Tagged With "building community"

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Re: Community Building Tips from 1929?

Lori ·
The wisdom of the ages..... And, have you asked your liveried servants where the finger bowls and oyster forks might be?
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Community Building Tips from 1929?

Rosemary O'Neill ·
"What draws groups of people together to-day?" "Suitability of tastes more than anything else.  Those, for instance, who are artistic, who really know about music, painting, sculpture, architecture, or literature in all its branches,...
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Topics that build community

ST ·
To Community Managers and Moderators Do you post topics to generate conversations and build your community? Our Bose Portable PA Community is dedicated to performers. Most of the conversations tend to be technical, and I'd like to see us get back to celebrating what we do as well as the technology we use to do it. You can see some of the starter topics here: Getting To Know You Do you do this in your community? What kinds of questions do you ask? Please share your experiences. Thank you, ST
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Re: Topics that build community

neil ·
Hey ST, We ask this question all the time -- what will build "community." Our site has a decent size following and we've been using Hoop.la and its earlier incarnations since 2002. We've seen the level of engagement go down even though visits are up. I call this the Facebook-effect. People these days get their online jollies talking to their friends and family members on FB and Instagram. People seem to want privacy, and to "get in and get out." Have you thought of your "quid pro quo" ? Your...
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Re: Topics that build community

ST ·
Thank you, Neil! I appreciate the time you took to check us out and look around. I'm very close (too close?) to what happens in our community. It was good to hear your observations from a distance. We also have a couple of active Facebook groups. Same products, completely different mindset of the people who go there. We're planning a major face-lift and reorientation for all our community touch-points. I appreciate your thoughts and ideas. I'll add them to the white board. ST
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Re: Topics that build community

neil ·
You’re welcome. Re: “Same products, completely different mindset of the people who go there.” So let’s talk: Why is FB more chat-inducing than Hoop forums? Is it because people have their own FB page and thus feel more invested in the platform and likely to spend more time there? What if Hoop Content Blocks were more like the FB Newsfeed — scraping new posts from the entire site to the Homepage? What if Admins could see what forums are being “followed” so we’d know which ones to feed and...
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Re: Topics that build community

ST ·
Hi Neil, I can't prove this, but I think there are segments of our users who are active on Facebook anyway (promoting their business) so it's easy to drop in to see what's happening in our Facebook-related groups. Facebook groups are a click away from other groups, other individual feeds, and a never-ending stream of dopamine inducing social rewards . There's greater incentive to be on the Facebook platform and very little investment required to engage with it. Hoop.la is an island unto...
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Re: Online Community: The Chicken and the Egg

Soulati ·
Community building is a challenge for many...whether you're a blogger or apparently a chicken farmerette. It's been suggested to me I'm a natural at building community; not exactly sure why...perhaps the natural ebullience? HEH. Had to use that word. I like this post. Short and to the point.
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Re: Online Community: The Chicken and the Egg

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Thanks Jayme! You are a "natural" indeed. (And I hope this post had verve.)
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Re: Online Community: The Chicken and the Egg

James Rutherford ·
I know this is old but it caught my eye (well both of them actually. My take on this is, you do indeed tread a fine line between creating the right kind of platform for a community. Engaging them in the creation is one way. Allowing people to have their input is very good but everyone has a different opinion so you have to start with an adaptive base. The big question is how do you get them in the first place? Of the millions of people out there who do you reach out to with your invites. I...
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Online Community: The Chicken and the Egg

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Which comes first, the platform or the people? Do you build a spectacular place for people to hang out, get information, talk to each other, buy things, and then invite them in? Or do you build excitement within a tight group of people with...
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A conversation with Imad Naffa of BCDG online community

Rosemary O'Neill ·
I love talking with our long-time customers; I always learn something new! This Q&A with Imad Naffa, CEO of Naffa International and owner of the BCDG online community , contains some great tips about leveraging Twitter in combination with your forums to create even more momentum. (One of his Tweets was even RT'd by Queen Rania of Jordan!) Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences with us, Imad! Youve been running BCDG since 1995; whats your secret to...
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Community building ideas for authors

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Whether you are someone who is "thinking of writing a book someday" or a published author, you need to be concerned about having a platform (great book by Michael Hyatt) and community ready to support your book.     Community...
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Re: Interview with Morgan Luce of VT Farm & Garden Exchange

usr bin geek ·
As a Vermonter and gardner I'm glad to learn of this new site. Just joined!
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Re: Interview with Morgan Luce of VT Farm & Garden Exchange

Rosemary O'Neill ·
That's awesome. I should have remembered you were up there!
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Re: Interview with Morgan Luce of VT Farm & Garden Exchange

Morgan ·
Yay! Welcome! And if you have any suggestions, please feel free to shoot me an email!
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Re: Interview with Morgan Luce of VT Farm & Garden Exchange

Danny Mallinder ·
200 members is great but how many are free and how many are paying? What business model was used as far as pricing was concerned? The standard $25 a year? Or a larger monthly fee etc? I never watched the video, so sorry if it is mentioned there - 3am here I am too tired.
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Re: Interview with Morgan Luce of VT Farm & Garden Exchange

Morgan ·
Hey Danny! I just thought I'd pipe in on this as I got the email notification that you'd responded. The video is before I had set up premium memberships and more focuses on things that I had learned about bringing new members to the site in only a couple of months and keeping them engaged. I've since set it up and do have maybe 5 paying members currently (at the standard annual rate) but I really operate the site for the love of sharing my interests with others and learning from one another...
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Interview with Morgan Luce of VT Farm & Garden Exchange

Rosemary O'Neill ·
Today's interview is a special treat---our first video interview!  I had a great chat with Morgan Luce, who started VT Farm and Garden Exchange in April 2012, and is closing in on 200 members already.  I had to know her secrets, so I...
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