Who better to help us lead a discussion on building community and engagement than the finalists for Best in Show: Blog and Best in Show: Community?
During our WEGO Health Awards week, these finalists talked about their “go to” strategies for engaging with networks, what apps or tools can be utilized and the challenges faced when building online community.
The pressing issue is how do you build a strong following for your advocacy page?
First and foremost, find others who are interested and involved in spreading awareness for your health condition. The online health community is vast, your community is out there! Find your tribe and get involved!
But once you have your community, then what?
The definition of community is a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. So remind your community that you are just like them! Be real with your experiences, because chances are your followers are having them too. Being honest can leave you feeling vulnerable, but with vulnerability comes connection!
And although leading a community is one of the most rewarding jobs, it can also be the hardest! Our finalists shared their biggest challenges as community leaders. Learn how you can overcome these obstacles and all the tips and tricks you need for building and sustaining a strong community by downloading the full recap!
Looking for more resources?
Head over to our WEGO Health blog post on 10 Tips For Building Online Health Community Presence. If you have anything to add, we’d love for you to comment below!
Kristen Long is the Patient Leader Network Coordinator at WEGO Health. Her own health experiences have inspired her to empower other patients and encourage the power of patient advocacy. Follow Kristen on Twitter and Facebook.