Symptom: You want to create your Facebook Business page, you’ve uploaded your cover photo and entered most of the information but it’s just n-o-t quite looking the way you want it to look. It needs a little more….
Symptom: You want to start using or expand your social media marketing, You know which platforms you want to use, but you’re just n-o-t quite ready to launch. You need to check on……
Symptom: You’ve decided to start a blog, you have your design template and everything’s in place, but it’s just n-o-t quite ready to publish. There’s one more…..
Diagnosis: ……Paralysis Of Analysis!
Trust me, I know just how this feels. I have so many ideas, some have been very good ideas, but when I got down to the final step and ready to implement….I needed to “do this”, or “add that”, or “tweak it just a little bit more”
In fact, I “tweaked” it until I tweaked it out! It was never quite right. The result was, it never got completed because I was waiting for it to be just right!
A perfect example is I could have been on the Internet in the early ’90′s, but I managed to “analyze” myself right out of it and instead it was the mid ’90′s.
Truth be known, until I “published” my first website, and started my first ezine, I had only completed three things in my life….Sandra, Susan, and Stacey……my three daughters!
Waiting for it to be… perfect
We are of the opinion it has to be “perfect” before we can actually begin whatever it is we are trying to do.
Let me share with you what I’d do. I’d analyze this and analyze that, then….I’d analyze the analysis!! By that time I had contracted…..Paralysis Of Analysis.
What’s the “cure” for Paralysis of Analysis
So what can you do to get the “feeling” back? To coin a phrase…..”Just do it”!….. It doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, it won’t ever be…perfect.
The term Ready, Aim, Fire comes to mind, however sometimes we need to…. Ready, FIRE, and then Aim.
The point is to move yourself forward. You can always go back and make changes, fine tune it, …..”tweak” it. That comes from gaining knowledge and experience.
Now go finish your Facebook Business page and launch it… complete your social media platforms and start building and connecting with your online community… create that blog and write your blog posts and publish it… then go back and “tweak” it.
After all, the fact you are reading this completed – published – blog post is a step on the road to recovery for overcoming…..The Paralysis of Analysis!
Your Simple Action Step:
Move yourself forward. Right now determine which one project you’ve been putting off that you will complete by the end of this week. Set a completion/finish date and stick to it. Don’t be vague. Make yourself accountable. Create the steps needed to get to your completion date and work on it every day! Don’t put it off….now is the time, you can go back and tweak it. You CAN do this. Reward yourself for a job well done and then say… “What’s next?”!!
Have you ever been stopped by paralysis of analysis? How did you handle it? Share your comment below, I’d love to hear your views!
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“Marketing is too much like selling and let me tell you…I am NOT a sales person!”
“I don’t need social media for my business. It’s only used by teens and kids. Business don’t really use it, and besides… it’s just a fad!”
Sound familiar? Many self employed small business owners find marketing their business a struggle mostly due to having a limited budget and a negative mindset about marketing, therefore they become their own worst enemy.
Well, let’s just get this out of the way, right now so we can move forward. Repeat after me… You are not a Sales Person… You are a Business Developer! I’ll hold on while you repeat that…
Sales and marketing is not about being pushy, in fact today’s consumers are in control and they won’t be pushed.
The old style traditional “push” marketing doesn’t work in today’s marketplace. Why? Because old type static ads don’t tell your viewers anything about you or who you really are. Are you even someone they want to do business with?
In today’s marketing, social media and online marketing allows you to be real to your viewers. By creating high-value, high-content compelling messages, you become a magnet and begin to “pull” or actually draw your audience to you.
Connect with your viewers
Today’s consumers want to connect with you. They want to know who you are and that you’re real.
Are you the same on all your social platforms? Do you do what you say you’re going to do? Do you stand behind your products and services? Do you make them feel like you know them? Do you make them feel important?
Social media allows you to do what’s never been done before in traditional marketing. It allows you to connect…in real time…with your audience. You can now do for very little what it used to cost thousands of dollars to do….connect (face to face) with your audience. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Communicate with your viewers
Then they want to actually communicate with you. Ask you questions and make comments, and they expect you to reply. Social Media makes all this happen and in real time.
One of the worst things in social media and online marketing is to put up your social platforms and viewers start connecting, asking you questions, and they get no answers. No one is there to even acknowledge them let alone to reply with an answer.
One of the biggest benefits to your social media platforms when you are connected to your audience, is you can begin communicating. Asking and answering questions, sharing tips and strategies, and linking back to your information that brings high value to your market to motivate them to take further action such as joining your mailing list or even possibly working with you.
Be Consistent with your viewers
This brings me to my last point: Viewers want consistency. They want to know you’re going to be there when they come to your social platform and you’ll have up to date information, you’ll comment and reply…you’re there for them.
Once you’ve developed that relationship…you’ve connected, you and your viewers are communicating, and they know you are consistently there for them, sharing valuable information, listening, replying, and showing you care (you’ve drawn them to you), when you are sharing your products and services…who do you think they’re going to want to work with and /or purchase from? You.
The difference Social Media and Online Marketing make
Using social media, you have the amazing opportunity to speak directly with your perspective new clients and be responsive to them by answering their questions and/or responding to their questions and comments…joining in on the conversations.
Through your high value content and social media strategies and platforms, you have an ongoing representative marketing your practice, 24/7, creating credibility for you and your practice, gaining their trust and building profitable relationships.
You see the difference…you’re someone they’ve come to know and trust! People connect and buy based on solutions. You’ve shown them you not only have their solution, you ARE their solution.
Combined with your high value content and compelling marketing messages, social media and online marketing make attracting new clients just that simple! This trust is not something that should be taken lightly or abused.
If you believe in what you do, you owe it to your market to connect with them, to communicate with them, to be consistently there for them and to let them know that what you offer can help solve their problem. To not do this is a disservice to your market.
Your Simple Action Step: Change your marketing from traditional “push” marketing to today’s “pull” marketing and draw your clients to you. On your Facebook Business page and on Twitter start focusing on making connections and establishing long –term relationships with your audience. Make it real, connect, comment….even show some personality (be you)…, be there consistently, and watch your audience grow!
Do you need help attracting new clients? http://ow.ly/kiTnN
What questions do you have about social media, online marketing and client attraction? Just ask below…
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Email is one of the best ways to keep your name in front of your market and it’s sent directly to your subscriber. Today we’re going to talk about Email Marketing and 3 mistakes you don’t want to make.
1st Mistake: Poor subject lines or what I call Wimpy subject lines
They don’t solve a problem, they don’t grab your attention, they’re just there.
Your email subject line is like a prime piece of real estate. Often time in real estate if you’re not in a good location your property will just be skipped over.
Your email is the same way. If you don’t grab your viewers attention, and you only have a few seconds to do that, your email is going to be skipped over or worse yet, deleted.
Know your audience. Tell or ask them something they want to know.
There’s a lot of information online about creating good subject lines. Do a Google search and spend some time learning how to craft subject lines in a manner that gets your emails opened, instead of skipped over or deleted.
2nd Mistake: Bombarding their inbox with message after message after message
You’ve spent a lot of time and energy building your list, whether it’s a large list or a small list, why risk losing subscribers because you’re sending too many messages.
You always want to keep your name in front of your viewers and email presents one of the best ways to do that. Don’t abuse it.
Many times I’m asked, “Livvie, how many times should I be sending my messages?” The answer is…..it totally depends on your market.
Ideally you should be send one time a week possibly twice a week. You can get by with every other week, but I’d strongly suggest you send a least one time a week. Remember the old saying…out of sight, out of mind!
Send daily only IF you have a large responsive list that you’re very connected to. By responsive I mean, they are contacting you, emailing you questions, commenting on your Facebook page and replying on your blog about the content you’ve posted. In other words, you are engaging them in conversation and they are responding. AND….
You have information you know they want…not what you think they want. You’ve done your homework and you know this information is what your subscribers want to receive.
Loosing subscribers is normal. Loosing subscribers as fast as you get them isn’t. Don’t bombard their inbox with too many messages.
3rd and the Biggest Mistake: No Unsubscribe Link in your outgoing emails
If you’re like me, you can’t stand receiving emails that have no way to unsubscribe.
An unsubscribe link is a requirement of the CAN-SPAM Act – the FTC governing body for email. Your messages must have a clear explanation on how to unsubscribe or Opt-Out of your email.
Sending email without an unsubscribe link and/ or sending an email to someone who has previously unsubscribed is a violation of CAN-SPAM.
Receiving unwanted emails is bad enough….but unwanted emails with no way to unsubscribe is the pits!
Read the Can-Spam Act guidelines
Let’s review those 3 email mistakes you don’t want to make:
#1 Send out with wimpy subject lines
#2 Bombarding their inbox with too many messages
#3 No unsubscribe link in your outgoing emails
Your Simple Action Step: Take some time to learn how to craft good email subject lines, if you think you might be sending too often or not often enough….ask your viewers how often they want to hear from you, and most important… check your emails and make sure they ALL have an unsubscribe – Opt-out link.
These are just 3 mistakes that are made with email marketing. What mistakes do you see made? Scroll to reply and post your answer, I’d love hearing from you!
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Wow, times and things can really change as we go through this thing called life!
As a lot of you know, in the golden years of our lives due to an allergic reaction to his blood pressure medication hubby has kidney disease (dialysis patient) and has limited vision as well. Both have brought about many changes and adjustments.
One of the biggest adjustments is to his limited vision. He’s able to drive during the day, but just around the neighborhood area that he’s very familiar with. Handyman projects, inside and outside, that he was so good about are still doable…but with some help from me. This is where the fun begins!
Livvie the handywoman – NOT
I’m not a handywoman and I’m definitely not a yard person…my artificial flowers…die!! Yes, you heard me correctly…my artificial flowers DIE!
We looked pretty funny
You can imagine how funny we looked recently outside just trying to do something simple…hooking the garden hose to the outside spigot!!
The spigot is down low to the ground and hubby was having difficulty seeing the end of the spigot to get the hose started.
So…I’m out there saying “more to the right”, “move it over to the left”, “not so far back”, “bring it up”….you get the picture.
Why didn’t I hook up the hose
You might be asking why I didn’t just hook the hose up?? Simple, I could see it, but I couldn’t get it started. Hubby could get it started but couldn’t see it! So together we made a team. His muscle and my eyes and in no time…the hose was connected! Sounds simple, right?
Reminds me of business
Isn’t this a lot like your business? There are some things you’re masterful at and other things, you just “don’t get”? Try as you may, and you’ve tried, you don’t “get it”!
Well, relax! You aren’t expected to “get” everything …or to be a Jack of all trades. But you are expected to know when you need to get help…an extra set of hands, another set of eyes for helping you be more productive. Or put another way, someone else to help you get more clients/patients….or someone to show you how to market more effectively…whatever help needed for increasing your income!
As hubby and I continue along this time in our journey, it’s become easier and easier to see where we need to “team up and laser focus” for the desired “end result”.
As your journey continues
As you continue along the journey of building your practice/business, you’ll find it becomes easier and easier to see where you need to “team up and laser focus” for reaching your goals of getting more clients/patients and marketing more effectively for the desired “end result” of increasing your income!
Your Simple Action Step: Take a look at what you’ve tried or what you’re doing that’s not bringing the results you need. Maybe it’s even given you the “3:00 am sleepless toss and turn”. Determine just one item you can “team up and laser focus” for getting back on track to building your practice and increasing your income.
What kind of “team” experiences have you had. Just scroll down to Reply and share your thought. I’d love to hear from YOU!