How are you “creating your presence”?

My tagline is “Creating your Presence” and what this means is that YOU need to be seen on Social Media, YOU need to sell YOU!

When we have made the decision to start using Social Media to build our business, there are many aspects that you need to consider:

  • How do I want to be seen?
  • How do I want my business to be seen?
  • What are my values?
  • Who am I?
  • Who are my potential clients?
  • Which Social Media platforms are they using?
  • What is my marketing strategy?
  • What message am I sending?

You need to take the time and answer these questions, in great detail, so that you can determine which Social Media sites you are going to focus on, what is the content you will be providing and how much time do you need to dedicate to it.

The mistake that many people make is that they believe they need to be working ALL Social Media sites and it is leading to being very time consuming.  Which in turn, causes people to give up or not get the growth they expected.

I encourage you to find your primary and secondary Social Media sites to focus on (based on where your target market is sitting) and make a marketing plan for both based on the above questions you answered.  From there, you need to schedule time on your calendar to focus on these platforms DAILY.  You can’t build a presence, you can’t build a business, without committing to it every single day.  Popping in and out will not help you to reach the goals you have set out to obtain.  It is a HUGE commitment and don’t let anyone tell you that it isn’t.

There are more elements that need to be considered when building your online presence.  You need to look at blogging, free opt-ins, networking on and off the computer, doing speaking engagements.  We live in a very competitive online world and you have to stand out above the rest.  This is why it is important to understand the value of selling yourself.  People buy/support because of the like/know/trust factor.  It is NOT going to happen overnight, I wish I could tell you that, BUT the reality is that it will take time, lots of time, to build your presence and see a return in your hard work.

When thinking about your marketing plan, I want you to go beyond your business.  I want you to look at the other elements that are available on these platforms and take advantage of them.  Look at groups, look at your personal profiles, how can you use them to create your presence?  Schedule the time needed to focus on the other elements that are available to you and go a step beyond in creating your presence.

When you commit the time to creating your presence, you will see a growth in your business BUT it takes time, don’t expect it to happen overnight and don’t fall into the trap of the “get rich quick schemes”.

Go out there and “sell you”!

 

Finding Facebook Groups

As we all prepare for the upcoming Facebook changes and knowing we need to focus on groups, I thought this would be a good article to write to guide you.

Moving forward, Groups will become a HUGE part of your Facebook marketing plan.  You will need to find at least 5 groups that you will make part of your daily routine to go into and network (these are groups where the members actually talk to each, where they share ideas, ask questions, NOT just posting Business posts).  You will also need additional groups that you can utilize to get your “shared” Business Page posts into, in order to keep your reach growing and not decreasing because of the new changes.

To find groups:

  • FIRST you want to make a list of all the KEY words that you want to use to find groups
    • Where do you want to do business in, which:
      • Cities (search by specific City)
      • Provinces (search by specific Province)
      • Worldwide
    • What are the key words for your target market?
      • Moms
      • Brides
      • Men
      • Cooking
      • Hobbies
      • Business Owners
      • Travel
      • Music
      • Technology
    • Are you looking for?
      • Communities
      • Buy and Sell Groups
      • Residence

Once you have your very detailed list, you can start searching Facebook to see if any of these groups exist.

  1. Type the key word in the Search Bar at the top of Facebook
  2. Hit “enter”, don’t select anything, just hit “enter” once you have typed the key word
  3. The next box that opens, has a variety of tabs listed across the top, click on “Groups”
  4. Then scroll through the list and determine which ones you want to request to join

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Once the Admin of the group has accepted you into the Group, you will receive a notification.

  1. Click on the notification to take you into the Group
  2. READ the “about” section of the group (found down the left hand side) so you understand what the rules are for each group
  3. Add this Group to your list
    • Will this be a group you will network in
    • Will this be a group you will share your business page posts into
  4. Then you will want to make sure to turn off your “notifications” for these groups so that you don’t get bombarded
    • Under the Group cover photo, click on the “notifications” tab and turn off there

Now, start working the groups!!

 

GUEST BLOGGER: How Technology Will Change Digital Marketing In 2018

Digital marketing – pay-per-click, effective landing pages; These are not new anymore. However, as technology develops, it is taking more and more for users to feel engaged with products being advertised. Loading speed and engagement rates are more important than ever with the current consumer base. Below, we review some of the more recent technologies to aid with digital marketing which are gaining popularity, slowly but surely.

  • Video Walls

Featuring a group of monitors on a wall to play a large video advertisement or display several images to form one large cohesive image at once, video walls are the new frontiers of billboard advertising. You can view an example of the video wall in action in Las Vegas, when it was first featured in 2013. While the cost may be sky high as it is still a relatively new technology, you can be sure that your advertisement will be more attention-grabbing than any other advertising methods you have seen in your entire lifetime. By placing these video walls in a strategic high-traffic location and drawing users to engage with your display in high-end video walls, you are advertising your products with a very high engagement rate, welcoming more visitors to your brand and product as this new technology in action gets shared on social media worldwide.

  • Chatbot Instant Replies

Can’t be replying messages all the time? Facebook has an instant replies feature which allows you to set up some simple pre-set replies to help you answer your potential clients’ frequently asked questions. You can use this feature to set a welcome greeting, and inform them that their inquiries have been received. The chat bots can also be programmed to help you engage with your clients without actually doing so – one of the best examples would be the chatbot set up by RedBull. All you have to do to try this feature is to go to their Facebook page and click message. The bot has been programmed to provide you with their newest events and news so that you feel more connected to their products.

  • Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)

With the majority of business users being on mobile nowadays instead using their personal computers these days, loading time becomes extremely important to market your products digitally. A 3-second delay can cause up to 60% of users abandoning the page, which is where these AMPs come in. By converting your current business website to an AMP, you will be accelerating the loading speed of your page while still maintaining the aesthetic values and high performance that your website has be it for e-commerce, product pages, date-booking or just a simple blog. An e-commerce site built on this platform will help you to market your products more efficiently while increasing your customer base!

There is still plenty of new technology on the way in 2018, and we can’t wait to unmask them all. While AMPs, as an example, have already been used by several high-ranking websites such as Huffington Post and the chatbot instant replies utilized by various big businesses nowadays, there are still space for improvement for these features and they are continuously adding more and more benefits to help you market your products effectively. Meanwhile, just hang on to these three features and see if you can find a way to integrate them into your business!

Mia Clarke is part of the content and community team at Userful.com, experts in all things video wall and display solutions. When Mia is not spreading the word about video walls she is often found discovering the great outdoors, walking or cycling.

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Ideas for moving forward with the NEW Facebook Changes

Many of you have seen the NEW changes that Facebook will be making with the news feed and have gone into panic mode (read article HERE).

Basically, what is going to be happening is that Facebook will be pushing more “personal” content into your news feed and reducing the amount of business posts.  This has caused many business owners believe that they won’t be able to continue to build their business in Facebook BUT you can!!

If you are a regular follower of mine, you will have seen me preach over and over again about “selling yourself”, networking in groups, provide value on your business page, and do strategic posts on your personal timeline.  If you have been doing this, the GOOD news is that you won’t be as affected as much as those who have only focused on trying to sell their product/service and nothing else.

So what can you do to make sure you are still getting the exposure?

  • Work your personal timeline and news feed
    • Do strategic posts
      • Here is an example:  Gooooood Monday morning everyone!!
        Another FULL week on the agenda for me 🙂
        4 consultations, a training session, Orillia Business Showcase & Networking, zoom call with one of my monthly clients, dinner out with my gf Maureen, creating some videos for clients (loving the NEW website Lumen5 that Gary Semeniuk recommended to me), and working on my NEW 5 month course.
    • Take the time to go through you news feed, regularly, and interact on other people’s post.  Start some conversations on their posts, which in turn, will help you when you do a post on your personal timeline, for reaching more people
    • Start posting regularly on your personal timeline, share other business owners’ post to help them get out there (as a share will represent interaction and value because when someone “shares”, Facebook sees that as value), ask questions, post funny stuff, post motivational/inspirational quotes and articles
    • Do videos and strive to do Live ones

 

 

  • Provide MORE on your Business Page
    • Articles that teach people
    • Articles that provide inspiration
    • Your Blogs and get some Guest Bloggers so that you can tag them and their Business Page to help reach their audience
    • VIDEOS (this one is huge), especially Live Videos
      • Showcase your product/service
      • Share a tip
      • Interview another business owner
      • Interview your customers
      • Showcase when you are out networking
    • Humour
    • Inspiration/Motivation
    • Ask Questions
    • Visuals of YOU
    • Get people TALKING on your posts
    • Be “real”
      • lol here is an example of a visual I did the other day and this was a true statement.  Was the only post I did that day on my business page and notice the reach I got on this, silly right?  P.S.  I used the Blank Meme’s Site to create it, go HERE

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  • Start going through your “Pages Feed” and help other business owners.  Interact by liking/commenting/sharing their posts.  Make this a daily habit to check this feed.  From the computer, when on your Home Tab, look down the left under the “Explore” Tab and you will see the “Pages Feed” there.

 

  • Reach out to your fan base and tell them if they want to make sure they are seeing your posts in their news feed, to go to your Business Page and hover their mouse over the tab “following” (found just below the cover photo) and for them to choose the option “see first”.  This means that no matter when you post on your business page, when they open their Facebook, your post will be at the top of the feed until they move past it.

 

I hope these ideas help you to move forward.  The reality is and something I have been saying from day one, is that you have to “sell YOU”, you need to talk to people, provide the value that they are looking for.  I promise, if you focus on doing this, you WILL see a growth in your business.

Good luck everyone, you CAN do it!!

P.S.  Be sure to take my FREE Facebook Challenge as this will give you so much more for you Business Page!!  SIGN UP HERE!

GUEST BLOGGER: The importance of building and managing a database

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Back in 2011 I decided to hang my hat up as a custom home builder and get into the real estate industry. I was already used to working for myself, and real estate sales seemed like a perfect fit. A great industry, however, not for the faint of heart. You must have tenacity and confidence, like most businesses.

What I quickly realized after I did my studies and was told about how much money you can make in this business, is that there is a path to getting there and it’s not by listening to the masses, surround yourself with knowledgeable, successful people and have them as peer mentors. As a builder, we built up a reputation, for high end, quality work and with that my business was mostly referral based and work just always rolled in. Most of our work came to us through a couple of architects.

As a realtor, all that went away. Within two years of start up in our industry it is widely known that that 80% fail and of that 80%, 20% take the lions share of the business out there. My biggest goal, be one of the 20%.  I was lucky enough to have some connections and quickly started calling people in my circles and within three months, had my first couple of transactions underway. Then I hit a wall. I thought, signs out in the community would just cause business to flow in, that’s some of what you are taught in training. Not So.

I had quickly realized that I knew less than I thought I did about the inner workings of the real estate industry. I had to quickly face my fears. Cold Calls, door knocking, what, that’s how I must get business outside of print advertising. Hmm, suddenly I am seeing that all the things I have anxiety over are the exact things I need to get over to succeed. As they say, be careful what you ask for.

I decided to enroll in some training to get used to door knocking and cold calling and got on with it, as I was told this is the best way to build a database of contacts. I went at it, nervous, often not liking cold calls or door knocking. Time and practice got me better at it, I just didn’t like going about business this way, so I set out to set ourselves apart in our industry. We live in Keswick, ON. A town of about 25000 people and just under 10000 households.

We didn’t have deep pockets full of money, so I was thinking, how can I build my business and database in the community without spending a ton of money. Print is very expensive and unless you get calls, can’t be tracked. I noticed that our community was heavily connected on Social media, specifically Facebook, so I started following some people in my industry in the U.S. because at that time, social media was not yet a viable corridor for business in our marketplace. I learned quickly how to communicate and create content that was causing us to stand out from the crowd and we started to build a following. Then, I began to create and run at this time, six Facebook groups. Keswick Rentals to real estate resource, Newmarket Rentals to real estate resource, Georgina Lakeside living, The ONES vehicle events, the Realtor Referral Network and our business page The York Region Eco Team. Each one is Niche based and since 2015 we have build up group membership to approximately 4800 people and another 1500 plus people on my personal wall. As of late Facebook has really been stepping it up and making it easier to communicate with those we don’t know through ad posts, boost posts and with active buttons and sign up forms. With clear intention, we keep our business and personal lives separate on Facebook. ONE THING that is a KEY factor in using social media and I mentioned earlier, is to surround yourself with the right people, personally and professionally. Don’t be scrolling for hours on end, reading one negative story after another, or in groups scrolling through all the dogma, it will affect your being and it was my single biggest motivator for who I keep on personal and business walls. I control the content and energy in my groups in a positive manner and on my personal wall as well. You don’t need to unfriend or delete people. The negative ones will begin to fall away on there own. We all have stuff in our lives. Facebook should not be a portal for it. Look at it this way. Think of someone famous that uses Social outside of Donald Trump. They often share all the great highlights of there lives. Family, places, contribution to society and then they walk away. They don’t applaud or condemn those that remark to their posts, they simple create a reason for you to follow them as a fan, a leader, or for your inspiration, so that you can take this into your own life and create paths to joy and success.

People know what we do, so we do not breach that trust by boring them on our personal walls with business. Because we communicate with these people with frequency through our Niche based focus. Since 2015, we have been able on average, generate commission sales of between 80,000 to 100,000 plus each year and it is growing, with very little ad spend, until recent times, all organic, just time and genuine interest invested. In 2016, that amounted to close to 40% of how we generated income in our business.

Leadership was telling me if you really want to be successful, build a Niche based business, I was like Huh, what, HOW. They said, that’s up to you to figure out, so I sat down and started to think of what can we do that no one in our community is doing from a real estate standpoint. Giving back was important to our family, so we decided we will start doing events. Our 1st, a community garage sale for the neighborhood we lived in. I got graphics done, picked a date and then communicated through our groups and other groups in town. I also went door to door and got close to 50 homes to sign up and picked up two listings from that effort. We handled the permits, arranged to tables for those that needed them through a local supplier and I also called a friend with a green house business that donated all his end of season flowers and vegetable plants that we sold at our house with all the proceeds going back to local organizations/charities. Since starting that in 2014, We then started a yearly pie giveaway to celebrate Thanksgiving. We went to a local market and got them onside to pick up a portion of the cost and then approached a local lender to get involved and each year we giveaway 200 pies at our event, with a car show, music, face painting, our ask is to bring non-perishable food items that we donate to the local food pantry in exchange for the pie and fun times. In 2015 we started a local car show in Georgina, every Saturday night May to September, free to the public. We fund it from our real estate business, local grant, calendar sales from a calendar I create each year, with pictures from the weekly shows. We have gotten our lottery license and hold a weekly 50/50 draw, half goes to a weekly winner and half back to one of four chosen charities each summer.

We are now known as the Event King and Queen of Georgina. It is a fun and rewarding Niche we have tapped into. We have really gotten our brand built up quickly and relatively low cost, by influencing local businesses to contribute to our events, so we can offer prizes, etc. This in turn got us connected to the community. At each one of our events we have numerous prizes we are giving away and we have people filling out ballets for the prizes, along with stay in touch cards, so that we can update them on our events and how much we are giving back to the community, pictures, etc. My singular goal was to not abuse the privilege of people filling out cards and then have us harassing them. We always approach everyone from the mindset of contribution and have our brand softly build into all of it. Because of our events, open houses, door knocking, client communication, meeting people we have built our database to over 4100 individuals with emails, addresses and phone numbers, double that, when you include all of our Facebook communities, close to double that again when you include all the other platforms, like Linked In, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.

This brings me to my final point of how to build up a database of client information, management!!

I quickly realized that we needed to get a Database management system. I looked at many and wanted one that best suited our needs and wants. We use a cloud based app called Contactually. It is easy to use, integrates well across all our platforms and allows me to segment all the different ways we are connecting with people and communicate with them in very focused ways. It also integrates well with Video. We use Bomb Bomb as our templated video host to communicate with our database.

It is key that you touch your database with frequency. In our industry, we are trained that you should be communicating 33 times per year. We took this very seriously and sat down and created a plan that comes from contribution first and foremost. When it comes to asking for business, we never ask directly for business and we share how clients benefit by having my 30 plus years of build knowledge at their side. We always ask who they know that may need our services and come back around to them if they are responding to us. We always reward our referrals generously. We cannot advertise this, compliance rules do not allow it, so make sure your able to do that within your business, otherwise you could get yourself in trouble.

We do a lot of video, along with edgy marketing that in not conventional in nature, always listening and learning new ways to communicate. It works, especially when you tap into your genuine self. You must however push past glass ceilings. True success lies just beyond what you believe you are currently capable of. We have gone from not being known in our community in 2014 to being in the top ten percent of realtors in our community. We didn’t spend tons of money with print ads, or highways signs, we utilized technology, social media and coming from contribution by getting out into the community with events and leveraging others through solid ideas, planning and doing what we say we will do. This has caused our business to be primarily driven by referrals now and in real estate, this is a far more economical way to build your business and I am sure, same goes for most businesses.

The Brick and mortar way of doing business is fading away. Case in Point. Amazon, versus Sears, Netflix versus Blockbuster.

There is an abundance of business everywhere in any type of economy. Just step into it and stay focused on your end goals and do not waver. Keep moving, embrace technology and leverage people…. You MUST attract people and cause them to want to communicate with you. CONTRIBUTION and TRUST are key. Then they will do business easily with you.

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Gary Semeniuk, Sales Representative.

The York Region Eco Team/Keller Williams Realty centres, Brokerage. www.yorkregionecoteam.com Email, info@yorkregionecoteam.com Facebook,  www.facebook.com/theyorkregionecoteam

Black Mirror

Not sure if you know what Black Mirror is but it is a show on Netflix that centers around dark and satirical themes that examine modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies.

I have caught a few episodes and have been very intrigued about it as it really is giving us a good perspective on what the future holds for us when it comes to technology.

I have thought about what I have watched and realize they hit on some key points with regards to social media.  One episode, “Nosedive” focused on how we rely on social media to rate us, to give us thumbs up, to build our confidence, to have us fit in to a higher class.  As you meet each person in real life, you are instantly taken to their profile on your mobile (which means your mobile NEVER leaves your hand) and you must rate your encounter and depending on your overall rating, determines where you live, who you can hang out with, where you can shop…..you get the picture.

Why I was intrigued by this is that I see this happen all the time in social media in the sense of being rated.  We put up a picture and we watch our notifications to see how many people like/comment on it.  If someone that you are expecting to respond and they don’t, you start to formulate negative thoughts and question why.  You can imagine how this is affecting our youth of today.  I mean, they LIVE on social media (Instagram, SnapChat) and every picture is worth a thousand words, leading to approval.  Sad, that we have created this environment and to think that it will only get worse as the world of technology continues to grow.

So, how do we as a society stop it?  I wish I had an answer but I really don’t because as adults, don’t we do the same?  Don’t we try and take the perfect picture and hope to get the response that we need to feel good about ourselves?  We rely on other people to judge us, YES, judge us.   So, how do we teach the youth of today, and their children, that this is not how confidence is built?  How do we guide them down a path to not rely on social media when technology is only going to get bigger and bigger?

Food for thought………

 

 

Safety for your children

The world of Social Media is only going to get bigger and when it comes to our children, we need to take some extra precautions on how they are using these different sites.

I know many parents don’t even realize their children are using different sites and were not involved when their accounts were being set up.  I believe, as parents, we need to make sure that our children are protected BUT also help to make their privacy settings safe for them.

I am going to focus on Facebook BUT I want you to take the same concept for any other Social Media sites your child is using.  I will make some additional points, further down, in regards to other sites.

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P.S.  My suggestions are based on the computer version of Facebook, not the App, however, these changes will affect the App version.

The great thing about Facebook, is they do have privacy settings that you can go through with your children and set them properly.  I find the best way to understand what is being seen by the public is to view our profiles in that same environment.

  1. Go to your personal profile/timeline
  2. Click on the 3 dots just under the cover photo
  3. Choose the option “view as”
  4. This view will show you how your profile is shown in the public eye
  5. You want to go through/scroll and determine what needs to be fixed in regards to what you do NOT want the public to see

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Your next step will be to go through all the “settings” that Facebook has put into place for.  When you are your “home” tab, click the drop down arrow and go to “settings”.  Take the time to go through each tab and read to see what the option is and determine how you want it applied to your account.

Another KEY point to take note of, is that when new profile pictures are uploaded, they are automatically set to “public” therefore, you need to make sure to change that privacy to “friends” after you have uploaded it.  The reason being, is that when you change that picture again, the old ones will remain public and available for people to steal (this can lead to fake profiles).

If you find that when you are viewing your profile in the public view and there are elements you are not sure how to fix, just send me a message and I will help you.

I would also like to encourage you to remind your children that if they receive a friend request from someone they don’t know (even if it is a person of the same age or close to), to have you check that person’s profile before accepting.  Use your judgment on what you see on that profile, click on the different tabs you see visible, scroll through their timeline, and go with your gut.

Other Social Media sites:

  • Instagram and Twitter have privacy settings available to you, so you can take the steps and go through these with your children and make sure they are set up properly
  • The majority of the kids are using Snapchat, so I found this great article that can teach you about the privacy side of things.  CLICK HERE!

It is so IMPORTANT that we make sure our children are safe as this world is only going to get bigger.  Take the extra time to go through all the sites they are using and educate yourself on the security side of things.  There are tons of articles available in Google that can help you, embrace them.

 

 

 

How do you keep growing?

Okay, so here is the deal, I have been working my Facebook business for almost 5 years now (however, have been working Facebook to build for about 10 years now) and can happily say that I have a really great following of people who are truly interested in what I have to offer.

So how did I do this?  Well, it was all about providing value to my audience.  Providing tips that can help them work Facebook, ideas for thinking outside the box, my personality (I like that one the best lol) and just being “real”.

Most of you are probably just starting out using Social Media and I want you to know that it does get easier to grow as you work it.  It won’t happen overnight (YES, I know there are a TON of people out there that can sell you programs that will INSTANTLY grow your business, but I have my doubts on that).  The reality is that it takes time BUT you have to give more than just what you are posting on Social Media.

Over the last 5 years, I have created my website, created FREE downloads/opt-ins, created new packages, started blogging, doing speaker engagements, being a guest writer, invested in a Mastermind program, joined networking groups…..get where I am going with this?  You can’t just rely on Social Media to build your business to the level you ultimately want to build.

If you are looking to just make some extra money each month, then Social Media can work for you and you may not have to go the extra mile BUT if you are looking for so much more, you really have to think about what else you can offer.

As I have continued to grow, I realized that I offer a TON of free elements and of course my online training but didn’t really have a package that provided value at a lower price.  Soooooo, after talking to a few people, I worked on a new package that focuses on marketing in the world of Facebook.  I have to admit, I am pretty excited about this package as it is set at a very reasonable price that will help ALL small business owners to market their business.  It has them thinking differently about how they are going to market themselves and their business within personal profiles/timelines, groups and business page.  (Watch my Facebook Business Page for more).

So my message to you here, is to always think about how you are going to continue to grow, don’t just rely on one source to grow your business.  You need to layer it, keep adding more value on top of each layer YET have them all tie in together.

 

My trip to Italy

As many of you know, I had the opportunity to travel to Italy the last week of May, with my Mastermind Group.  The Mastermind Group was an investment I made, a year ago, to relook at my business and how to move forward and implement new elements/strategies.  This was a HUGE impact to my business and it allowed me to grow by leaps and bounds, the BEST investment I ever made!!

While in Italy, there were a couple of business elements that I wanted to do (even though, I have to admit, most of the trip was all about fun and seeing this beautiful country, Amalfi Coast was my absolute favourite!!)

We don’t tend to think of how a trip can be incorporated into our business but with the world of Social Media, it can make a big impact.  I did regular Live videos, just to check in and keep my relationships building as they journeyed with me, through my eyes.  I also took a variety of photos (some were selfies) that I can use as I move forward in my business.  The idea is to add quotes, my thoughts, my tips, to these photos which can be used on Facebook and Instagram (those are the two social media sites I focus on).

BUT, the BIGGEST thing that I did, was a 4 recorded video series that I will use as a FREE opt-in.  The video series is introducing my Facebook Online Training Program.

  1. Introducing the Facebook Online Combo Training
  2. The Experience and Impact for other Small Business Owners
  3. Who I am and what I can do for you
  4. Details of the Facebook Online Combo Training

My plan is to use this video series across the world, to introduce me and what I can offer to those who do not know I even exist lol

Here is a sample of one of my videos

So, when you are travelling, think about ways that you can bring your journey into your business.  Yes, the trip can be fun, but it only takes a few minutes, each day, to bring a business element to it.

Happy travels!!

Guest Blog: 4 Email Marketing tips for your small business

Email marketing, when used properly is one of the most inexpensive ways to stay engage with your clients and prospects, increase sales and boost your profitability.

Email marketing allows you to highlight one of the best features of your small business, which is personalization.

The best part? You can track who is actually opening and engaging with your emails.

Here are 4 email marketing tips that any small business owner can implement today:

Spend Time on Subject Lines

Your subject line is the first thing your audience will see– make it attention grabbing. It should demonstrate that your email will provide immediate value to the reader.  The subject line should compel your subscribers to open the email. Be specific. Customize it. Don’t feel the need to capitalize the first letter of every word or be afraid to use punctuation.

Never use the word “Newsletter” in your subject line.

Understand spam laws

It is surprising how many small businesses are breaking some of the most critical CAN-SPAM laws relating to email marketing and SPAM regulation. Canada’s new Anti-Spam Legislation states that everyone on your email list must have opted in to receive your messages. If you don’t have permission, you can’t email them. And you must have an “unsubscribe” link on your emails. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with some of the basics.

Make It Easy To Read

For email marketing, less is more. Be concise with your text and avoid sending emails with long blocks of text.  Keep your emails visually simple.  Include an eye catching title to grab the reader’s attention. Break up the text by including images, subheadings, and read more links for subscribers to go and read larger blocks of texts (i.e. blog posts)

Be Consistent

Start a regular schedule of when you will send your emails and stick to it. If your emails become infrequent, your subscribers may not recognize your emails in their inbox. Effective email marketing entails establishing a consistency which in turn, makes you more reliable and can increase your subscribers’ willingness to read what you’re sending.

Email marketing should be a crucial tool in every small business owner’s toolkit. It’s the most efficient way to boost repeat visits to your website or store and build strong relationships with your subscribers.

About Orzala Quddusi

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Orzala Quddusi is the Founder and CEO of Make it Happen Services, a marketing firm that specializes in helping small business owners build strong online presence.  Being a solopreneur and helping other solopreneurs has been a driving passion for Orzala. In her free time, Orzala enjoys giving back to her community, participating in volunteer work through numerous local organizations, spoiling her two boys as a full time mom and enjoys the outdoors hiking in nature.

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Email:  orzala@mihservices.ca