LinkedIn Groups are an easy way for you to start an online community for your company. If you already have a lot of customers and prospects who are LinkedIn members, starting a LinkedIn Group for them is a smart thing to do.
Before you start your own group, you need to determine if you are willing to make the time commitment to make the group a success. Starting a group is easy, but growing it and keeping it active can take a lot of work, especially in the beginning. I highly recommend you create a team of people who can share in the management and promotion of your group.
The topics you choose to be the focus of group discussions will determine your group’s appeal. Research topics within your niche that generate interest and choose the top two or three as the basis for your group.
We can teach you how to create and drive leads from groups relevant to your business vertical. Groups are a meaningful platform for engagement with prospects and customers to spark and maintain interest in your products and services. Displaying thought leadership will reinforce your position as the leader in your business segment – a helpful place to be when prospects are deciding with whom to partner.
When you start a new group you will need to fill out a profile that includes a description of the group, which includes keywords that will help to generate interest. Look at some popular LinkedIn groups and see how they worded their descriptions.
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LinkedIn offers many options for configuring how your group will function in the “group settings” section under “manage.” It’s important to consider all of these when configuring the “group settings.”
If someone is new to LinkedIn or has few or no LinkedIn connections, I wouldn’t approve their membership because they wouldn’t be able to provide much value. Once they become established on LinkedIn, they will understand how groups work and be able to contribute.
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You have two membership options with your group. You can automatically approve all members if you want your group open to everyone, or you can keep your group closed so everyone needs to be approved.
From my experience, open groups that serve large audiences can become unfocused if the moderator doesn’t participate actively. A good group manager can keep the group focused on a topic by starting new discussions, featuring popular, relevant discussions and privately contacting members who are posting discussions that are off-topic. It also helps to have multiple moderators for a large, open group.
Closed groups generally will be smaller and more focused, since every member is manually approved by the group manager or moderator. You usually don’t have as many new discussions or comments, but the discussions are very focused. You also have a small community of experts who are very knowledgeable about specific products or topics.
There are a lot of factors that come into play when deciding how to structure your group, and it’s imperative that you have a plan and a goal before you begin. Your reputation is on the line when you create a group. Identify your purpose, allocate resources and create a detailed plan so that your group will thrive and provide value to your company.
Once you’ve seeded the group with some stimulating conversations, you can start promoting the group to your network and through social media. The best way to invite others to join your group is by sending an invitation with a personal message to let them know who you are and why you want them to join the group.
You can encourage members to invite their friends to join, if they use personalized messages. You will then be able to approve or decline new invitations as you see fit. If you want to grow your group quickly, you can start promoting it via social media and also run ads on LinkedIn.
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