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November 21, 2011

Enabling Your Community Members

by massmarotta
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As a community manager, you always want to provide your members with all the [right] tools to optimize and increase participation. When thinking about the type of tangible rewards and gifts for your members, it’s better to go beyond the t-shirts, pens, key chains and the traditional chotchkies we’re all use to getting. Instead, think within the context of your community and the goals it’s trying to achieve; things that enable members and elevates their participation to the next level.

Here are a few enablers/rewards that work:

  • For a photography community, use cameras, lenses, printers, tripods, flashes, and photography bags
  • For a design community, use CAD software, drafting tools, or 3D printers 
  • For a tech community, use smart phones, netbooks, laptops, desktops computers

What enablers have you tried in the context of your community? Did you see a significant spike in participation?