You’re Invited to a Special Launch of the Tribe & CGC Marketing Workshop Series
“How Do I Get the Word Out about My Business?”
This workshop is for those independent practitioners and small business owners who find marketing their businesses to be challenging, tiresome, disingenuous, and intimidating.
If you’re feeling stuck, lost, or simply wanting more out of how you currently promote your business, then this workshop will help you:
- Learn how to create a brand message with a unique selling proposition,
- Learn how to differentiate yourself amongst your competition,
- Learn about the online and offline marketing options available to you,
- Learn about the pros and cons of each marketing option,
- Learn about the top 3 best practices for each marketing option, and
- Learn how to create a plan of action and marketing schedule that works for you.
It’s time to empower yourself with tools that will help you generate more business, re-engage past and inactive clientele, and become more secure and confident in how you present your business to the world.
This marketing workshop series will include lecture, exercises, discussion, take-home materials and Q & A breaks. For those unable to attend the first workshop, a video link can be provided for the same price.
This is regularly priced at $50.00, but it will be discounted at a special price to celebrate the launch of the 2018 Marketing Series hosted by Tribe and CGC. Details for this series to come!
$10.00 for Tribe members
$15.00 for the general public
One of the questions I am asked most frequently is “How Do I Get the Word Out?” It’s a heavy question with a very long answer! However, it doesn’t have to be complicated, intimidating or even stressful. It just takes a bit of creativity and some knowledge about the tools available to you. Below are three free marketing tools that I highly recommend. If you’re just getting started in your marketing journey, contact me and I can help you out! Otherwise, read on and take advantage of what’s out there on the web.
- MailChimp is one of my favorite platforms to get the word out. It’s not only user friendly, but it’s completely FREE for your first 2,000 subscribers. With its drag and drop design features, advanced tracking capabilities, savvy integrations and robust automation, MailChimp can help you get the word out seamlessly and professionally. This is a great email marketing tool that you can use to start building your database of subscribers and followers. If you want to share content from your blog, or new services within your repertoire, or special offers from your website, you can easily do so by creating a campaign in MailChimp. Bonus tip: create a free gift or promotion to deliver to new subscribers in order to thank them for signing up.
- HARO (also known as Help a Reporter Out) is a great way to take advantage of the “digital PR” side of online marketing. PR can get pricey, and everyone loves press. That’s where HARO comes in. It connects you with reporters for digital (and possibly even print!) media placement. HARO was created out of the need for journalists to expand their networks in a variety of fields and generate more sources for information, interviews and quotes. In return, sources are able to secure valuable media coverage, which not only exposes their brand to a larger audience, but also provides them with additional backlinking to high authority websites for SEO. Subscribe to their site (a FREE subscriber option is available!), browse queries that interest you, and respond.
- Medium is another easy to use and FREE marketing tool where you can write or share your blogs and content. Medium gives everyone who sets up an account the ability to write and share their stories within their platform. Furthermore, you are able to join in on the experience by reading works done by other writers, based on the categories and industries that interest you the most. You’ll find inspirational and unique pieces from a wide range of personalities, and in the end, they will help you tell your story too. Everyone loves a good story! Medium is a great platform for you to share yours. Bonus tip: create a content calendar to keep yourself accountable, and focus on trending topics (like seasons or holidays) when planning to ensure maximum exposure.
If you want to hear about even more ways to get the word out about your business, I will be hosting a special marketing workshop on Friday, September 22 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at Tribe. This workshop will be the launch event for my monthly marketing workshop series beginning in 2018. The 2018 series at Tribe will focus on a new digital marketing topic (or question) within each workshop every month. They will include lecture, exercises, discussion, take-home materials and Q & A breaks, along with a video link for those unable to attend or those who want to keep the workshop in their records. If you’re feeling stuck, lost, or simply wanting more out of how you currently promote your business, this workshop is for you. Stay tuned as there is more information to come!
Businesses and personalities alike find communication easy, but they often forget that communicating well takes skill. Fortunately, for those that struggle with facilitating positive messages and exchanges of information, good communication habits are the product of regular practice. Keep in mind the following five things that effective communicators do and you’ll be well on your way to sharpening those skills and proudly communicating to fellow businesses, colleagues, and customers.
- Make sure your communication is reaching a personal level. Most people will not care or pay attention to what you are saying unless you are reaching them on a personal level. The personal level doesn’t have to be particularly deep; it just has to be present. A way to establish this personal connection is by paying attention to how the message you’re giving will be received by the other person. How will it impact them? Good communicators will provide information on the ways in which services and products will benefit their customers. This gives their audience a reason to listen and a reason to remember the message.
- Represent the facts you provide. Inaccurate information is not only useless, but it can prompt negative feedback and criticism from those that read it or heard it. If you’re not sure about something you’re saying or writing, either don’t speak it or say that you are unsure about it. Often times, we can get carried away in conversation and begin to speak about “facts” we only slightly recall from literature or from someone else. This can only discredit you as a valuable source of information. If the fact is unknown, it’s best to keep it out of your communication.
- Be brief and be specific. Good communicators know how to get to the point quickly. Not everyone has the time to read through long form content, especially if there is a purpose or call to action with your message. Understanding the value of brevity is not only something a good communicator values, but also a trait that is practiced frequently and appreciated by many. If you have something to say, simply say it. Ambiguity can actually discredit you, and superfluous words can end up boring those you are trying to reach. Good communicators respect the time of others and choose to use simply and straightforward words.
- Ask for feedback and clarification. While it’s necessary to make sure others understand your messages, it’s equally important to understand what they are saying back to you. Accept feedback and clarification whenever possible. The way in which you think the information you carry is important is exactly what the other person thinks about their information. Both communicators want to be heard and understood. Understanding each other’s message is vital in responding to one another. If you aren’t sure what someone means, ask for clarification! If you want to make sure you’re heard, ask for feedback.
- Listen. An enormous piece of good communication is the ability to respond appropriately to what another person is saying. This ability requires active listening and making the effort to understand everything that another is speaking. If you don’t listen, and therefore respond inappropriately, the person you’re speaking with will literally feel unheard, and even unimportant. Responding appropriately is not only required for effective communication, but it makes it all the more enjoyable for both parties.
What tips do you have for effective communication?