Building Communities Online

Out of all the sessions at the Blog Business Summit, the session on building online communities held a special place of interest for me. In many ways, I simply happened upon the community that I’ve built at RCG, so it was refreshing to hear the speakers articulating thoughts I’ve had on how to build a community. In many ways, building a community feels somewhat intuitive (i.e. respect your users), but it turns out that the details often lead to tricky minefields. In many ways, this lesson highlighted just how far behind the real estate sphere is in creating effective online communities.

The three panelists, Elisa Camahort, Tara Hunt, Betsy Aoki, have all spent time on the front lines dealing with the good and bad of building up an online community.

Tara Hunt’s background includes running the grassroots marketing of Riya, which launched with a tremendous amount of buzz. On a high level, here are some high level tips for building a community:

  • Let customers “win


  1. says

    Thanks for coming to our session…glad you found some points of interest and relevance toy our experience! (And thanks for reiterating that men are welcome at BlogHer.)

    Just one thing: My name is Elisa, not Eliza…thanks!

  2. says


    I can promise that you have no need to get a personality in any of your blogging endeavors! :)

    To put it in context, Tara (who I talked extensively with over dinner) runs a consulting firm that helps companies use the internet to market themselves. With that in mind, her comments were not really geared toward individuals who blog, but rather companies who try to take on blogging as a way to build up a community. In that sense, it becomes quite important to ensure that a company blog has a personality if it is to get any traction at all!

  3. says

    Dustin – as one who will soon be attempting to forge a real estate-related community, I appreciate your coverage of the conference. It’s great to hear about the little (but important) problems/solutions others have encountered that one would not think of when starting a community.


  4. says

    Thanks Tyler,

    Other people, like Paul, are doing a better job of covering “all” the events. I’ve been focusing on the sessions that are focused to enterprise-level blogging (and social media), and a lot of these sessions are necessary relevant to RCG readers. Nonetheless, I may try to do a summary post because I find these topics particularly interesting! :)


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