Three signs your association is ready for an online community

While I may be biased toward online communities–I think lots of organizations can find ways to incorporate community into their business strategies–I will also be the first to tell you that there is a right time, and a wrong time, to launch your association’s community. Before you can even start building your private social network,…

Levels of order in online community: The art of banning users

I was listening to Community Signal (available wherever fine podcasts are sold) and Patrick O’Keefe’s conversation with famed criminologist George Kelling about applying the Broken Windows theory to community management. They discussed how behavioral demonstrations and “levels of order” can maintain a cohesive, orderly group, whether online or off. While the theory is somewhat controversial,…

8 design basics for non-designers

This article was first published by ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership. If you’re a part of a small communications team—or you are the communications team—then at some point you might be asked to design something for your association, even if you don’t have design experience. But, in today’s hypervisual world, even basic design skills…

So you decided to be a community manager

Let’s introduce ourselves to virtual strangers then tell them how to talk to each other. We’ll assume for a moment that you’ve decided to become a community manager. The other option, of course, is that you’ve had community management unknowingly thrust upon you, but that’s not our problem today. Today, you’ve got all the skills of…