2023 has been the year of community. And I’m sure this will hold true in 2024.
As things get more demanding and knowledge separates the good from the great brands, I’ve spent more time learning from others in private communities.
These communities are the best places to grow your ecommerce knowledge. Whether they are a forum, discussion platforms, a social media group, paid or free — they all have invaluable resources for ambitious business leaders to connect and learn from each other.
So, how do you know if you’re in the right online ecommerce communities? Or if you’re wondering where to start...
Well, let me tell you, I've got you covered!
In this article, I will dive deep into the top 11 online ecommerce communities you need to join ASAP.
Let's kick things off with the Shopify Community, which is undoubtedly one of the most extensive and robust ecommerce communities online. If you're a Shopify user, then you'd be doing yourself a disservice by not joining.
The community is chock-full of resources, tips, and tricks to help you get started and grow your business. Whether talking to other business owners going through similar struggles, getting feedback on your store design, or discovering the latest ecommerce trends, the Shopify Community has got you covered.
Next up, we've got the BigCommerce Community. Like Shopify, BigCommerce provides its users a community forum to ask questions, get advice, and network with other ecommerce business owners.
With over 95,000 members, you'll have no shortage of people to connect with who have been where you are now. Joining the BigCommerce Community is a no-brainer if you want to grow your store and connect with like-minded entrepreneurs.
Now, let's talk about a community that needs no introduction: Reddit Ecommerce. The subreddit is an incredibly valuable resource for ecommerce news, trends, and discussions.
With over 50,000 members, you'll find a wealth of information from fellow entrepreneurs, ranging from advice on how to drive traffic to your store, to the latest tips on social media marketing.
One of my favorite things about Reddit Ecommerce is that it's open to anyone and everyone interested in ecommerce, regardless of whether you're a beginner or a pro.
Alright, now let's talk about LinkedIn Ecommerce Group. This group is all about connecting with other ecommerce professionals and building relationships.
While it's smaller than other communities on this list, LinkedIn Ecommerce is still an excellent resource for entrepreneurs looking to network and find job opportunities. With discussions ranging from the best ecommerce software to use, to tips for succeeding in ecommerce, you will want to take advantage of this community.
Are you a high-volume store owner? If so, then you need to check out Ecommerce Fuel. This community is exclusive to high-volume store owners, allowing them to discuss important topics such as SEO, marketing, and customer retention.
While membership is paid, it's worth the investment for those who qualify. Trust me, I've seen the benefits of this come first-hand.
Let's talk about eCommerce Forum, a forum dedicated to providing ecommerce businesses with the resources they need to succeed. With discussions ranging from ecommerce software to design and development, you'll find everything you need to know here.
What sets eCommerce Forum apart from other communities is its focus on helping you build and grow your ecommerce business.
Okay, are you tired of hearing about communities that are strictly ecommerce-focused? Let's switch things up with Moz Q & A Forum.
While not strictly an ecommerce community, Moz Q & A Forum is an excellent source for SEO tips and tricks. It's a great place to find answers to your questions and connect with other online business owners.
SEO is critical to the success of any ecommerce business, so take advantage of the opportunity to learn from the experts.
eCommerce Insiders is a community that provides valuable insights and advice for ecommerce business owners. You'll find articles, podcasts, and webinars covering social media, branding, and conversion optimization here.
What's excellent about eCommerce Insiders is that the content is written by industry professionals who have gone through the same struggles as you.
Ecommerce Nation is a community dedicated to providing resources for ecommerce businesses. It's a great place to find new ideas and connect with fellow entrepreneurs, from articles and webinars to conferences and events.
What sets Ecommerce Nation apart is that the community is global, providing you with insights from ecommerce experts worldwide.
We come to The Founder’s Club, my personal community that offers connections, hand-selected cohorts, Q&A sessions, and more to help entrepreneurs grow their online businesses.
The Founder’s Club stands out because it's focused on teaching you specific skills you can apply to your business. Whether it's learning how to drive more traffic to your store or improving your email marketing, The Founder’s Club has got you covered.
Finally, UnTapped connects DTC leaders from all around the world to help brands level up, retain customers, and find inspiration on the daily. Expect discussions with ecommerce experts, including the brains behind the fastest-growing Shopify brands.
Since Tapcart’s bread and butter is mobile ecommerce, this is the best place to ask questions to improve your mobile strategy is in check. Here, you can ask questions, share wins, chat about trends, events you’re going to, and stay on top of the latest.
There are also plenty of co-marketing and press opportunities where you can leverage our network with free press to grow your business and personal brand.
Remember, you don't have to reinvent the wheel — a wealth of knowledge is out there waiting for you
I hope you found that listicle helpful, valuable, and (maybe even a little) entertaining. By joining these ecommerce communities, you're taking a crucial step toward success.
Choosing not to go at it alone is honestly one of the better things you can do for your journey in business. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals who understand your challenges, connect with other entrepreneurs, gain insights from their experiences, and learn from their mistakes.
You will need more than joining these communities to make you successful magically. You've got to put in the work. Take your advice, implement it, and adapt it to your unique situation. Don't be afraid to experiment, fail, and learn. Frequently, our failures teach us the most valuable lessons and propel us toward more tremendous success.
Join those communities, introduce yourself, ask questions, share your struggles, and lend a helping hand whenever you can! Be an active participant, and you'll reap the rewards.
Now, go out there and build! Remember, I'm cheering you on every step of the way. Stay focused, and always keep sight of your dreams.