Marketing content is content designed to sell your next step, whatever that next step may be. When you get it right, it’s unbelievably valuable.
The line between content and marketing has become really blurry. It’s nothing new, and you’ve probably heard me say this before. If you haven’t, then just look around you.
Take newspapers as an example. In the ‘olden days’ when everyone still read newspapers, you’d have a news story on one page and a very separate advertisement on the next. Sure, there were some smaller ads sprinkled throughout, but readers could immediately distinguish between ads and news stories.
Thousands of studies have been conducted on consumer purchasing behavior. You can find hundreds of books on the subject of why people buy, why people don’t buy, and why people fail to make a decision at all.
The findings are really interesting, but if you want a detailed summary, go look for it somewhere else.
When you boil it all down to its essence, there are really only two reasons people don’t make a purchasing decision.
By now, you must know how important a lead magnet is for your business. It entices new prospects, builds brand awareness, and gives you a new email address for your list.
Here’s the typical process. First, a prospect clicks on the lead magnet offer you’ve placed in a blog post, website, email, or Facebook ad. Then they’re sent to a landing page where they can give their email address in exchange for a lead magnet, usually in PDF form.
Have you ever experienced this?
You need a new car, so you look at your options, do some research, and pick out what you want. Then you start to see that car everywhere you go? It’s like thousands of cars just like the one you want suddenly appear on the streets the moment you make up your mind.
It’s crazy, right?
Well, there’s a common sales mistake I see everywhere, and once you know about it,
Several months back, we ran a Facebook ad campaign for a two-day workshop I was hosting in Sydney and San Francisco.
As we started planning, we realized we were in a tricky a spot. We only had a few weeks until the event started, so we need to create and run a campaign that filled the event quickly without coming across as too sales-y.
We had to move fast, and because of the tight window of time we were working with,
A lot of people misunderstand what true advertising is. They believe the ad itself is the most important part of every advertising campaign.
The truth is, the perfect ad that’s sent to the wrong audience won’t deliver the results you’re after. To be successful you need to a great ad AND a specific target market. It takes both. A terrible ad sent to the right audience won’t get results either.
I recently ran a two-day workshop in Sydney and San Francisco.
On the last post, we looked at the most common fears coaches have with niching.
They don’t niche because they think they’ll lose out on opportunity or they’ll lose variety in their coaching business.
While these reasons have some truth, the benefits of niching your coaching business outweigh the risks by a long shot. Instead of cutting your opportunity in half, you’ll actually triple it. Instead of missing out on variety,
If you’ve ever seen my stuff before, you probably know I’m a big fan of niching. More specifically, I’m a big fan of giving niching a fair shot.
I’ve known a ton of coaches who struggle to get their prospects’ attention, and often it’s because they’re marketing as generalists with no specific target in mind.
When I bring up niching to them, though, they tend to pull back, clam up, and list out their fears with moving to a niched business.
When it comes to getting more clients, do you ever feel like you’re just waiting around? Like you’re all dressed up with nowhere to go?
You know your coaching program is great, but you’re not making enough sales.
You promote your webinars, live events, and programs, but your emails don’t seem to get through to your list.
It’s almost like your entire contact list is asleep.
Let’s wake them up,