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Digital Storytelling Tips with Donald Miller, Building a StoryBrand

My name is Tyler Kelley, I’m the co-founder and chief strategist. At slam agency. We are a full-service boutique digital marketing agency, really designed to help you captivate, motivate and inspire people to action through advertising and I’m really excited because today I’m going to introduce you to another one of my favorite books when it comes to copywriting storytelling, developing a message.

So last week we talked about the importance of understanding the sales process as a marketing professional. In order to level up your marketing expertise, you really have to understand sales why people buy? What motivates people drives people to action? If you can understand this, then you can really level up your marketing game now, if you’re a marketing director, that’s just always done marketing, then maybe you haven’t had a chance to get out in the field.

This is obviously the best place to start to understand how your sales organization operates the challenges that they face. You know what are those conversations that they’re having with people in real life. You really should absorb these types of things. That way, you understand, you know number one where your sales team is coming from and number two. What are the types of messages? What are the types of responses that help people get just a little bit further along in that buying cycle without understanding the literal, nuts and bolts of your organization’s sales process, then it’s going to be really hard to market.

You know no longer are we in a day and age where marketing can be here and sales can be here. We really have to bring these two together break down these silos. Bring these two together, align them so that marketing and sales are both operating. You know with similar KPIs with the same end goals, mind working as a unit and that’s how we can get more done, and so you know when it comes to understanding sales as a marketing professional.

The first way to do that is to just you know, get on the ground with your people and just absorb in the same way that you know in in branding. We would absorb the the attitudes interest, opinions of the brand, the voice of the brand, and we would we would work that out through a branding guidelines. In the same way, you should really absorb all that there is to absorb when it comes to sales. Now the second best way to kind of get this into your way of thinking as a marketing professional is to read copywriting books, okay copywriters, the best copywriters, the the copywriters, the legends of years years past.

These are the people that understood human behavior understood how to get people to buy. Now. What I really like about copywriting books is that they can bind. You know all of these important elements: the cycle and user psychology, buyer psychology, a thorough understanding of the sales process and then putting those things together, how to craft a message that drives results, and so really the best copywriting books put all of these things together and You’re able to get all of this knowledge in one book: okay, otherwise you’re reading books on psychology on why people buy you’re learning about the sales process, reading books on on on just sales process and buying cycle, and these types of things.

And then you know messaging and storytelling, and but the best copywriting books are going to combine those three elements, and so last week I introduced my one of my favorites scientific advertising this week, I’m going to introduce another favorite. This one is building a story brand by Donald Miller, New York Times bestseller. This guy runs an agency at a Nashville. Tennessee has has had some pretty high-profile clients over the years, but I think now he’s primarily focused on driving this methodology into the marketplace.

Helping agencies helping businesses kind of get up to par when it comes to story brand and the story brand framework. Now, in this book he talks about how companies waste an enormous amount of money for to really two reasons. Number one is that they just felt a focus on what matters to buyers right and what matters to buyers. What really when it comes down to it. The reason people buy is because they’re either looking to survive or thrive, they’re looking for a transformation they’re.

Looking for your product or service to take them from their pain point to success and in reality you know, we waste a lot of money because we don’t get to the point and we don’t tell users, tell our buyers potential prospects. What’s in it for them, and specifically, what’s in it for them, it’s like what’s that result, what is that, after effect after you’ve utilized my product or service, the second way that, as a company you can waste, a lot of money is just being confusing.

You know, we’ve heard this: Barry Schwartz talks about analysis, paralysis and this whole idea that the more confusing your offer is, the more likely it is that you’re just going to run people off. I mean you have to keep things simple, and the beauty of a storytelling framework is that it allows you to keep things simple and really that’s what this book is all about. It gives you a framework that you can use, and by framework I mean like it’s a fill-in-the-blank framework that, if you just take it step by step, you’re guaranteed to not be so confusing in your offer or in your pitch and you’re, really going to focus on The things that matter to buyers, which is surviving thriving that personal transformation taking them from that pain.

Point to that success. That’s that’s what a framework allows you to do now in previous episodes. We’ve we’ve dug into frameworks, and we’ve introduced several different types of options when it comes to frameworks and Donald will tell you himself that you know he didn’t invent this. This his framework is based off of the narrative framework. The narrative storytelling method, which has been with us four thousand beings for of years, and what he’s done is he’s just taking this put it into.

You know this book in a way that you, as a business owner as a marketing professional, can understand and utilize and put into practice right away. So I want to give you some highlights and, and in the in the show notes we will definitely, you know, have a link to this book so that you can purchase it and we’re available. Should you have any questions like on this practice, this this framework methodology? Okay, so building a story brand.

So when we think about the framework itself, the story brand framework, it’s really quite simple: here’s how Donald puts it a character has a problem meets a guide who gives them a plan, calls them to action and that action either results in failure or success. It’s it’s. The sb7 there’s seven steps to it. It’s super simple. The way I like to think about it is number one you have to identify you have to in any sort of marketing or advertising.

You have to allow your prospect, your target market to self identifying. Okay. So when I say self identify that means that, if you’re developing a radio commercial, if you’re developing an online article, if you’re, writing website copy right there front and center, your character has to identify themselves and the best way to do. That is by identifying themselves with the problem and so, for instance, if you’re a marketing director who is struggling with trying to make sense of digital marketing and how best to utilize digital for your goals this year.

If you can say yes to that, and that’s the first thing that I lead with – and you say yes to that – then you’ve identified yourself as a potential customer for what we’re offering in that case and so really a character who has a problem. These first two steps is that self identification. It’s a question that you can ask this person this this persona, this customer avatar of yours, this customer segment.

It’s a question that you can ask them that they say yes to so, for instance, if you run a barber shop, it could be as simple, as is your hair a little too long. Are you looking forward to getting a haircut if you can say yes to that, then boom the story has begun. What’s next meets a guide? Now, here’s the thing a lot of times when we think of storytelling, especially as marketing professionals. We think that we’re the subject of the story and that’s actually not true.

We are not the hero of the story, you know every good story, you know that hero is on a journey and for us our hero is the customer, so the customer is the hero. Whatever it is that you’re selling your customers, the hero, not your brand okay, where does the brand come in? Where do you come in? You come in as the guide you’re the guide. That’s going to take them from that pain point whatever problem, it is that you identified you’re going to take them from that before state, as Ryan Deiss likes to say that before state and then you’re going to give them a plan that says: okay, you do this! You do this, you do this and you’re going to achieve the success that you’re looking for you’re, going to have this transformation you’re going to survive you’re going to thrive.

If you do these things, that’s a guide who gives them a plan once you’ve done those two steps, then it’s you got a call to action. If you don’t ask you don’t receive so, let’s call this person to action. Okay. How do you do that? Maybe in a radio commercial, what might you say you might say dial this number visit WWE you got to call them to action. You got to say do this: if you do this, you’ll receive this.

If you don’t, you won’t and that’s the final. The final step. It’s because this call to action if they don’t take it, you have to you, have to kind of point them back to where they are and say: listen if you don’t visit WWE, so you see calm, then you’re going to be exactly where you were yesterday. You’re still going to have this confusion, this pain point it’s going to be with you, but if you visit WWE solution, comm and sign up and follow through with the steps and take action on that plan, then you’re going to have this success that you’re going to Survive you’re going to thrive, you’re, going to see transformation for your brand as an individual you’re going to realize success and that’s the key.

A character who has a problem meets a guide who gives them a plan that cause them to action. Hinting at that failure that you’re avoiding reminding them of that and then pointing them to success. That is how, in seven simple steps, this book Donald Miller says that you can. You can clarify your message so that customers will listen. Okay, so, like I said we’re going to leave a copy of this or I’m sorry we’re going to leave a link to this in the show notes for today’s show and read this – I mean these.

This is great storytelling this. This is the type of book that will help. You grow your business. If you are an entrepreneur, if your startup founder, if you’re a foundation director like it doesn’t matter, storytelling, is key. We have been telling stories for thousands of years as human beings and storytelling. It’s really, you know at the end of the day, it’s copywriting and Donald is an amazing copywriter.

So when I think of copywriting books that can level up your marketing game, this is one of them. Okay, so check it out. Thank you for tuning in. If you enjoyed today’s show or if you’ve read this book, let me know in the comments I’d be be excited to hear you know, who’s already read this and what you got out of it. If you read it make sure to tell me what you got out of it and if you haven’t read it but you’re going to order it.

Let me know that too, because I want to. I want to follow up with you and figure out. You know what were some of your takeaways from this book at the back of the book is a lot of really actionable practical things that you can do with your website and so there’s a lot here. There’s a lot here for marketing professionals and for business owners. So so I highly recommend it again: building a story brand by Donald Miller.

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Real Estate Marketing Ideas For New Agents With No Money – EASY & FREE! (2020)

Every single article and the winner today was Brandon. Haslett and Brandon saw I post his comment down all right up here And, and he was like this article actually was inspired by his comment. So Brandon’s, 20 years old, He’s saying that he goes and he knocks doors every day. I think he was like try to make 10 or 20 contacts every single day. He’s like look, I’m a new agent. I you know: don’t have a lot of money go through put into marketing, It doesn’t matter if you’re 20, 30, 40, 50, whatever like.

Sometimes, when you’re skins start, You don’t have a lot of money to go put towards advertising or Zillow leads truly leads or any of that other stuff. So I just want to share with you guys some of the things that I would go through and do and some of these success stories of Has based off of this little strategy that I’ve got for you guys right so number one. Okay, I would go through You’re reading this article right here on YouTube.

I would go through and start your own YouTube blog right now, really quick guys before you’re, like Jason, I I don’t want to start YouTube blog. It takes too much time too much work and You know I can’t go through and then shoot a article. I’r scared to be on camera, really, quick guys. I want to show you guys a few different agents who didn’t start too long ago, and they have absolutely explode their brand and They just get leads like almost like endless leads coming to them right.

So this is right here. This is Graham Stefan. He is a realtor in the stuff. I think his South comes Southern California’s. Sorry, I can’t even talk right now Lily this guy’s he’s got over a hundred thousand subscribers. Now, if we come over here now, I think he started a couple of years ago, but he’s just been consistent with it right. So it says one year ago, guys look at that one year He has over a hundred thousand subscribers, and so This is one person.

I’r like okay, this. This is a huge brand that he’s very Consistent with the he’s shooting articles like every you know, a couple articles a week, but for here’s another one Loida right here. She says new articles weekly, so it’s like. If you don’t have time to go through and shoot articles non-stop, then you know you can go through and shoot it like. Maybe once a week two times a week three times a week and the great thing about YouTube: guys: Okay, If you guys been following me for some time now and also add a link to a article that I created, of how to actually Rank your YouTube articles And I go through step by step everything.

I do not see your not going to rank every single one, But I’ve got a blog That I start in the dental space that has well over a million views, and I started out about seven years ago And I still get twenty to twenty five thousand views. Every single month at like, like today, guys every single month Without even doing anything I having to touch that blog for like four to five months. Okay, so the great thing about YouTube is One: you can go rank for different keywords too: It’s a hundred percent free organic traffic as people going through Just typing in a little search result and I’ll.

Tell you guys some of the different things to cert or to make the articles about Here in a second and then you know when they see your article, They see you on camera, and so it builds a deeper bond They’re like okay. You know this, this Lloyd, a person or Jason person, whoever it is. You build a deeper connection with that person. Alright, So here’s another one brian kocel is so so loyal. She’s got twenty thousand.

Almost twenty one thousand subscribers Brian’s got sixty five thousand and then here’s another one chaste and he’s got a little over five thousand. So you don’t have to have a massive blog right. You can go through and have a small Channel, and just if you like, go through start making a article two articles a Day, then you start to be found on a Google search engine. It’s a hundred percent free and the nice thing.

Is you make a article today, Five years from now that still is going to pop up in the Google search and engine the youtube search engine Just like? What’s going on with my dental YouTube, blog right, so, for example, right here, Chaston right here, Let’s say you use the keyword, hey the top real estate agent in Dallas. Right look down here, He’s not the very top but says hey meet chats in Dallas real estate agent.

Okay, So you can say hey. You could target keywords like top real estate agent in Dallas or Hey how to sell your home in Dallas and obviously it depends on like what city you’re in so like if you’re in Omaha Nebraska, like the top realtor in Omaha Nebraska, And when you go through. If you’re like trying to rank for like the the keyword top realtor, That’s going to Be pretty hard right, cuz, there’s going to be a ton and ton of people.

I think there’s over two million agents in the United States They’re going to be trying to rank for that keyword right. But if you go through and say, hey top realtor in your city, your state There’s going to be a lot fewer people actually on YouTube. And even I’m trying to rank for that right or you know, hey how to sell your home in Dallas or how to buy a home in Dallas or whatever city that you live in right.

So those are some really good keywords to go through and target and, as I mentioned guys, It’s a hundred percent free organic traffic. You don’t have to go through run as towards this. Obviously This is a little bit longer term strategy, but you can combine it with. Like, for example, Brandon He’s knocking doors every single day, That’s a little bit short of term strategy right, but then you can go through and be shooting these articles.

I’r just different topics like look right here. Chasse I’ll just show you guys some of the different articles. He does – and this is a good way to get ideas – is go, find other Agents that have YouTube blogs and see what types of articles are shooting and that you’re basically got unlimited content right So right here, let’s see It’s a hard being a realtor. My success in the real estate business He’s got a article on his listing appointment, real estate agent daily life.

You know you could just come over here and click articles and you’ve got all the articles that he’s done. You’ve got all the articles that Bryan’s done, that Lloyd has done This Graham’s done And there’s a ton of other agents doing the same type of thing now Graham gets a little bit into like the investing stuff And he even talks about bitcoins some of those other Hot topics, which is probably why his blogs growing a little bit faster, but guys, even with this smaller blog like 5,000 subscribers, You can get massive results like even if you’re skinny started, and you only have like 50 to 100 subscribers, You can still see some pretty Good results because you start showing up in the Google and YouTube search engine right.

Ok, So that’s step number one guys! I would go through start a YouTube blog start, branding yourself, Okay, especially like Brandon. If you’re 20 years old man, These articles are going to be live for 10 to 20, like when you’re 30 or 40 years old, these are going to be There where you can go through and still be, bringing in business right. It’s really good to start this right now. Okay, so then also another thing you want to do is: let’s say This is your article right here.

I don’t know whose article says I’m just going to click on. Oh, that’s a this, not even a article. How did they? Okay? Let’s see, let’s go, Let’s get! Okay, Here’s a YouTube article right here! Okay, so let’s say you got this YouTube article right here. What you’re going to Do is you’ll have a link down here to some sort of landing page. Now, if you guys read my previous trainings, I talked about landing pages.

If you guys have no idea what I’m talking about I’ll also add a link to another article. Talking about the easiest way to go through and generate leads online, and you add a link to that landing page to get their person’s Name. Phone number and email address to go through and grab that contact information right have some sort of call to action. Some sort of Giveaway that you’re doing on the blog, Then you could also leave a comment down here with a link to that landing page right now, Once you’re going through you’re grabbing all this data You’re building your network through this landing page, getting more leads and All that stuff, what you want to do is go import them into some sort of CRM.

So Here’s the Arsenal, CRM right and if this works for any CRM that you’re using. Obviously this is the one we use here. You can go through and import your contacts. You just choose a file pretty soon We’re actually going to be integrated, 100 % with Gmail with Google contacts, So you can just go and seamlessly sync those and then what we do is just put them on a drip campaign. Okay, so in this messages section what we have is We’ve got these pre-built templates of these are the bimonthly updates right, so every 15 days You’re going through and dropping an email on them, so that they’re just kind of like remembering who you are remembering the brand And all That stuff and then what we can do is over here once We’ve imported those leads, We just select all those leads And we say: hey and roll.

The leads of the sequence, choose, the sequence say: buy monthly updates, hit, enroll leads And they’ll be enrolled. Automatically into that sequence, and if you look at that, Obviously this is a demo account. But let’s say you’ve got a hundred leads right or 500 or a thousand leads And you’re just and rolling all those people in the same sequence. So, every 15 days you’re dripping on these people with real estate, Specific content, we’re building your brand or let’s say you launch a new article and you want people to know about it.

You go through in your CRM, create a new email, so come in here, say: Hey, create an email and go blast out an email to all of your contacts. Saying hey, I just shot a new article or I’ve got a new listing or I’m doing an open house or doing whatever and You’ve got endless content, And this is a really nice easy, free way to go through and brand yourself As you’re just getting started. Alright. So, anyway, guys, Hopefully you like some of these real estate marketing ideas for brand new agents.

If you have no money Just getting started, This is exactly what I would do if I’m just going and getting started. And yes, It sounds like it could sound like a little bit of work. Okay, but it sounds like maybe not the fastest process, but guys you know in five years, No matter what you do, you’re going to be five years older right. So if you go through – and you start right now – And you just get it done and just go start in five years – You’re not going to be looking back with regrets right in five years, You’re going to be looking back and look.

Oh man Look at that! That personal brand, like that business, that I built That’s going to Be able to serve me for years to come when I’m thirty thirty-five forty, You know all those different ages, cuz like you’ve, built that solid foundation And you’re, not just looking for the quick fix right. So, anyway, guys, Hopefully this article was helpful. If you guys are brand new here, make sure you subscribe.

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The 4 Parts To Social Media Marketing

Welcome to the we are slam show where we share marketing agency, insights, best practices and ideas to help your business grow. My name is tyler kelly, i’m the co-founder and chief strategist right here at slam agency we’re a small but mighty full-service marketing agency that helps marketing directors, like you execute on your vision, execute on your strategy, just think of us, as the outsourced marketing department, with a Specialty really in digital marketing, and today I want to talk to you about social media now a lot of times when we think about social media.

We just think about the Big Five Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn, but here’s the thing social media is so much bigger than that and as a marketing director, you really have to understand how big it is so that you can take full advantage of every aspect Of social media, okay, so social media is composed of four equally important parts. These are social, listening, social influencing social networking and social selling, and in this article I’m going to go through each one.

Social media allows us to social, listen, ok, social listening is tuning in to the needs and to the wants of our customers and social media gives us the platforms, the tools that we need in order to do this more effectively in the olden days we used to Do focus groups we used to do polling and all these types of things, but, as we know, these things aren’t really as effective as they used to be polls used to be the gold standard for determining elections.

Well, now polls aren’t written worth their paper that they’re written on right and focus groups used to be. You know the thing it used to be like: let’s go in, let’s talk with some people, that’s asking questions, but the dirty little secret. Is this people? Don’t tell you what is truly on their mind in a focus group situation. They tell you what they think you want to hear. We’ve known this as marketers for many years, there’s been a lot of studies, a lot of research that say for focus groups, just don’t give you the real information.

So how can you get the wrong information? Well, social listening is the way to do that. So how do you do it? Well, you figure out where your customers were your prospects, where your potential customers are okay online, whether it be Facebook groups, LinkedIn figure out where these conversations are happening, whether it be a forum or you know, on a blog comments. These types of things, wherever it is figure it out and then begin to listen, hashtag following on Instagram on Twitter.

This might give you some insight into what types of things your customers are talking about, and this is where, if you’re doing you’re listening right, you can really begin to tap into what their pain points are. What they’re psyched, what the psychographics are like, what their attitudes interests and opinions are, and this will give you insight as a marketing director into how to approach them through advertising and marketing real quick, a few of my favorite tools for listening in social media, an oldie But goodie HootSuite really great way to set up what you want to pay attention to and then go back to that daily and kind of see.

What’s new, what’s happening, HootSuite is an oldie but goodie a few others that I, like I like mention. I, like Agora, pulse and I like brand, read now the second part of social media that you need to be aware of and know how to tap into is social influencing. Now, when you think of social influencing, I want you to think really about influencer marketing. Okay, influencer marketing is something that has come on the scene.

You know in a big way the last couple years and there’s some really good uses of influencer marketing. There’s some really horrible examples of influencer marketing as well. Now, here’s the thing: if you go: google, influencer marketing or social influencing what you’re going to find is you’re, going to find lots of blogs lots of lots of articles that are all about how wonderful influencer marketing is, but for the majority of people reading this article, It’s probably not going to work for you.

Here’s the thing there’s been a lot of research recently that has that has shown that influencer marketing does not provide the ROI that it has promised that it would provide there’s a really great episode on Noah Kagan presents, which, by the way, is one of my favorite Podcast, if I tuned in to a podcast, I’m tuning into Noah, Kagan’s podcast, and this podcast was all about influencer marketing, the ins, the outs, what works, what doesn’t it was with a guy named Josh snow, who has really approached influencer marketing in some unique ways, and He shares his experiences and his data in influencer marketing to tell you what works and what doesn’t and for the majority of you reading right now, I guarantee that it’s probably not going to give you the results that you expect that it should all right.

The number three part of social media – it’s the big one, social networking now, when you think about social networking, there’s there’s some really big ideas, and I want you to. I want you to grasp the first is this likes? Don’t matter likes, do not matter. Okay, there’s an article, it’s called a thousand true fans, and it’s just it’s all about how just in life in business in the creative world that you can accomplish so much more with a small group of devoted followers raving fans, then you can, with a large group, Perfect example: Priceline, if you go to their Facebook page you’ll, see that they have millions of followers and their interaction rate.

Their engagement rate is so low, less than 1 %, and it just blows my mind that they can invest so much in this likes game. In this likes number and so little in engaging content, the secret here is social media. Networking is all about that devoted group of fans of followers who will buy everything that you put out that will engage with every post that you put out. This is what social networking is truly about, and if you lose sight of that objective, then you’re going to just be in this rat race that continues and continues and there’s no winning the better way is to mobilize the audience that you do have and not to Focus on all the numbers not to focus on all those people that aren’t going to become customer now, there’s a couple other things I want you to be aware of when it comes to social networking and the first is seeker versus engagement.

Remember this seeker versus engagement when it comes to social networking. There are two types of social networks. The first is seeker networks. Okay, a seeker network is it’s it’s kind of based on this idea of search; okay, it’s where you as a user, will go to that network and you will type in a search and you’re looking for something you’re seeking out information. Okay, a perfect example of this is YouTube.

People go there to seek out the majority of people, go there to seek out information. It’s the second largest search engine in the world, just behind Google, and so, if your goal with YouTube is to build like this massive network with these fans that are engaging, then there’s a super high bar to make that happen and more than likely you’re going to Have to invest a lot of money into making that happen, and the reason why is because you’re going against the flow you’re going against the current the current when it comes to YouTube, is as a seeker Network.

So what you should do on a secret network? Is you should build content optimize it for search optimize it for SEO so that when people go and they type in the search, your content is going to pop up on that first page of results? Okay, so on a seeker network, it’s all about! How can I optimize SEO optimize my content to be found to be discovered later on down the line? It’s not about building this massive blog, where you have a ton of followers and there’s just massive amount of engagement.

That does happen on YouTube, but that is those are the outliers. Those are the success stories. Those are the unicorns okay, the majority of YouTube and the majority of the people using YouTube, use it as a search engine. Now the flipside is engagement. Engagement is where you do have networks where people are engaging where there’s conversations where there is community being built. Perfect example: Facebook Instagram.

These are perfect examples of engagement networks. Now, what I want you to realize with an engagement network like Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin Instagram, is that these are the networks where you can do social listening, because these are the network. We’re conversations are actually happening where there’s groups where people are, you know breaking off into groups of similar interest. Okay, this is engagement networks, and this is where social listening happens.

This is also where you can social influence behavior by way of becoming part of the conversation by becoming a thought leader on the network and by generating and creating content, that’s captivating motivating inspiring that that drives action. Now. The second big idea that I want you to get today is this idea of opened versus closed networks. Okay, YouTube is a perfect example of an open network.

What does YouTube do when you search it, takes you to other people’s content and that most likely links out to the web very similar to Google right, Google, which is not necessarily a social network? Although many SEO s would argue that it is when you type a search into Google, what happens? Is you get a list of results on your search engine results page and when you click the link, it takes you to another site off of Google right same way with YouTube.

It takes you off of YouTube and then there’s no penalty there. Okay, this is actually encouraged. It’s the way that the open network is built. It’s built to lead you to content that doesn’t exist on their site. However, when it comes to closed networks, this is not always the case. A closed Network really penalizes you when you post content, that is not part of its network that is not hosted on its network.

Okay, Facebook is a great example. It’s a closed network. How can you identify a closed Network? Well, the first thing is in order to access most of the content. You need to be logged in okay. It’s a closed network YouTube. You don’t need to be logged in access to content, Facebook LinkedIn! You need to be logged in to access the content, so these are closed networks anytime. You have to log in to access to content.

Then what I want you to think of as a marketing director is, I don’t want to post third party links now. The first question I always get when talking with a marketing director is well Mike, my site’s, not really a third party link, because it’s my site, it’s my page and it’s my site, but you guys think about like this. It’s your brand on Facebook’s, page! Okay! It’s it’s on facebook.Com and because it’s on facebook.

Com, if you put a link to your site in the post to your site, that’s a third-party site, meaning Facebook doesn’t own your site and because of that, and because Facebook is a closed Network, then what’s going to happen. Is Facebook is going to penalize you? I know they say that they don’t, but they do. Experience shows that they, just they don’t show content when it’s when it’s a youtube link, they’re not going to show it to very many people.

You can test this on your own pages when you post a link to your website, they’re, not going to show it to very many people and because Facebook is really built on this snowball algorithm, which is like the more people that like and engage with your content. The more they’re going to see your content and the more they’re going to introduce your content to new people and then on the flip side, if you post a link, no one sees it.

No one engages with it, then what you’re doing is you’re digging a ditch for yourself anytime, you post a third-party link on your site, so be very wary of any time. That might be the case when you want to do that when your boss is like. I want to post a link to you, know our products page here on the site. The reason why Facebook introduced shops is because they don’t want you to go to your website to shop.

They don’t want your customers to go to your website to shop. They want them to shop on Facebook, because Facebook is a closed network and they want everything that happens with their traffic to happen on facebook.Com. If it’s not happening on facebook.Com, then guess what very few people are going to see it they’re going to push it to the side and they’re not going to show it to anyone. So as a marketing director anytime, you have a third-party link on a closed network.

Realize that it’s not going to get very far, the fourth part of social media is social selling and I’ll. Let you in on a little secret. It’s not selling at all, rather social selling is all about building a brand. It’s all about becoming a thought leader. Building familiarity, we’ve talked several times over many episodes that people buy from those that they know like and trust, and the quickest way to drive an increase.

Likeability is by building familiarity it’s by being present by being out there. By having your face out there, the more people see you the more they like and the more that they trust you. I know this is crazy, but it’s it’s a fact. The more they see you the more they like and trust you. As a matter of fact, it’s called the familiarity bias so build it. Put your face out. There put your brand out there be out there be out there as often as you possibly can, and do so.

The step up here. The level up here is, if you’re out there with valuable content. If you’re out there as a thought leader, then people will begin to see you that way. Why do we do that? We are slam shell, so that we can share our experience. We can share our insights, our knowledge with marketing directors like you, so that when the time comes for you to hire an agency, if, when the time comes to, when you just can’t execute – and you just don’t – have the bandwidth to do everything that you need to Do you know in-house, then it’s like okay, we’re going to think about slam to be that that digital partner to be that outsourced marketing department that we can hire that that I can use as a marketing director to do everything that I need to do in terms Of like graphic design, article copywriting social media, digital advertising, I need a team like that, and rather than hiring that team one by one and figuring out, you know who’s who’s good in this position in this position and managing all those people.

Rather than doing all of that, I’m going to hire slam because by hiring slam, I get all those specialties. I get all those people, but I get a team that works well together and that I can provide vision to and strategy for and that they’ll execute on that and it’ll be amazing for my bottom line. Okay, that that’s the value there and that’s why we share content like this, to make you aware of our abilities to make you aware of our knowledge and our capabilities so that when the time comes, you already know who to call that’s what social selling is social Selling is not me hitting you up on LinkedIn and being a nuisance.

Okay, that is social spam. It’s not social selling, so you know why do i? Why am I never on LinkedIn? Why do I just despise LinkedIn? Why do I think that, like everyone in the business world, putting their time into LinkedIn is a waste of time, because it’s a spam network? You can quote me on that. It’s a spam Network and everyone, that’s on LinkedIn for the most part, is usually LinkedIn in the wrong way and just you know, rabbit trail.

If I want to engage and connect with the rail people, then I’m not going to do it on a network like LinkedIn. I’r going to do it on a network like Facebook or Instagram, and the reason why I do that is because that’s when people put their barriers down and that they’re there there they are their real selves at that point on LinkedIn, everyone just has like a mask On it’s the business, you know it’s business, business, business and everyone’s in that business mindset and it’s hard to break through that and really like what most people do to break through that.

It’s just spam, the heck out of you – and I don’t like that. I don’t like LinkedIn, you can quote me on that. Social selling is not social spam, so, rather than hitting somebody’s email, inbox or you’re, deeming them and like just bugging the heck out of them. How do you prospect well inbound prospecting is the key, and that is by putting out articles, putting out post that that provide information and value to the reader and putting that out there, knowing that when the right person comes along and sees that content that they’re going To reach out the final thing that I want you to think about, when you think about social selling is what I call trigger events this could be on.

You know one of the ways that you could use LinkedIn, it’s like okay, I just got a new job. It’s posted, like so-and-so, just got hired here. That is a trigger event. That’s an event that you should be aware of, because it marks a change in that person’s status in that person’s career, and so you know rather than you just saying, hey Congrats, take a note. Knowing that you know if your marketing director you just got hired on as a marking director, your onboarding you’re learning about your new company, there’s a lot of stuff going on, and if I were going to contact you, it’s not going to be on day one right.

If I were going to reach out to you, if my goal was to do an outbound prospecting, then I would I would look at that trigger event, and I would know that within a month and a half two months, that’s probably the time when you’ve got your Bearings and your ready to begin seeking out help, and at that point I want to make sure that you know about who we are and what we do. And so, if I paid attention, if you’re you know one of my targets, if you will, if you’re somebody that I want to work with, and I’ve paid attention to the fact that that you know you started about a month and a half ago, then now I Know that it’s probably a good time to get on your radar.

Okay, this is trigger event awareness. The other thing is just buying cycle awareness, and this is where social listening comes in in regards to social selling. You have to be in tune with those accounts that you want to work with, so be aware of that buying cycle be aware of where they are in that consumer journey, and you can do this with social selling, okay, so the four parts of social media, social Listening social influencing social networking and social selling be sure to listen to this a couple times because there’s a lot of good info in this podcast next week, we’re going to talk specifically about social media networking and how you can get the best bang for your buck.

With the big five all right, if you’ve enjoyed this podcast if you’ve been joined, this show do me a favor, and let me know anywhere where you listen or read. Leave me a comment. Send me an email, Tyler and slam. Agency.Com I’d be happy to connect with you now, if you’re looking for an outsourced marketing department, if you need help right now, give us a call shoot us an email or go to our site. Slam.

Agency.Com click on the free consultation button and we’ll be happy to chat with you. Thank you for tuning in I’ll, see you next week, thanks for reading, if you like what you just readed subscribe, then hit that Bell you’ll be the first to be notified when new content goes live. After that you can read more articles from slamming agency. We’ll pick something we think: you’ll love,


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Top 5 Social Media Best Practices of 2020

Welcome to the we are slam show where we share marketing agency, insights, best practices and ideas to help your business grow. My name is tyler kelly, i’m the co-founder and chief strategist. At slam agency. We are a small but mighty full-service marketing agency, that really works as an outsourced, marketing department for marketing directors like you marketing directors that have an idea and a vision for where you want to go.

But you don’t have the team the time or the bandwidth to make it happen. That’s where we come in now today, we’re going to give you some insight into how we do social media. In fact, these are my best practices for social media networking now, typically, this is the type of information that an agency would want to keep to itself, but we’re not that way. As a matter of fact, we know that the more we give the more we receive, and so we just want to give you as much knowledge as much value as many insights as we possibly can, and this show today is going to do just that.

Okay, so let me ask you a question: what do you think is the number one reason people unfollow a brand on a social network, any ideas. Well, let me tell you it’s because their posts are too promotional. Okay, I’m going to share with you our rule here at slam. We call it the 80 % rule. This is a big one. I want you to write this down. No more than 2 out of every 10 post should be promotional, and this is true on every network, no more than 2 out of every 10 post should be promotional.

This is the 80 % rule. As a matter of fact here at slam we like to we try to make that the 90 % rule and with many of our clients we try to make that to 90 % rule, and so now I know you’re thinking as a marketing director. Well, you know my job is to promote the business that I work for. My job is to promote my brands, so you’re telling me that I’m I shouldn’t really be doing that in social media.

What should I do good question key is to really create content that people on an engagement network can get behind can share, can engage with, can can have conversations around. This is the type of content that you like to share. As a matter of fact, we do social media for an HVAC company. Can you believe it an HVAC company now, typically, this would be. You would think pretty dry content right. It’s like hey, let’s fix the boiler, let’s fix the furnace.

Let’s those are all promotional types of things, so when we got around as a group and we begin to brainstorm what types of content would work well, we had to come up with content that wasn’t necessarily focused on what they did and so what we had. So what we did was we looked at you know, associations we looked at, you know where were they giving money? Where were they donating their time and one of the things that we realized was that they were really dedicated and devoted to the humane society, to making sure that pups had a home? And so what we wanted to do was number one was highlight.

That association highlight that relationship, and we did it by creating a pet of the month contest where essentially, people would submit photos of their pets, and we would select a winner each month where professional artist would then create a portrait of their pet. We would give them the portrait. The client would give them the portrait and then that portrait would be hung in a pet Hall of Fame and our clients office, and this has been going for over for almost two years now, and it has been one of the most viral campaigns we’ve ever put Out because people are engaged and what this does is, it puts our client on their radar so that when it’s time to pick an HVAC company, they know who they are, what they do and they have a connection to their brands.

So they’re going to call this company that’s one way that you can promote without promoting in social media. So one of my five best practices well number one is what I call pee pee pee pee. Now we hear all the time about b2b and b2c, which, if you’re wondering business-to-business business sumer these are these acronyms that we hear all the time in social media. I really want you to be focused on this idea of p2p okay.

This stands for person-to-person. Social media is a personal experience right when you log in and you’re you’re you’re scrolling through your facebook feed, or you know, you’re flipping through Instagram photos or stories. It’s personal, it’s personal to you and so as a brand. What you have to do is you have to make sure that everything you do is personal. It’s person-to-person, don’t think of it like you’re on this, don’t think of it as like you’re on this big hill and you’re talking down it’s.

Never it’s never about me as a brand talking to this, this mass of people right, it’s about me as a brand as as a person connecting with another human being person to person. Okay, if you keep that in mind, then when you sit down to write your social media post, when you sit down and communicate, then you’re no longer communicating to the masses but you’re communicating to individuals to human beings and you’ll notice that your copy will dramatically improve.

If every time you sit down to write something you think P to P, the second best practice is the 80/20 rule I mentioned and again, because it’s key, no more than two out of every ten post should be promotional. Okay, the number one reason that people unfollow brands on social media is because they post too many promotional posts. My number three best practice is perception is reality now I really want you to think about this, because this is really key.

Okay, perception is reality. What does this mean? Well, what it means is that, however, I perceive you to be as a brand. That is my reality now remember. Social media is p2p, it’s person-to-person, so it’s not about what you think of your brand. It’s what I think of your brand. Okay, and for me, my perception is my reality: now you might be thinking. How can I influence someone’s perception of our brand and that’s a really good question? As a matter of fact, we talked about that a few weeks ago in our show about confirmation biases as a marketing director, you can utilize confirmation biases to your advantage by number one being aware of them and then number two by utilizing them ethically.

Okay, social media is a great place to apply some of the principles in that episode, which will link to in the show notes. Okay, here’s three things I want you to think about. When you think about perception is reality, number one is familiarity, bias. Okay. This is key if you are building a personal brand, if you’re building a brand, where there is somebody front and center, then you want to make sure as a marketing director you put that person front and center over and over and over again, because people buy from Those that they like and trust and in order to accelerate this liking, and this trusting you can build familiarity.

This is called the familiarity, biased, which simply says that the more people see you the more they like and trust you, okay, if you’re a brand that doesn’t have a person that you can put forward as the face, or you know a group of people that you Can put forward as the faces, then that’s where you really need to take a step back and think about how can we, as a brand that essentially, is recognized by a logo? How can we become more personal? How can we be more p2p so before we even get to this point, you have to think about p2p, and how can you do that as a logo as a corporation, if you’re just posting from this entity, that is unapproachable, then a lot of times you’re not Going to be as engaging in social media alright, this is why fast food in fast food, you see the trends with comedy it’s where Wendy’s and Jack the Box they’re really able to build this p2p to build.

This perception is reality through the molarity. By being out there by injecting their brands and making them more personal, okay, this is this is where comedy really comes into play. The number four best practice that I want you to be aware of is to follow blog norms. This is so huge because a lot of times this just doesn’t happen. Okay, we think that we can just create a article for youtube and then just like distribute it in facebook and in turn all these places.

But the thing is number one: each blog has its own norms in regards to formats in regards to times and links of articles in regards to the way that people communicate. This is a big one right so like on Instagram stories, I’m going to communicate differently than I would on a Facebook post. I can’t put hashtags in a Facebook post and expect those hashtags to go too far. The hashtags that I use on LinkedIn are going to be completely different than the hashtags that I use on Instagram and so, if you’re taking social media as if you’re taking the approach of I’m just going to create one piece of content and then put it everywhere.

You’re taking the wrong approach, you need to follow blog norms and what that means. It’s like you have to be in each blog authentically in a matter of fact, that’s number five number five is be authentic, no one likes it when you’re, fake and in social media. We can tell okay, we can tell when you’re, not being your true self, when you’re not being your true brand. Okay, it’s obvious people, they have a, they have a BS meter and and – and we can see it a lot of times – brands get into trouble because they’re trying to be something that they’re not remember, p2p, remember perception is reality and kind of just be yourself, be Authentic authenticity is all about being true to your brand values being true to your brand voice.

If you can do that, then you can be authentic. These are my best practices for social media networking and I hope that you’ve been able to take something from this article. I hope that you’ve been able to pull something that you can use today. I want to leave you with this one final tip editorial calendars, use them. Okay, it’s super important that you get organized as a marketing director and the best way to do that in social media is to utilize an editorial calendar, an editorial calendar just at a high level.

It allows you to organize your promotions. You know any special events, any dates that are that are important for your business. Your brand, you list those on a calendar in any kind of high-level, insert ideas for the types of content that you want to happen week in and week out on, each of the networks. Okay, I promise, if you, if you aren’t using the editorial calendar – and you start using one you’re, going to instantly – feel more organized you’re going to be able to report on what works.

What doesn’t work you’re going to know? What’s coming up, you’re going to stop doing things last minute or in the moment, and it’s really going to allow you to implement the best practices that we talked about and it’s going to allow you to really level up when it comes to your social media game. Okay, so a few quick tips for editorial calendars number one editorial calendars use them now. If you’ve enjoyed this episode of the we, our slam, show if you haven’t already please subscribe, you can do that on.

You can follow us on Spotify. You can subscribe on iTunes. If you’re reading on youtube be sure to number one subscribe and then number two hit that Bell and if you’re you know, reading a clip on Facebook or anything like that, do me a favor Instagram TV. Do me a favor and let me know like shoot me, a comment DM me or you can email me at Tyler at slam agency com. If your marketing director, looking to up your social media game, we can help you with that.

This is something that we’re really passionate about and something that we’re really good at it’s taking. You know just your your ordinary SEO and taking it to that next level, I’ll be happy to share with you some of the things that we’ve done for brands, big and small, and hopefully we’ll partner with you to do something amazing. Now, if you want to reach me in that capacity, just go to slam agency.

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Kickin It Old School Google’s Keyword Planner

I’m just going to walk you through the process. Here you go to google.Com, /, AdWords and click Sign In. If you haven’t created an account already, it’s really easy. You just enter your information and then confirm your email address. It’s free, so I don’t have any campaigns here.

I’m just setting this up here for the demo, but once you’re in your account, you would click on Tools, go down to keyword, planner and then you click on search for new keyword and AD group ideas, and then you could put in your product or service there And Google would find keywords related to that. So if we did bicycles, you can also write a comma and then type in another keyword. You can put your home page or you can choose a category from the list here, so you can pick whatever language you want.

Countries so you could add countries that also speak English, so, for example, England, or rather let’s do the United Kingdom – and this is going to give you the average monthly searches for the last 12 months once you’re done there. You just click on get ideas and the default tab here is going to be ad group ideas which is going to give you several key words for each of these keywords that on the left here, so you have cheap bicycles, folding, bicycle bicycle insurance and then you Get the average monthly searches and then the competition among advertisers for those words.

So if you click on the little bar graph, there you’ll get the monthly searches over the last year. You could also click on one of the keywords there and it’ll break it down. Give you even more specialized terms. So if we go back, we click on keyword, ideas, it’s going to give you even more suggestions. So now you have second-hand bicycles, bicycles for sale, cheap bikes, discount bikes, bicycles in the UK, and you get the searches for that too.

As well as the competition and you can sort them by searches, competitions suggested bid, so over on the left, you can also create a filter. If you only want a certain number of monthly searches right, you don’t want something that only has 10 monthly searches and you can choose the competition. So if you didn’t want a high competition, because you don’t have the budget to compete with them, you can choose medium or low and in negative keywords you can exclude certain things.

So, for example, if you typed in the word bikes, maybe something about motorcycles comes up, but you don’t sell motorcycles. You only sell bicycles, so you want to exclude those or maybe you don’t sell to kids. You only have adults bikes, so you could exclude kids or children’s bikes to make sure that those keyword, ideas don’t show up in the results here. So you do it for cycling, bike accessories and any keyword that you see come up in the results.

You could type back into the search field and get even more ideas and just get more and more specialized, more ideas for thanks for your website, we’re all just so. This is all part of the planning process here, we’re just adding keywords to our Excel spreadsheet and we’re going to organize them a little bit later. So you can, you can keep searching here and you go all day long. You could you could do this for hours, but once you find a good list, there’s a little download icon.

You see there in the top right, even article games for bikes, that’s a new category. I didn’t even think of that and, like I said you can download this all this data right up in the top right download and then it’ll put it in a CSV for you,


 

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INSTAGRAM MARKETING STRATEGY FOR 2020 & BEYOND | Adam Erhart

If you do it right, it can also be one of the most profitable investments ever and that's why, in this post, I'm going to be breaking down an Instagram marketing strategy that will not only work today but will serve you for years to come. Let's get to it: This marketing idea is not some cheap sleazy idea, that's going to allow you to buy followers or just fake your way to success.

Instagram marketing logo

So, if that's what you're looking for you're going to be sorely disappointed by this article, but on the other hand, if you want to build a real Business, develop a loyal following and learn skills that will serve you for years to come. Well then, this is for you and you're going to want to stick around because that's what this article is all about: a strategy that is so simple and yet so hard that even the most battle-seasoned social media marketers fear the challenge.

I am a pilot

I'm talking about mastering the six pillars of Instagram marketing, but before we dive in. First a story to tie this all together. Years ago, I used to be a Business jet pilot and when you're a pilot, the sole goal or the sole way that you build experience and essentially ascend the ranks of the pilot hood. Is to build hours. They're called hours because they're the number of hours that you spend flying a plane more hours equals more experience which tends to equal more dollars.


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This is great in theory, and the goal of every new pilot is to build up as many hours as quickly as possible, but there does come a problem if and when you decide that you want to leave the aviation industry and start a business or even get a different job. A job that is outside of aviation, nobody cares about your hours. Like literally nobody. I don't think anybody has ever asked me how many hours I've flown. That's, because hours are non-transferable and they're really only relevant to the aviation industry.

Now, that's not to say that everything I did in aviation is non-transferable after. I learn some incredibly valuable skills that really set me up for success when it came to starting my own business and building up a number of different, very successful agencies for one. I learned that I had to be a hundred percent accountable and that's what I now demand from my marketing, ensuring that it's a hundred percent accountable to what I want it to do.

Operating procedures are valuable

I also learned the importance of following systems setting up procedures and standard operating procedures or SOPs and their value in running a Business. I'm also now able to beat pretty much anybody at flight simulator yeah, I'm kidding on that one, I'm pretty much terrible at the flight simulator. There's basically, no transference from flying a real plane to flying flight simulator turns out real planes, and games are very different how they fly and that's why, in this post, I don't want to equip you with non-transferable skills, skills that are only going to last.

Instagram Platform

The Instagram Platform

You inside the Instagram platform – rather I want to give you a number of different skills that you're going to be able to take across all of your marketing across all of your Business and across any new social media network. Whatever comes up again. But it's not just about the future. It's also about the present and that's why, when you learn and when you master when you deploy the skills that I'm about to share with you now. Your Instagram marketing results have nowhere to go, but up so with all that said, let's dive right in.

Marketing videos with Instagram 

The first Instagram marketing pillar, that you need to learn how to create a video. You need to love these videos and master them. Probably no surprise that people love video, whether we're talking about it in the feed, whether we're talking about in Instagram stories, whether we're talking about it with lives which we're going to cover later. People just like consuming video. This is why, if you want your Instagram to grow, if you want to attract more people to your Business, if you want to build up an authority brand or anything like that, you're going to need to create more and ideally better, video content as often and as much as possible. I appreciate it is a little overwhelming to start, especially if you've never done video content, but fortunately it doesn't have to be overly produced.

Hollywood style, cinematic productions or anything like that. You can literally just grab your phone hit record and start there. Seriously, we've seen a huge change and a really positive trend away from hyper polished in just amazingly beautiful video and towards more raw and authentic and real videos. So don't let technology or your lack of editing or your lack of a really expensive camera or any of that stuff? Stop you from again just grabbing your phone hit and record telling your story.


 

 


Post audio content

Alright, the next pillar is a little bit weird, because Instagram isn't necessarily known for this, but I'm talking about audio and audio content. We're already starting to see this trend on other social media blogs, whether we're talking about YouTube or even face people are reading articles, but they're not really reading they're, just listening to the audio stuff. This is why learning to use and to leverage, audio content inside Instagram and, of course, on other platforms later as well, is a really valuable skill to have now.

microphone for audio content

I can already hear some of the kickback I mean, after all, Instagram isn't a podcast. It's not really an audio blog, it's pretty visual. Well, fortunately, there are companies that allow you to take audio clips and create audiograms, or essentially those things that you might see in your feed, sometimes which are really just kind of squiggly lines showing off sound waves with maybe a simple picture, or maybe even a web address in the background, or if even that sounds too complicated, you could just make a post and then really focus in on the audio and on the content and on the words or the music or whatever. The message is that people are going to hear with their ears instead of with their eyes. I guess you don't hear things with your eyes anyway.

Text within your posts

Let's move on to the next pillar, which is all about text, probably no secret here, but the text is one of the greatest skills that you could ever hope to master when it comes to marketing because it's been around forever. I guess. That's totally not true something around forever. It's been around for thousands and thousands of years and the written word well. That's certainly been around since the Gutenberg press really made it available to everybody, but let's not make this a history lesson.

Rather, let's just focus in on the importance of text and its value in Instagram and, of course, on other platforms as well. I'm talking about the captions that you write with your posts, I'm talking about any of the titles or the captions that you put on your stories anytime, that you're using words the written word or the typed word. I guess! Well, that's all text-based marketing and it's so really effective and really easy to do. Of course it's harder to master and that's why you want to spend some time practicing really honing your craft, trying to write captions that are more descriptive and more enthralling and more interesting and get people to take a certain action. And the same can be said when we're talking about stories trying to write more compelling titles or compelling the smaller captions and really trying to say a whole lot more in a whole lot less just because you don't have that much space.

High-quality photos are a must 

Okay, let's move on to the fourth pillar, which is what Instagram is known for and that's all about really high-quality images. When it comes to Instagram. There is no shortage of different ideas and inspiration that you can get from what kind of images are going to work best for you and for your Business. We can use things like quote cards. We can use stock photos, ideally not, but you could use them.

You can take your own shots, you can get professional shots done, you can have graphics made. You can have pretty much anything that you can think of made up into an image or into a graphic for posting. This gives you a huge amount of creativity and the ability to really test all sorts of different stuff to find out what style resonates best with you and with your market and with your Business and with your feet in general.

Just remember that one of the most important things that you could ever hope to do with your images is to really grab someone's attention to catch their eye and to pull them in, so that they'll eventually read your caption, where you can do the rest of your convincing and your persuading and your influencing that's huge, like important. The point of your image should be to stop the scroll.

Stop somebody from just mindlessly whipping, through their feed, get their attention, get them to read your caption, so you can do your influencing and your persuading they're now just like. There are thousands of different styles and ideas that you could use and draw inspiration from. Well, there's an equal amount of tools and software and ways to design these from free tools like found on Google to paid tools like Photoshop. You really just have to pick whichever is going to work best for you, your budget and your Business.

Instagram Live

All right. Let's talk about the next pillar, which is one of the most frightening of all for people, and that is IG, live or Instagram live. Essentially, the ability to hit live and then go live to the whole world, or at least to your following. This is one of the greatest tools that you could use when it comes to building up your brand and building up your self-confidence, because, especially when you're first getting started, hitting that live button is terrifying.

I remember the first time I ever went live on. Periscope, which rested soul is now gone. I remember hitting that live button and feeling immediate fear, immediate dread and my mouth going dry as a cotton ball. It was not my proudest moment, but I recovered had a sip of water and carried on through, even though I think, like three people maybe showed up to it. The point is, is that it started to build up a habit and a routine, and it started to allow me to realize that this wasn't so scary and it was actually kind of cool really fun.

It's also amazing practice for thinking on your toes and developing the ability to answer questions on the fly and really to engage in risk with your community and with your followers. If you ever have any desire any intention to get into something like public speaking or putting on workshops well, this is a great way to practice in a pretty low risk and safe environment because follows fills, you can just turn it off.

Hey, where'd, Adam! Go all right: let's talk about the next pillar, which is DMS or direct messages. Now Instagram has one of the best DM platforms available today and it's really growing in popularity, especially as we're reading organic reach, meaning the stuff that you put out there, just not seeing the same amount of people well as that sort of declines. The importance of building up connection and community and having those conversations in the DMS is growing in importance.

The important thing that I want you to take away when it comes to using direct messages when it comes to DMS is that this is a very valid feature to have real, genuine conversations with real people. This is not a great place to automate and throw in BOTS and throw in all sorts of fake marketing materials, rather to allocate as much time as is reasonable to have conversations with your tribe, with your following with your audience and with your customers.

A lot of business can and will continue to go down in the DM. So if that's part of your strategy make sure to spend some time there. Alright, the next thing you're going to want to do is to check out the article. I have linked up right here on Instagram marketing for small business, which is going to give you even more strategies so check that out now and I'll see you in the next episode. Consistency: clarity and congruence consistency means that you're applying a regular schedule, meaning you're posting regularly you're checking

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Introduction To Marketing | Marketing 101

So, if you’re interested in learning the Latest and greatest marketing strategies, tools, tips, tricks and tactics. You are reading the right blog post. Alright, let’s talk marketing something I love to do. As I fell in love with marketing years ago. I first got interested in figuring out why people buy and act the way they do and later how to influence and persuade. Essentially affect human behavior, Because whether you have a business or not marketing happens pretty much every day.

Anytime you try to convince friends or family to see a certain movie or eat at this restaurant or not that. Basically, try to convince them to do anything. Marketing is happening Also. Marketing is really important to understand because you are constantly being marketed to by everyone from everywhere. From something as simple as someone trying to sell you a pair of shoes. Or something a lot, bigger like buying a new house or moving across the country or even changing careers. All of this requires and uses marketing.

So with all that said, let’s Dive into it. But first, let’s cover what marketing is not so once we’ve got that Clear we can cover exactly what it is. Now, I know when I first got involved with marketing my understanding was pretty limited. I didn’t really have a clear picture of exactly what marketing was. So, I also kind of fell prey to the notion that marketing was advertising. Well in reality, marketing isn’t advertising advertising is marketing.

Let me explain. Basically, marketing is a Major business function. That’S made up of a bunch of other parts, one of which Of course is advertising, but there’s also a ton. Others like PR market Research, social media content, marketing search engine marketing or search engine Optimization pricing and pricing, psychology, copywriting and one of my Personal favorites direct response or direct response, marketing and quite a Few more So saying that marketing is just advertising and kind of like saying That finance is just taxes or HR is just hiring people or legal is just not Getting sued Sure these are all important, but there Just one piece of the entire puzzle: This is why, if you’re just getting started in Marketing can seem pretty overwhelming, which is why my suggestion is to find an Area that you find interesting, fascinating, like say, social, media or Content marketing start there really get some roots and branch out later.

Alright, So now that we’ve got that covered, what exactly is marketing Well as I’ve Just covered, you know that marketing is made up of a bunch of different sub Segments things like content, marketing, email, marketing and social media, all the Things we talked about, But what exactly is the nature of marketing, which sounds Like some kind of documentary “ The Nature of Marketing” on this week’s episode of The Nature of Marketing Well, one of the first things you learn in any first-year Marketing course is the four P´s of marketing product price place and Promotion Product being the details around whatever product or service is Being sold Price being the price kind of obvious, but there’s obviously a lot more That goes into it than just that Place is where the products being sold and Promotion we’re just kind of the fun stuff.

This is essentially how you’re Going to sell more of the product and what you’re going to do to get the word out. About your service, and while all of that is accurate and true and the four P´s do Make up a part of marketing? Well, I prefer a simpler, easier to understand. Definition, Marketing in its most basic sense, is communicating value to your Customers, It’s essentially answering the question of your customers “.

Why should I Care?” Marketing helps people solve their problems by clearly defining and Delivering solutions and really explaining the benefits of the solution. So they can get better results. Marketing is about connecting with people Understanding their pains and their problems and their frustrations making Them feel understood so that you can position your business as the solution. To their problems, and essentially just make them feel better and marketing is a Really powerful force As anyone that’s been in business for any length of time.

Can tell you it’s not always the best product or service that wins. In fact it Rarely is rather it’s the product or service with the best marketing, Like it. Or not, that’s just kind of how it works, which is why having good marketing is Just so important, So my favorite definition of marketing is that it’s Communicating value to your customers, but there’s another side entirely: that’s Rarely talked about, but still equally powerful and that’s creating value for Your customers, You see marketing, can create value and Your marketing, in and of itself, can be valuable.

An example could Be a blog post that helps someone out even before any money has changed hands. Or an advertisement, someone sees that brightens their day and makes them laugh. Whether they choose to buy or not or the way that a product or service is Delivered the packaging, let’s say which is so luxurious and over-the-top – that it Makes the customer feel special just for having purchased it? You see economics, Assumes that people make buying decisions rationally, logically and with Perfect information, but this is rarely pretty much, never the case.

We as humans, Are emotional often highly illogical and rarely have the full set of facts when Making any decision, which explains why marketing is so important and so Powerful, After all, if we made all of our purchasing decisions based solely on Logic and utility and the value we would get from these products. Well, the entire Luxury goods market wouldn’t even exist, but not all marketing is created.

Equal You see when it comes to marketing like when it comes to pretty much anything There’S good marketing and there’s bad marketing. Bad marketing is all of the Reasons that marketing gets such a bad reputation, It’s that hype, spammy Over-The-Top sleazy salesy icky kind of marketing that we all know we’ve all Seen and nobody likes It’s the stuff that looks cheap, makes people feel dirty. Even just looking at it and promotes bad products or bad services that really Helps nobody It’s the fake, countdown timers.

You sometimes see on websites, the Going-Out-Of-Business sales that never end and the pushy promotion of useless Products, That’s bad marketing. Good marketing, on the other hand, helps Customers achieve their goals, makes them feel better about themselves and has the Power to truly change the world, So my question to you is: What kind of marketer Do you want to be That that was a rhetorical question, If you say the bad Guy, I got nothing for you, but if you say the good kind – and I know you did then Make sure to check out this article right here, which I’ve got linked up on the Page, which is going to give you even more practical and effective marketing, Strategies to help take your business and your marketing to the next level and Way beyond that, Alright, so thanks so much for reading make sure to check out That article now and we’ll catch you next time on The Marketing Show

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