5 Tips to Jump Start Your Online Community

Whether starting a new community, or moving an existing one, the foundation is the strength of the conversations and content within it. Those conversations go a long way to assure longevity of the community.

Life, online or off, is built on a series of relationships, those with our family, friends, and fellow fans. Part of the process is the introduction and sharing of basic information, to establish a comfort level and open channels of communications.

Creating this comfort then allows the community to connect more with each other by sharing common interests, goals and ideas. Building upon the contribution of each member you will then see a more organic growth in the community as well as “natural moderators” will begin to establish themselves to help in maintaining the desired tone and direction of the community.

These 5 “no fail” tips and techniques will help you keep your focus, refine your tone and build a strong and engaged community with longevity.

East Fishkill Spurs

1. Be Welcoming, Be Disarming
Each time a new member joins your community give them the opportunity to introduce themselves. The best way to do this is to establish a set of between three and five questions for each member to answer.

Making these questions fun and non-threatening will encourage the new community members to engage, be at ease and “let their hair down”. Of course, the tone of the community will determine how “silly” these questions would be, but keeping it “light” will help gain more interaction from your community members.

Some sample questions along these lines are:

  • “Who is your favorite player?”
  • “Tell us how you became a fan”
  • “What was the best goal we ever scored?”

It’s like an online icebreaker. Ask silly, even ridiculous, questions of your members. Don’t be afraid, even in a serious forum, this allows people to connect in ways that are non-threatening and create a comfortable environment despite the tone of the serious topic that might be involved.

Believe it or not it is often more difficult for someone to share serious answers than silly answers.

2. It’s OK to Lurk
Everyone was new to online communities at one point. Try to encourage interaction and engagement, but recognize that some people might just want to watch (lurk) and adjust before they dive in.

Often times those that spend the most time lurking end up being the most engaged in the long run. Some people just need more time to adjust and acclimate to a new environment.

It is actually preferable to have someone lurk and acclimate to the tone of a community rather than jump in prematurely and risk being misunderstood, this could result in a lot of turmoil within a community.

3. Encourage Engagement, Be Appreciative, Be an Example
Actively engaged community members create opportunities for existing or new members to connect with each other, establishing a solid communal relationship. Be sure to thank people for posting, also try to positively acknowledge participation at any level.

Be a guide, or a sign post, direct your community to great content of community members, inside the community or outside, and bring the conversations to them. Be an example, by linking and sharing outside content but housing the discussion within your community.

4. Promote Great Community Contributions and Content
A solid community needs to be fed to continue to grow that community. That food is demonstrated by promoting the community and member contributions. Make it a habit to regularly promote your community members.

The conversations and sharing are the lifeblood.into other social networks. By doing this you will be promoting your community and the members, helping others find you and ensuring a continued growth in your community.

5. Appreciate Everything, Don’t Take Community for Granted
Appreciate your community. Understand that each and every member has made a choice to be a part of the community, and recognize that it’s a choice for them to remain in the community.

Never take your community for granted, if you do you will discover that they can quickly move on to what they perceive to be “Greener Pastures”. Keep it fresh, keep it lively. This is where building a community on a topic you are passionate about makes it a lot easier to grow and maintain.

If you keep these 5 tips top of mind, and try to make a habit of doing these things, you will guarantee your success is building and nurturing an amazing community!

5 Tips to Jump Start Your Online Community

Whether starting a new community, or moving an existing one, the foundation is the strength of the conversations and content within it. Those conversations go a long way to assure longevity of the community.

Life, online or off, is built on a series of relationships, those with our family, friends, and fellow fans. Part of the process is the introduction and sharing of basic information, to establish a comfort level and open channels of communications.

Creating this comfort then allows the community to connect more with each other by sharing common interests, goals and ideas. Building upon the contribution of each member you will then see a more organic growth in the community as well as “natural moderators” will begin to establish themselves to help in maintaining the desired tone and direction of the community.

These 5 “no fail” tips and techniques will help you keep your focus, refine your tone and build a strong and engaged community with longevity.

East Fishkill Spurs

1. Be Welcoming, Be Disarming
Each time a new member joins your community give them the opportunity to introduce themselves. The best way to do this is to establish a set of between three and five questions for each member to answer.

Making these questions fun and non-threatening will encourage the new community members to engage, be at ease and “let their hair down”. Of course, the tone of the community will determine how “silly” these questions would be, but keeping it “light” will help gain more interaction from your community members.

Some sample questions along these lines are:

  • “Who is your favorite player?”
  • “Tell us how you became a fan”
  • “What was the best goal we ever scored?”

It’s like an online icebreaker. Ask silly, even ridiculous, questions of your members. Don’t be afraid, even in a serious forum, this allows people to connect in ways that are non-threatening and create a comfortable environment despite the tone of the serious topic that might be involved.

Believe it or not it is often more difficult for someone to share serious answers than silly answers.

2. It’s OK to Lurk
Everyone was new to online communities at one point. Try to encourage interaction and engagement, but recognize that some people might just want to watch (lurk) and adjust before they dive in.

Often times those that spend the most time lurking end up being the most engaged in the long run. Some people just need more time to adjust and acclimate to a new environment.

It is actually preferable to have someone lurk and acclimate to the tone of a community rather than jump in prematurely and risk being misunderstood, this could result in a lot of turmoil within a community.

3. Encourage Engagement, Be Appreciative, Be an Example
Actively engaged community members create opportunities for existing or new members to connect with each other, establishing a solid communal relationship. Be sure to thank people for posting, also try to positively acknowledge participation at any level.

Be a guide, or a sign post, direct your community to great content of community members, inside the community or outside, and bring the conversations to them. Be an example, by linking and sharing outside content but housing the discussion within your community.

4. Promote Great Community Contributions and Content
A solid community needs to be fed to continue to grow that community. That food is demonstrated by promoting the community and member contributions. Make it a habit to regularly promote your community members.

The conversations and sharing are the lifeblood.into other social networks. By doing this you will be promoting your community and the members, helping others find you and ensuring a continued growth in your community.

5. Appreciate Everything, Don’t Take Community for Granted
Appreciate your community. Understand that each and every member has made a choice to be a part of the community, and recognize that it’s a choice for them to remain in the community.

Never take your community for granted, if you do you will discover that they can quickly move on to what they perceive to be “Greener Pastures”. Keep it fresh, keep it lively. This is where building a community on a topic you are passionate about makes it a lot easier to grow and maintain.

If you keep these 5 tips top of mind, and try to make a habit of doing these things, you will guarantee your success is building and nurturing an amazing community!

Premium Seats at Premium Events = Premium Prices

When Super Bowl LI kicks off on Sunday, only a small fraction of those who are going to be watching will be so lucky as to be inside the NRG Stadium in Houston. With secondary market ticket prices starting at around $2,000, attending the game is not exactly a cheap affair. But make no mistake, it doesn’t take the secondary market to spend this kind of money to attend a sporting event.

As our chart illustrates, premium tickets for premium sporting events easily break an average fan’s annual ticket budget. According to Statista’s Digital Market Outlook, an average attendee of sporting events in the United States, one who ordered at least one ticket online, spent an average of $224 on online ticket purchases in 2016.

To find out more about the growing online ticketing, please refer to our complimentary market report “eServices: Event Tickets”.

This chart compares ticket prices for major sporting events to an average fan’s annual budget for online ticket purchases.

Infographic: Premium Seats at Premium Events = Premium Prices | Statista
You will find more statistics at Statista

Six Nations Championship Guide – 2017 Infographic

Source: Graphic News

The Six Nations Championship, the northern hemisphere’s premier rugby union tournament, gets underway. Reigning Grand Slam champions England will begin their campaign against France at Twickenham, hoping to continue their remarkable 13-match unbeaten streak of 2016. Elsewhere, opening weekend fixtures will see Scotland clash with Ireland at Murrayfield, and Italy take on Wales at the Stadio Olimpico.

Six Nations Rugby 2017 Infographic

Why Americans Love the Super Bowl

With all the hype surrounding the Super Bowl, it’s easy to forget that in the end, it is still a sporting event. However, if it weren’t for the spectacular halftime show, the parties and the special commercials airing during the broadcast, the Super Bowl probably wouldn’t be the global event it has become over the years.

Consequently, it doesn’t necessarily come as a surprise that not even 6 in 10 Americans say that the actual game is their favorite thing about the Super Bowl. That is according to Statista’s 2017 Super Bowl Survey, which found that the commercials are Americans’ second favorite thing about the whole Super Bowl experience.

This chart shows what Americans love most about the Super Bowl.

Infographic: Why Americans Love the Super Bowl | Statista
You will find more statistics at Statista

Follr Rewards Feature: Monetize Your Community Management Efforts

You can generate revenue through your Follr online community in many ways. Sell event tickets, offer paid subscriptions to access exclusive content, and even earn money by inviting others to do the same. With Follr Rewards, monetizing your online community efforts is easy as A-B-C. You can also easily track your rewards right from your Rewards Program Dashboard:

Follr Rewards Program

Follr Guide to Rewards:

1. Share Your Link

Grow your network, save your friends money and earn Follr Dollars you can use for upgrades and add-ons.

2. Friends Join Follr

Earn Follr Score points for every signup from your link. Your friends receive amazing savings thanks to you! Earn 1 point for each registration, 2 points if you are a Pro member.

3. Friend Upgrades

If anyone you invited upgrades, you earn Follr Dollars you can use to upgrade to Pro or to buy an add-on domain name. Earn $2 Follr Dollars for each registration, $5 Follr Dollars if you are a Pro member. It’s that simple. Create your own Follr Community today and get earning!

Social Media Aggregation – The Follr Social Wall Explained

One of the more irritating things about the social web is that everything is everywhere. You can get great information from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube but you have to visit them individually to see all of your teams social media content. Unless, that is, your Website is a Follr Community.

Every Follr Community includes two versions of Social Wall, our content aggregation feature. On the home page you see the communitites own social media content:

Social Wall Home Page

It shows a real time feed of tweets, blog posts, videos and posts from all the major social networks giving you one place to see everything.

If you click the ‘Social Media’ link in the menu:

Social Wall Menu Link

you get to see an even more extensive aggregation of social media which additionally includes all content from the communities parent and associated content providers:

Social Wall Inner Page

Of course all of the content is responsive which means it will display on your mobile phone or tablet.

Create your Follr account today by clicking here!