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May 1, 2020

Would you love to know how you to build your audience using competitions and giveaways?

If you've ever wondered how to run a competition or giveaway and how you can use this to build your audience on social media - then you'll love this podcast episode - with Mark Simpson founder of Boostly and worldwide Facebook group the Hospitality Community.

Mark explains step by step how you can build your online audience by using giveaways and competitions on Facebook and Instagram

Discover how you can use competitions to get people from your Facebook page and onto your email list. He explains how to make your competition post go viral with clever copy and posting tactics. And how to make sure you don't fall foul of Facebook regulations by using the right copy.

Find out how you can use competitions or giveaways to build an audience in any industry and how you can use them to create a buzz when you're launching a new product or service.

Mark shares so much in this podcast episode including his tried and tested 5-day formula for creating and running successful competitions and giveaways on Facebook and Instagram.

Plus he shares the exact copy for Facebook and Instagram competition/giveaway posts so that you don’t have to create it yourself.

I hope you're as excited by this podcast as I am and I'd love to know what you think.

{Click on the player above to listen to the podcast episode and/or read on for a detailed overview. Scroll down to the bottom to read the show notes including all the links mentioned in this episode}

Podcast shownotes

  • About this podcast episode (4:35)
  • How Mark’s business evolved and how he started his business (8:02)
  • Background to Mark and his Facebook group (13:02)
  • Why competitions help the Facebook algorithm (18:23)
  • Why building Facebook followers through giveaways works (20:32)
  • Key things you have to do when running a Facebook competition (21:57)
  • Why the image is really important in a Facebook competition (22:30)
  • Why the first few lines of your copy are really important in your competition post (22:56)
  • Why you must get your giveaway T&C’s right (24:12)
  • How to be clever with your copy and get people to share your post (24:50)
  • How to choose a competition prize (and why it doesn’t have to be your product/service) (30:40)
  • How to think creatively about images (even if you don’t have a beautiful product) (35:30)
  • Why you must be present on social media after you launch (39:01)
  • How to get more eyes on your competition posts (and how much you should post) (41:09)
  • Marks 5-day formula for running a competition and what you should do daily (44:08)
  • How to get people onto your email list from your competition (47:58)
  • How to use peoples competition excitement to make a sale (49:23)
  • Why the competition strategy will work for building your audience (53:20)
  • How to use a competition/giveaway to launch a product or service (55:24)
  • How to access the dropbox folder with the competition templates (57:24)

Resources

Connect with Mark on Instagram

Mark's Boostly podcast

Access Marks FREE 5 day competition copy here: boostly.co.uk/janetmurray

Join my Instagram Academy Course here

Janetmurray.co.uk/podcastfinder

Join my Build Your Online Audience Programme

My Emergency Response Plan

Masterclass - How to generate passive income in your business

Masterclass - How to plan sell and launch an online Webinar or Masterclass for your business 

Masterclass - How to turn your in-person services into online offerings

Masterclass - How to launch a playbook for your business

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[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[374] How to create a year's worth of content in one morning (podcast)
[378] How to use hashtags to build your online audience (podcast)
[379] How to grow your Instagram posts by 1K in 30 days (podcast)
[386] The four types of content to create that will help you make more sales in 2020 (podcast)
[390] How to stop overthinking your content (podcast)
[391] How to write better social media captions (podcast)
[392] How to get more engagement on Instagram (podcast)
[398] What sort of content should you create during a global crisis (podcast)
[399] How to build your online audience during a global crisis (podcast)
[400] How to build a large audience for your blog, vlog or podcast (podcast)
[Bonus] How to turn your in person services into online offerings (podcast)
[Bonus] How to generate income fast by creating a power hour for your business (podcast)

How to create an editorial calendar for your business (blog post)

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass)

Content Planning Masterclass

Join the Media Diary Owners Club 

Order your 2020 Media Diary here

Join my Build Your Audience Programme

How to add closed captions to your video using Rev and Kapwing

Join my get your podcast live in 60 days course 

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

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Buy my book Your press release is breaking my heart

Rev.com*

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Social Media Video Engagement Playbook

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Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn

Apr 24, 2020

Are you feeling frustrated with your Instagram growth?

In this episode, I share the surprising reason your account isn’t growing (even though you’re posting consistently, using relevant hashtags and/or spending time engaging on other peoples’ accounts). And show you how to fix it. 

{Click on the player above to listen to the podcast episode and/or read on for a detailed overview. Scroll down to the bottom to read the show notes including all the links mentioned in this episode}

If you’re struggling to attract new followers to your Instagram content, you may think it’s because you haven’t nailed your strategy. You need to post more often/consistently. You need to find the right time of day to post. You need to find the right hashtags to attract your ideal/clients.

But while honing these strategies can help, there is one fundamental thing you have to be able to do to grow your following. If you can’t do this, you’ll struggle to grow your audience - regardless of any strategies you try.

So what is this magic thing you must be able to do?

You have to be able to connect emotionally with your audience.

Your content needs to make people stop in their feed,

And it needs to make them feel something. For example:

  • Empathy (because they’ve had a similar experience)
  • Amusement (because you’ve made them laugh)
  • Anger/frustration (because they disagree with you)

If you want people to take the time to stop and read your post. If you want people to hit ‘save’ or ‘share’ - or leave you a comment - it has to hit them right in the heart.

It if doesn’t, they’ll just keep on scrolling.

So how do you know your content is hitting the spot? More people will be liking, commenting on and sharing your content for sure. But what will really show your content is hitting the spot is when people leave comments like:

‘This really resonates with me.’ 

‘I feel like you’re inside my head.’

‘I was just thinking this earlier. 

So how do you create this kind of content? Keep reading and you’ll find out.

1.Study your competitors’ content

Take a look at the account of some key competitors that are getting good engagement and growth on their account.

How are they engaging their audience emotionally?

Natalie Lue - everything we do is about making us feel better. So if we can make our audience feel better about themselves they’ll love us for it.

Lifestyle envy (personal/work)Hannah Otto, The Annaedit, Brand Stylist

Humour:  Alyssa Limperis, Simon Holland, Glitterbeards, Paul Flaart

Empathy: Matt Haig, Jamie Tworkowski (Jamie T), Helen Marie

Reassurance/encouragement: Boss Babe, me

Challenge: polarising content - don’t see so much on Instagram

People need to SEE themselves in your story - even if they haven’t had that exact experience.

2. Look at what’s done really well for you (and do more of it) 

For example, I have a recent post: Don’t take criticism from people you wouldn’t take advice from.

In the caption I talked about how people email me with ‘advice’ on email marketing - even though they don’t have

1,333 likes

1086 shares

640 saves

3. Curate content 

I’ve just been looking at my top ten performing Instagram posts of the past year.

My best performing post got:

  • 2,663 likes
  • 5,920 shares
  • 28,933 impressions

PLUS it’s been saved 2,495 times, landed me 912 new followers and 90% of people who saw the post weren’t even following me in the first place.

Pretty mind-blowing, right?

Well here’s the interesting thing.

Only ONE of my ten best-performing Instagram posts was actually created by ME (number 10 as it happens). The rest of the posts (including this one) were originally created by other people. I was simply resharing them.

In the last six months I’ve more than doubled my Instagram following from 6.5k to over 15k and content curation (sharing other peoples’ content) has been a big part of my strategy.

The way I see it, there is so much great content out there already - created by people who are more eloquent, funny and/or talented than I could ever be.

So instead of dishing up my rather mediocre content, why not introduce my audience to the best of the best?

That way I can focus on giving them exactly what they need: funny, inspiring, poignant, polarising...whatever it is they need to hear at any given time.

Without having to come up with a single idea myself.

And in doing so, I’m not just growing my own Instagram account. I’m helping to grow other peoples’ too.

Which is a win-win all round, right?

Of course there is an art to content curation (including how to credit those whose content you share). Which is why I’ve devoted a whole section to it in my new Instagram course, which starts in May.

But not only can content curation save you tons of time...it can also help you improve the quality of your content.

Which is why I’d love you to give it a try (tip: it doesn’t just work on Instagram)

 

Podcast shownotes

  • About my Instagram Success Academy (01:54)
  • Why you have to hit people emotionally with your content on Instagram (4:08)
  • Why your Instagram content needs to make people feel something to stop them scrolling (6:11)
  • Why your Instagram feed needs to look visually appealing (8:55)
  • Questions to ask yourself about your Instagram feed (9:50)
  • What your Instagram content needs to make people feel (10:56)
  • Why engagement is more important than a large following on Instagram (11:55)
  • When you’ll know that your Instagram posts are hitting the mark (12:20)
  • How to research the right content by looking at your competitors (13:47)
  • Why making your audience feel better will make them want to follow you (15:45)
  • Five ways you can engage your Instagram audience emotionally (16:40)
  • How to use aspirational lifestyle posts to make people stop and look (16:42)
  • How to use humour to connect with your audience (19:03)
  • Examples of how to use empathy to reassure and encourage people (21:54)
  • How to think about the content from your audience's point of view (24:31)
  • Why you need to be flexible in your Instagram content (25:27)
  • Why you might need to be careful with challenging content or content that shames (26:07)
  • Why people need to be able to see themselves in your content (29:40)
  • Why you should have a look through your content and see what has done well (30:04)
  • Why using other people’s content will grow your followers (and save you time) (34:53)
  • Why your content and emotional connection is at the heart of everything you do (37:09)

Resources

Join my Instagram Academy Course here

 Natalie Lue Instagram

Janetmurray.co.uk/podcastfinder

Join my Build Your Online Audience Programme

My Emergency Response Plan

Masterclass - How to generate passive income in your business

Masterclass - How to plan sell and launch an online Webinar or Masterclass for your business 

Masterclass - How to turn your in-person services into online offerings

Masterclass - How to launch a playbook for your business

Other podcast episodes

[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[362] How to grow your Instagram following to 27K fast (podcast)
[374] How to create a year's worth of content in one morning (podcast)
[378] How to use hashtags to build your online audience (podcast)
[379] How to grow your Instagram posts by 1K in 30 days (podcast)
[386] The four types of content to create that will help you make more sales in 2020 (podcast)
[390] How to stop overthinking your content (podcast)
[391] How to write better social media captions (podcast)
[392] How to get more engagement on Instagram (podcast)
[398] What sort of content should you create during a global crisis (podcast)
[399] How to build your online audience during a global crisis (podcast)
[400] How to build a large audience for your blog, vlog or podcast (podcast)
[Bonus] How to turn your in person services into online offerings (podcast)
[Bonus] How to generate income fast by creating a power hour for your business (podcast)

How to create an editorial calendar for your business (blog post)

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass)

Content Planning Masterclass

Join the Media Diary Owners Club 

Order your 2020 Media Diary here

Join my Build Your Audience Programme

How to add closed captions to your video using Rev and Kapwing

Join my get your podcast live in 60 days course 

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

How to create a high-converting lead magnet course

Buy my book Your press release is breaking my heart

Rev.com*

Kapwing

Social Media Video Engagement Playbook

Social Media Engagement Playbook

Instagram Engagement Playbook

LinkedIn Content Strategy Playbook

Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn

Apr 17, 2020

‘How often should I email my list?’ 

This is probably one of the most common questions I get asked about email marketing. 

The rather unsatisfactory answer is ‘it depends’ - on all sorts of factors, including how often you usually email your list, what’s going on in your business at the time and what your goals are. 

But what I can tell you is that you are almost certainly emailing your list less than you should - and missing out on sales as a result.

In this podcast episode, I tackle the question of how often you should be emailing your list - and share the key email sequences every business owner should have. 

{Click on the player above to listen to the podcast episode and/or read on for a detailed overview. Scroll down to the bottom to read the show notes including all the links mentioned in this episode}

 

1. The 'delivery/welcome' sequence 

This is the sequence of emails you send someone when they join your email list.

If they have signed up via a free lead magnet (i.e. a resource you create specifically with the intention of getting people to join your list), I’d suggest sending a series of 3-5 emails where you break down the content of your lead magnet and give additional value. I generally refer to this as a ‘delivery sequence’.

So for example with my 23 Social Media Ideas lead magnet, I send five follow up emails (across four days). The first - which should land immediately after they subscribe to the lead magnet - is to deliver the lead magnet.

The second - sent around 24 hours later - asks subscribers to email back and let me know if they received the email ok. This can help troubleshoot any potential problems with spam (once a new subscriber emails me back, their email provider recognises us as ‘friends’ - which means my content is less likely to end up in spam).

The next three delve deeper into the problem the lead magnet solves (not being able to come up with engaging content ideas). I share three types of post (one each day): the question post, the ‘story’ post and the ‘grenade’ post.  In this email I make a sales offer to a product/service that feels like the natural ‘next step’ to the lead magnet. This may or may not lead into a sales sequence.

I may also make a ‘soft’ sales offer in the p.s. of the second or third email (or both).

If people are joining your list for another reason i.e. you just have a general ‘sign up’ email, I’d recommend a 3-5 email ‘getting to know you’ sequence where you talk a little bit about what to expect from being on your list and help people get to know you better.

You should also create a welcome sequence for people who buy one of your products/services. For a coaching/membership programme - where you’re going to be working with people over a longer period of time - I’d recommend a 3-5 day ‘tour’. In my Build Your Online Audience Programme, you get a ‘tour’ of the membership (including the site/resources and team). For an online course, masterclass or playbook I’d generally keep it shorter.

2. The ‘sales sequence’ 

This is the sequence of emails you send someone to promote a paid product/service. This can be anything from an online masterclass to a playbook to an online course.

The length of your sales sequence really depends on the product/service you’re selling, but, personally, I wouldn’t recommend sales campaigns that run for longer than 5-7 days - with some kind of scarcity built in - otherwise people can start to zone out.

I’d recommend sending at least one email every day, with at least 2-3 emails on the last day. I’d also recommend creating a ‘looked not bought’ sequence - which you send to those who have clicked on the link to purchase (more on that later).

However, the length of your campaign can depend on the product/service you’re selling. For example, I have a four day email sequence I use for online masterclasses, which I generally start three days before the day of the masterclass. If I start to promote any earlier, I find people forget about the masterclass.

3. The ‘looked not bought’ sequence

One of the biggest mistakes I see people making with their email marketing, is not asking people why they didn’t buy. While it can be uncomfortable to ask, it can also be an opportunity to convert someone who might otherwise have walked away.

The reasons people don’t buy are varied and complex. Some people have unanswered questions, but for whatever reason they don’t ask. Others have a fundamental misunderstanding about the product/service - which can be down to missing/misleading information on your sales page, for example. A few have decided the product/service is not for them based on an incorrect assumption.

For example, lots of my customers/clients convince themselves my services are not suitable for product-based businesses - even though I do my best to stress this in my marketing and use relevant testimonials.

In many cases, when you provide subscribers  with the information they need, they will decide to buy.  Even if they don’t, at least they’ve had all the information they need to make a decision (which means they may still buy at a later date).

But if you’re not brave enough to ask the question, you’ll never know. Which means you’re almost certainly missing out on sales.

This is why it’s vital to have a Looked Not Bought sequence in every email campaign you create where you simply say something like: I noticed you’d been checking out x product/service but haven’t yet bought. Let me know if you have any questions.

Sometimes people can feel nervous about voicing their concerns. This is why it can be helping to give a list of typical reasons people have given for not buying.

  • I don’t have the budget right now
  • I’m worried I don’t have the time
  • I’m worried it’s too early on in my business

If you would like to see my Top 10 podcasts then head to my Podcast Finder and my messenger bot will make some suggestions. 

 

Podcast shownotes

  • About my daily email (2:45)
  • About this podcast episode (4:07)
  • How to send a delivery/welcome email sequence when someone joins your list (5:02)
  • How to use lead magnets to get people to sign up to your email list (5:24)
  • Why a sign-up box on your website won't get people to join your email list (7:41)
  • How to follow up with an email delivery sequence after sending a lead magnet (8:03)
  • How to make sure that people have got your download and avoid the spam folder (09:50)
  • How to get people to email you back and build a relationship (11:45)
  • Why you need an email structure and set templates (13:50)
  • How to move people onto your sales sequence email list (15:20)
  • How to use scarcity in your email marketing and why it focuses peoples minds (16:26)
  • How often you should email people in an email sales sequence (19:38)
  • How to make sure people don't unsubscribe from your whole list (21:09)
  • Why I only have a four day lead-in for sales for my masterclass (23:12)
  • The 3 types of email that you can put in your email sales sequence (23:37)
  • Why emailing people who have looked but not bought will help your sales (25:15)
  • Examples of how to follow up with people if they haven’t bought from you (28:21)
  • Why you need to become part of peoples routine (31:04)

Resources

janetmurray.co.uk/podcastfinder

Join my Build Your Online Audience Programme

My Emergency Response Plan

Masterclass - How to generate passive income in your business

Masterclass - How to plan sell and launch an online Webinar or Masterclass for your business 

Masterclass - How to turn your in-person services into online offerings

Masterclass - How to launch a playbook for your business

Other podcast episodes


[333] 39 surprisingly easy ways to build your email list (podcast)
[334] How to build a large audience without paid advertising with Callie Willows (podcast)
[335] How to create a high converting lead magnet (podcast)
[348] How to write social media posts that sell (podcast episode)
[359] How to create an email newsletter that people look forward to receiving (podcast)
[360] How to get people to open your emails (podcast)
[375] How to get your first 1K email subscribers (podcast)
[395] How to write addictive email copy with Rob & Kennedy (podcast)
[398] What sort of content should you create during a global crisis (podcast)
[399] How to build your online audience during a global crisis (podcast)
[400] How to build a large audience for your blog, vlog or podcast (podcast)
[Bonus] How to turn your in person services into online offerings (podcast)
[Bonus] How to generate income fast by creating a power hour for your business (podcast)

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass)

Content Planning Masterclass

Join the Media Diary Owners Club 

Join my Build Your Audience Programme

How to add closed captions to your video using Rev and Kapwing

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

How to create a high-converting lead magnet course

Buy my book Your press release is breaking my heart

Rev.com*

Kapwing

Instagram Engagement Playbook 

Social Media Video Engagement Playbook

Social Media Engagement Playbook

LinkedIn Content Strategy Playbook

Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn

Apr 10, 2020

Publishing regular content on a blog, vlog or podcast can be a great way to build your online audience. 

My podcast The Janet Murray Show gets around 35k downloads per month, consistently ranks top of the UK podcast charts for marketing and is the biggest driver for leads and sales in my business. Which is why I’ve invested a huge amount of time and resources into building my podcast audience since I launched in 2015. 

But just having a blog, vlog/Youtube channel or podcast isn’t enough. People won’t automatically find your content, just because it’s out there. You need to invest time and resources building an audience for that content. 

And while the platforms might be different, the audience-building strategies will be the same - regardless you have a blog, Youtube channel, Facebook Live Show or podcast. 

Which is why, in my 400th episode of the podcast I want to share my top audience building strategies with you. 

{Click on the player above to listen to the podcast episode and/or read on for a detailed overview. Scroll down to the bottom to read the show notes including all the links mentioned in this episode}

1. Consistency

  • Show up regularly
  • Make a public commitment
  • Become part of peoples’ routine
  • Promotion strategy 
  • Promote every episode more than you think 

It sounds obvious, but showing up regularly is key. I launched my podcast The Janet Murray Show back in 2015 and I’ve never missed an episode. 

I started out publishing a new episode every Friday. For a few years I published two episodes a week (one solo show midweek and one interview episode first thing on a Friday). So on the odd occasion my podcast has gone live later than usual, people have actually messaged me to ask me where it is. 

If you struggle with consistency, I’d recommend making a public commitment to posting your new episode/post on a particular date/time e.g. Friday. This gives you accountability (if you’ve promised something publicly, it’s much harder not to do it). It also helps get your audience familiar with your publishing schedule, which means consuming your content can become part of their routine. For example, my podcast listeners often tell me they listen to the latest episode of my podcast on the school run, when they’re cleaning their house on a Saturday or out for a run on a Sunday morning. 

Becoming part of peoples’ routine is a sign you’re building an engaged and loyal audience. 

Consistency also matters when it comes to the promotion of your blog/vlog or podcast. Most content creators I know vastly underpromote their content. They publish a new episode/post, make a few ‘announcement’ posts about it on social media, then move onto their next piece of content.

If you want to build an audience for your blog/vlog/podcast, you need to treat every new post/episode as a launch, which means creating a promotion strategy that you rinse and repeat every time (and add to as time goes on). For example, when my podcast goes live on a Friday I email my list, create some kind of announcement on my Facebook messenger and do an Instagram Story. This is followed up with multiple pieces of social media content across the week. We also regularly promote episodes from my back catalogue. This means finding different ways to talk about the same episode (more on that later). 

While there is always more you can do (there’s still lots more I could do to promote each episode) a good rule of thumb is this: promote each episode way more than you feel comfortable with and you’ll probably have it about right. 

2. Collaboration 

  • Invite people onto your podcast, FB Live, Youtube, guest blogs
  • Don’t be fooled about the big cheese - smaller often better
  • Get on other peoples’ podcasts etc
  • Speaking, guest teaching, press 

One of the quickest ways to build your own audience is to get in front of other peoples’. This is why inviting guests on your podcast, Facebook Live or Youtube show - or inviting people to guest blog on your website - can be a great way to build your audience. When you do this, they are likely to share that content with their own audience, which means people will want to find out more about you. 

It’s often assumed that collaborating with people with bigger audiences than your own is the best strategy. Personally I’ve found that collaborating with people with smaller, engaged audiences can often be more effective than the big names in my industry. This is because people who already have a large audience may not have the time - or inclination - to share your podcast episode/Youtube interview. Whereas someone with a small, but engaged audience will share the heck out of your content - and do it with so much enthusiasm -you may find you get better results. 

Creating guest content for other peoples’ platforms - those with similar audiences to yours - is another great way to build an audience for your own content. Here’s how to pitch yourself as a podcast guest (these tips apply to pitching yourself for anything).

Speaking at live events, teaching guest classes and taking part in virtual summits or webinars can be another great way to grow your audience. Although I would not recommend paying to be part of virtual summits - unless there is a very compelling reason to do so (and evidence that you will get a return on investment). 

Getting press coverage can be another great way to build your audience - as long as your call-to-action sends people to your blog/vlog or podcast (more on that later). 

3. Conversation

  • Post and flee
  • Want to get people talking in public about your content
  • Start conversations then give link
  • Different angles 
  • Tagging 
  • Make time to engage

One of the biggest mistakes I see bloggers, vloggers and podcasters making is what I refer to as ‘post and flee’ i.e. they post a few announcement posts about their blog/vlog or podcast on social media then and do nothing else until the next one comes out.

Recommendations are powerful. Public recommendations are even more powerful. So, if you can generate public conversations about your content, people are much more likely to want to check it out. 

So instead of posting announcements about your latest blog, vlog or podcast, ask questions that relate to the topic of your podcast.

For example, if I have a new podcast episode coming out on how to get more engagement on Instagram I will start by asking questions to pre-qualify people who might be interested in listening to that podcast e.g. how would you rate your engagement on Instagram, are you interested in learning strategies on how to increase your Instagram engagement. Then I will share the link with people who have demonstrated an interest in the topic. 

While that might seem like more work, it’s more effective because you’re getting that content into the hands of people who actually need it. And those people are far more likely to share. 

I might also post some polarising content - for example asking people if they believe the algorithm is to blame for poor engagement on Instagram or poor content. 

If you don’t know what the algorithm is, by the way, it’s the complicated - and super top secret - mathematical equation Facebook uses to determine how many people your content is shown to). 

Across the course of a week, I will find different ways to talk about that same piece of content - looking at different angles/subtopics in different formats e.g. audiograms, posts, memes, videos. 

Tagging people in - for example, people you’ve mentioned in your blog/vlog or podcast - can be another great way to get engagement. When you mention people, they’re often happy to comment, like and share. 

Using a social media scheduler is fine, but if you don’t make time to engage with your followers, your audience will not grow. 

4. Grow your audience on social media

You might not want to hear this, but the more followers you have on social media, the easier it will be to grow the audience for your blog, vlog or podcast. The more of the right followers that is. Which is why it’s important to focus on growing your following - and your engagement - on at least one social media platform. 

You can join my Build Your Online Audience programme here

5. Give one call-to-action 

If you want to grow your audience for a blog/vlog or podcast, another powerful thing you can do is issue a single call-to-action. So every time you write a guest blog, do some guest teaching, are interviewed in a podcast, send people to your blog/vlog or podcast. Add a banner to all your social media channels, put it in the email signature on your emails - in your messenger bot. Everywhere if you can.

[331] What it really takes to build an audience with John Lee Dumas (podcast)

6. Help people find your content

If you’re publishing a regular blog/vlog or podcast - with the aim of promoting your business - you should be creating content that solves your ideal customers’ problems. Which means, if you’ve got your topics right, people will actually be looking for content on the topics you cover. 

Which means you need to make it as easy as possible for people to find your content. This means you need to use effective titles that use the words and phrases people are actually searching for, rather than things that sound clever. 

A lot of this is down to common sense and simply involves thinking about the kind of things your ideal customer/clients will be searching for online. But using keyword tools can help you refine your terms.

I have a full explanation of how to do keyword research  in this post on how to make sales from your business blog (episode 336 of the podcast) but you can start  by using Google autocomplete 

Type in your topic title and take note of the suggestions that come up under the search box — that’ll give you a great idea of the kinds of things that people are searching for relating to that subject. You can apply the same trick to Youtube and Pinterest too.

The key is to find search terms that are popular, but not so popular it would be impossible for your content to come up first in search. So a term like ‘how to write a press release’ is a popular but broad term, but how to write a press release for your small business is more niche. Which is why my blog post on that topic comes up on the first page of Google.  

Other tools I use for keyword research. 

Keywords Everywhere 

Answer The Public 

Google Ads

Keyword Finder 

There is quite specific keyword research you can do on Youtube and you can optimise your content to make it more easily found.

Three of my most successful blog posts

[333] 39 surprisingly easy ways to build your email list 

[334] How to build a large audience without paid advertising with Callie Willows 

[338] Why you feel afraid of selling 

If you would like to see my Top 10. Then head to my Podcast Finder and my messenger bot will take you through

What about paid ads? 

Contrary to popular belief, putting money behind something doesn’t mean it will necessarily perform well. If you don’t know how to create engaging content that would encourage people to take action (even if it wasn’t an ad) you’re generally wasting your time. PLUS most people don’t buy from cold ads - unless you’ve got your targeting really spot on. 

[329] What’s working on Facebook right now with Liz Melville  (podcast)

 

janetmurray.co.uk/podcastfinder

 

Podcast shownotes

  • About this episode and why I recorded this podcast (3:30)
  • The podcasts that launched from my Get Your Podcast Live in 60 days course (7:59)
  • Why I’d still start a podcast even if I was starting again (10:27)
  • Why sharing regular valuable core content will keep you in mind (12:26)
  • Why consistency is key when creating core content (13:49)
  • How to promote your podcast and why you need a regular promotion cycle (18:09)
  • How to build an audience by collaborating (and why big names can be a red herring)  (22:22)
  • What you need to think about before you pitch to go on a podcast  (26:06)
  • How you can build your audience for your content by speaking at events (32:42)
  • Why you should focus on just one main type of core content (34:18)
  • How to create a buzz about your content using social media posts (34:37)
  • How to get more engagement on your social media posts  (37:37)
  • Why you need to build your audience on social media to get your content seen (40:53)
  • Why you need to have one clear call to action to your content (42:19)
  • How to make it easy for people to find your content with the right keywords (44:00)
  • Three of my best performing blog posts (49:33)
  • Why you need good organic engagement before spending money on paid ads (51:24)
  • About my Build Your Online Audience programme (55:01)

Resources

janetmurray.co.uk/podcastfinder

Colin Gray

 

Join my Build Your Online Audience Programme

My Emergency Response Plan

Masterclass - How to plan sell and launch an online Webinar or Masterclass for your business 

Masterclass - How to turn your in-person services into online offerings

Masterclass - How to launch a playbook for your business

Podcasting episodes

[080] Three must-do tips for pitching yourself as a podcast guest (podcast)
[190] How to pitch yourself as a podcast guest (and why you must do) (podcast)
[253] How to land guest appearances on podcasts with Nicola Holland (podcast)
[263] Why I changed the name of my podcast (podcast)
[376] Lessons learned from 1 millions downloads of my podcast (podcast)
[383] How to get your podcast live in 60 days (podcast)

Other podcast episodes

[329] What’s working on Facebook right now with Liz Melville  (podcast)
[331] What it really takes to build an audience with John Lee Dumas (podcast)
[333] 39 surprisingly easy ways to build your email list (podcast)
[334] How to build a large audience without paid advertising with Callie Willows (podcast)
[336] How to make sales from your business blog (podcast)
[338] Why you feel scared about selling (podcast)
[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[348] How to write social media posts that sell (podcast episode)
[386] The four types of content to create that will help you make more sales in 2020 (podcast)
[391] How to write better social media captions (podcast)
[398] What sort of content should you create during a global crisis (podcast)
[399] How to build your online audience during a global crisis (podcast)

[Bonus] How to turn your in person services into online offerings (podcast)
[Bonus] How to generate income fast by creating a power hour for your business (podcast)

How to pitch yourself as a podcast guest (blog)
Seven compelling reasons to start a podcast in 2020 (blog post)
How to create an editorial calendar for your business(blog post)

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass)

Content Planning Masterclass

Join the Media Diary Owners Club 

Join my Build Your Audience Programme

How to add closed captions to your video using Rev and Kapwing

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

How to create a high-converting lead magnet course

Buy my book Your press release is breaking my heart

Rev.com*

Kapwing

Instagram Engagement Playbook 

Social Media Video Engagement Playbook

Social Media Engagement Playbook

LinkedIn Content Strategy Playbook

Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn

Apr 3, 2020

Are you wondering how you can build your online audience during the Coronavirus crisis? Perhaps your online audience is really small and you'd like to make it bigger? Or maybe you’re thinking what's the point in building an audience during a global pandemic? Especially if you can’t actually sell your product or service at the moment?

In this podcast I explain exactly why there’s never been a better time to build an online audience.  And I give you practical tips and examples that you can implement right now to build your online audience.

I explain why your content is at the heart of your audience building and how to lean in and find the angle that you can talk about in relation to your product or service.  And why you MUST talk about Coronavirus and not just sweep it under the carpet.

I also share why you can't just rely on using paid ads to sell because your audience needs a genuine connection before they will buy.

I give you examples of businesses that have adapted and are creating great content about their products and services.  Plus why you must keep showing up; and how you can connect with your audience by demonstrating your expertise - even if you can’t sell your product or service at the moment. So that as soon as you can start selling your audience knows who you are and can't wait to buy from you.

I’d love to know what you think.

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Podcast shownotes

  • About my Build Your Audience programme (3:38)
  • About this episode and why you need to build an online audience (7:49)
  • Why you need to build a relationship and you can’t rely on ads to get sales (9:54)
  • Why the content you create is at the heart of your audience building (10:34)
  • Why you mustn’t shy away from building your audience and you need to be visible (11:51)
  • How live video will help you build your audience (with examples)  (12:57)
  • Why there’s never been a better time to build your audience (14:50)
  • Why you must look after your existing audience and paying clients (15:01)
  • Why you have to talk about Coronavirus (and why people want to hear about it) (16:54)
  • Why you need to be prepared to change your content strategy (21:20)
  • How to make your audience remember you by creating helpful content (22:15)
  • Examples of businesses that have been creating helpful content for their audiences (24:24)
  • Why you should show up and share your expertise even if you can’t sell (26:49)

Resources

Matt Haig Instagram

Join my Build Your Online Audience Programme

My Emergency Response Plan

Masterclass - How to plan sell and launch an online Webinar or Masterclass for your business 

Masterclass - How to turn your in-person services into online offerings

Masterclass - How to launch a playbook for your business

Other podcast episodes

[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[377] How to write super engaging copy about your business with Jo Watson (podcast)
[386] The four types of content to create that will help you make more sales in 2020 (podcast)
[390] How to stop overthinking your content (podcast)
[391] How to write better social media captions (podcast)
[392] How to get more engagement on Instagram (podcast)
[393] How to create engaging content when you only sell one product or service (podcast)
[395] How to create addictive email copy with Rob & Kennedy (podcast)
[398] What sort of content should you create during a global crisis (podcast)

[Bonus] How to turn your in person services into online offerings (podcast)
[Bonus] How to generate income fast by creating a power hour for your business (podcast)

How to create an editorial calendar for your business (blog post)

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass)

Content Planning Masterclass

Join the Media Diary Owners Club 

Order your 2020 Media Diary here

Join my Build Your Audience Programme

How to add closed captions to your video using Rev and Kapwing

Join my get your podcast live in 60 days course 

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

How to create a high-converting lead magnet course

Buy my book Your press release is breaking my heart

Rev.com*

Kapwing

Instagram Engagement Playbook 

Social Media Video Engagement Playbook

Social Media Engagement Playbook

LinkedIn Content Strategy Playbook

Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn

Mar 27, 2020

Struggling to know what sort of content you should be creating during the current global crisis and worried about saying the wrong thing? Wondering how to create content about your business and keep selling during the Coronavirus pandemic?

With things changing on a daily basis - it's hard to know what to say - let alone how to plan your content.

In this podcast I share practical advice and guidance about how to navigate your way through the current global crisis and how to go about thinking about your content during this pandemic.

I explain why you mustn’t be afraid to lean in and talk about the C-Word. Plus why you should definitely switch off the scheduler.

I explain why you mustn’t assume that people aren’t buying and why you must keep selling - and how to do it without appearing insensitive or spammy. Plus how to position yourself so that people understand WHY you are selling to avoid those ‘neggy’ comments.

I also tell you why adapting and selling now will put your business in a much stronger position for when the crisis is over.

I'd love to know what you think.

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Podcast shownotes

  • About this episode (1:24)
  • Why you should switch off your content scheduler (5:30)
  • Why you must lean into the C-word and not avoid it (6:56)
  • How to think about your content and what to create (8:20)
  • Why you need to create content that solves an immediate problem (10:04)
  • Why you shouldn’t be afraid to be selling and how to set out your position (11:28)
  • How to sell without it looking insensitive (or look like you’re cashing in) (14:42)
  • What people are still buying and why you mustn’t assume that no one is buying (16:16)
  • Why you should explain that you are selling and why you need to be upfront (17:40)
  • Why selling now will future proof your business and put you in a stronger position (18:59)
  • Examples of clients that have moved their business online (20:09)
  • How to create relevant timely offers that help people with their problems (22:38)
  • Why you should be flexible about pricing and reward loyalty not slash prices (26:27)
  • How to help people that don’t have the budget right now (28:34)
  • Why you need to think about the problem your product solves not the product (30:01)
  • How to use other peoples content and why it doesn’t have to be businessy (31:40)

Resources

Matt Haig Instagram

Joe Wicks YouTube

My Emergency Response Plan

Masterclass - How to plan sell and launch an online Webinar or Masterclass for your business 

Masterclass - How to turn your in-person services into online offerings

Masterclass - How to launch a playbook for your business

Other podcast episodes

[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[386] The four types of content to create that will help you make more sales in 2020 (podcast)
[390] How to stop overthinking your content (podcast)
[391] How to write better social media captions (podcast)
[392] How to get more engagement on Instagram (podcast)
[393] How to create engaging content when you only sell one product or service (podcast)
[395] How to create addictive email copy with Rob & Kennedy (podcast)

[Bonus] How to turn your in person services into online offerings (podcast)
[Bonus] How to generate income fast by creating a power hour for your business (podcast)

How to create an editorial calendar for your business (blog post)

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass)

Content Planning Masterclass

Join the Media Diary Owners Club 

Order your 2020 Media Diary here

Join my Build Your Audience Programme

How to add closed captions to your video using Rev and Kapwing

Join my get your podcast live in 60 days course 

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

How to create a high-converting lead magnet course

Buy my book Your press release is breaking my heart

Rev.com*

Kapwing

Instagram Engagement Playbook 

Social Media Video Engagement Playbook

Social Media Engagement Playbook

LinkedIn Content Strategy Playbook

Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn

Mar 20, 2020

Ever wondered about adding to your income stream? Maybe you’ve considered selling to corporate organisations but you’re just not sure how to do it? Or what content to create to attract them?

In this episode sales coach Jess Lorimer explains how to create content that attracts the right sort of corporate clients. Jess who helps online business owners sell to corporate organisations and is host of the Selling to Corporate podcast explains why you really should consider adding a corporate revenue stream to your business. She explains what it means to be selling to a corporate organisation and the steps you can take to start selling.

Jess shares the exact type of content that you need to be creating to sell to a corporate organisation and how to use LinkedIn the RIGHT way to attract corporates without just waiting for them to discover you from scrolling through their LinkedIn feed.

Plus the two types of content that you NEED to be creating to attract corporates and why you MUST remember that corporates aren’t robots and people need to feel a connection. And why you should never be afraid to show your personality when you create your content - even when creating for corporates.

This episode is full of valuable and practical tips from Jess that you can implement immediately to start creating content that converts and attracts .

I’d love to know what you think

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Podcast shownotes

  • About Jess and how her business has evolved (3:01)
  • What is a corporate and advantages of having a corporate revenue stream (6:01)
  • Why you should add a corporate revenue stream to your business (07:28)
  • Steps to take if you want to sell to corporates and how to find the low hanging fruit (13:41)
  • The two types of content that you can create to sell to corporates (19:45)
  • Types of proactive content that you can create (19:45)
  • How to use the two different types of content on different audience platforms (20:39)
  • The difference between proactive content and broadcast content (23:12)
  • Examples of different types of proactive content (24:07)
  • Examples of different types of broadcast content (24:42)
  • Why you need to make sure you have the right audience for your content (26:42)
  • Why you need to create content that makes corporates remember you (31:00)
  • Why you should create broadcast content that shows corporates your personality (38:05)
  • How to create content that can alert a corporate to a problem they might need to solve (44:37
  • How you can create content that starts discussions and demonstrates your expertise (46:42)

Resources

Connect with Jess on Instagram

Listen to Jess' podcast Selling to Corporate

Masterclass - How to turn your in-person services into online offerings

Masterclass - How to launch a playbook for your business

Other podcast episodes

[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[386] The four types of content to create that will help you make more sales in 2020 (podcast)
[390] How to stop overthinking your content (podcast)
[391] How to write better social media captions (podcast)
[392] How to get more engagement on Instagram (podcast)
[393] How to create engaging content when you only sell one product or service (podcast)
[395] How to create addictive email copy with Rob & Kennedy (podcast)

[Bonus] How to turn your in person services into online offerings (podcast)
[Bonus] How to generate income fast by creating a power hour for your business (podcast)

How to create an editorial calendar for your business (blog post)

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass)

Content Planning Masterclass

Join the Media Diary Owners Club 

Order your 2020 Media Diary here

Join my Build Your Audience Programme

How to add closed captions to your video using Rev and Kapwing

Join my get your podcast live in 60 days course 

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

How to create a high-converting lead magnet course

Buy my book Your press release is breaking my heart

Rev.com*

Kapwing

Instagram Engagement Playbook 

Social Media Video Engagement Playbook

Social Media Engagement Playbook

LinkedIn Content Strategy Playbook

Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn

Mar 16, 2020

Why not create a Power Hour: an online consultancy session, where people pay a one-off fee to pick your brain/get advice about a topic you have expertise in? 

In the short-term - where you may not be able to physically deliver in-person services due to the Coronavirus pandemic - it can help you continue to serve your ideal customers/clients.

In the longer-term, it can be a great way to generate additional income for business - without having to leave your desk/studio. 

It can also be a great way to deal with people who ask for help - but don’t seem to want to pay for your time. So the next time someone says: ‘I’d love to pick your brain about xxx,’ you can invite them to book a Power Hour. 

But how do you choose a topic for your Power Hour? What tech will you need to deliver it? And how much should you charge? 

That’s exactly what I’ll cover in this podcast episode - along with tips on how to promote your Power Hour. 

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As with anything in your business, the more specific/niche you can be the better. So while you can offer a general Power Hour (where anyone can ask you anything about your expert topic) you’ll almost certainly get more take up if you hone in on a specific type of customer/client and/or a common problem your customers/clients experience. 

Here are some examples of Power Hours created by my current/former clients: 

So for example, Facebook ads expert Laura Moore has a power hour that focuses on increasing ad conversions.

Virtual assistant Catherine Gladywyn offers a power hour for VAs who are stuck on something in their business. 

Architectural technologist Jon Clayton has created a power hour for design and architecture

Amy Caiger has a Power Hour that focuses on helping business owners find their niche. 

If you have a product-based business, you can still create a Power Hour. You can either offer something that relates to the problem you solve. For example, I sell a Social Media Diary & Planner. Although I don’t currently do this, I could offer a content planning Power Hour for people who want help creating their content plan. I could offer these sessions to existing diary owners as an upsell.  Or I could open them up to anyone who needs help with content planning and offer the diary as an upsell at the end of a consultancy session. 

Or you could offer a Power Hour to other product-based businesses on how to do something specific that you are already doing successfully but they might be struggling with e.g. creating a marketing plan, setting up a shop on their website. 

 

How to deliver your Power Hour

You can use video-conferencing software like Zoom which allows you to share your screen and participants share theirs with you. You can also share documents and chat ‘live’ with participants. And you can send them the recording afterwards in case they want to go over anything again. Zoom starts from £11.99 a month. 

Alternatives to Zoom: Go To Meeting, Team Viewer, Join.me, Google Hangouts, Meet.me & BlueJeans.

If you’re worried your clients will be overwhelmed by the tech, it’s a good idea to send them written instructions and/or a video using a free tool like Loom showing them how to use it (including how to join). 

 

How to ensure your Power Hour is productive

To ensure the session is productive, I’d recommend you do the following: 

  • Create a dedicated page on your website for you Power Hour that includes information about the session and a link to book 
  • Use a tool like Calendly or Acuity Scheduling so clients can book straight into your diary 
  • Send a pre-call email on how to prepare for the session (including any information they might need to bring to the session) and an outline of how the call will be structured.. PLUS  instructions on how to use the video conferencing software from their phone/desktop. I’d recommend sending this information immediately after booking, then at least one reminder email before the call 
  • Send a follow-up email within 24 hours of the session, with a link to the recording, a short follow-up report with details of what was discussed and up to three key action points (one side of A4 should be plenty).  

These emails can be re-used and adapted - saving you hours of time in the long run. In fact, the whole process can be automated so people can book straight into your diary, are delivered the link to join the call and reminders before the call. 

I include template/swipe files for these types of emails in my How To Turn Your Offline Services Into Online Offerings masterclass

If you’re worried that what you teach/coach can’t be delivered online, I’ve personally worked with a pilates instructor, bread making teacher, psychologist, personal trainer and jewellery- making teacher - all of whom deliver their training/consultancy online. And if they can do it, so can you. 

 

How to price your Power Hour 

It can be tempting to base your pricing on what others are charging in your industry. But this can lead to you vastly undercharging - or even overcharging - for your services. 

Your pricing should reflect the transformation you can create for your client - not how long it takes you to prepare and deliver the session. So if you can share information/advice/guidance that can save them tons of time, money and/or help them generate income in their business - because you’ve spent years honing your craft - your price should absolutely reflect that. 

I’ve generated over a million pounds in sales from the copy I’ve written for my website, sales pages, email marketing and social media. And the reason I’m able to create engaging content is because I spent the best part of 20 years writing and editing for national newspapers. PLUS I’ve invested huge amounts of time (and money) learning about copywriting - specifically for online business. This means I can look at a sales page, social media post or marketing email and immediately see what needs to be changed. Which is why I charge £500 + VAT for a Power Hour - not £50+ VAT.

That said, I haven’t always charged that fee. I started at around £99 + VAT and gradually scaled up as I got more experienced and gathered more testimonials. 

So start by thinking about the transformation you can create for someone and the impact that could have on their life/business.

It can help to spell out the return on investment for your clients. So for example, if I could give you some advice on your sales copy that would help 5x your investment, would you think £500 +VAT was expensive? Probably not. It’s all about how you frame it. 

But you do need to have the experience to match your pricing. You can’t charge £500 + VAT for your Power Hour just because someone else in your industry is doing it (well you can, but you may not make any sales).

So if you haven’t yet delivered any Power Hours it can be worth offering a number of discounted sessions so you can gather testimonials. I wouldn’t recommend offering them for free. People generally don’t value what they get for free. Which means they’re more likely to cancel/show up late to the session and less likely to implement your advice. Even a modest fee will ensure they have some skin in the game. 

 

How to promote your Power Hour

If you already have an email list - great.  Simply email your list, tell them about your Power Hour and (providing you’ve created the right offer for the right audience) you should get bookings. I’d also recommend doing some social media promotion too. If you have a blog/podcast/Youtube channel, it’s also worth sharing information about it there. 

If you don’t have an email list (or only have a small list) you’ll need to use proactive outreach. That means making a list of people you know (e.g. current/former clients) who might be interested in your offer. PLUS asking for recommendations/referrals from friends/colleagues. If you’re not sure how to get started with proactive outreach, the first module in my Build Your Online Audience programme focuses on exactly that topic (and includes email/message templates you can adapt for proactive outreach). 

Need help building your email list? Check out: https://www.janetmurray.co.uk/39-surprisingly-easy-ways-to-increase-your-email-subscribers/

I also have an email list building programme inside my Build Your Online Audience programme

Buy My Emergency Response Plan

Podcast shownotes

  • The context for this bonus podcast episode (01:44)
  • Find out about my Emergency Response Plan (4:32)
  • What is a power hour and how you can use it in your business (06:50)
  • Why power hours are great for getting rid of the tire kickers (8:37)
  • Why you should choose a niche topic for a power hour (09:04)
  • Examples of successful niche power hours (12:57)
  • How to create a power hour for a product-based business (14:11)
  • How you can use a power hour to upset and get future business (16:15)
  • How to use a power hour to decide if you want to work with someone (17:57)
  • How to deliver a power hour and apps you can use to deliver (19:30)
  • How to make sure your power hour is productive and take payment (22:10)
  • Tools you can use to make it easy to schedule a power hour in (23:04)
  • How to prepare people for the power hour (and why you need to) (24:54)
  • How to follow up a power hour and what you should include (27:10)
  • How to plan out a power hour call and manage expectations (29:29)
  • How to price a power hour and think of the transformation you offer (30:04)
  • Why you need good testimonials (and how to get them) (32:42)
  • How to promote a power hour (and what to do if you don’t get a response) (34:25)
  • How to promote a power hour if you don’t have an email list or audience (36:09)

Resources

Video Conferencing Software
Zoom
Go To Meeting
Team Viewer
Join Me
Google Hangouts
Meetme
Blue Jeans
Actuity
Calendly

Presenting software
Screenflow Mac
Thinkific
Teachable
Wistia
Vimeo
YouTube
Audacity
Soundcloud

Masterclass - How to turn your in-person services into online offerings

Masterclass - How to launch a playbook for your business

Other podcast episodes

[333]  39 surprisingly easy ways to increase your email subscribers (podcast)
[335] How to create a high converting lead magnet (podcast)
[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[348] How to write social media posts that sell (podcast)
[375] How to get your first 1K email subscribers (podcast)
[378] How to use hashtags to build your online audience (podcast)
[386] The four types of content to create that will help you make more sales in 2020 (podcast)
[390] How to stop overthinking your content (podcast)
[391] How to write better social media captions (podcast)
[392] How to get more engagement on Instagram (podcast)
[393] How to create engaging content when you only sell one product or service (podcast)

Bonus podcast

Get my  Instagram Engagement Playbook 

How to create an editorial calendar for your business (blog post)

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass)

Content Planning Masterclass

Join the Media Diary Owners Club 

Order your 2020 Media Diary here

Join my Build Your Audience Programme

How to add closed captions to your video using Rev and Kapwing

Join my get your podcast live in 60 days course 

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

How to create a high-converting lead magnet course

Buy my book Your press release is breaking my heart

Rev.com*

Kapwing

Social Media Video Engagement Playbook

Social Media Engagement Playbook

Instagram Engagement Playbook

LinkedIn Content Strategy Playbook

Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn

Mar 13, 2020

Have you ever wondered how to grow a really engaged Facebook group? Where there is a real sense of community - and people genuinely engage? If you’d love some strategies for growing your own online community or you’re thinking of starting a Facebook group then this podcast with video and audio producer Steve Folland is a must-listen. 

Steve who is also the host of the Being Freelance podcast shares how he grew his online community and Facebook group from his own podcast. He explains how he started his Facebook group after growing his podcast audience and how he links the content in his Facebook group back to his podcast - even down to the questions that he asks when people join the group.

Steve explains how important it is that your Facebook group is genuine and why you have to show up and set the tone of the group with your own face and personality. Plus why you must create really good quality consistent content. He shares the strategies that he’s used to engage his community and grow his Facebook group. 

Find out why having a specific niche for his Facebook group has made his community really successful and buzzing.

Plus how Steve has used his Facebook group to increase his online presence and his podcast audience.

I'd love to know what you think.

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Podcast shownotes

  • How Steve started the Being Freelance podcast and then his Facebook group (2:11)
  • How Steve uses his podcast to get people to join his Facebook group (3:23)
  • Why you need to set the tone of a group for people to connect with you (7:48)
  • Why having a niche Facebook group helps with engagement and content (9:27)
  • How Steve creates a buzz and makes people feel part of the community (10:14)
  • Why you need to set out what you will genuinely use the group for at the outset (16:20)
  • How Steve set his group rules and the questions he asks when people join (18:13)
  • How Steve gets people involved and links the group back to the podcast (22:44)
  • How Steve repurposes content in the group to use on other platforms (24:14)
  • How Steve uses his podcast to drive people to his Facebook community (27:40)
  • Why your personality, consistency + content will help attract people to your group (30:11)
  • Why you should niche your Facebook community as much as possible (34:49)
  • How Steve’s Facebook group has enabled him to monetise his podcast (35:57)
  • How having an online community has helped Steve with his online business (39:19)

Resources

Steve's website Being Freelance

Get my 31 post ideas for your Facebook group

Masterclass - How to turn your in-person services into online offerings

Masterclass - How to launch a playbook for your business

Other podcast episodes

[327] Why I am closing my 13.5K Facebook Group (podcast)
[329] What’s working on Facebook right now with Liz Melville (podcast)
[334] How to build a large audience without paid advertising with Callie Willows (podcast)
[335] How to create a high converting lead magnet (podcast)
[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[352] How to sell in a Facebook group without annoying your members (podcast)
[357] How to transform your Facebook Group from ghost town to garden party with Bella Vasta (podcast)
[361] 15 post ideas for your Facebook group (podcast)
[392] How to get more engagement on Instagram (podcast)
[393] How to create engaging content when you only sell one product or service (podcast
[Bonus] How to turn your inperson services into online offerings (podcast)

How to create an editorial calendar for your business (blog post)

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass)

Content Planning Masterclass

Join the Media Diary Owners Club 

Order your 2020 Media Diary here

Join my Build Your Audience Programme

How to add closed captions to your video using Rev and Kapwing

Join my get your podcast live in 60 days course 

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

How to create a high-converting lead magnet course

Buy my book Your press release is breaking my heart

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Kapwing

Instagram Engagement Playbook 

Social Media Video Engagement Playbook

Social Media Engagement Playbook

LinkedIn Content Strategy Playbook

Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn

Mar 9, 2020

If you deliver in-person consultancy, training or coaching in your business you will almost certainly have been affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

Perhaps you’ve had client meetings cancelled. Or maybe you’ve had workshops/consultancy gigs postponed or put on hold. It could be that you’ve had to cancel live events/workshops of your own. All of which is likely to have an impact on the bottom line of your business.

Health always comes first of course. But with little sign of the crisis abating, it’s sensible to consider how you might offer online alternatives to your offline services. 

Not only is this sensible in the midst of a worldwide flu epidemic, it’s also a way to start generating passive/semi-passive income in your business - which means you can stop trading time for money (or certainly do less of it)).

In this special podcast episode, I’ll show you four ways you can start turning your offline services into offerings. 

  1. Delivering in-person coaching online 
  2. Turn your coaching/consultancy programmes into online courses/memberships
  3. Turn in-person workshops into webinars/online masterclasses 
  4. Launch a playbook/ebook

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  1. Delivering in-person coaching online 

Booked to deliver 1-2-1/group coaching in-person? This can easily be delivered online, using a free video-conferencing software like Zoom which allows you to share your screen and participants share theirs with you. You can also share documents and chat ‘live’ with participants. And you can send them the recording afterwards in case they want to go over anything again. 

Alternatives to Zoom: Go To Meeting, Team Viewer, Join.me, Google Hangouts, Meet.me & BlueJeans.

If you’re worried your clients will be overwhelmed by the tech, you can send them written instructions and/or a video using a free tool like Loom showing them how to use it (including how to join). 

To ensure the session is productive, I’d recommend creating a sequence of emails that includes:

  • Information on how to book in a 1-2-1 session with you (they can use a tool like Calendly or Acuity Scheduling to book straight into your diary) 
  • Information on how to prepare for the session including information on any information on what they might need to bring to the session. PLUS how to use the video conferencing software from their phone/desktop. 
  • Information on what to do after the online session (this might include a link to the recording), any action points agreed and follow up work 

These emails can be re-used and adapted - saving you hours of time in the long run. In fact, the whole process can be automated so people can book straight into your diary, be delivered the link to join the call and reminders before the call. 

I include template/swipe files for this sequence of emails in my How To Turn Your Offline Services Into Online Offerings masterclass [xxx]. 

If you’re worried that what you teach/coach can’t be delivered online, I’ve personally worked with a pilates instructor, bread making teacher, psychologist, personal trainer and jewellery- making teacher - all of whom deliver their training/consultancy online. And if they can do it, so can you. 

  1. Turn your coaching/consultancy programmes into online courses/memberships

Booked to deliver in-person training or a workshop? This can be delivered live, using a free video-conferencing software like Zoom (or one of the other examples mentioned above) which allow you to share your screen, share documents and chat ‘live’ with participants. 

With a bit of tweaking, it’s possible to make online sessions really interactive. Not only can you use the ‘chat’ function to ask and answer questions, but you can also share your screen with participants and they can share theirs with you, which means you can give feedback on literally anything. So if you’re a tennis coach, you can give feedback on technique. If you’re a pottery or sewing teacher you can check peoples’ creative work. And if you’re a singing teacher you can advise on pitch and tone. With the right technology, pretty much anything is possible. 

And you don’t have to deliver the training live. You can record the sessions in advance using video conferencing software like Zoom and/or a screencasting software like Screenflow (for Mac) or Camtasia for (PC) which allow you to talk over your slides 

You can host your video tutorials free using a site like Teachable or Thinkific.

But you don’t need dedicated software to host video tutorials/or an online course. You can upload them to a video hosting site like Wistia or Vimeo or simply add them as unlisted/private videos on Youtube. Any digital downloads e.g. workbooks, cheat sheets, checklists can be stored in a file hosting service like Dropbox or Google Drive (you can just paste a link under the relevant video tutorial).

This is exactly what I did for the BETA launch of my online podcasting course: Get Your Podcast Live in 60 Days. 

You can use these resources to create audio files/podcasts (or use a digital recording app like Audacity). These can be hosted on any of the platforms above or you can upload them to Soundcloud. 

Think what you teach can’t be delivered online? Check out an online course site like Udemy where you’ll find digital resources on everything from surfing to singing to gastric bypass surgery. 

Want to learn more? I cover how to launch an online course/workshop in my online masterclass How To Turn Your Offline Services Into Online Offerings masterclass [xxx]. 

  1. Turn in-person workshops into webinars/online masterclasses 

Run your own live workshops/events? This can also be delivered live, using free video-conferencing software like Zoom (or one of the other examples mentioned above) which allow you to share your screen, share documents and chat ‘live’ with participants. 

While I’d recommend promoting live events/workshops at least 12 weeks ahead, you can promote webinars/online classes less than a week before the event. In fact, promoting them too far in advance can mean you actually get fewer people showing up (people just forget about it). 

To ensure your webinar is productive, I’d recommend creating the following sequences of emails: 

  • A four-day promotion sequence - promoting the webinar to people and telling them what will be covered
  • A sequence of reminder emails  - reminding people about the webinar and any preparation they might need to do (setting a pre-webinar task can be a great way to keep people engaged before the session)
  • A sequence of follow-up emails that deliver the recording, slides, handouts (and any other resources shared during the session) and offer and upsell to another product/service

I include template/swipe files for this sequence of emails in my How To Turn Your Offline Services Into Online Offerings masterclass [xxx].  

Don’t have an email list? Read: 39 surprisingly easy ways to increase your email subscribers.

You should also promote the webinar/online masterclass across your social media channels. I included samples of the kinds of posts you might create in my How To Turn Your Offline Services Into Online Offerings masterclass [xxx].  

Once your webinar is recorded you can turn it into an automated, on-demand webinar using a tool like Ever Webinar. 

  1. Launch a playbook/ebook

Launching a playbook/ebook can be a great way to turn your knowledge/expertise into a valuable resource you can sell - without leaving your home office. A playbook/ebook is a digital download, typically of around 3-5000 words that solves a very specific problem for a very specific type of client. 

I go into much more depth in my how to launch a playbook for your business online masterclass. 

There is some work up front in writing the download. You may also need to invest time and/or money (if you don’t have the expertise yourself) for professional-looking design. 

But once you’ve created your playbook/ebook - and automated the purchase/delivery process - you can (quite literally) sell it in your sleep. In the first few weeks of launching my Instagram Engagement Playbook, I sold almost 300 copies. 

While you’re unlikely to make millions from a playbook/ebook (unless you already have a large audience) it can be a great way to attract qualified leads you can upsell to more high-ticket products.services. 

Ideally, you’ll sell your ebook via your website (which means you can track who is buying from you and, crucially, get their email address for upsells/cross-sells) using a resource plug-in like Woocommerce or Shopify. To deliver the playbook/ebook, you’ll need to integrate this with your email marketing software.

Converting the naysayers

If you are taking services online that you have previously delivered offline, you may come up against some resistance from clients who don’t believe online training/coaching/consultancy can be as effective as offline. 

It’s a good idea to create content that educates your clients on the benefits of online learning PLUS how it works (often resistance is based around fear e.g. of not being able to use the tech), Demo/sample videos can also help (once people understand what an online class might be like, they’re usually happy to get on board). Finally, gathering testimonials from your clients will also help a lot. If you can get testimonials in which they explicitly talk about how they were concerned about online learning, but their fears were totally unfounded that is ideal.

Podcast shownotes

  • About this bonus podcast episode (01:04)
  • The four different ways you can take your business from offline to online (5:23)
  • How to deliver your in-person workshop or consultancy online (6:46)
  • Software to use for video conferencing and explaining the tech (7:49)
  • How to streamline and automate the booking process of your online course (9:55)
  • How to follow up your online sessions and what people need to know (12:01)
  • Why you can deliver any type of training online (14:09)
  • How to turn your in-person coaching/consultancy into an online course (14:49)
  • How you can use video to give people feedback on online (16:30)
  • Apps for presenting your content online and how to keep it simple (17:30)
  • How to turn your in-person workshops into webinars/masterclasses (21:57)
  • Why you don’t need a big lead time for promoting online webinars (23:52)
  • Emails that you can send to promote your online webinar (24:50)
  • Using your follow up emails to upsell (25:44)
  • Why you need to have people on your email list (26:20)
  • How to resell your webinar and use it in your sales funnel (28:49)
  • How to generate sales and leads by creating a playbook or ebook (29:40)
  • How to convert clients who don’t think it will work online (32:20)

Resources

Video Conferencing Software
Zoom
Go To Meeting
Team Viewer
Join Me
Google Hangouts
Meetme
Blue Jeans
Actuity
Calendly

Presenting software
Screenflow Mac
Thinkific
Teachable
Wistia
Vimeo
YouTube
Audacity
Soundcloud

Masterclass - How to turn your in-person services into online offerings

Masterclass - How to launch a playbook for your business

Other podcast episodes

[333]  39 surprisingly easy ways to increase your email subscribers (podcast)
[335] How to create a high converting lead magnet (podcast)
[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[348] How to write social media posts that sell (podcast)
[375] How to get your first 1K email subscribers (podcast)
[378] How to use hashtags to build your online audience (podcast)
[386] The four types of content to create that will help you make more sales in 2020 (podcast)
[390] How to stop overthinking your content (podcast)
[391] How to write better social media captions (podcast)
[392] How to get more engagement on Instagram (podcast)
[393] How to create engaging content when you only sell one product or service (podcast

Get my  Instagram Engagement Playbook 

How to create an editorial calendar for your business (blog post)

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass)

Content Planning Masterclass

Join the Media Diary Owners Club 

Order your 2020 Media Diary here

Join my Build Your Audience Programme

How to add closed captions to your video using Rev and Kapwing

Join my get your podcast live in 60 days course 

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

How to create a high-converting lead magnet course

Buy my book Your press release is breaking my heart

Rev.com*

Kapwing

Social Media Video Engagement Playbook

Social Media Engagement Playbook

Instagram Engagement Playbook

LinkedIn Content Strategy Playbook

Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn

Mar 6, 2020

Would you love to know how to write email copy that's so addictive that people can't wait to receive your emails?

In fact, they are so keen to get their hands on your email newsletter and find out what you've got to say - that if it doesn't arrive when it normally does - they email you to find out where it is?

If so you'll love this special podcast episode with email marketing experts Rob & Kennedy which was recorded at my live content planning masterclass 2020Sorted.

They explain how to create curiosity and desire in your emails and the types of call to action you can include to make sure that your reader takes action. They share seven ways to get people addicted to reading your emails and make sure they open them.

It's full of really practical advice and takeaways that you can apply straight away in your own business.

I'd love to know what you think.

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Podcast shownotes

  • Where does email marketing fit in your marketing strategy (5:21)
  • How to get people on your email list (6:07)
  • Why you must always have a call to action in your email newsletter (7:12)
  • Why you shouldn’t worry about emailing your newsletter list (9:25)
  • How to create curiosity and desire in your email newsletter  (12:01)
  • Why you must put your personality into your email newsletter (13:41)
  • How to use your own experiences to create content for your email newsletter (16:03)
  • How to write addictive email newsletters that get subscribers excited (18:42)
  • Seven ways to get people addicted to opening your emails  (20:30)
  • How to sell in your emails and how often you should (25:37)
  • Reasons that you must always sell in your emails (27:04)
  • Why your email must be about helping your customer and not selling your product (27:47)
  • Ways to seamlessly pitch from your main email story through to a sales pitch (28:17)

Resources

Get my  Instagram Engagement Playbook 

Other podcast episodes

[333]  39 surprisingly easy ways to increase your email subscribers (podcast)
[335] How to create a high converting lead magnet (podcast)
[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[348] How to write social media posts that sell (podcast)
[375] How to get your first 1K email subscribers (podcast)
[378] How to use hashtags to build your online audience (podcast)
[386] The four types of content to create that will help you make more sales in 2020 (podcast)
[390] How to stop overthinking your content (podcast)
[391] How to write better social media captions (podcast)
[392] How to get more engagement on Instagram (podcast)
[393] How to create engaging content when you only sell one product or service (podcast

How to create an editorial calendar for your business (blog post)

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass)

Content Planning Masterclass

Join the Media Diary Owners Club 

Order your 2020 Media Diary here

Join my Build Your Audience Programme

How to add closed captions to your video using Rev and Kapwing

Join my get your podcast live in 60 days course 

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

How to create a high-converting lead magnet course

Buy my book Your press release is breaking my heart

Rev.com*

Kapwing

Social Media Video Engagement Playbook

Social Media Engagement Playbook

Instagram Engagement Playbook

LinkedIn Content Strategy Playbook

Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn

Feb 28, 2020

Would you love to know how to use IGTV to build your followers on Instagram? Or maybe you’re thinking IGTV is a bit too techy and you don’t think it’s right for your business and you haven’t quite got round to using it yet?

If you’re feeling a bit mystified about IGTV and you’d love to know how IGTV can help build your Instagram audience - then this podcast episode with Instagram specialist Helen Perry is a must-listen. Helen shares tons of really practical advice on how to use IGTV, build your audience on IGTV and how she’s successfully used IGTV to generate leads in her business.

Helen explains how to be fearless when it comes to creating and filming your videos. And why you shouldn’t let perfectionism hold you back (in fact imperfection can make a stronger connection with your audience).

If you’re worried it’s all bit complicated for you Helen explains how to set up your IGTV channel, how to post to the Instagram grid, the types of content that work well on IGTV and how long your videos should be. Helen explains about posting your IGTV video and what to consider about the aesthetics of your IGTV video in your Instagram grid.

PLUS why you don’t need any fancy equipment to create your IGTV videos.

I’d love to know what you think.

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Podcast shownotes

  • About Helen and her background and how she became an Instagram specialist (2:22)
  • The content you can create for different parts of the Instagram platform (5:55)
  • How to get IGTV on your account and what to use it for (8:48)
  • Why IGTV is easier to use and quicker to get started with than YouTube (11:47)
  • Tools to create IGTV videos and why you should use captions (14:49)
  • Why you don’t need any fancy kit to make IGTV videos (16:00)
  • Why your video doesn’t need to be perfect (and why imperfection is good) (18:26)
  • How creating IGTV video has helped Helen grow her Instagram followers (19:49)
  • How Helen’s content marketing on IGTV has led to enquiries for work (22:29)
  • Why you need to be consistent with IGTV and videos don’t need to be long (27:02)
  • Why you should post a small valuable specific tip on IGTV (29:00)
  • How to get inspiration for IGTV content if you don't know what to post (30:38)
  • How to create IGTV content for product-based businesses (32:45)
  • Where to post IGTV video and what aesthetics you need to consider (38:12)
  • Optimum posting times for IGTV and why you should share in the first 24 hours (40:33)
  • How to deal with negative comments on Instagram (43:15)

Resources

Helen's website notaboutthekids
Helen's Instagram @notaboutthekids

Rode Microphone

For editing your IGTV - Inshot
For designing your IGTV video - A design kit

[388] How much content should you give away for free (podcast)

Get Janet's  Instagram Engagement Playbook 

Other podcast episodes

[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[348] How to write social media posts that sell (podcast)
[362] How to grow your Instagram following to 27K fast (podcast)
[374] How to create a year's worth of content in one morning (podcast)
[378] How to use hashtags to build your online audience (podcast)
[379] How to grow your Instagram posts by 1K in 30 days (podcast)
[386] The four types of content to create that will help you make more sales in 2020 (podcast)
[390] How to stop overthinking your content (podcast)
[391] How to write better social media captions (podcast)
[392] How to get more engagement on Instagram (podcast)

How to create an editorial calendar for your business (blog post)

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass)

Content Planning Masterclass

Join the Media Diary Owners Club 

Order your 2020 Media Diary here

Join my Build Your Audience Programme

How to add closed captions to your video using Rev and Kapwing

Join my get your podcast live in 60 days course 

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

How to create a high-converting lead magnet course

Buy my book Your press release is breaking my heart

Rev.com*

Kapwing

Social Media Video Engagement Playbook

Social Media Engagement Playbook

Instagram Engagement Playbook

LinkedIn Content Strategy Playbook

Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn

Feb 21, 2020

Do you struggle to plan and create content because you only sell one product or service?

Or perhaps you just feel like your content gets repetitive at times. You’d love to find new ways of talking about the products or services you sell.

If this sounds like you, you’ll love this podcast episode.

In it, I share practical tips and tactics that will help you plan and create content about ONE product or service - even if it’s the only thing you sell. 

I’ll show you how to create ‘peak points’ in your business that allow you to create fresh ‘buzz’ about your product or service.  Plus How you can find and identify less obvious 'peak points' in your business or industry by understanding your customer or clients pain points.

I'd love to know what you think.

{Click on the player above to listen to the podcast episode and/or read on for a detailed overview. Scroll down to the bottom to read the show notes including all the links mentioned in this episode}

Podcast shownotes

  • What inspired me to create this podcast episode (3:32)
  • How to create a yearly content plan for your business (and what might be holding you back)  (4:26)
  • Why you can’t sell the same product or service the same way all year round (7:06)
  • Why you need to be constantly relaunching your same product or service (9:29)
  • How to create content and peak points around different stages of the buying process (15:40)
  • Finding natural peak points examples by different industries (17:01)
  • How to find your business’ natural peak points for sales (22:08)
  • How to find the natural peak points in your industry (23:01)
  • How to find the less obvious peak points by thinking about your customer's pain points (26:19)
  • How to use awareness days to create peak points in your business (27:35)
  • How to create artificial peak points in your business (32:28)
  • How to think creatively about peak points for a product-based business (34:49)

Resources

Get my Instagram Engagement Playbook 

Instagram @JanMurrayUK

[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[348] How to write social media posts that sell (podcast)
[355] How to create and launch your own planner (podcast)
[374] How to create a year's worth of content in one morning (podcast)
[379] How to grow your Instagram posts by 1K in 30 days (podcast)[386] The four types of content to create that will help you make more sales in 2020 (podcast)
[390] How to stop overthinking your content (podcast)
[391] How to write better social media captions (podcast)

How to create an editorial calendar for your business (blog post)

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass)

Content Planning Masterclass

Join the Media Diary Owners Club 

Order your 2020 Media Diary here

Join my Build Your Audience Programme

How to add closed captions to your video using Rev and Kapwing

Common concerns about joining my podcasting course (blog post)

Join my get your podcast live in 60 days course 

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

How to create a high-converting lead magnet course

Buy my book Your press release is breaking my heart

Rev.com*

Kapwing

Social Media Video Engagement Playbook

Social Media Engagement Playbook

Instagram Engagement Playbook

LinkedIn Content Strategy Playbook

Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn

Feb 14, 2020

Do you ever find yourself stuck on what to post on Instagram, whether it’s on your Instagram grid or Instagram Stories or IGTV?

Or maybe you’re just not getting ANY engagement on your Instagram posts and you’d love to get more eyes on your content and get more likes, comments and shares?

Then you’ll love this podcast where I share the six types of content that are guaranteed to get you engagement on Instagram. I’ll explain exactly what the types of content are and how you can use them to get more engagement on Instagram

Plus how to save time by using other peoples content to grow your Instagram account and how you can create content that builds connections and relationships (and why it doesn’t have to be business-related)

I’d love to know what you think. If you'd love more help with your  Instagram engagement, then try my Instagram Engagement Playbook

{Click on the player above to listen to the podcast episode and/or read on for a detailed overview. Scroll down to the bottom to read the show notes including all the links mentioned in this episode}

Podcast shownotes

  • How to create content that educates people on Instagram (2:25)
  • Examples of content that educates for a product based Instagram account (3:32)
  • How to find and create original inspiring content on Instagram (and why you need to experiment) (7:06)
  • How to use curated content on your Instagram account (and why you should) (9:37)
  • When to use caution when sharing other peoples content on Instagram (12:30)
  • How to repurpose other people's Instagram quotes (and how to credit) (13:45)
  • Examples of Inspiring Instagram accounts to follow (15:07)
  • How to create entertaining content on Instagram and why it should be relatable (17:25)
  • How to build relationships on Instagram by creating content that celebrates (18:32)
  • How to use Instagram (especially Instagram Stories) to create discussion content  (21:06)
  • Why discussion content is great for building business relationships (22:37)
  • Why you must create sales content on Instagram (and how to do it) (23:10)
  • About my Instagram Engagement Playbook (28:11)

Resources

Get my Instagram Engagement Playbook 

Instagram @JanMurrayUK

TheOttoHouse

NotAboutTheKids

h.e.l.e.n.m.a.r.i.e.

[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[348] How to write social media posts that sell (podcast)
[358] 13 Ideas for engaging social media posts for when you're all out of ideas (podcast)
[362] How to grow your Instagram following to 27K fast (podcast)
[374] How to create a year's worth of content in one morning (podcast)
[378] How to use hashtags to build your online audience (podcast)
[379] How to grow your Instagram posts by 1K in 30 days (podcast)
[386] The four types of content to create that will help you make more sales in 2020 (podcast)
[387] How to create more content in less time with Amy Woods (podcast)
[390] How to stop overthinking your content (podcast)
[391] How to write better social media captions (podcast)

How to create an editorial calendar for your business (blog post)

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass)

Content Planning Masterclass

Join the Media Diary Owners Club 

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Feb 7, 2020

Do you ever get stuck when you're writing social media captions or maybe you find the ones that you write just aren't engaging enough for your audience?

Well, if any of that resonates with you, you're going to love this podcast episode because I talk about how to write more engaging social media captions.

I explain why you need to write as you speak and how to figure out your unique brand voice. I share with you five tips for creating your own really engaging social media posts. And the three types of caption that you can create to get engagement from your audience - and you can use them on your social media posts straight away.

Plus I explain how I create those tiny moments of drama in my social media posts. I share tons of examples of the captions that I create on my own platforms including my Instagram posts (and why it doesn’t take as much time as you’d think).

 

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Podcast shownotes

 

  • About this podcast (5:27)
  • Why you should write as you speak and how to figure out your brand voice (5:50)
  • Why you need to work out your unique brand voice (10:50)
  • Why keeping your captions as short as they can be will have the most impact (11:50)
  • How to make sure people engage with you by having a call to action (CTA) on every caption (14:30)
  • How to make sure you don’t lose your audience by taking them straight to the drama (16:50)
  • Why you should keep your captions to just one story (19:15)
  • How to layout your captions and make them easy for people to read (20:25)
  • How to create a call to action caption and when to use it (21:17)
  • How to create an explainer caption and how to use it with an image (24:22)
  • How to create a story caption and why it should be compelling rather than lengthy (28:05)
  • How to make your story post memorable and why it should create a single takeaway for your reader (30:39)
  • How to increase your engagement by creating relatable tiny moments  (33:34)

Resources

Instagram @JanMurrayUK

[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[348] How to write social media posts that sell (podcast)
[358] 13 Ideas for engaging social media posts for when you're all out of ideas (podcast)
[374] How to create a year's worth of content in one morning (podcast)
[379] How to grow your Instagram posts by 1K in 30 days (podcast)
[381] How to use awareness days to create content for your business (podcast)
[386] The four types of content to create that will help you make more sales in 2020 (podcast)
[387] How to create more content in less time with Amy Woods (podcast)
[390] How to stop overthinking your content (podcast)

How to create an editorial calendar for your business (blog post)

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass) 

Content Planning Masterclass

Join the Media Diary Owners Club 

Order your 2020 Media Diary here

Join my Build Your Audience Programme

How to add closed captions to your video using Rev and Kapwing

Common concerns about joining my podcasting course (blog post)

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Jan 31, 2020

Do you feel like you’re spending far too long on your content creation? Perhaps you procrastinate because you’re not sure if your topic(s) will resonate with your audience. Or maybe you worry because the topic has already been covered by a competitor and you’re worried people might think you’re ‘copying’ - or that people have just heard enough about it already. It could be that you hold back on sharing content because you’re worried you’ll look too ‘selly’, or you’re worried about offending people or /being judged/criticised.

If any of this sounds familiar, you’re almost certainly overthinking your content. Which means until you stop thinking - and start doing - your content planning and creation will continue to take you longer than you’d like.

In this podcast episode, I share practical strategies you can use to stop overthinking your content - so you can get more done in less time. 

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1.Commit to a regular publishing schedule (and do it publicly) 

I release a new podcast episode every Friday - come hell or highwater. This means I can’t procrastinate or make excuses - I just have to pick a topic and go for it. 

Commit to publishing a blog, newsletter, podcast and/or even a social media post at the same time each week/month (or whatever you can manage. You’ll be amazed how it focuses the mind.

2.Create a content plan

You wouldn’t set off on a long car journey without directions. So if you don’t have a content plan - setting out what you’re going to publish, when and where - you’re likely to get lost. And I don’t just mean creating a content calendar, I mean understanding the type of content you publish on each platform.

So for example, with my podcast I know I generally publish one interview per month and three solo episodes of around 30-40 mins.

On Instagram, I publish three types of content on my grid:  educate, sell and inspire between 2- 4 times a day. And I aim to post on my Stories every day. 

3. Align your content to your paid product/services

If you have a copy of my 2020 Social Media Diary & Planner you’ll know I recommend planning your content around launches and/or ‘peak points’ in your business. Not only does this make it easier come up with content ideas, it can also help you decide what content you should be publishing when. 

For example, when I was launching my podcasting course, I scheduled a podcast episode on how to launch a podcast to go live around the same time. During the earlybird launch week, most of my content  focused on the topic of podcasting, including blogs on compelling reasons to start a podcast to common concerns about my podcasting course. I also did a number of social media posts/Instagram Stories focused on common objections to starting a podcast. So there was little time on the content schedule for anything else. 

If you sell just one product/service you may be thinking: "My business is static - there aren't going to be any new launches, products and/or events?'. But that is exactly the point. Even if you sell just one product/service, you shouldn't be promoting it in exactly the same way all year round - otherwise people will start to 'tune out' from your content. 

So how can you create peak points in your year that allow you to create fresh excitement around your product/services? The obvious choice is hosting a sale/special offer, but if that isn't appropriate for your business, there are still many other things you can do. For example:

  • Host an online webinar/challenge
  • Collaborate with related businesses to host an online/in person event
  • Host your own awareness day/week. Find out how here 
  • Publish a special series of blog posts/podcasts around a specific theme
  • Launch your Facebook group, podcast, Youtube channel - if you plan ahead you can make an 'event' of it

Even if you sell a seasonal product like my 2020 Social Media Diary & Planner you have to keep thinking of fresh ways to talk about your product - otherwise your followers will switch off. For example, we recently took one of the dates from the diary - Blue Monday and created a Banish Blue Monday campaign, where we offered a special rate on the Hawaiian style diary in the week running up to Blue Monday and a chance to win a pizza. This created a much-needed buzz about the diaries (which we had been marketing for over 90 days). 

You may also find yourself thinking ‘but what if my plans change during the year?’

Just because you write something down doesn’t mean you have to do it. Things may change in your business during the year and that’s fine. But it’s much less time-consuming to tweak a plan you’ve already worked on than to start from scratch. So just apply your best thinking right now.

4. Don’t create images for every post  - just ask questions 

If you’re struggling to keep on top of your content creation, it may be because you’re creating images for every single post. But you don’t need to. In fact, text-based posts can often outperform image-led posts. 

Asking questions can be a great way to get engagement on social media. For example, some of my best-performing posts on LinkedIn include: do you give your real name in Starbucks, should you bother posting on LinkedIn if you’re not getting any engagement or (I kid you not) which topping do you prefer on your pizza.

Don’t get up hung about your content not being related to your business (although it’s usually possible to find a business ‘angle’). People like to do business with people. Which is why you may find personal subjects often get more engagement than business-related topics. And once you’ve developed a personal connection, it’s usually much easier to start talking business.

5. Forget about fancy equipment

One of my clients shared recently that he was struggling to meet his commitment to publish a weekly video on Youtube in 2020. The reason? He was new to the platform and had to figure out how it all worked. Plus he had to learn video editing first. Which meant he’d have to delay his video content for a few months. 

I advised him to shoot a video on his phone and put it on IGTV (Instagram’s version of Youtube). In the time he was stressing about learning YouTube, he could be publishing content and building his audience. He posted his first video on YouTube a few days later and has managed to keep up his posting schedule since. 

Remember that social media is about exactly that - being social. And you don’t need to create pro-level video to create a connection with your audience. Which is why Instagram Stories is so powerful. Showing people behind the scenes of your business - and simply what you’re working on that day - can be a great way to connect with your audience. 

6. Do live video instead of pre-recorded

If you’re overthinking your video content, it’s generally because you’re suffering from perfectionism i.e. you want every video you make to be perfect. Live video is the perfect antidote to that….because you can’t be perfect. If you make a mistake, you have to keep going.  The confidence this gives you will help you when you do create pre-recorded video content. 

And finally, remember there is only one of you. If you’re worried about covering a particular topic, remember there is only one of you - which means they can never have your unique ‘take on the topic.

Podcast shownotes

  • About this podcast episode (2:50)
  • Why making a public commitment to regular content will stop you procrastinating (3:58)
  • Why creating a content plan will take the overthinking out of your content (5:55)
  • Why planning the type of you need to create will stop you overthinking it (7:32)
  • Why planning ta schedule for your content will stop you overthinking (9:11)
  • How aligning your content with your paid services/products will give you focus (10:40)
  • How to plan your content if you sell the same product or service all year round (13:08)
  • How to create peak points in your business if you sell the same thing every year (18:09)
  • Why you should apply your best thinking  and not let details hold you back (20:04)
  • Why you shouldn’t let the worry about creating images get in the way of content (20:17)
  • Why you shouldn’t get hung up about posting business stuff all the time (22:01)
  • How overthinking equipment can hold you back from creating content (24:13)
  • Why you should do your video live rather than prerecord it (27:46)
  • Why you shouldn’t worry about having the same content ideas as someone else  (31:10)

Resources

How to create an editorial calendar for your business (blog post)

[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[346] How to look and feel more confident on video with Ian Anderson Gray (podcast)
[348] How to write social media posts that sell (podcast)
[355] How to create and launch your own planner (podcast)
[358] 13 Ideas for engaging social media posts for when you're all out of ideas (podcast)
[374] How to create a year's worth of content in one morning (podcast)
[381] How to use awareness days to create content for your business (podcast)
[386] The four types of content to create that will help you make more sales in 2020 (podcast)
[387] How to create more content in less time with Amy Woods (podcast)

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass) 

Content Planning Masterclass

Join the Media Diary Owners Club 

Order your 2020 Media Diary here

Join my Build Your Audience Programme

How to add closed captions to your video using Rev and Kapwing

Common concerns about joining my podcasting course (blog post)

Join my get your podcast live in 60 days course 

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

How to create a high-converting lead magnet course

Buy my book Your press release is breaking my heart

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Kapwing

Social Media Video Engagement Playbook

Social Media Engagement Playbook

LinkedIn Content Strategy Playbook

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Jan 24, 2020

Ever wondered if the day you were born can affect your life, work and business?

In this podcast episode about how to find your niche - business and marketing coach Jo Soley shares how she decided to take the bold move to niche her coaching business to specialise in numerology. Jo uses the power of numerology to help clients to move forward and create a successful business.

It’s a great case study about how to choose a niche for your business and how to become an authority and dominate your niche. Jo explains the steps she took to move her business gradually and how her audience pretty much stuck with her.

Jo also shares how niching has made her business much more profitable and helps her stand out amongst the many business and marketing coaches out there.

It’s not the kind of podcast interview I normally do. But I can pretty much guarantee you that halfway through you’ll be really keen to work out your life path number and how your number energy can influence and drive what you do and when in your business.

I’d love to know what you think.

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Podcast shownotes

  • About Jo and how she developed her niche (2:43)
  • How Jo discovered numerology and discovered you can use it to coach people  (7:40)
  • How Jo niched into numerology and what those around her thought about it (11:36)
  • The steps Jo took to gradually change and introduce her new niche (15:30)
  • How Jo promoted her new business and then gradually launched her new niche (17:21)
  • How niching helped Jo build an audience that understood exactly what she does (21:21)
  • How niching has made Jo’s  business more profitable and helps her stand out (23:28)
  • How Jo works with people to align their numbers (25:09)
  • How to work out your life path number and what it can mean for your business (27:04)
  • What happens when you resonate with different numbers (38:06)
  • How your personality and your number can hold you back (41:36)
  • How to use your numerology knowledge to move forwards in your business (44:03)
  • How Jo plans to move her business forward (47:33)

Resources

Jo Soley Website
Jo Soley Facebook
Jo Soley Facebook Group
Jo Soley Instagram
Jo Soley Work out your life path number

[135] How to dominate a niche with Jeff Sieh (podcast)
[335] How to create a high converting lead magnet (podcast)
[339] How to build an audience for an online course or membership (podcast)
[349] How to find the right niche for your business (podcast)
[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[387] How to create more content in less time with Amy Woods (podcast)

Join my Build Your Audience Programme

How to add closed captions to your video using Rev and Kapwing

How to create an editorial calendar for your business (blog post)

Common concerns about joining my podcasting course (blog post)

Join my get your podcast live in 60 days course 

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

How to create a high-converting lead magnet course

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass) 

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Jan 17, 2020

Sharing valuable free content that answers your ideal customers/clients questions can be a great way to generate leads and sales for your business. Publishing regular blogs, podcasts, videos and social media content helps people get to know, like and trust you - so when they do have a need for a product/service like yours, you’ll be the first person they think of. This approach is generally referred to as content marketing. 

But how much content should you give away for free? Is it possible to give away too much free content? And how do you separate the content you give away for free from your paid content e.g. online courses, membership sites and ebooks?

That’s exactly what I cover in this podcast episode. Along with tips on how to ensure your free content is leading to sales. 

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There are two broad schools of thought on how much content you should give away for free as part of your marketing. Some people believe you should give away your best content for free. If people find your free content useful, they’ll be far more likely to want to invest in your paid content. It is possible to share tons of information and advice in a blog post or on a podcast. It’s not so easy to provide help with implementation. So people are willing to pay for access to you, so you can give them more personalised feedback on how the information/advice applies to them. The greater the access, the more you can generally charge (which is why 1-2-1 consultancy is more expensive than joining a membership site or buying an online course, for example). 

People will also pay for ease of access. For example, you could find most of the information I share in my Build Your Online Audience programme in my blog posts, podcasts and social media posts. But do you have the time to cruise around my website/social media platforms looking for relevant content and/or figure out what order you should tackle it in? Probably not. 

Others believe you should share what to do but not how to do it. For example, if you teach podcasting, you could share the steps someone might need to take to launch a podcast . But you wouldn’t explain exactly how to do it. So you might give people a list of the podcasting sites their show should be listed on, but the tutorial on how to do that would be inside your paid course.

Personally I believe in giving your best content away for free. This allows you to build authority - which is crucial when people are deciding if they want to do business with you. Anyone can say they are an expert, but can they prove they are an expert? Publishing regular content on your expert topic allows you to do that. 

People often worry that if they give away their best free content, they won’t bother buying the paid content - because they’ve already learned everything they need to learn. They are generally worrying unnecessarily. 

For example, one of my clients - a stylist - was concerned that her free email lead magnet (a ‘what to wear’ guide for different body types) but deter prospective clients from booking a session with her. Would everyone feel like her lead magnet had helped them so much they didn’t need her? But while the guide might be useful that is unlikely to be the case. For example, I would probably be classed as pear-shaped, but although I have a short body and long legs (for a very short person). Which means not all advice for classic pear-shapes would apply to me. And I would consider hiring a professional for advice (and have done in the past). 

Realistically, there is only so much depth you can go into in a blog/vlog, podcast or social media post. Often you can give the first step (and sometimes that’s all people need). But if people need the second, third and fourth step - and they want it tailored/personalised for them - that’s where your paid content comes in. It feels like the natural next step, should they want to take it. 

If your audience feels as if you’re deliberately withholding information from them. As if your attitude is: ‘I’ll only share that if you pay me’ they may start to lose trust in you. Which is why I would encourage you to share your content freely - and focus your energy on turning that interest into sales. 

With that in my mind, here are my tips on turning your free content into sales:

1. Make sure each piece of content you create leads to a paid product or service.

For example, I have a free podcast episode on how to launch a planner for your industry . This is a useful piece of content, but if you need more depth and detail, I have a 90 minute masterclass, which includes templates/checklists for pricing your planner, writing your sales copy and testing whether your planner will sell.

2. Sell visibly and sell often

If you give away tons of free content but only make the occasional sales offer, you may be at risk of what the sales expert Jessica Lorimer refers to as Baby Bird Syndrome. This is when your audience gets addicted to your free content. So when you withdraw the supply - or ask them to pay - they get fretful. Some may even lash out at you in anger. To avoid this, they must see you making regular sales and understand that if they want help with implementation (as opposed to information) they must pay for that.

You may have noticed I sell every podcast episode, and on Insta - every day. 

3. Make sure your free content delivers tangible results 

If people get a tangible result from using your free content, they are much more likely to want to buy your paid products. For example, people often message me to say they have listened to my podcast episode on how to use hashtags to build your audience and seen a significant rise in their engagement on Instagram. While this is a significant and tangible win, it isn’t going to fix all their Instagram problems and/or answer all their questions. If they join my Build Your Online Audience programme, not only do they get access to more in depth content, they also get to ask me questions about how my advice applies to them. 

One of the biggest objections people have about buying an online course/membership programme is ‘will I get results?’. If you’ve given someone a small win through your free content e.g. a lead magnet or paid podcast episode you’ve already overcome that objection - they KNOW you can get them results. So instead of worrying about whether you are giving too much away, you should be focusing on how to offer them the next step. 

 

Podcast shownotes

  • What is content marketing and how can you use it to attract clients and customers (3:42)
  • How much of your content should you give away for free? (6:45)
  • Why you should give your best content away freely (7:40)
  • Why people will still pay for your products if you give away your really good stuff (10:14)
  • Why you shouldn't hold content back and make it difficult for people to access (14:54)
  • Why giving people great free content will make them want to know more about you (17:30)
  • Why you shouldn’t worry about the people that won’t pay for content (19:37)
  • Why your free content always link back to your product or service (20:46)
  • Why you need to be seen selling often and visibly to avoid ‘baby bird syndrome’ (23:00)
  • Why your free content needs to deliver tangible results to gain people’s confidence (26:33)
  • Why you should focus on putting great quality content out there (28:15)

Resources

Jess Lorimer Selling to Corporates Podcast

Join my Build Your Audience Programme

[335] How to create a high converting lead magnet (podcast)
[339] How to build an audience for an online course or membership (podcast)
[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[348] How to write social media posts that sell (podcast episode)
[358] 13 Ideas for engaging social media posts for when you're all out of ideas (podcast)
[374] How to create a year's worth of content in one morning (podcast)
[381] How to use awareness days to create content for your business (podcast)
[386] The four types of content to create that will help you make more sales in 2020 (podcast)
[387] How to create more content in less time with Amy Woods (podcast)

How to add closed captions to your video using Rev and Kapwing

How to create an editorial calendar for your business (blog post)

Common concerns about joining my podcasting course (blog post)

Join my get your podcast live in 60 days course 

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

How to create a high-converting lead magnet course

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass) 

Content Planning Masterclass

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Order your 2020 Media Diary here

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Jan 10, 2020

Want to save time creating content and do more with the content you create?

If you have a regular podcast or blog or piece of content that you'd love to do more with then my latest podcast with content repurposing expert and author of Content 10X Amy Woods is a must-listen.

Amy explains how to save time repurposing your content and what the best type of content is to create. She shares how to repurpose it and why you should consider the platform it's appearing on before you create it. AND why it's really important to make sure you create content that gets found by website search and not just social so you can build your audience on your own land and not someone else's.

Amy shares how she repurposes her own podcast and what types of content she creates for it. PLUS how to reduce content creation overwhelm.

Going to listen? I'd love to know what you think?

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Podcast shownotes

  • About Amy Woods and her business Content 10x (3:36)
  • Why you should start with creating content that you are comfortable with (5:36)
  • Why using live video will give you the best content to repurpose from and engage your audience (7:16)
  • Why you need to remember the message that you are trying to convey when you repurpose your content (12:00)
  • How to repurpose a podcast or video and get it found by search not just social media (13:28)
  • Why you should get a transcription of your video audio to help repurpose content (15:20)
  • How to save time and reduce content overwhelm by making the most of your content (18:30)
  • Why it's good to think about the content you create in relation to the platform (24:12)
  • How to make the most of your easy to create behind the scenes content (27:24)
  • How Janet repurposes her podcast and the content she creates with it  (29:30)
  • How Amy repurposes her podcast and what content she creates with it (32:34)
  • Why it's important to be consistent with your content and how it builds authority and recognition (37:39)
  • Why Amy wrote her book after she had built her audience and content (40:23)
  • Why you need to ‘walk the talk’ and demonstrate that you are an authority (44:12)

Resources

Amy Woods Content 10X

Amy Woods Book Content 10X

[179] How to get more eyes on your content with Andrew & Pete (podcast)
[203] Boost your web traffic through content repurposing with Amy Woods (podcast)
[330] How to write awesome sales copy for your business (podcast)
[334] How to  build a large audience without paid advertising with Callie Willows (podcast)
[339] How to build an audience for an online course or membership (podcast)
[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[348] How to write social media posts that sell (podcast episode)
[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[374] How to create a year's worth of content in one morning (podcast)
[381] How to use awareness days to create content for your business (podcast)
[385] How to sell on Instagram Stories without feeling sleazy (podcast)
[386] The four types of content to create that will help you make more sales in 2020 (podcast)

How to add closed captions to your video using Rev and Kapwing

How to create an editorial calendar for your business (blog post)

Common concerns about joining my podcasting course (blog post)

Join my get your podcast live in 60 days course 

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

How to create a high-converting lead magnet course

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass) 

Content Planning Masterclass

Join the Media Diary Owners Club 

Order your 2020 Media Diary here

Buy my book Your press release is breaking my heart

Build Your Audience Programme

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Social Media Video Engagement Playbook

Social Media Engagement Playbook

LinkedIn Content Strategy Playbook

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Jan 3, 2020

Would you love to make more sales in your business this year compared to last year? 

In this podcast episode, I share the four types of content that you need to create in order to make more sales in 2020. I explain why you can't just broadcast endless sales messages and why it's vital to create the right type of content depending on what stage of the buying journey your online audience is on.

PLUS why you shouldn't be afraid to create content that addresses your audience's concerns about buying your product or service - and how it can really help draw people over the line.

As well as different ways to create sales content especially if you are launching a new product or service, and how to create 'results-based content' for service business by sharing client success stories. And how to create 'results-based content' for a product-based business too.

So if you'd love to really nail the type of content that you are going to create to make sales in your business whether it's a service-based business or a product-based business you really need to listen to this podcast episode where I also share examples of the four types of content and how I use them in my business.

AND why you absolutely need to create and share 'walk the talk' content which showcases your wins and achievements (without being braggy) and what happened when I shared mine.

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Podcast shownotes

  • About my build your online audience programme (3:50)
  • Why you need to put out regular content if you want to make sales online (09:57)
  • Why you need to create content for people at different stages of their buying journey (14:28)
  • How to create general awareness content so that people can know, like and trust you (15:03)
  • Examples of how to create content that solves problems in a product-based business (17:49)
  • How to warm people up with awareness content before you launch a new product (23:55)
  • How to use consideration content and think about objections to your product or service (27:40)
  • How you can create content that reassures objectors to your product (32:32)
  • Different ways to create purchase content when you are making a clear sell or offer (34:24)
  • Why too much salesy content will make people zone out (36:08)
  • How to create results-based content for a service-based business (37:01)
  • How to create results-based content for a product-based business (40:32)
  • Why you need to tell people that you want them to share your product (42:26)
  • Why sharing 'walk the talk' content will help people understand what you can achieve for them (43:41)
  • Why you need to look at the stage your business is at when you decide what type of content you need to create (48:36)

Resources

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[179] How to get more eyes on your content with Andrew & Pete (podcast)
[330] How to write awesome sales copy for your business (podcast)
[333] 39 Surprisingly easy ways to get people to open your emails (podcast)
[334] How to  build a large audience without paid advertising with Callie Willows (podcast)
[339] How to build an audience for an online course or membership (podcast)
[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[348] How to write social media posts that sell (podcast episode)
[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[374] How to create a year's worth of content in one morning (podcast)
[380] How to set goals for audience growth in 2020 and why you should (podcast)
[381] How to use awareness days to create content for your business (podcast)
[385] How to sell on Instagram Stories without feeling sleazy (podcast)

How to create an editorial calendar for your business (blog post)

Common concerns about joining my podcasting course (blog post)

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Dec 27, 2019

Instagram Stories is a fantastic tool you can use to attract your ideal customers/clients.

But if you’re not familiar with how it works, it can all feel a bit confusing.

In this podcast episode I explain how to use Instagram Stories to make more sales in your business, including what kind of content you should be sharing (and how often) and how to use quizzes/polls and other interaction functions to find people who are interested in your products/services. PLUS how to get your Instagram followers buying from your stories.

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What is Instagram Stories?

Instagram has three main parts. 

  1. Your main grid, where you can upload photos and short videos. 
  2. Stories - which appear in a bar at the top of your feed - where you can share short videos, pictures and images (each Story is a maximum 15 seconds). You can also add text, gifs, polls, quizzes and other interactive features. Instagram Stories content only last for 24 hours (but you can save your highlights).
  3. IGTV - a long-form vertical video channel that is accessible from Instagram and as a standalone app

You can share your content between your grid, Stories and IGTV to get it in front of a wider audience. 

What is Instagram Stories?

Instagram Stories appear in a bar at the top of your feed. When there’s something new to see on an account of someone you follow, you’ll notice their profile photo will have a colourful ring around it.

To view someone’s story, you simply need to tap on their profile photo, and their story will appear full-screen, showing you all of the content they’ve posted in the last 24hrs.  The content will play in chronological order from oldest to newest.

Once you’re viewing a story, you can tap to go back and forward or swipe to jump to another person’s story. Unlike regular posts, there are no likes or public comments. Anyone who comments go straight into your DMs (direct messages). This can be a great way to build relationships with prospective customers/clients.

The great thing about Instagram Stories is that your content only lasts for 24 hours. This can be great if you’re nervous about putting yourself out there. But you can save your best content as ‘highlights’ (more on that later). 

How should the content you post in Stories differ from the content you post on your grid?

As with any social media, there is really no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to do it, but my account is probably ‘typical’ of what most Instagram users do. The content on my grid is more ‘curated’ than my Instagram Stories and has a consistent aesthetic (i.e. I used the same brand fonts and colours).  My Instagram Stories is a bit more ‘rough and ready’ - and often features ‘behind-the-scenes’ content that relates to my life and business. 

What makes an engaging Instagram Story?

The clue is in the name: Story. And a story generally needs a beginning, a middle and an end. Or at least some kind of ‘narrative’  you can follow. 

One of the most confusing things about Instagram Stories is that you’ll often hear people talking about each individual image/15 second video clips as a ‘story’. So for the purpose of this post, I’m going to refer to them as ‘chapters’ which make up a whole Story. 

While there are no hard and fast rules on how long your Instagram Stories, should be, it’s worth remembering that most people are scrolling through. So if your Story is too long and/or doesn’t grab their attention in the first few moments, they’ll scroll past and start looking at someone else’s story. For this reason, I’d generally recommend creating putting together no more than about seven to ten individual ‘chapters’ to make longer Stories). However, with some Stories e.g. if you are talking to camera, you may need to make them a little longer. 

Here are my tips for making them engaging.

1.Start with a question that introduces the theme of your Story and invites viewers to get in a conversation with you e.g. ‘Are you thinking of launching a podcast in 2020?’ ‘Have you done all your Christmas shopping yet?’ or ‘Here’s my to-do list for today. What’s the ONE thing you absolutely have to get done today?’

You can use the question, polls or quiz function but keep it really simple. If people have to think too hard, they’ll be far less likely to respond.

  1. Use a variety of media within each Story e.g. video, photos, text, you talking to camera.
  2. Keep your story visually interesting by using gifs and borders and stickers
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask more than one question in your story. This helps to keep viewers engaged.
  4. Have ONE clear call-to-action at the end of each Story you create e.g. ‘Swipe up to read’ or ‘DM me to find out more,.’ Any more than one call-to-action and you may leave your viewers feeling overwhelmed.

How to sell in your Instagram Stories

There is no big ‘secret’ on how to sell in your Instagram Stories. It’s simply about getting your viewers involved in a conversation about the product/service you want to sell. And the key to starting sales conversations is to focus on the problem your product/service solves. This helps you identify those who already have the desire for your product/service.  

So, for example, with my podcasting course How To Get Your Podcast Live in 60 Days, I might start my Story with a poll: ‘are you interested in launching a podcast in 2020?’. Then I might share some information about the course before finishing up with a single call-to-action: ‘Interested in finding out more? DM me for a link to the waitlist.’

This gives me two opportunities to identify the key element that is needed for someone to make a purchase: desire. Then I can simply reach out to them and give them more information. And they’re not going to feel uncomfortable about it - because they expressed their desire to start a podcast and/or their desire to find out more about my course. 

Similarly with my 2020 Social Media Diary & Planner, I’ll often start by asking a question e.g. ‘Do you sometimes find it difficult to stick to a content plan?’ Then I’ll share some pictures/video of the diary - along with some text that summarises what’s included.  Then I’ll give a single call-to-action e.g. ’DM me for the link to order’.

AsI have over 10k followers on Instagram, you might be wondering why I invite people to DM me, rather than just give them the link. This is because it initiates a conversation. If we’re already chatting in the DMS, it’s much easier for someone to raise a question/objection about the diary - which is far more likely to result in a sale. If I simply send them off to a link, I may never hear from them again.

Another powerful way to sell in your Instagram Stories is to share client/customer testimonials - ideally ones that address your most common objections. For example, if the most common objection you get for signing up for your online course/membership is ‘I can’t afford it’ - share screenshots from clients telling you how much money they’ve made from implementing your strategies.

And do remember that you can use Stories to ‘sell’ anything - and not just your products/services. For example, you can use exactly the same process to get people involved in a conversation about your latest blog/podcast and create the desire for them to listen to it. 

Dealing with objections in your Instagram Stories

It’s one thing creating a story about your product service with a call-to-action at the end. But if you really want to boost your sales, you need to create a series of Stories that address your ideal customers/clients objections. For example, one question I kept getting asked about my podcasting course was: ‘how will having a podcast actually help me in my business?’ So I polled my clients to find out how they found me. Most said they found me via my podcast, so I shared the result of that poll in my Stories.

I also asked some fellow podcasters how having a podcast had helped them in their business - and shared screenshots of their responses in my Stories. Their answers - which ranged from ‘it's helped me make more money’ to ‘it's helped me get booked for more speaking gigs’ are a powerful way to tackle that objection.

Even when you are tackling objections, it’s still important to keep your Stories interactive. So when I was tackling that particular objection, I opened my story by asking viewers if they ever wondered what was the point of starting a podcast.

Using highlights to sell on Instagram Stories

Although Stories disappear in 24 hours, you can save them in the highlights section (just about your grid) and continue to make sales. For example, I have a highlight for my 2020 Social Media Diary & Planner, which features dozens of pictures of people using their diary, along with a video of me giving a tour of the diary. People often respond to this highlight and ask me questions e.g. ‘Do you deliver to x country?’ or ‘what’s the delivery time for y?” Because their responses go straight into my DMs, we are straight into a sales conversation.

For this reason, I’d recommend having a highlight section for your key products/services.

Podcast shownotes

Resources

Want to start your own podcast? Sign up for my podcasting course. 


[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[348] How to write social media posts that sell (podcast)
[358] 13 ideas for engaging social media posts (podcast)
[362] How to grow your Instagram to 27K- fast (podcast)
[373] How to get more followers on any social media platform (podcast)
[376] Lessons learned from 1 million downloads of my podcast (podcast)
[379] How to grow your Instagram followers by 1K in 30 days (podcast)
[381] How to use awareness days  to create engaging content for your business (podcast)

Join the Media Diary Owners Club

Order your 2020 Media Diary here

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

How to create a high-converting lead magnet course

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass) 

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Social Media Engagement Playbook

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Dec 20, 2019

Have you ever agonised over a social media post, or felt nervous and then deleted it or over-thought your post to the point where you don’t post anything at all? Or maybe you've worried that it was a bit too personal? If you’ve ever struggled with overthinking what you post or worried about being judged for what you post then you need to listen to this episode.

Natalie Lue a recovering people pleaser, perfectionist and over-thinker explains how to bring more of yourself and your personality into your social media content without worrying about it. She explains how to find the essence of 'you' and what makes ‘you-you’.  She also explains how we can lose our personality in the content we create by over thinking and worrying too much about 'the rules'.

So if you’d love to have a potential client or customer say to you "Did you just read my mind?" And you want to know how to bring more of yourself AND your personality into your social media content  and discover your ‘secret sauce’ then have a listen to this podcast episode.

This episode was recorded live at my content planning masterclass 2020Sorted. I’d love to know what you think…

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Podcast shownotes

  • About Natalie Lue and her business (3:50)
  • How Natalie changed her relationship with Instagram and started ignoring the rules (5:00)
  • How Natalie has grown her Instagram after she started posting more as herself (8:10)
  • How Natalie changed her approach to Instagram by returning to her core (11:06)
  • How you can return to your core and find out what makes 'you - you’ (14:55)
  • Why you should use your own stories to create content that connects with people (19:15)
  • How to work out what energises you and how to use that in your content (21:20)
  • Why you need to think about your ‘secret sauce’ in everything that you create + share (23:42)
  • How Natalie creates content that people can relate to (25:10)
  • Why you should question the  social media ‘platform rules’ and write your own (26:10)
  • How to use your 'secret sauce' to enhance your content (29:01)
  • How to bring more of your personality into your content and the question to ask yourself (32:44)

Resources

Want to start your own podcast? Sign up for my podcasting course. 

[049] How to turn your blog into a business with Natalie Lue (podcast)
[161] How to work with bloggers and influencers with Kat Molesworth (podcast)
[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[348] How to write social media posts that sell (podcast)
[358] 13 ideas for engaging social media posts (podcast)
[362] How to grow your Instagram to 27K- fast (podcast)
[373] How to get more followers on any social media platform (podcast)
[376] Lessons learned from 1 million downloads of my podcast (podcast)
[379] How to grow your Instagram followers by 1K in 30 days (podcast)
[381] How to use awareness days  to create engaging content for your business (podcast)

Join the Media Diary Owners Club

Order your 2020 Media Diary here

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

How to create a high-converting lead magnet course

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass) 

Content Planning Masterclass

Buy my book Your press release is breaking my heart

Build Your Audience Programme

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Social Media Engagement Playbook

LinkedIn Content Strategy Playbook

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Dec 13, 2019

If it's a dream or ambition of yours to start a podcast or launch a podcast in 2020 this podcast episode is for you. In this episode, I answer the many questions that I get asked all the time about launching a podcast.

So if you'd love to start a podcast but you're unsure of what equipment you need or how to host it and get it online or even get people to listen to it then this is a must-listen.

In this podcast episode, I share my practical actionable tips including how to choose a topic and why you should choose a niche to reach a larger audience.

Even if you're not planning a podcast and just a regular piece of consistent content then you'll still find this episode useful.

I'd love to know what you think.

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Why do you want to start a podcast?

Launching a podcast can be a big investment of your time, energy and money. Which is why it’s important to get clear on why you’re doing it. A podcast can be a great way to attract leads and sales for your business. For example, many of my clients start listening to my podcast way before they become a client. 

However, you may have other aims - such as connecting with other influencers in your industry or raising your profile so you can land more speaking gigs or a book deal. If you’re clear on why you want to start a podcast, it will be much easier to measure the potential return on investment for your business.

How to choose a topic for your podcast 

Regardless of the topic, your podcast should solve a problem for your listeners. Solving a problem for people can simply be about entertaining people and/or making them laugh. 

But for most business owners, this is generally about providing valuable information/discussion around a specific topic. For example, my podcast 'The Janet Murray Show' provides actionable tips and business/marketing advice - on topics ranging from Instagram marketing to creating a content calendar for your business to how to start a  podcast for your business. 

As with many things in your business, the more ‘niche’ and/or specific you can be, the better. Spend some time searching through the podcasts Apple and/or other podcasting platforms and you will be amazed what people have podcasts on. 

For example:

How to choose a name for your podcast 

Once you’ve decided on a topic, it’s time to choose a name for your podcast. I’d suggest picking a title that describes what your podcast is about. 

For example, Employment Law Matters, the Smart Passive Income Podcast, the Property Development Podcast

While it might be tempting to come up with something creative, this will make it easier for new listeners to find you. Ditto for individual episode titles. 

Interview or solo show? How to choose a format for your podcast 

There are no hard and fast rules about which is best: solo, interview or a mix of both. It really is down to you. It’s also something you may need to test over time i.e. do your solo shows perform better than your interview shows. For example, I started off with a weekly interview but found my solo shows often performed better, so I gradually started to do fewer interviews and more solo shows. 

How often should you put out a podcast (and how long should it be)? 

Again there are no hard and fast rules about how often you should put out your podcast i.e. weekly, daily, monthly. This is really down to you. 

If you’re new to podcasting, creating a season of 6-8 episodes can be a much less daunting than launching a weekly or daily show. If your first season does well, you can always create another on a related topic and/or move to a regular show. 

Your podcast can be as short or as long as you want. But if you’re new to podcasting, starting with a 15-20 minute show might be easier.

How many episodes should you launch with?

If you listen to podcasts, you’ll probably know that when you find a podcast you like, you often want to binge listen to other episodes. This is why it’s a good idea to launch with more than one episode. But again, this will be dependent on a number of factors e.g. whether you’re launching a weekly or daily show or a season.

Creating a content plan for your podcast

Once you’ve decided on the topic, frequency and length of your podcast episode, it’s a good idea to make a content plan, setting out what you’re planning to publish and when with draft titles.  

What kind of equipment should you start with

If you’re new to podcasting, it’s best to keep it simple. And, as you don’t know whether you’re going to enjoy podcasting, I wouldn’t recommend investing tons. I would recommend a simple set up. I would recommend a USB microphone like the Blue Snowball or Blue Yeti you can plug straight into your computer and a pop shield. These start at around £65.  If you are recording solo shows, you can use Audacity - free software and Zoom/Skype to record interviews.  

Where should I host my podcast? 

You will also need to choose a place to host your podcast on the web (most podcast files are too big for websites). You will need to pay for hosting. This can vary depending on how much content you have, but I started off paying around $5 a month. Now it’s around $25. Popular choices include: Buzzsprout, Spreaker, Blubrry and Libsyn

Find out more about how to host your podcast: The Podcast Host 

How to edit your podcast

You can edit your podcast yourself using free software like Audacity or you can outsource. Expect to pay at least £15-20 an hour for podcasting editing, but if you think about the value of a potential lead/enquiry, getting a professional to do this for you can be a much better ROI  (return on investment) in the long run. You could also use a podcast maker like Alitu which helps you clean you your audio, add your intro and outro, edit out mistakes, edit and publish your podcast.  

Depending on the format of your show, you may also need to source a voiceover artist for the intro/outro and/or copyright-free music. I found my voiceover artist on Fiverr. You might also want to try People Per Hour or Upwork. There are tons of sites you can use to source copyright free music but my favourite is Audiojungle.

Finding guests for your podcast

Introducing your listeners to interesting guests - people who are experts in a specific topic - can be a great way to add value.

The mistake many new podcasters make is thinking that having ‘big name’ guests is a great way to promote your podcasts. Actually the opposite is often true. Someone who already has a large audience is less likely to have the time or inclination to promote your podcast. A guest with a small but engaged audience may be much more inclined to tell the world about it. 

When it comes to inviting guests onto your podcasts, the key thing to remember is that you are asking them to give up their time. So it’s important to demonstrate what might be in it for them e.g. the chance to get in front of your listeners, social media followers, email list. If you have a small audience or you haven’t started your podcast yet, it’s best to be upfront about that but show how you will promote the podcast.

Doing interviews for your podcast 

As with anything in your business, it’s all in the preparation. The more you can prepare your guest for the interview - by sending over detailed instructions on how to prepare or join the call PLUS the questions you are likely to ask - the better the interview is likely to go. 

It’s generally better to use open questions e.g. ‘can you tell us more about’ or ‘what did it feel like when…?’. This will encourage your guests to talk more freely and make your interview feel like a conversation rather than a question and answer session (which is exactly how it should be). 

Preparing a list of questions is a good idea, but don’t stick slavishly to your question list. If you let the conversation flow naturally, your interviews will sound a lot better.

Promoting your podcast 

Unfortunately getting your podcast listed on Apple Podcasts (and other podcasting directories like Spotify, Acast, Google Podcasts and Stitcher) is not enough to build an audience for your podcast. You will also need to actively promote your podcasts via social media, your email list, Facebook messenger, Pinterest and any other marketing channels. There are also many things you can do to encourage your guests or listeners to share your podcast (such as creating branded, shareable artwork). 

Most people vastly under promote their podcast because they’re worried people will get sick of hearing about it. In reality, most people are far too busy getting on with their lives to notice you’ve already posted multiple times about your podcast - and appreciate the reminder. 

Podcast shownotes

  • What you need to ask yourself if you want to start a podcast (7:12)
  • How to choose a podcast topic and why it needs to solve your client/customer’s problem (9:16)
  • Why you should niche your podcast to make it focused to reach more people (12:40)
  • How to name your podcast and why you can change the name as you evolve (15:30)
  • How to plan your podcast and decide on the format of your podcast (18:15)
  • How often you should produce your podcast and launch with a good number of episodes (20:15)
  • How to plan out your podcast episodes and create a content plan for your podcast (23:52)
  • What equipment you need for your podcast and why you should keep it simple (24:40)
  • What you can outsource to produce your podcast and why you should look at ROI (28:29)
  • Where to host your podcast and why you actually need to host your podcast (30:30)
  • How to prepare a podcast guest for an interview and why big-name guests can be a red herring (31:35)
  • Why you need to promote your podcast and just having it listed on a platform isn’t enough (34:57)
  • Why you might want to join my new course ‘Launch your Podcast in 60 days’ (36:47)

Resources

Want to start your own podcast? Sign up to my podcast course with The Podcast host - Colin Gray

How to pitch yourself as a podcast guest (blog)
[080] Three must-do tips for pitching yourself as a podcast guest (podcast)
[094] Seven steps to starting your podcast (podcast)
[190] How to pitch yourself as a podcast guest (and why you must do) (podcast)
[253] How to land guest appearances on podcasts with Nicola Holland (podcast)
[263] Why I changed the name of my podcast (podcast)
[331] What it really takes to build an audience with John Lee Dumas (podcast)
[348] How to write social media posts that sell (podcast episode)
[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[357] How to transform your Facebook page from ghost town to garden party with Bella Vasta (podcast)
[376] Lessons learned from 1 million downloads of my podcast (podcast)

Join the Media Diary Owners Club

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Social Media Engagement Playbook

LinkedIn Content Strategy Playbook

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Dec 6, 2019

Want to know how to create content that really sells and how to ask the right questions that lead to sales and follow up with people in a non salesy way?

I interviewed business and  marketing experts Andrew Pickering and Peter Gartland - aka Andrew and Pete at my recent live annual content planning masterclass 2020 Sorted. Andrew and Pete have spoken all over the world about content marketing, including Social Media Marketing World, Content Marketing World and the Youpreneur Summit and are ranked as one of the top 100 digital marketers in the world.

It's a great interview where they explain how to understand who your high intent customers or clients (hand raisers) are and how to create handraiser content that gets them to raise their hand. They share their strategies, tactics and tools that they've personally used to make sales in their business. 

PLUS why thinking that sales are icky is one of the biggest mistakes you can make in your business. If you'd love to know how to create content to make sales in your business then listen to this episode. 

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Podcast shownotes

  • About Andrew & Pete who they are and what they do (4:03)
  • Why thinking that sales are icky is one of the biggest mistakes you can make in your business (5:06)
  • Why you should create handraiser content and how to use it to make sales easier (7:15)
  • How to create handraiser content and find out who your hand raisers are (9:50)
  • How to get people to give you their email address without feeling icky (10:09)
  • How to recognise clients/customers that are mid intent and high intent (12:08)
  • How to get high intent clients by making them pre register for something (12:58)
  • What is a high intent enquiry and how to do a really personal follow up (15:01)
  • What is a mid intent enquiry and how to understand how interested they are (18:01)
  • How to ask the right questions that lead to hand raisers that go on to make a sale (22:02)
  • How to follow up with people and sell in a non icky way  (23:42)
  • Why getting a ‘no’ can help you sell more effectively to the people that will say ‘yes’ (25:15)
  • How to win future sales by understanding people’s objections (27:14)
  • The five different types of handraiser content that you can use to make a sale (29:46)

Resources

Andrew and Pete

Andrew on Pete on Twitter

Andrew and Pete’s YouTube channel

Vidyard

[179] How to get more eyes on your content with Andrew & Pete (podcast)
[333] 39 Surprisingly easy ways to get people to open your emails (podcast)
[335] How to create a highly converting lead magnet (podcast)
[339] How to build an audience for an online course or membership (podcast)
[348] How to write social media posts that sell (podcast episode)
[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[374] How to create a year's worth of content in one morning (podcast)
[380] How to set goals for audience growth in 2020 and why you should (podcast)

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

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Nov 28, 2019

Would you love to know how to use awareness days to create engaging content for your business?  In this podcast episode I explain how to use awareness days to create engaging relevant content that fits with your business and goals. If you've ever wondered how National Nothing Day or how to create content about The Golden Globes that can be applied to any business then have a listen as I explain how I would go about using them.

I explain the four types of content that you should be sharing, regularly on your social media accounts and how you can apply these to the awareness days that are relevant to you and your business.

I explain how to create content by asking yourself these two MAIN questions when thinking about how to use an awareness day:

  • How is this day relevant to me and my business? 
  • How is it relevant to my audience?

If you’d love to know how to use awareness days to create content that’s relevant to your business in an engaging way that will get people talking back to you (without overdoing the awareness days) then you’ll love this podcast. I also tackle how you can use overly popular awareness days differently and how you can create content by saying what no one else is. PLUS  how you can use awareness days to tackle the elephant in the room.

If you’d like to know how I would go about using some of the sillier sounding awareness days by using some lateral thinking and some examples of my own personal  relatable stories then have a listen. I'd love to know what you think and do let me know how you'd use some of these awareness days.

 

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*The two MAIN questions to keep in your mind when thinking about how to use an awareness day and listening to this podcast

  1. How is this day relevant to me and my business? 
  2. How is it relevant to my audience?

 

  • How my experience in journalism inspired me to create the media diary (3:58)
  • The four types of post you should use to get engagement (4:53)
    • 1 - ‘I need to know this’ content - content that's useful - tips and advice (5:16)
    • 2 - ‘I know about that’ content - content where you ask people a question about what’s going on in your life or biz (6:05)
    • 3 - ‘I know how that feels' content - content that people can relate to (7:26)
    • 4 - ‘This is what I think’ content - content that can divide people and can be opinionated (8:40)
  • How often you should use awareness days and why you shouldn’t use too many (11:17)
  • Some examples of January awareness days and how you could use them (12:56)
  • The *two questions you need to ask when creating content for awareness days (13:24)
  • What questions to ask when you're deciding which piece of content to create (15:20)
  • How to find inspiration if you are struggling for content ideas for an awareness day (16:40)
  • How to create content for generic awareness days that can work for any industry (20:20)
  • How to create personal relatable content and apply that to awareness days  (22:26)
  • How to think laterally about awareness days and make them relevant to you (23:30)
  • Why you shouldn’t use every single awareness day  (27:25)
  • How to stand out with popular awareness days by using them differently to others (33:55)
  • Why everything is a content opportunity if you use the two questions and creative thinking (36:29)

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[374] How to create a year's worth of content in one morning (podcast)
[378] How to use hashtags to build your online audience (podcast)
[379] How to grow your Instagram followers by 1K in 30 Days (podcast)
[380] How to set goals for audience growth in 2020 and why you should (podcast)

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