252 | Celebrate 3 Years - What Happens When Your Facebook Ads Aren't Working with Molly Pittman

252 | Celebrate 3 Years – What Happens When Your Facebook Ads Aren’t Working with Molly Pittman

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252 | Celebrate 3 Years - What Happens When Your Facebook Ads Aren't Working with Molly Pittman

 

 

How to get your Facebook Ads to work – today we talk with Molly Pittman. I want to say “THE” Molly Pittman because I am such a fan of her work. Molly is the VP of Marketing for Digital Marketer. She is also a co-host at the Perpetual Traffic podcast. She shares her 4 tips to fix your Facebook ads.

 

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Target Audience: Marketing for Digital Marketer serves anyone wanting to learn digital marketing. This includes marketing agencies and professionals both big and small. Basically, it serves those seeking online strategies.

 

What to do when Facebook ads are JUST not working. Here, we walk you through 4 important aspects…

ASPECT 1:

Looking at your OFFER- this is not necessarily your product. What is meant by offer is the way it is being presented to your audience. And if the Facebook ads are not working, chances are that other mediums also would not work. It’s most likely not working because of the way you are positioning whatever it is you are trying to sell. Remember, you are dealing with real humans who happen to be on the other side.

 

 

Giving them something of VALUE FIRST is a great way to reach them. Your hook or marketing message has got to be aligned with this. THINK: Why should they care?

 

VALUE: troubleshooting comes down to looking at all the steps. It is about testing multiple hooks against different avatars. Different people are going to want something for a different reason. Who are the different people you can speak to and the different reasons they’d want it?

 

A HOOK is combining the pain point and offering the solution. What is this person going to have when they take my offer that they didn’t have before? How are they going to feel afterwards? How will their average day improve? How will their status increase?

 

Getting Clear About Who You Serve

You have to be specific down to the offer. Who are the avatars that will be interested in your AD?

 

 

Do I have something that people actually want?

At Marketing for Digital Marketer, they write a blog post that teases the topic they are thinking of using for the lead magnet. If it is not resonating with people, it is tossed. Once the Offer + Marketing message is clear, you can move into the Targeting piece.

 

ASPECT 2: TARGETING

Specific to the avatar you want to reach- what are these people actually consuming?

 

 

ASPECT 3: Ad Copy and Creative

Make sure the copy portrays the marketing message you want to convey. The image is what most people are looking at.

 

ASPECT 4: Familiarity between the Ad and Landing Page

If the landing page does not relate, their brain will tell them they are in the “wrong place.” You don’t want that happening.  

 

 

In this episode we’ll cover:

  • The 4 Aspects to Optimization
  • Why knowing your Avatar is everything
  • Aligning your ads with your lead page
  • Making sure your offer resonates with your audience
  • Why you should give Value as a first step

 

Practical and Actionable:

It doesn’t matter what medium you are on. Each has their tip or trick. It is really about THAT message an AD point. It is about hitting that pain point and truly adding value to someone’s life.

 

Resources and Links

How is your business going…would you like to talk about it?

I love my audience of listeners. I really do. I would love to help you in some way. I started doing calls with listeners and realized that it was a great way to understand you.

Okay, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap… it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business. I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

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251 | How to Use Video To Drive High-Value Clients with Steve Gumm

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251 | How to Use Video To Drive High-Value Clients with Steve Gumm

 

Video will continue to be more important to share your story and reach new customers. You don’t have to create Super Bowl style commercials, but you will miss opportunities if you don’t learn to use video for your business. Our guest today is Steve Gumm who works with companies to improve the human-to-human experience. He loves to use video to share stories and value bombs. Steve is the founder of Drop In Local in Chicago, IL.

 

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Target Audience: Steve founded an Agency called Drop In Local that focuses on creating and using video to help people get more customers and make more money.  

 

People Are Afraid of Video

Steve admits that he doesn’t think anyone really likes looking at themselves on video. It’s a vulnerable thing. To get over that is pretty easy though. You just start! It could be with “How To” videos. Choose things you can speak about very freely. Also, it helps to get used to having a camera in the room and around you. So, play around.

 

Creating a Bond with Your Audience

Video creates a bond with who you are trying to reach. You must have a story: the burdens as well as the dreams. It draws people in. You will be blown away by the response because consumers are not used to it. Video puts a real human being behind the business. And guess what? It does not have to be flashy!

 

Ask yourself where you can apply a deeper human touch and start to integrate it? Don’t let the technical stuff scare you away.

 

Even using something as simple as a phone and a tripod is fine. Just focus on building trust with content. The process then becomes fun. I.E: the process of how to nurture and convert. You look at the process and start to plug in a process. Though it takes more courage and strategy to create content on the video platform, this extra effort pays off.

 

How do you (Steve) help someone show up the way the need to on camera?

Hiring someone makes a big difference. Making it natural. Then, set up a camera with the intention of a message first.

 

In this episode we’ll cover:

  • How to start creating videos
  • What content to draw up to put in your videos
  • Why Video is powerful as a platform
  • Why you shouldn’t let the technical stuff scare you off
  • Creating an authentic bond with your audience

Practical and Actionable:

Spontaneous Questions from Gene to Steve:

What length should the video be if you are trying to build brand awareness?

The right length. As long as it is valuable, you don’t have to put time on it. A minute and a half could be a goal.

What’s so important about those first 8 seconds? How do you make it count?

It is EVERYTHING because that is about the attention span of a human being. If you don’t draw them in within that time, you lose them. Get your name out and quickly get to the point.

What should be the Call to Action in the Video?

Have a Teaser at the beginning

Microphones?

Loval ears or Booms

The right time to start?

YESTERDAY

 

Resources and Links

How is your business going…would you like to talk about it?

I love my audience of listeners. I really do. I would love to help you in some way. I started doing calls with listeners and realized that it was a great way to understand you.

Okay, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap… it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business. I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

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249 | How to Break Through The Noise - The One Strategy You Need with Ryan Deiss

249 | How to Break Through The Noise – The One Strategy You Need with Ryan Deiss

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249 | How to Break Through The Noise - The One Strategy You Need with Ryan Deiss

If you are in marketing, you likely know of Ryan Deiss. Ryan is the founder and CEO of DigitalMarketer. Over the last 36 months Ryan and his team have invested over $15,000,000 on marketing tests, generated tens of millions of unique visitors, sent well over a BILLION emails, and run approximately 3,000 split and multi-variant tests.  Today we talk about how to get traction for your business. In the practical and actionable portion of the interview, Ryan shares the #1 place to start that you can do this week to drive your business forward.

 

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Target Audience: Digital Marketer serves marketing professionals and marketing agencies. Specifically, the new emergent group of digitally focused marketing agencies.

 

Being a Thought Leader

It’s been a long journey and Ryan doesn’t believe he has ever actually “arrived” at being a “thought leader.” He is grateful to the people in his life who keep him humble and challenge him to continue evolving.

One pivotal moment that caused him to realize he has the ability to influence was when he created an event and over 200 people registered. This was a shock! That’s where Digital Marketer started to expand.

 

In the third consecutive year of putting on this event, they had about 1,000 people attend. He realized at that point that they must have been saying something that was resonating with people. He knew then they must be providing VALUE.

Ryan says, you’ve got to give yourself a shot to amplify your message. Don’t just assume people are just going to notice.

Ryan joined mastermind groups he couldn’t necessarily afford. He attended events he couldn’t necessarily afford. But he made it a priority to be in these spaces where he could grow. He put his best efforts in always executing good work. He feels it is what separates them from other digital marketing companies. It’s about having the goods and the amplification. You need both!

 

When you are trying to build a reputation, it is important to go out there and give VALUE first. People are against giving stuff away for free, but in the beginning this could be a real benefit. There is something to be said about being real. About putting in the work and getting some results for other people. Then you actually HAVE something to TALK about.

 

Key Principles to Breaking Through the Noise

ADVERTISE: put out one piece of amazing content and advertise around that. It could be a blog post, video, podcast episode, infographic. The medium doesn’t matter- it just needs to be something people can gain access to without having to jump through a hoop. This is what builds your audience and credibility: finding out what THEY like.

 

How to Advertise

Google “$10 a day traffic plan.” Do it for a week or 2. You can get a solid test effort. It’s money well invested. Facebook is a great place to execute ads.

In this episode we’ll cover:

  • How to break through the noise
  • Building your credibility
  • Giving value first
  • Creating your traffic plan
  • Modeling after other Marketers

 

Practical and Actionable:

When modeling other marketers, make sure you see the whole picture. Find out what they did in the BEGINNING rather than merely looking at what it currently looks like. Modeling is great but you want to make sure you are not “cheating off the stupid kid.”

 

Resources and Links

How is your business going…would you like to talk about it?

I love my audience of listeners. I really do. I would love to help you in some way. I started doing calls with listeners and realized that it was a great way to understand you.

Okay, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap… it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business. I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

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248 | Creating Connection and Significance Through Speaking with Les Brown

248 | Creating Connection and Significance Through Speaking with Les Brown

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248 | Creating Connection and Significance Through Speaking with Les Brown

Motivational Speaker, Les Brown shares with us how the road to growth and transformation requires the COURAGE to change. If you want to evoke the spirit of transformation in those whom you serve, you must also commit to catalyzing that very thing in your own life. The intention and desire to grow must be practiced, exercised and executed consistently.

Les-optin

 

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Target Audience: Les motivates Entrepreneurs who wish to use Speaking as a platform for inspiration and expanding consciousness.

Passion, Fear & the Courage to Change

Creating change is not easy. We ask Les: “What are the basics when you want to change something in your life?”

Les says it requires the willingness to assess the situation and asking yourself the question: “what direction do I go in now? Is this worth the cost for me? What Sacrifice am I willing to make? If not, then what you want in your life will be sacrificed. Courage is not an act you take in absence of fear, but an action you take in spite of the fear.

The easiest thing Les admits he does now is earning the kind of living that he desires. Now, the most difficult thing he had to do was BELIEVE he COULD do it. He says, the basics are working on yourself and developing that mindset that it is possible. It is about increasing value and being unstoppable in what is being created.

Who do I need to be?

The KEY question. Les explains that you have to, to stay ahead of the game. As entrepreneurs, we must prepare ourselves for the future and the circumstance that come about. Ask yourself, “Who do I have to be to accommodate the changes that will take place.” By working on mindset and skill set, we can win in the marketplace every day!

Ask yourself what you have going for you what is working against you? What do you need to do? Les says he disciplines himself to read 3 books per month. What do you need to do to sharpen yourself? And remember, if you’re the smartest in your group, you need a new group.

Les believes that being in business is not just about making money- but leaving a legacy. Stretching yourself is about discovering how little you know. Reflect on who you are and who you need to be. What’s the story you believe about yourself?

As we live, we earn, learn and pass it on. There is no success without successors.  Power them to become a pencil in the hand of God (Mother Teresa quote)- helping people to change the planet.

 

What’s aching to get out?

Did you know that 87% of our self-talk is negative and undetected from our conscious minds? People must begin to ask themselves what the calling of their lives are. As much as they have chosen IT, it has also chosen THEM. Speaking is about changing consciousness!

In this episode we’ll cover:

  • Exploring who you need to be tomorrow
  • Increasing your belief in your own VALUE
  • How to focus on what you really want
  • Using courage to develop mindset and skillset
  • Committing yourself to sharpening the self

Practical and Actionable:

There’s too much information around us yet not enough insight. Les says, there’s riches in niches. When you focus on that, (the noise will always be there) you become disciplined. You have a place to stand. Don’t be a jack of all trades. Focus on the direction. Commit to that path- the one that represents your values. Noise comes on when you take your focus off your goals.

Resources and Links

How is your business going…would you like to talk about it?

I love my audience of listeners. I really do. I would love to help you in some way. I started doing calls with listeners and realized that it was a great way to understand you.

Okay, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap… it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business. I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

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245 | How to Create a Personal Brand with Stefanie Diaz

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Our guest, Stefanie Diaz is the founder of Mastermind Your Launch. We talk about owning who you are to launch a business. This episode is about how to play on your strengths. We also delve into the power of content marketing and how it can accelerates your business. What are your own personal strengths and how will you use them to serve the world?

 

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Target Audience: Stefanie serves startups to serial entrepreneurs by helping them crate a marketing strategy with an intentional focus on personal branding and content creation. These are the areas that accelerated her own success.

 

Do you understand the power of having a professional brand? It’s about claiming awareness about where your strengths are and how you serve the world.

 

Mastermind Your Launch

This was a passion project Stefanie delved into when she knew she wanted to start her own business. So, she formed a mastermind of ambitious women who held her accountable through her process.

 

What Personal Branding Means to Stefanie

What’s most often asked when it comes to personal branding is, “How do you want to show up and be perceived?” But for Stefanie it is more about bringing one’s personality to the forefront.

 

Email Marketing

 

Stefanie advises her clients to make sure to place an image – a photo- in emails that reveal a personal story and who they are. You want to inspire your audience to share it with others.

 

Stefanie finds that people hesitate to even share their enthusiasm because they are concerned about a certain structure they THINK they SHOULD follow. But for startups, your enthusiasm is part of how you connect with people. It is about how you wave that flag and get people to follow you.

 

When it comes to sharing the bad- share from your scar not from your wound. The Wound- shows you are still going through it. Bigger impact is created with your scar because it shows you have made it through to the other side. You take them through the journey of seeing what’s possible.

How Stefanie Got Here

She did a business program in college and afterwards landed a job with a startup company. It was an opportunity to see the inner workings of a company. Sales and marketing was the focus. But she also was able to explore other areas. What she took away was how the entrepreneur thought strategically. It gave her the confidence to launch a business.

 

When her son was born, it totally launched her to create a business she loved and what helped to birth “Mastermind Your Launch.” Internally, she felt a responsibility to set an example for her son. She wanted him to grow up watching her doing what she really loved.  

 

Owning Your Truth

When you shine your light and people are watching, you don’t know who you will inspire.

 

Content Marketing

Content Marketing accelerates everything that you do.

  1. When it comes to advertising, (let’s say with a business card for example) people have their walls up. However, when we are offered a piece of content, we read, share and like it. The brain is more open because they don’t feel like they’re being sold something.
  2. Allows you to leverage your time and reach many people all at once. By sharing value, you nurture and grow relationships.

 

Playing on Your Strengths

Showing your authenticity and personality means sharing the good and sharing the bad.

 

Speaking to get clients  

Making the invitation requires confidence. The intention must come from a place of offering them the opportunity to get to know them better.

 

The Trap of Success

Stefanie was enjoying a ‘nice’ lifestyle before she launched her business. She didn’t have a reason to launch a business and to risk any stability. Yet she wasn’t loving what she was doing. She was comfortable. Her son being born flipped her perspective. This has brought so much more meaning in her life.

 

 

In this episode we’ll cover:

  • Owning who you are to launch a business
  • What inspired Stefanie to take the plunge
  • What the Trap of Success means to Stefanie
  • How to play on your strengths
  • Why content marketing accelerates a business

 

Practical and Actionable:

THINK BIG when creating your personal brand. We may feel intimidated by people who are actually doing this. We may feel we are NOT on their level and go the ‘cookie cutter’ route. GO ALL IN. Share a big message- something that is not out there. And that only lies within you. Only YOU carry that message. People want to work with others whom they know, like and trust.

 

Resources and Links

How is your business going…would you like to talk about it?

I love my audience of listeners. I really do. I would love to help you in some way. I started doing calls with listeners and realized that it was a great way to understand you.

Okay, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap… it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business. I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

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242 | Making a New Success Habit Stick with Jen Macquarrie

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Making a New Success Habit Stick

 

Have you tried making a habit to accelerate your personal growth? Most of us have but have had difficulty sticking with it. Jen Macquarrie, founder of Bright Habits shares with us the essential elements we need to maintain momentum. We also explore how to mindfully observe the inner dialogue going on in our heads and how to shift into a more empowering mindset.

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Target Audience: Jen serves busy professionals and/or entrepreneurs who are juggling several areas in their lives. They may be struggling to keep up with everything. Yet, they are craving self care and looking to creating better habits for better energy, support and achieving their goals.

 

Habit Success Coaching

Habit success coaching was something Jen delved into herself and found that it totally transformed her from the inside out in as little as two years. She soon fell in love with coaching. This caused her to feel a strong calling to now serve others by helping them change their mindset and become their greatest versions.

The 5am Wake-Up Call

A big part of personal development is finding a bracket of time in the day to practice routines dedicated to personal development. She personally found it challenging to find time in the day to do it. So, she decided to do it at the very beginning of her day by waking up at 5am. Her routine consists of a workout, playing guitar, and gratitude writing. She knew right away that she felt proud of herself. Over time, this became a habit that was automatic.

 

Jen says in order to wake up so early, it is crucial to adjust your bedtime routine. She even suggests setting up a ‘bedtime alarm’ 45 minutes before bed. This signals you to start to wind down to prepare for sleep. Plus, you can avoid sleep deprivation!

When you create a new habit it does requires sacrifice. Jen says our willpower is strongest in the morning and it diminishes as the day goes on. Any important tasks you want to accomplish should be done early in the day because you are more likely to get them completed.

 

Making New Habits Stick

Firstly, it is important to know your goal. Your WHY. What specifically can get you closer to that goal? Decide when you will do this habit. Commit by writing down your plan. Have accountability of some sort (hire a coach, tell people, have a support group, etc). Mentally prepare yourself for the fact that it may be easier to start (because of excitement) than maintain the habit. It is possible that the initial motivation may wear off. Thus, decide to stay committed.

A new habit is not something you feel you should do but a feeling of ‘I MUST.’

Remember to choose self compassion over criticism. We are all human- there will be times there will be disruptions or life events- don’t put yourself down or be hard on yourself. Shame might make you quit. Keep in mind that you can always try again tomorrow. The key is to keep going and start again.

What the Trap of Success Means to Jen

Once you achieve the success, it’s tempting to be more lazy. You might take it for granted or get too comfortable. If you’re really comfortable- there may be something wrong. You can’t progress that way.

Mindset Affirmations

Notice negative thoughts/self limiting beliefs. Catch yourself. Write them. Replace them with something more empowering.

According to studies, it takes 66 days to make a habit stick. Of course, this depends on the habit. Complex habits may take up to 3 months or more. It also depends on the person.

In this episode we’ll cover:

  • How to make new habits stick
  • The best time of day to perform your new habit
  • Why disappointment is a chance to grow
  • Why shaming and criticizing yourself doesn’t work
  • What to do about limiting beliefs

Practical and Actionable:

Know what your goals are and where you’re headed. Pick a habit. Set yourself up for accountability and to make a plan. Decide: when, where, what time of day. Make sure you repeat it preferably every day so that it becomes automatic. New habits require repetition.

Resources and Links

How is your business going…would you like to talk about it?

I love my audience of listeners. I really do. I would love to help you in some way. I started doing calls with listeners and realized that it was a great way to understand you.

Okay, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap… it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business. I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

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And lastly, please leave a rating and review for the Leaders in the Trenches on iTunes (or Stitcher) – it will help us in many ways, but it also inspires us to keep doing what we are doing here. Thank you in advance!

241 | The Crazy Idea that Changed A Speaker’s Bureau with Nancy Vogl

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The Crazy Idea that Changed A Speaker's Bureau

 

Nancy Vogl, founder of the Speaker’s Bureau talks about the power of face to face interaction. In today’s world of ever expanding technological advancement, it’s tempting to take the shortcut and connect with people via email or Facebook. Nancy says, this is WEAK! She is a firm believer in the power of nurturing the connections you wish to make. Tune in to find out how Nancy is currently following up with a list of 380 people- the real way!

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Target Audience: The Speakers Bureau books speakers, authors and celebrities for events. While the Speakers Bureau serves speakers, it also serves the audiences as well.  The mission is to bring that connection of the spoken words to a hungry heart and mind.

There are many nuances that go into choosing a speaker – many aspects that come into play that the the client happens to be looking for in the speaker they want.

The Big Idea Behind the Mission

Dr. Wayne Dyer was Nancy’s very first speaker. This was ‘back in the day’ when phones were used and voices were heard. The internet came along and things changed. Technology has impeded the process of connecting on a human level. During that period of frustration, Nancy learned she had a brain tumor.

And in the process of all that, she read an article on elevating business through making more human connections. The author of the article spoke about how she took off a year to do that. Nancy became so inspired by the idea that she decided to take off for a year too. Needless to say, people thought she was crazy. Nonetheless, Nancy carried on and spent the year going around to meet her clients face to face.

 

She found a van and lived in it and traveled around for a couple of months with her husband. She stopped at 24 states and visited 380+ organizations. She would leave her catalog of speakers with each organization. She’d always call ahead before coming and would leave handwritten notes upon leaving- adding it that extra personal touch.

 

Although people thought she was crazy, they also felt like she was living THEIR own dream. And despite having a brain tumor, she felt that because she is still alive, she had much more to do. She feels grateful for the chance to do good work.

Nancy emphasizes that you cannot re-create the energy of seeing someone face to face. If face to face is not possible, then the phone is the next best thing.

The Impact

Nancy didn’t expect to see return for a while (maybe a couple of years). And she is currently doing follow up now (for 380 people). She is nurturing and taking her time with it as all good relationships take time!

Life is short. Nothing should stop you. Just a few days after her surgery to have her tumor removed, she booked a speaker from her hospital bed. During her summer of re-cooperating, she used her down time to plan her trip. Everything fell into place! She believes in the power of intention and following through.

Email is WEAK!

Email is for the details- it’s NOT how you get to know someone. Use the phone to connect or face to face is even better. Continue to be the best you can be and get discovered. Elevate yourself in this industry by making friends and connections.  Work on your platform skills. Give impact and value where they walk away with wanting to take action. Move them.


Authenticity

So many speakers polish and practice. There’s value in that but when a speaker is up there being real, that is really golden.

In this episode we’ll cover:

  • The power of authenticity
  • Why emailing is a weak platform for communication
  • The power of face to face interaction
  • The power of voice through phone
  • Why following up and nurturing relationships is everything

Practical and Actionable:

If you can’t stop thinking about a big idea, do some mind mapping. The big idea may be formulated for you.

Resources and Links

 

How is your business going…would you like to talk about it?

I love my audience of listeners. I really do. I would love to help you in some way. I started doing calls with listeners and realized that it was a great way to understand you.

Okay, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap… it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business. I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

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240 | How to Network – The New Rules with Angus Nelson

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240 | How to Network - The New Rules with Angus Nelson

Welcome to the new paradigm of leadership and networking! Executive coach and speaker, Angus Nelson  empowers people and embodies a compassionate spirit when connecting with others. When it comes to Marketing, transparent and sincere connection are the new rules of the game. Today, it is the relationships we choose to nurture that determine the trajectory of our success!

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Target Audience: Angus works with top brands from across the globe. This includes mainly executives. The goal is to help them  become their most effective self by increasing mindfulness through dominating fears.

 

The Concept Behind Building Relationships – Why is it important?

No one is typically getting a job off of a resume these days. In 2016, opportunities arise from the people they know. It is currently commonly known now that you are the sum total of the 5 people closest to you. And in those relationships, Angus speaks about the importance of offering value instead of taking.

What’s created as a result is an authentic dynamic. People often miss this or take it for granted. This idea can be applied in all areas and levels of life (whether business or other). Angus reminds us to remember to be present and find gratitude today.  

Creating a Healthy Mindset

We spend most of our lives in one of 2 places: the past or the future. We compare ourselves to others and see what we lack. It’s important to cultivate a presence with ourselves. This equals abundance, confidence and generosity in the present moment. It creates the mindset of: “I have nothing to lose or prove; I only come to serve.” This subtle shift dynamically changes the relationships you have with others.

Our level of abundance plays out in everything around us. People want to be around you when you exude joy and generosity. Instead of you trying to compensate for lack or weakness, (which most people will see through anyway) they will see you as authentic and real. So many doors open up when you let your true self shine.

 

The very thing we want so desperately is the very thing we fear. We don’t want to be seen as weak. Yet in that place transparency is the element of power.

Angus believes that you will always win when you serve. And you will never know until you put yourself out there. We’re not here to gain a lot of money. Those things are great- yet not as satisfying as human connection. Relationships show you who you are far more effectively than your performance or production.

Thus, the foundational culture you set for your team is that of support; That you will have each others back. Avoid calling people out and rather, help them when they are weak. Exemplify that you are there for one another. If we can get into the mindset of serving one another, everyone wins.

In this episode we’ll cover:

  • How to create meaningful relationships to grow your biz
  • Why it pays to be authentic
  • The power in transparency
  • How to be more present NOW
  • Increasing your mindfulness

Practical and Actionable:

Connect

Communicate value

Cultivate

Here’s a more detailed explanation:

How do we make a sale in the midst of all this too? Value is this: as soon as you get home from that event with all these cards organize them into 2 separate piles: the ones that seemed neat; and cards that are potential business leads. Then, prepare to follow up. It is the most important part of any of this.

For the first set of cards, the convo goes like this:

  1. Great to meet you
  2. Loved our convo about X
  3. The part i really walked away with with was Y

This is giving value by showing them the difference they made for you.

You do the exact same thing with a leads except you add a 4th part:

Provide a resource of some sort that has to do with the unique relationship you just formed. You share you care about them enough to show your support.

These are the elements of connection people don’t often think about. This is about a person not a PRODUCT. When time is right you can “make the ask” – or most likely YOU WON’T HAVE TO because they will come to you.

What equates to is what humanity is all about. When you can reach people on a human level, everything changes.

Resources and Links

How is your business going…would you like to talk about it?

I love my audience of listeners. I really do. I would love to help you in some way. I started doing calls with listeners and realized that it was a great way to understand you.

Okay, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap… it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business. I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

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239 | Understanding Growth Hacking with Brad Stevens

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Growth hacking is not a new term. It has become a big topic in today’s marketing and scaling conversations.  Our guest today is Brad Stevens with Entreholic. We talk about new tools and strategies to accelerate your growth. See how you can use growth hacking in your business.

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Target Audience: At Entreholic, Brad primarily focus on providing  fully outsourced turn key marketing solutions for small to medium businesses. He and his team developed online courses to help small business owners and entrepreneurs with the resources to get “out of the ground.”

A Bit of Background

After starting multiple companies, he’s been eating, sleeping and breathing the essence of entrepreneurship. In his journey, he picked up marketing and technology techniques that could be used to launch companies these days- and even leveraging the companies through different modalities. Entreholic pieces together all the creative and innovative ways you’ve got to think about when starting a business.

So, What’s Growth Hacking?

It is about finding innovative ways to get your biz out of the ground and leveraging tools not available to people in the past. Growth Hacking outlines ways to stretch your dollar whilst getting leads, closing sales and driving your brand. The ideas and solutions are out of the traditional norm.

Data Mining

You can leverage resourcing and leveraging what you outsource to people who do nothing but low cost administrative work that can scrape the web an entire list for you of hundreds or thousands of target individuals.

Trait shows

If you want to be in front of the thought leaders in your industry, you could do a search. Again, this is yet another task that could be outsourced if you’re not up for it.  You (or the person you hire ) can assemble a spreadsheet of thought leaders and shows. The sites most likely have a tab on their site called “Speakers” – then you instantly have a list of all the thought leaders in you industry

Predictable Revenue- Recommended Read!

This book outlined how you blend technology and approach with your sales process. It helped Brad to differentiate his strategies between Smarter vs harder.

ELANCE

Though there are negative reviews out there, there is great potential in using this platform to outsource. It created so much freedom for Brad. There’s a global network of tens of millions of people who are highly talented, professionally trained and who want to work remotely and use technology! They work from home and are able to do unbelievable work at cost effective rates. You could have multiple people working for you/with you doing different types of tasks.

Figuring It All Out

What are you trying to get done in your business (as far as a digital marketing system goes)? Determine that first and then identify where freelancers would plug into the equation. What are the things you really like doing? What are the things you may like doing but don’t have the right kind of expertise in? Content writing is a great example. What are the top 3 main priorities (main impact)?

 

Why Does it Matter?

For Brad, it’s a big unique puzzle of what you can potentially do to grow your business. It is about working smarter not harder. Brad enjoys helping people figure out how to leverage your time and money both personally and professionally. As an entrepreneur himself, he loves helping other entrepreneurs.

What we’ll cover in this episode

  • Why you don’t have to get it all done alone
  • Defining Growth Hacking
  • The importance of Growth Hacking  
  • Understanding what you can outsource.
  • Solving the big puzzle around digital marketing and leveraging

Practical and Actionable:

Get the Growth hacker marketing book. This is a wonderful resource. Then Go to upwork.com and take their course on how to leverage. Also check out the top 200 tools- special for LITT listeners HERE.  

Resources and Links

How is your business going…would you like to talk about it?

I love my audience of listeners. I really do. I would love to help you in some way. I started doing calls with listeners and realized that it was a great way to understand you.

Okay, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap… it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business. I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

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233 | Be THE Choice, Not Just a Choice with Gene Hammett

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In highly competitive markets, it is getting harder and harder to win the business. I specialize in helping companies grow by making them THE choice, not just a choice. This is about standing out and creating a company that does not have competition. This is a solo episode where I share key parts of my speech: Be THE Choice, Not Just A Choice. I give you 3 areas that allow you to win more business and work with more high-value clients. Don’t miss this one.

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Target Audience: Gene serves entrepreneurs who are (or want to be) Leaders. His clients are committed and are unafraid of doing the work to create a thriving business.

 

What does it take to be THE CHOICE?

There are lots of people and it’s safe to say- even too many people out there. Businesses look very much like each other in their variety of strategies. They blend together. However, you must KNOW that you actually ARE different. The problem is, many entrepreneurs out there do a poor job at standing out. This takes a great deal of building and deepening the relationships you have. How would standing out increase word of mouth and referrals?

SO, how do we raise ourselves ABOVE the crowd? How can people see your specialty and your ability to serve them in a specific area?

 

How do you explain WHAT it is that you DO?

Let’s talk about BRANDING!

Your brand is not what YOU say it is. It is what others say it is! It’s what people talk about when they talk about you. Those who have clear branding also have a clear story, price and promise.

WHO do you serve? & WHO is included in your Profitable Niche?

Your target market is who your services are ideally for. Your profitable niche are those who are ideal for you.

Do they see you as THE choice? If you are too broad in your messaging, they won’t see you as THE choice. If you represent yourself as having a deep understanding of their area, they can TRUST you. Stack your success in your portfolio of previous clients.

 

Do it BETTER

Rise above everyone else by knowing who you serve, what their pain is and offering them a unique solution. Keep getting better at what you do.

Marketing: the 3:7:3[0:30:30] RULE

In 2016, not all marketing is effective. When you are in a room 3% are actively seeking to buy what you offer. 7% are open to what you are offering. 30% are “not yet” and 30% are unconscious to what you offer. Another 30% are a “NEVER.”

Focus on the 67%. When those people are ready to buy you must position yourself in a way so they are NOT looking at anyone else to buy. The way to reach these people is not just creating info and communication- BUT CONNECTING with them. Position your marketing in a way that truly connects with them. Create a connection so powerful, that when they see your email in their inbox, they will open it because they feel connected.

This i’s about the story you craft around your business. You do this through education based marketing – marketing with a clear conscious- & not being pushy.

SPEAKING- the #1 way to get high value clients. You are going where they are and they, themselves are investing in themselves to acquire solutions. This is the most powerful form of marketing Gene has experienced himself!

WRITING for major platforms (like Huffington Post for example) and use different MEDIA to get noticed. Making yourself available for Media- such as podcasts, positions you to new audiences as an expert.

Social media- do you stand out in a way that connects you to your audience? Do you offer Ethical bribes to create continued communication? This is KEY!

Practical and Actionable:

Go to the The Trap of Success HERE. This video will show you how you can show up differently. All you need to do is decide. Also, check out the free video on how to become an AUTHORITY in your target market HERE. 

 

Resources and Links

How is your business going…would you like to talk about it?

I love my audience of listeners. I really do. I would love to help you in some way. I started doing calls with listeners and realized that it was a great way to understand you.

Okay, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap… it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business. I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

A QUICK FAVOR

And lastly, please leave a rating and review for the Leaders in the Trenches on iTunes (or Stitcher) – it will help us in many ways, but it also inspires us to keep doing what we are doing here. Thank you in advance!