Making All Employees Marketers, Charlene Li, TBJApodcast 130
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Charlene Li shares how you can form communities that want to be part of your brand. Making all employee marketers to build the brand.

“Frankly, employees have been told for so long not to share. Now they’re curious and a little bit nervous about what they can share and how to do the right thing. So training, development of competency in their judgement, these are all things that are steps that have to be taken.” –Charlene Li

Charlene Li is the Founder and CEO of Altimeter Group and the author of five books, including the New York Times bestseller, Open Leadership and the co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Groundswell. She is a sought after speaker and advisor to many Fortune 500 companies. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School and lives in San Francisco with her husband and two teenagers.

It’s a big high to know the work I do makes an impact on people. #TBJApodcast

Think Like A Journalist Quote

“Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.” –Thomas J. Watson

Success Tip

Try to meet someone amazing every single day. Engage with people to develop connections.

Career Highlight

Charlene went into journalism and then into Internet publishing before starting her own company several years ago. Radio City Music Hall for the World Business Forum. But even greater than that moment is something else. Find out what Charlene says is a career highlight for her.

When It Didn’t Work

Find out what Charlene learned about needing to set parameters around beginning partnerships and ending them.

Top Tips
  1. What kind of relationship do you want to have with your audience.
  2. Work toward a conversation not a transaction.
  3. Listen. Share. Engage to transform relationships.
  4. Bring empathy into the conversation. Don’t just “message to” your community. It makes you seem tone-deaf.
  5. Identify the purpose: be helpful to the community.
  6. The key test: are you there for just your brand or for the community?
  7. The biggest mistake: don’t plan a calendar of campaigns without measuring whether it’s working. If it’s not engaging, you must modify your message.
  8. Employees may be nervous to share brand content. Empower them to do so.
  9. Establish guidelines for employees, especially, for the grey area.
  10. Have processes and support for employees.
  11. Have a crisis management plan before you need it.
  12. Make sure you have a strong brand story. People remember stories.

The time to think about crisis management is not during a crisis. It should be on Crisis on autopilot.

Resource Link

TBJA 110 How To Hire The Right Talent For Your Company, Brandon Moreno

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4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris


Twitter @CharleneLi

Charlene Li Website

Phoebe Chongchua
Phoebe Chongchua

Phoebe Chongchua is a multimedia Brand Journalist, Brand Consultant & Marketing Strategist who is revolutionizing brand communication with consumers. She makes companies remarkable using brand journalism storytelling to grow their online presence, build a community, and gain greater market share. Phoebe is a former TV News journalist who helps brands gain a competitive advantage by learning to "Be the Media". Phoebe is the host of "The Brand Journalism Advantage" podcast and a "Top 50 Podcaster To Follow". Listen in iTunes or at

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