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How a Business Clean-Up Can Bring Marketing Success

You know that feeling when warm weather comes and you want to open all the windows and doors and air the house out? Clean out closets and throw out the collected winter clutter?

It happens to most of us. A new season comes and we have the urge to purge (and clean).

But what about our business? Shouldn’t it get a renewed look and de-cluttering too?

When was the last time you took a day off? Yes… a whole day off *gasp* to do a little clean up on your business.

What Kind Of Cleaning?

There are two clean-up projects you should do once or twice a year.

The first one is more of a clutter buster.

Get rid of old files bogging down your computer.

Move your images and big files off your main computer and put them on an external storage drive. Look at your credit card statement and note any recurring business expenses that you don’t need. Those little $9.99 monthly programs and subscriptions add up.

Open up the virtual windows of your business

The second clean up project is a mental cleanup

A mental cleanup?

There is a tendency with entrepreneurs to forget why we are running a business.  By now you may have realized that running your own business is not easy. As a matter of fact is can be downright hard some days. Like – “I’m done with this” hard.

There’s a reason you keep going.  Why? Do you know the answer?

To (re)find it. It would be beneficial to take another day off! *gasp* TWO days off?!?

Yes! Another day off. To reconnect with your goals and vision. To remind yourself why you’re doing what you do.

Grab a fresh notebook and a brand new pen. Go somewhere that you can think and get away from the hustle and bustle for a few hours.

Ask yourself the following:

  1. What do you want to achieve, in business and in life?

Take a moment to think about what it is you want.  If you want to have a business that allows you to travel, are you structuring it to allow that? If you want to only work 30 hours a week, are the plans in place to do so? Do you have an income goal? Write down what you want your life (and business) to look like.

  1. What’s your secret sauce? What makes you stand out from your competition? What is something you do, that your customers or clients LOVE?

This is the magic of your business.  I’m guessing you have competition.  What do you do to make your business the best choice?

  1. What do they need to learn from you? What can your unique specialties do for them?

Once you get clear on your secret sauce, think about what your ideal customers want from you. When can you deliver this information to them? How do you think they want to get it?

  1. How are you reaching your existing clients? How are you reaching new clients?

What’s working? What’s not?

  1. Where does my best business come from?

If Facebook brings you the most business, focus most of your online marketing efforts there.

What Does This Have to Do With Marketing?

Everything.

It all flows together.

See you do have a vision of what you want your life to look like, but we get caught up in our day-to-day activities. We tell ourselves, “tomorrow, I’ll really hire that VA”,  “Next week, I’ll get started on social media”,  “Hopefully, by next year I’ll be able to work less hours if I can hustle now”.

Start to structure your business around the life you want now, then decide where you need to be productive. What needs to be more efficient? What type of support do you need?

Make your business work for you.

Focusing on what your secret sauce is, changes everything you do. This is how you stand out with your unique voice, perspective, and services. This is how your ideal client will find you. They’ll be drawn to you because you resonate with them.

Knowing what your magic is, allows you to write more freely, and promote your services with the right marketing copy and connect with your audience they way they need you to connect.

Once you start thinking about your marketing with your customer or client in mind, it doesn’t feel so hard. And you’ll have a clearer sense about where best to reach them.

You’ll notice that your blogs are getting read.  Your emails are getting opened. Your social media posts are getting likes and comments.  Why? Because you have cleaned out the stale marketing efforts that are no longer serving you. You have reminded yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing, and you’ll remember what makes you stand out.

Now, open up your calendar and pick your two clean-up days, to.

  1. Clear out the clutter
  2. Set your one-on-one day with your business.

You’ve got this!

Having trouble with your clean up? Let’s schedule a “clarity call” so I can help you make way for marketing success!

5 Reasons You Should Be Using Facebook Live Video

Unless you’ve been ignoring Facebook over the past year, you’ve probably noticed the proliferation of videos in your feed with the launch of Facebook LIVE video. Originally, rolled out for “verified” accounts only, then to business pages, Facebook LIVE video is available now to everyone.

What is it?  Facebook LIVE video is an easy way to record and share a video in real time using the Facebook platform. It is a fairly simple three-step process that instantly puts you live in front of your fans and friends and gives them the opportunity to react and engage with you while you are recording.

Not convinced it’s for you? Here are 5 reasons why you should consider using Facebook LIVE video:

1) Using Facebook LIVE video provides you a way to quickly and easily engage with your audience, clients and fans. They get an opportunity to see you live, hear your voice, get a sense of your personality, tone and approach and brings your brand to life. They can ask questions and react to what you are sharing so you can also know what is resonating with them.

2) You don’t have to write and your fans don’t have to read. In this media saturated, short-attention span world, your Facebook LIVE video instantly goes right to the matter, event, subject or topic without having to craft some perfected blog post or newsletter. Even better, you can use it in your blog post and newsletter like I have done here.

3) Facebook LIVE video gives you the opportunity to bring your audience into your world and give them a behind-the-scenes look at what you or your business is doing. This is a critical part of telling your story and helping people to understand more about you and your business. That exclusive

4) Facebook helps you promote your video. While you are LIVE recording, Facebook works on your behalf to let your fans and others know that you are LIVE and encourage them to tune in while you are LIVE. It typically shows up as notifications. Facebook also wants more people using Facebook video, so it tends to push video up into others feeds to increase or improve engagement.

5) It is so very easy to now create video content, not only to use on the Facebook platform but also to share across other online marketing platforms. Yes, there are a few things you can do to optimize your video process, but in its basic form like the video included here, it is as easy as 1-2-3 GO.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s figure out how Facebook LIVE can work for you and let me know in the comments below how you are using Facebook LIVE or share your videos here. I’ll see you LIVE soon.

Facebook 101 Workshop

Facebook Business Page 101 Workshop

On Friday October 28th, I’m excited to rejoin to The Summit at Workpoint Stamford to present another social media session that will help you learn important Facebook Business Page strategy!

In this hands-on workshop, solo-preneurs and entrepreneurs will learn and apply the following in just a couple of hours:

  • How to set up your Facebook business page
  • Invite people to “like” your page
  • Create posts that will shine through the clutter

You’ll leave with a Facebook page ready to promote your business. I’ll offer practical, easy-to-do steps to help you reach more people on Facebook and feel confident doing it.

Visit this evite page for more details and to register. I hope to see you on October 28th!

Social Media 101 for Women Entrepreneurs

Social Media 101 for Women Entrepreneurs Event

Let’s talk social media . . .

I’m going to be joining The Summit team for an overview of the top social media networks (including current trends affecting each), with the goal of helping you figure out which are the right ones for your business and how to use them best.

Will you be there, too?

  • Frustrated and overwhelmed about how to use and manage your social media efforts?
  • Interested in what’s new with Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and all of the rest?
  • Excited for an up-to-the minute conversation about using the right social media platforms (and time!) more effectively to market your business?

Join me for a fun and engaging conversation about the most popular social media networks and how to make them work for you and your business.

Sponsored by The Summit, New York, NY

$45

Date: Wednesday, June 29th
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am
Location: WORKPOINT
Shippan Landing
290 Harbor Drive
Stamford, CT

Register Here

The Top Social Media Posts Shared This Year

As a recap for 2014, here is compilation of the most popular articles and posts that I have shared this year.

Feel free to bookmark this page as useful tool and go-to resource for all of your social media information.

Social Media – General
Which Social Network Is Best For Your Business – CNN Money

10 Surprising Social Media Statistics That Will Make You Rethink Your Social Strategy – Fast Company

12 Essential Social Media Cheat Sheets – Mashable

Men Are From LinkedIn, Google+ & YouTube, Women Are From Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest – MediaBistro

30 Little Known Features of the Social Media Sites You Use Every Day – Buffer

How to Create Perfect Posts on Social Platforms v.5 – Socially Stacked

Social Media 2013 by Erik Qualman – You Tube

Online Marketing
Propel Your Content Marketing to New Levels – Huffington Post

3 Essential Tools To Rock Your Online Marketing – Nancy Sheed Blog

5 Easy Ways to Freshen Your Digital Face – Yahoo Small Business

What Does Your Email Say About You? Free Is Fine But . . . Nancy Sheed Blog

Facebook
Converting Facebook Likes to Subscribers – AWeber

How Facebook Calculates What Appears in Your News Feed – Mari Smith

10 Facebook Hacks – Techlicious

Facebook Housekeeping: 5 Things You Can Do Right Now – Hongkiat

Twitter
The Top 10 Reasons I’m Not Following You On Twitter – LinkedIn

11 Things You Didn’t Know You Were Doing Wrong On Twitter – HubSpot

9 Small Business Twitter Marketing Examples to Study – Social Media Examiner

23 Seldom Used Ideas for How to Use Twitter Lists – Buffer

Understanding Twitter Lingo – Nancy Sheed Blog

3 Reasons People Will Follow You on Twitter – Nancy Sheed Blog

The 7 Key Ingredients of a Powerful Twitter Bio – Buffer

15 Tips to Get and Keep More Twitter Followers – Kim Garst

LinkedIn
How Do You Measure Your LinkedIn Worth? – Social Media Impact

Three Things You Must Do On LinkedIn Right Now – Nancy Sheed Blog

10 LinkedIn Blunders That Make You Look Like An Amateur – Forbes

17 LinkedIn Profile Must-Haves – Entrepreneur

How to Write the Perfect LinkedIn Headline – Top Dog Social Media

7 Simple Ways to Rock Your LinkedIn Personal Profile – Social Solutions

How to Lose Jobs and Alienate People on LinkedIn – Fast Company

Admin / Privacy / Productivity
Target hack: Tips for all customers – CNN Money

How To Survive The Snapchat Hack (and-others) – TIME

New Start-ups: Here’s Your Digital To-Do List – Inc.

4 Online Business Tools That Will Make You More Productive – Nancy Sheed Blog

Social Media Privacy Settings – Social Media Examiner

Planning for a Productive Year – Nancy Sheed Blog

Which one did you find most useful, interesting or surprising? And what types of articles and posts would you like to see more of in 2015?  Please share in the comments.  Thanks.