I follow each of the below items and continue to reap the rewards of one of the most amazing communities. It is my desire that you would appreciate and benefit as well.
Top 10 Inside919 Community Building Tips
1. Be Present
Inside919 is different than other communities – it truly is a “Community of Relationships!” You will find as in any other business relationship, the more you connect, engage and find in common, the easier it is to refer business one to the other.
2. Be Transparent
We all know people (and or businesses) that present themselves one way online, and then in person are a completely different story. Be who you are….all the time. People will respect you more and appreciate YOU for YOU.
Get to know the amazing people on the network. Read a blog you like? Write a note to the author (their Name and Photo are is Linked) and/or comment on the post. This lets the writer know the content had value (good or bad). Also, it shows the other community members that you care beyond yourself.
4. Pull vs. Push Marketing
The nice thing about the in depth profiles on Inside919 is people can learn a lot about you BEFORE they ever read a blog post of yours, see a picture of your product OR meet you in person. They can also see if you have a product / service that they can refer to some of their clients. If they have a question about what you do – they will ask. :o)
5. Be Respectful
This is a large community with many different types of businesses, personalities, talents and understandings. Not everyone is going to agree with every post written by every person. It is okay to disagree – let’s do it in a respectful manner. Remember: part of our online reputation is how others “perceive” our interactions one to another.
6. Ask Questions
Personally, this has been one of the best ways I have met some of the most amazing business owners in the community. When I have a question – I post it in the “How Do I do…?” Forum.
Ask an honest question that you truly want an answer for. It is not in the best interest of your reputation to ask a question, while promoting your own product. We have many helpful Insiders here who are eager to help.
7. Be “Inside Link” for Others
Get to know the new Insiders who join the network. Make an extra effort to talk to the Insiders who are attending the Tuesday Local Coffee Breaks. The powerful thing that happens when you truly want to help others and make connections FOR them, is it builds your reputation as a person. The discussion about what “widget” you sell comes later.
8. Follow Thru with other Insiders
If you have had a beneficial meeting with an Insider, go to their wall and post a quick note about the meeting. It gives people who may visit their Profile later, another perspective of them.
9. Need a (Fill In the Blank)?
No need for YellowPages any more…if you do not have a good resource, for a need that you, a friend, colleague or client is looking for, you can search Inside919!
10. Use the Golden Rule
- Click on the Insiders Tab (top)
- White Box below the Sponsors
- Type in the words you want to search for (for example: plumber)
- All of the people who used the word “plumber” in their profile will pull up.
- You can also click on Advanced Search, for a more in-depth search.
No matter how old we get, the same truth still follows: “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you”
As we treat Insiders with the same level of respect, understanding and confidence that we desire to be treated with….this community will continue to grow and thrive.