Communities, it is not about you. It is about them


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    1. 1. Rick Mans Global Social Media Lead Communities, it is not about you. It is about them
    2. 2. Tools Some organizations think that tools are the main requirement for creating a community
    3. 3. Behavior of organizations after installing the tool Now we wait, we know everybody really wants to use this tool
    4. 4. Level of user adoption by using this approach There might be room for improvement
    5. 5. Resulting in an average success rate of Not that much
    6. 6. What went wrong?
    7. 7. It is not about technology. It is about people. 1
    8. 8. You cannot create a community. (not because you are incompetent, so don’t be insecure) 2
    9. 9. Communities are already there. 3
    10. 10. The only thing you can do is to help them to do their thing better. 4
    11. 11. Communities are participating on a platform they choose. 5
    12. 12. Ok, that technology centric approach went wrong. Now what?
    13. 13. Social Media is: Human interaction in a virtual world Please keep in mind for all your social media efforts
    14. 14. What do some smart people think about communities.
    15. 15. We were born to unite with our fellow men, and to join in community with the human race. Cicero: 106 BC – 43BC was a Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer, political theorist, and Roman constitutionalist
    16. 16. A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm. Henrik Ibsen: 1828-1906 was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright of realistic drama and poet.
    17. 17. It is vain to talk of the interest of the community, without understanding what is the interest of the individual. Jeremy Bentham 1748 – 1832: was an English jurist, philosopher, and legal and social reformer.
    18. 18. It is about relationships Everything you do in social media, should create at least the beginning of a relationship
    19. 19. If you want to have success with social media right now You should have started six months ago
    20. 20. It was never so easy to connect with so many people.
    21. 21. It was never so hard to get somebody’s attention.
    22. 22. How can you connect with your audience and turn them into passionate fans.
    23. 23. From outsider to evangelist
    24. 24. That was just another model, now how will get to the outsiders?
    25. 25. Reminder: It is not about you.
    26. 26. It is about them.
    27. 27. Find your audience Remember: you cannot create a community
    28. 28. Creating a new place online You might be successful, however try to prevent this if this isn’t necessary
    29. 29. Think of your goals How will social media, this community, help you in reaching a certain goal. And more important: how does your goal relates to the goals of you audience?
    30. 30. Shape your story What is the story you will be sharing? Is it worth the attention of your audience?
    31. 31. Or even better, tap into the things that are important for you audience Can you make them an offer they cannot refuse?
    32. 32. Congratulations! You have made people that weren’t aware of you into outsiders and into visiting fans.
    33. 33. … well, only if the thing you offer is something they cannot refuse and is really good.
    34. 34. Enable interaction …and with the other fans. It is about human interaction
    35. 35. Don’t forget to show appreciation … it is about them, not about you
    36. 36. Can you handle it?
    37. 37. Thank people for unintended uses … unintended uses show your audience cares
    38. 38. Content creation Help them in creating the content and other things they need
    39. 39. User generated content … they care about you, have you already told them you care about them?
    40. 40. Congratulations! In the mean time you have transformed some passive members into active members.
    41. 41. … however make sure you can adapt to the needs of your audience.
    42. 42. Encourage members to promote you Let them be creative, allow them to promote you. Don’t kill them with rules and regulations
    43. 43. Did you already say ‘thank you’ to your fans? Did you?
    44. 44. Congratulations! In the mean time you have transformed some active members into passionate members.
    45. 45. … however only small part of your fan base will be an evangelist (1 - 5%).
    46. 46. Now you know.
    47. 47. You cannot create a community. 10
    48. 48. It is about your fans. It is not about you. 9
    49. 49. Know where your (future) fans are. Go to them. 7
    50. 50. It is not a linear process all the time. 8
    51. 51. Leading by example is key. 6
    52. 52. There is still an offline world. Do not ignore the old media. 5
    53. 53. Success won’t come overnight. 4
    54. 54. Care about your fans. Care about every single one of them. You passionate fans will outperform every marketing department and every agency. 3
    55. 55. Make them an offer they cannot refuse. Build a relation ship. Be a friend. 2
    56. 56. Don’t be a jerk. It is not about you. It is about them. 1
    57. 57. Rick Mans Global Social Media Lead Papendorpseweg 100 Utrecht The Netherlands Phone: +31 6 51 21 01 44 E-Mail: Twitter: LinkedIn: