GroupApp is a community platform that allows you to bring your audience together with courses to form a learning community.
Having courses and community in one place can boost retention, improve member success, and increase membership and course sales. If you’re a course creator interested in a community-first approach to selling courses then you may like what GroupApp offers.
GroupApp has a lot of features that make it a viable alternative to Facebook groups and other social media community platforms.
Notable features include:
- rich discussions
- member profiles
- events calendar
- courses / cohort-based courses
- direct message and group chat
- community channels
- Single sign-on
- API and Zapier integration
- email marketing
To get started with GroupApp, you have two choices – a free account which you can use with no time limits and doesn’t need a credit card to get started or a 14-day free trial of any paid plan.
The 14-day free trial allows you to test the paid features for a limited time. You can’t test paid features while on a free plan so it’s best to start with a 14-day free trial and then transition to the free account when your trial expires.
Plans start at $39/month and go all the way up to $499/month. There is a discount applied when you choose annual billing. Plans have limits in terms of how many group members and channels you can have so as your business scales, your pricing increases.
In this article, I’m going to show you how easy it is to get started with GroupApp and what you can expect when signing up.
Signing Up for a GroupApp Free Trial
There are two ways to sign up for a GroupApp account to start building your community and courses.
- Create a free account – no credit card is necessary and there are no time limits.
- Get a 14-day free trial – you’ll need to enter your credit card but you’ll get to try a paid plan and features.
If you need to try out the paid features then your starting point should be with a free trial. You can always cancel and stay on the free account.
On the homepage of the GroupApp website, you’re pointed towards creating a free account.
To start with the free trial, you’ll need to go to the pricing page, look at the plans and click on the “Start 14-day trial” button to sign up.
Here’s what happens during the signup process.
1. Fill in the signup form
2. Verify your account
After creating your account, GroupApp will send a message to the email address you signed up with containing a 6-digit code.
Retrieve the code from your email and fill it in here to verify your account.
3. Enter details to create your community
Next, you’ll be asked to enter details to create your community. These details include the name of your community and a description, your subdomain url, your privacy setting and preferred brand colors.
All of these options can be changed later in your admin settings and you can get a custom domain so you don’t have to use a group.app subdomain.
4. Choose a plan to free trial
Once you’re done setting up your community, it is time to pick a plan to free trial. You can choose between three paid plans and also toggle the billing duration switch to choose between monthly and yearly billing.
The Pro plan is the recommended plan because it allows you to use all of the GroupApp features for a full 14-days before being billed.
5. Enter your billing details
After confirming the plan that you wish to free trial, you’ll be asked to enter your credit card information. This is so that they can automatically bill you when your free trial is over. You can cancel at any time and still enjoy any days remaining in your trial.
There was no PayPal option available so you’ll need to enter a credit or debit card to start.
On the billing page, you can still switch over to annual billing by claiming the savings quoted at the top of the billing page. I chose the Pro Plan so I’d save $120/y if I decided to do annual billing instead.
If you have a promo code, then this would be the best time to enter it and get your discount.
6. Quick onboarding questions
The signup is complete but you’ll have to answer some quick onboarding questions before you’re shown the dashboard.
The first one is about migration and the options are that you’re just starting out and you’re moving from another platform.
Other questions asked seek to find out about:
- audience size
- creator type – blogger, YouTuber etc
- your goal – earn from courses, grow membership community etc
Finally, they want to know how you heard about GroupApp. I heard about them after Googling to do research on Skool which is a similar community platform.
Finally, you’re sent to the dashboard where you can watch a video walk-through from the site’s creator, Dornubari Vizor.
What You Get On a GroupApp Free Trial
Since you get to choose which plan you want to free trial, what you get depends on the features offered on your plan of choice.
It is recommended that you choose the Pro plan as this is the plan that has all the features available in GroupApp.
There is a more expensive plan but you don’t actually get more features. This plan only allows for more resources and comes with an account manager, 1:1 setup and onboarding, custom API integration and more where you need to actually be a paying member.
Once you choose the Pro plan, you’ll be able to do everything that GroupApp lets you do.
- Set up your community
- Add up to 30 community channels
- Create unlimited courses
- Create events
- Schedule posts and emails
- Drip feed your courses
- Segment your audience
- Allow single sign-on
- Zapier integration
- Group chat and direct messaging
You can start building your community and selling your courses for free during the first 14 days. GroupApp doesn’t charge any transaction fees unless you’re on a free plan. This is another good reason to start with a free trial instead of a free account.
Should You Use GroupApp?
GroupApp has a very easy to use interface for creating a learning community. The course builder can be a bit clunky at first but you can get used to it after you’ve created your first course. Despite that, GroupApp is still a good option for course creators.
The platform offers a community-first approach which means you get to have a highly engaged and interested audience who will be more likely to complete your courses, stay with your program longer and feel supported and motivated.
While GroupApp doesn’t currently have all the community features of more popular platforms like Mighty Networks or Circle, they are growing and developing. They are working on live streaming and video chat features as well as Android and iOS apps for mobile access.
In terms of plans and pricing, each plan has its limits and you will need to upgrade to the next plan if you outgrow your resources. Courses and students are unlimited but 10,000 members on Pro should be enough for most businesses who are just getting started.
To experience the platform yourself is better than any review so check out the free 14-day trial they offer and choose the Pro plan.