By Jim Storer, Co-Founder and Principal at The Community Roundtable
2013 has been an amazing, busy and productive year here at The Community Roundtable. Membership grew by 34% and we now reach members in thirty-one US states and seven countries around the world. I am personally thrilled with the collaboration and camaraderie that the Network fosters – watching members help each other with real issues and solve problems together is gratifying and brings us one step closer to realizing our vision for a truly interactive hub for advancing community strategy and management. The best reward for us is that our progress also makes our members proud.
To support this growth we’ve made significant changes this past year, including doubling the size of our team. 2014 will also bring changes to what membership in TheCR Network looks like. First, we’ll begin bundling our Toolkits with membership starting in 2014 and our research library will continue to grow to support our additional members. After a lot of discussion Rachel and I have decided to increase the fee for TheCR Network membership. In order to provide quality content and programs, access to industry-leading research and our signature professional concierge service, we feel this is essential. As of January 1, 2014, TheCR Network membership fee will increase from $995 to $1,499/person/year and will include your choice of one toolkit along with your membership seat. Contact us for special team pricing for three or more people.
Current members will be grandfathered at the current membership rate, meaning if you join by December 31st you can lock in the $995 price. In other words, if you have been thinking of joining, now is a great time to do so!
Members of TheCR Network enjoy:
- Weekly member-only roundtable calls with industry leaders like Jeremiah Owyang, Richard Millington, Maria Ogneva, Bill Johnston and more
- Access to over 200 case studies and reports in our research library highlighting best practices from Fortune 500 companies
- Our professional concierge service, matching you with a member or expert that has experience with your specific issue
- Downloads of all TheCR Research in pdf format
- Exclusive discounts on training, events, research and Toolkits
- The opportunity to define TheCR roadmap and research priorities
We know it’s not always easy to convince your boss to allocate budget for your professional development. We are happy to help you with cost justification and referrals. We’ve drafted a justification letter for you to use and we are also happy to speak directly with you and your team. Contact us to learn more.
As 2013 draws to a close I want to thank you for being a loyal friend of The Community Roundtable. TheCR Network members are a vibrant part of our world, but we also appreciate your continued support. We will continue to invest in curated content and research for our wider community of friends and followers (including our curated Twitter stream, Pinterest boards, Slideshare presentations, favorites and blog). Over the last two years we’ve added services and content for those of you just starting out – including training and toolkits that can be purchased a la carte.
Here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014. We can’t wait to see what the new year brings!