Strategy, advice, and inspiration for social media experts

Tara Hunt on customer service by brands on Twitter

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Written by former LiveWorld employee, @BryanPerson. Earlier this month I posted about a Social Media Breakfast Ottawa presentation from Tara Hunt, who suggested that the customer-service successes of Comcast may be overblown. Following the breakfast, I also sat down with Tara for a video interview that included some questions about her Comcast remarks. SHOW NOTES * […]

Audio: Mark Williams on CLS ’09 and managing developer communities

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Written by former LiveWorld employee, @BryanPerson. The main drawback of working remotely is that I can’t connect face-to-face on a more regular basis with my co-workers, like Mark Williams (at right in the above screenshot). Mark is a senior community manager at LiveWorld who’s been in the business of managing online communities for a decade. Listen […]

Audio: Chrystie Hill at the 2008 Online Community Summit

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This is the first in a series of conversations that recorded at the 2008 Online Community Summit, held in Sonoma, California on October 9-10, 2008. (Written by former LiveWorld employee, @BryanPerson) Chrystie Hill is the director of community services for WebJunction.org, a professional-development and social-networking community for library staff. She also blogs at Libraries Build Communities. In our […]

Audio: Peter Kim on social media marketing

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Written by former LiveWorld employee, @BryanPerson Peter Kim generally isn’t afraid to stir things up, and today was no exception. Peter led a spirited discussion this morning about the value of social media marketing at Austin’s third Social Media Breakfast, a monthly breakfast event I co-organize with Dell’s Amie Paxton. Some questions Peter had us thinking […]

Community management in mature communities

Jenna Woodul post by: Jenna Woodul

Online communities are like offline communities. First, you’re new and inexperienced; then you know the ropes. Eventually you become thoroughly integrated and familiar with the culture. Finally, you may develop connections and friendships with a subset of the group, which then begins to meet separately from the whole. When cliques form like this, new arrivals […]

Why negative feedback is good for your community

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Written by former LiveWorld employee, @BryanPerson Here’s an interesting nugget from Mitch Joel’s recent post wrapping up the Shop.org Annual Summit: On customer ratings and reviews site, “a negative review converts more effectively into a sale than a positive review.” At first, this might sound counter-intuitive, but think about it: If you’re looking to buy a […]

A blog is not a community

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Peter Kim hits on an issue today that I alluded to in a SocialVoice post last week: the real definition of community. It’s troubling — though not entirely surprising — to see that word thrown around so carelessly, as if a blog or a message board on its own is a community. It isn’t. Without people congregating, connecting, […]

Introducing boomers to social networking and community

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Working with one of our clients this week, I’m thinking about how to engage women in their 50s in online community. Despite that fact that online community was invented by Boomers (many of us cut our online teeth on newsgroups, BBS discussions, and IRC), the Groundswell profile tool shows that 44% of the Boomer population are not active in […]

Interviewing stakeholders

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Working on the cultural aspects of a community, it’s helpful to interview people who work closely with a company’s customers. People who spend hours with folks on the phone and in person (or even in e-mail exchanges)have great insight to offer for an online cultural framework. They know what most customers ask about, what they […]