Introducing the Community Experience Podcast

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by Jillian Benbow on September 13, 2021

If you’ve been following SPI lately, you know we’re all about community building. We created a podcast.

If you’ve been following SPI over the past year or so, you know we’ve opted to focus very intentionally on community building. So much so that we launched SPI Pro, a premium membership community for entrepreneurs. We also moved all our course communities off the big, messy social media platform that’s always in the news and into the private SPI Academy for our online course customers.

Each member of our growing Community Experience team brings a unique perspective and career experience to the collective table. We realized that our ongoing conversations about trends and community strategy could be of great value to many others.

So naturally, we started a podcast. Say hi to the The Community Experience!

Why You Should Listen

The Community Experience isn’t just about running a digital community or business. This show explores many aspects of what connects people. A sense of belonging is essential to human existence. We are privileged to be part of SPI Media’s podcast family. This allows us to share the perspectives and voices of thought leaders that can help build community.

The truth is, the term community is easily diluted into a marketing buzzword. While there will always be overlap between an audience and a community, they are not interchangeable. Anyone saying otherwise is trying to sell you something. Starting and running a healthy community takes dedication and strategies distinct from audience growth. The Community Experience Podcast is an effort to draw a clearer line in the sand to preserve the integrity of the community ethos.

Listen to the First Episode

In episode 1 of the Community Experience, Jillian and Tony talk to Un-Lonely Planet author Jillian Richardson about the growing role of community, how to build one authentically, ending the loneliness epidemic, and more.

Meet the Hosts

Tony Bacigalupo opened Manhattan’s first coworking space, New Work City in 2008 and has a passion for facilitating both in-person and virtual events. Tony is the Community Program Manager at Team SPI and runs the show of our bootcamps, coordinates our quarterly Demo Days in SPI Pro, and is leading the charge with our Audience Driven Summit.

Jillian Benbow has been professionally managing digital communities for over a decade and has seen and experienced it all: the good, the bad, and the trolling. She’s not afraid to tackle the chaotic and messy aspects of community management, and she does so with compassion. Jillian is Senior Community Experience Manager at Team SPI. She also manages our premium membership, SPI Pro.

Join the Conversation

This wouldn’t be a show about community if we didn’t want to keep the conversation going after each episode! Tag us with your thoughts on the episodes on Twitter @TeamSPI and let’s dive deeper into your takeaways and questions. And make sure to subscribe to The Community Experience wherever you listen to podcasts.

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