With Thrive Automator, there are plenty of flows that you can create in order to automate your work.

We have decided to create a series of articles in which we show specific examples of automations that can be created using our new plugin.

This article will show you how to create an automation for users that try to access a course of your online school, but do not have access to it. What you can do, is to add them to your autoresponder, and send them a welcome e-mail with a discount code that they can use when purchasing the course.

Note: This automation only works for the already existing users on your website. The visitors who are creating an account will not be added to this workflow.

Here is how to achieve this:

1.Create a 'Sales Page'

One of the ways in which you can promote your course, especially if it's a premium content type of course that can be purchased by the students, is through a sales page.

You can either create a new page from scratch or use one of the pre-defined templates available in Thrive Architect:

Next, you can go ahead and further customize it so that it reflects the content you are actually selling.

Lastly, make sure your page has a button on it or simply add one if it doesn't. When clicked, the button should redirect the user to the checkout page of the service you are using to sell your course.

For example, it might be a course that needs to be purchased through a membership plugin or a checkout tool (such as MemberMouse, SendOwl, ThriveCart, etc.):


2.Create the Thrive Apprentice Course

Next, access Thrive Apprentice and create the course:

Add the restriction rules for it to make sure the content is protected and can only be accessed after buying the course:

Here, you also need to make sure you properly set the custom content that will be displayed to the users who are trying to access the course. To do that, select the "Display custom content" option from the drop-down list:

Then, edit the page with Thrive Architect and customize it as you best see fit:

Keep in mind that this is the page that the users will see when they are trying to access the course.

Therefore, link the existing button from the template to the sales page that you've previously created. When clicked, the button will redirect the users to the sales page, allowing them to proceed with the checkout process:

3.Set up the Automation

Now you can proceed with the final step, which is creating the automation. Firstly, access Thrive Automator from the Thrive Dashboard:

If you have not yet created any automations, click on the "Create new automation" option when the dashboard opens:

If you have previously created automations, you will be taken to the list of all of them, and you can simply click on the "Add new" option from the top right side of the page:

You'll next have to select the trigger that will set off the automation:

Open the drop-down list and select the "User tries to access a restricted course" field:

This means that the automation will be triggered when a user from your website will try to access a course for which you have configured access restrictions.

Now move to the next step and set a condition for this trigger. This means that the trigger will only fire when the condition is met. Open the drop-down list:

Select "Course title" from the list:

This condition will allow the automation to continue its flow only if the course title is the one that you set up in this field. This way you are assigning this trigger to a specific course that you are promoting through your sales page.

You might have multiple restricted access courses on your website. If you would not add this filter, then the workflow would be set into action for all your restricted access courses.

Select one of the available courses from the list, and then click on "Done":

Next, for this example, the trigger will be followed by the action of adding the user to an autoresponder. So go ahead and add a new action for your automation, like so:

You are thus creating a workflow in which the users who try to access a course to which they do not have access will be automatically added to the autoresponder of your choice.

Note: In your autoresponder, you will have to set up the e-mail with the discount code for the purchase that will be automatically sent out once the user is added to your mailing list. The process might be different depending on the autoresponder you are using.

Of course, you will also need to make sure that you have a valid API connection set up in your Thrive Dashboard with the autoresponder of your choice. Here's a list of all the services that support API integration with Thrive Themes.

Back to the automation steps, after you set the action of adding the user to an autoresponder, you will next have to choose the service that will be used:

Open the drop-down list and pick the autoresponder:

The next step is choosing a mailing list to which the user will be added. To do that, open the second drop-down list and choose one:

And lastly, assign a tag to this action:

Simply type in the tag and hit "Enter" to make sure it's added. Don't forget to click on "Done" once everything is set up:

The automation should look like this:

Now, the only thing left to do is to save your work and publish your automation:

Also, if you haven't done this at the beginning of your automation, don't forget to rename it as it will be easier for you to find it if you are planning on creating multiple automation on your website:

And that's pretty much it!

This is how you can create an automation for users that try to access a course of your online school, but do not have access to it. Besides buying the course, they will also be added to your mailing list, so that you can promote your brand and increase your sales.

Hopefully, this tutorial was useful to you! Make sure to check out the dedicated section from our knowledge base, if you want to learn more about Thrive Automator.

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