Wednesday, January 16, 2008

What the ...

... hell? In my last post I tried to explain what I think about successful community management. To go out in public and hang around the (virtual) places, where your customers hang out as well. Today I've received an email from one of our customers: "What the .... What the hell are you doing and what is your bloody job you get paid for? Hanging around boards and blogs? You know, I pay you for this, I pay for you. Now move your ass and do what yo get paid for and stop loitering around the internet."
Now, I am seriously thinking about what it might be, I get paid for.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

How to ....

... make the community like us? Let's face it. We are a company. We have solid financial interests. If we abandoned this point of view, we would be dead within 2 weeks and subsequently not be able to provide our service called Tibia. It doesn't matter, that we are the developer of a game that brings joy and fun to hundreds of thousands of people. Tibia is cool, but the company sux. I guess, that's the fate of all big companies. In the eyes of our customers, we are just greedy and incompetent. I could live with that, if it was true. I mean if it was true, why should we try to pretend something else. The problem is, it is not true. Unfortunately, our customers don't believe us. And even more unfortunate is the fact, that it doesn't matter if they are correct or not. Customers don't see things wrong, they just see.
And to be quite honest, I can understand them. As soon as you get the impression that a corporation tends to become too big, you begin to doubt their capability to understand the needs of their customers.
So, what can we do? Show them the faces behind the company! Or to cite a famous president: "Tear this wall down". Pinch holes into the barrier that separates the yourself from the customer. Let them peek through and get a glance of the people behind the companies name. We are not CipSoft, we are Andy, Stefan, Florian, Nicole, etc. Get personal. A person is something, people can grab and understand and most important: Believe. So, go out in public and show your faces, post in customer forums, blogs etc. And don't be afraid to tell the truth. Customers are very quick in realizing that you are bullshitting them.
Drop your pants!

Monday, January 7, 2008

128 !!!!

That's the number that is written in brackets and bold next to the word "Inbox". I just love coming back from x-mas holidays. According to a Mr. Martins Johnson, I've won $500.000 and according to a Mr. BiGgErThAnEvEr, I should spend them on "MiracleGrowth".
After reading those two emails, I decided to calculate whether I could afford to buy all those pills, drugs, mobile phones, watches, etc with all the money I have won, can win, will win or should win.
I could not. Unfortunately, I am 1.5 million Indonesian Rupiahs short. What a shame. I was really looking forward to my 167 original swiss army knifes.