Welcome Posts serve as a way to introduce new members to a community and provide them with important information and guidelines for participating. They can help set expectations for behavior and communication, as well as provide resources for getting started or a chance to welcome them into the group. Additionally, a well-crafted Welcome Post can help set the tone for the community and make it clear what kind of discussion is allowed and encouraged.
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Example #1 - Basic Group Description
Hi all, at [insert community name], we believe there’s nothing more unstoppable than when people come together.
This group’s mission is to create a global community of diverse individuals who will support, challenge, and inspire one another by providing a platform for networking, mentorship, and career development.
We encourage you to share your knowledge, ask questions, participate in discussions, and become an integral part of this little community. Together we can become better community leaders and provide our members with a much better experience.
Your group managers are [tag manager’s names]. If you have feedback, questions, or would like to get more involved, email [insert best communication address].
To email the global group directly use [insert group email address]. Members of this group can comment publicly & privately on Posts, public Comments may be emailed to the entire group at the discretion of the original sender.
Example #2 - House Rules
Welcome to [insert community name]!
Here you’ll find information on what [insert community name] is for and what policies you should be aware of.
What is [insert community name]?
In this group, we will share job postings/requests, ask for advice, schedule meetups, search for details on a specific member, and interact with other members across [insert your community’s name]. All Posts and replies (Comments) are connected/grouped and structured so that you can have a proper conversation on a topic and not just a flow of messages. Plus, Posts and Comments are searchable so you can refer back to past discussions and questions!
What policies do I need to be aware of?
All communications in the group should be written in a way that provides more context to members who would read them. They should be inviting to read and should encourage readers to respond. The following minimum information should be provided in the body of your message:
- Current Location
- Current Company
- Current Role
- The purpose of your request
- Guidelines for Posts
Job Postings: Job-related Posts should be directed to the Jobs group. Please do not post these in your individual city groups, as they will be removed.
Meetups in Different Cities: If you are traveling to a different city, and wish to connect with local members, feel free to post in the relevant city group.
Promotion of Products/Services: Consistent with our previous policy, one email per quarter is allowed for a member to promote their product. [insert your own policy here, this is just an example]
Promotion of Events: Emails about Events should be limited to events that are a clear fit with the overall vision.
Sharing Content: Articles should include something that states why the article is relevant, and members should be encouraged to include comments/questions, etc. There should be a clear reason why this article is being shared with the broader group.
The following types of content should not be sent out:
- Unapproved requests for donations/fundraising (especially important for maintaining 501(c)(3) status)
- Emails requesting capital/funds for a venture (unless relevant)
- Repeated emails for self-promotion (typically, one email per quarter is allowed for a member to promote their product)
- Requests for protected media/material (protected through copyright/membership/etc.)
- Repeated emails (i.e. one member shares an article and a number of days later the article is shared again)
- Members who repeatedly violate our policies regarding posting will be removed from the Mobilize platform
Example #3 - Tips to get started
Thank you for officially registering for [insert community name]!
Throughout the next few weeks, we’ll stagger the next steps to get everyone set up. The most important thing to do right now is to get comfortable with the community space. The first big project won’t start until everyone is onboard.
How to use your new community space:
When you registered to join the community you got promoted to create an account. We’ll use this platform to send all communication relevant to this community.
Go ahead and introduce yourself and let everyone get to know you. Include details like your name, location, and whatever fun facts to help us all get to know each other!
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