Nora ConradOwner of NoraConrad.com

What's a good alternative to Facebook groups?

I have a paid membership site and we use a FB group for the community aspect but none of us really like Facebook. I need a good alternative. We've considered slack quite a bit but it's a bit of a learning curve for some of our members. I'd love some suggestions!!
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  1. There are a few video games I like whose developers have a sub-reddit as their main community hub to interact with fans, and I'm sure there are other non-gaming communities that are centered around the same idea. It's free and there are literally millions of people who use Reddit every day, so it could be worth checking out. Creating a sub-reddit is can be done within a minute or two. You have mod tools and page customization tools at your disposal, and you can even set the page to private if you wanted to.
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  2. Tejas Kinger20SaaS Product Marketing @ Freshworks Inc · Written
    My pick would be Slack, but if you're not comfortable with that, have you tried LinkedIn groups? They are reasonably popular.
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  3. Although not many people use it, Google+ is still a good choice.
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    Workplace by Facebook

    Connect everyone in your company and turn ideas into action

    Nivas Ravichandran3Product Marketing - Freshsales CRM · Written
    Hey Nora, I recently registered for a summit and they added me to their Workplace Community. I think it is a great idea and has been working well. It is easy to consume content and avoid disruptive messages like Slack.
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    • Dominik KugelmannI show CEOs how to work form their phone

      If you are working for a company that has multiple topics at the same time running in the one department/team thinking about a feed based collaboration could be a good option.

      With Workplace you can organise your team in groups and discuss projects/topics via the comments on a post. This could help your team stay on topic and don't get distracted by another random comment in your chat history.

      The (news) feed based way of communicating (FB) can work well for slow moving tasks or project overviews. I feel like a company with more than 50ppl could start to make real use of this kind of work.

      The FB messenger really isn't on par with any of the major business chat's out their. So don't switch to FB if you really just wanna chat with your guys. You could, however, use it to supplement your Slack usage with some company feeds. But then you should save the money and use G+ which comes free with your G Suite subscription.

      The pricing however is attractive. Starting at a about a dollar a month and employee it's way below industry average.

    • RJ Lewis DigitalRJ Lewis, Digital Consultant

      I have one team that is very tethered to email and at first blush Workplace from FB seemed like a good way to ease them into real collaboration with a familiar interface. I would still recommend it, but would have liked the option to interface with workplace from my existing account.

  5. David CrowtherI help convert more browsers into buyers · Written
    Can be used as a direct replacement for Facebook Groups and has a free plan up to 500 members. Very clean and usable interface as well.
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  6. David CrowtherI help convert more browsers into buyers · Written
    If you're just looking for a place to chat with your community members, Flock offers Slack like functionality but with threaded conversations and more—see https://flock.com/compare/
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