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Inbound Marketing: The Best Way to Attract Targeted Buyers

Inbound Marketing: The Best Way to Attract Targeted Buyers


    Are you looking for effective way to attract targeted buyers?

    You’re not alone. I’ve seen Internet entrepreneurs who have set aside a huge advertising budget. If you ask me, why should you waste your hard earned money when you can easily leverage on ‘existing’ resources to grow your business?

    It doesn’t matter how much effort you’ve put into your blog or website, growth is sure if you adhere to my strategy. Most of what we do online to grow our business is ‘beggarly’ in nature. Yes, I know cold-calling can be effective when properly done, but it’s a form of begging and you ought not to inconvenience potential prospects with your offers.

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    Instead of chasing after buyers, and using tricks indirectly, there is a better way to make it work.

    Inbound Marketing Strategy (IMS)

    The best way to attract paying customers, fill your client-cabinet with high paying business owners and become the go-to for quality services, is ‘inbound marketing.’ The word “in” has to do with internal structure of your business.

    Everyone is desperate to grow her business — bloggers, webmasters, social media examiners, and search engine consultants are taking the difficult route: outbound marketing. They’re trying to persuade and force money out of prospects. When you look at it from the top, it’s actually a wrong approach to marketing.

    When doing business, whether online or offline, the goal is to position yourself where the right people can find you. Instead of you going to them, they’ll search for and pay handsomely for your services. But when you force prospects, your true service-worth would be forgotten. Don’t let this happen to you.

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    Get Started With Inbound Marketing

    Now, we’ve established that inbound marketing is the way to go. I know you’ve questions pertaining to this – how do you get started?

    Well, inbound marketing is a form of marketing that’s powered 100% by strong and effective content marketing system. What better way can you attract paying customers without rushing to them?

    Niche Blogging – The “Inbound Marketing” Way

    Several online entrepreneurs are not utilizing the full potential that a blog has. It’s not just an online diary, where hobbies and adventure characters are jotted down; it can be a complete business, existing as a legal entity and has the ability to announce you to the world.

    When I say the world, I’m talking about your target audience – you don’t actually need everyone on your business, all you need is the right people. Few targeted customers are better than one million visitors who do nothing.

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    But guess what? Blogging itself cannot attract prospects, you need to streamline the entire system and target a particular market. Rather than blogging about finance, why not break it down and target a group of finance-enthusiasts. E.g. you could blog about personal finance, investing, penny stocks, frugal living, lifestyle et al.

    When you concentrate on a specific niche and scale it through, you’ll become an expert, your voice would be heard around the web, and prospects would start to come through word of mouth and search engines.

    Write Epic Content from Your Heart

    Now that you’ve chosen a unique niche to target, it’s time to start writing. Anyone can write a blog post, but only few people can write quality, epic and evergreen content. Google knows the quality of your posts, length actually matters and when you’re dealing with hot topics about new technologies, you’ve to write a lengthy or cornerstone content.

    This way, your content would appear relevant, detailed and well researched – great resources for those people who want complete answers.

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    Inbound Marketing: Four Effective Highlights

    For clarity and efficiency, here are the four highlights on how inbound marketing can grow your business. Take notes of:

    • Rabid Niche Strategy – a rabid niche will continue to send targeted buyers your way, even when you’re away on vacation. The people in your niche must be desperate for solutions, and they’re determined to pay for it.
    • Start a blog – Blogging is the ultimate medium to voice out your opinions on a specific topic, without feeling awkward or unimportant. To establish expertise quickly, a corporate website may not be helpful at this point, get a blog immediately
    • Write epic contents – Google and other search engines rewards hard work, well-researched contents and engaged audience. If you consistently churn out 300 – 500 words articles, you’re sending a wrong signal to search engines – it’s like you’ve limited knowledge on this niche – choose a niche you can write extensively on.
    • Educate and entertain – when potential customers finally make it to your blog, you’ve to educate and entertain them. Can you make your epic contents interesting, add light humor where necessary, and then get ready for massive viral marketing that comes naturally?

    (Photo credit: Ideal Hit on Dartboard via Shutterstock)

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    7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

    7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

    The popular idiomatic saying that “actions speak louder than words” has been around for centuries, but even to this day, most people struggle with at least one area of nonverbal communication. Consequently, many of us aspire to have more confident body language but don’t have the knowledge and tools necessary to change what are largely unconscious behaviors.

    Given that others’ perceptions of our competence and confidence are predominantly influenced by what we do with our faces and bodies, it’s important to develop greater self-awareness and consciously practice better posture, stance, eye contact, facial expressions, hand movements, and other aspects of body language.

    Posture

    First things first: how is your posture? Let’s start with a quick self-assessment of your body.

    • Are your shoulders slumped over or rolled back in an upright posture?
    • When you stand up, do you evenly distribute your weight or lean excessively to one side?
    • Does your natural stance place your feet relatively shoulder-width apart or are your feet and legs close together in a closed-off position?
    • When you sit, does your lower back protrude out in a slumped position or maintain a straight, spine-friendly posture in your seat?

    All of these are important considerations to make when evaluating and improving your posture and stance, which will lead to more confident body language over time. If you routinely struggle with maintaining good posture, consider buying a posture trainer/corrector, consulting a chiropractor or physical therapist, stretching daily, and strengthening both your core and back muscles.

    Facial Expressions

    Are you prone to any of the following in personal or professional settings?

    • Bruxism (tight, clenched jaw or grinding teeth)
    • Frowning and/or furrowing brows
    • Avoiding direct eye contact and/or staring at the ground

    If you answered “yes” to any of these, then let’s start by examining various ways in which you can project confident body language through your facial expressions.

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    1. Understand How Others Perceive Your Facial Expressions

    A December 2020 study by UC Berkeley and Google researchers utilized a deep neural network to analyze facial expressions in six million YouTube clips representing people from over 140 countries. The study found that, despite socio-cultural differences, people around the world tended to use about 70% of the same facial expressions in response to different emotional stimuli and situations.[1]

    The study’s researchers also published a fascinating interactive map to demonstrate how their machine learning technology assessed various facial expressions and determined subtle differences in emotional responses.

    This study highlights the social importance of facial expressions because whether or not we’re consciously aware of them—by gazing into a mirror or your screen on a video conferencing platform—how we present our faces to others can have tremendous impacts on their perceptions of us, our confidence, and our emotional states. This awareness is the essential first step towards

    2. Relax Your Face

    New research on bruxism and facial tension found the stresses and anxieties of Covid-19 lockdowns led to considerable increases in orofacial pain, jaw-clenching, and teeth grinding, particularly among women.[2]

    The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans alone have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ syndrome), and facial tension can lead to other complications such as insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, and dark, puffy bags under your eyes.[3])

    To avoid these unpleasant outcomes, start practicing progressive muscle relaxation techniques and taking breaks more frequently throughout the day to moderate facial tension.[4] You should also try out some biofeedback techniques to enhance your awareness of involuntary bodily processes like facial tension and achieve more confident body language as a result.[5]

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    3. Improve Your Eye Contact

    Did you know there’s an entire subfield of kinesic communication research dedicated to eye movements and behaviors called oculesics?[6] It refers to various communication behaviors including direct eye contact, averting one’s gaze, pupil dilation/constriction, and even frequency of blinking. All of these qualities can shape how other people perceive you, which means that eye contact is yet another area of nonverbal body language that we should be more mindful of in social interactions.

    The ideal type (direct/indirect) and duration of eye contact depends on a variety of factors, such as cultural setting, differences in power/authority/age between the parties involved, and communication context. Research has shown that differences in the effects of eye contact are particularly prominent when comparing East Asian and Western European/North American cultures.[7]

    To improve your eye contact with others, strive to maintain consistent contact for at least 3 to 4 seconds at a time, consciously consider where you’re looking while listening to someone else, and practice eye contact as much as possible (as strange as this may seem in the beginning, it’s the best way to improve).

    3. Smile More

    There are many benefits to smiling and laughing, and when it comes to working on more confident body language, this is an area that should be fun, low-stakes, and relatively stress-free.

    Smiling is associated with the “happiness chemical” dopamine and the mood-stabilizing hormone, serotonin. Many empirical studies have shown that smiling generally leads to positive outcomes for the person smiling, and further research has shown that smiling can influence listeners’ perceptions of our confidence and trustworthiness as well.

    4. Hand Gestures

    Similar to facial expressions and posture, what you do with your hands while speaking or listening in a conversation can significantly influence others’ perceptions of you in positive or negative ways.

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    It’s undoubtedly challenging to consciously account for all of your nonverbal signals while simultaneously trying to stay engaged with the verbal part of the discussion, but putting in the effort to develop more bodily awareness now will make it much easier to unconsciously project more confident body language later on.

    5. Enhance Your Handshake

    In the article, “An Anthropology of the Handshake,” University of Copenhagen social anthropology professor Bjarke Oxlund assessed the future of handshaking in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic:[8]

    “Handshakes not only vary in function and meaning but do so according to social context, situation and scale. . . a public discussion should ensue on the advantages and disadvantages of holding on to the tradition of shaking hands as the conventional gesture of greeting and leave-taking in a variety of circumstances.”

    It’s too early to determine some of the ways in which Covid-19 has permanently changed our social norms and professional etiquette standards, but it’s reasonable to assume that handshaking may retain its importance in American society even after this pandemic. To practice more confident body language in the meantime, the video on the science of the perfect handshake below explains what you need to know.

    6. Complement Your Verbals With Hand Gestures

    As you know by now, confident communication involves so much more than simply smiling more or sounding like you know what you’re talking about. What you do with your hands can be particularly influential in how others perceive you, whether you’re fidgeting with an object, clenching your fists, hiding your hands in your pockets, or calmly gesturing to emphasize important points you’re discussing.

    Social psychology researchers have found that “iconic gestures”—hand movements that appear to be meaningfully related to the speaker’s verbal content—can have profound impacts on listeners’ information retention. In other words, people are more likely to engage with you and remember more of what you said when you speak with complementary hand gestures instead of just your voice.[9]

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    Further research on hand gestures has shown that even your choice of the left or right hand for gesturing can influence your ability to clearly convey information to listeners, which supports the notion that more confident body language is readily achievable through greater self-awareness and deliberate nonverbal actions.[10]

    Final Takeaways

    Developing better posture, enhancing your facial expressiveness, and practicing hand gestures can vastly improve your communication with other people. At first, it will be challenging to consciously practice nonverbal behaviors that many of us are accustomed to performing daily without thinking about them.

    If you ever feel discouraged, however, remember that there’s no downside to consistently putting in just a little more time and effort to increase your bodily awareness. With the tips and strategies above, you’ll be well on your way to embracing more confident body language and amplifying others’ perceptions of you in no time.

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