There is nothing magical about marketing.
There’s no closely guarded secret still waiting to be revealed to you.
There are no heavenly curtains to part and rain clients down upon you — if only you could find the draw cord.
A lot of people also waste huge gobs of time trying to cobble DIY SEO together.
They think if they can just crack the SEO code, millions of clients are going to mystically materialize out of the airwaves, and they won’t have to lift a finger to get them.
I’ve got news for you: That’s not going to happen.
And, your least qualified client candidates will be those who accidentally stumble upon your site on the internet.
SEO is the last thing you need to be concerning yourself with.
Here are the straight-up facts:
It’s true that there are some foundations you need to have in place first before marketing, such as your website, which is THE single most important conversion tool for your business.
BUT your website can’t be set up any ol’ haphazard way.
To get results (i.e., consultations and clients), it needs to instill trust, rapport and credibility.
To do that, there are some presentation basics you must follow.
You also have to understand the conversion process and have an intentional system in place to educate site visitors, in the right way, about what you do and who you do it for, organically prequalify your ideal prospects, and then move those folks to the next step in the process: the consultation.
My Build a Website that WORKS guide shows you exactly how to do this.
Beyond that, you are simply going to have to get out there and TALK TO PEOPLE.
This is the ONLY “secret” to marketing and getting clients.
You can’t hide behind your computer and be silent. Nothing is going to magically do that work for you.
Choose a target market (which is simply an industry/field/profession that you cater your admin support to) so you can focus and hone your message.
And then get out there (online and/or in person) and interact with them:
- Join their groups (online and off).
- Learn their business/industry/profession.
- Ask questions.
- Ask more questions.
- Inquire about what their common goals and challenges are in their business/industry/profession.
- Read and comment on their blogs.
- Pay attention to the kinds of topics and conversations they have in their industry forums.
- Write articles/blog posts for them and their topics of interests.
- Find out what their industry associations and publications are and think about the ways you might be able to get published or in some other way get in front of their audience (e.g., can you take out an ad in their trade journals? Can you interest them in guest articles/blog posts?).
It is THESE interactions that will bring people to your website, which then should be set up to do the job of moving the right ones to the next step: the consultation. (My guide shows you how.)
At its core, marketing is very simply like making friends: introducing yourself, asking about others and being interested in them, and partaking in conversations and being curious and sociable (not salesy). No miracle marketing tonic needed.