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Best practices for growing your neighborhood

Last Updated: Feb 18, 2017 08:51AM PST

We've found that Nextdoor neighborhoods are most useful when more neighbors join. Here are some tips that should help in growing membership in your neighborhood:

  • Identify and reach out directly to your most connected neighbors, including:
    • Neighborhood association/HOA leaders
    • Neighborhood email list (e.g. Yahoo!/Google/Facebook Groups) moderators
    • Neighborhood Watch leaders
    • PTA parents
    • CERT leaders
    • Real estate agents
    • Longtime residents

Consider sharing our introductory PDF and/or Demo site with them, so they can see the features that Nextdoor has to offer, and gain a better understanding of how Nextdoor neighborhoods work. Additionally, you may wish to refer Neighborhood Watch leaders and others interested specifically in crime prevention to the Help article here.

  • Pound the pavement:
    • Knock on doors and distribute flyers
    • Get on the agenda of a neighborhood association/HOA meeting
    • Ask for a story in your neighborhood newsletter or blog
    • Distribute flyers to grocery stores, libraries, community centers, etc.
    • Distribute flyers at street fairs or other community events
    • Contact institutions with local programs (e.g. churches, senior centers)
  • Utilize social media:
  • Don't try to do it alone:
    • Ask a friend or community leader for help
    • Recruit "block captains" to be responsible for recruiting their block
    • Ask neighbors (personally) to ask their "next door" neighbors
    • Organize a top inviter competition
    • Host a sign-up party, barbecue, or potluck with the help of current members
Last Updated: Feb 18, 2017 08:51AM PST
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