I’ve just sent out the “quarterly” SAP Top Contributor Newsletter and now I want to tell you why that should be important to you!
Awhile back I blogged about the Congratulations to the 2007-2008 Top Contributors of our community and several may remember how I didn’t toot the horn about millions of users but rather about just one, “Forget the 1 Million…“. Well this “quarterly” that went out in mail to all of our Top Contributors from 2007-2008 is another step in the direction of “Tips to make yourself stand out!” stand out.
Several asked me as a result of those blogs how they can stand out to “me”, my response was “I don’t matter so don’t worry about standing out to me” but in all honesty another way to stand out in the crowd is of course through peer recognition and as much as I enjoy recognizing great people in the community, the community is simply too big! One of the ways that myself and others manage this now is through the oberservations of our Top Contributors and especially our Community Influencers 2008.To bring you up to speed on what I mean…
Do you actually know what levels we have here within the various communities? I don’t mean points or anything I mean the levels of “influence”? Two of these levels are related to a specific point number however the rest are related to strong contributions and continuously leading by example and showing the way for others in the community.
- Consumer, someone who visits listens and learns from others in the community.
- Participant, someone who has been here and now decides to begin to share their knowledge and experience as well.
- Contributor, this is someone who has taken the time to learn the ins and outs of the community and put forth some effort once they reach a 100 well earned points we consider them to be a “Contributor” and therefore give them the opportunity to show themselves as well as let us know who it is they really are via the “Profiles” – the profiles help the rest of the community get to know, understand add credibility to what it is you are telling them.
- Active Contributors, these are the folks who have continue to be active in the community and have reached the yearly milestone of 250 points – we really start to watch these folks for our “diamonds in the rough” the folks who we might consider for our level 6 at some point.
- Top Contributors, the folks I mentioned above really. These are the people who look at once a year specific to each of the categories we offer and has no real direction relation to points as each area is different and some will be more active than another so we look to what the people are doing and creating and these are the people who make it to the top of our list for level 6.
- “Community Influencer’s” this is a very small group, a handful really in each of the communities who we consider through their past actions to be leaders in the community be it for their specific topics or the community in general these are people that we value their opinions very highly and we often seek them out for advice and suggestions.
Beyond that SAP has of course the “SAP Mentor Program” initiative where through strong contribution and showing yourself as being a thought leader you have a chance to be nominated! We also look highly to our level 5 and 6 for potential new How Grateful We Are For All Our ‘M’s, and even as “Community Reporters“.