Podia: Elevating Online Learning with Seamless Courses and Powerful Email Marketing
In the dynamic landscape of online education, finding the right platform to host and market your courses is crucial for success. One platform that has been gaining popularity among course creators is Podia and it is one of my favourite course platforms. It's so simple to use and user-friendly and recently it has integrated email marketing to the platform, making it a versatile solution for individuals and businesses looking to thrive in the digital education space.
What's included in Podia?
Podia is an all-in-one platform that works out of the box so you can spend time creating and not figuring out another piece of tech. Build an amazing online course. Launch your website. Create a community. Sell digital products. Grow your email list. All from your Podia dashboard. Here's a list of included features.
Sell your work:
- Online courses
- Digital downloads
Market your work:
- Email marketing
- Custom website
- Affiliate marketing
What are the benefits of using Podia?
I love Podia for so many reasons. I'll try to list as much as possible below.
Simple and easy to use
FREE plan (no credit card required!)
Affordable for all levels
Helpful, friendly & reliable customer support
Sales Tax Calculation
Podia’s free plan includes:
A fully customizable website with an easy and flexible website builder
Community plans you can offer your audience as free or paid memberships
The ability to sell a digital download or coaching/consultation product, and start building your email list
Keep in mind that if you are on the free plan, you'll have to pay an 8% transaction fee on paid product sales.
Creators need tools that are incredibly easy to use. Podia's free plan was built with the tools creators need when they're just starting out — and the ability to add the next set of tools down the line.
As your business grows, Podia allows you to upgrade your plan over time to add additional tools so you can keep your audience and your work all in one place.
Black Friday Sale
Podia is offering 15% off all plans for Black Friday from November 24 to November 27, 2023. Don't miss out on this amazing deal!
Pros & Cons of Podia
Now, let’s get to the exciting part and review the pros and cons of Podia.
All-in-one: Remembering dozens of passwords and figuring out how to make different tools talk to each other can be a pain. Podia removes headaches by giving you everything you need to run your online business in one place. Here’s what you can do with Podia:
Live chat messaging
Free plan: Podia’s free plan includes your full website, online community, and the ability to sell one digital download and one coaching product. You also get 100 free email subscribers, email templates, and the ability to send unlimited newsletters and automated campaigns. Start earning money and growing your email list before spending anything on software.
Full website builder: Podia includes a point-and-click website builder with professionally designed sections and font recommendations. Your website can have unlimited pages, and Podia automatically provides a sales page for each product you create. Hosting is included and all plans come with a free .podia domain, or you can upgrade to connect a custom domain.
Sell digital products, courses, and webinars: Sell any type of digital product you can imagine, like ebooks, checklists, printables, drip courses, self-study courses, cohort courses, live webinars, pre-recorded webinars, audio files, and video files. Podia comes with sales pages, checkout pages, automatic product delivery, and integrations with PayPal and Stripe for payment processing.
Build an online community: Connect with your followers in a space that you own. You can use Podia to create a free or paid online membership community. Bundle your community with products, create private topics for VIPs, or set up a donation-based community so your fans can support your work each month.
Free customer chat messaging: You can add a live chat widget to your Podia website that allows you to chat with customers and leads in real time. This tool is usually a paid plugin or add-on, but Podia includes it for free.
No transaction fees on paid plans: If you’re on a Mover or Shaker plan, you won’t pay any transaction fees on sales. (Note that Stripe and PayPal have payment processor fees.) Some platforms charge high fees, meaning you’ll pay more money for your software as you grow, but not Podia. We don’t take a cut on the paid plans and there’s an 8% transaction fee on the free plan.
Affiliate marketing: Affiliate management is included on the Shaker plan. Encourage happy customers to promote your products in exchange for a commission.
Excellent support: If you get stuck, you can reach out to Podia’s friendly support team via email (all plans) or chat (paid plans). You can also get questions answered in the Creator Community or hire a Certified Podia Pro if you need a done-for-you service.
- Sales Tax: As mentioned above, the ability to calculate sales tax is a huge plus in my books.
Not ideal for selling physical products: Podia is a tool for selling digital products, so if you sell physical products it won’t be the best fit. That said, many of our creators sell both digital and physical goods and use Podia for their digital storefront
No phone support: Podia offers excellent email and chat support, but there isn’t phone support available at this time.
No custom coding resulting in lack of customization: Podia’s no-code website builder makes it easy to build a site that you love without needing to know custom CSS or HTML. For most users, this is an advantage, but for more advanced users, it could be a limitation. If you need more behind-the-scenes customizations, third-party code is available on the Shaker plan.
Podia's Black Friday Cyber Monday Sale November 2023
For Black Friday, Podia is offering 15% off all plans. Podia's black Friday sale starts November 24th and ends on November 27th. If you've been waiting to sign up for Podia, or if you are on the free plan, now is a great time to upgrade to one of its paid plans.