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Membership Toolkit: Rev, Captivate, FacetWP and VideoAsk [July 2020]

Welcome to the second ‘edition’ of the Membership Toolkit – a monthly round-up of our favourite tools, tech and teachings for online membership owners.

Every month we’re highlighting everything from plugins and platforms to software and services, books and blogs to courses and conferences; giving you our top recommendations for what will help you and your membership business.

This month’s recommendations include our new podcast hosting provider, a fast and reliable transcription service, a nifty tool for adding filtering options to your content, and a very cool way of getting feedback from your members.

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8 Questions to Ask Before Purchasing Your Membership Plugin

Choosing the right membership plugin is a task that’s easier said than done.

There is no “one size fits all” best membership plugin for every situation, and so the process of deciding which to go with involves identifying your specific needs and then narrowing down the options; however making the final choice often requires you to dive deeper.

To help you be sure you’re making the right choice, here are 8 questions you should ask before you purchase your membership plugin.

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9 Ways to Increase Attendance for your Live Membership Calls

Live content is a great way of delivering ongoing value to your membership without the level of upfront work and other hassles that typically go into producing courses, tutorials or other types of “pre-made” content.

However including this type of content in your membership does add a new wrinkle to worry about – member attendance.

If the turnout for your live membership calls is low, this can directly affect the quality of what you’re producing; not to mention being demoralizing to you and possibly even be discouraging for other members who may interpret poor attendance as a sign of a disengaged community.

In this article, I look at the top 9 ways that you can increase live call attendance…

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Membership Toolkit: Descript, WP Fusion, Ecamm Live and The Forever Transaction [June 2020]

Welcome to the first ‘edition’ of the Membership Toolkit – a monthly round-up of our favourite tools, tech and teachings for online membership owners.

Each and every month we’ll be highlighting everything from plugins and platforms to software and services, books and blogs to courses and conferences; giving you our top recommendations for what will help you and your membership business.

So, let’s dive in with the very first Membership Toolkit recommendations for June 2020…

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Pay Attention to These 4 Things When Choosing a Membership Plugin

Choosing a membership plugin isn’t easy.

For the most part, your decision comes down to the nitty gritty details of how you plan to structure and run your site; as well as the specific integrations you need for things like payment processors and email marketing software.

With so much attention given to the granular details, it can be easy to overlook some pretty important things that could have long term implications for your business…

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Tools We’re Using For Our Own Membership Website – 2019 Edition

We regularly get asked for our recommendations on the top tools for membership website owners.

The truth is that there’s no such thing as the “perfect” membership site setup that will work for everyone – it all depends on what it is you want to achieve with your membership site, what features and functionality you need it to have, which email and payment software you’re using and a whole bunch of other details that determine which membership tools are the best fit for you.

In this episode, we talk about the tools we use for our own membership website – Membership Academy – as well as the reasons why we chose those particular options.

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Where to Find Reliable Tech Support for your Membership Site

Membership websites have a whole mess of moving parts – plugins, themes, integrations, payment processors – they all add up to make memberships one of the most complicated types of sites that you can build.

And even if you have help getting everything up and running, chances are there’ll be numerous times you’ll need a bit of tech support in the day to day running of your membership.

But finding reliable help with the technical side of building and maintaining a membership can be a crap-shoot.

In this episode of The Membership Guys Podcast, I run through some of the most viable options for finding tech support that you can rely on for different stages of your membership.

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Facebook Announce Paid Group Subscriptions. What Does It Mean For Memberships?

On June 20th, Facebook officially announced that they are trialling the option for Group admins to charge a recurring subscription fee to their members.

This is definitely a huge move, and one that capitalises on the fact that there are already many membership owners using Facebook Groups “unofficially” for their paid community.

So what does this mean for the membership industry?

Should we all pack up our things and move our memberships over to Facebook?

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How To Level-Up by Creating a Membership Ecosystem

So your membership is ticking along nicely, you’re bringing in new members at a steady rate (and they’re sticking around too), you’ve got your systems and processes nailed and everything is running like clockwork.

What next?

There are a few different paths you can take for growing and scaling your membership business; but in this episode I want to talk about my favourite approach, one that’s perfectly suited to the membership model.

And that is creating an ‘ecosystem’ of products and services with your membership smack-bang at the heart of everything.

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