In the past, LinkedIn groups have had a bad rap. The worst are fraught with spam and self-promotion, and that’s put a lot of people off. But things have changed. The ways in which people use social media have evolved. Now, though there are still some crappy LinkedIn groups out there which you should avoid, there are also thriving communities of professionals engaging in discussion and creating meaningful interactions. You just need to know where to look.
Closed communities such as Facebook and LinkedIn groups are starting to blossom, creating positive ways to engage with your audience, particularly in B2B. Facebook Pages are less valuable than they used to be for marketers, which is why these closed groups are on the rise. LinkedIn now has a global user base of over 500 million members. Whilst this pales in comparison to the over 2 billion on Facebook, the difference is the target audience. LinkedIn is for professional connections, making it the perfect platform on which to engage with like-minded folk to discuss things from an industry perspective.
Taking the line of ‘the bigger the better’, we’ve sought out the most popular LinkedIn groups for VR and AR professionals, all of which are actively operating and regularly updated.
If we’ve missed a good one, do let us know! Email [email protected] to get it added to the list.
The Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) & Virtual Worlds (VWs) group is the place to meet leaders in the field and discuss these emerging technologies. This is the most popular VR LinkedIn group on the platform, so should be top of your list (as it is top of ours).
Owned and run by blockchain innovator and architect, Qamar Zia, Augmented Reality has one of the highest number of members of any LinkedIn group in the VR/AR community, shortly behind Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) & Virtual Worlds (VWs) – (above). What’s also refreshing is its focus on augmented rather than virtual reality. VR seems to dominate discussion left, right and centre, though it’s AR that arguably stands to have a more significant impact on industry and culture.
Augmented & Virtual Reality Professionals Group is dedicated to specialists in Augmented & Virtual Reality. As such, it’s the perfect B2B LinkedIn group for VR enthusiasts working in the industry. With a comfortable 13,250 members (at time of writing), you can be sure it’s not so overloaded that it becomes hard to see the wood for the trees, as can be the case with the most popular LinkedIn groups.
Stay up-to-date with Virtual Reality news, insight and analysis; share ideas, debate and promote VR technology.
The VR community is dedicated to this exciting and innovative technology, its applications and its implications. Let’s explore how this technology will change our world and create amazing new products and opportunities.
The Virtual and Augmented Reality Leaders group is focused on bringing valuable resources, expert content, best practices & networking to the leaders in the industry.
In the group, you’ll have access to exclusive content and the opportunity to connect with the top minds in the field.
Who should be joining this group?
Anyone who wants to become a leading mind in the virtual reality space- this includes product developers and managers, engineers, designers, entrepreneurs or anything of the sort.
Basically, if you are interested in staying ahead of the curve and connecting with other movers and shakers in the industry, then this is definitely the group for you.
Created by VRTalk.com members to discuss the Virtual Reality industry. VRTalk is a forum for virtual reality enthusiasts from all walks within the industry. The forum site seems to have gone dormant since 2017, which may be a sign that many users have moved across to the LinkedIn group.
This moderated group’s members include those interested in Augmented Reality & Immersive 3D Environments for corporations, trade shows, museums, product marketing, education and immersive public spaces (real & virtual).
The Moderator is seeking members who may be interested in presenting live webinars to the group. (software & hardware demos, related business opportunities, training related to Augmented Reality, 3D training, etc).
Do you know of any really great AR or VR LinkedIn groups we should list? If so, do get in touch and let us know! You can email [email protected] and tell her all about it.