Ning’s Tips and Tricks

Laura Oppenheimer
Laura Oppenheimer

The Gift of Giving Multiple Gifts

Giving one gift to a friend is a nice thing to do. Giving a gift to multiple friends at once — that’s multiple times as nice!

When we initially launched the Virtual Gifts feature, it was only possible to give one gift at a time. Personal, individual gifts have their place, but there are many situations where you’d want to give multiple gifts at once. Thanks to the recently-released gift-to-many feature, you can easily purchase and send multiple gifts at once (and so can your members). For example, you can now give thank you gifts to all your moderators at once, or send a slice of virtual birthday cake to everyone who is celebrating a birthday on a given day.

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Brad Mallow
Brad Mallow

Using your Ning Network as a Twitter photo or video service

If you’re an active Twitter user (Tweeter?) you’ve likely wanted to share a photo or video with your followers. And if you’ve found yourself in this situation you’ll know that you can’t upload to Twitter directly. Instead, you need to use another photo or video service where you can upload your content, and then add a link back to the photo or video in your tweet. On a phone, this can be something of a tedious process.

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admin
admin

Measure clicks from email notifications

With the launch of improved email notifications last year, URLs in your Ning Network’s email notifications changed in a small but significant way. Since Nov. 10, URLs in almost all email notifications have contained unique text that identifies the type of email notification.

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Jason Rand
Jason Rand

Great habits for growing your Ning Network

Growing a Ning Network by populating it with lots of members is often considered to be the Holy Grail for many Network Creators. As a result, we see Ning Networks that are so excited to grow — and grow quickly — that their invitation lists more closely resemble the population of a small country. But, as the saying goes, it’s about quality not quantity. The key to building a vibrant Ning Network is to attract people that will love to be part of it and regularly contribute. Think before you hit send; are these invitees likely to be active, engaged members? That’s why it’s important to invite the right connections and friends that share your passion. To reach them, we’re highlighting four simple ways to best share with and invite the people that can make your Ning Network stellar.

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Nick Barr
Nick Barr

Create and customize a classifieds section with Listings

Listings is the latest Ning App built by the folks at Apps.IO. With Listings, members can create, customize, and comment on listings of various types. It’s a great option for introducing a “Classifieds” or “Jobs” tab to your Ning Network.

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Jenny Nielsen
Jenny Nielsen

Five tips for running awesome promotions

Contests are a core way to drive participation on your Ning Network and keep members coming back. For example, the folks at My Kicks on Fire ran a contest to win a free pair of Nike Air Yeezy sneakers. To enter, members were asked to help get the word out via Twitter. Friends or Enemies launched a t-shirt design competition, where the winner had their design printed and sold in the FOE merch store. To participate, members uploaded their proposed t-shirt design to the group in the comments section.

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