Over the last six months, I have participated in several social media groups to get tips and ideas for my small business and home organizing blogs. It has been very helpful getting connected with people in the same industry across the world. I have met some wonderful individuals and it has helped me become a better blogger, organizer, and small business owner. It also helps me not feel so alone throughout the day. Do you feel the same way?
Here are some tips on finding the right social media community for you.
Decide which social media site communities you want to join: If you are always on Linkedin or Facebook or Google+, pick the one that is most convenient for you. I tend to split my time between all three so I follow groups on all three social media sites.
Do Your Research: First, figure out why you want to be a part of particular group. Make a list of the groups you find and join them for a bit to see what people are sharing. I like to do this for a month so I can really see what and when people share. Not all communities will work for you. So, search your particular industry and see what is out there. After you joined the groups, check to see which group is active. Some people don’t share or view the group that often, others sharing 3-4 times a day. The larger the group and if their job is to be online, you are more likely to have members that will share more often.
Participate: After you find a group(s) you like, start sharing and liking / sharing other participants stuff. And, see what happens. Some groups have more spam than other groups. Some groups are more about helping everyone and others are more about helping individuals. You will have to figure it out for yourself which group you prefer.
Caution: Be sure not to download any content from these community/groups until you figure out if the members are actual people or robots trying to get your content.
Benefits of being a part of a community:
- This will help grow your following.
- This will help you make connection with others in your industry.
- It helps you not feel so lonely.
- If you have an issue and share your issue, you will be able to get feedback pretty quickly.
I hope this gives you some guidance on how to find and be a part of a community. Do you have any tips on how you share on communities? Please leave a comment below.