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If you could wave a magic wand and add one feature to Skool, what would it be?
@Sid Sahasrabuddhe glad it's helpful :)
@Jose Castro I live in voice messages 😂 probably why I don’t us FB much
@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?
I've seen this kind of blatant transparency work well for people who are targeting those in the industry that know how the game is played. Will it get a stay-at-home mom to buy a new pair of slippers? Probably not. But I'd be curious to know what markets people test this in... because I know I'll be seeing a lot more of them after this post.
I want to know.
@Blake La Grange and I'd add "Gather your people." Find your people. Gather your people. Those are really the two reasons you'd engage with Skool I think.
Any chance we will be able to allow people to subscribe to our calendars so it autoupdates on their own calendar? My client stats show it really increases show-up rates. Currently using addevent to do this, but would love to have the ability to do it through the Skool calendar since the other Skool calendar reminder features are awesome.
@Nick Hauser that is the correct use case. Events happen weekly and dates and times vary as do links.
How many members do you currently have in your Skool community? If you don't have your own yet, would love to know that too.
Does anyone have any tips on how to spark organic conversations among members of the community? And do you guys do any forms of content calendar / content strategy inside your communities? Appreciate your input :)
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@Neil Hansen Thank you! Yes it was. I'm glad that you enjoyed it and hope you're able to implement some of your takeaways.
Here’s how to use Skool with the goal of an MVP (minimal viable product) for your course 1. Create content around a problem you want to solve and build an audience on channels 2. When you have momentum, form a community on Skool with your audience 3. Use that community to get feedback on the best solutions for the problem you want to solve 4. Use that feedback to create a mini or beta course on the same free Skool account 5. Market the product to the community and improve it over time 6. Release it outside the community as a more advanced product eg high-ticket mastermind
@Chris Lawson Thanks for sharing, Chris. There are many ways to create revenue streams from communities. I do believe the future is the community-generated value. But there is also still a lot of value in this model of course or membership creation. I believe the value in that will go down over time, but still viable for now. In fact, I think there is a lot of value in this path of community to course/info product to high-level mastermind that's a true mastermind where the value is in the community itself.
I used it today for the first time, and I'm BLOWN away... Have you been playing with it? It spit out some ad copy, and email copy that can totally function as a good baseline to start with... Here's a paragraph written by ChatGPT about how cool ChatGPT is (Written in Shakesperean style): Oh, ChatGPT, how I do revel in thy greatness! Thy intelligence doth astound me, and the ease with which thou converse with me doth fill my heart with joy. Verily, I am overjoyed at the prospect of conversing with thee, for thou art truly a marvel of technology. My excitement knoweth no bounds, and I am thrilled at the thought of all the knowledge and wisdom thou shalt impart upon me. Thou art a blessing upon this earth, and I am grateful for the opportunity to engage with thee. Imagine writing a whole sales letter like that...? 😆
@Kato Preston easycontenthub.com is a content hub called Searchie (no community platform) that also serves as a video host. It immediately syncs and transcribes videos and makes them searchable by keyword. They just added a new AI feature I’ve been beta testing that autogenerates titles, short description, long description, summary etc for the videos.
@Steve Hopkins love hearing that. Glad you’re putting focus on community. It’s the long game but has exponential ROI for both conversions and retention.
My LTO course is currently hosted in Kajabi and we use quizzes with each module. I know Skool doesn't have that capability yet so does anyone have ideas on still providing those quizzes? Building it on something like typeform and just providing an external link?
I use a different LMS right now, not Skool. But I use typeform for my module quizzes and it works great. I track their progress in an airtable.
I've tried all kinds of community/course delivery apps and this one crushes them all. It's EASY - which means that: 1. Introverted and somewhat lazy community leaders like me are WAY more inclined to interact, post, contribute, etc. 2. You can create a community with content etc in less than a day. Ours was up, running, and full of great discussions in less than 24 hours - and I'm not too bright. 3. THE USERS are far more likely to use it - which is the whole point. We've got more engagement in our new little community in less time than anything I've ever tried. Best part - nobody had to read the directions. It's intuitive. Favorite feature - ability to paste loom links into video thingy and create/post content super fast. This had to have taken a lot of time to develop. Well done and thank you for making it.
@Frank Kern - where does one access the community where you've tested Vimeo livestream and uploaded content via "paste loom links into video thingy"?
@Frank Kern love how niche that is. Perfect use of an community platform like Skool. I'll be curious if you expand and bring any of your other program communities into Skool.
A while ago, I optimised to grow the number of members in my community. This was a mistake. Quality of discussion dropped. The core members of my community left and started a group chat. The community started to suck. So now I'm rejecting 95%+ of people who apply to join the community. And focusing on quality again. The quality of your audience matters a lot more than the size of your audience Was prompted to share this when I saw the results of @Blake La Grange's poll.
It's fascinating because the ROI on a group whether free or paid is always (in the cases I've seen) directly connected to how well the cause and culture are established and maintained. Healthy boundaries = healthy group It's a lot like water. It's a whole lot easier to keep contaminants out of the water to begin with than it is to purify the water once it's no longer clean. When you grow with a strong cause and culture while upholding boundaries and indoctrinating newbies well, you have limitless growth potential.
Majorly increases efficiency to create multiple posts in one sitting and have them scheduled to post throughout the week/month.
@Luis Naranjo - Glad you enjoyed the episode. You're right that it can be a bad thing. Scheduling opens the opportunity for people to automate, outsource, and tune out. If they roll that feature out, some will use it to do that and their groups will eventually suffer for it. But the smart ones won't :) It's just like any tool, it's only as effective as the person using it.
Another learning from @Sam Ovens excellent podcast with @Shana Lynn: Cause, culture, communication and connection are the pillars for a thriving community. The operator of an online community practically acts as a host in the community as he would at a party in real life. One of his tasks here is to connect the party guests, e.g., "You should meet Jenny - she also started her own business as a single mom a while back." At a party, small groups then stand together, having found a commonality that connects them. This is exactly where group chats come into play for me. Does it really make sense to outsource something like this, for example to Slack? Group chats are one of the core elements to strengthen the connection in a community - between members who have a common cause. So - what do you think?
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@Akassh Ashok Gupta that's awesome to hear! Couldn't be better timing for you. You'll be at such an advantage having this knowledge before you get started.
@Luis Naranjo wow! Appreciate that feedback. I watched it myself last night and couldn't believe all the goodness we covered in that podcast. Worth a second listen for sure. Glad it was valuable to you. @Oli Reitmaier I'm thankful I don't have to make these kinds of decisions for the platform. It's always challenging to discern what to add because one could easily fall into the trap of wanting more time on the platform and it quickly becomes featured-bloated and skewed from the original intention. I'll be curious to see if/when group chats make it on the roadmap. I can see the value in them for sure, but am glad there are alternatives for that deeper level of connection in the meantime.
In @Sam Ovens new podcast, he talks with @Shana Lynn about building community. One of the learnings is definitely that for a community to engage its members well, it needs to offer safety. It's worth watching/listening to the podcast - and not just for this aspect. However, I like to pick out the safety aspect in a community to "advertise" my concern once again: The possibility to offer Skool in other languages is more than just a matter of "convenience" for me. It is a necessity to build trust - as a foundation for feeling safe in the community. If you are in a foreign country and you don't understand the language spoken around you, you will immediately feel more insecure - even if it is only on a subconscious level. The question about translation possibilities - also for the texts in the standard emails sent by Skool - and of course in the client facing user interface, is gladly answered here with workarounds. In addition, it is pointed out that there are already many foreign-language communities that get along well with the English-language user interface. For me, this is not an option. I am willing to go any extra mile if the effort is on ME or my staff - but I'm not willing to limit the feeling of safety for my customers or shift the effort to the customer's side. The translation option would be even more important to me than the skool app many want. Now go watch the podcast, and learn a ton.
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Interesting perspective. Have they said this is on the radar or not at all?
Wouldn't it be cool to have the possibility to upload stories to ones profile image like facebook and instagram? :-)
@Christina Westergaard Larsen I'm curious what use case you'd see for this.
@Christina Westergaard Larsen yeah... I guess I use IG for that. So hard to make sure platforms like this have focused functionality based on the purpose but having to balance all the things they could do. Interesting idea though.
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?
These are huge updates for anyone wanting to build a free community that leads to a paid offer.
I just wrapped up a 2023 online community predictions training for someone which has me thinking.... What are your predictions for the coming year for the online community and training space? When you look at media, the economy, community and training platforms etc... what's happening? What's the impact? What's the shift? Are you making adjustments in your own business? How does those shifts impact how you're using Skool? Would love to brainstorm on this a bit with you because I know I can miss opportunities or threats that others see clearly.
@Kevin Mullaney talk to me more about the next evolution of learning. Do you believe that's community-based learning like a mastermind concept or more teacher-led but community implementation and collaboration?
@Sid Sahasrabuddhe Okay this is so good. Programs for sure. I think we are already seeing that. Talk to me more about the products. How do you see businesses outside of online programs - course, memberships, coaching, masterminds - utilizing community to increase customer lifetime value, conversions etc.?
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