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How to Market Your Ebook and Drive Leads

How to Market Your Ebook and Drive Leads
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With the rise of digital content, marketers have been forced to adapt in order to continue to reach consumers. Because of increased content saturation, it’s no longer beneficial for your business to keep running mediocre campaigns or write shallow blog posts that offer little to the consumer.

While there are many ways to take your content to the next level – including infographics and podcasts – the way that provides the most value to potential customers, or clients, is through the use of eBooks.

In a time when people do extensive research before making a purchase – 81 percent of consumers research online before buying, according to a 2014 retail study – an information-filled eBook puts them at ease and allows your authority and knowledge to shine through. In the end, you have the opportunity to drive high-quality leads while building trust, loyalty, and brand-recognition.

If you haven’t attempted to write and market your eBook yet, this is the guide for you.

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First, Ask Yourself: What Value Does an eBook Provide?

An eBook is an electronic version of a book, designed specifically for you to download and read on a digital device—computer, mobile phone or iPad. eBooks for businesses are a unique marketing tool because they exist to deliver expertise and often entertainment to your target audience.

Because they are the opposite of a hard sell, they’re often not viewed as a direct marketing tactic by consumers, making them more effective at cultivating leads. The best part is, they’re effectiveness is easy to track.

According to the Content Marketing Institute, eBooks are easily quantifiable because eBooks containing links make it easy for businesses to track their success and ROI for marketing efforts.

Lead-Driving Tip: Use Google Analytics, or whichever tracking tool you prefer, to tag each link and then track which ones drive the most clicks. Use this information to create a new eBook that’s better optimized down the road.

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How Do You Write an eBook?

Before drafting an eBook, it’s important to consider the topic and the audience you’re writing for. Work to solve a problem or answer a question that your audience might have about your industry. For example: how to work out on the go, how to stay healthy during the holidays, and quick home workouts would all be great topics for fitness professionals.

Keep these other ideas in mind as you determine a topic and write the content:

  • The topic has to be something you’re very familiar with and can offer valuable knowledge on.
  • While it should be related to you and your industry, it should not solely be written about your product or the services you offer.
  • Sprinkle links to your website and call-to-actions (CTAs) throughout the book. Be sure to include a CTA at the end as well. While you don’t want to be outright sales-y, you do want to remind readers that you sell a product or provide a service that they want.
  • Don’t forget to brand the eBook as well with your logo, color scheme, images, and even font. The more connected it is to your brand, the more effective it will be at driving leads.

Lead-Driving Tip: Put a small version of your logo on every page, along with a page number. This subtle messaging can go a long way in reminding readers of your potential value to them, as they’ll connect what they’re learning to your brand.

Market & Promote to Generate Leads

After you’ve done the work and published your eBook, you have to drive traffic to it in order to generate leads. The best practices to market your eBook involve a multi-channel approach. However, don’t start funneling money toward traffic just yet.

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Keep these tips in mind as you prepare for marketing:

  • Build an attractive landing page where the eBook and sign-up form will live. If you don’t have a separate landing page, you’re limiting the promotional possibilities.
  • The medium and design of your promotional methods will vary—Facebook post, versus blog article, versus Tweet—but the foundation of information will come directly from your eBook.
  • Test the download form as you go, by asking for different pieces of information. For example, people may not be interested in providing their name, email, phone number, and address to download your eBook (in which case you’d see a low number of downloads), but they may be willing to provide their name and email (in which case you may see a spike in downloads). This will allow you to determine friction-points to optimize your efforts.

If you want to choose just one marketing method, consider Facebook ads. The targeting options are extensive, allowing you to serve ads to people who are almost guaranteed to be interested in your eBook topic.

Lead-Driving Tip: Test all promotional funnels for one month and then narrow it down to just one or two outlets where you found the greatest concentration of high-quality leads coming through. This will ideally allow you be effective with less money.

Email Marketing is Essential

While you do want to reach new customers with your eBook, don’t forget about trying to reach your existing customers with email marketing. “We developed a very successful email marketing campaign that consisted of convenient snippets from the book to current customers,” explains Paul Moore, author of The Definitive Guide to Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate. “Our audience views us as the experts and we’ve seen a very tangible response from our eBook.”

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These eBooks can help to strengthen your relationship with existing clients and work to build that brand loyalty so that the next time they are ready to purchase—you’ll come to mind. After spending time and money on creating a great eBook, it’s smart to get as much mileage from it as you can, and this is a great way to do that.

Lead-Driving Tip: Segment previous buyers to determine who would benefit the most from various parts of the eBook. Consider re-purposing these into blog posts or informative emails that you can then send to those specific clients.

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Published on July 27, 2021

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

Put the Pro in Professional

After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

2. Dress the Part

While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

3. Stage Your Workspace

Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

5. Arrive on Time

In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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6. Turn on Your Video

Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

Attend to the Pesky Details

8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

Talking Has a Time and a Place

11. Chat Appropriately

Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

Manage Yourself

14. Minimize Distractions

While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

15. Save Snacking for Later

Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

Final Thoughts

Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

Featured photo credit: Chris Montgomery via unsplash.com

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