Quickstart Guide: Setting Up Your Program

Welcome aboard! So you’re all set up with the Authoritive platform and raring to build your first program (woohoo!). In this post, we’ll guide you through each step of setting up your first program. We’ve designed this to be as simple as possible, but don’t worry, we’re still here if you need support. 

Step 1: Create New Program: Once you’re logged into your account click on “Create New Program.” 

This will take you to the Program Details page where you can start customizing your program with a Title & Objective. 

The first field is Program Title, which will be the main identifier for your program. Don’t fret over picking the perfect name from the get-go, you can always change it later. 

The second field is Objective. Here’s where you describe your program goals – what your participants will gain. This is like your top-secret gameplan only visible to you and the Authoritive team – be as specific as possible! Don’t worry about it being public facing, just think about what success looks like for a program participant and how you can measure it. By staying focused on your objectives, your content will be right on track with your goals.

Next, you’ll see the Cadence section, which determines the frequency of your SMS messages and when they are sent.  

As default, your participants will get a message daily at 10:00 AM in their local time zone when they sign up for your program. Of course, you have the power to customize this to fit your program’s needs! Maybe you want to send messages on specific days of the week or at different times of the day.

Create a custom cadence that’s just right for you! In the Cadence & Days field, choose which days of the week to send messages. For instance, if you are a fitness coach who wants to keep your participants motivated, you can send daily workout plans every weekday morning at 6am. You can also choose to have a morning message and an evening message. With this feature, your content can hit the target, every time! 

Finally, Duration is where you decide how long your program will last. Many SMS programs run from 21 to 30 days, but you have full control. You can easily adjust duration things around later on. Just remember, whatever duration you set will determine the number of topics created for you during the next phase of program development.

These initial decisions are like sketching out the rough design for your program or course. How long you want it to run, what the overall goals are for participants and when you want messages sent. From here, you’ll begin to color inside the lines and watch your program fill in. 

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