Default Setting up your community: where to begin?

Old January 4th, 2011, 01:11 PM
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There isn’t one correct way to set up a community. Because everyone’s goals are so different, it’s not easy to identify a system that will be useful for everyone. That being said, there are a few universal basics, most important of which is to set measurable goals. Others include:

This is where setting measurable goals becomes important because it gives a way to focus your efforts. For example, here are measurable goals a community might use:
  1. Monthly "percent engaged" will be > 20% for next 3 months
  2. Increase listserv participation by 5% per month
  3. Increase forum usage by 5% every three months

To accomplish these goals, the following could be done:
  • Update your profile: encourage others to update their profiles
  • Tag your profile with relevant interests, making it easier your community members to find each other
  • Set-up/link groups to iMIS and decide who your moderators are going to be. Get those moderators to think about relevant discussion topics and create a plan for posting questions/topics to the group listservs to get conversations started.
  • Add calendar events
  • Get a list of your most frequently asked questions and begin categorizing them. You can use this to come up with Forum categories or topics.
  • Answer member questions quickly

See also:

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