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[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.

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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

[398] What kind of content should you be creating during a global crisis?

Struggling to know what sort of content you should be creating during the current global crisis and worried about saying the wrong thing? Wondering how to create content about your business and keep selling during the Coronavirus pandemic?

With things changing on a daily basis - it's hard to know what to say - let alone how to plan your content.

In this podcast I share practical advice and guidance about how to navigate your way through the current global crisis and how to go about thinking about your content during this pandemic.

I explain why you mustn’t be afraid to lean in and talk about the C-Word. Plus why you should definitely switch off the scheduler.

I explain why you mustn’t assume that people aren’t buying and why you must keep selling - and how to do it without appearing insensitive or spammy. Plus how to position yourself so that people understand WHY you are selling to avoid those ‘neggy’ comments.

I also tell you why adapting and selling now will put your business in a much stronger position for when the crisis is over.

I'd love to know what you think.

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Podcast shownotes

  • About this episode (1:24)
  • Why you should switch off your content scheduler (5:30)
  • Why you must lean into the C-word and not avoid it (6:56)
  • How to think about your content and what to create (8:20)
  • Why you need to create content that solves an immediate problem (10:04)
  • Why you shouldn’t be afraid to be selling and how to set out your position (11:28)
  • How to sell without it looking insensitive (or look like you’re cashing in) (14:42)
  • What people are still buying and why you mustn’t assume that no one is buying (16:16)
  • Why you should explain that you are selling and why you need to be upfront (17:40)
  • Why selling now will future proof your business and put you in a stronger position (18:59)
  • Examples of clients that have moved their business online (20:09)
  • How to create relevant timely offers that help people with their problems (22:38)
  • Why you should be flexible about pricing and reward loyalty not slash prices (26:27)
  • How to help people that don’t have the budget right now (28:34)
  • Why you need to think about the problem your product solves  (30:01)
  • How to use other peoples content and why it doesn’t have to be businessy (31:40)

Resources

Matt Haig Instagram

Joe Wicks YouTube

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)
[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)

[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

[397] How to create content that attracts corporate clients with Jess Lorimer

Ever wondered about adding  a corporate revenue stream to your business? Maybe you’ve considered selling to corporate organisations but you’re just not sure how to do it? Or what content to create to attract them?

In this episode, sales coach Jess Lorimer explains how to create content that attracts corporate clients. Jess who helps online business owners sell to corporate organisations and is host of the Selling to Corporate podcast explains why you really should consider adding a corporate revenue stream to your business. She explains what it means to sell to a corporate organisation and the steps you can take to get started.

Jess shares the exact type of content that you need to be creating to sell to a corporate organisation. Plus how to create the RIGHT sort of content for LinkedIn to attract corporates - without waiting for them to discover you from scrolling through their LinkedIn feed.

She also shares the two types of content that you NEED to be creating to attract corporates and why you MUST remember that corporates aren’t robots and people need to feel a connection with people they work with. Which is why you should never be afraid to show your personality when you create your content - even when you're trying to attract corporates.

This episode is full of valuable and practical tips from Jess that you can implement immediately to start creating content that converts and attracts.

I’d love to know what you think

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Podcast shownotes

  • About Jess and how her business has evolved (3:01)
  • What is a corporate and advantages of having a corporate revenue stream (6:01)
  • Why you should add a corporate revenue stream to your business (07:28)
  • Steps to take if you want to sell to corporates and how to find the low hanging fruit (13:41)
  • The two types of content that you can create to sell to corporates (19:45)
  • Types of proactive content that you can create (19:45)
  • How to use the two different types of content on different audience platforms (20:39)
  • The difference between proactive content and broadcast content (23:12)
  • Examples of different types of proactive content (24:07)
  • Examples of different types of broadcast content (24:42)
  • Why you need to make sure you have the right audience for your content (26:42)
  • Why you need to create content that makes corporates remember you (31:00)
  • Why you should create broadcast content that shows corporates your personality (38:05)
  • How to create content that can alert a corporate to a problem they might need to solve (44:37
  • How you can create content that starts discussions and demonstrates your expertise (46:42)

Resources

Connect with Jess on Instagram

Listen to Jess' podcast Selling to Corporate

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)
[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)

[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

Generate income - fast - by creating a Power Hour for your business

Want to generate income in your business - fast?

Why not create a Power Hour: an online consultancy session, where people pay a one-off fee to pick your brain/get advice about a topic you have expertise in? 

In the short-term - where you may not be able to physically deliver in-person services due to the Coronavirus pandemic - it can help you continue to serve your ideal customers/clients.

In the longer-term, it can be a great way to generate additional income for business - without having to leave your desk/studio. 

It can also be a great way to deal with people who ask for help - but don’t seem to want to pay for your time. So the next time someone says: ‘I’d love to pick your brain about xxx,’ you can invite them to book a Power Hour. 

But how do you choose a topic for your Power Hour? What tech will you need to deliver it? And how much should you charge? 

That’s exactly what I’ll cover in this podcast episode - along with tips on how to promote your Power Hour. 

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As with anything in your business, the more specific/niche you can be the better. So while you can offer a general Power Hour (where anyone can ask you anything about your expert topic) you’ll almost certainly get more take up if you hone in on a specific type of customer/client and/or a common problem your customers/clients experience. 

Here are some examples of Power Hours created by my current/former clients: 

So for example, Facebook ads expert Laura Moore has a power hour that focuses on increasing ad conversions.

Virtual assistant Catherine Gladywyn offers a power hour for VAs who are stuck on something in their business. 

Architectural technologist Jon Clayton has created a power hour for design and architecture

Amy Caiger has a Power Hour that focuses on helping business owners find their niche. 

If you have a product-based business, you can still create a Power Hour. You can either offer something that relates to the problem you solve. For example, I sell a Social Media Diary & Planner. Although I don’t currently do this, I could offer a content planning Power Hour for people who want help creating their content plan. I could offer these sessions to existing diary owners as an upsell.  Or I could open them up to anyone who needs help with content planning and offer the diary as an upsell at the end of a consultancy session. 

Or you could offer a Power Hour to other product-based businesses on how to do something specific that you are already doing successfully but they might be struggling with e.g. creating a marketing plan, setting up a shop on their website. 

How to deliver your Power Hour

You can use video-conferencing software like Zoom which allows you to share your screen and participants share theirs with you. You can also share documents and chat ‘live’ with participants. And you can send them the recording afterwards in case they want to go over anything again. Zoom starts from £11.99 a month. 

Alternatives to Zoom: Go To Meeting, Team Viewer, Join.me, Google Hangouts, Meet.me & BlueJeans.

If you’re worried your clients will be overwhelmed by the tech, it’s a good idea to send them written instructions and/or a video using a free tool like Loom showing them how to use it (including how to join). 

How to ensure your Power Hour is productive

To ensure the session is productive, I’d recommend you do the following: 

  • Create a dedicated page on your website for you Power Hour that includes information about the session and a link to book 
  • Use a tool like Calendly or Acuity Scheduling so clients can book straight into your diary 
  • Send a pre-call email on how to prepare for the session (including any information they might need to bring to the session) and an outline of how the call will be structured.. PLUS  instructions on how to use the video conferencing software from their phone/desktop. I’d recommend sending this information immediately after booking, then at least one reminder email before the call 
  • Send a follow-up email within 24 hours of the session, with a link to the recording, a short follow-up report with details of what was discussed and up to three key action points (one side of A4 should be plenty).  

These emails can be re-used and adapted - saving you hours of time in the long run. In fact, the whole process can be automated so people can book straight into your diary, are delivered the link to join the call and reminders before the call. 

I include template/swipe files for these types of emails in my How To Turn Your Offline Services Into Online Offerings masterclass

If you’re worried that what you teach/coach can’t be delivered online, I’ve personally worked with a pilates instructor, bread making teacher, psychologist, personal trainer and jewellery- making teacher - all of whom deliver their training/consultancy online. And if they can do it, so can you. 

How to price your Power Hour 

It can be tempting to base your pricing on what others are charging in your industry. But this can lead to you vastly undercharging - or even overcharging - for your services. 

Your pricing should reflect the transformation you can create for your client - not how long it takes you to prepare and deliver the session. So if you can share information/advice/guidance that can save them tons of time, money and/or help them generate income in their business - because you’ve spent years honing your craft - your price should absolutely reflect that. 

I’ve generated over a million pounds in sales from the copy I’ve written for my website, sales pages, email marketing and social media. And the reason I’m able to create engaging content is because I spent the best part of 20 years writing and editing for national newspapers. PLUS I’ve invested huge amounts of time (and money) learning about copywriting - specifically for online business. This means I can look at a sales page, social media post or marketing email and immediately see what needs to be changed. Which is why I charge £500 + VAT for a Power Hour - not £50+ VAT.

That said, I haven’t always charged that fee. I started at around £99 + VAT and gradually scaled up as I got more experienced and gathered more testimonials. 

So start by thinking about the transformation you can create for someone and the impact that could have on their life/business.

It can help to spell out the return on investment for your clients. So for example, if I could give you some advice on your sales copy that would help 5x your investment, would you think £500 +VAT was expensive? Probably not. It’s all about how you frame it. 

But you do need to have the experience to match your pricing. You can’t charge £500 + VAT for your Power Hour just because someone else in your industry is doing it (well you can, but you may not make any sales).

So if you haven’t yet delivered any Power Hours it can be worth offering a number of discounted sessions so you can gather testimonials. I wouldn’t recommend offering them for free. People generally don’t value what they get for free. Which means they’re more likely to cancel/show up late to the session and less likely to implement your advice. Even a modest fee will ensure they have some skin in the game. 

How to promote your Power Hour

If you already have an email list - great.  Simply email your list, tell them about your Power Hour and (providing you’ve created the right offer for the right audience) you should get bookings. I’d also recommend doing some social media promotion too. If you have a blog/podcast/Youtube channel, it’s also worth sharing information about it there. 

If you don’t have an email list (or only have a small list) you’ll need to use proactive outreach. That means making a list of people you know (e.g. current/former clients) who might be interested in your offer. PLUS asking for recommendations/referrals from friends/colleagues. If you’re not sure how to get started with proactive outreach, the first module in my Build Your Online Audience programme focuses on exactly that topic (and includes email/message templates you can adapt for proactive outreach). 

Need help building your email list? Check out: 39 surprisingly easy ways to increase your email subscribers

I also have an email list building programme inside my Build Your Online Audience programme

Find out more about my Emergency Response Plan

Podcast shownotes

  • The context for this bonus podcast episode (01:44)
  • Find out about my Emergency Response Plan (4:32)
  • What is a Power Hour and how you can use it in your business (06:50)
  • Why Power Hours are great for getting rid of time wasters (8:37)
  • Why you should choose a niche topic for a Power Hour (09:04)
  • Examples of successful niche Power Hours (12:57)
  • How to create a Power Hour for a product-based business (14:11)
  • How you can use a Power Hour to upset and get future business (16:15)
  • How to use a Power Hour to decide if you want to work with someone (17:57)
  • How to deliver a Power Hour and apps you can use to deliver (19:30)
  • How to make sure your Power Hour is productive and take payment (22:10)
  • Tools you can use to make it easy to schedule a Power Hour in (23:04)
  • How to prepare people for the Power Hour (and why you need to) (24:54)
  • How to follow up a Power Hour and what you should include (27:10)
  • How to plan out a Power Hour call and manage expectations (29:29)
  • How to price a Power Hour and think of the transformation you offer (30:04)
  • Why you need good testimonials (and how to get them) (32:42)
  • How to promote a Power Hour (and what to do if you don’t get a response) (34:25)
  • How to promote a Power Hour if you don’t have an email list or audience (36:09)

Resources

Video Conferencing Software
Zoom
Go To Meeting
Team Viewer
Join Me
Google Hangouts
Meetme
Blue Jeans
Actuity
Calendly

Presenting software
Screenflow Mac
Thinkific
Teachable
Wistia
Vimeo
YouTube
Audacity
Soundcloud

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[396] How to grow an engaged Facebook community with Steve Folland

Have you ever wondered how to grow a really engaged Facebook group? Where there is a real sense of community - and people genuinely engage? If you’d love some strategies for growing your own online community or you’re thinking of starting a Facebook group then this podcast with video and audio producer Steve Folland is a must-listen. 

Steve who is also the host of the Being Freelance podcast shares how he grew his online community and Facebook group from his own podcast. He explains how he started his Facebook group after growing his podcast audience and how he links the content in his Facebook group back to his podcast - even down to the questions that he asks when people join the group.

Steve explains how important it is that your Facebook group is genuine and how your personality will give you the edge and get people to join your tribe.

Plus why you must create really good quality consistent content. He shares the strategies that he’s used to engage his community and grow his Facebook group. Find out why having a specific niche for his Facebook group has made his community really successful and buzzing.

Plus how Steve has used his Facebook group to increase his online presence and his podcast audience.

I'd love to know what you think.

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Podcast shownotes

  • How Steve started the Being Freelance podcast and then his Facebook group (2:11)
  • How Steve uses his podcast to get people to join his Facebook group (3:23)
  • Why you need to set the tone of a group for people to connect with you (7:48)
  • Why having a niche Facebook group helps with engagement and content (9:27)
  • How Steve creates a buzz and makes people feel part of the community (10:14)
  • Why you need to set out what you will genuinely use the group for at the outset (16:20)
  • How Steve set his group rules and the questions he asks when people join (18:13)
  • How Steve gets people involved and links the group back to the podcast (22:44)
  • How Steve repurposes content in the group to use on other platforms (24:14)
  • How Steve uses his podcast to drive people to his Facebook community (27:40)
  • Why your personality, consistency + content will help attract people to your group (30:11)
  • Why you should niche your Facebook group as much as possible (34:49)
  • How Steve’s Facebook group has enabled him to monetise his podcast (35:57)
  • How having an online community has helped Steve with his online business (39:19)

Resources

Steve's website Being Freelance

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