Book Marketing

3 Steps to Market Your New Business As a Woman Entrepreneur









The world is filled with great ideas and broke women entrepreneurs and business owners with fabulous products but no sales.

The fact is, ideas are not what drives most women business to success. Marketing does. So before you quit your day job to branch out on your own, it pays to have a solid marketing plan in place. Start with these 3 ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Free Webinars
For information product sellers, coaches, and service providers, one of the best sources of new clients is in free training webinars. No matter what your niche, the promise of in-depth training at no cost is enough to entice potential clients to part with an email address (which you’ll be able to market to later) and an hour of their time.

Not only that, but webinars are a fantastic way for those potential customers to get to know you better. And the better they know you, the more likely they are to buy.

Content Marketing
Not comfortable hosting a webinar? Hit the keyboard and start sharing your thoughts and ideas via your blog, ebooks, guest articles and other written content. For internet marketers, this gives readers a taste of what they can expect from your product. If you sell physical products like books or coaching programs, it provides the perfect opportunity to share usage tips and other important information with your buyers.

Of course, there’s another important benefit to content marketing, too: search engine optimization. Google and other search engines index the words on your website and use the information to present search results to their users. Content marketing is a tool you can use to make the most of these results, and to bring more potential buyers to your website.

Paid Advertising
Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google and plenty of other sites all offer paid placement, and with today’s powerful analytics tools, it’s easy to create ads and drive traffic inexpensively. Consider starting with Facebook, since the cost is low and it’s easy to target your ads to your ideal client. Once you’ve perfected your funnel, you can branch out into more costly ads with a larger reach, such as Google AdWords or another ad network.

Don’t limit yourself to these three marketing methods though. There are dozens of others you can try, including affiliate programs, JV partnerships, automated funnels, direct mail campaigns, and even television advertising. The key is to keep testing and tweaking to make the most of every marketing effort, so that your business continues to grow.

Get Your Best Selling Book Out There

Writing a best selling book is only the beginning. Once the final file is sent off to the printers, the real work begins.

The truth is, unless your name is Stephen King or Robert Kiyosaki, your book is unlikely to fly off the shelf. At least, not without some effort on your part. The good news is, marketing your book is just like marketing your business, and you’re a whiz at that, so this will be easy for you.

Get Social
First stop: Facebook. Your book deserves its own Facebook page. You can (and should) share excerpts, reviews, interviews you’ve done, and even other books you love. A Facebook page will also give you the opportunity to build a custom audience of fans for ad targeting. Instagram is another social site worth exploring. Create a hashtag just for your book, and share quotes and other graphics with your fans and followers. And don’t neglect Twitter, where building a targeted following is fast and easy, and LinkedIn, where serious business owners mingle and get to know one another.

Blog About It
If you haven’t already, now is the time to start shouting about your book on your blog and to your email list. Fans will love to hear:
• Behind the scenes info on how the writing process works and what you’ve learned
• The struggles you faced trying to get your book written and published
• How you managed to find the time/energy to get your book finished
• How sales and marketing are going

Create a Book Trailer (or Two)
These fun, short videos create intrigue and interest about your book. You can create them with PowerPoint, outsource it to a professional, or just fire up your web cam and talk. It’s totally up to you. When you’re finished, post it to YouTube, share it socially, embed it on your blog, and include it in your launch page. And while you’re posting to YouTube, don’t forget to put a link to your landing page in the description!

Host a Hangout (YouTube Live)
On launch day, invite your fans and friends to a “meet the author” chat on YouTube Live or other webinar platform. This can be as informal as a Q&A, or as structured as a training event, complete with slides, but don’t be afraid to just “open the phone lines” and invite your fans to share in your excitement.

Make the Guest Posting Rounds
Now is the time to be seen on other blogs, on podcasts, and anywhere your audience is hanging out. Have your VA send out an introductory email with a targeted post or interview proposal for best results. After all, no one wants to host yet another in a long line of “me too” interviews. Give them something customized to their audience, though, and you’ll hear a lot more yes’s!
Marketing your book doesn’t have to be a time suck, and it isn’t hard. But it does require consistency and a bit of creativity. The results are well worth your effort, though, so follow up your publication with a well-planned marketing strategy, and reap the rewards.