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Posted by Dan McComb, Seattle, Washington | Mar 26, 2009

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Within nearly 140 groups and counting, it's time to begin collecting tips and tricks for successfully growing a Biznik group. What's your favorite tip?

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  • Filmmaker 
Seattle, Washington 
Dan McComb
    Posted by Dan McComb, Seattle, Washington | Mar 26, 2009

    Group Think: Would someone else benefit from reading this?

    I received a private message from someone today, who asked me a great question:

    "Dan I'm always curious about other community builders' startup processes. How did you start? Who with? Where did your funding come from? Also, how did you divide the ownership and compensation?"

    Instead of answering him privately, I asked him to post the question in the Entrepreneur 2.0 Book Club, a group I created for entrepreneurs. That way, the whole group can benefit from both his question and my answer.

  • Small Business Consultant 
Seattle, Washington 
Karrie Kohlhaas
    Posted by Karrie Kohlhaas, Seattle, Washington | Mar 27, 2009

    That's good.

    My tip: Post an event right off the bat associated with the group and post it via the group page. It's worked well for my Walk and Talk Event Group.

  • Small Business Consultant 
Seattle, Washington 
Karrie Kohlhaas
    Posted by Karrie Kohlhaas, Seattle, Washington | Apr 18, 2009

    Tip: Do a member search for people who might be interested in your group's topic and send them each a personal email to invite them to your group.

    I did this for Steve Ulene's Dog Lover's Group. I had prodded him to start the group since he's a client of mine and he owns a doggie daycare. I knew that eventually someone would start a dog related group and I liked the idea of him being the originator.

    To help him get started, I did the member search for "dog" "dogs" and "pets" and sent some notes to people who I thought would enjoy his group. Almost everyone I emailed seems to have joined!

    And in an unintentional twist, a couple of those folks also asked for my rates and I am getting clients out of what was originally just an attempt to help Steve out.

  • Small Business Consultant 
Seattle, Washington 
Karrie Kohlhaas
    Posted by Karrie Kohlhaas, Seattle, Washington | Apr 18, 2009

    Tip: Search for keywords related to your group on the Events mainpage.

    Add relevant events to your group and inform the event host to post future related events to your group page.

  • Wise Woman, Shaman, Author, Aura Portraits 
Anacortes, Washington 
Elke Siller Macartney
    Posted by Elke Siller Macartney, Anacortes, Washington | Apr 18, 2009

    all of the above and: * when I invite a person to biznik, I invite them to join my group, because either their values or interests probably match mine.

    • Publish articles! in the group, and for general distribution...had a lot of people sign nup because of my reputation.

    Dan...I'll tune into that post on your page soon...am very interested in building online community.

    Thanks for asking and sharing.

  • Spiritual psychotherapist and healer 
Seattle, Washington 
Rachel Whalley, MA, MFA, LMHCA
    Posted by Rachel Whalley, MA, MFA, LMHCA, Seattle, Washington | Apr 23, 2009

    Tip: Personalize and welcome members

    I monitor my groups and whenever someone new joins, I shoot them a personal email, thanking them for joining and engaging them about the group theme or topic.

    I likely learned this technique from the famous Karrie Kohlhaas, because I find myself responding enthusiastically whenever she invites me to or welcomes me to events/groups/what have you.

    Tip: Regular emails to the community

    Everytime I put some new energy into my groups, whether it's posting a new event, starting a discussion, or just even noticing and encouraging ongoing activity, I send out a message to all the group members giving them an update of what's new in the group.

    Again, I've learned this by watching other group leaders.

  • Small Business Consultant 
Seattle, Washington 
Karrie Kohlhaas
    Posted by Karrie Kohlhaas, Seattle, Washington | Apr 23, 2009

    Great tips, Rachel. And thanks for the props! I've been wanting to take my own advice and personally welcome every new member to all of my groups but have been sorely lacking in that area.

    I am going to send out some group emails to get caught up on that and then take it from there. Thanks for the kick!

  • Filmmaker 
Seattle, Washington 
Dan McComb
    Posted by Dan McComb, Seattle, Washington | Apr 23, 2009

    Three things seem to be emerging as the most important tips:

    1. Communication.
    2. Communication.
    3. Communication.
  • Customer & Technical Support 
Seattle, Washington 
Biznik Community Tech Support
    Posted by Biznik Community Tech Support, Seattle, Washington | Apr 23, 2009

    I regularly get people joining Biznik from communities where Biznik is unknown, or there are few inactive members. They want to know how to get the Biznik ball rolling in their area.

    Along with the usual stuff about inviting people, getting events going, etc, I also suggest they start a Group for their area. When they invite people to join Biznik, invite them to join the local Group as well, so they immediately have other local people to talk to and collaborate with.

  • Spiritual psychotherapist and healer 
Seattle, Washington 
Rachel Whalley, MA, MFA, LMHCA
    Posted by Rachel Whalley, MA, MFA, LMHCA, Seattle, Washington | Apr 23, 2009

    You and me both, sista!

  • Small Business Consultant 
Seattle, Washington 
Karrie Kohlhaas
    Posted by Karrie Kohlhaas, Seattle, Washington | Apr 23, 2009

    Introduce group members to each other via the introduce function on biznik.

    As I do with events, I like to introduce people to one another, a great way to build community and help people see how relevant they are by making them seen and not anonymous.

    I never use the default copy. I always write something specific about each member and why I think they should know each other, talk, meet, collaborate, etc.