Communities are a great way to build recurring revenue, create engagement, and build deep and meaningful relationships with your members.
Members pay for access to your community area every month (or once per year for annual subscriptions), so you’ll get recurring revenue rather than earning money one time for each sale.
There’s also a GREAT benefit when it comes to member interaction and engagement when it comes to using communities.
Your audience is already logging into Podia to get your courses, coaching sessions, webinars, and digital downloads — now, when they log in, you can make a community for them to participate in, too.
In this article, we will go through how you can get started with creating and launching your community on Podia.
In this article:
1. Creating your community
First things first, let’s create your community! In this step, you will give your community area a name and activate this feature on your account.
Step 1: Access the Community tab at the top menu.
Step 2: Give your community area a name (don’t worry, you’ll be able to change it later) and activate this feature by clicking on “Create your community”.
2. Creating your first plan
What is a plan?
Plans (or tiers/levels) is what your members will use to subscribe to your community area.
Here you’ll be able to create a new plan for members to subscribe to. You’ll also set your plan details and pricing, choose which additional products to include access to, and set visibility and access options.
The process should be pretty simple and straightforward.
Fill in with your plan’s details, add any products to this plan (if you want to) and once you’re done, click on “Create plan” at the bottom of your page.
And remember: you can always change these details later!
Note: You will not be able to change the price of a plan after publishing it. Make sure you confirm this is the price you want members to pay.
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3. Managing community topics
Topics can be created to help you organize content within your community. They will help you group posts into collections for members to join and create new posts for.
A general topic will be created by default for your community:
You’ll have the ability to add more topics and also modify the ones you already have!
If you want to add more topics to help group posts based on your interests, click on “All topics” in the sidebar:
On the next page, click on “+ Add topic” to add a new topic to your community area or edit existing ones.
You can get creative when it comes to creating topics! They will vary based on the type of content you’ll be offering in your community.
Here’s an example of how someone could use topics for a food community:
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4. Adding your first post
Next step here would be writing your first post for your audience!
Publishing posts is a great way to stay in touch with your members, post updates to your community area and deliver the value your customers are really looking for.
Creating your first post should be easy! Simply click on “New post” directly from your Home feed.
Give your post a title, write a description and also upload a video if you want! You can also add images and GIFs by dragging them into the text editor.
Make sure you also select the topic your post will be assigned to.
When you’re finished, click on “Done” to publish it immediately or “Schedule…” to publish it in the future.
5. Edit your community sales page
After you’re done creating your initial plans and posts, it’s time to edit your community sales page!
This is the page people can access in order to subscribe to your community area! From the Home Feed, click on “...” and select Edit page:
This should open up our amazing site editor and you will be able to customize your page however you’d like!
When you first open up the site editor you will see an empty page. All you need to do is click on the “+” to add sections to your page and povoate it with content!
For your community sales page it is important that you add a Plans section to your page, so people can pick and join the plan that best fits their needs.
Make sure to create a beautiful sales page and list all the benefits people would get from becoming a member!
After you’re done, click on “Publish!” at the top right corner.
6. Publish & share your community!
After you’re done creating your initial plans, posts & sales page, it’s time to open up your community for people to join!
To do so, click on Open Community in the top banner:
Amazing! Your community is now active! You can share it with your members by grabbing its links from the Share community option:
And that’s it! Your community is now live and working! Time to make some sales and have some members joining this wonderful space you’re going to create.
Interested in diving deep into our communities? Check out our comprehensive community help docs here.
Any questions at all, please send us an email at [email protected] or click the purple icon below to chat. 😃