17 February 2008


These ideas are some of the ideas from Andy Sernovitz [GasPedal, Chicago, Illinois, USA] and his blog, Damn! I Wish I’d Thought of That! Via Nancy Dowd at The “M” Word: Marketing Libraries.
1. When you open up to customer participation, your brand belongs to your customers, not you.
3. Turn the bullhorn around. Stop talking. Give the community a chance to speak.
4. There is no such thing as a "community strategy". The community will do what it wants. Go with it.
5. Join conversations early. Negative gets worse if you don't respond. Positive grows when you do.
6. Why pay for product photos? Encourage your community to share their product photos. They may even blog about the fact that you chose their photos.
7. Sounding "professional" does not require you to sound like an ass. You don't need formal language or big words. Talk like a human being. Talk to people online like you talk to your friends.
8. The great thing about communities is that you can hear from everyone. The bad thing about communities is that you can hear from everyone.
9. It's ok to moderate and set rules of civil discourse. You can politely refuse to engage with ranters who don't want to have a civil conversation.
10. Your community will support you if you enable them. When a critic gets vocal, let your fans reply instead of you.
11. Listen to experts but design for novices "

The “M” Word:
Andy Sernovitz’ blog: http://www.damniwish.com/

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