List building

[412] How to make sure you don't annoy your email subscribers with Rob & Kennedy

Ever worried that you're annoying your email subscribers by sending too many emails? Want to know how many emails are enough and how you can keep your email subscribers happy?

Then you'll love this podcast episode with email marketing experts and hosts of The Email Marketing Show Rob & Kennedy.

They share four things that you can do to make sure your email subscribers are your biggest fans. Find out why managing expectations is key to happy subscribers and how your subscribers can get to know you.

Discover tips and tactics if you think your email subscribers have fallen out of love with you and how you can win back sleepy subscribers.

They explain why you shouldn't overthink email segmentation - and why you mustn't be afraid to delete people from your email list.

PLUS how you can sell in your emails and still give value.

It's full of really practical advice and takeaways that you can apply straight away in your own business.

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Podcast shownotes

  • About this podcast episode (0:20)
  • How Rob & Kennedy got started with email marketing (03:03)
  • Why you should stop worrying about sending too many emails (04:42)
  • How often Rob & Kennedy email their subscribers (06:28)
  • How to start your email relationship with a new subscriber (08:39)
  • Why it’s good to set up expectations in your intro emails (10:30)
  • Why it's important that people understand your personality (13:45)
  • How you can use your own experiences to make your messaging interesting (15:26)
  • Why you need to segment different parts of your audience (16:55)
  • How to start segmenting your list and why you should start simple (19:17)
  • Why you need to look at the outcomes that people need when you segment (21:29)
  • How to win your subscribers back if they’ve stopped engaging (24:45)
  • How often you should run a re-engagement and what to do if you get no reply (27:16)
  • How to avoid sending your emails to the spam and junk folder (27:43)
  • How to create content that sells and still give people value in emails (28:30)
  • About Rob & Kennedy and my Build Your Audience programme (31:50)

Resources

The Email Marketing Show Podcast

Rob & Kennedy’s Facebook Group

Sign up for my Daily Email

Janetmurray.co.uk/podcastfinder

Join my Build Your Online Audience Programme and get access to my NEW Pinterest course

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[350] How to use surveys to increase your online sales with Rob & Kennedy (podcast)
[395] How to write addictive email copy with Rob & Kennedy (podcast)
[401] How often should you email your list (podcast)
[404] Five compelling reasons to email your list every day (or least more often than you do now) (podcast)

Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn

[404] Five compelling reasons to email your list every day (or at least more often than you do now)

If you’re like most business owners I know the idea of emailing your list each day might seem crazy. Won’t people get sick of hearing from you every day? Won’t you lose all your subscribers?

I recently started sending a daily email to my list and, in this podcast episode, I share the surprising results.

Even if you have no intention of sending a daily email to your audience, this episode will give you ideas and inspiration for what to write in your emails so you can build a closer relationship with your audience.

This is probably one of my most personal podcasts and I share a lot of my business and what inspires me to write.

I’d love to know if it inspires you.

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Here's five great reasons to email your list regularly with practical tips on how to get into the habit of writing every day and why it will make you a better writer.

1.You’ll develop a daily writing habit (which will help you get better at writing)

People often tell me they struggle with writing copy for their business. Writing an email newsletter, sales pages - or sometimes even a simple social media post - can paralyse them for weeks. And this isn’t just newbies. I hear this from experienced business owners too.

But like everything, writing is about practice. And the more you do it, the easier it gets.

My friend Kennedy started sending a daily email to his list because he’s dyslexic and wanted to get better at writing.

He’s been doing it for two years now. But if you read his stylish, entertaining emails, you’d NEVER guess (and, yes, it was Kennedy who gave me the idea for MY daily email).

Which is why developing a daily writing practice is such a powerful thing to do - even if (like me) you're already a confident writer.

I get up at 5am and make coffee. Then I write my daily email, then my Instagram post, followed by any social media copy, email marketing copy, Facebook ads I have to write. And - apart from a daily team meeting at 10.45am - I don’t do any meetings or coaching calls until midday. I just write/create content.

Why do I do it this way? Because I believe it’s easier to write when you first wake up - when your mind is uncluttered by the worries of the day and - crucially - there are no interruptions.

And while I never suffer from writer’s block (which is what 18 years in journalism does for you), I do write better copy when I’m feeling inspired.

Now I’m not saying you should get up at 5am every day and write a daily email, like me and Kennedy (who’s also an early riser). But developing a writing routine - where you write and/or journal at a certain time of day (ideally first thing) is one of the most powerful ways to improve your writing and/or creativity in general.

2. You’ll develop a bank of content you can repurpose into other things

Since I started my Daily Email in April 2020,  I’ve racked up a cool 13,000 words of copy that can be repurposed into social media posts, email marketing copy and Facebook ads.

I recently created a whole series of Facebook ads for my new Instagram course from ‘daily email’ copy - and a bunch of marketing emails. And I’d much rather have a bank of good writing to draw from, than force myself to write an eight-part email marketing sequence when I’m not feeling it.

In fact, I actually repurposed some daily email copy to create this podcast episode and blog post.

3. You’ll develop a deeper relationship with your audience

Since I’ve been sending my daily email I’ve been getting tons of emails back from people who resonate with the stories/experiences in my emails. Being more vulnerable and sharing some of the downsides of being an entrepreneur has resonated particularly strongly. For example, when I shared the contents of the email below, I got a flurry of emails in return from people who'd also had shirty emails from clients - so they could relate to my story.

Your emails are constant. Quite annoying. And very pushy. I buy your social media diary because it is helpful. I do not expect to be literally bombarded daily. And some of them are highly inapproriate, very 80's salesy (not how the world works these days) and even for someone who is all about the business and all about marketing and sales, verging on rude in their tone and somewhat patronising/look at me how wonderful I am, at times. Feedback I hope is useful. I will buy the diary again but please remove me from mailing and marketing lists.

4. You’ll sell more of your products/services

When I invite people to sign up for my daily email, I make it clear that I might mention relevant products/services. In fact I put a link to a product/service in pretty much every email. And people buy.

5. It’s a form of therapy 

I also see writing as a form of therapy. So while writing the daily is (I hope) helpful for my audience. It’s also a way of helping me process my experiences and emotions. Some people journal...I write my daily emails.

If you have kids or other responsibilities, it’s easy to tell yourself that you don’t have time. Or that it would be ‘impossible’ to find 15 minutes to write each morning.

But where there’s a will there’s always a way, right?

Podcast shownotes

  • About my Instagram Success Academy (01:26)
  • What inspired me to start a daily email (3:55)
  • How to develop a daily writing habit and why it’ll make you a better writer (5:55)
  • How to find the right time for your writing  and why you should make it regular (8:40)
  • How you can batch create your content for your emails (9:28)
  • Why you'll get better responses if you write about current events (12:15)
  • Why you don’t have to get up at 5am to be successful (13:38)
  • How to create social media content by repurposing your daily emails (14:21)
  • How I organise my content/topics and themes for my daily email (15:40)
  • Why you can’t force your writing (18:25)
  • How I’ve used my daily email copy in this podcast (19:28)
  • How sending a daily email can deepen your relationship with your audience (20:25)
  • Examples of daily emails that have created a conversation (22:05)
  • How sharing content that makes people feel something will connect with them (25:28)
  • How my daily emails have prompted  engagement in my paid membership group (30:11)
  • Why sending a daily email will help you sell more (31:32)
  • Why writing every day can be great therapy (32:33)
  • Tips for getting your daily emails right  (34:54)
  • Why you should always check your email open rates (37:35)

Resources

Sign up for my Daily Email

Rob & Kennedy Podcast

[395] How to write addictive email copy with Rob & Kennedy (podcast)
[401] How often should you email your list (podcast)

Join my Instagram Academy Course here

Janetmurray.co.uk/podcastfinder

Join my Build Your Online Audience Programme

My Emergency Response Plan

Masterclass - How to generate passive income in your business

Masterclass - How to plan sell and launch an online Webinar or Masterclass for your business 

Masterclass - How to turn your in-person services into online offerings

Masterclass - How to launch a playbook for your business

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[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[374] How to create a year's worth of content in one morning (podcast)
[386] The four types of content to create that will help you make more sales in 2020 (podcast)
[390] How to stop overthinking your content (podcast)
[391] How to write better social media captions (podcast)
[398] What sort of content should you create during a global crisis (podcast)
[399] How to build your online audience during a global crisis (podcast)

[Bonus] How to turn your in person services into online offerings (podcast)
[Bonus] How to generate income fast by creating a power hour for your business (podcast)

How to create an editorial calendar for your business (blog post)

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass)

Content Planning Masterclass

Join the Media Diary Owners Club 

Order your 2020 Media Diary here

Join my Build Your Audience Programme

How to add closed captions to your video using Rev and Kapwing

Join my get your podcast live in 60 days course 

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

How to create a high-converting lead magnet course

Buy my book Your press release is breaking my heart

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Social Media Engagement Playbook

Instagram Engagement Playbook

LinkedIn Content Strategy Playbook

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[403] How to build your online audience using competitions and giveaways

Would you love to know how you to build your audience using competitions and giveaways?

If you've ever wondered how to run a competition or giveaway and how you can use this to build your audience on social media - then you'll love this podcast episode - with Mark Simpson founder of Boostly and worldwide Facebook group the Hospitality Community.

Mark explains step by step how you can build your online audience by using giveaways and competitions on Facebook and Instagram

Discover how you can use competitions to get people from your Facebook page and onto your email list. He explains how to make your competition post go viral with clever copy and posting tactics. And how to make sure you don't fall foul of Facebook regulations by using the right copy.

Find out how you can use competitions or giveaways to build an audience in any industry and how you can use them to create a buzz when you're launching a new product or service.

Mark shares so much in this podcast episode including his tried and tested 5-day formula for creating and running successful competitions and giveaways on Facebook and Instagram.

Plus he shares the exact copy for Facebook and Instagram competition/giveaway posts so that you don’t have to create it yourself.

I hope you're as excited by this podcast as I am and I'd love to know what you think.

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Podcast shownotes

  • About this podcast episode (4:35)
  • How Mark’s business evolved and how he started his business (8:02)
  • Background to Mark and his Facebook group (13:02)
  • Why competitions help the Facebook algorithm (18:23)
  • Why building Facebook followers through giveaways works (20:32)
  • Key things you have to do when running a Facebook competition (21:57)
  • Why the image is really important in a Facebook competition (22:30)
  • Why the first few lines of your copy are really important in your competition post (22:56)
  • Why you must get your giveaway T&C’s right (24:12)
  • How to be clever with your copy and get people to share your post (24:50)
  • How to choose a competition prize (and why it doesn’t have to be your product/service) (30:40)
  • How to think creatively about images (even if you don’t have a beautiful product) (35:30)
  • Why you must be present on social media after you launch (39:01)
  • How to get more eyes on your competition posts (and how much you should post) (41:09)
  • Marks 5-day formula for running a competition and what you should do daily (44:08)
  • How to get people onto your email list from your competition (47:58)
  • How to use peoples competition excitement to make a sale (49:23)
  • Why the competition strategy will work for building your audience (53:20)
  • How to use a competition/giveaway to launch a product or service (55:24)
  • How to access the dropbox folder with the competition templates (57:24)

Resources

Connect with Mark on Instagram

Mark's Boostly podcast

Access Marks FREE 5 day competition copy here: boostly.co.uk/janetmurray

Join my Instagram Academy Course here

Janetmurray.co.uk/podcastfinder

Join my Build Your Online Audience Programme

My Emergency Response Plan

Masterclass - How to generate passive income in your business

Masterclass - How to plan sell and launch an online Webinar or Masterclass for your business 

Masterclass - How to turn your in-person services into online offerings

Masterclass - How to launch a playbook for your business

Other podcast episodes

[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[374] How to create a year's worth of content in one morning (podcast)
[378] How to use hashtags to build your online audience (podcast)
[379] How to grow your Instagram posts by 1K in 30 days (podcast)
[386] The four types of content to create that will help you make more sales in 2020 (podcast)
[390] How to stop overthinking your content (podcast)
[391] How to write better social media captions (podcast)
[392] How to get more engagement on Instagram (podcast)
[398] What sort of content should you create during a global crisis (podcast)
[399] How to build your online audience during a global crisis (podcast)
[400] How to build a large audience for your blog, vlog or podcast (podcast)
[Bonus] How to turn your in person services into online offerings (podcast)
[Bonus] How to generate income fast by creating a power hour for your business (podcast)

How to create an editorial calendar for your business (blog post)

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass)

Content Planning Masterclass

Join the Media Diary Owners Club 

Order your 2020 Media Diary here

Join my Build Your Audience Programme

How to add closed captions to your video using Rev and Kapwing

Join my get your podcast live in 60 days course 

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

How to create a high-converting lead magnet course

Buy my book Your press release is breaking my heart

Rev.com*

Kapwing

Social Media Video Engagement Playbook

Social Media Engagement Playbook

Instagram Engagement Playbook

LinkedIn Content Strategy Playbook

Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn

[401] How often should you email your list?

‘How often should I email my list?’ 

This is probably one of the most common questions I get asked about email marketing. 

The rather unsatisfactory answer is ‘it depends’ - on all sorts of factors, including how often you usually email your list, what’s going on in your business at the time and what your goals are. 

But what I can tell you is that you are almost certainly emailing your list less than you should - and missing out on sales as a result.

In this podcast episode, I tackle the question of how often you should be emailing your list - and share the key email sequences every business owner should have. 

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1. The 'delivery/welcome' sequence 

This is the sequence of emails you send someone when they join your email list.

If they have signed up via a free lead magnet (i.e. a resource you create specifically with the intention of getting people to join your list), I’d suggest sending a series of 3-5 emails where you break down the content of your lead magnet and give additional value. I generally refer to this as a ‘delivery sequence’.

So for example with my 23 Social Media Ideas lead magnet, I send five follow up emails (across four days). The first - which should land immediately after they subscribe to the lead magnet - is to deliver the lead magnet.

The second - sent around 24 hours later - asks subscribers to email back and let me know if they received the email ok. This can help troubleshoot any potential problems with spam (once a new subscriber emails me back, their email provider recognises us as ‘friends’ - which means my content is less likely to end up in spam).

The next three delve deeper into the problem the lead magnet solves (not being able to come up with engaging content ideas). I share three types of post (one each day): the question post, the ‘story’ post and the ‘grenade’ post.  In this email I make a sales offer to a product/service that feels like the natural ‘next step’ to the lead magnet. This may or may not lead into a sales sequence.

I may also make a ‘soft’ sales offer in the p.s. of the second or third email (or both).

If people are joining your list for another reason i.e. you just have a general ‘sign up’ email, I’d recommend a 3-5 email ‘getting to know you’ sequence where you talk a little bit about what to expect from being on your list and help people get to know you better.

You should also create a welcome sequence for people who buy one of your products/services. For a coaching/membership programme - where you’re going to be working with people over a longer period of time - I’d recommend a 3-5 day ‘tour’. In my Build Your Online Audience Programme, you get a ‘tour’ of the membership (including the site/resources and team). For an online course, masterclass or playbook I’d generally keep it shorter.

2. The ‘sales sequence’ 

This is the sequence of emails you send someone to promote a paid product/service. This can be anything from an online masterclass to a playbook to an online course.

The length of your sales sequence really depends on the product/service you’re selling, but, personally, I wouldn’t recommend sales campaigns that run for longer than 5-7 days - with some kind of scarcity built in - otherwise people can start to zone out.

I’d recommend sending at least one email every day, with at least 2-3 emails on the last day. I’d also recommend creating a ‘looked not bought’ sequence - which you send to those who have clicked on the link to purchase (more on that later).

However, the length of your campaign can depend on the product/service you’re selling. For example, I have a four day email sequence I use for online masterclasses, which I generally start three days before the day of the masterclass. If I start to promote any earlier, I find people forget about the masterclass.

3. The ‘looked not bought’ sequence

One of the biggest mistakes I see people making with their email marketing, is not asking people why they didn’t buy. While it can be uncomfortable to ask, it can also be an opportunity to convert someone who might otherwise have walked away.

The reasons people don’t buy are varied and complex. Some people have unanswered questions, but for whatever reason they don’t ask. Others have a fundamental misunderstanding about the product/service - which can be down to missing/misleading information on your sales page, for example. A few have decided the product/service is not for them based on an incorrect assumption.

For example, lots of my customers/clients convince themselves my services are not suitable for product-based businesses - even though I do my best to stress this in my marketing and use relevant testimonials.

In many cases, when you provide subscribers  with the information they need, they will decide to buy.  Even if they don’t, at least they’ve had all the information they need to make a decision (which means they may still buy at a later date).

This is why it’s vital to have a Looked Not Bought sequence in every email campaign you create where you simply say something like: I noticed you’d been checking out x product/service but haven’t yet bought. Let me know if you have any questions.

But if you’re not brave enough to ask the question, you’ll never know. Which means you’re almost certainly missing out on sales.

This is why it’s vital to have a Looked Not Bought sequence in every email campaign you create where you simply say something like: I noticed you’d been checking out x product/service but haven’t yet bought. Let me know if you have any questions.

Podcast shownotes

  • About my daily email  (2:45)
  • About this podcast episode (4:07)
  • How to send a delivery/welcome email sequence when someone joins your list (5:02)
  • How to use lead magnets to get people to sign up to your email list (5:24)
  • Why a sign-up box on your website won't get people to join your email list (7:41)
  • How to follow up with an email delivery sequence after sending a lead magnet (8:03)
  • How to make sure that people have got your download and avoid the spam folder (09:50)
  • How to get people to email you back and build a relationship (11:45)
  • Why you need an email structure and set templates (13:50)
  • How to move people onto your sales sequence email list (15:20)
  • How to use scarcity in your email marketing and why it focuses peoples minds (16:26)
  • How often you should email people in an email sales sequence (19:38)
  • How to make sure people don't unsubscribe from your whole list (21:09)
  • Why I only have a four day lead-in for sales for my masterclass (23:12)
  • The 3 types of email that you can put in your email sales sequence (23:37)
  • Why emailing people who have looked but not bought will help your sales (25:15)
  • Examples of how to follow up with people if they haven’t bought from you (28:21)
  • Why you need to become part of peoples routine (31:04)

Resources

janetmurray.co.uk/podcastfinder

Join my Build Your Online Audience Programme

My Emergency Response Plan

Masterclass - How to generate passive income in your business

Masterclass - How to plan sell and launch an online Webinar or Masterclass for your business 

Masterclass - How to turn your in-person services into online offerings

Masterclass - How to launch a playbook for your business

Other podcast episodes

[333] 39 surprisingly easy ways to build your email list (podcast)
[334] How to build a large audience without paid advertising with Callie Willows (podcast)
[335] How to create a high converting lead magnet (podcast)
[348] How to write social media posts that sell (podcast episode)
[359] How to create an email newsletter that people look forward to receiving (podcast)
[360] How to get people to open your emails (podcast)
[375] How to get your first 1K email subscribers (podcast)
[395] How to write addictive email copy with Rob & Kennedy (podcast)
[398] What sort of content should you create during a global crisis (podcast)
[399] How to build your online audience during a global crisis (podcast)
[400] How to build a large audience for your blog, vlog or podcast (podcast)
[Bonus] How to turn your in person services into online offerings (podcast)
[Bonus] How to generate income fast by creating a power hour for your business (podcast)

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass)

Content Planning Masterclass

Join the Media Diary Owners Club 

Join my Build Your Audience Programme

How to add closed captions to your video using Rev and Kapwing

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

How to create a high-converting lead magnet course

Buy my book Your press release is breaking my heart

Rev.com*

Kapwing

Instagram Engagement Playbook 

Social Media Video Engagement Playbook

Social Media Engagement Playbook

LinkedIn Content Strategy Playbook

Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn

[400] How to build a large audience for your blog, vlog or podcast

Publishing regular content on a blog, vlog or podcast can be a great way to build your online audience. 

My podcast The Janet Murray Show gets around 35k downloads per month, consistently ranks top of the UK podcast charts for marketing and is the biggest driver for leads and sales in my business. Which is why I’ve invested a huge amount of time and resources into building my podcast audience since it launched in 2015. 

But just having a blog, vlog/Youtube channel or podcast isn’t enough. People won’t automatically find your content, just because it’s out there. You need to invest time and resources building an audience for that content. 

And while the platforms might be different, the audience-building strategies are the same - regardless of whether you have a blog, Youtube channel, Facebook Live Show or podcast. 

Which is why, in my 400th episode of the podcast, I want to share my top audience building strategies with you. 

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1. Consistency

It sounds obvious, but showing up regularly is key. I launched my podcast The Janet Murray Show back in 2015 and I’ve never missed an episode. 

I started out publishing a new episode every Friday. For a few years I published two episodes a week (one solo show midweek and one interview episode first thing on a Friday). On the odd occasion my podcast has gone live later than usual, people have actually messaged me to ask where it is. 

If you struggle with consistency, I’d recommend making a public commitment to posting your new episode/post on a particular date/time e.g. Friday. This gives you accountability (if you’ve promised something publicly, it’s much harder not to do it). It also helps get your audience familiar with your publishing schedule, which means consuming your content can become part of their routine. For example, my podcast listeners often tell me they listen to the latest episode of my podcast on the school run, when they’re cleaning their house on a Saturday or out for a run on a Sunday morning. 

Becoming part of peoples’ routine is a sign you’re building an engaged and loyal audience. 

Consistency also matters when it comes to the promotion of your blog/vlog or podcast. Most content creators I know vastly underpromote their content. They publish a new episode/post, make a few ‘announcement’ posts about it on social media, then move onto their next piece of content.

If you want to build an audience for your blog/vlog/podcast, you need to treat every new post/episode as a launch, which means creating a promotion strategy that you rinse and repeat every time (and add to as time goes on). For example, when my podcast goes live on a Friday I email my list, create some kind of announcement on my Facebook messenger and do an Instagram Story. This is followed up with multiple pieces of social media content across the week. We also regularly promote episodes from my back catalogue. This means finding different ways to talk about the same episode (more on that later). 

While there is always more you can do (there’s still lots more I could do to promote each episode) a good rule of thumb is this: promote each episode way more than you feel comfortable with and you’ll probably have it about right. 

2. Collaboration 

One of the quickest ways to build your own audience is to get in front of other peoples’. This is why inviting guests on your podcast, Facebook Live or Youtube show - or inviting people to guest blog on your website - can be a great way to build your audience. When you do this, they are likely to share that content with their own audience, which means people will want to find out more about you. 

It’s often assumed that collaborating with people with bigger audiences than your own is the best strategy. Personally I’ve found that collaborating with people with smaller, engaged audiences can often be more effective than the big names in my industry. This is because people who already have a large audience may not have the time - or inclination - to share your podcast episode/Youtube interview. Whereas someone with a small, but engaged audience will share the heck out of your content - and do it with so much enthusiasm -you may find you get better results. 

Creating guest content for other peoples’ platforms - those with similar audiences to yours - is another great way to build an audience for your own content. Here’s how to pitch yourself as a podcast guest (these tips apply to pitching yourself for anything).

Speaking at live events, teaching guest classes and taking part in virtual summits or webinars can be another great way to grow your audience. Although I would not recommend paying to be part of virtual summits - unless there is a very compelling reason to do so (and evidence that you will get a return on investment). 

Getting press coverage can be another great way to build your audience - as long as your call-to-action sends people to your blog/vlog or podcast (more on that later). 

3. Conversation

One of the biggest mistakes I see bloggers, vloggers and podcasters making is what I refer to as ‘post and flee’ i.e. they post a few announcement posts about their blog/vlog or podcast on social media then and do nothing else until the next one comes out.

Recommendations are powerful. Public recommendations are even more powerful. So, if you can generate public conversations about your content, people are much more likely to want to check it out. 

So instead of posting announcements about your latest blog, vlog or podcast, ask questions that relate to the topic of your podcast.

For example, if I have a new podcast episode coming out on how to get more engagement on Instagram I will start by asking questions to 'pre-qualify' people who might be interested in listening to that podcast e.g. how would you rate your engagement on Instagram, are you interested in learning strategies on how to increase your Instagram engagement. Then I will share the link with people who have demonstrated an interest in the topic. 

While that might seem like more work, it’s more effective because you’re getting that content into the hands of people who actually need it. And those people are far more likely to share. 

I might also post some polarising content - for example asking people if they believe the algorithm - or poor content - is to blame for poor engagement on Instagram. 

If you don’t know what the algorithm is, by the way, it’s the complicated - and super top secret - mathematical equation Facebook uses to determine how many people your content is shown to). 

Across the course of a week, I will find different ways to talk about that same piece of content - looking at different angles/subtopics in different formats e.g. audiograms, posts, memes, videos. 

Tagging people in - for example, people you’ve mentioned in your blog/vlog or podcast - can be another great way to get engagement. When you mention people, they’re often happy to comment, like and share. 

Using a social media scheduler is fine, but if you don’t make time to engage with your followers, your audience will not grow. 

4. Grow your audience on social media

You might not want to hear this, but the more followers you have on social media, the easier it will be to grow the audience for your blog, vlog or podcast. The more of the right followers that is. Which is why it’s important to focus on growing your following - and your engagement - on at least one social media platform. 

You can join my Build Your Online Audience programme here. 

5. Give a single call-to-action 

If you want to grow your audience for a blog/vlog or podcast, another powerful thing you can do is issue a single call-to-action. So every time you write a guest blog, do some guest teaching, are interviewed in a podcast, send people to your blog/vlog or podcast. Add a banner to all your social media channels, put it in the email signature on your emails - in your messenger bot. Basically everywhere  you can.

Read: what it really takes to build an audience for a podcast with John Lee Dumas

6. Help people find your content

If you’re publishing a regular blog/vlog or podcast - with the aim of promoting your business - you should be creating content that solves your ideal customers’ problems. Which means, if you’ve got your topics right, people will actually be looking for content on the topics you cover. 

But you need to make it as easy as possible for people to find your content. This means using titles that include the words and phrases people are actually searching for - rather than things that sound clever. 

A lot of this is down to common sense and simply involves thinking about the kind of things your ideal customer/clients will be searching for online. But using keyword tools can help you refine your terms.

I have a full explanation of how to do keyword research  in this post on how to make sales from your business blog (episode 336 of the podcast) but you can start  by using Google autocomplete. Type in your topic title and take note of the suggestions that come up under the search box — that’ll give you a great idea of the kinds of things that people are searching for relating to that subject. You can apply the same trick to Youtube and Pinterest too.

The key is to find search terms that are popular, but not so popular it would be impossible for your content to come up first in search. So a term like ‘how to write a press release’ is a popular but broad term, but how to write a press release for your small business is more niche. Which is why my blog post on that topic comes up on the first page of Google.  

Other tools I use for keyword research. 

Keywords Everywhere 

Answer The Public 

Google Ads

Keyword Finder 

There is quite specific keyword research you can do on Youtube and you can optimise your content to make it more easily found.

If you would like to see my Top 10 podcasts then head to my Podcast Finder and my messenger bot will make some suggestions. 

What about paid ads? 

Contrary to popular belief, putting money behind something doesn’t mean it will necessarily perform well. If you don’t know how to create engaging content that would encourage people to take action (even if it wasn’t an ad) you’re generally wasting your time. PLUS most people don’t buy from cold ads - unless you’ve got your targeting really spot on. Find out what’s working on Facebook right now with Liz Melville  (podcast)

Podcast shownotes

  • About this episode and why I recorded this podcast (3:30)
  • The podcasts that launched from my Get Your Podcast Live in 60 days course (7:59)
  • Why I’d still start a podcast even if I was starting again (10:27)
  • Why sharing regular valuable core content will keep you in mind (12:26)
  • Why consistency is key when creating core content (13:49)
  • How to promote your podcast and why you need a regular promotion cycle (18:09)
  • How to build an audience by collaborating (and why big names can be a red herring)  (22:22)
  • What you need to think about before you pitch to go on a podcast  (26:06)
  • How you can build your audience for your content by speaking at events (32:42)
  • Why you should focus on just one main type of core content (34:18)
  • How to create a buzz about your content using social media posts (34:37)
  • How to get more engagement on your social media posts  (37:37)
  • Why you need to build your audience on social media to get your content seen (40:53)
  • Why you need to have one clear call to action to your content (42:19)
  • How to make it easy for people to find your content with the right keywords (44:00)
  • Three of my best performing blog posts (49:33)
  • Why you need good organic engagement before spending money on paid ads (51:24)
  • About my Build Your Online Audience programme (55:01)

Resources

janetmurray.co.uk/podcastfinder

Colin Gray

 

Join my Build Your Online Audience Programme

My Emergency Response Plan

Masterclass - How to plan sell and launch an online Webinar or Masterclass for your business 

Masterclass - How to turn your in-person services into online offerings

Masterclass - How to launch a playbook for your business

Podcasting episodes

[080] Three must-do tips for pitching yourself as a podcast guest (podcast)
[190] How to pitch yourself as a podcast guest (and why you must do) (podcast)
[253] How to land guest appearances on podcasts with Nicola Holland (podcast)
[263] Why I changed the name of my podcast (podcast)
[376] Lessons learned from 1 millions downloads of my podcast (podcast)
[383] How to get your podcast live in 60 days (podcast)

Other podcast episodes

[329] What’s working on Facebook right now with Liz Melville  (podcast)
[331] What it really takes to build an audience with John Lee Dumas (podcast)
[333] 39 surprisingly easy ways to build your email list (podcast)
[334] How to build a large audience without paid advertising with Callie Willows (podcast)
[336] How to make sales from your business blog (podcast)
[338] Why you feel scared about selling (podcast)
[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[348] How to write social media posts that sell (podcast episode)
[386] The four types of content to create that will help you make more sales in 2020 (podcast)
[391] How to write better social media captions (podcast)
[398] What sort of content should you create during a global crisis (podcast)
[399] How to build your online audience during a global crisis (podcast)

[Bonus] How to turn your in person services into online offerings (podcast)
[Bonus] How to generate income fast by creating a power hour for your business (podcast)

How to pitch yourself as a podcast guest (blog)
Seven compelling reasons to start a podcast in 2020 (blog post)
How to create an editorial calendar for your business(blog post)

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass)

Content Planning Masterclass

Join the Media Diary Owners Club 

Join my Build Your Audience Programme

How to add closed captions to your video using Rev and Kapwing

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

How to create a high-converting lead magnet course

Buy my book Your press release is breaking my heart

Rev.com*

Kapwing

Instagram Engagement Playbook 

Social Media Video Engagement Playbook

Social Media Engagement Playbook

LinkedIn Content Strategy Playbook

Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn

[399] How to build an online audience during a global crisis

Are you wondering how you can build your online audience during the Coronavirus crisis? Perhaps your online audience is really small and you'd like to make it bigger? Or maybe you’re thinking what's the point in building an audience during a global pandemic? Especially if you can’t actually sell your product or service at the moment?

In this podcast I explain exactly why there’s never been a better time to build an online audience.  And I give you practical tips and examples that you can implement right now to build your online audience.

I explain why your content is at the heart of your audience building and how to lean in and find the angle that you can talk about in relation to your product or service.  And why you MUST talk about Coronavirus and not just sweep it under the carpet.

I also share why you can't just rely on using paid ads to sell because your audience needs a genuine connection before they will buy.

I give you examples of businesses that have adapted and are creating great content about their products and services.  Plus why you must keep showing up; and how you can connect with your audience by demonstrating your expertise - even if you can’t sell your product or service at the moment. So that as soon as you can start selling your audience knows who you are and can't wait to buy from you.

I’d love to know what you think.

{Click on the player above to listen to the podcast episode and/or read on for a detailed overview. Scroll down to the bottom to read the show notes including all the links mentioned in this episode}

Podcast shownotes

  • About my Build Your Audience programme (3:38)
  • About this episode and why you need to build an online audience (7:49)
  • Why you need to build a relationship and you can’t rely on ads to get sales (9:54)
  • Why the content you create is at the heart of your audience building (10:34)
  • Why you mustn’t shy away from building your audience and you need to be visible (11:51)
  • How live video will help you build your audience (with examples)  (12:57)
  • Why there’s never been a better time to build your audience (14:50)
  • Why you must look after your existing audience and paying clients (15:01)
  • Why you have to talk about Coronavirus (and why people want to hear about it) (16:54)
  • Why you need to be prepared to change your content strategy (21:20)
  • How to make your audience remember you by creating helpful content (22:15)
  • Examples of businesses that have been creating helpful content for their audiences (24:24)
  • Why you should show up and share your expertise even if you can’t sell (26:49)

Resources

Matt Haig Instagram

Join my Build Your Online Audience Programme

My Emergency Response Plan

Masterclass - How to plan sell and launch an online Webinar or Masterclass for your business 

Masterclass - How to turn your in-person services into online offerings

Masterclass - How to launch a playbook for your business

Other podcast episodes

[343] The three audiences you must build to create a successful online business (podcast)
[377] How to write super engaging copy about your business with Jo Watson (podcast)
[386] The four types of content to create that will help you make more sales in 2020 (podcast)
[390] How to stop overthinking your content (podcast)
[391] How to write better social media captions (podcast)
[392] How to get more engagement on Instagram (podcast)
[393] How to create engaging content when you only sell one product or service (podcast)
[395] How to create addictive email copy with Rob & Kennedy (podcast)
[398] What sort of content should you create during a global crisis (podcast)

[Bonus] How to turn your in person services into online offerings (podcast)
[Bonus] How to generate income fast by creating a power hour for your business (podcast)

How to create an editorial calendar for your business (blog post)

How to write social media posts that sell (online masterclass)

Content Planning Masterclass

Join the Media Diary Owners Club 

Order your 2020 Media Diary here

Join my Build Your Audience Programme

How to add closed captions to your video using Rev and Kapwing

Join my get your podcast live in 60 days course 

#2021Sorted Buy your ticket 

How to create a high-converting lead magnet course

Buy my book Your press release is breaking my heart

Rev.com*

Kapwing

Instagram Engagement Playbook 

Social Media Video Engagement Playbook

Social Media Engagement Playbook

LinkedIn Content Strategy Playbook

Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn