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

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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) = http://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.

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 get your online business GDPR ready?

Or, in other words, making GDPR sexy again

Last week, my entrepreneur friend Jodi Hoffman and I hopped on a Facebook Live Interview and talked about EVERYTHING GDPR.

When I first heard about this term a few months ago, I was so confused.

GDPR or, General Data Protection Regulation?

I was also confused what this would mean for my business.

As a result, we decided to shed some light on this inside my Facebook Groups Community, Social Media Funnel Hacks, as well because I knew that I couldn’t be the only one feeling this way.

Here is the interview and all the things that we talked about.

Enjoy!

Cornelia: Jodi, thanks for being here!

Can share your story with us and why you’re so passionate about this?

Jodi: Of course!

I’m Jodi Daniels.

I’m based in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States, and I spent a nineteen-year corporate career across four big multi-national companies.

Most recently, I was senior vice president at Bank of America as their digital privacy expert. I left last summer to go out on my own and join the online entrepreneur world where I started my own privacy consulting business.

Since then, I have been knee-deep in GDPR. I feel like I eat, breathe, sleep all things GDPR. I’m getting companies from one person to huge multinational companies ready for GDPR.

Why am I passionate? Because I see so much opportunity, and there’s so much confusion that I really help bring everything I’m doing in my everyday world to the mass online audience.

Cornelia: How about we start with the basics?

GDPR might be completely new to someone. How would you explain it in one to three words?

Jodi: GDPR is all about protecting the EU residents’ personal data.

In a conference a couple weeks ago, I heard from the original drafter of the GDPR, and she said that GDPR is all about giving back the rights to and EU resident over their digital data.

Cornelia: I’m curious. What conference was that?

Jodi: The Global Privacy Summit.

3,500 privacy professionals from around the world congregate in Washington D.C. every year to talk about the latest that is happening in privacy, and as you can imagine, it was GDPR, GDPR, and more GDPR.

Cornelia: So many Europeans are very freaked out about it because it does have an effect on your business—if you’re not becoming GDPR compliant.

Jodi: It really does.

I think it’s important to talk about who this affects.

We define it as protecting an EU resident’s personal data, but what if I’m in the US?

Why should I be focused on GDPR?

And that’s because any company around the world that’s processing that data or targeting that person has to comply.

If I have a website and I use my Facebook pixel set to global, and I lure you to set up for my freebie, I just embarked on GDPR world.

Cornelia: Can you tell us more when it comes to online businesses and what the next best step someone has to do right now to prepare for GDPR?

Jodi: Great question.

The first things that you need to know is what kind of data you have and how you are using it. You can’t write a privacy policy if you don’t know those basics.

And to do that, you have to know the definition of personal data because under GDPR, it’s a little different.

It’s not what a lot of people think: name, email, address, financial information.

It’s also online identifiers.

It’s the Facebook pixel, Google analytics pixel, or any other pixel in cookies that you have on your site like IP address.

All of that is included in the definition of personal data.

Based on that, figure out what you are collecting and who you are using it with, such as an email service provider, an agency, vendors, etc.

Once you have that inventory, then you have to work on communicating what it is you’re doing to the person you have coming to your sites and services.

And that’s where the privacy notice comes in.

A privacy notice is a legal document.

It’s the document that is your communication to the user of what you’re collecting, how you’re using the data, who you’re sharing it with, how you’re protecting it, and how long you’re keeping it for.

GDPR has a number of very specific requirements you’re supposed to have in it.

And other companies have requirements too, such as Facebook and Google.

So, you have to get your privacy notice in order, and you can’t do that until you know what it is you have.

Cornelia: We’ve talked about segmenting your list so you can have a list for your European citizens and have a list for the rest of the world.

Is this something that is recommended right now?

Jodi: The other important part of GDPR is how you use the data.

You can’t just collect it and use it however you want.

You have to have what they call a legal basis to use it. One of the very common ones online is consent to be emailed.

The way we’ve been collecting consent is going to change under GDPR.

The email service providers are getting ready to help everyone to be able to do this from a technological standpoint.  But we have to do our jobs as the users to know how to use these tools.

Everyone is getting geared up to update the tools.

And what that means is— if I have a user from the US, I fall under the US laws, which means I can consent to anything, and I have to be able to let you opt out.

Under GDPR, I also have to let you opt out but you have to opt in.

And the opt in has to meet a bunch specific rules, and one of the very first rules is— it has to be specific, and I can’t have a prechecked box.

So, I can’t just give you my freebie and poof you’re automatically on my list.

As for the segmenting lists, the email service providers are starting to help you figure that out, depending on where your subscribers are from.

And it really depends on your business.

If you think you can separate your global customers like that, you can, but it’s just a lot to think about.

It’s a matter of how sophisticated your business is and how easy or not easy you want to make it.

I think it will be interesting to see how this will influence other areas.

If people get used to the GDPR way, will everyone get used to it and sort of come up stream with it, even if you don’t have to?

Cornelia: The opt-in checkbox is necessary?

Jodi: It’s absolutely necessary!

That’s what the emails service providers are working on.

You have to have that opt-in box.

The email service providers are giving you the tools, but you have to make sure you have the right language in place.

You have to have your privacy notice there, making sure it’s updated properly.

The other thing I think is important to know is that consent is not forever.

If five years from now, I have not opened anything from you, I should not be on your list.

Cornelia: About that consent, we get so many emails anymore that we forget what we signed up for and it usually goes straight into the spam folder.

So, I see this is as a good thing, like tidying out your closet.

Jodi: I agree! I think a lot of people talk about having a really big list, but other people are more into quality lists that are small but convert well and have high engagement.

It’s not always about quantity.

Cornelia: I couldn’t agree more.

Do you have templates with the correct verbiage?

Jodi: Yeah, I have some checklists that you can get from my GDPR Secret Weapon Compliance Kit right here.

I also have a Facebook group, called GDPR 101, where we talk a lot about this.

Cornelia: Can you give us some background on why this whole GDPR thing came about?

Jodi: It’s really interesting.

There’s actually a pre-existing privacy directive in place called the Data Protection Directive from 1995.

But times have changed a little bit as the digital era came around.

They realized that after 20 plus years it was time to update how personal data is being used.

I think a significant amount came from the digital world with advertising, tracking, and everything around email (stalking or not stalking, depending on who you ask).

As I mentioned, the original drafter is all about GDPR giving people back their rights to their digital data.

There are 28 different states in the EU, and they all had their different versions of the Data Protection Directive. And now there is one GDPR.

Each state can enforce it a little different.

And that was one big part, to try and level the playing field.

Fundamentally, if you take away all of the crazy rules and check-boxes, it’s about protecting the rights and freedom of an EU resident.

And this really goes back to WWI and WWII.

Some of those sensitive information areas of data, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc. could have some really negative impacts if people were profiled according to that information.

So, they’re trying to protect that privacy as a fundamental right.

When someone signs up for a freebie, it doesn’t always mean they want thirty more emails from your business.

And from a business prospective, it’s different than if you look at it from that person’s perspective; it helps to see what GDPR is all about.

Cornelia: It is really important to put yourself into the shoes of your customers.

There’s a human being behind every email you send, so just a little bit of sensitivity is really important.

Jodi: Exactly.

There’s a person behind that cookie, and that’s why they added that line about personal identifiers.

If you really use all of the technology and tools available, you can tell who “cookie 123” is, and that’s where GDPR is going.

Cornelia: Are there any loopholes?

Jodi: I’m sure there are some loopholes that are going to get figured out.

A lot of this is going to be in how you interpret it.

So, I mentioned you have to have a lawful basis.

The one part where I think you might find some is in “legitimate interest.”

It’s about how a business has to market to get business.

So, a company will say, “I can do all sorts of things to get business,” while the GDPR is saying, “no, that’s not quite what we had in mind.”

That’s where a lot of the gray areas are.

Cornelia: When someone opts in for our freebie, we automatically send them our newsletters, right?

Jodi: You have to add the verbiage so that they understand this.

You have, “Sign up for my freebie,” on your website, and you need that opt-in checkbox there.

It can’t be the way it used to be.

Just like in Facebook groups.

You can’t be asking for people’s email addresses to join groups because you need proof of that consent.

Consent is very complicated.

There are multiple pieces and it’s more than just this one simple form.

One of the pieces is that you can’t condition.

So, the freebie has value and you shouldn’t have to get the marketing to get the freebie.

Cornelia: What about existing subscribers?

Jodi: It applies retroactively. 

If you have met GDPR requirements with your existing list, then you’re okay. Keep emailing.

If you haven’t, then people are doing some re-permission campaigns.

But be careful with that.

Do not email people who have opted-out.

Big companies have gotten in trouble with that. GDPR is in effect now but will be enforced on May 25.

Cornelia: What would be some of the verbiage for that?

Jodi: You can say, “Hey, you’ve been a member, and we’re working on our compliance in GDPR, and we still want you to be part of our community. If you do want to be part of our community, click here.”

You have to get that consent.

They need to take some type of action.

But you have to be careful not to put conditions on that consent or you’re back in the same circle.

It’s a great relationship builder.

Yes, people are likely not to click and your list will get smaller, but the people who do click will be loyal followers who have found values in what you’re doing.

Cornelia: Thank you for sharing that.

It’s a great point.

You have to be careful with compliance partners.

Jodi: If you collect with an email service provider, you’re responsible as a business that who you are working is GDPR compliant.

If the vendor doesn’t figure it out, then you can’t use them.

Cornelia: When you have to confirm an opt-in, you have to click a link, and a lot of people don’t like to do that.

Jodi: The part of getting consent is on you as a business.

And people like the double opt-in because it confirms that it’s from the right person.

GDPR does not require the double opt-in, though Germany does.

It’s an industry best practice and it serves a great purpose because the burden of proof is on you.

Cornelia: Do you have a list of providers who have that double opt-in?

Jodi: All of the main ones that I can think of do: MailChimp, Convertkit, etc.

There’s one other part of GDPR that we haven’t touched on, and it’s called individual rights.

You’ve heard me say that GDPR is about the individual’s right to control their digital footprint, and a part of that is the right to be forgotten and the right to port data.

If I ask you to delete my data, that means to actually delete, not just unsubscribe or opt-out. Delete.

The idea for porting is more for e-commerce or a community where you have machine imported data.

That idea is that your data is yours and you should be able to have it, like a medical record or a Netflix movie record.

The opt-outs become a gray area for people who ask if they can market to people who have opted out on another platform, such as Facebook ad targeting.

Some people will say that opting out of an email doesn’t mean they have opted out on Facebook, while others will say that opting out is opting out, period.

I would say not to do that, that people who opt out don’t want to hear from you and that you should move on.

Cornelia: Have there been any talks about how strong the enforcement is going to be?

Jodi: I think you’ll find May 28, some well-known brands will be in the news again and made an example.

It’s a real law, and people need to take it seriously.

Cornelia: This was very helpful and easy to understand, so thank you!

Jodi: Don’t forget you can get a GDPR checklist from my GDPR Secret Weapon Compliancy Kit.

Also, be sure to check out the GDPR workshop if you’re in for some more in-depth knowledge. It helps businesses become compliant with GDPR without all of the confusing legal jargon. It’s very step-by-step. Limited spots available for that one and you can sign up here: https://corneliapauline–redcloveradvisors.thrivecart.com/gdpr-secret-weapon-workshop/

P.s. You might also enjoy: https://corneliapauline.com/2018/02/09/17-hats-review-powerful-business-app-small-businesses-like/

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Your business is going great.

You’ve started a few months ago and now you have several clients in your client folder and are excited to work with them.

However, you’re starting to feel really overwhelmed because you are using just a plain old (and sometimes very messy looking excel spreadsheet) to keep track of all your clients all the time.

You try and keep track of what information you need to get from them as well as when.

You need to keep track of invoicing and payment plans, etc.

It’s SO much to think about and that was definitely not something you thought you had to manage better when starting your business.

After all, when you first start out in your business, you need to focus on sales and getting re-occurring clients by doing an awesome job for them.

That part never fully stops.

However and in order to free up even more time so you can focus on sales and service your existing clients better, you need to automate your invoicing and on-boarding process.

In short, having a process is SO important when wanting to scale up your business!

Enter the miracle worker that is 17 Hats <3.

(Psst… already know you want in? Try 17 Hats free for 17 days!)

What are the benefits of using 17 Hats

In short, you are going to have everything in ONE place and one place alone.

Pretty cool, huh?

This also helps you get way more organized in your business.

And trust me, if I can get organized (I always think of myself as the creative type who actually has a pretty hard time getting organized lol), so can you ;).

Of course, there are many more cool features as well, such as:

Now, one thing should be clear after looking at the features.

You are going to able to organize a workflow inside 17 Hats which sends out an automated invoice to your client whenever payment is due.

Also, if you have payment plans in place, you can super easily pre-automate when and after what time frames, an invoice must go out to what client.

You put in the specifications for that once and benefit from its automation for years to come.

17 Hats also allowed you to get paid by credit card or the funds from the paid invoices will be deposited straight to your account.

Next, let me show you another cool feature of 17 Hats my team and I use all the time because it frees up so much time in our day-to-day operations.

The AUTOMATED client onboarding workflow.

I don’t know about you, but life can get busy and I’m not the most organized person…

One part of 17 hats that has been super helpful is the “workflows”.

A workflow is basically the process you take clients through, everything from sending the initial quote to delivery and ongoing maintenance.

While every client is unique and special in their own way, the process tends to be similar when I’m on a roll.

What I did is I looked at my latest client and created a workflow in 17 Hats from the emails, agreements, invoices, questionnaires I sent as well all the emails I should have sent to keep them up to date.

A workflow in 17 hats is something you set up once and when you trigger that workflow for a new project, it pre-populates the templates you set up for your email, agreements, invoices, questionnaires and progress emails.

Now for each stage in the process, you’ll be notified to review the template for that stage and make adjustments to customize it for the new customer), then it gets sent out after your approval and gets marked as complete and the next step is triggered for review and action.

I have found that this not only makes your life easier but creates the space to hire a project manager much much easier.

The final product pretty much looks something like this:

In conclusion

I ended up waiting way too long before starting to automate my invoicing and client onboarding process.

As a result, it directly hurt my business because I was not able to scale up as fast as I could have been.

So, I would really encourage you that even if you end up for whatever reason (although, I can not see why 😉 ), not using 17 Hats, to definitely figure out some other process that you can implement and automate.

After all, we want to run smart businesses and not have our business run us. Right?

If you found this article to be helpful, be sure to like and share it with your community. If you have any questions or are already using 17 Hats and are loving it, just let me know in the comments section down below.

P.s.:

You might also find this article helpful:

How a little plugin extension increased our purchase conversion rates by 32%.

How a little plugin extension increased our purchase conversion rates by 32%.

Prerequisites:

You currently use Clickfunnels as your funnel building software of choice.

In case you aren’t yet or are still on the fence,

Read more on why my team and I use Clickfunnels for pretty much all of our sales funnels as well as the ones for most of our clients.

Here is the link to the article:

Go Crazy With Clickfunnels

Without further ado though,

The thing that my team and I did in order to get a 32% higher opening rate almost immediately was to add a PAYPAL payment option (in addition to our standard credit card payment option) to every order form.

But hold on, there is a lot more to that (details following shortly)…

You see, a lot of countries and cultures around the world are still opposed to using credit cards.

I was born and grew up in Austria and I can tell you from first-hand experience that it is VERY hard to be able to pay for a lot of day-to-day things in Austria using a credit card.

In America, my credit card is pretty much all I use.

Most people in Europe continue to use cash or a standard bank account.

When it comes to fulfilling online payments, the number of people who want or have credit cards dwindle even further.

This might change in the future but for now, this is something you have to keep in mind as an online business owner and entrepreneur, selling to an international audience.

As such, adding a more widely used Paypal order form will most definitely increase the conversion rates of your purchases.

The problem is that in order to checkout with PayPal, the customer has to leave the funnel,

Which means you lose out on a potential upsell, not to mention the customer not seeing the confirmation/thank you page. 

Sure you can go into PayPal and set the auto-redirect in the web setting and tell it to always return to your up-sell page once the checkout is complete.

The problem with that is though, you can only give ONE ADDRESS for PayPal to forward people to.

Which means you can’t use it for other products, funnels, or even send people to your order confirmation page.

No good. 

My team and I discovered a great group of people that came up with a simple solution, a plugin that does the following:

1. Adds the PayPal option into the actual credit card element of the order form 

2. Re-directs people to the page you want it to

3. Allows you to easily set up subscription plans with PayPal

4. Looks and works great!

Click here for more info:
https://bitly.com/clickfunnels_paypal…

In case you’d love to see how to install it in real time, my business partner Ben Claybrook has recorded a detailed video on it which you can view here:

Here is to starting off 2018 with a BANG ;)!

P.s.: Be sure to like and share this if you found this blog post to be helpful.

Countdown to 2018!

Oh, what a year it has been!

2017, I have to say I’ve been quite in love with you <3.

However, you’ve also been a year during which I’ve learned a few of the most important life lessons yet.

Let me share a couple of the most important mistakes as well as take-aways that this adventurous year has brought with itself:

💡 You don’t always know what you want unless you try it.

I could have also titled this one as, “life consists of different seasons.”

When you get older, there are different things that are important to you than when you, for example, start college.

As a result, I thought that what I truly desperately wanted at the beginning of 2017 was to travel the world.

Don’t get me wrong.

I STILL want to travel.

I IS one of my biggest passions in life.

However, I realized that after coming back from a 3-month Europe and South Korea trip, what I wanted EVEN more than traveling the world was…

To build a legacy of my own.

I always felt that I was meant for more than dying a slow, potentially very uninspiring, corporate death.

That was one of the reasons I got into entrepreneurship.

I almost felt called upon to do so.

I’m an entrepreneur, an artist and creator to my very core.

It was important for me to travel to find out that this is not what I would want to be doing my entire life… so, in essence, to be a digital nomad.

How come?

Because I truly believe especially after the experiences of this year, that you need to set roots in order to let that legacy blossom and bloom.

You need to focus.

You need, most importantly, time.

As much time as can get in a day.

You need to look to multiply said time.

So that you truly can grow to your full potential and positively, touch as many people as you can throughout your lifetime.

When you decide to travel the world instead,

You continuously are looking for flight connections, hotels or AirBnBs to stay at, you want to reserve time for sight-seeing, you are dealing with jet leg and more.

What I decided I want to do is to find a better balance with more of a focus on building a legacy while reserving time to travel ;).

And this brings me to my next point…

💡 Instant gratification will only take you so far.

Oh, we truly live in a world where instant gratification is available to us where we look!

One thing that I am struggling with is to resist that call for instant gratification…

If it is focusing on the long-term vision for my life and sacrificing small joys in order to reach my goals,

If it means stop traveling for the moment in order to take my business to the next level and build that legacy,

If it means not spending all my revenue on like clothes or concert tickets, etc. but instead invest it right back into my business to further grow it…

I’ve learned way more in this year than any other to focus on opportunity costs.

I hope you are able to do the same.

Life is made up of small moments.

Each and every decision you make at any small moment (for example, am I going to pick a vegetable bowl over fried chicken and fries for lunch) is going to decide your future.

You are this powerful.

Act accordingly.

💡 Don’t spend more than you earn.

And yes, this has also somewhat to do with instant gratification.

After talking to quite a few entrepreneurs and business owners this past year (as well as people actually in general), I’ve become aware of the fact of how little people are skilled at managing their money.

Heck, me included.

I would say that both of my parents had a completely opposite view on money – an unhealthly one – and so, I have never learned or adopted smart skills around money.

Guess what?

It does not matter if you make $500/month, $2,000/month, $20,000/month, heck – even $250,000/month in profit.

If you are not putting focus on budgeting and managing your money, you are going to end up spending more than you earn.

And it is very easy to spend a lot of money fast ;).

You probably have a few ideas on your own.

So, the main mistake I have made is that I could have saved up and invested a lot more money from all of the money I have made in 2017 than I have in my accounts at the moment.

Yes, it hurts.

And yes, it’s slightly embarrassing to reveal this.

However, I want to shed some light on it because I think there needs to be a LOT more talk on this topic.

I have met a few entrepreneurs these past few months who’s business makes multiple 7-figure revenues.

However, they themselves, are still struggling to get by each month because of all of their expenses.

Anyway, I’m definitely thinking of writing a separate blog post on this topic and talk a bit more about about my own experiences so if you would be interested in that, just drop a comment down below and let me know.

💡 Stop caring so much about what other people do or think.

I am a nice person.

I like people and generally, I’m a very likeable person myself.

However, when you start reaching a certain level in your business – you inevitable are drawing to you some unpleasant characters or you are even going to piss some people off.

It’s truly inevitable and I am still a bit taken aback by how true this is.

It’s like so many things in life.

You keep hearing about some things but you don’t really want to believe it until you have been experiencing it yourself.

Oh, well!

I think this is one of my biggest lessons for 2017 and one I am still going to be taking into 2018.

To stop giving so much about what some people think.

And to stop also focusing on what other people in my industry are doing.

After all, you should be first and foremost concentrating on improving yourself as well as your business.

So if there is one major take-away I can give you it is that consuming content from like influencers, experts, ‘celebrities’, etc. in your industry – ONLY goes so far.

At one point or another you have to shut off all of the noise and just start CREATING.

Put yourself out there, the real you with all of its angles and curves.

💡 Celebrate those sleepless nights.

Growing up, I slept like a marmot.

Cute little suckers, aren’t they :)?

The older I get though, the more I seem to suffer from insomnia.

I lot of other entrepreneurs and business owners do too.

I usually got all panicky when I experienced those.

It seems so… unlike me.

Though this year, I have been trying to embrace them whenever they came.

This year, whenever I experienced a sleepless night,

I wouldn’t just lay awake.

Instead, I got up and out of bed and got to work.

To me, I’ve started seeing that there is a reason to why I could not sleep.

There most often is.

And guess what competes insomnia the most in my opinion?

Taking consistent action.

It quiets the demons.

The further I get in my business, the more strategic I have to be about how my use my time as well as the actions I take.

What moves the needle the most?

What action will have the most impact?

These are questions constantly playing in my head.

And they probably always will.

💡 Stories sell.

Finally, if there is one thing that I’ve come to learn throughout 2017 it is that stories truly sell.

Not only that, if you are open and honest about the way you are telling the stories of your business and life online,

Structure them accordingly,

And publish them on the correct social media platforms,

They can have the power to propel your business to unforeseen spheres.

Since experiencing this myself,

And since working with a few new awesome clients on increasing their visibility,

Upping their sales and revenue game as well as brand awareness through the kind of stories they publish on social media,

I have been playing around with the idea,

On creating a new digital program around just that (and more!).

If this would be something you are interested din and would love to me develop in 2018,

Let me know in the comments down below.

Phew!

So now, that we’ve got this out of the way…

I wanted to share a bit more abut my 2017 highlights as well:

<3 Trip To South Korea.

I’ve missed Seoul SO much since studying abroad in South Korea about 4 years ago.

I’ve been dreaming to go back, to revisit Yonsei University (my old school), go to all of my favorite places, see my lovely friends again that live there as well as attend the wedding of one of my fellow exchange students ;).

It was a blast and it brought up many memories.Things that I wanted to achieve, things that I have achieved but haven’t thought of doing while I was there.

Friends that I have stayed in touch with and others, not so much because our lives have developed so differently.

Feelings I’ve had and how different my impressions of Seoul were only 4 short years after.

Accepting and adopting to change.

Reflecting.

What a beautiful trip and I will be back soon.

<3 Celebrate my 10-year wedding anniversary together with my husband.

I got married when I was just 19 years old.

Not many people know this of me.

It is actually not something I like to advertise.

For years I have received the oddest questions to the fact that my husband and I got married so young.

We are not religious or anything like that.

We did not get pregnant by surprise as teenagers.

We just fell in love.

And it was a powerful deep love.

A love that freaked me out from the first moment it caught a hold of me.

I still remember it to this very day.

Take me back to this moment all those years ago,

Heck! A decade!

And I still would end up making the same choice :).

Note: You can read more about our story here: https://corneliapauline.com/2017/11/25/38/

<3 Going on a trip through Europe with some dear friends of mine.

When you are an adult and especially one that runs a business, you do not have that much time available.

Most entrepreneurs and business owners know that.

So, reserving some time for social activities and simply, to hang out with friends becomes vital.

Friendship, just like anything else in life, requires work.

It does not just happen or is maintained on its own.

You have to put a focus on it.

Stay in touch.

Talk.

Offer advice.

Land a helping hand.

Connect.

Let us all connect with the people we love in 2018 a bit more.

Deal?

<3 Believe in the kindness of strangers.

If you’ve followed me on my Facebook Page or Instagram, you know that I have lost my laptop on a train in Poland.

It was an overnight train at that and well, I just forgot it after not sleeping the night before.

Note to self: Never take an overnight train again lol!

Moving on.

So, after receiving some help from my dear Polish friend Aga and lots and lots of patience,

I had my arms around my laptop again in no time :).

Yes, it hadn’t been sold or taken apart as I had feared,

But I received my fairly new MacBook back from the train staff, exactly how I had left it.

Miracles do exist!

<3 Spend some quality time in Austria. 

Oh, how I love my home country!

It’s filled with rolling hills, endless fields, flowy rivers, still lakes as well as romantic European cities and cute traditional villages.

Since I built up a digital service-based business as well as this blog, I have been able to fully be in control over my own time.

I am able to work from wherever I please and that, to me, is one of the most wonderful feelings in the world.

Even though, I am not going to be traveling as much this next year (because as you’ve read I am focused on building my legacy hehe), I still love to know I have the freedom to go back any time I please <3.

And do you know what makes my time in Austria always sweeter? Visiting my cute little niece.

<3 Starting this blog.

I love to write…

And this is finally something that I have decided I am going to be doing a whole lot more of in 2018.

Telling stories.

AND, teaching my clients and students how to do the same to effectively create a life and long-term, sustainable business that they love.

Watch out for an innovative new program on social media and content marketing coming to you in 2018.

Note: Be sure to subscribe to this blog to be the first one to receive future updates <3.

<3 Hitting a new revenue goal in my business.

Finally, my team and I were able to break the $20,000/month mark in revenue.

My goal in 2017 was definitely to surpass the 5-figure income/month mark and I feel pretty dang good that we were able to get this far.

Now on to passing that 7-figure revenue mark in 2018.

Note: In case you’d want to read more on what a $20,000/month revenue for your business looks like accounting-wise and were some of the money goes, check out my blog post on it here: https://corneliapauline.com/2017/12/24/true-behind-scenes-look-making-20000-revenue-month/

 

What have been some of you major revelations and take-aways as well as experiences in 2017??? Comment down below and I am already looking forward to reading more about them ;).

Happy New Year! Frohes Neues Jahr!

~ Cornelia

True behind-the-scenes look of making a $20,000 revenue/month.

The past few months, my team and I have been fluctuating with our monthly revenue around the $12,000/month mark.

However, we’ve put several things in place these past three months which catapulted our revenue up by $7,000 so that we have reached a new break-through.

Every new revenue goal that you set for yourself and that you pass, it is like a learning lessons in and off itself.

The most important part though is that you now know,

“Ah! I’ve achieved this. I can do this. Now, what’s next?”

It’s almost as if you are a mountain climber and you have just climbed a little hill, only to be looking at a steeper one right now.

Guess what?

You can not think about the end of the trail that is still tens of miles aways.

Instead, you have learned that you need to be focusing on the next step and the next step.

If you at least take one more step,

Well, than you know that you will eventually also climb the next, steeper hill.

Feel free to sit down at times if you feel exhausted and need a moment to breathe and to rejuvenate yourself ;).

It does not matter if you race to the mountain or walk in leisurely pace.

It is your business, your life, your decision.

Without further ado, here is what you can expect to pocket away from a $20,000 revenue month.

One, my team and I have just hit in case I have not mentioned it thus far.

Side note: I lead a small team of talented people that provide funnel and content marketing to established businesses. We work with them to take their digital strategy to the next level to increase: exposure, visibility, client and lead flow, brand awareness, engagement as well as revenue.

Our focus is on unique story-telling because I truly believe that if people can connect with a business or entrepreneur in a unique way, competition becomes extinct – even, in a possibly crowded market.

If done the right way, digital storytelling is innovative in and of itself.

Moving on.

Here’s the quick breakdown of our income.

Service Based Income (Client work):

$18,000 – this includes things like Sales Funnel build outs, Facebook ads, content marketing, and coaching.

Sales Based Income (Digital Courses):

$1,300 – this includes any digital course sales for the month of any one of my online programs. You can find a full list of my current programs here: https://corneliapauline.com/shop/

Sooo much room to grow though!

Sometimes we just get so busy helping our clients, we don’t invest enough time in our own products.  

Of course, client work comes first ;).

Affiliate Based Income (Getting paid to refer other peoples products or services):

$728 – this is pretty passive income since we don’t really actively advertise affiliate products as much as we could.

How is it passive?

Well, take for instance this blog post and me pointing out to you that you can check an entire breakdown of the companies, softwares and products we work with in the ‘RESOURCES‘ tab of this blog. I include the link here and a percentage of you will go check it out.

An even smaller percentage will decide to try out a trial of one of these recommended products. I am than getting a cut from the company for referring you after you have continued to stay on even after the trial expired or you bought the product flat out.

Total income = $20,028

Now on the surface this number looks nice.

I am also sure that I will have the entire amount in my pocket one of these next few months ;).

However and for those of you that are already running a business, there are several things that are naturally taken out from this revenue to get to the actual PROFIT number.

By the way, if you have not read Profit First by Mike Michelowitz yet, I can only highly recommend it! That book changed my business’s accounting and the overall HEALTH of my company.

Expenses:

Diverse Online Softwares: $640

Wonderful Contractors: $2,200 (yes, my business partner and I still do a ton in house and are slowly getting better at trying to not do everything ourselves)

Facebook Ads: $238 (most of the client deals currently come through organic marketing on Facebook – see CONNECT)

Merchant transaction fees: $579

Taxes (oh hello, my dear friend <3): $2,780

Net (Not counting all the other expenses like health insurance…) $13,591

Note: I reside in California and my business is registered here. Hence, the Californian tax regulations apply to us.

 

If you are an aspiring entrepreneur or business owner (or are currently maybe struggling a bit at setting your goals for the next year because you do not know what your deductions are going to be), I hope that this article was helpful to you.

Feel free to leave comment down below should you have any questions whatsoever. I always reply.

Let’s do this!

My TOP 15 Google Chrome Extensions

Here’s a list and a short video of my TOP 15 GOOGLE CHROME EXTENSIONS that I believe every digital entrepreneur needs to add to his/her collection.

++ Facebook Pixel Helper

++ Wappalyzer

++ FireShot – Snagit

++ Full Page Screen Capture

++ Black Menu For Google

++ Hunter (Email Address Finder)

++ WhatFont

++ ColorZilla

++ Honey

++ FollowUp

++ Video Speed Controller

++ Vidyard Go Video

++ Agorapulse

++ Lastpass

++ Similarweb

And in case you need or want explanations, you can watch the full video here:

Hope you’ll find it valuable and don’t forget to comment with YOUR favorite chrome extension.