We just shipped some new gamification features to make things more fun! • Custom level names: Personalize your group by naming your levels. • Unlock courses at levels: Unlock a course or something of value when members hit a high level. • Leaderboard redesign: Now you can see your progress and what you can unlock as you level up. Watch the Loom video below for more info on how it works and how to set it up for yourself. This is an experimental feature we're playing with, so we want to hear your feedback! Try it out for yourself and let us know what you think?
Here's the recording from today's call. We covered new features (membership questions, Zapier integration, ability to view/search members emails, and social links on users profiles. Lot's of exciting stuff to help you use Skool as a "group funnel" to get customers for your paid courses/communities. We covered a lot of best practices too. If you want to know how to use Skool to get customers, build community, and run a successful business — this recording is for you! Want to attend the next Office Hours live with us? See when it's happening on our calendar here
Honest criticism here. I love the Skool platform, but I kind of think the name Skool is not the best. Personally I go to online education because I disliked the education system that was associated with the name 'skool.' The name Skool brings too much school into online school. I personally feel that it It keeps the brand stuck in those negative associations.
Someone in my community is asking if they set up a community on Skool, and you guys don't like what they post, will you ever ban a Skool? They believe in freedom of speech, and want to know that people can say what they truly think without fear of getting banned.
@Griffin A. Hamilton nice one. Yes. When there is corruption in accountability practices, nasty stuff happens. That one reason western culture is ahead and spreading because we have "some notion" of freedom of speech (not 100% though.. e.g. try speaking in favor of China, ISIS, etc. and see the guys in black suits showing up faster than gas bill) Nonetheless if you gonna keep saying stuff that hurts people, those people are gonna get you. If they have political power then more quickly. That's just the way it is, not because I said so :)
I'd love to have the following calendar/user features: Event Types - Examples: Masterclass, Open Office Hours, John's Weekly Zoom Call, etc. Then, we could limit access by the Event Type by user. Not everyone needs access to all calls. 👍 Ideally, I'd like to be able to edit each User's access to the pre-defined Event types or ALL Event Types
In addition to event type, I am sure sooner or later you are going to want control access by levels. e.g. one masterclass is available to some group, while other is not.. Why not introduce idea of groups, and then permissions on any series of events are set by group. If you are thinking about chat by group, you can use same objects.
Hi Skool team, this has been a real head scratcher for us. Uptil two months ago, we had a super engaged community on Slack. We moved everyone to Skool and our engagement has dropped to abysmal. We have been thinking what is it all about. We have some ideas and recommendations for features for you to consider that we believe will improve the engagement rate on Skool. 1. Social: The Skool is not just a learning place but a social place. The same dynamics, rules and features that make social engagement platforms successful also apply to Skool. 2. Thumbnails: The feed ought to have larger thumbnails like facebook or Slack where the post is covered with video thumbnail first and then text at the bottom. Currently it is too text heavy. 3. Being able to respond to post with more emoticons than just Like button may be a necessary evil. I know that people can reply with emoticon, but that doesn't do the trick. Responding with emoticons is what's in fashion. 4. Simple things such as being able to bold and italicize text helps with reading. 5. People continue to miss getting into little groups and being able to chat with each other. They report feeling uneasy speaking up in a large community (may be especially with our self-development focus) 6. People commenting on lessons, should bring up big thumbnail of the lesson in the feed so others can play it. Our whole community is based on Video lessons but these seem buried in the classroom boxes. Lesson Videos should be easy to play directly from the feed. 7. Picture posts should have larger thumbnails. 8. People report having to go to skool website vs they were just on Slack all the time. Not sure what you can do about it. I wonder what other ideas others have for increasing engagement in our community. UPDATE: I have been talking to more of our participants, and they say that lack of notifications (which means a lack of an APP on the computers and mobiles) which is in the way of engagement.
Yes, we have implemented most of these. Our social zoom groups are thriving. We just announced for example a new community member and no one congratulated or liked it. On slack we always had a warm welcome.
Now you can earn 40% of monthly recurring revenue by referring people to Skool. Refer 3 people and Skool becomes an income stream, not a cost. Watch the video below to see how it works. How to refer people: Go to "User settings" --> "Referrals" tab --> Copy/paste your referral link --> Done! Note: You can only refer people if you've got a paid group on Skool. Check it out and let us know what you think? 💰💰💰
FWIW: Yes, Skool has that possibility. I would invest. To make it so, something of the present would have to be preserved, and from some place, you must depart. I recommend the Skool team to read Bubbles by Peter Sloterdijk. Reality is a bubble within a bubble within a bubble, interlinked with one another, constantly popping and emerging. What's missing currently are the bubbles of 1) backend teams to work together here to produce the front show, 2) the privacy and romance of smaller communities within larger communities i.e., cohorts 3) the ability to make offers to join bubbles.
Hi guys, what platform do you use to sell your Skool community? And our plan is to sell a monthly membership, do you manually have to remove unsubscribers from the Skool group or is there any way to automate it?
We use Kajabi as a client and a team tool. As a team tool it onboards new team members. To make that work we need assessments so Kajabi checks if they got right what we tell in our courses. And we got the same with clients. In that case we make a checklist in the end of each module so they need to mark all bullets on the checklist so they get the next module. We can’t use skool until you got that feature. So we are happy to hear if it’s on your roadmap. Best regards Max
It might be super useful to enable self-chat for users. Self-chat space becomes like a personal notebook of ideas, tidbits, nuggets, links, etc., found in the course of conversations on Skool. Usecase: I found the following post from Andrew Kirby pretty useful. I wanted to save the link. https://www.skool.com/community/the-weird-way-i-use-skool-i-think-its-pretty-powerful?p=538f6656. Where should I save it? In slack, I can send messages to myself where I went ahead and saved the link. It would be good if I had a space at Skool where I could keep this.
Hi @Sid Sahasrabuddhe, we have a challenge with the titles being cut off in the course navigation. The current limit is 30 characters (including spaces). Our titles can go to 45 characters max, e.g., "Introducing the Emotional Fortitude Technique" Usecase: here, you can see that my modules 7.2 and 7.4, and 7.5 are cut off in the navigation. Not a good look. I am pleading for a 45-char limit. Thanks to @Marcos Razzetti for prompting me to post this.
Hi @Sam Ovens, @Sid Sahasrabuddhe, and the Skool team, my friend @Mareya Ali told me I should send you some use cases for Group Chat design. First of all thank you very much for considering this feature. This is very important for us, as although I have started two communities here, I still have to keep many students on Slack. So I thought to give it some thought and enumerate the use cases here, and give the community leaders also the opportunity to chime in with their own use cases. Here we go: 1. We run a 1-year course to help redesign all aspects of personal, professional, business, and life. There is a main course with main set of meetings and rhythms. And there are a lots of special interest groups that get formed. I am involved with some while other meet with each other or with other members of my team. 2. For example, I practice and teach Shaolin QiGong for the health and wellness of my team and my participants. It is a daily practice, so something I have to take a leave and announce that message to the regulars. Not everyone needs to see it and it would be annoyance if everyone saw that I won't be leading Shaolin Fit session on a certain day. 3. With a small group of thinkers from within my course, I read a deeply technical or philosophical book. I don't charge anything for it, so it is not a separate community but a sub-community within my community. Meeting by Zoom happens once a week. These people do need to see the course, and comments on the main programming, but they also want their own sub-group for chat, and sharing philosophical links, that are not directly related to the course, but more for inner group of people. 4. We also divide course members into teams. Teams meet by zoom each week and continue their discussions over WhatsApp or slack channels. 5. Sometimes certain members struggle with certain aspect of their career, and business and sometimes personal relationships. I form small chat groups, and involve other members who are more senior, and know how to help. We continue to check in on the progress and evolution of the matter which the chat groups. 6. One more point, the group messaging feature has nothing to do with cohorts. We have already figured out how to run cohorts using current features. What's missing is Group Messaging.
@David Frey Our participants are VCs and we are doing cohorts. 1 cohort at a time with access to previous cohorts community participation. Old cohort members welcome to stay and be part of the community, and new one's join see comments and streams and contribute. 1 month course 4 lectures + masterclass. Next month new cohort. As we run more cohorts new VCs will add to power of the network.
@David Frey Right. I would like to also create the small groups but Skool doesn't enable that, YET. So in the meantime, we are running cohorts out of the main community. We just finished cohort 1 and will launch cohort 2 on Sep 14th.
When we invite people to sign up to our group on Skool, not all 25-50 people will sign up at the same day, we've experimented with two smaller groups before. The drip campaign begins from the day a participant signs up. It will cause a lot of operational challenges for our team as we have scheduled our cohort weekly meetings and we want everybody to watch the 'lecture' before the meetings, but it looks almost impossible as the 'lecture' will be dripped for every participant on a different day depending on when they sign up (probably for some even after the meeting, depending on when they sign up). Can it be so that the drip campaign begins on the day of the invite and not when the invite is accepted? @Nick Guadagnoli @Sid Sahasrabuddhe @Saqib Rasool
@Nick Guadagnoli Nick, in the case of people joining, say 2 weeks later, they would have access to all the content shared so far since the start of cohort. This way they say catch up with everything and join the rhythm. In our 1 year course this happen more often than short courses that some people join in a couple of weeks later due to their own background circumstances. HTH.
Here is a cool workaround to control which members of your group have access to certain events on the Calendar. If you have a group with different levels of membership, this could suffice for restricting access to certain events (free vs paid). I hope this helpful. Let me know what you think! :)
Hi I have a Skool group and I was wondering if it's possible to limit people's access to events that are scheduled on the calendar? Say we wanted to offer 6 months access to live coaching calls - is there a way to only show certain calendar events to specific members of the group?
Any plans to provide a simple mark up editor for the Transcript section. The ability to bold, italic, and bullet point, with may be font type and size would be awesome! Alternatively, instead of providing a visual editor, you can enable minimal function where user can highlight the line, and press CMD+B or CMD+I to bold or italic. Just an idea. Thank you.
The new Skool innovation of being able to name the levels opens the possibility for naming important distinctions for your worlds. The leaderboard shows whether you are in the game or not. I wonder what level naming schemes would be fantastic. Here are some ideas: a) Species name of some kind showing the evolution and higher up! (fun). Smaller size plant to the larger tree. b) Martial arts belt levels (I default to that.) Example: Lean tradition. c) Some sort of humorous or serious corporate hierarchy titles, or magic world titles (level 9 would be the great grand wizard of oz or something like that. d) Tribal ranks e) Military ranks f) Space ranks (like naming levels after moons, planets, stars and galaxies? g) Star Trek ranks (Ensign... captain) Could these levels and distinctions correspond to assuming a participant's skill level in what you are teaching? Likely not. So these distinctions could be some fun way to reward participation. How are you naming or thinking about naming your levels? Here are the levels we are using at Conceivian for our programs now. (with some others we considered. Hope it is helpful.)
Hey team! Great to meet all of you. My name is David Sinclair-Black, and I run a Music Marketing Agency here in the UK. I'd love to see an integrated payment system on Skool, through Stripe, for example. Or even a native system would be great.
Not the first to ask, but it would be awesome if we could drip content in our courses. How ? Just add a little new field in the "Edit set" that allows us to put a number of days for drip (see my screenshot). Thanks for reading ! 😸