5 Tips to Living in Priority in Life and Business

Balance ReDefined Podcast With Connie Sokol

Honored to be interviewed by Connie Sokol on her podcast Balance ReDefined.
In it I share about how my priorities and businesses have shifted from the time I had young kids to now with kids in school full time.
Click here to listen: 5 Tips to a Better Work/Life Balance 
Check out the You Got This Women’s conference that is happening in March!
Learn more and get your tickets here: www.yougotthiswomen.com

Rescuing Your New Years Goals

Q&A with Michelle

Did you set a New Years Resolution this year? 45% of Americans set New Years Resolutions and of those only 8% actually follow through to completion. If you started strong, but your motivation is waning, today we’re going to talk about ways you can rescue your goals if you have fallen off the wagon.

In this Q&A segment I will share with you these four tips for rescuing your goals if you’ve already “fallen off the wagon”
1. Stop the Shame
2. Revisit your Why
3. Consider Goal Graduation
4. Focus on Habits Not Results

Question: Is there hope if we’ve already fallen off the wagon?

Michelle: Absolutely! One of the mindsets that holds us back from success is to believe there is only one time of year to succeed at change. And we don’t just do this for New Year’s Resolutions. We say, I’ll try again on Monday, or next month. But even deeper than that, because we consistently break our goals, we wait for another time to succeed. AND when we beat ourselves up for breaking a diet, or spending when we shouldn’t or whatever, we start the shame cycle and that self talk doesn’t make you want to try anymore. Believe you can and believe it’s worth it but stop telling yourself you’re a failure. THAT won’t help you reach any goals.

Question: What if the motivation just isn’t there? How do you get to the gym, or spend less, or apply for a better job?

Michelle: Revisit your motivation and make sure WHY you want the goal is solid. Are you trying to get organized because everyones sharing you Marie Kondo after pictures on Social Media? Or do you feel the need to be better organized in your life because you’re spending so much time trying to find “lost” things? Your why has to be rooted in what YOU want, not what others want. One year I had friends who were trying to motivate me to run a half marathon, but until I was willing to do it for me, I couldn’t commit or even be motivated to complete the training schedule.

Question: Do you think it’s more motivating to go for a BIG goal or a small goal?

Michelle: Depends, some people are more motivated by big hairy audacious goals and that helps them hit the pavement and work hard. However, most of us, especially if you have let goals go in the past, you may want to consider Goal Graduation. For example, let’s say you want to lose 50 pounds, some people would be motivated by that goal, but others need to start with something small like losing 10% of your body weight or even just losing 5 pounds so that they can feel success and stay motivated. BIG goals CAN be fun, but its hard to stay motivated if you don’t hit milestones over time.

Question: What final tip do you have for someone who isn’t ready to give up on their goal?

Michelle: Resolutions are great, but plans are better. My best recommendation for progress and achievement is to focus on habits not results. If you’re trying to lose weight and you get on the scale once a week and it doesn’t move, then it can be hard to continue the good habits when the results aren’t there. Instead focus on the daily, weekly, and monthly ACTIONS you need to take and then you can celebrate every night that you went to the gym or ate 5 servings of fruits and veggies, and you know that you body is getting healthy, even if the scale doesn’t reflect your efforts. Success is NOT a destination, its a practice.

How Can I Use Facebook Watch As A Marketing Strategy?

Q&A with Michelle

In an attempt to compete with YouTube video views and to keep active users on the platform, facebook rolled out Facebook Watch in 2017.  While the adoption seemed a little slow last year, it’s growing steam.  In Facebook Watch and newsfeed, Facebook has over 8 billion video views a day.
Today we are going to discuss and answer some questions about business tips if you’d like to use Facebook Watch as a marketing strategy.

Question: First off, is Facebook Watch really a place businesses and marketing teams should spend their time?
Michelle: Sure, if video is part of their overall marketing strategy.  Video is a key part of any social media strategy and if you’re going to spend the time to create videos, you may as well utilize the benefits that Facebook watch has to offer.  Videos that are uploaded directly to facebook will get more views than an external YouTube link.  Some companies are loading the same video in both platforms while others are creating separate content to meed the needs of different mediums and audiences, but either way, utilize the offering.  AND, since Facebook is putting algorithm focus on video, businesses should “play the game” so that they can get visibility in the news feed.

Question: If you do want to make Facebook Watch a primary marketing strategy, what do you recommend to start?

Michelle: If your business is going to lead with video and consistently create and share video, or if you’re primary business is entertainment (like comedy clubs) or expertise (like speakers, authors or trainers) content is your number one strategy for building an audience.  Changing your page template to video will make your videos eligible to get into the Facebook Watch button, and give you extra tools to promote past, present and current videos.  Experts like Marie Forleo and Gretchen Rubin have video pages, along with Dry Comedy Bar.  Changing your template is easy and you can easily change it to another setting if you don’t like it.

Question: How do you gain followers and grow your audience?
Michelle: It all starts with good content.  Take time to create a content schedule, decide how often you’re going to post videos or episodes.  As you share your videos to personal pages and gain traction it, good content will get shared and your audience will organically increase.  Also, don’t be afraid to do Facebook Live Videos, as long as their with a purpose. Remember every video needs to be an extension of your messaging strategy.

Question: One final quick question, what is the biggest mistake marketers make when it comes to facebook video strategy?
Michelle: Remember that social media is just one part of your marketing strategy.  You need to reach you audience in additional ways and you always need to remember to create and preserve your Home Court Advantage.  Tomorrow, facebook could change the algorithm again and they could change the “rules” for Facebook watch or any other feature.  Remember to spend as much time building your website, retail location and sales processes.  Get people from social media to your website where you own the team, the brand and the raving fans.

How Do I Get My Business Up and Going?

Q&A with Michelle

According to a OnePoll Study, 1 in 7 Americans believe they are sitting on a fantastic business idea.  Of those 41% haven’t taken any steps to get their idea off the ground.
Today on the blog I will be answering a few frequently asked questions about starting a business.
Question: How does someone know if their idea will actually work?
Michelle: Step one, is to really consider if this is a product you want or if there is an actual market for your product or service.  You do this by defining your target market. What group of people will benefit from this product or service? What does this group of people have in common? Age? Income? Education? Geographics? If there is a group that will buy your product, then you can go onto the next step.Question: What’s the next decision that needs to be made?
Michelle: Then next decision is does this product or service serve a local audience or a national or international audience.  If it’s a salon, or gift shop, while there may be an online element, a majority will happen online. While it’s easy to say you can sell to everyone, it’s hard to reach them unless it makes business sense that matches the product or service.

Question: How do you decide if you want to bootstrap your business or if you need income from another source?
Michelle: Many small business ideas can be bootstrapped.  But tech companies and inventions could need capital or maybe just a small business loan.  If you’re still not sure, consider the income and expenses that your business has.  Many startup hopefuls consider the income but not the costs. Understanding both is very important.

Question: One final quick question, how does one know they’re ready to dive into a startup?
Michelle: The truth is you’re never ready.  There will be things you figure out on the road whether you start you business now or 6 months from now, but thinking and planning can only get you so far.  Do some initial work and then get started and dive in.  You can adjust your sails as you go, but you won’t move forward until you push away from the dock.

5 Questions To Ask To Know How To Get Your Business Off The Ground

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I had the opportunity to be interviewed on KSL this week about business ideas. In this segment we talked about the 5 questions you need to ask to get your business idea off the ground.

It takes a lot more than four minutes worth to explain these steps, but this quick interview will help you figure out if your business is viable to take the next steps. Watch the segment below!

 

Is Facebook Watch a Good option for a Video Marketing?

KSL Browser 5.0 TV Segment

Last month on KSL we talked about video marketing in general. This month we’re taking a look at a specific strategy: Facebook Watch.
As Facebook works to compete with YouTube for video views and market share many companies are wondering if Facebook Watch is a viable strategy for business.
In this segment, I share some tips about how to use Facebook Watch if you do decide to use it as a business marketing strategy.
Here are some pictures from my time in the studio this week!

5th Annual Marketing Blueprint Workshop in the Books

Sometimes time is amazing to me. I spent many months putting this event together, and just like that it is over. After five years I’m still wondering why people show up, but at the same time I’m so super jazzed about the content and the marketing planning and I am thrilled people continue to come and show up. Many attendees are even repeat guests who enjoy using this time to get their annual planning complete.
 It’s hard for me to put into words what this today experience is like, so I’m going to let this year‘s attendees share their thoughts with you:

Michelle’s knowledge and expertise is so content, rich, and goes so deep. Her research and preparation for this event and the specific needs of those attending is evident. In terms of cost-to-benefit ration, my benefit far out weighed my cost. High value content!

-Christi Reed, Charmed Spaces

So many great ideas! I want to do them all! Exceeded expectations! Mega Value!

-Pamela Nebeker, Nebtek

Some good insight on what will and won’t work for our business. I would recommend the price for any beginner who wants to learn about marketing.

-Lance Tarver, Nebtek

The marketing blueprint breaks down marketing into bite size pieces while creating an amazing overall strategy. I am no longer scared of marketing, and now marketing my business will be a fun challenge! Fantastic value!

-Nathalie Bowman

Michelle- She’s dynamic, lovely, intelligent, brilliant, gorgeous, added value, fun, hilarious, GREAT! Perfect price!

-Paige Sornesen, Fashion and Oils

Slides and workbook compliment powerpoint. Informational and strategy packed! A jump start for me to plan and prioritize my strategy. So worth it! Value added!

-Jodi Robinson, The Living Room/ Life Devoted

What didn’t I like?! I love the workbook. I love the specific examples and ways to implement everything

to work together and flow. I like how she suggested specific strategies for specific businesses.

-Nickie Graybill, Nickie Graybill Design & Photography

Know who you want to market to and where they play. Awesome! 100%

-MaryAnne Adams, NorthStar Principles

It was perfect for me. I know my business, but really didn’t know how to get people to know me. Ticket <<< Value! 100X

-Chrissa Peterses, 8 Ways Health and Nutrition

I love the way you present this to get me excited to get my marketing in place and set up my next year and strategies. Fantastic content- High Value

-Kris Barney, All Things Possible Inc

It’s organized and easy to follow. It is beyond worth every penny + more

-Andrea Christiansen, Stewart Palmer + Empowered Studios

I learned a ton about social media & how my org can best utilize it. We are pretty to averse to social media but I am seeing safe ways we can benefit with limited liability. Very worthwhile. Small group training was useful. Able to ask questions.

-Krissy Jordan, Integrated Medical Evaluations

Even though it was a fire hose of information, I now know what I need to be implementing for the coming year – determining my customer, message, blog ideas, the taking it to social media. Excellent!

-Carolyn Blosil

The calendar! And the updates on social media platforms! Excellent!

-Holly Richardson

What was really helpful for me was the examples you use and when you would walk us through the process. The values was worth so much!!

-Rebecca Haughey, Stewart Palmer Salon Spa

I am excited for marketing next year and feel like I have a clear strategy for what to do, who should do it and how to fit it into my calendar.

-Erin Mathie, Business Made Simple

 

6 Reasons You Should Attend The Marketing Blueprint Workshop

Live and Livestream Tickets Available

It’s my favorite time of year. I get to wear sweats and hoodies AND I get to prepare for my annual marketing planning event.

In it’s 5th Year, The Marketing Blueprint Workshop is designed to help you create your 2018 marketing plan in two days. But it’s more than that! Here are the top 5 Reasons you should attend the Marketing Blueprint.

1. Write your marketing plan for 2018 in two days. I’ll walk you through a checklist of structured exercises to help you target the correct market,
define your key marketing messages, set your budget and choose marketing mediums. Repeat attendees will tell you that their favorite part of this event is getting so much done to prep for the new year in a short amount of time.

2. Learn the latest in social media marketing. The social media landscape changes every year, but this year, big changes are in store. We’ll talk about how to make the most of the algorithm changes and how to use social media best in your business.

3. Learn how to make your small business budget get BIG results. Your budget doesn’t have to be huge to make an impact, but I’ll guide you to make the best decisions for your business, and the best bang for your buck.

4. I’m funny. I mean, I don’t want to toot my own horn, but Jana Finch called me the Melissa McCarthy of Marketing. Two days can be hard to get away from work and life, but not only will it be jam packed with valuable info, I’ll make sure you have a good time, too.

unnamed5. Learn how I got 20 TV segments in the last year For FREE. I didn’t pay for the spots, but I used my unique formula to reach out to decision makers and now I have two regular segments on the NBC and FOX affiliates in my market. I’ll lay all the cards on the table and show you how to be successful with media!

6. New this year, live and Livestream attendees get a new addition to their workbook: Market Plays. I’m creating 10 ready to go market plays. You plug in your content and decide the reach but you can use my checklist to create a powerful campaign, on demand.

I hope you can join us. Use code SPEAKMICHELLE to save 30% off between now and November 15. And, anyone who purchases this week will also receive my How To Get Noticed By Local & National Media CD as a bonus! ($50 value)

www.marketingblueprint17.eventbrite.com

 

 

Three Tips To Better Email Management

KSL TV Segment

Studies show that employees waste 17 hours a week on pointless work email.  Take 17 and times it by all of your employees and that’s a hefty expense for businesses.

Here are three tips to to be more productive with your email:

Schedule Time For Email – Don’t Keep It Open All Day
Cut Back On Junk – Opt Out of Emails You Don’t Read
Make Email Work For You – Create Folders

Watch the video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kDwTLZ-hhM&t=4s

https://www.ksl.com/?sid=45538208&nid=1194