JigsawBox Tip: Reasons to Delay Your Modules

Clients love courses!When launching a program, you may have created a series of content that you want distributed at certain times. Be it by the day, week, or month, you have customized your coaching program so that it is a multi-course study and now, thanks to JigsawBox, you can have those courses released at exactly the point in time that you want them. If you’ve never considered delaying the release of your modules, here are some of the fantastic reasons why you should:

Time Management

Delaying the release of your modules allows your clients and yourself to focus on courses one at a time. These singular studies will help your client to really get down to work and learn the material, completing it all at their own discretion and keeping track of what they do at their own pace.

You give your clients the know-how to build upon their knowledge in a multi-tiered way.

Membership

The membership option works beautifully with the delay of modules. If you wanted to use JigsawBox in this manner you could easily set up modules that contain audio, video, learning logs, and questions but then release them by the month. This type of feature puts an emphasis not just on the focus but also the exclusivity of that membership.

Monthly Learning Log

In addition to your regular packages, you could set up a monthly learning log for your clients so that monthly they will be able to submit their ideas, their comments, their questions, and their answers in response to their own course materials. The learning log can be used by you to improve your coaching program, decide on what your clients need from you, and even plan future programs based off of the tabulated responses your clients give you.

We are always anxious to learn how the delay of modules benefits you – let us know by going responding to us via Twitter or Facebook!

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JigsawBox Tip: Starting off Your JigsawBox

 

Start JigsawBox Off Right!This week’s Tip is all about and for the new JigsawBoxer. Because we have so many new coaches coming into JigsawBox (and we LOVE that!) we wanted to ensure that you had the best “starting point” you possibly could have.

So here is my little starting guide to getting the most out of your Jigsawbox:

1. Add us to Facebook and Twitter so you can keep up to date with the latest information and announcements from JigsawBox.

2. Once you are started with your JigsawBox account – it’s time to fill out your information and get past the account screen. Here’s how you can make it past the “My Account” Screen and start working on your modules:

First, complete the required information on the My Account page. The following fields are required:

  • First name
  • Surname
  • Email address
  • Website URL (if you’re site isn’t up yet, you can enter any URL as you can modify this later)
  • Business name
  • Short company name

Then, after you’ve completed everything that is required, click “Save” at the bottom of the page. You are now able to access the multiple areas of JigsawBox! We encourage you to start looking through your tabs and especially your “My Packages”, “My Modules”, and “My Forums” areas.

3. In order to get more familiar with how JigsawBox works – make sure that you bookmark the JigsawBox blog – it is an amazing resource that can help you immensely when you are starting your JigsawBox Journey.

From here you will find:

  • JigsawBox Tips and Tutorials
  • Monday Mindsets to get you back into the mindset for success
  • Featured articles on the best ways to bring out the best in your coaching skills.

4. Reach out and join the JigsawBox affiliate program – there is no better way to support JigsawBox by not only being one of the family, but also by getting paid to support it! We encourage this. To join up as an affiliate, go to: http://www.jigsawbox.com/affiliates.

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Affiliates – Contacting Your Peers

We Talk. He Talks. She Talks. We all talk - Affiliate ContactsOver the last few weeks we have touched on a lot of the finer points of what makes an affiliate program run. We have explored the JV and Affiliate partnership, we have looked at the reasons why these relationships are so beneficial to how our businesses grow, and we have even explored what content we need to provide to our affiliate databases to make it a true success.

In this final “final” section on affiliates I want to talk about one more area of affiliation that I feel we don’t open up enough about – the affiliate contact.

When I first began dabbling in any kind of affiliate management, it was very low grade and it was mainly passing along e-mails from one side to another with personal contact at a minimum. Transitioning into managing affiliate programs meant a very treacherous road dealing with the various rules and regulations that one side or another had, keeping the contact personal and engaging, and hoping beyond hope that other affiliate managers would respond. These are fond memories for me because they keep me on my toes and ready to rock – regardless of the obstacles.

Making and maintaining that affiliate contact can be difficult – but it doesn’t have to be insurmountable. Here are the tips you need to remember to just step forward and start walking the affiliate “walk”. The same tips can be applied to your JV Partnerships as well.

Strategize – Look through your affiliate database and look for the affiliates that are actively promoting your organization. Make a spreadsheet or a list and include the contact name, position, company name, e-mail address, and the product you would like them to mail out for.

Prioritize – Don’t tackle it all at once – you could quickly lose track and thus lose any focus you may have had when delving into contacting your affiliates. Pick two or three per month and focus on what they can do for you, what you want them to promote, and what you can offer to them in terms of negotiable rates or cross promotion that would make them WANT to promote for you.

Gather your nerves – This is especially for the new Affiliate and JV Managers out there. All of us were and in some cases are in your shoes. It’s harrowing – taking those first initial steps and contacting affiliates or assistants however you have to realize – it needs to get done so take a deep breath and take ON the task. Be prepared by making a short list of the message you want to get across, be personal, don’t be wordy, be efficient, and most of all be YOU. The best step is the first step. It gets you out there, it gets you moving, and it gets you the experience you need.

Wishing all of you so much success!

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JigsawBox Tip: When Should You Create New Modules

Using Modules!One of the most frequent questions that we get on the support desk and across live chat is with regard to how someone can copy, edit, or create new versions of existing modules. Every once in a while we list to ensure that you have the latest information on how to make these changes. This week’s tip is going to highlight when and why you should create new versions of your modules.

First – why should you create a new version of your modules?

It is appropriate to create new versions of existing modules when you either have created a module and made it live, but need to edit or delete a question, or when you need to edit that module for your NEW clients only.

When creating new versions of modules it is important to remember the following:

  • You can always add modules to a package so if you are unsure if the questions you are including is right, simply add them to the package later once you have made your decision.
  • All NEW versions of your existing modules will be seen by your NEW clients only. Existing clients only see their older modules so please be careful when releasing your modules!
  • When creating new modules please be sure that you have renamed them. Why? Because by not renaming them you stand a good chance at 1. Confusion and 2. It will mess up the order in which your modules appear to your clients.
  • If you ONLY need to edit the content in one of your existing modules then STOP! No need to make a new version! Simply go into your existing modules and edit the content areas at your own leisure. If you don’t have to add new questions, there is no need to make a new version!

I hope that this helps and serves as a guideline for when it is and is not appropriate to create those new versions of your modules.

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