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How to Create a Stand Out Brand on Social Media (what you need)
 

How to Create a Stand Out Brand on Social Media (what you need)

August 7, 2019

Creating content can be a lot of work, so it’s important that the brand content you are creating not only gets seen but also gets engagement. If you’re ready to start standing out on social media so you can attract a consistent list of paying clients, then today’s blog is for you!

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If you've ever wondered how to stand out on social media I've got you covered lady.

  • I know you want to create a brand that grabs the attention of your audience.

  • I know you want to create a brand that attracts the right people.

  • I know you want to create a brand that gets actual engagement.

That’s why in today’s blog I’m sharing what you need to have in place in order to stand out to the right people online. Because, the reality is if you aren’t visible how do you ever expect people to be able to discover you online?

And furthermore if you’re just in it for the likes (more on this in a minute) the odds of you actually attracting paying clients is going to be super slim.

I’ve got 4 tips for your today, but if you want to get 2 more be sure to watch the video below (or if you’re like me and prefer to watch instead of read then scroll down now)!

1. GET OVER YOUR DESIRE TO GO VIRAL

Standing out on social media isn't about just getting likes, it's about quality engagement and sales. You're in the market to build a business, am I right? Then you better focus on the people who are going to buy from you. Drop your desire to achieve vanity metrics and watch how social media becomes more enjoyable!

2. IDENTIFY WHO YOU ARE TALKING TO (I.E. YOUR IDEAL CLIENT)

Your clarity on who your content is for needs to be clear to you in order to be clear to them. If you're trying to appeal to everyone it's hurting your chances of standing out online and therefore attracting your tribe. Get super specific on who you want to attract so you can create content they want to consume.

3. IDENTIFY YOUR BRAND CONTAINERS

Brand Containers are a staple in my coaching and branding strategy. They essentially are 5-7 topics you can talk about in rotation. They touch on different elements of your business, things you enjoy sharing, as well as your values. Using the Brand Containers method allows you to create content your audience is more likely to engage with. What are those 5-7 topics you can talk about in rotation?

If you want more training on Brand Containers you can grab my free guide here: brandmerry.com/contentcalendar

4. WHAT’S YOUR IDEAL CLIENT’S JOURNEY?

Knowing your ideal client’s journey and where you fit in is crucial. You are meant to be the guide for your audience if you ever want them to pay you. At the end of the day, no matter what you sell, you are providing a transformation and the way that you're going to stand out to your audience and become someone that they want to check in on and make sure they don't miss a single thing is by positioning yourself as their guide.

After you've identified your ideal client and you've picked out five to seven brand containers that you can use to rotate content on social media then I want you to get really clear on what stage of the journey your ideal client is in.

Look, we're all working with different people at different stages of their life but one of the things that's really going to allow you to stand out to your audience is positioning yourself as the guide for the specific season that they are currently going through.

I'll give you an example; when I started my business I wanted to work with aspiring female entrepreneurs, more specifically I wanted to work with entrepreneurs who wanted to leave their 9-5. I had just left my 9-5 so I was at a really important part of their own journey where I could talk about building my business while working a 9-5, finally saying goodbye to my 9-5 and the transition into full-time entrepreneur. The more specific you can be on where you fit in to your ideal clients journey the better your engagement will be overall.

I’m sharing Tip #5 and Tip #6 in the video below. Just skip to minute 4:00 in the video below!

Don’t forget to get your hands on my Content Calendar and free training on Brand Containers at brandmerry.com/contentcalendar

Please share your biggest takeaways from this blog post and how you’re going to implement this information in your own business!

Branding and Business Coach | Michelle Knight of Brandmerry

P.S. Are we connected on Instagram? No? Well lady what’s happening here we’ve got to fix that. Come hang out with me on my favorite social media platform. Follow for inspiration and send me a DM to know we’re connected.

 
 
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Hey there, I'm Michelle Knight

Welcome to my little corner of the internet. I'm a mother, wife, world traveler and storyteller. I created my own business just after having my first baby and while working a 9 to 5.

Within one year I left my 9 to 5 and created a 6-figure business. Now I spend my days as a Branding and Business coach for female entrepreneurs, raise my little boy and travel the world with my little family of 3.

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My Favorite Course Creation Platform
 

My Favorite Course Creation Platform

July 30, 2019

The online business model is growing every single day and more and more entrepreneurs are looking for ways to share their expertise with more individuals. Creating courses and membership sites are an excellent way to do just that, but where do you start. My favorite platform is Kajabi for its simplicity and ability to do so much more than just host a course.

The online business model is growing every single day and more and more entrepreneurs are looking for ways to share their expertise with more individuals. Creating courses and membership sites are an excellent way to do just that, but where do you start. My favorite platform is Kajabi for its simplicity and ability to do so much more than just host a course.

Who kajabi is for

Kajabi is truly for everyone and it you’re just starting out I couldn’t recommend it more. I really wish I had known about Kajabi in the beginning of my business because of everything that is included. Not only are you able to host your courses directly on the platform, but it also includes email marketing, payment processing, sales pages, blogging, landing pages and more.

If you’re ready to get into course creation now, Kajabi is an excellent choice because of its ease of use. Within about an hour you can have the backend of your course set up and ready to go. If you’re not tech savvy it’s an amazing alternative to hiring help and if you love tech, like me, there are tons of features to customize as needed.

And for all my new business owners, I can’t recommend this platform enough. As I mentioned, if I knew of Kajabi in the beginning I would have created my website, email and everything else on the platform for simplicity purposes. While it might seem like an investment during the early stages it’s one of the best investments you’ll make.

My favorite ways to use kajabi as a course creator

Kajabi is the one stop shop to successfully launch and scale an online business. Here is just a small list of what features they offer for your online business:

  • Website builder

  • Online Course builder

  • Membership site builder

  • Landing page builder

  • Funnel Builder

  • Automations (when, then, if sequencing)

  • CRM functionality

  • Email Marketing

  • Webinars

  • Quizzes & Surveys

  • Payment processing

  • Affiliate management 

Personally, I love having everything I need to build, launch and scale a course in one spot. It allows me to better communicate with my clients and keep track of progress as well. 

With their added features around video watch time, we’re also able to keep track of when people are falling of videos so we can better structure our content.

How kajabi can save you money

When we start our businesses we’re trying our freaking best to bootstrap our businesses. Even three years in, I’m super conscious of how much of my profits are paying for tools to run my business. When starting you definitely need an email platform, landing pages, website and payment processor. This doesn’t even include running courses and housing your content. 

Overall I’ve found that Kajabi saves so many of my clients money because they can cancel all their individual subscriptions and just focus on one platform.

With all-in-one tools you can create a landing page to grow your email list, build an introduction email funnel to nurture your list, send weekly broadcasts before your and during your launch, create the sales page for your course, collect payment and house all materials (audio, video and workbooks) for your course. It makes it easier than ever to not just sell your course, but market it as well.

You can join Kajabi today and get a FREE 30-day trial only available through this link.

Branding and Business Coach | Michelle Knight of Brandmerry

P.S. If you join with the link above you’ll also receive my complete Kajabi Course Creation training. Instructions for how to claim it are on the following page!

 
 
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Hey there, I'm Michelle Knight

Welcome to my little corner of the internet. I'm a mother, wife, world traveler and storyteller. I created my own business just after having my first baby and while working a 9 to 5.

Within one year I left my 9 to 5 and created a 6-figure business. Now I spend my days as a Branding and Business coach for female entrepreneurs, raise my little boy and travel the world with my little family of 3.

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5 Tips to Improve Your Website Conversions
 

5 Tips to Improve Your Website Conversions

July 16, 2019

Looking to improve your website conversions? Then this blog post is for you! It’s not enough to just attract people to your website we want to keep them engaged. Learn my top tips for improving website conversions and exactly what you need to make sure you don’t lose warm, engaged leads.

Want to watch the full video where I shared the 5 tips and so much more? Scroll down to watch instead of read.


Your website can either work for you or against you.

And, I go against the grain a bit in the industry by saying you absolutely do need a website, I mean why wouldn’t you have one? It can work for you in your sleep!

We often talk about funnels working for us on automate, but what about your website.

Today, we are getting the majority of our website traffic from Google, which means free, and therefore are growing my list for free as well.

However, not everyone is focused on this, so today I want to share 5 quick fixes you can use to improve conversions on your website.


1. GRAB ATTENTION RIGHT AWAY

You have 15 seconds to keep someone’s attention on your website. The majority of the people who land on your website will be cold audiences, meaning they don’t know you, so why should they stick around? You’ve got to capture their attention with bold visuals and strong copy right away. Choose photos or videos that speak to how your audience wants to feel and showcases your service, lifestyle or product easily.

2. CLEAR BRAND STATEMENT

This needs to be the first thing people see on your homepage. I like to refer to this as finding your Superpower, and is something I teach in my course You! Branded. What do you want to be known for in your industry and what does it provide your ideal client? For instance, when you land on my home page you see a header that says, “Create a Profitable Brand Through the Power of Story.” My superpower is Story and the benefit is a Profitable Brand.

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3. CRYSTAL CLEAR NEXT STEP (WHAT DO YOU WANT THEM TO DO?)

This one can evolve based on what you’re promoting or the action you want your audience to take, but you’ve got to give them a next step. Aside from grabbing attention, we also need to chat about keeping it. If you have a clear next step for your audience, they are more likely to take it. This could be a free offer, a link to your blog, a product or service. If people stay on your website longer, it tells Google people like it and increases your odds of converting them into a warm lead.

4. STORY, STORY, STORY

Since this is my Superpower, I couldn’t write a post without including it, could I? The trust is story makes your content 22x more memorable and builds trust quicker that if you don’t include it. Therefore, story elements need to be present in every part of your website. In addition, your ‘About Me’ Page is the second most viewed page on your website. And despite what many people teach I believe this is your opportunity to talk about you. I don’t go to someone’s ‘About Me’ Page to learn about me, I want to hear their story!

One of the most important pieces of writing a strong story is understanding your personal story and how it ties into your brand story. I teach this inside You! Branded. Click to learn more.

5. COHESIVE BRAND MESSAGING

When you start to create your website you’re probably listing out all the pages and then writing each one individually, but this can lead to a break in consistency and therefore a break in trust. We want to create clear brand messaging for your brand as a whole to make sure no matter where people land on your website it matches your brand. I call this Core Brand Messages and it’s one of the modules inside You! Branded.

When you create messaging for your brand as a whole, it allows you to string together your website pages, leading to higher percentage of people staying on your website longer. It’s almost like a journey you’re taking your ideal client on. Think homepage, to story, to blog, to work with me. Having consistent messaging is key.

If you’re ready to take your brand to the next level and create a bold, captivating and money-making brand, I’d love to support you inside You! Branded. When you join by midnight on Thursday, July 18, you’ll receive a fast-action bonus to help you carry your brand into your web design. 

You’ll get Websites Made Simple: 4-Page Website Cheatsheet completely free. This bonus includes a website checklist, what pages to include and what you need on each one to increase conversions, plus my Sales Page template.

Join You! Branded now to claim this special bonus.

Want more details about the information above? Watch the video below.

Don’t forget to join us in You! Branded to receive your special limited-time bonus! Learn more and get signed up at youbrandedcourse.com

Please share your biggest takeaways from this blog post and how you’re going to implement this information in your own business!

Branding and Business Coach | Michelle Knight of Brandmerry

P.S. Are we connected on Instagram? No? Well lady what’s happening here we’ve got to fix that. Come hang out with me on my favorite social media platform. Follow for inspiration and send me a DM to know we’re connected.

 
 
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Hey there, I'm Michelle Knight

Welcome to my little corner of the internet. I'm a mother, wife, world traveler and storyteller. I created my own business just after having my first baby and while working a 9 to 5.

Within one year I left my 9 to 5 and created a 6-figure business. Now I spend my days as a Branding and Business coach for female entrepreneurs, raise my little boy and travel the world with my little family of 3.

MORE ABOUT ME ↠

BRANDING

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Travel

Time mangement

Self-worth love


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How to Find a Business Coach: What To Look For
 

How to Find a Business Coach: What To Look For

July 15, 2019

Are you considering hiring a business coach? It can be a little intimidating starting the search process and wondering if it’s the right move. As a mentor and strategist I’ve worked with my fair share of coaches and mentors and ask myself the same questions every time. Learn how to know when you’re ready to hire a business coach and the top four things to look for before investing.

Are you considering hiring a business coach? 

It can be a little intimidating starting the search process and wondering if it’s the right move for your life and business. Typically, hiring a private mentor is a big investment. I want to tell you it’s all based on trust, but that doesn’t really give you much to work with does it?

Over the past three years I’ve worked with multiple mentors and coaches to bring my business to multiple 6-figures and ask myself the same questions before investing.

Today, on the blog I’m sharing how to know when you’re ready to hire a business coach and the top four things to look for before investing.

HOW TO KNOW WHEN YOU’RE READY TO HIRE A COACH

1. IDENTIFY THE HOLES IN YOUR BUSINESS

Before you move forward with a coach you need an idea of what's not working or missing from your current business. You’ll want to find a mentor that can help you with this specific area, every mentor has their specialty and it’s important to identify before investing. I suggest asking yourself the following questions.

  • “Where do I need the most support?”

  • “What are my goals for the year and what do I need to know/do to accomplish them?”

  • “What areas of my business do I feel the least confident?”

2. UNDERSTAND YOUR GOALS

You don't have to have it all figured out before you hire a mentor, but you need to know what you're working towards. This will not only help you find a coach that can support you in reaching your desires, but will also help your mentor deliver on your goals. The best coaches WANT to see you succeed so having this clearly defined in the beginning can help everyone in the relationship feel confident in moving forward.

HOW TO CHOOSE A BUSINESS COACH

1. THERE VALUES NEED TO ALIGN WITH YOURS

I've made this mistake and got distracted with the promise rather than who they were as a person and what was important to them. You’re going to be walking very intimately with someone and it’s important that your values are aligned.

2. DO THEY FILL HOLES

As I mentioned before, it's important to identify what holes are happening in your business. Don't just get support to get support, find the right person who will help you fill the holes and move your business forward. 

3. THEIR CHARACTER

When I read testimonials I focus less on results and more on what people have to say about their character as a person. Everyone's results will vary and you have the opportunity to achieve more or less depending on you individual personality, but their character and how they support their clients is so important and will majorly impact the relationship.

4. LOOK FOR MORE

I don’t mean shop around for coaches, but rather be open to learning more. Even though you go into this with an idea of where you need support more is going to come up, it always does. I always look for a mentor who can support me with different levels of life and business and feels in alignment with where I want my business and brand to go - i.e. have they achieved what you are setting out to do.

I hope this was helpful in pointing out some really important details to consider before hiring a mentor. As I mentioned in the beginning, a big component of choosing a coach or mentor is to trust them. 

In addition to the steps listed above, I suggest following them on social media, joining their email list and consuming some of their content - this will tell you so much!

If you’re interested in learning how I can support you with your brand and business, I’d love to chat. You can schedule a call here.

Branding and Business Coach | Michelle Knight of Brandmerry

P.S. Are we connected on Instagram? No? Well lady what’s happening here we’ve got to fix that. Come hang out with me on my favorite social media platform. Follow for inspiration and send me a DM to know we’re connected.

 
 
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Hey there, I'm Michelle Knight

Welcome to my little corner of the internet. I'm a mother, wife, world traveler and storyteller. I created my own business just after having my first baby and while working a 9 to 5.

Within one year I left my 9 to 5 and created a 6-figure business. Now I spend my days as a Branding and Business coach for female entrepreneurs, raise my little boy and travel the world with my little family of 3.

MORE ABOUT ME ↠

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Where and When to Share Your Brand Story
 

Where and When to Share Your Brand Story

June 27, 2019

How often should you share your Brand Story? This is one of the top questions I receive as a Branding Mentor, followed by, “but won’t my audience get annoyed?” In today’s blog, I’m excited to bust this myth + provide you with a bonus audio recording where I’m addressing the underlying issue and fear of annoying your audience.

How often should you share your Brand Story?

This is one of the top questions I receive as a Branding Mentor, followed by, “but won’t my audience get annoyed?”

In today’s blog, I’m excited to bust this myth + provide you with a bonus audio recording where I’m addressing the underlying issue and fear of annoying your audience.

Before we dive into today’s post it’s important that you’ve done some work around your Brand Story. You can take my free quiz below where you’ll identify your brand story + how to market it to attract your tribe.

You can also check out this post on How to Identify Your Brand Story and 3 Things You Can’t Miss.

AND, just because I love giving away free gifts - I also have a must-see masterclass where I’m sharing my 3 Steps to Build a Better Brand.

Alright, let’s get into it, starting with some stats!

Did you know that it takes your audience 7 touch points before they are ready to invest in your product or service? 

It’s called the Rule of 7 in marketing and it’s one of the most important “rules” you need as an online entrepreneur.

What does this tell us? Just talking about a product or sharing a story one time isn’t enough.

The good news? With the power of social media and the freaking explosion in online marketing, we have like a million avenues to share these stories so they don’t become boring.

And while I could close this blog post right here, because I’m hoping you’re sold on the effectiveness in repetition in marketing, I made a brand new recording just for you so you can finally overcome this fear.

After listening to the audio, be sure to scroll down for a break down on exactly where I would share my Brand Story to get started (hint: it includes 10 different placements)!

The recording you’re about to listen to is part of my brand new show, The Authentic Brand Builders Show. It’s an exclusive weekly show for my private community Authentic Female Entrepreneurs.

EP 01: Getting Over the Fear of Repetitive Storytelling will give you a more thorough explanation of the Rule of 7 and the mindset shifts necessary to show up for your community fully.

Be sure to join Authentic Female Entrepreneurs to catch all the weekly episodes!

10 WAYS TO SHARE YOUR BRAND STORY

Now, you’re ready! You know the power of sharing your story with the world, you’ve identified your story and now it’s time to share it.

Below, I’ve included 10 DIFFERENT places to share your Brand Story as a way to build brand awareness and community. I’ve marked the ones that can be repeated ever 30 days with an *.

  1. On the homepage of your blog (include a small excerpt similar to a social post)

  2. On your About Me/ My Story page (want my tips on this? Click here)

  3. The sidebar or footer of your blog

  4. Social Media post (includes Facebook and Instagram) *

  5. IGTV video 

  6. Insta Stories *

  7. As a highlight on your Instagram

  8. Introduction in a Facebook Group *

  9. Youtube video (tied in with your favorite tip within your niche)

  10. Live video (Facebook) *

That’s one freaking story, imagine what you could do if you repeated this over and over again for your most important stories - the ones that share your expertise, relate to your audience and build trust.

Pretty cool stuff, right?

Go forth and share your story and don’t forget to my new masterclass where I’m sharing How to Build a Better Brand!

Please share your biggest takeaways from this blog post and how you’re going to implement this information in your own business!

Branding and Business Coach | Michelle Knight of Brandmerry

P.S. Are we connected on Instagram? No? Well lady what’s happening here we’ve got to fix that. Come hang out with me on my favorite social media platform. Follow for inspiration and send me a DM to know we’re connected.

 
 
Michelle Knight_ headshot copy.jpg

Hey there, I'm Michelle Knight

Welcome to my little corner of the internet. I'm a mother, wife, world traveler and storyteller. I created my own business just after having my first baby and while working a 9 to 5.

Within one year I left my 9 to 5 and created a 6-figure business. Now I spend my days as a Branding and Business coach for female entrepreneurs, raise my little boy and travel the world with my little family of 3.

MORE ABOUT ME ↠

BRANDING

BUSINESS Tips and TOOLS

Travel

Time mangement

Self-worth love


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