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If you have an audience, creating a money machine by turning your audience into a community is not the way to go. Building a true community based on care and concern for its members is a much more fulfilling and sustainable approach. It's important to have a genuine interest in the well-being of your community, not just to make a profit. Thoughts?

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Blake La Grange
Bjorn Stubrud
Stuart Clifford
Karmen Kollar
Danny Mallinder
New comment 5h ago
  • 5 likes • 4d

    Don't do anything just for the money. Fire the false god of money!

When a post/comment resonates in your community, take a screenshot, and promote it on your email list or social media. One of my most liked tweets was just a screenshot from my community.

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Mitch Wilder
Balázs Kiss
Saqib Rasool
Caroline Betz
Andrew Kirby
New comment 7h ago

What is to be done about people that don't introduce themselves, and don't participate in a very private niche, a free community where participation is expected? Do the people that do not participate in the community become deadweight? Or do they provide a backdrop that provokes active users to speak up more? Could we have some kind of a way to tell what people are completely disengaged, haven't logged in, and haven't hovered to Classroom? Should we have an auto-remove toggle with some criteria like haven't logged in for 6 months, auto-remove? I am pondering about the pros and cons and would love to hear from the Skool team and other users. @Oli Reitmaier @Sid Sahasrabuddhe you have an opinion?

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Chris Lawson
Saqib Rasool
New comment 10h ago
  • 1 like • 10h

    @Chris Lawson Thank you for the pointer. In this way, I would have to check every single member. I was wondering if there is a value in having a list of least engaged members.

I want to know.

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Jose Castro
Ryan Mathews
Katharina Brandenberger
Sangeeta Naik
Caroline Betz
New comment 17h ago
  • 2 likes • 8d

    Skool is where I am. Join me there. What is it, you said? Skool is a the bleeding edge of how people teach and learn today.

New features to help you make money by referring people to Skool: 1. Auto-affiliate: If somebody creates a group from your group we'll pay you 40% automatically. 2. The affiliate program is now open to everybody! 3. Easy access: Click your user icon --> Refer --> Copy/paste your link 4. Join our Skool Affiliates community here to get ideas, inspiration, support, etc. 5. Watch our "Affiliate 101" mini-course here to see 8 proven ways to promote Skool Watch the video to learn more. Let's make some money! 💰💰💰

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Sean McLellan
Cody McDowell
Sam Ovens
Stuart Clifford
Saqib Rasool
New comment 22h ago

Hey eveyone, is it possible to add a CTA or button throughout a course? If so, how do we do that?

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Saqib Rasool
New comment 22h ago
  • 2 likes • 22h

    By adding a hyperlink in description or actions. Make it all caps like CLICK HERE TO GO THERE >>

The 3 membership questions are an incredible opportunity to get to know your incoming applicants, especially for the free group. Watching some people want to use that to collect emails, I am wondering: 1. Isn't it annoying to sign people up for an email list while still sending them blasts from Skool? 2. What's the logic and reason for collecting or not collecting emails? 3. Why doesn't Skool let you download all email addresses? 4. For people that are collecting emails, is it more of a hedge that if the Skool strategy doesn't work out, you can go back to newsletter/email marketing? Thank you. I would love to hear your comments.

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Saqib Rasool
Sid Sahasrabuddhe
Stefan Lamers
Varun Teja
Aby Vohra
New comment 2d ago
  • 1 like • 22d

    @Akassh Ashok Gupta and @Sid Sahasrabuddhe, thoughts, comments?

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    @Josh Gavin @Sid Sahasrabuddhe I believe that by gathering my community on Skool, I won't need to do email marketing separately from Skool. You can send a message to the whole community email address every three days. What am missing I here?

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?

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Trent Grzegorczyk
Abhi Amalsadia
Sangeeta Naik
Paul Saunders
Mitali Deypurkaystha
New comment 3d ago
  • 13 likes • Aug '22

    Bravo!!!! Very good. Thank you. You are becoming the most awesome platform for courses and community.

  • 10 likes • Aug '22

    It is a really, very good feature. Leaderboard redesign: Now, you can see your progress and what you can unlock as you level up. This will help promote community engagement.

Hey everyone, Introducing Skool Kompanion - A Free Mobile App for Skool I’ve made a number of tools for Skool over the past few months such as Skool Directory or the Members Export Plugin. I believe in Skool the product and ecosystem, and am excited to see it grow. As with directory, this project was inspired by seeing numerous requests about a Mobile App. In response I’ve gone ahead and created Skool Kompanion. Skool Kompanion is a simple mobile app that allows you to access Skool as you would from a browser. It also gives you access to real-time push notifications for posts and comments at the tip of your fingers. Over the course of the last couple of weeks — I have found myself more engaged with Skool due to the way notifications keep me looped in. I think this mobile app with notifications will lead to higher engagement within your groups. I encourage everyone to try it for some time, and see how much of a difference it makes. I think it will be an essential tool in order to stay engaged and connected with your groups. At this time Skool Kompanion does not support Android, and notifications do not support chat. These are things I may look at in the future depending on support and feedback. So please try it, and let me know if you have feedback.

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Josh Gavin
Oli Reitmaier
David Reis
Kevin Mullaney
Lani Lou
New comment 3d ago
  • 2 likes • 25d

    Wow. You have API access or is it an iFrame wrapper?

I wanted to achieve 100 days in a row of at least 10 activities in the Skool community - which I did. All posts were an indirect result (proving my point that activity more often than not can also lead to contributing) and hopefully I was able to add some value to the community that way. My goal in doing this was to better understand Skool as a platform and get ideas on how to build a community, as I had little exposure to this topic before. In retrospect, I consider my post on a streak feature to be the most important because besides the already existing affiliate program, I think that feature could contribute the most to Skool's growth. Of course, if Skool is to grow worldwide, multilingualism is a must. In the coming time I will focus more on my main business, so I won't have the time to be active here anymore. It was a great time with you, I wish you much success with your communities, businesses and in life. To @Sam Ovens , @Daniel Kang and the whole Skool team I wish that they absolutely crush it with Skool - which I'm one hundred percent convinced of). Thank you for many inspiring discussions.

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Saqib Rasool
Oli Reitmaier
Varun Teja
Devin Zander
Paul Saunders
New comment 4d ago
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    Thank you for your lovely mood and generous contributions, Oli.

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    @Josh Gavin Or you can build your own 😉

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! :)

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Sandra Case-Reeves PHC
Chris Strickland
Ryan Fletcher
Aadit Sheth
Brooks Van Norman
New comment 4d ago
  • 3 likes • Aug '22

    If there was a pin a module in the Classroom, this would totally work as you can put it in together with the materials of the advanced course.

Hi guys, I assume from what I have heard there is no easy way to transition a large, already-made course into Skool classroom. It has to be done manually one by one correct? I have a potential client on Teachable, I have to sell them on moving to Skool :)

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Shane Dutka
Saqib Rasool
Ted Carr
Sid Sahasrabuddhe
Danny Mallinder
New comment 6d ago
  • 1 like • 7d

    Pay someone who knows skool very well and let them do it. It is very easy. Not hard at all. I recommend talking to @Ted Carr

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    @Danny Mallinder I see. Great. Perfect. Good offer. Many will need it.

Quick question - when people join our Skool community, does it automatically capture their email address they use to sign up with? Or do we need to have them opt in via a funnel or set that as a membership question if we want that info? Thanks!

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Hervin Alvarez
Saqib Rasool
Sema Robbins
Jonas Carlström
Sid Sahasrabuddhe
New comment 6d ago
  • 4 likes • 7d

    I think skool needs to make email database downloadable for the admins.

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    @Jonas Carlström is sure it good workaround to something that should be part of the system. besides I want to use membership questions for membership filtering criteria, not for email collecting that was just provided by a user to the system.

We're thinking of doing a sick Black Friday deal. The craziest Black Friday deal we've ever done. Interested? Give me a sick GIF in the comments below if you want a sick deal.

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Shew Tanden
Regina Martinelli
Trent Grzegorczyk
David Jones
Teresa Knipple
New comment 14d ago

Hi there 👋 I'd really like the concept of Skool and I was wondering if there's anyone in the community using Skool to build a community/movement around their DTC brand. For now I can only find content related to course/info/lead gen businesses. If so, would like to know more about it! 😀

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Josh Gavin
Max Kardol
Saqib Rasool
New comment 7d ago
  • 2 likes • 7d

    I think Skool could work very well to build the community that feeds your DTC business. You may turn off classroom and use calendar and other features. But you need to do a little bit design thinking. Consider launching a movement about happier healthier future for our children and not just like "here is how to use our products". It would need to be a community that is a blessing for parents even without your products. If you are willing to do that then take this on. Lots of work but great rewards. I love your business by the way which inspired me to respond here.

This is super important for the DM funnel to schedule sales appointments. Because they might not remember to reply to your first message and it looks super needy to keep sending them follow-up messages when they haven't responded. For example in the free group they might not recognize Skool notificaitons in their email and it might take several DM's to get a response. So we need the ability to delete past DM's and send a fresh one. This is why email newsletters work really great because they don't see your past emails unless they search for them.

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Saqib Rasool
Lendon Bracewell
Aljaž Plankl
New comment 7d ago
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    @Lendon Bracewell Ok, got it. Let's try this. Suppose Sam Ovens was trying to sell me something in his free community, and he has established credibility with me, so I am inclined to listen to his offer. He sends me a message about something, whatever, sales call, webinar, anything. I don't respond. Why because I don't respond to it. Why, because that's what human beings do. Mood is not something you can make on order. I may not respond to him now but he may send me a message later again and I may respond and take whatever is being offered. BUT if I see that Sam deleted his message or edited it in any way, doesn't matter how great of a genius he is in marketing, I never ever buy anything from him. In real life you can not say thing to people and then take it back. We can't. We can follow up and re-offer and re-pair that way but we cannot go back in the past and change what was said. The software that would allow that will not have integrity unless you implement some very sophisticated mechanisms such as recalling the unread message or providing a visual cues that the message has been edit with the full history of edits. The best and easiest thing is what the Skool team has done, which is to just let the message sit once sent. If they change that, I will have to find a new platform.

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    @Lendon Bracewell Ok, let's strongly agree to disagree! That's diversity. 🙏

This will help elimite need to keep Kajabi/ActiveCampaign for client updates because every 3 days is kinda limiting. Thanks. Bilal.

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Justin Garcia
Sid Sahasrabuddhe
Bilal Malas
Saqib Rasool
Brinley Rebstein
New comment 8d ago
  • 2 likes • 9d

    Personally I kind of like the limit or my team will be blasting emails daily or twice a day.

Hey guys, is there a way to hide a course from view if a member does not have access to it? So instead of it being there with a locked icon on it - it would just not show up. Thanks!

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Sid Sahasrabuddhe
Lewi Gault
Danny Mallinder
Tim Han
Saqib Rasool
New comment 9d ago
  • 0 likes • 9d

    We need this feature to hide courses as we will lots of various containers for providing cohort by cohort recordings. This should also combine with having hidden course comments not showing up in the community tab. Many people complain that they it is terrible. If you make comments also hidden than you end up creating several private communities per course video. I am seeing some communities where people are making comments under their videos in Classroom and the Community space is just WAY TOO NOISY.

Curious 🤨 because based on the community discussion it seems like a lot of you are... but I'd like to see some objective data.

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Dan Harrison
David Cavanagh
Saqib Rasool
Ted Carr
Varun Teja
New comment 10d ago

@Sam Ovens @Sid Sahasrabuddhe could we have it, please? The hidden course option would let the admin hide the course from all viewers others than those that are enrolled in it. The use cases are endless. There may be invitation-only courses that admins offer that others in the community needn't know about for whatever reasons. For us, without this, I cannot offer cohorts their recordings. This year we are running four cohorts of our great value 1-month live zoom-based transformation course for work skills. And we are offering this as an upsell within our free community. We really don't want our free community members to see the locked access cohort-by-cohort recording boxes under the classroom. Within 2-3 years, we will have dozen of them. We cannot put the live session recordings within the course as our promise is that only participants can see the recordings due to the very vulnerable nature of our work. Having a fourth option to under "Who can see the course" "Hidden course — only enrolled know its existence" "All members have access" "Only some can access it" "Members of a certain level" We cannot think of another workable solution as of now. So, for now, we have made the recordings available by request only. If people request us, our admin will verify that the requester is part of the cohort and send a dropbox recording link.

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@Andrew Kirby stopped by Skool HQ the other day to hang out. We talked about Skool for 6 hours. He's doing some interesting things with his free group "Synthesizer School". He basically funnels his audience (social, email list, etc.) to his free group + mini-course. He builds a relationship with his audience in the group, and occasionally promotes his paid course. It works! The funnel: Audience → to Community → to Customers. Anyway... I got Kirby to create a "Free Group Funnel" mini-course sharing his process. If you have any questions, comment below, and I'm sure Kirby will help. Enjoy!

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Troy Scott
Andrew Kirby
David Cavanagh
Yoa Yoikyasi
Ashley Wright
New comment 13d ago
  • 3 likes • 26d

    I have done it. It is awesome. Thanks @Andrew Kirby and Sam.

Since we can't white label Skool (yet), Skool could at least turn that lil logo phrase into a pop up that gives us an opportunity to earn an affiliate commission.

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Drew Laughlin
Saqib Rasool
David Cavanagh
New comment 15d ago
  • 0 likes • 15d

    I remember reading somewhere that if someone joins your community and then creates a new community, you will get affiliate revenue. They don't have to have clicked on your affiliate link. They can be in your community, drop down and create a new community via the upper left dropdown, and you will get the affiliate commission. Is that right? If so, then what purpose the linking the logo would do? Launch a new community creation.. in that case, it should read "Get powered by Skool." These are just some ideas @Sid Sahasrabuddhe

What is a good strategy for running a free group? Can all people make public posts with their offers? Can Only admins make offers? Does it need to be spelled out somewhere? How are current Free Group runners doing it? @Ted Carr @Akassh Ashok Gupta WDYT?

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Akassh Ashok Gupta
Oli Reitmaier
Aljaž Plankl
Sid Sahasrabuddhe
Saqib Rasool
New comment 15d ago
  • 1 like • 16d

    @Oli Reitmaier Awesome. Affiliate system. Right on. THANK YOU!!

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    FWIW here are the rules we are adopting. Turns out there is a 150 char limit in rules. Not sure how you got these in @Oli Reitmaier. altWork Rules 1. Take a Risk, Be Authentic Take a stand for unfolding your and other people's full potential. Speak courageously, share openly, and listen generously for new possibilities.  2. No Promotions or Solicitation  No promotional posts and offers unless approved by the community admins. No solicitation via private messages without a prior relationship. 3. Respect Opinions & Privacy Treat others as you would like to be treated. Respect other people's privacy and opinions, and keep what you learn about each other confidential. 4. Continuously Learn and Grow Continuously strive to learn and grow and contribute to the community's growth. Embrace new perspectives and challenge yourself to think differently. 5. Give More Than You Take Contribute to the community by sharing your knowledge, experiences, and resources. Help others without expecting anything in return.

I have 3 Skool groups. 1- Free Group: this is where people can join for free and learn how to trade futures. How I filled this group by promoting it through my social media platforms and now people are adding their friends and so on. This is a self service group. I use this group to promote my LTO algo they need to trade with. 2- LTO group. I sell an algo people need to trade. So when they purchase it they get added to this group. We offer live trading together and a private chat group via telegram (Skool needs a chatroom feature with live notifications) This group I start to help people replace their income and become full time traders. I hand pick people to join the next group. 3- The Mastermind: this group is all about harmony and accountability. We have a system that tracks daily trading and performance and we hold each other capable and accountable daily. This group is a very tight group. 100 people max. 30k a year to be a part of this group. The main thing is to create a place where people feel supported and valued. 💯

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Oli Reitmaier
Tristram Samoa
Mark Ladson
Brenda Dempsey
Fred Gleeck
New comment 19d ago
  • 1 like • 22d

    Brilliant @Roman Pearl just brilliant. Makes me want to be in all three communities.

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    @Brenda Dempsey I recommend reconsidering low cost vs free in the favor of free. All produce dynamics begin to apply to low cost (you gotta do the whole gamut including ideal target, value for money, hook, conversion, everything. Gets very annoying very quickly, trust me, unless you are really popular. I wrote a detailed post on it you may enjoy https://www.skool.com/wetube-ss/free-group-vs-low-cost?p=95f54aa1

Have you asked yourself why you do what you do? Do you love it and love what you do? Is what you do making a difference in the lives of others? How does your work impact them? LOL... As you can see, I love to ask questions to get you thinking... Sometimes it's easy, and other times you might dismiss it either because you need to think harder or you may think it's not important. As a woman on a mission to make a difference, I believe that being conscious of your values and using them as the fuel to drive your purpose creates a galaxy of opportunities to influence and impact others. When you begin to compound on this, your Brand speaks volumes, and then you begin to understand the importance of your work and how that will be a lasting legacy. So in the world of @Sam Ovens, he has built Skool to support other entrepreneurs and teach their gifts, talents and philosophies... so Skool is part of his Legacy... I think I'll discuss this more another day... It is deep but after all, you need a deep foundation, just like the Burj Khalifa, Dubai if you want to expand into the stratosphere! Have fun Be Brilliant!

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Brenda Dempsey
Saqib Rasool
Aljaž Plankl
Varun Teja
New comment 18d ago
  • 1 like • 20d

    @Brenda Dempsey Please tell me more. How do you help people build their legacy?

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    @Brenda Dempsey I love it. Thank you.

If I request and the owner doesn't accept, the group continues to show up in my list of dowp down at up top left in Skool. There should be a way to withdraw your request to join the group.

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Edward Davis
Campbell Will
Saqib Rasool
Luis Naranjo
Oli Reitmaier
New comment 18d ago
  • 2 likes • 20d

    @Sid Sahasrabuddhe Yes. In Oli's list of screens above, it should be on the second screen, right below "Membership Pending". But now that I know where it is my, it is low priority. Thanks.

We see much more active and result driven community section when we don't give members access to whole course, sets and modules. We now direct users directly to individual videos hosted on bunny. Drip based on days doesn't work for us as we drip content to our users based on their action steps, so we do it manually and we have no problems doing that since that is the whole idea of our mastermind and tight free group. Personal, non-automatic approach to success. We could set up seperate courses, modules etc, but that would kill the simplicity of classroom. One locked course inside mastermind and two locked courses inside free group is enough for us. Please consider giving us the option for manual drip of sets and modules to individual members. Thanks Skool team, you are amazing. P.S. Fellow group admins, do you agree with our approach, do you find it useful?

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Luis Naranjo
Aljaž Plankl
Malorie Tadimi
Saqib Rasool
Sid Sahasrabuddhe
New comment 20d ago
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    I think this is the future. This is a brilliant idea @Aljaž Plankl. Personalized and custom learning trajectory per human. So action could be instituted for the whole community or individually by Admin. That would represent how I actually run my coaching business. @Sid Sahasrabuddhe fyi.

Basically, have Categories be a sub-Tab of the Community Tab, instead of digging into the filter. Also, maybe we can remove the counters from the Categories list, it's overwhelming to see such a big number there. I'm just thinking "omg, 1000+ posts I haven't seen 😵‍💫"

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Josh Gavin
Sid Sahasrabuddhe
Saqib Rasool
Aljaž Plankl
Alex Ionescu
New comment 20d ago
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    That is a killer idea @Alex Ionescu. I spent a good part of the day today thinking about how to go to certain categories. I was deciding on categories for a new community I am launching. So I remember WeTube had a "Fun" category. I wanted to see what was in the fun category. I browsed the feed for a few minutes, hoping to run into "Fun" so I could click on the label "Fun" but I couldn't find it. Then I searched for Fun, located a post, and clicked on the category label "Fun." Reading this post, I just remembered that there is a Filter function. I had forgotten about it. Laying them in the horizontal empty space below the "Write something box" could be great. It will invite clicking, browsing, and selecting the post. Currently, it is more of a technical function available if one knows and needs it.

i am of a firm opinion that while Free Group may work as a filter to your paid group / back end mastermind, the biggest mistake one can do is to get traffic without qualifying inside the community. If that is done and they don't have a focused goal, they very soon will feel demotivated and exit the group as you don't want random but only qualified people who want to join a group with that niche. The same principle applies on a Youtube channel - you can't post random stuff but content for a particular niche which is specific and fit that particular audience avatar

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Marc Green
Oli Reitmaier
Akassh Ashok Gupta
Fred Gleeck
Blake La Grange
New comment 20d ago
  • 1 like • 22d

    Right, right. You need to have some idea of what you are up to and what adventure you are inviting your audience to. The rules that apply to Free Group Funnel are not too dissimilar from ones for Newsletters, YouTube Channel, Facebook Groups, etc.

I actually wonder why invited members should not have to go through the full onboarding process.... The only thing you want to achieve with the invitation is that the invitee doesn't need any more approval to join the community, while someone who joins the community via the 'Join' button should still be approved first. Or am I making a mistake in thinking there? I know many use one of the onboarding questions to collect the email address, which would then be redundant for the invitees because you usually already have their email address. A simple solution here would be to provide the data such as name, answers to the onboarding questions, and email address for the group administrator in a downloadable CSV file. The attached video illustrates the idea of a generally mandatory onboarding process for all (including invited). What's your take on this? Onboarding process for all (and downloadable CSV file for mail addresses). P.S The trigger firing at the end of the video is from another context...

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Fitzgerald Council
Josh Gavin
Saqib Rasool
Roman Pearl
Oli Reitmaier
New comment 21d ago
  • 1 like • 22d

    @Sid Sahasrabuddhe While you guys are working on that, please consider letting admins download the member email list without people having to provide their email during the interview. I have three solid questions for assessing whether I want the person to join the community or not, and I don't want to waste my question on collecting emails. Especially when the member has already provided their email address, it almost feels kludgy to ask for their email again.

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    After some thinking, I changed my vote. I think @Oli Reitmaier idea is brilliant. Yes, I can see how this kind of onboarding process can solve so many of my problems. Yes. Please consider.

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