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What questions should you be asking your new Facebook group members?

We only get to ask three questions when new members join our Facebook groups, so it’s important to make sure we make the most of the information we’re getting!

Not sure which questions to ask in your group? We realize we can currently only ask three, but sometimes it’s hard to figure out what those three should be!

Here are some ideas for your group questions for new members:

#1 Essential Question:

This one’s a no-brainer. Grab their email addresses as soon as they join!*

ESSENTIAL: Give us your email address if you’d like to receive updates about (group, business, etc.). 

Rule & group policy reminders:

Rule & policy reminders are helpful for pointing out that yes, you have rules, and yes, you expect them to be followed.

  1. Do you agree to the rules?
  2. Paraphrase one of the group rules listed below. (This is great for making sure people at least skim the rules, plus it helps out bots!)
  3. Hiding something in the rules to make sure people are paying attention.
    Example: What is the group’s collective favorite pizza spot? (“hide” the answer in one of the rules)
  4. Do you agree to the rules? Which one stands out to you (this one serves two purposes: to bring attention to the rules and to prove the person is a human).
  5. The “warning” question:
    “Do you understand that there may be discussion here you won’t like and you should just scroll past these threads?”
    “Will you be upset if we turn off comments off for any reason?”
    “Do you know what to do if someone upsets you in this group?”
  6. Emphasis on privacy question:
    Will you uphold the privacy of the group?”
  7. Head troublemakers off at the pass question: “Have you ever been booted or banned from a group? Please explain.”

Prove you’re human questions:

If your group is prone to fake profiles, these are really helpful for weeding out bots and spammers!

  1. What did you have for breakfast?
  2. What’s your favorite color?
  3. What’s your favorite TV show?

Business and group helper questions:

These questions might help you focus on your marketing, on group topics, or something else that helps your group and/or business.

  1. How did you find us?
    This one is great for tracking where the best investment might be in advertising your group.
  2. What do you expect from this group?
    This helps you to create content that is helpful to your uses
  3. Why do you want to join?
    What are you struggling with (in your town/with your health/in your business, etc.)?

Super specific type rules

This is an example of some rules that are really specific to a group. These are helpful for groups where it’s super important to group admins to stay on-topic.

  1. What was the last Urban Fantasy book you read?
  2. Who are your top 5 favorite Urban Fantasy Lead Characters?
  3. Who is your most read Urban Fantasy Author?

I hope these ideas help you to refine your group rules!

*Editor’s Note: It has been brought to my attention that some people have concerns regarding GDPR and privacy policy with asking people for their email address in the questions. It is my belief at this time that if Facebook took major issue with this, they would prevent the words “email, email address, etc.” from being added in the questions. Given the new Apple iOs restrictions going into place along with Google phasing out tracking, I believe these privacy issues will be addressed at a much higher level.

That being said, an alternative to asking for an email address in the questions is to simply provide a link to a sign-up form. This is not ideal, because you need a website or a place to house the sign-up form, where you can also include your privacy policy. I also strongly recommend including an incentive, such as a free download. Example question: “Visit www.samplesite.com/signup to get our 10 most popular recipes.”

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