For organizations launching an online community for the first time, or for companies trying to revitalize an existing community, user adoption can be frustrating. Many struggle with not only driving customers or employees to the community, but also in enticing them to participate and return on a regular basis.
To help you overcome this challenge, here are five ways to grow and sustain community membership:
1. Position Community as Part of the Experience
Your community should be positioned as a central feature in your customer or employee relationships. When onboarding new users, introduce the community and explain how it can be used to solve problems, ask questions, and offer feedback. Also, remember to create a dialogue where community members can tell you what they want to accomplish. Listening enables you to incorporate user feedback into your vision and deliver a community they're excited to join.
2. Prominently Display FAQs
Community adoption and engagement will plummet if users can't find what they need. The "Make Sticky" feature in AnswerHub, for example, enables you to pin posts, like FAQs and announcements, to the top of the page. That way, users can quickly and easily find knowledge at the moment of need.
3. Create Excitement
Develop an engagement strategy that entices users to visit and participate in your community on a daily basis. Regularly communicate member achievements and milestones to keep your community top of mind.
Also, don't be afraid to have some fun. Drive users to your community to access exclusive content or register for events. Or, hold a "Question of the Week" contest and reward the best answer with a t-shirt or small prize.
4. Re-engage Your Audience
To increase adoption, create a roadmap of user experience enhancements or new engagement strategies. Customers and employees will be more likely to join a community - and come back - if you offer exciting new offerings based on their requests.
5. Evolve Your Community
To serve as a dependable resource, your community must evolve to meet new trends and user needs. Frequently assess the relevancy of community content. Monitor what members are searching for and proactively add new content. Determine where members drop off and create a strategy for providing better help.
Also, remember that updating existing content is just as important as adding new content. For example, refresh knowledge base articles for each product release to better address questions.
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