A few months ago, I was speaking to a group about social media strategies for small businesses. One of the participants asked several questions about how to increase her already sizable number of Facebook and Instagram followers.
We started talking offline. And something came up during our discussion. While she had a sizable following, she hadn’t sold anything to her audience. None of her ebooks. No affiliate ads. No online programs. Nada.
Please don’t miss the AWESOME marketing strategy that Beyonce’s team used. Whether you agree with the politics, social media discussion, or even liked her Super Bowl performance – it doesn’t matter.
Beyonce SLAYED her marketing.
Whether you are an expert or not even sure where to start with your own marketing, you can use these strategies. I’ll share two that are easy to implement with the time you already spending on your business.
Promote only three packages.
I know. I know. There are 50 things that you want to sell. And probably 100 things that you are good at providing.
Don’t. It’s too confusing.
Share only three services when you talk to new prospects. People get confused when you are offering too many options. And they will move into the indecision mindset (aka won’t spend money) rather than buy from you.
Consider the last time YOU had to make a decision with too many options.
- Are you having panic attacks thinking about writing your business plan?
- Hearing the voices of former teachers telling you how bad your writing is?
- Freezing up when you try to plan out what goals to focus on?
- Or just B.O.R.E.D. out of your mind staring at the blank page?
Then you’ll be all ears when I reveal a secret about writing your business plan.
Ready for big things this year in your business? Yes! Whether you want to finally get started or you know it’s time to earn more money, I’ve got two tips to get you started:
Don’t bother making New Year’s business resolutions this year. Make a two month or three month goal. Super busy and can’t see that far? Develop a two week goal.
Because New Year’s resolutions don’t work. You’ll lose focus too easy. Or find new goals and get distracted. And once you miss the target, you’ll lose valuable momentum.
I have been guilty of this myself. I sat down to plan my business goals this year. I tried a few times to visualize what I wanted for my business this year. And something kept coming up to distract me. And I couldn’t think big picture. So it hit me:
If you find selling hard, let me offer a suggestion which could make it easier:
- Stop talking
- Start listening
Yes, stop telling people what you do. Don’t tell them your title. Or what your service offers. Or how many different colors, sizes, bells, and whistles your product comes with. And definitely don’t use industry terms to describe your business like everyone else does.
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“It’s Time For You To RE-THINK The Typical Business Plan…”
When you think of a business plan, what’s the very first image that comes to your mind or the feeling you get? It not only feels dreadful and difficult, but when you envision just how many in-depth pages it can be…it can be downright scary.
I’m here to tell you today that you can no longer fear the dreaded business plan.
In fact, what I’m about to reveal to you is a powerful 1-page business plan that’s going to completely change the way you not only think of business plans…but how you get business done!
Imagine if you could strip out the very core and most essential elements of a typical multi-page business plan and put all the “good stuff” that actually will motivate you, keep you on track with the right goals and more, into a single page plan…
Do you wish you had a better way to answer the question: : “So what does your business do?”
You might be attending a networking event. Or a family dinner with distant cousins and relatives. Or a power house conference where you are meeting dozens of people over a few days.
- How do you stand out?
- How do you capture their attention so they want to know more?
Most people tend to introduce themselves based on what they do. It’s a default in our society to give your name and job title. The problem is that it doesn’t tell the listener what makes you stand out. There is no way to differentiate between you and others who offer the same service.
If you introduce yourself with your title, the listener is likely to lump you into a box. Tell them you are a graphic designer and they think of the last two people that they met who are designers. Even though your skills are different. Talk about your web design business and they visualize the last web designer who didn’t finish the project. Share that you are a coach or some new fancy category and they will often give you a blank stare.
So don’t start with your title. Answer this question instead:
Want tips on how you can earn more money in your micro-business while doing what you love? Then you’ll enjoy this podcast interview. I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Bonnie Brown, Founder of The Dog Trainers Connection. She asked a very powerful question for dog trainers who love what they do but want help in growing their business.
Dog trainers – like most service professionals – have to juggle the dual task of serving their clients AND serving their OWN business – aka finding more clients and juggling the many roles of running a business. That’s not easy!!!
So I shared three powerful tips on how dog trainers and other service professionals can grow their biz.
Send me any questions you have after you listen!