by Kelli | Dec 31, 2016 | Business Strategy
Goals operate like clockwork; they are the behind the scenes mechanisms that keep your business driven towards success. With the new year approaching, it’s the time of aspiring after resolutions and tactics to not only better yourself, but your business as well and the perfect place to start is looking at how you go about creating your success plan. Let’s take a look at four surefire ways to tweak your goal-setting regime for maximum success.
1.) Break it Down into a Clearer Path.
Simply identifying a goal and keeping it locked in the back of your mind won’t help you bring it life. That’s because majority of goals aim for the long haul so they require more work, more time, and more of your attention. You should always write your goals in a step by step format that breaks down all the necessary actions as well as shows how SMART your goal is (and by SMART we mean specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time.)
2.) Track Your Progress.
When you’re in the stage of working towards your goals and feel like you’re getting nowhere, tracking your progress is a great way to refrain from getting discouraged and giving up. Checking off what you complete daily, weekly, or monthly will provide you with a sense of accomplish as well as allow you to see where you need to focus next. Trending, free apps for iPhone and Android like GoalsOnTrack or Lift are great places to begin keeping an organized check list.
3.) Don’t be Overwhelmed by Setbacks.
The ironic truth about creating plans is that nothing ever goes exactly how we think it will. But even when things unexpectedly happen, the very circumstances we see as setbacks can also open new opportunities. Walk into your goals with an open, flexible mindset instead of one closed off and rigid that way you can handle adjustments and changes like a champion rather than letting setbacks hold you back.
4.) Surround Yourself with Other Goal-Getters.
The best way to achieve your goals, other than creating a Success Plan, is to surround yourself with other high-achievers on the same “make shit happen” path. You could join a group of that is following the goal planning strategy or take it a step further and join a mastermind that is designed to move the needle on your business.
5.) Remember to Stay up to Date on Rising Business Trends.
Although there are ageless strategies in achieving your business goals, whether they include creating more leads, closing sales, or enhancing your skills, there are even more techniques on the rise every day from utilizing e-commerce marketing tactics to going green. Engaging in these trends and using them in your goal-planning will surely push you towards the finish line and the trophy that is your final result of perseverance and dedication.
As you can see, having the right goal-planning technique will keep you focused and assist you in reaching your top potential! For more of the best advice, tips, and information on successfully running your business, feel free to check out our blog!
by Kelli | Dec 19, 2016 | Business Strategy
With only days left in 2016, there is still time left to create some quick wins in your business! If you act quickly and make a concentrated effort to focus your attention to “on the ground marketing” techniques, you’re sure to get some last-minute deals on the books before the clock strikes midnight!
Follow these tips for some quick successes:
- Focus on low-hanging fruit.
It’s time to pick up the phone and/or send out personal messages to hot and warm leads. I’ve defined both categories below. You should always have a list of these leads.
These are leads who are in the purchase stage, and are likely to make a purchase with just one more contact from you. To identify your hot leads, make two lists:
- Leads that fit your ideal client profile
- Leads that have shown past interest through discovery calls or free trial downloads
The names that appear on both lists are your hot leads. Reach out and set up a call with them today; they are your likeliest quick wins!
These are leads that are close to being in the purchase stage. To identify these leads, make the following lists:
- Leads that have downloaded a lead magnet
- Leads that have shown a high level of engagement via social media and e-mail open rates
The names that appear on both lists are your warm leads. To move them to the purchase stage, create compelling content that will further convince them of your value!
- Hold Discovery Calls
One of the most important things that you can do to increase conversions is get your potential customer on the phone. The goal is to listen. Most people get this wrong. They spend more time talking at the customer and outlining their own offers versus actually listening to what the person and needs. You want to ask questions to uncover your potential customers’ pain points. That is, you need to find out what they need and what problems they need solved. Then, you need to convince them that you understand their problem, and ultimately, that you can help them solve it. The potential customer needs to understand what’s in it for them to hire you. How do develop that deep understanding? By using the “5 – Why Method”. Have you ever had a five year old ask you multiple times, “But why?”? They are fully committed to the process of understand. You have to show that same level of interest (just less annoying). So, summon your inner five year old and keep asking WHY until you feel you have reached the right answer.
Uncovering pain points is done through discussions and relationship-building. Pay close attention in your discovery calls to the things your leads say about their goals and needs. Then map your solution to their needs.
- Ask for Referrals
Reaching out to current or past clients to ask for referrals is an excellent way to grow your business. Clients who need your products and services likely know others who need you, too! And there is no better marketing than a referral. It takes so much of the selling pressure off of you as they already have social proof and see you as a potential trusted advisor. You can incentivize referrals by offering your clients discounts, commission, or bonuses.
- Create easy content
Depending on where your prospects are in the buyer journey create a quick piece of content that will move them to the next level. That could be a one-page checklist, a blog or a vlog that will guide them through the funnel. No need to recreate the wheel..you can repurpose old content. Maybe you have 4 cohesive blogs that you can turn into a quick eBook. Take a quick inventory of what you have and see if you can update any of it to re-engage some prospects that may have gone silent at some point. Timing is everything.
The bottom line is to TAKE ACTION…get those prospects on the phone, find some new ready-to-convert leads. Here is a Quick Win Workbook that you can use to work through finding which leads to reach out to.
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