We empower community leaders with innovative, collaborative and research-based community strategies.

Community Managers
Community Program Owners
Community Executives
Community Managers

We've built the resources to help community managers work smarter.

Whether you're a team of one, are trying to scale your community program or are part of a dynamic group of community practitioners, we offer exclusive access to the tools, models, research, resources, and people you need to be successful.

Community Program Owners

As a community program owner, you have more on your plate than just the day-to-day success of your community. 

Whatever your current challenge - calculating ROI, cultivating stakeholder support, selling your community to your executives, something else - we can help. 

Community Executives

Are you are tasked with the long term success of your organization's community initiatives? 

We help some of the world's most successful brands get the most out of their community programs. Through thoughtful training, thought leadership and advisory services we can support even the toughest community challenges. 


Who we work with...

We Know Community.

The Community Roundtable collaborates with clients to develop proven, practical strategies for community success. Our clients rely on our models, frameworks, research, and expertise to take their communities to the next level. We've never met a community challenge we couldn't handle. Give us a try. 

Advisory Services

Are you looking to:

  • Get your team aligned on your community approach?
  • Energize a group of stakeholders and connect the dots from business strategy to community strategy?
  • Facilitate a workshop to generate a community strategy or program plan?

Our community advisory services will help you suceed.

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TheCR Network

TheCR Network is your one-stop resource for best practices, expert advice, actionable case studies, and answers to (almost) every community question you can imagine. We make your job as a community professional a breeze by connecting you to the people and ideas you need - when you need them.

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Community Management Training

Our research shows that investing in professional development for your community team is one of the most powerful ways to strengthen your community management.

Our live workshop TheCR Connect, and our on-demand courses, and custom curriculum ensure you have access to the community knowledge you need to be successful. 

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Research and Models

Our research, models, and frameworks are the industry standard for community practitioners to learn, validate and develop winning strategies.

From our annual State of Community Management research to our comprehensive Community Maturity Model and Community Engagement Framework, we empower community practitioners to level up their community expertise.

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Community Resources

Explore our most recent case studies, events, and research for community management practitioners.

Case Study

Member Event


Harnessing the Super Power of Community Advocates

With a global ecosystem of more than 4,000 customers globally, including 33 of the Fortune 100, Carbon Black knew they needed a way to recognize and reward their most dedicated advocates in a way that would both show the value of their contribution and also benefit the wider security community.

 Download now. 

Creating An Award Winning Community Playbook: A Panel Discussion

A playbook is a living document that outlines and details the policies and practices that govern your community. Like a roadmap, a playbook exists for the use of your internal community team.

On this call we'll discuss:

  • Insights about the process and time it takes to complete a playbook
  • Origins of how this playbook came to be
  • Challenges, successes and best practices
We encourage you to attend this call if you're considering
creating a Community Playbook or just want to learn about what it takes to write one.

Members RSVP

Research Brief:
Calculating Community ROI

In this brief, we will explore a universal formula for capturing the ROI of an engagement behavior at the heart of all successful communities: the value of an answer.

Download the brief

FEATURED VIDEO | What Makes TheCR Network Unique?


I've nothing but praise for The Community Roundtable. The must-join roundtable for community professionals.

Jeremiah Owyang

Founder of Catalyst Companies

TheCR Academy course gave me really helpful information on how to get stakeholders to realize the value of engaging in the community.

Marjorie Anderson

Manager, Digital Communities, Project Management Institute

The annual research from @TheCR has, indeed, been a major force for advancing the field. I've used each year's SOCM Report to help educate and move forward our leaders' understanding of community.

Jeff Ross

Community Manager, Humana

Compared to my many other professional membership experiences, TheCR Network has been, by far, the most beneficial and enjoyable.

Joanne Connelly

Senior Learning Consultant, SAP

Getting my team involved with The Community Roundtable has provided incredible ROI, giving them access to research, content, and information they can’t find anywhere else.

J.J. Lovett

Director, Communities, CA Technologies

Latest from TheCR Blog

Seven Perfect Gifts for Community Managers

By Shannon Abram | December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

My favorite blog post of the year is the one where I get to pretend to be Oprah. Sadly, there is not a brand new car under your seat, but we’ve pulled together a list of our seven favorite products that would make perfect gifts for the community manager in your life. Read on for […]

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How Do I Improve Online Engagement?

By Shannon Abram | November 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Online community engagement issues fall into two general buckets: tactical engagement issues and strategic engagement issues. If you don’t have people coming to your online community at all, you have a strategic issue; if people are coming but not engaging, you have a tactical issue. (Still not sure? Watch this quick video.) Either way, you need to improve online […]

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Two Community Management Fellowships Available

By Hillary Boucher | October 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Are you interested in the emerging field of community management?  Maybe you studied psychology, politics, sociology, journalism or communications and are wondering how social media and social networking technologies are changing how organizations communicate and collaborate. Maybe you’ve had a role in social media management but are looking to make a pivot into an area of […]

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TheCR Connect 2018: Key Themes and Reflections

By Rachel Happe | October 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

  This week in Boston was the annual in-person gathering of TheCR Network members. It’s part workshop, part conference, part family reunion, part stress relief. It also provides an interesting temperature gauge on how community program owners are feeling about their work and the future. Here are some of the things I took away. Community […]

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Announcing the Winners of TheCR Awards 2018

By Hillary Boucher | October 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

I am so thrilled to share this news: last night we announced the winners of the third annual TheCR Awards, including innovative community leaders from nCino, CSA Group, Steelcase and Qualtrics. These community management awards recognize excellence in community management across five categories: Outstanding Community ROI, Best Community Dashboard, Outstanding Community Change Agent, Outstanding Community Playbook […]

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What are the skills of a community manager?

By Shannon Abram | September 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

The online community management space has come a long way, but the Community Manager role still has the widest variation in responsibilities, compensation and reporting level. Community Managers in the Organization Community managers in our research work predominantly for corporations vs. agencies or as independents — suggesting that organizations see the value in investing in […]

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Calculating Community ROI: Measuring the Networked Value of Engagement

By Shannon Abram | September 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Few teams know their community ROI Our State of Community Management research revealed that despite the high returns we calculated, only 41% of those surveyed say that they are able to calculate value in any way themselves, and only 23% have taken the next step to calculating ROI for their community program. Only 23%! What’s […]

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5 Big Lessons in Community Building Based on a Decade of Experience

By Rachel Happe | September 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

I am lucky to have collaborated with hundreds of organizations on their community building initiatives. That experience gives me a breadth of visibility that very few have had, allowing me to see both the similarities and differences across contexts. Communities are very much like the Leo Tolstoy quote about families “All happy families are alike; each […]

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Community Management is Becoming Everyone’s Job

By Kelly Schott | September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Communities have an immense cross-functional impact, but the State of Community Management 2018 also showed us how far that impact goes. Not only are community professionals responsible for the community and engagement, but individuals across organizations are increasingly responsible as well. What does that mean for community programs? Community Responsibilities are Dispersed  According to this […]

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Conversations with Community Managers – Jeff Merrell

By Shannon Abram | September 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Welcome to the latest episode in our community management podcast series, “Conversations with Community Managers.” Join TheCR’s Jim Storer and Shannon Abram as they chat with community managers from a variety of industries about their community journey. They ask the community questions you want to know the answers to, including: What’s your best advice for someone just starting out in Community Management? What […]

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The Community Roundtable is committed to advancing the business of community by offering community, social media, and social business practitioners information from and interaction with their peers. We run strategic, tactical, and professional development programming and events as well as an online community for discussions and making connections. Let us know how we can help you. More about our membership levels and pricing can be found here.
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