We’ve frequently heard from new members that they’d like to get started using Data.com Connect, but they don’t know how. Even long-time users sometimes feel like they don’t understand how to increase their rating or reach the next tier, and in fact, one of the top 10 ideas on the Idea Exchange is “Rainmaker Rehab,” where an experienced Rainmaker could teach other members more about Connect.
It is from this feedback that the Mentor program evolved, where experienced members are paired with those who’d like to learn more about Connect so that they can get the most out of their experience. This is a new program at Data.com and also one of the five ways that you can become a Connect Champion.
All it takes to be paired with a Mentor is to reach out to me, Katie Yeigh, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let me know you’d like a Mentor. I can then pair you with one of our fabulous experienced Rainmakers, and you can ask them your questions about using Connect and The Corner, reaching Rainmaker status, or anything else you’d like to learn from them. In addition to becoming more efficient and knowledgeable, you’ll also be doing some great networking as you get to know another member better!
On the other hand, if you’re pretty handy with the Connect website you could make a great Mentor. Mentors demonstrate leadership, have a passion for data quality, have extensive knowledge of the product, and love helping others. Does that sound like you? If it does, keep reading to see if you meet these requirements:
Have been a Connect member for at least 1 year
Be a Rainmaker
Have at least a 95% rating
Have at least 1,500 rated data contributions across different contribution types
Demonstrate leadership in the community
Act as a positive role model for the community
Understand and follow best practices for data contribution
If you meet the criteria, and you’re interested in helping other members get the most out of Connect, let us know! Just email me at email@example.com to get started.
Beyond the great feeling you’ll get from helping another member, being a Mentor will also make you eligible for the Champion program. When we choose our next class of Data.com Connect Champions in Winter 2013, our Mentors will be selected as Champions. That means they’ll have access to these great perks:
Custom Champion avatar for The Corner, with badges representing your specific contribution area(s)
Connect Champion polo shirt
Your name on a Connect Champion desk plaque
Your screen name on a plaque at the Data.com office
Regular calls with the Data.com team to keep up to date with product enhancements, company developments, etc.
Special Corner privileges such as the ability to edit your own posts, use signatures, and insert links and videos.
If you’d like to learn more about Connect with the help of a Mentor, or if you’re passionate about helping others and would like to be a Mentor yourself, let me know by posting below or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to have you on board!