An easy way to automate your social media

This is a great tip from the people at Zapier

You simply connect your blog using Zapier to your social media accounts and every time you post to your blog, Zapier posts it right to your social media account, like FaceBook, LinkedIn…

Automate Your Social Feed

“Get a higher ROI on your work by connecting your RSS feeds to Buffer, Twitter, Instagram, and more to generate social media content without having to do anything else, as over 3,000 Zapier users are currently doing.”

Learn how – read more here

There are lots of tips in this article – you’ll need to scroll down a little way until you see the title. Good luck – it works great for me.

Social Media Minute – Tell me again, why am I doing social media?

Posted by my friend, Kristy Schnabel, Cer­ti­fied Social Media Man­ager with the Social Media Man­ager School. Kristy works with entrepreneurs to boost their online businesses. Kristy is the founder of It’s Virtually Done.


Maybe you’re questioning the value of your social media in your business planning. You might ask yourself,

“Why am I doing social media again?”

 Answer: to show up.





Woody’s right. It’s the no-shows that fall by the wayside. You need to be in front of people for them to remember you and the help you offer.

But you want more than that — you want to know HOW to show up, which brings me to my:

 6 B’s of Social Media

  1.      Be clear on your message. Know your brand — what it is you’re known for — and deliver that message consistently.
  2.      Be aware of your ideal client’s needs. How can you make their life easier?
  3.      Be yourself. You want to be an integral part of your social media to bring your unique personal self to your audience. This creates relationships.
  4.      Be helpful. Bring value by giving your audience a ton of helpful information, which incidentally, will build their trust.
  5.      Be gracious. Read, like, comment on other people’s posts, and give credit where it’s due by sharing and tagging them when you share their content.
  6.      Be consistent. Schedule time for your social media as a part of your overall marketing strategy.

That’s your base (another B), and from there you build (okay, now I have too many) your content and share it around driving traffic to your website where people can connect with you further (and buy your stuff!).

I’m socially yours!


Simple assessments are a powerful tool to attract clients

Create Your Own Assessments to Attract More Clients

If you think assessments should only be used with existing clients, you may be in for a surprise! Assessments can also be effectively used in building your prospect database and attracting more new clients, right from your web site and your social media accounts.

Why are assessments so powerful?

Because they captivate and educate your prospects, and are fun to take!

I have personally received at least fifty e-mails from friends and colleagues last year, referring me to various self-assessment web sites! I could find out what my IQ was, what type of personality I have, if I’m a good candidate to be a franchisee or whether business ownership is for me, what career I’m most suited for, just to name a few.

c30ae449b5fed2b8ba38a535_1920Imagine hundreds or thousands of people sending their friends and relatives to your web site or sharing your assessment with their social media contacts! Nothing else will make people spread the word about your web site faster than a free assessment!

While many coaches and consultants already have assessments on their web sites, most of them are offered in PDF or Microsoft Word format. So the only way to complete these assessments is to print them out and manually fill in the blanks. Just imagine automating your career assessments or automatically score your skills assessments!

Your existing clients won’t mind doing it, but your prospects may think it’s too much of a hassle. Keeping this in mind, I developed a tool that instantly solves this problem! allows you to create automated self-scoring assessments, which you can add to your web site, link in your email signature line, send to your social media contacts in just minutes!

Now, we’re not talking about a complicated assessment that takes an hour to complete. The ones you create with the Assessment Generator are simple and straight-forward. Their goal is to captivate your prospects, and get them excited about your web site and your offer enough to buy from you!

There are two types of assessments, which you can create with Assessment Generator: assessment scored as one or “type-based” scored by individual categories or types that you set up such as a personality quiz.

Self-scoring assessments are fun, and are excellent for driving targeted traffic to your web site. People love them so much, they’ll send everyone they know to your web site!

Here is how a self-scoring assessment works. Your web site visitors read each statement and check those that apply to them. They can also rank each statement on a scale of one to five, to indicate how much they agree with a statement.

For example, here are a few statements from the “Marketing-Wise Assessment”, which you can see on the samples page at

• I track most of my marketing activities & know how my clients find me

• I publish a newsletter at least once a month

• My prospects clearly understand what I do and how I can help them

Here are few more statements, taken from the “Stress-Level Quiz”:

• I smoke less than half a pack of cigarettes a day

• I do something for fun at least once a week

• I have at least one relative within 50 miles on whom I can rely

After they’ve completed an assessment, your prospects can view their score and its interpretation, which you type in when you create the assessment. The results are then e-mailed to both you and the assessment taker. If you use autoresponders, you can also follow up with each prospect as many times as you wish, until they become a client.

The possibilities for using self-scoring assessments are endless! Here are just a few topics to get your imagination going:

1) “Self-Confidence Assessment” will help your visitors find out what their level of self-confidence is, and what they can do to improve it.

2) “Midlife Crisis Assessment” will tell your prospects if they’re really going through a mid-life crisis, and how they can overcome it.

3) “Healthy Eater Assessment” will help people understand their eating habits better, and whether or not they need to make a change in their eating patterns.

4) “Should I Hire a Web Designer Assessment” will help your visitors make a decision about their abilities to create and take care of a web site.

5) “How Child-Proof is My Home Assessment” will tell parents how ready they are for a child in their house, and how to keep their child safe.

P.S. You can get my free list of 200 ideas for using assessments in your business right now by visiting

As you can see, a self-scoring assessment can be created for ANY type of business, on any topic. Another type of an assessment you can create is “Narrative”. You ask questions, prospects fill in the answers, and you receive them in the e-mail and in your personal account.

While a narrative assessment works just like any feedback form, there is an incredible benefit to creating them with Assessment Generator. They are so easy to create and add to your web site, you can do it yourself within 5 minutes! Webmasters will charge you as much as $150 to add a questionnaire form to your site. With Assessment Generator you can create as many mail forms as you want, using this simple assessment wizard. And if you decide something needs to be changed on your form or assessment, you just log into your account, make the quick change and wa-la – it is dynamically updated – no need to add the whole form or assessment to your website – no need to contact your web master. Saves money and time!

Just click on “Free Test Drive” and see for yourself – you’ll use them for everything! Seminar registrations, customer surveys, free consultation requests, complementary coaching sessions, webinar invitations, teleseminar invitations and much much more!

More on giving away too much of your time

Career coaches – are you spending too much time giving away your time FOR FREE?

The client paid for a specific amount of time with you and you can ill-afford to start giving away your time – remember the next paying client is waiting to hear from you.

How to handle a difficult paying client.

  1. First and foremost, keep track of the time you started talking/working on this client’s issue.
  2. When their time is up, let them know that you are running out of time.
  3. A few minutes later, say “I have to stop the recording now.”

If you are spending too much time trying to help someone who is not responsive or receptive to change, YOU ARE wasting your time.

Give what you can, sum up what you think he or she should do next and send him an action plan. If you offer additional hours for a set price, send a followup message with the order link for more hours.

Remember, we can’t win them all and we will run into these situations from time to time.

From Interview Coach, Carole Martin
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