Friday, February 17, 2017

Leaderboard Shuffle! Coaching on GamerSensei.com now counts towards your DotaCoach.org reputation score

We have been encouraging top coaches on Dota Coach to also coach through GamerSensei.com, our partner website. Lately, several of our top coaches have dropped in the rankings on Dota Coach because their coaching activity on Gamer Sensei has not been reflected in their reputation score.

Today there was a major shuffle in the leaderboard as coaching through the Gamer Sensei platform now counts toward your reputation score on Dota Coach. Sorry for the sudden shuffle, but this is a more fair system for coaches and furthers our long-term agenda of integrating the two platforms into one coaching platform.

As always, reach out on Twitter or email if you have any questions or feedback.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Changes to our Payment Policy

Coaches will now be paid on the first and last Friday of each month. Previously, coaches were paid on the 1st of each month.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Looking to learn from some of Dota's best? These coaches are currently competing in the Manila Majors Regional Qualifiers

Americas Qualifier Direct Invites

Team Freedom
SunBhie - $30/hr
Francis - $20/hr
Team EnemyGG
BananaSlamJamma - $20/hr
FlyingZebra - $17/hr
Team Kingdom
Jenkins - $75/hr
Newsham - $20/hr
Team Shazam
Brax - $75/hr

Open Qualifier Winners

Team Kaipi - Winner of Europe Open Qualifier
Masakary - $23/hr
Team Friendship, Dedication, Love - Winner of Americas Open Qualifiers
StanKing - $30/hr

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Promoting your coaching

DotaCoach.org now allows coaches to configure promotion codes. This article is targeted at coaches and will look at promotion codes and how you can use them to grow your professional Dota 2 coaching business.

If used right, promotion codes are an effective tool which can help you attract new students and keep your existing students coming back for more. You can distribute promotion codes privately to your students or publically whenever you promote your coaching services.

What sort of promotions can I create? 

  • Percentage Based Discounts - Typically the most popular way to offer discounts is percentage based. This can either be small incentive percentages like 5% or 10% off, or larger discounts to drive sales. 
  • Dollar Value Discount - Offers based on a dollar value can be positioned as a credit. In recorded cases, redemption of dollar based offers vs percentage based offers can be as much as 175% greater than percentage based discounts.
  • Promotions that exclusively target new students - To attract new students, create promotions which can only be used when a student makes their first booking with you. 
  • Promotions that drive engagement - Increase engagement from your students by creating promotions which are only valid only if students buy a certain number of hours with you. 

How can I use promotions codes to promote my professional coaching? 

Here are some ideas for how to use promotion codes to grow your coaching business.
  • Include a promotion code offering a discount to first time students when you post on forums about your coaching service. Promotion codes can incite action from readers and convince prospective students to hire you. 
  • Include a promotion code at the bottom of your DotaCoach profile to encourage prospective students reading your profile to take that first step.
  • Drive engagement on your stream by offering discounted coaching on stream. 
  • Build your social media following by offering discounts for following you or subscribing to your content. 
  • Strengthen your relationship with your social media followers by offering exclusive coaching promotions to them. 
  • Contact students who haven't booked with you in a while and use promotion codes to encourage follow-up lessons. 
  • Reward loyal students by offering them a percent discount. 
  • If you increase your price due to high demand, allow old students to book with you at your legacy price by privately giving them a promotion code. 

How do I create promotion codes on DotaCoach.org?

Click on "My Account" in the top hat and then select the "Promotion Codes" tab. Once you create your first promotion, the promotion code will be listed in the "Existing Promotions" - give out this promotion code for students to use.




How do my students use a promotion code?

You can use a promotion code when purchasing lessons with a coach. Enter the promotion code and click 'apply' to redeem the discount. This option will not be present if the coach has no active promotions.



Other Considerations

Here are some restrictions to keep in mind when creating promotion codes.
  • Promotion codes cannot be used to give free lessons. The minimum purchase price for a student using DotaCoach.org is $4 even after the application of promotion codes.
  • The maximum number of hours purchased in one booking is 10 hours.
  • Only one promotion code can be used per booking.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Smoother Checkout with Credit Cards

Users now have the option to "Remember" their card information whenever they purchase coaching on DotaCoach.org using a credit card.

For your convenience, future purchases can be completed with a single click.

Your credit card information never touches the DotaCoach.org servers and is handled entirely through Stripe. This ensures the highest level of security for your private data.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

DotaCoach, MMR, and You!

Solo and Party MMR is now displayed on Coach Profiles

As of today, both the coach's solo and party MMR information is shown on coach profile pages. The number shown is the coach's maximum solo MMR and maximum party MMR that the DotaCoach bot has witnessed (see details below). This update gives students a more detailed and more current insight into each coach's rankings.
Notice both Solo and Team MMR is shown on your profile page
Any time a coach's MMR is displayed on DotaCoach as a single number (example, on the leaderboard) it will be displayed as the higher of the two rankings.



New process for verifying your MMR as a Coach

A DotaCoach admin is no longer necessary for you to update the MMR shown on your profile page. DotaCoach's new MMR bot scans each coach every five hours to take a measurement. To share your MMR with DotaCoach, simply add it to your profile card. You'll need to keep it on your profile card for up to five hours for the bot to detect the change. Once the change is detected, it will update instantly on your profile. You can choose to share either your solo MMR, your party MMR, or both.

Kenn showing his MMR on his profile card




We're watching you! MMR tracking for students

Once a student pays for a lesson with a coach, we will begin to measure their MMR once per day. We will use the student's MMR information in future changes to help the student understand whether coaching has helped them improve; and to show coaches whether their coaching has helped the student. Our end goal is that coaches will be rewarded in our reputation system whenever their students improve.

To opt in for this experience, simply add your MMR information to your profile card. To opt out, contact us @DotaCoachDotOrg or email.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Ever coached an amateur team? Volunteer with the Learn Dota 2 League

The newly announced Learn Dota 2 League is a casual Dota 2 League run through the /r/learndota2 subreddit. It is a tournament for players who are new, looking to improve, and interested in participating in organised Dota at their skill level. All teams have an average MMR of under 3k and the maximum individual MMR for a player is 3.5k. The league currently consists of about 450 players with sign-ups closing April 1st.

DotaCoach.org is getting involved in the league to help players get more coaching and to create structured volunteer opportunities for coaches. Our goal is that this league can become a forum for coaches to practice their skills, to gain experience coaching organized teams, to compare the impacts of various coaching methods, and to encourage coaches to help each other improve.

If you're interested in working with a team in the league or just practicing individual coaching with players in the league, please register to coach.