With Disciple Media’s community app builder, you can quickly and easily build a beautiful digital home for your community.
As you’re reading this, the chances are that you’ve already thought about how your own app could transform your business… You could offer your members something truly unique, from the convenience of their phones. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to be free of the ads, algorithms and spam that floods third-party platforms like Facebook?
If that dream has felt out of reach (too expensive? Too technical?), then Disciple’s community app builder could be the answer for you. Disciple helps coaches and creators to build their own fully branded web and mobile apps. We take care of the tech side of things so that you can channel all of your energy into what you do best. Our whitelabel platform is affordable, customizable and user-friendly.
The Disciple platform puts you totally in control of your business, your revenue and the experience that you give your members. Think of it like this: your very own digital clubhouse where your members can come together, form meaningful connections and grow.
In this article, we’ll explore the key features of the platform and how our community app builder works.
The advantages of opting for a whitelabel community app builder
Embarking on the journey of creating a community app can often be overshadowed by concerns about high costs and lengthy development times.
Traditionally, crafting a custom app from scratch is a substantial investment, both financially and time-wise. Companies venturing into custom app development frequently face expenses exceeding $200,000, coupled with a development timeline stretching between 6 to 12 months. This extended period of waiting and huge cost can be a significant deterrent.
This is where the concept of a whitelabel community app builder becomes a game-changer. By choosing a whitelabel solution, you essentially bypass the common obstacles of app development. Whitelabel platforms offer a ready-made, tested product that is continuously improved and updated. This not only cuts down the development time dramatically but also reduces costs significantly compared to custom-built applications.
You get the benefit of launching a sophisticated, feature-rich community app (with your own branding) at a fraction of the cost and time, allowing you to focus more on growing your community and less on the technicalities of app development.
Key features of the Disciple platform
Disciple’s platform includes all the features you need to build a thriving and independent membership:
- Your own-branded mobile app: Your app is highly customizable, meaning that you can tailor it to your brand and the experience you want to offer your members. You and your members can access your app from mobile and desktop. Send push notifications and reach your members wherever they are.
- Manage and share your courses and content: Easily create and manage content and courses, including building a library of resources that will aid your members on their transformation journey.
- Enable your community to connect: Disciple has incorporated the best bits of social media that allow your people to build friendships and connections, and cut the ads, algorithms and spam. Build your own private and independent community, free from any third-party control (bye, Facebook!).
- Charge subscriptions and build sustainable revenue: Disciple’s monetization tools, including multi-tier subscriptions and in-app purchases, enable you to build a secure revenue model.
The Disciple Media platform is known for being ultra user-friendly and accessible to community hosts and members alike, no matter your level of tech expertise.
Create your own app with Disciple’s community app builder
1. Define your community app idea
Start by conceptualizing the core purpose of your community app. What niche does it cater to? What unique value will it offer to your audience? Consider the needs and preferences of your target community. This stage is about setting a clear vision and objectives for your app, ensuring it aligns with the broader goals of your organization or brand.
2. Plan your app
Next, translate your idea into a structured plan. Outline the app’s features, decide on the monetization strategy, and consider the necessary resources. Planning involves identifying the target audience, researching competitors, and setting a realistic timeline for development. This phase is crucial for laying a solid foundation for your app.
We recommend speaking to our team of community experts at this stage, to help you assess whether Disciple is the right fit for your community business. You can book a demo here.
3. Let us take care of the tech
At Disciple Media, we understand that technology can be daunting. That’s why our community app builder is designed to handle all the technical complexities, allowing you to focus on what you do best – building your community.
Our platform is engineered to be intuitive and user-friendly, requiring no prior technical knowledge. From the intricate aspects of server management to the nuances of app optimization, we manage it all. This means you don’t have to worry about the technicalities of coding, data security, or app maintenance.
Our dedicated team of experts ensures that your community app is not only technologically advanced but also secure, efficient, and up-to-date with the latest digital trends. Ultimately, this saves you a vast amount of worry and cash compared with totally independent custom app development.
4. Set up your developer accounts
Setting up your developer accounts is a critical step in launching your community app with Disciple’s community app builder: it’s the gateway to making your app available to users worldwide. Developer accounts are necessary for app submission and distribution on key platforms like the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. We’ll guide you through this straightforward but essential part of your app’s journey. With your accounts ready, you’re one step closer to sharing your community app with the world.
5. The real fun begins: start adding your branding and content
If you decide to go ahead with Disciple, you will be assigned a dedicated Customer Success Manager (CSM). Your CSM is there to help you with strategic decisions about how you set up and manage your app for the best results for your unique community.
Disciple’s platform has been described as ‘plug and play’, meaning it’s easy for you to get started with adding your branding, structuring your member experience and adding existing content. You get a user-friendly ‘console’, which is where you will manage the app from behind the scenes.
Our platform comes equipped with a user-friendly Content Management System (CMS), allowing you to upload, edit, and manage content seamlessly. Whether it’s articles, videos, podcasts, or interactive discussions, our CMS is designed to support diverse content formats. This flexibility ensures that your community app remains dynamic, informative, and entertaining. Furthermore, our content scheduling feature allows you to plan ahead for consistent content updates, keeping your community engaged and coming back for more.
Disciple also includes slick course functionality which enables you to share and sell your knowledge in a way that is easy for your audience to access and follow. Your app is available on mobile and desktop so people can learn in the way that suits them best.
6. Set up your monetization
Monetization is a crucial aspect of your community app’s success, and Disciple provides versatile options to monetize your platform effectively. Whether you’re looking to introduce subscription models, in-app purchases, or sponsored content, our app builder facilitates a range of monetization strategies.
You can customize the monetization features to align with your community’s preferences and the nature of your content. Our intuitive dashboard allows for easy tracking of revenue streams, giving you insights to optimize your monetization strategy over time. This flexibility ensures that you can generate sustainable revenue while providing value to your community members.
7. Testing and quality assurance
Once you are happy that your app is aligned with your brand and you have added your initial content, it is advisable to give a few trusted members early access in exchange for their feedback. Not only will you learn masses about whether the structure is logical and the app is meeting expectations, but you can also start creating a buzz inside the app so that things feel lively when you launch publically.
8. Launching your app
The launch of your community app is a pivotal moment in your journey with Disciple’s community app builder. This phase is about introducing your meticulously crafted app to the world. Successful launching involves several key steps:
- Pre-launch preparations: Before the official launch, ensure that all elements of your app are fully functional and optimized. This is the time to finalize any beta testing feedback and make last-minute adjustments. Creating a buzz around your app through marketing campaigns and social media teasers can significantly boost initial interest.
- App Store Optimization (ASO): To maximize visibility, optimize your app’s listing on platforms like the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. This includes crafting a compelling app description, selecting relevant keywords, and adding eye-catching visuals. ASO is crucial for improving your app’s discoverability among potential users.
- Launch announcement: Use your existing channels like email newsletters, social media, press releases, and your website to announce the launch. Clearly communicate the unique features and benefits of your community app to encourage downloads.
- Plan your launch content: We generally recommend having at least 3 weeks’ worth of content prepared for your launch so that you can hit the ground running and set consistent habits.
- Engage with early users: Once your app is live, actively engage with your early users. Gather feedback, address any concerns promptly, and demonstrate that you value user input. This not only helps in refining the app but also builds a loyal user base.
- Monitoring and analytics: Post-launch, it’s vital to monitor your app’s performance closely. Utilize analytics to understand user behavior, which features are most popular, and where there might be room for improvement. This data is invaluable for future updates and enhancements.
- Ongoing promotion: The launch is just the beginning. Continuously promote your app through various marketing strategies, partnerships, and community engagement activities to maintain momentum and attract new users.
Launching your app is an exciting step, but it’s also the start of an ongoing journey of growth and engagement. With Disciple’s support, your community app is well-positioned to make a significant impact from day one.
In a world where digital connection is more important than ever, Disciple Media offers a powerful, user-friendly solution to create and nurture your own community space.
Our community app builder is designed to be accessible for coaches and creators of all technical abilities, allowing you to focus on what really matters – building and engaging with your community. From setting up your developer accounts to populating your app with rich content, and from seamless monetization strategies to effective app launching techniques, we guide you through every step of the journey.
Disciple Media is not just a platform; it’s a partner in your quest to create a thriving digital clubhouse where your members can connect, grow, and learn together. With our tools and support, you are well-equipped to transform your community vision into a reality.
How technical do I need to be to use Disciple Media’s community app builder?
Our platform is designed for users of all technical levels. You don’t need any coding skills or technical background to create and manage your community app.
Can I customize the app to fit my brand?
Absolutely! Our app builder allows for extensive customization, enabling you to tailor the look, feel, and functionality to align perfectly with your brand identity.
What monetization options does Disciple Media offer?
We offer various monetization options, including multi-tier subscriptions, in-app purchases, and the ability to host sponsored content. Our platform is flexible to suit different revenue models.
How does Disciple Media handle app updates and maintenance?
Our team takes care of all the technical aspects of app maintenance and updates, ensuring your app remains cutting-edge and runs smoothly at all times.
Is it possible to get feedback on my app before the full launch?
Yes, we recommend conducting a beta test with a group of trusted members to gather feedback and create initial engagement within your app.
What support does Disciple Media provide in launching the app?
We offer guidance on pre-launch preparations, App Store Optimization, launch announcements, and post-launch analytics and promotion strategies. Our team is here to support you at every stage.
How does the Content Management System (CMS) work?
Our CMS is user-friendly and versatile, allowing you to easily upload, edit, and schedule a variety of content types including articles, videos, and podcasts, ensuring your app remains dynamic and engaging.