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Not sure if this is a question for @Sid Sahasrabuddhe or @Nick Hauser, but the preview text for each course in the full Classroom view only shows the first few lines and then once you click in it immediately jumps to one of the modules. Am I missing where they would see the full description? If I'm not, can we have a way for them to see the full thing? Thanks!
@Sid Sahasrabuddhe thanks for the quick response, as always sid. separately , saw you're hiring for a principal product designer. I have a client who could be PERFECT on all the counts you're looking for. No clue if they'd be interested, but if so, is applying through Lever really the best way or should I pass his resume to someone directly?
We wanted to make creating/editing courses as easy as possible. Now you can create/edit courses on the same page. What you see in the editor is what you get when it's saved. You can reorder your sets/modules by dragging and dropping them too. Watch the video to see how it works and let us know what you think? This is the easiest way to create/edit courses I've seen.
Did there used to be a way to allow different access levels per module? Was in there two days ago and thought I could adjust that, but I may be remembering incorrectly. If I'm remembering correctly, what's the thought process in removing?
@Sam Ovens @Robert Clay thank you... I'm misremembering then.
@Sam Ovens, @Sid Sahasrabuddhe It's a really basic way to help people feel included. I have at least 2 trans people and a few queer people who signed up on my beta test form and I'm really bummed they won't have that option to share when they login. I will ask in my intro questions, but it's a really simple thing to help people feel like they belong. Was there a thought process for not having this option?
This is definitely a UX and UI nice to have, but it'd be helpful to view what URLs are currently being linked to (especially if you're dealing with versioning and checking content) and be able to edit them as needed. I'm adding a lot of content and links to the classroom right now and it's certainly workable, but it'd make the UX smoother. :)
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I'm using this to: - observe community behavior to ID preferences and watch outs (intentional culture building) - help me finalize pricing and the virtual event offerings - build a list of questions/topics to create for - establish social proof Targeting 50 people. Free for 2 weeks. All-Access. Run the operating system I plan on running once things go live. Co-create (or rather, they help me create). Get feedback throughout, with a survey and video testimonial request at the end. I had insights from my 1:1 coaching business and am 100% confident in delivering results in a 1:1 setting, but have little experience running a community or coaching in a group setting. 3 weeks ago I posted a survey on LinkedIn to get more insights on needs and asked if they wanted to be part of a beta test. (Got 29 responses) This week, I posted a beta test signup only on LinkedIn (mentioning that if people responded to the first survey, they didn't need to fill this one out). Got 21 more unique responses in less than 24 hours. I have a week before launch and will keep posting that signup in different places. I believe in taking action before you're ready, but I also believe in the scientific method and taking action with a clearly informed hypothesis. I'm a strategist at heart and love understanding the problem and relevant context to inform my approach before I execute. That "55 minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes thinking about solutions" approach 100% applies. I'm not just noodling. I'm researching, synthesizing, distilling, and strategizing. And when I am procrastinating, I'm honest with myself about needing to act (even if it might take me a beat to recognize it).
@TJ Ahn Thank you TJ. 🙏 I wonder if that framework is too binary though and you're selling yourself short! I haven't read that book, but just read the definition of an Integrator. It reads more like an operator and I am definitely not that at my core. I'm a big idea person but also a strategist who values clarity and precision on what I'm going after and why. I started a non-profit last year and could not have gotten anywhere without my operator/execution-brain partners. With them, I was able to play the visionary and strategist role while they bridged strategy into execution. My analytical brain is good at processing complex ideas and connecting dots across seemingly disparate topics. I can apply it to ops and execution when needed, but that's not where it naturally wants to go and it doesn't love it (I actually kinda hate it). But there are people with analytical brains who LOVE the nuts and bolts and figuring out the details of day-to-day processes to make things happen. As a solopreneur, I have no choice but to do both right now. All the to dos I keep putting off are operational ones 😅 But it's a good muscle to build, even though it's PAINFUL.
@TJ Ahn I love "Simplify, Systemize, and Scale"! I want a low-stress, easy to run, high impact business. hopefully that is possible 😅
I launched my free Skool community 2 weeks ago. I've already brought in over 100 members. Launched HT offer 1 week ago. Using the framework below + a team, I got calls booked & sales closed faster than ever before. Freebie > Free Skool Community > Skool DMs > Call > Close I used to use FB for the same niche, got over 1,000 members in there & none converted like they have with Skool. The members have also given GREAT feedback about the classroom, community dashboard & the APP! we 💜 Skool
I spent 3 weeks deliberating 😅 and used my strategic plan to decide. Also hot topic rn (see bottom). The right answer for each person lies in their overall strategy/model and what will enable delivery. The clearer this is, the best decision for you becomes obvious. Community structure (including # to host) is an executional decision that should be informed by the business strategy and specifically for me... brand, communication, approach, sales, and ops strategies/priorities. Ultimately, are you treating it as a funnel first or are you trying to build a community first? Below are snippets of my strat plan that clarified for me and current breakdown attached... MISSION - Create more work-life joy. Communally. >> Combined serves this better. VISION - People connecting and being their unadulterated selves, living meaningful lives, and doing fulfilling work so they have more energy for themselves, their loved ones, and the world. >> Combined serves this better. BRAND - Pillars that are relevant here: - Human Connection - Communal Learning - Strategy Over Tactics - Accessibility (financial and experiential) My priority is fostering connection and thus support across the board and encouraging people with more means or professional working experience to support those who are more junior or less financially able. >> Combined serves this better. COMMUNICATION - I want all my comms to be as organic, cohesive and efficient as possible, since the themes I cover are universal. I don't want to do sales only comms and I see ways to seamlessly integrate. >> Combined b/c there's no reason for separate free then. APPROACH - People gathering in a safe space to: - Be themselves and connect on the crazy world of work - Create and live their version of work-life joy - Learn and grow from strategies, tools, and others’ perspectives on - Have and be sounding boards >> Combined serves this better. SALES - I want more paid memberships and only a few high tickets at a time. I will use content outside of school to drive traffic b/c it gets me paid speaking opps and other personal objectives. I don't want or feel the need to use community msgs to sell (aside from an occasional big offer). But I can easily use passive ways in the community that are inline with my communication priorities (e.g. locked courses, links to join the paid community in other content, events on the cal that only paid members have access to, CTAs on the monthly free call, etc.).
you're so welcome! appreciate the thoughtful response and questions. this all might change once I get through the beta test, but here's how I'm planning on doing it... EVENTS - call details/access info will be locked behind a "course" that only paid members can see OFFICE HOURS - group virtual call... all paid members can join. I'll be sending out a survey to each paid member once they join to gather background info on their career so I have more context for these calls. then the monthly AMA is for free and paid members. MONTHLY - lots of Skool people are doing this, so you'll have lots of people to learn from. @Ted Carr talks about this all the time and I compiled a list of his posts that have been incredibly valuable for me. the first one on the list is about monthly models!
@Mitch Cleary me too 😅 thanks mitch!
Hey everyone, I noticed that Skool is inside of Zapier... just wondering if anyone has built their own affiliate program for memberships. I'll be paying out 30% every 30 days for each month that someone is inside of my membership, to the affiliates who signed them up.
We made $50,000 last month using 2 Skool communities but... Do YOU need 2 communities? Maybe not. Let's find out: I just made a video going into depth on why we decided to use 2 communities, and why it makes sense for us from a profit perspective using our client acquisition method, however... Every business is unique... So you should ask yourself: • Am I using appointment setters? If so, 2 communities might be best. • Do I want to treat my prospects differently than my paying clients? If so, 2 communities might be best. • Am I okay with mixing paying members and free members together? If so, 1 community may be fine for you. Watch the vid below for more info to help you decide if 1 or 2 communities is best for you. Ted ✌🏼 P.S. Want 1 on 1 help setting up your Skool community (at no charge)? Send me a DM with the word "SKOOL" & I'll set yours up with you for free so it's set up like mine.
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@Sid Sahasrabuddhe the upsell makes sense but only if treating the community as a funnel is part of the strategy. But the platform familiarity feeding engagement is interesting as it’s more universal regardless of sales strategy. How does this work with @Sam Ovens’ recommendation about not segmenting?
@Vianney Wilson thanks for sharing! how are you pricing The Ace's Club? I'm launching my low-ticket MRR and plan on changing my high-ticket from 1:1 to group after that, but am torn on how to price it. and what do you mean by "both have a very difficult feel."
I would love to be able to have more membership questions for someone to join the community. The reason being is that I want to be very selective in who I let into my community, because I know and have seen how quickly one or a few members who are not a good fit for the group can worsen the experience. Would be great to have at least 10 questions. Blake La Grange was saying that one of the reasons people pay so much to get into top tier universities is because it is extremely hard to get into and it's an extremely filtered group of people who are inside. That is what makes it valuable to others. If anyone could join it wouldn't be valuable for anyone anymore. So the more gated and difficult to join the communities are, the more valuable they will be to the people who are inside. Adding more membership questions is as far as I can see the easiest way to filter who gets in and who doesn't and thereby being able to increase the value of the community. I am doing this for my free community by the way. Because I see the free community more something mid of funnel, in the client journey, rather than top of funnel (how many people are using it). So I want it to already be filtered even though it's free. Something I also learned from the amazing Blake :). Blake's community is the best community I have ever been part of by the way. And it's precisely for this reason. Because he filters who gets in. So adding this change which is quite simple is maybe the most powerful way to ensure the skool communities are high quality. Please like the post and comment if you think the same way so it gets the attention of the team for this essential feature 🙏
so I am excited to make it to level 3! Yeah... this will unlock a new course called skool secrets... and when I open it... it's EMPTY... was this just a teaser? Or will there be a course at one point? @Sid Sahasrabuddhe
How do I see the email addresses of members? I was thinking a few months ago it was on their profile page but I don't see them now.
This is a @Ted Carr appreciation and giveback post. If you've spent any time in this group you know how much value Ted shares. He practices what he preaches in his free and paid Contentpreneur community. He even offers a 7-day free trial to his paid community, which he highly recommends offering to get people into your paid community b/c they usually stay after the trial. His free content works so well that I'm now writing an unprompted organic marketing message for his business b/c I appreciate his contributions so much. Here are the posts and comments from Ted that I've learned the most from and keep going back to (I'll keep adding to the list so "Watch" if you want a bookmark for his lessons)... $10Kpm with micro-niche online communities How he uses Skool Why he separates his Free and Paid communities Running low and high ticket communities on skool Declined payment script Learnings from path to 100 members Managing subscription members (access, removal, cancelling, etc.) 2 Most Effective Ways to Grow a Low Ticket Membership on Skool Lead Magnet Ideas (this helped me decide that click-baity lead magnets are not for me)
Skool has blown my mind. I have had Facebook Groups for my programs since 2017 and they don't even compare. And I only started with Skool about 75 days ago (February 27th 2023). My group already has (3) Level 8 people and it's become the #1 group in my niche absolutely. I almost didn't join Skool. The reason? "I already have everything setup and don't feel like changing it." What changed my mind? The SIMPLICITY and RESULTS I kept seeing from Skool success stories. So... I tried it out and an extra $50,000 a month in results and making my life more simple has been the result. Pretty solid I think. Glad I went for it rather than listen to my ego. @Nick Hauser asked me to share the things that have been successful in creating such a Skool group (here is the link to my Skool if you want to look to see how I'm doing it: https://manifestwithscott.com/group). ➡️ How I'm Using Skool: I have a free "Manifestation / Personal Development" Skool group (1,600 people in it right now) and convert the members into my paid "Manifestation Mentoring Program" Skool group. My Strategy: Have everyone become engaging friends sharing what they learn from our content. And if they want more, enroll into our programs. I have been trying to keep it super simple. Here are a few elements of the Strategy: (a) The type of posts I do that have been SUPER successful are NOT me posting value. But rather posts where members engage with each other. Examples: "What are your unique talents / skills?" "What time zone are you in? Accountability buddy?" These have been super engaging because members learn about each other. I text / email my list about these posts, so they get more than 1 notification of the post. That has been helpful in creating a lot of engagement. (b) And I partner these with action-based content. Examples of those: "3 Day Money Challenge! Are you in?" "Watch this video of 'The Law of Attraction Explained' every day for 30 days straight"
@Scott Haug amazing results, Scott! Thank you so much for sharing this detail. Why did you decide to do separate free and paid groups vs putting it all in one and having certain things be locked only for paid members? It’s just me and I’m not clear on the value of managing 2 separate groups when the subject/themes are the same.
Hi, is there a way to screen members besides their profiles (which they can fake) to make sure trolls can't join your group? I have a ton of ppl who steal my work and want to make sure they can't get in my group.
@Trent Grzegorczyk Did you use member questions to filter? If so, that didn't help?
Give each group member their own referral link to earn points whenever someone they invite joins your group. Simply another way to diversify the points system down the road. BTW, this would be worth multiple points because it's much more difficult than getting a like.
Hey friends, I’m a huge believer in the Skool approach overall and I’m considering starting my own. However, my main hesitation is around the idea of two separate (free & paid) skools. I want to definitely build a free Skool but I also want a “private” room for my current high-ticket coaching clients inside the same Skool. It just feels clunky and bloated to have two entirely separate Skools with different leaderboards etc. Just to make it clear: The extra money is not the issue. I’d happily pay for that feature inside the same Skool. @Sam Ovens any plans on developing Skool in that direction? I view simplification and focus as your superpowers. That’s what draws me to your brand. Thanks a million!
@Marc Green yes, though it entirely depends on your sales strategy. I overthought this and decided I don't want to use community msgs to sell (aside from maybe a big offer 1-2x/year), but I would use passive ways (e.g. locked courses, links to join the paid community, events on the cal that only paid members have access to, CTAs on the monthly free call, etc.) in the community. Then make content outside of skool that drives to the offers. But depends on your priorities. A pillar for me is accessibility for those who can't afford it and foster connection/support across the community so people with more professional working experience are supporting those who are more juinior or less financially able.
@Marc Green yes! you can always split it later :)
What are y'all's thoughts on creating separate Skool groups for free and paid communities vs combining them together? Here are the pros and cons I've thought of so far: Combining groups: Pros - Simple. One group to manage. - Bigger searchable library of content. - Get more people to show up to collab calls. - Non-paid members get to see wins of members. Cons - Feels less exclusive for paid members. - Collab Calls may get crowded. - Discussion may get confusing for paid vs non-paid. Seperate groups: Pros - More exclusive experience for paid members. - More focused discussion. Cons - More complicated. One more group to manage. - Starting off, Collab Calls may have low attendance. - Less benefit of non-paid members seeing paid member success. - Knowledgebase split into two. - Have to host 2 Collab Calls Curious if anyone else is having this debate or has experience experimenting with either setup. Lmk in comments 🤙
Hey all! Maybe a captain obvious question...but are you guys running free and paid groups and communities? Or are you using Skool strictly for free content/communities? Thanks!
@Ed Andrew why do you think that is re: general consensus? I can see that if the free group is only used as a sales funnel, but if we want to help more people/have more impact and the pain points we're solving are the same, what's the downside of keeping them together (assuming we're being thoughtful about how people become members, even free)? The idea of managing two communities around the same theme/content sounds is 😅. Especially as a solopreneur, but even if I had a team, I'd still wonder if that made sense. @Kevin Arca I'm planning on keeping them together and am launching a beta in ~ a week so can let you know how it goes. @Andrew Kirby also keeps free and paid together in Synthesizer School. I don't recall where, but he talks about why in his Free Group Funnel course in the Skool group.
@Ed Andrew thank you for this thread!!! 🙏🙏 so validating and encouraging. One more Q... do you have caps on 1:1, mastermind, and low ticket? Here's the updated slide... https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1itOVC_zUUHAGTySuHPr8szqMIZbH3MoZAh4RvB-lzDM/edit?usp=sharing
It does require the new feature (someone already requested it) that allows us to sell more courses inside Skool without necessarily selling different communities. This is the scenario I'm picturing: - I have a free community (it could be a paid membership) - I also create a paid course (or more than one) inside Skool - When my members go to "Classroom" they see the course is locked - If they click to learn more, the first video is unlocked and it's basically a VSL to explain them what the course is about - There's a button below to purchase the course with one click (when the billing is available, Skool will have payment details already, so we can easily create a one click upsell) Plus, if buyers in the community start talking about the course, FOMO will kick in for the other members and hopefully drive more sales. Everything inside Skool. What do you guys think?
makes sense! is it a one time charge for content only with no additional support from you?
Hey team! New features to help you use Skool as a "group funnel" to get customers: 1. Membership questions — Ask new members questions to see if they're a good fit for your group. 2. Zapier integration — Zap the membership questions/answers to your CRM with Zapier. 3. Member's emails — Now you can see your member's emails and search for them. 4. Social links — Add your social links to your user profile. See who's in your group and what they're like. Watch the video below to see how these new features work. Enjoy! Let us know what you think?
@Sam Ovens @Sid Sahasrabuddhe is there a reason you didn't add tiktok as one of the social platforms? If no, is that something you plan on adding?
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