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How to create a successful Group

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 5:57 AM

My beautiful friends :blowkiss:

I hope everybody is doing fine and enjoying  their summer :dalove:

  

Today, I want to talk about Groups. I’m a member  of so many groups and I always encourage my friends to join as many groups as they can, a group is always a great place to meet new artists and let everybody know what you do.

  

But, I’m sure that you guys notice every now and then that there is a group that is not active or it has been around for a long time and it has so few members, or a group that doesn't respond to their members and so many other problems.  There are so many groups people create just for the sake of creating a group and they leave them just like that, with no activity at all :no:

  

How to create a successful group



let's do this :la:

                                                                                       F e l l a . DeviantART Tour 1 by thekidKaos
    

:iconfella-plz:Commitment: Before you start thinking about creating a group, you should ask yourself, are you ready for it, do you have the time for it, are you ready to commit to it and put some effort into it.

 

:iconfella-plz:How to choose your staff:  You should choose your co-founder and your contributors carefully, they  better be your friends, people with whom  you share the same interests and the same art form, lets say you want to create a group for Literature, your staff should be writers, people who know something about Literature. Also you should be clear with them, ask them if they are willing to put some time and effort into the group.



:iconfella-plz: Coordination:  You and your staff should have a very good coordination and a stable contact point.  Emails or notes or even a chat-room just for you guys so you can discuss all matters of your group. The staff of a group should be on the same page, always updated. If you are not able to reach your staff, you will have problems. In so many groups, the co-founder tells you something and the founder tells you another thing, this makes your members question the group.



 
:iconfella-plz:Presentation:  Before you start inviting members to your group, work first on the presentation of the group. That is; the right icon, try to get your group a very nice icon, and an interesting tag line, that speaks to everybody who would want to join.



  :iconfella-plz:The group’s Gallery:  You know what is your group about and what kind of art people should submit, so now you need to create the right folders, lets say your group is about Literature in general( This example is easier to explain :paranoid:) You need to create folders for all genres of poetry and all genres of prose, or if your Group is about photography, create folder for all kind of photography, so everybody can submit their art.



 :iconfella-plz:Rules:  Every group should have rules, honestly, a group with no rules is just a big mess. Feature your rules in the front page of the group, don’t post links to your rules on some other page, most of people don’t bother to go check them. Your rules should always be in the front for every new member to see, also write them in bold please.



 
:iconfella-plz:Invitations: Now that your group is looking nice, start inviting members:la: You need to start with your watchers first, they are the ones that would love to support your project and you may even ask them to promote your group and that will help you get more members.  Who do you invite next and how  I  will tell you how.

Again, lets say your group is for photography, what I will do is, I will brows photography, you better browse the newest deviations. Then I start  looking at photos, visiting the artist’s page, well he does good photos, invite him.  If you just invite 20 people every day  that would be amazing. After all a group is awesome with more members.

The invitation itself:   Some people come and ask you to join their groups in a very straight forward way as if they order you. Be polite, invite people in a very polite way “  Hey there :wave: I have checked your gallery, you are doing really good work and I would love if you join my group. Have a nice day :dalove: “ Who wouldn't join you if you talk like this.

 

:iconfella-plz:Affiliations:  Try to affiliate with as many other groups as you can, groups that have the same stream as you, whne you affliate with groups you give your group more exposure and more people will know about it. Also, whne you send an affiliation reauest, be polite and insert a small note that says” we would love to affiliate with you guys” or anything else like that.



 
:iconfella-plz:Activity:  Now you have members and they are submitting their work and everything looks good. This should never let you relax and let the group be, you need to be active, try to interact with your members, through journals and posts, ask them if they need something, if they have suggestions. Take their suggestion into consideration.  Answer their notes and comments.



:iconfella-plz:Donation poll: Create a donation poll for your group, collect donations for contests. Customize your donation poll and make it clear that points are for giving as prizes for winners.


:iconfella-plz:Group Contest:  This is always an event that makes members love their group more and get them to know each other, a group contest always creates a very beautiful atmosphere in the group.  Even if you don’t have much prizes, just every now and then announce a contest, everybody will be willing to donate prizes and help you. There are groups that do contests that only have features as prizes and everybody is happy about it.



:iconfella-plz:Always ask for help:  A group is not easy to manage especially at the start don’t be shy and ask for help, either from your friends and watchers, from other groups.

TUTORIAL - GROUPS PERMISSIONS by Tetsuk0 
In this tutorial you will learn how to set up the basic permissions on GROUPS
 

 

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Love you all :dalove: and good luck 



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:iconminzi-is-recharged:
minzi-is-recharged Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
any tips on how to bring people to my group even though i have no watchers or deviations? my account is mostly for talking about art, so i have no watchers lol
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You can go to forums and talk about your group to other deviants:)
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:iconminzi-is-recharged:
minzi-is-recharged Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you very much!
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:iconzaiberr-y:
Zaiberr-y Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015   Digital Artist
Thanks for this! I've created a group and I'm trying to get more members to have fun :D 
:iconberry-stree: 
feel free to join everyone!
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
All the best luck :w00t:
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:iconzaiberr-y:
Zaiberr-y Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you so much :cuddle:
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:iconkokoro-kanaya:
Kokoro-Kanaya Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  New Deviant
How do you add things in the custom boxes to make it look good? 
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I think like you would do on your own profile page, there must be an Edit button for it. If there isn't I will be asking some friends. I don't have a group now so I don't know how things are looking lately 
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:iconkokoro-kanaya:
Kokoro-Kanaya Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  New Deviant
I know but my id isn't all the greatest
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:iconwhippingwolf:
WhippingWolf Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for this! I'm new to the website and all the groups in a certain area I'd like to join are dead. I think when I get a little more comfortable with DeviantArt I'll make a group.
I'll look for that button and give this a favourite! :D (Big Grin)  
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Why not, it would be helpful I believe :)
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:iconfelizias:
Felizias Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You make some good points while I don't agree you should only choose your friends as team members (aka staff). :P
I work with a few deviants that I know from another groups staff or/and were active group members in the group they become staff in before. :)
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
It's possible of course :)
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:icondarkrecon7890:
darkrecon7890 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i made my group like earlier this week i hope this helps me! Thanks! 
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I hope so too
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:iconnamine24:
Namine24 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
Good advise
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:iconmusicgoddess14:
MusicGoddess14 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Student General Artist
As far as I can see you do not tell people how to create one
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I thought it was abvious how to create the group but apparently it's not. Lately I dont have the time to be on deviantart that's why I can't always respond
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:iconmusicgoddess14:
MusicGoddess14 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Student General Artist
I understand sorry that was my friend she gets on here on my account cs she forgot her login pass.
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I see, no problem :)
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:iconmusicgoddess14:
MusicGoddess14 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks
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:iconvixygamingwarrior:
VixyGamingWarrior Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How to you invite someone with the new system?
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I still didnt get the chance to check the new system.:/
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:iconmunchchewy0:
munchchewy0 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My group kinda just sits there... I think it looks great & there's new art coming in alot that I add to it, but thanks for this advice! :)
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Anytime
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:iconcraziefuzi:
craziefuzi Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thankyou very much for this my group is already growing considerably!
:iconwolves-of-kibishi:
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That makes me happy :)
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:iconzombiewolf3ds:
ZombieWolf3ds Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Want to join? :o
It's a species group I made ;v;
:icondurans-unite:
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:iconbloodscarofbloodclan:
BloodscarofBloodclan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Dear Mrs-Freestar-Bul, I would like you to know that this helped me out alot during this but I am not very good with the whole watcher thing
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :) you can improve if you try every now and then :D
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:iconbloodscarofbloodclan:
BloodscarofBloodclan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Student General Artist
I've Improved since I've posted that commet but alas the group I made is still on its way is there a few small tips you could give me?
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:iconashleighstone:
AshleighStone Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there a limit to how many groups you can create(not admin)? Not that I'm planning to create a million right here and there, but I wanna know so I can create my group(s) carefully, lol. =P
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I dont think there is a limit
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:iconashleighstone:
AshleighStone Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay thanks! Just wondering. :)
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:iconxxwaffleloverxx:
XxWaffleloverXx Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014   Digital Artist
Do you need Points to make a group tho?
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
No you dont :)
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:iconsteelpandas:
SteelPandas Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
No you do not! :)
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:iconxxwaffleloverxx:
XxWaffleloverXx Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you! I love your profile pic too.
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:iconsteelpandas:
SteelPandas Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome. And thanks c:
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:iconxxwaffleloverxx:
XxWaffleloverXx Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014   Digital Artist
Oh another question? Um where do I put the rules so all can see? I also need a bit of advice on how to ban people if they do something wrong after they get warnings? 

Thanks!~
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:iconsteelpandas:
SteelPandas Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You can use a custom box and put it on the front page. Inside the custom box just put all of your rules!

And to ban people you have to go the the admin area then click on manage members. One of the tabs will have banned people on it. When you need to ban someone, just enter their name onto the list!
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:iconxxwaffleloverxx:
XxWaffleloverXx Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks! c: Would you like to take a look at my group? I would really appreciate it!
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:iconsteelpandas:
SteelPandas Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh my! What a cute theme! I shall join C:

P.S. Don't forget to put the rules in the custom box so that you can update journals and still have the rules up!

Kawaii-In-A-Box See how in my group I have both the rules and the journals posted? 

This way you can always have your rules up while still being able to update the group's journal! C:
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:iconxxwaffleloverxx:
XxWaffleloverXx Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014   Digital Artist
Never mind My staff and I already did it c:
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:iconmechanichal-kitteh:
Mechanichal-Kitteh Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How do I make it so that people can send me join requests?
whenever I send an invite my friend doesn't get the message and whenever I go on a my PLZ account to test if it works it always says
"sorry, join requests are closed at this time"
plus when my friends try to suggest favorites/art it doesn't let them do THAT either.

How do I fix this?
Waaaah! 
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not sure how to fix this problem. But sometimes it's about a bug in the system. You can report this to Deviantart head quarter group hd
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:iconmechanichal-kitteh:
Mechanichal-Kitteh Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I fixed it
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:iconblackshadic:
BlackShadic Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Do you think you could help me out a little bit? I'm in a bit of a pickle with this. :X
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:iconmrs-freestar-bul:
Mrs-Freestar-Bul Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What's the problem ? Sorry for the late reply :/
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:iconblackshadic:
BlackShadic Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
I've just been having problems with my group cause I've been inactive that's all. :D
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