The end of the year is upon us… and this has got to be THE craziest year in a very long time (and the absolute craziest in my lifetime).
Even amidst all of the crazy, there were some very good lessons learned. As entrepreneurs we had to learn how to pivot. We had to learn how to get creative. We had to learn how to thrive in the midst of chaos.
All of that made me stronger. What about you?
Were you able to thrive even in the midst of chaos? Are you behind on your goals or have you exceeded them?
If you’re like some entrepreneurs, you might be feeling a little discouraged and a little off track right now. And that’s okay.
It’s normal. We all go through ups and downs. We all handle situations differently.
BUT you and I have one thing in common. We are in control…of our lives and businesses.
So if you find yourself lagging behind…TODAY is a new day and we still have almost two full months to turn things around. 🙌
Here are 4 ways to boost your business and end the year strong:
1. Launch a new offer (black Friday special, maybe)?
2. Run your first or next webinar (do a couple of them) and offer something special at the end.
3. Commit to creating a video series or doing a weekly livestream until the end of the year to grow your tribe.
4. Launch your first or next Facebook ad and add 500 new subscribers to your email list.
Don’t let the year end without getting one or more of these things done! This will help you start off 2021 stronger!
Clients are the life-line and heart of everything you do. Yet, if you’re like many coaches you might struggle to get those consistent clients you crave.
If that’s you then this post is for you!
I want to share a not-so-secret, secret with you. In order to book clients on the regular, you must be booking (discovery, strategy, etc.) calls on the regular. The more people you talk to, the more paying clients you will book.
AND the KEY to booking more calls? STAY in front of your ideal clients.
How do you do that? There is ONE SUPER SIMPLE way to do this => Facebook and Instagram ads.
And no big revelation there, right?
Maybe you’ve set up an ad or two or three…
The biggest problem I see entrepreneurs having with ads is that they don’t have a STRATEGY to get them the results they are looking for. So they start and stop ads or they switch what they promote too fast. They get frustrated because ads aren’t working. It’s a viscous cycle.
You have to lead your potential clients on a journey from NOT knowing who you are allll the way to the point that they HAVE to hire you.
It starts with content. Create content that leads your people down this path.
This is how the system works…
Step 1: KNOW your ideal client and who exactly you want to attract. Speak to them in their language (no jargon). You can’t attract your ideal client if you don’t really know who they are as a person.
Step 2: Create content that provides value to your ideal client. Content that gets them thinking and wanting to take the next step. Content that inspires, motivates, or empowers them. Use video and masterclasses to supercharge the know, like, trust factor.
Step 3: Use Facebook and Instagram ads to consistently get in front of the right people. No more starting and stopping ads. No more last-minute ads out of desperation. Avoid these mistakes!
Step 4: Have a follow up email sequence that keeps following up with them and leading them to take valuable actions – like booking a call.
Keep this going for at least 30 days to determine what’s working and what’s not.
I’ve been running ads for clients for four years and these are the most common mistakes I see over and over again. Before you get started creating your ad campaigns, I wanted to make sure you know about them so you can avoid them!
But first, what makes a high converting ad campaign? It’s definitely not just one thing. I wanted you to be aware that all of the following elements work together. If you have problems getting your ads to work, it could be one or more of these elements.
How you set up your ad
Okay, let’s get into the top mistakes. Ready? Here they are…
#1 Targeting incorrectly
There are basically two ways to target – warm and cold audiences. Ultimately, you’ll have ads set up for both types of audiences.
But if you are BRAND new to ads, you’ll start with targeting Pages that your ideal client would follow. For example, if you are looking for women over forty who want to lose weight then you might test targeting Jillian Michaels (personal trainer).
The other targeting option is warm audiences and these are set up under Custom Audiences in the Ads Manager. You will create a Custom Audience for every asset you have – email list, website traffic, page and video engagement, Instagram engagement etc.
#2 Setting up the wrong campaign type
There are many objectives to choose from when you are setting up your campaign. You need to pick the right objective for your goal. What is your goal? To build your list? Choose Conversions -> Leads. To get engagement? Choose Post Engagement
This seems so simple, yet this is one mistake I’ve seen made over and over again. You will not get the results you’re looking for if you don’t choose the right objective. Facebook created these different objectives to optimize for that result. For example, if you want to build your email list and you set up a Post Engagement ad then Facebook will optimize your ad for engagement and not leads. Sure you might get some sign-ups, but definitely not as many as the conversion campaign.
#3 Starting, stopping, changing things
I see too many people touch their ads too soon. They might increase or decrease their budget, turn it off or change the copy or something like that.
First, do not make any major changes to the copy or images without duplicating the ad. When you do this you are essentially erasing the data and will not be able to see what changes worked or didn’t work.
Facebook needs time to run it through their system. They actually want to see 50 conversions in one week per ad set to fully optimize. A lot of time what happens is your costs will start off high and then decrease over the first 72 hours.
#4 Not testing
Testing is key to successful ad campaigns. Most people set up one Ad Set and one Ad. It’s important to test. At the very least step up two Ad Sets (two different audiences) and one Ad.
What do you test? Your offer, your audience, your ad images, your copy, your landing page. Not all at once, but one at a time test, test, test!
How do you know if your ad is performing? What do you even look for? Watch for an email about that soon!
#5 Not having a strategy
Don’t run ads just to run ads. Understand what the goal is and how you will turn prospects into customers/clients. Know how you will make your money back. Work your ads until you get a return.
This includes having a retargeting strategy. Had a webinar where at the end you asked people to book a call with you? Set up a retargeting ad to webinar registrations to book a call with you. Selling a course? Set up a retargeting ad to go out to people who hit the sales page, but didn’t buy.
#6 Bonus: Don’t give up too soon
Too many people give up too soon. Facebook ads are a great way to get in front of the right people and can help you go grow your business much faster than any other method out there. Get help if you need it – but don’t give up too soon.