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Joanna Lott Coaching

Have you ever seen Facebook ads and thought ‘uuuhhhgg why are they so OTT?’. Jo shares her insights on the importance of effective messaging in business. She discusses her experiences with Facebook ads and how it enhanced her marketing skills.

Jo also talks about the significance of choosing a profitable niche based on passion and market needs. She emphasises the need for early validation of the niche to resonate with the target audience.

Jo also mentions her upcoming free workshop on 30 November and encourages listeners to sign up using this link.

The power of messaging (00:02:40)

Explains the importance of using specific and understanding language to resonate with clients and stand out in marketing.

Different angles for messaging (00:04:05)

Discusses various ways to bring uniqueness and specificity into messaging, such as industry-specific, expertise-oriented, and personal preference-based approaches.

Validating niche and offer (00:08:03)

Jo Emphasises the need to validate the niche and offer early on by considering the intersection of passion, skills, and market needs, and finding a “must-have” problem to solve.

The importance of messaging in business (00:11:24)

Discussion on how messaging impacts business, the nuances of messaging, and the use of Facebook ads for understanding the impact of messaging.

Using storytelling and images in messaging (00:11:24)

Exploration of how storytelling and visual elements can enhance messaging, and the importance of selecting a niche based on both passion and market needs.

Tailoring messaging to different target audiences (00:11:24) 

Explanation of how messaging should be adapted for different target audiences, such as retirees starting a business versus influencers selling to their followers.

Useful Links

Sign up here: From Generic to Genius: how to choose a profitable niche and offer – Free LIVE workshop on 23 November at 10-11am GMT.

Meet me live to prepare for a profitable 2024 in Barnes, London, on 30 November

Download the 12 ways to get clients now

Learn about The Business of Coaching programme

Connect with Jo on LinkedIn

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Transcript
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Hello and welcome to Women in the Coaching Arena podcast. I'm so glad you are here. I'm Jo Lott, a business mentor and ICF accredited coach

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and I help coaches to build brilliant businesses. I know that when you prepare to enter the arena, there is fear, self doubt, comparison, anxiety, uncertainty, shame. You can tend to armor up and protect yourself from vulnerability. In this podcast, I'll be sharing honest, not hype, practical and emotional tools to support you to make the difference that you are here for. Dare greatly. You belong in this arena. Welcome to the 36th episode of women in the coaching arena. I am so glad you are here. I'm excited today to share my journey with Facebook ads and how it's helped massively to Uplevel my marketing skills, which were already pretty good, but it's like another level of marketing. And so how it can help me to help you even better to really nail your niche, your message, your offer and your marketing. We'll also touch on choosing profitable niches, crafting compelling offers. And we'll also talk about some unique angles from a angle cheat sheets I will be sharing at my free forthcoming workshop, where I'll go deeper into this concept. It is on Thursday, the 23rd of November. And you will find the link in the show notes. It's called from generic to genius, how to choose a profitable offer and niche. So I would love to see you there. Find the link and sign up now. I don't do live workshops that's often. So grab the opportunity to Uplevel or create your niche and offer.. My journey with Facebook ads started properly only about a month ago. I have used them previously for a short period but I have been working with a Facebook ads person this time. Last time I did it by myself. This time, I am working with someone and I'm learning so much about how important the tiniest details are. One of the biggest lessons I have learned is the power of messaging. So for example, we put out 12 videos where I was talking about niching. And. Many of them completely bombed. And two of them in particular absolutely flew head and shoulders above the others. So, what was really interesting was that in order to help coaches see the value of niching. In a way that they resonated with, and most people watched the video, read the thing. Like it was 10 times better than the other 10 videos was the way I talked about it. So what I said was it's time to stand out but not by being the loudest in the room. By speaking your client's language with radical empathy and profound understanding. The challenge is niching down. It's daunting, but oh, so critical. It's about making your client think, wow. They truly get me. Rather than some of the other videos where I was perhaps not coming from such an understanding angle. So you can take this into your business too by really noticing. What takes off and reusing using those particular words, that particular content. It's about point of view marketing. Having a view. Showing your understanding and not just creating something super generic. Another way you can stand out is by being really specific in your messaging so, how can you bring in. Your unique edge into your niche.. Many people are nervous about narrowing it down even further. And I completely get that. But it really can help. So let me cover now, a few different angles. You can bring into your messaging to help it to stand out. So you could go. Industry specific. So for example, people in the oil and gas industry. You could help the tech industry. So industry specific it's one way you can really hone in to be an expert in that space. Another way is expertise orientated audiences. So that is kind of more about the I help lecturers or I help artists. So maybe you are talking more to the expertise that they have. Another way you can do it is talk to that aspirations. So you might be talking to. Part-time entrepreneurs you might be talking to people who are pivoting from their profession to a business. You might be talking to aspiring early retirees. That sounding very tempting right now. How lovely to be an early retiree. Another way of doing it is to talk to their personal preferences. So home-based caregivers, fitness and wellbeing followers. People who support sustainability. Well, you might be talking to their life experience. So individuals post divorce. People who have overcome illness, maybe survivors of bullying. So they're not falling into a specific group that you can search on LinkedIn, for example, but they have been through a specific experience. So there are so many different ways. And what seems like, a, Basic discussion is actually extremely nuanced and it's these nuances that help one person succeed and one person not succeed. So it's super, super important. And like, I was just talking about, using Facebook ads and how the slightest difference in the exact same message has really helped me to see how very important. Even the tiny things are. So I'm excited to be running that workshop where I'll go deeper on this stuff. But I hope today's episode will help you to have that mindset shift and realize that marketing is an art and it's something we need to practice and continuously improve. And enjoy. I had a lovely email from someone who had watched my automated webinar recently. And it's helped her nail, her niche, overcome hurdles about being visible. So how can you not love marketing when I can do that for someone in an automated way as well, even better, it's not taking my time, but I'm helping somebody to move forward in their business and move forward in their life. That is why I love marketing. And that is why you could love marketing too, because small things make a huge difference in people's lives. And I'm guessing you want to make a difference. Yes. I know you also wants to make a living. And I'm all for that. That is the work I do. There will be some people who you can move forward in a free way. And there will be other people who you can completely transform in a paid capacity. Let's talk about choosing a profitable niche and offer. The criteria for selecting a niche. Isn't just about following a passion. Because we also need to think about the intersection of what you love, what you're good at and what the market needs. And this is the bit that people often miss. And you want to, like Seth Godin says one of my favorite marketeers run around with a key, looking for a lock rather than finding a lock and fashioning a key to fit. So we find the problem and then we fashioned the key, whereas it's so tempting to just sort of sits around all day. Thinking about our niche, thinking about our offer. Designing things that may be no one will sadly want. So that is why I always recommend validating your niche and offer very early on. I asked people to do this within three weeks of starting my program. And people never want to do it. They always want to rush ahead. I want to feel like I'm doing something I want to be marketing, but the sad thing is you're going to be wasting a lot of time, perhaps building a business that doesn't resonate. That isn't a problem that is important enough for people to want to solve. So, is it a must have, or is it a nice to have and how can we keep working until we find a must have niche and offer not just a nice to have. I often talk about a bleeding neck issue, something that they need to sort out now because it's serious. Versus a sprained ankle that they're just gonna limp on by. And this is where understanding your audience's pain points and aspirations becomes really crucial. Another thing I have learned from Facebook ads is the art of testing. So the Facebook ads person I'm working with has probably 20 things out there right now. When, for example, when I was running Facebook ads, I just have my one ad up and thought that will do. And, what she's done differently is the art of messaging. How important, just that same thing that I'm promoting, but how a different spin on it can really help to capture people. So again, in your marketing is about really noticing what do people resonate with? How can you bring in a story? Or some sorts of points of view that is different from being super generic. Another thing I've learned from Facebook ads or actually I knew already, but it's really, really highlighted that again. Is what I call my front door back through all the, so are you talking to their front door problem? Is it the thing that they say to their friends that they really need, or is it something that's bothering them? Probably the real problem. The backdoor. But the thing that they are not prioritizing. So for example, in a business sense, what I notice is what's holding those people back. Is disorganization, lack of decision-making, confidence. Self-doubt, all of those things. But sadly, if I promoted a program that was going to help you with a lot of that, you would think. That's nice, but I haven't got the money to invest in that right now. I need to get some clients. And so that's the difference for you in your messaging? Make sure you are talking to the thing that they really are consciously aware is the problem, not the thing. That's actually the problem. So again, another example is when I was trying to help my friend to get a job. But it wasn't helping her to get a job. I was saying you're really lacking in confidence. I can really help this self doubt and this worry in this confidence. And she was like, no, thank you. I'm busy right now. I need to get a job so I could have just said. Come work with me i'll help you get a job and along the way yes the first thing she's going to tell me is oh, no i can't go to that job because i'm really nervous and then we would have been able to deal with that. So it's about always leading with that front door problem and knowing that along the way you will be dealing with back to our stuff as well In this episode we talked about how messaging -the way you say what you say Has a massive massive impact on your business We talked about how using facebook ads has really helped me to see how nuanced this discussion is which is why i'm excited to run an updated workshop i haven't run this one before To really dive into the nuances that you need in the current competitive market that we are in. I talked about how important it is to really notice the things that take off and how you can bring in storytelling how you can use images to really stand out .How you can select a niche that isn't just about passion but it's also about market needs. How you can bring different angles into your messaging to really speak to an individual need so for example if you're talking to someone who is retiring and wants to start a business They're going to have very different needs to an influencer who wants to create something to sell to their followers. What you're showing them will be very different and how you're speaking to them will be very different too. I will be showing lots more examples in the workshop on thursday 23rd of november 10, till 11 GMT. i cannot wait to see you then. And like i say at the end of every episode trust yourself believe in yourself and be the wise gardner who keeps on watering the seed. Thank you so much for listening to this episode of Women in the Coaching Arena. I have a mess of free resources on my website joannalottcoaching.com. That's Joanna with an A and Lott with two T's. joannalottcoaching.com. And I'll also put links in the show notes. Let me know if you found this episode useful. Share it with a friend and leave me a review, and I will personally thank you for that. Remember to trust yourself, believe in yourself and be the wise Gardner who keeps on watering the seed. Get into the arena dare, greatly and try.

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