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How To Get Leads From Your Website

How To Get Leads From Your Website

A website or blog is an essential business tool and it’s one that every business uses differently.

However, there is one thing that every business wants to accomplish with its website and that is leveraging it to create more growth by increasing leads, sales and revenue.

Luckily, there are several ways to do this and they are quick and easy to implement.

Before you get started you need to determine your current state of lead generation, so you can track your success and determine the areas where you most need improvement.

The first thing you can do is to work out where most of your online traffic comes from.

These sources can include:

  • Email Marketing: Any decent autoresponder will allow you to track clicks to your website when your prospects are reading, opening and clicking on links in your emails.
  • Social Media: You may be getting traffic from people who engage in a campaign through one of your social media profiles; this could be free or paid, although paid is easier to track.
  • Blog Posts: You may be getting some good organic traffic from your highest-performing blog posts.

So, here are 6 ways that you can get leads from your website, starting today!

1. Add Lead Generation Forms To The Posts/Pages That Get the Most Traffic

Now you know where your traffic is coming from and your best performing posts, you can add opt-in forms to your most popular blog posts. This could be offering a free report or eBook, but it MUST be related to the content they are interested in.

These can take many forms, such as a sign-up form on the side or top of the page, a form that slides in at a certain point in time, a pop up or lightbox and they can also be triggered by “exit intent” if a reader goes to leave the page.

There are numerous tools that can add opt-in forms to your website but my 2 favourite tools are Thrive Leads and Conversion Gorilla.

2. Make A Newsletter Sign Up

As well as opt-in forms that lead to landing pages, squeeze pages or sales pages, you can also have a form to sign up for updates on your blog as a newsletter style format. I would use a Thrive Leads widget to place a sign-up form on the side of the page.

This way, although someone may not want an ebook, report etc. they may be interested in the stuff you post so may sign up to be kept in the loop with new articles that you post.

3. Offer Content Upgrades

A content upgrade is where you can offer the reader something in return for consuming the blog post they are reading.

This could be as simple as offering a pdf version of the post that they can download for reading later (this works well with longer posts). But it could also be a checklist or audio/video version of the post too. The key is that it must be entirely congruent with the post they are reading.

There are a couple of tools that you can use to create mini pdfs of your blog posts and the best two are Designrr and Sqribble, but you don’t need them as you can also do it in MS Word. The software’s will give you some styling options to make your reports more stylish if that is what you want and this does help you to stand out from others just offering standard pdf reports.

You can also use Post Gopher which is a very handy tool as the reader can fill in the details in the form and Post Gopher will automatically create the pdf and email the link to the reader when it has been generated.

Content upgrades can be a really powerful but simple way to grab leads from your posts, so don’t underestimate it and try it for yourself.

4. Always Have A Call To Action

Every piece of content you write should be designed with an end goal in mind. You should always be content marketing.

Your content should always provide great value and be useful to the reader and you should guide them to look for more information from you in the form of a free gift in exchange for their email address, or, better still, in the form of a paid product or service.

Once again, the key is congruency. If the offer is related to the content they are consuming, and the content is useful to them, they are much more likely to take you up on your call to action.

Use images to make your calls to action stand out. Use tools such as Canva or Youzign to create an eye-catching image, and you can use a Thrive Leads shortcode to create a clickable image that will allow them to opt-in.

5. Create An About Me Page

One of the most widely visited pages of any website is the “About Me” page.

A good About Me page should not just be a few words about who you are, but rather a mission statement and a subtle marketing message that garners authority and trust.

When done right, this can have an indirect effect on your opt-in rate as people will have an idea about who you are, what you stand for and are more likely to trust you and accept what you say.

This is probably one of the most overlooked pages on most websites but taking a little time to craft a good About Me page can really pay off, so it is really worth the effort.

6. Make Your Site Mobile-Friendly

Did you know that over three-quarters of all Americans 18 and older now own a smartphone, and nearly 20% of smartphone owners use their mobile devices exclusively to access the internet? And outside the US, the figures may be even higher, so this is a huge source of potential traffic.

By making your website mobile-friendly, you’ll capture leads from the lucrative and ever-growing mobile internet user market and this is only going to expand, so it pays to get in now.

It is also alleged that Google penalizes sites that are not mobile-friendly, so it is definitely something to consider.

OK, there are 6 ways that you can use to get more leads from your website.

While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to boosting website lead generation, by implementing these six simple tips you can transform a potentially under performing site into a strong, lead generating machine for your business.

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How To Increase Conversions Blog Post

How To Increase Conversions (3 Simple Tricks That Can Massively Increase Conversions)

As I have stated in numerous articles and videos, many people believe they have a problem with traffic, but I believe that the actual issue lies in converting that traffic.

Just think about this:-

If you have the same offer with the same amount of traffic but you double conversions, then you’ve effectively just doubled your sales and profits, too.

So, how do you do that you might ask?

Well, here are 3 simple tricks that can massively increase conversions:

1: What’s In A Name? Everything

You pour your heart and soul into a blog post, article – even an entire book – and nothing happens.

No one reads it. No one comments. No one shares it on social media. No one buys your book.

Yet the content is excellent, it’s well-written and it’s entertaining.

You know that people SHOULD be reading it.

So how do you fix it?

9 times out of 10 it’s as simple as changing the title.

That’s right – relaunch with another title and see if you don’t do a whole lot better.

I know of one fellow (retired now) who spent his career finding under-appreciated books, buying the rights and re-titling and re-releasing them.

He made a fortune doing this before the Internet blew up.

So, go back and find your content that didn’t do as well as it should. Polish it off, do any necessary updating, and most of all give it a new title that is irresistible.

You just might just have a new best seller on your hands. This always comes down to testing and if you know that the content is good but it isn’t selling, start by doing this simple hack and see if the title sparks off a flood of sales; you may be surprised!

2: Stop Being So Bossy!!!

BUY THIS! DO THAT! DO IT NOW! CLICK HERE!

“This is the greatest so-in-so ever and you will fall in LOVE with it, even though you don’t even know what the heck it is yet…”

Let’s face it – in the name of brevity and enthusiasm we tend to tell our customers what they should be doing and how they should be doing it.

We have their best interests at heart – don’t they see that?

Actually, no they don’t. And that is a problem.

Imagine someone standing on the other side of the room from you.

They’re screaming at you that you should do what they say.

What’s your reaction?

My reaction isn’t fit to print, so I won’t but I’m sure you get the idea!

Now imagine that same person smiles at you across the room, walks over, extends their hand and introduces themselves.

Next, they start talking about this problem they have. That’s funny, it’s the same problem you have. And they sound just like you. They even have the same thoughts about the problem, the same worries and fears that you have.

How do you feel? Like you just met a kindred spirit perhaps? It’s a completely different experience for you, the “customer.”

They invite you to walk with them, and without even thinking, you are right there with them, side by side, going for a short walk.

By the end of the walk, they’ve shown you how they solved their problem. You’re elated. There is a solution! You ask if you can buy the solution and they graciously sell it to you.

What just happened?

Instead of feeling like someone was trying to command you to buy something, you voluntarily bought it because you wanted it.

All because they came over to where you were, talked to you in your own words and then walked with you to the solution.

That’s how truly great sales work. You don’t shout from the rooftops or across the room.

Instead, you go to where they are. You feel what they’re feeling, say what they’re thinking, and become a kindred spirit. Then you gently guide them to where you want them to go.

Show them that you understand their problems, have been through it and have a solution for them. Believe me, if you use this technique in all of your sales materials I guarantee your conversions will at least double, if not triple; it is that powerful.

3: Go For The Big Ticket Sales

Why do you suppose you see so many $10 products, and so few $10,000 products?

It seems like it would be harder to sell a $10,000 product.

But what’s easier – selling 1000 $10 products, or just ONE $10,000 product?

 

Odds are, it’s going to be much easier to sell one big product than 1,000 small ones. BUT there is a large element of trust involved in persuading someone to spend such a large amount of money in one go and this puts many marketers off as it just seems like too much hard work.

The good thing about that means that there is less competition in the high-end marketplace.

And you will also find that somebody willing to invest that kind of money is a much better customer overall unlike many low value customers who nowadays seem to expect everything for $10!

Take a look at Jon Chow as an example. If you don’t know who John is, he is an extremely successful blogger.

John Chow opted to sell the big products and it paid off big time. In just 2 years, he grew his blog from $0 in revenue to more than $40,000 per MONTH.

To do this, he worked a whopping 2 hours per day.

And he didn’t even do his own selling. Instead, he licensed a phone team to sell big ticket items for him.

If you want to sell big ticket products, I would highly suggest hiring or licensing a professional phone team. They’re going to be able to convert prospects at a much higher rate than you can through online marketing.

Offer a free product that totally ROCKS to get the prospect’s information.

Work on building that relationship and let your phone team do the rest.

And in two years? If you follow in John’s footsteps, maybe you can be making $40,000 a month as well.

These are three very different methods that all have the same end goal – to increase your conversions on everything you sell. Use them wisely and the sky is the limit!

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Video Marketing 2018 Blog Post

Video Marketing 2018 (The Best Way To Approach Video Marketing In 2018 And Beyond)

Businesses need video marketing in their arsenal and key to this is developing a strong video marketing strategy.

This idea isn’t new but what has significantly changed over the past couple of years is how important video has become on every platform and channel. It’s no longer just one piece of your overall plan. Video needs to play a central role in your outreach and campaign efforts.

Let’s be honest; video is here, and it’s here to stay. Facebook itself has predicted that the platform will be all video in less than five years. And while it’s still important to maintain a focus on optimizing your content for Google, you’re seriously missing out if you’re not considering how to get found on the world’s second largest search engine — YouTube.

Video has been an important part of digital marketing for a number of years now, but it’s amazing how much it has changed and evolved over the last 2-3 years. From basic animations and “talking-head” videos to new live streaming and social media formats, there are so many ways to embrace video within your digital marketing strategy.

So, what does video marketing look like in 2018 and beyond? And what is the best way to approach your video marketing strategy in 2018 and beyond?

Take a look at these stats:

  • 81% of companies use video for marketing purposes in 2018, compared to 63% in 2017.
  • The average person watches 1.5 hours of video each day.
  • 81% of individuals have purchased a product or service after watching a video
  • 76% of marketers say video has helped their company increase sales.
  • Marketers rate Snapchat the least effective video marketing platform, while LinkedIn is rated the most successful (even though only 38% of marketers are using it).

It is obvious from these stats that video marketing is here to stay so the next question you should be asking is:

How Can You Use Video in Your Marketing Strategy And What Types Of Video Should You Be Creating?

Now that you know how important video is to the sales process, let’s look at how you can incorporate video into your marketing strategy for the foreseeable future.

Here are some of the best ways of using video and the best types to use to maximize effectiveness.

Live Video (Live Streaming)

Live video rightly deserves to be at the top of this list as it continues to grow in popularity, and we believe this new trend is here to stay.             For brands, live videos offer the following advantages:

 

 

  • Attractive to users, promotes authenticity
  • Economical, don’t require investment in production or editing. Once the broadcast it over, it stays on the platform for promotion purposes
  • Increases views & quality of views because live video is on popular platforms, and its time-sensitive nature attracts a curious audience
  • The sheer level of engagement is astronomical and worth the effort to get on camera as soon as you can.

Vertical & Square-Shaped Videos

Video formats are always changing, affecting all aspects of design and production. While videos used to be all done in landscape mode, the advances in phone and tablet technology have changed the way we think. More brands are creating vertical videos from the start and the focus is definitely shifting to “mobile-first” or “mobile-friendly.” However, the more popular solution at the moment is square videos. This format occupies 78% more space in the Facebook News section, leading to more engagement.

But with the emergence of Instagram Stories and Instagram TV (IGTV), there is an increasing requirement to start producing more vertical videos.

Basically, mobile is growing and you need to think “mobile” when producing any type of video content, especially for the social media networks.

E-Learning Videos

Product and services videos can be a powerful tool, but videos are flexible enough to have many other uses, such as e-learning. Such training can be used to monetize your videos and help you transmit information to customers or prospects in a clear, visual way.

Many information products used to be simple pdf type reports or eBooks, but video training is becoming increasingly popular as most people prefer to watch rather than read.

These can be simple PowerPoint/Keynote presentation style videos, talking head videos or screen capture videos.

You can even use videos for in-house training for employees or integrate training and marketing by offering up a valuable video to users who submit their contact information. There are countless uses for video limited only by your imagination.

Sponsored Videos

Using paid media can be a big jump for solo entrepreneurs and small business with a limited budget.

But the rewards can be huge.

Done correctly, paid and sponsored videos can be highly profitable on social platforms such as Facebook and YouTube. You can even partner with YouTubers and other influencers to boost your content.

To maximize ROI, carefully measure your results and make edits when necessary. Tracking and testing is critical to your success with paid media, so get tracking in place BEFORE you start paying for advertising.

360 Degree Videos

360-degree videos are becoming increasingly popular as a way to show destinations, experiences and products in an interesting way. On top of that, case studies conducted by Magnifyre and Google suggest that people engage more with 360-degree videos.

Many modern mobile devices allow you to capture 360-degree videos so give them a shot.

Demo/Review Videos

Showcase how your product works — whether that’s taking viewers on a tour of your software and its particular uses or unboxing and putting a physical product to the test.

This works great with affiliate products. You can show your viewers inside the product, outline and show the pros and cons and then make your recommendations so they can make an informed decision.

This is great for building trust IF you are honestly reviewing products with the buyer in mind and not just out for the commission; always put your prospects first.

Brand videos

Brand videos are typically distributed as a part of a larger advertising campaign, showcasing the company’s high-level vision, mission, or products and services.

The goal of brand videos is to build awareness around your company and attract your target audience.

Combining this with paid advertising to increase awareness about you and what you have to offer is a cheap way to increase your exposure.

Expert Interviews

Getting internal experts or thought leaders in your industry to do short interviews on camera is a great way to build trust and authority with your target audience.

Find the influencers in your industry or those with a different point of view and get these discussions in front of your audience.

It can feel a bit intimidating to approach these people, but what is the worst that can happen? They say “No!” But what if they said “Yes?!”

How-To Videos

 

How-to videos can be used to teach your audience something new or build the foundational knowledge they’ll need to better understand your business and solutions.

This type of content is great for building trust and positioning you as an expert in your niche and is a very popular type of video to create.

Explainer Videos

This type of video is used to help your audience better understand why they need your product or service.

Many explainer videos focus on a fictional journey of the company’s core buyer persona who is struggling with a problem. This person overcomes the issue by adopting or buying the business’s solution.

This is why these types work well in VSL’s (Video Sales Letters).

Animated/Doodle Style Videos

Animated videos can be a great format for hard-to-grasp concepts that need strong visuals or an intangible service or product.

They are also different to many other types of video so will tend to stand out.

Many explainer videos used as VSL’s are animated or doodled in this way for this very reason although as they have become more popular, their efficacy as a sales tool depreciates.

Case Study and Customer Testimonial Videos

Your prospects want to know that your product will solve their specific problem, and one of the best ways to showcase this and build trust is by creating case study videos that feature your happy and loyal customers.

These are your best advocates. Get them on-camera describing their challenges and how your company helped them meet their goals.

Social proof is increasingly important so using these types of testimonials goes a long way.

Video Funnels

In the same way you use other types of content (such as email campaigns) to move your audience along the buyer’s journey from awareness, to consideration, to decision, you can also do this with video.

Facebook and other platforms now allow you to build custom audiences based on behaviors, allowing you to also retarget based on the same.

This way you can target people who have watched a certain amount of your video to create highly targeted audiences that you can advertise to.

Structuring Your Videos

As far as structuring your videos is concerned, you need to think about the overall objective.

Are you just using it to increase brand awareness, or are you hoping to monetize it by reviewing/promoting either your own or affiliate products?

You also need to decide on what type of video you are going to create. Will it be a presentation style video? In that case you can use PowerPoint, Keynote or Google Slides.

Animated videos can be done quickly using tools like Explaindio

Doodle videos can be done quickly using tools like Doodly

If you want to create really cool-looking Buzzfeed style videos, the best options are Content Samurai and Rocketium.

They are both good and although Rocketium has more customization options, I prefer Content Samurai as it is really quick to create great looking videos in minutes.

Whatever your end aim, it is important to keep the script tight and concise; people’s attention spans are short, and you don’t have time to lose.

All videos should have an introduction, followed by a call-to-action.

Then you transition into the main part of the video where you are sharing the information you have promised.

Make this good content that people would be willing to pay for!

You can have calls-to-action during this part of the video if you want, but certainly when you transition into the end of your video, you definitely want another call-to-action followed by your outro; don’t overcomplicate it.

It isn’t difficult to structure a good quality video and the more you do it, the better you’ll get!

Once you have the video created, you will need to edit it, and this is where Camtasia come in. This tool is fantastic; you can add intros, outros, lower thirds, alpha animations, text boxes, quizzes and so much more, but you will need to learn how to use it effectively and you can do that here

If you do want to sex up your videos by adding logo stingers, intros/outros, lower thirds and overlays, I highly recommend checking out Viddyoze as it is an amazing application.

OK, so now you have gone through all this and decided to create your amazing video. Now you need to decide on a strategy to market it.

Now that you know what video creation and marketing looks like in 2018, here’s how you can begin to develop your strategy.

How to Build a Video Marketing Strategy

Here are 4 steps that you can use to build out a video marketing strategy for your business.

Step 1. Develop Your Perfect Customer Avatar & Their Journey

To make sure your videos connect with your customers, you need to be sure that you’re targeting the right message to the right audience.

To do so, you’ll need to take the time to find these consumer insights before creating your video.

While text can be easily rewritten, videos take a lot more resources to be re-done. It’s best to try and get them right the first time.

Make sure that your messages match your brand voice in every instance.

This is a step that many new marketers skip over, but it is incredibly important that you know who you are going to be talking to, so DON’T skip it!

Step 2. Build Goals, KPI’s And Test And Track Everything

Next, you’ll need to create measurable goals and KPIs for your video campaign. Without goals, you can’t calculate ROI and prove that your videos are working.

To learn what works well for your audience, perform some A/B tests, then determine what “good” looks like for your brand.

Constantly monitor your stats and keep testing and tweaking to ensure that your videos are optimized as much as they can be.

Step 3. Determine the Type of Video and Platform

There are many platforms where you can “host” your video, including Facebook, Snapchat, LinkedIn, YouTube, e-publications, etc.

You’ll need to research where your audience spends time and which platform is the best fit for the tone of your message; this is tightly linked to step 1!

Some content platforms are better for short-term campaign videos, while others are better for live videos. Still others (like YouTube) are best for longer videos that you want to have some staying power.

Step 4. Create Cost- Effective, Valuable Videos

Make sure that your video is easily recognizable with visual-striking branding, then tell a story that matches your goals and your brand.

Having attractive thumbnails and enticing headlines are a key factor in whether someone will click on your video if/when they find it.

You can choose to create your video in-house or work with an external agency to build them for you if you have the budget.

You will be able to create in-house videos quicker and it is easier to edit them later if required, while external videos ensure your content looks professional and appeals to your audience. In-house videos are typically more cost-effective, though they do take a fair amount of time.

Well, there you have it, video marketing as it stands in 2018 is exciting and is only going to get better and more powerful, so ensure that you are using video marketing as part of your business.

Now, if you want to learn all about video marketing, including setting up your YouTube channel correctly, optimizing your video/thumbnail etc. and all about using video ads then you really need to take a look at Video Marketing Insider (VMI)  as it is an incredibly deep course and you will become a better marketer for it.

There are also a number of software’s included which are exclusive to members which can make your video marketing efforts easier and more effective.

Wherever you are in your business, you really need to be incorporating video in some way. Yes, it can be a little daunting at first, especially if you lack confidence.

But hopefully reading this has encouraged you to get started, and by using tools such as PowerPoint/Keynote/Google Slides, Content Samurai and Rocketium, you don’t need to appear on camera at all so that hurdle is easily overcome.

Video is here to stay, so grab your piece of the action today and see your marketing efforts become even more successful by leveraging the power of video.

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How To Write A Good Tweet 15 Ways To Create Effective Tweets

How To Write A Good Tweet (15 Ways To Create Effective Tweets)

How To Write A Good Tweet (15 Ways to Create Effective Tweets)

Twitter has 320 million current active users so it’s no wonder why it’s getting more and more difficult to be seen on Twitter. But done correctly, Twitter can still be a great source of traffic.

And as you know, if your Tweets aren’t driving traffic, then they’re not doing you or your business much good. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of 15 ways to get your Tweets seen and clicked on by your followers.

1: Add Images

Did you know that tweets with images receive 18% more click-throughs, 89% more favorites and 150% more retweets?

And you can create multiple images for each blog post, using attractive colors, centered headlines and interesting textures.

Don’t forget to add your brand or URL, too.

For a slew of free design tools, check out this infographic: http://feldmancreative.com/2016/08/free-online-design-tools-infographic/

2: Use Faces

Studies show that few things in print or online media captures people’s attention faster than faces, so why not use them?

3: Use Your Own Face

Don’t forget to tweet your own face now and then, especially if you’re using a logo as your profile picture. You’ll increase the stopping power of your tweet as well as build more of a personal connection with your followers.

4: Use Brackets

This is a great subject line trick as well – include something such as an afterthought in brackets, like this:

“Love the shoes [too sexy!]”

5: Quote Someone

Twitter users love quotes. They can be funny, famous, timely and so forth. When you come across something inspiring or thoughtful, by all means share it. And if the quote is over 140 characters, feature the quote in an image.

 

Here are 20 tools to help you create some great image quotes. http://louisem.com/2573/make-picture-quotes-easy

 

6: Hashtag Your Topic

Your tweets are usually seen only by your followers. But if you add a hashtag or two, your tweet can potentially be found by others as well.

Want to do some hashtag research? Check out http://hashtagify.me/

7: Make Your Tweets Contagious

To get your tweets shared, Jonah Berger, the author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On, says to make them viral using any of the following:

  • Social Currency – how smart a user looks to others when they share your tweet
  • Triggers – top of mind content people are triggered to think about
  • Emotion – focus on feelings rather than function
  • Public – built to show, built to grow. Think of a brand that puts a red bottom on all of their shoes and you get the idea.
  • Practical Value – news you can use
  • Stories – tell stories people want to share

8: Add Emojis and Symbols

Non-text characters make your message stand out. If you’re using a smartphone, you’ll find the emojis right on your keyboard.

If you’re on a computer, you can download a Chrome extension or copy and paste Twitter symbols from a Twitter library such as this one. https://www.piliapp.com/twitter-symbols/

9: Ask Questions

Posing questions to your followers is an effective way to engage people. Be sure to follow up with everyone who answers you so they know you’re listening. And you can always highlight answers by retweeting them with your response, keeping them alive and inspiring even more interaction.

10: Use Polls

Twitter Polls are a great tool for attracting attention and engaging followers. Click the “Add poll” icon beneath the tweet box, add up to four questions, and choose how long you want your poll to run.

11: Thank Profusely and Often

When your fellow tweeters have promoted your content or even contributed to it, thank them. This makes you look like a really nice person, plus it’s great for building relationships.

12: Use @ to Get Specific Attention

If you want someone specific to see your tweet, mention them by including their username preceded by the @ symbol.

13: Use an Image to Grab Group Attention

If you want to get the attention of a group of people, include an image in your tweet. Then when Twitter prompts you with “Who’s in this photo?” you can tag the image with up to 10 users without affecting your character count.

14: Use Twitter Cards

Twitter cards let you include additional media types – such as images, videos, audio and download links – in your tweets. They’re not the easiest thing to use the first time, though, so you might want to follow along with Twitter’s CMS Integration Guide.

https://dev.twitter.com/cards/cms-integration

15: Tweet Multiple Times

Tweets go by so fast, many of your tweets will never be seen. That’s why you want to tweet about that new blog post of yours several times over the course of a few days.

Bonus: Use ‘Start a Fire’ https://startafire.com/

This service lets you increase the reach of your content as you share free links. Here’s how it works:

First you add a branded badge with content within any link.

Let’s say you’re sharing content from Mashable – you simply add a branded badge to the link.

Next, you share your third party content to increase engagement. After all, a link from Mashable will often get more clicks than a link from your own website.

 

And by the way, this strategy doesn’t just work with Twitter – it works with Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and several other social media networks. Lastly, your re-shared links continue to carry your recommendations to new audiences, exposing them to your content. And you can track, measure and get instant insights on the performance of your third party content, too!

 

Make the very most of your Twitter time by using these little tricks to get your tweets noticed and shared.

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Gratitude 1

Be Grateful

The world today is full of uncertainties and challenges, and the last thing that we want to do is to do something as simple as say “thank you.” With the hardships, turmoil, difficulties and problems that people are facing these days, it has become increasingly difficult to see the good side of the world we live in. And listening to all the negativity in the news and media just reinforces this bleak view of modern day life. But this is an incredibly skewed version of reality and bears no real resemblance to the real world, but hey, bad news sells!

Things appear to have become so irrational and unpredictable. The world has changed so much and become so different, and being grateful in this (apparently) very ungrateful world can be really challenging. And the quicker things change, the more disconnected people start to feel.

Also, the sad fact is that many people in this generation have an “entitlement” attitude; they believe that they are entitled to pretty much anything with little to no effort. This may not be a politically correct statement but is the plain truth (in my opinion).

If you want to use gratitude in your life, try pairing it with some self-reflection and it becomes even more powerful. To learn more about self-reflection click here to download a free report

 

The thing that we all need to remember is that although the world seems so difficult and things may not always go the way we want them to go, there are still many things to be grateful for. No matter what good things happen in your life, if you don’t have an attitude of gratitude, you will never be completely happy. It is simply a matter of focus; in fact, focus can be used to support many aspects of your life, not just gratitude.

Learning to be grateful when things go wrong, when problems strike or when difficulties happen will make a huge difference in your life and the way you will generally feel about life itself. Life is always better once you feel blessed no matter how difficult things might seem. Is it easy? No, but is it worth it? You bet it is!

Feeling grateful allows you to see life as a great and wonderful gift. Once you can feel great about the world and about your life, you will be able to find real happiness and peace.

When everything around you seems to be going wrong, it is can be very difficult to feel grateful for anything, but if you remain thankful about even those little blessings you have, your life will become happier. Learning to be grateful in this ungrateful world is something worth doing. If you don’t, you will keep feeling a sense of unhappiness, a lack of self-worth and a general lack and that is no way to go through life.

After all, you only have one life so you owe it to yourself to do everything you can to enjoy it and to experience everything that it has to offer. Living with an attitude of gratitude will help you to do that.

Start practicing gratitude daily and see what a difference it can make. Start off gradually; why not spend a few minutes in the morning when you first wake to think of all the things in your life that you are grateful for? Why not write these things down and start a gratitude journal. Try doing this for 30 days and see how this small thing done daily can make you feel and how your outlook on life will shift. You will become more content, happier and people will notice and wonder what your secret is. Share it with them and let’s all make the world a happier, more grateful place in our own small way.

Start today and allow gratitude into your life and reap the benefits. What are you waiting for?

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How To Start Your Own Coaching Business

OK, so you are interested in becoming a coach and helping others to succeed; that’s great but how do you go about getting started in the first place?

Before you start, let’s take a quick look at the pro’s and cons of running your own coaching business so you can decide whether this is an avenue you really want to pursue.

The pro’s of coaching

This could be quite a lengthy list as coaching is a business that anyone can embark upon, but here are five of the top benefits to becoming a coach:

  • Anyone with people skills and the ability to help can become a coach. As long as you are an expert at something you can coach someone to become an expert too. Although it’s recommended you take some courses and get certified, the coaching profession isn’t highly regulated yet, which means anyone can call themselves a coach (perhaps this could be called a con too)!
  • You can start small so it is actually quite affordable to get your coaching business off the ground. Odds are you already have the equipment needed to start; a computer. You can download Skype for free and buy a quality set of headphones for under $50. You should also have a website, coaching contract and perhaps homework materials, but again, those can all be had for less than $100.
  • You can feel good about helping people in the area you coach in. There is nothing better than helping someone who is stuck in an area of their life or business and seeing them progress forward.
  • You can do individual and/or group coaching. Especially for people who can’t afford one-on-one time with you, group coaching allows them a way to work with you and you to be able to help more people in less time. And if you are a business coach, as they see the benefits and results in higher profits, they will probably be able to invest more into coaching and pay to access you on an individual basis.
  • You can offer add-on products or services to further assist your clients. Many coaches have books and home study products and this offshoot can generate an extremely lucrative business in itself and you can reach far more people who, once again, may seek out more access to you as they progress and see results.

The cons of coaching

  • As stated in the pro’s list above, although certification is not currently required, getting certified can certainly increase your credibility and marketability. But, of course, getting a coaching certification takes time and money and this needs to be taken into consideration.
  • You do need to have great people skills and patience. Just because people come to you for help, doesn’t mean they’ll do what you suggest, even if it is in their own best interests. In fact, many people are fearful and resistant to change, so you need to be able to support, encourage and sometimes challenge your clients to make needed changes to have the breakthrough they desire.
  • You’ll spend a lot of time on the phone or video conferencing. If you don’t mind having many appointments a day, that won’t be a problem (this is where having an information business on the side will alleviate this issue).
  • You need to be in top form whenever you’re with clients. You might feel bad/sick, have a personal issue or other difficulties in your life, but when you’re with a client, you need to be “on” no matter what and laser focused on them 100%. Remember that as a coach you will ultimately be judged on the results you get for your clients.
  • It can take a while to build a solid, stable business. Getting your first clients can be tricky, but you can offer discounted or even free sessions to get them in through the door to show them the value you offer and to hook them. But this does take time and perseverance, although this can be argued the same for any business!

Now, before you even think about starting up a coaching business you need a thorough understanding and acceptance of who you are. Don’t forget that the most valuable resource you have in your business is you. It’s the one thing your business cannot do without. Take time to really understand what makes you tick, how you ended up where you are and who you want to be for the rest of your life. Yes, your business will provide an income (hopefully), but it’s also an opportunity for fun and fulfilment.

All great creations start with a dream. You have permission to dream about what you want, where you want to go, who you want to work with. Make this dream as real as possible, use all your senses. Yes, create a vision board and mind map. Test drive that dream car. Record your dream in a way that you can revisit it as often as you need for inspiration. Then check how comfortably your business fits in to your dream. And this is important, if it does not fit, then you need adjust your business, not your dream.

Still here, good! Now let’s take a look at a few personal qualities that you will need to succeed as a coach:

You Are Happy To Invest In Yourself

To succeed as a coach, you must not be afraid to invest in yourself consistently. Take a look around and you will see that this is a trait shared by the best coaches. Think about it; if you aren’t willing to invest in yourself, why should a client invest in you? You can’t help others see their blind spots if you can’t see your own. The best coaches are constantly getting support from other coaches.

You Need To Have (Or Develop) A Business Mindset

Too many coaches only want to coach. That motivation and passion is critical, but as a coach, you’re also a solopreneur. For better or worse, the stamina you have for coaching has to transfer over into maintaining the bottom line, and no matter what, running a business is serious work. This means personal branding, social media strategy, writing articles, speaking to audiences – and that isn’t even delving into the financial management and bookkeeping elements of running a business. It’s not about whether you can do it, it’s about whether you can enjoy it enough to do it. The major reason that many coaches fail is not because they can’t coach enough clients, but rather because they lack a strategic business plan. Seeing clients is a small slice of it… a good coach gets and enjoys all aspects of the business, especially the marketing.

You Are A Good Listener

Studies show that listening skills can actually boost economic success, yet coaches often fail to apply this in their own practice. The worst coaches are focused only on feeding you information whereas a great coach has the skills to facilitate a shift in your mindset and perspective, which is only possible by really listening to you and understanding you at a deep level. Once that inner shift occurs, it is reflected back with massive powerful results which will ultimately benefit both coach and client.

Ok, so you have got this far and you are definitely invested into becoming a coach. Here are 7 quick steps you can use to get going.

Step 1: What Type Of Coach?

You are probably aware that life and business coaching are extremely popular, but they aren’t the only types of coaching you can do. If you are in the fitness niche you can become a weight loss, fitness or health coach. What about a sports coach? You can also become a parenting or relationship coach, organizational or productivity coach, technical coach, sales coach or a career coach. Where is your area of expertise and work from there?

Step 2: Set up Your Business/Company

Decide your business structure, create a business name and get a business license if required. Write a coaching contract that outlines your services and expectations.

Step 3: Invest In Your Coaching Equipment

If you’re going to be doing video conferencing, download the needed software and purchase a quality headset and webcam. Some coaches record calls and give them to their clients so they can review the session. If you want to do that, you’ll need to get a recorder that will record your video/audio calls. You can use Skype which is free to hold these types of calls. If you want to run group sessions, you could run weekly webinars etc. so you will need to invest in webinar software. Whatever you do, it is important that people can hear you clearly so invest in a quality microphone such as the Blue Yeti.

Step 4: Build Your Website

Potential clients need a place to learn about your coaching business and there’s no better place to sell your coaching and related materials than on a website.

You will need to purchase hosting and a domain name (preferably the name of your coaching company). Using WordPress, you can quickly get a website live online and customise the look and feel through various plugins and themes. If you aren’t very techy, you can outsource this to freelance sites such as Fiverr.com or Upwork.com and get someone to install and set this up for you (remember that this is an investment in your business and not a cost).

Write content that is client-focused on how you can help them improve their lives. Once you have testimonials, post them on your website as social proof is very powerful.

Step 5: Develop A Marketing Strategy

Do thorough market research to figure out your ideal client and where you can find them and then develop specific marketing strategies to lure them to your business. For example, if you’re a business oriented coach, you should develop a LinkedIn profile. If you’re a personal training coach, you might want to have videos on YouTube that offer fitness tips or teach specific exercises etc. Really delve into your market and understand what makes them tick, their hopes and fears, and determine how you can position yourself as the answer to those hopes and fears.

Step 6: Keep On Marketing!

In all honesty getting your first client will likely be the hardest. Use your personal and professional network to help. Like I have already stated in this article, consider offering a heavily discounted, or even better, a free 15 or 30-minute coaching session to entice people to try you out. Deliver as much value as you possibly can during these sessions as your business could depend on it. Just because they are free, doesn’t mean you should hold back. Help them as much as you can, and once they see the benefit and that you are genuinely interested in helping them, hopefully the decision to invest in you becomes a no-brainer.

Step 7: Be The Best Coach That You Can!

This may seem to be obvious but it needs to be stated. Coaching isn’t a business to take lightly. People are entrusting their emotional and possibility their physical well-being to you. You also owe it to them to stay on top of current trends in your industry, as well as best practices for coaches.

Remember that ultimately you will be judged on the results you achieve for your clients, so give them 100% and as they see the results, you will probably get referrals and your coaching business will soar. You could become the go-to coach in your niche with all the recognition and kudos that brings, and you know that you are affecting many people’s lives for the better and there is no greater feeling that that!

I hope this post has given you some insight into the benefits that starting your own coaching business can give to you. If you want to learn more about starting your own coaching business, I have also recorded some video training that you can see here: warr.us/atgmen1

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Affiliate Marketing Hacks

 

Anyone can find success in affiliate marketing but not every person who joins such a program succeeds. It’s all about using the available resources to achieve the best possible results. These are some of the tips that can help beginners become successful affiliates andmake some good income from such ventures.

1. Carve out a niche

This is a very critical factor in affiliate marketing. It is important that you identify a specificmarket or segment that you want to work in and then focus on that. Carving out a niche foryourself means choosing what works best for you.

2. Carefully select your merchants

It is important to carry out thorough research before agreeing to work with a specific merchant. This is because those who sell consumers inferior products risk losing future business opportunities. Even if you played no part in manufacturing the product, as a publisher, customers will still hold you responsible as the person who introduced the product to them. Work with a brand that holds up its end of the deal without additional pressure.

3. Use captivating content

When promoting products on your website, customers first get to interact with other content before being directed to a link and ultimately the merchant’s website. That means that the content that you create for visitors to your site should be relevant and captivating so that they feel convinced enough to click on the link and eventually buy the product. First impressions count.

4. Keep track of results

Do not just push for sales without analyzing your performance. Tracking your results includes monitoring feedback from consumers and checking the amount of sales made on a monthly basis. This will help you make a decision on whether you need a new marketing strategy or if it’s time to find another merchant. You can’t keep on selling a product that people just don’t want to buy.

5. Dedication

Affiliate programs are great avenues for making money but success does not come easy for a publisher. You must be dedicated and stay focused on building lasting networks and increasing your customer base. Once that is done, the money will start rolling in and realizing success will actually be possible. The problem with most beginners is that they want to make quick money but are not willing to put in work.

6. Sell products that you believe in

It is very easy to sell a product that you’ve actually used yourself or believe in. You will be making a sales pitch from an informed point of view and that always resonates well with customers.

7. Update your site

To increase the visibility of your site by getting high rankings on search engines, you must constantly update the contents using target key words and relevant information. That will then help drive traffic to it.

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Do You Really Want More Charisma?

Have you ever noticed that charismatic people are usually quite popular and it’s probably safe to assume that many of us envy those who have charisma. But could it also be a double-edged sword? Charisma is a learned skill so anyone has the capability to learn how to gain, and use it. But when you get it, will you be ready for it?

One thing you will notice about people who are charismatic is that they tenmd to be the constant focus of attention. That is the nature of charisma as people are naturally drawn to it. And many will enjoy the attention. But think about it for a second; if people are always coming to you at work, for instance, how are you ever going to have the time to get your own work done? Some may think that this is a good problem to have, but it can become rather frustrating and a darn nuisance if it happens too much.

People will also tend to speak to others about charismatic people. They will tell their friends and colleagues what great people they are and that they are proud to call them a friend. Of course, this could lead to those friends and colleagues seeking him or her out and this unfortunate charimatic person will have even more attention to deal with. These new people will also end up telling their friend and colleagues as well and exacerbate this even more!

If you are charismatic and people are drawn to you then they are also going to come to you for advice. They will rely on any advice you give. That may be okay if you are an expert in the subject that they asked about. But what if you are not and you give them the wrong advice and they take it.This could be potentially embarrasing for them and they could be getting into a situation that may not be good for them. While people are responsible for their own actions, it doesn’t help when someone with charisma gives advice as that advice is likely going to be acted upon. The charismatic person sometimes revels in the title of advice giver, even if the advice is not useful. This may not be intentionaly malicious, more misguided.

Your home life could also be affected by your increased charisma. You may find that more people are calling on you to join them in various activities, like joining the softball league or coaching kids soccer games. These may all be activities you wanted to get involved with but they will be ever increasing opportunities. Those days of relaxing on Sundays are suddenly a thing of the past!

For the most part, being charismatic is a good quality to have and one that most people would love to incorporate into their life. It may even put you into a leadership role along with a promotion. But be ready for the changes that happen and try to keep grounded in what it’s going to mean for others as well as the impact it may have on you and your family.

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