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Copyright © 2014 Leader Networks, LLC 1
Secrets of Great Communities &
Community Managers
Vanessa DiM...
L E A D E R NETWORKS
Copyright © 2014 Leader Networks, LLC
What Is (And Is Not) An Online Community?
IS
• Fueled by a busi...
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Hitachi Data Systems Community: Pilot Outcomes
• Targeted to 14...
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Anatomy Of A Community Manager #CMGR
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Secret #1: Great Online Communities Are Strategic
Great communi...
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Secret #2: Great Communities Are A Line Of Business,
Not An App...
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Secret #3: People Come For Content And Stay For Community
Great...
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Secret #4: When Members Take Control, Good
Communities Become G...
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The Net/Net
• Great communities and the people that run them cr...
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About Leader Networks
Leader Networks is a research and strateg...
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Copyright © 2014 Leader Networks, LLC
Why We Are Special
We know social
Our expertise, developed over...
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Learn More
Vanessa DiMauro
CEO
Leader Networks
vdimauro@leadern...
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5 Secrets of Great Communities And Community Managers

  1. 1. L E A D E R NETWORKS Copyright © 2014 Leader Networks, LLC 1 Secrets of Great Communities & Community Managers Vanessa DiMauro CEO, Leader Networks Presented at #KAConnect2014 June 3, 2014 @ vdimauro
  2. 2. L E A D E R NETWORKS Copyright © 2014 Leader Networks, LLC What Is (And Is Not) An Online Community? IS • Fueled by a business case • An ongoing initiative • Staffed appropriately • Aligned with business goals • Supported by an executive • Driven by business and customer or partner needs IS NOT • A marketing campaign • A sales channel • A skunk works project • A social media tool • An loose experiment • Run solely by a millennial 2
  3. 3. L E A D E R NETWORKS Copyright © 2014 Leader Networks, LLC Hitachi Data Systems Community: Pilot Outcomes • Targeted to 14,000 customers, 1,200 partners • Discussion forums and content for all HDS products and solution • A Developer Network enables and supports HDS software product development • An Innovation Center allows HDS to crowd source ideas and suggestions from customers and partners and obtain pre-release feedback • Gamification recognizes credible experts within the community and to foster engagement • Private groups in which HDS collaborates privately with key customers and partners • Integration with HDS social marketing channels • Immediate increase in demand generation through company blog, which sparked a $20 million per annum opportunity 3
  4. 4. L E A D E R NETWORKS Copyright © 2014 Leader Networks, LLC Anatomy Of A Community Manager #CMGR 4
  5. 5. L E A D E R NETWORKS Copyright © 2014 Leader Networks, LLC Secret #1: Great Online Communities Are Strategic Great communities support a business process or make something newly possible through collaboration. Great Community Managers • Identify select business goals • Work with LOB to serve their needs. Examples: Increase information flow between partners, surface new ideas from customers, reach & engage an underserved target audience. 5
  6. 6. L E A D E R NETWORKS Copyright © 2014 Leader Networks, LLC Secret #2: Great Communities Are A Line Of Business, Not An Application 6 The real work begins post-launch! Have a 90-day plan, every 90 days. • Getting members, keeping members, content planning, UGC, and ROI. • Communities have a 6 month doubling factor. Great Community Managers are great idea architects. They display urgent patience.
  7. 7. L E A D E R NETWORKS Copyright © 2014 Leader Networks, LLC Secret #3: People Come For Content And Stay For Community Great content is unique, highly curated & primarily member generated. Great Community Managers are Chief Sense-Makers. They bring together structured and unstructured insights to create coveted content. 7 Source: Evan Bench
  8. 8. L E A D E R NETWORKS Copyright © 2014 Leader Networks, LLC Secret #4: When Members Take Control, Good Communities Become Great Signs of engaged members • Share positive experiences • Answer other members’ questions • Suggest new products and services • Lead discussion, volunteer, be references, speak at conferences • Advance the community and evangelize the organization. Great Community Managers know how to share control & empower others. 8
  9. 9. L E A D E R NETWORKS Copyright © 2014 Leader Networks, LLC The Net/Net • Great communities and the people that run them create a balance of value for both the business and the member, • They are maniacally focused on serving member needs and creating outcomes that are bigger and better than the individual, • They are a strategic investment that offer unlimited potential and uplift to any organization that does it right. • And a critical success factor is giving the keys to the kingdom to the right, skilled community managers. They are the first line of defense with your customers, partners and key stakeholders. 9
  10. 10. L E A D E R NETWORKS Copyright © 2014 Leader Networks, LLC About Leader Networks Leader Networks is a research and strategy consulting group focused on helping organizations build deeper B2B relationships with key stakeholders, thus creating significant competitive advantage and outstanding business results. Since 2007, we have been guiding firms in the strategic use and deployment of online social tools and techniques, including developing innovative ways to listen to, learn about, interact with and build trust across a wide range of constituencies including prospective and current customers, suppliers, partners, and employees via B2B online communities and social business initiatives.
  11. 11. L E A D E R NETWORKS Copyright © 2014 Leader Networks, LLC Why We Are Special We know social Our expertise, developed over 25 years (yes, really!) of experience creating, running and analyzing online communities, gives us an unparalleled understanding of the unique characteristics and distinctive patterns of online social engagement and interaction. We help you create social programs that balance the competing needs of open interaction and member confidentiality, and avoid the pitfalls of getting it wrong and having to start over. We develop engagement programs that bring new people to your online space, delighting them and creating comfortable, sustained interactions with your firm. As our clients can attest, we know how to guide your firm’s team through the maze of decision points that lead to social business success. We know online Leader Networks is not an ad agency, a social media start-up or a hardware or software reseller. We are social business pioneers, tightly focused on mapping and guiding business customers’ online initiatives. We leverage our extensive research capabilities, domain expertise and B2B experience to provide a unique solution for each client’s needs. This encompasses strategic guidance, business model analysis, best practice recommendations, platform selection, operational insights, content development, stakeholder and audience engagement programs and internal coaching. Taken together, these services help companies innovate faster, serve customers better, build stronger market positions for brands and deliver outstanding business results. 11
  12. 12. L E A D E R NETWORKS Copyright © 2014 Leader Networks, LLC Learn More Vanessa DiMauro CEO Leader Networks vdimauro@leadernetworks.com 617-484-0778 http://www.leadernetworks.com @vdimauro
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