Authors: What, Why and How to build your platform

There's no argument from those in the know when it comes to securing a publishing contract and selling books. Many decisions are made based on an author's platform.

Even if you self-publish, you need to build your platform.

Your author platform is how you are currently reaching an audience of book buyers. It’s also how you plan to do so. It is your influence, your ability to sell to your market. It is your ability to sell books because of who you are or who you can reach.

Your author influence is your ability to impact your readers perspective, beliefs and point of view. It is also the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something.

What is Your Platform?

Your platform has to do with who you are… what makes you unique? It's also your personal and professional connections and any media outlets you can tap into in order to sell books.

In reality, if you want to get a book deal or agent, you need a platform. If you are a self-published author, you need a platform to sell your books. When your book is ready you absolutely must have a platform if you want to sell books.

Your platform includes your current customers and clients, audiences you present to, listeners who hear you on interviews, television audiences, blog readers, social media platforms, current email list and the market reach of collaborative partners.

Start Now

Many authors delay building their platform. Successful authors know there is no time to wait. They work on their platform on a consistent basis.

To build a rock solid platform you need to start immediately by doing something every day. Whether it's to blog, guest blog, set up interviews and speaking engagements, create a media kit, secure endorsements or be a featured expert on a summit, radio show or podcast, you will be well served to embrace the fact you need to build your platform.

Not sure where to start? Check out the Book Accelerator program to learn how to build your platform AND create a successful book launch.

 

 

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Authors: Will Your Platform Get You Noticed?

The dream of many authors is to get an agent and a contract (and advance) from one of the big five publishers.

If you want to increase your opportunity with your book, you need to have an author platform. Simply put, a platform is where you are visible with great market reach and influence. This increases your value to a publisher due to greater possibilities of selling books… and lots of them.

To some authors the concept is clear, yet the majority are confused by what it actually means. This confusion can lead to inaction on the part of the author to build a platform.

“Author platform is one of the most difficult concepts to explain, partly because everyone defines it a little differently. But by far the easiest explanation is: an ability to sell books because of who you are or who you can reach.” Jane Friedman.

Be a Serious Player

If you want to be taken seriously as an author, you must develop and grow your platform. It was in the nineties that agents and publishers began rejecting nonfiction books due to the author not having a substantial reach.

Many authors assumed that the publisher would take care of getting them in front of their readers, when in fact, the publishers were, and still are, more likely to work with authors who are proactive in creating a market presence.

Now, more than ever, an author must have a platform to achieve their greatest results with a book.

Putting Together Your Platform

Two main areas for your platform are your visibility and your target audience. In order to optimize your efforts you need to focus on these two areas.

Visibility simply mean this; where will you be seen? You can project your opportunities base on where you’ve appeared in the past such as guest blogging, featured articles, interviews on podcast shows, radio and television. Visibility is also directly related to your social media platforms.

Target audience are those people who are most likely to be interested in your information. These are the people who view you as an authority and influencer.

Activities that create your platform

Building a platform requires ongoing, consistent action. To assure you take consistent action,  create a visibility checklist. Each day, do something to gain visibility and market reach. The more consistent you are, the better.

  • Content marketing
  • Blogging
  • Interviews
  • Speaking
  • Collaboration

Content marketing

Content marketing is a type of marketing that involves the creation and sharing of online material (such as videos, blogs, and social media posts) that builds your authority, influence and market reach.

Blogging

Blogging is the process of writing content for your blog and/or as a guest blogger.

Interviews

Interviews can be done by way of podcast shows, radio shows, television, live stream, or print media.

Speaking

There is plenty of opportunity to speak and present. Online you can do teleseminars and webinars. Offline, they can be small, intimate groups, or large groups where you are a keynoter. Speaking is one of the best ways to build a platform

Collaboration

Partnering with industry influencers is a great way to increase your market reach and build your platform. Recently, I partnered with the owner of a video company. We were both able to increase our influence and market reach due to our collaborative efforts.

Time Takes Time

Building your platform takes time. It’s not going to happen without continued effort. It’s a mistake to think you can do something once and get the type of result you are seeking.

Think of it this way, if you were to do  one thing every day for a year, your results will likely be lightyears ahead of most authors.

Whether it be a blog post, guest blogging, radio interview, article marketing, social media posts, videos and livestreams, and speaking engagements, when you do something each and every day, your market is going to notice.

So will publishers and agents. When you have a lot of content online that is of high value, you become a minimal risk. Actually, when done right, you become an in demand expert.

Go Deep

Want to dig deep into building your platform? Join me on Wednesday, October 18th for a private training for members of the Book Accelerator membership program. For only $37 a month you receive the live training and a full suite of training on how to launch a book. This includes a backend membership area with dozens of videos, PDF files, checklists and cheat sheets.

Best of all, there’s a 100% money back guarantee.

Go to www.anatomyofabooklaunch.com

Authors: Radio and Podcast Interviews Create Untold Opportunities

As an author, one of the most effective ways to gain market visibility is with podcast shows and radio interviews. The beauty of interviews is they can be done from the comfort of your home. You don’t need to dress up for over the phone interviews. You simply show up.

With proper planning, you can interview several times a day during a book launch.

Something to keep in mind is this; the more you interview, the more you interview. It’s not uncommon for a show host to reach out when they’ve heard you on another show.

Shows Don’t Necessarily Equate to Sales

Appearing on a show is not necessarily going to equate to book sales. However, it does equate to market reach and credibility.

To get the most from your interview efforts, it’s essential to have all your ducks in a row. Your books should be properly listed on whatever book sites you want them on such as Amazon.

Your website must be visitor ready including a media page. Your response time needs to be stellar when a show host (or someone on their team) reaches out to you.

Again, don’t assume you are going to sell boatloads of books when you are on a show. Do assume listeners may Google your name and book when you’re on a show.  Be prepared for those who visit your website.

What Hosts Look For

Producing a show takes a lot of work. Add to this the fact that audiences want to hear top notch experts and the job of a host can be very difficult when it comes to keeping an audience engaged.

Show hosts look for engaging, entertaining and timely experts to be on a show. Whether it be a podcast or radio show, being an in-demand guest is something any author would be wise to figure out how to gain entry onto this platform.

Opportunity Abounds

Many authors say there is no opportunity to get on shows. Others say there is more than enough opportunity.

I’m here to tell you, there’s ample opportunity. You just need to know how to find the shows looking for someone with your expertise.  Once you find the shows, you need to approach the host in a professional manner by being fully prepared.

Huge Success

“Radio interviews have been one of the cornerstones in the massive success of our Chicken Soup books.” – Mark Victor Hansen – #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and Co-Creator, “Chicken Soup For The Soul” Series.

During the launch of their first Chicken Soup book, Jack and Mark sought out every interview opportunity they could find. As the story goes, they often did several interviews a day. Knowing the power of this medium, both authors left no stone unturned to reach as many people as possible through the power of radio.

Amazingly, at the time of their first Chicken Soup book release, podcast shows were not at all popular. Jack and Mark’s success was directly related to radio.

Today, authors have more opportunity than in years past, but there is also more competition. Thus, the reason to be fully prepared for opportunity.

Plan the Process

To get the most out of your efforts, you need to plan the process. Have all your marketing material ready to go, your website media-ready, and a solid follow up system in place.

Two marketing pieces you need are a media kit and an expert one sheet.

Media Kit

A media kit, also referred to as a press kit, is information that represents you, the author. It also includes information about your book(s).

In days past, it was a physical package that you would mail via snail mail to a show host or producer. Today, it is often a PDF document that contains the necessary information a show host needs.

A few key elements of the media kit are your bio, images of you and the book, information on your book, media releases about the book, FAQ’s, expert one sheet and a list of media appearances.

To make things as easy as possible on those who express interest for you being on a show, create a section on your website where your media kit is easily accessible.

Expert One Sheet

An expert one sheet, also called a speaker one sheet or author one sheet, can be one or two sided. It’s an easy to access document containing similar information as a full-blown media kit, but it’s on one page that is either one sided or two sided.

A few elements are:

  • Author bio
  • Headshot
  • Book image
  • Testimonials
  • Speech topics
  • Contact information including social media platforms

Create Opportunity

Don’t wait for show hosts to contact you. Your job is to create as much opportunity as possible. First, develop your marketing material. Next, seek out shows you would be a great fit for.

One of the best ways to get booked on shows is to sign up for a service that sends you listings.

In this short article, there are great tips on how to do this. http://www.radioguestlist.com/radio-interviews-how-to-get-booked-on-the-radio.html

Of course, you can also look for shows other authors who write in your genre have appeared on. Create a list of ideal shows you want to appear on then contact the person who books guests.

This is more time consuming, but a very targeted way to find opportunities.

Regardless of how you find shows, interviews are one of the best ways to expand your market reach, visibility and credibility.

 

 

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Authors: If you write about prevention, of any type, now’s the time to market

No one wants to believe they will be impacted directly by tragedy. Yet, with all that’s happening around the globe, we’ve reached a point where it’s not if, but when, you will be impacted.

If you’re an author who writes about disaster preparedness, natural disasters or any number of trending topics, be sure to invest time in proactive marketing of your book(s).

How Readers Search

One of the first places someone searches out books on topics of interest is Amazon. If you’ve laid the foundation for your Amazon listing, author page and book description, readers are likely to find your book when they search for specific topics.

As of late, some of the top trending topics specific to current events are gun safety, hurricanes, floods, fires, and earthquakes.

Media outreach

If you’ve written a book on any one of these topics, now is the time to reach out to the media as a resource they can reach out to for accurate information.

A simple way to do this is search out breaking news stories. Trending stories are as close as Twitter, Google, and virtually any search engine.

Google Alerts

You can also set up a Google Alert on a specific topic. Google Alerts sends emails to you when it finds new results—such as web pages, newspaper articles, blogs, or scientific research—that match the user's search term(s) when you’ve requested updates.

To do so simply go to https://www.google.com/alerts, fill in the fields and you’re good to go.

Specifics to Finding Trends

A simple Google search with the key words, “Trending news stories” will bring up lots of listings where you can position your message. Every major news outlet stays on top of trends. You can also go to Twitter and find out what is trending for Twitter users.

For example, if you own a company that provides disaster relief insurance, there are plenty of current events that you could use to inform consumers.

There is so much going on locally and nationally, you won’t have to do more than a quick Google search to find plenty of opportunity to educate the public on various aspects of disaster relief and preparedness.

More than simply promoting your products and services, educate the public on how to prepare for disasters. This positions you as an authority and “go to” resource.

Timing is Everything

In order to get the most out of current events, get as much in place as possible in order to respond in a very timely fashion.

Preparation includes your website, blog, expert one sheet, interview questions, headshot, and any specific marketing material you will be asked for.

To save time in delivery of information, set up a page on your website. When you reach out to the media, you can include your media page link with your message.

Your information prevents unnecessary loss

This is not about taking unfair advantage of tragedy, but rather, it's about being a helpful resource.

One of the most important things for any author to keep in mind is this; your information can save loss on many levels. If you write about earthquake preparedness, imagine how beneficial your information will be to those in high risk areas.

If you write about animal safety during natural disasters, your information can save the heartache of the unnecessary separation of a pet from their family when people know how to protect the family pets and/or livestock.

Say you write about important items to take with you in case of an evacuation. A simple checklist you provide the market can be a huge benefit to potential readers of your articles, blog posts and books.

The time to develop your outreach strategy is before people need it. That way, when the time arrives they are searching for solutions during devastating occurrences, it’s likely your information will be readily available with a simple Google search.

Don’t wait to prepare. Do it now.

 

Authors: Do Your Actions Match Your Goals?

I’ve been teaching marketing strategies to authors for well over a decade. Everything from how to get interviews, using speaking to market, article marketing, blog tours and lots in between.

There are dozens, even hundreds, of ways to market your books. Book marketing guru, John Kremer, shares 1001 Ways to Market Your Books in his book by the same name.

Book marketing is not a “one size fits all.” What might work for one author may not work for another. Yet, many times when an author learns about a strategy, they assume the person teaching it is saying, “Every author MUST use this strategy if you want to succeed.”

Not so. You have free will to either do, or not do, what is being taught.

Why You Must Market … Regardless of the Details

The reason an author markets is to raise awareness about their book(s). When you raise awareness, you tend to have a better chance of selling books. When you sell, well… you make money. When you make money, you don’t have to be a struggling writer.

When an author says they want to sell books, and lots of them, they must be willing to get out of their comfort zone.

“I’m a writer, not a marketer,” is something I often hear from those reluctant to do much of anything remotely resembling marketing.

This type of thinking is what prevents many authors from selling more than a handful of books.

Resistance is High

Recently, I wrote a blog post about speaking to sell books. Quite a few people loved the information while others were frustrated with the post.

“Some people would prefer to market in a way that they don’t have to be seen by their book buyers,” one person wrote privately.

“I’m not a speaker. I don’t want to present to sell books,” another wrote.

Here’s the deal. Based on your goals, you must decide what you are willing to do.

If you say you want to get your book in the hands of as many readers as possible, why would you not do everything in your power to market your book(s) including speaking?

Sure, some things may be unfamiliar or uncomfortable, but does that mean you will never try it?

Someone must do your marketing

Regardless of whether you do the actual work, or you outsource, someone must do the marketing. Successful authors accept responsibility for the marketing and promotion of their book(s).

If all you do is write the book, but fail to market, you will never know what’s possible with the success of your book.

Reach your readers through OPM

If you really want to expand your marketing reach, figure out ways to get in front of OPM … other people’s markets.

There are many ways to do this including speaking on the platform, being a featured expert on a webinar or teleseminar, interviews, guest blogging and social media.

Speaking

With my recent blog post, I shared information about the advantages of speaking to sell books. Not only is the platform a great place to reach lots of people, speaking is a great way to position your authority.

If you don’t have any desire to get on the platform, so be it. There are plenty of other ways to get in front of potential readers.

Teleseminars and webinars

A great choice for those who don’t want to do actual in-person speaking engagements are teleseminars and webinars. You can literally get in front of hundreds of potential book buyers from the comfort of your home or office.

Interviews

There is no shortage of opportunity to set up interviews on podcast and radio shows. The beauty of either is the reach you get from people listening after the live interview. The shelf life of radio and podcast shows is incredibly long.

Guest blogging

One of the best ways to have an extended reach is through guest blogging. I’m a proponent of blogging on your own blog AND finding opportunities to be featured as a guest blogger.

One of my clients hit the holy grail of blogging in the pet space when she was invited to blog for PETMD. Not only did she reach thousands of potential readers, the credibility that comes with writing for a blog of this caliber is incredible.

Social media

A huge advantage of posting on social media, whether it be Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram or any other network, is the viral aspect of your content.

You can’t always know if something will go viral, but when it does, it can get dozens, hundreds, even thousands of views in a very short period.

Figure Out What Works for You

There are so many ways you can get the word out about your book. It’s up to you to figure out what you’re willing to do.

Whatever you choose, the more, the better. If you did even one thing a day, at the end of a year, that’s 365 actions you took to get the word out about your book.

It’s obvious doing one thing a day for a year will get you results far beyond authors who either do nothing at all or try one thing and then give up.

The success of your book is up to you. At the end of the day, you must decide if your actions match your goals.

Want to learn proven strategies in a step-by-step format? Check out Book Accelerator program. I've designed this for authors ready to jump-start their book marketing in a very effective way.

Authors: Speaking Is a GREAT Way to Sell Books

Are you an author who uses speaking to gain visibility and sell books? Or a speaker who wants to use books to gain visibility and get more speaking opportunities?

Either way, you’ll be way ahead of the game when you have the right tools and training.

Whether you speak for free or a fee, or you speak to promote your business, book, or message, knowing how to present allows you the opportunity to make a great living. When you know what you’re doing, it’s not difficult to generate six figures.

However, there’s more to giving a good speech than simply being able to open your mouth and talk. You need to craft your presentation in a way that’s engaging, informative and timely.

Common Fear

Although many authors know they would benefit from getting on the platform, fear stops them from moving forward.

Fear of public speaking is very common. It’s rated at the top of the fear scale.

You can either let fear hold you back or take the initiative to work through it. A great way to get to the other side of fear is to hire a presentation coach. One that specializes in stage fright and anxiety.

Another is to join a speakers group to learn from other speakers. Most likely, the very fear you deal with, others have also dealt with. Hearing successful speakers talk about past fears is incredibly helpful. You realize what you’re going through is quite common.

Preparation is yet another way to address the issue of fear. When you’ve put time into the craft of speaking, fear will minimize.

Big Dream

Many authors dream of becoming in-demand keynote speakers as a way to sell books, position their message and grow their business.

To be an in-demand speaker you need to prepare for opportunities.

A few must-haves are:

  • Signature talk
  • Speaker One Sheet
  • Sizzle Reel

Signature talk

A signature talk is simply a talk that is uniquely your own.  Even if someone else has a similar topic, your signature talk and theirs will be unique to each of you.

Speaker One Sheet

Your Speaker Sheet showcases your signature speech and unique aspects about who you are.

Sizzle Reel

A sizzle reel is also known as a demo reel. It’s a 2 -5-minute video that allows meeting planners to get a good idea of your speaking style.

Finding opportunity

In most cases, opportunity is not going to drop in your lap. You must create opportunity. There are a variety of ways to get in front of your market through speaking.

  1. Speak at association meetings.
  2. Partner with other experts to host half-day and full-day workshops.
  3. Host intimate mastermind retreats for up to ten people.
  4. Offer self-staged events that bring in anywhere from 50 – 250 people.
  5. Work with meeting planners who find you paid speaking opportunities.

For more ideas, go to http://www.powerupforprofits.com/2015/03/speak.html

Take Risks

Without a doubt, experts who stand head and shoulders above others are those who are willing to put themselves out to market in a big way. They take risks. They create opportunity where none seems to exist. They don’t give up.

Not sure where to start? Check out this amazing giveaway my friend and colleague, Ellen Finkelstein, created. She’s brought together leading experts who are all gifting you with some powerful content specific to speaking.

Check it out. http://www.powerupforprofits.com/speakergifts

Authors: Why giving bonuses STOPPED working

Authors are constantly on the lookout for ways to sell books… and lots of them.

A great way is to tap into your circle of influence to help with the marketing. Simply put…find people willing to help spread the word about your book.

In years past, campaigns in which you had lots of “partners” promoting your book in exchange for being able to offer a bonus gift worked great. Today, not so much.

Years ago, potential readers loved getting lots of bonus gifts. It seemed the more they were given, the better. Keep in mind, none of us were on information overload the way they are today.

In the days of giving lots of bonuses to book buyers, you would see a page like this. Again, in its day, it worked GREAT.

After a time, the novelty wore off.  Today, potential book buyers are not so excited about dozens of bonus gifts they will likely never get around to even looking at, let alone use.

As with most things, these types of campaigns ran their course.

Enter Affiliate Partners

After careful analysis, I discovered a much more effective way for partners to benefit.

Rather than your partners giving a bonus in exchange for promoting for you, they use an affiliate link to promote your campaign. On the back-end, when the book buyer invests in one of your programs, the affiliate partner makes money.

Bonuses Still Work If…

You can still offer bonuses to book buyers, but rather than dozens, even hundreds, from your partners, you offer a couple of very high value bonuses directly from you, the author.

This sweetens the pot for the book buyer but doesn’t overwhelm them with a huge number of bonuses they neither want or need.

Today, a couple of bonuses directly from the author works great. Your affiliates promote for you, thus creating a win/win/win.

Less is More

The benefit to launching a campaign with affiliates is the financial potential for them and for you. Rather than simply building a list, you are building a list and making more money on the back-end.

For your partners, the more they promote, the more money they can make. A great win/win/win.

Win for you… in that you reach more potential buyers.

Win for your affiliate partners… in that they provide high value to the book buyers and make money on the back end.

Win for the reader… in that they are not overwhelmed with a  bunch of useless bonus gifts.

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Authors: If You Can’t Take Criticism, You Best Not Play

If you’re an author who proactively markets, you are well advised to have broad shoulders. I can guarantee you this, the more you market, the more visible you become and the more you try to help other authors based on proven strategies, the more the haters comes out of the woodwork.

Feedback

“Clickbait article.”

“This is crazy BS. And all to try to sell a book. And the book is “How to be #1 on Amazon”. And anybody who tells you that they can make you #1 or a bestseller is lying to you. Period.”

“Just more useless advice base on one person's vagrant opinions. Enough of the philosophising and let writers write. Them's my sentiments.”

These are a handful of comments I received from a blog post I wrote that I shared on LinkedIn.

NOTE: I purposely didn’t correct the spelling of the word “philosophising” in that this person is a writer, but didn’t check their spelling prior to posting. Things that make you go, “Hmmmm”

Get Out of the Kitchen

If you can’t deal with criticism, you may be tempted to hide out and play it safe. The reality is this; the more visible you become, the more you open yourself up to criticism.

This is especially true for authors who are proactive in the way they market. Add those of us who teach other authors how to market and the criticism temperature rises considerably.

Here’s the deal, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

Stop You in Your Tracks

Some people are more than willing to dole out harsh criticism. Sadly, this stops many authors from marketing their books.

Fear of criticism is what prevents some authors from doing all they can to get their message out to market. The comments above would stop many people in their tracks.

Whether it be their books, information products, webinars, teleseminars or presentations, to be visible means you are setting yourself up as target for other people’s criticism, judgment and harsh words.

My feelings about the criticism? So be it.

Yet, it’s a topic that does need to see the light of day.

My response

Although I could have ignored the comments, I chose to respond with, “I take no offense to any of the comments. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Not every author wants to make money. That's great. If you enjoy writing for the sake of writing, fantastic.

“But if someone wants to make money with their writing, in most cases, they must market. Whether it be the author or someone on their team or a company they hire, rarely can you not market your book.”

More committed than ever

The negative feedback makes me more committed than ever to educate authors on various ways they can market their books.

Again, if an author has no desire to make money, that’s fine. But for most authors, we love to write AND we love to make money with our writing. Making money means selling books. Selling books means marketing.

Seems for some authors, especially those who skirt around marketing, they haven’t connected the dots.

It’s Laughable

I laughed when I read the comment, “And all to try to sell a book.”

Well duh. Isn’t selling books what most authors want to do? If we don’t sell books, who’s going to read our work?

Again, if you write simply to write, that’s great. But if you’re an author who wants to make money with your books and use your books to create other opportunities such as speaking engagements, consulting contracts and coaching, you need to market.

You also need to develop broad shoulders to weather the negative feedback you are bound to get.

90/10% Rule

According to Dr Anita Sanz,Ninety percent of what anyone tells me about my book I figure is really giving me information about them and only ten percent is potentially helpful information about me or my book. I only need to pay attention to the ten percent, and it’s up to me to figure out what that ten percent is.

What is the 10% you need to focus on? And… are you willing to let go of the other 90% of feedback that likely isn’t worth paying attention to?

No feedback is worse than negative feedback. If you get no feedback it means you are so perfect you make no mistakes or no one is paying attention to what you’re doing.

The bottom line is this; if you want to play with the big boys and girls, you must put on your big boys and girls pants.

 

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How I Got Invited to Write for an Incredibly High Traffic Blog

As an entrepreneur, I look for the most efficient way to market myself and my business. Two of the most effective are OPM and OEM.

  • OPM – Other People’s Money
  • OEM – Other Expert’s Markets

Both are great ways to increase your reach, while lowering your cost of marketing.

OPM can be through sponsorship dollars, co-op advertising, affiliate sales, and angel investors. According to an article on Inc.com, “There are different flavors of OPM from which to choose, and there are advantages and disadvantages to each. Depending upon the circumstances, some of forms of OPM may be easier to obtain or less costly than others. To minimize the cost, the entrepreneur must make strategic choices with respect to which category of OPM to seek, how much to seek and when to seek it.”

If funding is an issue for your business, consider collaborative efforts with OPM.

Another, somewhat underutilized powerhouse marketing strategy is OEM – Other Expert’s Markets. This is where you are invited into an established community to share your message.

It can be through webinars, teleseminars, summits, guest blogging, radio and podcast interviews.

Personally, I love OEM. When I’m invited to share my message with an established market, I gain instant credibility with that particular group of people.

The more visible you are, the more opportunity seems to come out of the woodwork.

Starting out

One of the best ways to create opportunities to get in front of someone else’s community is through proactive content marketing. Simply put, content marketing is a type of marketing that involves the creation and sharing of online material (such as videos, blogs, and social media posts) that does not overtly promote a brand but is intended to position expert status and/or generate interest in a brand.

The more high value the content is you distribute online, the easier it is to generate opportunities to get in front of other expert’s markets. In addition, you will find organizations seek out experts who do have a lot of outstanding content online.

Even if you are not sought out directly, you may subscribe to services that inform you of various opportunities. Or, perhaps you belong to organizations that offer the opportunity for members to gain visibility through their content marketing.

Make it Easy to Say Yes!

When these opportunities show up, it’s easier for someone to say yes to you, whether it be for an interview, an article for the ezine, a spot in an expert summit or a featured post on their blog when you have various types of content readily available. This gives the decision maker the chance to evaluate the risk of putting you (and your message) in front of their audience.

When I started online, back in the late nineties, I constantly searched out opportunity. Often, I was told no. Fast forward twenty years and the conversation is very different. More times than not, I am sought out to contribute. The primary reason for this is due to the amount of content I have online.

A quick Google search will bring up listings of interviews, summits, articles, blog postings and books I’ve contributed to. I’m a relatively low risk for someone seeking an expert with my background and perspective.

I don’t say this to impress anyone, but to impress upon you the importance of starting today to get your content out to market.

Two recent opportunities

Your Pursuit of Purpose Summit

What an amazing opportunity I was presented with when Ben Stein reached out to me. He said he had seen a few of my interviews, read lots of my content and felt I would be a great fit for this event.

Had I not had so much content online, he likely would not have found me. Content marketing is a powerful, powerful strategy.

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I’ve been a member of eWomen Network, the largest online women’s community of its kind. Boasting membership of thousands of professionals from around the globe, there’s a lot to be gained by being featured on the organization’s blog.

When the call for contributors crossed my desk, I wasted no time responding. After checking me out online, the editor quickly got back to me, officially inviting me to contribute.

Had I not had lots of content online, including on my own blog, it’s likely I would not have had such a positive response.

In both these cases, my success resides in the amount of my content one can easily find. In truth, I’m a very low risk to anyone who extends an invitation.

https://www.ewomennetwork.com/blog/ewomennetwork-1/post/how-i-turned-my-big-hairy-audacious-goal-into-a-reality-124

The best part of all is this; both opportunities allow me to increase my market reach, drive traffic to my blog, mention my books and increase my credibility.

It’s simple mathematics. OEM increases opportunity.

Where to start

I started my content marketing journey like others, at the beginning. By sticking with it, I am now able to fully enjoy the power of OEM.

With vision, time and commitment, you can too.

If you’re in the beginning stages of utilizing content marketing, the best thing to do is have a targeted and consistent approach.

Each day, post something. Whether it be a video, article, blog post, an interview or excerpts from a book you’ve written, or are writing, take daily action.

Here’s a simple checklist of activities.

  • Article directories
  • Social media posts
  • YouTube videos
  • Blogging on your blog
  • Guest blogging

Again, make a commitment to take one action per day and more if possible. Do this for the next 30 days and watch what happens.

 

 

Authors: Get Your Book in the Hands of Lots of Readers

If you dream of getting your book in the hands of lots of readers, you need to be proactive in the how, when and why of marketing your book.

To get the greatest results, your marketing efforts need to begin long before your book is published. Don’t wait until you have the book in hand to create a plan for marketing. The sooner you start, the better.

Three guidelines that will get lots of traction are:

  • Gear your marketing to specific groups rather than general readership
  • Be consistent in your efforts
  • Focus on building a subscriber list of buyers

Specific groups

The more targeted you are in your efforts, the better. After all, when someone does a Google search on a specific topic, if you have fine-tuned your message, it’s easier for a potential reader to find you.

Example: If you write a book about older women’s fitness, you will get a greater result by using terms specific to older women such as “women over 60 fitness” rather than “women’s fitness.”

What search terms are your potential readers using? Put yourself in the shoes of the reader as you develop your messaging. The more targeted you are, the better.

Consistent effort

To get the greatest result, it’s necessary to market every day. Rather than a hit and miss effort, create a checklist of marketing activities for your book. Each day, do at least two or three things to gain traction for your book.

Most authors do very little, if anything, to market their books. Imagine if you did something each day to gain visibility for your book(s). It takes more than sending out an occasional email, tweet, blog post or social media post to succeed in marketing your book.

Keep in mind that marketing every day is not marketing all day. As little as 15 minutes a day will get you results far better than authors who do nothing.

Subscriber list

Your marketing plan should include a strategy for building your subscriber list. One way is to include something inside of your book encouraging readers to visit a landing page for a special gift in exchange for their name and email address. This allows you to keep in touch with readers.

Another way is to create an independent landing page in which you encourage people to visit Amazon, buy the book and then return to the landing page to input their name, email and order number. In return, they receive a report, video or audio file.

Once the landing page is created, drive traffic to the page via social media, blog posts, and sending emails to your current subscribers.

Marketing your book doesn’t have to be a long, drawn out process. However, it does need to be a process.

Obviously, by planning out what you will do, you will achieve better results. Of course, it takes more than simply creating a plan. You must work the plan on a consistent basis to realize the greatest results.

 

 

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