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Membership & Community Platforms: Ugenie vs Disciple


As mentioned in The 7 Best Membership & Subscription Community Platforms, there's a variety of options in the current marketplace. We provide detailed side-by-side comparisons between our offering, Ugenie, and other popular choices. In this article, we report in relation to Disciple Media. Please note that our analysis was conducted at the time and date of this article.



Analysis of Ugenie


Ugenie is a dedicated platform for membership businesses to build, grow, and engage with their communities. Using a social media-inspired design, users feel an instant familiarity with the mobile and web platforms. It also has a pricing structure that is accessible to small businesses. Below, we delve into Ugenie's key advantages and disadvantages.



Advantages

Simple by Design

Ugenie has been designed for non-technical administrators. It is 'simple by design'. Through market research, the Ugenie founders felt other online community platforms were difficult to transition to and overcomplicated to set up and run. Richard Davies, the founder of My Business LINCS Café, is also the networking group's hub manager on Ugenie and praises the app's simplicity and functionality.


Affordability & Price Flexibility

Ugenie offers a manageable and affordable subscription-based pricing option in uHubs and uHubs+. Also, they cater to more funded and established membership businesses in uApp.


Admin Dashboard, Onboarding Support and Consultancy Ugenie offers a stand-alone administration portal to invite members, add content and analyse activity. Thus, it offers extra support, guidance and resources to help start or transition a membership site. Each uHub, uHub+ and uApp community leader and their team receive onboarding training as well as access to the thriving Ugenie Community of insights and useable documents. The Right Number of Integrations Adding way too many integrations to an online community platform results in clunkiness and greater risks of technical issues. Ugenie focuses only on the most important integrations, such as Live Streaming, Payments and YouTube to maintain simplicity.


Content Management Ugenie's content management system comprises a document library, resource library and video folder, alongside content scheduling and management functions. John F. Kelly, the founder of The Connected Salesperson, uses uHubs+. He says he has "truly benefited from Ugenie's efficient content management system," crucial for his deliverance of sales-driven eLearning.


Unlimited Member Types and Groups Members can be segmented by Member Types and Groups for content targeting. This offers detailed breakdowns of who your members are and what they desire.


Monetisation Options The Marketplace and Offers sections allow leaders to monetise their communities via product promotions, sponsorships, affiliate marketing, discounts and special deals. Further, Ugenie's payment integration is due for launch in 2021, meaning that the platform will develop into a centralised hub to collect standard membership fees.


Disadvantages

Limited Integrations

Ugenie has fewer integrations than other options on the market. For example, they do not have a Zapier integration. They have adapted and developed their features based on the demands of their customers who tend to be non-technical administrators of smaller communities. Ugenie's approach may restrict larger businesses that seek to incorporate external apps beyond the basics.


Missing Features

Ugenie is currently missing some key features needed to efficiently run a membership business. However, payment integration, group chat and live streaming are all in development due to customer requests and will be coming soon.

No eLearning Delivery

Though Ugenie provides content management tools, there's currently no option to deliver courses or education through something similar to a Learning Management System (LMS). However, e-learning is coming to Ugenie at the end of 2021.


Requires Effort

Growing an online community on any platform involves a level of iterative learning and improvement. However, if a community leader is not driven to monetise, migrate from Facebook or immerse themselves in the Ugenie Community, they may struggle.



Analysis of Disciple


Disciple Media are helping brands build independent and trusted communities and grow their revenue and engagement to gain total control without external restrictions. Below are the key advantages and disadvantages of Disciple's offering.



Advantages

Analytics Software

Disciple has a better and more sophisticated analytics software than many of its competitors, though most do offer such a solution. 'Monthly Average Users (MAU)' and 'Weekly Active Members Over 12 Weeks' both signal the complexity of their filters.


Zapier Integration

Disciple uses a Zapier integration to build a bridge between their platform and other apps. However, there may be more technical knowledge required to power it.


Immersive Wall

When posting content, community leaders can 'full-screen' or 'maximise' content to emphasise announcements, which is perhaps Disciple's most unique feature.


Disadvantages

Too Many Integrations

Disciple has added a lot of integrations. However, more integrations may come at the expense of lower functionality and more outstanding technical issues. More Expensive

Disciple's Web Plan is more expensive than the Ugenie equivalent, which is uHubs. Also, Disciple's monthly fee for a mobile app is greater than Ugenie's for uApp.


Costly Administrator Seats

Disciple charges more for extra Administrator seats. This may limit free-flowing member promotion within a community and reduce a leader's budget during growth periods. No Document Library

Disciple does not have a document library where both business owners and members can share more complex resources with their online community.


Hierarchical Nature of 'Followers'

Disciple has included 'follower' statistics for member profiles. As a result, their online communities may be hierarchical.


Comparing Ugenie to Disciple


By downloading the Excel document below, you will receive a comprehensive comparison of Ugenie and Disciple based on current information available in the market. The comparison dives into each platform's accessibility, availability, guidance, functionality, capability, content management, member management, community management, interactions, customisability, integrations, analytics system, monetisation options, marketing functions, security level and administrative functions.


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Reasons to Choose Ugenie

1. By being 'simple by design', Ugenie is easier to use than Disciple

2. Ugenie's uHubs and uApp are more affordable than Disciple's Web Plan and mobile app

3. Ugenie focuses on including the right number of integrations rather than too many

4. With a document library, Ugenie's content management system is more sophisticated

5. Ugenie offer multiple Administrator roles with no additional costs

6. Marketplace, Offers and payment integration provide many monetisation options

7. Ugenie is more accessible for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)


Final Verdict


There you have it! There's an in-depth comparison between Ugenie and Disciple.

Each has features and functionalities that distinguish them from each other, cater to different audiences, and solve different community engagement problems.


Obviously, we regard Ugenie as being the membership and subscription community platform that you should choose.


We have particularly placed emphasis on Ugenie's ease of use, affordability, integrations, content management system, administrative capabilities, monetisation options and accessibility for small to medium-sized businesses.


If you are a community leader, or in the business of community, try a Ugenie hub, for free, for 14 days: https://www.ugenie.io/trial

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