The ultimate guide to launching your Orbital community
Hi! We’re really excited you’re here because you’re about to learn why Orbital is the perfect online home for your community.
We’ve built our galaxies with one thing in mind – real connection between human beings! That means that a few things are different in an Orbital community. In this toolkit you’ll learn…
Why Orbital is different
First, let’s look at a few ways that Orbital beats the competition.
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|Orbital||Other Community Platforms|
|Your branding||Fully customisable||A logo, maybe?|
|Breakout areas||Unlimited and ad-hoc||Limited and formal|
|Fun to navigate||Feels like a game!||Definitely not|
|Guest conversations||Hang out as long as you want||Everyone gets booted when the host leaves|
|Speakers and presenters||Unlimited and many at once||Limited and usually one at a time|
|Built-in interactive activities||50+ suggestions, or add your own||Nope|
|Accessibility||A growing list of features||Not always, and sometimes costs extra|
Creating your community galaxy
Create your Orbital account at http://app.orbital.chat.
Once your email is verified, you’ll be able to create your galaxy.
By default, your galaxy will have a limit of 20 people, but the more the merrier! Contact us via the chat link on the bottom of this screen if you need more seats and we’ll get you set up in no time.
Setting up breakout and conversation areas
Of course a meetup isn’t really the same unless people can mingle. That’s where things get really cool…
Give a little structure to your meetup by creating some pins. Think from the perspective of a guest. What areas would make them feel welcome to join in the conversation? Maybe…
- An info booth with a map of the space, links, etc.
- Hot desks and community co-working spaces
- Office hours with key community members
- Themed lounges for a casual chat
- Fireside chat area
- Interactive spaces for games and collaboration
- Demo areas for your product or service
- A vendor hall with exhibition booths. Vendors can decorate their booths, include pre-recorded or live video, chat with visitors, share documents, gather signups, and more. Hello, revenue opportunity!
You can select an image from our gallery of background, or upload your own. We even support animated GIFs!
Introducing your members to Orbital
For your community onboarding to go smoothly, it’s important that your members know what to expect when they arrive. It may be their first time in an Orbital galaxy! We recommend briefing them ahead of time, for example…
We’re excited to announce that we now have a community space on Orbital, the new platform for audio-first virtual spaces. In our new galaxy, you’ll be able to navigate through several open areas including:
- (list your pins here)
We’re hosting a welcome reception there at [ date and time ], and you’ll receive an invitation to the galaxy shortly before. We can’t wait to see you there!
If you’re hosting a welcome event, make sure that your guests have enough time to create their accounts and become familiar with the platform. We recommend sending invitations up to 30 minutes before. To add guests, you can go to the Manage screen for your galaxy and input their email addresses.
Your guests will get an invitation that looks like this:
How to encourage connection
As you already know, building a community is a long-term commitment.
After your main welcome event finishes, be sure to remind your guests that the party’s not over! Encourage them to use the space during their work week to socialise, meet for mentorship, or just hang out together.
Also, you’ll definitely want to set up our list of Slack automations that every team needs. You can copy and paste them right now!
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Top leaders are embracing remote by switching to Orbital
"Game-changing for remote teams and culture"The first time you use it you realise just how invasive, unnecessary, and unnatural video is. This is game changing for remote teams and culture… you MUST try it out.
"This is going to be the next big thing"We just had our first call in Orbital and the user experience, design and functionality are purely amazing. This is going to be the next big thing in remote work and audio spaces!
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"This is PERFECT!"I’ve been looking for a way to communicate more effectively with my team beyond the tedious typing on Slack. This is PERFECT! It’s such an engaging product and creating your own “galaxy” is super fun.
" This is what remote collaboration should feel like!"
Eden, Freelance Marketing and Acquisition Strategist