You know that creating content is important in growing your business.
But it’s not about just posting any content. It’s about posting influential content.
The reason it’s SO important that your content on social media is influential, is that you can spend so much time in your content, and if it’s not influential, then all of that time is wasted.
You could have been investing and doing something more important in your business that was actually going to yield a result.
If you do post influential content, you’ll be way more likely to help people to move along with the journey towards you and have them take that step closer to becoming an actual paying client.
Actually think about what the purpose of your content is, rather than just posting for posting sake. I don’t know if you’re the same as me, but do you sometimes think, ‘What’s the point of that post?’
You want to ensure your content is really helpful, relevant and influential, meaning you’re helping people to actually take action to change their life, not just to entertain them.
Recently one of my clients said to me; “Kat, I’m thinking I need to post more funny stuff on my Facebook page, because the funny stuff gets the most likes.”
Likes are not the goal. Getting people to take the next step towards you is the goal. The step towards becoming a paid client.
Be really careful not to just chase engagement, in terms of likes, but actually encourage a relationship with that person, inspire that person to become someone to change, someone to take action for themselves.
Really the test is: Are people coming through your funnel? Are you getting people off social media and onto your website, onto your landing page and onto your online domain? Ask yourself; ‘What is going to get people over the line?’ ‘What is actually going to make people want to sign up for you?’
People will sign up with you because you inspired them to want to take action. It’s because you educated them on the importance of taking action, of the cost if they don’t take action and why you’re different. Entertaining them is important. I’m not saying don’t post funny stuff. Use funny stuff as a break from your day, but it doesn’t lead to paid clients.
Paid clients purchase premium products that inform, inspire and educate. The purpose of social media is for potential clients to get to know, like and trust you, so they want to take the journey with you. We need to make influential social media content that brings our clients across the line.
In this video and article I share with you 5 essentials of influential social media content.
Here are my 5 Essentials of Influential Social Media Content:
1) Design the Purpose of Your Post First
Decide prior to commencing your post what the purpose of your post is. Use strategy and intentionality when developing your social media posts. Think through what will lead to bringing money into your bank account.
Remember as a business owner if money is not going into your bank account consistently to cover your lifestyle and bills, you will always be stuck in a job, working for someone else.
If you really want to be an entrepreneur and get money into your bank account from working with people, you’ve got to think about the journey your potential clients will take to get there.
Usually, a future client’s journey starts with interacting with your social media post. That post leads them along the journey to become a paid client.
Be helpful, relevant and have a purpose and reason for your post. Building rapport, connection and trust with your future client is the beginning of their journey with you. A piece of content might be made to overcome a specific objection a client had. It might be to show a little bit more about your story, so they relate to you a little bit more.
It might be to showcase how you can help them by telling an example of a great story that you’ve had with a client, a case study or something that happened to you that week that was an excellent lesson. The lesson should help them to take more action towards you. Be strategic and ensure your posts all have a purpose.
2) Speak Directly to Your Ideal Clients’ Desires and Challenges
A lot of people don’t have goals, but they know what they want. A lot of people have dreams, but they might not even think that they can achieve their dreams. Many people may have goals, but how many are actually realising them?
If you were to ask a person, ‘What do you want?’, most people know what they want. Ask a person, ‘What are you struggling with?’ and they will be able to articulate their struggles to you.
Speak directly to your ideal client, not broadly as thought talking to friends or family. Speak directly to the person that you want to work with, to your target market or avatar. Speak to their desires. Speak to their challenges. The deeper you go, the better for your potential future client.
It’s not all about demographics. It’s about psychographics. What are their thoughts, their feelings and beliefs? What are they thinking about themselves? What are they thinking about you?
Go deeper. WHY do they need to change? WHY do they want that goal? WHY do they need help with it? Start talking about that. Be really specific about their desires and their challenges.
3) Help Them Overcome Barriers to Action
‘How To’ videos are abounding on the internet. It’s the most searched term on Google. But we’ve got to remember, that it’s not just about people learning, it’s about people doing. It’s about people taking action on what you’re teaching them.
When you’re thinking about your content for your social media, ask yourself; ‘How can I help them overcome their resistance to changing?’ ‘How can I have them overcome their biggest objections to investing in themselves?’
You can address these questions through your social media content. So when you’re thinking about money in your bank account and your potential client becoming your paid client, you must work your way back to this regarding content. What is going to stop them from getting to this point?
And it’s not just about getting a paid client. It’s about transforming someone’s life. It’s about helping them become who they want to be. It’s about helping them out of their pain and helping them get relief. You’re helping them to avoid, become or create something in their life and to be the person they want to be.
4) Show Them How Else You Can Help Them
Build into your pre-planned strategy, a way to incorporate further development for your future client. Show them how else you can help them. It might look like: Giving them one thing that they could go away and do. One small result so that you’re showing them that you actually have seven. ‘This is one part of my ‘7-step strategy’.
Or it’s one recipe that you’ve got, out of your 50 recipes. Or it’s one technique to overcome a limiting belief, out of all the 50 interventions that you do with people.
You’re not just giving them enough that they feel satisfied. You’re giving them a little taste, so they go, ‘Oh it tastes good’ and they want more. You’re showing them how else you can help them.
You’re not just giving them this false illusion that their problem is solved. We know that no one is going to change their life from one piece of social media content. It’s a layered journey. So build that layering within your strategy document.
People often know what to do but they don’t know how to apply it to them and that’s where you can come in and help. It’s about planting seeds in their mind so they think, ‘Ah, when I need to work on that, I will go to the go-to person’. Planning your strategy is key.
5) Have a Call To Action or Engagement
Your call to action is your next connection and interaction with a future client. It could be, ‘Jump onto the call with me’ or ‘Come to my free webinar’ or ‘Join my five-day challenge’. It could be, ‘Download my freebie’, or ‘Drop a comment or put a yes in the comment box’.
Your call to action is asking your potential client to do something with you and it also works to build engagement. The reason that asking for ‘comments’, ‘likes’ or ‘shares’ works on Facebook, is that Facebook sees these actions, and then pushes your content out to more people in the community.
To recap my 5 tips;
- Decide the purpose of your post first
- Speak directly to your ideal clients’ desires and challenges
- Help them to overcome barriers to action
- Show them how else you can help them
- Have a call to action or engagement
Applying these 5 tips will help you lead your potential client on a journey towards being a paid client!