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Facebook’s Best Kept Secret: Custom Audiences

This might at first sound counter-intuitive – paying to reach customers you already reach – but stay with me for a moment.

Facebook's Best Kept Secret: Custom Audiences

Let’s say you’ve got an email list. You email them regularly, but for most of the people on your list, that’s your only method of contact.

Remember the adage, it takes 7 contacts to make a sale? That’s not necessarily 7 emails. As you know, you can send your list 100 emails and unless it’s a special list, the majority of people on the list will still not have made a purchase.

This is exactly why it’s a good idea to contact these people through another medium such as Facebook. Using custom audiences, you can create a group of Facebook users based upon their email address. Or for that matter, you can use phone numbers, addresses or Facebook user ID’s. You can also create a group for people who have visited your website recently.

Back to the people on your list – by adding them to your group, you now have another way to reach them and interact with them. They’re already on your “warm” list, and getting them onto Facebook makes that list even warmer.

To set up a Facebook Custom Audience, simply log in to the Facebook Power Editor, click on “audiences” and select “custom audience” and follow the instructions provided.

Are your email lists segmented? For example, do you have a list of buyers and a list of prospects who haven’t yet purchased? Then you can target them individually for a better response. People who purchased your $17 traffic product are good candidates for your $97 traffic product, while those who haven’t made a purchase yet might be interested in a trial $7 product.

Do you have a list that’s ‘dead?’ That is, a list of subscribers who no longer open your emails? Using Custom Audiences, you might be able to reactive them with a “We’ve missed you” type of campaign.

Lastly, you can build a lookalike audience to reach Facebook users similar to your Custom Audiences. These are folks who have similar interests, have liked the same pages and so forth as your Custom Audience. Facebook will scan its membership to find these folks and you can then market to them.

Using these techniques, you can reach people who’ve already said they’re interested in you and your products, in addition to finding new prospects likely to be interested as well.

5 Simple Tips to Get Your Content Shared

Well over 5.5 million gigabites of content is currently being shared daily through social media and email. Want to grab a piece of that viral pie? Here are 5 tips to help get your content moving into new hands and seen by many new people every day.

5Simple Tips to Get Your Content Shared

Use Great Headlines. This one’s a no brainer, yet it’s the biggest mistake marketers tend to make. Your headline should be short enough to be readable, long enough to be interesting, interesting enough to instantly grab attention, and the more curiosity it provokes, the better.

Use a Story. “Buy this great product” is never going to get shared as often as, “The Customer Service Nightmare on Elm Street” or “Redhead Finds Bliss in a Bottle.”

Use Visuals. Relevant, interesting visuals grab attention, heighten interest, tell a story, make content stand out in social media… do I need to go on?

Use Humor. Nothing gets shared as much as something that makes people chuckle – or better yet – laugh out loud. Find ways to insert humor into your content, both in the words and the visuals, and your shares will immediately go up.

Make It Easy to Share. Add buttons for each of the main social networks. The idea here is to keep the sharing process as easy and simple as possible. Even one extra click can result in no shares.

17 Proven Ways to Boost Your Creativity

Whether you’re solving a problem, writing a blog post, crafting a review or creating your next product, creativity is one of your best tools for getting the job done with finesse and style. With that in mind, here are 17 methods anyone can use to become more creative.

17 Proven Ways to Boost Your Creativity

Free write – This is where you just start writing anything and continue to write as the words and ideas flow. At first it may be silly nonsense, but you’ll be surprised how fast your words and ideas can coalesce into something truly inspired.

Carry a notebook – By jotting down ideas as soon as they appear, two things happen. First, you don’t forget your ideas because you’ve got a written record. Second, the act of writing them down tells your subconscious that you want ideas, which will encourage it to give you even more.

Make lists – The very act of writing things down frees up your mind to be more creative.

Take breaks from your work – Get up, walk around, play 5 minutes of hopscotch – whatever. Just take a breather.

Get up and go – Leave your computer at home, take your notebook and get away from the office. Go anywhere – a park, the mall, a coffee shop, a museum – just get out, get away and soak up some different surroundings.

Get near water, especially if it’s moving – Studies show that being near moving water floods you with negative ions, which makes you feel good and can boost your creativity. Remember how you get some of your best ideas in the shower? That’s part of the reason why.

Talk nice to yourself – Positive self talk on how creative you are will produce more ideas. Beating yourself up for being a dummy won’t.

Have caffeine – If you don’t normally drink caffeine, one cup of coffee or tea can have remarkable effects on your thinking.

Clean off your desk – Nothing stifles creativity like a messy, cluttered desk.

Read something different – Read an article on a topic you know nothing about, a page out of the dictionary, a chapter out of a random book, etc. Learning outside the box can trigger many new ideas for you.

Practice writing or bouncing a ball with your non-dominant hand – This can help activate the connection between the two sides of your brain.

Be open to new ideas – All too often we dismiss an idea before giving it a real chance. Even if you think it’s a bad idea, try playing devil’s advocate and find all the reasons why it’s a good idea – you might be surprised.

Collaborate and mastermind – Two heads are better than one, and 5 are better than 2. Form a mastermind group, present a problem, and then let the ideas flow. The only rule: No one shoots down an idea.

Sleep on it – Give your subconscious your problem or need: “I need 3 new blog post ideas by tomorrow morning.” Then let it go and see what your subconscious finds for you.

Make friends with mistakes – When you goof up or make the wrong decision, realize it’s not the end of the world. It’s simply something that didn’t work at the moment. This allows your creativity to continue to flow.

Purposely break rules – Don’t break the big ones like “do not steal,” but do break the little ones like “this is what a blog post / new product / video should look like.”

Be you – Don’t worry about what others might think because no great idea is without naysayers anyway. In fact, if everyone thinks your idea is great, then it’s probably not.

One last tip: Ask “Why?” and “Why not?” a lot. Often times we just accept things as they are, when there could be a whopper of an idea just staring us in the face the whole time.

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