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"The Hub" August Preview - Selling Without Being Salesy

July is coming to a close and while I don’t want to wish away summer, I am so freaking excited for our August theme inside our marketing membership program, The Hub. This month we’re taking a little departure from our classic marketing advice (don’t worry, it’s not going anywhere) and are diving into something a little more… let’s just say… boundary pushing.

That’s right, we’re going to dive into a topic that makes A LOT of people uncomfortable, yet is necessary in any business - whether your product or service based.

Turning “Selling” into “Serving”

August is all about selling. That’s right, the “s” word that makes most people squirm and conjures up visions of cheesy sales reps and pushy techniques.

Here’s the deal though, if you’re a business owner or entrepreneur, you are a sales person. There’s no getting around it. You’re constantly in a position where you have to sell yourself, your idea, your product (or service), and your business as a whole. If you aren’t doing it (or doing it well), then you’re not going to be in business for long.

It’s the reality of the situation, but that doesn’t mean that you have to jump on board with the cheap tactics or the pushy behavior. Selling doesn’t always have to give you the “icky” feeling inside. Instead, a little mindset shift can change your whole perspective and turn “selling” into “serving”.

August Masterclass

That’s what the Masterclass inside The Hub is all about this month. As a former sales rep for a few different major media companies, I consider myself a little bit of a sales expert. Throughout my time there, and my past 6 years as a business owner, I’ve sold A LOT of different things. But, the only time I’ve actually felt good about what I was selling, was when I truly believed in the product, and when I felt like I was providing more value to my customers than I was getting in return.

We’re diving deep into how you can do just that, and how you can turn the entire sales process into something you truly love.

August Guest Expert

Then we’ve invited in Sales Extraordinaire and August Guest Expert, Liza Altenburg is giving us the nitty gritty into how to close more sales. Liza specializes in coaching solopreneurs and business owners in how to create consistent, sustainable business growth (ummm… one of our favorite things here in The Hub!)

If you’ve struggled with setting up meetings, or getting in front of potential customers, and not actually getting any sales, you’ve got to watch this one. She’s got the top 3 things you’ve got to stop doing to stop sabotaging your sales process. If you truly believe in what you’re offering, then it’s probably not your product that’s failing you, it’s how you’re selling it.

On top of that, she’s got the top 3 things you should be doing if you want to close the sale. Nothing cheesy, tricky or sketchy here (do you really think I would allow that!?). We’re just talking legit ways you can frame your products/services in a better light to get people asking to buy from you.

It’s all inside The Hub this month starting tomorrow! Not a member yet? Now is your chance - Click to join for $1 for the first 7 days. You’ll get instant access to the August content, as well as our amazing archive of previous content, all for that one dollar! And then each month we’ll be bringing you new content and new themes to get your business growing.

Our Favorite Business Beach Reads 2019

Summer has FINALLY arrived here on the East Coast and the warm weather makes us excited for the beach and a good book. And while love a good romance novel (hey, don’t judge!), sometimes it helps us feel more productive to combine our lounge time with our learning time, and dive into a good business read while sun tanning.

Below we broke down some of our favorite current reads to help you feel inspired, focused, and productive while hanging by the pool. Want even more great reads? Check out one of our older beach reads lists here.

  1. Company of One: Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business by Paul Jarvis - A veteran designer boasting large clients like Mercedes, Microsoft and Yahoo, Paul Jarvis breaks down how good things can come in small packages. Solopreneurship is on the rise, as more people strive to make extra income, and technology opens all of us to more freedom. If you’ve ever played around with the idea of starting your own business, or already have and need a little inspiration to keep going, this book blueprints how staying small can mean success.

  2. The 30-Day Money Cleanse: Take control of your finances, manage your spending, and de-stress your money for good by Ashley Feinstein Gerstley - Being in business means money stressors, no doubt. Whether it’s stressing about making money, saving money, or what to spend our money on, we are constantly thinking about money. However, one of the things I’ve learned is that the more you stress about money, the more stressful money becomes. Spend a month this summer giving yourself and your business a money cleanse and reset your money mindset towards the positive.

  3. Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin - Seth Godin is one of my favorite marketers because he explains things clearly, and with fun examples like how seeing a purple cow in a farmyard would stop you in your tracks. And as marketers and business owners (because yes, all business owners are marketers) that’s our job - to stop our customers in their tracks. Here’s the rub though, the old ways of marketings aren’t working anymore. Get Godin’s advice on how to move beyond the “3 P’s of Marketing” to the things that are going to help you grow your business today.

Continuing Education for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

Time tends to go by extremely quickly when you're in the trenches of running your own business. The day-to-day tasks of a small business can be overwhelming and take up most of your day. By the time you have a minute to reflect, a month has gone by and you've done nothing but tread water! The world is changing, marketing is changing, and best practices are changing, and you're left wondering how you can possibly fit more into your day? There's no way you can add anything else, like learning and implementing the newest trends in business while managing your daily to-do list. 

This is where this exploding trend in continuing education can come to the rescue - online classes. Created by both real world professionals and educators, these classes are created for the busy small business owner. They are often presented in smaller modules, or on membership platforms, that are easy to sneak in during the day and can range in topics from current marketing trends, to time management, to how to drive sales. 

The online class is one my favorite things. As a constant consumer of information, I think it's an amazing way to pick the brains of those that are rocking it in the business world. However, there are a lot of classes out there, and it can be difficult to know which ones are worth investing in. It seems like lately, you can’t throw a stone without hitting 5 different “experts” hawking an online course. I have a few tips on what to look for to ensure the class is top quality and will work for your needs:

  • Make sure they've implemented their techniques on their own business. The best way to tell if someone is the real deal is if they don't just teach, but actually do. Make sure they mention using their strategies on themselves, and if they give real world examples of how it was successful.

  • Get an outline of the class before purchasing. Real classes will give you a full, in-depth look of the class BEFORE making you buy it. They should walk you through the modules, clearly explain what you'll learn, and what you'll get which should give you a good idea if it's what you're looking for.

  • Make sure your personalities jive. Not only does the information need to be legit but you need to actually like the person to retain any of it. Check out some of their videos and articles to see if you like how they speak, phrases they use and if you can easily understand the way they present the content.

  • Don't be afraid to ask questions. Those disseminating and selling the information shouldn't be afraid to answer questions you have about their product. Ask them to give you more in-depth information on what's covered in the class, if it's updated as things change, and how long it will take to finish the class. 

If you take a couple minutes to Google different topics you're interested in learning more about, you're bound to find a variety of classes that will fit your needs. To give you a little bit of a head start I'm breaking down my personal favorites that I can guarantee are well worth the investment.

  • FB Framework - Courtney Foster-Donahue. Courtney is definitely a personality so I fully acknowledge that she may not be for everyone! She is super upbeat, super fun and has built and AMAZING business, mostly through Facebook. In this training she’s sharing some of her top tips PLUS she continuously updates it when Facebook rolls out new changes (which is basically every other day). Click on that link to check out a free mini class so you can get to know her and her philosophies better before joining.

  • Digital Course Academy - Amy Porterfield. Amy Porterfield is probably one of the more well known online educations, and there’s a reason - she knows what she’s talking about! This one is an investment, but I personally have taken this one myself and find the information completely worth the 4-figure price tag. It breaks down everything from building you course, to how to use webinars to promote your business, to other ways on how to market it effectively. It's been a tactic that I've found has been an integral tool in promoting my business. This class only opens it doors a few times a year so I suggest signing up for the waitlist to get updated on when it’s available again.

  • Power of Pinning - Melanie Duncan. A great option for those looking to explore Pinterest and learn how this platform can be used to help drive traffic to websites and sell products directly through the platform. It also dives into Pinterest SEO and how you can optimize your pins not just for Pinterest but Google as well. I’ve taken this one as well and it’s a great intro to using Pinterest in a more business sense (not just to save home decor inspiration).

  • Member Site Academy - The Membership Guys - Have you been interested in putting together your owner membership program? As the title suggests, this is a monthly membership program that incorporates pre recorded trainings with monthly Live Q&A’s. This adds a level of accountability and engagement that can really help you stick with the content and apply it.

  • The Digital Marketing Hub - Amy Fields - I couldn’t to write a whole blog about courses and memberships sites and skip my own right?! If you’re looking for monthly tips, masterclass and trainings around how to grow your business online, then this is for you! Each month we bring you new, themed content, all geared towards helping you succeed online. Your marketing plan isn’t just a single technique or strategy, so having a one-stop-shop to driving more traffic and sales online is a massive timesaver for a small business owner.

How to Get Your Audience to Hear You When They're Not Listening

Sometimes it feels like you’re talking and talking and no one is listening (please tell me that I’m not the only one!). You spend so much time and energy planning amazing video content to use in blogs, on your Facebook profile, and in your advertisements. You record, rerecord. and probably rerecord again, until it’s perfect (or as perfect as it’s going to get). You upload, hit publish and… it feels like you’re talking to a brick wall.

Here’s the deal though. You’re audience isn’t listening to you. And chance are they probably aren’t going to 90% of the time. So how can you get them to hear what you have to say?

This week’s video has the answer to that question, and trust me, it’s WAY easier than you think!

Get monthly Masterclasses and Expert Trainings each month inside The Digital Marketing Hub. Click here to learn more!

Video 5 of 8: Genius Content Marketing Hacks and Blog Ideas

This week it's all about how to get content out without having to write it yourself - because sometimes you're just too busy, too tired, or just simply don't have anything you want to write about yourself.

We’ve all been there - in fact, many of us feel like we live in this place. Staying consistent with writing and sharing great content is HARD. It’s why so many business owners and entrepreneurs go weeks (and months, and even years) between posting content on their site.

It's all good! There is NO judgement here about that (because I’m guilty of it myself). Just know that you can share valuable content with your audience, get great SEO keywords on your site AND not spend hours trying to think of something to write about. Check it out below!

Oh, and if you want another tip for getting maximum blog impact with as little effort as possible, check out the video from Week 3!

Your A to Z Guide to The Perfect SEO Strategy

Feel like we beat the SEO drum here at The Hub? You're right, we do!

Let's chat about SEO (aka search engine optimization) a little bit. Why are we so fanatical about it? Well, have you been a little frustrated lately by the reach (or lack there of) on Facebook? Have you been seeing some traffic on your website but they haven't been buying anything (because they're not really your ideal audience)? Do you know need to step up your marketing but aren't in a place to spend money doing it?

SEO is the answer to all of these issues. It's the best way, especially in this new digital marketplace, to get through the clutter, stand out in front of your ideal target audience, and reach them in the place that they are *literally* searching for your products or services.

But hey, I get it, SEO can be overwhelming, confusing and frustrating. There is SO much information out there, and a lot of it is so "techy". Are you feeling:

✔️ A little turned off by the entire search engine optimization thing? 
✔️ Avoided it because you're not sure where to start?
✔️ Think you're doing it right but aren't 100% sure?

Enter Sara Graybill of Graybill Creative. Her guest expert training, inside The Digital Marketing Hub, is walking you through an ENTIRE search strategy (that's right, A to Z, start to finish) and doing it in a way that you can actually understand and implement! Shocking, I know!

No more wondering what an SEO strategy entails. Now more trying to figure out if you're doing the right thing. It's all about finally feeling confident, finally get more qualified traffic, and finally making sales without paying out the nose for advertising.

So, if you're a member, head on into The Digital Marketing Hub and check it out! I

f you haven't signed up yet, visit thedigitalhub.club/get-access to learn more and get instant access to this and a whole bunch of other trainings inside!

Is it Really Worth it?
Big SEO For Small Businesses online search engine optimization class.

So by now you've heard us talk up one side and down the other about "Big SEO For Small Businesses". We've talked about:

how it will save you time,

how it will save you money,

what's included in the class,

and how it's unlike any other SEO class or strategy you've ever seen before.


But one of the things we haven't really talked about is the true value of this class. Because we're sure you're wondering, is it really worth it?

The 15 lessons in this class go beyond just a "traditional" SEO strategy. They go beyond just fiddling with a few things on your website. And they go beyond what you ever thought was possible from organic search alone.

This class is designed to optimize all your marketing techniques for SEO so everything is working for you, all the time.

And on top of that, you're not only optimizing your content to show up in search, but we show you how to optimize your content to convert those leads into sales.

Let's put it another way.

If you were to hire us to manage all of this for you, you're looking at a price tag significantly higher than what you would pay by clicking the link below.

Purchase "Big SEO For Small Businesses" 

But despite the lower price tag, you won't be getting watered down information. This is the very same information we charge premium pricing for in our consulting practice. Included in this class is some of our very best tips on how to get your website to the first page in Google search, and we just can't wait to share it with you.

But, we suggest you click sooner rather than later because enrollment for this class closes tomorrow and you don't want to miss out!

Continuing Education For the Business Owner

Time tends to go by extremely quickly when you're in the trenches of running your own business. The day-to-day tasks of a small business can be overwhelming and take up most of your day. By the time you have a minute to reflect, a month has gone by and you've done nothing but tread water. ! The world is changing, marketing is changing, and best practices are changing, and you're left wondering how you can possibly fit more into your day? There's no way you can add anything else, like learning and implementing the newest trends in business while managing your daily to-do list. 

This is where the newest trend in continuing education can come to the rescue - online classes. Created by both real world professionals and educators, these classes are created for the busy small business owner. They are often presented in smaller modules that are easy to sneak in during the day and can range in topics from current marketing trends, time management and how to drive sales. 

The online class is one my favorite new things. It's an amazing way to pick the brains of those that are rocking it in the business world. However, there are a lot of classes out there, and it can be difficult to know which ones are worth investing in. I have a few tips on what to look for to ensure the class is top quality and will work for your needs:

  • Make sure they've implemented their techniques on their own business. The best way to tell if someone is the real deal is if they don't just teach, but actually do. Make sure they mention using their strategies on themselves, and if they give real world examples of how it was successful.
  • Get an outline of the class before purchasing. Real classes will give you a full, in-depth look of the class BEFORE making you buy it. They should walk you through the modules, clearly explain what you'll learn, and what you'll get which should give you a good idea if it's what you're looking for.
  • Make sure your personalities jive. Not only does the information need to be legit but you need to actually like the person to retain any of it. Check out some of their videos and articles to see if you like how they speak, phrases they use and if you can easily understand the way they present the content.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions. Those disseminating and selling the information shouldn't be afraid to answer questions you have about their product. Ask them to give you more in-depth information on what's covered in the class, if it's updated as things change and how long it will take to finish the class. 

If you take a couple minutes to Google different topics you're interested in learning more about, you're bound to find a variety of classes that will fit your needs. To give you a little bit of a head start I'm breaking down my personal favorites that I can guarantee are well worth the investment.

  • Jump Start Your FB Marketing - Amy Porterfield - $197. Amy Porterfield is one of my favorite online educators and learning about FB marketing is one of the things almost all business owners need help with. This class breaks down how to optimize your FB presence as well as drive more sales and traffic through your page. 
  • Creating and Delivering 5 Figure Webinars - Amy Porterfield - $1000+. Another Amy Porterfield course, this one is a significant investment. I personally have taken this one myself and find the information completely worth the 4-figure price tag. It breaks down everything from how to use webinars to promote your business, to how to build one from scratch, to how to market it effectively. It's been a tactic that I've found has been an integral tool in promoting my business. Check out the free webinar in the link to learn more about the class before committing to see if it makes sense for your business. 
  • Power of Pinning - Melanie Duncan - $297. A great option for those looking to explore Pinterest and learn how this platform can be used to help drive traffic to websites and sell products directly through the platform. It also dives into Pinterest SEO and how you can optimize your pins not just for Pinterest but Google as well.
  • Instagram With Intention - Hilary Rushford - $97. An awesome class that breaks down Instagram and how to create share worthy photos for it. It also talks about how to properly use hashtags as well as get more followers. The only downside is it doesn't run continuously all year long but you can sign up for her emails and you'll get notice as soon as it opens up again.
  • Big SEO For Small Businesses - Amy Fields - $179. I couldn't write an article about online classes without adding a shameless plug for my own! Big SEO utilizes a series of techniques that I've implemented on my own website as well as countless client websites to help drive your website up in search to then drive more traffic and sales without spending money on ads. I, and many other people, think it's pretty great (if I do say so myself) so click on the link above to watch a video and learn more!