Last week or so I’ve attended a number of webinars. This got me thinking, with competition for outdoor activities pretty much nonexistent (for obvious reasons). Maybe it’s time to think about building remote communities.
When we first started our community, we like many other communities started with Slack. Some of the feedback we received included; our members felt overwhelmed with all the notifications, it was hard to have a conversation, and getting lost with all the communities in Slack.
We still believe Slack is a strong platform, and continue to use it. We also tested Twist which is a strong platform.
However, we know building remote communities using an online platform like Slack and Twist is different from webinars. We see them as complementary opportunities to further strengthen the community.
What I’ve been reading this week.
Building remote communities
1. First, for the obvious reason, we are seeing new behaviors. My son is studying using Google Classrooms, and Zoom. How we “hang” out with friends and family, attending a zoom wake.
Also, is this the turning point where companies start to properly build the infrastructure for WFH?
2. Do you remember those webinars that lasted one hour and at the beginning, it usually started with something like “do stay to the end we have an *amazing* offer for you”? The webinar consisted of self-promotion, maybe 10-15 mins of useful information and then the offer is presented to buy their product or service.
Yeah, we hated them as well. Read Don’t Just Throw Together a Webinar — The Virtual Events Crash Course You Need.
3. Launching a community is more than setting up a Slack instance and getting people to interact. If you are considering starting a community read How to Launch a Successful Online Community: A Step-by-Step Guide.
4. Zoom has skyrocketed in popularity (which I am guessing you already knew), however, with all the press recently read the message from Zoom’s CEO here.
5 Finally, if you are looking for software to run your webinar check out this free guide.
How have you been handling WFH, quarantine, and physical distancing? let me know on Twitter.
Stay safe friends, until next week.