How To Start A Podcast In 10 Simple Steps?

This article will help you move from a state of confusion regarding what you need to actually start a podcast to a state of clarity. It’s full of actionable tips and advice, focused towards the essentials so you can have your own podcast in no time!

Podcasts have been all the rave now for the last few years.

Entrepreneur Magazine already wrote about it back in 2016 on how podcasts can prove to be an amazing marketing tool and add on to the content strategy of ANY business.

I’m a big Podcast nerd myself and listen to several ones religiously.

A few months ago, I’ve decided to start my own podcast – the BoldVoices Podcast . The show’s focus is on inspiring you to own your voice in life plus business. And, to provide you with actionable steps on how to do so.

Now, ever since starting and launching my podcast it has been soaring up the ranks on iTunes. I’ve gotten question after question from fellow business owners on the practicalities of ‘starting your own podcast’.

So, this article is all about that and is filled with actionable steps!

Not only that, I’ve actually also recorded an Instagram IGTV (instagram video) on this a little while ago. If you’d like to check out the video in addition to this post, you can do that here:

After getting several requests and follow up questions, I decided to put the 10 steps into a blog post as well, plus answer any and all additional questions I got.

So, without further ado, here they are:

Step 1 = Decide on a name & a niche.

First things first. What do you want to podcast about? What’s going to be the center theme of your podcast?

Also, in which category does this theme fit when you go research podcast categories?

Then, you want to make sure to have a name in mind. At the beginning, it’s great to have a strong name around the theme of your podcast or even super clearly what your podcast is about. You can always change the name later on if you feel the need to do so.

Which brings me to a question I get asked a lot if you should title the podcast with your own name, aka ‘The fill-in-the-blank show’?

The short answer to that is that if you already have a loyal following of a fairly good size (we’re talking tens of thousands of followers), I say go for it.

But if you’re just starting out to brand yourself – or, you are planning to focus the ‘brand of the podcast’ on something other than your own name, you want to probably go with a more generic name.

In the end, it’s totally your call but don’t get stuck on this step, okay? We’ve got nine more to go :).

Step 2 = Get the correct mic 🎙

Podcasting is all about that audio. I mean, heck, it’s an audio only consumption medium.

As such, the main thing you want to focus on is recording a good quality episode from the get go. There’s not much an audio engineer can do with a poorly recorded file.

Unless your podcast is titled something with ‘Life Advice From My Car’ (by the way, this is a horrible title – don’t take it lol!), you want to have good audio.

Think about it! If you listen to a podcast or even an audio book with all sorts of background noise, you’re probably going to get a headache soon because you need to concentrate more to listen to the content.

Make it easy for your listener. Get a great microphone!

My favorite, budget-friendly microphone – and that I use to record my own podcast – is this one:

Step 3 = Record content

Yep, now you want to get down and start recording those words that have been vibrating inside your chest for months!

It’s super exciting once you get to this step.

I recommend you simply block out a morning or afternoon of about three hours on your calendar, grab some ice water and a coffee or tea and start recording.

It’s great to have about 3-5 episodes finished and under your belt before you launch your podcast so that you can schedule the release of them out for a few weeks.

This, in turn, gives you time to plan your next, surely awesome, episodes.

Step 4 = Use headphones for interviews 🎧

Podcast interview

I’ve made that mistake during my first interview but neither me or my guest used headphones. What happened is that you were able to hear an echoing sound on the recording after. No good, my friend.

So, from now on, I’ve added a little note in my Podcasting Calendar for guests to be prepared to have headphones ready for an interview and to use them.

Whichever headphones you’re most comfortable with, will do.

It also is a great way to totally focus on the recording and not get distracted by outside noises coming from, for example, your snoring dog Amy.

Step 5 = Do the editing of your episodes (or hire a freelancer to help you with it)

Personally and due to time reasons since I run my marketing agency, FunnelGal, full time, I outsource the editing of my podcast episodes to a super talented freelancer who works on Fiverr.

For those of you interested in outsourcing, the prices can vary a LOT.

However and if you’re just starting out and your podcast is still on the way to becoming a chart dropping badass, the average price you want to pay for is about $60 per 60 minute of episode editing.

So, in short, if you’re recording an interview and it’s 60 minutes long, you are looking at paying your audio engineer/ podcast editor about $60 to get the finished file back.

If you’re planning on releasing at least 1 new episode per week (which is recommended!), you’re looking at an investment of $240 to outsource this new marketing stream.

Podcast editing

If you are more into DYI-ing it and you’ve got some free time at your hands, Camtasia is the most popular software out there to edit your podcast recordings.

Step 6 = Choose podcast intro/outro + music

If you’re listening to a lot of podcasts like myself, you love when a podcast has a great short intro and outro.

Ideally, you want the intro to set the tone of the overall podcast and what’s about to come. It should give the listener a vibe of your podcast.

The outro is a great way to ask your listeners to maybe share this episode on social media if they enjoyed it or, to ask them what their main takeaway was, etc.

The outro can also serve as a way to funnel your podcast listeners further into a funnel and turn them into your email list subscribers if you offer a special towards the end.

There are many ideas to play with. So, have fun with it!

Oh and in regards to where to find cool music to add to your podcast intro, I personally love finding tracks on AudioJungle.

Step 7 = Pick podcast hosting service

There are quite a few podcast hosting services out there. They all work the same, essentially.

Picking a hosting service should be probably the fastest of all these steps.

To make things easy for you, the most popular one and the one I use is LibSyn (also known as Liberated Syndication).

To register your podcast, simply click here and pick a plan (note: it’s super affordable and starts at $5/month): https://signup.libsyn.com/

After you registered, don’t forget to upload your first 2-3 finished episodes you recorded prior, remember? Awesome.

Step 8 = Register podcast on iTunes connect

You’re almost there! You can almost launch *yay*!

Now, we want to go ahead and register your podcast on iTunes. Your podcast needs to be submitted and approved first by iTunes before it’s actually live and downloadable.

To do so, simply click on the following link. It will take you there directly.

https://itunesconnect.apple.com/login?module=PodcastsConnect&hostname=podcastsconnect.apple.com&targetUrl=%2Fmy-podcasts%2Fnew-feed&authResult=FAILED

Step 9 = Also, register on Stitcher, Spotify, Googleplay, Tunein

It’s the same when it comes to your content marketing as for your financial investments… the key word here is: DIVERSIFICATION.

After all and depending on where you are located at, there’s probably an influx of people using Apple products (and iTunes) or not.

You want to essentially cover all your bases and make sure to register your podcast on as many, different channels as possible.

The coolest thing?

Whenever you upload an episode to LibSyn (your new hosting service), it will actually send out a bat signal and publish the uploaded episode once you click ‘LIVE’ on all previously chosen channels.

That way you don’t have to go to every broadcasting platform but your host will do the work for you. Pretty sweet deal, right?

Step 10 = Once approved, promote your new podcast to your email list and on social media.

Your podcast is only as valuable as it has people actually listening to it. The more peeps from your ideal audience are downloading and listening to your Podcast, the better!

How do you get the word out there that you’ve got a podcast that is going live on XYZ date?

Simple. You actually tell people about it :).

Yep, you read that right.

Now is no time to be shy. Let people in on the progress of you thinking about starting a podcast to actually launching it and episodes you’re currently recording, etc.

Pull back the curtains! And post updates all over on your active social media channels as well as send out emails to your list.

Et voila! You’re going to have your first few loyal listeners soon :).

Finally and if you’re interested in learning more about how to market your podcast so that it can rank higher in the charts, check out this related article:

Oh and be sure to share this article if you’ve found it helpful <3.

Let’s do this!

How to find & attract the type of client you’d like to work with?

If you’re a new business owner or a seasoned one, the one question that you keep asking yourself revolves around your ‘ideal client’ or, more particularly:

“How to identify and attract the type of client I want to work with?”

In other words, “what’s the ideal client for my business?”

If you’ve been subscribed to my blog for a while now or you follow me on social media, you know I’m a big fan of the saying:

This rings no more true then when determining and deciding what clients to work with!

At this point and if you’re still fairly fresh in your business, you might be secretly asking, “But why? Why is it really so important?”

I want to make sure to answer this because if you understand this right now, your future business will thank you a thousand fold later on ;).

Working with the right or ideal client can make the work or service you do for them not feel like actual work. Truly! You’re going to love getting up in the morning because you so enjoy working with them and their cause!

Imagine you’ve just quit your 9-5 a couple of months ago… you just managed to sign on a few clients and you couldn’t be more proud.

But a majority of them will soon turn out to be the ‘wrong clients’ for you.

A few more weeks or couple of months into your business, you’re going to find asking yourself WHY YOU EVEN QUIT YOUR 9-5 IN THE FIRST PLACE!

You’re going to feel nervous, tired, anxious hopping on a call with these clients, uncomfortable actually doing the work for them, etc.

I’ve honestly experienced and seen it all.

That’s why I’m so passionate about this topic!

Because I’ve seen a lot of budding entrepreneurs and small business owners, actually shut down their business and go back to a regular job!

And all, because they didn’t receive any help and couldn’t figure out how to:

[A] Identify and attract the right type of client to work with.

And…

[B] Charge the right pricing for their services and not down-sell themselves, even as they’re just starting out.

{The latter I’m going to be dedicating another in-depth blog post on soon, so be sure to SUBSCRIBE to this blog to get notified when that is ;).}

So, let’s focus on [A] so that your business dreams you’ve harbored during your regular job (or while still in college), actually do come true <3. Ready?!

STEP #1: IDENTIFY YOUR OWN PERSONALITY TYPE. Or, who are you?

This may seem counterintuitive at first but a big portion of figuring out who you want to work with has to do with understanding who you are.

You didn’t expect that, did ya?

So, I want you to pick up your journal right now and answer the following questions:

  1. Am I the kind of person that cares about the cause of a business and/or brand? Or, do I care more about the usability of the product?
  2. Do I love talking to people on the phone, do video conferences, etc.? Or, do I prefer to communicate with people in business through email and in writing in general?
  3. What’s my personality type? Once I know this, I know which other personality types and characters I match well and which ones to avoid.
    1. A great way to determine your personality type has been the 16Personalities test. It only takes 12 minutes to complete and the results are astounding.
  4. Do I want to work with experienced, high-end clients and close projects of $15,000 and up? Or, do I feel more comfortable working with beginning business owners and charge $1,000 for my average service?

This list of questions could go on and on.

Typically and once you start journaling, you’re going to find yourself writing away and coming up with one point after the next.

Once you are done, step away and look at it.

I betcha a certain type of persona that you want to work with has already started creating itself in your mind.

STEP #2: WHY DID YOU GET INTO BUSINESS IN THE FIRST PLACE?

Often times when we’re in the grind and the hustle and bustle of daily business activities, it’s easy to forget why we got into business in the first place.

Remind yourself right now…

+ What the number one reason was?

+ What was the moment that sparked that fire inside your chest to start your business?

+ Why did you want to do your particular business? There’s a thousand and more other things you could have done. Why did you choose this? And if you haven’t started your business yet, why do you want to be doing XYZ?

STEP #3: WHAT MISSION DO YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH WITH YOUR BUSINESS?

Have you ever heard that each great business has also a great mission?

If you haven’t taken the time to craft out a mission statement for your new business yet, now is the time!

What are some causes that you care about? Are there causes that you and your ideal client have in common?

Look at the clients you’ve already worked with in the past or, are working with right now. What aspects of their business do you enjoy growing the most?

Why do you want to be thinking about all that?

Because people do business with people and brands they trust.

Crafting out your mission statement and being vocal about it on your social media, creates trust in your ideal clients that you and only you are the right person for them to work with!

STEP #4: ANALYZE YOUR INDUSTRY & YOUR OWN DATA

https://www.sethgodin.com/

When it comes to any and all industries, there are particular client and customer types already pre-created.

In case you’re completely innovating your industry, you might want to create a new ‘client or customer persona’.

But for most of us, identifying your own ideal client has a lot to do with researching your industry in addition to getting clear on your own business and yourself.

Now, how do you do this?

There are a few ways to go about your research.

According to TopDogSocialMedia, here is a way to do it:

If you are B2B, try Googling the companies and organizations you would love to work with. Read the bios of their senior decision makers to learn more about them. You can gain additional information on these people (and others similar to them) on LinkedIn and Twitter.
If you are B2C, imagine each type of ideal client. For example, perhaps you are you looking for busy soccer moms or millennials who commute to work. Create a clear picture in your mind of who each of these people are.
Now construct a list of possible labels for each of your top ten clients.
What label will each most strongly identify with? Make note of the commonalities and differences.
Use these labels to create a clear picture of who your ideal clients are and how they see and represent themselves to the world.

https://topdogsocialmedia.com/get-marketing-attract-ideal-clients/

Next, if you already have a website for your business, be sure to integrate it with a Facebook Pixel!

I can not stress how important it is because while you’re getting clear on other things and keep sending traffic to your site, the Facebook Pixel will do a lot of the work for you in terms of creating an audience profile.

Oh and the same goes for Google Analytics! Don’t shy away from it.

Successful business owners look at and continue to learn from their numbers – in all areas of business. But you need to put your business in the best position possible to make those calls.

Additionally and if you have enough data, you can use sites like www.semrush.com to see where your traffic comes from.

This, in turn, can help you identify on which platforms your audience hangs out at the most which we talk more about in the up-coming Step 6.

STEP #5: KNOW YOUR IDEAL CLIENT LIKE THE BACK OF YOUR HAND

If you are reading this right now and your business ain’t flowing yet, it is probably because you spent more time asking yourself things like:

“How can I get more sales?”

“How can I sign another client to cover my fix costs this month?”

“Why is nobody buying from me?”

“Why am I not closing during sales calls?”

Etc.

All of these questions asked at the right time are valid questions.

Though, most of the time, the root to the solution of these questions is in determining the ideal client for your business!

You see, once you went through all of the previous steps, you’re going to elevate your language and how you show up when talking to him/her – if on social media or on the phone!

Your ideal client has a very particular way of speaking and thinking about things and particularly the NUMBER ONE PAIN POINT your business can help him/her solve the most!

This is very important to understand.

Most entrepreneurs and businesses fail to attract their ideal client because of the language they use in their branding AND marketing.

How can you change that?

(a) Identify 3 big competitors in your market.

(b) Go on their social media profiles (particularly Instagram, Blogs & Youtube), join their Facebook Groups, etc. for the SOLE PURPOSE to read through all of the COMMENTS they’ve been getting.

(c) Create a Google Spread Sheet & jot down all of the follow-up questions their followers have been asking them.

(d) Notice a pattern that is going to come up of particular questions and pain points.

(e) Decide on 3 pain points off all the questions you’ve collected.

(f) Test those 3 pain points with your own audience by publishing content.

(e) Identify the NUMBER ONE pain point AND messaging that your audience seems to relate to the most.

(f) Et voila! You’ve nailed your messaging.

If you follow these steps and you do this at least once per quarter, you can be sure that your business is growing exponentially and fast ;).

STEP #6: MEET YOUR IDEAL CLIENTS WHERE THEY HANG

Are your clients the type of people who spend a whole Saturday hanging out at Ikea or, do they prefer to go shopping at Hermes on Rodeo Drive?

Maybe they prefer to check out .. on Melrose Avenue or, they simply like to shop online?

Do you see where I’m going with this?

You HAVE TO take your time and find out where your ideal clients hang out at the most.

This will depend who you target in terms of age range, gender, industry, etc.

But most of the time, your ideal clients congregate on at least one of the social media channels.

STEP #7: BRAND YOURSELF LIKE THE CHAMP THAT YOU ARE

Now, it’s all about now playing it shy but showing the world and your ideal clients how awesome you are!

Mackwebsolutions has summed the core process for awesome branding up with this cool infographics:

Another component of great branding is to have a consistent content strategy in place.

In case you’d like to learn more about this component of effectively attracting your ideal clients through your content, check out this related article on the blog:

Now, it’s time to market yourself because you’re ready!

I hope you found this article helpful.

Be sure to spread the love and share it it if it has helped you! Or, screenshot parts of it and post it on your Instagram Story & tag me @corneliapauline <3.

Also, if you know your clients mostly hang out on Facebook and in Facebook Groups in particular, check out my FREE guide on,

“How to attract 10 new clients each month on Facebook without paying a dime for ads!”

It’s pretty neat with lots more details and tricks.

Plus, I’d recommend you check out the course details that are going to pop up after you opt in to one of my signature programs – Facebook Famous ;).

It’s been a game changer for many service-based entrepreneurs, network marketers and coaches who have scaled to $10,000/month with my Facebook Famous branding & selling strategies.

Let’s do this!

6 Best Digital Marketing Tools To Grow Your Business Online In 2019 – FAST & INTENTIONAL!

This content may contain affiliate links which may result in my being financially compensated for purchases site visitors make through said links.

It was not easy to narrow it down to 6 but if I had to pick, these are the absolute top 6 ones that I would choose and that my business couldn’t run without at the moment ;).

Let’s dive straight into it. Here’s my software list:

(1) Clickfunnels = #1 Landing Page Builder for 2019

  • Why Clickfunnels? My team and I have helped our clients create multiple 5 and 6-figure funnels by using CF (+ we are using it for our own funnels as well). Without a landing page or simple email opt in page, you’ve got no business online, you’ve got a hobby. To truly start creating a profitable business, you need to focus on building up your email list. Your money is in your list.
    • Clickfunnels makes it super easy to not only build up an email list but profit from it through a variety of funnels you can create with it. Not only that, I trust in the founders Russell Brunson and Todd Dickerson. I haven’t seen anyone innovate this fast when it comes to a landing page software like these two and their team.
  • Key growth benefits:
    1. Landing page builder for generating email leads & selling your products online (both physical and digital).
    2. You can create long-form sales letters, short-form video sales pages, eCommerce product pages, Webinar presentations, etc.
    3. Also, built affiliate presell pages.
    4. Helpful pre-created & designed templates that will help with engagement and conversions.
    5. Mobile- and tablet-optimization functionality of all pages.
    6. Integrated shopping cart builder.
    7. Integrated affiliate program.
    8. Integrated full on email marketing software.
    9. It’s results-oriented. They want you to make money vs just build pretty pages and put them on the web.
    10. And much, much more.
Side note: If you’d like to read a more detailed review of my experience of using Clickfunnels these past 5 years, you can do so here: https://corneliapauline.com/2017/12/08/go-crazy-clickfunnels/

(2) SEMRush. = For supercharging the virality of your content to increase traffic and revenue

  • Why SEMRush? It’s not enough to just create content for the sake of creating content. To experience real, measurable momentum when it comes to your content marketing – you need to understand and look at the numbers. A business owner always knows his numbers.
  • Key growth benefits:
    1. “It’s not just an SEO tool.”
    2. Uncover your competitors’ organic search, paid, content, PR, and social media strategies
    3. Find new keyword opportunities for your blog or target your competitor’s most successful keywords.
    4. Get a clear idea on how you can improve your url’s positioning online.
    5. Offers you a great backlink analysis and more.
    6. And much more.

(3) WeConnect (Linkedin): The single best software out there at the moment to supercharge the growth of your Linkedin account, impact and lead generation.

What the We-Connect dashboard looks like from a member of my team.

  • Why WeConnect? There are not that many automation and growth tools available yet for Linkedin. However, this one is a favorite among my clients and my own team. It allows us to connect, engage and grow our existing Linkedin audience 10x faster AND on autopilot (than if you’d invest hours upon hours of work into your Linkedin content).
  • KEY growth benefits:
    1. It allows you to find your precise ideal clients/customers on Linkedin and send personalized bulk 1:1 invites, compliant with Linkedin policies.
    2. You can create so-called ‘Linkedin bot message sequences’ and send automated and personalized messages to your Linkedin audience.
    3. When someone accepts your Linkedin request, you can send personalized follow-up messages, getting to know your new connections even better.
    4. Automate your LinkedIn profile visits and skill endorsements. Motivate people to visit your profile back.
    5. Like in a CRM ( ), you can sort potential leads and file away messages plus add notes. Super helpful for staying organized.
    6. And much more.

(4) TubeBuddy (Youtube): Youtube certified, FREE browser extension that integrates directly into your Youtube to help you manage your channel with ease.

  • Why TubeBuddy? More than 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. That’s a lot of competition even considering the 1.3 billion people that use the platform regularly.
    • It’s not enough to just produce quality videos. You need data and research to make sure you’re producing the RIGHT videos that will rank.
  • KEY growth benefits:
    1. My personal favorite features are the amazing Keyword Research Tool, the Tag List, Tag Explorer and Suggested Tags.
    2. It’s also got A/B testing for your videos, best times to publish suggestions for your channel, it lets you automatically publish to FB and more…
    3. It has an easy-to-use thumbnail creator and you can save thumbnails for future use.
    4. A Best Practices Checklist for making sure you optimize your video for traffic before clicking that ‘publish’ button.
    5. After uploading a video, it has a Share Tracker feature to make sure you are promoting your video on as many social networks as possible.
    6. And much more. = Seriously the best growth hacking tool for anyone wanting to utilize Youtube to gain more eyeballs on their business and brand.

(5) ViralLoop: The digital word-of-mouth supercharge software

  • Why ViralLoop? Anything and everything that can give you an edge during the launch of a new product (or re-launch of an old one) is awesome. With ViralLoops you can utilize the traditional ‘word of mouth’ power and translate this online.
  • KEY growth benefits:
    1. Create referral campaigns so that when someone on social media refers your FILL-IN-THE-BLANK (physical product, eBook, membership program, software, course, video, etc.), they get a special gift/coupon/bonus/etc. If their friend takes them up on the referral.
    2. Add a gamification element to your referral campaigns.
    3. Recruit superfans or brand ambassadors for your product(s).
    4. Create an eCommerce loyalty program.
    5. Organize a Giveaway that goes viral.

(6) AdBeat: A powerful paid advertising spy tool.

  • Why AdBeat? An Omni-channel approach to advertising is KEY nowadays. You want to not only ever focus on 1 platform but you want to diversify your efforts and where you get your leads/traffic from. Now Facebook has a great free native tool you can use to spy on top advertisers and ads and that is: its own Facebook Ads Library.
    • However, in order to analyze display ads, AdBeat is the Queen! What is it? It is an online marketing SPY tool that allows you to uncover any advertiser’s ad strategy. AdBeat’s focus is on display advertising, not search engine advertising. The tool covers 26 different countries, 90+ ad networks and five different device types (Desktop, iPhone, iPad, Android, Android Tablet).
  • KEY growth benefits:
    1. Uncovers where a specific advertiser runs his/her ads exactly.
    2. Find out an advertiser’s or competitor’s top ads.
    3. Uncover competitors in your industry and market.
    4. Reveal who advertises on a specific domain to be able to advertise on the same domain as well.
    5. Show the top ads for a specific domain.
  • SPECIAL OFFER LINK (unfortunately, ADBeat doesn’t offer a free trial but they are pretty great about their 30-day money back guarantee if you feel like it’s not a fit for you and your business) = www.adbeat.com

BONUS suggestion:

(7)  ActiveCampaign: the email marketing software to grow your email list super fast and effortless.

  • Why ActiveCampaign? My team and I mainly use the built-in email marketing software from Clickfunnels. However, we also use ActiveCampaign and a lot of our clients use it too that want to keep their software budget at a certain price point. ActiveCampaign is a premier email marketing software, regardless of if you have 100 people on your list or 100,000 and more. Its usability will grow with you and your list.
  • KEY growth benefits:
    • ActiveCampaign learns from users’ data and consequently delivers effective, personalized messages and emails.
    • It includes a customer relationship management component that organizes all customer data, consolidates communication channels, and automatically conducts prospect tracking.
    • Easy to use drag-and-drop interface to create your email campaigns.
    • Split test capabilities.
    • Create automated email workflows.
    • Automate your email on-boarding sequence.
    • And much more…
  • SPECIAL OFFER LINK (get your free 14 day trial here) = https://www.activecampaign.com/?_r=5YAZ278A

And that’s it! I hope you found this blog post to be helpful! If you did, be sure to spread the love and share it <3. Did I forget a tool you personally really like? Be sure to leave a comment and tell the rest of us.

9 Juicy Key Takeaways From Funnel Hacking Live 2019

This year’s funnel hacking live has proven to be a true rollercoaster of emotions for myself and the team.

Scared. Excited. Overwhelmed. Empowered. Energized. Tired. Jet-lagged. Sad. Happy. Fun. Thoughtful. And more.

These are only a few of the words I’d use to describe the conference.

For some reason, I’ve felt more anxiety towards this year’s Funnel Hacking Live than the previous one before.

You see, every time the day for such a conference comes around that you attend on a regular basis, you think about ALL the things you haven’t done *yet*.

The things you told yourself last year you’d have accomplished by now.

In short, you focus pretty much on ‘lack’. Instead on focusing on all the stuff you did do.

Well, at least that’s the case for me. Can you relate :)?

Anyway, as soon as the conference started though and by the second day, I was in full-on conference empowerment mode.

I absolutely adored meeting a few of my Funnel Pro Academy students as well as past and current clients. Plus, I got to meet some people I truly respected and looked up to in the industry and some awesome new peeps as well.

The networking is what made this conference truly a success!

But if you’re reading this right now, I’m taking it that you’re curious because you might have not had the chance to attend this year.

{Side note: If that’s the case, I want to see you there next year <3! It’s such an experience and a true adventure!}

So, without further ado, here are a few of the juiciest takeaways my team and I were able to take away from the Funnel Pro Academy sessions and workshops:

Number 1: Troubleshoot.

If your funnel ain’t working, it’s almost always due to one of these three thing: Hook, Story, Offer.

If you nail the hook, tell a more engaging story or create a killer offer, your audience won’t have another choice than to buy from you!

Remember: The hook is what grabs the attention, the story helps to connect on an emotional level and the offer is where the value is communicated and sold.

With Viral Sensation & The Queen Of Social Media <3, Rachel Pedersen.

Number 2: Funnel Hacking.

This term can be so confusing for newbies to the digital marketing and funnel world.

But during Funnel Hacking Live, the man himself – Russell Brunson – defined ‘funnel hacking’ in the best way I’ve personally ever heard it:

Funnel Hacking is all about identifying patterns of success!

In essence, all you want to be doing is identify patterns in your niche and industry of what’s already working. Cool :)?

With the awesome founders of MarketingMinds & fellow Austrians #austriansrule ;).

Number 3: Language & Stories Sell.

Always focus on simplifying your marketing language that you use to communicate offers with your audience.

People don’t understand ‘smart’ lingo but simple and to the point – wins every day :).

Not only that, you want to package your marketing message into a story. Always. Why? Because STORIES SELL! Since the beginning of time, people have communicated by telling each other stories.

Stories are the thing that will make us feel emotion and connect with each other – more so than any other form of communication out there.

If you’re having trouble coming up with a great copy that tells a story, regardless of your email newsletters, social media posts, videos for your landing page, your sales page copy and more – I’ve got the solution for you.

It’s a cool, secret software I use myself to craft a ton of copy I use as an online business owner on a daily basis. You can learn more about it HERE.

Learn how to write compelling copy, 
fast and easy with this secret software.
With Yesim Saydan from Turkey and the founder of Your Social Media Expert.

Number 4: Voice.

As you work on finding your voice in the online space, your people will find you. Powerful, isn’t it?

You just have to go out and work on finding your voice and you do this by creating content.

With George Bryant, New York Times Bestseller and founder of Civilized Cavemen.

Number 5: Funnel Growth.

You don’t need to have your entire value ladder figured out. Heck! Even people who have plenty of working funnels and have been in this industry for years don’t know their value ladder 100%.

The ideal approach you want to take here is to GROW WITH YOUR CUSTOMER.

LISTEN TO THEM. AND AFTER YOU’VE DONE THAT, CREATE OFFERS & PROGRAMS THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO STEP UP TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

That’s it!

Part of the Funnel Hacking Live ‘German Connection’ this year (Jan Kutchera, Thorsten Bastian from BastaMedia, Fabian Isele – Affiliate Marketer Extraordinaire) plus, with our Australian bossbabe – Aly Swan :).

Number 6: Stories Sell.

We’ve all got some stuff that happened in our lives that we aren’t proud of. A strong message this year at Funnel Hacking Live was to turn your mess into your message.

How so?

When you allow yourself to open up and go deep, get vulnerable while showing your audience how you’ve learned from this experience – this is one of THE most powerful stories you can tell to get people to know, like and trust you.

With my brother, the Network Marketing Genius in Europe and founder of BuildYourLegacy.

Number 7: Customer Relationships.

Want to know the 2 major reasons why your customers stop buying from you? Yes? I thought so :).

Here they are:

(1) You offend them.

(2) You stop selling them or stop making them offers in any shape or form.

With Connie Pak, Director of Marketing at Futurproof Marketing.

Number 8: Social Media Challenge Rules.

Whenever you want to run a challenge, these are a few rules to stick to to make sure your challenge is going to be a success:

(1) Topic of the challenge should be simple and believable.

(2) Get your challenge participants results fast.

(3) Timing for the challenge should not exceed 30 days.

(4) The optimal price point for a challenge offer is around $37 to $97.

With Rachel S. Lee, Affiliate Marketer & Dream-car Winner at Rachel S. Lee.

Number 9: Mindset.

Some of my absolute favorite sayings from this conference have been:

“You can always make up in leverage what you lack in ability.”

“We don’t believe what we say we believe, we only believe what we do.”

And, “Wealth has a need for speed.”

I hope you liked this digestible summary of some of my main takeaways from Funnel Hacking Live :). If you did, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to this blog and/or comment.

The Funnel Pro Academy is going to open again for a limited time soon! Don’t miss out on joining this world-class community of funnel pros. The content inside the membership site is for experienced funnel builders, marketing agency owners & freelancers or, those who still dream of becoming their own boss ;).

For more information, check out our site here:

https://funnelproacademy.com/waitlist

Neil Patel’s 2019 Marketing Outlook

That day when I walked into the conference room and later on approached the table for the VIP round-up session with Neil Patel, I didn’t know what would hit me… which is, in short, the sheer awesomeness that is Neil Patel.

One of the things that I like the most about him is that he seems so genuine. He does not try to put on a show, nor fake it.

When a person asks him a weird question, he will not try and be nice about it trying to answer the question. Instead, he is going to ask the person to re-frame what they asked and put it in a better context so that it’s understandable to everyone else.

When you sit across from him, you’re able to tell immediately the sheer genius that he has about him. His brain works magic on numbers in particular and marketing in general.

That day, my husband and I sat down at the Affiliate Summit West. Front row. And without lingering too much about who he was or what his companies did, Neil Patel dove straight into his outlook for the marketing world in 2019.

And the outlook didn’t look good.

In fact, we’re facing one of THE most challenging times – ever. And things would only get more… challenging in the future.

You see, what worked in the past did not work anymore right now.

What only worked 12 months ago, does not work anymore for marketers and online business alike.

The curveball is shifting in regards to what is considered to be valuable and of essential importance when it comes to any marketing strategy.

So, what is it?

In short: it’s eyeballs.

Whoever can get the most eyeballs on an offer, wins.

And it’s not necessarily eyeballs in the sense of getting the right eyeballs of your ideal audience – but more, eyeballs in the sense of creating a ‘buzz’ around what you have to offer.

Big brands consistently want to work with companies and influencers that can attract the most eyeballs.

Why? Because chances are the more people talk about your offer, the more chances you’re going to have for the right people to actually see your offer.

Another important aspect that he was stressing on is that digital marketing is going to move into an omni-channel approach.

It’s not enough anymore to learn and specialize in, for example, Facebook Ads, Google AdWords, Social Media, etc. as a traffic generating platform.

With more and more businesses using paid social media advertisement to acquire those ‘eyeballs’ we previously talked about, ad costs will go up.

And it will become more and more important for small businesses, solo-entrepreneurs, freelancers and even medium-sized businesses to become smarter in terms of how they market their products.

How can you keep your marketing budget at bay?

Viewing your digital marketing strategy from an omni-channel approach and becoming well-versed in different platforms.

So, if you want to survive as an entrepreneur and small business owner, you have to adapt AND create such an omni-channel approach.

How do you do this?

Well, if you have mastered Facebook Ads, for example, for driving traffic to your funnel and offering, start looking into understanding different social media platforms and vice versa.

Not only that, if you are only familiar with say one funnel strategy, dive deeper into learning about other creative ways of how you can offer your products and services.

And a few of those creative ways that have converted into most sales and eyeballs for my clients and I over these past 5 years, are exactly what I teach my students inside of my signature program the Funnel PRO Academy :).

A lot of online marketing academies or courses that are currently out there, are only focused on teaching a specific ‘traffic platform’ and only one piece of the puzzle.

But to pull off a funnel launch successfully, there is a whole lot more that goes into it. You need to examine and understand every single piece of the puzzle to put it together into one beautiful whole.

Think about it… how far are you going to be able to take a business in say five years from now if you only know Facebook Ads and nothing else? Particularly, when big businesses are going to have way more money available to acquire customers than you have?

You see where I’m going with this, right?

And it is now that we have to prepare for the ever-changing future of online marketing.

It is NOW that you want to reflect on your current strategy, look at all your numbers and see how you can expand on them going forward.

Should you feel like you need any help and/or would like to join a community of like-minded online entrepreneurs, be sure to check out the Academy.

I know you won’t regret it. The content inside is seriously ah-mazing as a few of our students can confirm…

Link to learn more + to add yourself to the waitlist AND receive a special $200 OFF (only for people that are on the waitlist!) is here: https://funnelproacademy.com/waitlist

Here’s to embracing the changes that are already upon us and creating creative marketing strategies that are going to help our businesses thrive further ;).

Let’s do this,

Cornelia Pauline

The Secret Key To Winning At Any Online Marketing Strategy

So, here’s a thought…Let’s say you’ve spent months learning about funnels and online marketing strategies.

You read all the books. 
You consumed all the videos.
You listened to all the podcasts. 
You’ve done all the work.

And… you continue to do so.

But, your funnel STILL is not converting.
The sales are not coming in. 
Your product or service offering is not getting picked up. 
Your revenue is not increasing.

And, in fact, you’re even going into the negative with your investment because you’re spending too much on… well, whatever. You know.

So, where’s the hiccup?
What is happening?
Why ain’t your funnel converting?

I have this theory…
The issue lies within your BELIEF – or lack thereof.

Deep down. 
Yep, really, really, really deep down at times.

You do not believe in your product and that it can bring people the results you promise you can bring them. 
You do not believe in your service offering and that you actually have the experience and expertise to make a difference for your client.
Above all, you do not believe in yourself.

And to hit the nail on the head: 
You do not believe – if you’re really honest with yourself – that you deserve to make a nice income with your funnel(s) and create a rich life for you and your family.

If this resonates with you right now, there are 2 ways to work through this:

(1) Your product/service offering actually does suck and you need to go back to the drawing board and make it as great as it can be.

This way, you will automatically believe in it and the ‘sales’ and ‘selling’ part of things is not going to be an issue anymore.

Now, how can you go about improving your offering?

I recommend you go back to ‘the essentials’.

If you have customers and clients, talk to them and make sure you record the conversations (asking them before you do though, of course). You want to find out where they are still stuck.

What is slowing them down still?

Where did you not truly address their challenges and pain points they came to you in the first place for? Sometimes this could mean creating only a couple of additional lessons for your digital product – or, getting rid of some because they are confusing to your students.

If none of your students – that HAS gone through your course or program – has gotten results yet by now, you need to truly rethink the entire course that you have created.

If you are a service provider and you feel like your clients are continuously not one hundred percent happy with your services, you need to work on honing your craft further, darling <3.

This is the time to do it. You are only going to end up having lots of sleepless nights if you keep trying to sell your services of which you know, you can not one hundred percent deliver.

Surely, there are cases where it is your client’s responsibility why things aren’t working out for them. But if you see a pattern and really nobody is happy or is referring you or tagging your name on social media, this is a sign from the universe to take it slow and work on your craft.

Deal?

Okay, next one…

(2) Your self-worth needs some much needed l-o-v-e 😉.

Now if this is the underlying reason why you are not getting any sales, you can solve by doing mindset work!

What does mindset work look like?

Well, it’s pretty much like if you’d be exercising. You need to be doing it on a consistent and daily basis (and yes, if you really have to, you can skip Sundays but I would not suggest you do that at the beginning).

Some form of mindset work can involve one – if not all – of the following such as:

Journaling, reading books in and around mindset topics, taking a positive program, hiring a mindset coach, getting into and practicing mediation, etc.

By the way and because I know you’re going to ask me, here is a list of my FAVORITE mindset books that were a true game changer for me:

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(3)

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(5)

Find out what type of mindset work resonates with you the most and brings about the desired changes.

And don’t forget, in order to see real change happening in your life, you need to be doing this consistently. Sooner rather than later, you will see your believe system change.

And if you’re still reading this, yes you my dear…

You. 
Are. 
Enough.

.

Let’s do this!

~ Cornelia Pauline

P.s. You might also enjoy this article: https://corneliapauline.com/2018/08/08/4-big-milestones-to-reach-1-million-in-sales-with-your-business-online/

THE ULTIMATE ENTREPRENEUR’S TOOLKIT

Welcome to the ultimate entrepreneur’s toolkit! {This content may contain affiliate links which may result in my being financially compensated for purchases site visitors make through said links.}

As a full-time, location-independent digital entrepreneur / boss babe or girl boss / occasional work-from-home business owner and wife of an amazing while simultaneously adorable husband and fellow business owner, we’ve got quite a few tricks up our sleeves when it comes to growing our businesses online ;).

Not to mention that since a good part of our income comes from our service-based business of being so-called ‘Funnel Hackers’ which allowed us to work with ALL sorts of clients from various industries and markets, we’ve literally tried pretty much every tool available out there as of the time of this blog article.

Now, I’ve rounded up our absolute faves that we (and/or our clients and fellow entrepreneur friends <3) could not live without. They work like a charm and will make that online business life so much easier for you. Whether you’re just starting out as a business owner or, you’ve been in the game since no one knew what a blog or a Facebook was, I think you’ll LOVE these tools!

Scroll down to see the entire list and fill out this form if you want the list sent to your inbox so you never lose it!

WEBSITE / BLOG / ONLINE SHOP

Blog / Website

Online shop

Membership / Course

EMAIL MARKETING

SOCIAL MEDIA SCHEDULING TOOLS

  • AgoraPulse (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin scheduling) – Smarter social media scheduling so that your content is distributed at the right times for maximum engagement and exposure.
  • Tailwind – Schedule Pinterest pins and loop them to repost. Join tribes. Excellent way to utilize Pinterest. CLICK HERE FOR FREE CREDIT –> (also allows Instagram scheduling but I d not use that feature because they’re still testing it)
  • Planoly – schedule Instagram posts and stories from your desktop and phone
  • People Map (not for scheduling) – Robust system to find Instagram users and influencers and analyze their accounts, run campaigns.

STOCK PHOTO / DESIGN

  • Unsplash – Beautiful free stock photos
  • Design Pickle – Design service monthly subscription
  • Canva – Quick and easy do it yourself design. Love this for Pinterest Pin images
  • WordSwag – App (for iOS & Android) add text to your photos Pinterest / Instagram images
  • Creative Market – IG Stories highlight graphics, IG Story templates, Fonts, designs, keynote slides…. everything!!

TECH TOOLS / SOFTWARE

  • Zoom – Webinars, meetings, interviews live streamed to Facebook
  • Live chat – live chat feature on your shop or sales page
  • Trello – Team and project organization
  • Zapier – Connects your services like a charm! Most systems will integrate with each other but this can fill in wherever they can’t.
  • Deadline Funnels – Add urgency to your marketing campaigns, automated countdown timers to provide each of your visitors with a uniquely, timed experience. Super cool tool. TRY IT FOR FREE HERE.
  • FunnelScripts – A to Z copywriting plug and play system help for every kind of online entrepreneur and business owner. Struggle with writing? This is the software for you.
  • Funnelish – Best way to directly build Paypal into a Clickfunnels’ order form to maximize international payment conversions.
  • ClickMagick – Track, analyze and optimize all of your marketing and particularly, your sales funnels. Dare I say, better than Google Analytics :).

OFFICE TOOLS / SUPPLIES

For going live / recording video

Side Note: If you'd like to learn more about recording professional videos right from your home even if you feel like you don't know what you're doing *yet*, check out my related blog post about this ;). You can read it here: https://corneliapauline.com/2018/03/17/5-simple-yet-effective-ways-to-create-professional-videos-from-home/

Paper / Pens / Planners

OUTSOURCING

MUST-READ BOOKS

  • Expert Secrets – Especially, if you want to build up an expert-based business of any kind and need to figure out how to do that.
  • DotComSecrets – The bible for anyone that wants to start an online business of any kind.
  • Profit First – As a business owner, you NEED to get your finances under control. Going through this book will help you do so.
  • Essentialism – Sometimes we just forget the important things with all the ‘busy work’. This book will help you focus.
  • Think And Grow Rich – It’s all about the mindset, babe 😉
  • Girl, Wash Your Face – Just because I adore Rachel Hollis <3

FREE DIGITAL RESOURCE TOOLS BY YOURS TRULY

Do you have any favorites you don’t see here? Let me know in the comments below!

P.s. If you'd like to download this entire ENTREPRENEUR'S TOOLKIT & save a copy on your desktop, you can do so simply by going here: http://bit.ly/entrepreneurs-toolkit

 

How to Create 1000 Pieces Of Content in 1 Day?

If you’ve ever wanted to become more productive in your online business, then you know that it can be time consuming and difficult to create a large quantity of valuable content.

Today I’m here to tell you that there is a secret to solve this problem. You can create one thousand pieces of content in only one day. It’s not only possible, it’s simple.

The Basics

First, you must be ready to plan your content carefully. This method is very data-driven, so it will take some research and planning on your part. But if you take the time to follow each of these steps, I promise you’ll have plenty of high-quality posts to share with your audience.

The Research Stage

The first thing you need to do is figure out the topics that do very well in your niche. What is ranking high on Google? You can figure this out by going to the Google Keyword Planner.

Another great tool to use is the Google Chrome Extension called ‘Keywords Everywhere‘. It’s actually one of my most favorite tools out there and not a lot of online business owners and entrepreneurs know about it. Whenever you search for content ideas on Google, you’ll immediately see a separate column to your right, with related things that people search for.

Next, what is being shared, liked, or commented on on social media? I love using BuzzSumo to learn more about trending topics on Social Media platforms.

Research your topic well and note what your competitors are doing. Creating one thousand pieces of content around a topic that won’t engage your target audience is just a waste of your time.

Once you’ve done your research, you should know what topics create the most engagement in your niche. Narrow down your findings to the most relevant topics. Find a topic that has the highest probability of ranking well on social media and write down the main idea of that topic.

The Planning Stage

Next, your best friend is going to be to create a bullet points list. I usually like to use a Google Drive Spreadsheet for that.

You’re going to want to break down the topic as much as you can. Beneath your main idea, jot down some bullet point ideas within that topic; aim for about fifteen. These will be the most important points in your overall content creation plan.

Within each of those fifteen bullet points, write down some ideas showing how you will explain each of those fifteen points. Now, you have 15×15 pieces of content or ideas!

Each of these points can become a short text post to share online with your audience on different platforms, like Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

The Blog Post Phase

Now, you’re going to use these ideas that you’ve gathered to write a high-quality, long-form blog post such as this one. Make sure to use a lot of images and make it at least a thousand words. Then, you can share this piece on various social media platforms. Blog posts such as this one are perfect to share on your Facebook Page or Linkedin.

Once you’ve done that, go through the blog post and highlight high-impact sentences that can become tweets for Twitter. Next, paste those sentences on graphics to create Instagram posts. If you’re short on time, you can compile this information in a Google Spreadsheet and give it to your Virtual Assistant to organize everything.

This way and if you structured your blog post correctly, you can literally create hundreds of tweets or images from one piece of text!

The Guest Blogging Phase

It’s so simple to breathe new life into an old post. Offer to share it on another blog by putting a new spin on the topic. This way you can extend those same original bullet points into multiple blog posts that can be shared on even more platforms!

This strategy is also a great way to extend the visibility and reach of your brand and business.

The Video and Podcast Phase

Turn your blog post now into a long-form video as well as several short-form videos, diving deeper into specific sections of the blog post. You want to be posting all the videos to Youtube, Linkedin, Facebook and Instagram TV.

When that is done, you can cut and edit the ‘section videos’ even further into shorter videos, each highlighting those bullet points we discussed. Those shorter videos can be shared as well on Instagram, Instagram stories, Facebook, and more and can relate back to the blog post or, your Youtube channel.

If you want to be super strategic, ideally you want to have a Call-To-Action at the very end of each of those videos as well as the blog post ;).

Finally, you can even take the audio from those videos and create a podcast!

There are literally SO many ways to share one idea to your audience. This method will help to gain the most exposure with the least amount of work. One main idea can be used hundreds of different ways: articles, images, quotes, tweets, podcasts, videos, slideshows, PDFs, blog posts and the list goes on.

By taking the time to maximize your one content idea, you will be able to create a calendar full of content in only one day.

P.s. If you've found this blog post to be helpful thus far and want to learn more about how I use my Facebook content in particular to generate leads from that content WITHOUT paying for ads or being salesy and spammy, I've got a FREE PDF guide for you. You can download it here: https://connectforentrepreneurs.com/free-guide

3 Things You Can Learn from Gary Vee about Online Lead Generation

If you’re an entrepreneur or online marketer looking to take your business and social media influence to the next level, you need to be following the entrepreneurial guru, Gary Vee (in case you aren’t yet).

Not only is Gary a genuinely good guy to follow but rather, his hyper-effective method for lead generation is worth watching and learning from.

Gary has a solid system in place for delivering content on a large scale.

And if you’re currently trying to run a business, then you know that delivering content is KEY. Getting the attention of potential customers is important, but keeping it is crucial.

Side note: In case you’re struggling with creating content on a large scale and don’t have a system in place, check out my latest Youtube Video where I share with you my best content creation hacks:

So, what can we learn from Gary now and how can we potentially adopt his methods for our business as well?

Versatility

Well, first off. Gary Vee is virtually everywhere.

He repurposes his content and posts on literally every possible platform available, so that anyone online, regardless of what they’re using, can find and follow him.

If needed, he will tweak his content to fit the platform best (caption, style, etc.) but that level of versatility is something to note if you’re trying to reach a wider audience.

Gary doesn’t wait for his followers to come find him. He puts his brand and his message everywhere. Knowing that getting attention is as good as making a sale, Gary doesn’t waste any time spreading his message anywhere he can, cross-promoting as much as possible.

But he doesn’t just show up everywhere with the same content.

It can be tempting to use a social media scheduler to post one piece of content to all of your social media accounts, but go take a look at Gary’s content. You’ll notice that he varies his videos, images, captions, and thumbnails depending on the platform!

For example, Instagram is a different platform with a different audience than Facebook.

So, the content needs to be appropriate for that platform. Instagram loves bright colors and aesthetic images. Facebook loves sharable content with videos and personal messages. The same idea applies to YouTube, Pinterest, and so on.

Know each platform, and treat them differently.

It doesn’t mean you need to do ten times the work. Notice how Gary repurposes his content for each platform to increase engagement. He’s tuned in to each network and uses them to engage with followers and grow his business.

Personal Brand

Speaking of versatility, Gary can be found all over the internet, adapting to whatever platform he is on, but no matter where he is, one thing never changes: his personal brand.

Tying your personal brand to your public persona across the board will inevitably draw in clients.

Remember how I mentioned attention?

Well, having a strong brand means that the attention you grab will become familiar to potential followers. If they see your brand on various platforms, they will be more likely to follow you, which will result in more leads, funneling into your business.

Trust plays a big part in personal brand too.

People will learn that they can trust you when they see the consistency in your online presence. Gary does a great job of maintaining a personal touch on his brand, not only with his face, but also with his signature.

A strong personal brand will mean followers begin feeling familiar with you and your business. And with influencer marketing, people love to follow, purchase, and share content from someone they know and trust.

Lead Magnets

If you find Gary Vaynerchuck online, on any of his various platforms, you will be invited to join his mailing list and his VIP First-in-Line service, which brings his potential clients to Facebook. He’s basically offering them a direct line to contact him, which is a great attention grabber.

All of these leads eventually funnel into his larger businesses, whether it be his mentorship program or public speaking engagements. So, he’s giving something away for free to gain a large return.

But it’s not just email marketing.

Gary makes sure that once he has your attention, he keeps it. He targets his ads to people who have already watched his videos or clicked on his profile. And once he’s on your timeline, he’s offering you fresh content, promoting his free magnets, and cross-promoting to his podcasts or mentorship programs.

What are you offering your potential followers?

What is the bait leading them to your email list and is it enough?

Are you following up that lead with something to keep your audience’s attention?

You might be thinking that Gary Vee is working on a much larger scale than you are.

He’s attracting these massive businesses, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn something from his marketing strategies. He is using lead magnets, his personal brand, and publishing versatile content to reach his target audience the same way that you can learn to do.

No matter what you take from Gary’s style, one thing you can definitely learn is that Gary knows his strengths and makes them work for him. For him, it’s public speaking.

What is your strength in your marketing?

Don’t just try to copy the things that Gary does, but use his success as inspiration to utilize your own strengths. Knowing what you’re good at and what reaches your audience will no doubt grow your presence and your business.

P.S. If you'd like more free daily content and social media marketing tips and how you can apply them to your business, be sure to join my free Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/socialmediafunnelhacks/

The 3 Reasons Why You Are Not Making Sales On Instagram

In today’s blog post, we’re focusing on the areas and mistakes people make on Instagram and why they aren’t making any sales.

Why even choose to be active on Instagram to drive potential sales and leads to your offers/products?

Why Instagram over a lot of other social media platforms?

Well, Instagram is one of THE best platforms to build your community and brand identity on.

Followers are far more likely to engage on Instagram than Facebook, and with the industry shifting toward influencer marketing, people nowadays want to feel like they’re buying things from living, breathing brands.

When an influencer, such as Kendall Jenner, promotes a product, it’s almost like you’re buying it from a friend.

This phenomenon is also called the ParaSocial phenomenon.

So, if you’re not making sales on Instagram, you might be wondering why.

Let’s look at what could be missing.

#1: You just aren’t asking for the sale.

Yes, the number one reason you aren’t making the sale is because you just aren’t asking for it!

Pretty obvious, right? But you would be surprised how many Instagram Influencers are afraid to actually ask for the sale.

My best recommendation for you is to get comfortable with making sales on social media.

After all, if you’re reading this right now you already know that you want to use your social media following that you’ve worked hard to grow, for your business or brand.

Selling on social media is a part of that.

The best way to create a smart sales plan for your business/brand is to ask yourself: what’s my sales plan?

Sit down with your calendar, plan a pattern of how often you will give value and how often you will ask for a sale.

You don’t want to ask for a sale every time you post on Instagram but every three or four posts is a good average to adhere by.

Another trick with Instagram is to have active links in your bio description!

The best way we’ve found you can use your Instagram for your business is to have your bio not be your website but an opt-in/lead generation/freebie funnel (this funnel type has a lot of names 🙂 )!

For more information, check out this related article here on the blog: https://corneliapauline.com/2018/01/11/use-social-media-blog-posts-effectively-online-lead-generation/

Also, whenever you’re talking about a product or program you’re selling right now, you should be directing your followers to the active link in your bio to get more information AND ideally, to have the ability to capture their email addresses.

Why is that so important?

Because you don’t own your social media traffic. Though, you sure as heck own email addresses that you’ve collected. So, as fast and as soon as you can, make sure to give your Instagram followers to opt in to your list.

#2: Your content isn’t connecting.

Sometimes, your content will fall flat.

We’ve all experienced this.

If you’re not getting engagement, the Instagram algorithm isn’t your friend, and it’s time to reboot to give your followers something more interesting.

There are four types of Instagram content that I usually recommend to my clients/students:

(1) Teachable content.

(2) Inspirational content

(3) Connecting content.

(4) Sales content.

When it comes to Instagram specifically, you should be focusing on your connecting content and inspirational content.

What is ‘connecting content‘? It’s those personal stories about your life that you want to be sharing. Don’t be afraid to open up a bit and show a more vulnerable side of yourself. People get boring really easily with ‘perfect’ profiles and lives (unless you’re a huge celebrity).

‘Inspirational content’ can include transformational stories you went through, travel pictures of your recent travels, etc. Pretty much everything that inspires.

And even though the fourth type of content is sales content, in reality—anytime you post, you’re selling your brand, reputation, product, or self.

There needs to be a clear distinction between giving value, making connections, inspiring people with your life, and then asking for a sale!

But if for some reason your content isn’t connecting, it’s time to reboot your content.

As for copy, when it comes to Instagram, there’s no correlation between copy length and engagement.

Short content isn’t guaranteed to make more or less sales than long content. However, it is better to give your content some space and keep your paragraphs shorter.

Though, don’t be afraid to test out different lengths of content and see what works best for you and your own personal Instagram tribe.

The best place to look when rebooting is also your analytics.

This data will tell you what performs well and what doesn’t. If you see that a month-old post did well, then what was it about that post that connected? What category of content does that post fall into?

If it was inspiration content, then that might be why. This content on average does best on Instagram since it’s a little more picture perfect and curated—as opposed to something like a Youtube or Facebook Live, which is very raw and organic.

Visually, having a single-dominant color or color story will help. Also, use geotagging, hashtags, and background space in your posts. Make sure that people will actually like what it is that you’re posting.

So, figure out what does best on your Instagram. Then tweak and curate your content to reach the most engagement.

#3: Your product is a wrong fit for Instagram—or, is not appropriately priced for Instagram.

Low-dollar products of $297 or less do better on Instagram. You shouldn’t be asking for a $5,000 for a photo shoot or a $750 coaching package. It’s just not the right platform for high-ticket sales.

You’ve gotta make sure to keep a product-market fit in mind.

If you have some sort of digital content or product under $300, you should be asking for that sale every few posts. It can be as simple as: “Go to this sales page and buy this product/service offer.”

If you’re trying to pitch something a little more high-value, what you can do is use Instagram for a call-to-action. Use your sales content to ask your followers to get on a discovery call with you. Advertise an opening in your schedule. Or, promote a freebie to drive traffic to your email list or group.

Just be sure that you’re trying to sell the right products on Instagram. Anything $300 or less will do better since it’s really just a mobile sharing app. Asking for anything higher will just be a little more difficult.

Finally, keep in mind that people go to Instagram to escape, so they don’t want to be pitched or blasted with advertisements and promos.

They want to be inspired or make connections! Make it nice for them. Space out your captions. Plan two to four non-pitch posts, then do a sales post.

Also, get comfortable asking for the sale. And if you’re not selling the right product for the platform, use your content to drive traffic to your funnel.

Doing all of these things will hopefully help you to make more sales on Instagram.

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