August 22, 2016 – Udemy Makes Another New Pricing Change!

Hello everyone and welcome to yet another online teaching case study! In this week’s case study, we are going to be discussing Udemy and their new pricing change 2.0! 

As a lot of you know about 5 months ago Udemy changes its pricing structure limiting instructor to $50 Maximum course prices and $20 minimum course prices! They are now going back to their old model with a few slight changes. Here is the article straight from their blog!

This is a huge change yet again and I am very excited to see how the market reacts to these new pricing changes! I have created my view own youtube video to help answer questions and how I will be pricing my courses with the new pricing update coming August 22!

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Resouce: Udemy Blog

https://teach.udemy.com/updates-pricing-and-promotions

In April, we updated the Pricing and Promotions Policy on Udemy. This was one of the biggest changes in the history of Udemy, and we know this change had a big impact on you: our partners in this business. Over the past 4 months, we’ve been listening intently to you and your students. We’ve heard from you that you need more flexibility in setting your prices, and we’ve heard from students that they are motivated by more varied promotions that prompt them to explore a new product like an online course.

We heard you and are taking action. Effective August 22, we’re updating our pricing model:

  • A wider range. We’ll be expanding the range for list prices on Udemy to $20 – $200.
  • Larger discounts. We’ll be increasing the discount cap for Udemy promotions to 75% off and removing the 50% off limit on instructor coupons.
  • Re-introduction of fixed price deals. By popular demand, we’ll bring back the Fixed Price Promotional program. This will allow us to run promotions on your courses at prices like $10 or $15.
  • Maintain the floor. We will continue to limit sale prices to a minimum of $10, for both instructor promotions and Udemy deals.
  • Maintain tiers. We will continue to tier course list prices on the 5s and 0s.

Please note that all of these changes will go live on August 22. The Udemy Deals Program now includes both a Percentage Promotions program and a Fixed Price program.

We have opted instructors into these programs based on your past promotional preferences. You’ll be receiving email updates from our team with more information on your specific opt-in preferences.

An evolving marketplace

To be clear with you, we will continue to evolve our pricing model as the marketplace matures.The most recent pricing model provided key insights into pricing on Udemy. We will continue to dig deeper into these learnings and student feedback to evolve our pricing in the future. We believe this will help you grow your revenues on Udemy and, as we continue to grow and learn, we will continue to refine our pricing.

Our goal in making this change is to increase stability and confidence in your Udemy revenue as we continue to deepen our partnership.

Next steps for you

Please log into your account and visit the Bulk Price Edit screen. There you can change your course prices and confirm your opt-in for the Fixed Price program. Your courses will be included in our upcoming promotions unless you opt out of the program by August 22. Courses that you select new prices for will update on midnight Pacific time, August 22. For guidance on how to think through pricing your courses, please see our blog post.

Our team is on hand to answer any questions you have in the Udemy Studio this week, and we’ll also be hosting a conference call to go over this change in more detail. You can register for the conference call here. Thank you for your flexibility and support as we work together to build a stronger, more sustainable marketplace.

(In April, we updated the Pricing and Promotions Policy on Udemy. This was one of the biggest changes in the history of Udemy, and we know this change had a big impact on you: our partners in this business. Over the past 4 months, we’ve been listening intently to you and your students. We’ve heard from you that you need more flexibility in setting your prices, and we’ve heard from students that they are motivated by more varied promotions that prompt them to explore a new product like an online course.

We heard you and are taking action. Effective August 22, we’re updating our pricing model:

  • A wider range. We’ll be expanding the range for list prices on Udemy to $20 – $200.
  • Larger discounts. We’ll be increasing the discount cap for Udemy promotions to 75% off and removing the 50% off limit on instructor coupons.
  • Re-introduction of fixed price deals. By popular demand, we’ll bring back the Fixed Price Promotional program. This will allow us to run promotions on your courses at prices like $10 or $15.
  • Maintain the floor. We will continue to limit sale prices to a minimum of $10, for both instructor promotions and Udemy deals.
  • Maintain tiers. We will continue to tier course list prices on the 5s and 0s.

Please note that all of these changes will go live on August 22. The Udemy Deals Program now includes both a Percentage Promotions program and a Fixed Price program.

We have opted instructors into these programs based on your past promotional preferences. You’ll be receiving email updates from our team with more information on your specific opt-in preferences.

An evolving marketplace

To be clear with you, we will continue to evolve our pricing model as the marketplace matures.The most recent pricing model provided key insights into pricing on Udemy. We will continue to dig deeper into these learnings and student feedback to evolve our pricing in the future. We believe this will help you grow your revenues on Udemy and, as we continue to grow and learn, we will continue to refine our pricing.

Our goal in making this change is to increase stability and confidence in your Udemy revenue as we continue to deepen our partnership.

Next steps for you

Please log into your account and visit the Bulk Price Edit screen. There you can change your course prices and confirm your opt-in for the Fixed Price program. Your courses will be included in our upcoming promotions unless you opt out of the program by August 22. Courses that you select new prices for will update on midnight Pacific time, August 22. For guidance on how to think through pricing your courses, please see our blog post.

Our team is on hand to answer any questions you have in the Udemy Studio this week, and we’ll also be hosting a conference call to go over this change in more detail. You can register for the conference call here. Thank you for your flexibility and support as we work together to build a stronger, more sustainable marketplace.

Case Study 7/22/2016 Marketing Tips and Strategies on Skillshare

Hello everyone and welcome to yet another online teaching case study! In this week’s case study, we are going to be discussing Marketing strategies on Skillshare!

Recently I have been uploading a lot of my courses onto other platforms, especially Skillshare. In my very first month teaching on Skillshare I was able to enroll more than 2,500+ students and earn more than $2,200 in royalties!

 

In this blog post I wanted to share with you a one marketing strategy that will help you when creating your Skillshare courses!

Marketing Strategy #1: Should I Create A Smaller Course Or A Bigger Course On Skillshare?

Skillshare recommends Smaller bite-sized courses but they key to any course is the QUALITY of Teaching and the QUALITY of video. If you have a lot of smaller courses but the QUALTY is lacking, your courses will not do very well. Same goes for a bigger course. If you have a really big course, but the QULITY is not very good, students will give you poor ratings and the course ultimately will fail.

So, whether creating a large course or a smaller course, QUALITY will always trump either.

But.. I didn’t exactly answer the question. Longer courses or Shorter courses? While both have its advantages and disadvantages, I would learn towards creating smaller courses on Skillshare. Here is why:

1)    The more courses you have on Skillshare the more premium enrollments you can get from the same student.

It doesn’t cost your premium student any more money to enroll in additional premium classes of yours, but you do earn more for each premium enrollment in your courses! Simple math says that if you get 1 premium student to enroll in 10 of your courses, that 10 premium enrollments for you. Compared to that same student just enrolling in 1 “master class” if you decided to create a very big course.

2)    When taking online courses people do not want to watch hours and hours of video in one sitting

Most people wanting to learn online want to learn right away and quickly! With so much information at our fingertips these days students do not like watching hours or tutorials. Rather 20-30 minutes, learn something new, and then move onto the next thing to learn! Keep this in mind when creating your Skillshare courses!

3)    Students feel a sense of accomplishment when they complete a course!

It always feels good when we finish something! With a shorter course you can give your students that feeling more often! And this also keeps your students coming back and wanting more!

So to re-cap, I think creating smaller, bite sized, courses on Skillshare is the way to go (for now J)

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s case study! There are many ways to begin teaching online, but this should give you some great ideas that have worked for myself and many other online instructors! Stay tuned next week where I discuss more online teaching strategies.

Thank you for reading our blog post today! If you have any questions please feel free to post your comments below!

Also, you can check out all of my blog posts for FREE by going to:

http://joeparys.com

Sincerely,

Joe Parys

Case Study 6/8/2016 Working On Other Online Teaching Platforms Part 1

Hello everyone and welcome to yet another online teaching case study! In this week’s case study, we are going to be discussing Skillshare and creating courses other than Udemy!

Recently I have been uploading a lot of my courses onto other platforms, especially Skillshare. Skillshare is a subscription based online learning platform that allows premium users to access our courses. You can also create “free courses” that allow students to enroll anyone to enroll in your course for free!  Here is what my profile looks like after 3 days of starting on Skillshare!

So what are the advantages of working with Skillshare? Once you course has been approved it seems to be completely 100% passive income. There is not a whole lot of “student interaction” or “sending emails/answering questions”. However, Skillshare does have a “project” requirement for every course. Here is what that looks like!

Skillshare also pays its instructors with paypal and with a 50% 50% revenue share split. Its different because it’s a subscription based company, so here is some of the details below!

Overall I think trying and seeing how Skillshare works for you is a great opportunity to grow your online teaching business and earn some passive income as well!

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s case study! There are many ways to begin teaching online, but this should give you some great ideas that have worked for myself and many other online instructors! Stay tuned next week where I discuss more online teaching strategies.

Thank you for reading our blog post today! If you have any questions please feel free to post your comments below!

Also, you can check out all of my online courses by going to: www.joeparys.com 

Sincerely,
Joe Parys

Case Study 5/25/2016 Promoting on Youtube and Beyond!

Hello everyone and welcome to yet another online teaching case study! In this week’s case study, we are going to be discussing how to use Youtube and Your own Website To Boost Online Course Sales!
Since sales have slowed down and our own promotion on Udemy are not half of what they use to be, a lot of online instructors have begun their own marketing campaigns to dive in additional sales. I myself have build my very own Youtube channel and wanted to discuss how things have been going.
My channel (Joe Parys Academy) is a Youtube channel dedicated to helping teach as many people online as possible. My goal is to give away free preview videos to all of my bestselling online courses. This creates a win/win situation. First off, the view gets an awesome free video tutorial. Second, I get a chance to market my videos on an amazing platform and potential upsell my videos. Here is a screen shot of the beginning stages of my Youtube Channel.
As you can see I have just started the channel, but already I can see the enormous value! In one of my videos I had over 6 hours minutes viewed the very first day, and I made a full price sale directly from the link in my Youtube description! Now, I only have 9 subscribers and I am still in the process of building my channel, but I can say it’s a great place to get started making some extra sales and marketing your online courses.
Another place I am now selling my courses and giving away free courses is on my own Website!
This has proven to be a bit more of a challenge and I am still building my website as well, but the potential seems to just as great! If students find my website they will be able to enroll in my courses directly on Udemy using my own coupon codes! This again creates a massive win/win situation where I earn 97% and the students save 50% off my courses! Feel free Enroll in my free courses by going to my website! Enjoy!

 

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s case study! There are many ways to begin teaching online, but this should give you some great ideas that have worked for myself and many other online instructors! Stay tuned next week where I discuss more online teaching strategies.
Thank you for reading our blog post today! If you have any questions please feel free to post your comments below!
Also, you can check out all of my blog posts for FREE by going to:
Sincerely,
Joe Parys

Case Study 5/18/2016 Keywords and Search Terms For Online Instructors!

Hello everyone and welcome to yet another online teaching case study! In this week’s case study, we are going to be discussing Keywords and Search Terms For Online Instructors!

Last night I just received an email from a student who visited my website. He said that it was a little difficult navigating around my course and he needed a “search” bar to find the courses he was looking for. This made me think of an excellent topic to discuss in this weeks case study!

How many sales are you losing out on because your course is not being found by the right students?! This is why keywords and search terms are very important to your online teaching success. So what are some great keywords and search terms to use when thinking about your title and subtitles in your next courses?

Here is a list of some of th most searched for terms on Google:

Weather, Translate, Maps, Calculator, News, Youtube, Restaurants, Movies, Calendar, Speed Test

Now, these are pretty random and may not be applicable to our online courses, but lets look a level deeper and explore why these terms are being searched.

Most people are looking for instant results and answers. This is why people will search for weather on their computers. Also, weather is something that is important to a lot of people! So when it comes to creating headlines, titles, and descriptions for your online courses, think about what your student is going to NEED and also is IMPORTANT to them!

Here are some examples from my best selling courses:

The Complete PHP Course With Bootstrap3 CMS System & Admin Panel

The Complete Online Teaching Masterclass: Teach Online Today!

The Complete Android Developer Course: Beginner To Advanced!

Using these three examples I have the keywords “The Complete” in every example. Why? This tells students that the course is very comprehensive! When students search for courses they want something complete and comprehensive. Also, I use words like Android, Teach, Masterclass PHP Course, Ect. So that students who use these keywords will be more likely to find my courses as well.

It is important to understand and using as many “keywords” that people are commonly searching for in order to get the best results possible! I suggest using google trends to help you with the most common keywords and think hard about which keywords your courses will use to stand out from!

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s case study! There are many ways to begin teaching online, but this should give you some great ideas that have worked for myself and many other online instructors! Stay tuned next week where I discuss more online teaching strategies.

Thank you for reading our blog post today! If you have any questions please feel free to post your comments below!

Also, you can check out all of my blog posts for FREE by going to:

http://joeparys.com/

Sincerely,

 

Joe Parys

Case Study 5/2/2016 APRIL SALES ON UDEMY

Hello everyone and welcome to yet another online teaching case study! In this week’s case study, we are going to be discussing APRIL SALES and why Udemy has been slow. In this case study I will be discussing 3 main areas: Opportunity, Creating new courses, and where to start marketing!

 

 

Last month (APRIL 2016) Has been my slowest month on Udemy (revenue wise) In the past 6 months! Now, there are many factors that have gone into this slow month, but should this be a cause for concern? Well, it depends on how you look at it.

11) There is more opportunity now on Udemy to earn even MORE money if you have an extremely popular high end course! Why? Because the average for our courses will be reaching a higher price point. All of my courses (on average) sold well below $20.00. So now that my courses are at a higher pricepoint, this means that in time that will become the new baseline! It will take time for Udemy’s student base to adjust to this (as anything new takes time) however, in a month or two more in the future when they do adjust we will be reaping the benefits.

22) Creating new courses is the best thing you can do right now! The more courses you create today will only help you in your revenues and sales in the future! This is my main goal right now and I will continue to grow and create new courses!

33)  Marketing: Youtube Marketing is something I am going to be perusing heavily this month and next! Stay tuned for more updates and strategies in future case studies.

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s case study! There are many ways to begin teaching online, but this should give you some great ideas that have worked for myself and many other online instructors! Stay tuned next week where I discuss more online teaching strategies.

Thank you for reading our blog post today! If you have any questions please feel free to post your comments below!

Also, you can check out all of my blog posts for FREE by going to:

http://joeparys.com/

Sincerely,

 

Joe Parys

Case Study 4/4/2016 Green Screen Essentials!

Hello everyone and welcome to yet another online teaching case study! In this week’s case study, we are going to be discussing: How To Use A Green Screen To Create Amazing Videos!
Recently I have been learning how to create better videos for my online students. Using a green screen is an awesome tool and it can be very engaging! We will be discussing 3 specific tops in this post:
1)   How to buy a green screen and lighting kit
2)   Setting up your green screen and lighting equipment
3)   How to shoot and edit your green screen videos!
Let’s get started!
1)   How to buy a green screen and lighting kit
So where do I suggest you go to buy your green screen? The internet of course! In fact my green screen only cost me about $20.00 from Amazon (after shipping and handling!)
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Now, it is also very important that you are able to light your entire green screen! This way you do not get shadows or “spots” when you record your video. This is why I have purchased two “Cow-Boy Studio” lighting kits! For only $50.00 each, these were a great investment!
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2) Setting up your green screen and lighting equipment:
So when it all of your equipment arrives at your doorstep just go ahead and start unwrapping it!
**IMPORTANT**
Before you hang up or put your green screen against a wall, make sure you STEAM it and to get all of the creases out! You do not want your green screen to have any creases because it they will show up in your video and it will not look very professional!
Pro Tip: I actually went to my local dry cleaners and had them professional press my green screen. It looked amazing and only cost me $7.00!
Now, once you have everything out of the boxes and are ready to put things together, I wanted to make the suggestion you keep your lights “semi” close and also at all different angles shooting at the green screen. This will allow enough light to hit the green screen and also reduce shadows! I have lights on all sides, above me, and even a little behind me! However, you will have to see what works best for you! But just my suggestion J
4)   Once you have everything set up its now time to start filming your videos!
I personally use a Cannon HD camcorder because I think the quality looks better, but you can use a webcam or iMac camera. The results will differ depending on which camera you use. Now, once you film yourself against the green screen you will need to edit your videos!
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Using iMove/ Camtasia, After Effects, or Final Cut Pro will easily allow you to use the green screen effect you are looking for. All you have to do is overlay a your original green screen video with a background of your choice and poof! Your video will instantly be transformed!  See Below!
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I hope you were able to learn a lot about green screens today! It’s now time for your to go out there and start filming your new videos today!
There are many ways to begin teaching online, but this should give you some great ideas that have worked for myself and many other online instructors! Stay tuned next week were I discuss more online teaching strategies.
Thank you for reading our blog post today! If you have any questions please feel free to post your comments below!
Also, you can check out all of my blog posts for FREE by going to: http://joeparys.com/
Sincerely,
Joe Parys​

Case Study 3/14/2016 An Understanding of “Why” To Teach Online Today!

​Hello everyone and welcome to yet another online teaching case study! In this weeks case study, we are going to be discussing something a little different. We are going to be talking about “Why” To Teach Online. 
This post will be a little different than our last ones, but I think it is very important to discuss where education is headed and where it is now!
Let’s dive in! 
For the past 3 and a half years I have been teaching in the high school classroom. I have a licensed teaching degree in history and psychology from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Technology has really taken over in the classroom and every student seems to have a smartphone, ipad, or something that connects to the internet.
In the past year our school (any many others) have invested in “Chromebooks” for each student to have available in every classroom. A Chromebook does not have a hard drive, but it allows our students to access google classroom and work on their homework/projects/daily assignments anytime, anywhere!
So why is this so important? I believe there is a massive shift in education happening right now, especially in the classroom! Students are learning and have access to more information than ever before. The simple go to class and listen to a lecture just isn’t cutting it and students are logging on and watching videos now more than every before!
This leads me to believe that if you are in the field of education (or you want to be) being able to have the skill of creating high quality videos is an extremely important skill to have!
I believe that online education is the future for our education and you will begin to see more and more “teaching online” from our formal universities and high schools.
So if you have not started teaching online yet there is no better time to do so! The best way to get started is to just begin taking action! One step at a time, day by day, and eventually you will have built something for the world to enjoy. I hope this post inspires you to create your first or next online video course and I look forward to writing more blog posts for you in the future!
I hope you have enjoyed this weeks case study! There are many ways to begin teaching online, but this should give you some great ideas that have worked for myself and many other online instructors! Stay tuned next week were I discuss more online teaching strategies.
Thank you for reading our blog post today! If you have any questions please feel free to post your comments below!
Also, you can check out all of my blog posts for FREE by going to:
Sincerely,
Joe Parys​

Case Study 2/16/2016 Intermediate Teaching Online Techniques!

Hello everyone and welcome to yet another online teaching case study! In this weeks case study, we are going to be discussing Intermediate Teaching Online Techniques!
This case study was inspired by student feedback for students just getting started teaching online on Udemy!
I will be discussing three main areas and showing you specific examples from my own online courses! The three main areas we will be discussing in this post are:
1) Building Student – Instructor Relationships
2) Promotional Video Strategies
3) Simple Ways To Market Outside of Udemy
Let’s Get Started!
1) Building Student – Instructor Relationships
It is absolutely essential to your online teaching success that you are able to build a healthy foundation with your students! TRUST is the key to any relationship, and your students need to be able to trust you. Here are a few strategies I use when building relationships with my students:
a) Be available and open to communicating regularly with your students
I have had multiple students have exceptional experiences in my online courses because I make the effort to answer their questions and messages in a very timely manner! In fact, I even had one student message me first because the online support was taking days to get back to him! I was able to message him the answer to his question within one hour! Being available really helps build trust with your students!
b) Do your absolute best to answer each question honestly and sincerely
When building trust with your students they can tell when you are not being authentic and genuine. This is important because when you go to answer your students questions you do not want to come off sounding fake or phony. That is what I do my best to answer each question honestly and sincerely, even if I do not know the exact answer! Admitting we do not know everything also builds trust!
c) Enjoy the interactions!
I know some instructors hate answering question and if you serve a lot of students it can become a “burden” if you let it. However, I actually enjoy taking the time to get to know my students! This also allows me to better serve them and create better content in the future :)
2) Promotional Video Strategies
After creating more than 30+ Udemy courses I have begun to see how important your promotional video is! Did you know students are 5X more likely to enroll in your course if you have a good promo video!
Here are the statistics from Udemy:
So if the promotional video is so important, how do we make a really great one? Well, Udemy has a great guide to help us with this! All you have to do is click on the “promo video guide” after clicking on the “promo video” tab!
Here are a few of their recommendations:
“1) Welcome & Instructor Intro
Give a 1-sentence intro to the course then tell the student why you’re a credible instructor.
2) Benefits
Describe the benefits of the course and what students will be able to do after completing it.
3) Ideal Student Description
Describe your target student.
4) Thank You & Call to Action
Call the student to enroll in the course or try the free preview if they want to explore further.”
3) Simple Ways To Market Outside of Udemy
Student Question:
“Joe,
I just launched my second class on udemy and am looking to drive some traffic to it. My first class is a free class and I have about 2800 students with good reviews. Since my first class was free I can’t do a promotional message to get the word out. What are some good ideas to drive people to my new class?”
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This is an excellent question! Here are few suggestions that have helped me in driving in more traffic to my Udemy course! I now have 35 of them and am serving more than 80,000+ students!
1) Try uploading your videos to YOUTUBE for coupon links back to your Udemy courses!
Youtube is currently the #3 website in the world and has millions of users watching videos everyday! This is a great place to begin attracting students into your online course!
2) Try the Udemy studio!
The Udemy Studio Facebook group has more than 36,000+ members currently and they allow you to put free coupons of your course in the studio note section! This allows many students to try your course for free, share it with friends, and get thousands of students enrolled in your course! Just type in “Udemy Studio” into the search option on Facebook, click “join group” and wait for Udemy to add you :)
3) Free Facebook Udemy groups!
There are many free coupon and discount coupon facebook groups that allow you to post your Udemy free coupons (to your piad courses) on their pages! All you have to do is obey the rules, participate, be friendly, and post your coupons once your course is created! I would try the following groups!
Udemy coupon guru
Udemy 80% or less coupons
Udemy Free Coupons, Promotions, Page
Udemy $1-$9 Coupons
Udemy $20 and Under Coupons
And there are many more!
4) You can also try other coupon websites!
www.retailmenot.com has an awesome Udemy coupon section! Just type in “Udemy” to the retail me not search option and add in your coupons. There are also sites like www.coupontrump.com, www.onlinecoursecoupons.com and many more to help you get started!
Thank you for reading our blog post today! If you have any questions please feel free to post your comments below!
Also, you can check out all of my blog posts for FREE by going to:
Sincerely,
Joe Parys