Group Convert Tutorial: The Easiest Way To Collect Your FB Group Emails

Facebook groups are an awesome way to build up your own community.

But if you have a successful group already, then you know that Facebook doesn’t allow you to easily email your group members directly.

Sure there are some hacky ways to add your group members to your email list, but it’s a manual process and very time consuming.

However, there’s a better way to automatically add your Facebook group members to your favorite email service.

Group Convert Tutorial

Last updated: Jan 19, 2019
Initially published on: Nov 21, 2018
Product rating: 4.7 / 5.0

tl;dr Summary
Group Convert is a Google Chrome extension that’s the easiest and most affordable way to collect email addresses from your Facebook Group.

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It’s called Group Convert and I’ve been testing it out with my own Facebook group, Affiliate Profits Mastermind.

There’s a little bit of setup involved, but once it’s done, the extension takes care of everything else automatically.

It’s really cool, and in today’s tutorial I’m going to show you how to use Group Convert to collect leads from your own Facebook group.

Here’s what I’m going to be covering in this article:

What is Group Convert?

If you run your own Facebook group then you know that you can ask up to 3 questions for people requesting to join your group to answer.

This lets you screen your potential members to make sure they are the right fit for your group.

Some creative FB group admins have been using one of these questions to ask for a members email address, typically by offering a lead magnet as an incentive.

Spencer Mecham FB Group

But the problem with this approach is that you then have to manually add each email into your own autoresponder. While this might be ok when your group is small, as your Facebook group grows, this process doesn’t scale well at all.

Group Convert solves this problem. It’s a handy Google Chrome extension that was recently launched by Kim Dang. Whenever you approve a member to your group, it saves their info (username, first name, last name) plus their answers to your Group’s screening questions.

From there you to can have it push that saved data into a Google sheet and then use Zapier to hook it up with your current email service.

So everytime members get added to your Google sheet, Zapier will automatically add them to your email list.

Very cool!

What’s great about Group Convert is that it’s very affordable. It’s only $7 a month to use it with a single FB group. Compare that to a similar product called Group Funnels that costs $297.

Which is why Group Convert in my opinion is a better Group Funnels alternative.

Let me show you how to set it up.

Setting up Group Convert

There are a few setup steps you need to complete to get started with Group Convert.

First, once you’ve purchased it, you’ll get a link to install the Chrome extension. This will add a little icon into your Chrome browser like this:

Group Convert Extension Icon

Click on it, and the extension’s window pops up where you need to enter in the email address you used to purchase the extension.

GroupConvert Popup

Next you’ll need to grab the Google sheet template which you’ll also get a link to after you purchase. This is where your FB group member email address and other answers will ultimately be stored.

Open it up in Google sheets and go to File > Make a copy…

I like to name it for the name of my group.

Group Convert Google Sheets Template

Then go to your actual Facebook group page. Go to Moderate Group > Member Requests.

You’ll see that Group Convert has added a little text area where you can enter in your Google sheet url.

Group Convert Spreadsheet URL

Copy and paste in the url from you newly created Google sheet and you’re good to go!

Lastly, make sure you’ve setup your FB group questions. You can do that by going to your group page, and going to Edit Group Settings. Scroll down till you see Membership Requests and click the Ask Questions link.

You can ask up to 3 questions. The first two questions can be whatever you want, but make sure that the last question asks for their email address.

Not everyone will want to do this, so you need to give them an incentive to do so. This can be done through some sort of simple lead magnet, like a simple guide, checklist, tutorial or video. Just make sure that it’s highly relevant to your group’s topic.

Using Group Convert

Once you have Group Convert setup, using it is fairly straightforward.

Whenever anyone requests permission to join your group and you approve them, Group Convert will now automatically add them to its own local database.

You can see it by clicking on the extension button and clicking View Data. It looks like this:

GroupConvert View Data

Since you can use Group Convert with multiple FB groups, you can filter the data by group.

Then you can either download the data directly to CSV or push it to your Google Sheet using the buttons in the toolbar.

Downloading the data directly to CSV is useful if you don’t want to do the Zapier integration step. So, whenever you want to add your members to your email list you would take the CSV file from here and manually import it into your chosen autoresponder.

But that’s still a manual process, and the better (and automatic way) is to use Zapier.

How to Use Group Convert with Zapier

The real power of Group Convert is automatically pushing all your FB group member email addresses into your chosen email service.

For this, you’ll need a Zapier account and of course an account with your favorite email autoresponder.

In my case, I use ActiveCampaign, so I’m going to show you how using it.

What we’re going to do is create a Zap that will create a new ActiveCampaign contact whenever a new row gets added to our Group Convert Google Sheet.

Inside ActiveCampaign, you will first need to create an email list where all your Group Convert leads will go into. Note your email list name as you will need this later.

Now go to Zapier and click the Make a Zap button.

For the Trigger, we’ll be selecting the Google Sheets app and New Spreadsheet Row as the Google Sheets trigger.

Zapier Google Sheets Trigger

After connecting your Google sheets account you’ll be asked to setup your Google Sheets Spreadsheet row.  To do that you need to:

  • Pick your Group Convert Google sheet from the dropdown
  • Choose the specific Worksheet that has the Group Convert column headers

Zapier Google Sheets Row

Then go through the Test step to make sure everything is hooked up correctly.

Next, you’ll need to add your Action. In my case, I would choose the ActiveCampaign app, but pick whatever email service you are currently using.

I want to create a new Contact, so select the Create/Update Contact option.

You’ll then be asked to connect to your ActiveCampaign account, which you can do by grabbing your ActiveCampaign API url and API key.

In the Set up ActiveCampaign Contact step, first select the email list you created for the group.

For the contact fields you’ll just need the email address, first name, last name which you’ll be grabbing from your Google Sheet.

Zapier ActiveCampaign Setup Contact

To do that, click on the + icon at the right side of each dropdown. This will let you pick from the columns in your Google sheet.

First name and Last name are straightforward since we have columns in the Google sheet with the same name.

For Email Address, you need to pick the column that corresponds to your question which asks for their email address.

In my case, I used question 3 to ask this, so i would select the A3 column, as that will contain their email address.

Click continue, test out the zap if you wish and click Finish. You’re all set!

Group Convert Pricing

As I mentioned above, Group Convert has a pretty reasonable pricing structure. If you only need it for 1 Facebook group then it will only cost you $10 a month. If you want to use it for up to 3 Facebook groups you’d pay $17 a month.

And if you want to use it across unlimited FB groups, then you can just pay a $197 one-time payment.

Group Convert Pricing

Compare that to Group Funnels which is a $297 one time payment, no matter if you’re running on Facebook Group or ten.

Also nice is that Group Convert comes with a 14 day free trial. This should give you plenty of time to test it out to make sure it works well for your own group.

Final Thoughts

While the steps to setup Group Convert might seem a little long, it’s actually not that bad. And you just have to do it once.

Now that Group Convert is all setup, you now have the ability to automatically collect the email addresses of your FB group members. This is super powerful!

Typically these people are some of your most loyal followers. And with Group Convert, you will now have the power to reach them via email. This will help you build your list and make more sales.

So if you’re running a FB group or thinking of running a FB group, then Group Convert should be the first tool you need to get your hands on.

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About Chris Fong

Chris Fong is a blogger and a 6 figure a year affiliate marketer. He enjoys helping others learn about different marketing tools and helping people achieve success online.