Creating a movement and making an impact is important if you want your brand to last and you have a message you want to spread.
Today’s podcast will deal with these issues – bringing you 3 points for 3 minus.
Creating a movement and making an impact is important if you want your brand to last and you have a message you want to spread.
Today’s podcast will deal with these issues – bringing you 3 points for 3 minus.
I recently attended a leadership luncheon for women entrepreneurs. It was great to see so many female entrepreneurs from all different types of backgrounds and talents.
The question was posed: “Why is that so many female entrepreneurs make less money than male entrepreneurs and their businesses fail faster?” Many hands raised with various answers. The majority of people landed with the belief that often women don’t support each others businesses enough. Really?? That’s why we are not succeeding at the same rates?
I completely disagreed with this being the reason why we are not succeeding in our businesses.
From my experience with clients and others that I encounter, many people don’t understand the numbers for their business. Often, women come up with a great idea or a beautiful dream, with lots of great talent. However, they have NOT done the numbers to make sure it is a profitable business. Many times, we don’t know our bottom line numbers, our profit margins, our items per transaction, our customer acquisition rate, or revenue percentages.
It is so important for business owners to understand the numbers of their business.
BUSINESS IS A NUMBERS GAME.
Do you know your numbers?
As we go into 2019, let that be your goal. Let’s know our number and how that can translate into profit for our companies.
Stay tuned for seminar on January on how to learn your business numbers!
In the meantime, keep connecting those dots!
It’s that time of the year when so many of us are focused on setting goals for the end of the year and to kick off the next year with focus and rigor. We have all seen the social media posts and the encouragement to smash the goals and become a “goaldigger.” But what are some tricks and tips to setting goals? Most of us know about setting SMART Goals (Specific, Measure, Achievable, Results and Time). However, is there more? Are there other tips that can help us get to where we want to go.
Below are some of my quick “Busy, Bossy and Branded” tips on setting your goals and accomplishing them.
1.) Set goals that excite you! Yes, get excited. Of course we have things that we need to do that don’t get us very excited. For example, getting your taxes done is not very exciting, however if the goal is to “Organize my finances to increase my savings account” – that may be exciting! One of the action items for this may be: Create a buget or File Taxes.
2.) Put some action to it. Action items underneath your goals is critical. It can be somewhat easy to come up with a “dream” goal list. However, the power behind goal setting is the action list. When creating your action list, keep it simple. Keep it VERY simple. Try to limit your action items for each goal to 3-5 activities.
3.) Celebrate Your Successes. I believe in celebrating. There is something power about celebrating your successes, big and small. It creates momentum and keeps your mindset in a positive and growth mode.
4.) Embrace it Everyday. Your goals list should be a part of your everyday life. Put it in several places throughout your home, office and electronic devices. Look at it every day, several times a day to make sure you are moving in the right direction and your mindset is aligning with what you want.
5.) Repetition. I hope you are writing your goals down, however, in addition to writing them down, speak them and write them often. As stated in the fourth point, your goals should be a part of your everyday life. Record them and listen to them a few times a week. Repetition is the mother of success!
I hope these tips and tricks are helpful to you! I would love to hear about how you have smashed your goals and created new ones! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or want to share your goals.
So, have you taken advantage of the latest features of Instagram and Facebook Stories. There has been a huge increase in viewership and use of the “Stories” features on Facebook and Instagram. As a brand owner, you should find ways to make it work for you. (Key point: always notice trends and think of how to use it for your brand.) How can a small business, or solopreneur use this feature to increase their marketing and branding?
Below are 6 ways to use Stories for your branding and marketing:
1.) Authenticity: Authenticity is key to growing your brand. Your audience wants to
connect with you. With Stories, you can provide behind the scenes photos or videos of your product or work, or provide a tour of your office space or business. But don’t limit it to just your business. What are other aspects of your life that are connected to your business and brand that you can also highlight? Use Stories to add more authenticity to your brand.
3.) Ask Questions: Instagram has a poll feature. What questions are you dying to ask your followers? Simple questions that can give you more insights on future products, services or trends? Aside from learning more about your followers, it is yet another way to connect with your audience. People like being asked their opinion. Use the poll feature to connect to your audience and gather more opinions.
4.) Give More Value: Do you know why they choose you and follow you? What do they like about you? Whatever that is – give them more of it in Stories. Teach or talk about an important piece of your business. Show them how to do something that will make their lives easier. This will keep them clicking on your stories.
5.) Give them Directions: What do you want your audience to do? What do you need more of to grow you brand? Use the Stories feature to tell them. Often as brand owners, we expect our audience to know what to do. But Stories is a great way to point your audience in the right direction. Call to Actions (CTA’s) are great in Stories. If you want them to click on the link and buy or register, tell them. If you want them to listen, tell them and show them. If you want them to watch your video, lead the way.
6.) Gain more followers: On Instagram, always use hashtags! Hashtags and IG go together. It helps create and pulls together your community and followers. In addition to using hashtages, have fun with the colors, arrows, gifs and the other cool features of Instagram.
These are small things that you are most likely doing already as part of your marketing and branding. The key is to take it to Stories and do in consistently. The key is to not overthink it. Keep it fun, simple, inspiriting and entertaining. You will slowly begin to see your audience increase and your current followers become more engaged with your brand.
If you need assistance with using IG or help with your branding or marketing, feel free to contact me.
“You cannot connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards… – Steve Jobs
Do you have synergy with your business or organization? Or even if you are an employee… do you naturally approach your projects with a perspective of synergy and connecting the dots?
Synergy is when the sum is equal to more than the two parts. Yes, the connection and energy of ideas meeting each other and creating something MORE. Do you want MORE for your business or organization?
When I meet with a new client, I am always looking for synergy or ways to connect the dots. Below are the four ways I approach connecting the dots when working on a project or with a client.
1.) What do you value? Every company, organization or brand has something that it values. Event if you don’t notice it right away, there is something happening
2.) What are you really selling: Not your service or product. But what are you really providing and giving to your clients? Why do they choose YOU? Know this.. and the world opens up.
3.) Know Your History: Steve Jobs put is wonderfully with the above quote. You have to look back at all your dots, history and connections. With clients, I’m always looking for the foundation, how it started. What was the sentence, the experience, the event that started the ball rolling. Don’t ignore your history.
4.) Maximum effect: In addition to looking at all the above-mentioned, I also review how each action can have maximum effect. Every action or initiative that we do should have multiple purposes and functions. If one of your actions will only affect on thing, its time to either rethink the action or connect the dots. For example, if you speak at a conference, that speech or preparation should be repurposed to do something else for your brand. How can it have maximum effect?
Connecting the Dots.
How intentional are you? Intentional is about knowing why you are doing what you are doing and making a decision to go in a specific direction. It always comes back to our WHY. Are you intentional with your business? Intentional in your relationships? Intentional in your finances?
“Intentional living defines your life before circumstances destroy it.”
The quality of our lives should not be an accident or a mystery. When we live an intentional life, specifically with our businesses, we don’t get as distracted with mishaps or detours. We realize that we have been so intentional and clear on our WHY and DIRECTION, we know that we are still on the right path. We treasure our moments and are energized with even the mundane activities.
As we begin looking at the end of the year, I want to encourage you to be intentional with your time, with your business and your marketing.
Below are some quick tips on being more intentional:
If you need clarity, have questions on how to be intentional with your marketing or want to set new goals for your business, email me. I’d love to help you!
Clarity is everything. Unclear expectations, goals or communication produces unclear results.
Without clarity it is very difficult to move forward and grow your business. Being strategic becomes challenging without clarity. You will communicate ineffectively to your audience and clients. Ideas may not flow freely and you are unable to determine the next steps.
Many leader talk about the importance of focus. However, without clarity – you may not be sure what to focus on. Clarity must come first before you can obtain true success.
Below are XX ways that you can gain more clarity in life and business:
1.) What do you want? Sounds like such a simple question, however, so few people can answer this. I will often start my branding sessions with this question. Over 50% of the time, my client will stumble through their answer. Get clear on what it is that you really want.
2.) Exercise. Exercising is such a big stress reliever, releases endorphins and overall helps you to feel better. There have been many, many times I’ve received a great idea or an answer to a problem while exercising. This doesn’t mean that you have to have a strict exercise program or train for triathalon. Exercise could simply mean walking in the morning or evening or doing yoga in your living room. The key is to relax, clear your mind and allow your brain to receive.
3.) Write it Out. Journaling or writing out your thoughts and ideas in an unsensored manner is extremely helpful. In work, we are trained to sensor our thoughts and ideas. However, clarity often comes during those times of letting unsensored thoughts flow. If you are not a writer, consider talking into a voice recorder or creating a private video. The goal is to go back and review for thoughts and look for aha moments or common denominators.
4.) Immerse Yourself in Action. Often we will sit and review our thoughts and ideas without trying anything. Immersing yourself in action and taking chances will quickly show us if something will work or not. Don’t be afraid to try and fail. Failing is one of our best teachers and can quickly put on on the road to clarity.
5.) Ask Yourself Why. Knowing your WHY has become a little of a catchphrase. However, if done correctly, it is powerful. Don’t underestimate it. Knowing your WHY for doing anything helps to eliminate the things in your business or life that don’t serve your purpose.
6.) Watch Your Time. How do you use your free time? Be careful and selective on how you use your mind when you are not working. Are you numbing your mind with trash television, filling your body with junk food and sugar? Create a clear and clean lifestyle, and your mind will follow.
7.) Build Your Tribe. In addition to creating a clear and clean lifestyle, it is important to have a close network of colleagues, mentors and friends that have similar goals. This will help provide you with clarity and vision for your business and organization.
Do you have clarity—about work, relationships, health, free time, friendship, or any other aspect of your life?
If you are looking for clarity with your personal brand or the your organization or business, feel free to contact me for a clarity session. Signing up for a complimentary consultation session may also help with your direction.
Many companies have excellent services or products. I also see amazing brands, with great taglines, logos and sales pages. However, no matter how great your product or service, if you are not listening to your clients and customers to discover their needs, your business will only go so far.
I am still amazed when I speak with excited and ambitious entrepreneurs that design their wonderful plans and strategies based on their strengths and talents. Business and marketing plans should include your strengths, however, without listening and responding to clients needs or wants, you don’t have a business.
Below are five ways to listen to your clients:
1.) Client or Prospective Client Visits: Never underestimate the power of an in-person visit. When a business owner or professional visits their customers or clients, just for a check-in visit, more often than not, it turns into a business opportunity. Many professionals have projects and needs sitting on their desk or in their inbox that they have not assigned or sought help for yet, If your business is solving a problem or making someone’s life easier, visiting a potential client is a great way of reminding them about your value.
2.) Online surveys: Online surveys are great and easy way to receive client feedback. Not everyone will complete the survey, however, you still may be able to collect enough information to impact your marketing strategy. The key is to make the surveys easy and brief. There is a strategy to creating surveys. Be sure to be thoughtful and strategic when surveying your audience.
3.) Watch Your Analytics: Notice what your audience is responding to on social media. If your followers are not responding to your posts or asking more questions, you are not listening to your audience. You should reevaluate your content and create content that is valuable to your clients.
4.) More Social Listening: Not only should you watch your analytics, but also watching what your clients and prospective clients are responding to or sharing on social media provides competitive intelligence. Look at your top clients and prospects. What are they sharing or reading? This should give you more insights on your clients.
5.) Create Forums: Part of effective and strategic marketing is creating a community or a “tribe.” It takes time to do this and it depends on your industry, however if you are able to do this, it helpful in gathering feedback. Within this “tribe” – you are able to ask questions and get feedback on new initiatives and products. A tribe can be created and maintained through a private online group or focus groups. Think about your industry and what make sense for your business.
If you listen and watch, your customers will tell you what they need. How are you listening to your audience and learning more about their needs? If you need assistance with developing a plan to reach out to your clients or prospects, please contact me.
One of the most common complaints I hear from entrepreneurs and brand owners is the lack of time they have for marketing and branding. Marketing is so voluminous – I believe that many people get overwhelmed with the many aspects and options in marketing and its easier to become paralyzed and resort to inactivity, than to take one small step at a time.
Or we don’t understand what marketing truly entails and believe we don’t have time for “advertising” or “social media.” However, marketing is anything that grows your business or raises your profile. This includes properly maintaining your referrals and building relationships with existing clients and customers. This should be treated as a strategy for growing your business.
Yes, marketing takes time, however, it is absolutely necessary if you want to grow your business, create a brand and fill your pipeline.
Below are five points for making more time for marketing:
1.) Know what’s most important: There are so many ways to market, brand and reach your clients. It’s important for you to be extremely clear on what works best for YOUR industry and market. Advertising is not best for every industry; nor is social media, or events or cold-calling. Do the research and know what works best for what you want to do and how your industry makes buying decisions. This will eliminate random acts of marketing (i.e., being busy with marketing, but accomplishing nothing).
2.) Know what you want to communicate: Marketing is about storytelling. Your brand is the story and marketing is how you tell that story. What is the story you want your audience to know about your company or organization. What are the key points, value propositions that are important for your clients or customers. This is not just what you want to tell or sell, but also what is important for your audience. What are their pain points and how can you provide solutions. Once you are very clear on this, it will save time on how you market your business. You will be very clear on your message.
3.) Evaluate Your Tools: So there are two schools here… either those of you who are not using enough tools and those who are using too many tools. In this digital era, there are platforms, apps and tools for everything. Evaluate what you are using and notice if it can do more than what you are using it for; if you can eliminate a tool or combine it with something else. Make your marketing tools work for you.
4.) Limit Your Social Media: What?!? Yes, I said it. At least limit how many social media platforms you focus on. If you are giving equal amount of energy and time to more than 3, you are doing too many. Go back to my first point. And my second point. Know what is most important and what is producing the best results for you.
5.) Use Your Timer: There is something magical about hearing your timer go off and time to put your pencils down. With some of your marketing tasks, set a timer for how much time you will devote to that task or initiative for that day. Not only is this good for your moral and mental health, it also helps you focus. Focus is a powerful thing. Anything that can help us focus on the task at hand, is essential for your marketing strategy.
If you are interested in learning more about time management and marketing, please contact me directly for an upcoming course on strategies for increasing your marketing productivity.
I come across people every week that are trying to balance between launching their dreams and still working as a good employee. How does one balance it all? Do you abandon your dreams and stick with your 9-5? Do you quit your full-time job and go for it?
It is difficult to move the needle with your side hustle and still produce outstanding work for your employer. But its possible.
Below are some practical tips on how to manage both:
Make the Most of Your Time: If your primary job is from “9-5” – without question, you must make the most of your mornings and evenings. Most people will advise that you discover if you are a morning or evening person. However, if you are an entrepreneur and an employee, it really doesn’t matter which time of day you prefer. Early mornings are not optional; it is a must. It sets the tone for your day and helps you to establish clarity. Mornings give you the additional time and clarity to get work and strategy done for your passions and get a head start on your 9-5. But evenings are important too. Burning the candle at both ends may not be everyday – but at least commit to being an early riser or putting in an evening shift (weekends too) at least a few times a week or month.
Automate, automate, automate: As much as you can, automate your life. Anything that you can possibly automate, consider doing it. This ranges from having your coffee brewing when you wake up, to your emails being sent throughout the day or social media posts. Take inventory of your life. Anything that you can remove from thinking too much about or having to manually do, try to automate. I am a big user of Buffer and Acuity Scheduling. Both help me to automate my life.
Calendar It: This kinda goes without saying, but I am surprised by how many people do not use a calendar. Or worse – they use too many calendars and have things spread out everywhere. Figure out the best calendar for your personality: online vs. written, day view vs. monthly view, etc. Don’t rely on just your memory or your inbox. Take that pressure off of yourself and use that extra mental energy for your work.
Write it Down: Using a calendar is very different from having a “to-do” list. It is important to create a to-do list each day. I used to separate my lists from corporate job vs. side gig. But now, I don’t. For me, it doesn’t matter. What needs to get done – must get done. I put it all on a list and then prioritize my list. Some things on my side hustle are top priority that day and requires me to take a moment out of my day or get up extra early to return a call or email, etc. Get into a habit of writing your “to-do” list each day.
Get clear on your Why: You will get tired and frustrated and wonder “why am I doing this?” You must be very clear on your why. Remember why you started and what you are passionate about. If you don’t have a good why – then it will be very difficult to continue during difficult times.
Know Your Brand: When you know your brand, not just your company brand, but your personal brand, it is much easier to know what to accept and deny in your professional and personal life. When you know what YOU the product is focused on – you will have a better vision of where to spend your time and how to promote yourself and your business. Knowing your personal brand brings clarity in all areas of your life.
If you need assistance with your personal branding or want more information on balancing your career and your business, contact me for a complimentary session to discuss more.