On today’s episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we’re talking about online learning with my guests Ursula Morgan and Julie Roehm.
Ursula is the CEO of Creativebug, the award-winning DIY art and craft instruction site with 1,000+ videos for all skill levels. For $9.95/month, consumers have an all-access, no boundaries pass to all their creative interests. In her role as CEO Ursula grew subscriptions by 533% in her first year, a further 75% in year two, and 60% in year three. Creativebug under Ursula’s stewardship was acquired by JOANN stores in April 2017.
Julie Roehm is the Founder and now Vice President of Partnerships and Operations at Creativebug. Before founding Creativebug she spent 15 years in the financial services industry where she managed a team of user experience designers to create exceptional customer experiences.
We begin this conversation by talking about what Creativebug offers today and how Julie and her co-founders came up with the idea for the company originally. Creativebug has been bought and sold several times and last year was acquired by JOANN. Ursula and Julie explain the synergy they feel with JOANN and how the new arrangement is working for Creativebug.
We also discuss who the competitors are and how Creativebug differentiates itself in the online learning market. Ursula and Julie give examples of things that have worked well over the years and experiments that haven’t panned out quite as well. I ask them to explain what they’re looking for in a Creativebug instructor, whether they accept pitches, and what you can do to make yourself a more attractive candidate to teach on the platform.
- my article about instructor compensation on Bluprint
- Brit + Co.
- Creativebug on YouTube
- Ursula on the Craftsanity podcast
- Arounna’s punch needle class
- Demand Media and the Chernin Group
And, of course, I ask Ursula and Julie to recommend great stuff they’re loving right now.
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