Let’s face it—third party developer groups are essential to your platform’s success. Operating simultaneously as builders, platform evangelists, mentors and documentarians, they’ve already become a mega force for companies like Google, Amazon, Apple—and it’s no small wonder. Companies see a clear advantage in forming a developer relations program to recruit, engage and mobilize their third party developers. A healthy third party software ecosystem enriches products and make them more robust; it helps companies penetrate new markets leaving more time for a company to focus on its core competencies.
Even with a dedicated team of developer relations professionals, recruiting and inspiring developers to build for your platform is, well—hard. For one, how do you get started? Many companies aren’t even sure who all their third party developers are, what they’re currently building, or even what languages they code in. Developer information may live across different spreadsheets, emails and private correspondences. In some cases, a developer directory may not exist at all. The challenge of recruiting and communicating with many disparate, global developer groups at scale can seem insurmountable. Mobilize is a group communication solution, so you can run your developer groups like a pro.
Registration Form – Mobilize creates greater efficiency in your workflow because the platform is essentially a partner CRM. Mobilize makes it easy to create a smart, customizable registration form you can share through existing communication channels; you can share it as a link on social media, on your website, through email, or whatever method you use recruit your developer community. As soon as your developers fill out that form, their data is enriching your database. The registration form allows you to capture relevant details about your developers from the point of applying to your community. Add custom fields to identify what kind of app they are building, or what languages they code in. One customer, Salesforce Dev Groups, asks their community for their t-shirt size and Meetup url in their registration form. Another customer of ours, Docker, is actively recruiting and mobilizing developers with a simple Mobilize registration form.
Developer Directory – Mobilize helps bring together your diverse and dispersed group in one place. Instead of developers living in a maze of web forms, surveys, and dashboards, you’ll have a customer database and member directory with actionable information about each person in your community. Import your members from a spreadsheet, or even connect your own database to Mobilize through our API so that all of the data and lists about your members reside in one place. One system of record. One source of truth.
Easy Segmentation – It’s all connected: your system of record and your system of communication are all going to benefit from accurate segmentation and grouping, thus making future operations more seamless. With Mobilize, a directory and map of your groups make it easy to visualize and make sense of your network. You can segment your groups any way you choose, and assign group managers to different groups based on your needs. Gaming Insiders recruits gaming developers asks them what platforms their games are built on, then organizes those members easily into segmented groups.
When you’re past the recruitment & organizing stage, empowering your developers to be successful will be easier. You’ll know exactly what types of content and events will be useful to your developers and you can communicate with the right people, at the right time. You will have a comprehensive understanding of who your developers are—and what they’re building.
With Mobilize, it’s easy to give the right developers only the information that empowers them.
Communications Dashboard – You need an easy way to support your developers as they’re building their apps, ensuring the apps they’re building are high quality. Mobilize connects all your member data with your communications, helping you to streamline the communication process and ensure that the right information goes to the right developers every time. Need to send screencasts only to your iOS developers to use in their meetups? Easy. Need ask your Android developers what resources they need to complete their apps before a certain deadline? Totally doable.
When your recruitment and operations workflows are all connected in one place through Mobilize, it’s easy for you to give personalized love to each and everyone of your developers. You’re in a good place to really amp up brand ambassadorship in your group. Mobilize makes it easy for developers to connect, discuss, and collaborate with your company’s platform. Award your top community members with exclusive event invites, priority access to beta programs, or give feedback directly to the product team.
Personalize Communications – Mobilize makes it easy to filter your developer database by current release, version, or platform or operating system. Send the right message to the right developers every time. Developers hate spam 🙂 Don’t spam your wonderful developers.
Connection & Collaboration – If you want to grow a sense of belonging in your community, create a sub group and use permissions so that there is a separate space members can voluntarily opt-in to and join the conversation.
Evangelism – While brand ambassadorship and brand evangelism does not happen overnight, managing your brand ambassadors using Mobilize is easy and powerful.
Want to learn more about how Mobilize can help you scale your developer relations? Sign up free or schedule a demo with our team at mobilize.io/devrel
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