Sure, I built a six-figure business in six weeks. Earned six figures in six months of my second year and am on track to continue to earn multiple six figures in my third year in business but boy oh boy did I screw something up.
When it came to my content and my websites, I screwed up royally by separating out my sites and diluting my web traffic.
Why This is a Big Mistake
As you build your business as an entrepreneur, it’s important to consider your long-term diversification of monetization strategy. For me, a big piece of that strategy is books and speaking gigs. I’m already speaking internationally and my first book is going to be available on Amazon as of March 15-ish, but my long-term goals require that I create as large of an audience as possible (which I am ROCKING!) to leverage for these long-term goals.
Followers are a business goal. They will never, as I have shared with thousands at this point in my career, translate to 1 to 1 sales or clients, but they will help you with brand recognition, indirect sales and word of mouth sales. And, for anyone with aspirations of TED talks, book tours and hit podcasts/web series, audience development is key to getting investors interested.
Web traffic is also a big piece of this pie. We spend so much time talking about Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that we often forget the big piece our website plays in our brand recognition.
For newbie entrepreneurs, a landing page is a great place to start — no matter how “new” your brand and business is, collecting emails is the most important thing you can do… while growing one or more social platforms.
I often recommend that the email list + Instagram are the two top priorities for any new business or brand — that allows you to give users a sense of your style as well as send them to your site to start increasing your traffic AND collect valuable user data to be used in the future.
Don’t Make the Mistake — Keep it All Under One Roof with Redirects
Having multiple URLs per brand is key to brand success. And there’s nothing wrong with it as long as all traffic leads to the same place. Working with an online business manager (like me!) who has an understanding of the key elements needed when it comes to creating a larger community and succeeding in ALL of your goals is one of the best ways to avoid this mistake.
Best of All? I make ALL of my clients keep their content compact!
And so, in conclusion in this true confession, I must say that it is more important than ever to take your own advice, even when you know — strategically — why you’re separating your brands, take the advice I should have taken from myself — keep it all under one digital roof and be happier in the long run.
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Ever see a video, hear a podcast or see an Instagram feed and feel a little jealous? Comparison can be toxic, but the inspiration for elevation with an aesthetic that really and truly resonates with you? THAT is one of the best ways to move your brand and business forward. In this post, I’ll share some hacks for creating content that is #InstaGoals for less!
Do you ever feel like everyone else has it figured out while you’re still playing dress-up in your mom’s suits?
As someone who – quite literally – played dress-up for hours and hours in her mother’s suits from the 80s and 90s (shoulder pads and all), I can tell you this is part of the practice of becoming an expert in your zone of genius. It is part of the practice of advancing in your career and it is part of the practice of finding your voice in an oversaturated and fatigued marketplace.
It can be downright exhausting — and detrimental if you don’t take some time to get clear on your mantras, your goals and your content buckets to hone in on the area(s) that YOU want to own.
This is challenging, no doubt about it. In a world where everyone’s life, business, marriage, motherhood and workouts are #InstaFiltered, it can seem like you’re the only one going through this phase of life-acne, but I promise you’re not alone.
I promise you.
In my mission to be transparent, I will say that I once felt this way. I often felt not good enough when I worked at some of the biggest names in the business… and then, when I went off on my own, I realized that those titles reinforced that belief in me and once I let go of expectations, I was truly able to soar and work with even bigger names and create massive success for my clients and myself.
How Did I Do It? Practice.
Practice is a word that has resonated with me since my days of daily hot yoga sessions before sunrise — as a little girl, I imagined the woman I wanted to be. I’m a very visual person, my memories and dreams play like film clips in my mind, like a kaleidoscope of a highlight reel I once hope to share. So my image of me as an adult has always played out this way in my mind. And from an early age — 8 at least — I kept looking in the mirror searching for her, willing her into existence.
Two decades later, she is here, she is fierce and she ain’t even halfway done.
But that was a practice. It was the practice of figuring out what truly fit my style, my mission and my personality as I went through the runway of work and life, trying on new titles like last season’s t-shirts and collecting case studies like Ariel’s baubles.
Next year, I’ll enter my third decade and I firmly believe in the power of three (that’s a story for another post; it will come so stay tuned) — for me, this is when my practice has hit one of it’s most aligned moments. And that’s where I pick up the title of this post, the power of a staged space.
My new apartment is great, it works for what I need it to way more than any other space but it’s definitely not “ideal.” It doesn’t have the perfect clean light that I need and the windows don’t look out into the majestic city like the windows I someday know I will have (hoping and wishing and praying) but that shouldn’t matter, right? It’s my home and I love it and it should be good enough for all of my content needs.
Should — that word can be such a B.
The reason I’m writing this post today is because of an episode of Happy Thoughts Show run by two girl bosses and friends, Sara Wiles and Lacey Sites. Last night’s episode featured comparisonitis and how to deal/what it is. I was so intrigued by the responses that so many of the ladies had because I do, as I explained above, DEFINITELY remember being there myself professionally. And while I don’t always struggle with this as a CEO, as women, there are always ways in which we judge ourselves too harshly and this comes up for us.
So many of these things, however, can be quickly fixed with a little zuzsh — as I like to say. Basically, a little quick fix solution to turn the space you have into the space you want to have someday in some way. Working with what you’ve got to create what you desire — THAT is key to this practice. As I shared today “See it. Believe it. Think it. Be it.” because you’ve already got everything you need, you just gotta make it #werk.
In times when you wish your brand looked a little more Kardashian and less Kitchy, there are spaces that you can use to stage your content collection.
Breather is a great app featuring workspaces AND photo/video spaces in several major cities (Canada too!). You can rent the spaces by the hour (and you’ll get a discount if you use my code) or by the day. I did a photoshoot in one of these spaces last fall and it was GREAT. It allowed me to get all the shots I needed without having to worry if my apartment was clean enough.
My favorite photo series, ever (for my brand) was taken in my 450 sq ft apartment, the one I had before where I live now. Yes, really. I got some green screen from a friend who purchased it wholesale at a production house in Brooklyn and then we used two massive lights to turn my apartment into the kind of “#lit” #InstaGoals are made of. I’ve also purchased my own lighting kit since this shoot, for $70 from Jet.com. Even if you think your space is drab, lighting can make a HUGE difference.
Flowers can completely change a shot. Placing flowers over your right or left shoulder just beyond the shot can open up a room and make it feel like you’re in a totally different space. This can be accomplished by shooting from different angles too.
If you’re ready for a big project, Peerspace is one to investigate. They also have spaces in cities all over the world that can be used for events, photo and video shoots, fashion shows, intimate dinners and more. What I love most about Peerspace is that some of the photo/video shoot spaces even come with lights — which totally beats trekking around Manhattan with your gear.
I hope these tips help you create your #InstaGoals photoshoot for your brand and business — and if you’re not resonating with that type of photography and brand representation? Find the five brands that fit YOUR idea of what YOU want to be and create your own #InstaGoals — because you deserve to write your success story on your terms, not on someone else’s.
It was a Monday. A hot Monday in the second week of August. It was the summer of my dreams, the summer where I finally said “yes” to being fully, completely and totally me. The summer where I declared my independence for all the right reasons instead of for someone else or something else.
I’ve been building digital communities, managing content strategy, partnerships and influencer marketing, creating live video series and managing social media brands for a decade. And, if you think about digital marketing from a 360 point-of-view, I’ve been doing that since 2005. Building websites, tinkering with Google Ad words and figuring out the workaround, the “Vix” for any tech issue has been something I’ve been doing since High School. And I have loved it wholeheartedly.
I often say my true professional career began 5 years ago — sure, I was managing digital brands at Time Inc. before that, long before that (before I even had a degree) but five years ago, I managed the strategy for a national digital brand on a whole new scale. I was the Digital Producer at LIVE with Kelly and my whole life changed — I went from playing small to believing “this or better,” I went from having multiple side hustles to have one, all-consuming full-time hustle and trying to keep my personal brand stable through the shift. I moved to Manhattan, fell in love with SoulCycle, found a new community and fell in love with myself.
I found myself, the person I was meant to be, the truest version of myself, five years ago.
And in the five years since, my practice has continued — I have worked on becoming a true digital marketing expert, on truly understanding what it takes to get a community to not only engage but convert AND tell their friends. I’ve worked with celebrities (Meredith Vieira, Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan, Michael Gelman), with life coaches and authors (Hal Rubenstein, Christine Hassler) with non-profits associated with the United Nations (the Education Commission) and with entrepreneurs running every type of business you can imagine — from construction companies to jewelry designers, from stylists to YouTube stars and everyone in between.
I believe you cannot be what you do not see and I strive to use my personal practice as a way to show women – and men! – of all ages that a new chapter is possible. That your story continues no matter what obstacles you face.
That you are extraordinary.
You are the smartest person in every room — but that doesn’t mean you should stop learning! You can be anything you want to be, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other expects worth partnering with. Life is long and you cannot even imagine what’s coming your way.
Your job? Be open to possibility, trust your gut and continue the practice every. damn. day.
To continue to be more transparent about when, where, how, why and with whom I do the things I do (that have let me generate massive results for myself and clients), I’ve created a series of 10 videos on the 10 lessons I learned in Year 2 of being a badass fempreneur.
I hope these lessons inspire YOU to take the leap in whatever that looks like for YOUR life and YOUR zone of genius. And if you need a bit of help defining that? Take my six days to a successful side hustle challenge — it’s free and it’s the perfect way to dip your toes into the sea of possibilities that surround your life story. Sometimes, you have to jump off the life raft and immerse yourself in this sea — for in the lazy river of life, opportunities are only available to those who seize them.
And if you want to get these types of tips delivered straight to your inbox, sign-up for my newsletter (it’s free!).
If you don’t want to watch now, the ten lessons are:
Find the work around — the rAframe
Smart is sexy and you are always one of the smartest people in the room….
But that doesn’t mean you’re done – Never. Stop. Learning.
Cheap Ain’t Cute, Honey — making the right investments in your dreams
Surround yourself with multi-passionate people, for in diversity, we find strength
And the support strength of the right group is an asset, not a liability
CMS. Chief Marketing Strategist, also, a Content Management System.
WordPress is a CMS, Squarespace is a CMS… these are the tools used to house content online and deliver it to your audience.
And I serve that exact function for Brands, Entrepreneurs and Influencers.
I take your secret sauce and turn it into a business and brand that converts into dollars in your bank account and a fully booked calendar.
Content is King, Video is Queen and I help my clients (at all levels) determine the best way to leverage the free tools on social platforms, combined with their current available assets, to create a brand that is attractive to their ideal client.
The best part? You don’t have to be an online business to use digital tools to advance your business! Having a deep understanding of digital tools can help you negotiate a raise, find new job opportunities and build a network that helps you design a career that you are proud of.
From free workshops in my Facebook Group (http://facebook.com/groups/vixyourlife), to group courses and coaching (http://creativixmedia.com/pricing) to 1:1 sessions and brand management, I handle every aspect of marketing your brand, business, coaching practice and side hustle online AND I’ve assembled the perfect team to help me do it when the project calls for all hands on deck!
There’s no crying in baseball and there are NO guarantees in marketing. Marketing involves a series of strategies, tactics and content to promote your brand, service or product to your audience. That audience has to convert — or BUY — what you’re selling in order for all of the other elements to be successful.
Everyone loves a guarantee.
Unfortunately, in most businesses, you can’t give a guarantee. A lawyer can’t guarantee that you’ll win your case, a doctor can’t guarantee that you’ll survive surgery. A Rodan and Fields consultant can’t guarantee that their skin regime will save your face.
The only thing that is guaranteed in life? That there are absolutely no guarantees.
I deal with brands, entrepreneurs and influencers who always ask about guarantees for social media marketing efforts and that’s something I actually LOVE to do.
Most social media experts will see “success” as delivering clicks to your site from one or more social media platforms.
To me, that’s not enough.
And, luckily for my clients, I can guarantee that I will find all of the “workarounds” (or Vixes!) they need to not only deliver clicks but actually convert those clicks to clients to build their business and their bank account.
I’ve built dozens of brands from scratch, created businesses (profitable businesses) from nothing and teach my clients on a daily basis how to look at things from a different angle to increase their sales and, ultimately, help their businesses flourish.
My services are expensive, I get it. But the best part about working with me, or someone with my unique skill set (there aren’t really that many of us and none with MY specific background) is that you not only get someone who can create the right strategy for building your brand, business and bank account, you get someone who can execute on those strategies for you AND find the right people to supplement the execution (ex: the actual DOING of the strategy) as needed.
For example, a client of mine, a high-profile influencer, wanted to create a challenge to promote their new course.
They had an idea for the challenge but that was it — no content for the challenge, no images to promote the challenge, no emails for the challenge, no landing page copy.
In 45 minutes, we had a FULL promotion outline AND a rough draft of the images (also known as “creative”) needed to promote the challenge.
Forty. Five. Minutes.
In an hour and a half, we had the full landing page copy and basic themes for each email.
That level of speed only comes with years of experience and the guarantee there? The guarantee is that the content will be produced the right way, using the tactics YOU need to succeed. The other guarantee? It will cost you half as much and deliver at least 2x as much in terms of success because if something isn’t working, there are many, many more tactics to deploy in real-time — giving you the best possible chance at success.
The moral of the story here is if someone in marketing offers you a guarantee, be skeptical. They are offering a guarantee that they can’t actually deliver on and that can be a costly mistake for your business and bank account.
The challenge is to understand what success truly is in this space and I’m offering you three key performance indicators for determining if your social media marketing and overall marketing efforts are truly moving your business forward.
More Followers, Influence and Audience
This is an easy way to measure if your Facebook Ads (and Twitter, Pinterest, etc) are working — if you’re getting more followers and a larger audience for your newsletter and group, your efforts are working.
Sales and leads for your business are a great way to tell if your marketing efforts are working. If you’re doing a print ad, you want to make sure you’re getting the impressions you were promised and this also rings true for social media ads. It is MUCH easier to track these on the digital side of things and important to remember that when deciding where to invest.
Every single time I tag a brand — from SoulCycle to the Backstreet Boys — I get a RT, favorite, like or mention.
Every. Single. Time. That’s because I’ve worked hard to not only create a brand that looks legit but also one that holds weight. It is important to measure your success in marketing efforts by how many people are reaching out to you for podcast features, Instagram highlights and more.
How do YOU measure key performance indicators (KPIs) for your business? What do you consider before you invest in marketing efforts?