Questions tagged [promotion]

For questions about how to promote a community: advertising, recruiting members, keeping new members engaged, etc.

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Attracting experts to a young site with little expert content

I'm a member of a new online community that I'd like to see flourish. In order to grow and gain traction we need to increase our user base, in particular by attracting experts in our topic. What we'...
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Starting a community from scratch - how to create initial userbase?

I've seen this too many times. A new forum on some subject, with thirty or more sub-fora, great most of them with 0 posts, some with 2-3, one "welcome topic" running greetings from some 40 users the ...
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How do I advertise without spamming?

I've built a piece of software. It is for a small niche hobby. There are a few communities, outside of the one I usually frequent, that appear active in this area and I've seen complaints in a couple ...
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How can we retain users who came for a special event?

My Stack Exchange community has a special event that runs for about two weeks per year. During this event we get a lot of new questions with clever answers and a lot more visitors. It's, basically, ...
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Best practices to promote a private beta SE site

I'm one of the more avid users of the emerging Internet of Things Stack Exchange. With the holidays our private beta has gotten a bit long and we are struggling a bit to re-engage with the pre-holiday ...
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Recruiting sponsors for a community gathering?

I have attended LAN parties in the past - large (500+) and small (less than 50). In both venues, there have been big name sponsors (nVidia, NewEgg, Amazon, etc.). They provide prizes - video cards, ...
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