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Online Community and Social Media Strategies for Engagement, Customer Programs and Thriving in a Challenging Economy to be Discussed at the Online Community Business Forum


The Online Community Business Forum will feature industry experts who will discuss compelling and timely topics around the increasing importance of online community and social media in the economic downturn.

San Francisco, CA March 5, 2009 - Forum One Networks, a strategy and research group specializing in online communities and social media strategy, has finalized preparations for the Online Community Business Forum, which takes place in beautiful Sonoma, CA on March 19-20 2009. The agenda is set with compelling topics, including; strategies for thriving in a challenging economy, online community ecosystem, measuring and improving performance, getting internal groups engaged, the business of online community and customer programs.

The Online Community Business Forum features an impressive line-up of industry expert speakers who will lead discussions on strategies and tactics to leverage online community and social media in a challenging economy. Speakers include; Allen Blue of LinkedIn; Craig Warner of Google; Thor Muller of Satisfaction; Erica Kuhl of; Sylvia Marino of Inc.; Mike Rowland of Impact Interactions; Randy Farmer of MSB Associates; Rachel Makool formerly of eBay. In his session, Community Strategy: Thriving in a Challenging Economy, Nova Spivack, CEO and Founder of Radar Networks / will discuss the increased value in online communities and the importance of actively managing and driving online community and social media initiatives. In tough economic times online communities are an increasingly important, and cost-effective, venue for engaging with prospects and customers, and for providing support. However, as emotions run high from the stress of a recession, they may also become more turbulent and require more active stewardship, says Spivack.

We have a valuable lineup of sessions, a fantastic group of community and social media experts and beautiful venue in Sonoma, says Bill Johnston, Chief Community Officer at Forum One Networks and Im confident participants will find that the Business Forum is time and money well spent. We consistently get very positive feedback about this event year over year. Current attendees include senior online community and social media practitioners from Microsoft, Linden Lab, Autodesk, Yahoo!, Cisco, eBay, Executive Networks, Cambridge, Satmetrix, and EMC.

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About Forum One Networks
Forum One Networks is a division of Forum One Communications, a web strategy and development group based in Alexandria, Virginia, with offices in the California Bay Area. Forum One Networks produces events, conducts research, and provides networking and strategic consulting for online community and social media professionals.


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