I’ve put together a couple of posts over on the Stage Two blog about the “community manager” role within an organization as well as on building relationships with influencers. Excerpts are here:
Who’s Best for Community Management?
First off, being a community manager is not for everyone. When I used to run the SlingCommunity, I used to tell people the right way to do it was to live with a combination of thick- and thin-skinnedness. I had to remain thinskinned enough where I took every piece of negative feedback openly and honestly. It’s never about user error or someone “not getting it”, it’s about doing it better and better until they do “get it,” regardless of how right I was (or wasn’t). That said, it’s also key to be thickskinned enough where not everything is taken personally, it’s important not to get mired down in negativity… (read on)
Not Everyone Can Build Relationships
I’ve read post after post from bloggers and entrepreneurs on how the best way to market your company is by being the uber-evangelist and making relationships with all the key influencers. It’s great in theory, and for the very lucky few who can pull it off, I say mazel tov. The unfortunate reality with this kind of advice is it just doesn’t apply to most entrepreneurs or CEOs, and is over-the-top idealistic… (read on)
I definitely prefer the label ‘community manager’ to ‘evangelist’ 🙂 I have more thoughts on this of course, but maybe I should be pimping my expertise rather than giving it away in the blog comments. 😉