan. She says point blank that link buying is absolutely necessary in an “ultra-competitive&# niche. Is link buying evil? About Us What’s a Maverick?

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Content vs. Community: How Online Publishers Can Nurture Both

mashable.com

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. socialmedia longtailseo communities

3 Benefits of Understanding Paid Social Media as a Community Manager

Ignite Social Media

There’s no doubt that your community manager knows your social audience best. After all, they are in the community, engaging with your fans daily. Social media platforms are constantly changing, and as a community manager, it’s critical to stay on top of the changes.

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Paywall for News.com and Online Community Social Media

Laurel Papworth

As tomorrow is an historic day – The Australian and other news.com sites move behind the paywall – what WILL we pay for, what SHOULD we pay for and what OTHER revenues streams are being missed by News.com refusal to build online communities around their content?

Why you should Block people and your Community responsibility

Laurel Papworth

You are a community manager now. It is YOUR responsibility to keep your community safe, not Facebook or AT&T or Fedex or any other communication delivery platform. I’m still not buying their story but I have some empathy now.

12 Questions To Ask Before You Build An Online Community

Firebelly

“I don’t know if I should build an online community&#. I hear this very often when I’m working with clients that are launching a community – or building the foundation of what might become a community – to be more accurate. A couple of over arching considerations: What are the marketing goals and how will building a community support them? Can your organization sustain an ongoing investment of time and money to build a community?

Velma Hart Talks Open Community

SocialFish

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?

The Complete Guide to Facebook Groups: How to Create a Group, Build a Community and Increase Your Organic Reach

Buffer Social

Facebook has recently launched Groups for Pages, enabling the 70 million+ Pages on Facebook to create their own unique communities and feeds. And more importantly, how do you build an engaged community in your Facebook Group? How to build an engaged community in your Facebook group.

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.

Social Media News Ticker: Twitter Ad Retargeting, Google ‘+Post Ads,’ Apple Buys Topsy

The Realtime Report

Apple buys Topsy, a social media analytics firm – last week Apple acquired Topsy Labs, a research company that analyzes tweets; Apple would not disclose the “purpose or plans” behind the acquisition (The New York Times). Check out this week’s summary of all the latest social media news, including changes and new features for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Tumblr and Apple: Facebook.

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Is Jeremy Epstein The Yoda Of Community Marketing?

Firebelly

What Henry Ford, Espresso, And Community Have In Common. I love his approach – he thinks aloud and collaborates in the open with the members of his community, shares best practices, and relentless connects people.

Best Practices for Social Media Ad Spending

Ignite Social Media

For instance, your community manager ensures the right voice, tone, and look is expressed in the community and the content producer uses this information to develop creative that best serves the social platform and audience. Social network ad spending isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

4 Reasons Why Twitter Should Buy TweetDeck

TwiTip

Last week, the blogosphere was on fire with reaction to a report by the Wall Street Journal that Twitter is in talks to buy TweetDeck for $50 Million (registration may be required to read the post). 4 Reasons Why Twitter Should Buy TweetDeck.

Strength of Community Supersedes Influence

Geoff Livingston

After the influencer “graces&# everyone with their presence, the organization’s community remains. After a sales or advocacy campaign winds up, the community remains. That’s why the most important metric should always be Strength of Community.

BREAKING: Internet Media Labs Buys Tweetchat – Will Live On as SmartStream

SocialFish

Brands don’t own the message anymore, they are part of crafting it, but the community at large has a big part to play.”. Remember this ?

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Find Your Online Tribe: Building an Instagram Community on a Low Budget

Sprout Social

Building up a loyal community is an important aspect of any marketing strategy. On Instagram you have an unique opportunity to create a community that can extend beyond your brick-and-mortar store. Interact with your community.

Why Private Communities Fail

SocialFish

Socious’ Online Community Blog has a fantastic series listing a whole ton of reasons why private communities fail. My favorite: Private online communities are not about enabling members to connect and friend each other. Private online communities are about providing the content, resources, and discussions to help members or customers become more successful in their jobs and lives. Why Private Social Communities Fail & How to Avoid It? Open Communit