Meet relevant members 1:1, get to know them personally and help them with their aspirations and goals.
"Building a #community begins with meeting people (one at a time) and forming meaningful relationships. Always try and help people first before asking for anything in return!" - Avinash Raghava
Community building is not about creating a space or designing a system for interactions and sending a mail to get the users in. It is all about helping people who care about a mission to help each other. And it starts with the founding members who form the pillars of the community.
So why is getting to know your members at a personal level so important?
"Get to know everyone individually, until you can't" -Erik Torenberg
"I would email those people (early members) and welcome them and say something that was very clear it wasn't automated." -Ryan Hoover
"To build community, do things that don't scale, for quite a long time." -Rosie Sherry
"All the biggest communities in the world started with a founder who spent countless hours building relationships one at a time. There's no short cut." - David Spinks