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The latest insights on community strategy, technology, and value by FeverBee’s founder, Richard Millington

Hacking Together A Community Platform For A Few Hundred Dollars

Richard Millington
Richard Millington

Founder of FeverBee

Every day you wait to get your community platform ready is a day you could have spent developing your community.

I’ve had clients insist on waiting 6 to 9 months to develop the perfect enterprise platforms. That’s a lot of wasted days.

A better approach is to get started right now.

Launch a Slack channel, use Zoom to host events, create a shared events calendar on Google, use Mailchimp for emails, and post blog updates on Medium.

Use Tettra for sharing resources and Donut for helping build connections between members (both of which integrate well with Slack).

For the cost of a few hundred bucks, you can hack together a pretty effective community solution that offers 70% of what the top platforms use (and will be easier to use than many).

You might be surprised just how well platforms at the inexpensive end of the market are beginning to integrate with one another.

Now while your tech team are working on the enterprise platform, you can spend your time doing the hard work of developing the community, forging connections, and finding out what kind of activities your members want.

By the time you have your enterprise platform ready, you’ll have a highly active community ready to use it.

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