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Think Enriched

Think Enriched with Amy Robles is the podcast to guide smart, ambitious women to think bigger, create businesses they love and keep their family first. Amy has trained thousands of business owners to learn marketing & sales strategies. She knows how to help and is ready to work with you. Amy understands that when you enrich a woman's life, you help her entire circle of influence. You can enrich your life and your bottom line. Join us and move forward to your dreams.
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Nov 27, 2017

A year ago, I shared a post about how Thanksgiving is like Leadership. But the more you dive into the makings of a happy holiday feast, the more you realize, Thanksgiving is like your Business.

  1. No matter how well you plan, one thing can derail you how you respond says everything. You think you’ve got it covered- the full logistics. Find the less than obvious things. We thawed the turkey in the bathtub. Lesson learned: Turkey Thaw (Prep) Time. You cannot make up lost time. Be a turtle.  Keep moving forward.
  2. Multiple things are going at the same time. You don’t have to be there for each one.  Efficiency. Don’t crowd the oven. Set stations & spread it out.  Lesson learned: Set up stations. Structure the project with assembly line focus. Become efficient.
  3. The restriction of 1 oven held us back. Three tools allowed us to have multiple things cooked and ready at the same time.  Lesson learned:  Invest in the tools. You need to maximize your efforts and your time.
    • Ask these three questions before making your  next business purchase:
      • How often will I use this?
      • Can I use this tool for multiple projects?
      • Will I be using this in one year in my business?
  4. Dad can do the cranberry sauce. A child can stir while you add. (You take care of the big stuff you must take care of) Pass #2 & 3 priorities on to someone else.  Lesson learned: Delegate. Structure the project with assembly line focus. Become efficient.
  5. Sick kid: yes, even though you plan & make it work, somehow your kid can get sick. Just because. So we were in the InstaCare and late night pharmacy. This is real life. This is how life works. Lesson learned:  Something things you cannot control: health, sickness, the weather. Keep the important things important.  Your business does not overrule relationships.
  6. BONUS Secret:  Yes, you can. If you can plan, prepare & execute a Thanksgiving dinner- you can run a business. (The steps are far more apparent for a holiday dinner. Do your research.  Lesson learned: Believe in yourself. If you are having a hard time, know that I believe in you. You can do this.  You can create something.  Do it now. 
Nov 23, 2017

Ep. 90

How to Take Quality Care of Your People (Think: Your Champion)

Sales Funnel Series, Part 5

Take your small business to be the business “everyone keeps hearing about…”

Who are Your People?

  • Your people (they have decided to be your Super Fan)
  • They’ve been coined “your apostles” because they are out speaking the good word of you. We call them CHAMPIONS
  • They feel comfortable (They seek out new ways to) learn from you, be part of your group, or contribute to your cause.

You know you have a champion when…

  • Their spouse, close friends, and beauty shop ladies know you.  By name.
  • They cannot stop talking about you.  Everywhere.
  • The love and buy every, single thing you sell.
  • They volunteer to do more, buy more, or give you even more than what you asked of them.
  • The relationship between you and your champ is what we call “The Ultimate Win-Win.”

Why do your champions matter?

  • Organizations, businesses, and even political parties do not survive WITHOUT them.
  • Example: NFL with the Seahawks fans in freezing cold weather.
  • These are the lifeblood of your business.  Think of Cheers, “Norm…” walks into the room. 
  • McDonald’s shift and the old, curmudgeonly guys come in for morning coffee and pancakes. They know their menu better than you.

How do I influence my champions even more?

  • Figure out a way to be one-step ahead of their request. Keep them happy.
  • Example: NFL with the Seahawks fans in freezing cold weather.
  • These are the lifeblood of your business.  Think of Cheers, “Norm…” walks into the room. 
  • McDonald’s shift and the old guys come in for morning coffee and pancakes. They know their menu better than you.

Why are they so committed to me & my services?

  • They seek connection.  Find ways for these members to meet others like them.  (Membership group. MeetUp of members.)
  • They want status.  (For the Inner Circle of fans.  High paying customers… we offer this…)
  • They want access to you.  (NFL, meet the players day…with purchase of this & this…)
  • Find ways to have “elite club members only” events.  (Only season ticket holders get to attend the event…)
  • If you buy this package AND the membership bonus, you’ll receive FREE _________.

What else can I offer them?

  • Signed copies of your work (great for creators.)
  • An open house of your newly remodeled restaurant (by invite only of those reward members that have 5,000 points of more.)
  • Offer a new experience. 

How often should I connect with them?

  • Surprise them. 
  • Make it personal. Everyone knows a card is coming at the holidays.  I send a card 2-3 times a year in the off months.
  • Leave something that reminds you of them. 
  • Send them tickets to your exclusive event…
  • A simple thank you card for doing business with you.  Buy the staff lunch after your business with them.

 

How do I include them?

  • Something special…just for them.  Think everyone can buy tickets to a concert.
  • Few pay more for the up close seats.
  • They pay more for the backstage passes.
  • And your champions will pay a lot more for the “15-minute meet the band” before the show… (that comes only with  up close seats and backstage passes…)

So, How Do You Quickly Get Started with Your Solid Sales Funnel?

  • Take one step and start moving forward.
  • Next time I'm going to show you how to do even more and get your customers to start talking about you.
  • You have big work to do. I love showing you how to simplify the steps so you are working smarter instead of harder.
Oct 31, 2017

Warning: This is How You Get Customers to Act Now

Sales Funnel Series, Part 3

Think of that guy you see on your daily routine.  You develop a relationship with a stranger.

This is the process your customer goes through.  First, they Acknowledge you, then they connect (a relationship is made), then they are willing to try what you do.  That is, they have enough trust to spend money with you. 

A:  Acknowledge

C: Connect

T: Trust/ Try

Research from over 2,000 customers showing how far companies must go to please (or alienate) customers. *

Customer-centered marketing (aim at the customer) >> Customer-first marketing (elevate the customer).

Your customers today are:

  • modern empowered customers
  • people looking for personalization
  • those that value efficiency

The number 1 reason people were satisfied customers is: “I consistently have good experiences with it.”

The number 1 reason people were unsatisfied customers is: “The company does not put my needs and wants above its own business goals.”

The key to getting your customers to act is to show empathy.

You are already doing this. You show empathy throughout the day, meaning you know what they are going through.  The thoughts, feelings, or attitudes of others.

There is not another group of people on the planet that can match the level of empathy of smart, ambitious women.

“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”  — Zig Ziglar, Secrets of Closing the Sale, 1984

The steps to showing empathy & getting your customer to act are:

1.  Make the Connection

  • Starting to get them to act is starting a conversation.
  • Make it genuine.
  • Be right there with your customer.

2.  Speak their language

  • Big companies have brand ambassadors.  You are your own ambassador.
  • This is the long-game.  Building trust takes time.  
  • Speak to your customer in her moment.  (Think the woman on the bus at day's end.  She's not stupid.  She's tired.)

3.  Be Orginal.  Be true.  Be You.

  • Don’t put anything you out there you wouldn’t want shown on the Times Square Billboard to be shown.
  • They may copy your graphics, color & design…they can’t copy YOU.  You are the secret weapon.
  • Share what’s going on in your journey.  Really connect.

4.  Remember, It’s not about you. Make it about them.

  • Find ways to make it an easy convenient sale.  Example: great reminders come through Instagram.  Show the story of how you got where you are/ created your product/ get through the process of ideas...
  • Think, what else?  What else does my customer want with this?Example:  Selling a product…add a sample of the companion product.
  • Make it easy to buy. Have the next step in the process there for them.  Example: Amazon as a search engine.  You can find it, click, and do nothing with credit card info because they’ve saved it there for you.

5.  We're all busy. Time is of the essence.

  • At the end of the day, we all need deadlines.
  • Set a deadline and stick with it. (No one takes you seriously until you do.)
  • Add some sort of bonus with your purchase if you act now.
  • Follow up. Sometimes people get distracted.

6.  You + Your product is an irresistible team!

  • This is the biggest truth I want all smart, ambitious women to understand:  People aren’t buying the product, they are buying you.  They trust you.  You already have people who trust you- let them have your best.
  • Confidence comes when you take action.  Start.  Ask.  And move forward.

7.  Ask:  will you _____?

  • Some less-effective business coaches tell you, “The next thing to do is…” as you walk customers through the steps of the purchase.  NO.
  • Have some class.  Treat them like you want to be treated.
  • Start invite with, “Will you ______ ?”

8.  Show them what to do next.

  • Don't assume they know. (Don't give them a fish!)  Think of this podcast.  I take the ir phones from their hands, show them where the podast app is, put in the show title or my name and click subscribe.
  • Tell them, “Great!  Do this next…”
  • Thank them directly.
  • Take them to the next step.

Social Media Steps to Get them to Act

Consider opportunities like this for social media:

  1. Ask a question.  Something that can be used a conversation starter.
  2. Set a timer for 5 minutes and follow the hashtag rabbit hole. Like & connect.  How do you start convos?  Use a question.  Here’s the key:  when the timer is up, you are done.
  3. Serve others in social media. (this the modern, empowered customer era) Answer questions.  Share info.
  4. Offer to help 1:1.  

Real Life Steps to Take so Customers Spot You

The best way to get customers to act.

The process is: See > Serve > Share > Stay Steady :

  1. See:  they see me, I see them.
  2. Serve:  help them somehow.
  3. Share: tell them what you do and why.
  4. Stay Steady:  If they say no- you do not change how you treat them.  This is where many smart, ambitious women fail in the Sales Funnel.

So, How Do You Quickly Get Started with Your Solid Sales Funnel?

  • Take one step and start moving forward.
  • Next time I'm going to show you how to do even more and get your customers to start talking about you.
  • You have big work to do. I love showing you how to simplify the steps so you are working smarter instead of harder.

If you have questions, are looking for even more insight, you can send me an email at: amy@thinkenriched.com.

* Resource:  https://www.marketingsherpa.com/

Oct 25, 2017

How to Quickly Get Started with Your Solid Sales Funnel

This is part 1 in the series on Sales Funnels.  

The old school vs. new school sales funnels.  

Too many terms, not enough tactics.

Attract Your Customers With a Nibble

You are leading them on a journey. In a world bombarded with noise, it doesn't help to give someone the full feast of what you offer.

It's appetizer education now. Give them a nibble.  

Your customers are too busy with all the incoming messages, a nibble is all they need. 

Think of Costco runs on Saturday afternoons.   Those sample stations are at nearly every turn. Smell good? Have a nibble. "Do you like it?  They are located right around this corner and are sale today!"

It Starts When Customers Spot You. Here's How the Big Companies Do This.

Companies pay millions of dollars so that you can spot them. A few examples are:

  • Movie/ television sets are paid by companies to have their products on camera. Think of cereals, etc.
  • Sponsorships of teams and organizations in the community. Banners out on left field, on the walls of the high school, etc.
  • Celebrities holding a can of Pepsi.
  • Billboards across the globe. Thank you, Coke.
  • Times Square flashing lights.
  • YouTube ads: before you can watch some videos you have the 5-second mandatory ad. 
  • Streaming videos: services have mandatory commercial breaks within the shows.

 

You, Smart, Ambitious Woman, Are Already in Sales. And You're Good at it.

We make sales too complicated. You are a salesperson, you may not have realized that.

I'm on a mission to help smart, ambitious women make sales simple & a natural part of daily life.

Because you are already in sales. The process of making a sale is convincing someone to act.  You do this every day when you:

  • Remind your child to make their bed so they can get to school on time. 
  • Get the family out the door on time so you're not late again.
  • Help a co-worker pass that certification with study notes/ practices so she can get a raise.
  • Give someone a reason why they should join the volunteer organization, or plan the company picnic, or do something extra so they can put it on their resume.
  • Negotiate the purchase price of an item so you save money and they still get a commission.

We'll go into the power of sales more down the road, recognize that you are an excellent salesperson already.

 

How to Make it Easy For Your Customers Spot You

Your sales funnel is your strategy. You implement the tactics.  This is why there are so many in business who give you the strategy and sale the tactics.  

So now to the tactics to start your sales funnel so your customers spot you easily.

But first, know your customer.  You must know who you are looking to draw into your sales funnel.  If you're not sure about that, I've got an entire worksheet dedicated to your perfectly delighted customer in the show notes. 

The secret?  Make it a part of everyday life. Use what you've got, girl. 

A few ideas that come to mind are:

  • If you are a natural encourager, encourage your customer.
  • If you are funny, be funny in your placement.
  • If you are out a lot, be the person with your product.

You are putting your message/ product/ad out in the world. [Note: Do not do all of these at once.  Start with one and do this consistently for a month. Then look at adding another. Don't be concerned it's not enough, people will start to notice. You are laying the foundation for your powerful sales funnel here.]

 

Social Media Steps so Customers Spot You

Consider opportunities like this for social media:

  1. Make a consistent post. At a minimum, post twice a week, you could post daily. (10 words or less is ideal for graphics.)
  2. Tell a funny story in your life. Pull that story back to your product or service.
  3. Show pictures of your life in daily use on how the product works.
  4. Ask a question.  Something that can be used a conversation starter.
  5. Share the good news! If your product, someone in your organization has an article or post, share that and explain why this is important.
  6. Send congratulations!  When someone else succeeds doing something that you are happy for or talks about your product or service, bring up in the feed.  
  7. Video posts. This will take more time and planning but should be on your radar. 

 

Real Life Steps to Take so Customers Spot You

Life doesn't happen only online. The best way to allow your customers to spot your product is when they spot you.

Think of it this way:

  1. You are your product. When customers choose to buy, they choose you.
  2. They notice you when they trust you.
  3. Dress like a professional. 
  4. Smile with confidence. (You can watch Amy Cuddy's TED Talk here.)
  5. Listen. Listen 3:1 ratio. People instinctively trust the listeners.
  6. Don't push.  Say less about your product or business, a casual mention is sometimes more powerful than a full-scale business presentation at the kids' soccer game.
  7. Share a sample, if someone shows interest.  Remember this is the world of appetizer education, so give them a nibble.

So, How Do You Quickly Get Started with Your Solid Sales Funnel?

Take one step and start moving forward.

Next time I'm going to show you how to do even more and get your customers to act.

You have big work to do. I love showing you how to simplify the steps so you are working smarter instead of harder.

If you have questions, are looking for even more insight, you can send me an email at: amy@thinkenriched.com.

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