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The Simple Formula for Creating Engaging Communities During our hiatus I had some people say that they were enjoying the Grow Your Community show, but they were new to community building and didn't know where to start. There is a great article that I have somewhat boiled down into some quick and easy bites of insight for you.First things first realize that just buying some community software from our resource area isn't the key to a successful community. As the old saying goes:"Measure twice - cut once." This goes for communities as well. When I help people with their podcasts at the School of Podcasting I always state that it's not the technology that leads to a successful podcast. I say to spend $100 on a microphone and 100 hours getting to know your audience. It's the same here with a community. How can you make a community to serve your audience if you don't know what they need? There are all sorts of ways you can see what they need. You can look at the comments on a YouTube video about a topic your community would be interested in. You can check out books about your topic and look at the 2 and 4-star reviews. These reviews typically give specific reasons why they received the reviews.QUALITY OVER QUANTITYAs you start to figure out who your community is for, you can start by figuring out who it is NOT for. This means you will be limiting the membership and that is OK. The result of having a hyper-focus group of people together is you will have a smaller group with DEEPER discussions. This adds to the "Information I can't get any places else" factor.THE THREE QUESTIONSWho is my community for (and not for)?What will my members do together?Why does it matter? (So that they can ____)NICHE DOWNI talking about niching down for a podcast in this episode of "Your Podcast Consultant" and it applies to communities as well.COMMUNITY RESOURCESCheck out all the resources for community building at growyourcommunityshow.com/resources
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The Simple Formula for Creating Engaging Communities During our hiatus I had some people say that they were enjoying the Grow Your Community show, but they were new to community building and didn't know where to start. There is a great article that I have somewhat boiled down into some quick and easy bites of insight for you.First things first realize that just buying some community software from our resource area isn't the key to a successful community. As the old saying goes:"Measure twice - cut once." This goes for communities as well. When I help people with their podcasts at the School of Podcasting I always state that it's not the technology that leads to a successful podcast. I say to spend $100 on a microphone and 100 hours getting to know your audience. It's the same here with a community. How can you make a community to serve your audience if you don't know what they need? There are all sorts of ways you can see what they need. You can look at the comments on a YouTube video about a topic your community would be interested in. You can check out books about your topic and look at the 2 and 4-star reviews. These reviews typically give specific reasons why they received the reviews.QUALITY OVER QUANTITYAs you start to figure out who your community is for, you can start by figuring out who it is NOT for. This means you will be limiting the membership and that is OK. The result of having a hyper-focus group of people together is you will have a smaller group with DEEPER discussions. This adds to the "Information I can't get any places else" factor.THE THREE QUESTIONSWho is my community for (and not for)?What will my members do together?Why does it matter? (So that they can ____)NICHE DOWNI talking about niching down for a podcast in this episode of "Your Podcast Consultant" and it applies to communities as well.COMMUNITY RESOURCESCheck out all the resources for community building at growyourcommunityshow.com/resources
Resource Update We are coming back from the covid inspired hiatus and in the process of being away, I've found some more community-related resources at www.growyourcommunityshow.com/resourcesItaly sues FacebookNext episode, the three questions to ask when you are creating a community. Subscribe/Follow the show at growyourcommunityshow.com
Lesley Jane Seymour Creates a Covey of Life Long Learners Lesley Jane Seymour is a Keynote Speaker, MC &amp; Panel Moderator, Podcaster, Television Personality, Social Media and Sustainability Expert, Reinvention Guru, Mentor, Entrepreneur and Connector.She has worked/edited many top women's magazines (Redbook, Marie Claire, Vogue) and as the print world got smaller she knew it was time for a change.She tested her idea with a kickstarter program, and Six-hundred-twenty-seven followers took a 54-question survey that allowed Lesley to create a roadmap to the CoveyClub offerings.Today she has a thriving community where her community feels safe to talk about the things they want to talk about (and you can't find any place else).CoveyClub gives us a place to find like-minded, strong women who are trying to navigate that winding path through reinvention. It fills a void in every segment of media: women 40+Take AwaysThe key is knowing your audience, and she started with a survey, and then a campaign to fund it. Doing this allows you to know what people want, and the test if they are willing to pay for it.I loved that she was willing to try something she wasn't sure if it would work (Type A Presentations) and when they did, she double-downed on them.If you want people to open up, and be vulnerable, you HAVE to have a save place, and that's why her audience wouldn't say anything on Facebook, but are willing to share on Mighty Networks.Mentioned In This EpisodeCoveyClub More About LesleyMight NetworksSchool of Podcasting
Getting to Know Mighty Networks After hearing more and more community managers talk about Mighty Networks, I wanted to get more information. I reached out to Mighty Networks, and got in touch with the product manager Jessica Shambora.We talk about the following topics:Mighty Networks vs Facebook GroupBest practices for building a network. How your community can grow using mobile apps.Examples of thriving networks. The different types of networks. We talk about the different plan levels and what each level provides.We also tackle the process of pricing your network. Mentioned in This EpisodeMighty NetworksStart Ugly BookSchool of Podcasting
Roger Whitney's Three Tenets of Success Roger Whitney, CFP®, CIMA®, CPWA®, AIF®, RMA® is the voice behind The Retirement Answer Man podcast, the brains behind his proprietary Agile Retirement Management™ process, and the face of the Roger That! YouTube channel. For over 25 years, Roger has been helping clients, listeners, readers, and do-it-yourselfers live well and retire better with tools, tips, education, and advice.Topics Covered TodayMentioned In This EpisodeBuilding a Story Brand - Don Miller (book)The Retirement Answer Man podcastRoger's Rock Retirement ClubRoger's Website at rogerwhiteney.comCheck out Roger's book Rock Retirement: A Simple Guide to Help You Take Control and Be More Optimistic About the FutureFor all of our advertisers see www.growyourcommunityshow.com/resources and don't forget to subscribe in Apple, Google, and Spotify
How Dan Miller Gets Quality Engagement From His Community Dan Miller is a legend in my eyes. At his core he is about serving his audience and I am thrilled to feature him on this first episode of Grow Your Community.Dan is the author of the books 48 Days to the Work (and life) You Love, No More Dreaded Mondays, Wisdom Meets Passion, and more (check out his author page at Amazon).His podcast is always bursting with common sense and insights that are often missing in today's business leaders. Dan speaks the truth based on his decades of helping entrepreneurs meet their goals.Today I tap into Dan's knowledge of building community, masterminds, and how his best marketing is through satisfied customers who come into this Eagles group nervous and afraid and come out focused and determined to reach their goals and visions.He also one of the nicest guys on the planet, and I'm so glad he agreed to come on the show.Looking to start your own community?Check out our Resources Page at www.growyourcommunityshow.com/resources
Grow Your Community Trailer You want to start an online community but you're not sure if anyone should show up? You're not sure if and what to charge? This podcast interviews people who have started and served large communities. They share what works, and what didn't. Go behind the scenes of community building.