Your guide to doing inclusive marketing – the right way!
In every corner of an organization, the idea of having an online community is brought up. But often, the idea remains just that – an idea – because starting the journey seems daunting. How should we begin to build the business case for it? What are the steps to get started? How can we translate the hard-to-explain-and-grasp benefits of community into a comprehensive and convincing plan? What lessons can be learned from others who have succeeded? To answer these questions and more, we are sharing a detailed roadmap to set you firmly on course!
I am thrilled to share the most comprehensive directory of B2B online customer communities on the web and perhaps even the planet! We published our first Big List in 2011 and just finished an exhaustive period of research and review to bring you the following 106 dynamic communities.
What makes some online communities more successful than others? Learn the 5 secrets to success of great communities and community managers.
What happens when a firm that specializes in supply chain management takes on an online customer community? Will they apply…
Online community management has (finally) risen to the rank of a being a respected and understood profession. Practitioners now have official titles, proper job descriptions, and sometimes even a bit of budget to allocate. And, due to that well-earned honor, we carry a recognized responsibility to be the voice of the customer, partner or employee for the organization. As the champions of human interaction, enabling a vibrant exchange of ideas and shepherding member-created insights to the forefront of the business so they can be acted on in tangible ways is an essential part of the role. And it doesn’t stop here. Due to the elevation of the profession, community managers are experiencing unprecedented levels of visibility within the organization.
Sorry, the party’s over. The days of social media celebration are gone. It’s not as if a random collection of “Likes” and “followers” had any real meaning but, hey, it was fun to watch the cool kids all get drunk at the bar of social media promises.
It’s time to sober up and put the kids to work. Business executives, in the parent role, have arrived on the scene and are calling for more focus on business goals and authentic measures of success. The caretakers are taking a hard line as social business enters young adulthood. So how do the kids win the trust of those parents in the executive suite? Where is the Kevin Bacon for this social media “Footloose” story? Learning to think critically about business concerns and addressing the needs of the business execs is the burning question for today.
Social customer care is more than just basic customer service. It means creating ongoing, detailed and sustained conversations with customers, prospects and even those who are “just looking.” Through online communities and other forms of social interaction, there are more opportunities to foster sustained dialogue, ask “tough” questions and follow up on issues raised. Instead of relying on verbal communications that dissipate as soon as the words are spoken, there is a written record of questions, responses, opinions and comments. The challenge is turning this detailed anecdotal information into data, and then using that data to improve results for both the customer and the business.
Social business is becoming a transformational strategy for companies to get closer to their key stakeholders in innovative ways. ROI, metrics, strategic alignment, operational impact of social business – this is what it is all about!