Networking on the Gram 101

Instagram is one of the best social media platforms for networking when done properly.

For networking to work properly both parties should mutually benefit.

Below are my tips for reaching out to others to collaborate and do the popular shout out for shoutout (sfs).

1) Do your homework.

Make sure any page that you want to collaborate with is in the same market.

For example, if your page is based on selling weight loss products, you may not want to reach out to a popular shoe page. Their followers would not benefit from your information if they have targeted their audience properly.

Think of pages that would complement your current market so it's mutually beneficial.

2) Don't cold contact.

Engage with the page before you attempt to do any networking.

One of my personal pet peeves is for someone to ask for a sfs out of the blue.

If I've never seen you on my page whether it be with likes or comments, I'm not interested. Many pages have loyalty shoutouts for people who are often active, or with simple engagement, they may find your content interesting enough to share without you needing to ask to be shared.

3) Check contact methods.

DM, KIK and Email are popular forms of contact for IG, but some pages don't like to receive DM messages or perhaps track all of their information through email contact.

The preferred contact method will often be listed in their bio, take the time to check it out.

Oftentimes, when you reach out and no response is received you may not have used the proper contact method.

4) Make sure your page is ready for the prospective followers/clients.

If you only post every 2-3 days, you don't have a very active page.

From a collab standpoint, if your page won't equally contribute to the process, you should wait until your page is up to it.

It's not always about how many followers you have to be beneficial.

Many new pages that are actively putting the effort into their brand and following have more active followers than say a larger page that doesn't interact well.

Hope these were helpful, happy branding, let me know if you have any questions!!! Check out The Ultimate Guide to Instagram 2.0 for more strategies on how to grow your Instagram page.

Cici

My First $14,000 In Sales in 2018.

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Hey!!

Can you believe it’s already the end of the first week of 2018? I have a good feeling that things are going to move quickly this year and I’ve ready for it.

What have you done this week?

Did you take some time to reflect on last year, maybe you got some rest, or did you hit the ground running for the new year?

I was the last and this morning I’m grinning pretty happy about the plans I made for this year.

Now, I debated about the title for this email because I didn’t want to sound like I was bragging but at the same time I wanted to share I hit my first goal of the year.

This is going to be my million dollar year and that means going hard with a plan to get there. I don’t want to make it alone so sharing the strategies and successes are part of the process.

I was also reminded of my keys to making over $700,000 last year which was to have money talks. Too many of us are afraid to talk about the money which is why many of us develop fears and limitations around what we can have and achieve. I will not be bound or weighed down by that this year and I hope you’re joining me. (if you don’t have the 30 Keys I Learned To Make Over 700K In 2017, Click here to order the eBook.)

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Alright so on to the Strategy.

Step #1- Ask yourself 3 questions.

What do they need?

What do I offer?

What’s the desired outcome?

At the beginning of the year, many people are in resolution mode.

They want to start businesses, start eating healthier, start saving money, take better care of their skin, dress better, grow their hair out, etc.

Where does this renewal fit into your business?

I teach entrepreneurs how to create connections with their communities, build, information/digital products, and increase their income through marketing strategies.

My clients or potential clients need help with all of these areas.

I offer eBooks, webinars, Masterclasses, Membership, and more to fit those needs.

The desired results are for them to understand and be able to execute social media strategies, understand and gain the knowledge to create sales funnels, they want to see increased engagement and increased sales from their social media.

Step #2- Determine which products will help your clients get the desired results.

For me, the top 5 products that have sold this year are:

1. The Business: Unlocked Bundle has sold 164 courses at $47 and made $7708.00

2. The Ultimate Guide to Instagram 2.0 has sold 17 eBooks and made $459.00

3. The Ultimate Business Plan for Creatives has sold 18 eBooks and made $360.00

4. $700K in 2017 eBook has sold 118 eBooks and made $2,124.00

5. Social Media Success in 2018 (Live Masterclass.) has sold 96 seats and made $1937.28.

I’ve had a few other products that have a few sales, but just these five have brought in $12,588.28.

Not bad for the first 4 days of the year.

Which brings us to step #3- PROMOTE YOUR SOLUTIONS, THEN OFFER YOUR PRODUCT.

Focusing on the products may leave a potential customer unclear on what they will achieve.  

By focusing on the solution once your client connects to what they want to achieve, the product becomes their key to getting what they want, and the sale becomes so much easier.

Offer the solutions every day and watch your audience flock to your products!

Alrighty guys, since the 5 products were doing so well, I put them into a bundle so you can get all 5 listed above and save nearly $50 with the Begin Your Biz Bundle.

Here's that link: https://sixfigchick.samcart.com/products/begin-you...

or if you just want one or two, here's the links page: http://thesixfigurechick.co/earn-with-cici

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below and share with a friend that can use the information.

Cici 

7 Things I've Learned This Year to Reach Over $375,000 In Sales

7 Things I've Learned This Year to Reach Over $375,000 In Sales

#1- Walk away when you need to, everything isn't meant to last forever. 

I love my first brand It Starts With Juice but it's past time to let it go and focus my efforts on The Six Figure Chick and the Business Elite.

The harder I try to make it fit into what I do now, the more it becomes work, it feels forced, and it takes the joy out of why I started it. Even though I could make myself devote some time to it, it's best for me to let go. Everything is not meant to last forever so know when to shift.

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I'm Using Instagram to Build My Brand!

I'm Using Instagram to Build My Brand!

So.....survey says you're loving The Ultimate Guide to Instagram!!! Woohoo!! The feedback has been incredible so far and I want to thank you all so much for sharing your wins. We all know that information is nothing without implementation so it has been delightful to hear how some of you have already started to implement the strategies in the book to clean up your Instagram pages, to define your ideal client, to engage with your audience, and finally get out of #hashtaghell!

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3 Things I've Done To Earn Consistent Income!

3 Things I've Done To Earn Consistent Income!

This year I have earned $90,939.34 from digital products and essentially hooking my brain to put it nicely. I've provided business tools to new and established entrepreneurs that have taught them to grow their brands, understand their audiences, create products, and make social media much less scary.   It has been a fun journey for the most part. Even with the mistakes,  I've learned a lot and am growing daily into a better brand. So what can I share with you, read on. :)

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Top Instagram Mistakes, How to Correct, How to Avoid Them

top instagram mistakes and how to avoid them

Top IG Mistakes

How to Correct, How to Avoid

1.  Making Your Instagram Account Private

The ideal situation is for followers to find your Instagram page, like, comment, and eventually become a customer/client. A private page is a turn off for one main reason. Why should I be forced to follow just to see a product you want to sell?

Instagram can be viewed as one big window shopping experience when it comes to businesses, there are many potential followers that may find you through tags or referrals. They may like or comment on your content, there are still more who may never follow but will still utilize your services. A private page halts all activity that can be beneficial. Unless someone is just adamant to know what you offer, most will leave a private page quickly.

Private requests also have to be approved, which depending on when it was sent can take up to a day to receive an approval. When was the last time you waited a day to view something and still remembered or wanted it?

2. Posting images too close together.

Posts should be allowed to “breathe” so to speak. Most comments or likes will occur in the first hour. Keep in mind that you are not the only account being followed. Posting images too close together limits the exposure a certain pic may receive as well as you push your own content down. No one likes to feel spammed either, it a page posts 5-10 images back to back most are likely to feel overwhelmed and often unfollow. Schedule at least an hour to two in between posts.

3. Ignoring comments.

No one likes to feel ignored.  That’s the long and short if it. It doesn’t matter if you have 50 or 50,000 followers, you should carve out time to answer their comments as much as you can. Of course some can’t be avoided, i.e. a customer posts on an image 56 weeks old and you never see it. For the majority make it a point at least once a week, to review your last week of images for new comments that may have been missed. Even if its a few days, a potential client will appreciate the effort over never getting a response.

4. Inconsistent or Repetitive.

A double-edged sword here, you can under post as well as overpost. Presenting a clear, stable view of your business is ideal. It builds trust and consistency. People buy from brands that they feel comfortable and secure with. There should not be days, much less weeks without new content being posted. Present a varied view,pushing your services is ok, but focus on the overall customer experience. A page that is Buy, Buy, Buy won’t achieve the desired effect and seems quite disingenuous.

5.Hashtags.

Hashtags and business go hand in hand. Instagram is made for hashtags. It opens your posts to the widest audience. People search hashtags more than they search people. Relevant tags will draw the right people to your page.

Looking over this list what are some things you see can be improved your page? Leave any questions below! To learn more, head over to The Ultimate Guide to Instagram!



 

Are Your Ready to Stop Hiding?

 

 

You Are Your Brand: Masterclass, Slay 2017

Hey Army!!

I've had some wonderful conversations this week and as I prepare for my annual vacation month I'm looking forward to refining some products, services, and systems for my brand. I shared my sales to date for 2016 earlier on Instagram which was, $320,000+,  ($60,000 more than I made last year running two brands, It Starts With Juice and The Six Figure Chick). 

 

What was the biggest factor that allowed me to focus on one business, increase profits, stop driving myself into exhaustion, and have more freedom? Well, not to sound self-centered or anything, the biggest change was ME.

Running your business is a task, not necessarily good or bad, but something that must be done. Sometimes we lose sight of what we want and who we serve. We begin to hide behind screen names, social media success, and become afraid of allowing anyone to see us make mistakes or be seen as not having it all together. Over time that will affect the core of your brand and how you connect to your audience. And let's face it, if you're not connecting with their emotions, they are not connecting with Paypal, Stripe, or any other form of payment. 

For 2016, one of my affirmations began as flaws and all and eventually grew to I'm pretty damn awesome as I am no apologies, no qualifiers. I made mistakes, I had setbacks, but most importantly I grew and had fun doing it.

I learned to tap into my story and share it authentically, understand and read my audience, learn what was working, snatch down what wasn't and continuously create new products that my audience quickly purchased and shared. I knew when to take breaks and my tribe encouraged me to. I watched not only my business flourish, but light bulbs, AHA moments, and breakthroughs happen for my tribe.

They created new products, new hashtags started popping up like #rentpaid, #cicisays #5kclub, they drove traffic to online stores that were now making $5,000, $10,000 and even $35,000 per month. New classes were being created because I served the needs of my audience they understood how to serve the needs of theirs. Online and social media has become much less scary and as a tribe we are #winning.

So I say all this to say, Your Brand is You. 

Are you tired of hiding behind your Instagram or Facebook page? Over not making the sales you know your business is capable of?

Ready for a real plan of action for the real you?

Then again I invite you to the You Are Your Brand Masterclass on December 1st at 6 P.M. Central. Replays will be available so you may view the class again and again as needed. 

You will learn:

How to Be Authentically You

Key Elements of Your Brand

How to Get Over the Imposter Syndrome

How to Stand Out Online and more! 

There will also be a live Q&A session from the questions that are submitted.

Click here to join us:

You Are Your Brand: Masterclass, Slay 2017

See you in class!

 

Cici

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30+ Content Ideas For Instagram and Periscope

Hey, hey, hey!!

We're talking about content today which I've heard can be the bane of an online business if you are stumped for ideas! If you missed the Periscope class you can grab the 45-minute class and full 36 idea list here:

30+ Content Ideas For Your Online Brand.

From the feedback on the class here are the top four content prompts you can use to grow your audience and influence in the coming weeks.

#1- Top Accounts In Your Niche Market.

Sharing top accounts works well by acknowledging people you admire and want to share with your audience. In some cases pages, you highlight may return the favor, and it's a win-win situation for everyone. 

#2-Behind the Scenes as A Full-Time and Part-Time Entrepreneur.

Entrepreneurship is different for everyone. Many people are interested in the day to day happenings. They use these as inspiration and tips for managing their own time. Show how you set your day up, what are daily tasks, how do you manage your time, projects you're working on, etc.

#3-  Why do you use Periscope/Instagram for your brand and what others can learn.

People watch success from afar and wonder how they can implement certain habits others have used to increase their success. Sharing why you use certain platforms and how you utilize them provides your audience with an opportunity to share what works for you in some cases it allows you to receive motivation from your audience. 

#4- The Last Book I Read...

Readers are leaders, share with your audience what's gracing your bookshelves or books you want to read. Great books are another conversation starter that can increase engagement on your page.

Need more ideas? Click here:

https://sixfigchick.samcart.com/products/30-content-ideas-periscope-and-list/ for 32 more ideas and video! 

Happy Content Planning! 

30 plus content ideas for periscope and instagram

3 Ways to Create A More Attractive Brand

 

Let's chat a moment, if you stumbled across this blog, 9 times out of 10 you have considered the question, "Is my brand not appealing to my audience? " I'm here to provide you guys with useful, as well as action steps so sometimes we must address the elephant in the room.

Is Your Brand Unattractive?

I hate to say it but some of the ones I have seen are, and it could be blocking your bank. Now when I say ugly I don't mean just how it looks, but how it is set up. What are some things that make up an attractive brand?

1. Clear theme.
What colors have you picked for your brand? Is there a meaning behind it? Are the colors showcased throughout all of your social media platforms and your website? Is your styling easily recognized?
To stand out in the market your brand must represented uniquely.

2. Image quality.
Are you putting your best images forward?
As an online businesses your photos are often all a potential client has to judge the quality of your business. Are you requesting premium prices with blurry, dimly lit photos, obvious screenshots, or pixelated?
Poor images create the expectation of poor quality.

3. Business speak.
Though most of us have graduated high school and college, using proper grammar, spelling, and tone are key elements to presenting your brand at its best.
Would you buy from a page full of errors, misspellings and slang? Most likely not, and that's understandable. Presentation is key.

Overall your brand, especially how it is viewed online becomes a major key in your business. Don't let simple fixes create a bad impression! Sign up for a brand audit if you need help! 

 

 

Cici