As more and more brands take the leap into Social Media we continue to hear horror stories. Some brands think that they should jump on the Social Media Bandwagon, create a community – set it, and forget it. BIG mistake.
While attending the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco I sat in on a session regarding something that I didn’t even know existed before – Community Managers. The title of the session was What would the Community Manager Do? Micki Krimmel @mickipedia presented ideas that are worth restating there, and are certainly appropriate consider all of the brands jumping on the Social Media Bandwagon.
The 4 Tenants of the Community Manager:
- Pattern recognizers
- Meaning makers
Community Advocate – Listening to what the community wants – solving customer needs
Brand Evangelist – PR Events and Panels, participate, vision and personality – admit mistakes
Flexible – Can’t just be a megaphone for the PR company
Communication – Shape editorial, new media tools, responsive, 2 way street
Gathers Input – Actively seek input, build relationships, ask questions, report feedback
How do you hire a community manager?
The person you hire for this role MUST reflect your brands core values. Micki shared a job offer she received from Tesla car company. She knew instinctively that this was not the appropriate role for her because she isn’t passionate about cars. If you’re a brand looking for a community manager you must hire your biggest fan.
How do you fit this role into your company? The community manager must be offered 4 “luxuries” in order to be successful for your brand.
Your Brand can’t have a “build it and they will come” attitude. Your brand must focus on the little gestures. The conversations, interaction and nuances of your community. Hire the appropriate person in this role, and gain commitment from the whole company/brand to be advocates.
A woman purchased a wallet via Zappos. She didn’t like the wallet purchase so she returned the wallet and mistakenly left $150 in the wallet. The person that recieved the returned item sent back the $150 to the woman.
You’re successful when EVERYONE is a community manager