Mass Invite Your Email Contacts To Your Facebook Group!
Within your Facebook group, you have an invite by email option.
Unfortunately, Facebook only allows you to send email invitations one at a time.
Using the PREMIUM anyAudience Facebook Group inviter addon for Windows Chrome, you can semi-automate this process.
This helpful chrome extension overcomes that restriction by automating the invite friends by email address process so all you have to do is select a file containing email addresses (one per row) and click start.
Note: Not Supported by Mac OS X. Although if you read the comment section in the add-ons page, it sounds like several people found a possible work-around.
1. Open the group on Facebook you would like to invite people to (you need to be a member of the group).
2. Click on “Members” on the group wall.
3. Click on the extension icon in your browser bar
4. Choose a saved file containing email addresses (one address per row).
Tip – Even if you need to create lots of these files – I don’t recommend more than 1,000 names in any one of them. In fact, you’re better going lower than that. Because the extension sometimes stops and occasionally has to be restarted from the beginning. Give yourself lots of beginnings.
5. Click the “Start Inviting” button.
6. Go make yourself a cup of coffee and watch it get to work. (Or you can go work in Firefox/Safari, but you’ll need to leave Chrome in Facebook alone while it works.)
Rather than auto adding the person to the group, which we all know is a BIG NO NO(!), the invite by email feature of Facebook’s sends a spiffy little invitation email.
And, if all goes well, later in the day, you’ll be greeted by posts like this in your Facebook group!
Okay, perhaps yours won’t be as silly as mine are, but I happen to <3 my crazy friends!
As I mentioned above, the extension does tend to stop at times. Most of the time you can get it re-started by refreshing the page and re-opening the dialog box, but not always. Working with smaller list lengths will help you avoid pulling your hair out. This is not a fast process – but is still much faster than doing it by hand.
What is this good for?
It’s idea for bigger collections of email addresses such as your business email contact book, your newsletter subscription list, and an email export from your lead collection system (active leads only).
As long as these connections were made in relation to what you do professionally, this will work well for you. If these people will not know you or not have an interest in the topic – don’t do it!
It can be a great way to help you jumpstart a Facebook group that has gotten off to a good start, but that may not be getting the exposure it needs.
Thankfully, Facebook has a built-in check of the email addresses to make sure you haven’t invited them before, which prevents mass repetitive emailing. This process is a “one and done” deal.
(I wouldn’t use this on a brand new “founded today” style group because you want the invitees to see some community group activity.)
You can check out this premium Chrome extension in the Google Chrome shop: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/facebook-group-invite-by/jlafjhacppkjoakinhhmkppjhmpphmog
~ Kim ~
Smart Tech For Smart Marketers