We've been playing around with/testing Group Hubs for what seems like forever, and as of today we've migrated/launched all of our legacy "Groups" to "Group Hubs", as well as launching some Bevy components/integrations. Get asked a lot of what we are doing, figured I would do some show and tell - We're using a mix of out of box features with some custom work. More to come in the future, but glad to finally get this one out the door!
What we launched: https://community.anaplan.com/t5/User-Groups/ct-p/UserGroups
A lot of our customization for now are highlighted on the homepage as they relate to Bevy as well:
Within actual Group Hubs, right now many just consist of a forum based on legacy usage - Overtime though, our hope is group leaders will find ways to utilize the other features, primarily Blogs/TKB's as a way to share event news/updates, photos, learnings, etc. With that idea, we've built out our internal leader toolkit to use all the various features as a way to teach them what is possible.
Here's a sample of one of our groups:
In addition to these, other use cases we're currently using Hubs for, looking at, or thinking about:
Replying to my own thread with another random use case we added - We had a Partner who wanted to have right of first refusal of who can download one of their demo apps (Legit reason - They don't want our other partners seeing their App, even though they are giving it away to everyone else...)
None the less - My quick and dirty solution - A closed group hub. As a user, we tell you to request access for the download. Once you become a member of the group, you see a download link. That's it. Nothing more, nothing less. I used a blog/TKB as two additional nodes, named them as you see as sub-sections, and they both have redirects on them so when you visit, it takes you to the intended page instead of the blog/tkb itself. The page itself is bare as an example of how quickly we threw this together to appease everyone involved.
TLDR; I took a Group Hub and turned it into a Frankenstein to fit the use case.
This is awesome! Thank you for sharing your experience, feedback, and use cases! And thank you for being creative with how you are using Group Hubs! Sparks more ideas 💡
Part of my goal to find a new use case every week for this thing
With a lot of folks impacted out there, our internal teams have been pinged to help find folks new roles/homes/etc throughout our ecosystem, so we moved up some improvements to our user directory as we wanted to add an "Available Talent" filter. The goal being to let those who are impacted/looking for work have an easy way to be identified in Community, and be able to get contacted easily via PM/Linkedin (long-term will play more into certifications + badges).
For this though - We needed an easy way to not only inform this subset of users about the program, but also how to let them self-select to show up on our directory page - Thus, we set it up so that when a user joins this specific open Group Hub, they'll automatically show up in the user directory. If they leave the group, they stop showing up. A clear benefit is that we can still communicate with this specific set of users easily within the Group Hub as necessary.
This is amazing work @StanGromer !! Love what you did with this. I started working on Group Hubs not too long ago as well and I'd love to connect with you to talk use case. Getting your input and hear about your journey would be awesome!