Module 4: Launch!
Part III. Welcoming Members

The Secret to Success put to work

To build an engaged community, each member needs to feel welcomed and included, and find 1 thing that interests them right from the first moment.

Action Step 1. Welcome Each Member

  1. Since you will be completing this action over and over, I recommend putting a shortcut to your Welcome Message document on your desktop.
  2. Open Welcome Message –> copy entire html code
  3. Open the new members page –> scroll down to their comment box
  4. Click the html button on the toolbar so box turns color
  5. Paste html into comment box –> click html button again to view as normal
  6. Type in their name in the greeting
  7. Post

Action Step 2. Write a Personal Comment Too

  1. Read their profile answers and pick out one detail you can comment on
  2. Write a short personal sentence to them, preferably adding a link to some part of your site to peak their interest.

Ah-ha Moment?

Share an example of a personal comment you have written (or can think of) in the Comments below.

Next Step:

Ride the Hype!

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  1. MelissaUtley

    An example:

    Hi Mary,

    Welcome to the Kalispell Moms for Moms Community! I noticed on your profile that you are interested in playgroups for your toddler. I recommend joining the 0-3 playgroup (insert link). After joining introduce yourself and join the discussion. The group meets weekly on Mondays at 9:30am at Lawrence Park.

  2. LauraMeyer

    I have been doing this for a couple of weeks. This month we only had three new member but I hope to be writing more as the site grows!

  3. VirginiaEdelson

    I write personal notes to each member commenting on what they do here in Aspen, on child specific event information or congratulations for future and welcome them to relay feedback to me.

  4. IaFaraoni

    I haven’t written a personal message yet since i haven’t approved anyone yet but here’s an example that I can think of for the friend that I sent the invitation in the “Import and Invite” course…

    Hi Teri and Welcome again…

    I am so excited to see you here in our community. You mentioned that your family love adventures, I recommend joining the “Family Adventures in Aspen” group where parents share information on their favorite activities, camps, programs, teachers, coaches, etc. You also mentioned that you and your children love to go swimming at the rec center, shoot me a message next time you go and maybe Ira and I can join you there :)…

    Thank you and hope to see you soon…

  5. AndreaOwens

    Opening msg was written by Gretchen. I saved it, changed our names at the closing. I welcome new members also personally.