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Leading Executives Gather in Sonoma to Discuss the Business of Online Community


Forum One Networks announces discussion leaders covering 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, for its latest conference in Sonoma, CA

San Francisco, CA February 24, 2009 - Forum One Networks, a strategy and research group specializing in online communities and social media strategy, announced its discussion leaders for the third annual Online Community Business Forum, which takes place on March 19-20, 2009 in Sonoma, CA. The event will gather leading online community and social media experts for a thorough discussion of the business of online community, including current best practices, active strategies for a slow economy and the future of online community engagement.

Discussion leaders include; Nova Spivack of Radar Networks / and Thor Muller of Satisfaction on community strategies for thriving in a challenging economy; Erica Kuhl of and Jen Burton of Digg on managing your online community ecosystem; Sylvia Marino of Inc. and Mike Rowland of Impact Interactions on measuring and improving community performance; Randy Farmer of MSB Associates on context and reputation; Sindy Braun of VMWare on embracing community and social media and getting key departments and executives engaged; Allen Blue of LinkedIn and Craig Warner of Google on the business of online community; Matt Warburton on voice of the customer programs.

According to Bill Johnston, Chief Community Officer of Forum One Networks, Online community and social media initiatives are at the forefront of importance in many companies given the current economic conditions. Online communities provide an excellent opportunity to build relationships with customers and users, which inherently builds loyalty and support for the brand. These community building programs are often more cost-effective than traditional marketing techniques. The Business Forum is an exclusive event that features an incredible participant line-up and excellent opportunities to network and collaborate with other online community and social media experts who are actively creating new strategies and working through challenges. Current attendees include senior online community and social media practitioners from Microsoft, Linden Lab, Autodesk, Yahoo!, TIBCO, Everest Gaming, Process Experts LLC, Cambridge Interactive Development Corp. and EMC.

Forum One Networks is actively seeking sponsorship for the event. Please contact Bill Johnston for more information at

Limited seats are still available. To request an invitation for the Online Community Business Forum, or for more information, please go to:

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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