For many small business owners and entrepreneurs developing an online course can help showcase expertise and knowledge and leave no doubt in your customer’s minds as to why they should work with you. Moreover, it’s a great revenue generating tool to have in your toolkit.
But where to start?
In this article I’ll talk you through the key actionable steps you can take to write your first online course!
1. Choose your topic
It seems simple enough, but this is where I’ve seen so many online courses fall flat. The key is to think about some of the challenges your audience has and then get very specific with what you’d like to focus on. So, while you might want to create a course that helps people improve digital marketing for their business as a whole, this is far too broad and, most importantly, wouldn’t provide any real targetable value to your customers.
Instead, think about this challenge: ‘I need sell more of my products/services’. A better strategy might be to show your customers how to generate leads through different marketing platforms or sell their products through social media.
LinkedIn - How to build your sales pipeline through LinkedIn
Facebook - How to increase your sales through Facebook Marketplace
Instagram - How to increase sales through Instagram shopping
Email Marketing - How to create effective sales funnels
It’s also important to focus on a topic you love and are truly passionate about as this will come across in your content.
2. Create your course structure
Before thinking about platform, processes and design it’s a great idea to put pen to paper and map out the skeleton of your course. Your course will be made up of modules, which will in turn be made up of lessons.
Each module should focus on a subtopic within the topic your course is focusing on and each lesson should be a key learning point related to the subtopic.
Lesson 1: Learning point
Lesson 2: Learning point
Lesson 3: Learning point
Lesson 4: Learning point
Remember, each module doesn’t have to be the same length; you may have some with 2 to 3 lessons and some with 5 or 6.
3. It’s all about your assets!
Now that you’ve created your online course structure, it’s time to think about the how you want to deliver this and all of the resources you’ll need to develop.
It’s important to remember that remote learning can be challenging for some so having a great set of resources to hand is crucial to keep your students and customers as engaged as possible and create an overall fantastic user experience.
Some great resources and assets you could use include:
High quality images
Presentations with audio and captions
Short 'how to' videos or animations to deliver key messages
Interviews or live workshops
Downloadable guides, PDFs or workbooks
Completion certificates or badges
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