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Many Skool users, myself included, have explained our reasoning and use cases for the "Discussions" feature that was suddenly removed. The reasons given by @Sam Ovens in this comment thread were: "We removed the module discussion feature for the following reasons: 1. People thought they were comments that showed beneath the module, but they were entire posts that showed in the main feed too (not intuitive). 2. Writing a title and selecting a category for a comment is strange. 3. People commenting things like "Nice job!" beneath a module clutters the main feed with out-of-context junky posts that lower the quality of the main community. 4. Courses can have custom access (only some members have access), and people expect those discussions/posts/comments not to be visible in the main feed." However, later in the comments it seems that this is the actual reason: "@Yasin Arshad the problem is new users expect it to do different things, they get confused, and request additional features that make it even more complicated. Plus, this feature is very complex on the code side. It causes endless issues that we have to support. Generally, from my experience, when a feature is this confusing/complicated it means there's something wrong with it." Why haven't we heard back about what is/isn't being done? This seems to show a continued lack of communication and respect for Skool users who have built their communities around this platform.
@Sam Ovens It's been very interesting to see these developments in the last few days. I think what makes Skool great is the tendency to lean towards no, instead of trying to please everyone all the time. Because great software has a vision, instead of being as flexible as possible. Great software is opinionated, and doesn't just give you features - it gives you an approach. But once that feature is out there, it's tough to take away - people will get pissed off, even if the feature sucked. So it's better to always start with no - and pick carefully when you do say yes.
Good communities highlight their members. It's all about the members. That's YOU! We want YOU to share how you're using Skool so others can get ideas and learn. We'll give spot prizes (like Skool merch) to members who share something cool. If you share something people find useful — we'll promote you to our 800k email list, 134k YouTube subs, and put you on our website that gets millions of monthly visits. We created a new category called "How I'm using Skool". Check it out! If you want to share how you're using Skool, create a post in that category with a good title, a short description, and a quick (less than 5m) Loom video sharing your setup/use-case. Help us help you!
Micro-SaaS + Skool Community I'm sharing the framework for how to achieve this in my free Skool Group, and having great conversations on here with consultants/coaches/experts about their ideas. Going to make a Loom video soon to go through the mechanics of it.
Hey everyone and Skool Team, Before, my members could comment directly within modules. And that was actually REALLY engaging. Members were learning from each other in the comments that we also then sent to the main Community feed. But I no longer see this feature of "Comments On / Off". What happened? @Sid Sahasrabuddhe
Yes, it has been removed. Here is a post where a lot of discussion on it is happening: https://www.skool.com/community/where-did-my-discussions-go
@Sam Ovens hey dude I’m typing this on my iPad so it might read weird. Anyway, a couple years back you ran an ad and the image for it simply said “this is an ad.” It might’ve only just said the word ad. I can’t remember. I think it had a blue or purple background. I think the text was white. This has to have been maybe three or four years ago. I just remember thinking that it was really awesome. I don’t remember the body copy. Do you remember if it worked?
@Sam Ovens You've figured out how to get lots of customers without ads now!
Interested to discuss how it is going if you are focused on the community with group coaching as the main reason to join your Skool membership. How is it structured? What are you charging? Niche, claim to market? Challenges, wins, lessons learned? What about charging an upfront one-time fee of say $199 to join and set up the membership, including a complimentary 15 min onboarding call if needed, access to the community in Skool and group coaching calls each week? Yes, a course with basic instructions on the problem being solved but only unlocked at level 2 to encourage engagement. Maybe Inner Circle mastermind at Level 4 or 5. …but then a recurring $47 a month fee after 30 days. Within those 30 days you want them to engage, level up, learn, and access the group coaching calls each week, x4. Take action, network, and met others. Will it be sticky enough, a 12-month stay is LTV of $564. If you hit 1000 members in a year that’s about half a million a year in revenue. This is essentially a revenue Saas model using Skool. Thoughts.
I like the concept - I think it goes hand in hand with another post you made about using the free group to define what the paid group/MVP will be. The framework, audience, transformation, etc. would be figured out through that, and also the 'mentors' you would need for effective weekly coaching calls. The more value you provide, the more people will love it - but also the more you charge, the more value you can provide, so the pricing is a bit of a balancing act.
Sam discusses Darwin's Theory of Evolution extensively in his content. He describes how we all need to evolve to survive in business, just like animals in nature. This is true for every creature, all the way from bugs to humans - and business is no different. Business is an ecosystem, where you are competing for customers, and you have to adapt to changing customer preferences and technology in order to thrive. The people you are fighting against are your competitors, and how you win is by providing more value than anybody else. But people often forget about this. They experience success, and then they remain static. They coast, and don't continue to evolve. But then someone comes in who is a bit hungrier, and ready to adapt faster. They think a little bit differently than the existing businesses, and are ready to provide more. And this is what kills existing businesses. It is failure to adapt to change. Sam has already evolved - and we're all experiencing it here with Skool. He evolved to SaaS - and it's a big jump. But if you're a consultant/coach/online expert - you may have the same key ingredients to evolve like Sam did, and supercharge your offer with SaaS. With the right strategy, you can become a SaaS Founder, and thrive in even the reddest of oceans. If you'd like to learn more about my strategy for becoming a SaaS founder, and get free access to AI micro-SaaS prototypes I release, feel free to join my Skool group that I'm building: Free Skool Group It's still early days for the group - but we're gaining speed, and it's through the amazing people who are joining.
I want to know.
A place where you can arrange your audience into a community and drive engagement through incentives.
We've had reports of a cat showing up in some groups. We're looking into it!
Feature request: The ability to turn on 'Study Mode.' Use case: The ability to block 1) Notifications 2) Skool Chat 3) Red Badges When studying/reading content on Skool. Other ideas: When users are in 'Study Mode' show a status or little icon next to their name so other users can see that 'John' is online, but may not see my message because he's studying. Implementation: Just a simple toggle 'On/Off' Would really enjoy this now that I have my communities on here and not on FB, and sometimes I want to read/watch content from other courses and I'm distracted by the incoming notifications.
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I like this idea, the social aspect is obviously needed - but it's a big distraction when you're trying to focus on material in the classroom.
Any help would be great!
You level up by getting likes on your posts and comments - so right now I just liked your post. Now you only need 4 more likes to reach Level 2, unlock content, and so on.
I made this video where I go through how consultants can leverage their existing expertise to create a powerful Micro-SaaS product - using it to supercharge your offer, grow a Skool community, and evolve towards product/market fit. I plan on making a future video where I share more details on the Skool aspect, but I felt like this would shed some light on the big picture until I get to that. Feel free to let me know what you think! And if you'd like to join my free Skool Community to learn more, here's the link: Free Skool Group
@Martin Frelih Welcome! I used Descript to create a transcript of my speech, and automatically add live captions. It’s not perfect - the editing takes some time to fix errors - but the end result grabs attention.
This would facilitate our course-building in Skool.
I personally use Descript - it's not perfect, but I like how it lets me auto-generate captions. People have told me it catches their attention. I linked an example of a video I made with it.
I tried to look for this update, but when is the Skool App estimated to be out? Is there already an app for apple? See screenshot:
That is an unofficial Skool app made by @Kevin Lee - the official app is on the roadmap for this year, but there is no date set for it yet.
Is there a search function to find new cool Skool groups to join? For example, if I would like to find a group of songwriters to hang out with I could search via Facebook's search bar and find matching search results, like pages or groups.
A search function is not built into Skool, but @Kevin Lee built this third-party directory for Skool which should work as you described: https://skool.directory/top
Love This - 1. At this Time We have a company meeting on Mondays - We fine a student of the week that has a major milestone achievement weather it is financial or overcoming a major challenge at the company meeting with all zoom camera's open (1) person recognizes the student then the entire room cheers them on - this is posted in Milestone Monday to thousands of students to view. 2. Awards: 5 Figure award and 6 Figure Awards when Students receive the Awards the take a photo share it with me, or post it directly into the community and each week on Superstar Saturday we post a photo to motivate everyone and the success rate in response has been great. People cannot wait to get their very own. 3. Short Testimonials videos: when a recipient of an award does an interview with myself, I ask them to remember their very 1st day, how did you feel - were you nervous about this new venture? They are asked to do a short testimonial about the company and what they like about being here and how it helped them achieve their goals maybe 1 to 2 minutes to motivate the new students who are nervous about their new commitment to their future - The video is dropped and New student response has been amazing helping to remove the noise and anxiety of the new business venture investment and the journey they are about to begin. 4. Complete calendrer of Webinar Events where students and Coaches come together to interact with & A and tutorial about the subject matter of the Day. 5. Complete Video course tutorial 6. Community of thousands of people who can post achievements / Struggles / graphs and more. on Milestone Mondays and Wellness Wednesdays helping students to find a healthy balance. 7. We record our webinars with the students and post in Skool that the recording is ready to view so those who are working or unable to attend can also benefit from the valuable information within that Webinar 8. Introduce New students into the community where all coaches give support and multiple student jump in to motivate. 9. we have a section open to everyone to view on - Student Success - Welcome Posts - Insightful Conversation - Wins & general questions 10. we have a celebrated award placement for people to see who post the most in skool - we are all about motivating and celebrating members of BJKU in skool
Very cool, nice to read about how how much invest into cultivating the community.
It can be tough to come up with an idea for a SaaS product - but if you're an established consultant/coach/online expert, you might have some clues right in front of you. The formula is Info-Product + Micro-SaaS = System as a Service. That's how I use Skool. I'm building SaaS for my clients, in combination with their info-product to supercharge their offer. For example, Sam offered WeTube, which taught people how to sell masterminds - and then he bundled it with Skool, which is the SaaS you need to do so. This combination supercharged his offer - it became a 'System as a Service'. On a smaller scale, I've met gym consultants who teach the info people how to get more gym clients, while also including the Micro-SaaS for filling and managing their pipeline. I've met digital marketers who teach you how to attract more clients, and also include a subscription to their chrome extension for automating conversations with leads. Even for crypto trading - there are people who not only teach your their trading signals, but also include a monthly subscription to use their customized trading algorithm. That's an Info-Product + SaaS offer too. This not only reduces churn (people dropping out of their subscription), but it creates a more compelling offer that you can charge premium for. You are offering both the guidance AND the digital tool they need to succeed. This combination of Info-Product + Micro-SaaS is a powerful, and gives you a big clue towards what your SaaS product should be. if you're an established consultant/coach/online expert, all you need to do is look at your info-product, and see where your digital product could fit into your existing process. You're almost definitely using a SaaS product at some stage - could you replace it with your own, simplified version? If it's a tool you use a lot, you probably also have ideas on how it could be better. This way, you know exactly what you need to create - and the demand is built in, because your info-product has demand.
Guys, is it $99/m per group? Or $99/m for any amount of groups?
Not sure if this has already been brought up before or already on the roadmap, but I think it would be great if there was a way to customize the invite links (setting up custom UTM parameters) so that we can add 'labels' to see where exactly our group members are joining from. For example, currently we can see who invited someone when they apply - because it says 'Invited By:' in their application. This is because the link that they used to join is customized to carry that information. Along the same lines, it would be great if we could generate links with custom parameters, such as 'Email List', or 'Facebook', or 'Youtube' - this way, we can see what sources of traffic and content are performing best, and really get an idea of what's working and what's not.
Here are five diversified income models using Skool that could generate an annual revenue of $100,000 broken down: - As an affiliate, 215 referred, 40% recurring at $39 per month - Niche community (no course), w/ group calls, 215 at $39 per month - 40 course members who each quarter pay you $625 each - 10 sales per day of any membership offer at $27 each - 10 hours of work per week of a DFY/DWY consulting offer at $195 per hour - 2 sales per day of your self-study course offer w/ group calls at $135 each - 2 sales a month of a DWY course/group offer at $5000 each When you see the numbers like this it looks more achievable, and none of these income models require any major upfront investment and can all be managed by one person. Focus on maximizing one income model before adding another. . . . Which one would you start building? @Robert Boulos @Ted Carr thoughts? PS. Don't start a Skool community just for the money
All of these are great options. It's hard to say which one I would start with - maybe this doesn't really answer the question, but if I were starting out from zero, I would create a free group for my audience and offer free consulting calls. On those free calls, I would offer to send a personal video that helps the person with their problem if they'd be willing to share a testimonial in exchange (only if they found it helpful). I'd be building social proof, experience helping people/doing calls, and also sharing those videos on Youtube and the free group. Eventually, I'd charge for the consulting calls, and the videos would form the base for a paid course I would offer to the free group...not a fully formed concept, but just throwing some ideas out there.
Can you create a free group and a paid group to upsell to? (noob here)
@Aljaž Plankl From my observations, it's a combination paid ads, SEO, free courses on Youtube, public relations, etc. The top ones also have people sharing their success stories of getting hired post-graduation, and speaking about it on Youtube - so I think the answer is that well established ones have many strategies and connections.
I wanted to share some results a client of mine has achieved by combining SaaS with Skool. We built a micro-SaaS application for them to use as a lead magnet, and with just one post on LinkedIn, they acquired 57 new members. We are helping them to organize a community around their micro-SaaS, build goodwill at scale, and warm up leads for their paid offers. When developing the micro-SaaS, we focused on 1-3 essential features that serve their niche audience. Instead of having dozens of features, we looked at existing solutions and built the 20% that provides 80% of the value. We focused on solving simple problems and left the hairy, difficult ones alone. This approach allowed us to launch on time, on budget, and within scope. We carefully strategized to have a training curriculum along with the micro-SaaS, so that members can have a shared goal and use the SaaS to work towards it. By establishing a clear framework for the community, we can maximize engagement by aligning the group's methodology. It's like a smaller-scale version of how Sam bundled WeTube with Skool in the Black Friday offer - members get both the info-product and the micro-SaaS. This approach is one of the lowest-risk ways to develop a SaaS product. Even if you don't want to develop it further, you have reduced your lead cost and built a community that you can sell your existing paid offers to. If you do want to continue developing it, you will have enough feedback to know exactly what needs to be adjusted or added next, so it can evolve towards true product/market fit and be monetized. If you're interested in learning more about how coaches, consultants, and experts can bridge the gap and become SaaS founders without getting stuck in development hell, you are welcome to join my free Skool group: Free Skool Group I'm working hard to create a mini-course that explains my overall framework, and share tips that I've learned from years of working on engineering and technical projects.
Sam managed to combine two worlds - SaaS and Info-Products - when he bundled the SaaS (Skool) with his Info-Product (WeTube). It's interesting to see how irresistible his offer became when he gave people both the tech AND the framework they need to succeed. It went beyond just Software as a Service - it became a System as a Service. People often desire the complete, end-to-end solution - and the Black Friday bundle gave them that. I've had conversations on here with SaaS founders who have also combined their digital product with consulting, and not only does it generate huge profits for them, but it greatly reduces churn. With my own clients, I'm not just building software for them, but I'm also helping them succeed by providing SaaS business consulting. By working closely with them, they get better results, and I get happier clients. I think this principle also applies to building a Skool group with high engagement - by giving people both the tools and framework, they now have something to actively do and discuss in the group. It could be a tool that helps them find a product to sell, or an algorithm that helps them trade, or any kind of digital product - as long as it moves people forward to their goal, and everyone in the group is using it. I have a free Skool group where I discuss the power of founders, consultants, coaches, and creators offering combining SaaS with their Info-Product: Free Skool Group Please feel free to join! I'm working hard to build content, and with the right people, I think something amazing will come out of it.
@Danny Mallinder I wish but I couldn't make it.
@Danny Mallinder That sounds interesting - when they release the recording I will check it out, thank you.
If you watch Sam's videos, he talks about how he's always saying 'no' to things, and the power of that word. I think he even calls himself Mr. No at one point if I'm not mistaken. I think it's interesting, because saying no is also a great habit to have in software development, and that philosophy reflects in the quality of Skool. Every idea should have to prove it's worth, and work hard to be implemented. It's better to say no to an idea the first time it appears, and let it stand outside in the rain. If it keeps coming back, that's when you know it might be worth taking a deeper look - because each time you say yes, you've actually said yes to a whole chain of events. You need to take that single yes through planning, design, coding, testing, tweaking, testing, tweaking, testing, tweaking...updating any copy if necessary, making sure pricing is not effected, launching, and then hoping you didn't break any promises. And once that feature is out there, it's tough to take away - people will get pissed off, even if the feature sucked. So it's better to start with no - and pick carefully when you do say yes. Right now, Skool doesn't have a mobile app, or payment integration, or a landing page builder, or a catalogue of groups, or a post scheduler, or custom gamification, or video hosting, or white labeling, or a myriad of other requests that come in daily. I definitely like a few of those ideas, and some of them may become reality - but I think what makes Skool great is the tendency to lean towards no, instead of trying to please everyone all the time. Because great software has a vision, instead of being as flexible as possible. Great software is opinionated, and doesn't just give you features - it gives you an approach. Skool certainly does that, and I think it's better for it. “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I'm actually as proud of the things we haven't done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.” - Steve Jobs
Hi do you have to pay 99 for every skool community? So if i have a free community, I would pay 99 for it, and then if I want a paid community I would pay another 99? I am probably looking to have about 5 communities - so I am just wondering if it would be 500 a month?
I build micro-SaaS applications. These are niche focused, low overhead softwares with 1-3 great features. They can be used to generate leads by offering a tech lead magnet instead of ebooks/webinars/case-studies, and evolved into a business generating 10k - 15k profit/month and beyond. One of the recurring themes that arise in the world of SaaS is the importance of having an audience. Having an audience makes launching easier, and provides critical feedback so that you can evolve your SaaS according to the loudest demands of your audience. This is how Skool was built - Sam launched his product to his audience, and didn’t worry about it being perfect. He let users post about the features they wanted, and added them as he went along, until he reached product/market fit and started monetizing. The interesting thing is, if you're a successful consultant, coach, or online creator, you may have the same key ingredients to undertake SaaS like Sam did. Some of those ingredients are having insight into a niche problem to solve, and knowing how to build an audience. Everything great starts small - so first, you develop a narrowly scoped Micro-SaaS that solves a niche problem you know about in your market. Then, you launch that MVP to your audience - all they have to do is join your Skool group to gain free access. Now you're building a community of fans by providing value in a unique way, while collecting critical feedback on your product. Using this feedback, you keep making your SaaS better, until one day you reach product/market fit, and can start monetizing your product. But here's why this works incredibly well with established consultants/coaches - you already have existing info-products to offer to your niche. Not only is that a huge opportunity to combine consulting with your SaaS product, but you're also gaining leads to your core offerings through the community you build. Sam kept selling his masterminds until he went all in on Skool, because that is what funded the development until he felt like it was time to focus on it completely.
@Danny Mallinder thank you, I’m focusing on creating content for it now that people are joining.
@Danny Mallinder Right now, my goal is to bridge the gap between consultants/coaches/experts who sell info-products, and SaaS. What Sam did demonstrates what I've also found with my clients - consultants can make great SaaS founders. But I don't plan to discuss how to write code at all - it's certainly a high value and helpful skill, but it's not necessary. What I will discuss is the technical aspects related to lean SaaS development, hiring, launching quickly, and iterating towards product/market fit. So for now, I'm actually going to take a page from your post - which is to focus on providing value, sharing what I know to save people from development hell, and see the big picture.
Maybe a bug? not sure. A user tried to join without answering the questions -- are they required? If not -- what's the workflow for them? I'd think they should be required -- or a toggle to say one way or another.
You are right @Stephen G. Pope , people are able to apply without answering the questions. As long as they click 'Join Group', they can exit out of the questions page and their application will go through without their answers.
Pretty big news: https://www.consulting.com/ I'm glad that there are future plans for the content of Accelerator/Uplevel. There are plenty of people who will benefit from them being brought back. It's hard to imagine it without Sam though, so it will be interesting to see the new direction. What do you guys think?
Hi there! I'd love to grab the BF offer. Just have a few questions. Is it possible to have a "pay what you want membership" option for my paid group? Like they have at memberful.com Or does this have nothing to do with Skool? I'm a self-confessed tech dino and these things are new to me so please excuse the basic-ness of my questions :) And if anybody could be kind enough to point me in the right direction of how I could set this up if I get Skool, that would be a solid bday gift you're giving to a stranger 😅. Thank you!!!
As far as I know, Skool does not handle any payment processing. However, it has some automation options so that you can automatically approve members using Zapier. So you could have your own webpage with payment options so that visitors can pay what they want, and then after payment is confirmed they are automatically approved to join your group using Zapier.
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