MDS: Community Marketing and Social Media Homework
Today, Heidi Baschnagel, the director of marketing communications at National Instruments, asked me to put together a list of recommended readings for students in the NI MarCom Leadership Class, internally known as the “NI MBA.” Having gone through this class in 2006, I am extremely excited about the opportunity to share some nuggets of wisdom in the areas of community and social media marketing with the company’s newest leaders.
If you are in the class and reading this post, I hope you enjoy the following videos, blog posts and Web sites. Now, on to the “homework.”
The Top 5 Intro Resources for B2B Community and Social Media Marketing
1. Common Craft Videos – These fun, educational videos are great for understanding new technologies, including wikis, RSS and social media like the one included below.
2. The Groundswell – the book and accompanying blog are great in explaining the fundamental shift in marketing as well as the new social technologies. Please read this post on the Corporate Social Technology Strategy to see how businesses are moving away from traditional corporate functions to energizing
3. Anything by Sam Lawrence. Deemed the “new Scoble,” the author of the Go Big Always blog and CMO of Jive Software — the company that powers the platform behind ni.com/community and ni.com/first – has a unique perspective on community marketing. For the class, please read this post on Top 5 Things Online Community Strategists Can Learn from American Chopper.
4. Community Group Therapy. While in this role the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many great community experts. We share successes and war stories (usually while drinking beer at SXSW). But, I’ll never forget the first connection and mentor I had in the field, Sean O’Driscoll. Here is one of his best posts on the ROI of community.
Additionally, I had the pleasure of meeting another industry pundit at Forrester Research this year, Jeremiah Owyang. He is the former Community Manager at Hitachi Data Systems and has written a blog post called A Complete List of the Many Forms of Web Marketing. If you read nothing else, check out this list to get an understanding of the options as a B2B marketer.
5. Explore B2B Communities. Visit the B2B sites, which include some of my favorite technical communities to see how they are engaging users and using social media.
Enjoy and feel free to ping me if you have additional resources or thoughts on the information above.