Have you ever participated in an online challenge?
They are a quick way to learn some new skills or strategies.
When I say quick, I mean over a period of a few days to a month. They do require that you spend some time on each day.
The reason I decided to create and run a challenge was that I wanted to help people learn some strategies to attract their ideal clients.
The selfish motive was to show them that I am knowledgable about client attraction so that they would want to learn more and would join my 6 month program, “Time To Shine.”
I didn’t focus on selling the program, although I did mention a couple of times that there would be many more strategies in Time To Shine.
Are you unclear on how a challenge works?
A challenge runs for a set number of days and people participating in it get an email each day. The email tells a bit about that day’s activities and generally contains a link to a dedicated website page which provides a video, an audio or text which gives directions.
In my case, I ran the challenge for five days. Each day the person got an email from me giving the link to the dedicated page as well as links to the previous pages on days 2, 3, 4 and 5.
The dedicated website page welcomed them and contained a short audio which told about the strategies for that day. It also included a link to a worksheet pdf which contained exercises to complete as the person listened to the audio. Last, it listed ways to earn points because people could choose to compete for a scholarship to my 6 month group experience program.
They would post “proof” that they completed the exercises that gave them points.
My facebook group, Virtual Brainstorming for +40 Women Entrepreneurs provided a place for people to post their “proof” and also to comment on other people’s posts and ask for support. Proof could be either a screenshot or tagging me in posts.
I’m writing this on the Friday that is the last day of the challenge. It won’t really be over though until Monday because I am letting the competitors have until then to post their “proof” and possibly win the scholarship.
It has been interesting interacting with the people who chose to post their “proof.” I have commented on or liked each post and either complimented them or made suggestions of how they might improve their results.
It was well worth the effort because I got a lot of feedback, telling me how much the participants learned either on one or more particular assignments or the entire challenge experience.
I will definitely create challenges like this in the future. I like to help people and they are a good way to expand my community because participants encourage their friends to join.
The other big plus is the engagement that happens in the Facebook group where people make comments, ask questions and support each other. The participants feel very connected to each other and make positive remarks on each others’ contributions.
Have you participated in a challenge like this? Did it live up to the results it promised?