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Have you used the LinkedIn QR code?

Have you used the LinkedIn QR code?

Have you used the LinkedIn QR code?

LinkedIn is all about professional connections, whether they be clients, suppliers, business friends (or even real life friends) and those random people you meet at networking events, but never really keep in touch with – except for liking the occasional post. It can be a powerful tool for broadening your business circle, but it can be a little clunky.

There’s an easy to use new feature that LinkedIn has introduced to make it a breeze for people to connect with each other, without the awkward exchange of business cards, or even more awkward connection requests after the event. It’s a QR code! And it’s available in your LinkedIn app.

Have you seen it yet?

To use the code In the LinkedIn app, tap the QR code icon in the Home tab’s search bar, and there you’ll see a QR scanner as well as your own code. Here’s what you see when you open the app:

LinkedIn QR code

And what you get when you tap the code icon:

LinkedIn QR code

Beyond the app, you can download your personalised QR code and add it to your marketing collateral, including business cards.

Will you use you LinkedIn QR code?

Social Media Nibbles E07: Picking an audience for your next Facebook Ad

Social Media Nibbles E07: Picking an audience for your next Facebook Ad

Social Media Nibbles E07: Picking an audience for your next Facebook Ad

Hello and welcome to Social Media Nibbles. I’m Paula O’Sullivan, social media strategist and head possum at Possum Digital. In this episode we’re going to be looking at how to choose an audience to target for your Facebook advertising.

Now during 2018, Facebook has undergone wholesale changes to its platform including the Ads Manager. We know that organic reach is down and we know that there’s been significant changes to the terms of service which have resulted in things like tightening up on the use of email lists and increased ad content reviewing, but just like any good marketing plan, you need to be flexible to changing outside circumstances.

If you haven’t before, you may want to consider investing some budget in Facebook advertising. If you’ve had less than ideal results in the past, one of the factors might be the biggest challenge of knowing who to actually target and how to find them. With 15 million monthly active users on Facebook in Australia, there’s a huge pool of potential customers, so you can waste a lot of money really fast, but if you have a limited budget you need to be laser focused on how you spend your advertising dollars.

Before you start any more ad campaigns you need to look at who you actually want to target and how you do that.

The type of audience you’ll need will be based on your own circumstances but the more you test and measure the better your targeting will be.

Before you start any advertising, if you haven’t already, make sure you get a Facebook pixel from your account and place it on your website. If you don’t have a pixel, in my view, don’t even bother advertising as you’re wasting a lot of money and effort. Any good web developer, or you can find a good YouTube instructional video, can help you.

Now let’s look at the types of audience targeting options available to you.

The first is what Facebook calls Core Audiences.

This type of targeting allows you to select your audience through personal and behavioural characteristics so you can target things like demographic, that would be age, gender, work, relationship status. Location, now this is especially useful if you have a shopfront or if you only want to target people in a specific geographical area. Interests, which include the types of pages liked, the kind of content posted, engaged with, hobbies, places people have checked into and how people generally like to be entertained.

As you would all know out there, every time you do something on the internet or within Facebook, it actually drops a little bit of data into your Facebook profile and that’s how Facebook gathers information about you.

Facebook has removed access to third party data and some interests have been removed, so while this is a good way to start if you’ve never advertised before, you don’t actually want to rely on this type of audience for your long-term advertising strategy.

The second type of audience is a custom audience.

The great news is that you can target people who are on your email list or have visited your website or even engaged with your Facebook page or content on your page.

Now this type of targeting is my personal favourite, as you are using your own data to create Facebook advertising campaigns.

Creating a custom audience from your email list is actually relatively easy. You simply upload your list in a TXT format and Facebook will do the rest. What you may want to think about before uploading your list is segmenting your list into categories like repeat customers, leads that haven’t purchased and so on and so forth.

This helps you refine your targeting even further and will help with lookalike audiences, which I’ll talk about in a minute. Know that from now any list you upload, you will need to let Facebook know if you collected the data directly from your customers or did the data come from an external source and you will need to remove email addresses from anyone who opts out of your email list.

For website traffic, you can use your Facebook pixel to create an audience of people who do things like visit a specific page on your website, go to your lead capture page but don’t actually put in their details or sign up or they fill a cart and then abandon that cart.

If you are using website traffic as a basis for your custom audience, you will need to drive traffic so that the pixel can collect data. If you’ve never had a pixel on your site before, when you place the pixel on your site I like to make sure that I’m driving really good traffic from a variety of sources and I’m doing that for at least two to four weeks before serving ads.

Again, the more defined your audience is, the better you can target your message.

A great feature I’ve been using is creating audiences based on who engages with your Facebook page or content.

One strategy that warms up an audience is serving an ad to a cold audience with just a video, nothing else, and a little bit of text at the top. Then see who watches it for more than 10 seconds and then this group actually becomes your custom audience. You’ve gone to a cold audience, you’ve given them a video, a bit of educational content and if you think 10 seconds isn’t a long time, sit down and actually count that out. Then once you’ve created a new audience of these people who have watched your video for more than 10 seconds, you can serve them a second ad with another call to action.

Now the third type of audience is a lookalike audience. Facebook can help you find other users who look like your custom audience. All you need to do is to create your custom audience then ask Facebook to create a lookalike audience for you.

Say for example you upload an email list of people who have purchased a product from you. Then what you’re telling Facebook to do is to say, can you please go and find me more people like this? Facebook will find anyone it thinks actually looks like and will behave like the people who have already purchased from you.

Importantly, the quality of the lookalike audience is going to depend on the quality of your original data and how you have set up your custom audiences. The more specific data that you can give Facebook, the better the lookalike audience outcome will be.

Before you set up your next Facebook ad campaign, have a plan for who you are going to target and what type of audience you need to reach them.

Thank you for listening and if you liked what you heard in this podcast, please subscribe and share it with your friends. Make sure to visit our website possumdigital.com.au, where you can listen to more podcast episodes just like this one and read our latest blogs.

Top tips for LinkedIn Company Pages

Top tips for LinkedIn Company Pages

Top tips for LinkedIn Company Pages

With organic reach being impacted for Facebook pages, many businesses are turning to LinkedIn Company Pages to build a community and market their business. If your target audience is on LinkedIn, then this could be a worthwhile channel for you.

Like any other marketing channel, you need to have a plan for how you will use it to generate results. These are our top 7 tips for getting the most from your LinkedIn Company Page.

  1. Use images that best reflect your business. The hero image, and profile picture are opportunities to showcase what your business does. And make sure you use a logo for extra
  2. Share engaging content regularly. The best time to post can vary from industry to industry, but start with posting during business hours, and test from there.
  3. Use your employees as part of your content. Ask them to share behind the scenes or industry knowledge so that your community can get to know your business behind the brand. Also, your employees can be your biggest advocates. Ask them to share your content with their networks.
  4. Optimise for search by using keywords that focus on your business and your industry. You have 156 characters for your page text so use them wisely.
  5. Use Sponsored content for your best performing content to extend your reach. This is a great tool to use for amplifying content, and drive traffic to your website, especially if it’s a blog article or lead capture page.
  6. Tell people about your page. Just because you set up a page, it doesn’t mean that your audience will know about it. Add a link on your website and email signature. Make sure it’s on your own LinkedIn profile.
  7. Monitor your analytics so you know what works and what doesn’t. Track how your content is performing in terms of reach and engagement as this can help you understand if your content is being seen.

With all social media channels, consistency is key. Small daily actions on your LinkedIn page (or a few times a week if that is best for you) are better than a huge burst, then nothing for months.

Are Facebook Lead Ads right for you?

Are Facebook Lead Ads right for you?

Are Facebook Lead Ads right for you?

It seems that everywhere you turn, marketers are talking about leads, leads and more leads. It’s true, to grow your business you need to bring in new clients and so you need to attract leads in order to be able to convert them into paying customers. Social media, specifically Facebook Lead Ads, is an excellent way to achieve this.

If you’re new to strategic lead generation, or if you’ve tried various strategies and tools with no success, then you may want to try a Facebook Lead Ad.

Essentially, a Facebook Lead Ad is a way to be able to capture someone’s details within the Facebook platform. Users click on an ad, they are then taken to a form which is prepopulated with the data Facebook has for them, then the details are held in the Ads Manager. You can then go and download a CSV file of your captured leads whenever you like.

If you want to have a look at some examples, you can look here.

Advantages of Facebook Lead Ads

  • They are inexpensive and easy to set up
  • You do not need a landing page or lead capture programs
  • The data will be viable, as it’s prepopulated
  • Great for mobile user experience

Disadvantages of Facebook Lead Ads

  • You are not sending people to you own website
  • There is limited space for you to craft your message
  • Not all CRM systems integrate into Facebook, so you may need to manually move data
  • If you’re not careful, you can generate a lot of low quality leads as the experience is so easy for users

Facebook Lead Ads are great if you are just starting out or don’t have the budget to create your own landing pages. With every tool, the better you plan, the better chance you will have of being able to generate leads for your business.

Have you used Facebook Lead Ads before? Will you use them to generate leads?

Social Media Nibbles E07: Picking an audience for your next Facebook Ad

Social Media Nibbles E06: Social media for Solopreneurs

Social Media Nibbles E06: Social media for Solopreneurs

Paula O.: Hello and welcome to Social Media Nibbles. I’m Paula O’Sullivan, Social Media Strategist, and Head Possum at Possum Digital. In this episode, we have another wonderful guest, Lisa Penson, business coach and Founder of Solopreneur Success. Lisa is passionate about helping her clients to have a life and business on their own times, and I’m super excited that she’s with us to talk about how to grow your business through taking action, a personal favourite topic of mine. Welcome Lisa.

Lisa Penson: Hey Paula. Hi. How you going?

Paula O.: I’m really, really well. Tell us about you. Who you are, what you do, and how you help.

Lisa Penson: Well, interesting question. I wear quite a few hats. My main hat is my Solopreneur Success business, which is some online training, workbooks and things like that, and my coaching business, where I help sole traders, solopreneurs, entrepreneurs, whatever they want to call themselves, grow their businesses.

Lisa Penson: And I also teach. I teach Diploma of Business at a school, which helps me with those workshops and teaching side of it, which I absolutely love.

Paula O.: Nice. What mistakes or challenges do you see solopreneurs making that inhibit growth in their businesses? I imagine you’ve spoken to a lot of solopreneurs in your time, so are there any common themes that you’ve noticed?

Lisa Penson: Yes. That’s a very short answer. I must have met probably nearly 1000 solopreneurs now, through my coaching and workshops, and one of the biggest things that sticks out is lack of consistency. And sometimes it’s the shiny red box syndrome, so they do something, and then they say, “Oh, this is better” and so they go and chase that, and they stop doing the consistency that they should be doing.

Lisa Penson: I think the biggest thing is that they’ve just got to stick to what they’re doing, do it well, and then once that’s working for them, then move onto the next thing.

Paula O.: So really what it sounds like is people are trying to find a solution or a substitute for the actual grind, and potentially the hard work?

Lisa Penson: Correct. I think they’re trying to find a magic wand, to be honest. I’ve been doing this for quite a few years now, and I’m still looking for my magic wand. I know. I think people forget about the whole day-to-day grind. It’s awesome being a solopreneur, I love it, I love the lifestyle, but I still have to do that daily grind of my Facebook and my LinkedIn, and connecting with people and hustling, and things like that. Those are the bits, and I think probably sales is the thing that gets people stuck mostly, ’cause they think they’re in sales, but they’re not. They’re in the business of helping others, and they’ve just got to realize that that’s what they do, and stop thinking they’re in sales, because people don’t like sales.

Paula O.: Well, not in the traditional I guess used car salesman stereotype way. There’s a gentle and more authentic way of doing sales, but really something that sits with them.

Lisa Penson: Correct. I think this is a challenge for solopreneurs, because they see it as sales, and they don’t see it as they’re helping people, and explaining how they do it in that non-salesy way. They get stuck on this, “Oh, people will think I’m like a car salesperson,” and there’s some also car salespeople out there, but they don’t want to be seen like that from a solopreneur perspective.

Lisa Penson: I think the common theme is they just need to get out there and be passionate about what they do, and if they’re passionate about what they do, that will come across, and find those people that they can really help.

Paula O.: Yeah, it sounds so simple, doesn’t it? It sounds so simple, but it’s a lot of hard work. We both know that social media can be a real huge help for solopreneurs, but that it can also be a hindrance. In your view, and in your talkings with all of your clients, what are the good habits that solopreneurs should be embracing and focusing on?

Lisa Penson: The best habit is they’re very clear on their goals. From the business perspective, the life perspective, but from their social media perspective, they’ve got specific goals that they set and they’ve got a plan, strategy, whatever you want to call it, in place, to actually reach those goals. There seems to be a bit of a do it when you can mentality, and really that comes back to the consistency.

Lisa Penson: But I think that the good thing about it is that if you have clear goals and a good strategy, make most of the tools. There’s tools out there that can help make life easier, and sometimes it’s about researching those. Or, get help. These people, they can’t do it themselves, they don’t have the time to do it themselves, then pay someone that’s an expert in this, I mean, like yourself. To go and get someone to do it for you, or help you initially with the strategy to get clear on, and then go and do it yourself.

Paula O.: Yep, okay. Any bad habits to avoid or change? Now, I know that this is a question you and I could talk about at length for hours, but are there any particular bad habits that stand out for you that are really easy to avoid or to change?

Lisa Penson: I think the biggest one that I’m coming across now, and I think this is because Facebook changed how they do things a little bit, is Facebook groups and commenting in Facebook groups. I have several clients at the moment that their personal profile isn’t connected with their business in any way whatsoever, and they’re hiding in a corner somewhere, but then when they go and post in a Facebook group, the Facebook group comment comes from their personal profile.

Lisa Penson: We know this, but if you post in my Solopreneur Success Facebook group, and I click on your name, it goes back to your personal profile that has lots of things about your business, but these people are like, “Well, I don’t want people to know who I am.” It’s like, “Well, you are your business so get over yourself and get on with it.” The groups are amazing, they can help you build your business, but you need to connect that with your personal profile, and more and more this is happening because of how Facebook are working these days.

Paula O.: Yeah, and it’s really interesting that you talk about Facebook groups, ’cause one thing I’ve noticed, and I’d love your view on this, and to be honest, I actually don’t know who’s advising people to do this, so a quick tip from me, what I’m about to tell you, please just don’t do this, is people finding out what promotional days are in some of the large groups, and just blanket smashing all these groups without doing any of the engagement or helping beforehand. Is that something that you’ve had to advise on or you’ve seen yourself?

Lisa Penson: Massively. I have people that I know diarise different days for different groups, and the only day when they post is when they’re promoting themselves. Really, it’s not helpful, because the whole point is what you give out is what you get back. If you’re just giving yourself promotion, people aren’t going to engage with that, or rarely engage with that.

Lisa Penson: Whereas, if you’re going into a group and you help other people and you comment and you share, then people get to know you and who you are as a person, and then what you do as a business, and the rapport building, although it’s online, is significantly increased by just helping other people. It is this mentality, what you give out, you get back. Yeah, I just think that don’t bother just promoting on promotional day or whatever that is, because that’s not exactly helping the world.

Paula O.: I guess tying that back to an original point that you made earlier about sales and how people just think of themselves, “Yep, I’ve got a business, I just have to be a sales machine,” it seems that sometimes the mindset around how they view that plays out in this online behaviour. How would you recommend people change that mindset or maybe flip that mindset around to be one of service, and be service led, so that their online behaviour mirrors that?

Lisa Penson: Yeah. It’s a mindset, 100%. It’s about getting out of bed on a morning and saying, “Who can I help today?” It’s about thinking, “Okay, so” … I mean, I send people links for blogs because I think, “Oh, my God, yeah, that would be good for them to maybe have a read of that.” I share lots of tools that I have, I share lots of stuff, and people appreciate it. Out of that, for my business and my coaching business, I get a lot of referrals.

Lisa Penson: Most of my business will come through referrals, and yes, I have a Facebook group and all that, and yes I share generously, but that is the way I’m building my business, and I have to say that if other people took that, “Who can I help today?” mentality, whether it’s a service or a product. Really, even if you’re selling a coffee mug, it’s like, “Okay, who can I help today have an awesome cup of coffee in my coffee mug” rather than saying, “Who’s going to buy my goods?”

Lisa Penson: It’s not about, “Who can I flog to so I get more money in the bank?” It’s, “Who can I help that will make their life better?” And then of course, what goes around comes around.

Paula O.: Nice. I think that’s a really lovely approach to take, so with that in mind, what are your top three actions that solopreneurs and other entrepreneurs as well can take right now to move their business in the right direction?

Lisa Penson: Number one, have clear goals. Goals might be next week goals, it might be 5 year, 10 year plan goals, but it’s around what’s the vision of the business? What’s your mission in life? Why are you getting out of bed on a morning? What’s your why? And set clear goals that will help you not only build your business, but improve other people’s lives, and then once you’ve got clear goals, come up with a plan to reach them.

Lisa Penson: I think people say, “Oh yeah, I want to earn $100,000 next year” and then I say, “Oh awesome. Great. How are we going to do that?” They say, “Oh, I don’t know that bit. I just know I want to earn that much money.” It’s okay to have financial goals, ’cause I have some really strong financial goals, but it’s not the only goal you should have.

Lisa Penson: Have clear goals, have a plan to reach your goals, and the third one is get someone to make you accountable. Whether that’s your best mate, your business coach, your social media strategist, whoever that might be, get someone to make you accountable, and call you on those days when you think, “Oh, my God, this is going on” and they’re going to call you on this and say, “Hey, is that the right way to think?” I think that’s my top tips for sure.

Paula O.: Nice. Thank you so much. They’re amazing tips, so make sure everyone, you get onto those. And thank you so much for your time today, Lisa. Where can our listeners find out more about you?

Lisa Penson: Okay, they can go to my website, SolopreneurSuccess.com.au, and I do coaching all over the world. I do most of it online these days, so they can go there and find more about me there, and they can connect with me through Facebook. I have the Solopreneur Success Facebook group, and bottom line, they can always send me an email. Lisa@solopreneursuccess.com.au. I’m more than happy to help anyone out there that could do a bit with help.

Paula O.: And thank you all for listening. If you like what you heard in this podcast, please subscribe and share it with your friends, and make sure to visit our website, PossumDigital.com.au, where you can listen to more podcast episodes just like this one, and read our latest blogs.