Identifying and onboarding your earliest adopters who align with what the community values is key to ensuring that you build a strong foundation for your community.
"Not all founding members are equal. Example: Clubhouse recruited well-known tech people in April 2020 and gave them a virtual place to hang out. Tip: your first members set the tone. Choose wisely." -Greg Isenberg
"Don't ask "want to join", ask for specific engagement that solves a problem or gives them status "Can I feature you? Want to be a founding member?" - Erik Torenberg
"Communities are defined by who doesn't belong. All communities exclude. The key is to exclude with intention and an awareness of bias that could cause the wrong people to be excluded. Always exclude with empathy." - David Spinks
"Mistakes community leaders make: Scaling too fast. Don't focus on # of members as much as activity from those members & sense of community they feel." -Erik Torenberg
🛠️ Resources:Twitter Lists - discover experts based on topics.
Community List - to help you find your relevant online communities
Typeform, Tally, Airtable, SurveySparrow - create an onboarding form for your members