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How can I market my course?

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Some version of this question is one of the most common by instructors so I thought I would write this, which is a summary of advice from many experienced instructors.

 

I have compiled a list of things you can or should do to market your course. None of these are short term or an instant path to riches. But, they are things that work if you are serious about building an online business on Udemy. Think strategically, not short term. It often takes a few years of effort to begin to make a significant return on your efforts. 

 

  1. First and most important BE an expert in your field of knowledge. Read, study, and demonstrate state of the art knowledge in your field. If you aren’t this… nothing else is likely to work.
  2. Be sure that your course landing page communicates your expertise… “Why should I listen to you?” And, be sure that your course landing page communicates the “benefits” of your course, not merely the “features” of your course. Benefits are how this course will personally benefit me. Customers buy benefits, not features! 
  3. Remember that most of your future students will be on Udemy searching for something. That “something” are key words that they will put into the search bar. Think carefully about the key words your future students may be searching for and be sure they are in your title and/or your subtitle. This is how students will find you.
  4. Your promo video is what catches students after they land on your page. Spend ten times the amount of time perfecting your promo video as you do on any other lecture. State the benefits of your course, your qualifications, and invite them to join you. These are more important than outlining all the topics (features) of your course. Also, remember that buying decisions are not simply “rational” decisions; they are emotional decisions, and that is about how you make them feel! Personality sells. Do I want to spend hours with this person? Do I like them? I know it isn't "rational" but we buy from people we like.
  5. Be your own “brand manager” and build your brand. Brands are built over time by building trust in your marketplace. Brand value is created by being trustworthy, creating consistent value for your customers, over time. The most successful instructors are focused on “marketing”, not just “selling.” Know the difference.
  6. Identify Facebook and LinkedIn groups related to your subject matter. Join them. Participate in discussion.
  7. Demonstrate expertise by publishing a blog/website with your biography, articles you have written, a page for your courses, and regular blog posts that are educational, value-adding posts. You can see mine at ManagementMeditations.com. It is only one possible model, but I am sure there are better ones. Google the names of some of the more successful instructors and you will find their personal websites.
  8. Then, share these blog posts or articles with all relevant groups on LinkedIn or FB. Your LinkedIn page should have articles by you, on your area of expertise. Prove that you are a “thought leader” in your field.
  9. Build your own email list be capturing visitors to your website. I use Sumo, but there are other WordPress plugins to do this… oh, use WordPress for your blog. You don’t have to be a web development expert to create a WordPress website.
  10. Your Udemy students are your own mail list in that you can send both educational and promo announcements. As you build the number of students there is a multiplying effect when you share what you write.
  11. Develop additional courses in your area of expertise. The more courses you have the easier it is to launch a new course by marketing to your current students.
  12. Obviously, do a great job of developing your on-camera presence and your courses. Engage in continuous improvement. Alexa Fischer’s Confidence on Camera course is excellent for improving your on-camera presentation skills.
  13. Develop a YouTube channel where you can upload the introductory lecture(s) to your courses and include a link, with a discount coupon, to your Udemy course.
  14. Develop a Facebook discussion page for your students and to publish articles (the same ones as on your blog page and LinkedIn page.
  15. Watch Scott Duffy’s course on Udemy SEO Marketing.
  16. It is a consensus of experienced instructors that paid Facebook ads do not work.
  17. Do not give away of free courses or thousands of free coupons. Those who take these coupons are not likely to go through the course and are likely to leave poor reviews. Give away a few free coupons to those on your personal FB page, those who know you, and may go through the course and may give a good review. This is something to do only at the first launch of a course.
  18. Do not even think about purchasing reviews!!! They are now spotted and removed by Udemy’s Trust and Safety group.
  19. Have patience… you are building a business and like starting any business, it is not a get rich quick thing. It takes patience and persistence. Udemy is not a path to quick riches and it is not “passive income.”

The above is only my advice, but informed by the experience of many other successful instructors,

Larry Miller

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This is a great list with a lot of value... every new instructor should take the time to study it, thanks for posting it!

The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success (Paramhansa Yogananda)

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Nice post. Thanks for sharing. Heart

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Hi Lawrence,

Nice and to the point post.

Regards,

Haytham | realarabic.com

 

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Thanks Larry, I have had a very bad experience with free coupons. Never again.

 

Blessings for the advice.

 

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Super Awesome.

Adding few more points.

1) Answer the questions in quora related to your course and provide course link.

2) Apply same strategy in reddit.

 

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Great advice, thanks for sharing. 

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Good post Larry!

 

Agree with pretty much all your points; my takeaway: don't waste money on FB ads directly; also I appreciate the hindsight to only offer FREE coupons to those who have visited/liked our course-related Facebook page - great idea.

 

Thanks!

 

Susan

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nice; and, also, if I could add:  don't let One course determine the feasiblity of your teaching efforts.  Have a couple of courses on--before, you panic!

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wonderful suggestions Dear Larry

i have just started 2 days back and was trying to send a message through announcements but could not find thw way.

Can you help me fix the issue. I am not sure its activated to me or not?

with best & Kind Regards

 

Oh one more question I could find price of Camptasia $100 at some page of Udemy How can I buy this software through Udemy 

God bless you Sir

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Hi Lawrence,

 

Very well written and to-the-point post. Thanx a lot for sharing.

I got my first course published a day ago. Though I have offered a few discounted coupons to people I know might show interest of learning, however, I feel I need access to students from all over. Creating a separate FB/LinkedIn Page part is also done where I am now sharing links to my course. But till now course got 0 reviews and in the search list too it's not easily found. I a, very much worried and I fear that if my course won't be seen to students coming on Udemy, how are they going to enroll for it?

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@LawrenceMMiller  Loving your posts! Thank you for valueable information!

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Thank you very much for posting this!  It is very helpful! *****

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Hi Lawrence,

Nice and to the point post.

Regards,

Haytham | realarabic.com

 

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Thank you Lawrence for getting the ball rolling with listing the top tips for new (and old!) instructors on Udemy. One of the problems with the previous facebook community was that the same questions got asked over and over again. Hopefully with this new community for instructors we'll be able to find the importance stuff much more quickly and there will be less repetition and more new isights as they arise

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greetings. I am turkish. I created a course with an English language. my friends are also turkish. How do I sell my English course?

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Hi, I recommend you use the search function in this forum to find your information. I am moving this topic to the main topic created by Lawrence Miller who is an authority in this domain. 

Greg Reverdiau - Airplane and Drone Training

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I don't know what I earn from udemy but I know udemy have such a thoughtful instructors like Larry Miller. Really this post is the conculusion of 600 pages book and I am saving it and I will read it until I am working on udemy. Awesome 

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Thanks Larry, I have had a very bad experience with free coupons. Never again.

 

Blessings for the advice.

 

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totally agree

I haven't done any free coupons for over a year and couldn't be happier. 

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Yes, people only sign up so they can "watch it later" which I don't think ever comes

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Awesome!!!! Definitely keeping these tips.. thanks Lawrence

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Good marketing insight 

 

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Excellent marketing advice.  Thanks for sharing

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Nice checklist. Very helpful advice. Thanks for contributing to all of us, Larry. 

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Really great post, and I can really see what mistakes i made.

On my way to fixing them Smiley Wink

Thanks a million

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Excellent tips. Thank you for sharing with us.

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New to Udemy as an instructor. Stuggling with marketing right now. This is inspiring and insightful. Thank you

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Super Awesome.

Adding few more points.

1) Answer the questions in quora related to your course and provide course link.

2) Apply same strategy in reddit.

 

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I concur with Quora as there’s a ton of opportunities to share what you know, answer specific and targeted questions, and elevate your status as an expert in your area. 

Also - pro tip, you can link your course in your signature, and drive readers and respondents interested in your solution to check out your course. I recommend only one course per answer responses. 

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Be careful with Reddit. I posted a response from my phone which included a link to one of my courses and was immediately flagged as SPAM and was banned for a couple of days until I explained what happened. 

I think it depends on the Reddit forum and the moderator, but answering the questions is a great way to present yourself as an expert (if not the expert) in the field or area. 

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not a bad idea

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