December 10, 2013

Crowd Companies: A brand council for the collaborative economy

crowdImage by James Cridland on Flickr

Startup launches at LeWeb with a big idea

Target audience: Senior business executives, startup teams, innovators, product managers, marketers, operations leaders, sustainability leaders, social business strategists, PR pros, brand managers, social good advocates, educators, Web publishers, journalists, participants in the collaborative economy.

JD LasicaLast week I picked up the phone, and there was Jeremiah Owyang, a longtime friend, former partner of Altimeter Group and now the founder of a new startup. “JD,” he began, “I found the next phase of sharing.”

The last big wave, of course, has been social media. And while the social wave isn’t over, there’s a remarkable Next Big Thing rising up alongside it.

Today, on the first day of LeWeb in Paris, Jeremiah is announcing his new venture, Crowd Companies. (The beta site is now accepting sign-ups.)

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The idea behind Crowd Companies is that companies will increase their relevance and influence by tapping into the power of the crowd. But instead of launching a startup that attempts to ride the megatrend of the Collaborative Economy, Jeremiah is forming a brand council — the kind seen in other sectors — as a sort of meta-organization, a business association that will provide peer-to-peer knowledge, expert education from third parties and access to an innovation network of startups. Continue reading

October 31, 2012

How to use content communities to expand your brand’s reach

Use targeted content to take your business to the next level

This is the first of a two-part series. Coming next:
• Build links to your site with video content

Guest post by Julianne Staino
Distilled

“Content is king!” Ah, the wonderfully overused statement that makes me want to throw my monitor at the wall and then hang my head in shame because it’s actually true. I feel like I can safely assume that we can all agree on the increasing importance of awesome content. Recently, it seems like everyone is championing for companies to evolve the way in which they approach creating content. (e.g. Coca-Cola’s 2020 content strategy. If you haven’t watched these videos, I’d highly recommend investing 20 minutes in order to see how big brands are changing the way they think about a cohesive marketing strategy.)

Besides the obvious SEO benefits to having original content, engaging material also helps your customers remember your brand. So having things people find interesting on your site makes it more likely for them to come back. Continue reading