|While you may see lots of activity on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, it’s only on genuine community platforms, like Ning, where you get the context, flexibility, and customization tools to create a tailored experience for you and your members.
Our goal is to make building a community dead simple. We provide an incredibly reliable, popular, and easy-to-use platform so you can focus on cultivating your community.
|By building and growing your own online community, you can forge lifelong friendships and create a dedicated place for people to connect around the topics they’re most passionate about.
This is what makes a community unique. It’s not a crowd, audience, mob, or gathering – it’s a co-created experience. As such, communities tend to thrive on platforms like Ning, where the focus is on fostering member engagement in addition to traditional publishing.
Sign-up for a free 14-day trial now. Set up your fully-featured social website in a few minutes and give it a try–you’ll see how easy it is to get started.
Use Ning’s Social Sign-In feature to make it easy for new members to sign-up/sign-in using their accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, and more. Then start spreading the word.
Decide what profile questions you want your members to answer upon sign-up so you can customize precisely what you (and fellow community members) want to learn about them. And remember that with Ning, you will always have full access to data about your members.
Now that you’ve created your community, it’s time to start inviting your founding members.
Reach out to friends that might be interested in the topic. If this is all new to you, try reaching out to people already talking about the subject on relevant social channels.
Ask your first members for their advice, ideas, and opinions. Let them feel you’re building a community with them, not for them.
Most importantly, start small. The size of your community is less important than how active your members are.
Set the tone by seeding your site with interesting content.
Use the Blog feature to write about the latest news, the new members that have joined, and the most popular discussions.
Encourage other members to start and maintain their blogs here. Make sure that these blogs appear high up on your Ning site – you want members to see them!
If you haven't built a community before, no worries - we'll guide you step by step!
Training: Take a self-paced community management course we developed with Feverbee, a top consultancy and expert in community cultivation.
Best Practices: Learn valuable insights from experts we recruit to frequently post on our blog and host webinars.
Tips: Join our vibrant community of Ning customers to learn how other Network Creators have solved challenges you are facing.
|As the community grows, announce your community via social media channels, email newsletters, and encourage existing members to invite friends.You can also Create a Facebook App and Twitter App for your Ning Network. These allow your members to automatically post to Facebook and Twitter when they post to your Ning Network.||If you have an email newsletter, include your new URL in your email footer, so that every time you send an email you promote your new site. Even better, highlight something specific taking place in the community that newcomers can participate in. Improve your SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Make your Ning Network easier to find on Google and other search engines. Here are some helpful tips.|
Ning has collaborated with FeverBee, a top community management consultancy, to develop a valuable new course for Ning Network Creators. Our goal is to provide you with the skills, knowledge, and resources to build a thriving community!
In this self-paced course, we’ll cover the objectives of a community, understanding your audience, recruiting your first members, creating thriving discussions, developing content and facilitating exciting events.
As your community grows, you’ll start to see clear patterns of which areas and topics are most interesting to your members.
Whether you use Google Analytics to measure activity, or simply look around at which groups and forums are busiest, you’ll want to help nurture the areas that are working, and prune those that aren’t.
Use ‘sticky threads’ (discussions that appear at the top of the page) to encourage the most popular posts.
You will also, from time to time, need to remove content and possibly members who are a bad fit for the community. Don’t panic, this happens in every community. We provide tools that make this simple.
If you build a genuine community, with a strong sense of belonging, a large number of volunteers, and keep it fresh and interesting, your community might one day reach that landmark.
But remember–your community is never “done.” It’s constantly growing, changing, and evolving–based on the interests of your members.