Your Business Depends on Online Communities

I'm sure you've thought about how your small business can get more sales from Twitter, Facebook, and blog promotion.  But did you know, that in many cases, you business will actually live or die by these methods?

In my upcoming presentation at the Financial Blogger Conference in Chicago, IL this weekend, I will be speaking about the importance of building, nurturing, and growing online communities.  If you blog, it's a must that you understand how to make your readers (or customers) feel warm and gooey and part of something bigger than themselves.  If you are not attempting to do this (or you take the opposite approach: allowing a hostile environment to thrive on your site), you are not going to achieve your full potential.

For those who will be at the conference this weekend, be sure to check out how my experience as the online community manager for several sites has taught me much about the world of virtual relationships.  I will be sharing at 1:30 pm this Saturday, October 1st.  I can also meet with you before or after to answer any questions you may have!

Many other exciting friends from the financial and blogging worlds will be presenting, including my colleagues at Wise Bread, Bargain Babe, Donna Freedman, Kelly Whalen, and Trent Hamm.  You do NOT have to blog about finance to get something from this fabulous event.  (Note: Registration for this conference is full.  You can watch the site for updates to their recaps and videos, however.  I will also be sharing some notes here at 1099 Mom.)

*I want to give a BIG thanks to Bill My Parents, who will be sponsoring me at this event.  If you are not familiar with them, they are a new way to teach tween, teens, and college kids about managing money.  I will be sharing more information about their service after the conference!

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