Top 5 Components of a Successful Marketing Strategy

Top 5 Components of a Successful Marketing Strategy

Top 5 Components of a Successful Marketing Strategy

by Hillary Sciscoe

 

In the world of business, strategy is your North Star. It guides you, shapes your decisions, and sets the course for success. But what happens when you navigate the marketing landscape without a well-crafted strategy in place? You risk wandering aimlessly, unsure of your destination and the path to get there.

To avoid such uncertainty, let’s explore the top five essential components of a successful marketing strategy.

The Guiding Light

Don’t let your marketing efforts wander aimlessly; let your strategy be your North Star. With these components in place, you’ll embark on a purposeful journey, confident in navigating the marketing landscape and reaching your desired destination.

Your Marketing Strategy

Clear Objectives: Defining Your Destination

Without clear objectives, your marketing efforts are like a ship adrift on the open sea. To reach your desired destination, you must set clear, specific objectives. These objectives define your goal: increasing brand awareness, generating leads, boosting sales, or expanding your market reach. 

Your objectives become your guiding beacon, illuminating the path to success and ensuring that every marketing decision aligns with your ultimate destination.

Audience Understanding: Knowing Your Travel Companions

Your audience is your travel companions on the journey to success. Without a deep understanding of your audience, you risk speaking a different language, missing their needs, and failing to resonate with them. 

A well-crafted marketing strategy includes detailed audience research, demographical analysis, and psychographic insights. It delves into your target audience’s pain points, desires, and motivations, allowing you to create messages that truly connect with them.

Competitive Analysis: Navigating the Business Landscape

The path to growth is a vast, ever-changing terrain with competitors vying for the same territory. Without competitive analysis, you’re navigating without a map. 

A thorough analysis of your competitors, their strengths, weaknesses, strategies, and market positioning is essential. It enables you to identify opportunities, assess threats, and carve out your unique space in the market. By understanding your competition, you can develop strategies to outmaneuver them and gain a competitive edge.

SWOT Analysis: Assessing Your Resources

A SWOT analysis is your compass, helping you navigate the terrain by assessing your internal strengths and weaknesses and external opportunities and threats. Strengths and weaknesses are like the sails and anchors of your ship, while opportunities and threats are the winds and currents you must navigate. 

A SWOT analysis helps you leverage your strengths, address your weaknesses, seize opportunities, and prepare for potential challenges. It’s a critical component of a marketing strategy, ensuring that your actions are aligned with your available resources.

Brand Positioning: The Destination Marker

Your brand positioning is the destination marker on your journey. It’s where you want to be in the hearts and minds of your audience. A well-defined brand positioning defines your messaging, value proposition, and differentiation. It answers the question, “What makes your brand unique? Why should your audience choose you?” 

Your brand positioning becomes the cornerstone of your marketing strategy, guiding every action you take and every message you convey.

So… a well-crafted marketing strategy is your guiding light, illuminating the path to success. It comprises clear objectives to define your destination, a deep understanding of your audience to connect with your companions, a competitive analysis to navigate the business landscape, a SWOT analysis to assess your resources, and brand positioning to mark your destination.

With these components in place, you’ll embark on a purposeful journey, confidently navigating the marketing landscape and reaching your desired destination.

Are you ready to get clear and make things happen? Book a call about out Marketing Strategy and Plan bundle today. 

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Unlocking Success with Your Marketing Funnel Strategy

Unlocking Success with Your Marketing Funnel Strategy

Unlocking Success with Your Marketing Funnel Strategy

by Hillary Sciscoe

 

The Importance of Marketing Funnel Strategy

Your marketing funnel strategy is the intentional pathway you create to guide potential clients through your content, nurturing them along the way and eventually leading them to invest in something of higher value from you. If you’re offering a course for several hundred dollars or more, you need more than just a sales page. 

Here’s why a robust marketing funnel strategy matters!

The Power of Consistency

The journey to success lies not just in the quality of your sales page alone but in the effectiveness of your marketing funnel strategy. This blog explores why a well-planned funnel strategy in Kajabi is vital for your spiritual coaching brand and how consistency can make all the difference.

Trust Comes First in the Funnel

In the online world, selling advice or courses is highly competitive. You must build trust with your potential clients before they consider working with you. 

Do you notice that when you follow someone on social media and then meet them, you feel like you already know them? This only happens with people who actively share their lives. So, share your life, knowledge, and values, and they will begin to pay more attention.  

You can invite them to free workshops, classes, or live training sessions so they can see you in action. Help them with their questions. Listen. Then, tell them about the solutions you provide to help them.

Focus on Authentic Relationships 

A significant part of your funnel should aim to bring people into your “inner circle” where you can keep them engaged with your weekly content, continuing to share your knowledge and experiences. If you need ideas on how to elevate the strength of your brand, check out these 5 Updates for a Strong Brand and Online Presence.

Present with Purpose

For programs with larger ticket items exceeding a few hundred dollars, you’ll need to pitch an offer to them effectively. It’s more than merely presenting your course on your website. It involves putting together a compelling offer and sharing it with a select group of people, your “inner circle.” 

You are dedicating space, energy, and strategy to making them a direct offer rather than relying on passive sales pages.

Value over Perfection

Obsessively perfecting your sales page isn’t the most effective use of time. You must sell it before potential clients even reach the sales page by focusing on creating valuable content and building a community of followers who follow you because you consistently provide value for free. 

You can use platforms like YouTube, TikTok, and Facebook groups to connect with your audience, demonstrating your expertise and establishing trust.

The Consistency Factor

Consistency is the secret ingredient that holds your funnel strategy together – it holds everything together. The reliability and predictability of your content and interactions nurture relationships and leads. 

Marketing Funnel Strategy

So, for spiritually-based brands, the marketing funnel strategy and the consistency in your approach can truly set you apart. Don’t be overly concerned with perfecting your sales page; instead, invest your efforts in creating content, building relationships, and nurturing your audience

Success comes from your knowledge and ability to connect with and inspire those you aim to serve.

Need to dive deep into who you want to serve and how? It’s a great idea to dive deeper every year. Walk through it with a guide in our Business Alignment Ritual.

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Kajabi Event Countdown Timer

Kajabi Event Countdown Timer

Kajabi is an all-in-one platform to run your digital course and coaching business. It’s a leader in the market because you can run your business without using third-party services.  On Kajabi, build your website and your sales funnels with landing pages, opt-in forms, checkouts, bundles of products, and even countdown timers. It’s even possible to trigger email sequences and other automation. We are Kajabi experts and can help you with any questions you have!

I’ve heard complaints about it not being possible to create campaigns in Kajabi. How it would be so nice to group the emails for a launch or special event. OK, it’s not just that I had heard it, but I had said it! One day it smacked me in the head and my lightbulb turned on. Since I’d been part of a few of these discussions when I was new to using Kajabi, I know there are more people that do not realize how to group these emails together so I’ve got to share! 

I used the keyword above….
Events!

Events are under the marketing tab in Kajabi. 

 

So why would we want to use Events?

I happened into events because I needed a countdown timer and from there I learned how useful they are. 

When you would like to send a triggered sequence of emails off without having to set up a bunch of separate emails, you can use events. 

First, you’ll need to get people registered for your event, which you can grant through an offer, by an opt-in form, or anywhere there is automation. Once they are registered, they will get all the emails set up for the event. 

The first one can be set up for “at the time of registration” and they’ll get it as soon as they are granted the event registration through any automation. 

Setting up your other emails is easy using the time filters provided, like sending one 4-days before the event to remind everyone of the plan, or an upsell opportunity 2-days after the event. 

Kajabi Event Email

The Flow

So set up your event, and your offer or opt-in, and get that countdown timer into your landing page. 

The countdown can disappear when it is over or you can have Kajabi redirect to a new landing page for the next phase of your launch.

The more people who complete your program can tell others what a difference you have made in their life!

Let us help you make it easier for them to complete each module and be your advocate.

Kajabi Event Email

We’d love to chat with you about the best options for your sales funnel. Let’s hop on a quick call to discuss your next steps. Book a free 15-minute call right here.

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Should I use ThriveCart with Kajabi?

Should I use ThriveCart with Kajabi?

I’ve taken a couple of roles where the clients have ended up with Kajabi and ThriveCart and wonder why they need both. There are a few reasons to use ThriveCart with Kajabi. It’s great to understand the differences between these services and how you can use them together – and I have the notes to share! 

Let’s take a look at ThriveCart first.

 

What is ThriveCart?

ThriveCart is a service that helps you build sales funnels and order pages for offering your digital and physical products. 

It doesn’t connect natively to Kajabi, so we have to use Zapier to grant the offers or submit a form with additional information to my clients’ Kajabi sites.

 

The Upsides

Currently, the price of ThriveCart is a one-time fee. At either $500 or $700, you pay no more!

With ThriveCart, you have all payment options on the same checkout page, which is something I prefer compared to Kajabi. You don’t have to create a landing page to choose between annual and monthly. Instead, the checkout page will offer all payment options for that product. Overall, ThriveCart offers a nicer checkout experience. 

ThriveCart has more suggestive buying. The upsell, downsell, and order bumps are all easy to set up. This makes sense since converting is what ThriveCart is all about!

It also integrates with Google Sheets, so you can easily automate a spreadsheet for easy review of sales for a campaign. 

ThriveCart does fixed commissions or percentages as opposed to Kajabi’s percentages only. 

You can take it to the next level with Joint Venture management.

 

The Downsides

One of my biggest peeves is the zaps. There can be a lot of Zaps! With some clients, we must upgrade during an event month, but you can downgrade a couple of weeks later. 

There can also be quite a bit of time setting up the zaps depending on how many products and offers you have. It’s not something you want to use when offering unique payment plans to individuals. 

Of course, all the zapping comes after you’ve created the products and offers within Kajabi and the products in ThriveCart! 

After the purchase, the product and offer will look like it was free when you look at it from within Kajabi. Kajabi should never be your go-to financial system, but it is nice to have it show paid when it is an “all-in-one” platform. Some people do not want to jump around multiple systems. 

 

So do we want to use ThriveCart with Kajabi? 

Well, it depends. What are your priorities? 

After weighing the points above, how do you feel about it?

If your priority is to have a great sales funnel and convert leads, and you are willing to take the time to set up the ThriveCart products and the zaps to go with them, do it! If you want to create high converting cart pages, upsells & affiliate campaigns with ease check out ThriveCart today.

If you feel that Kajabi does well enough and keeps everything in one place, then that’s where it’s at for you!  

We’d love to chat with you about the best for your sales funnel. Let’s hop on a quick call to discuss your next steps. Book a free 15-minute call right here.

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Set your Kajabi Pipelines into action

Set your Kajabi Pipelines into action

Set your Kajabi Pipelines into action

If you are new to Kajabi, you’ll need to get up to speed on the terminology and functionality! I’ll help you break it down and understand how to piece the various parts together in a sales funnel – or marketing pipeline as they say in Kajabi. 

The pipelines will help you adopt the inherent flow of the various pieces and they have some great starter templates to help get you going. 

Let’s set the mood with a senario that you can relate to. 

Scenario

You are launching a course. You have a 3-video lead magnet to warm folks up and get them up to speed where your course takes off. 

Your goal is to get people to: 

  • Sign up for your freebie. 
  • Get them to your website
  • Educate your visitors on what you do and how you can help them
  • Help them understand the basics of your work
  • Sign up for your course. 

 

The Flow

The components of your Kajabi flow all come together in the pipeline. You’ll want to create the product and offer before hand and fill them in as you set up the pipeline. 

  • Opt-in form for the freebie, your pre-launch content 
  • PLC Landing Page
  • Nurture emails
  • Sales page
  • Offer
  • Product
  • Emails 

The Product Launch OVO pipeline template in Kajabi is a great place to start!

Let’s break it down

Freebie

You’ll need a freebie (aka lead magnet) setup to take emails and nurture your clients-to-be. I have a couple of previous articles to help you think through getting started on your content as well as thinking through the backend.  

In the freebie process, you have a landing page with an opt-in form, an automated email sequence, and a landing page to present your content, whether it is a video or a file to download.

Many of the pipeline templates have a landing page with the opt-in ready for you to customize! It’s a great place to start.

 

Moving into the sales phase

That email sequence mentioned above is going to lead your hot leads right into learning more about your work, this is their free sample and you need to take advantage of this time. Make sure this content is helping them perceive your value!

This is the PLC, the pre-launch content and you will need landing pages to contain this content.

At the end of your freebie and email sequence, you’ll, present the next step of your pipeline to the sales page where you show the value of your offering. 

 

The Offer

An offer is the pricing structure. Are you accepting payments over a couple of months? Or will they pay in full? 

In Kajabi, each option needs its own offer. You can create one offer and then copy it to create a different payment option. 

 

Offer Automation

Each offer can have its own automations. I always use the offer automations to tag the buyers and to grant offers among other products as needed. 

If you are offering an early bird offer with special bonuses, use tags to group these people to make them easy to find so you can grant those bonuses later on. 

I like doing my post-purchase email in the automations, too. I find them easier to work with and more reliable.

 

If you build it, they will come! 

This is the backbone of your launch and will take your leads step by step. It’s an exciting process to implement! We’re here to help you find your traction. If you’re not sure where to start, let meet for a launch process audit! Click here to schedule. 

 

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Launch Checklist Template

Launch Checklist Template

Not too long ago, I released a video overview of what to think about when kicking off a digital product launch. While it’s been helpful, it sounds like pairing it with a product launch template will help make the dive into planning a lot easier! 

 

I cover five stages of the launch process in this template. 

  1. Kick-off
  2. Pre-Launch
  3. Cart Open
  4. Fulfillment
  5. Wrap-up

Let’s briefly talk about each of those.

 

Kick-off

The kick-off stage is where many decisions are made, and I go into these in the overview I spoke of above. The most significant step here is the timeline. This helps give yourself goals… or deadlines, whichever term helps you get the motivation. 

I’ve also included goals and other metrics to reach for and revisit at the end of the launch and post-fulfillment. 

Pre-Launch

Pre-launch is the stage before your open cart. Sometimes, I often involve a lead magnet and a trip magnet, depending on the range of offerings. There are many nurturing emails and attention getters to be created while preparing your audience for the main event!

Cart Open

The pipeline is coming down to those most interested! You’ll have more nurturing emails and ideas on how to personalize your outreach. 

Fulfillment

Keeping everyone on track to ensure the success of your participants and the program, there are many pieces to organize. And you don’t want to forget to send out any bonuses you promised. 

Wrap-up

Time to look at those KPIs! Were your numbers where you expected? What other discussion topics should you focus on to make the next launch and fulfillment even better? 

 

Access this template now and take out a lot of the guesswork. I’m happy to chat it out if you have any questions. 

 

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