Considerations in the Development of Commercially Based Online Communities

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Authors

Dorine Andrews, Georgetown University

Abstract

Hagel and Armstrong, in their 1997 book Net.gain, proclaim an approach for transforming people into avid and loyal customers who generate continuous revenue streams through the ihpowerlu of online community. However, current economic realities suggest that implementing commercially based online communities is not the economic savior for Internet businesses as suggested. More over, commercial online communities may be fraught with issues not encountered in the early years of online community development. This paper explores two of the issues, audience characteristics and business model alternatives, that must be considered before attempting to use online community as a customer loyalty and revenue building feature.

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Considerations in the Development of Commercially Based Online Communities

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