7 Tips to Grow Your Online Following AKA List!

7 Tips to Grow Your Online Following AKA List!

Tips To Grow Your List

Did you know that most Virtual Assistants (really ALL Solopreneurs) do not spend enough time generating leads + building a quality list?

It is crucial to spend time DAILY marketing your business to grow your list!

What’s a list?

It’s a list of both clients + prospects that are interested in you and your business.

Did you know that it’s easier to drive prospects to a “Free Offer” than drive them directly to a sale.  

Do you have a free offer on your website? Something showcases your expertise and solves a problem for your target?

If not – it’s time!!  

Almost ALL of your marketing efforts to any prospective client should be to get them on your list, and what better way than to have a Fabulous Free Offer!

Why is your “list” so important you ask?  

It’s simple….your list provides:

  • Future long-term income
  • Life & health for your business
  • Prospects the benefit of getting to know, like & trust you

No list…no pipeline!! – No pipeline…no future business!!

If you don’t have a list – it’s time to get started.  Here are 7 tips to help you start and grow your online following:

  1. Free Offer – Create a fabulous free offer that shares your expertise and passion.  Most importantly give them a taste of what you offer and leave them wanting more.
  2. Teleseminar/Telesummit/Webinar – Hold a monthly teleseminar or webinar and post it on social media, forums and anywhere else your ideal client hangs out.  This is a great way to build your list quickly!
  3. Blogging – Blog at least once a week and share your blog on social media, forums and anywhere else your ideal client hangs out!
  4. Social Media – Join Linked In and Facebook Groups and start a conversation, share your expertise, give advice, offer support.
  5. Speaking – Stand up and be heard!  Find a local club or networking group and volunteer to speak at one of their events.  This is a great way to build credibility and your list!
  6. Live Events – Go to live events such as networking meetings, seminars and conferences.  Be bold and get yourself noticed.  Participate!
  7. Testimonials – Give testimonials for your clients and include your name and a link to your website!

Take time each day to market yourself and grow your online following. Start NOW.

Block out at least 15 minutes a day on your calendar and before you know it you’ll have a list of growing fans!

Have a “freebie” is the first step in your Sales Funnel.

Make it a great one!

What do you think?

Feel free to post below and let me know what action your taking today to start growing your list.

I’d love to here from you.

All comments + questions are welcome.

If you know someone who might benefit from this information, please share. You can use the share buttons below the post.

HERE ARE A FEW RELATED BLOG POSTS THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST:

  1. Sales Funnels + The What & Why
  2. Are They Aware + Does Your Target Know You Exist
  3. 5 Awesome Ideas For Your Freebie
  4. Don’t Call Yourself a “VA”

Oh… and each week I host an Open Mic Session in my VA Tips & Tricks Facebook Group where I deep dive specific topics & answer your questions, be sure to join us for the next one – it’s FREE! Go to http://bit.ly/vatipstricks.

Thanks for reading – Susan

Don’t forget to leave a comment if you found this information useful – I’d love to hear from you!

5 Useful Tips on Project Management

5 Useful Tips on Project Management

Project Management Tips

If you’re a busy entrepreneur or one that is just starting out, it is so important to have systems and a plan in place for when you’re business takes off.  Here are 5 useful Tips on Project Management that every entrepreneur can benefit from.

1.  Organization – Let technology help you get and stay organized.  For example use:

    • EverNote to keep minutes from client meetings and store project documents
    • Word Templates to create client & edit documents such as contracts, business policies, client or prospect information forms.
    • Echo-sign to electronically deliver and sign contracts
    • DropBox for document storage that both you and your clients need access to

2.  Productivity – Need more time in your day?  Try these simple tips:

    • Use an online calendar such a iCal or Google.  You can easily synch calendars with your mobile devices so you can stay on top of your calendar when not in the office.
    • Create email folders to keep track of emails – don’t leave them in your Inbox.  Once they’re complete, move them to the appropriate folder.  This makes is easy for you to locate should you need it again.
    • Cut down on interruptions.  Turn off your phone, put Do Not Disturb on your door, close Skype & your email.  It is so easy to get distracted if you leave your email or Skype open.  Finish what you start!
    • Schedule time on your calendar to work on your own business and treat it like a business meeting!

3.  Task Management – Stay on top of your deliverables and:

    • Meet your deadlines
    • Know your availability to take on more work
    • Track time against tasks
    • There are several tools on the market that offer either a free version or a free trial period.  Take a look at TeamworkPM, Zoho, Myintervals or Attask to name a few.  Don’t be afraid to try out a few different ones until you find the one that works for you!

4.  Kickoff Meetings – When you start a new project or take on a new client it is imperative to:

    • Set expectations
    • Define roles and responsibilities
    • Discuss business policies and communication preferences
    • Set task priorities and deadlines

5.  Status Meetings – Weekly or bi-weekly meetings with your clients to:

    • Stay in contact
    • Stay accountable
    • Communicate

These 5 Project Management Tips help you get and stay organized and build a relationship with your clients.

What do you think?

I’d love to here your comments. Please take a moment to leave me a comment and share your thoughts.

Please share if you know someone who might benefit from this information. The share buttons are below the post.

Oh… and each week I host an Open Mic Session in my VA Tips & Tricks Facebook Group where I deep dive specific topics & answer your questions, be sure to join us for the next one – http://bit.ly/vatipstricks

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy your day – Susan

You’re Not Marketing…You’re Sharing

You’re Not Marketing…You’re Sharing

You’re Not Marketing – You’re Sharing!

Marketing is the Number 1 skill you need to master as an entrepreneur. Bottom line is – you may have the greatest product or service in the world but if nobody knows it exists it really doesn’t matter! And if nobody knows you exist it is close to impossible to have a successful business. Being able to market yourself and your products and services is crucial to your success.

You’ve been marketing yourself your whole life – you may not have realized it. What are you doing when you go for a job interview? Marketing yourself and your expertise…  See you’re already an experienced marketer!

Marketing might be out of your comfort zone. Try thinking about it as sharing your passion and expertise with the world. Most people cringe when they hear the word “sales“.  You’re not selling, you’re sharing. Sharing your passion with those of us who need what you have to offer. Remember people are looking for what you offer – so start sharing!

Here are 6sharing” tips every Virtual Assistant should know and use:

#1 Hang out with your Target.

Do you know where your Target market hangs out? If not, search for them in groups on social media and in your own backyard.

#2 Listen.

What is your Target market looking for, what is their biggest complaint or issue? Listen, take notice and document.

Create a FAQ document based on their questions, issues and complaints.

#3 Be of Service.

Grab your FAQ document and write a blog post on how your product or service solves your Target’s issues and complaints. Tell them all about the benefits of your product or service.

Answer their questions, provide support, be of service.

#4 Focus on Benefits & Solutions.

You need to get my attention. Let’s face it, there is so much noise out there and you need to be heard above all the ruckus. How is that possible? By focusing on the benefits your product or service provides. Convince me that you can solve my problems.

I don’t want to see your resume, I want to hear how you can help me!

Also, keep it short and sweet. I don’t have time to read pages of information – tell me immediately what’s in it for me and the benefits I get from your products or services.

#5 Track your results.

Measure your results and continue to improve. It is so easy to track and test your marketing. You will know very quickly if something’s working or not. If you’re not tracking your results – how do you know what’s working?

#6 Always follow-up.

Follow-up, follow-up, follow-up. The biggest mistake people make is not following up.  If you don’t get the response you were looking for – keep trying. People typically need to see your marketing message seven to ten times. Seven to ten times before they’ll even make a move to click a button, call, or take any type of action. Follow-up!

Track your results and make changes in your copy or approach if you’re not getting results! Remember – 7 to 10 times you need to be seen or heard before any action is taken. Stay focused and keep sharing your passion!

What do you think?

I’d love to here your comments. Please take a moment to leave me a comment and share your thoughts.

Please share if you know someone who might benefit from this information. The share buttons are below the post.

Oh… and each week I host an Open Mic Session in my VA Tips & Tricks Facebook Group where I deep dive specific topics & answer your questions, be sure to join us for the next one – http://bit.ly/vatipstricks

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy your day – Susan

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