Building Community in the Enterprise Business #CMAD

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On Air: 15:00 - 16:00 EST (GMT-5)
Monday, January 27th, 2014


This engaging session will dive into the importance of building an enterprise community, best practices to keep in mind, and considerations to evaluate. The panelists will also share insights around the importance of community engagement and enablement and it’s impact on business as we move forward in 2014 and beyond.

From this session, participants will discover ways to build a robust enterprise community for their audiences, bring back tangible examples to their team members, and leverage learnings from industry experts.


Connor MeakinConnor Meakin
Community Manager at HootSuite

By day, Connor manages HootSuite’s community building efforts in North America through the brand ambassador program, events, and regularly sharing stories on the HootSuite Blog. By night and in the wee hours of the morning, you’ll find him playing and following just about every sport, high fiving strangers while running, and drinking too much coffee.

Connect with Connor on Twitter at @connormeaks or on Google+.


Jeanette GibsonJeanette Gibson
VP of Community at HootSuite

Jeanette Gibson, VP of Community at HootSuite is a social and digital marketer and general tech enthusiast. She’s the former head of social at Cisco Systems, Inc, and currently spends her time between San Jose and Vancouver.

Connect with Jeanette on Twitter at @JeanetteG or on Google+.

Yann GourvennecYann Gourvennec
Founder of Visionary Marketing

Yann has a long-standing experience in marketing, information systems and Web marketing. He created in 1996 also co-founded Media Aces, the French Association for enterprises and social media. He is a lecturer, a keynote speaker, an author and blogger, and his book Mastering Digital Marketing Like A Boss will be published soon.

Connect with Yann on Twitter at @ygourven or on Google+.

Elizabeth HoustonElizabeth Houston
Director of Enterprise Community at HootSuite

Elizabeth Houston has spent over 17 years creating awarding-winning high-tech industry communication strategies, working for companies such as Cisco, PeopleSoft, and EDS. Recently, Elizabeth became the Director of Enterprise Community at HootSuite, focusing on the customer journey and engagement.

Connect with Elizabeth on Twitter at @elhoust or on Google+.

Jaime SteinJaime Stein
Senior Manager, Social Media at ING DIRECT Canada

Jaime is the Head of Social Media at ING DIRECT. He developed the bank’s social media strategy and ensures that its communities are engaged. A journalist by training, he’s the former Head of Digital Media at the Canadian Football League where he launched the League’s social media presence in 2009.

Connect with Jaime on Twitter at @jaimestein or on Google+.

Discussion Questions

  1. What elements are key to building strong enterprise communities?
  2. What initial considerations need to be made before embarking on creating a single enterprise community?
  3. How does cross-organization collaboration (Sales, Marketing, Customer service, etc) play a role in building enterprise communities?
  4. How does enterprise community building differ from traditional community building practices?
  5. What impact does enterprise community building efforts have on the bottom line of a business?

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Sherrie Rohde

Community Manager at Magento
As the Community Manager for Magento, Sherrie connects people with resources and with each other, and, since she’s just a bit passionate about the topic, she also co-produces a weekly broadcast for community professionals called #CMGRHangout. An ENFP, Sherrie is obsessed with innovation, terrified of status quo, and motivated by adventure. 
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