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Success with closed LinkedIn Groups

Posted by Carol Bush @cbushrn, Sep 23, 2015

Greetings all! I am co-facilitating a state-wide workgroup for a coalition associated with a state service agency. There are no capacities for a community engagement platform via this agency. Since the group is large and part of the role is to leverage relationships in addition to our work, I was mulling over the option of creating a closed LinkedIn group to facilitate discussion and sharing real time…outside of the monthly work calls…which we need to spend focused on our action plans.

I have done this previously with a national nursing organization with intermittant success. Am curious if anyone has employed this…..or other platforms which are free and user friendly to accomplish a similar goal.

Thanks in advance for your feedback! Carol

Trying to create and facilitate a conversation with your community is challenging, yet so beneficial, when the ball starts rolling. I commend your efforts in trying to make that happen.

I get this question a lot, and it always makes me ask the question, “Where is your community at on social media? What platforms are they using?” As you know, there is a new social media platform popping up every week.

When I try to create digital communication to supplement in-person communication, I always do a kind of “social media inventory” in my head. Some of the communities I hang out in are on linked-in, some mostly on Facebook, and still some on google plus.

Creating a closed linked-in group is great if the people you are trying to reach regularly use linked-in. I have a bunch of groups that I work with are on Facebook, and there is the capacity to create a closed group on Facebook as well.

Good luck in trying to create that digital conversation!

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Wise suggestion….ask my ‘customers’! And here I am trying to make it complicated. 🙂

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Hi Carol! I agree with Mike – it’s important to find out where your community is, and/or where they are willing to go to connect.

I work with several groups who have found success with private/closed Facebook groups.

Is there an opportunity to solicit feedback from the group? That may help guide you as you determine the best course of action. Best of luck to you!

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@ablackmon

Hi Carol! I agree with Mike – it’s important to find out where your community is, and/or where they are willing to go to connect.

I work with several groups who have found success with private/closed Facebook groups.

Is there an opportunity to solicit feedback from the group? That may help guide you as you determine the best course of action. Best of luck to you!

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Thanks April! Yes, I do have a way to get feedback, so will be putting a brief survey together shortly. I appreciate the guidance, everyone!

Carol J Bush, BS RN

Nurse Navigator

Midwest Cancer Alliance

University of Kansas Cancer Center

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