Monday the 27th Jan is a normal day for most people unless you work in the community management environment.
This year the 27th was a Monday and this meant it wasCommunity Manager Appreciation Day
It’s the 5th year this has run. And each year it gets bigger and bigger. Who would have thought that 5 years ago there would be a 24 hour Google Hangout talking about community management?
I have been doing small things over the last few years since I came across #cmad. It started with just saying thank you to some of the great facilitators that I worked with and has slowly got bigger.
Last year I was able to run a small event that included great presentations from Alan Boulter and Richard Millington which I made a little storify for.
But this year I was able to link up with the Knowledge and Innovation Network to do something slightly bigger. No not a 24 hour hangout. But a blended event online and offline bringing a range of different people to talk about how they run communities in their organisation and the tactics they use.
So a big thank you from me for making it such a great event goes out to Erica Hurley, Phil Ridout (Phil’s Skype account) and Dimple Rathod for the organisation. Sarah Jennings and Liz Copeland for tweeting and helping to capture the day.
A special thank you to all the presenters:
- Lesley Parker from Seven Trent Water
- Jon Harman from Syngenta
- Richard Millington from FeverBee
- Melissa Whittle from Geoplace
- Yvonne Myles from Phillips66
Not forgetting all the people that participated in the day, face to face, online or via the webinars.
Hopefully next year we can make it bigger and spread the word even further about the importance of great community management.
Here’s this year’s Storify
It’s that time again. For that one Monday in January we all say thank you to the facilitators of our communities during Community Manager Appreciation Day
Please take a moment to say thank you to those who put all the hard work in behind the scene to keep the communities that you participate in going. It’s not often they get thanks. And just one thank you makes such a big difference.
Using the inspiration of User Voice’s Community Manager Appreciation Day Cards.
I put these together as a simple way for community members to quickly say thank you to the community facilitators that look after them so well on the Knowledge Hub.
So on Monday for Community Manager Appreciation Day. I expect to see a few of these flying about
Just in case you have not heard of Community Manager Appreciation Day, here’s a little bit of background.
In 2010, Jeremiah Owyang declared every 4th Monday in January as “Community Manager Appreciation Day.” This day is meant to recognise and celebrate efforts of community managers/facilitators around the world. Wikipedia.
It’s pretty awesome that community management/facilitation is now seen as an important role and that it gets its own special day.
Jeremiah explains the idea behind Community Manager Appreciation Day in this little Video
Big thanks to Tim McDonald at My Community Manager for putting it together
I have been supporting community facilitators for the last six years on the IDeA’s Communities of Practice Platform and now on the LGA’s Knowledge Hub its replacement
I heard about #CMAD a few years ago and since then every year I would personally thank some of those top facilitators with a quick call or if they worked in the same office they would get a little hello and a big thank you.
But I wanted to do something bigger and better. Well it’s not going to be huge. So I have arranged a little gathering of some of those facilitators in London and invited a few guest to come along and share their experiences of being a facilitator. There will be cake to celebrate. I do hope people like Cheesecake and a few prizes.
But alongside this I will be doing a big push to encourage members of the Knowledge Hub to show their appreciation to the community facilitators that look after them
I’m even suggesting ideas on how to do it. It’s not often they get thanks. And just one thank you could make all the difference.
P.S. If anyone in the London area fancies joining forces for some sort event to celebrate #cmad next year please let me know.
This is a bit of fun and a follow up to Blaise Grimes – Viort’s Zodiac Signs Survey where he conducted this survey with over 180 Community Managers across Spainish, German, British, French, American and other nations’ Community Managers.
With it being Chinese New Year on the 23rd Jan and Community Manager Appreciation Day I was wondering if the year of your birth would have any effect in you becoming an online facilitator.
It would be interesting to see if it does.
And if you are interested I’m a Snake, read into that as you will.