Hello community builders! I’m hoping to get some insight from all of you experts on a project we are undertaking at ecommercefuel.com. A quick overview of our community - we are a private, paid community of about 1000 eCommerce store owners based on Discourse. We only accept about 30% of all applicants, as they need to own a 7-figure eCommerce business to get in.
Within the community, we want to create three new sub-groups that will be invite-only. The thinking is that this would help promote a stronger sense of community as we continue to grow, as well as building strong relationships between members who share something in common. We would be using new restricted categories for these groups.
We have done this successfully once already with a group dedicated to $10 million store owners. They discuss things that are hyper-relevant to their specific niche, and as a result, they are more comfortable posting things they wouldn’t normally post in the main community.
Going forward, we want to build three new sub-groups. I’d love to hear from those of you who have done something similar:
- How did you select the sub-group categories?
- What do you do to keep these groups active?
- Did you select topics that overlapped with your main categories? If so, did it hurt the main community in any way?
- How did you select members to add to these groups? Reputation? Contribution history?
- Did you select a member or two to help moderate/start discussions?
Thanks in advance for any insight you can offer!