Configure the online with other leaders and your first members
Notification settings can be important for encouraging the pace of engagement you want, while enabling individuals to tune the communication they want from the group.
Determine how you’ll manage and moderate conversations
One of the biggest mistakes is leaving a group with no moderation.
Document the community description and ground-rules
Start testing out the engagement experience before inviting more people.
Choosing a Platform: See the Tools for Groups section
Maybe you can duplicate content to different platforms – you will have two (or more) different groups with the same name, with different audience (because people will choose the most useful platform for them).
Admin & Group Manager Roles
When your group is not very large, you can manage it by yourself only, but when it it has more than 1000 members - you need more admins and moderators. You can give the admin or moderator role as a reward for most useful answers or for most active members.
Pre-populate with some content
Your intro & biography
Some useful links
Actual news etc.
A question or survey
Soft launch the online space for a smaller group of leaders and people you may have spoken to in the beginning of your process of getting members.
Rally the people who are part of the very beginning discussions and to help execute any larger launch plans & communication plans.
Groups can get to memberships of thousands of people
See the page on Community management & engagement.
"Information has an amazing property. When you share it, you don't lose it. And others still get it." - Aleksandr Lapygin, ROSECO, ГИП ГИПу друг (GIP2GIP friends)
Encourage new people to introduce themselves, post something on their minds, and ask questions.
Encourage other members to engage with new members, seek to make specific introductions
Positive reinforcement can go a long way
Conversations can be rapid and engaging. The pace and tone of the group can be set by moderators.
You might encourage certain people to engage or introduce people
Moderation + Admin
Clear rules help you moderate and keep conversations productive.
Remove SPAM immediately or people will leave the group
Large groups might end up having 3-7 moderators, with at least one of them online constantly
Surveys are a good tactic to spur engagement (e.g. «What is your opinion about…», «What software do you use for this purpose», «How long have you been in this position»
Some things that kill online community: too many marketing posts, only job listings/ recruiters, lack of moderation and community norms that enables toxic people & conversations to take root.
The online platform should have tools and automation that help you see, organize, and manage the members who are part of the group - and the content that is shared within the group over time.
All the links and files are collected automatically, and everybody can find and use all the information later.
Content/ knowledge management: As the group engages, you may develop and identify especially helpful resources.
Pin or aggregate those resources for easy access.
Link back to key resources or conversations as you engage and moderate.
Example: Facebook groups include tabs for:
Files that are shared + allows you to create files
Media (photos and videos) + allows you to create albums
Give active members more moderation privileges
Publish/highlight the list of members in some way as a community tool
Reach out to people who haven’t been active in a while
Don't be afraid to switch platforms if it's not working for you & your members.