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Word of Mouth

Alexander

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Has anyone ever tried advertising their online community through Word of Mouth to friends, family or colleagues? Did it work well and is this an effective form of advertising? Let us know!
 
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Matthew

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Friends and family is what I use social media for. I frankly wouldn’t want my friends and family on any forums I would run. The internet is the escape and a chance to meet new people. A chance to break outside of your IRL comfort zone and network with new individuals. Not to mention, I personally wouldn’t want to cross the boundary of having my online presence mix with my IRL presence. My friends are bigger assholes than I am.
 

Lämmchen

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Has anyone ever tried advertising their online community through Word of Mouth to friends, family or colleagues? Did it work well and is this an effective form of advertising? Let us know!

My friends and family have not been very helpful in joining my site and posting. When CH first opened a few of them joined but no one ever has posted. I know now to not expect anything from them and even in the Site Battle Madness no one helped me :( The only word of mouth I could rely on was from members of other Christian forums that I encounter and that I'm "friends" with on Facebook. They have helped me out with my forum more than the people who are closest to me.
 

Lord Saru

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Most of my friends havent yet discovered the world of forums. XD
 
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Cam!

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I used to spend a lot of my free time at school trying to get my friends to join my sports forum. That was back in middle school, and I think I was like twelve years old. It seemed to be effective. Actually had a couple of Moderators on my forum way back then that were people that I went to school with.

In general, I'd say the niche of your forum depends on whether word of mouth is an effective form of advertising. For example, I own a wrestling forum, and I work with someone who I've seen posting on Facebook about the WWE. In that scenario, it makes sense to mention that I own a wrestling forum. It's something that he would be interested in as well. On the other hand, if you're just going to random friends/family/coworkers and asking them to take pity on you and help out on your forum, I don't feel like that will go over well.
 

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I told one of my friends about a forum I ran a few years ago and he was one of the most active members on the forum, so I suppose it did help. But generally speaking, I don’t go around spreading the word about my sites to people I know irl.
 

Malcolm

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Word of mouth is the best way to advertise in my opinion. My site Code Forum for example was about 90% word of mouth and we've grown so much. I did it through Discord, went on servers and talked to people and got them to join.
 

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Currently working on it with Bizdustry and as soon as some business conventions come around, will be advertising there as well.
 

lucycarter

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No, i would prefer to keep it private. Word of mouth is indeed a popular and best method for advertising.
I use word of mouth for promoting my brand name among people rather but involving family member is not a good idea. Using social media may help. Also, promotional giveaway can b e helpful in this regard.
 

Malcolm

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Has anyone ever tried advertising their online community through Word of Mouth to friends, family or colleagues? Did it work well and is this an effective form of advertising? Let us know!
Yes! But mostly on Discord! Code Forum grew really fast with this method.
 

TopSilver

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Word of mouth is the best way to get a site active and I'm hoping that's what happens with my site Mind Piff. I've been really leaning on the fact that word of mouth will help us do well. That's how we can get going fast.
 

Empire

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Word of mouth is good but takes time. The Hard part more than anything that I get to say the name everywhere that I see fit, like Streaming to YouTube to chatting in discord and yet you think to yourself that they are your online or real mates and they haven't even joined.

It works but not with your mates, they are like Cool and okay and end of talk.
 
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Sariana23

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I believe that word of mouth is one of the most effective ways to post offline. If your community is attractive, the same people are in charge of advertising on job sites and universities through comments (word of mouth), I have personally seen the subtractions.
 
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