Developer Relations Best Practices and Tools of the Trade – Webinar Info and Links

As part of my DevRelate webinar presentation, “Developer Relations Best Practices and Tools of the Trade“, I am providing the links to the tools, websites, bloggers and other resources that I used for each of the seven best practices I cover in this week’s webinar. As I mention in the webinar, Evans’s Data Tactical Marketing – Developer Marketing and Developer Relations Programs – developer research reports provide hundreds of best practices that could have covered. Since I have to start somewhere, I’ve started with seven. My plan is to cover additional best practices and tools in future DevRelate webinars. Stay tuned to the DevRelate blog for news about additional webinars, dates and times.

Evans Data Tactical Marketing Reports

You can find the table of contents and a few sample pages from each report on the pages linked below. Contact our salesx team if you want to purchase the reports. The release schedule for all of our 2017 research reports can be found at


Seven Best Practices

Seven Best Practices Covered in this week’s Webinar

  • Social Media
  • Blogs
  • Newsletters
  • Webinars
  • Videos
  • Documentation
  • Answers


Social Media

Blogging tools:


  • The Art of Social Media, Power Tips for Power Users – Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick –




Blogs for developers and DevRel professionals (you should also follow and collaborate with):

Thought/Tech leader blogs:


Platform/Language blogs:


News/Press blogs/articles:


  • Word Press Newsletter Plugin – free plugin to add newsletter features to your WordPress based site or blog. Integrates with WordPress standard login form.
  • Newsletter Archive Plugin Extension – adds a smart tag that you can put on a page to create and update when you create new newsletters.
  • Oracle Eloqua – cloud based marketing automation driving dynamic journeys.
  • Marketo – marketing automation for companies of any size.




  • MediaWiki – open source wiki project written in PHP. Used by Wikipedia and Wikimedia. You can use the Book Creator extension to select Wiki pages and create a book. You can use the Collection extension to create collections of Wiki pages and export them as a PDF or a book. You can take your collections and have a book printed on demand by PediaPress.
  • Calibre – free, open source e-book management tool for creating and converting content for eBooks. You can create and edit eBooks for major eBook formats. It also has a feature to synchronize eBooks to book reading devices.



Email me if you need additional help, links, tools, info

You can find additional tools and links that I use on my earlier blog post, “Developer Relations Tools of the Trade“. I will keep updating this blog post throughout the week. If you have tools, links and other resources to add, send me an email.

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Evans Data Corporation
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Running a DevRel Program in the Cloud

During my Evans Data Developer Relations Conference 2016 technical session, “Best Practices for a World Class Developer Relations Program”, I presented a slide that was titled “DevRel Program in the Cloud”. The ideas on the slide included the cloud based resources (many that are free) that could be used to run a “virtual” developer relations program using readily available services. Here is the list, with links, for the services I talked about during that portion of my presentation.

DevRel Program in the Cloud

  • Content Sharing/Storage – You can place your white papers, articles, blog posts and other files on many different sharing sites including: Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, etc. Check out the article “Free Cloud Storage” on
  • Videos – Every company can have a YouTube channel and most do. You can organize your videos into playlists, track subscribers, watch times, and more. Facebook also allows video uploads and streaming.
  • Webinars – There are many ways to give live video presentations and webinars. Here are a few of many: FaceBook Live, YouTube Live,, Skype Group Video and Twitch for Developers.
  • Feeds – to track developer news, articles, competitors and more – there are many RSS feed readers and systems available including: Feedly and InoReader. There are many others.
  • Questions & Answers – StackOverflow is the one you want to definitely use for developers. StackOverflow is the first place most developers go to ask questions and find answers. Remember to use tags appropriate to your company, brand, products and services.
  • Feature requests – Wantoo, Userback just to name two free and fee services. You should also check out Uservoice. There are many others you can try.
  • Code Sample repositories – Here are the “big four” if you need version control for your code samples (see content sharing/storage above if you just need to put files up for download) – GitHub, SourceForge, BitBucket, CodeProject.
  • Event Calendar – TeamUp and Google Calendar just to name two. Also check out Bitrix24.
  • Social Marketing Sites – create your own pages, groups and more – the top four to definitely use include LinkedIN, Twitter, Facebook, Google+.
  • Social Marketing Tools – Buffer and Hootsuite have free service levels.
  • Newsgroups – Google Groups, Tumblr, Google+, Reddit (Note: when your Reddit account is more than 30 days old and you have acquired a small amount of positive karma, you can create a subreddit of your own)
  • Finding content about your company, products, services – Google Alerts
  • Meetings/UserGroups – – find like minded developers and visit with them or create your own meetups, schedule meetings and go meet with developers.

What cloud based services do you use for your DevRel program?

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There are so many cloud based services that can help you run your Developer Relations program. I have only quickly scratched the surface about what is possible. Send me an email and let me know what cloud based services work for your Developer Relations program.

PS: Check out my recent blog post about the tools and services I use for developer evangelism.