It is time to LEVEL UP

With just 100 days to go before Christmas, there is no time like the present to make the decision to LEVEL UP your business. What do I mean by that? Well quite a few things actually:

STOP HIDING BEHIND YOUR COMPUTER

While social media is a powerful tool it is not the only way to reach your audience.

Some of the people who need and want what you provide are listening to a radio, reading a newspaper, attending networking events…. they may NOT use social media to search for the solution that you provide to them.

Stop being lazy and stop making excuses and do the work to get in front of your audience if you really want to make the sales you truly desire.

People would not buy from you if they do not know you exist. You have to create a business that gets seen and heard in the clutter of all the noise and traffic that your ideal clients are experiencing everyday.

PLUS, your marketing and sales strategy should include how you show up in different ways in different places so you can reaffirm with your clients that you are the ONLY solution to the challenge they are facing.

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Just 2 years ago when I jumped into coaching I was working Sunday to Sunday sometimes up to 17 hours each day. I was on a constant roller coaster of booking calls, getting people on the phone and talking to as many people as possible. Somedays I would talk to at least 15 people at a time. PLUS I spend a load of time posting in other groups, doing videos, sending emails and attending events…because I thought this is what I needed to do in order to make my business take off.

Little did I know at the time that I did not have to burn myself out to exhaustion to have a business that I loved. I started to focus specifically on a strategy that would make me happy that was specific to my business and the life I wanted. I was never interested in being like any other coach or being compared to anybody else. I chose the quality of life that I wanted and I had to design my business around that.

I raised my prices
I increased the value in my programmes
I cut down my work days from 7 days to 4 days
I did targeted videos and ads
And I got really specific about who I wanted to work with ( I say NO to alot of people if I do not feel they are the right fit)
And I hired people to work alongside me to grow my business

That was a conscious decision I made to LEVEL UP my business and my life so I had more time to spend with those I love and pursue other things that gave me pleasure. I am still learning and growing but until I made that decision, my life was in chaos and my health was topsy turvy.

You decide what your life and business should look and feel like. It is not a once size fits all and you do not have to do all those tons of things you do not want to do.

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One size does not fit all and what may work for me in business may not work for you for a number of reasons

1. Our goals may be different
2. Our ideal clients are different
3. Our budgets are different
4. Our tools and resources are different

So stop watching what your competitors are doing and instead focus on creating a marketing strategy that works specifically to your business.
One that develops out of the goals you set for yourself.
One that speaks directly to your ideal clients.
One that you can afford and one that utilizes the best tools and resources that you do have available

Not because everyone is doing it means that is what you need to do or that is the way you should be doing it. Make your marketing look and feel unique to your audience.

Now is the best time for you to LEVEL UP and I do not know how else to say it to you. To be successful you can longer be contented to play small and just do the bare minimum to get by. You have to make the decision to be uncomfortable, to ask for help, to stretch yourself beyond your limits and put in the work to get the results that you truly desire in life and business.

If you are ready to make this bold leap, then just simply reach out to me and join me in my private facebook group of over 3000 entrepreneurs from around the world. Join us and let’s keep the discussion going.

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Great Content is all around you!

Creating content was never really a challenge for me and I only realised how much of a struggle it was for others when I started to coach entrepreneurs.

I have always been a writer and creator of content. From a young age I would write stories and share it with my family. Creative writing was always a strong suit and I kept a diary from as young as I can remember. Always getting my thoughts out.

It was no wonder that when I finished 6th form I got a spot as a student in UWI in the Humanities department studying literatures in English. My dream was to be a lawyer but faith had another plan. And as soon as I did my first english course I knew I was where I was meant to be. Writing, creating stories and content. I read and I wrote and I have at least 3 unfinished books on my laptop as we speak.

I always joke with my friends that one day I would write a best seller of my life because it will be too juicy!!!

But creating content, sharing stories, tapping into people’s emotions has always been a love of mine and I turned that love into a business. As a coach, I understand business since I have been in business over 15 years but I understand how content drives sales in business and it is how I have been able to sell out my programmes every single time. Because of the content I share. I shared how I create content that sells in an article I wrote last year. Have a look here

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Adanna you are in my head…. that is something I have gotten accustomed to hearing from my clients on a daily basis and that is not by chance.

You see when I worked with a particular coach in 2016 and we were working on creating programmes and messages for my audience, she told me….just listen to them.
Listen to what they say
Listen to what they complain about
Listen to how and what they celebrate
Listen to the questions they ask
And you will never be without content

This really stuck with me and is the reason that after every client session I take notes of what we discussed and then I create content.

Some clients even accuse me of calling them out…but the truth is that if they had that thought, complaint or concern then most likely someone else is also thinking it.

From what my clients say I would
Post in the group
Post on my page
Write a blog
Send an email
Do an ad
Create a video

Listen to your clients and you will find your content!

Everyday for almost 9 years I wrote content everyday for staff of the bank, for my immediate staff and for the general public. As the Senior Communications Officer and then the Senior Public Relations Officer at the Bank my job was to create content and connect with my numerous audience. Even though I was not selling a product, I had to sell them solutions and make them know, like and trust the bank….no easy feat.

I created content for our websites, our internal newsletters, our intranet, for Governor’s speeches, for press, radio and tv ads and for presentations to the general public.

I remember being the lead on the National Financial Literacy Programme and the Office of the Financial Services Ombudsman and tasked with ensuring our messages were clear and getting an entire nation to know about the programmes.

Everyday we created content that triggered an emotion, engaged with our audiences and used our content to teach them about financial literacy. We used so many different platforms like emails, billboards, ads, websites, social media and public speaking engagements to share the benefits of the programme with the public. I had to convince thousands of people that these programme were the answer to financial literacy in Trinidad and Tobago.

I share this to tell you that no matter what type of business you are in, whether online or brick and mortar, whether selling products or services, whether profit or non profit….you have to create consistent content for your brand. Content that will build know, like and trust. Content that will encourage your audience to make a decision. Content that resonates with their emotions.

And if you want to learn how to create content that sells, content that makes sense and content that converts into sales then join me in my private facebook group of over 3000 entrepreneurs from around the world. Join us and let’s keep the discussion going.

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No reason to crash and burn

At 1 time in my life I was working a full time job (7.30am to whenever), was teaching 2 courses at UWI, planning my wedding, buying a house, studying for my Masters, writing for 3 Caribbean magazines, running my own local magazine, helping my mom run our flower shop and doing marketing and PR for companies for FREE.

I was doing it all and you know what happened to me? I CRASHED AND BURNED! Yep it all went up in flames. I fell into a depression so deep it was unbelievable. Things started to fall apart right in front my eyes. Nothing was working and I was engulfed with panic attacks almost everyday. It was brutal. I had to STOP!

Because I was trying to manage my TIME. I was trying to be a super hero and do everything and be everything to everybody and it made no sense. I was not prioritizing and I was not taking care of my mental or emotional well being.

I decided to take 2 months off of my business and I ended up taking 2 years off because the burn out was that intense. But I learnt and now I know it was never about time but about me, because I do not have to do everything and everything does not need to be done immediately.

I learnt the hard way but I learnt a well deserved lesson.
I prioritized
I asked for help
I delegated
I eliminated

And I became happier, healthier and a better version of myself.

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Now people feel I am always working!

I have been on vacation for days with no internet access and got a message from a client asking me if I really went on vacation because they were seeing me showing up everywhere!

That does not happen by magic and I had to learn the hard way how to show up, ask for the sale and manage myself not my time so I still had time to disappear for a few days and still make money and be visible to those who needed me.

I delegate and automate alot of what I do so I can get my mid day naps, go to dinner every week and spend a ton of time with my family and still smash major goals every week.

You have to be realistic with what you want your life to look like and how you want your business to evolve. I LOVE what I do but I do not want my head to be in business 24-7 in order for me to make money and make a difference in people’s lives.

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Do you know that you do not need to be tied to your business 24-7 in order to make a profit.

That you do not need to locked onto social media all day everyday

That you do not need to answer an email as soon as it pops up in your inbox

That its not true that the only thing you should be talking about, reading about or listening to should be about business

That you have to give up time with family and friends to make your business succeed

Or that you can only really run a business when you leave your 8-4 job

All of these things is what has been taught to us but it is not true. It is all tied into this silly notion that we do not have enough time to do and be and get everything you want.

Don’t get me wrong…. starting and running a biz takes hard work, sacrifice and determination but there is a healthy, logical, purposeful way to do it without being burnt out and frustrated.

There is no reason to crash and burn and if you feel this way then it is time to get some help so you can live the life you really want. Let’s get on a call if this is you.

No email list = No business

YOU ARE NOT SERIOUS!

Why is it when a new client comes to me and asks for help and we start to explore all the things they are doing and not doing that email is always so low on the list? It’s either they are not sending at all or they are sending so sporadically that their clients do not even know they exist? Arrgh

Guys, you want to grow your clientele? You want to make money? You want to connect with your audience? Then you have to start taking your email list seriously. Some of you are so stuck on the social media bandwagon that you are not seeing what is directly under your nose. There are people who want to engage with you outside of social media everyday!!!!

Get on the train, get on this bandwagon and come experience what so many of us are experiencing. Let me just say this. It does not happen overnight so do not booo hooo if you sent 2 emails and no one deposited 5k into your account. You have to build their trust. They have to know you are in it for the long haul. They have to know that you really want to help them. They have to know you are all in for them and with them. In other words you have to be consistent in providing value and asking for the sale.

Here are some things to consider once you start sending out your emails:

OPT-IN

I change my opt-in a few times a year and they are not always shared on my website. In my business, I have found that using an opt-in was the easiest way to grow my email list as well as stay connected with my clients in ways I could not using social media

What is an opt-in? An opt-in is one of the tools you use to grow your email. It is a valuable piece of information that you give your clientele in exchange for their email address. This is a free easy way for you to stay connected beyond social media because you own your email list whereas you do not own the content that you share on any of your social media platforms.

SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THEM

I work a lot with my clients in creating emails to send out to their audience and the first thing that pops out to me is how many are just struggling to speak authentically in your own voice. If someone opts-in to get valuable information from you…then they want to hear from YOU. They do not want to hear a bunch of recycled clichéd words and phrases. They want your thoughts and opinions in your own voice and your own words. Do not be afraid to speak to them like you would speak to a sister or brother if you were telling them about your business.

Speak directly to them in an authentic voice

CALL TO ACTION

Are you using a Call to Action in your emails when you do send them? What exactly do you want your readers to do when they have consumed the information that you have sent? Many people miss the mark when sending emails and just are concerned with showing a pretty picture. But like with everything else in business, you have to tell your audience what you want them to do!

EMAIL AWAY

This one always causes much controversy because some people hate sending and some people hate receiving emails. The truth is that it depends solely on you and your audience and the relationship you have built with them. But sending 1 email per month is many instances is not cutting it!

Do not let this marketing gold mine go to waste in your strategy arsenal. I see many people who send an email to me every quarter and what tends to happen is that I read it and say I will come back to them because I am busy. But because they are not going to email me again until 6 weeks from now, I forget about them and they lose the sale…. Of course your offer is totally irresistible then I would click on your link and buy right away right?? Lol

The truth is people need to be reminded of offers, sales, discounts, valuable information. They need to be reminded in order for them to take action. Especially if you are having a time sensitive event or sale, so do not be afraid to stay connected and email them often

WHAT DO I EMAIL TODAY?

Anything I want! That’s the beauty of emails. It is the opportunity for you to share stories about your business, your ups and downs, your sales and offers and just about anything you want.

For me, what ever I share with you here in DBS I usually also email to my list because trust me somebody in here would see it in their email and not see it as a post in DBS. So that’s the beauty of creating an email list. It can and should be repurposed and used over and over an over again.

What did you email today?

20% opened my emails today and I am ecstatic

No I am not mad. The thing is that most people don’t understand is that 100% of people may not open your emails for a number of reasons. But 20% is a great open rate!

I read an article this morning that said 24.79% is the new ‘great’ open rate but you get my drift. The point is you are always aiming for everyone to open your drool worthy emails but 24.79% is a great open rate to have. When last have you checked your open rate?

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EMAILS ARE YOUR LOVE NOTES TO YOUR CLIENTS

You do love your clients, right? Even the one who have not even bought from you as yet right? Well because I love my clients, I send them love notes. That is what I think of my emails. It is my way to say to my clients everyday…Hey, I was just thinking about you. I love you and I know you need to hear this as much as me….Or I know you have told me in the past that you were struggling with this so I just wanted to share somethings that I use. Your clients feel the love in the emails that you send because they know you are sending it to share, add value to their lives and to put a smile on their face. At least that is why I send emails and boy does my love convert!

2018 is the year of LOVE so let’s start by sending love to the people we care about.