The Power Of Community Engagement March23

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Presentation given by Angela Connor at the Knight Community Information Challenge Boot Camp on March 23, 2010. Los Angeles, CA

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The Power Of Community Engagement March23

  1. 1. Rules of Community Engagement<br />Angela Connor<br />March 23, 2010<br />Knight Community Information <br />Challenge Boot Camp <br />
  2. 2. Make connections? <br />Solve problems? <br />Steady increase in membership?<br />Crucial conversations? <br />Move to action?<br />Repeat visitors? <br />Generate buzz?<br />What is your Goal?<br />
  3. 3. What is your Goal?<br />“..where residents can post problems, debate solutions, decide on a course of action.”<br />“…encourage users to contribute content and share links to information. <br />“…make their voices heard on issues of water quality.”<br />“To help strengthen community dialogue.”<br />“…creating an in-depth public interest online news service with discussion forums.”<br />“…discussions about the state’s government and public policy.”<br />
  4. 4. If you build it will they come? <br />
  5. 5. People will participate in my community because…<br />
  6. 6. Every community is different <br />
  7. 7. The Road to Engagement<br />
  8. 8. Ask Questions<br />“What are your top concerns about…?”<br />“What should we do about…?”<br />“What will happen when/if…? <br />Provide useful information and content<br />Live chats, Expert interviews, access to documents<br />Make it Personal<br />Complain<br />Conversations & Dialogue <br />
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  10. 10. What is your Goal?<br />“..where residents can post problems, debate solutions, decide on a course of action.”<br />“…encourage users to contribute content and share links to information. <br />“…make their voices heard on issues of water quality.”<br />“To help strengthen community dialogue.”<br />“…creating an in-depth public interest online news service with discussion forums.”<br />“…discussions about the state’s government and public policy.”<br />
  11. 11. Stroke a few egos <br />“Loved your recent post…”<br />“What great insight.”<br />“Your topics are always relevant and timely.” <br />Showcase and Acknowledge good work<br />Share across other social channels <br />Ask for Help <br />User-Generated Content<br />
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  13. 13. Make connections <br />Accept and respond to criticism<br />Use your influence <br />Seek expert advice and opinions <br />Make small talk <br />Get to know the community<br />
  14. 14. Common Community Killers<br />Rudeness <br />Arguing with visitors <br />Stealing ideas, refusing to credit others<br />Ignoring comments<br />Being pushy and pompous<br />
  15. 15. Nurturing<br />Managing the Conversation <br />
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  17. 17. Success Stories <br />
  18. 18. Who owns this community? Whose job is it to make this a living, breathing, interesting and active community?<br />Ask yourself….<br />
  19. 19. Takeaways<br />Give people what they want<br />Be present <br />Talk to people WHERE they are <br />Become a user advocate<br />
  20. 20. Angela Connor <br />Twitter: @communitygirl<br />Blog: Online Community Strategist <br />http://blog.angelaconnor.com<br />LinkedIn: Angela Connor <br />Google voice: 919-374-0627<br />Email: angeladconnor@gmail.com<br />Stay in Touch!<br />

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