Podia is one of those platforms that promise a lot.
Much like its competitor, Kajabi, Podia is designed to be an all-in-one digital content platform, allowing you to sell online courses, webinars, memberships, and digital downloads.
Oh, and it also aims to replace your Email Service Provider, all for a starting price of just $39 per month, which is considerably cheaper than other platforms.
But is it worth it?
Let’s find out, shall we?
When it comes to monetizing a blog, one of the best options is to create digital content, either in the form of online courses, ebooks, or paid webinars.
Is Podia Right for You?
Podia might be the right fit for you if:
- You don’t want to struggle with multiple platforms
- You want to easily sell digital downloads alongside your online courses
- You don’t want to pay a premium for a platform such as Kajabi
- You appreciate ease of use and a clear user interface
The user interface amazes through its simplicity.
It’s beginner friendly like none of its competitors.
There’s a products page that allows you to create everything you want.
A page that allows you to create your memberships and subscriptions.
Messaging is a feature that stands out.
You can have your own chat support on your storefront, and you can easily message your customers or those who are enrolled in your course.
This might come quite in handy, and the truth is that you can add that to other platforms as well, but you need a third-party plugin or integration, but you’re far more inclined to use it if it’s a built-in feature of the platform, the same way I’ve enabled Shopify Chat on our e-store, where you can talk to me directly and ask me about the stuff we sell.
Next, there’s a page designed specifically for coupons.
You can create coupons for a percentage, one that can be used a limited number of times, or share a coupon that only those who have purchased a certain membership can use (which gives you a chance to add an extra incentive to those who subscribe to the membership, by offering them exclusive discounts as an added perk.)
Like I previously mentioned, Podia has the ambition of being an all-in-one platform, so there’s email built right into the platform.
You can send newsletters to your email list or you can create campaigns, which are a series of automated emails you can send based on certain factors.
Nothing too fancy, but it does seem to be able to get the job done.
The audience page shows you a list of your customers and email subscribers.
There’s even an affiliate page, which is another brilliant marketing tactic you can easily deploy, turning your most loyal customers into advocates for your products/services, and rewarding them for that.
Next we have a sales page, showing us a few simple stats: our sales, our monthly recurring revenue (in case we sell memberships).
Like I said, the interface is very easy to navigate around. All the features are easily accessible, and there are no complicated navigation maneuvers you have to execute to get around the dashboard.
Next we have a drop-down with a few simple options:
- View site: Here we can visit our site and see how it looks.
- Edit site: We can design our storefront from this page.
- Site Settings: We can add details related to our store, handle integrations, add a custom domain name, and more.
- Account Settings: A simple page that allows us to update our email address and notifications preferences.
The store editor offers another simple and straightforward experience.
There are a few customizations options:
- We can chose fonts for our store, though we cannot upload our own fonts.
- We can select our own color palette.
- We can add a logo, a custom favicon.
- We can add links to our top navigation .
- We can create pages.
Now, the other aspect of the store editor is the fact that we can add sections to each and every single one of our pages, including the homepage and our product pages.
We have a few limited customization options available, such as changing the background color of each section.
FYI: There is a “powered by podia” branding at the footer. There’s a $50 one-time fee to remove it, or you can opt in to an annual plan.
Let’s talk about pricing.
Podia offers two pricing plans:
- Mover, which is $39 per month or $400 per year.
- Shaker, which costs $79 per month or $790 per year.
What do you get more with the more expensive plan?
- The ability to sell memberships and subscriptions.
- Zoom integration, in order to sell webinars.
- The ability to add a blog to your storefront.
- The ability to embed buy buttons on other sites/your blog/etc.
- Affiliate marketing.
- The ability to add third-party code.
Is it worth it?
Truth be told, for $79/month you get the same features you get by paying $99 or $109 per month for either Thinkific or Teachable, and that’s where I believe the value is.
It is, indeed, when considering the features, the most affordable all-in-one platform available out there.
But will it prove to be a viable options?
Will find out.
Tomorrow we’ll add products, customize the storefront, explore the integrations, and see what happens.
P.S. I am developing an actual store for irevuo, and will be providing actual insights into how the platform behaves during the following days.
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