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When I was researching this article, I assumed that I knew what are the popular stacks. However, upon the research, I saw that community management is this puzzle game that every maker is creating for themselves.
The community can vary from a group chat on Telegram, Whatsapp, or Twitter DMs to a premium course community. Community is often a perk in the benefits of joining a paid newsletter. The community can be created by a founder to connect with their target audience.
Each of those communities has a different toolset that fits the use case.
David's thread illustrated a plethora of tech stacks. Ranging from just Twitter to a complicated setup with paid newsletter and course attached.
In this article I will show you quick templates you can use for some general use cases:
- Community stack for starting things fast.
- Community stack for the event-first community.
- Community stack for the audio-first community.
- Community stack for the paid premium community.
Community stack for starting things fast
If you want to just start a community very fast here and now you don't need to overthink the setup. Slack and Discord are the easiest way to run a community
Set up of this community is very straightforward.
- Start a slack workspace or discord server.
- Take the invite link.
- Share it on Twitter.
This option is not to overthink the processes for your community. You just start and build on top of it. Both Slack and Discord have a very rich ecosystem of bots, so you can add customization during the process.
Community stack for event-first community
Event-based online communities are a very popular category. Starting an online community is much easier if you already have an established routine of meeting somewhere with a set time and date.
Recipe #1 for the event-first community.
- Use Zoom or Whereby or Icebreaker (or any other video conferencing app, literally even Google Meet will do).
- Use Lu.ma to create a beautiful landing page for it.
- Use Lu.ma to charge a one-time entrance fee or membership
- Use Lu.ma to create a newsletter for the event series and create a communication channel with your members.
- Use Lu.ma to charge one-time fees or memberships for participation
- Use Slack, Discord, or Circle to host your community.
Recipe #2 for the event-first community.
- Use Discord to host the community and events with their video and audio channels.
- Use Carrd to create a beautiful landing page for the community.
- Embed the Discord welcome screen into the landing page.
- Use Flurly if you want to monetize the community with memberships or one-time fees.
Community stack for audio community
Audio communities are relatively a new thing after Clubhouse entered the chat. It's still hard to define how audio will change the community-building landscape. As of now, I see it as more of a hybrid model. Audio only for conversations, but for the discovery and nuance it's more of the text.
Recipe #1 for the audio community.
- Use Clubhouse to host and record the conversations
- Use Lu.ma to build a beautiful landing page for the community and conversations.
- Use Lu.ma or Clubhouse native payments to monetize the conversations with one-time payments or memberships
Recipe #2 for the audio community.
- Use Space to host and record the conversations. You can have them set out as public or private.
- Use Carrd to make a landing page for the community.
- Use Flurly to monetize the community through memberships or one-time entrance fee.
Community stack for paid premium community
Premium communities usually are centered around educational programs or content. This community can be used to connect students to a cohort-based course.
Recipe #1 for premium paid community.
- Use Circle to host your community. Circle is a white label community tool, which means you can fully customize their branding and host it on your website.
- Use Memberful or Memberspace for secure sign-up of the members. Or you can use Flurly too.
- Use Zoom and Lu.ma to host your course or educational program if you have one.
- Use Notion for hosting your educational content.
Recipe #2 for premium paid community.
- Use Genevachat to host your community.
- Use Genevachat to host your educational sessions on the internal audio and video rooms.
- Use Flurly to monetize the Genevachat community.
This recipe are meant to help you jumpstart your community-building process. Take one use it for some time, to understand your needs and add other building blocks.
Anna Grigoryan | Community Weekly Newsletter
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