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Why Membership Site Owners Need to Niche Down (And STAY Niched)

The most successful memberships are those that cater to a specific niche.

Having a niche makes your offering more targeted, which increases the likelihood of someone identifying with the problem your membership solves.

If you want to stand out from the crowd, you can’t just blend in with the crowd. You need to have a specialty.

But how do you figure out your niche?

And what happens once you’ve become successful in a specific area?

Should you stay put, or expand your reach?

Let’s dive in…

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5 Options For Starting a Membership BEFORE You’ve Grown Your Audience

We’re constantly banging the drum on how important it is to have an established audience BEFORE you build and launch a membership.

However for some people the temptation to rush headfirst into their membership is just too strong.

Truth is that if you haven’t built an audience that you can mobilize and monetize, you’re going to find it an uphill struggle trying to get your membership off the ground.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. In this podcast, I share 5 options you have if you’re wanting to build a membership before building your audience.

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4 Ways to Discover What Your Audience REALLY Want from your Membership

Do you know what people in your audience actually want from your membership?

When planning your membership site, it’s easy to fall into the trap of building something that we think would be good, rather than something that’s based on research into what your audience really want (and need).

In doing so, you risk spending hours creating content and investing in features, only to be left scratching your head when people simply don’t engage in the way you hope they will.

Whether it’s your membership offering; your blog, podcast or video channel; or even just the updates you post on social media – discovering what people actually want and need is critical to connecting with your audience and driving them to action.

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How Your Service Business Can Move to the Membership Model

There are many reasons people are attracted to the membership model.

The most compelling for us is how dramatically different (and better) making recurring income from a membership is compared to servicing clients on a one-on-one basis.

This is particularly true if you’re a “one man band”, where you’re solely responsible for the delivery of what you sell

In this article I’m going to explain why the membership model is far superior to offering one-to-one services, as well as show you how you can start incorporating memberships and subscriptions into your own business.

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Creating an MVP to Test and Validate Your Membership Idea

One of the biggest reasons memberships never get off the ground is that the initial idea for the product just wasn’t right.

While you can research the market and survey your audience until the cows come home, it’s extremely easy to allow your bias towards what you think is a winning concept to sway your analysis of that research or – even worse – to ignore warning signs that you’re heading down the wrong path.

If you want to be successful, you need to truly test and validate that your idea is worth pursuing, and one of the best ways to do this is with an MVP.

Join me for the latest episode of The Membership Guys Podcast, where I deep dive into what an MVP is, why they’re important and how to go about actually creating one.

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7 Things You Need to Validate Before Starting a Membership

It’s easy to get carried away in those early days of planning and building a membership site.

So many people get overexcited by their idea and a little too swept up in the process that they skip the first few fundamental steps.

Most importantly: idea validation and research.

And then when they launch their membership and it doesn’t quite go to plan, they’re left scratching their heads wondering where it all went wrong.

In this episode, I highlight the 7 most important things that you need to validate BEFORE moving forward with your membership idea.

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Should You Create an Online Course or a Membership Site?

Whether you’re teaching a specialist subject, or want to support others who share your interests; it’s now easier than ever to reach a global audience and get paid for sharing your time, skills, experience and expertise.

Two of the best models for doing so are online courses and paid membership websites.

However with those terms often used loosely and interchangeably, it can be tricky figuring out which is best for you.

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How Big Does My Membership Need to Be In Order to Be Successful?

Many people measure success according to vanity metrics.

How many followers you have rather than how much engagement you get; how much your turnover is rather than how much net profit you make; how many members you have rather than their average lifetime spend.

But is success as a membership site owner all about how many members you have?

Or is it about the money you make? Or the lifestyle your membership affords you?

Here’s my take..

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4 Unusual (But Effective) Membership Content Strategies

While the majority of online memberships tend to fall into the same 2 or 3 models in terms of how they deliver their premium content; there is much to be learned from those membership sites that do things a little differently.

In this episode I discuss 4 content strategies for memberships that are fairly uncommon but certainly effective, and discuss ways in which you could incorporate aspects of those strategies into your own business.

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