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How I discovered my ADHD superpower

I was recently diagnosed with ADHD.

At the grand old age of 45.

If you haven’t heard of it before, that stands of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - a disorder that affects the functioning of the brain and includes symptoms such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

I’ve found it uncharacteristically difficult to talk/write about, but I’m sharing it here in the hope it might be of help (even just as a reminder that everyone has their ‘things’ to deal with).

In this special podcast episode, I share the story of how I discovered I had ADHD and why I believe it's my secret superpower as an entrepreneur.

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By the time you get to the end of this post, there’s a good chance you’ll be thinking one of three things (or maybe all three).

  1. But I do those things too
  2. But you don’t seem the slightest bit ‘hyperactive’ Janet
  3. ADHD isn’t real...it’s just your personality type

So, to put it into context...yes we all do some of the things I share with you here sometimes. What makes the difference with ADHD is (a) the frequency with which the symptoms occur (b) the extent to which it affects your life.

It’s also worth mentioning that ADHD shows up differently in different people….particularly in girls and women (which is why it’s often missed). For example, the hyperactivity and/or restlessness can be mental rather than physical (as in my case).

And while educational/professional achievement in people with ADHD is often lower, it can show up in high achievers too. In fact the ability to 'hyperfocus' - to zone in on a particular area of interest and block out everything else - can be EXACTLY the thing that helps you to become a high achiever (another reason why ADHD can get missed).

I always felt there was something a bit ‘different’ about how my brain worked - but like many people - I associated ADHD with hyperactive teenage boys, so never imagined I could have it.

Then I stumbled across an article about women and ADHD and thought…’oh my God, that’s ME.’ I spent the next year or so reading and researching, which is what, eventually, led to me getting tested and getting a diagnosis.

My ADHD symptoms

To put my symptoms into context, here are some of the questions I’ve grappled with pretty much all of my life:

✔️ How can I be such a high achiever at things I find interesting but suck SO badly at those I don’t (which is VERY apparent from my school reports)?

✔️ Why can I concentrate for hours on things I’m interested in - to the point where I lose track of time - but struggle to pay attention to anything that doesn’t?

✔️ Why am I so bad at ‘life stuff?’ Paying bills, booking/cancelling appointments, ordering groceries, cooking….

✔️ Why do I get so excited about new things….then struggle to finish them?

✔️ Why am I so bad at friendship? Remembering friends' birthdays, sending baby gifts, asking after them when they’re sick, turning up to social things…well maybe not bad, just inconsistent...

✔️ Why am I such an impulsive spender (but never seem to learn from my mistakes)?

✔️ Why am I so brilliant with words...but frequently get muddled up with numbers and dates?

✔️ Why do I leave everything until the last minute? In fact, why does leaving it to the last minute sometimes feel like the ONLY way to get it done?

✔️ Why do I struggle so much with detail? To the point where starting a project with lots of moving parts or instructions to read feels PHYSICALLY painful?

✔️ Why can’t I hold down a job or even stick working in an office with other people for more than a few weeks at a time?

✔️ Why do I get so BORED of everything so quickly: meetings, relationships, social events, small talk, projects...?

✔️ Why do I sometimes make such impulsive decisions? Decisions that can blow up relationships (friendship/work/family)...often on a whim?

✔️ Why am I SO damn sensitive? To the point where a cross word/brush off from a colleague/friend can put me in a dark place for weeks on end…

✔️ Why am I a compulsive workaholic who works longer hours than anyone else I know (often to achieve the same results)?

✔️ Why don’t I enjoy holidays/days off like other people seem to?

✔️ Why can’t I SWITCH MY DAMN BRAIN OFF?

All of which I now realise are symptoms of ADHD.

Why you don't have to be hyperactive to have ADHD

If you’ve worked with me and/or are a friend, you may be surprised by me sharing this.

Because I probably come across as pretty calm, right?

I generally don’t pace the floor, interrupt people when they’re speaking and/or talk incessantly (well, only sometimes ) or any of the other stereotypical symptoms of ADHD.

The only thing you might have noticed is that sometimes I talk a bit fast. And - if you’ve worked with me, you’ll also know I THINK fast. Which can make it hard to keep up at times...

But I wasn’t bouncing off the walls as a child/teenager (and nor do I do that now). So I had no reason to believe - and nor did anyone else in my life - that the things I describe above were anything more than personality quirks.

Relationships is the area where I struggle most. While I LOVE people, I find navigating the unwritten rules of friendship - and particularly female friendship groups - nigh on impossible.

Maintaining female friendships often involves doing things you don’t want to do - or that bore you - just to be accepted. Which I’ve learned doesn’t work for the ADHD brain.

I’ve been dropped from numerous female friendship groups over the years for not playing by the ‘rules’ (or at least it feels like I have - but that might be down to Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria, which comes hand in hand with ADHD, but I’ll save that for another post!).

Which means life can feel a bit lonely at times.

While I have tons of acquaintances, I only have a handful of really close friends. Generally driven, ambitious women like me. Or men. Because both are unlikely to get offended when I forget to message them back, say/do the wrong thing or disappear for a few months because I’m engrossed in work or a new hobby. Because that’s all I can manage without messing things up.

Until recently, I saw my inability to maintain deep and long-lasting friendships with women as a character flaw. In fact, I’ve spent countless hours pouring my heart out to my mum about it over the years. Now I realise this is probably down to having a different kind of brain... which kind of helps a bit.

Coping Strategies

Work-wise, I’ve completely leant into my zone of genius (writing, communicating, creating content) and outsourced the things I find hard. And I love what I do, which means I rarely have problems paying attention to work stuff.

Life wise...I kind of bumble along, trying - and often failing - to create systems to keep me organised. But I still get far too many fines/charges for forgetting to pay things. I’m still impulsive with money, but because I earn more these days, it’s less of a problem. Which means I no longer have any debt. Although, if my income changed, I know that’s something I’d have to watch out for.

I’ve learned that the ADHD brain only has two modes: ‘now’ or ‘not now’ - which means you can’t draw on a previous experience like most people do (for example, getting charged for going over your overdraft limit because you bought something you couldn’t afford). Which is why you keep repeating the same mistakes - over and over again - much to the frustration of family/friends/colleagues.

Relationships are the area where I struggle most. While I LOVE people, I find navigating the unwritten rules of friendship - and particularly female friendship groups - nigh on impossible.

Maintaining female friendships often involves doing things you don’t want to do - or that bore you - just to be accepted. Which I’ve learned doesn’t work for the ADHD brain.

I’ve been dropped from numerous female friendship groups over the years for not playing by the ‘rules’ (or at least it feels like I have - but that might be down to Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria, which comes hand in hand with ADHD, but I’ll save that for another post!).

Which means life can feel a bit lonely at times.

While I have tons of acquaintances, I only have a handful of really close friends. Generally driven, ambitious women like me. Or men. Because both are unlikely to get offended when I forget to message them back, say/do the wrong thing or disappear for a few months because I’m engrossed in work or a new hobby. Because that’s all I can manage without messing things up.

Until recently, I saw my inability to maintain deep and long-lasting friendships with women as a character flaw. In fact, I’ve spent countless hours pouring my heart out to my mum about it over the years. Now I realise this is probably down to having a different kind of brain, which kind of helps a bit.

Next steps

This is all quite new to me, so I’ll leave it here (and I’m also a bit bored now).

I’m just starting out on this journey, so I still have a lot to learn. I spent the first few weeks wondering whether the test was ‘wrong’ and worrying about whether people would think I was jumping on to some kind of trend/bandwagon (ADHD is really common in entrepreneurs).

Once I’ve got my head around it, I’m sure it’s a topic I will revisit again - especially once I’ve explored different treatment options. But I wanted to share this with you in case it was helpful in any way.

And it goes without saying that while living with a restless, racing mind isn’t always easy (in fact, it can feel unbearable at times), it is almost certainly responsible for some of the things I’ve achieved in my life/business.

Over and out.

Podcast Shownotes

  • Why I recorded this bonus podcast episode (1:35)
  • My ADHD symptoms that led to my ADHD diagnosis (5:49)
  • Why I always just accepted my symptoms as personality quirks (9:15)
  • How ADHD has affected my ability to form close friendships (11:01)
  • Why ADHD symptoms show up later in women (12:24)
  • How I struggled at primary school with sensitivity (14:01)
  • How I lost interest in certain subjects at school (18:08)
  • How I started enjoying school when I could focus on the subjects I was good at (20:43)
  • Why I found university boring and it didn’t do much for me (22:50)
  • Why I struggle with small talk especially at events (23:59)
  • How I couldn’t stop spending money when I was younger (25:54)
  • When I realised that teaching wasn’t right for me (28:50)
  • Why freelance journalism was a really good fit for me (30:48)
  • How I got interested in entrepreneurship and online businesses (34:02)
  • How I struggled with being a mum and making connections with other mums (36:12)
  • How ADHD leads to hyper-focus and can make you lose interest in things (39:53)
  • Why I decided to find out if I had ADHD /  I started to question why I couldn’t enjoy time off (40:22)
  • Why it’s about the frequency of symptoms in an ADHD diagnosis (42:18)
  • How I’ve managed my business around my symptoms (43:05)
  • How ADHD hyper-focus has really helped my business (45:16)
  • Resources to understand more about ADHD (47:10)

Resources

Tracy Otsuka Podcast 

Jessica Macabe How to ADHD 

A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD 

Taking Charge of Adult ADHD 

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[411] How to become the number one choice in your industry with Jen Hall

Would you love to be the market leader in your industry - the go-to specialist? If so, you'll love this podcast episode with business coach, best-selling author and host of the Expert Unrivalled Podcast Jen Hall.

Whether you have a product or service-based business Jen explains the three things you must-do if you want to become a market leader.

Discover why you must ditch 'niche fear' and why not niching could be the biggest mistake you make in your business. Jen explains why differentiation and messaging are key and why you must nail your USP.

Find out why size and fame don't matter if you want to become a market leader in your industry. And how you can stand out in a crowded market - even if can't think of any new ideas.

PLUS why becoming a market leader is the BEST thing you can do for your business and your bottom line.

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Podcast Shownotes

  • About my Pinterest course (0:50)
  • About Jen Hall and her business and how she helps people (4:11)
  • The benefits of becoming a market leader in your area (6:44)
  • Why size doesn’t matter if you want to be a market leader (8:45)
  • Why you need to niche before you can become a market leader (10:18)
  • Why you need to ditch niche fear (12:12)
  • Why passion will help you niche (14:20)
  • Why you’ll never get anywhere if you don’t niche (15:06)
  • How to use your messaging and articulate what you do to help you niche (17:43)
  • Why you should avoid overcomplicating your messaging (20:44)
  • Why you’ll hold your business back if you don’t specialise (22:19)
  • Why differentiation is key to becoming a number one choice (25:02)
  • Why you need to create your USP rather than look for it (30:05)
  • Why you need to look at your competition to help innovate  (33:06)
  • The difference accumulated benefits and that one killer thing you do (34:25)
  • Why you need to bring your ideas to market (37:14)
  • How to differentiate yourself in a crowded market (38:53)
  • How to stand out by using technology to be personal (41:04)
  • Why you need to be personal to your audience become a market leader (43:02)
  • Why content planning is so much easier if you’ve specialised (43:43)
  • Why your messaging will help you become a market leader (45:45)

Resources

Jen Hall The Expert Unrivalled Podcast

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[349] How to find the right niche for your business (podcast)
[389] How to find your niche and why you need to with Jo Soley (podcast)
[406] Mindset problems that can slow your audience growth with Osmaan Sharif (podcast)
[409] How to use Pinterest to grow your online audience with Kate Beavis (podcast)
[Bonus] How to generate income fast by creating a power hour for your business (podcast)

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[406] Mindset problems that can slow your audience growth

Ever felt that something in your mind is holding you back from growing your business and your online audience? Then you’ll love this podcast episode with performance and mindset coach Osmaan Sharif.

Osmaan explains the common struggles that affect our mindset as entrepreneurs  -and how this can get in the way of building our audience.

Discover why you need to know your entrepreneurial super power and how this will help you identify the parts of your business that you should be focusing on and what you might need to let go.

Find out how aligning your values with your business goals will motivate you and help you achieve your goals and what happens to your mindset when they get too far out of synch.

He shares practical advice that you can apply in your business to deal with overwhelm, procrastination and perfectionism. Plus how 90 day goal setting can help us move forwards in business.

As always I'd love to know what you think.

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Podcast Shownotes

  • About this podcast episode (3:12)
  • About Osmaan and how he helps entrepreneurs with mindset (4:27)
  • Why mindset is so important to business owners (6:49)
  • Why a past corporate background can hold people (9:15)
  • Why big goals can overwhelm you and hold you back (10:44)
  • Why expecting too much of yourself can overwhelm you (13:08)
  • Why perfectionism will hold you back and (14:22)
  • How your entrepreneurial superpower can affect your strategy (17:11)
  • Why you need to focus on the parts of your business that you are good at (20:08)
  • What procrastination is really telling you about your business (21:40)
  • Why the wrong mindset can really affect your business (24:15)
  • Why being clear on your goal will stop holding you back  (28:03)
  • How ninety-day goals will help you move forward and focus (33:15)
  • Why shorter goals are better and flexibility is key for achievable goals (36:00)
  • How accountability will help you stay focused (37:15)
  • Why we need to align our values with what drives us forward (40:01)
  • How knowing your values and your goals will help you make decisions in your business (44:38)
  • Why we can struggle with what we think we should do and what we actually do (47:57)

Resources

Osmaan Sharif’s Rapid Transformation website

Find out more about your entrepreneurial superpower in this podcast episode:
[217] How to find your entrepreneurial superpower with Osmaan Sharif (podcast)

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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)
[405] The secret to creating bingeworthy content (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)

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[405] The secret to creating bingeworthy content

Want to know how to create content people can't get enough of - just like your favourite Netflix show?

In this podcast episode, I explain why Netflix is SO addictive and how you can apply the same principles to your own content to make it SO irresistible, people can't wait to get their eyes (or ears) on it.

I also share practical tips and tactics on how to make your blog, podcast, Youtube show (or any other content you're creating) bingeworthy.

PLUS how you can get your audience craving more of your content.

As always I'd love to know what you think.

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Podcast Shownotes

  • About my Build Your Online Audience programme (02:10)
  • Why routines, cues and rewards are important when creating bingeworthy content (3:55)
  • How we can learn a lot about our content from Netflix (06:05)
  • Why it’s so powerful to create content that becomes part of someone's routine (08:03)
  • How my daily email has become a part of people’s routine  (09:52)
  • How you can create bingeworthy content in your business (10:36)
  • How to create a cue and make people expect your content (11:23)
  • Why you need to create familiar content to create a routine for people  (12:41)
  • Why our brains love familiarity and how to use this to get people to love your content (15:20)
  • How to create the reward in your content by making it good and using shout outs (17:45)
  • How podcasters reward their listeners (18:50)
  • How to get people to crave your content (20:14)
  • How to use teasers to get people to crave your content (21:09)
  • How to create make your content bingeworthy on YouTube (22:36)
  • How to use clustering to make people consume more of your content (23:09)
  • Why you should plan your content in groups or seasons to encourage bingeing (23:30)
  • Tweaks you can make to your  content to see if it is bingeworthy (24:37)
  • About my Creating Bingeworthy Content Class (25:42)

Resources

Sign up for my Daily Email

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

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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 increase your email subscribers (podcast)
[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

Rev.com*

Kapwing

Social Media Video Engagement Playbook

Social Media Engagement Playbook

Instagram Engagement Playbook

LinkedIn Content Strategy Playbook

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[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

Other podcast episodes

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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.

{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 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

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Janetmurray.co.uk/podcastfinder

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