10 Steps To Build Community From The Ground Up

November 14, 2023

10 Steps To Build Community From The Ground Up

Building a thriving community from the ground up can be a challenging but rewarding journey.

While an online community serves as a massive benefit to your business, it also serves as an incredible social support for your members! The world is more digitally connected than ever, but has never been more lonely. Community building is such a valuable way to support others and help group members feel a sense of belonging and real connection.

This blog will lay out a 10-step strategy with key insights for you to build a strong community! From establishing your community’s purpose to leveraging technology and monitoring progress, this guide has got you covered.

Key Takeaways

  • Establish the purpose and goals for your community. Make sure you KNOW your community and your community feels KNOWN! Once you know what your community is looking for out of the group, you will have a much easier time of establishing purposes and goals that you know will make your members life better, and keep them engaged!
  • Identify target audience, values & cultivate an inclusive environment. When members feel safe, they will be able to move past small talk, and share real life stories that will cultivate a true sense of community.
  • Leverage tech to monitor progress & make data driven decisions for improvement. With the new platform TUVU, community building has never been easier. TUVU is the one stop shop to gather members, share resources, share ideas, and help build relationships within your community.

Establishing Your Community's Purpose

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A clear purpose is the backbone of any successful operation. Clear vision is the driving force behind any strong business, mission, ministry, and definitely behind any thriving community. A clear purpose motivates members to join and engage with one another, and encourages everyone to work toward common goals.

When community leaders have a well-defined purpose, it’s easier to build meaningful connections and create a sense of belonging among members.

Defining your community's goals

Creating a robust online presents requires solid community goals to help members understand what your community is all about.

Identify the needs and common interests of your target audience, consider how your group addresses their needs and ultimately offer benefits that will make your members' lives members!

Make it easy for people to grasp what they can expect from your community at a glance and how it can help them build meaningful relationships.

Identifying your target audience

Understanding your target audience is paramount as it allows you to shape your community according to their needs and interests. Analyze your customer base, gather data on demographics, interests, and purchasing behaviors, and use market research tools to keep up with industry trends.

Once you comprehend your community’s target, you can curate content, activities, and discussions that align with your audience’s interests, thereby enhancing your community’s value for its members.

Determining your community's values

Identifying your community's core values is instrumental in cultivating a strong culture and identity.

These values serve as guiding principles that shape your community’s behavior and interactions. Successful communities often share values like:

  • Solidarity
  • Support
  • Common goals
  • Integrity
  • Respect

By identifying your community’s values and integrating them into the group’s ethos, you lay a sturdy foundation for a flourishing and unified community.

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Encouraging open communication

Cultivate a culture of open communication to foster trust and collaboration among community members. By promoting meaningful conversations and transparency, you create an atmosphere of trust and openness that encourages members to work together and share their ideas and opinions.

Promoting equal opportunities for engagement

Some ways to ensure everyone has a chance to feel involved, appreciated, and a sense of belonging are:

  • Provide leadership opportunities for community members
  • Offer resources and support for member-led initiatives
  • Honor members' successes by recognizing their contributions

When members feel it is easy and fun to participate with your community, you create a welcoming environment where everyone feels valued and included.

Implementing Effective Communication Channels

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It is crucial that your community has a reliable way to share information, collaborate and engage together.

This section delves into the process of:

  • Choosing a suitable community platform
  • Harnessing technology for connection and engagement
  • Maintaining a balance between online and offline communication methods to accommodate varying member needs and preferences.

Finding the right community app

Like anything, selecting a community app depends on what yours community needs.

TUVU is building the largest online community for people who care about family, faith & values. Our community app lets members discover and share great content, stay close to family & friends, make new connections, and have fun! The app was created especially for community building and cultivation.

Whether you are developing a brand community or hoping to cultivate an online presence for your church's youth group, TUVU is the best platform for community building.

Balancing online and offline communication methods

While nothing can replace in person events, a community platform makes it easy to connect when you aren't together.

Online connection is imperative in today's world, and TUVU provides a safe place for all your online community communications and provides a seamless way to keep everyone up to date on all upcoming events.

If your community is predominately online, organize in-person events, workshops, or meetups to complement your mission and help members grow in stronger connections with one another.

Developing Community Guidelines and Expectations

Community guidelines will steer your community culture. If you want to maintain a positive and supportive atmosphere, you need to be clear about what behaviors are allowed, and what types of behaviors are not allowed.

This section will dive into what you need to know before you create community policies, how to resolve conflicts and disputes, and how to enforce those guidelines to address violations.

Creating community policies

Community policies set the tone for your community and communicate off the bat who you are and what your values are as an organization. It also establishes clear expectations for how members should treat one another when in your group.

When putting together community policies, consider the culture you want:

  • What would make people feel safe to share?
  • How can you make people feel welcome?
  • What are words that would cultivate hostility?
  • What would it take for someone to get kicked out of the group?

Establishing well-defined policies lays the groundwork for a safe and respectful community environment.

Handling conflicts and disputes

As long as there are people involved, conflict and disputes are seemingly inevitable! As a community leader, the best thing you can do is be clear about community guidelines and quickly address bad behaviors rearing their head in your community.

Effectively resolve conflict by offering open communication, active listening, and address the out of line behaviors. This will ensure members don't feel personally attacked and helps maintain a supportive atmosphere.

If you're here, this likely goes without saying because you are already aiming for excellence and professionalism in facilitating your community. But a good general rule of thumb for conflict resolution is to find solution that all parties can agree on to maintain peace.

Enforcing guidelines and addressing violations

It's important to address and enforce guideline violations to preserve a respectful community environment.

Here is a step by step protocol to tactfully address bad behaviors:

  1. Review the violation and gather evidence. Make sure you have as much information as possible to gage the credibility of all parties involved.
  2. Take immediate action. Who were the individuals involved? Is this their first offense?
  3. Communicate with the user and give them a chance to respond. Can you give them feedback and allow a second chance? Are they a threat to other members?
  4. Evaluate their response and decide what is best for the health and safety of your community.

Enforce consequences, document the violation, educate the community, and continue monitoring and enforcing your guidelines to ensure a harmonious community atmosphere.

Fostering Member Participation and Ownership

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Encouraging group members to participate and feel sense of ownership is key to a thriving community. This section will delve into providing leadership and decision-making opportunities for community owners, supporting member-led initiatives, and celebrating member accomplishments.

Providing opportunities for leadership and decision-making

Empowering members with opportunities to lead and make decisions is essential for fostering active participation and a sense of ownership in the community. By giving members the chance to lead projects, host events, or take on other roles, you encourage involvement and allow them to contribute to the community’s growth and development.

Offering support and resources for member-led initiatives

Supporting member-led initiatives is a powerful way to promote community growth and development. By offering resources, guidance, and recognition to members leading projects or initiatives, you encourage their involvement and showcase the value of their contributions. This not only helps your community grow but also creates a sense of pride and accomplishment among members.

Celebrating member achievements and contributions

When you highlight members and celebrate their achievements and contributions, it helps foster a sense of pride and belonging in the community. Some ways to acknowledge members accomplishments is to give them a shout out for their success, invite other members to encourage them, or if you are able to in person, throw parties to celebrate them!

Organizing Events and Activities

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We are huge advocates of community events and activities because they play a crucial role in strengthening connections and fostering collaboration among community members. This section delves into planning of digital and in-person events, facilitating workshops and training sessions, and hosting special events and celebrations.

Planning virtual and in-person gatherings

Organizing virtual and in-person gatherings is a powerful way to strengthen connections and foster collaboration among community members. It's important as you begin to explore event options to consider the size of the gathering and what kind of activities would resonate with your community members.

In person events are a great way to get the word out about your community and potentially attract new members, so make sure you have a way to get the contact info of everyone who attends. The next level is to funnel everyone who attends an event directly into your online community. TUVU makes this part easy.

Facilitating workshops and training sessions

Workshops, an online course and training sessions do two things:

  1. Add value to community members
  2. Help equip, educate and disciple those involved
  3. Provide an opportunity for people to grow in relationship with one another
  4. Shape the culture you want hands on

Workshops, training sessions or an online course can be a huge blessing for people. It gives them the opportunity to learn something, grow in relationship, give you the chance to know other participants needs, and create an engaging learning environment for everyone involved!

Utilize feedback from participants to improve future events and ensure continuous growth and learning within your community.

Hosting special events and celebrations

Community is all about relationship building and support, and what better way to do that than by hosting special events to recognize members' milestones and achievements?!

Some event ideas:

  • award ceremonies
  • recognition dinners
  • game nights
  • potluck dinners
  • movie night

Special events and celebrations are essential for building community spirit and recognizing milestones and achievements. Fun events like award ceremonies, dinners, and other special occasions that give an excuse to get together create an environment where members feel valued and appreciated! These events not only bring your community together but also foster a sense of pride and belonging among its members.

Leveraging Technology for Community Building

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Community building is made easy with a community app. This section dives into ways you can leverage technology for community building,

Technology plays a vital role in the success of modern communities. This section delves into leveraging technology for community building, which includes harnessing community management platforms, implementing collaboration tools, and exploring innovative technologies to foster community growth.

Implementing collaboration and communication tools

Collaboration and communication tools are crucial for facilitating teamwork and information sharing among community members. Some of the best collaboration tools for community building include fascinating community building software such as:

  • TUVU
  • Slack
  • Asana
  • Zoom

By implementing community building platforms, you enable content sharing, direct messaging, real-time collaboration which all contribute to connection and improved work efficiency.

Exploring innovative technologies for community growth

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Staying ahead of trends and continuously improving your community offerings is essential for long-term success. Exploring innovative technologies like TUVU enable you to have your own private community platform where members can connect with one another, share videos, photos text posts and more. TUVU allows seamless community building because compared to other social media platforms, there is:

  • no invasive algorithm
  • no ads
  • no data sold or used for profit
  • a chronological feed

Our team of business and community leaders can help your own brand community grow and adapt to the ever-changing digital landscape. We are passionate about seeing online communities succeed. How can we help you make your own online community thrive?

We want to make digital community easy, attainable, and fun. Our goal is to create support communities for people all over the world, uniting global communities.

Monitoring Community Health and Progress

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Key performance indicators (KPIs) are adopted in any industry looking to measure its efficiency and efficacy. In this section, we will cover these identification data points and discuss other ways you can gather feedback to evaluate your community's health.

Identifying key performance indicators (KPIs)

We love KPI's because they provide measurable and quantifiable metrics to assess the effectiveness and success of community initiatives. Tracking KPI's enable you to monitor the progress towards specific goals and objectives, identify areas of improvement, and make data-driven decisions.

Some examples of KPIs you might consider tracking include community engagement metrics, member retention rates, content contribution, community member acquisition and of course event attendance.

Conducting regular community surveys and evaluations

Regular community surveys communicate to your members that you care about their experience, but it also enables you to gather valuable feedback, assess customer experience, community health, and identify areas for improvement.

Once you have regular data coming in from surveys and evaluations, you will be able to spot trends and patterns that will indicate the success of your community programs and initiatives.

These insights will inform your decisions about what kind of content you create, events you host, and resources you make available to your community.


See? Community building doesn't have to be intimidating. All it takes is a love for people, commitment, and a strong online community platform! If you follow the steps in this blog post, you’ll be well on your way to creating a thriving and engaging community that fosters a strong sense of belonging and purpose for all its members. Keep learning, growing, and adapting to ensure the long-term success of your community!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you develop a community?

Find a group of like-minded people, bring them together, find opportunities to foster deeper connection, and cultivate trust. Host in person events and use TUVU to cultivate a safe online presence where everyone can connect no matter where they are.

What are the 4 steps to building a community?

To build a community, identify a need, model what you want, spread the word and listen to what your members are saying.

What is the importance of having a clear purpose for my community?

Having a clear purpose is essential for building a thriving community because it provides direction, encourages collaboration and keeps members engaged.

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