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Ready to join the cutting-edge of companies boldly tackling social media by building and participating in online communities? This is from the Get Satisfaction Community Webcast series. It's the slide …

Ready to join the cutting-edge of companies boldly tackling social media by building and participating in online communities? This is from the Get Satisfaction Community Webcast series. It's the slide presentation of "The 10 Commandments Community Management." This talk was about the intersection between community management and customer service, and why crowd-sourced communities may be the future of customer service. It shows how to quickly and easily build a customer community that will enhance traditional customer service and provide measurable value to a company and its brand.

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  • Excellent list of proper community management to-dos and leit motives...which prove that a community manager shouldn't be a marketeer...bcs they don't share same objectives when they wake up.

    It also proves that it's basically about common sense, an extraordinary command of communication and linguistic skills, pragmatics (knowing about your interlocutor's intent, etc)...and common sense again. And that's hard to achieve/find, indeed.
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  • 1. 10 The Ten Commandments of Community Management Tuesday, April 7, 2009 1 Hi. I'm Amy Muller, Chief Community Officer and co-founder at Get Satisfaction, located in San Francisco. Behind the scenes is Eric Suesz, our community manager, who will be manning the chat room. This is the first in a series of webcasts we're doing that is focused on enhancing your community and getting more value out of Get Satisfaction. Today's topic is the 10 Commandments of Community Management. We hope to give you a set of guidelines to work with that will help you plan for, cultivate, and grow your customer community. At Get Satisfaction we're in the middle of many thousands of communities, which gives us a unique insight into what works and what doesn't. There are many kinds of communities and what we're going to focus on in this series is customer communities. And specifically, how to use community to best support the people using your products and services. I'll be talking for about 20 minutes, and then I'll open it up for questions and answers. You can post your questions to the chat room and even chat amongst yourselves or with Eric as we go along. As fellow community managers, I have no doubt you'll be on your best behavior in our chat room and will stay on topic. Also, before the Q&A at the end of the webcast, we'll be making a couple of announcements and giving away a free year of premium service to one registered viewer -- so be sure to stick around.
  • 2. What is community? Tuesday, April 7, 2009 2 So what IS community? People use the term quot;communityquot; these days to mean all sorts of things. We believe community is when people come together around a shared interest. And that conversations -- even the kind we have when we're trying to solve a problem or answer a question -- are the building blocks for meaningful community. Now, without further ado, I present Get Satisfaction's 10 Commandments for Community Management.
  • 3. 1 COMMANDMENT ONE Know your special purpose Tuesday, April 7, 2009 3
  • 4. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 4 If we could only have one commandment, what would it be? In our experience, the one that matters most is to know your special purpose. Zappos core values http://about.zappos.com/our-unique-culture/zappos-core-values quot;The Tao of Timbuk2quot; http://www.timbuk2.com/wordpress_cms/customer-service/about/ What do we mean by this? We mean that you have a core set of values or even just one core value or mission that your whole company is bought in on and that you embody so fully it emanates out to your customers.
  • 5. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 5 It's the thing that makes you not just another widget creator or bag seller or software company or service provider. It's your reason for existence beyond just making money. It's from companies like this that communities emerge or are at least more easily created.
  • 6. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 6 Maybe you're just selling shoes, but you're doing it in a way that brings happiness to people's lives. slide: http://zappos.twitter.com What is is about Zappos that makes them so effective at creating a passionate community of customers? They fully embrace their core values. It starts from the top down -- the CEO embodies it, and everyone in the organization is empowered to do what he does. They are all encouraged to use their real names when interacting with their customers; to treat them like friends.
  • 7. Embodying the purpose Tuesday, April 7, 2009 7 And the employees are empowered to do what needs to be done to take care of their customers, whether it's helping them find the shoes they want on another web site when they're not available at Zappos or sending flowers.
  • 8. Breeding trust Tuesday, April 7, 2009 8 At Get Satisfaction, our special purpose is to enable companies and customers to create meaningful relationships where before they only had transactions; And the way we go about doing this is by creating a safe, public space for companies and customers to come together, which breeds trust. It also makes everyday people feel empowered and makes them more willing participants in the life of the company whose products and services they use. Whatever you do, do it in a way that matters -- that's what creates community. No set of tactics or technologies can make up for the lack of having that. And it should be something that is second nature to everyone in the business, in such a clear way that it rubs off on your customers. And this special purpose should guide every interaction as a community manager.
  • 9. 2 COMMANDMENT TWO Establish a social contract Tuesday, April 7, 2009 9 There are many different types of gathering spaces for people online. Each one has its own set of social norms. What might be right for Digg may not be right for Flickr. slide: http://www.4chan.org/ Or, take 4chan/b/, the place where bad actors who've been kicked out of every other community go to bother each other. As you can see by the rules for their community, there basically are no rules. So what's right for them is definitely not okay pretty much anywhere else. In a support community, getting it wrong can be hazardous.
  • 10. 4chan /b/ RULES: NONE Tuesday, April 7, 2009 10
  • 11. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 11 At Get Satisfaction, we've worked to provide a social contract by way of our Community Guidelines and Company-Customer Pact. We know that asking companies to meet their customers in a Switzerland of sorts seems like it's asking for unilateral disarmament on the part of the companies. Which of course isn't fair when your customers might be showing up with hand grenades and semi-automatic weapons. So, we created the Company-Customer Pact, which calls for multilateral disarmament. For instance, if we're going to expect companies to work hard on the customer's behalf in public, we ask customers to cut them some slack as we know mistakes will get made along the way. It's a two-way street.
  • 12. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 12 Flickr's community guidelines are a great example of a clear and strong social contract and are a model that many communities follow.
  • 13. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 13 For instance: quot;Don't be creepy. You know that guy. Don't be that guy.quot; Need to write your own community guidelines? Flickr is a good place to start: http://www.flickr.com/ guidelines.gne
  • 14. Define your social norms in writing Tuesday, April 7, 2009 14 Define your social norms in writing (slide: http://getsatisfaction.com/community_guidelines) This is where you are explicit about your social contract. On Get Satisfaction we have provided an explicit social contract for you. However, you are welcome to add to it for your own customer community so that it meets your specific community's needs.
  • 15. Enforce your rules Tuesday, April 7, 2009 15 Create a safe space by making it clear you'll enforce rules -- then actually do. For instance, a few months after we started we banned our first user on Get Satisfaction. Then we blogged about it. By doing this, we made it clear that we stand behind our social contract which has helped us as we've grown. Blog post, The Ban Hammer: http://blog.getsatisfaction.com/2008/05/20/the-ban-hammer/
  • 16. Lead By Example Tuesday, April 7, 2009 16 This is where the implicit part of your social contract is made evident. How you respond and interact with your customers can do a lot to diffuse anger, bad behavior, and sets the right tone. Hold yourself to your own standards.
  • 17. 3 COMMANDMENT THREE Set clear expectations Tuesday, April 7, 2009 17 Externally and internally. There are different ways to engage with your customer community. For some companies, it is a core support channel; for others, it may be peripheral. Whatever the case, be sure you set your expectations clearly for both your customers and your internal team.
  • 18. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 18 Panic http://getsatisfaction.com/panic/ Here's a company that wants a customer community, but one where customers are engaging with each other. They've made this intent clear to their customers and have given them a way to get in touch for pure company support issues. And this doesn't mean the company isn't involved at all, but they have made it clear that customers shouldn't expect an immediate employee response.
  • 19. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 19 Primal Fusion http://getsatisfaction.com/primalfusion/topics/ welcome_were_listening_and_were_eager_to_talk On the other hand, you have companies who want to be actively engaged in their customer communities and have set that expectation from the get-go. quot;Welcome, we're listening and we're eager to talk!quot;
  • 20. Define your relationship with your community Tuesday, April 7, 2009 20 Define your company's relationship with your community at the get-go.
  • 21. Establish an internal policy for response Tuesday, April 7, 2009 21 Establish an internal policy -- even an SLA -- for response. Here I want to make the point that if you're creating a community from the ground up, it may make sense to create a rapid-response policy at the beginning so people are more likely to participate. When they see active employee engagement, they themselves are more engaged. If done right, you create long-term, passionate community members. The magic of customer communities is that you can harness their natural engagement. And with every question you answer you're getting a broader value because this then creates a body of content that is both an additional draw for your customers and, over time, cuts down on a significant percentage of the more common issues and questions.
  • 22. Evolve your policy as the community grows Tuesday, April 7, 2009 22 Evolve your policy as the community grows. What works in the very beginning -- rapid response -- may not work later as you scale. If you've done your work to foster community and create engagement, your customers will be more and more likely to help each other.
  • 23. Respond quickly but only if there’s no malice in your heart Tuesday, April 7, 2009 23 And when your policy is rapid response, always remember to do so only when there is no malice in your heart. If quot;that guyquot; is being an ass, take a breath or three. Even sleep on it. Or recuse yourself and ask someone else who is not emotionally invested to jump in.
  • 24. 4 COMMANDMENT FOUR Cast a wide net Tuesday, April 7, 2009 24 This isn't just about getting a volume of traffic but is about getting diversity of people. A diverse community is a healthy community. It's also about pulling in a wide variety of support sources to help your community.
  • 25. Weave Community Throughout the User Experience Tuesday, April 7, 2009 25
  • 26. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 26 Weave community throughout the user experience. http://everything.typepad.com/ If you want to engage your users, go where they're already engaged. Or where they're confused or having trouble. This could be through embedding widgets -- not just on your help page but on your product pages, home page, even your blog.
  • 27. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 27 This could also be through Twittering... http://twitter.com/mightyleaf
  • 28. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 28 Facebook... http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/nytimes?sid=5c10835ebdbf65984c2cdfd31149cf4e&ref=s
  • 29. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 29 Blogging... http://www.timbuk2.com/blog/
  • 30. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 30 The Overheard tab on Get Satisfaction is another way to pull members into your customer community. This not only gives you the opportunity to respond to customers when they weren't even expecting it, but to pull them into your customer community. It can result in a really productive conversation slide: http://getsatisfaction.com/snapfish/topics/sharing_family_photos
  • 31. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 31 Here, a Snapfish employee saw a tweet from a customer saying she was planning to change to another service. So he turned her tweet into a Get Satisfaction topic, asking her what Snapfish could do to keep her on as a customer. She was notified via Twitter that a Snapfish employee had responded to her. She then joined the conversation on Get Satisfaction and gave very insightful feedback to Snapfish.
  • 32. Don’t Go It Alone Tuesday, April 7, 2009 32 Reach out to people in other online communities and stay involved in those communities. It's smart networking, but it's also a way to learn how other communities approach the same situations you do.
  • 33. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 33 Pull in subject matter experts inside and outside your company. Whole Foods: inviting the water buyer into a topic: http://getsatisfaction.com/wholefoods/topics/ wonderful_water_wanted Here in the Whole Foods community, a customer was concerned about the quality of the plastic used in the bottles for their private-label water. The community manager sought out the one person within Whole Foods who is responsible for sourcing the bottles they use for their private label water, who then gave a very comprehensive answer.
  • 34. Avoid the echo chamber by fostering diversity Tuesday, April 7, 2009 34 Avoid the echo chamber by fostering diversity. This can't be a silo. We know what forums look like when you put them off to the side. Or when they are so exclusive that you end up with a gathering of power users and even bullies which, at best, is a turnoff for anyone not already in the club and, at worst, is an invitation to an abusive experience.
  • 35. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 35 http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f4/ You've seen these kinds of forums: quot;Mild flaming allowed. Veterans only. Duke it out in the war room.quot; And a lot of forums encourage this, even if they don't list it explicitly, simply by the design of the space. When you've got a broader range of people, it will be more inviting to a broader range and ultimately be more valuable to you.
  • 36. 5 COMMANDMENT FIVE Create productive outcomes Tuesday, April 7, 2009 36 People will judge customer communities based on their ability to achieve their goal. Either they got what they came for, a reasonable proxy, or they got nothing. A support community is going to be a little more black and white than other kinds of communities. At Get Satisfaction, we've slimmed outcomes down to a few core ones: Questions and Answers, Problems and Solutions, Ideas and Implementation. These are the bread and butter of a support community. People will not always be able to get what they came for, so the experience of trying to get to those outcomes has to be satisfying in other ways.
  • 37. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 37 http://getsatisfaction.com/comcast/topics/is_comcast_capable_of_customer_service
  • 38. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 38 People are often surprised after ranting at Comcast when Frank Eliason or someone else from the ComcastCares team shows up, apologizes, and gets their issue dealt with right away.
  • 39. Sorry shouldn’t be the hardest word. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 39 Don't be afraid to say I'm sorry. And don't be defensive. You can turn nasty conversations toward positive outcomes. This is a key moderation technique. From a customer community standpoint, it's one of the most important.
  • 40. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 40 http://getsatisfaction.com/muvee/topics/rvl_blown_away This is a story that I love. It starts as some customer support stories will start -- with a pissed off customer: quot;In TEN F#%$#%ing years, I've NEVER had a program cause me this MUCH PAIN!!!quot; Enter the CEO. In the first line of his response: quot;I am deeply sorry.quot; The conversation continues, results in a phone call, and then winds back around to the customer apologizing for flipping out.
  • 41. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 41
  • 42. Help us help you Tuesday, April 7, 2009 42 quot;Help us help youquot; Now, not every angry customer scenario is going to turn around as this one did. Sometimes you need to come in and re-frame a conversation. Re-framing isn't saying quot;You can't criticize usquot; but rather, quot;Please do so in a constructive way. We invite open public conversation because we want to do a better job. In return you need to help us help you.quot; So when you feel the temptation to censor, stop yourself and re-frame. If the customer refuses to shift the conversation toward a productive outcome, if they are obviously a person who can not be appeased and is not looking for a solution but rather just a venue to rant, then different rules may apply, which we'll get to in Commandment #8.
  • 43. Let your customers know they had an impact Tuesday, April 7, 2009 43 Letting your customers know they're having an impact is often enough of an outcome if you do it in the right way. How do you effectively do this? Being told quot;I hear youquot; isn't really enough as it's often just patronizing. Being heard is when the user feels their voice has impacted the organization in some small or large way. One of the things that will surprise customers the most is when you agree with their complaint. quot;Yes, we know our product has that bug. We're working on it right now and hope to have it fixed soon,quot; or, quot;Thanks for pointing that out. We'll look into right away.quot; Also, avoid, making assumptions. If you're really listening, you're not going to assume. If you don't understand at first, ask for more explanation or detail. Letting customers know they're being heard is a powerful way to offset being unable to deliver on new features or fixing bugs in a timely manner. People will not only forgive but they'll feel a sense of commitment because now they feel like they have a relationship with you as an individual, and with the company by extension.
  • 44. 6 COMMANDMENT SIX Make it personal Tuesday, April 7, 2009 44 Online reputation is made by countless public interactions around the web over the course of many years. Remember this with every interaction you engage in -- it all adds up to a picture of who you are and what you stand for to those who only know you virtually.
  • 45. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 45 http://getsatisfaction.com/mozilla/topics/where_are_the_emails_i_saved We've seen some great ways to respond to customers. There are also ways to NOT respond. A customer was having a problem finding their email on a Mozilla client. The rep asked for clarification about which product. The customer responded describing some error messages they saw, and the rep replied, saying, quot;You're obviously seeing things that don't exist.quot; So then the customer asks the same question another way. And the rep replies: quot;You claim to be using Firefox, and you started writing some crap,quot; etc., etc. quot;THEREFORE, your e-mails are on whatever website you normally view them on, be it gmail, hotmail, yahoo, or CrazyGuyWhoSeesWordsThatArentThere.whosawhatsit (which is probably your preferred provider). quot; Obviously, this is an example of what NOT to do if your goal is to win friends and influence others. Another how *not* to do it: Let Me Google that for You: http://lmgtfy.com/
  • 46. Discourage Anonymity Tuesday, April 7, 2009 46 Discourage anonymity. Virtually all of the evils of online community can be traced back to people being anonymous. When they're anonymous, they feel no accountability for their actions. Now this isn't to say that people should be forced to use their real names, but some persistence of a persona makes a real difference.
  • 47. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 47 http://getsatisfaction.com/twitterfeed/topics/you_suck3 Anonymity can result in users like our friend quot;wouldn't you like to knowquot; who says quot;You Suck! I've got an idea---why don't you take this thing and shove it. This is the worse thing we have ever dealt with on the internet.quot; Lead by example by using your real name and your real voice.
  • 48. Use your real name and voice Tuesday, April 7, 2009 48 The fact is, community management isn't for the faint of heart, but if you're using a fake identity and are hiding from people, it doesn't breed an environment of trust. Accept personal responsibilities for your actions. Be authentic. Be human. Don't use corporate speak. Your customers will see right through that and you will undermine your authenticity with them.
  • 49. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 49 When PayPal first started to participate, one of their reps came in and gave the same cut-and-paste response (borrowed from their trouble-ticketing system) in all the topics in the community. The community called them out for it. They got the message and changed direction.
  • 50. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 50
  • 51. 7 COMMANDMENT SEVEN Be a bridge Tuesday, April 7, 2009 51 You are the bridge between the company and the community. To each side, you represent the other. This represents challenges and opportunities. It's often a contradiction and you must learn to embrace the contradiction. This can be an uncomfortable place to be. But to be perfectly honest, if you're a little uncomfortable then you're doing your job right.
  • 52. Text Tuesday, April 7, 2009 52
  • 53. Ombudsman (noun) An appointed official whose duty is to investigate complaints, generally on behalf of individuals such as consumers or taxpayers, against institutions such as companies and government departments. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 53 We liken your role to that of an Ombudsman. Wikipedia: An appointed official whose duty is to investigate complaints, generally on behalf of individuals such as consumers or taxpayers, against institutions such as companies and government departments. Except that you are representing both sides simultaneously.
  • 54. Mediate between company and community Tuesday, April 7, 2009 54 Mediate between community and company interests. You're able to bring both sides to greater understanding of each other. Obviously, the company has a lot to gain by understanding their customers better. And the customers are NOT always right. They don't have all the information. The community is a way to give them more information in a more casual, intimate way which can help them better understand the company and ultimately become a passionate customer and even an evangelist.
  • 55. Manage disputes between members Tuesday, April 7, 2009 55 Sometimes you're a bridge within your customer community. You will have community members who will rub each other the wrong way. Step in, remind them of their shared purpose for being there and of the community guidelines. Don't allow name calling or abusive behavior. Members can disagree without making it personal.
  • 56. Publicize your successes Tuesday, April 7, 2009 56 Finally, publicize your successes. Blog about them. Turn the spotlight on the community. Let the rest of your company know its value.
  • 57. 8 COMMANDMENT EIGHT Don’t feed the animals Tuesday, April 7, 2009 57 You know your community has arrived when you've attracted your first troll.
  • 58. What’s a Troll, you ask? Someone with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response or to generally disrupt normal on-topic discussion Tuesday, April 7, 2009 58 What's a troll, you may ask? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_feed_the_trolls quot;An Internet troll, or simply troll in Internet slang, is someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum or chat room, with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response[1] or to generally disrupt normal on-topic discussion.quot;
  • 59. Gallery of trolls Tuesday, April 7, 2009 59 A gallery of suspected Get Satisfaction trolls. http://getsatisfaction.com/people/anonymous_10480 http://getsatisfaction.com/people/noah_david_simon http://getsatisfaction.com/people/prokofy http://getsatisfaction.com/people/igor_the_troll Every successful community will attract trolls.
  • 60. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 60 http://getsatisfaction.com/twitter/topics/ is_panopticons_abusing_the_terms_of_service#reply_499286 Here is a perfect example. This guy is pretty infamous online now, particularly in Twitter, which he is ranting about in this topic. Our community manager, Eric, has stepped in to say, quot;You are welcome to post here, but I notice that you've posted multiple comments that clearly abuse our community guidelines. In fact, they seem to be designed to do just that. You can read those guidelines here: http://getsatisfaction.com/ community_...quot; Noah replies with quot;glad you have some terms. I will look into them and be sure to find the loopholes in case you get dogmaticquot; then goes on to post the lyrics from quot;Ya Got Trouble.quot; The key is to know how to identify trolls, how to deal with them, and how not to deal with them. We've talked about the social contract and your reputation and focusing on productive outcomes. This is where all of these elements will come in to play. Your social contract has laid the groundwork for your community environment, your focus on productive outcomes, and your reputation should precede you. If you've got a troll egging you on, the majority of your community will back you up. The trick is to not get pulled in to the black hole of debate with these users.
  • 61. Respond slowly when “that guy” is being an ass Tuesday, April 7, 2009 61 As I've said before: Respond slowly when quot;that guyquot; is being an ass.
  • 62. Learn to identify trolls. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 62 Learn to identify trolls. Do your research. Some helpful resources: A surprisingly thoughtful take on the different kinds of trolls: http://www.teamtechnology.co.uk/troll- tactics.html Cory Doctorow's Troll Whisperer: http://www.informationweek.com/shared/ printableArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=BQBVEZ2LFKS22QSNDLRSKH0CJUNN2JVN? articleID=199600005 There are even how-to guides for trolls: http://www.urban75.com/Mag/troll.html
  • 63. The black hole of debate Tuesday, April 7, 2009 63 Don't get sucked into their black hole of debate. If you have done your best to appease and to steer the conversation in a productive direction and the user continues to rant, twist your words and just seems intent on wreaking havoc it's time to leave the conversation.
  • 64. 9 COMMANDMENT NINE Measure the right things Tuesday, April 7, 2009 64 What you measure changes depending on what stage you're at as well as what kind of company you are. Yes you want scale. Yes you want measurable benefits in the form of cost savings. And some typical ways people measure are things like unique users, page views, level of engagement, deferred support inquiries. These are all good, but some of them make no sense to measure early on.
  • 65. Don’t put the cart before the horse Tuesday, April 7, 2009 65 Don't put the cart before the horse. Qualitative success precedes quantitative goals. Lots of traffic isn't going to do you any good if you haven't created a real community connecting people around your purpose. Obviously, a community with millions of unique users that are bashing your company and its products is not nearly as valuable as a small community of a few thousand who are learning from one another and developing ongoing conversations for getting the most out of your products and providing insight back into your company. It's so sensible, yet we so often set up metrics that measure quantity before we've achieved quality. We've created the conditions for high volume to map to success. We need to shift this thinking.
  • 66. Your most important metrics may be those you aren’t measuring Tuesday, April 7, 2009 66 Your most important metrics may be those you don't even know exist yet. While we provide all kinds of qualitative and quantitative metrics on Get Satisfaction, there are metrics that are unique to every company but you may not know what they are until you start to work with your community. For instance, perhaps it's internal insight. Are you measuring what you're learning from your customer interactions? For instance, bag maker Timbuk2 learned that their customers talked about their products differently than they did as a company. This led to them adjusting their marketing language to map to how their customers thought about and used their products.
  • 67. 10 COMMANDMENT TEN Assemble your Justice League Tuesday, April 7, 2009 67 By now you have hopefully created a diverse community of engaged users. Every community has different archetypes: enforcers, nurturers, subject matter experts. Find representatives of the most useful archetypes for your community and recruit them. If you choose wisely and make sure to get the right mix you can turbo boost your community. What motivates these people? It's not pay. The people who will work the hardest for you are the ones least likely to be motivated by money or stuff, but by who you are as a community manager and a company, by your company's special purpose, often by an altruistic desire to spread good will and -- sometimes, quite honestly -- by a simple desire for recognition.
  • 68. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 68 SynthaSite (now Yola) is a fantastic example of a company that has done a great job of fostering a vibrant and passionate community of customers. A couple of their most active and helpful customers have proven themselves infinitely valuable to the community management team and so have been anointed as Champions http://getsatisfaction.com/SynthaSite/people As you can see, these customers are incredibly active participants
  • 69. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 69 http://getsatisfaction.com/SynthaSite/topics/needing_a_bit_of_cc When other community members have questions, sometimes the Champs arrive there first to help out and cheerlead.
  • 70. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 70 Peter's reply: http://getsatisfaction.com/SynthaSite/topics/needing_a_bit_of_cc#reply_915844
  • 71. Know your archetypes and be good at identifying them Tuesday, April 7, 2009 71 Know your archetypes and get good at identifying them.
  • 72. Define the right balance for your community Tuesday, April 7, 2009 72 Develop a strategy for what the right balance is for your community. If you have too many enforcers and not enough nurturers, your community can become an unpleasant place. Etsy probably doesn't need as many enforcers as it does nurturers and cheerleaders. Whereas Digg may need more enforcers.
  • 73. Empower your champions Tuesday, April 7, 2009 73 And finally, empower your champions so they provide more value to you and your entire customer community.
  • 74. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 74 http://ascii.textfiles.com/archives/1046 Here's a blog post from a few years back that is still an entertaining and useful take on the various roles in an online community. Eric will post this link in the chat room as well.
  • 75. 11 COMMANDMENT ELEVEN? What’s yours? Tuesday, April 7, 2009 75 And that brings us to the end of our 10 Commandments. I'd love your input on what you think should be the 11th. What's the 11th?
  • 76. Do we have a winner? Tuesday, April 7, 2009 76 First, the winner of today's give away is Spreadshirt. Congratulations! You will be contacted by someone from our business team. Some of you may have noticed some changes to our web site today. We have a new home page which we hope you'll like, and we've also been working on new features which many of you have been asking for. We're launching our Single Sign-On feature as well as light customization. For more information check out http://getsatisfaction.com/home/companies
  • 77. April 8: Reducing Customer Support Costs By Turning to the Community Tuesday, April 7, 2009 77 Our next live webcast is April 8th, same bat time, same bat channel. We hope you can join us! There should be a registration link here on the Getsatisfaction.tv page.
  • 78. amy@getsatisfaction.com on twitter at amygsfn Tuesday, April 7, 2009 78