MemberVault is the best place to host your wellness programs. Let me explain why.
It was a week before I launched my new membership. I was trying to get it set up on my website, where I had hosted other courses, but nothing was going the way I wanted. I didn’t like how it looked, it wasn’t integrated with my email and I kept running into problems. That’s when I found MemberVault.
I was browsing a Facebook group for membership sites and I heard about MemberVault. I decided at that point I had nothing to lose by trying it out. The fact that it was free for the first 100 users also caught my eye.
Since then I’ve added all my courses, ebooks, free guides and challenges to MemberVault. I’ve started up a new site and I like it so much I’ve become a Certified Partner.
But you are probably wondering why I love MemberVault so much and if it would work for you. Like any platform it’s not perfect, so I want to let you know the shortcomings as well. In this article I’m going to break down the pros and cons of using MemberVault for your health coach or fitness professional business.
What is MemberVault?
You are probably familiar with course platforms like Teachable, Thinkific or Kajabi. MemberVault has many of the features of these platforms but they don’t really consider themselves a course platform. MemberVault is actually a relationship marketing platform. The way MemberVault is set up allows you to cultivate more meaningful relationships with your audience. But you don’t have to take advantage of those features if you don’t want to.
The best features of MemberVault
100 user free platform
Rather than offer a short free trial, MemberVault offers all the features until you reach 100 users. This gives you lots of time to try out the platform and start making some sales before you have to start paying.
One thing to note.They don’t distinguish between paid and free users, so if you are hosting your free content on MemberVault that can fill up fairly quickly.
I’ve never worked with a platform that had such amazing support. When you sign up to use MemberVault you feel like you are part of a family. I got started on a Friday night and asked a question in the Facebook group. Within a few minutes, Mike, who is one of the company founders answered me.
And the other users are also very helpful in the Facebook group so you can always get an answer to your questions.
With most of the paid plans you also get weekly office hours where you can ask questions and get training on various MemberVault features.
Easy to set up
You can get a basic site set up in almost no time. After spending days trying to figure out how to host my program on my website and still not looking the way I wanted I was able to get a program set up on MemberVault in a few hours.
No additional service fees
MemberVault easily integrates with Stripe and PayPal. And they don’t charge any additional fee on top of the Stripe or PayPal commission.
Integrates with most email platforms
MemberVault easily integrates with Active Campaign, Convert Kit, MailChimp, InfusionSoft, Drip, Ontraport, MailerLite and Aweber. With other email service providers you need to use Zapier to integrate. This is not the case with some other platforms so check before you get started.
Fantastic marketplace to showcase your products
You can set up a fantastic looking marketplace to showcase your paid programs and free offers. But you can hide products if you want to keep offers just for certain clients. I use my MemberVault site as my work with me page for my website.
Your online audience can collect points for viewing and completing lessons. You can use the points to showcase engaged members or to open bonus modules.
One of the things I like most about MemberVault is how much you can customize. You can make your product page look unique and different from every other product page out there. You can also customize things like what happens when someone signs up for a product, completes a lesson or looks at a product they don’t own while logged in.
Being customizable means that the platform is also very flexible. I’ve used it to host a membership site, group coaching programs, free guides, challenges, an ebook and even 1:1 clients. You could even use it to stand in for a website when you are just getting started.
Reasons for not using Membervault
No platform is perfect and I would be remiss in just explain the good, without letting you know what I don’t like.
Lack of video hosting
Unlike many platforms, MemberVault doesn’t include video hosting. This means you have to use another platform to host video. On the other hand if your program uses only audio or you have a video host for something else. You are not paying for something you don’t use.
Product pages are not very pretty
The MemberVault answer to landing pages is the product page. It does take some work to make these look really nice. Of course you can use an external sales page and link to the MemberVault checkout page.
Question options are limited
For questions you are limited to multiple choice and essay style questions. On the other hand some course platforms don’t even offer this much.
It can be a little hard to get started
MemberVault setup is mostly pretty simple and the support is great. But there are a few challenges with understanding how all the pieces work together.
Requires an email service provider
Unlike all in one platforms, MemberVault does not include email. This is one thing that I’ve noticed that new users are surprised by. MemberVault does integrate easily with most email service providers, but you do have to set that up and you do have to have one to have any emails, including a welcome email when someone purchases a course.
Membervault is a great platform for health coaches and fit pros who want to sell digital products. You can use it for memberships, coaching programs, hosting your signature program, challenges and free guides. It doesn’t try to be something it’s not and does what it is meant to do very well and then allows you to integrate with other platforms to create the best user experience. If you want to try out MemberVault, then click here to create an account. If you are looking for support with MemberVault, check out my MemberVault page (it also gives you an example of what you can do with a MemberVault site).