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Episode 45: Three Marketing Strategies to Skyrocket Your Business

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Website? Check.

Great sales copy? Check.

A variety of products available? Check.

Now all you need is steady flow of potential clients in your market.

Sounds easy, doesn’t it? The truth is, though, marketing is the one thing that holds coaches just like you back from success. Maybe you don’t know where to begin, or perhaps you’re afraid of putting yourself out there, or maybe consistency is your biggest problem.

Whatever the case, if you want to grow your business, you must master marketing. Start with these proven strategies, and you’ll be well on your way to coaching stardom.

Nail Your Brand

Here’s the single most important part of any marketing plan—and one of the most difficult to pin down. It’s more than just a logo and the colors on your site. It’s not about your font choices or your “voice.” But it IS about all of those things and more.

Branding encompasses everything from who you are to who your ideal client is. A solid brand will instantly identify you no matter where you are. The way you write and speak and the language you use will resonate only with your ideal client. Your personal style will shine through, and make it impossible for anyone to mistake your content, graphics, ads and other materials for anyone else’s.

Host Free Webinars

Before a potential client becomes a paying customer, they must “know, like and trust” you. There are lots of ways to get there (solid branding helps) but one of the fastest is by creating and hosting free webinars.

These training-focused events help you show off your skills with real, actionable content. Attendees will know in just a short time that you really do know what you’re talking about, and they’ll want to learn more from you.

Not only that, but live webinars give you the opportunity to show off your personality, too.

Make Good Use of Paid Traffic

How will you entice people to register for your event? Through your website and newsletter, of course, but those are people who already know you. If you’re looking to grow your reach, then it’s time to break into paid advertising.

Facebook is one of the easiest and most cost effective advertising networks. Not only does it have incredible reach (nearly everyone has a Facebook account) but it also allows you to narrowly target your market, so you can reach your perfect customer. Add a retargeting component, and you’ll find that paid traffic is really quite cost effective.

You don’t have to have a degree in marketing to make it as a coach, but you do have to take steps to get in front of your audience. Start with the basics, and build from there, and soon your coaching practice will grow and thrive.

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3 Promotional Strategies You Can’t Afford to Ignore

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Working to grow your list? Who isn’t!

You’ve no doubt tried all the usual strategies, such as offering a freebie through a pop-up or sidebar form, hosting a free webinar, or maybe even running Facebook ads.

And while all those techniques can work, they’re not going to produce a large influx of new names and emails.

LinkedIn Publishing

Not so long ago, content marketers found great success by syndicating their content on sites such as Ezine Articles or even in guest blog posts. The big Google changes of the past have put an end to those strategies (mostly) but there is one up-and-coming publishing platform that looks promising: LinkedIn.

Their relatively new blogging tool allows users to post long-form updates complete with images, calls to action, keyword tags and more. If your audience is on LinkedIn, it’s well worth checking out. As with all content marketing though, the real key to making LinkedIn Publishing work for you is consistency. The more content you release, the more results you’ll see. For best results, drive traffic directly to an opt-in page.

Solo Ads

Getting a fellow business owner with a large mailing list to promote your offer can bring in a flood of new traffic—especially if that list owner is well respected and has a responsive list.

Finding said list owner is another matter all together.

Enter www.safe-swaps.com, where list owners offer up space in their mailings with a guaranteed response rate. Choose the type of list you want, the number of clicks you’re looking for, and Safe Swaps will present you with dozens of options to choose from. All that’s left is to agree to the advertising rate.

Content Upgrades

Got a blog? Chances are you have an opt-in form at the end of each post, or at the very least, in the sidebar.

Here’s an even better option: Add a content specific opt-in form to each blog post. For example, if you want people to sign up for your giveaway event featuring 27 branding experts, and you write a blog post promoting the event, then a content upgrade might include a tips sheet with one tip from each participant. You’ll add people to your mailing list, plus give them a taste of what they’ll find in the upcoming event. Getting them to opt-in to both will be a breeze when you take advantage of closely related material for a content upgrade.

Speaking of giveaway events, they’re a fantastic way to grow your list, too. If you want people to sign up for your giveaway event featuring 27 branding experts, and you write a blog post promoting the event, then a content upgrade might include a tips sheet with one tip from each participant. You’ll add people to your mailing list, plus give them a taste of what they’ll find in the upcoming event. Getting them to opt-in to both will be a breeze when you take advantage of closely related material for a content upgrade.

Speaking of giveaway events, they’re a fantastic way to grow your list, too. If you’ve never done one, definitely consider that to be among the best bets for list building.

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Coaching Business Makeovers: It's Time for a Change

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When is the last time you changed the theme on your website? Changed your headshots? Rewrote your “About” page?

If the answer to any of those is more than a year ago, listen up, because big coaching paychecks require more than a fancy sales page and an email pitch. If you want to attract high-end clients, you have to look and act the part.

Headshots Done Right

We all looked better ten years ago, but that’s no excuse for using old, outdated or—heaven forbid—amateur headshots.

When you’re selling coaching programs that range into the five figures, looking professional is critical, and that starts with great headshots. Hire a photographer who specializes in portraits for speakers and coaches. Expect to spend a few hundred dollars for a selection of high-resolution images you can use in all your marketing materials, including on your website.

Get Your Website Redone

Speaking of websites, if you’re still using the same theme you designed yourself, it’s time for a new look. While you can say that potential clients should not judge you by the way your site looks, they will. A clean, modern website will work wonders to improve your credibility and start attracting the right clients.

While you’re at it, take some time to solicit new testimonials. Don’t just load them all up on a single page though. Take the best ones and add them to your sales page, put them in your email newsletters, and include them in your lead-gen materials as well.

Don’t forget your “About” page, either. This one is hard for most people, so it’s a good idea to have someone else write this, or at least have a writer revise the one you wrote. Remember to include your most recent accomplishments, any awards or accolades, your speaking engagements, and anything else that lets people know you’ve got what it takes to help them grow. Include a few personal details as well, so readers will feel as if they know you just little better for having read it.

Lastly, remember to update your social media profiles as well. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and others have a long reach, so you want to ensure that no matter where potential clients find you, the information is consistent and professional.

Getting new headshots and making over your website might feel like a waste of time, but the truth is, people do judge a book by its cover, and you often only have a second or two to make an impression. Make sure it’s the best one you can make.

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014: Banish Mommy Guilt and Go After Your Passion

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Do you feel guilty for wanting to have your own passions and dreams as a mom?

In this episode, I'm talking with Maret Carrillo of Owning Your Goodness about the guilt mom's go through when they want to go after their own passions. How to gain confidence and show up as not only a powerful mom but a powerful woman. 

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New moms are especially vulnerable to a pesky feeling called mama guilt and it can really cloud a mom’s natural intuitive ability. So I’m offering a free guide to transforming new mama guilt in 3 steps. 

To learn more about Maret and her business head to http://owningyourgoodness.wordpress.com

012: 3 Ways to Uplevel Your Life

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We're on our second week of 2018!

I know you've probably created your own list of New Years Resolutions but I wanted to share with you 3 things I'm doing this year to uplevel my life.

I don't really do

New Years Resolutions

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I tend to decide how I want to live the year out and work toward that. As business owners and women who have a desire to change the world, we should always be living our lives to the fullest, taking care of our bodies, and enjoying every day that we have. 

You can adopt these as well.

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3 Ways I'm upleveling my LIfe this year

And how you can too

 

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