I got a chance to listen to Bonnie Bough, the global head of social marketing at PepsiCo, talk about Community Building. I was surprised at how insightful some of his basic comments were.
To the best of my transcription ability, here’s a quote from Bonnie:
“I think the real key is to know thine self, and know thine community. Know why you exist or why your brand exists and also
know why your community is participating with that brand – and then service those needs.”
He went on to say he thought the three main points in building a community are listening, adding value and more specifically adding shared value. I can’t say that I disagree with anything he said in his talk.
Driving traffic, getting the top of Google and capturing e-mail are all part of internet marketing, but the community building is the Gold.
Think about Neil Diamond and the Rolling Stones. They both have raving fans but for most of their success their fans had no place to rave together.