For all the creators of groups on GovLoop, here is a special forum to share ideas and best practices.
How Can We Improve the GovLoop Facilitator’s Guide?
January 17, 2010 at 9:49 pm #89530
As you know, we’ve created a GovLoop Group Facilitator’s Guide to serve as a resource to people like you who have demonstrated leadership in starting at least one group on GovLoop.
Based on your experience:
– What else do you think we should include in the Guide?
– What are some additional tips that would help new Group Creators?
– Are there other “How-To’s” that we should add?
– Is your Group a great case study or have a best practice that we should include?
We’re eager to get your feedback to make this resource even better!
January 17, 2010 at 11:14 pm #89548
This is great!
Couple thoughts to add:
1) Consistent updates – Make sure to keep the group updated…post at least 2X week.
2) Bring in outside info – Find a cool information, events, or document relevant to your group – Post it in the group
3) All Member Email – Send an all member email on a semi-regular basis (weekly or bi-weekly) or on very key informaton
4) Promotion – Make sure to promote the group online and offline. If an association, include the GL logo on your website and promote in newsletter and link to your specific group address. If have in-person events, remind people about your group.
January 19, 2010 at 8:32 pm #89546
Andrew, on page 12 under Water the Seed you recommend using the ‘Reply to this’ link under comments. While this group contains that, the two groups I have created do not have those links nor do several others I have checked. I edited the group to find a setting but couldn’t find any. Where is this controlled?
January 19, 2010 at 8:38 pm #89544
Here are a couple of things I have done to invite other GovLoopers to my group and to connect with them if they join. I post these comments to request feedback on whether you think this is a desirable plan:
1) I used the GovLoop search box to search for content with keywords relevant to my group. After reviewing and determining whether I believe the individual might be interested, I send them an invite. I think I did the invite by message rather than a comment.
2) With everyone that has joined my Christians in Government group, within a day of two of their joining (as soon as I see it), I send them a friend request with a personal note welcoming them to the group and encouraging their participation. Most if not all have accepted my friend request. This may not be appropriate for every group, but considering the type of group this was, I felt it was appropriate to connect on a more personal level.
January 19, 2010 at 8:57 pm #89542
Is there a way provided on GovLoop to view page visits to a group? I added a counter to one of my groups so that I could monitor this myself. Without this, if people do not comment or start discussions. I have no way of knowing if people are even visiting.
January 21, 2010 at 2:33 pm #89540
Hi Sam – We are able to see activity through Google Analytics, but we aren’t really making that information public. Where did you find the counter and how did you embed it (assuming in the text box)? Curious to learn how that works…
January 31, 2010 at 12:06 am #89538
Andrew, sorry to take so long to reply … been away since the 21st and just saw your reply while in Ireland.
I found the counter at http://www.digits.com/. You have to provide the url you want counted and it provides you a script to insert on the page. I added mine in the group’s text box.
March 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm #89536
Andrew … haven’t seen a reply … did you miss my question?
March 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm #89534
Hi Sam – Thanks for your question – forgive the delay. Can you point me to the specific groups where you don’t see the “Reply to This” option in the Group Discussion Forums?
March 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm #89532
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