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

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

Want to Know What Community Members (a.k.a. Customers) Need? Just Ask.

Are you “Member Shy”? In its most basic form, a community strategy is a balance of an organization’s goals and its member's (a.k.a customer's) needs. Organizations have methodologies for developing goals and objectives, yet I continue to be surprised at how many organizations are missing research as a core part of their online community development process. Even for organizations

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.