Which WordPress Should I Use – WordPress.com or WordPress.org?

This is a question I get asked all the time – isn’t WordPress all the same? And the answer is no, definitely not. So what’s the difference you ask? Take a look at this video so you can see what the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is.

Podcast Episode 005: Holiday Marketing Strategies

The holiday’s can be a tough time to market your business, because people are busy and because some types of businesses don’t see it as relevant to their model – especially service industries. In this episode of the Good Onya Marketing Podcast, we talk about 5 ways to integrate some “holiday spirit” into your marketing efforts.

Here are a few of the things I talked about on the episode:

Digital Marketer’s Black Friday Bootcamp site

Here’s the JibJab video I made last year!

Episode 004: What Email Campaign Types Should I Be Sending?

You know you should be sending out certain types of emails, but which ones should definitely be on your list?

In today’s episode we explore 3 types of email campaigns you need to be sending:

  1. The Welcome Email
  2. The Straight-On Promo Email
  3. The Invitation Email

You’ll find out when you should be using these emails and exactly what should be included in them as well. Please share your comments and feedback in the comments section below.

003: How do I educate my prospects?

This is a frequently asked question – as most people are so used to selling that they have no idea how to educate their prospects and customers. In this episode I take you through 3 types of content you need to be using in your content strategy to build awareness, trust and ultimately variety into how you educate your prospects.

Here’s the link to the blog post I mentioned in the episode:

002: The Essentials of Marketing

On this episode we explore the 5 essentials every business should have in a solid marketing plan. Do you have them in your marketing plan?

  1. Identify your ideal client
  2. Attract them to your main marketing portal – your website
  3. Educate with great content
  4. Nurture the relationship
  5. Measure what’s working and what is not – then adjust accordingly.

001: My Why!

Listen to my first episode to find out why I am doing this podcast, what I am passionate about, and a little more about me.

Here’s the commercial I talk about in the podcast (https://youtu.be/UAroAL3lJaE).

8 Things Email Analytics Can Tell You About Your Business

email analyticsUsing email analytics to learn about your own business is a great way to not only learn a lot, but also to put into action strategies to make your business even better. When you can determine why things are happening, you can stop it, repeat it, or improve upon it. Here are eight things that email analytics can tell you.

 

Email Analytics Can Tell You:

1. Who Reads the Emails – If you check to see who opens your emails and even move the people who most open them to their own segment, you can improve conversions exponentially. Conversely, you can move those who don’t open as much to another list where you can test different methods.

2. What Information Your Subscribers Like – By noticing what they read and engage with, you’ll know what they like more. That way you can do more of what they like, which will improve conversions.

3. What Technology Your Audience Uses – You can find out what technology they use to read your website and interact with you. If a lot of your audience is using mobile, you can then know that marketing on mobile is an imperative for you.

4. What You Can Improve – If you have a sales funnel (and you should), you can use Google Analytics along with your email analytics to learn how to improve your funnels. By improving your sales funnel, you can improve your business.

5. What Channels Are Working – Using analytics, you can figure out which social media channels are working best to send traffic to your website that you can convert to leads. If, for example, you’re not getting any traffic from a particular channel, you can either work harder on that or drop it to save yourself the work.

6. What Type of Content Is Working – Analytics can tell you whether or not the content you’re publishing is working. If you have content that gets a lot of clicks and comments, plus action such as buying or signing up for newsletters, then you should make more of that type of content.

7. How Well Your Branding Is Working – If you’re running branding-focused advertising, messages, or information, you can use analytics to find out if it’s working. If you’re getting more sign-ups and conversions, it is a sign it’s working.

8. How Good You Are at Converting Leads – This is an obvious one because you can not only see how many subscribers you get but using analytics right, but you can also tell exactly what sent them to you, what they did before they subscribed, and more.

You may think that you know everything about your own business, but you really don’t if you don’t set up your analytics correctly, then actually dig deep into them. You can boost your business more than you  ever thought possible if you use analytics to learn more about it.

8 Common Marketing Metrics Mistakes

marketing metricsWhen you first start out building a business, everything is so overwhelming that the last thing you want to think about is data, marketing metrics, or numbers. In fact that is the last thing many want to even consider when they think about what it takes to have a successful business. But it’s really not that complicated if you know what to do. Here are eight common mistakes to avoid so that you don’t waste any of your already limited time as a business owner.

8 Marketing Metrics Mistakes

  1. Not Knowing What Data to Track – Before you even get started looking at the data, you need to know what you want to track. Remember that just because data exists doesn’t mean you need to track it. Some of the marketing metrics that Google Analytics collects just isn’t going to help you. You have to figure out what will help you and what won’t. Focus only on the data that will actually help you to accomplish your goals.
  2. Not Knowing When to Track DataWhen you look at the data is a very important aspect, because you have to look at it at the right time in order to know what the data affects. For example, if you have a launch on the 1st of July, you probably want to look at the pertinent data you’ve identified both before and after the launch.
  3. Not Understanding Your Objectives and Goals – It’s very important to know how to turn all your business objectives into workable goals. Remember a goal needs to be SMART. That means: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely.
  4. Not Realizing What Problems You Want to Solve – Tracking data should be for a reason, such as fixing a problem. For example, let’s say you have a sales page that is getting a lot of traffic but there are little or no conversions. Do you know what specific data to look at so that you can fix the problem? Spend some time thinking about what you want to accomplish as well as some problem areas you have in your business.
  5. Not Fully Understanding the Business You’re Analyzing – If you are looking at data for a business you’re unfamiliar with, you can run into problems. You will need to do some research to understand industry averages what the marketing metrics should be for that particular industry.
  6. Not Testing Different Methods – Whenever you are checking data up against the industry standards, it’s important that you test different methods to find out what works best. For example, you might test two or three different sales pages for one product or service at the same time and track which option gets you the best numbers. You might be surprised at the results!
  7. Not Setting Up Analytics Correctly – If you’ve never set up Google Analytics, it would be a good idea to get some help with that from an expert. Once it’s set up correctly, it’s going to be a lot easier to track your work. If you set it up incorrectly from the start, it ends up being a waste of time instead of an advantage.
  8. Not Choosing the Right Software and Tools – There is a lot of software out there that isn’t worth anything, but that doesn’t stop people from trying to use it or sell it to you. Even if it’s a free tool, just remember that sometimes free is good, and sometimes you get what you pay for. If you hire an expert, they’ll help you ensure that not only are you setting it up correctly, but also with the right tools.

Don’t let analytics scare you away from doing business. It isn’t as complicated as it seems. You need these numbers to make good, informed choices about what to do next in your business. Knowing the numbers and investing the time to do it right up front will help you avoid mistakes that can be very costly to your business, both in terms of time and money.

Finding Your Perfect Price Point

price pointOne of the first things you’ll need to do when you create a product or service is determine the appropriate price point for it. There are a lot of thoughts about pricing and none of them are right or wrong. How you price is up to you, but think about using a method that considers value and not just how much it will cost you. This is one of the best ways to come up with the perfect price point.

Tips for Selecting the Perfect Price Point

Know Your Audience – You have to know everything you can about your audience, including how much money they have to spend on extra items in their budget each month. When you understand your audience, you’ll not only know what type of products they need, but also how much they’re going to be willing to pay for them.

Identify Your Direct Costs – You must always cover your costs in any pricing method, because if you don’t you’ll lose money. So a great place to start is figuring out the direct cost of your product. But, if your product is digital, it’s going to be somewhat relative. For example, it might cost you 500 dollars to have the product created but you’ll not have individual per item costs to consider in your pricing.

Identify Your Indirect Costs – Sometimes there are costs such as marketing, advertising and other indirect costs that you should consider adding. For example, if you’re teaching a course that you had to get a Master’s Degree to understand, then you can add in something for your education.

Identify Your Competitors’ Prices – Take a look at your best competition’s prices. It’s more than likely that this price is something you should consider being around, because if your competitor is successful, it’s a price point that’s working. However, you never want to get into a situation where you’re competing on price. Instead, you want to compete on value.

Consider the Market – The market plays a huge role in pricing for pretty much every product. If you have a digital product, this is especially great for you because you don’t have incremental costs like you do with a physical product.

Understand the Value of Your Offering – Outside of direct and indirect costs there is also value. The value of your item is something that is perceived by your audience. For example, if you have an offering that will help anyone who follows it boost their income to six figures from zero, what is the value of that?

Ensure It’s Worth Your While – If the price you come up with feels too low, then raise it. You want the work that you do to be pleasurable for you, too. If you under-price your offerings, you’re going to end up resentful instead of happy.

Test Different Prices – When you come up with a price point, try testing different prices. You can do this by having different sales pages, or you can do it by offering different levels of service on one page with the various pricing levels.

When you come up with your perfect price point, you’ll be able to work less and make more money. The reason is that your buyers will be focused on the value of your offering, and you don’t have to concern yourself with selling high volumes…if the price is right.

Is Your Post/Tweet/Pin Interesting Enough? How to Get More Shares

get more sharesIf you’re putting out information that no one is reading or sharing, then what’s the point? To get more shares, you have to be intentional. If each post, tweet, pin, video, and share that you work on doesn’t produce at least ten likes, then it’s possible that what you’re putting out is not valuable and has no real purpose. To change that, start looking at content marketing differently by only putting out valuable information that has a point and a reason for being.

6 Easy Ways to Get More Shares

Benefits over Features

This applies to the content you create as well as the products you make and how you sell them. Ensure that by just looking at the title or headline, anyone who sees it will know exactly what they are going to learn in the content you’ve shared with them.

Stick to the Tried and True

You may want to be creative but sometimes that doesn’t work to actually get more shares. People love lists, how-to’s, and that type of thing – whether it’s an article, a blog post, or a video. You may think that it’s boring and old but these are the things that get watched, read, and shared more than anything else.

Back Up Your Opinions

Everyone can have an opinion, but there is only one set of facts to back it up. Use facts to back up anything you say that’s your opinion, and you’ll soon become a very well respected go-to person for advice on your topic. Plus, people are more likely to share factual information than mere rants without backup.

Create for Your Audience

It’s easy to get tied up in worrying about search engines but the truth is, algorithms change constantly. It’s simply too hard to keep up. But, it’s not hard to keep up if you are creating content that is valuable for your audience. Put your audience above any other factor when creating content for them, and you will get more shares.

Make It Simple

People are naturally lazy. If you can pique this desire to be lazy in your headlines and in your solutions, by making everything easy and telling them it’s easy, you’ll be more likely to get other people to share and like your content. Think about the cooking videos that condense down the work it takes to make something to less than one minute. People share them like crazy. They may never make that recipe, because, of course, it’s harder than it looks. But they love believing it’s that simple.

Use Emotions

If you can pull at people’s emotions – whether it’s the fear of loss or the feeling of empowerment, you can get them to act faster, and, chances are, you’ll get more shares. In this case, it helps to know your audience very well so that you can develop content that speaks to their emotions in a way that resonates and stirs the desire to act.

If you can combine these tips, you’ll create posts that are a lot more likable and sharable. Just remember that you need to put your audience first, appeal to their emotions, and make them curious enough to keep looking. Then you can inspire them to take action.