Yes — it’s true. Our newest feature really lets you create and build out your very own private trading network, with your very own a custom URL. What’s it called? Simbi Groups! Now we can all bring the power of skill sharing to youe real-life communities — whether it’s your apartment complex, workplace, neighborhood, crafters club, school, or PTA.
For those of you that have already launched their Groups, here’s a guide to increasing engagement and recruiting more member. As more services are offered in our Groups, more and more people will join it, and the more abundance we can create in our symbiotic ecosystem!
Step 1: Join or start a Group
You can check out some of the awesome Public Groups folks have started already, or you can submit your own Group request HERE. Your group can be either Public (listed to the community) or Private (only those with the URL can join it).
Step 2: Get your referral link
Once you have a few services in your Group, it’s time to start introducing new members to the community!
- Find and copy your Group referral link. Head to the main menu on your Group homepage and click “Invite to Group”. Make sure your Group name is included in your referral link: (ex: yourgroup.simbi.com/WksEy/welcome) if it’s not included, you may not be on your Group’s homepage.
2. Share your referral link everywhere! Add your link to your email signature, post it in club or workplace forums, include it on your personal website or blog. This link is used to keep track of who signs up through your referral; make sure they use this link so you can redeem your 25 simbi when they join and 25 more when they complete their 1st deal!
Step 3: Use Social Media
There are several places to find new members interested in joining your Simbi Group, including:
- Facebook: Posting to News Feed is critical, but getting your message out to relevant Facebook Groups that are related to the purpose of your Group is extra important. Remember that just posting often isn’t enough — people respond way better to direct messages, or to messages that come from a trusted source. So DM your friends, ask them to share, and reach out to admins or influencers of Facebook Groups or Pages that are relevant.
- Twitter: Make sure to include relevant Hashtags. This will attract other Twitter users who may not be following you but are still interested in your Group! Search for like-minded individuals and organizations that might like to join the group and tweet invitations directly to them.
- Instagram: Post an image of the Group’s icon or a related photograph, and include a caption about your new Group with the unique URL.
- LinkedIn: Post an update (with a link to your Group) to your network so connections that may have similar interests may join. You can also reach out directly to people or networks that might be interested.
- Nextdoor: If your town and/or neighborhood has a Nextdoor network, sharing the group with your neighbors can be very helpful.
Can’t figure out what to say? Here’s a great example specifically for the Group, Musicians:
Notice the messaging is highly specific to the Group’s audience. It’s important that you express why you built the group and the value of joining the Simbi community!
Step 4: Email
Email is another critical tool for growing your Group. We suggest you personally email each potential member that you know and explain why your Group would be perfect for them.
Step 5: Tell your friends, family, and co-workers about your Group
The best way to promote your Simbi Group is to tell your friends about it in person. After all, they are most likely to share your interests and want to get involved in what you’re doing! Make sure to explain the value of your Group to them and why you think they should join.
Step 6: Initiate your new members!
Once you’ve got new members joining, it’s time to make them feel at home!
Try to welcome each new member when they join the group. If possible, it’s a good idea to be their first deal as well so they can get familiarized with how the site works. We also recommend that you use the comment section to highlight new members and make them feel welcome.
Make sure you encourage your Group to make requests and answer any questions your members may have.
Thanks for reading our short guide on how to grow your Simbi Group. We wish you the best in growing your new community!