Imagine life 365 days from now once you took action on just one of the brilliant online business ideas you have.
Have you been dreaming of, planning and praying your online empire for some time now?
The passive income, the 5-hour workweeks, and living in the ‘Netflix’ and chill mode.’
YES!!! I too dream of that.
But here’s the thing.
I could give a pretty convincing argument that the phrase ‘passive income’ should be banned as it relates to business period, exclamation point.
Yeah about that, that’s a post for another time.
But taking a viable online business idea and turning it into a six or seven-figure business is becoming less a dream and more a reality for lots of passionate entrepreneurs.
Consequently, learning how to build a captivating brand and systematically attracting people online begins with a real talent. I know that doesn’t scare you. We all have talents and skills we’ve honed and teaching, coaching and sharing your expertise at scale can be very rewarding and profitable.
Here’s the thing, once you know exactly what you want to share, make a commitment to start working on a plan and putting a system in place to make it happen.
Your dream can happen but it takes a strong vision, a plan and real work.
No secret, taking a book, blog, merchandise or business from an idea to profitability requires focus and next-level hustle, but are you afraid of that?
Exactly, I didn’t think so.
Furthermore, if you’re ready to narrow down your business idea and figure out what online business model would work best for you let’s chat.
If only the well-meaning discussions with your BFF about your game-changing biz could make it pop, you’d be rich!
I can relate, I procrastinated for years before taking my idea and talents online.
If your online business idea has been a staple in your head year after year, it’s time to move forward.
By now you’re tired of dreaming how your life could play out if you could pursue what you love full-time.
Consequently, you likely know you’d make more money and impact online doing something you love doing.
In moments of real clarity, It’s evident to you.
That the sooner you can escape the constraints of the 9-5 employee or 8-8 entrepreneur grind, you can build something amazing.
And the thought of you being able to own your time ultimately gives you goosebumps.
As it’s worth repeating, I’m a big fan of knowledge-based products.
Do you have a clear area of expertise in which you want to use the knowledge you already have to serve people?
If so, creating a digital product can change your life.
Exactly what I mean by a digital product?
Digital products are anything you can create and sell entirely online from your laptop.
To name a few, you can package your knowledge, expertise, passion, or craft in several ways.
There are online courses, ebooks, coaching, online memberships, digital magazines, photography, packaged services, download templated, workbooks, guides, meal plans, workout regimes, hair care guides, make-up application cheatsheets, and the list goes on.
Imagine as an online coach hopping on the Web to provide your expertise to coaching clients via Skype or Google Hangout.
You can set up weekly, monthly, or, even daily schedules depending on the client and projects you have.
Or, you could have an online course to teach the experiences, craft, skills, or talent you’ve been using your entire professional career.
What about your passion or personal interests?
You’ve got options to choose from when deciding what products or services to create and monetize in your online business.
Where To Go From Here
We live in the heart of a time where you can create, launch, and grow the entirety of your business from your laptop.
Once you kick the idea of remaining comfortable to the curb what’s not to be little-girl giggly about?
The answer? The most important by far is that you should market your book and build it’s momentum as early as possible.
Authors underestimate how much promotions are required to leverage social and online marketing fully.
The Added Psychological Value Of Pre-Promotions
First, when you get a jump start on promoting your book, you’ll have the added psychological pressure to make it happen.
I know that sounds crazy. Yet, you’d be surprised at how many people start writing a book and don’t finish.
Look, I get it.
Life can get overwhelming. So, if you don’t have a hard-core commitment to finish it, it may not happen.
However, when you’re writing your book with purpose and make a promise to your audience, customers, and community, you’ll be more motivated to follow through.
Trust me; my book launch was on a tight schedule. Therefore, during the last few weeks, everything took a backburner to me, delivering it on time.
When Is Too Early To Market Your Book?
Never. The sooner you can build momentum and excitement about your book, the better.
Here’s a tip I’ve learned about online marketing, people’s attention spans are short when they’re online.
Your book’s topic, launch date, and promo schedule will compete against everything else being shared.
Your audience is consuming lots of content, but very little of it makes a real connection.
Consequently, online market research says that a person needs to see a marketing message several times before taking action.
On top of that, we all have different habits and ways we consume social media.
As an author, don’t underestimate how much promotion is needed to reach 50% of your following.
To get a better idea of how much promotion it’ll take, look at your current engagement ratio.
Listen, some people follow me on social media that don’t even know I’ve written a book.
And it’s two years old.
I know this because every time I post about it, I get congratulatory comments like the book is brand new.
LOL, and usually, I’ll notice a spike in sales that day too.
As you think about how to market your book’s pre-launch, here’s an excellent strategy to consider.
Identify Influencers To Help Push More Sales
Who are the media influencers in your industry, public relations professionals, and local librarians?
What book organizations, conferences, book fairs, and media professionals can you reach out to?
Now create a plan to educate as many of them as early as possible about your book.
These will be the people to help spread the word and promote your book at scale.
Build Relationships With Journalists And Conference Coordinators
From my early career days of working within public relations and the media, I learned that journalists, media contributors, and conference coordinators work diligently to book out content and programming months in advance.
You certainly want to give journalists and conference coordinators a heads up about you, your book, and the launch date early.
Think about it, likely you or someone on your team will be approaching them for the first time. So give yourself months to reach out to them, introduce yourself and your book, nurture the relationship, and follow up.
Your tribe wants to know a lot about you, and you have to be a bit vulnerable at times and share your authentic story.
The more you share your journey, ideas, insight, and behind-the-scenes of your life with them, the more relatable you’ll be to them.
Your online community and audience are online seeking solutions to problems they have.
They’re looking for new insight and information.
They are seeking different ways and knowledge to help them live their best lives!
Similar to real-life relationships with your girls, you should aim to attract Internet friends that value you.
An online community of people that appreciate your distinct style, voice, value, and expertise will become your tribe.
And remember, your goal is to attract and online community that is very niche but also diverse.
That’s important, hear me here. There will be some people who will join your tribe, consume your content, and you’ll be able to convert those online friends into customers.
Others will become personal brand supporters, brand ambassadors, and collaborators: All like-minded. So you need both, the audience that will buy your stuff and those that will support and share your stuff.
And yes, some will be both, and those are my faves!
Get In Formation
Cause who needs Internet friends that aren’t information?!
You’re the leader of the tribe and though-leader of your community.
It’s your job to invite, entertain, and host the people who show up at your Internet party.
Make them feel warm inside about showing up for you, and get them excited to support and hear from you.
They won’t see the world exactly like you, but they should undoubtedly have similar values, goals, and aspirations.
And like real friendships take work, so do online ones.
I know, I too struggle to see my friends in real life, but I make it happen.
No getting around it, building a community of anything is about the relationship.
A healthy, balanced, respectable give and take exchange.
Real relationships are NOT created with aggressive online selling.
Relationships are formed and strengthened by genuine listening and authentic two-way communication,
Use your brand’s foundation to build trusted relationships with your audience.
Get your views, story, and ideas shared to the masses.
Build resonance and connection with other people who relate to you.
I’ve worked in my marketing practice for nine years, men are more eager to share their perspectives, and I see this firsthand.
As women entrepreneurs, we can change this dynamic and embrace the economic and storytelling power of branding.
We’re in the heart of the digital era; it’s easier than ever to brand yourself and share your unique story.
1821 new businesses were started by women every day in 2018, and that’s ‘gangster’!
Representation matters, and it’s incredibly empowering for women to have access to diverse stories from the female perspective.
Women have traditionally bought into this idea that their excellent work speaks for itself, according to research.
The truth is, in the world of getting visibility, work itself doesn’t communicate.
Every day rockstar women with incredible work ethic, accomplishments, and potential get drowned out by their male counterparts and competitors.
Some women view success and likeability as opposing traits, but men don’t, research says.
What I admire most about women is our natural ability to connect with people.
As super connectors, we’re genius at building teams and forming community bonds.
So why do we cling to this idea that ‘networking’ is selfish?
“I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we’re all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose… When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds.” – Ellen DeGeneres
Just Do It: Brand Yourself
When you’re ready to step out and brand yourself, it’s normal to feel a bit overwhelmed in the beginning, but avoid that.
Push back on the scary ideas that try to invade your mind and take charge.
You understand three of the biggest online marketing mistakes new entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and new bloggers often make.
You’re a smart cookie. You know your dream customers aren’t perusing the internet thinking, ‘What expert can I find today to drop some cash with.”
A more likely thought floating through her mind may be, “What the heck am I going to do with my career? How can I make more money and do something I love? I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired of this job.”
See the difference?
Your ideal customer has problems, dreams, and aspirations floating in her mind.
Communicate to her that you’ve got an incredible product or service to solve her problem and get her emotions stirring.
Get Your Ideal Customers To Know, Like And Trust You
Slay these common online marketing mistakes and level up. Don’t forget that at the core of all your marketing strategies should be getting your dream customers to know, like, and trust you.
To do that, keep your marketing messages focused on your ideal customers and their needs.
They care less about you (don’t take it personally) and more about how you can help them reach their own goals.
They’ll scan what you say and quickly decide if they’re interested in playing with you online.
Make it easy for them to understand precisely who you are, what you do, who you do it for, and why they should care.
You’ve got this!
I’d love to hear from you and what’s been the most significant online marketing mistake you’ve dodged or made in your business?
What was the most prominent online marketing lesson you’ve learned so far, and what tips do you have for your fellow ‘Revolutionaries’?