Online courses have grown beyond just having self-paced curriculums. They’re a proven way to generate income, develop a brand, and build a business in whatever industry you’re in. As the creator economy grows, the same common questions keep coming up: “How do I engage with my audience? And, how do I foster relationships among my students?” To better serve and grow with you, we are excited to introduce our new integration with Circle.so, a modern community platform for creators. You can now offer a community experience to your audience with Teachable. Here’s how to host your community on Teachable with our Circle.so integration.
Community with Circle.so
We want to give you more than just a discussion forum. Circle.so offers a simple and intuitive community platform, designed to foster engagement and build relationships.
You can create a free community to build a brand and generate new leads with Circle.so. In addition, you can create community space specifically for your cohort-based course to drive course discussions and accountability. Whatever your community strategy, you can do it with Circle.so on Teachable.
With our new Circle.so integration, you can:
Create a free or paid stand alone community
Create a community that connects to your courses
Launch a membership that includes monthly access to your courses, coaching, and community
Use Teachable as an Oauth provider and allow your students to create and login to your Circle.so community account with their Teachable credentials
Invite students directly, share invite links, and provide links to direct threads to control content visibility
By creating a community, you can get to know your audience better, find out how to improve your courses, and learn which direction to expand your offerings. Investing in an engaged community can encourage course progression and support your students’ learning.
Let’s dive deeper into what this integration looks like for you and your courses.
With Circle.so, you can create up to 20 spaces on their Basic plan with Teachable’s partnership deal. Each space can be open for any community member to join or you can make it invite-only. The spaces can be grouped together to help your members navigate your community.
Let’s take Circle.so’s community, for example. On the left navigation column, you see all the spaces that are available, organized with different groups. Community is the first group header and everything below that from Start Here to Conversations are all different spaces a community member can join.
But, your community can look the way you want it to. In each space, you can customize how your posts are laid out depending on what type of content you expect to see:
You can also customize different types of member actions, default sort of posts, and member notifications. With these Circle.so features, you can build the community you want that best complements your Teachable courses.
Third party integration, first party experience
In addition to wanting a better community solution, another big issue many creators have is dealing with student login issues and workflows. It’s not the best community experience to exclude students who don’t have a Facebook account or require them to create logins to multiple platforms. That’s why we knew it was essential to design a third party integration that feels like a first party experience. And, that’s precisely what you can do when hosting your community on Teachable with our Circle.so integration.
To invite your audience or students to your community, you can send them an invite link that’s auto-generated from your Circle.so account.
With the integration enabled, they’ll see the above screen on the invite link and must choose to Continue with Teachable. Any existing students enrolled in your courses will be able to log in with their Teachable credentials. Any new leads will be able to create an account to your Teachable site, so you can add them to your community and capture their contact information. One log in, one seamless experience.
With the community feature at your fingertips, it expands the different types of courses you can build and offer your students on Teachable. Cohort-based courses and memberships are amongst the most popular course types in the last year. While we’ve seen creators like Tiago Forte and Ann K. Emery already do so on Teachable, this new integration makes it easier for others to do the same.
Cohort-based courses are exactly as they sound: You run online courses with specific cohorts of students, one at a time. In addition, there are self-paced curriculum, live workshops, and a community for student engagement—all of which you can now set up with Teachable and Circle.so.
Memberships are recurring subscriptions to a library of content your students can always get access to. Many of our creators have created huge memberships on Teachable by offering all their products a la carte or at a discounted membership rate for full access. Now, you can add on community access to allow your members to interact with each other and engage with other content you have.
Affordable and scalable
We partnered with Circle.so because they focus solely on building the best community platform so you can offer the community experience your students deserve. This integration gives you the best of both worlds—the best-in-class for courses and coaching and the top platform for community.
All Teachable members on a paid plan have access to enable the integration with any plan on Circle.so. Because we know the creator tool stack can add up, we partnered with Circle.so to give you additional perks and discounts.
Teachable customers get additional perks on Circle.so’s Basic plan, which starts at $39/month, including:
- An additional 1,000 members (total 2,000 members)
- An additional admin account (total 2 admin accounts)
- An additional moderator account (total 1 moderator account)
- An additional 10 spaces (total 20 spaces)
Need more than that? Teachable customers get a 20% discount on the higher plans, Professional and Enterprise. Here’s where you can get the discounts and more information about each plan.
Build a course, expand with a community
Building an engaging and positive community isn’t easy, but the payout is well worth the effort. In fact, a 2020 study showed that on average online communities see a 4,350% in return on investment (ROI). This return comes from positive impact on a brand, customer loyalty, and lower support costs.
Creators like Pat Flynn, Tiago Forte, and Graham Nicholls have already found success in migrating their Facebook groups to their communities hosted on Circle.so. We can’t wait to see how you create and grow yours.