Category: Design

  • Community Strategy Design

    Community Strategy Design

    I was first introduced to the concept of a design process in my sophomore year of college. I was taking a sculpture class and we were preparing to start on our self-portrait busts. Our professor had us read “The Universal Traveler” by Koberg & Bagnell, follow the process they describe in the book, and keep […]

  • Resources from “Adventures in Collaboration” Hybrid @ MURAL Session

    HELLO! This is a follow up post for those that participated in the Adventures in Collaboration session for MURAL’s Hybrid series. First off – thanks for attending! Secondly – the screen resolution shared through Zoom isn’t as good as having access to the actual material, so I’ve included screenshots and the MURALs below for both […]

  • The Connected Future of Design with Patrick Newbery

    During the COVID19 crisis, digital networks have played a critical part in keep humanity connected and informed. The adoption of networked experiences has scaled exponentially, seemingly overnight. In most cases, these designed experiences were crafted for very different contexts than what they are being used for. In our new, digitally connected yet physically isolated future, […]

  • Customer Communities Are Critical For Business Transformation

    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 are now forced to […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • My First Year as a Consultant and what 2016 Holds for Online Communities (I hope)

    Honestly, I wasn’t going to do this. I’m already rolling eyes at all the “prediction” posts. And there are way too many 2015 retrospectives to look back on… but I’m feeling optimistic and inspired! You are taking the time to read this – THANK YOU! I have had an incredible amount of support for my […]

  • Opportunities for Brands in the Collaborative Economy

    Opportunities for Brands in the Collaborative Economy

    You’ve probably been hearing a lot about the Collaborative Economy lately. The key question many brands are asking: How do I get started? The good news? You may already have. Most organizations have an existing online customer community (or communties). Most are as simple as technical support forums, but many organizations have explored community engagement […]