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How to Create a Membership and Sell Past Content

Offerings are a very powerful feature built-in to AccessAlly. You may be wondering if you can create a membership that allows for a member to have content from the month they join going forward, but past content is available for purchase.

The answer is yes, you can – but there are a lot of moving parts!

It’s much easier to deliver a membership where a member gets everything inside the membership and you increase the price as the content grows.

Below you’ll see an example workflow that gives content to a member based on the month they join and all future months (for as long as they are a member) and past content (from before they joined) is available to purchase separately.

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About This Workflow

IMPORTANT DETAILS ABOUT THIS TYPE OF SETUP

Each monthly content release needs to be delivered in three separate ways:

  1. A new member that just joined
  2. An existing member that is getting ongoing releases every month
  3. An existing member that wants to purchase the content from past months (before they were a member)

Always keep in mind what happens when a member cancels their membership!

With this workflow, it is highly recommended to allow the user to keep all content they paid separately for even if they cancel their membership subscription.

Moving Parts to this Workflow

SEE WHAT IS NEEDED
  1. Membership Offering – holds everything related to the membership subscription. The member will have this for as long as they are a member, and they lose access to everything here when they cancel. This page might hold unique links to join member-only calls or a member-only community.
  2. Content Offering – (new every month) monthly content, one-time payments, content tagging, content delivery, they keep this content if they cancel.
  3. Dashboard – you’ll create a section on your AccessAlly dashboard to display all of the course icons for the content in your membership – this allows a member to cancel, but still see content they paid for outside of the membership.

Step 1: Create a Membership Offering

Here you will create the recurring membership offering.

Go to AccessAlly > Settings > Offerings and create a new Membership Program. You can name this program and price it as you’d like.

Membership Program

MEMBERSHIP OFFERING - CONTENT TAB

Membership Offering – Content Tab

You need at least one page of content in this offering (used to display membership-specific information) like members-only calls, or links to the members-only community. Remember access to everything in this area is removed when a member cancels!

Content Section

MEMBERSHIP OFFERING - FORMS TAB

Membership Offering – Forms Tab

This allows for members to receive monthly content when they join, plus tagging for new content going forward, and payment plan management for your membership. This is the order form link customers use to join your membership.

Forms Image

MEMBERSHIP OFFERING - SETTINGS TAB

Membership Offering – Settings Tab

This tab displays what the member gets when they join in this month of your membership and where they go to join the membership if you have other offerings on your site, and they are not already a member of your membership.

You can change the description manually at the start of each new month to reflect newly added content.

Settings Image

MEMBERSHIP OFFERING - PERMISSIONS TAB

Membership Offering – Permissions Tab

This section displays the tags users have when they are a part of your membership! Note the tags are all named after the membership and not your content releases.

Permissions Settings

MEMBERSHIP OFFERING - AUTOMATIONS TAB

Membership Offering – Automations Tab

See how to deliver the content to your new member and test your setup!

Membership Automations Release

Step 2: Create Your Monthly Offerings

Now it’s time to create unique offerings for each month of your membership. This allows tags to be applied that are unique for each offering and to allow a member to click on an offering they do not have access to and purchase it.

Go to AccessAlly > Settings > Offerings > click + CREATES to create a new Drip Released Course or Start from Scratch Course – this item would have a one-time payment.

Drip-Release Course or Start From Scratch

MONTHLY OFFERING - CONTENT TAB

Monthly Offering – Content Tab

You need at least one page of content in this offering this page can have anything on it that you would like. Remember access to everything in this area is still visible when the member cancels!

Offering Page

MONTHLY OFFERING - FORMS TAB

Monthly Offering – Forms Tab

This allows a member to purchase any content from past months before they joined as a member. They can do this easily from inside your site because it will appear as a disable icon – when they click they will go to the order form to purchase this content.

Monthly Offering Form

MONTHLY OFFERING - SETTINGS TAB

Monthly Offering  – Settings Tab

Add the link to your order form so members that do not have access can make a purchase!

Monthly Offering Settings

MONTHLY OFFERING - PERMISSIONS TAB

Monthly Offering – Permissions Tab

These are all the page permissions and tags used for this offering.

Monthly Offering Permission Settings

MONTLY OFFERINGS - AUTOMATIONS TAB

Monthly Offerings – Automations Tab

This section shows options for delivering the content in this monthly offering and how to test your monthly offering setup!

Monthly Offering Automations

PAYMENT SUCCESS MESSAGE

Payment Success Message

Shown in AccessAlly > Sales > Offer Setup > Your Monthly Offering

This monthly offering can be released right from the order with no additional emails needed because this is an existing member on your site. When they place an order they’ll click the button to get started and go to the existing member login page – no additional emails needed.

Payment Success

Step 3: Dashboard Setup

Now it’s time to display organize the dashboard to display your membership while allowing members to cancel and still see content purchased in the past!

SITE DASHBOARD

Here’s an example using the built-in AccessAlly Dashboard with a section for your new membership content. You can achieve this style by using the Offerings Wizard Dashboard to the Membership page.

Membership on Dashboard Page

Notice that the monthly offerings are also shown in this dashboard.

This is important for users that cancel the membership but still need to see the separate content they paid for. The dashboard page can hide the monthly content so non-members are unable to purchase while still showing the membership icon so non-members can join the membership!

MEMBERSHIP DASHBOARD

Here’s an example of the Membership Content page (which displays monthly course icons) by adding the icons to this page – only members can see them as available to purchase. You can achieve this style by adding monthly content icons individually to the Membership page.

Membership View

 

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Updated on April 30, 2021

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