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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Report: How Twitter Users Discuss Mental Health Issues

SocialTimes Twitter

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.

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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.

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.

Would you join a Community Manager Association?

SocialFish

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?

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. JOB DESCRIPTION: ONLINE COMMUNITY MANAGER.

How Good Is Your Community Management?

SocialFish

For eight years, the Community Roundtable has dug deeply into the strategies, operations and tactics behind the most successful communities in our annual State of Community Management reports. Research places your community in context. Understanding community is one thing.

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.

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 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.

Community Management 101

SocialFish

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.

Community Management Continues to Mature [REPORT]

SocialFish

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. - badly managed internal communities cause more chaos and confusion, not less.

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? Image via BigStockPhoto.com.

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.

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? .

HELP NEEDED: community managers for CiviliNation Survey

SocialFish

Check out their resources for help with issues like online hostility, cyberstalking, and online conflict. Are you a Community Manager? Yet if not managed properly, conflicts can also also tear a community apart. Open Community The Social Organization

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

SocialFish

I recently left my position managing social media and online community for a large professional association. This is one that an individual community manager probably has little control over, as access is likely controlled by the company.

The dark side of community management

SocialFish

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? ” 2013 SOCM: The Value of Community Management from The Community Roundtable.

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’.

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

SocialFish

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. Its value was not a list of “benefits” but the community itself: a facilitated joint journey of continuous discovery.

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

Social Media Citizens

Jonas de los Reyes is a lead community manager of Yahoo! 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. G: Where is the best place to build the community?

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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? A network gives you reach but a community gives you advocacy Click To Tweet.

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.

What’s in Your Community Manager Job Description?

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. ————— Are you thinking of hiring a community manager?

Open Community Case Study – GoPlow

SocialFish

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. In terms of community metrics, I don’t track that info at this point.

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

SocialFish

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. Like traditional associations, these communities are a source of news, information and education.

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. Law as bullying tactic rarely works, it just incenses the community.

HootSuite Talks to Spanish Speaking Community

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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.

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. The future of Google+ Communities.

How and Why Data Syncing Matters to Your Online Community Setup

SocialFish

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. to log in to the community.). For now, let’s get back to the data syncing issue.

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.

Get Open Community on Audible

SocialFish

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.

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. G: How did you build your experience as a community manager? Behind the communities to maintain and invigorate them, never forget that we must have a plan for initial communication. G: What are your favourite community management case studies?

How to Name Your Private Online Community

SocialFish

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.

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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Interview with Community Manager: Helen Lynch from Yell.com

Social Media Citizens

Helen Lynch is a community manager at Yell.com, UK’s leading local search engine. G: How did you build your experience as community manager? Over the past 8 years I’ve moved from moderation and moderator management through customer support and community management and then into social media, content and community management within the marketing industry. G: What are you top resources for community management? G: How do you reward your community stars?

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

How Milaap’s #HopeProject Gives New Life to Former Devadasis

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area, she loves helping for- and non-profit clients, both small and large, turn corporate codswallop into community cool™. Community Building Events Shonali Burke Women''s Issues #HopeProject devadasis forced into prostitution milaap sex workers

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?