Episode 188: How To Self Publish Your Book To Grow Your Business – with Alexa Bigwarfe and April Beach

Alexa Bigwarfe SweetLife Entrepreneur Podcast April Beach

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Small business owners who want to write a book but need to know the steps, how to approach the process, and the ins and outs of self-publishing. If you’re considering self-publishing a book but you don’t know where to start, you’ll leave this episode with clarity and simple steps to take action. 

Summary:

Learn the difference between self and traditional publishing, what your options are to sell a self-published book, the benefits of self-publishing, well-known influencers who’ve chosen to self publish, as well and the 4 steps to start self-publishing your book! If you have a book in you but you aren’t sure where to start when it comes to self-publishing, this is the podcast episode to binge with guest expert Alexa Bigwarf, founder of Write|Publish|Sell and Women In Publishing Summit. 

Highlights:

  1. Know the 4 steps to self-publishing your book
  2. Understand the differences between self and traditional publishing
  3. Get insider secrets about creating your own self-publishing imprint
  4. Understand the connection between brand consistency in your book and business design

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You’re listening to the Sweetlife entrepreneur podcast, simplified strategies to grow your service business and launch a life you love faster with business mental and entrepreneur activator, a probate. Hi there, and welcome to the sweet life. When you were in business podcast, this is episode number 188 in everything we’re talking about on today’s show can be found by visiting Sweetlife podcast.com forward slash one 88,
because we’re giving you a ton of resources. Like we usually love to do here on this podcast. If you, and I don’t know each other yet, my name’s April beach. I help entrepreneurs grow and scale their business online and develop their internationally leading suite of signature offers. One of the things that you get here on the show, our business strategies you can take to the bank.
So every one of our experts is vetted and I myself have been coaching entrepreneurs to grow and scale their business for over 24 years, we are so glad that you are here. And today on the show, I’m really passionate about this topic and our guests. I’ve become a really good friend with already in a quick period of time, virtually. And I’m super excited to introduce you to her.
Now, let me give you a little bit of background story. You might not know this, but one of the ways that I grew one of my first companies was by self publishing a book, and it was really powerful. You guys, as a matter of fact, this book sold copies everywhere and still to this day, that company, the secondary business consulting firm that I own it’s called baby planner,
inc leads the industry in business consulting for companies that market to new unexpecting families. And the reason why I still have that reach and notoriety in that space is because they started out by self publishing a book on my expertise in that niche, niche, whatever you want to call it, right? But here is the deal. Here’s the truth. I made a ton of mistakes and some of the mistakes that I made ended up costing me a lot of money and ended up costing me a lot of time.
And if I knew more about what I was doing, instead of just doing it and winging it, then I think that my results could have been a lot better or at least a lot less painful. And so today on the show, Alexa, big Wharf is here and she’s going to walk you through the power of self publishing a book you’re going to be blown away when you hear some of the most well known influencers that we all like love and follow and really admire in that they have chosen to go.
The self publishing route. Alexa is a USA today, bestselling author speaker, and publishing partner. She coaches others and offers publishing solutions to those who want to grow their business and share their story through writing a book. She’s the founder of write, publish, sell Kat biggie, press purple butterfly, press Chrysalis, press, and the women in publishing summit,
which I’m so excited to be able to speak at her summit coming up here in spring of 2021. And so let’s go ahead and dive into today’s episode. You are going to know the quick start steps to publish your book. The difference between self publishing versus going through a traditional publisher and actually getting a literary agent. So we’re hashing out all of this for you today on the show.
And you’re also going to know how and why you can use a book to increase your known well known expertise in your space. So a lot of great things coming your way. This is a great show for those of you guys who are new in business, and you’re just trying to start your platform. And it’s especially an incredibly good episode for you to listen to.
If you have been in business, you have a platform, but you’re what we call like the best known secret. We need to get your voice and your expertise established even more in your space. So let’s go ahead and dive in all of the show notes again, can be found by visiting Sweetlife podcast.com forward slash one 88. And if you haven’t yet be sure to join our new online community business networking app.
It’s totally private. If you haven’t heard we’ve ditched Facebook groups, we’re super excited about it. You can join us by visiting Sweetlife community.com, where you’re going to get all your podcast insights and bonuses in there. All right, let’s go ahead and dive into today’s show.<inaudible> All right. You guys welcome back to another sweet life entrepreneur business and podcast episode.
And I’m here with my new friend, Alexa, big war, and we met on Instagram. I was really happy. You know, I’ll be really honest. I don’t meet a lot of people on Instagram, but I totally just want to hang out with and have coffee all the time. But Alexa was one of them. And since then we’ve had a chance to connect deeper and I’ve learned more about what she does and frankly,
you guys really need to know what she does. So Alexa, just introduce yourself here. Welcome to the sweet life podcast. I’m so glad that you have given us a chance to hear all about your expertise. Well, thank you so much for having me and I feel the same way. I mean, I found you, we started connecting whatever, and then of course I do what I always do.
I obsessively like Googled everything, started listening to your podcast and was like, Oh my gosh, she’s saying all the things I need to hear right now. So that’s fantastic. I’m a writer, an author, an author coach, a publisher and a mom, which is a very important part of my story because I didn’t set down this path. I never thought about running my own business or ever even being an entrepreneur.
And sometimes, literally life gives you lemon and you can choose to make lemonade or you can choose to fall to pieces. And without going into all the background, in a nutshell, we lost an infant daughter. She was one of a set of identical Twins and she passed away at two days old. And that took me to blogging. I mean, as you can imagine,
going through anything like that, like I just started, I had, I’m a passive aggressive person and I didn’t necessarily want to share all my feelings face to face with people, but I had a lot of feelings that I wanted to be sharing. So I started blogging and writing about grief and loss and writing about twin to twin transfusion syndrome, which is what they had writing about life in the NICU,
because her twin was a one pound 10 ounce, one who spent a long time in the NICU. So lots of content for blogging and eventually decided I wanted to write a book for grieving mothers. So that’s how my publishing journey started. I figured it all out on myself. I did the things I needed to do fell in love with the process, started writing about parenting.
And I go authored a book called lose the Cape realities for busy, modern moms and strategies to survive. We should’ve gone with a shorter subtitle, but it was at that point really about the second book where people were like, what are you doing? How are you doing this? I want to write a book, tell me what to do. And so a business again,
I love that story. I’m sorry that it started out with so much pain and heartbreak. And I mean, you’re right though. I mean, those are some of the things that we just are so compelled to do. I think some of the best, most powerful companies are started with a deep rooted emotional story like that. And I agree now, writing is such a healing tool.
It can really be an excellent tool for helping people come through trauma, come through grief, come through just anything they’re going through. So that’s actually another Avenue that we really do is work with people on writing to heal because it was such a massive part of my process. Yeah. So give everybody kind of an overview on your company. So write, publish,
sell, and you have the women in publishing summit. So let’s go ahead and lay the foundation and then we’ll dive into what you’re going to train us on today. Great. So I started write, publish, sell as an opportunity to charge people for all the questions they were asking. Right. I started doing the things that were really hard for people to figure out,
like lay out an ebook conversion and how to find all the things that you need to write a book and all of that stuff. And through the process, I created a publishing imprint and created a publishing house. And then another one, and then another one, that’s a whole different story. But you know, I wanted to be a bigger part of the process than just helping someone lay out their book and help them load it to Amazon.
But actually what I found was that where I really enjoy working is not in the, I mean the publishing side. I’m glad I have that experience, but I liken the whole process of helping people figure out what the book is that they should write and why. And then kind of project managing it is really the best thing to get it through from there to publish.
And we work with authors who are self published, who are traditionally published and who are hybrid published as well, which is kind of a cross between the two. I love this process of helping people find the resources and figure out what to do and how to do it. And that’s how the women and publishing some, it was born because I really much like pod-casters,
I think we love showcasing resources and tools and people and putting them in front of the audience of people who need them. So we took that route to create this big basically like week of encouragement and support and educational resources and really a shout out to the women who are writing books, selling books, editing books, creating covers and layouts for books, the whole gamut,
because we just don’t get enough credit out there. It’s so exciting. That’s so exciting. That’s what, so we can just lay it out there, even though it’s going to be months after this particular show airs, but that’s going to be spring 2021, right. Is so women in publishing summit. Okay, great. We’ll make sure that you guys get information about that that’s coming up.
So this is actually a really good place to start. So let’s kind of start out with some basics here. What is the difference between self publishing and going to traditional route of having a publisher? And I understand that obviously it’s not, everybody can just go get a publisher there’s you have to have a certain audience and a platform. And so that’s really difficult,
but many people are self publishing. So talk to us About the difference. So it’s interesting because in the past, And in this time that I’ve been involved, Like we’ve seen self publishing explode. It started at about 2000. Well, it started a long time before that, but it didn’t really begin to be mainstream until about 2009, 10, 11,
12, with the addition of e-readers and Kindles. I mean, it’s hard to imagine what life was like, but it’s own. They’ve only been in our world for about 10 years and it made such a big difference. There are definite reasons why certain people would want to choose their traditional route other than the self publishing route. But for entrepreneurs, the self publishing route offers a really,
really great way forward because you have full control, you do it on your timeline, you make the decisions. So just to back up quickly, when you seek a traditional publishing arrangement, basically there are people who require that you go through an agent or through solicited manuscripts. And then there are a lot of smaller and midsized publisher that allow you to just go ahead and submit your idea for nonfiction,
which is where I would assume most entrepreneurs be. You have to draft a really detailed proposal. They want to know what other books are out there like it, how yours is different, what you can do with it. And I’ll, and it’s a great process for learning and understanding your book. But it’s a very, very timely process. Even if you’re not working through an agent,
even if you’re going directly to a publisher. And then when the book gets to the, or you don’t have to write the full book before you go traditional publishing, actually you just have to create that summary to send to them. And they decide yes or no. The advantages obviously of publishing is that you don’t have to figure out all the pieces of the puzzle.
You, somebody else is going to do it all for you, depending on the size of the publishing house, you may or may not get an advance. It surprises people to know that there are still people getting paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in advances, but those are usually like the Oprahs of the world and that Renee Brown’s a, you know, a hundreds of thousands to millions for somebody and in our sphere,
if you have a good book that the niche that they’re really wanting to fill and the ability to sell the book is a big, big factor. You may, you make it between a 10 and $50,000 advance. So for some people that’s a huge incentive, but for most entrepreneurs, self publishing professionally in a way that doesn’t look like you’ve just thrown it up on Kindle by yourself,
where you have a great cover design, you have great perfectly formatted interior design. You have a perfect cover. You’re following the industry standards. That’s a fantastic route because you can do it on your own time. You can choose what your cover looks like and work with the professionals to make it just right. You know, you generally have the audience already in place that you know is going to be interested in the book.
So definite pros and cons to both sides, but for a lot of entrepreneurs, I bet most of you are familiar with Pat Flynn. He’s self published his books. Um, there are a lot of entrepreneurs. If you were to start looking through Russell Brunson, the key is they’ve worked with professionals so that nobody can tell that their book is self published.
They created a publishing imprint, so that it doesn’t say published by Pat Flynn. It says published by whatever the name of the company is that he or the imprint that he created. So I assume the next question is How did you know? Yes. What is a publishing imprint? Yes. So this is awesome. So they publishers do it too. If you pay close attention to books,
sometimes you’ll see, I’ll make up a random name. Like I think Tarcher is an imprint of penguin, which is an imprint of random house, which is it’s like smaller delineations for the self publishing world. What the imprint means is that you’re creating a name associated to the books that are published. So when you go to Amazon or you go to books,
a million, or you go to wherever, it says published by Kat biggie press or purple butterfly press or Chrysalis press it. Doesn’t say published by Alexa, big Wharf. And you can create an LLC behind that. If you want to you, or it can be a DBA under your own business, some people will make it their company name. So you could have the Sweetlife publishing house or the Sweetlife press Sweetlife books.
People can copyright and trademark things obviously, but generally you can make it to be whatever you want it to be and associate it with your books. Just it’s another step to make you look just a little bit more professional, have a little logo, you know, all those kinds of things. Formation. I think when you dropped names like Pat Flynn and Russell Bronson,
and the fact that they self publish, I, a lot of people are like, wow, I really want to write a book, but I want to be taken seriously. And so when you drop names like you did, you know, some people didn’t know they self published because of that exact reason. And we do actually have our own, we have Sweetlife press.
So, so I have, I have written two books and self published, two books, and it was Sweetlife press in which we did that. And that’s exactly what we did. And so I do understand that process. One of the things that was really interesting as you were talking, I was remembering colleagues and friends and guests that I’ve had on the show.
And I still remember interviewing Denise Duffield Thomas and she was on the show, got a couple years ago and she had just released, I think it was chill preneur. And I remember one of the things we were talking about on that show was that they came back with her and they’re like, this is the cover of your book. And she’s like, why mrs.
Not what bit, you know? And she didn’t have a say, I mean, that’s the cover that the publisher chose for her book. And I still remember being in that interview and thinking, gosh, you know, I didn’t realize it would be that strict and they chose her cover and that was it. And she’s like, whatever I’m going with it.
I know it’s a great book, you know, but this is a cover. They chosen it. Isn’t what I had chosen. And so that’s a great example. And then also I still remember back. So I had a literary agent back in 2009 that approached me to write a book. I had little babies. I think my youngest was like two and a half years old.
And my oldest was only six. And he was so, so excited. It was such a great opportunity. And this agent was like, great, but the deadlines, I couldn’t meet the deadlines. There’s that too. And it was it. And it was exactly what you were saying. I was like, this could be a great opportunity, but I am in this business owner,
mom, life survival mode right now with these children. And there’s no way in hell. I’m getting you all of this by Friday. I mean, this is completely impossible for me. So I didn’t continue with that contract. I defaulted out of that contract. Um, and so as you’re, as you’re talking, I’m remembering kind of some of these things and saying,
okay, I get it. I get it. And just for our listeners, you know, it’s so interesting to again here, because you know, we’re always worried about our personal brand and what the perception is. And we’re going to dive here in a minute to the benefits of writing your own book, which is establishing you as an expert. So you don’t want to look like a cheapo because you’re publishing your own book,
right? You don’t want like, well, I couldn’t get a publisher, so I’m just going to put this out there and hope that people buy it. That’s not what we’re doing. That’s not what we’re talking about. So I love everything that you said. So my next question for you is when you self publish, where are your options to sell your book?
Okay. So you book anywhere these days. So it’s funny, the stigma behind, you know, the self publishing, like I remember years ago when I first was like, I’m going to self publish my book. Like the impression that a lot of my friends had was the first thing that came out of my girlfriend’s mouth was, Oh my gosh, please tell me it’s not going to be one of those horribly written books as 99 cents on Amazon.
But it’s growing beyond that. Like the industry around in the published books has grown so immensely that that’s really just the stigmatism that we carry, but that the rest of the world is moving beyond right now. So now I forgot what you asked me, but Oh, basically like where can you sell it so you can sell it on Amazon. But if I want my local bookstore to carry my book,
I can just Approach them just like a regular, why would any other retailer to sell my product and be like, here, here you go. You absolutely can. And in fact, that’s how most people, indie self published books are now showing up in Barnes and noble and target and all these places. It comes down to just like anything else, your ability to market yourself,
to know your target audience and how you approach them. So bookstores and libraries want to make money. If you know that your book is a good fit for the traffic, they get to their store. And even better, if you can bring something to the table, like I worked with one nonfiction author who approached the bookstore and she said, you know,
this is my book. I’d love to sell it here. But even better than that, it’s a natural book for a, she teaches a course from her book, right? So she was like, I’d also like to bring in my book club, my organization and these people in my workshop, basically, we’ll meet here once a month. And now it’s like,
wow, you’re bringing clients as well with a great love. That totally makes sense. But you have to have it positioned so that they can buy it. And that’s the thing that you can’t put it on Amazon and then go to a bookstore and say, will you please stop by book in your store? It doesn’t work that way. So those are the fine things that you have to learn about.
And those where the expert inside trading secrets When we work with you, I’d never would have even thought About that. Of course. Okay. So let’s talk about the benefits of writing a book. So what we’re talking about here, this isn’t a free book. This isn’t a freebie that you give away as a lead magnet. This is a book with your intellectual property,
your area of expertise, your methodology, your systems, your ideas, your direction, or, you know, precision about how to accomplish something. And it’s not this freebie that we’re talking about. So let’s dive into really, like you said, one of your areas of specialty and expertise is helping people figure out what the heck to write about how do you really guide people through making that decision in order so that it’s going to align with their business area of expertise,
or do you kind of have people that just start out as writers and the might not have a business yet? All of the above. It’s funny. It’s a wild world right now, as entrepreneurs, as writers as all of us, like the doors are wide open for us to create our own path, basically. So I have worked with authors who have come to me,
who have said, I’ll use my friend, Shelley, as an example, she was child has a food allergy. They also have a large family. And she has written a book about how to eat healthy on a budget. So dinner for a dollar is her thing. She wrote her book first and then she wanted to launch a business. So we had to,
you know, create the right path for that to happen. She came to me with her book already written. I helped her do the publishing and then launching and all of that kind of stuff. But then I’ve had other people who have come to me, you may be familiar with sparkle, hustle, grow Julie Ball, the founder of that subscription box for female entrepreneurs.
Like, I mean, No, I’m kidding. It’s created a wonderful product that people love, but now she’s growing her business beyond that. What can she do beyond subscription boxes? So she started a course, a boot camp for people who wanted to create subscription boxes and then a mastermind. So with her, when we were thinking about the right book for her,
it was how do I get something for that group of people who maybe aren’t ready for the course yet are still in that idea of, should I even create a subscription box and definitely aren’t ready for her mastermind yet so that she doesn’t have people joining her program, who aren’t ready for it, wind up asking a lot of questions because they’re very, very new and don’t know these things.
So her book, when we talk about the entryway to your big business funnel, it’s the perfect funnel because it’s a book about how to start a subscription box, what things you need to know, what her process was, what she went through. She uses a lot of examples from other box owners. And then at the end of it naturally, you’re like,
okay, if you’re ready to rock and roll, here’s your next step? Right? So she’s selling a book and she’s potentially growing her next level audience, hugely Perfect ideal audience. And it certainly can separate you and make you an expert in your space. I love that. That’s a perfect analogy as well, especially with the product funnel in that example.
So for people who are listening right now, they’re like, okay, I want to get started. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. And I know you guys are listening out there and you’ve been thinking about doing this for a long time, because like 90% of the entrepreneurs and business owners I talk about have said, Oh, I really want to write a book.
I’ve been thinking about writing a book. So what are the steps to actually get started in this process for somebody who’s like, this is it, you know, 2020 is my year that I’m no longer going to drag my feet in this, but where on earth do I start? Okay. So to me, the starting places, always first and foremost,
identifying your goal of why you’re writing the book, what you’re trying to get to. And if you can identify that right away, like is it book sales because if selling books and getting on a best sellers list and getting interviewed on Oprah is your goal, then it’s a totally different path. If it’s to grow your funnel entryway into your business, if it’s to give a low cost.
So maybe you have a high end coaching program that lots of people can’t join, but they still want to know your knowledge then is it a solution for that level? Or is it, are you a newer business owner? And you’re really trying to establish your credibility to be known as the person on the street to come to talk to about these topics, to gain speaking engagements,
to be a step ahead of other people, applying for different opportunities, et cetera. So it can be a combination, but those are the general, like three different areas until you get to superstar status. And then it’s because people are telling you, you need to write a book, but for those of us who are not superstars yet, it’s generally one of those three areas.
So really having a clear understanding of that. Yeah. Let me just recap those so that people are really clear. So understanding obviously your why, so is it PR and you really want to be seen on Oprah, whatever that is. And so really making sure that media attention, I know that, and I do talk to a lot of business owners that are interested in that,
and that is obviously a really difficult path. And there are a lot of things that, that need to happen in order for that to happen, especially from an audience building standpoint, then as you certainly number one, number two, a product funnel. So as a product funneling into your other programs is a natural lead in and number three is just establishing your voice and growing your list as far as initially,
did I recap those correctly? Yes. And there are lots of in-betweens and you know, it’s funny because sometimes people will start thinking that they want to do one of those three things. And in the process they realize they have a personal story that they really want to share, and they can’t move beyond that until they write their personal story. It’s interesting.
Like once they get the idea started of, okay, I’m going to write a book, then they veer off in a different direction. You know, I’ve worked with authors who started have almost completely finished one book, and then they were like, I can’t move forward with that until I’ve addressed this issue. And then they wrote a book about how they overcame breast cancer and how other people can do that too.
And then came back to their business, this book. So, so cool. And not a surprise, not a surprise, you know, entrepreneurs we always want to create in creating is so healing. And I think for a lot of business owners, okay. So first figuring out step number one, figuring out what the purpose of what you’re doing is what’s next.
So for me, the next step is sitting down and figuring out the purpose of the book itself. Like, what is the reader going to get from it? Are you teaching them something? Are you sharing knowledge? You know, what are you doing? Are you doing it? How to book, are you doing a self help book? Are you doing a memoir figuring out that and creating an outline.
And this outline is a, sometimes a scary word for people, but it’s really just a, okay, I know I want to get the reader from a to Z and these are the things that have to happen between them and you jot them down in a list and that will help keep you on track and motivated to keep writing that book. So that’s step two.
Then step three is taking some time to either figure out all the steps in the process of publishing or determining. I just want to hire somebody to do all the steps of the publishing for me. And then you figure out who you want to work with basically, or you start researching how to do it yourself. Right? Name simultaneously. You’re writing your book.
Yeah. Okay. So let’s kind of talk about that for a minute. So for business owners that, you know, have a ton of things on their plate, how do you recommend people get the greatest productivity or focus? I know everybody’s different as far as writing, do you say, Hey, take a whole week and go on a retreat and rent a cabin in the woods and write your book,
or do you say, Hey, spend one day a week or three hours, or how do you usually actually recommend for people that are trying to balance all the things that, that they’re trying to balance and get their book? Really? I think the first thing to do is take an audit of what you’ve already created. And we do this through what I call my Quickstart program,
my QuickBook program, I’m actually working on the name of the system itself, but it’s, um, how to get what you already have available to you and start from there because the reality is most of us who are growing businesses have some level of team with us, right? So if you take that initial outline and you’re like, these are the things that I want to cover a next natural step is to pass it off to your VA and say,
go find everything that I’ve already created on this topic. Podcasts I’ve been on webinars, I’ve run all of that stuff and create that vault of information first. And then you can pick and pull things from that. It’ll also make it, if you work with a collaborative writer or someone who’s helping you get the book written that that’s an easy thing to hand off to somebody else.
But, you know, I think to be very honest, like this is where the overwhelmed just gets to them. Cause they’re like, Oh my gosh. Now I have to actually write a book and panic and breathing, you know, all of that, like, you’d be surprised how many people stop right there. They decide they’re going to write a book.
They know what the book is and then the brakes come on because it’s that next step that’s so overwhelming. But there are lots of ways to make it less overwhelming by starting with what you already have. You know, it’s so interesting as you’re going through this, this is our step by step process. Very similarly that we work with businesses to develop their signature programs and offers the outline,
assessing your assets. It’s the same exact process. And it’s true. You know, once they figure out what assets they already have that are going to accomplish a certain stage of that outline in this book, people just realize when they’re like, Oh my gosh, I have to actually go to work and do this. And you know, we have a lot of guys that listen to this show,
but working from home, which many people are and having the distractions, I think there is something super overwhelming about the ability to have an find uninterrupted time. And if, if like, if you’re like me, I have to get on a roll first. So for me to write, I actually have to be in the mood to write, I mean,
whether it’s music or working out first or lighting the dang candle or whatever it is, I have to be inspired to write. And I’ve ran into those problems before. And it’s actually even this way sometimes with recording this podcast where it’s like, if I’m not in the mood to create it, I’m just not creating it. So maybe if, you know,
if our listeners, if you guys are listening and you’ve been in this spot where you’re like, Oh my gosh, I have all this done. I want to keep writing my book. Maybe you’re like me and you’re super emotionally charged and you have to find the right environment or the right pre-activity to get your brain flowing. Because if somebody is like, okay,
well you have to sit down and write from 11 to one. You know what I’m not doing from 11 One writing and this just the way I personally am. Yeah. I completely agree with that. And that’s, that’s why I liked the idea of just sitting down and saying, well, one, you can always hire an accountability partner or a coach to like force you into one hour,
which is all it takes me is one hour to get somebody book out of them and sit down for one hour, go through all the steps that we just talked about and the preparation for it and have this skeleton, because it’s amazing the psychological difference that it makes. Once you have a list of topics just to start with, and then beyond that, you just start feeling.
It’s like, Oh yeah. I remember when I was interviewed on April beaches show, we talked about this, fill that in, in chapter six for that’s what I want to talk about, or you know, that type of thing, or you pick up your phone and you blocked somebody or however you communicate with your team. And you’re just like, here’s the brainstorm I have.
I know I want to include this information, this information, this information, go write it down on a list, go start, you know, filling in the gaps. It takes that overwhelm of sitting down and thinking, Oh my gosh, I have to spend these three hours just, you know, creating the best thing that ever happened. I’m sure.
You know what it’s like when you hire someone to write copy for you, whether it’s your newsletter or your sales page or anything like that, when you start from something that’s already existing, it’s so much easier to craft it and to recreate it, make it sound like you pull out the pieces you want than it is to start from scratch. Well, and that’s the power of working with somebody like you to do it.
So yes, if I had somebody like you to sit down with the deer, like, okay, April for the next hour, I’m going to pull, extract everything out of your brain. Then I would be there with bells on. And that’s exactly. I mean, that’s, that’s a difference. So those of our listeners that are really serious about doing this,
if you’ve been dragging your feet, It’s probably time to get somebody to guide you through this process. Like Alexa, When does the design come in? Is that usually something that takes really a while? Or do you write all the content first and then drop it into a design? How has that process fit into this? So our process and there’s, there’s lots of freelancers.
There’s lots of companies that help with this part of it. But what we do is we get the final edited version from the author when there’s no more changes. Obviously we do a proofread after that. So there may be small changes, but when the content is written, it’s been edited, it is done. Then we have a team of designers and we pick the right designer for the right project and we send it to them.
They do their designing skills because here’s the thing. I’m just going to be brutally honest here, because I can’t say this out loud to people, to their faces, but it breaks my heart when I go to a conference or an event and somebody’s speaking and I’m like, I have to get their book. And I go to the book table and I pick up their book and it’s not formatted properly.
And it looks a mess. And as a publisher, like I’m very in tune with what the industry standards are. So it annoys me probably more than the average person. I’ll, I’ll admit to that, but I can’t buy their book cause I can’t read it because that will drive me. So we have people who know, book, industry standards who know formatting,
who know how to do these different things. We send it to them. They do a couple of mockup chapters. We get back to the author, we say, does this look like what you were envisioning? Kind of like the same idea of designing a cover or graphics or anything like that. We come to an agreement and then we flow the entire book and then they get this beautiful lead designed and laid out book that then we can upload anywhere.
They want to publish their book. Fantastic. And it looks like the brand that they need to represent. And I think that that’s the concern that a lot of people have about self publishing is just really not knowing how to approach this and not knowing how to do this correctly in a way that is going to position them as a brand leader or as an expert or whatever their goal is for that book.
And I it’s the same thing. I mean, it’s like you, you love somebody and then you reach out and you go to their website and it’s not working or things are clicking, right. Or their logo sucks or, you know, whatever it is, it’s all part of the package. Right. And yet I think that another piece that people think is that it’s going to cost like thousands and thousands of dollars because you do see these programs that are like a $25,000 investment.
And I’m here to tell you that you can find people who will do it very professionally and very well, and you don’t have to mortgage your house to pay for the services. And it still looks really, really branded like you would want it to be. And that’s one of the things that we consider, like, are there fonts that you love? Is there a certain layout or things that you use in your things as business owners?
The branding is a huge part of what the cover and the interior looks like a hundred percent having an all uniform with that style guide across, well, this has been so helpful. I appreciate all of your information because you have given our listeners so many steps and so many different things to consider and there’s actions they can take at this point in time, or at least that they know that they can come back and tap into this episode again,
in the future when they are in fact, ready to go down this road, how can people get started? You have a quick start guide for our listeners. I want to make sure that everybody is getting their hands on also so that they can be in connection with you regarding your women in publishing summit and all of your services. Yeah, sure. So if you head over to write,
publish, sell.com, and if you go forward slash Quickstart, That’ll be kind of the freebie download on a recap on some of the things that we covered today, plus some additional resources on, on where to dig deeper, to find out more on those types of things. And then we also have write, publish, sell.com for jumpstart, which is our one hour workshop to help you outline your book.
So if you’re ready to go at that point in time, it’s a very small investment for that one hour to get that done. Wow. That sounds so awesome. That sounds incredible. I think everybody should join the workshop. I mean, one hour and, and see what you have after that and really getting inspired. I think that’s, that’s super great.
Thank you so much for being on the show. I can’t wait to continue to connect with you offline, personally. I know that our companies are going to be connecting again in a lot of ways in 2021. And so I’m excited about that and where can everybody find you on Instagram or LinkedIn and really what’s the best social platform for people to connect with you?
We’re pretty active on, on Instagram with write, publish, sell, and with the women in publishing summit. And I also have my personal account there. Alexa, big Wharf. I’m Alexa, big work on Instagram and then pretty much write, publish, sell anywhere you want to go. You’ll find us awesome. Thank you so much for your time.
I appreciate you. This has been amazing. Thank you. You’re welcome. Thanks.<inaudible> All right, guys. Thanks so much for listening to this week’s podcast. Again, this is the sweet entrepreneurial podcast and all the show notes and resources we talk about as well as our business development programs and how you can find Alexa and get started with publishing can be found by visiting us online@sweetlifeco.com
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Episode 181: How To Get Media Attention And Establish Yourself As An Expert – with April Beach

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Those who are experts in your space, excel in your chosen area of specialty, and you need more eyes on your business, service, or product.

Summary:

You’re really good at what you do, but oftentimes you feel like the best-kept secret. A handful of people know your worth, but not enough to get the credibility you need to reach the profit and business growth you want. 
 
In this show, you’ll learn 4 simple steps to start the process of establishing your expertise that every entrepreneur should have completed regardless of business phase or growth level. 

Highlights:

  1. Know how to create your media PR plan
  2. Know what you need to have on your website to look like an expert
  3. Know the 4 simple steps you can complete this week to bring your message to the masses

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<inaudible> You’re listening to the sweet life entrepreneur podcast, simplified strategies to grow your service business and launch a life you love faster with business, mental and entrepreneur activator, a probate. Are you guys, and welcome to episode number 181 of the sweet life entrepreneur and business podcast, really H and I’m super glad that you’re here, especially if you were in the place in your business where you’re really good at what you do,
but very few people know it, and we need to get you more exposure in front of the right audiences to make sure everybody knows how great you are, so that you can increase clients, increase profit and establish yourself as a leader. So that’s what we’re going to dive into in today’s show. If you’ve never listened to this podcast, before we deliver a business trainings and strategies that are proven and tested from my over 24 years of business development coaching and the expertise of our guests that come here on the show.
So everything that we give you is trusted and you can take it to the bank. And I’m so glad that you are here. All of the show notes that we have. So I’ll give you a bunch of different resources to help you implement today’s business trainings. All of the show notes can be found by visiting and Sweetlife podcast.com forward slash one 81. And if you stick to the end of this show,
I’m going to actually share a story with you about a technology nightmare that happened so that I can help you avoid that. I was actually thinking about doing a whole separate show regarding kind of a tech nightmare, but instead, I’m just going to do it as a little bonus. At the end of this episode, this tech nightmare actually occurred with Facebook. And it’s just a little bit of a warning that if you do business on Facebook,
even though it’s not necessarily related to the topic we’re talking about, I want to, I want to make sure I’m sharing some mornings with you from business owner to business owner regarding that platform that has been coming up recently. So that’ll be the end of this episode after the training, but let’s go ahead and dive into what we’re talking about here today. So today’s show is for those of you guys who are experts in your space,
or you super Excel at whatever your chosen area is, whatever your skill is, whether you’re a consultant or a coach or a service provider, you Excel at what you do, but you need more eyes on your business. And very few people or not enough people know how great you are because you know, if they did, then your sales would be increasing.
So I’m going to give you four steps to actually establish yourself as an expert on today’s show. So this is for those of you guys. So you’re really good at what you do, but oftentimes you feel like you’re that best kept secret. And you want to know what you can do this week. So action steps you can take right now this week to get your voice established as a leader in your space so that more people can about your company.
That’s what I’m going to go ahead and teach you on today’s show. I’m so glad that you’re here. Let’s go ahead and dive in together.<inaudible> Okay. You guys. So there are a couple of different ways we can establish you as an expert. Certainly there’s like a pay to play way. We aren’t diving into that. Everything I’m teaching you on today’s show is a business strategy that is totally free.
All right, I’m not going to say, Hey, do this and then go spend a thousand dollars. No everything I’m delivering are strategies. You can do yourself. You can delegate to a team member. You can hire a VA to do. And they’re really important things. And regardless of your business development phase. So regardless of you’re in the launch phase,
or if you’re in the growth or scale phase, all of you guys should have these things in place. So let’s go ahead and get started. And I can tell you what to do. First of all, step number one, I want you to create what is called a media kit. Now a media kit is something that really shows off how amazing you are.
A media kit is usually a PDF that’s designed with multiple pages that introduces media outlets, writers, journalists, and other people to who you are and why you’re amazing in one of the most important things you need to remember when you are creating this media kit, is that nobody is looking for you. I mean, I’m just going to keep it really real.
No media outlet is out there going, Oh my gosh, I need to find April beach. You know, no they’re looking for anybody who can create or share or speak to content that their listeners or their viewers or their readers want. So as you’re creating your media kit, this is a mistake that a lot of businesses make a lot of businesses, make it all about them.
Like I am this and I’m that. And I do all these things. And although your media kit does establish you as an expert, the most important thing to talk about in the beginning of your media kit is what does your expertise or your area of wisdom or skill do for the media outlets, users, or viewers, or listeners or readers. So what do you have that they want to share with their audience?
What are they lacking? What could they use more of? What does our audience want? So on the very first page of your media kit, you might want to include some imagery and some photography, especially if you’re like an interior designer or you’re an organizing expert, or you’re a coach of some kind, maybe some pictures that really tell a story about what you do.
And then the introductory paragraph on that first page of your media kit should be, Hey, this is what I speak to. And this is the end result that people will have when hearing my area of expertise. So I just want to really clarify that here, when I’m talking about how to go ahead through this process so that, you know, and I am going to give you some samples of some of the assets I’m telling you to create here on the show.
I’ll go ahead and make sure I’m putting those in the show notes for you. So you can see samples. So this media kit, the first page should be an introduction about who you are, what you believe a little bit of why you do what you do, cause why you do what you do sells way more than what you actually do. And of course,
speak to the end result that somebody would receive from experiencing you. And then your second page on your media kit can be something a little bit more specific, maybe a personal message about you. It might tell your story a little bit about your background and really what qualifies you to be an expert in your space. But as you’re sharing this second part of your media kit,
I also want you to make sure that you’re relatable. We want to make sure you’re extraordinary and ordinary. If you’re only extraordinary, sometimes it puts you on such a pedestal where you’re untouchable and you can’t relate to somebody’s audience. So you want to be extraordinary as you’re telling your specific story and who you are, what makes you tick maybe a little bit behind the scenes of your business and what you do.
You might want to share some pictures of getting married or your kids, or your ranch, or maybe riding horses, whatever it may be. So you are relatable and not just yeah, amazing expert in your space. And then as you go on and you create more pages in your media kit, your, some of the things that you can include, I’m going to kind of give you the gold standard here.
But I understand if you’re a new business that you might not have all of this data yet. So on the next page of your media kit, you might want to share your audience and who you currently reach. So if you have a big social media following, if you have a big Instagram following, maybe if you have great active conversations on Twitter, or if you lead a LinkedIn group,
these are all things that you want to share. So media outlets are also looking to reach a greater audience themselves. And so when you have an audience that you can share, so you have, you know, a thousand Facebook fans and two or three or 20,000 Instagram followers, make sure you include that in the numbers and the stats on an audience and reach page.
So they know the size of your audience. If you have an audience or an email list that is under 1000, I don’t recommend that you include it, but don’t be shy about sharing the fact that you host maybe smaller community groups. That’s absolutely fine. And the other thing you should include on this page three of your media kit is really who do you serve?
Who do you speak to? What percentage of men and women do you speak to? What is the age range of your ideal audience? So that media outlet understands who you serve. And then moving on down in your media kit, any other press that you’ve received, I’d like you to create a press page. So any other press that you’ve received on this page four should be logos of different outlets.
Maybe you’ve written an article that’s been published in a local magazine or a national magazine. Maybe you’ve been featured in Newsweek. Maybe you’ve been in the wall street journal include these press links here on this page, and maybe some photography or some examples of other press you’ve received. If you have them, if you don’t have them, don’t stress out about it.
That’s why you’re listening to this podcast because I’m teaching you what to do to get this kind of press. So stay tuned with me here. I know I’m giving a lot of details. The beauty of this is you can replay this as many times as you need. So page number five, you also want to dive into sharing any partnerships. You have any affiliate partnerships with any brands you’ve worked with in the past,
in any other ways that you work with different companies. So you could use this media kit. For example, if you are a maternity coach, you could use this media kit to send it to your favorite stroller brand because you want to represent them, or you want to do reviews on their products to help your audience. This is a great place in your media kit to talk about partnerships and how you partner with brands,
whether it’s, you know, Instagram, takeovers or giveaways or brand ambassador ships, you know, some of our clients also do affiliate advertising. They host events with brands and they do other great fun things. If any of that is in your business model, then you’d want to include that in the media kit because it gets that outlet or that brand’s wheels turning.
And they see you as a greater asset. Therefore they want to work with you more. And then any sort of contributions that you’ve done, expert contributions, really high level like the today show, or if you’ve, you know, partnered with, you know, Nordstrom, any of those things. We want to go ahead and enlist. These is accolades in places where people can say,
Hey, you know what? You are really a great expert at what you do. If you don’t have these, no worries. Just leave them out. Also some extra bonus pages you can include in your media kit is speaking. If you do any sort of public speaking, if you’ve spoken on any podcasts before, if you do any expert writing or any insertions or contributions to any online outlets,
then you’d want to include those in your media kit as well. And the next thing we’re going to talk about here is I’m actually going to give you a step to create. What’s called a speaker one pager, and I’m going to give you a sample of that, but here, I just want to show you that you can also include all of that in your main media kit.
And then of course your media kit needs to have your contact information, your website information, and do include a phone number. Whereas you might not include your phone number on your website. You need to make sure that media has an opportunity to email you directly or somebody who’s managing your PR and call you directly. We don’t want them hunting for information on how to communicate with you,
because if it’s takes any work for them to connect with you, they’re frankly not going to do it. Cause there are a lot of experts out there. So what we’ve just spoken about and I’ve given you numerous steps is how to actually create a media kit. Again, to summarize. This should be a PDF with a few pages, anywhere from three to eight pages that establishes your expertise,
who you serve, the audience that you serve and the things in the areas that you speak to as well as establishing why you’d be a great partner for that media outlet or that brand. Every single one of you guys. It doesn’t matter what place in business you are should have a media kit in. They’re very easy to create. You can either do it on your own in Canva,
or you can use a different sort of online template, but people are creating beautiful media kits all the time in Canva. And so that’s where we direct you to. And I’ll go ahead and make sure that there is a link to create this in Canva for you here within the show notes. And like I said, I’m going to include a template for you as well.
So that’s actually step number one. I’m giving you a lot of information on today’s show, create your whole media pack. Step number two is creating an actual what we call a speaker one pager. And I’m going to share with you my speaker one pager so that you can look at this as a template. Take it. Obviously you can’t copy it word for word,
because it’s about me and not about you, but I want you to see how they’re laid out. So the second thing you’re going to do is you’re going to create your speaker one, pager. This should be a short summarized bio, and it should include the core topics that you speak to and establish your expertise. Now, your speaker one pager is the perfect thing to send to podcast hosts like me.
When you’re pitching yourself for a show, it’s a perfect thing to include. When you’re applying to be a guest speaker, you don’t have to include your whole entire media kit. You can just have a speaker, one pager sometimes for very specific calls for speakers. They don’t want your entire media kit. They just want to know the core topics you speak to.
And that’s why I also recommend that you just have this speaker one pager it’s super simple and I will put a resource and a link. So you can see mine in the show notes for this episode. So you can cruise over to sweet life podcast.com forward slash one 81. And you are welcome to download my speaker one pager, to get a sample of that.
So it can save you time. The next thing that you are going to do after you’ve created this beautiful digital media kit and this simple but powerful speaker, one pager, the next thing you’re going to is you are going to build a speaking page on your website. This can be called speaking. It can be called media. It can be called media resources.
It can be called PR and media. I don’t care what you call it, but on this page is a place where people who host events or who have a platform where they’re looking for experts. Like you can go and find all of your resources, your speaking page, or your media page should include summaries of where you’ve been seen a summary of your bio and who you speak to,
and it should include your core speaking topics. So any media outlet can immediately go and say, Hey, cool. Look at April speaks to online business development. Great. We want that on our show, or we need her to write an article on whatever this is, we’re in our podcast. So you have to be very clear. You want to outline your core speaking topics.
The short bio establishing you as an expert share any work that you’ve already done. So any social proof that you’ve spoken on stages before you can share a short video clips or photography, you can share links to podcast episodes that you might’ve been on before. And, or you can share links to articles you’ve written for media outlets or any other media exposure that you might have had.
If you haven’t done any of those things yet, don’t worry. You still need to build this speaker page so that we can start growing your list of all of these outlets and amazing places that you have been seen. So we have to start somewhere, right? We don’t want to make perfect the enemy. We have to start with what we have and go from there.
So don’t stress. If you don’t have any of that, still want you to build this page. Also on your speaking page, you are going to include your speaker one pager and make it available so people can download it right there. When they download your speaker one pager, we don’t want to have an opt in. You’re not trying to grow your list with media outlets,
make it easy for them. Give them the ability to swipe it right off your site and send it to their producer or send it to their content manager so that they can connect with you faster. And there isn’t so much red tape. And then the last thing you should have on your speaker page are headshots. Headshots of people can just download them and take them and go.
You may also include a logo to your company or any other imagery that you have a license to give that can help. That outlet actually establish you as an expert, whether they want to put your picture as an expert contributor or, you know, put your face on TV, whatever it is, you need to establish all of those in a really easy grab and go spot for them on this speaking and media page on your website.
Wow. I like me to take a deep breath cause I’ve given you guys so much information and I understand sometimes we deliver stuff. So many good things on this podcast. It’s like other podcasts would take 20 podcasts to tell you all this, but I’m giving it to you all at once. You can replay this, do replay, this, take the steps I’m giving you.
I promise you, this is how we’ve built multiple companies. And this is the exact process that I went through over 14 years ago to be featured in international media and grow my company internationally. This stuff works. It’s free, it’s sweat equity, and I want you to take it and run with it. All right. So we have talked about creating your media kit.
We’ve talked about creating a speaker one pager, and we’ve talked about building a speaking and press page on your website. The very last step I’m going to give you. I’m not going to go into super depth about it because we actually talk about it all the time. If you are an avid Sweetlife podcast listener, but this blast step is making sure that you have signed up to become a resource through help a reporter out,
help a reporter out as an online forum, where you can create a free membership where you can become a source for reporters. So anytime a reporter is looking for an expert to speak to a story they might be doing, or an article that they’re writing. They can tap into this resource and you receive an email journal every single day of all of the experts that these reporters are looking for.
You can respond, you can submit your comments. You can submit your wisdom and be seen across national and sometimes international media. So I will go ahead and include a couple of links for you in the show notes for today’s show so that you are good to go. You have everything you need, and then I’m going to actually give you even more support.
So to summarize today, we talked about how to establish yourself as an expert in your niche. And this is through PR and media, and really becoming a leader in your space. So for those of you guys had have an established business and you’re ready to scale, this is a must do on your list. If you have a new business and you’re trying to get your foot in the door,
just add this to the list of other things you need to do. This is not a must do for brand new businesses. This is a must do for those you guys who are established and you’re ready to grow and scale today, we talked about creating a full media kit and I give you samples of pages that should be included in your media kit. Today.
We talked about creating a speaker one pager, which is literally one page download PDF of who you are, why you’re awesome, and the topics you speak to. And today we also talked about creating a press and media page on your website. Now, one of the things I’m just going to answer some questions I’m guessing some of you might be having, um,
number one, if you have a company and you personally are not the brand, do you need to do this? So the answer is yes. So the leader or the CEO, or one of the business leaders of your should be visible in media should be contributing expert content. That’s only going to drive traffic back to your company and establish your company as a leader.
So if your business isn’t April beach.com, it is the corner store.com. You still need to be doing this. You still should have a press and an immediate link on your website. You still should have a media kit and you still should have a speaker. One pager. If you have multiple leaders in your company, you should have a separate media kit for each of you.
And you should have a separate speaker, one pager, as well as separate speaking topics for each one of the leaders of your company, any person that you want representing your company, every person is going to speak to a different area of expertise. And when you actually are building a speaking team, I know this is kind of next level, but we want you to actually build a speaking team,
many people that can speak to different areas of expertise within your company umbrella. So just kind of dreaming big there. If you weren’t there yet. No worries. We’re going to start here and all of the resources and show notes, the download that I’m going to give you, I’m going to give you my speaker one pagers. You can take a look at that as well as other templates can be found by visiting the show notes for today’s show@sweetlifepodcast.com
forward slash one 81. And if you love this show, please share it with your friends. We work really hard to deliver you guys, expert business trainings that other companies and coaches charge thousands for. So we appreciate, and we rely on you sharing this podcast across Facebook or Instagram. You can share it on Spotify. There’s so many different places you can share it.
And we just really appreciate you guys helping us get this show in the hands of other business owners, just like you, who appreciate trusted business trainings. So that’s the conclusion of that. Thank you so much for listening to this podcast today. I know we talked about a lot of things and I’ll make sure the resources and links for help reporter and in Canva and everything that I mentioned is in the show notes for you today.
Okay. Now I promised those of you guys that stuck around to the end that I’m going to share a little bit of a nightmare story with you about building communities and Facebook and what has happened to us just to give you a little bit of a warning. Again, I didn’t want to do a total downer podcast on this though. I probably will in the future to help other companies avoid the problems that have happened with us when we have more clarity on the situation.
But we’ve talked about this on the show before in the past, this podcast has been around for three years. We’ve talked a lot about creating community, Facebook communities, mighty host communities, LinkedIn communities. And we have always hosted Facebook communities, even though it wasn’t our favorite place. And in the last six months, my account and our, even our Facebook ads account has gotten hacked multiple times,
following all the instructions, doing everything Facebook said to do our account totally ended up getting crashed and hacked. And it was on June the 12th, that it was the most recent and Facebook completely deactivated all of our access. What this means is that they won’t speak to us. They won’t communicate with us. They’ve actually shut off the ability for us to chat with them.
They are just done with the fact that hackers have hacked in different capacities, this particular account and these particular business communities. And so I share all this with you. First of all, because since this has happened in the last couple of weeks, I’ve received a lot of messages from other business owners that have had similar problems with Facebook security. I’m not sharing this with you to say you should not have your communities and Facebook.
I am going to tell you, but again, we’ve talked about on the show before, you need to make sure please that you have a database of all of your groups, members in all of your clients backed up someplace. That is not in Facebook. You do not want Facebook to own those relationships because at any point in time, for whatever reason,
like what happened to us, they can simply shut it down without giving you any explanation. That is exactly what happened to us. Now, of course, we have all those databases. We have CRMs and email lists, and we know who’s in our community. We’ve always built relationships with our community members outside of the platform as well. But I know,
and I’ve spoken to a lot of businesses that haven’t. So I just wanted to give you a little bit of a warning that even, you know, going into election season, Facebook security is going to be ramping up, but then they’re also going to be more strict about just shutting down accounts that might have certain issues because they don’t have the capacity to deal with you.
And I want to give you a little bit of a warning that you need to make sure that you have the contact information. You have relationships someplace else on another platform, in an email marketing manager or in another capacity that is not owned by Facebook, because I don’t want you to lose the relationships in the community that you’ve worked so hard to build. So that is our nightmare story.
It’s not a new nightmare, it’s an ongoing nightmare, but it is a new development as far as complete in accessibility, not even account reviving whatsoever. It will tell you the exciting news is sometimes when we run into issues like this as business owners, it forces us to grow in other areas. And we are so excited as a company, we have invested in the building of a custom mighty host network,
which we have launched, and it’s actually launched the week before show airs. I’m super excited about it. It is an amazing community with an app that just gives you everything you need from a business standpoint, where we can deliver all of our business trainings, all of our free trains, all of our live coaching. And it’s a great place to network with other businesses,
aside from all the distractions that you would get in Facebook business and Facebook personal groups. So we’re super excited to announce that our new online community is launched and we would love for you to join it. You can cruise to sweet life, community.com. You can join it for free. All of the first members in there are foundational members and founding members, and I’m so excited to invite you guys in there free for a limited period of time to access all of our business trainings.
And you’ll be able to create a whole profile for your company in their network and actually grow your business through this community as well. So if you’re interested in checking out what we’ve done over on mighty networks and being part of our online business and entrepreneur forum, to grow your company, then cruise to sweet life, community.com and for whatever it’s worth. I just want to remind you that if you have built companies in Facebook groups and communities in those platforms,
please make sure you’re protecting your relationships. So you own them aside from those platforms. Okay. That was our nightmare story. And I hope you can learn from it. So you don’t have to go through what we have gone through the last couple weeks and months. Anyway, it’s so great to talk to you again on the show. I love that you’re here.
Thanks for sticking around to the end. I’m April beach, and I’m pleased to help you grow your business online. All of the resources for this show can be found@sweetlifepodcast.com forward slash one 81 and business development coaching in my high level, masterminds can be found by visiting sweet life. coach.com. Bye for now.

Episode 164: Is Your Online Marketing Failing? Here are 5 Solutions You Can Count On – with April Beach

SweetLife Entrepreneur Podcast April Beach

This episode is for those in Phase 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 of the Lifestyle Entrepreneur Roadmap™ Not sure what Phase your business is in?

 

Who This Episode is Great For:

  1. Those of you who are doing everything you’re told and your online marketing still isn’t working
  2. Anyone in any phase of my Lifestyle Business Roadmap

Show Highlights:

  • How online marketing sales have changed over the past few years
  • The story of how Facebook completely stonewalled my recent marketing efforts
  • The five strategies you can implement to continue to grow your list and business and increase your sales when all else fails

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Full Show Transcript:

 

you’re listening to the sweet life entrepreneur podcast Simplified strategies to grow your service business and launch a life you love faster with business, mental and entrepreneur activator a probe age. You guys coming to you from a very cold boulder, Colorado. I’m holding my cup of tea recording this episode for you and I’m hoping that my voice holds out. I have the whole Debra Winger thing going on here, but don’t quite sound as sexy as she does. And I have a very special message that I want to share. This is actually one that I fit into our podcast content editorial calendar because of the fact that it’s come up so much,
I think it’s really important for us to talk about today. We are talking about what to do when everything that you’ve been told to dio to market your business online is totally failing. So this means the Facebook ads, the instagram, you know, strategies and the filters and that perfect feeds and a certain number of stories you post each day and how to go live on LinkedIn. All the things you’ve been told or what you quote unquote are supposed to do to grow your business and grow your list. What do you do when they aren’t working?
This is something that we’re hearing more and more about. So the funnels that we had used and that had worked so well to grow lists from 2015 to 2018 they aren’t working so hot anymore until the online strategies of business development aren’t working for everybody the way that they used Thio. And I want to talk about that because I’m a business coach. I coach you guys and I have a lot of women out there that are doing everything quote unquote right, right. You know, on my team of experts, I have Facebook experts and Instagram experts.
And finally, a couple of weeks ago, we hit a total brick wall within my own business. So I’m gonna tell you this story. And this is why it really triggered me to record this episode for you about two weeks ago when we were going through to trigger our ads to Sweet Life Launch, which is my business launch and development program that was open for a short period of time. All of our ads were stonewalled by Facebook, which means Facebook rejected all of our ads. Now these were the same ads.
We ran over and over again, and we went through the language making sure that language was right. We went through making sure there weren’t any, like, shifty promises and the ads, you know, because Facebook’s always, you know, trying to be careful for what businesses advertise on their platform anyway. Total Stonewall meeting with Facebook’s Our Facebook ads strategist who is a Facebook at expert. She has been for years. She met, looked with Facebook anyway. Our ads were not approved in. Facebook has now been putting a crunch on ad strategies for business coaches,
and we’re starting to feel the effects of some of the online marketing strategies that works really, really well for years and years. What happens is when a lot of people start doing them. They stopped working so well and we hit that brick wall. I know that this is also happening in and many of your businesses to Maybe you’re following an instagram strategy or a social media planning calendar. That somebody you said would be perfect and it’s not working for you. So whether you have your Facebook ads disapproved for literally no reason like we did.
Your funnels aren’t attracting buyers anymore. You’re wasting hours a week on instagram and not gaining any following all. Maybe you host live webinars. Maybe you’re using a live weapon, our strategy to sell into your programs. Maybe that’s just not working. And I’m not saying these aren’t working for everybody is a matter of fact. A client of mine just hosted live Webinars and sold her online course for $40,000 for the first launch. I mean, some of these strategies are working great, but for many of you, they aren’t.
So this is the podcast to be listening to If everything that everybody said to d’oh you have done and your list still isn’t growing, your business isn’t booming. You aren’t gaining your followers today.
We’re gonna talk about how to market your business when all else fails. So this particular episode is for those of you guys who are in all phases of my lifestyle entrepreneur road map.
If you aren’t sure where you are, just pause this episode really quick in just text to the number 31996 and you’re gonna wanna text to the word sweet life one word and that I’ll just shoot you a link.
You can take a small short assessment, and it’ll tell you exactly where you are on the road map to build the lifestyle business of your dreams and give you steps and thinks you should be working on based on where you are.
So this particular episode, this online marketing kind of fail. This is not just for new entrepreneurs. This is affecting established businesses,
too. So this particular episode is for every single phase of my lifestyle. Entrepreneur of my lifestyle, business,
road map. And today we’re gonna talk about five different strategies that you can d’oh to continue to grow your list and grow your business and increase your sales when all else fails.
All the show notes for this episode can be found it. Sweet life podcast dot com forward slash 1 64 and stick around to the end of this episode.
We are featuring a podcast listener and their business every single week in promoting you guys out on instagram and on Facebook and helping your business gain more traction and get more attention to so stick around at the end of the show,
and you will get to know our featured listener and for you to be our featured listener. Simply go to sweet life podcast dot com and applied to be the next featured business and listener.
Okay, let’s go ahead and dive in. Okay, Step number one. The first thing to do when all of your online marketing fails.
The first thing to do is to create a network of online businesses just like yours. That you resonate with you are,
may be in the same place, is they are in their business, and I want you to create personal relationships with them.
Here is the purpose of doing this when you create a collective of businesses that don’t do the same thing.
Just a collective of like minded women in a small group, not 20 not 30 were like talking five or seven,
and you create this collective of businesses that you take the time to get to know each other. You take the time to get to know the service’s of one another.
You actually go through almost like a mini brand training with each other, and you create this collective of promoting each other’s businesses connecting with each other online and offline.
That is gold to your company. So here’s your homework for this. This is picking five people from online.
I want you to pick five different businesses online. You can connect with them from Facebook groups that you’re in.
As long as that, of course, abide by those group rules. You can connect with him on Instagram,
and I want you to reach out to all of them individually at first and just say this. Say,
Hey, listen, I’m working hard to get my business noticed. I see you’re working hard to get your business noticed us?
Well, I’d love to get to know you create a relationship with you. Hey, let’s have coffee sometime and you get to know them.
You get to know what they’re doing. This takes time. Folks like there is no press easy button here.
And that’s the downfall of online marketing. Is it? For so many years, you’ve been told that this is an easy button with online marketing that you could just hit,
and all these people are just going to show up at your front doorstep. It doesn’t always work that way,
and it’s starting to work that way less unless, Okay, so taking time to have coffee with another business virtually online,
even just for 15 minutes and getting to know each other is a powerful first step. My recommendation is to do this with five different businesses individually,
and then set up a zoom virtual coffee date with these five ladies once a month. It’s like your own little mini mastermind,
and what happens is you become part of each other’s lives and you know about each other’s businesses in those relationships grow and you’ll start commenting on their things on social media,
and they’ll start commenting on yours. They’ll refer other people to your business, and vice versa. That is number one.
Best way is to create a community. Collective was just you and a few other girls Where you connect with these relationships are the ones that build profitable,
powerful, multi six figure cos they start like this. They start by a hanging out and having coffee together,
being intentional. So that is step number one Stuff member. Choose to be common affiliate be becoming an affiliate means that your company sells another company’s program,
service’s or products. This is a really great way to number one, have your business seen as a leader and a somebody that sells really resourceful products,
even if they aren’t your own number two. To be able to build a relationship with other businesses by supporting them to sell their programs and offers and number three by increasing your sales when you become an affiliate,
you automatically are brought into a collective of other affiliates that air promoting the same program the same offer. This is an amazing way to network to share what you do and,
of course, to make more online friends when you make more online friends and you have more people on your side where people are going to share your business and recommend you that other people,
these personal relationships supersede anything that you can d’oh even any video strategy that you could do and just put out there to a cold audience.
Having somebody personally recommend you will always come first. Now the question is, you ask, how do I become an affiliate now?
This isn’t a whole training on how to become an affiliate for somebody else, but let’s just cut to the chase.
If you see a program that you like and you’d like to sell, reach out to the person personally in just a Hey,
listen, I love what you’re doing. I believe in what you’re doing. Can I help you sell it?
Can I be an affiliate? One of my favorite programs that I sell for somebody else’s for my friends.
Selena Sue. She has a program called Impacting Millions. It teaches people how to get press and how to get media exposure in your business,
and I love this program. I’ve been affiliate for her for years now, and the way I did that was reaching out to her and say,
Hey, I love what you’re doing. This is not something I currently coach my clients on. I would love to sell yours.
How can I help you? How can I be of service to you? And being part of Selena’s affiliate program has actually introduced me to some of my very best online business Girlfriends is a matter of fact two of them.
I just hosted a virtual weekend summit with These are great relationships, and what it’s gonna do is it’s gonna open the doors from our networking for you,
but it’s also going to increase your sales and get your company more exposure. So that is step number 27 of our three is did speak.
I’ve been talking about speaking here on this podcast. This is really important for you getting up personally in front of an audience in actually speaking to them,
teaching a training or sharing your message. It doesn’t matter if it’s 10 people or 100 people or 1000 people.
When you do that, you connect one on one with that listener in a way that you can’t any other way through online marketing.
And so I encourage you to speak to get out there. And your action item on this is just to make a list of five different events that you would like to speak at this year.
Five different places. They’re your wish list of events. Where do you want to talk? Is there a woman Start up summit or Health and Fitness Summit and go and start doing your research.
Figure out how you can apply for that and start getting your ducks in a row to do that. We talk all the time here on this podcast and that actual summit that I hosted with to my Only Girlfriends was called Speaker Summit That teaches you how to have resource is to book yourself to speak so you can always cruise back to sweet life co dot com.
My Web site and find resource is to learn how to speak their a swell. But your action item on this is just to make a list of five different dream stages that you would like to speak on.
They don’t have to be big. The small ones in the local communities in your small towns are the ones that build almost just is powerful relationships,
as if you’re a big keynote speaker for an annual event. So Number four is to get press and media attention.
Now. Press and media attention doesn’t automatically create a marketing funnel for you. However, when you get press and media attention,
what it does is it attracts high quality businesses and high quality buyers to you. This is an alternative to our traditional online marketing standards that we’ve been talking about because it’s a way that immediately elevates you as an expert.
Whether you’re contributing to an article whether you’re quoted in the magazine, whatever it may be getting press and media attention for your business will always supersede your authority above any sort of personal self posting you’re doing across social media.
It’s having an endorsement from a media outlets saying, Hey, look, this chick knows when she’s talking about,
and we’re gonna quote her in this article because we think she’s a reputable source. So having that sort of exposure is going to attract other businesses to you,
and it’s going to then attract marketing to you. So it’s one of those things that you can do that’s free.
You don’t have to pay for it other than sweat equity to submit your article to be featured in a publication.
And one of the resource is we’ve shared here for the last couple of years on this podcast on how to get awesome Press and media attention is a resource called Help a Reporter out.
It’s a free resource where you can submit yourself as an expert and we’ll go ahead and make sure we put a link to help a reporter out,
also known as Harrow in the show notes for this episode for You and then the fifth strategy to grow your business,
aside from online marketing, is to host offline events. This could be a meet up, but you d’oh!
It could be a luncheon for local businesses in your area. There doesn’t have to be a cost to it.
It’s just hosting an event to bring people closer to you within your community that are your perspective clients. Even if you have an online business,
it’s important to know that the best, most lucrative relationships are built face to face. So those followers those super fans is Pat.
Fling calls them those first followers of a new service or a new offer. You can get those source first followers locally,
and then they become your biggest online cheerleaders. They become your biggest fans. I still remember when I was launching this podcast and we had a big,
huge podcast launch team that was so grateful for all of the women, all the people that took part in it.
But the majority of listeners on that podcast launch team. We’re from Colorado. They were friends and friends of friends,
and it was really awesome. There were hundreds of people that flooded the airwaves sharing this podcast, but that started local and it catapulted us to the top female entrepreneur podcast for over 20 weeks straight.
So I want you to know that those things work. Don’t just cut to the chase and go immediately to these online relationships.
And if you find yourself where you’re wondering, why isn’t this working? What is wrong with me? I’ve done every single Facebook live video that so and so told me to do,
and I’m showing up on Instagram. Story is the exact amount of time and hosting I G lives in posting interesting,
thought provoking articles that start with stories on LinkedIn and nothing is working. The most important thing to do is keep it up.
Don’t quit doing those things. Your online presence is incredibly important. I’m not saying that you should quit those things.
What I am telling you is that there are other ways to grow your business through what we call grassroots marketing that are going to build deep relationships with people that I love you and become your greatest cheerleaders.
And they aren’t always this shiny, perfect online funnel like you’re told that they are until this podcast is to let you know there’s nothing wrong with you.
You’re not doing anything wrong. You’re trying hard, you’re building your business and you’re trying to get attention into spread out and to rise above the noise.
And I love you for that. And that’s so awesome. That’s why you’re sitting here listening to this podcast episode.
But these five ways. If you just pick a couple of them, even two of these to incorporate in your marketing strategy,
I promise you they will make a world of difference. They’re not an easy but you do not get to push a button,
and these things were being instantly done for you. These things take work, but because they take work,
an intention and personal connection, that’s why they’re so powerful and they can grow your business in exponential ways.
So let’s go back over these five solutions when all of your online marketing his head a brick wall number one is defined.
Five people online from Facebook groups, or INSTAGRAM, schedule coffee dates with them, inform a little mastermind collective,
get to know each other and support each other in each other’s business is Number two is to become an affiliate in to sell somebody else’s service.
Is you can always email us if you’d like to be humming affiliate of our business programs. Simply shoot an email toe Hello at sweet life co dot com and say,
I want to be an affiliate. We would love to have you, and I know there are many other businesses out there that would love to have you sharing their offers.
And service is number three is speak. What I talked about on today’s show is really to speak. Live face to face events.
Start booking yourself on five stages, whether their local or bigger, buying five stages this year. Get out their share your message and connect with people.
Face to Face Number four is to get press and media attention, and I promised you will put the link to the heros so that you can submit yourself as an expert in the show notes for this episode.
And Number five is to host offline events hosting offline events. Coffee dates face to face strategy sessions. Maybe you host a community event where you pour into your community and you volunteer your service.
Is that you? D’oh for another group of women once every quarter. Believe me, that will give you strides of an advantage over your competitors by giving first,
we really believe that the best way to build your business is always by giving first, and that is one key way to do it.
All right, you guys help. You found this podcast helpful. If you did, I would love it.
I would really appreciate it if you’d just up arrow and sure this podcast with your friends. You can actually share this podcast directly from Spotify and Pandora to instagram.
And if you aren’t yet, please follow us at Sweet Life Podcast or at sweet Life Entrepreneur on Instagram.
I would love to chat with you over there. Okay, Your show notes for this episode can be found by visiting Suite Life podcast dot com forward slash 1 64 in today’s feature podcast Listener is Kristen Fast.
Kristen is the founder of Everyday I’m prep in dot com. She is a health coach that helps Mama’s ditch the fad diets and take control of their help,
including hormone mindset. And she just has some really cool stuff. Follow her over on Instagram at Kristen G.
Faust, and every day I’m prepping. She adjusted a really cool I g TV video, which I love about weight loss,
ms. So let’s give her a high five and go over and follow her on her business. She’s doing great stuff over there.
We’ll make sure there’s a link to Kristen’s business in the show notes for this episode as well. Okay,
you guys help. You found this helpful. I just want to encourage you that if you feel like you’re doing all the things and nothing’s working,
just keep going. Start using some of these off the side grassroots marketing strategies because these are the ways that we have built business for a long time before anybody invented shiny online funnels.
And let me tell you something. They work, all right, you guys have an awesome week and I’ll talk to you again soon.
Bye for now.

Episode 159: How to Become An Influencer In Your Industry – Part 2 – with Kathy Haan

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Episode Highlights:
  1. The last five strategies to get influencer marketing.
  2. Kathy’s hacks for getting branding photography for FREE!
  3. The secret media weapon the major influencers know about that you can utilize as well.
Why This Episode Is Awesome:

If you haven’t listened to Part 1 of my interview with Kathy Haan, you’ll want to make sure you do that before listening to this episode.

Kathy Haan is a business coach, travel blogger, influencer, podcaster, and travel agency owner. You can find her work featured in places like Forbes, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, and Thrive Global. When she’s not at home in Iowa with her husband, three children, and two enormous Great Pyrenees dogs, you can usually find her traveling the world, creating content, and storytelling on stages.

Take a listen to this final part with Kathy to understand why she says, “The best way to gain authority is to borrow it from someone else,” and how you can become an influencer in your industry!

How to Take Action:
    1. Join us for Speakers Summit Virtual Mastermind!
    2. Connect with Kathy Haan (@kathyhaan) and myself (@sweetlife_entrepreneur) on Instagram
    3. Join me in my business mentorship and mastermind, SweetLife Launch.

Links Mentioned:

Kathy Haan’s Website

Kathy Haan’s Blog

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Kathy Haan’s Media Page

The SweetLife Entrepreneur Podcast | Episode #158: How to Become An Influencer In Your Industry – Part 1 – with Kathy Haan

The SweetLife Entrepreneur Podcast | Episode #037: Building A Profitable Creative Business – With Jeff Goins

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Episode 158: How to Become An Influencer In Your Industry – Part 1 – with Kathy Haan

Kathy Haan SweetLife Entrepreneur Podcast April Beach

 

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Episode Highlights:
  1. What influencer marketing is.
  2. Why you need influencer marketing.
  3. The first three strategies to get influencer marketing.
Why This Episode Is Awesome:

This is not an episode about how to have a million followers. If you care more about the numbers than the results you deliver and the relationships you build, you will fail.

However, if you want to learn from a true international influencer whose story and work has changed lives and if you want to develop your influencer marketing plan for the right reasons, this is the episode for you.

Kathy Haan is a business coach, travel blogger, influencer, podcaster, and travel agency owner. You can find her work featured in places like Forbes, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, and Thrive Global. When she’s not at home in Iowa with her husband, three children, and two enormous Great Pyrenees dogs, you can usually find her traveling the world, creating content, and storytelling on stages.

Kathy had so many amazing insights and tips that we’ve decided to split this episode into two parts. So, make you don’t miss part two.

How to Take Action:
    1. Join us for Speakers Summit Virtual Mastermind!
    2. Connect with Kathy Haan (@kathyhaan) and myself (@sweetlife_entrepreneur) on Instagram
    3. Join me in my business mentorship and mastermind, SweetLife Launch.

Links Mentioned:

Kathy Haan’s Website

Kathy Haan on Facebook

Kathy Hann on LinkedIn

The SweetLife Entrepreneur Podcast | Episode #156: How To Create Your 2020 Strategic Plan: A Guide For Lifestyle Entrepreneurs – with April Beach

The SweetLife Entrepreneur Podcast | Episode #146: How to Become A Speaker and Use Stages To Grow Your Business – with Pete Vargas

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Episode 147: How to Become A Podcast Guest And Land (Almost) Any Show You Want To Grow Your Business – with April Beach [Episode 147]

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Episode Highlights:
  1. The 3 steps to land your podcast guest dream spots
  2. The secrets to what podcast host are REALLY looking for
  3. Exactly what to say when you pitch a host
Why This Episode Is Awesome:

Speaking is the most powerful way to grow your business. In fact, every time you get on a stage.. be it a podcast or a local venue… your business will grow.

Last week, my friend Pete Vargas was on the show and we broke down the exact steps to outline your signature talk. This week I’m giving you the exact steps to land almost any podcast guest spot you want.

In this episode, I guide you through 3 simple steps to land any podcast, but of course, we go deeper so you really (really) know what you’re doing.

I also reveal the secrets to what podcast hosts are looking for when they accept guests, and I get very transparent about what not to do when pitching yourself for a show.

If you’ve been in business for years, or you haven’t launched your business yet, podcast guesting is a powerful way to get started.

How to Take Action:

    1. Join Advance Your Reach Through This Link
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Episode 115: How To Maximize Press For Your Business: 4 Steps People Often Miss

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Episode Highlights:
  1. The unknown benefits of getting press for your business.
  2. The story of how my The Today Show feature was anything other than perfect.
  3. Four steps to get your business ready to maximize press and media attention.
Why This Episode Is Awesome:

I can confidently say my business wouldn’t be where it is today without the press I received when I was first starting out.

Whether you’re just starting your business or you’ve been in business for a while already, press is incredibly valuable.

In last week’s episode, I had my friend Selena Soo on the show to discuss how to get press for your business and I wanted to continue that conversation this week by explaining just how to prep your business so that you can maximize all the press you’ll receive.

Don’t forget! If you enroll in Selena’s Impacting Millions program before it closes at 5pm EST on April 2nd you’ll also receive an invitation to my 12-Month Press Mastermind where you’ll gain access to my press list and get extra press pitch support to make your voice heard!

How to Take Action:
    1. Download: Press Ready Business Kit
    2. Enroll in Selena Soo’s Impacting Millions Program and receive my bonuses
    3. Join me in my business mentorship and mastermind, The Committed.

Links Mentioned:

The SweetLife Entrepreneur Podcast | Episode #114: How To Get Press, Stand Out, And Become An Industry Influencer – with Selena Soo

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