How to Create an academy for lead generation

Seven Steps to Creating an Academy for Lead Generation

Academies are most useful if you educate visitors before they’ve even become your customers.

We have written a simple algorithm composed of seven steps to facilitate the creation of academies with this task in mind

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01. Choose a target audience for the course.

This could be your entire audience or some segment of it. Maybe marketing specialists, agencies, athletes, hotels, banks — it depends on who your target is

= Takes 0,5 hours

02. Find this target audience’s problem or a question you can help them solve

For example, “How can I always have information about my clients readily available?” (for CRM), or “How can I lower employee turnover rates?” (for human resources management)

= Takes 0,5 hours

03. Create content that answers this question or presents a solution to this problem

Often, part of this content already exists (on your company’s blog, in your Help Center, or in whitepapers).

For the first course, 8-10 lessons should be enough, each of which can consist of one page of content (text, images, screenshots, or videos).

Takes 2-8 hours

04. Put together a course from the resulting content

Consider what you would like to get out of your learners as a result. What target action will you prompt learners with the end of the course? (sale, demo request, call, registration)

Takes 1 hour

05. Show the course to your current visitors and customers

Tell them about the launch of a free course on a topic that’s important to them (a link in the footer of your site, an email, social media posts)

Takes 2 hours

06. Use the course to find new clients

Visit sites where your target audience spends time, find their questions, and give them answers, adding a link to your course.

Inviting people to a course is far simpler than inviting them to a blog or whitepaper. A course is understood to be more valuable.

Takes 1-8 hours

07. Process new leads

Put together a process for entering information about learners for your sales and customer success teams.

It will be important for them to know how many courses a learner has gone through in the academy, which materials they have learned, and at what point they stopped their education.

Your sales specialists will be able to sell better, and your customer success team will make customers happier : )

You’re ready!

In seven steps, you have created a course that will attract leads

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But what else will you get out of an academy?

Learners see you as an expert in the industry

They will trust you more

You get data on each of your learners

And you can better understand their needs

You get data on course content

You can better understand what information is interesting to your target audience and, on the other hand, what information doesn’t draw them in

You will get good PR and organic traffic out of this

If you reward learners with certificates for completing courses (one of the features of an academy), then afterwards learners will be able to share them on social media

You can get to know your audience better with
the help of the quiz feature

You can ask learners questions while they are in the process of completing a course. For example, you could ask, “Which of the problems mentioned earlier have you encountered in the past?” or “Which products have you used in the past?”

You get a new tool for lead generation

This tool works with all channels of traffic (emails, socials, Facebook ads, Google ads, guerilla marketing, etc.).

In fact, learners themselves are far more likely to leave their email address before starting a course, because they are not treated like leads (as is the case if you ask them to enter their email before downloading a whitepaper), they are treated like learners

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What's next?

Once you successfully launch your first course, it’s easy to scale your academy. All you have to do is choose a new audience or a new question to answer, and you will be able to easily create a new course. And, as a result, you will again be able to attract potential customers.

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