How to add value to your offers

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There’s a theory that you should offer value (pure content) in 3 out of 4 emails and only then make an offer. The idea is that you give, give, give, and only then do you ask.

I’m totally against this theory! 

It sets up a false contrast between offers and content, as if offers can’t be valuable. But actually, the word “offer” means you’re giving something.

And when you set pure content as separate from your offers, subscribers learn to read your “value” emails and tune out your offers.

Add value to your offers

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by Ellen Finkelstein

Interview with Kevin Fahey: Being successful by creating good habits and focusing on one thing

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Who do you serve and who are your clients?

I serve marketers who are looking to build an online business from the start, and I serve marketers that already have an online business and are looking to scale that to a higher level. For example, if they’re doing $1,000 a month, we’ve got methods and strategies in place to show them how to do $10K a month; and we have a few clients who are doing $30K a month. We can also show them how to get to $50K, or $80K, or $100K per month. That’s our current client base and who we actually serve.

What is their problem, their need, and what are the symptoms of that problem?

For most people starting out, the problem is that they are looking to get traffic, they’re looking to get leads, and are looking to get sales. That’s what this whole internet marketing business is about. Their biggest problem is, for most people, is, let’s call it a buyer’s wheel of pain:

  1. Buying products expecting them to deliver all the results
  2. Then giving up
  3. Then buying another product

 

It’s basically called the circle of pain and we try and remove people from that by teaching them the basics and giving them an understanding of the business model.  That’s their biggest issue. A lot of people come to me and say “Kevin, how do I build a list?”

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by Ellen Finkelstein

4 reasons why consultants and coaches should create products and courses

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online-business-consultants-coaches-products-courses-1Are you a consultant or coach providing services to individuals or companies? Or maybe you’re a…

  • Healthcare practitioner, such as a physician, chiropractor, massage therapist, yoga teacher, or dentist
  • Computer training or repair provider
  • Virtual assistant or other gig worker providing a service
  • Financial services provider (bookkeeper, accountant, financial advisor, etc.)
  • Plumber, electrician, or other repair or maintenance provider

 

Did you know that there are 4 reasons why you should complement your services with an online product or course?

We usually think of some businesses as service-based businesses and others as product-based businesses. Service-based businesses have clients. Product-based businesses have customers.

In this article, I’ll explain the 4 reasons why service-based businesses should create online products, including courses.

1) Get more clients who are ready to work with youonline-business-4-reasons-consultants-coaches-products-coursses-2

You’ve certainly experienced the fact that not everyone who comes to your website or hears you speak signs up for your services. But maybe that person will sign up for something that’s free (a freebie) or buy a low-priced course that solves an urgent problem or even just provides some valuable information.

Not everyone is ready to buy. Many people need more information before they can make a decision or they may be ready to buy in a few weeks or months.

Meanwhile, you can subscribe these people to your email list and send them a free report, guide, checklist, or white paper. From there, you can upsell them to an e-book or a short course. What’s the value of these free or low-priced products and courses?

In this process, you educate potential clients as a bridge to your services.

The people who sign up

  • Become your subscribers so you can stay in touch with them and send them future offers
  • Get a taste of what you have to offer and appreciate your knowledge and expertise, so they’re more likely to invest in your services
  • Start to know, like, and trust you so they’ll feel comfortable making future investments with you

 

You get the opportunity to create a long-term relationship with them, staying top of mind. When they’re ready to buy, they’ll think of you. 

On the other hand, they may discover that your services aren’t what they need and that’s OK, too. 

2) Add a new stream of more passive incomeonline-business-3-reasons-consultants-coaches-products-courses-3

Providing services involves your time, especially if you’re doing 1-on-1 consulting, coaching, or other assistance to people. Often, that’s a LOT of time. 

But when you sell products, the income comes in without using up your time at the point of purchase or while people are consuming your content. Of course, you have to spend time creating products and there’s also some time involved to market them. 

But you create products once and sell them many times over.

A lot of your marketing can be automated or outsourced.

For this reason, income from products is considered more passive than income from services. This means you can make more money in less time. How does that sound?

This additional income is in addition to your service-based income and — as I explained above — can increase your service sales.

3) Even out income ups and downs4-reasons-consultants-coaches-products-courses-4

Many service-based businesses experience cycles of high and low income. This is especially true for coaches and consultants. It’s hard to market while you’re busy with clients, so you help your clients and then experience a drop in income when you’re done helping them. So you turn to marketing to get new clients, but that creates a gap until the new clients come in.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have an ongoing stream of income to even out the income ups and downs? That’s what products and courses provide. 

4) Reach more people around the world4-reasons-consultants-coaches-products-courses-5

Most service-based businesses both market and deliver their services 1 to 1. For marketing, that might be networking, asking for referrals, etc. For delivery, that will be whatever service you provide — coaching, consulting, providing healthcare services, providing support/maintenance/repair services, etc.

With online products and courses, both marketing and delivery is 1 to many. You can market using a video, with ads, with partners, with webinars — the possibilities are endless. You can deliver by letting people download an e-book, a course, a worksheet, etc. The possibilities are endless for delivery, too!

When you don’t have to spend 1 on 1 time with people, you can actually help more people. And it’s easier to help people all around the world when time zone differences are not important. Your customers access your products and courses when convenient for them.

What’s the next step?

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I have 3 resources that can help you with this process.

  1. Most months, I do a free webinar called Knowledge to Income Roadmap. You can click here to see the upcoming webinar and register for it.
  2. I have a self-study course, Create and Sell a Profitable Online Product that brings you through the steps to plan, build, and sell an information product or course. You can purchase it here.
  3. The first step in creating an online product or course is to outline it or create a table of contents. My Outline Your Knowledge guide will help you get this step done.

 

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by Ellen Finkelstein

Choosing a platform for your online course

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online-business-platform-online-course-1When you’re ready to get your knowledge out to the world with an online course, you have many decisions to make! An important one is which platform you’ll use. The platform houses your course content. The platform is sometimes called a Learning Management System (LMS), but in truth, you may not even need an LMS.

In this article, I’ll discuss the various types of platforms you can use for your online course along with the advantages and disadvantages of each type. The cat tower in the photo on the right has lots of platforms; in this post, I’ll help you choose the right one for your online courses.

I also have an interview with an expert on online course platforms, Jeff Cobb, below.

Before you even start looking at options — and there are many — you need to make a few preliminary decisions:

  • How do you want to structure the course? Will you “drip” it out over time or give students access to everything at once?
  • What format(s) will you use? Recorded video? Text? Audio? Live webinars or meetings?
  • What interactivity do you want to include? Quizzes/tests? A discussion group/forum? Email coaching with you?
  • How much do you want to track students’ activity and progress? Do you want to send them reminders if they aren’t active?
  • How much support and training do you want from your platform?

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by Ellen Finkelstein

Interview with Nicole Dean-Avoiding Content Creation Overwhelm

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Nicole DeanNicole Dean is the co-owner of Coach Glue, along with Melissa Ingold. They develop and create done-for-you content, tools, forms, and training to help business coaches to make more money, run their businesses smoothly, and still have time to live the lifestyle they dream of. Another expression for “done-for-you” is Private Label Rights, meaning that when you buy the content, you can (and should) edit it, call it your own, and do almost anything with it — give it away as a freebie, sell it as a course, use it as part of a membership program, and so on.

In this 18-minute interview, Nicole talks about how she helps coaches avoid the overwhelm of creating enough content both for their clients and for marketing. Below the video, you can read a summary of what Nicole says and also get the links to her two great free offers:

  • A collection of 17 forms to use when onboarding a client
  • A free coaching program called “7 Ways to Add More Subscribers to Your List this Month”

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by Ellen Finkelstein