Managing the technology of a successful online biz for marketing, social media, and digital products confounds coaches. You might want to know:
- How an autoresponder connects to your website.
- Where do you send buyers to a "thank-you-purchase page.?"
- Which credit card processor should you use?
- Is Paypal enough? Do you need Stripe?
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Your website is your home base online, where you'll blog, post videos, maybe host a podcast, and create your sales and landing pages. People who read your blog could be potential clients who found answers to their issues.
It is not complicated, although it appears so. Here is what you need:
1. WordPress for a website or an online store. A virtual assistant could get your site established. You could start running a business in a day.
2. Email Manager is the next step to start building your mailing list. You'll need an autoresponder that serves the function exactly as named--an autoresponder service such as
3. To use your autoresponder, you'll create a series of follow-up emails that automatically get sent. You set the schedule for sending them out.
The autoresponders refer to and are part of your product funnel. Autoresponders are designed to promote your services like group coaching or your product like an Ebook or a checklist.
4. For the free downloaded ebook or list, you create an Opt-in Offer. Then place a form on your website to collect email addresses of everyone who wants your service or product.
Shopping Cart or Payment Processor
5. How will a customer pay you for your product or coaching services? The most convenient, and simple way to sell a product is through Paypal and your website. You will need a PayPal account set up in the business name or your name. Another payment option is Stripe.
Explore the Paypal payment plugins for your online biz web site. The way to set up PayPal payments on a website page is to...
- Create a PayPal button that generates a code.
- Then paste the code into a sales page. Paypal will notify you when a sale occurs, and you should be prepared to follow up each sale with a series of email autoresponders. Again this is automated through your Email program or your shopping cart solution.
I highly recommend an automated system because it is a massive time saver. Consider purchasing a shopping cart. These can be self-hosted or as a monthly service.
- The shopping cart will
- Take care of delivering the product.
- Adding the purchaser to the appropriate mailing list, And send follow up emails.
You can even choose a cart that tracks affiliate sales if you'd like to entice others to promote your online biz products and services.
Storytelling is a great way to connect with your audience. Professional speakers use it all the time, but it works just as well online. Take a look at five ways you can start to tell stories that will help you get closer to your readers, build a relationship with them and earn their trust.
On Your Blog
One of the easiest ways to get started is on your blog. Don't be afraid to get a little personal. Share what's going on in your life, or write stories from days gone by as they apply to your niche and your content.
- Why did I start my business? Share the story of how you wanted to be paid for your natural strengths like listening or planning.
- What unique office or service can I offer? She the story of your passion for helping others?
For example, if your brand and your online business are about personal finance and reducing consumer debt, share how you were able to pay off $15,000 in credit card debt in under two years. Talk about the sacrifices you and your family made or how it has made your life easier today .
- What interesting discovery did you make about yourself?
- What made you want to close your business, and you had to struggle to know the next step?.
Via Social Media
Social media is another great place for storytelling. Get social, be personal and don't be afraid to share what's going on with you and your life.When I started this blog over ten years ago, all article were business oriented. Today, you don't have to mind those rules. Personalization is practically required for you to stand out, stand up, be seen and flourish.
Going back to our previous example, you could post how much fun your family is having at a free concert in a local park. The tool here is to ASK...either ask your followers to share their best free entertainment tips or point them to a resource on your site where you share your top 5 tips to do on the weekend without spending a dime. The pint is ask for a response of some kind.
In Your Email Messages
Start with your core message and your CTA (Call to action) for your email. Then come up with a story you can tell them that goes along with the action you want your readers to take.
- Do you want them to click through to content on your website?
- Are you making them an offer for a new video course?
- Use the story to get them interested in the topic or show them how learning what you're teaching in your class can either help them or hurt them (if they don't know what's in the course).
- You can also use storytelling in an email to open a dialog with your audience. Open up and get a little personal and they will follow suit. It's a great way to get to know your target audience better.
On Your Sales Pages
Stories are a great way to hook your readers and get them to read about the product you have to offer. Turn to storytelling to come up with a strong headline and intro for your sales pages and sales videos.
In Your Products
Last but not least, let's talk about using storytelling in your digital products. It doesn't matter if you're writing eBooks, creating coaching programs, or recording video courses, stories are a great way to illustrate your point. They make it easier for your students, clients, and customers to understand concepts and make them more memorable.