Sam Ovens Skool Review (New Course Platform)

There is a new course platform on the block. I’ve seen a lot of excitement around it on Twitter and decided to give it a go.

It was created by Sam Ovens. He is a popular marketer that was able to scale some of his courses with FB ads by playing a guru role a few years back. His play was to dispute all of the most common knowledge of how to sell things online.

It worked. 

He created a 7 figure business selling high ticket courses on “how to start an agency” and “how to create a profitable course”. 

The most popular one was called the “Consulting Accelerator” and sold for around $2k.

Not bad huh? 

For me, he sometimes went too far playing the contrarian but since it worked I can’t blame him for doubling down on that persona. 

Then he disappeared and it looks like he wanted to create something much more scalable. With the recent 20-30x valuations everybody wants to get into the Saas business. Ovens is no different and with the following he had, it was worth giving it a shot. Especially since course platforms are going public and getting some nice valuations. 

Since the start of the pandemic, many have seen a 2000%+ growth. 

Introducing the Skool Course Platform

The main differentiator with school is that it tries to combine the elements of an LMS, FB Group and Google Calendar in one place.

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You can see the layout of that below:

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There’s also a form of gamification introduced via Leaderboards. You can assign different tasks to the students and let them battle it out for top positions.

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Another useful function is the ability to track each user’s activity.

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This is what the classroom looks like from a students perspective. I haven’t found a way yet to download all of the lessons onto your laptop and take them on the go. Maybe that’s coming or this is supposed to stay online only.

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What’s the Price?

The platform allows for a 14 day free test drive. After that its $99 per month.

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Is the Skool Online Course Platform worth a look?

Skool is still very fresh but I’ve already given it a spin. Here are my initial thoughts on it and as you can see its a mixed bag. 

Positives of the platform:

  • can easily create different skools 
  • can use Zapier and the Skool webhook to grant access
  • Simple, effective, and a very clean and crisp user experience
  • Gamifies student engagement and rewards with spots on leaderboards
  • Fast customer support
  • Actively adding features

Negatives of the platform:

  • branded URLs not possible
  • Skool doesn’t provide video hosting. You have to use Vimeo, Wistia, YouTube, or Loom.
  • Only 2,000 characters limit for a description of a course
  • lack of proper payment processing
  • no printer-friendly layouts yet
  • English only

Summary

Skool is a digital learning platform that offers a variety of courses, including online courses, video courses, and self-paced courses. The platform also offers a variety of features, such as a course library, leaderboards, a calendar, and a community.

The platform has a user-friendly interface and is easy to use. At the moment it’s still riddled with bugs and has some problems around the payment system. 

Alternatives to Skool

  1. Teachable + Circle combination
  2. Discord + MightyNetworks
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