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Apr 12

Business Automation Template: Develop Your Automation Blueprint in 60 Seconds

By Maria Peagler

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<< Click to download your free business automation template  and keep reading to learn how to use it to develop your automation strategy.

Congratulations! Your business is a success . . . 

 . . . is it what you imagined?

How much time do you spend on revenue-generating projects vs putting out fires?

Are you able to relax when you go on vacation?

Do you even go on vacation?​

It's time to change all that — by creating systems that automate your business.  Eliminate emergencies and errors, scale yourself to get more done, and generate opportunities far beyond your imagination.

That’s what the Business Automation Template will do for you: help you develop and optimize a no-fail business automation strategy, no matter what size your business.  

As a solopreneur with a full-time virtual assistant, I run Socialmediaonlineclasses.com as a lean brand.  I need to be ruthlessly efficient with my time, and over the last two years I focused on turning SMOC into a well-oiled machine.

Frankly, it was U-G-L-Y at the beginning.  There are no shortage of automation apps promising to make your life easier and your business run smoother.  However, in reality, figuring out how to get those tools to work with your exact business setup can be a nightmare.

I spent far more time than I could afford with their technical support departments, and I even wrote about it in my goal-setting spreadsheet:​

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I didn't know what I didn't know, and was getting frustrated

Fortunately, I'm making the process far smoother for you.  I've turned my step-by-step process for developing the perfect business automation strategy into a template you can use to do the same (click on a link below to jump to that section):

1. WHAT CAN YOU AUTOMATE?

What if you have no idea where to start with business automation? No worries.  The easiest way to get started is to identify those projects, tasks and processes that:

  • are recurring
  • take too long to do yourself
  • you aren't proficient at doing
  • you don't like doing
  • someone else can do it better than you can
  • someone else can do it.  Period.

​One of the first tasks I automated when I independently published my book was shipping.  I don't like it, we have a one-person post office in our town, we don't get mail delivery to our home/office so I couldn't schedule a pickup, and I wanted to focus on marketing.

So I figured out a way to automate shipping  That freed me up to market my book.  Result? From unknown to Amazon's top 10 list, two sold-out printings, and a Best Book of 2010 award.

What else do I automate? Here's a partial list:

  • accounting
  • website traffic report generation
  • blog posts (some of them)
  • repetitive typing
  • customer service reponses
  • social media posting
  • and far more!

It takes me a long time to do my accounting: it's the most boring task in the world to me, and if left to my own devices I would put it off.  I have a terrific accountant (who I've been with for 26 years!), but to make sure I get my books to her in top shape, I automate my accounting process:

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Did someone say accounting? Yuck. I systemize it so it gets done with almost no involvement from me.

I post every hour on Twitter, but that certainly doesn't mean I'm ON Twitter 24 hours a day. Instead, I schedule those tweets so I can focus on other projects:

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I tweet once an hour during U.S. business hours, and automate the majority of those tweets.  Here's a schedule for one week in December.

2. WHAT SHOULDN'T YOU AUTOMATE?

Some projects are so mission-critical that automating them has the potential to destroy your operation. While it may be tempting to systemize these, don't do it.

What are they?

  • financial analysis
  • customer service
  • content creation
  • any process requiring your critical judgement

You can, however, systemize the moving parts that contribute to these projects.  For example, you can automatically generate the financial reports you need to review each month, save answers to frequently-asked customer service questions, and develop templates for your content:

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I've scheduled this report to be sent to me automatically each week, making it easy to measure my Facebook ad spend and ROI.

Finally, I don't buy the often-heard complaint: "I'm the only one in my business who can do __________."

​If you can do it, you can teach someone else to do it.  It may not be simple, but it is necessary if you want to take your business to the next level.

3. HOW TO START AUTOMATING YOUR BUSINESS

​When I decided it was time to systemize much of what I did at Socialmediaonlineclasses.com, the first order of business was to identify how many of my projects were recurring.

I looked at my to-do list in Evernote from the previous year, and identified everything that I did more than once:​

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Keep a to-do list? Review it for those projects that crop up over and over again.

4. GET AN AUTOMATION BLUEPRINT

​Now that you know which projects & tasks you want to systemize, how do you actually do it?

Learn from someone who's done it before. Learn what tools to use, how to avoid automation disasters (like your partner getting 100 notification emails in an afternoon), and let them experience the mistakes and frustration of figuring it all out.​

You save time and don't experience the headaches of having to figure it all out yourself.

In February of this year, SuperSunday Bootcamp attendees got this infographic and a three-hour webinar on how to automate their businesses, with everything laid out so they could start systemizing immediately:

5. SCHEDULE AN AUTOMATION TIMELINE

Realize that automating your business is a major long-term project, best accomplished in stages.  I've spent two years experimenting, developing, and perfecting systems for SMOC, and here are my recommendations:

  • start with small projects first. They give you an early "win" and teach you how to use automation tools with minimal frustration
  • review what others have done for the same type of automation. Don't re-invent the wheel; instead, rely on the work of others who have gone before you
  • use automation templates if they're available. These show you the step-by-step process and exact choices you need to make for a flawless system

6. DOCUMENT & MEASURE YOUR AUTOMATED PROJECTS

Neither of these are sexy, but if you want to grow a business that lasts, they're essential.

​One of the biggest headaches SMOC clients have is when they enter a new position and the previous person didn't document anything.

Logins and passwords are missing, Facebook and Twitter are connected but they don't know how, someone else owns the Facebook account and they need to be added as an admin, and the list continues.

Don't let this happen to your business.

My favorite way of documenting & training our team is using our own wiki.  While that sounds complicated to do, I've actually automated much of it.

Every time I create a new business system, it gets added to the wiki automatically, as shown in the image below.  This is the SMOC wiki, created in Trello.  The Automated Workflows list is automatically generated, and makes it easy for us to train a new team member or figure out where to go to modify an automation:​

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Finally, you need to measure the impact your automations have on your business.  One of the greatest impacts this entire process has had on me is the almost zen-like feeling I have when something goes wrong, either in life or in my business.

I know I can handle it.  Family emergency? I can give it all of my attention, because my business can run smoothly without me.

Team member leaves or needs an extended time away? No problem! You can hire someone temporarily and they can learn your processes easily.

I've also been able to focus on larger projects I find more satisfying and ultimately generate more revenue.​

While some of the above benefits are quality-of-life factors, you do need to measure the effect business automation has had on your business.  

How?  There's no magic tool that will do this for you.  Instead, you need to identify:

  • amount of time you save from automations
  • new revenue-generating projects you can focus on
  • increase in customer satisfaction (net promoter score)
  • your peace of mind in having your business run smoothly

​Want to develop a business automation strategy in just 60 seconds? Download the Business Automation Template and start on it TODAY.  Your business, your family, and your well-balanced life will thank you for it. ☺

Apr 11

Weekly Top 5 for Apr 11, 2016

By Janice Deleon

Our classes are just the start of the learning you get here at Socialmediaonlineclasses.com.  Here are the additional resources available this week..

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#1. 5 Ways to Give Your Website a Tune-Up

Spring is here, and it’s time to give your website a good spring cleaning.  Learn from thse 5 web clinics how to get better results from your existing website . . . http://bit.ly/1N32JV1

#2. [MEMBER QUESTION] I Ran a Flash Sale but Didn’t Get Any Sales: What Did I Do Wrong?

This SMOC member ran a one-day flash sale and got a TON of traffic to her online store, but got zero sales.  Why? Find out here . . . http://bit.ly/1N320D8

#3. 55 Social Media Marketing Resources from First Quarter of 2016

What’s new in social media marketing? These 55 resources keep you up-to-date with what’s working now (not 6 months ago) . . . http://bit.ly/Q1SM2016

#4. SEO Secrets Live Webinar + Recording + MP3 Audio + Infographic

April’s bonus webinar reveals the “secret” tactics to rank highly in online search.  You won’t learn them anywhere else (and are completely whitehat) . . . http://bit.ly/1MaswdM

#5. This Contest Earned Their Small Business 50K Likes

They ran a simple contest and got a HUGE result: 50K Likes! Find out their “secret” to getting results with a Facebook contests here . . . http://bit.ly/1N31BRe

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SEO Secrets: Live Webinar + Recording + MP3 Audio + Infographic

By Janice Deleon

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Join Maria Peagler for this 30-minute live webinar: SEO Secrets — How to Dominate Search Results for Your Industry

  • 30-Minute Webinar + On-Demand recording + MP3 Audio + Infographic
  • $297.00 value FREE for Members (Membership is $57 per month, cancel easily anytime.)
  • Thurs, April 21, 1pm EST, 5pm GMT

Already a member? Your webinar access codes will arrive in your Inbox a few days before the webinar.

GET THE "SECRET" TO DOMINATING SEARCH RESULTS

What if you dominated the top 5 positions in search results?

What would that mean for your business?

In this month's webinar, you'll learn the "secret" tactic behind how Socialmediaonlineclasses.com repeatedly "owns" the first page of search results in our industry (and you can too)!

  • forget complex tactics taking a "team" of SEO experts
  • discover my "secret weapon" that skyrockets your brand to page one of search results
  • no geek-speak required; this is a simple method you can DIY

Plus, plenty of time for Q&A, so come with questions, so sign up today!

Get Your $297.00 Webinar ticket FREE When You Join SocialMediaOnlineClasses.com Today

Purchase your Webinar ticket for $297.00 now, or get it free when you join as a Member today for $57 per month. Cancel easily anytime.

SocialMediaOnlineClasses.com is a continuous service, including instant access to over 200 online lessons valued at $1,997.00 plus $297.00 worth of new Bonus Webinars & infographics each month, billed to your payment card every 30 days at the lowest rate then in effect, currently just $57.

In total, you’ll get instant access to $2,297.00 (and growing!) worth of practical Members-Only training to grow your business using social media. SocialMediaOnlineClasses.com Membership helps you:

#1. Get Access to One Billion Customers in 10 Minutes

Learn how to identify the social networks best for your unique business, then build a profile that turns more visitors into paying customers. SMOC brings you the most up-to-date training that cuts through the noise & crushes social media overwhelm.

Members instantly access how-to videos, screen shots, checklists, infographics, and case studies — tools which can be put to work on your website & social networking right away.

#2. Get More Fans in Less Time

Discover how to get fans & connections without spending all day in social media. You really can post to all of your social networks in as little as 15 minutes a day, and you’ll learn how to generate content & posts that get your business noticed, attract fans, and turn them into paying customers.

Members immediately get their hands on how-to checklists (like 13 Ways to Get More Facebook Fans), videos that teach you how to do search engine optimization yourself, and real-life examples of successful small businesses who’ve achieved great success.

#3. Customize Your Learning Track

Online training is often a one-sized fits all plan, but not for SMOC members. You’ll get a customized social media assessment that details the optimum social networks for your unique career path & industry, and you can use it as your guide for what classes you’ll need (members are often surprised at the results). Plus, you can instantly access:

  • hands-on video tutorials
  • monthly social media makeovers (for your website or any social network)
  • bonus webinars that dive deep into profitable tactics
  • infographics to print as your cheat sheets
  • a private community forum
  • 1:1 private coaching

#4. Get 1:1 Coaching Plus Networking with Other Business Owners

Members get instant access to a private online community of peers eager to connect and discuss what’s worked and what hasn’t for them.

Each month, members also get 1:1 coaching time with Maria where you can get feedback on your website, advice on your business plan, help with your social media marketing, you name it — it’s your time!

Plus, your Membership includes a complimentary pass to SMOC’s monthly Bonus Webinar or virtual workshop focused on a hot social media business topic — ranging from one & done posting to getting listed on search results — with plenty of time for extended Q&As . The webinar alone is a value of $297.00 per month.

As a member you’ll get immediate access to all the materials on the site plus that month’s Bonus Webinar. After that, you’ll be billed the lowest available monthly fee (currently just $57) via convenient automated billing. It’s risk-free and guaranteed, you can easily cancel at any time.

So why not join today and see how SocialMediaOnlineClasses.com can help your business grow!

Apr 04

55 Social Media Marketing Resources from 1st Quarter of 2016

By Janice Deleon

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Every week here at Socialmediaonlineclasses.com we give you a list of our most recent resources with our Weekly Top 5: your lessons, infographics, webinars, and articles. We’ve gathered all those resources from 1st quarter of the year into one GINORMOUS list for you, making it uber-easy to find what you need to grow your business using social media marketing.

Enjoy!

Coaching Moment

  1. [COACHING MOMENT] How to Overcome a Missed Deadline? *
  2. [COACHING MOMENT] Should I Boost my Facebook Post?  *

Facebook

  1. Is Higher Reach Necessary for Engagement on Facebook?
  2. Easily Add a Call-to-Action Button to Your Facebook Timeline
  3. Facebook 101 Lessons Updated for 2016: All-New Content!   *
  4. How to Get Higher Facebook Reach in 2016
  5. Create a Video Playlist in Facebook
  6. When Should You Boost a Post on Facebook?
  7. How Can Your Least Expensive Facebook Ad also Be the Most Effective?
  8. What’s the Perfect Facebook Post?
  9. How to Vary Your Facebook Posts for Higher Engagement

Google Hangouts

  1. How to Make Your Small Business Look B.I.G. with Google Hangouts *

Google +

  1. Google+ 101 Update: Hangouts on Air *
  2. Increase Your Visibility Using Google+ *
  3. Should Your Brand Be on the New Google+? *
  4. How Google Plus Makes Your Posts Look Incredible *
  5. Google Plus Collections: What are they and how will they help my business? *
  6. Google+ Revamps Business Pages  *
  7. Google+ 101 New for 2016 with Updated Lessons *

Infographic

  1. 100 Social Media Marketing Resources [INFOGRAPHIC]

Instagram

  1. How to Create a Long-Form Instagram Post    *

Learning Tracks

  1. NEW: Learning Tracks to Reach Your Career & Business Goals
  2. 13 Must-Have Skills for Social Media Managers (or those who want to be)
  3. Social Media Action Plan Learning Track

SMOC Member Question

  1. How a New Dental Office Can Get Facebook Fans *
  2. [MEMBER QUESTION] Do I Need Separate Business/Personal Accounts for Each Social Network? *
  3. [MEMBER QUESTION] Adding Contacts to MailChimp? *
  4. How to Respond to a Negative Review on Yelp *

Member Success Stories

  1. SMOC Member Success Stories *

Pinterest

  1. Pinterest 101 Class Updates for 2016 *

Social Media Trends

  1. Most Popular Digital Consumer Trends for 2016

Strategy

  1. Do Emojis Make Your Message More Personal?
  2. Visual Content Marketing for Small Business: Your Ultimate Guide
  3. How to Create Your Own Product Photography Studio for Less Than $100
  4. [CLASSIC] How to Run Your Business on a Chromebook for Less Than $300
  5. Can the Best Marketing Advice Fit on an Index Card?
  6. How to Find Your Most Popular Social Media Posts from 2015
  7. 100 Social Media Resources from 2015

Super Sunday Bootcamp

  1. Socialmediaonlineclasses.com Donates 100% of Bootcamp Proceeds to Kiva
  2. Super Sunday Bootcamp: Small Business Systems  *

Swipe File

  1. NEW! Your Social Media Swipe File, version 2.0  *
  2. [SWIPE FILE] How to Select a Winner for a Facebook Contest   *

Tutorial

  1. New Member Orientation *
  2. [TUTORIAL] The One-Click Blog Post for People Who Hate to Blog

Twitter

  1. [INFOGRAPHIC] Twitter Headline Checklist
  2. Establish Instant Credibility on Twitter
  3. [UPDATE] Twitter 101 Class with Our Most Popular Tweets *
  4. [CASE STUDY] How to Get 500K+ Reach from a Single Tweet

Webinar

  1. How to Automate Blog Content
  2. Drive Traffic to Your Website [WEBINAR EXCERPT]
  3. Best Social Media Tools [WEBINAR EXCERPT]
  4. [WEBINAR REPLAY & RESOURCES] Best Social Media Tools *
  5. Drive Traffic to Your Website Webinar Replay & Resources *
  6. Email Marketing Made Simple [WEBINAR EXCERPT]
  7. Email Marketing Made Simple: Webinar Replay & Resources *

* Indicates Members-Only Content

Mar 28

Weekly Top 5 for Mar 28, 2016

By Janice Deleon

Our classes are just the start of the learning you get here at Socialmediaonlineclasses.com.  Here are the additional resources available this week..

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#1. Best Social Media Tools [WEBINAR EXCERPT]

New online marketing tools debut almost daily — so which ones are the must-haves for your business?  That’s what you’ll learn in this brief webinar excerpt . . . http://bit.ly/1pZ690B

#2. [INFOGRAPHIC] Twitter Headline Checklist

Learn from the pros how to write an outstanding tweet – headline writers.  Get their secrets for grabbing your attention in a noisy world . . . http://bit.ly/1MnGuso

#3. How to Automate Blog Content

Learn how we automate some of our blog posts here at Socialmediaonlineclasses.com (while still keeping them engaging and offering SEO benefits) . . . http://bit.ly/1ofI3gQ

#4. Establish Instant Credibility on Twitter

Of all social networks, Twitter users likely have the highest level of media sophistication. Standing out here isn’t easy, but this “secret” tactic instantly establishes you as an expert . . . http://bit.ly/1ofIhEx

#5. [UPDATE] Twitter 101 Class with Our Most Popular Tweets

Get the ultimate shortcut to Twitter success in this updated lesson from our Twitter 101 class.  We’re sharing our most popular tweets of last year . . . http://bit.ly/1ofIhEx

Mar 21

Best Social Media Tools [WEBINAR EXCERPT]

By Janice Deleon

Which social media tools are best for your small business?

That’s what you’ll learn in this webinar excerpt (6 minutes, 45 seconds). Want the full webinar? Members get it free here.

Video Transcript

The original blog post is here.

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Maria Peagler: What are the tools that are going to make posting to social media easier and save me time? I’m going to list the tools that I recommend in descending order. The ones I like the least to my favorite. The one I like the least, but I still do recommend is Hootsuite. Hootsuite is free and it works very well; however, it is complicated and it is not easy to learn. Even once you do learn it, once you use it, it’s difficult to find what you need. It’s a bit like drinking from a fire hose.

If you’re already using Hootsuite and it works for you, I say stick with it. We do have a bonus webinar on how to use it because I’ve had so many people ask how to use it. I used Hootsuite for a good year and then changed over to something else, which I will tell you about in just a moment. Now my next recommendation is Buffer. Now Buffer is similar to Hootsuite, it is a social media posting and scheduling tool where you post once and it will send your post to multiple social networks, but it is infinitely easier than Hootsuite.

Buffer is just a really cool company. They are very transparent with their operations. They actually post their revenue online. It’s a fantastic company. Their tool is not as robust as Hootsuite, but it’s definitely worth a look. One of the easiest ways to post to multiple social networks is to post from Instagram. You can post a photo to Instagram, write a caption and then when you share it, you have the option to also share it with Facebook and Twitter. That is just easy peasy. That’s simple.

The only downside is you cannot post a link, so if you’re posting just a photo that’s great, but if you want people to have a link where they can go to your website, you can’t do that on Instagram. What is my favorite tool? What is the tool that I use every single day for social media posting? It’s a tool called Sprout Social. It is a paid tool and it’s not inexpensive. It’s $59 a month. However, if you are someone who wants to do a lot of social media and really see results from it, I cannot recommend Sprout Social highly enough.

I am not an affiliate for them, I’m not getting any money for this, but I want to show you why I like this so much. This is their website, this is Sprout Social. I am going to log in and I am going to show you why I like this. Sprout Social is a very, very powerful tool that keeps social media posting stupidly simple. It is completely the opposite from Hootsuite. If Hootsuite is like drinking from a fire hose, Sprout Social is almost Zen-like. I feel like I’m going in to do Yoga when I’m going into Sprout Social because it is peaceful.

In Socialmediaonlineclasses.com, you get classes on every major social network, infographics, webinars, and 1:1 coaching with me. I hope to see you inside Socialmediaonlineclasses.com.

Now this isn’t peaceful, this is the whole dashboard here that they show you, but that’s not what I want to look at. What I want to look at are my messages. This is basically your news feed. This is showing you everything that is going on in social media land right now. Do you see that? No messages found. That is a beautiful thing to me because if I go into Hootsuite, I’m going to see like four different tabs open with different news feeds for every different social network and that’s the way it has to be if you want to see what’s going on.

I only want to see the people who are engaging with me or people who are talking about me. I want to see people who are mentioning social media online classes or reaching out to me in some way good or bad. I can do that over here. There’s all kinds of things that I can check and uncheck. I can hide the things that I’ve done. If I uncheck it, it will show you, these are all the things that I have done over the past day or two, but I like that clean screen. The other reason I like this is because this will show me everyone who is engaging with me or mentioning me on a single feed on one screen.

It makes it really easy for me to go in and respond to people and get it done. It allows me to schedule multiple posts to multiple social networks. I usually do this one day at a time, but I know people who do it a month at a time. These are the ones that I have scheduled for today for the rest of the day. I start at 7 a.m. and I end at 2 a.m., which sounds a little crazy, but I do that to reach different time zones. You can see that I post about once every hour and then I post 7 a.m. tomorrow and then 8:13 tomorrow, then I’ll start all over again.

It also shows this in calendar form. It’s a nice visual tool. I like it a lot and they have a thirty day free trial. If this is something you can afford, I highly recommend it. If not, if this is something that is too expensive, then I would recommend either going with Buffer or Instagram. As a last resort, I would do Hootsuite. It’s the one that’s the most well-known, but it is a huge time suck. I come away from Hootsuite feeling just overwhelmed with everything that’s on there and nobody needs that these days. We all need a little more peace in our lives.

In Socialmediaonlineclasses.com, you get classes on every major social network, infographics, webinars, and 1:1 coaching with me. I hope to see you inside Socialmediaonlineclasses.com.

 

Mar 21

Weekly Top 5 for Mar 21, 2016

By Janice Deleon

Our classes are just the start of the learning you get here at Socialmediaonlineclasses.com.  Here are the additional resources available this week..

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#1. [WEBINAR REPLAY & RESOURCES] Best Social Media Tools

Members-only replay of this FUN webinar, where Maria shared the social media tools she relies on daily to make social media marketing fun, effective, and profitable . . . http://bit.ly/bonuswebinars

#2. Visual Content Marketing for Small Business: Your Ultimate Guide

Simple ways to create infographics, social media images, a stock photo library & much more. Includes video tutorials & step-by-step guides . . . http://bit.ly/1S14zEF

#3. Google+ 101 Update: Hangouts on Air

Now that Periscope & Blab allow you to livestream for free, where does that leave Google+ Hangouts on Air? What features does it offer that the others don’t? That’s what you’ll learn in this updated lesson . . . http://bit.ly/gp101for2016

#4. How to Respond to a Negative Review on Yelp

This SMOC member’s brand received a negative review on Yelp, and she needs to know how to respond. Maria shared an SMOC-exclusive case study of a small brand that made a “hater” look foolish . . . http://bit.ly/poorreview

#5. How a New Dental Office Can Get Facebook Fans

This SMOC member is a dentist who’s opening a new office and wants to know how to attract more fans to his Facebook page.  Maria shares local-only tactics for getting fans to your page and in the door of your office . . . http://bit.ly/dentistfbfans

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Mar 15

Visual Marketing for Small Business: Your Ultimate Guide

By Maria Peagler

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The web is a visual world . . . 

. . . but what if you're not a graphic designer? Or don't have one on staff?

No worries! In this Ultimate Guide, you'll learn easy & elegant ways of creating visual content for marketing your small business. They include:

  • what is visual storytelling? (an interview with the author of The Power of Visual Storytelling)
  • how to create your own social media images (including our favorite free tools!)
  • how to create an infographic (yes, you!)
  • and much more . . .

All of the tutorials listed in this guide use either free or low-cost tools that won't break the budget for small brands.

Best of all, the tactics are simple: you don't need to be a visual pro or know how to use Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator.  I create a LOT of visual content, and I'm sharing the simple processes I use.  

No drawing or photography skills required!

Let's get started — click on the image to go to the tutorial you're interested in:

WHAT DOES YOUR PERFECT FACEBOOK POST LOOK LIKE?

Get your free "copy & paste" template for your best visual content ever. Includes my top-performing Facebook posts you can swipe!

Here are the same case studies, in list format:

  1. [TUTORIAL] How to build your own stock photo library for Facebook, Pinterest & Instagram
  2. [VIDEO] How to create social media images using Canva.com (free tool)
  3. [INTERVIEW] Ekaterina Walter, author of The Power of Visual Storytelling
  4. [CASE STUDIES] Three small businesses successfully marketing with visual content
  5. [VIDEO] The Perfect Social Media Post
  6. [PDF DOWNLOAD] The Perfect Facebook Post
  7. [TUTORIAL] Get a DIY product photography studio for less than $100
  8. [VIDEO & TUTORIAL] How to create an infographic (easily) using nothing but Google Slides
Mar 13

Weekly Top 5 for Mar 14, 2016

By Janice Deleon

Our classes are just the start of the learning you get here at Socialmediaonlineclasses.com.  Here are the additional resources available this week..

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#1. How to Create Your Own Product Photography Studio for Less Than $100

Need outstanding photographics of your products? Learn how you can create a DIY photo studio for your brand for less than $100, with two options: build it yourself, or order it done-for-you from Amazon . . . http://bit.ly/1R4tYQR

#2. NEW: Learning Tracks to Reach Your Career & Business Goals

Social Media Action Plan. Visual Storytelling. Content Repurposing. Just three of the new learning tracks available here at Socialmediaonlineclasses.com. Get the marketing skills you need to get a better job or grow your business . . . http://bit.ly/1QATrOi

#3. [COACHING MOMENT] How to Overcome a Missed Deadline?

That’s what this SMOC member wanted to know.  She’s developing a blog tour, but missed her launch date.  How can she overcome missing a major goal she’s set for herself? See Maria’s advice & action plan here . . . http://on.fb.me/1P7qNA4

#4. How to Make Your Small Business Look B.I.G. with Google Hangouts

Google’s Hangouts offer small businesses free video conferencing & broadcasting tools.  They used to be connected to Google+, but no more.  Find out how easy they are to use and how you can make a BIG impression with them . . .  . . . http://bit.ly/gp101for2016

#5. [CLASSIC] How to Run Your Business on a Chromebook for Less Than $300

One of the most popular posts we’ve ever published.  Maria reveals how she can run Socialmediaonlineclasses.com from her Chromebook laptop (even without wi-fi).  A must-read . . . http://bit.ly/1ODA1Jt

diy product photo studio
Mar 08

How to Create Your Own Product Photography Studio for Less Than $100

By Maria Peagler

[Editor's Note: Sam Peagler is a sophomore at Austin Community College, studying Advertising & Fashion photography. He's an expert in taking product photos on a budget. He's also my son.  You can see his photo galleries at his website and his Etsy store.]

The web is a visual place — outstanding images are more important than ever in your visual storytelling.

How can you get professional product photos without having your own studio?​

Taking great-looking photos is surprisingly easy; you simply need three things:

  • a light source
  • a background
  • something to diffuse the light (called a light tent or light box)

You can do this for less than $100, using either of two methods: build it yourself with supplies you can get from the hardware store, or purchase a ready-made kit from Amazon.

I'm going to show you how to do both, so you can get started right away  . . . ​

Setup 1: The DIY Product Photography Studio

Supplies you'll need:

  • Large cardboard box (at least 24 inches wide). This will be the structure of your light box. The size of your box will vary depending on the size of your product. The bigger your product, the bigger your box
  • Light source: you'll need two. Use what you have available: a desk lamp like the one pictured below works perfectly, as you can control the angle of the light. Here's where you can get them on Amazon.
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  • White fabric: this will cover the sides of your box to diffuse the light. You can use an old sheet, cut up old t-shirts (that's what I did), or simply buy a couple of yards. The amount you need will depend on the size of your box.
  • White poster board: this will serve as your background inside of your light box
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Stapler (optional)

Total Cost: Around $45.

How to Build Your Lightbox
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Preparing Your Photography Studio Box

  • Remove the top flaps with your scissors. This will become the front opening through which you take your photos.
  • Cut out the walls from the right and left sides of the box, leaving about two inches on all sides. You will cover these with your fabric and aim your lights through them.
  • Decide which remaining side will be the top of your box. Cut out the wall the same way you did to the other two sides, but this time, on the side that is opposite your main opening (the one you'll be photographing through), cut all the way to the edge. This is so you can slide your poster board in.

Creating Your Photography Background with White Poster Board

  • Slide your poster board into the top of the box, all the way until it curves at the front opening. You may need to trim the sides down, depending on the size of your box. This will serve as your white background on which you'll place your products.

Creating a Light Diffuser with Your White Fabric

  • Measure the holes you cut in the walls on the sides of your box. You'll add two inches to each side of that measurement when cutting out your fabric.
  • Cut out pieces of your white fabric two inches larger on each side. Attach them to the outside walls, either taping or stapling them to the box.
  • Repeat these steps for the opening on the top of the box.

Setting Up Your Lighting

  • Place your LED or incandescent lights on either side of the box, pointing toward the center. Direct the light to the same spot in the box, so your light is even on both sides.

You're done! Now you can place your product in the box, and use your smartphone or digital camera to take your photos. Here is a photo I took of a Polaroid camera in my light box:

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Setup 2: Buy an All-in-One Kit from Amazon

Setup 1 is cheap, but it takes a bit of time and effort.

If you want to skip that part and get straight to taking fantastic photos, you can buy a kit that has everything you need. This kit on Amazon includes everything you need, including 4 backgrounds, for $50. With a kit, all you have to do is plug in the lights and start shooting!

Summary

No matter which method you use, you can set up a portable photography studio to take great shots of your products. It's fast, simple, and easy: when your newest products are ready, you can immediately take your own photos and upload them to your store right away. Your Etsy store/e-commerce website will thank you for it!

Mar 06

Weekly Top 5 for Mar 07, 2016

By Janice Deleon

Our classes are just the start of the learning you get here at Socialmediaonlineclasses.com.  Here are the additional resources available this week..

THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA BLUE

 

#1. Best Social Media Tools Live Webinar + Recording + MP3 Audio + Infographic

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#2. NEW! Your Social Media Swipe File, version 2.0

Last year’s swipe file was downloaded over 1,000 times! This year’s swipe file is all-new with my best-performing posts you can copy & paste onto Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn & more. Higher engagement is waiting for you here . . . http://bit.ly/1WZby20

#3. Increase Your Visibility Using Google+

Take advantage of Google Plus’ new features to increase your visiblity across the web.  Get the “secret” tactic you won’t learn anywhere else . . . http://bit.ly/gp101for2016

#4. [COACHING MOMENT] Should I Boost my Facebook Post?

That’s what this SMOC member wanted to know in her 1:1 coaching session.  Maria’s advice? Boost only those posts that have these critical elements (what are they? Find out inside!) . . . http://on.fb.me/1W1Elms

#5. Is Higher Reach Necessary for Engagement on Facebook?

Most people would say yes, but not so. In fact, we’re sharing a post that Facebook identified as “Engaging,” even though it reached less than 50 people. What made it engaging? Find out here . . . http://on.fb.me/1W1Esyh

Mar 06

Ebony Love Interview

By Admin Tester

0:00:00 MARIA: Welcome everyone this is Maria Peagler with Socialmediaonlineclasses.com. And today I have with me Ebony Love the founder of LoveBug Studios and a successful Kickstarter campaign generator. Welcome, Ebony!

0:02:02 EBONY: Hi Maria. Thanks for having me.

0:02:05 MARIA: Absolutely, Ebony I have wanted to do this interview with you for a while because I was fascinated at the whole Kickstarter campaign that you did. I supported you. I contributed to your Kickstarter campaign. Can you tell our listeners out there a little bit about your campaign and your funding goal?

0:02:30 EBONY: Absolutely, Thank you so much Maria for supporting my campaign it really meant a lot to me to see your support there. When i initially started a campaign it was for a book about fabric die cutting and that particular topic is a very niche topic and there’s only a certain segment of the quilting community that’s going to be interested in something like that. Before I went to the expense and sort of going down the path of spending all this money investing in illustrators and graphic artists to solve these things. I wanted to make sure that there was actually a market to support this book that i was writing so part of this was market research a sort of test. We have to water a little bit and see if there was enough support for an idea like this to come out with a book for this particular niche. My initial funding goal was $5000 and when I put together my budget, when I thought about was. I’m willing to make an investment in this project and if other people are willing to invest with me as well then, I’m going to kick in some funding. My actual budget was about $10000 for the production of the book and so i set the campaign budget for half of that. If I can raise half the money I can kick in the other half and that would make it ok.

0:04:05 MARIA: Ok, so you came up with the budget of 10000 is like a fifty-fifty.50% you would be putting in and then 50% your contributors will be putting in. Now, what did you end up raising from your $5000 goal?

0:04:26 EBONY: I ended up raising just over $12000 for the project which it only took about 6 or 7 days to hit the $5000 mark and then the whole campaign went for about 30 days. So I was really elated to raise that amount of money so quickly the thing about Kickstarter is that when you set your campaign timeline you set it typically 30 days and even if you raise your target early the campaign doesn’t end it just keep going that’s how we went over the $5000 amount.

0:05:12 MARIA: How did you decide to use Kickstarter rather than someplace like Indiegogo. The reason I ask is because with Kickstarter for those who may not be familiar with it, with Kickstarter it’s an all or nothing thing if you don’t reach your goal or you don’t get to keep any of the contribution but on Indiegogo you don’t have to reach a goal you get to keep whatever you raise. And so, tell me how you decided on Kickstarter.

0:05:48 EBONY: Yes, both platforms when I’m just in this campaign back a couple of years ago both platforms are really really early on in there sort of introduction and the modelling. One thing about Indiegogo and I haven’t look in a while but at the time if you didn’t raise your campaign goal there actual cost to you was higher than if you hit your goal. So that was one factor, the other factor I thought to myself if I can’t get the support that I need to do this project then i really need to think very hard about whether or not i should go forward and take this, so it wasn’t just about raising a certain amount of money it was also making sure that I was able to garner enough support to go forward.

0:06:43 MARIA: Right, right, which was really smart to use Kickstarter as a market research tool because I know so many authors who just jump in they spend the money and then find out really that they didn’t know how to promote the book there is really know readership for the book and if they have done something like this beforehand they could have save themselves a lot of heartache.

0:07:06 EBONY: Yes, Absolutely!

0:07:08 MARIA: So let me ask you Ebony, It took you 30 days. The campaign was 30 days. How long did it take you to prepare for the campaign to actually get everything on Kickstarter get your video, get all that materials that you needed, how long did that take you?

0:07:29 EBONY: It took me probably about 3-4 weeks of planning part of that time Kickstarter had a pretty rigorous review process also so you couldn’t just put something out there and hit go and it just public they actually would go through and review your project to make sure it was appropriate for the platform the other component is writing the compelling copy. So I think in the media industry we call it romance copy. Writing that copy that’s really going to inspire and really reach the folks that I’m trying to reach and communicate my own passion and devising the reward that In and of itself I was racking my brain trying to think about what types of reward I mean obviously the book a copy of the book that’s pretty simple but in order to get people to sort of contribute that higher level i had to come up and really get creative with something and the thing about Kickstarter is when you offer a reward they have to be tangible reward it can’t be like a coupon for a future purchase for something like that it’s got to be something that people actually receive and it’s worth something at the time and it’s not some sort of “Hey if you don’t knit here I’ll contribute 10 dollars to charity. It has to be something that the backer get out of it. And i think i refer to it as investment but it’s really not an investment because you’re not yet shares

0:09:13 MARIA: Right, right

0:09:15 EBONY: But you should get something out of it. It’s not a donation when you contribute you’re getting something in return.

0:09:19 MARIA: And so, how crucial do you think to be the big prices were? That the prices they should offer and the levels that you offer, how crucial were those?

0:09:25 EBONY: I think that they were instrumental in helping the campaign go as far as it did. When I think about my entire network of people so just in my own personal network not everybody is a quilter not everybody is a die cutter so if all I offered was the die cutting book that’s not going to be of interest necessarily to everyone so there could be folks think: “You know what? I support what you do I’m really thrilled about this and I want to make sure it is successful but I really don’t need a coffee-table book.

0:10:13 MARIA:*laughs*

0:10:17 EBONY: The other piece two is by having different levels of contribution it gives people the opportunity to look and say “There’s a level here that I can afford. Because not everybody can just say here’s 30 bucks for a book that I’m not going to read. Some people may be able to contribute a dollar other people might say.”You know what I really support this artist, I know this person I feel good about what they’re doing, I can actually contribute a higher level so actually having those different reward level it gives you a choice i personally think i had too many and at the end of the day you’re the one who has to actually fulfill all those rewards.

0:11:04 MARIA:*laughs* Right.

0:11:08 EBONY:*laughs*After a while but i think having at least 3 or 4 options gives people sort of a way to contribute at a level there comfortable with.

0:11:18 MARIA: And so you had levels from a dollar all the way up to 1500 dollars and what was your most popular level?

0:11:29 EBONY: My most popular level I believe was at the 50 dollar level you’ve got a copy of the book and some other little trinket so I think my average donation across the board was about 46 dollars so some people came in lower than that, some people came in higher than that but most people were right in middle of a reward.

0:12:00 MARIA: I’m looking at your Kickstarter site right now and it looks like you had a 104 backers at 30 dollars. Now, do you think it was the dollar amount? Do you think it was just the right amount? Or do you think it was the acknowledgement that they’ve got in getting the book as the reward?

0:12:22 EBONY: I think so, I think most of the people who purchased at that level were once who wanted the book. They were rolling to get that book so it was a way for them and what’s interesting when you structure your reward, is it’s not necessarily meant to be a like discount of a retail price although some that way it’s actually meant to be because you do need feed bonds so the book actually retails for 30 dollars so that was like the level. I think that level people were going to buy the book anyway when it came out and that’s the level that they supported.

0:13:09 MARIA: Okay, And what did you do to promote the campaign as far as social media and email marketing and get the word out, What did you do to promote it ?

0:13:22 EBONY: so I actually did a several tiers of marketing and I didn’t want to bombard my network with you know just post after post after post of this particular campaign. The first method that Senel was just a family and close friends just to first get started with the toe on the water and also when you put it out to just friends and family you tend to get kind of that bubble of will support anything that you do and that makes you feel better. You feel better about what you’re doing to get some of that initial push and then I put it up on Facebook to wider the audience which will include my friends and friends of friends and hope to unnecessarily no personally but we’re friends on Facebook and that’s the next level campaign and some of those folks even shared my campaign with their friends and that’s another way to get to expanse. The third way was just through my newsletter list so I have an email list for my business where I send out announcement about where I’m going to be and what’s going on with my business and where you can see me that went to my email list. I also posted on my blog talking about the Kickstarter campaign and what it meant and what I was trying to do. I have several avenue to pursue but I didn’t do them all at once. I didn’t’ post everywhere on the same day. I spread it out over probably a week to 10 day period to reach all those audiences.

0:15:13 MARIA: Ok, and do you have any idea of which promotion garnered the most support?

0:15:22 EBONY: I believe it was probably the Iddy mount campaign just because there were thousands of people on my email list versus a couple of dozens on my Facebook page.

0:15:39 MARIA: So you have an email marketing list with several thousand contacts on?

0:15:47 EBONY: Yes. I think it’s the time I probably had under a thousand people subscribe to my email list. Now it certainly grown as my name has gotten out there but I think it’s the time it was under a thousand people on my email list but it was certainly a lot bigger of an audience than on my Facebook page.

0:16:09 MARIA: Okay, I actually learned about your campaign from somebody on our yahoo group. We both belong to a quilter yahoo group and somebody posted on there: “Ebony is doing a Kickstarter campaign. I was so excited for you I went out and just immediately supported you on it because you were self-publishing a book. I’ve done it well and I know that having a child and so much work involved in that. I didn’t even hear directly about it from you but I still supported you so that leads to my next question which is what percentage of your supporters would you say were people that you knew? Or you would have contact with before? And what percentage of people that you did not know at all?

0:16:57 EBONY: That’s interesting. I don’t have exact percentages but I would tell you that probably 80% to 90% on the people were folks that I did not know personally.

0:17:11 MARIA: That’s incredible!

0:17:12 EBONY:*Laughs* That’s funny because take you for example, I knew a name and obviously seen you on the email list but you and I have….. It’s like knowing of someone isn’t is the same thing as knowing them.

0:17:30 MARIA: Exactly!

0:17:32 EBONY: I had quite a bit of that where I see people’s names pop up and say:” Hey! I read your blog”, “I read your book” or “I saw a video of you on YouTube”, I’m certainly sharing having other people hear about it and then share it with their friends. I don’t want say viral because I think when people speak of viral I think it goes out to like millions of people. But from where I sat I was reaching a group of people that I never would have been able to reach on my own and it was purely because of other people. Maybe viral is the right word is I kind of like the passion and the excitement was of infectious. Now it cause other people to pass it along.

0:18:20 MARIA: Yes. It really was friends of friends sharing about your campaign. It’s not necessarily on any particular social network but just wherever they were.

0:18:32 EBONY: Yes and it’s so important. I sort of research for my campaign because I was looking to see what other publishing project have been successful and which one were not successful and what did that look like what were the lessons that I could’ve learned from kind of seeing those things and a lot of times where I’ve seen is people just putting stuff out there and it’s like those are the people would come

0:19:00 MARIA: Right, yes, exactly

0:19:02 EBONY: No it’s work you can’t just put something out there and just hope upon hoping cross your fingers that some media outlet picks it up and raises you know 3 million dollars.

0:19:16 MARIA: Right, right, it was worth to promote it but then your supporters help you, your friends, and your colleagues they help spread the word. Yes absolutely! Did you have any help in promoting your campaign other than friends? Did you hire anybody to help? Was there anything that you did other than the things on your own to get help in promoting your campaign?

0:19:48 EBONY: I did not. I think the only other thing that I did is I reach out to shake bench from Generation Q magazine. They were the publishing project that I tried to model my campaign afterward so I reach out to kind of get some advice from her on running the campaign. It turns out afterwards I didn’t hire anybody or seek any other consultants for that which should research reaching out to folks whose been there. Just like you’re doing with me now, talk to the folks who’s been there. The quilting community is so incredibly supportive and open and willing to share.

0:20:35 MARIA: Yes. Absolutely! Do you think that played a big part of it in that the quilting community has warned that it’s usually support of pretty close knit and it’s even though it’s a large group, it’s a small world?

0:20:52 EBONY: Yes. I think of it a lot like despite building a tribe, what you’re doing is first you got this quilting community who are sort of already predisposed to share and a passion about something. You’re already certain have something in common with that group of people. I think that that part of certainly types of people who are attracted to quilting tend to be very giving, open and just a happy bunch of people.

0:21:27 MARIA: Right!

0:21:28 EBONY: Just by that nature alone, you’ve already got a leg of so to speak, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have to do the other stuff and work hard and do the promotion. It certainly easier than trying to find out who you’re actual audience is. If you were doing something completely random, then it’s now necessarily community base. I’m trying to think of an example of that, let say you’ve got some new technology to fight or something. You have to find your audience for that.

0:22:05 MARIA: Right! For something that nobody has ever heard of before.

00:22:09 EBONY: Exactly!

0:22:12 MARIA: So Ebony, what was your advice be to someone who want to start their own crown funding campaign? If you were to do this all over again, what would your advice be?

0:22:22 EBONY: I think one of the major thing is think very carefully about the timeline because doing these types of creative project. The point about six starter isn’t that there’s kind of this readymade thing. It’s not a pre-order. If you’re trying to start something and if you’ve never done something before, it’s going to take you longer than you’re most optimistic thought.* laughs*

0:22:58 MARIA: So, build some buffer time in there! (Laughs)

0:23:02 EBONY: Yes, definitely build some buffer time in there. By doing most of the stuff by myself, I was just very optimistic about what I was going to be able to accomplish. I didn’t anticipate further running into issue and things just happened. I mean, at the days that my campaign ended I was actually laid out with pneumonia.

0:23:27 MARIA: Oh my gosh!

0:23:28 EBONY: I didn’t anticipate getting sick and taking actual month to recover from that. You have to account for the unexpected. Definitely, recruit friends to help beforehand because I have a bunch of friends to help me pack and ship rewards I had like an actual reward shipping day. Friends came over and they were put note boxes and pack boxes and writing thank you notes in doing all the thing they could help. There’s that piece budget, I got a little caught up in the excitement. It’s like “Hey, if you raise more money you can do more stuff with that money”. I actually ended up producing two books. (Laughs) It was great to have both of the books but it did have an impact on the budget later on. If you really look at your expenses and make sure you’re accounting for the cost of shipping, the cost of packaging supplies, the cost of stamps and tapes. All of those things cost money and have an impact on your budget. Definitely, you need to have an audience. You need to make sure that you have a network to pull from. Because it’s really hard to do it on your own if you don’t have that list. If you want to feed on it though, and you can’t feed on something if it’s empty, you know?

0:25:06 MARIA: Right, because I think people would believe that Kickstarter will promote your campaign. And no, you promote your campaign. You’re the one who does that. That’s interesting. Think about what it’s going to cost you to fulfill all those rewards that you’re giving and recruit help beforehand. Those are the important stuff. My last question in my interview is always the same. Is there a question that I should’ve asked you that didn’t?

0:25:44 EBONY: Oh gosh. No. I’m thinking about a question that I have been thinking about…. The only thing that I would tell people is that, there’s so many things out there. So many different ways to reach people. Kickstarter for me wasn’t just about the campaign. So much happen afterward that just really helped roll my business and put my name out there. It connected me to so many people. For me, it wasn’t just about that campaigning but it kick started my whole life.

0:26:33 MARIA: So, it opened up a lot of those opportunities beyond just the book.

0:26:39 EBONY: Yes

0:26:40 MARIA: You really weren’t able to foresee but that you still benefitted from.

0:26:44 EBONY: No

0:26:46 MARIA: Fantastic

0:26:47 EBONY: It lead me to teaching and I travel and people when I walk around the foot show and people know who I am. Both contributed to the Kickstarter that reach out and: “Ah, I help you publish the book” and that’s so much fun.

0:27:00 MARIA: So, you got a real sense of community involvement with your audience too. Everybody was in on it helping you to do something very cool. It’s almost like they were – I don’t want to say a key to campaign – but they felt like you were contributing to your success. So they were a part of it.

0:27:21 EBONY: Yes. That was so huge to have me fulfill like it’s like they’re bringing this book to life. It wasn’t just like, “Here’s 10 bucks. Take my money, give me the book and thats it”. It’s not like going to buy something in a quilt shop. It’s like you’re part of sort of raising this baby. (Laughs)

0:27:40 MARIA: Wow. Well Ebony Love, thank you so much for your interview today. Ebony Love from lovebugs studios, thanks for being with us.

0:27:50 EBONY: Thanks Maria. I have a lot of fun to talking to you.

0:27:53 MARIA: You too. Now I will run this interview, I would say probably in about a month, and what I would love to do is promote you. Is the book still available?

0:28:08 EBONY: Yes, it is.

0:28:09 MARIA: Ok.

0:28:10 EBONY: I’m actually working on for next year I’m going to be doing the second edition.

0:28:17 MARIA: Aww. That was very cool!

0:28:19 EBONY: It’s time for an update.

0:28:20 MARIA: So will you be doing another Kickstarter campaign?

0:28:24 EBONY: You know? I’m thinking right now, I’m still trying to think about what the right format for that starter kit. The biggest component of the original book is I have to do a press run because it’s viral and all of that. So this next book, I’m really thinking about doing another press run a right way to go or should this actually be done to the print on demand and that doesn’t have much upfront investment.

0:28:52 MARIA: Yes

0:28:54 EBONY: It could be something think about it not from the necessarily from the money raising stand point but just for visibility in marketing. At this point I can sort of I’m able for the self-fund. That’s the other nice thing that would drop the Kickstarter that really help put some fund in the stockroom and so a while I’m self-fund but It might be something just to say: “Hey, here’s another book! You don’t want another……

0:29:26 MARIA: This was fascinating! The reason that I wanted to talk to you Ebony is I’ve heard a lot of other people who have done Kickstarter who I haven’t them successful. If they were, they said that it’s because of their full time job. It seems to me that you’re very reasonable about the way you did this. You really have planned out well. You were successful with it. I just thought you really did a good job with it.

0:29:56 EBONY: Thank you!

0:29:57 MARIA: I’m going to be really excited to share this with my members.

0:30:02 EBONY: That would be really fun.

0:30:03 MARIA: Now the days that this run what I’ll do is I’ll definitely have a link back to your website. I would love for you to just put a little blurb out on social media or your blog saying that I’ve interviewed you. I would love to give away to one of your reader a monthly membership in socialmediaonlineclasses.com.

00:30:29 EBONY: Oh fun!

00:30:30 MARIA: This would track lot of other quilt designers who are interested in doing something like that. Social media is going to be a big part of getting the word out. Definitely, that something to add by to do for your audiences as well.

0:30:43 EBONY: Yes, absolutely! Thank you so much. What I’ll do is if you give me a couple of days’ notice, I can schedule a blog post to go live. That will automatically publish to Facebook and twitter so that will get out to couple of places

0:30:56 MARIA: Awesome! Yes I’ll give you at least a week. Okay,great Ebony! Thanks so much for your time! I had a great time talking with you and I love the book! I’m not a die cutter but I love the book.

0:31:11 EBONY:*laugh* Thank you so much you are a giver of love you help it bring to life and that was so really important.

0:31:12 MARIA: You’re Welcome!

0:31:13 MARIA: Well! I was glad to be a part of it Ebony. You had a great weekend!

0:31:18 EBONY: Thank you too Maria!

0:31:20 MARIA: Okay bye!

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In total, you’ll get instant access to $2,297.00 (and growing!) worth of practical Members-Only training to grow your business using social media. SocialMediaOnlineClasses.com Membership helps you:

#1. Get Access to One Billion Customers in 10 Minutes

Learn how to identify the social networks best for your unique business, then build a profile that turns more visitors into paying customers. SMOC brings you the most up-to-date training that cuts through the noise & crushes social media overwhelm.

Members instantly access how-to videos, screen shots, checklists, infographics, and case studies — tools which can be put to work on your website & social networking right away.

#2. Get More Fans in Less Time

Discover how to get fans & connections without spending all day in social media. You really can post to all of your social networks in as little as 15 minutes a day, and you’ll learn how to generate content & posts that get your business noticed, attract fans, and turn them into paying customers.

Members immediately get their hands on how-to checklists (like 13 Ways to Get More Facebook Fans), videos that teach you how to do search engine optimization yourself, and real-life examples of successful small businesses who’ve achieved great success.

#3. Customize Your Learning Track

Online training is often a one-sized fits all plan, but not for SMOC members. You’ll get a customized social media assessment that details the optimum social networks for your unique career path & industry, and you can use it as your guide for what classes you’ll need (members are often surprised at the results). Plus, you can instantly access:

  • hands-on video tutorials
  • monthly social media makeovers (for your website or any social network)
  • bonus webinars that dive deep into profitable tactics
  • infographics to print as your cheat sheets
  • a private community forum
  • 1:1 private coaching

#4. Get 1:1 Coaching Plus Networking with Other Business Owners

Members get instant access to a private online community of peers eager to connect and discuss what’s worked and what hasn’t for them.

Each month, members also get 1:1 coaching time with Maria where you can get feedback on your website, advice on your business plan, help with your social media marketing, you name it — it’s your time!

Plus, your Membership includes a complimentary pass to SMOC’s monthly Bonus Webinar or virtual workshop focused on a hot social media business topic — ranging from one & done posting to getting listed on search results — with plenty of time for extended Q&As . The webinar alone is a value of $297.00 per month.

As a member you’ll get immediate access to all the materials on the site plus that month’s Bonus Webinar. After that, you’ll be billed the lowest available monthly fee (currently just $57) via convenient automated billing. It’s risk-free and guaranteed, you can easily cancel at any time.

So why not join today and see how SocialMediaOnlineClasses.com can help your business grow!

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