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Social Media Marketing Agency – Background Information
Tai Lopez’s Social Media Marketing Agency 2.0 is an online course that promises to teach you “how to start your own marketing agency with social media and get small businesses to hire you.”
According to a sales page for the course, more than 35,000 people have signed up to date.
See our quick video review of SMMA here:
The full program is organized into 4 main modules:
- Phase 1 – Business Set-Up
- Phase 2 – Mastering Social Media Marketing
- Phase 3 – Acquiring Clients
- Phase 4 – Automating, Servicing & Building Your Team
There are also dozens of bonus lessons, archived monthly live calls, and an active Facebook group for students.
The full course consists mainly of video lessons from a variety of teachers, with 64+ hours of material available as soon as you sign up.
This SMMA 2.0 review aims to help you decide if the course is a good fit for you.
- We paid $97 for access to the course, via a discount offer to Tai Lopez’s newsletter subscribers.
- We both went through the course materials and took notes.
- Niall joined the private Facebook group for members and had a look around.
- We discussed our impressions of the course, what we liked, what we didn’t like, etc.
- We agreed we were happy with the course overall and would not be requesting a refund.
- We searched online for other reviews of the course to see if there were any key points we missed.
- We wrote a first draft of this review.
- We sent the draft to our Freedom Business Builder community and asked for feedback.
- We made our final edits and published the review.
Note: We may earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase through referral links in this review. Read our full disclosure here.
Pros Of Social Media Marketing Agency 2.0
There are more than 64 hours of video training inside the full program, making up 130+ lessons on all aspects of building a social media marketing agency, such as:
- Naming and forming your company
- Finding your niche
- Building a website
- How to build a following on all the major social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
- Facebook ads
- Google ads
- Copywriting for social media
- Email marketing
- Building funnels
- Search Engine Optimization
- Finding clients / Lead generation
- Closing the sale
- Increasing lifetime value of clients
- Scaling the business
- See a full listing of all the course content on the sales page
Within the program you’ll also find case studies from successful students, and the live calls keep you updated on new trends and best practices in social media.
For the most part, the videos are entertaining and easy to watch.
If anything, there may be too much content within the course, to the point where some students might find it overwhelming (more on this later).
2. Taught By Multiple Experts
Unlike The 67 Steps (reviewed here), a course where every core lesson is taught by Tai Lopez himself, Social Media Marketing Agency 2.0 is taught by multiple digital marketing experts.
In the 4 core modules alone, we counted 34 different teachers throughout the lessons, and at least a dozen more appear in the bonus sections and on the live calls.
While the many-teachers approach has some drawbacks (see below), the big benefit is that you get to absorb the expertise and perspectives of multiple professionals all within one course.
List of teachers in the 4 core modules of SMMA 2.0
(Note that this may not be a complete list, as new lessons are regularly added/updated in SMMA.)
|Tai Lopez||Social Media Expert + Investor|
|Terry||Tai’s head consultant|
|Nicholas Kirchner||Founder of Pixsuls|
|Chin Gregory||Founder and CEO of CGM Group|
|Peter Wang||Project Manager, Knowledge Society|
|Adam Torres||Author & International Speaker. CEO of Century City Wealth Management.|
|Joe Soto||Social media agency specialist|
|Franziska Iseli||Author and Co-founder, BasicBananas.com|
|Nathan Chan||Founder & Publisher, Foundr Magazine|
|Dan Fleyshman||Author, Angel Investor of 24 Companies|
|Raymond Duke||Sales Funnel Copywriter|
|Alex Mehr||Entrepreneur, Investor, Start-Up Advisor|
|Sean Vosler||Joint Venture Manager at Knowledge Society|
|Chris Record||CEO & Founder, Tecademics.com|
|Jeremy Haynes||CEO/Founder Megalodon Marketing|
|Nick Unsworth||Founder & CEO of Life On Fire|
|Felix Hartmann||CEO of Fund This, author|
|Anthony Morrison||Author, Entrepreneur, AnthonyMorrison.com|
|Adrian Morrison||Author, Online Marketer, AdrianMorrison.com|
|Bryson Hilton||CEO & Founder of Lead Experiments, Investor|
|Mike Arce||CEO & Founder of Loud Rumor, theGSDshow.com|
|Rohan Sheth||CEO of RohanShethConsulting.com|
|Josh Earp||Multi-Billionaire Consultant, Business Growth Strategist|
|Michael Crouch||CEO of BlueCamp.com|
|David J. Woodbury||Entrepreneur, Affiliate Marketer|
|Peter Dulay||Conversion Giant|
|Braydon Ross||Owner of Ross Consulting, Investor, Public Speaker|
|Paul Getter||The Internet Marketing Nerd, Marketing Expert|
|Jaiden Gross||Social Media Marketing Specialist|
|Zach Johnson||Founder of Funnel Dash|
|Austin Distel||Founder of Remote CEO|
|Billy Gene||Paid Advertising|
|Grant Cardone||Author, sales trainer, social media marketer|
|Jennifer Baca||CEO of Knowledge Society|
3. Active Facebook Group
Also in contrast to Tai’s 67 Steps program, SMMA 2.0 has an active Facebook group, with ~22,000 members and dozens of posts every day.
While many of the discussions in the group tend to be rather basic, and there doesn’t appear to be a lot of moderation going on, for the most part we found it to be a supportive and encouraging community, and a nice add-on to the SMMA course itself.
4. Real Success Stories
We’ve learned to be skeptical of success stories displayed on course sales pages, but we can’t discredit the numerous success stories we found posted behind closed doors in the SMMA private Facebook group.
We screenshotted a few below, with names/identities hidden for privacy.
Again, those are all reports from students of SMMA 2.0, posted within the program’s private Facebook group, so only other students who had already paid for the program could see them.
(Also: given that there are so many Tai Lopez scam accusations out there, we made sure to check out the profiles of all the people sharing those success stories, and yes, they all appear to be real people living real lives.)
5. Excellent Value For Money
We’ve seen reports that when SMMA was first released in 2016, the price tag was as high as $997.
Nowadays the “everyday price” is listed as $697, but you can usually find it available for $197 or less, and for that price it’s great value.
We ended up paying $97 for access, and while the course isn’t perfect (see below), we certainly feel we got our money’s worth.
We’ve yet to come across another course that offers such comprehensive training from so many experts, with a thriving private community and dozens of believable success stories to boot.
Cons Of Social Media Marketing Agency 2.0
1. Poorly Organized
Perhaps the initial release of SMMA was well structured and organized, but the 2.0 update in 2018 seemed to muddle things up quite a bit.
A few examples to illustrate:
- There are two welcome videos for the course: one from a guy named Terry – who never appears in the course again – seems to have been the original intro; and another from Tai Lopez himself, introducing the updated version of the course.
- Phase 3 of the course is entitled “Acquiring Clients,” but there are multiple videos in Phase 2 (“Mastering Social Media Marketing”) on the topic of acquiring clients, including one lesson called, “20 Ways To Find Clients.”
- You’ll often find two or more teachers covering the same topic in different lessons, and occasionally contradicting each other. For example, Peter Wang recommends building your website on Squarespace or Weebly, while Sean Vosler later recommends building your website on Wix.
- There is a whole section beyond the 4 core modules/phases entitled “Facebook Marketing,” which features 6 lessons from Nicholas Kirchner. It’s hard to tell if this is the definitive material on Facebook ads within the course, or if the several other lessons by different teachers on the same topic should take precedence.
In short, while there is a ton of helpful and insightful material in the course, it seems to have been thrown together in haphazard fashion, and it’s left to you, the student, to resolve all the disorder and contradiction.
2. Outdated In Places
The original course content – approximately 40% of the course material – was created in 2016, and given how fast digital media evolves, it’s become quite dated already.
For example, you’ll still find videos of Tai talking about the “new” iPhone 7, and there’s no mention in the course of GDPR.
The live calls do help to offset the outdated material, but it’s left to the student to check for themselves if the best practices and recommendations in each lesson are still valid.
Which, in fairness, is easy enough to do via the private Facebook group.
3. Some Teachers Much Better Than Others
As noted, there are at least 34 different teachers in the 4 core modules of the course alone, and the quality of their material and delivery varies quite a bit.
Some teachers, like Tai Lopez himself, come across unprepared, long-winded and overly informal 6, whereas others offer very practical and concise tips and recommendations.
It can also be a little disconcerting to see a new face every lesson or two, requiring you to adjust to a different style of teaching/presentation each time.
It’s also worth mentioning that out of those 34 teachers, only two are women. So there’s that.
4. Mostly Video, Little Text
We didn’t expect to see a full written version of the material covered in each video, given that Tai Lopez is known primarily for audio-visual content.
But it would have been nice to see at least a few bullets below each video, summarizing the key points and linking to relevant information and resources.
The best you get though is the (very) occasional timestamp listing, like this:
Given that, it can be frustrating referring back to the course material to find a specific recommendation or piece of advice. You often have to rewatch long stretches of video to find what you’re looking for.
8 More Things You Should Know About Social Media Marketing Agency 2.0
- When signing up for the course you may be given the option of buying a “Quickstart” version of SMMA. Note that the quickstart version contains only about 20% of the course materials, but it’s easy to upgrade to the full version later.
- While it is promoted as a “4-month training program” you get access to all the course materials as soon as you sign up to the full version of SMMA 2.0. The only thing you can’t access immediately is the private Facebook group, which you have to request access to via email. The SMMA support team took 3 days to reply to our request to join the group.
- One selling point of the course is an “official certification” once you complete all the lessons 7. It looks like this:
However, we’ve seen many comments within the SMMA Facebook group from students saying no client has ever asked if they were certified. As one student put it:
“Certification means nothing. Just like a college degree doesn’t guarantee you a job. Solving problems & being valuable to others will get you paid.”
- While you can get started implementing what you learn in the course right away at no extra cost, it is recommended within SMMA that you spend more money on registering your business, buying various tools, etc. As a general rule, you should expect to invest more money in your business the bigger/faster you want to grow it.
Unless otherwise stated on the specific Product’s or Service’s sales page and order form and/or in these Terms, there are no refunds allowed for the purchase of the Social Media Marketing Agency Program.
- We did request a partial refund on our purchase however. We bought the course for $97 in a promotion via Tai’s email newsletter, with the understanding that the price would soon be going back up to $697. A couple of weeks later, we checked the SMMA sales page and saw the program available for only $19. So we contacted support and requested a refund for the difference. Instead they offered us free access to Tai’s Ecomm Agency program, which we accepted.
- With the above in mind, we strongly advise you hold off buying SMMA 2.0 until you see it priced at $197 or less (sign up to Tai’s newsletter and he’ll notify you when there’s a sale happening). It’s still decent value at the “everyday price” of $697, but get it for less than $200 and it’s a steal.
- Extroverts and natural born salespeople will find it easier to succeed with this course, as finding and closing clients is a key part of the process. There is quite a lot of content within SMMA teaching sales, but we know from personal experience that salesmanship comes much easier to some people than others.
Do We Recommend Tai Lopez’s Social Media Marketing Agency 2.0?
Yes, we do recommend SMMA 2.0.
We’ve yet to come across another course that offers such comprehensive training from so many experts at such a low price – provided you buy it on sale – with a thriving private community and dozens of believable success stories to boot.
Even if you only watch the videos and take half-assed action, you’re going to get a whole lot more out of 20 hours invested in SMMA than 20 hours binge-watching Netflix.
Who Should Buy SMMA 2.0?
- Anyone interested in building a social media marketing agency
It’s not the most concise training, or the most up-to-date, but it is comprehensive and very good value for money (assuming you buy it on sale). If you enjoy social media, and are willing to work hard, SMMA 2.0 will serve you well.
4 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of SMMA 2.0
If you do decide to buy the course, these tips will help ensure you get your money’s worth…
- Start the damn thing. Tai Lopez has said that 10% of people who buy his courses never even log in. 8 Don’t be one of those people.
- There are 64+ hours of video in the course. You can get through them much faster without losing comprehension using this speed hack. (We watched many of the videos at 2x speed.)
- Take notes as you go through all the materials. This will force you to pay more attention, you can jot down tasks and ideas as they occur to you, and it makes it easy to find and refer back to parts of the course later.
- Answer the questions at the end of each lesson.
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