The life of a community manager isn’t an easy one. Maintaining an online community is hard work and has little concept of time. In this post, I will humbly seek to offer a comprehensive guide to the various resources and tools that can help the community manager to better facilitate their work.
Communities to Follow
Let’s start this guide with a list of communities that will be of interest to the community manager. Thecommunitymanager gives us a list of 24, of which, these are worth highlighting:
Community managers on the social networks
It is always a good idea to keep track what our fellow managers are up to on the social networks, so we can learn from their advice, share information, and even make a few friends at the same time.
For Twitter, these two lists are really useful:
- Hootsuite’s Laura Horak (@laurahoots)
- Rolando Cuevas (@cuevas_rolando) of Spain’s Community Next
- Mark Schwanke (@AdoptACM) formerly of Motorola Mobility
- Fer Rubio Ahumada (@FerRubioAhumada)
- Patricia Fernandez (@triciafernan)
Elsewhere, Quora offers an interesting discussion on the best community managers:
Interesting reading for the community manager
This link, has an extensive Reading list specially selected for the community manager.
Recommended posts and blogs
On Feverbee you can find an impressive list of interesting articles for the community manager. This is just a small sample:
Launching An Online Community
- 5 Things Every New Online Community Should Focus On
- 20 Ways To Start An Online Community
- Never Wait For The Website To Be Ready
- Seeding Your Online Community
- Who Are You Trying To Reach?
- Who Do You Need At The Beginning?
- How To Find Your Community’s First Members
- The Founder Role In Starting A New Community
- Create An Easy Reason To Take A Small Step
- How Small Businesses can Launch Successful Online Communities
- Simple Steps To Creating An Online Community
Also, mbhahn gives us an interesting selection. Here is a summary of the highlights:
Community Managers Group(Gaming) http://www.communitymanagersgroup.com/
Managing Communities http://www.managingcommunities.com
My Community Manager http://mycmgr.com/
The Community Manager http://thecommunitymanager.com/
The Community Roundtable http://community-roundtable.com/
Savvy Sexy Social http://savvysexysocial.com/
Blaise Grimes-Viort http://blaisegv.com/
Danny Schotthoefer’s Blog http://www.dannyschotthoefer.com/
Debra’s Ng’s blog http://kommein.com/
Fever Bee http://www.feverbee.com/
Intrapromote’s Blog http://blog.intrapromote.com/
Sue on the Web www.sueontheweb.com
The Historian http://www.thehistorian.org
After a Little Reading, I thought you might appreciate watching a video, I thought these two were particularly interesting:
You can find this interesting compilation on socialmediablog:
Or, if you prefer, this shorter list on Raventools has a selection of 12 tools for lazy communities
On Socialmediatoday, there is a selection of the 13 best social media conferences
To finish off, I will leave you with a few interesting PowerPoint presentations:
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