FAQ

What if I’m not a creative person?

That’s okay! While creativity is a nice asset, this course is specifically for people who aren’t necessarily creative–but need their marketing materials to make a killer first impression. Particularly when you might not always have access to a designer or copywriter. Because even if it’s just a little PDF, it matters. And people are deciding if they’re going to do business with you–or not–based on how they perceive you. Let’s make sure you get perceived the way you deserve. Creativity aside.

What happens after I purchase?

You’ll be taken to a screen where you can instantly access the course. Pause whenever you’d like; log-in again to resume anytime. Reference over and over again anytime your brand & business needs to pop. If you need any help, you can email us at brandgasm101[@]gmail.com.

Can I pay in installments?

At this time, we are not offering installment pricing.

Is this a live course?

No, this is a self-study, do it at your own pace, course. Once you purchase, you will have access to all the materials and you can work at whatever pace you wish. The only “live” aspect of the course is the Facebook group that you are welcome to participate in.

Will I have access to the Brandgasm 101 Facebook group?

Yep! As part of the self-study course, you’ll be given access to the peer-to-peer Facebook group. Once you purchase, you’ll get a link to the Facebook group, then you need to request access. Within 24-48 hours, you’ll be given access and can start sharing and networking with your peers! (Note: Jamie + Ash will not be involved in the Facebook group… it is a place to support and share with your peers.)

Will I need Photoshop for the design portion?

Yes, and if you’re not familiar with any other program, then you should familiarize yourself with Photoshop. Photoshop is the industry standard for graphic designers and all of the Brandgasm 101 tutorials will be taught using screenshots and step-by-step instructions from Photoshop CS6. You can use a program like Gimp if you’d like, but it is up to you to apply the lessons you learn in the course to your own program, since our course will be taught in Photoshop CS6. The most recent version of Photoshop is Photoshop CC, but all tutorials can be easily used in Photoshop CC even though they were filmed in Photoshop CS6. There are a few options for how to get access to Photoshop CC and you can view them here on the Adobe website. You’d only need the single app (Photoshop), which will be between $9.99/mo. to $19.99/mo. through a Creative Cloud membership (which is the only way to purchase Photoshop at this point).

What if I’ve never used Photoshop?

That’s okay! You’ll be receiving a preparation kit immediately following registration specifically aimed at helping you get up to speed on the basics, so you can familiarize yourself with the program a little bit, and that way we’ll all start on the same page. Don’t worry–we won’t make it overly complicated. The idea here is DIY. And in order for that to be effective, we’re teaching you the easy breezy (read: smart) way to make things look professional.

 

Does this include instruction on web development?

While this is a DIY design & copywriting class, it doesn’t include instruction on web development. Why? Because the materials you’ll be learning to design are meant to be easy to implement into your website without HTML and CSS knowledge. Most WordPress themes make it easy to upload a header, for example, amd all of your badges and buttons can be uploaded within the content area of your pages and posts as simple images. If you’re interested in learning more about HTML and CSS, there are some fantastic workshops available that you can take in addition to Brandgasm 101. However, as industry leaders, we know that design is more expensive than development, especially if you want to continually update your materials. As we see it, design is the first step and we want to give you the tools to craft your brand. Additionally, there are plenty of WordPress themes that offer robust customization opportunities, such as Thesis and Genesis, to name a couple at the top of the field. If you use either of these themes, Shatterboxx would be happy to give you a discount on uploading and implementing your design once the course is complete. Then, for sales pages, we recommend using Premise, which allows you to add your own graphics (the ones you make with Brandgasm 101)! There are plenty of ways to easily implement the designs and copy you create with our course without needing a development team behind you, we promise 🙂

What’s the format like?

Think short ‘n snappy, step-by-step, actionable tutorial style. A hybrid of punchy screencasts, step-by-step screenshots, and easy-to-follow written instructions.

How much time will this take to go through?

It’s at your own pace completely.

Will I get access to all of the learning materials at once?

Yep! You’ll have lifetime access to the materials.

Is this going to be fun, useful, and the best investment I’ll make all year?

You can bet your business on it.

If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to..well, help.