Four Instagram Profile Tips To Grab More Attention

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Before I talk about Instagram profile tips I wanted to give you a few facts about Instagram as an important part of your business online.

Instagram Facts

instagram logo More than 8 million profiles on Instagram are business profiles.

Our community has grown to 800 million, with 500 million using it every day.

77.6 million Instagram users are from the US.

Source: 25 Instagram Facts You Want to Know 

Read the article if you want more, I just wanted to tease you with the power of this social media platform and to get you thinking about using its unique character to promote your business and generate more leads.

Now that I have your attention lets talk about getting the all-important profile set up.

 

Instagram Profile Tip # 1 Make Your Profile/Bio Vertical.

Instagram Verticle profile

 

I picked this out to show you how your profile should look. The biggest reason for the verticle layout is that 99% of all Instagram users access the platform from their phone.

This example is of a horizontal profile. Notices how it stretches across the page and doesn’t look as crisp and sharp as the first example.Instagram horizontal profile.

Important Tip

You can only create a verticle profile by editing from your desktop or laptop computer.

Instagram Profile Tip # 2 Use Emojis

Emojis add color and style to your profile as well as help tell your story.

To add emojis to your profile when you edit right click your mouse and you will see the emoji at the top of the window. Click to bring up the emojis. Use ones that add color and help illustrate what you are all about.

Instagram emojis example

Notice his use of emojis. Sun rising over a mountain, a spiritual icon, a rainbow, symbol of hope.  A pen for an editor and a book for a writer and so on.  You help tell your story with emojis.

Compare the profile above to this one that didn’t use emojis.

Instagram profile no emojis

Notice how flat this is compared to the one above. There is no color to help the profile standout and no way to accent the profile.

Instagram Profile Tip # 3 Use a Domain Related to Your Profile

Domain nameThis is an important point. Don’t send your followers to something that doesn’t fit with your profile. If you are branding yourself as a marketer then you should send your followers to a site that is about marketing. That would be your blog or a lead capture pain where they can get an ebook on some subject to do with marketing.

If you send them instead to a site about personal health, you lose credibility and possible leads.

You should not send people to replicate websites. If you are in an MLM then don’t use your replicated site. Use a blog or create a domain around the subject of the MLM.

You want a clickable link to appear under your last line of profile which is your call to action.

Important tip.

Don’t try to add a link below your call to action. It will not be clickable.  Instead, use the box in your profile that asks for a link. This will be clickable and the link appears as the last line under your profile.

Instagram Profile Tip #4 Always Include a Call to Action

Call to Action I’m only just beginning to explore the use of Instagram to generate leads for my business. I know marketers who are generating thousands of leads a month.

The only way you can get those leads is to include a call to action. This is a next step you want your followers to take. This could be a lead magnet you are offering like an ebook which you send them free in return for their name and email address.

You can also offer a video tip, a cheatsheet about your niche, a newsletter, or an email series. No matter what it is you want them to take that next action so you can capture them for your list.  You want to get them into your funnel.

Summary

Instagram is a potent social media platform for the internet marketer that wants to extend their reach and find new sources of followers and leads for their business.

Following the four basic steps outlined above will help you target the right audience, capture new followers and ultimately grow your list and your sales.

A little time to get set up correctly now will pay off as you see your following on Instagram build.

Want more information on this topic get your Free Instagram Bible Here. 

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Three Essential Elements For List Building

List Building activities

List building is the centerpiece of all your business activities online.  You’ve heard all the arguments about this, all the reasons why you need to do this. Yet! Nathalie Lussier really hits home with the quote below.

“List building is like flossing… you know it’s good for you, but you don’t always feel like doing it.”

Source: Nathalie Lussier

So like flossing, you need to make list building a habit. It’s not difficult either.

There are only three essential elements for this building which I am outlining here. Get these elements performing for you and list building becomes second nature, just like flossing.

The First Essential List Building Element: Capturing Name and Email Address

Without floss, it’s pretty hard to floss your teeth. Without a means to capture a name and email address nothing happens.

This use to be a difficult process, but these days finding a page to capture names is fairly simple. You don’t need any technical skills. There are many done for you products out there.

Basically to capture names and email addresses you need a lead capture page.  Usually, the lead capture page offers the potential subscriber something of value in exchange like a free report that solves an immediate problem, a cheat sheet, or a checklist or video.

Fail proof headlines

Some people like to write their own lead magnet as these free reports are called. If you have the skill and talent for writing go for it.

However, that’s not necessary.

As you can see to your left this sample of a Lead Capture Page (LCP) offers a report and a place to sign up with name and email address.

The name is then captured in your autoresponder this is important.  You need to make sure any LCP you use goes to your autoresponder.

To make it even simpler you can become a member of Your Viral List and have access to over one hundred lead capture pages all set up and ready for you to use.

Click here to sign up and get a ready made lead capture page.

The Second  Essential List Building Element is The Mechanics of List Building.

The mechanics of list building These are the tools most people associate with List Building

An Autoresponder. If you don’t have one I suggest either of the two below. Both have free trials as a way of trying out the service before you commit. 

Get Response

Aweber

A Tracking Service. Tracking your results helps you focus on what is working for you. I’ve done this to build a list of safelists and mailers that convert really well for me. 

I recommend Trck.me as the easiest tracker to use with all the features you need.

Click here to get your Free Trial

A Lead Capture Page.

I’ve already talked about Your Viral List as the easiest way to go. 

You Viral List

The challenge with the mechanical elements is learning how to use the program to maximum benefit.

A little bit of patience and persistence is all that’s needed to conquer these elements. However, most good programs offer excellent video tutorials coupled with responsive chat lines where you get help on anything.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Believe me, a real non-techie, I can’t tell you, (I won’t because it’s embarrassing) how many times I’ve called on the good people at Aweber and Get Response to show me how to do very basic things.

After a while using these programs you’ll start thinking of yourself as an expert ready to help someone else.

Which brings me to:

The Third Essential List Building Element: Building Relationships.

Building Relationships in List BuidlingRelationship building is about learning to apply best email marketing practices, engaging your list to find out what their problems are so you can offer solutions and ultimately sell solutions to your list to generate income for your business.

Trial and error, experimentation and studying the masters are qualities that will help you in this area of list building.

What marketers do you follow? Are they doing a good job of building a relationship with you? As you look around online you will notice the marketers who are building a relationship. Examine what they are doing and copy it as best you can. Even better connect with them. Amazingly, you’d be surprised how many marketers are more than willing to help.

Summary

Here is a good simple article written, on the subject of building relationships with your list, by Tracey Lawton: Build Your Relationship With Your Subscribers With These 7 Simple Ways.

 

“You don’t want a huge list.  You want an engaged list….the gold isn’t in the list anymore, it’s in the engagement.”  Scott Stratten.

Therefore, as the quote says when it comes to lists it is not the size of the list but the engagement of the list that counts.

Most importantly, remember while list building may be like flossing, something you sometimes don’t feel like doing, learning to use these essential elements of list building every day will help you develop an engaged and profitable list.

 

What is your biggest challenge in using these elements effectively?

© Kerri Foster

One thing that I am using that is bringing me results and builds my email list is Funnel X Project.

This funnel is set up to help me earn from four different income streams at one time.  It builds your list first then has video directions in it to help people to set it up.

It also makes sales for you with a video sales presentation built in.

This system is currently making sales for me daily.  You have nothing to lose give it a try today.

The funnel itself is worth $999.00 And is Available For a limited Time  Get the Funnel for Free Today!!!

For tips on how to set up your funnel, you can read my article

5 Simple Marketing Funnel Mistakes New Marketers Make

 

 

 

6 Key Reasons People Enjoy Success Online And Avoid Failure

successful people

Success online is an elusive goal for most people.

Sadly in the online marketing area 90% of people who look for a way to make money online fail.  It is a fact of life, but you do not want to be part of the 90%. You want to be part of the 10% who succeed. (see Why Are So Many Internet Startups Failing Today)

Most articles approach this statistic from a negative angle. Why businesses fail.

I wanted to take a more positive slant and focus on turning those negatives into positives.

Here’s a quote to get us started:

“Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed.

Robert Kiyosaki

1 People Enjoy Success Online: Don’t Go for the Get Rich  Quick Schemes

Dreaming of Getting RichSuccessful people understand that it takes work, effort, and investment of time and money to get a good return on that investment.

If it looks to good to be true then it probably is.

I know you’ve seen those websites with the big house, fancy cars and a yacht moored at some glamorous location promising you it’s all done for you. All you have to do is join. Instant success.

Believe me when I tell you they don’t work. I learned the hard way.

If you want success, you need to go with programs that have proven themselves over the long term.  Earning an income online takes time and lots of hard work. It isn’t fast or easy, so don’t believe anyone who tells you that it is.

We want to appeal to everyone and get rich quick. We want to be millionaires. I’ve got this plan to buy Tasmania you see.

Angus Young

2  People Enjoy Success Online Because They Are Prepared to Invest Time and Money

Invest in Yourself

To run an online business or make money online, there are tools that you need and they are not all free.

You will need a means to capture your an email list of prospects.  This is called an autoresponder. You also need to have a domain name and website hosting.

Successful people understand the need to invest in the right tools to help them succeed.

But many people bring a “free” mentality to online business that they would never think to take to bricks and mortar business.

For some reason, many people believe they can create a business online for little or no investment.

Perhaps it’s all those get rich quick schemes.

When you layout real money for products and services you will work harder to get a return. Whereas, if you haven’t invested anything…what’s to lose if you don’t put any work into it?

If you have limited resource, find someone to work with and set up a monthly budget for your business.

“Most people try to get rich by being cheap.” 

Robert Kiyosaki

3 People Enjoy Success Online Because they Do Their Reseach.

research shockMake sure that any program you want to join or promote has a good product behind it.  

Test it out.

Find out how long has the program been running. Who is the owner? If there is no mention of the owner’s name then be careful.  You want a program from someone you can trust.

Check out online reviews. Ask other people who are using the program how they like it.

Do your due diligence. Don’t jump before you look.

 

Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.

Warren Buffett

4 People Enjoy Success Online Because they Don’t Quit

Don't QuitBuilding a business online takes time. It doesn’t happen overnight. But for people who haven’t invested, they don’t have much in the game. Therefore, when things get a little tough they walk away in disgust and say it doesn’t work.

Successful people do the opposite.

Persistence, patience, and perseverance: those are the words successful people understand.

“No, I don’t ever give up. I’d have to be dead or completely incapacitated.”

Elon Musk

What will keep you going in the face of adversity?

A no-quit attitude is a must.

5 People Enjoy Success Online Because They Understand the Need to Build an Email List

Building and Email ListIf you are going to be successful online you need to have an email newsletter list.  It is that simple.

Truly the money is in the list.

Your list allows you to stay in touch with those who are interested in what you have to offer.  

However, you don’t just send your list emails trying to get them to buy from you. 

You need to give value to your list and build relationships by sharing good content with them.  The best content is what will help them solve their biggest problems or accomplish their most important goals.  When you have a relationship, you will be able to send them recommendations, and they will see you as a trusted adviser and want to buy from you.

“If you’re not building an email list, you are an idiot. I know that’s harsh, but when companies can destroy your business in one fell swoop you should rely on things you can control.”

Derek Halpern

6 People Enjoy Success Online Because They Take Action

ActionThis seems like a very simple idea. All the previous steps are about taking action.

Things can sound really great in theory but until you take action nothing happens.

A large number of people believe that they personally don’t have to take action, just others around them need to do that.

Many of the programs and online business plans are designed to appeal to people who don’t want to take action.

An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.

Arnold Glasow

 

The best way to increase your chances of being in the 10% who experience success online is my following what successful people do as I’ve outlined here. 

Do you have a set budget you use to invest in yourself? 

© Kerri Foster

One thing that I am using that is bringing me results and builds my email list is Funnelx Project. This funnel is set up to help me earn from four different income streams at one time.  It builds your list first then has video directions in it to help people to set it up.  It also makes sales for you with a video sales presentation built in.  This system is currently making sales for me daily.  You have nothing to lose give it a try today.  The funnel itself is worth $999.00 Get the Funnel for Free Today!!!

For tips on how to set up your funnel, you can read my article

5 Simple Marketing Funnel Mistakes New Marketers Make

 

 

Are You Struggling To Write Attention-Grabbing Headlines?

Headline-grabbing article

There are a lot of reasons that we as marketers need to learn how to write attention-grabbing headlines!. Headlines are used to capture people’s attention and can affect all aspects of our business. Today, for example, I used a headline to get you to read this blog post. Some other places that we use headlines are emails, splash pages, and capture pages. In this article, I am going to give you some easy to implement tips that will help you in your efforts to write a good headline.

Six Attention-Grabbing Headlines

A Headline Should Be Unique

Unique finger print

No one even notices the person in the crowd that blends right in.  

If you act the same and dress the same you will not be noticed.

But if you’re the one in the crowd wearing the clown costume or a bright neon shirt you are sure to be noticed.  

Transfer this to your marketing campaigns do something different stand out from the crowd.

For instance, The Adkreator owner, Barb DelGiudice is known for her birds. There’s a woman who sings on video for her lead capture pages.  

These are different than the rest, they stand out. Use your imagination and see what you can come up with.

Ask a Question

Ask Questions

Because your prospect’s brain (and your brain, too) is hard-wired to solve the problem. She or he must keep reading to answer the question… meet the challenge… discover the benefits (or the secret sources of her pain).

A good question headline will ask a question that your audience wants to know the answer to.  You will then need to answer the question in your article if you do a good job you will make them want to look for more articles from you that help them to solve their problem. Here is an example.

Do You Have A Hard Time Getting Visitors to Your Website?

So my article will address how to get visitors to my website

The “How To” Headline

How to Headlines

This kind of headline is very popular today because it works really well.

I think that how-to-do something is probably also something that people would google like: How to get people to read your blog post.  I may type in How do I get people to read my blog post on google and that would take me directly to an article on how to do that.

How to titles offer a fix for a problem your reader is having. 

   

The Numbered Headline

Number Headlines

 Numbered headlines work well because they offer tips or tricks that can solve your readers’ problem or pain point. Using numbers helps the headline to stand out because the reader might be aware of one or two ways to deal with their issue but you are offering six. It’s curiosity. It lures the reader in. 

They asked themselves, “So what other ways can you do this?”

Check out these examples of Headlines Using Numbers

  1. Ten Simple Tips I Use to Get Traffic to My Blog.  
  2. The Top 6 Reasons Why People Fail Online.
  3. 3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Results with Safelists

You can see how these headlines want you to keep reading.

The Who Else Headline

Who am I

Now, these are extremely effective because they imply social proof. People generally want to do what other people are doing.

Examples of this one are:

Who Else wants to learn some simple tricks to get views to your site?

Who Else Wants More Traffic to Their Website?

See Who Else is Using This SEO Trick?

These are easy headlines to create, spark curiosity and just a touch of nosiness.

 

The Weird Trick Headline

Tricks

This has become popular lately because it implies a strange trick that can quickly get the reader what he or she wants.  

For example:

One Weird Old Trick for Cutting Down Belly Fat

Or

Weird Conversation Starters that Women will Respond To Positively 

 

 

 

Try Your Hand at Writing Attention-Grabbing Headlines

There are many ways to write attention-grabbing headlines.

One way to increase your ability to write go headlines is to create a swipe file where you collect headlines that stood out for you.  But don’t use collect. Use the headline format to write titles that match your area of interest.

Let me help get the creative juices flowing.

Send me your favorite attention-grabbing headline, or include it in the comments section below.

© Kerri Foster

I am currently using a funnel called Funnel X Project.  This funnel is set up to help me earn from four different income streams at one time.  It builds your list first then has video directions in it to help people to set it up.  It also makes sales for you with a video sales presentation built in.  This system is currently making sales for me daily.  You have nothing to lose give it a try today.  The funnel itself is worth $999.00 Get the Funnel for Free Today!!!

5 Simple Marketing Funnel Mistakes New Marketers Make

Checking a Marketing Funnel

I’ve been busy over the last month helping my affiliates set up marketing funnels I promote.  I’ve found while helping them, 5 simple funnel mistakes or common errors. 

By outlining those mistakes I hope to people avoid these some of the frustration experienced. Ultimately to save time it getting set up without headaches. 

These are simple funnel mistakes and easily avoided by showing a little patience.

Funnel Mistakes One: Not Putting Aside Enough Time to Set Up the Funnel

Running Out of Time

This one seems like a no-brainer. However, quite often the funnel owners underestimate the amount of time it will take a new marketer to complete the setup steps. 

If you are in the middle of a busy day, but you’ve been told it will only take you ten minutes to set up the funnel you might be tempted to go ahead and do the setup. 

Don’t do it.

If you only have a ten to fifteen-minute window to set up. and it starts to take long, your rush to complete the process means more errors which start to take up time you don’t have.

Plan wisely. Use your calendar, clear a spot that allows you ample time to get set up without having an eye on the clock.

Expect setup to take 3 of 4 times longer than suggested.

Funnel Mistakes Two: Not Reading or Watching the Instructions Thoroughly 

read and understand

If you haven’t set aside enough time your instincts push you to force your way through the setup steps.

Ben Franklin said, “Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.” 

New research is showing that your brain reacts differently under time pressure causing more mistake.  

See Brain study provides new insight into why haste makes waste.

My recommendation is to turn off all distractions while you are setting up your funnel. Make sure you understand the instructions. If you just don’t understand something ask for help from the vendor or your upline affiliate.  

Don’t move forward without getting clarity. 

Funnel Mistakes Three: Not Following Instructions Exactly

Follow Instructions

Setting up a funnel requires you to meet all the technical requirements, or the funnel will not work in the way intended. While owners make every effort to make set up as easy as possible, it’s still your job to follow instructions exactly.

This funnel mistake is one I see people make most often.

As an example, I had a client who started to rush to complete setup and failed to follow the exact steps, leading to a big hairy mess even though the setup was a simple step by step process.

Some people feel they know better than the owner and know what they need to do.

Do one step at a time, pause check your work, then move on to the next step.

Believe me when I say you will save yourself hours of wasted time and frustration.

Funnel Mistakes Four: Not Adding All the Recommended Programs 

Recommended Programs

As an affiliate marketer, you join a funnel to make money. When you don’t sign up and use all the programs included in a funnel it’s like putting handcuffs on yourself.

Then I hear people complain they aren’t making the return on their investment they expected and the owner suggested.

If the funnel is too expensive for you to set up you are better to stop and find a funnel that is easier on your pocketbook.

In my experience, coaching people through funnel set up, people who join all the programs get the best results.

Funnel Mistakes Five: Not Testing Everything Before Going Live

FiGo Button nally! You’ve made it through the setup. You can wait to get started. You are ready to push the “Go” button so you can sit back and watch the money start flooding in.

This is the most critical moment.

Take a deep breath.

Then test.

Do all the parts work?

Are the names of the people joining the funnel getting to your autoresponder?

Do you have your payment set up correctly?

Test, test, and test again.

I’ve watched people get all the way through the process and then without doing any testing hit the go button only to realize they didn’t set up their autoresponder correctly.

Summary:

If you keep these five simple funnel mistakes in mind when you start to build your funnel you will avoid lots of headaches, wasted time and frustration.

What is your biggest challenge working with marketing funnels?

I am currently using a funnel called Funnel X Project.  This funnel is set up to help me earn from four different income streams at one time.  It builds your list first then has video directions in it to help people to set it up.  It also makes sales for you with a video sales presentation built in.  This system is currently making sales for me daily.  You have nothing to lose give it a try today.  The funnel itself is worth %99.00 Get the Funnel for Free Today!!!