The Definite Guide Every Blockchain Project Needs to Building an Engaging Community on Discord

By: Den Tallada
Blockchain Tech Specialist at BUNCH
7-min read

Discord is a free voice and chat app initially designed for gamers and developers but due to its unique features, it is becoming the trendy channel to promote blockchain and crypto projects. This platform is considered more secure and efficient than others since it is relatively a more recent technology.

An active presence on Discord will help improve crypto name recognition. This leads to being increasingly popular within the investment and developer community.

The Birth of Discord

Released in May 2015, Discord was originally designed for gaming communities to interact via text and audio channels but its outstanding security features appeal to people in the cryptospace. Most projects take advantage of Discord’s features to send bits and pieces of codes for their team or community to work together, give their feedback and make suggestions.

Instead of “group,” a community on Discord is called a “server.” Anyone on Discord can create his/her own server, as long as he/she is prepared to do the moderation, enforcement of guidelines, and building the community into a healthy environment for meaningful and productive discussions. Servers can be subdivided into channels for a more organized community. Channels are created for specific topics. It can also be restricted to certain users as the server moderator would like.

How Discord Helps You Top the Crypto Space

Discord is a voice and chat app targeted at the gaming world, and it is rapidly extending its user base to other sectors like politics, entertainment, lifestyle and recently, cryptocurrency. The gaming world and the cryptocurrency space share many things and both benefit from easy real-time communication with razor-sharp interactivity and a slick user interface.

Target Relevant Audiences

Presence on Discord means exposure to a specific audience in the cryptospace - developers. Developers prefer Discord when choosing blockchain communities because it is easier to use and it makes the feedback process very smooth. Developers can send fractions of their codes to solicit feedback from a project’s team members and fellow developers.

Obtain Direct Feedback

Blockchain projects can get valuable ideas and suggestions from experienced developers and people in academics through Discord.

Cultivate a Trusted Environment

Developers choose blockchain projects with a Discord server because a developer knows that a team that is serious in building an industry-disrupting tech choose Discord to connect to the developer community in the cryptospace.

Best Ways to Upgrade Your Brand with Discord

Not everybody needs to be in Discord, but if you choose to be, do it well. You will have the opportunity to interact with certain niches and offer them a richer experience compared to other “colder” channels. Here’s how you can effectively use Discord to your project’s advantage:

Step 1. Create your own server

Discord app runs on so-called servers, the technical host of the community. Every blockchain community on Discord is expected to host its own server. It is also recommended to create channels for specific discussions such as roadmap, tokenomics, technical, airdrop, bounty program, announcements, etc. This way, community members would be guided on where to drop their questions or suggestions according to its category.

It is also important to provide a reason for individuals to want to join your community. Determine the purpose of your community; what you want to use it for, the people you want to see in it, and its role in your project.

Step 2. Gather loyal supporters

Once the purpose of your community is determined and established, you are going to want to make other individuals aware that your community exists and that it is a community that they want to be a part of. You will find it beneficial to promote your Discord server through your other communication and social media platforms.

Step 3. Keep your server organized

Subchannels keep a Discord server in order. Subchannels are subgroups in a server created for discussion of specific topics. You can set permissions to certain channels to make sure that only those who are allowed to be in that channel will be able to join the conversations in it.

Step 4. Drag your channels in

Discord is not recommended to be the main host for the community of a cryptocurrency or blockchain project, but it has the potential of being a great add-on. Drag users from your other communities like Telegram, test features, and engagement techniques. Techniques such as polls, AMA (Ask Me Anything) interviews, media resources creation contest, meme competition, etc. may be done and see where your community is most comfortable.

Step 5. Be available every minute

Having a team moderating your server is highly recommended on Discord, since cryptocurrency/blockchain communities are global. You would want to let your community know that you are always there should they need assistance with anything.

Conclusion

Because of their nature, some blockchain communities feel comfortable using Discord, while some prefer to be on Telegram, and there are others that are not at all inclined to be on messaging applications but are very active on website-based platforms like Medium, Quora, or Reddit. Our suggestion is to test the waters with your audience and measure the results. You can then focus your attention on the channel that produced better results where your community members feel more comfortable and well-engaged.

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