Announcing the C3/A3 Project: The Connected Future of Communities, AI & Automation

A new set of technologies is emerging to augment human cognition (AI), enhance human agency (Agents) and shape digital experiences and outcomes by taking advantage of a rich set of tools and APIs (Automation). We see these three technological forces (AI, Agents and Automation) as the next immediate wave of disruption in digital experience, and we see Community, Crowd and Collaboration as the social contexts in which technology and humanity will interact for the betterment (or detriment) of humankind. The C3/A3 project will explore the technological, business and societal implications of this next wave of change and offer a helpful path forward

The Customer Community

Image © Leigh Prather The last few years have seen big brands make extraordinary investments in developing massive "digital transformation" and social media programs. On one hand, these programs have yielded moments of customer connection, advocacy and insight. Unfortunately, for the majority of programs reliant on mass social platforms like facebook and twitter, organic reach has dropped effectively to 0 and companies

To Develop a Community, Think Network First

We need a new and more holistic approach to develop modern communities. Using network as a blank canvas allows you to create strategy from drawing from the largest possible pool of value. Thinking "Network" means you are considering the full set of relationships among stakeholders, assets, and increasingly, artificial intelligence actors that could potentially be developed. From the baseline of network, a more holistic strategy can be created that is inclusive of community, social, and digital innovation.

Purpose Will Power Future Online Communities

Purpose “…people’s identification of, and intention to pursue, particular highly valued, overarching life goals.” (Steger & Dik, 2010). a.k.a. "Your reason for getting up in the morning." Bryan Dik PhD - Professor of Psychology at Colorado State & Cofounder of Jobzology The Fine Line Between Engagement & Manipulation Growthhacking, gamification, content snacks and personalization. Your feed

The Secret Ingredient for Customer Lifecycle Marketing? Community Management.

Clearly Customer Lifecycle Marketing is incredibly valuable when all stages of the lifecycle are addressed. So what is the problem? Based on my direct experience and years of studying the intersection of marketing and online community, I would assert that building meaningful relationships at scale is still an undeveloped function in the majority of most organizations. The missing ingredient? Community Management.

Preview of the Brands & Collaborative Economy Research Project

In March I embarked on a series of qualitative research projects to help organizations prepare for the disruption and opportunity emerging from the Collaborative Economy, and understand what resources they need to be successful. Wave 1 responses are in and the analysis is almost finished. I wanted to share a preview of the results to date. The full set of results will be published

Thoughts on Managing Your Social Vendor Relationships

Let's face it - the vendors you rely on for social media & community platforms, services and advice have you outnumbered and surrounded. Between account reps, sales reps, relationship managers, executive success partners and the rest of the cast, most vendors have a veritable army of skilled professionals whose primary purpose is to maximize revenue derived from their relationship