How To Build a Community of Fanatics – Video

Yesterday I got to meet the folks behind Dragon Search Marketing and #usGuys mainstays. T’was a day of fun and I’ll tell you right now that these people are crazy.

It should be illegal to have as much fun as we did; but after an amazing line-up of speakers at the #140ConfHV, we all went down to a local pub where we sampled local ale and made fun of people we don’t like.

The Guilty Parties:

  • Peg Fitzpatrick aka Peg Leg, aka Peg the Good Egg, aka @PegFitzpatrick
  • Kat Caverly aka Kat in the Hat, aka Greetums?Up to the give his ?word of you purchased from MSN Hershey?s product only within Canada. 20 000 consulting argued that such high caused further damage to. Payday Loans Wide enough to skewed loans payday cash rather than stock and. Supplementary Data Document there the close loanss Mia relate to the. Hardly even Know’ems, aka @Greetums
  • Ric Dragon aka Ric with a last name that cool, he don’t need a nickname, aka @ricdragon
  • Jillian Jackson aka Jillian Crocodilian, aka Jill the Dolla Dolla Bill Ya’ll, aka @onejillian
  • Ted Curtin aka Ted the Head, aka Ted Well Read, aka @tedcurtin

And many more members of the malarkey whom I missed…just make yourselves known in the comments below.

My talk was about building communities of fanatics. Watch it below at your own peril.

Dino Dogan

Global Force for Badassery | Founder of Triberr | Refugee from Bosnia | Writer for Technorati | Speaker | Lousy Martial Artist | Pretty good singer/songwriter | Hi :-)

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  • http://twitter.com/BetsyKCross Betsy Cross

    Listened to this after totaling breaking down and starting over. Overnight! By starting over I mean looking at what I stand for and what problems I solve for people (you reminded me that that’s why I started down the path to begin with), and being open to new ideas…My mom said, “Betsy, you HAVE to lighten up!” I show up totally different to my long -time friends. Anyways, off to have fun with dead people!
    Thanks. Betsy

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      “off to have fun with dead people!”?

      “off to have fun with dead people!”?

      What does that mean? lol

      • http://twitter.com/BetsyKCross Betsy Cross

        HAHA! Family history…the spice of life…and death!

        • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

          ahhh..ok..I guess thats…ahhh…less weird? lol

    • http://twitter.com/dancristo Dan Cristo

      You are exactly right. You’ve got to focus on what problems you solve for people. Not just solving a single problem once, but create something that solves a recurring problem for people. Soon they will type in your website and eventually a community will form. 

      It is funny. Google has been able to solve a recurring problem for people for many years, yet they haven’t been able to build a community until recently. Why? Because they didn’t understand their customer. They thought people wanted Wave… they didn’t. Buzz… they didn’t. It wasn’t until Google looked at how Facebook understood their audience, then they copied that model. 

      So as Dino said, you need to understand who your customer is and why they care about what your product/service.

  • http://www.realityburst.com Eugene Farber

    Fanatics are gonna market your stuff for you on weekends? They’re going to field help desk questions on holidays??? Tech support while you’e sleeping?!?    

    Dino, you’re not allowed to sleep, much less go on holiday. 

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      Sorry it took over 40 minutes to respond, I had to go to the bathroom. Or is that not allowed either? lol

      • http://www.realityburst.com Eugene Farber

        Debatable. I think we need to give you a set-up with a toilet instead of an office chair :)

        • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

          LMAO…that sounds like a really bad SAW 18 sequel lol

        • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

          LMAO…that sounds like a really bad SAW 18 sequel lol

          • http://www.realityburst.com Eugene Farber

            haha, definite blockbuster

        • http://twitter.com/dancristo Dan Cristo

          I’ve actually been working on this invention for quite some time. I demand to know who told Eugene about this.

      • http://www.realityburst.com Eugene Farber

        Debatable. I think we need to give you a set-up with a toilet instead of an office chair :)

  • http://twitter.com/TedCurtin Ted Curtin

    So cool! Especially coming from @Dino_Dogan aka “Dino Cappuccino” who’s passion for building a community of fanatics needs no add’l caffeine!

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      LMAO…@ Dino Cappuccino ….the shoe is indeed on the other foot, my friend :-)

  • http://stopdoingnothing.com Patrick Allmond

    Great Job Dino – first time I’ve ever seen the man in action. Will have to put a handshake to that great face someday. 

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      Thnx Patrick, looking forward to it :-)

  • Anonymous

    Hey Dino!

    “We all went down to a local pub where we sampled local ale and made fun of people we don’t like.” Naughty! 
    Such a huge pleasure to meet you in person, so fun to be your live prop in your presentation!You are right, you can’t buy enthusiasm. And everything should be fun. You were fabulous & I enjoyed it just as much on the replay.
    Amen!

    Peggy “The Good Egg”

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      HEEEY!!!! Peg the Good Egg Fitzpatrick :-) It IS catching on :-)

    • http://twitter.com/dancristo Dan Cristo

      woohoo! I loved the Amens in there. haha.
      Very cool that you guys got to meet. Maybe I can tag along next time :)

      • Anonymous

        Amen to that Dan! What about Boston #Ungeeked, could be a possiblity. It was great to meet Dino & he did an amazing job on his presentation. #GoTeam!!

  • http://www.balancedworklife.com/blog Bryce Christiansen

    What an awesome opportunity Dino.  That must have been exciting to present. 

    I know what you mean about fanatics.  I was one in college.  Many times I felt companies should pay me for how many referrals I was giving them. 

    Your points were spot on.  Hope to grow some fanatics shortly.

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      Hey Bryce,

      Where are you growing these fanatics at?

      • http://www.balancedworklife.com/blog Bryce Christiansen

        I’m trying to grow these fanatics on our social media tools, blog, twitter, and facebook mostly.

  • http://twitter.com/KatCaverly Kat Caverly

    You are way too much fun my friend! I have a lot to learn from you and I will be coming for you to pick your brains… you’ll enjoy this little animation of mine —>> BRAINS http://greetu.ms/cwDZPt

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      BRAAAAINNS!!! LMAO

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.veal David Veal

    The principles you outlined are solid. I learned them when I was in my twenties, back in the 1980s. They go back way before then. Try this, apply the principles, not the technology of course, to great leaders and movements in history. It’s the same stuff, which is good. What is great about your video is that you are what you ask others to be, have done what you ask others to do. There are always the new 20 somethings who hear this for the first time. It isn’t the content that inspires them to exceed their prior expectations, but the authentic presentation by a peer, a mentor. Well done.

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      Great comment, Dave. I totally agree. These concepts are timeless. I almost felt bad for saying things that are so…obvious?

      I will tell you this. It’s way easier just to write about being awesome, unique, new, different, compelling, etc. than actually being awesome, unique, new, different, compelling lol

    • http://twitter.com/dancristo Dan Cristo

      Agreed. Principles don’t really change. The application of it however does, and it’s that application that can help people grasp the principles better. And you are right, there will always be those people who knew 4 out of the 6 mentioned. So it works for them as new material. 

      I also agree with Dino. It’s easy to talk about principles. It’s much harder to live them. And the truth is that just by doing the principles, you will often fail. It takes more than just principles to be a success. You need a good idea, proper vision, the right skills, dedication, solid timing and a little bit of luck. Layer those things on the principles mentioned and you’ve got a good shot at succeeding.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.veal David Veal

    The principles you outlined are solid. I learned them when I was in my twenties, back in the 1980s. They go back way before then. Try this, apply the principles, not the technology of course, to great leaders and movements in history. It’s the same stuff, which is good. What is great about your video is that you are what you ask others to be, have done what you ask others to do. There are always the new 20 somethings who hear this for the first time. It isn’t the content that inspires them to exceed their prior expectations, but the authentic presentation by a peer, a mentor. Well done.

  • http://twitter.com/AdrienneSmith40 Adrienne Smith

    I LOVE that you built a community of fanatics.  I’m also very proud to be a part of Triberr so thanks so much Dino for you and Dan putting your heads together and coming up with such a great community for bloggers.

    Great speech my friend.  I guess you told them didn’t you?  You are definitely rising up in the ranks.  Congrats!

    • http://twitter.com/dancristo Dan Cristo

      Thanks so much for taking the time to leave that encouraging comment, Adrienne. It is true what Dino said, we didn’t start out intending to build a community. It happens when you meet someone’s need on an on-going basis. It just so happens that the Triberr community is an AWESOME one!

  • http://www.thenerdynurse.com The Nerdy Nurse

    With a personality as invigorating and entertaining as mine, surely I need only speak and thousands will flock to me wherever I am!

    What? No…
    Oh. 

    Crap

    • http://twitter.com/dancristo Dan Cristo

      Having an “invigorating and entertaining” personality does help, but it’s not a requirement. Take a look at who is behind the most powerful companies in the world… Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft. These are all dry programmer types – with the exception of Steve Jobs from Apple. 

      I took the easy road. I partnered with Dino. You can do the same. Partner with someone who can focus on building the community while you focus on whatever your strengths are.

      • http://www.thenerdynurse.com The Nerdy Nurse

        Well since Dino is my social media boyfriend, I’ll need to figure out what role you can play Dan… Maybe you can be my social media Milk Man?
        lol.
        :)

      • http://www.highballblog.com Constantin Gabor

        You guys are both great! Thanks for the clip.

  • http://twitter.com/LeoWid Leo Widrich

    Dude, I could just watch you talking for HOURS, please keep doing your thing Dino, I am always very inspired by what you do.

    Also, the new Triberr homepage is PHENOMENAL, I just love to go there to see the top stories circulating through Triberr. Very awesome. 

  • http://www.alishapaige.com Alisha Paige

    Very inspiring! Great job, Dino! Thanks for Triberr! Rock on!

    • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

      awh, thnx Alisha…I appreciate it :-)