Hello everyone, my name is Chad.
I am hoping to get some advise about how best to approach conceptualizing a forum community as a CM.
I have never managed a community, but I do have a pretty basic understanding of what it entails. I’m also actively researching this subject, so I’m learning more and more as I go.
The situation in a nutshell:
I have pitched an idea for a forum community to some of my favorite content creators [podcast], and they like the idea. They do not have the time to take the project on themselves. They are, however, okay with this being a listener led project- which they will facilitate and fund.
Which basically makes me the driving force behind this project.
They have been producing content for 7+ years, and have a pretty decent following, my guesstimate is somewhere in the ballpark of 150-200,000. I haven’t asked them for this information, that’s just a shot from the hip after looking at their Patreon/YT/FB and IG sub and like numbers.
They have a listener led private FB group, but from what I understand, only a small percent of their listeners actually use FB. Their community is scattered throughout the platforms currently available to them (YT, FB, IG and Patreon). Several listeners have voiced a desire for a forum too, from what I understand.
BUT they [the creators] don’t have an actual team/administration under them. Which means that I will have to vet staff volunteers one by one.
My question is:
Do I need to assemble a staff team before I start the formal comm. conceptualization process?
What [and when] would be the best way to approach assembling a team? Since they do not have one dedicated platform for their community to interact with, should they put out a formal “help wanted” add in their podcast and then direct all the traffic to me?
Or is there something much more prudent I should be focusing on at this stage?
Thanks for taking the time to read this!