said 5 months ago:
Hi @emmadavies, you don’t have to wait for an active community to start something. Most of the successes in the world today did not have support, until they became successful.
I like the concept you have, and I can understand the fear of not having people join, especially with the way people are constantly bombarded today with unsolicited group invites (Be careful how you do this).
Here are a few tips.
- Focus on adding more value (Photography lessons) to the people you are connected to through your blog or your fan page (If you have one). Then track the responses.
- Create an ebook, audio, or video training (Whichever one your prefer), sharing a few tips about photography, and give it out for free. This will serve as a lead generation tool. Within the info product you can share the idea of your group, telling your subscribers that they can join and learn more from you or others within the group.
- After building your list, you can send them emails with more tips, and also tell them about your idea of forming a group.
- Put out a survey to them and others you know to find out the interest level.
- Set up your group and invite people you know that are already involved in your line of business (Share the idea with them and why you are inviting them; it’s always best to use this approach rather than just adding people at random).
- Set group rules that will favor both you and your community. Rules that will stop people from spamming. Let your group members know that you have things in control, because if that’s in not in place, they will leave.
- Don’t focus on having 1000s, but a few people who will also bring value to the group. That way, you will build a thriving community (Groups with people over 500 are usually a problem if not handled well).
You have the choice of making it either a secret elite group, a closed group, or an open group. Tell your members to invite their friends, but only people who are interested in the photography. I hope this helps. All the best.