What to Look For Before Buying Social Media Marketing Courses

Social Media Marketing Courses: What You Should Consider Before Buying One

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It’s time to choose from the many social media marketing courses out there. 

Why? 

Because you know that it’s going to be worth your time and money to upgrade and increase your skillset. Think about it, you could either be a freelancer, remote worker, or entrepreneur, and you want to …

…see yourself attract more qualified leads, sales, and repeat customers or clients. 

…hear yourself say that you can actually get things done. 

…feel the accomplishment of getting paid better doing an excellent job.

When you invest in learning in an effective course, you not only build up yourself. You also get to add more value to your present and potential clients. 

But let’s face it, there are tons of courses to choose from! Where do you even begin? 

Whether you like it or not, choosing from all the social media marketing courses can help you. Or it can be a waste of time, effort, and money. 

You don’t exactly have all the time and money in the world to buy all the courses out there. It’s better to perform due diligence before purchasing the course that’s right for you. 

So in this article, we’re going to look at …

  1. What You Need to Consider For Yourself 
  2. What To Avoid 
  3. What To Look For and What to Do Next 

…in considering the right one among all the social media marketing courses out there. 

Let’s start…

What You Need to Consider For Yourself 

You can’t dive into something without considering how it will affect you. The same thing holds true in choosing from the many courses out there. Look at the following things before committing your time, money, and effort. 

GOALS

You need to ask yourself why you need to buy a social media course. Decide if you’re doing this for business, freelancing career, or to upgrading your skillset. It’s easier to get into the curriculum and finish it when you have clarity in your goals. Otherwise, you’re going to waste your time and money. 

RESOURCES

When you buy any online course, it’s not only an investment in money. You also have to consider the time and effort you put into it. Because let’s face it, buying a course does not make you an expert. You have to use the resources of time and energy. You also need to practice to make sure that you will get the best bang for your buck. 

POTENTIALS

Of course, the motivation for buying an online course means you will gain an expanded skill set. But if that is the only thing that you will get, then you get limited gains from your investment. If the online course you bought does not give you access to… 

  • reputable mentors
  • improved communication skills 
  • network-building opportunities 

…then the course won’t be worth it.

Of course, there are other considerations that you have for yourself. But start with those three before leaping off to buy that course. 

When you have an idea about what you want to get out of the potential social media marketing course that you’ll buy, you’d need to know …

What To Avoid 

Let’s face it, it’s actually easy to create a “course.” Every wannabe guru can list down potential topics and create content out of it. Sooner or later, they will market it to sorry individuals. These same individuals will then experience buyer’s remorse. And there’s regret after purchasing a shoddy “social media marketing course.” 

That’s why you have to consider the following things as well before being prey to those “gurus.”

ONLY CONTENT

If the course is content without actionable steps, consider it a red flag. Remember, you don’t buy a course because of content. You bought it for the steps it will give you to become skilled or experienced. Worse still, you can google the content that they are selling. You don’t want that! You’re not paying for someone to search Google to give you the answers. 

OUTDATED MATERIAL 

Yes, there are courses out there that aren’t relevant anymore. But there are still people buying them because of marketing hype. Don’t fall into the trap of purchasing an outdated course because of hype. It will do harm to your reputation when you act on their irrelevant advice. 

TOO MUCH HYPE, NO SUBSTANCE

You’ve seen a lot of advertising online about these courses. An effective advertising campaign to sell it would show promise. But if it shows too much hype, you have to be careful. Because you don’t need the hype. You are after the substance that will help bring your skills up. 

NO ACCOUNTABILITY

Sure, the course may have the best and up to date content. But if there is no accountability in… 

  • customer support
  • mentorship
  • practice opportunities 

…you’re better off not buying that course. A practical course aims to help you. It guarantees your success – not in skills but also in growth opportunities. 

You don’t want to experience buyer’s remorse. Don’t limit your decision to the hype. You need to get your goals straight and perform due diligence. 

That’s why you’ll need to know … 

What To Look For and What To Do Next 

Look at the following things before purchasing and committing to your choice.

CONTENT

You are getting skills out of a course. In learning skills, there should be up to date and relevant content. The content should be actionable. Ask yourself … 

  • What topics do they cover in their curriculum? 
  • Is what they’re teaching relevant to you and your goals? 

What to Do: 

  1. Look at your goals and the reasons why you need to take the course 
  2. Look at the potential courses you are buying and their outlines. Make sure that there are clear descriptions of each topic.
  3. Compare their outlines and see which ones will fit your unique goals and needs.

INSTRUCTORS

A good teacher can turn even the most boring subject into a joy to learn. A bad instructor can turn even the most exciting topic to torture tools. And better yet, you need to look for instructors who invest their time in your success. They go beyond mere resource persons and become mentors, who provide lasting value. Ask yourself …

  • Do they have reputable, and even certified, instructors? 
  • Do they give you access or ways to communicate with their instructors? 
  • Can you get mentorship or apprenticeship from their instructors? 

What to Do: 

  1. Note who the instructor or instructors are.
  2. Search online for information about the instructors or instructors in: 
    1. Websites 
    2. Social Media 
    3. Other online profiles
    4. News
  3. Connect with people who took the online course and ask them about the instructors.

COMMUNITY

Learning and building a skillset doesn’t come in a vacuum. You need a community to interact with. This community can not only help you develop your skills. It can also be a potential source of customers or clients. It’s also a way to be accountable in building yourself as an expert and a professional. Ask Yourself…

  • Do they have a community as part of their efforts in learning? 
  • Is their community committed to helping you succeed? 

What to Do: 

  1. Look at their offer and see if they also have an “exclusive group” as part of the course features.
  2. Connect with people who took the course. Get information on whether they have an active community or not.

COST

With your goals in mind, you need to weigh in your resources. You have to count the cost of investing in a program. Of course, this isn’t about money. You also have to consider the energy, effort, and time. And let’s not forget the potential that you are aiming at. Ask Yourself…

  • Does the course fit with your current resources (time, money,.and effort)?
  • Does the potential outweigh the costs? 

What to Do: 

  1. Consider the resources you have. 
  2. Consider the potential payoff you will get once you have finished the course. 

EFFECTIVITY

The marketing must have persuaded you. You want a course that is effective for you and your business, career, or employment. You want something that will not only add to your credentials but also give you a useful skillset. Ask yourself…

  • How many successes has this course created? 
  • Can the course give guarantees of its effectivity? 

What to Do: 

  1. Consider the feedback on the course. 
  2. Reach out to people who have taken the course. 
  3. Find out if there is a money-back guarantee. 

You deserve to get ahead in the game. Whether you are a…

  • freelancer 
  • entrepreneur 
  • remote worker

…investing in your skills is going to be worth your while. With this guide, you can have a more informed decision-making process. 

After all, you deserve the right investment for your learning and goals.

Bo Moldez

Bo is a copywriter and digital marketing professional working as a staff of Social Media Academy. He likes long walks in the mountains and sleeping like a baby.

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