Communilytics: Applied Community Analytics **SOLD OUT**

Alistair Croll (Solve For Interesting), Sean Power (Watching Websites)
Analytics, Bootcamp, Social Media
Location: 1A03
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 5 ratings)

Let’s face it. If you’re doing anything related to online communities (and most of us are), you’re probably starting to feel that flying blind doesn’t cut it anymore. You may be hoping online community engagement will improve customer relationships, offer better support, alert you to problems before they become disasters, or simply spread the word and generate interest.

Whatever the case, effective social media comes from having the guts to try unique, memorable campaigns, the discipline to measure their successes and failures, and the wisdom to learn from the results. That’s what applied community analytics is about, and it’s what you’ll learn in this workshop.

You will leave this session with an abundance of practical information to help you quantify your online community efforts. In particular, you’ll:

  • learn to apply tried-tested-and-true web analytics practices to online community efforts
  • measure, account for and optimize your existing community properties to avoid throwing your members into a brick wall
  • gather a series of important questions that every business needs answers for when dealing with community endeavors
  • apply the practices that you’ve learnt to your competitors so that you can compare your efforts to theirs

In sum, you’ll learn to answer these fundamental questions about your communities:

  • What are they doing
  • How are they doing it
  • Why did they do it
  • Could they do it
  • What are they saying about it

We look forward to helping forward-thinking CEOs, vice presidents, directors and managers in marketing, and community managers to better understand their communities so that they can take bigger leaps of faith with their campaigns with less risk.

Panelists include:

  • Jascha Kaykas-Wolff, WebTrends
  • Jennifer Zeszut, Scout Labs
  • Jonathan Strauss,
  • Lenny Rachitsky, Webmetrics
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Alistair Croll

Solve For Interesting

Alistair Croll is an entrepreneur with a background in web performance, analytics, cloud computing, and business strategy. In 2001, he cofounded Coradiant (acquired by BMC in 2011) and has since helped launch Rednod, CloudOps, Bitcurrent, Year One Labs, and several other early stage companies. He works with startups on business acceleration and advises a number of larger companies on innovation and technology. 

A sought-after public speaker on data-driven innovation and the impact of technology on society, Alistair has founded and run a variety of conferences, including Cloud Connect, Bitnorth, and the International Startup Festival, and is the chair of O’Reilly’s Strata + Hadoop World conference. He has written several books on technology and business, including the best-selling Lean Analytics.

Alistair tries to mitigate his chronic ADD by writing about far too many things at Solve For Interesting.

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Sean Power

Watching Websites

Sean Power is a consultant, analyst, author, and speaker. He is the co-founder of Watching Websites, a boutique consulting firm focusing on early stage startups, products, and non-profits as they emerge and mature in their niches. He has built professional services organizations, and traveled across North America delivering engagements to Fortune 1000 companies. He helps executives understand their competitive landscape and the future of their industry. He has done technical editing for Troubleshooting Linux Firewall for Addison-Wesley, and co-authored Complete Web Monitoring with Alistair Croll for O’Reilly Media.

Sean has had first-hand experience creating and implemented social computing strategies with larger companies like MTV and smaller startups like Akoha. He is active in the social computing space, using Twitter and blogs as his communication platforms of choice. He often speaks on the subject of product acceleration, measurement, or social computing in clinics, workshops, presentations, and one-on-one training.

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Sean Power
12/02/2009 12:36pm EST

We’re here, we’re listening, and I think we’ve got the answer to your issue. Our presentation material can be found on slideshare. Our main slideshare account can be found here:

The communilytics slides can be found here:

Still have a few more decks to upload, and we’ll be doing that in the upcoming days.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me on facebook (iamseanpower), email (sean at httpd dot org) or find other networks that I’m on here:

Thanks for the kind words, and thanks to all of you for being so awesome! :)

Mary Lynn Gilbert
12/02/2009 12:01pm EST

Agreed, this was a fantastic bootcamp. But now I’m trying to share this great info with my team at the office, and I can’t download the slides these guys presented. This little Flash player on the Web 2.o Expo web site isn’t cutting it! Alistair and Sean, are you listening?!? :) The only way to contact you seems to be twitter, but I’m not a power tweeter (yet). Please help!

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Lisa Scarbrough
11/23/2009 3:30pm EST

Despite comments from an early attendee about falling asleep, I thought the guys were two of the best presenters for the entire conference. Everything made sense how they presented it, and having case studies helped my understanding. I got so much out of their bootcamp, I went and bought the book as well.

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Kelly Leonard
11/19/2009 1:56am EST

I echo Phil Peterman: “Their session alone was worth the cost of the conference.” Alistair and Sean set the bar high for the other speakers this week who followed in their wake. The amount of actionable and dynamic information that was discussed and shared in the Communilytics Bootcamp was fantastic.

Phil Peterman
11/18/2009 12:55pm EST

A session full of insightful, actionable ideas. Sean and Alistair share both there successes and their failures. They give you a framework more on how to think about your analytics and your test than a simple one size fits all do A, then B then C for result D.

Their session alone was worth the cost of the conference.

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Marcelo Albagli
11/17/2009 11:11pm EST

Agree fully with Tony Berkman, not a word less.

Tony Berkman
11/17/2009 12:34am EST

Fantastic bootcamp. Both Sean & Alistair shared both practical, easily implementable solutions and visionary, yet practical, insights into the future (and perhaps not too distant future) of social media metrics. One of the best sessions I have ever attended.

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