Monday Roundup: Conversations

Waxing UnLyrical

Conversation.” Conversations, when initiated and managed well, can drive reputation, expand reach, and build brand loyalty. This week’s roundup features seven posts from around the web that focus on conversations. Exercises for Writing Conversationally.

Using Content, Conversation, Value And Trust To Build Community

Firebelly

Without trust there is no “real” community. Community at work… Image Credit: STAN HONDA – AFP/Getty Images . Community is an over-used word these days. Perhaps, it’s more accurate to say that there is a community continuum.

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Facebook Pages: Using Content & Conversation to Build Community

Firebelly

During the AllFacebook Marketing Conference , I was particularly excited about attending the Facebook Pages: Using Content & Conversation to Build Community session. However, I did come out of the session with some interesting opinions, statistics and tips for community managers.

STUDY: The Business Impact of Online Communities

SocialFish

How do organizations track the impact of their online communities? How do they link the community to competitive advantage? Communities are organizational orchestras, and marketing is the conductor. Align community with member retention programs.

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From Community to Commerce: Making the ROI Connection

Buzz Marketing for Technology

This week I moderated another Social Media Today webinar as part of their Best Thinker webinar series, this time on the topic of From Community to Commerce: Making the ROI Connection. Conversion Conversion Optimization Optimization ROI B2B Marketing iRobot Pizza Hut Social Media Wayin

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Importance of Brand Voice in Online Conversations & Communities

Firebelly

When it comes to brands leading and participating in conversations in social spaces, a clearly defined voice can be an important differentiator. This begs the question: why would you make a long-term investment in other areas of community building, but take a chance on the voice aspect?

A Little Bit of Conversation. A Lot More Insights.

Waxing UnLyrical

It’s simple – call a few people and have some in-depth, one-on-one conversations. LinkedIn posts go beyond job openings, to highlighting employees on the job and in the community. Your goal is to have a conversation, not an interrogation. A Little Bit of Conversation.

3 Secrets To Having A Two-Way Conversation With Your Brand’s Customers Online

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Posted in Branding Communities eCommerce Interactive Marketing Mobile Optimization. Here are three secrets to help brands have a two-way conversation with their customers online.

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.

Community management and content creation

Janet Fouts

Community Management Isn’t Content Creation. (go Now, I don’t 100% disagree with him that not all community managers are suited to create content. To tell great stories you have to stop having your community managers produce your content. Community managers?

Customers Don’t Want Ads, They Want a Conversation…Just Not the Conversations You Want to Have

Social Media Strategery

Somehow I don’t think these are the conversations consumers are looking for from brands. Amazon has 200 books in their “ social media for business ” category all using the same cliches – have two-way conversations, engage with your customers, be more human, etc.

Why the Boston Globe Shouldn’t Be Building Community on Facebook

SocialFish

——— My favorite Associations Now author, Ernie Smith, wrote a great article about building community around your most engaged users. Kudos to the Boston Globe for recognizing that creating a community for its most engaged readers is a great tactic.

Membership as Living Community

SocialFish

Once upon a time I was an aspiring academic, doing field work in rural Greece and the US and publishing about communities that formed around ritual mourning and celebrations. I think this is why virtual communities resonated with me, in spite of my non-technical background.

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. And don’t forget that Higher Logic clients can have access to our Essentials of Online Community Management program at a special discount.

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. 1) Managing a community takes more time than you think.

7 Ways to Lighten Up Your Marketing and Generate Conversation

Convince & Convert

In this video series from December 2013, called Fast Innovation and The Slow Waiter , Cisco’s Tim Washer (and the Cisco Voice of the Customer team) has fun conversations with real CIOs, including those from Safeway, Western Union, and Grupo Modelo.

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.

The Characteristics of A Community Manager

Mindjumpers

The Community Managers (CM). I’ll try to give you an introduction to the benefits of having a CM – and what you should look for in a Community Manager. The corner stones of community management. Getting a community involved and engaged needs a lot of planning.

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.

How to Bring Humor to Community Management

Convince & Convert

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Community managers have a challenging job. To drive participation and engagement around the contest, the community management team for Ikea Singapore responded to every comment with a funny meme starring the Shelf Help Guru.

It’s Time to Own Your Social Community

Convince & Convert

The days of the leased social community are fading, and it’s time to re-embrace owned social. Some of these online conversation venues were organized by and for hobbyists, such as KarateForums.com and many others owned and operated by my friend Patrick O’Keefe.

Are you a community manager?

SocialFish

Are you an association/nonprofit community manager (or association exec with community management newly thrust upon you?). develop the skills to nurture (or troubleshoot) any online community. Here’s the program outline: WEEK 1: Planning for your community.

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. This is a pivotal time in the discipline of community management, and many brands are asking these very questions.

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. Open spaces have the power to attract users and draw them deeper into the 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. G: How did you build your experience as community manager? .

Building A Real Twitter Community At #SXSW with Nestivity

Unspoken

We’ve heard it time and time again: Twitter is a great community-building tool. And I agree, in part – there is the potential for Twitter to be a fantastic place for deep, meaningful connections and powerful communities. Creating Community With Nestivity.

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. 2 – BUILD A COMMUNITY FROM AN EXISTING BOND. What community managers?

Online Communities: What Consumers Want, What Brands Don’t Deliver

Firebelly

The fun facts, random questions, and product advertisements all keep the consumers coming back to the brand and builds the community, but if and only if you sprinkle in some of what they actually want. Not every community and following is the same.

Social media for start-ups: Connect, converse and grow!

Mindjumpers

Tweet Written by Nabanita Roy , who is a web enthusiast and blogger currently working as a Community Development Executive at forums.com. They want to converse, collaborate, engage and finally shape the idea. Every time you will find new markets, new conversion rates and so on.

Community Managers Need To Be Community Focused

Firebelly

As a community manager you have to think about how you can support them, find the answers they are looking for, and add value for the brand you represent. Personally my belief is community managers should focus on interactions and not the number of fans.

#Milaap4Hope: A Global Conversation on Sustainable Giving

Waxing UnLyrical

And that is why Milaap is hosting a global, round-the-clock digital conversation on sustainable giving today. Milaap4Hope: A Global Conversation on Sustainable Giving is a post from: Waxing UnLyrical. I know you’re expecting your Monday roundup today. Sorry!

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? Here is a really big thing: Google indexes the community and its content when ‘public’.

How Socially Responsible Communications Maintain Your Community Cool

Waxing UnLyrical

Another great resource or ally can come from working with a trusted research firm that can help you “uncover the hidden patterns of understanding that undermine citizen action,” as the Topos Partnership has done for a variety of communities in at least seven different sectors.

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. Two of these three can be addressed/alleviated with online community.

Five Observations Gained from Starting an Online Community

Waxing UnLyrical

In October of last year, I launched an online community called Agree, Disagree, or Qualify. Building an online community doesn’t happen overnight. Some of these claims can get… heated, so ensuring a strong moderation core is a key part of keeping the conversation from devolving. Discussion builds communities. The community builds upon itself by testing claims and commenting on those claims. Communities co-create their own culture. Hey there, #WUL.

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. 1) Managing the community takes more time than you think. 2) Successful communities are indispensable.

MoMA Creates @Art140 To Stir Up Conversation

The Realtime Report

MoMA will post 6 pieces of art , representing “a wide range of work,” and then add information about each piece designed to get conversation rolling. The Museum of Modern Art wants to get more people to talk about art — and is turning to Twitter to make that happen.

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. And don’t forget that Higher Logic clients can have access to our Essentials of Online Community Management program at a special discount.

5 Reasons Why Conversations Matter to Your Brand

Firebelly

More specifically, brands struggle to put the human side first, have a hard time with two-way conversations, can’t get to the point of enabling conversations between others and rarely enable advocacy. You can accomplish a lot with conversation.

14 Tips to Generate More Leads, Conversions and Sales Using Twitter

Pam Moore

Twitter is an amazing platform to not only build community and brand awareness but also to generate leads and increase sales! Instead, you need to design and implement a well thought out and tested conversion funnel that helps you organically attract, inspire and engage your ideal customer.