Life is changing. Live, in-person seminars are becoming harder to do, and new online communities are being formed every day.
Before the pandemic, Research and Markets forecasted the online learning community market to be worth $350 billion by 2025. That doesn’t include Harvard’s tuition 😉.
A quick Google search will show the vastness of the online community market. For example, this one from Canvas Network titled, “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’” covers topics such as, “the role of energy and momentum in damage control: How can you best protect yourself?” and, “Nutrition in a post-apocalyptic world: Are squirrels really good for you?”
Or this one from Coursera, affiliated with The University of Minnesota, titled, “Canine Theriogenology for Dog Enthusiasts.” It totes this description:
"This course will help anyone who loves dogs to better understand their dog’s reproductive health and how to control its reproduction. This includes understanding the pros and cons of having your dog spayed or castrated, and understanding at what age that surgery can be performed."
All important, life altering information, right?
Even with such a wide variety of courses and a seemingly infinite number of solutions for more, there has always been one problem: It’s hard to connect the students to other students.
As of now, private Facebook groups have been the gold standard, although there are many problems with that. For example, this one I tweeted out a few weeks ago: (I meant I can’t filter out posts)
As new members are added and as Facebook groups grow, the information that is posted becomes so populated. This causes helpful information to get lost in the barrage of introductions and random questions. That combined with the fact that most posts are just the same questions over and over again results in a poor user experience. However, thanks to Circle, there’s now a better solution.
Circle launched earlier this week and claims to be a “modern community platform for creators.” It’s a one-stop shop for discussions, memberships, and content, thus creating a community under a personal brand - no Facebook necessary.
Circle easily integrates with Memberstack and Memberspace to help you have exclusive memberships, communities for courses, premium masterminds, paid newsletters, and communities for conferences.
There are three main areas Circle differentiates itself from other online community platforms and is why it shines.
First, it allows for organized discussions that include searchable threads. This solves the problem of the cycle of the same information getting asked over and over again.
Secondly, there’s an option to create private spaces - a section behind a paywall only for exclusive members and paid content.
Finally, members can create interest groups inside of a community. For example, there can be an interest group around local meetups that separates people based on the city they live in. Or, another interest group to share and recommend books for others to read.
Circle is best if you’re looking to create a community for:
The best part about this app is that it’s completely white labeled. The entire interface, copy, and style is completely customizable with WYSIWYG while also having an option for custom CSS. The best use case of this is Mackenzie Child and his online community for Flowmingo. He uses a retro mac look and it’s stunning.
Circle is already trusted by big brands and online communities such as Teachable, Makerpad, and Forte Labs, and it’s just getting started.
Click here to watch a product demo and get signed up.