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Building an Effective Community Strategy with On-Demand and Salesforce Building an Effective Community Strategy with On-Demand and Salesforce Presentation Transcript

  • Building an Effective Community Strategy with On-Demand and Salesforce Scott Hemmeter, Arrowpointe Corp. Mark Mangano, SalesforceWatch.com Joe Kleinschmidt, Leverage Software Track: Marketing Executives
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  • Agenda
    • Welcome
    • Community Definition
    • Community Benefits
    • Building Community: Panel of Experts
    • Resources
    • Q & A
  • Definition
    • com‧mu‧ni‧ty   [kuh-myoo-ni-tee]
    • – noun, plural -ties.
    • A social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists (usually prec. by the ): the business community; the community of scholars.
  • What Do These Companies Have In Common?
  • What Community Does for You!
    • Reducing Sales and Marketing Expenses
    • Creating Brand Loyalty
    • Developing New Products
    • Peer Based Customer Support
    • Creating Social Networks
    • Creating Evangelists
  • Scott Hemmeter President, Arrowpointe Corp. [email_address]
  • Perspectives on Salesforce.com
    • Blog by Scott Hemmeter of Arrowpointe
      • http://sfdc.arrowpointe.com
      • Written from the solution provider’s viewpoint
    • Stats
      • ~5000 page views per month
      • ~225 subscribers to the main RSS feed
    • Building and Managing Communities
      • Speak to your audience at a more personal level
      • Can be inexpensive
      • Can build/reinforce your brand
      • Can (re)establish your Internet presence
    • Demonstrating Economic Benefits
      • Direct Lead Generation
      • Indirect Lead Generation
      • Advertising Revenue
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Community Building
    • DO : Set goals and establish a focus DON’T : Stray from that focus
    • DO : Engage in conversations (“speaking with”) DON’T : Republish your marketing materials (“speaking at”)
    • DO : Publish regularly. Be responsive to feedback. DON’T : Let the content sit still for long periods of time
    • DO : Start simple. Add more functionality as you progress DON’T : Try to do everything at once
  • Set goals and take appropriate actions
    • My Goals
    • Build a reputation
    • Obtain Quality Leads
    • Learn web technologies
    • Develop Alternative Revenue Streams
    • Give me a voice to Salesforce
    Participate in the community Demonstrate Expertise Learn new technologies Conduct Product Reviews Wish Lists
  • Start your own community
    • Treat it as a project or campaign
    • Setup the software. 2 good choices are:
      • ( www.wordpress.org ) (free)
      • ( www.typepad.com ) ($8.95 - $14.95/month)
    • Communicate the new site to customers & prospects
    • Add your site to Google, Yahoo! and other search indexes
    • Post regularly, respond to comments and encourage participation from the community
    • Solicit feedback and make continuous improvements
  • Mark Mangano Blogger & Editor [email_address]
  • SalesforceWatch.com
    • My Background
      • Salesforce.com enterprise customer since 2002
      • Director of Application Development, Gartmore Global Investments
    • Salesforcewatch.com Highlights
      • Started: January 2005
      • Posts: 365; Comments: 378 (as of 10/3/06)
      • 6,000 page views/month
      • On-demand blogging platform: TypePad
    • Why Evangelize?
      • Love of product
      • Voice has a platform
      • Community resource
  • SalesforceWatch.com
    • Benefits on both sides of the fence
      • Blogger
        • Recognition
        • $$ (ads, sponsorships – Bluewolf) or other benefits (speaking at Dreamforce, product trials, sneak previews)
      • Company
        • 3 rd party voice
        • Promotion, leads
        • Support
        • Partner marketing
    • Get involved!
      • Monitor blogosphere
      • Engage bloggers
      • Participate in comments and forums
  • SalesforceWatch.com
    • Information Overload - Tools to break through noise ( How I do it! ):
    • RSS (Really Simple Syndication)
      • Sometimes called a “news feed”
      • Subscription metaphor
      • Save time, information comes to you
      • View with an “RSS news reader”; desktop,
      • web-based and mobile applications
    Tips & Tricks Try the Google RSS Reader. It’s free, web-based, and easy to use. http:// www.google.com /reader
  • SalesforceWatch.com
    • My RSS Subscriptions (over 125) in NetNewsWire
  • SalesforceWatch.com
    • Monitor Blogosphere with Specialty Search Engines and Social Networks
  • SalesforceWatch.com How are people tagging your website? How are people interacting with your brand?
  • SalesforceWatch.com
    • Other tools to use:
      • Wikipedia – free, online encyclopedia created and maintained by its users
      • Digg – stories and websites submitted by users; community votes (Diggs) stories to front page
      • CoComments – track conversations in blogs comments
      • Google Alerts – subscribe to Google News search results
    • Resources:
      • Find all sites mentioned in my session at:
        • http://www.salesforcewatch.com/dreamforce/links.html
      • Steve Rubel, PR Blogger: http://www.micropersuasion.com
      • TechCrunch, coverage of Web 2.0 news: http://www.techcrunch.com
  • Joe Kleinschmidt Chief Technology Officer [email_address]
  • The Leverage Community Platform
    • What We Do
      • On-Demand Solution for Building Communities
      • Networking, Forums, Polls, Groups, File Sharing, Email, Chat, Calendar, Comments…
    • Why Community?
      • Loyalty: My Space  Their Space
      • Awareness: 1000s of Reasons for Your Customers to Visit You
      • Intelligence: Customers Speak Their Mind To You
      • (not your competition)
  • Communities Everywhere!
  • Key Community Value
    • Provide Value to Your Community
      • Offer Tools to Encourage Communication and Interaction
      • Low-Cost: You Provide The Space, But Your Guests Come for Each Other
    • Your Community Will Provide Value to You
      • Insight Comes From Everywhere
      • Sometimes Information You Wouldn’t Expect
      • Opportunity for Direct Communication
  • Community On-Demand
    • On-Demand Means Community Your Way
      • Launch to a Subset of Your Customers in 1 Week
      • Grow It As You Need It
  • Resources
    • Key Sites:
      • Connect On Demand: www.salesforce.com/connect/signup
      • Leverage Software: www.leveragesoftware.com
      • Best Practices Site: www.successforce.com
      • SalesforceWatch: www.salesforcewatch.com
      • Perspectives: sfdc.arrowpointe.com
    • Dreamforce Resources:
      • Connect On Demand Café: Partner Expo
      • 1:1 Success Clinics: Campground
  • QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION Mark Mangano Blogger & Editor Scott Hemmeter President, Arrowpointe Corp. Joe Kleinschmidt Chief Technology Officer
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