19 episodes

Welcome to The Community Lab, where passion intertwines with purpose and profit. We're not merely weaving tales of hobbies becoming side gigs. Here, we're about crafting endeavors that deeply resonate and reward. Whether you're molding courses, guiding lives, or kickstarting a podcast journey, let's elevate together from being zealous dreamers to standout community leaders.

The Community Lab Rachel Starr

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Welcome to The Community Lab, where passion intertwines with purpose and profit. We're not merely weaving tales of hobbies becoming side gigs. Here, we're about crafting endeavors that deeply resonate and reward. Whether you're molding courses, guiding lives, or kickstarting a podcast journey, let's elevate together from being zealous dreamers to standout community leaders.

    Event-tastic Content: Why Hosting Events is a Game Changer for Your Community Strategy

    Event-tastic Content: Why Hosting Events is a Game Changer for Your Community Strategy

    In this episode of the Community Lab Podcast, we explore the transformative power of events in enhancing your content strategy and boosting community engagement. We break down various event types -- from virtual webinars to in-person workshops -- and shares insights on planning and executing successful events. Drawing on data from Circle's benchmark report, we highlight strategies used by top-tier content creators and discusses the benefits of both virtual and in-person events. You will also learn how to tailor events to their community's needs, driving growth and fostering authentic connections. Additionally, we offers resources such as case studies, workbooks, and virtual event planning services to support listeners in implementing effective events. Tune in for actionable tips to elevate your community engagement and content strategy.
    Transcript: https://share.descript.com/view/qCWFMaupcxr
    In This Episode We Chat About:01:41 The Power of Events03:47 Virtual vs. In-Person Events08:28 Types of Events to Host11:16 Benefits of Hosting Events13:50 Growing Your Membership Through Events17:01 Interactive Tools and Resources
    Links Mentioned:Case Study: The Special Education & Advocacy ConferenceEvent Matchmaker QuizVirtual Event Planning Services
    Craft your content like a pro with our Trello Content Planner Template. This user-friendly template will help you organize and schedule your content effortlessly, ensuring you never miss a beat. Ready to streamline your planning process? Download the Trello Content Planner Template today and see the difference it can make. Start here: Trello Content Planner Template 📅✨
    Streamline your workflow with Trello, the ultimate tool for organizing and managing your projects. From task management to content planning, Trello makes it easy to keep everything on track. Ready to boost your productivity? Get started with Trello today using our special link: Trello 📋✨
    Elevate your project management with ClickUp, the all-in-one tool for organizing tasks, tracking progress, and collaborating with your team. From detailed project timelines to streamlined workflows, ClickUp has everything you need to stay on top of your game. Ready to take your productivity to the next level? Start using ClickUp today with our special link: ClickUp 🚀✨
    Ready to unite your community like never before? Visit Circle.so and begin your free trial today. Transform the way you connect: https://try.circle.so/the-community-lab 🚀🌐

    • 19 min
    Plan Like a Pro: Unleashing the Power of Content Calendars in Your Community

    Plan Like a Pro: Unleashing the Power of Content Calendars in Your Community

    In this episode, we delve into the essential role of content calendars in community building. Starting with the basics, we explore various tools such as ClickUp, Trello, and Google Sheets, and how to choose the right one for your needs. We'll guide you through setting up your content calendar, aligning it with your community's goals, and planning for various content types such as events, discussions, and newsletters. Advanced strategies like batching and scheduling are discussed to ensure consistent and efficient content creation. Real-life client stories highlight the importance of selecting tools that match user comfort levels. Success stories from different communities demonstrate the effectiveness of content calendars in fostering engagement and organization. Tune in for actionable tips and strategies to elevate your community management skills. Don't forget to join our free community lab, download templates, and follow us on social media.
    01:57 Understanding the Content Calendar03:02 Choosing the Right Tools05:21 Advanced Content Planning Strategies11:35 Real-Life Success Stories15:33 Conclusion and Next Steps
    Links Mentioned:Craft your content like a pro with our Trello Content Planner Template. This user-friendly template will help you organize and schedule your content effortlessly, ensuring you never miss a beat. Ready to streamline your planning process? Download the Trello Content Planner Template today and see the difference it can make. Start here: Trello Content Planner Template 📅✨Streamline your workflow with Trello, the ultimate tool for organizing and managing your projects. From task management to content planning, Trello makes it easy to keep everything on track. Ready to boost your productivity? Get started with Trello today using our special link: Trello 📋✨Elevate your project management with ClickUp, the all-in-one tool for organizing tasks, tracking progress, and collaborating with your team. From detailed project timelines to streamlined workflows, ClickUp has everything you need to stay on top of your game. Ready to take your productivity to the next level? Start using ClickUp today with our special link: ClickUp 🚀✨

    • 16 min
    Batch Like a Boss: 10 Strategies to Supercharge Your Workflow

    Batch Like a Boss: 10 Strategies to Supercharge Your Workflow

    Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the never-ending cycle of content creation and community management? Wish you could clone yourself just to get everything done? Well, put away those cloning machines because I've got something even better. In this episode, I'm sharing 10 game-changing batchwork strategies that will not only save you time but also keep your community thriving.
    Whether you're a seasoned community builder or just starting out on Circle, these tips are guaranteed to boost your productivity and keep you ahead of the game. From theme days to automation tools, we've got it all covered. So grab your favorite drink, get comfy, and let's jump into how you can batch like a boss.
    02:14 Understanding Batch Work: The Basics03:36 Personal Journey to Discovering Batch Work05:06 Batch Work Strategies for Boosting Productivity08:16 Advanced Techniques for Batch Working10:31 Maintaining Consistency in Batch Working13:03 Recap and Closing Thoughts
    Templates: Content Creation Planner Trello Template, Content Creation Planner Google Sheets

    • 14 min
    10 Reasons Why Building an Email List is Crucial for Community Building

    10 Reasons Why Building an Email List is Crucial for Community Building

    Join us on May 20th for the FREE "5 Days to Transform Your Email List" challenge, designed to empower community builders with the skills and techniques to effectively grow and engage their audience through email marketing! Join the challenge here: https://rachelbusinesscoach.com/ready-set-launch-5-days-to-transform-your-email-list
    Craft emails that keep your subscribers eagerly awaiting your next update. Begin your Flodesk journey today and use Code COMMUNITYLAB for 50% off your subscription. Start here: https://flodesk.com/c/COMMUNITYLAB 💌✨
    Ready to unite your community like never before? Visit Circle.so and begin your free trial today. Transform the way you connect: https://try.circle.so/the-community-lab 🚀🌐
    In this episode, I delve into the transformative power of utilizing an email list to foster community engagement and growth. Join me as I introduce a five-day challenge designed to equip you with the skills to expand and engage your audience through email marketing.
    Here’s what we cover in this episode:
    Direct Communication: Learn how to use email for direct communication with your community, bypassing social media algorithms for better visibility.Personalized Engagement: Discover how to create personalized content that resonates deeply with your community members.Building Loyalty: Explore strategies for building a loyal community through consistent and meaningful interactions.Event Promotions and Exclusive Offers: Understand how to use email to promote events and share exclusive offers with your community.
    00:29 Welcome to the Community Lab Podcast01:45 Announcing the Transform Your Email List Challenge03:12 10 Reasons Why an Email List is Essential for Community Building09:08 Discover Flodesk: Your Email Marketing Solution10:52 Maximizing Community Engagement: Strategies and Insights21:58 Concluding Thoughts and Next Steps

    • 22 min
    Designing Your Dream Member: The Power of Personas

    Designing Your Dream Member: The Power of Personas

    Discover how to warmly welcome and guide new members through their community journey with precision and flair using the "Steal My Welcome Series Blueprint," a comprehensive guide covering every step from the initial "hello" to the final pitch, available at here: https://rachelbusinesscoach.com/freebie-or-steal-my-welcome-series-blueprint
    Craft emails that keep your subscribers eagerly awaiting your next update. Begin your Flodesk journey today and use Code COMMUNITYLAB for 50% off your subscription. Start here: https://flodesk.com/c/COMMUNITYLAB 💌✨
    Ready to unite your community like never before? Visit Circle.so and begin your free trial today. Transform the way you connect: https://try.circle.so/the-community-lab 🚀🌐
    In this episode, I'm diving into the magic of creating member personas to supercharge our community! I'll share how these personas act like secret maps, guiding us to develop strategies that resonate deeply with our audience's needs and interests. I'll introduce you to Jenna, a detailed persona example, and show how this approach helps tailor more engaging and personal interactions. Plus, I'll discuss how these personas evolve with our community, ensuring our content and activities always hit the mark. Join me as we explore the transformative power of member personas!
    00:00 Unlocking the Power of Member Personas00:17 Welcome to the Community Lab01:41 The Essence of a Member Persona02:52 Building Your Ideal Community with Member Personas05:18 Crafting a Member Persona: A Step-by-Step Guide06:20 Meet Jenna: A Case Study in Member Personas12:45 Applying Member Personas to Your Community Strategy15:16 Your Homework: Create Your Own Member Persona

    • 16 min
    Tech Savvy: 9 Tools I Swear By for Thriving Communities

    Tech Savvy: 9 Tools I Swear By for Thriving Communities

    Craft emails that keep your subscribers eagerly awaiting your next update. Begin your Flodesk journey today and use Code COMMUNITYLAB for 50% off your subscription. Start here: https://flodesk.com/c/COMMUNITYLAB 💌✨
    Ready to unite your community like never before? Visit Circle.so and begin your free trial today. Transform the way you connect: https://try.circle.so/the-community-lab 🚀🌐
    In this week's episode of the Community Lab Podcast, we dive into the nine indispensable tools I rely on for building engaging and profitable communities. From the comprehensive community platform Circle to the versatile design tool Canva, and the organized project management of ClickUp, I share my insights on each tool's unique benefits and how they integrate to support community growth.
    The episode also explores the strengths of other key tools such as Flodesk for email marketing, Descript for audio and video editing, and Zapier for seamless software integration. This episode is a deep dive into the technology stack that powers effective community building, combining practical tips with actionable advice for listeners eager to enhance their community engagement and growth strategies.
    Community Building Toolkit
    CircleCanvaFlodeskShowitHaute Stock and ElevaeClickUpDesciptMemberSpaceZapier
    01:52 Unveiling My Top 9 Community Building Tools02:13 Circle: The Ultimate Community Platform03:57 Canva: Design Made Easy05:45 Flodesk: Simplifying Email Marketing08:18 ShowIt: Website Design and Landing Pages11:44 Styled Stock Libraries: Elevating Visuals12:49 ClickUp: Organizing Your Community Effectively14:25 Descript: Revolutionizing Audio and Video Editing16:26 MemberSpace: Managing Memberships with Ease18:28 Zapier: The Integration Powerhouse19:54 Recap and Closing Thoughts

    • 22 min

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