Consultants: Promote your expertise instead of your practice [Training May 12 in Madison, Wis.]

11 WaysConsultantsPromoteTheir Expertise2

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You’re a whiz at organizational development. Or strategic planning. Or time management. Or the topic that’s your passion.

But unless your specialty is marketing, you might not know the first thing about how to promote your consulting business.  

You’re not alone. 

During the more than 15 years I’ve worked as a consultant with the Milwaukee-based Summit Group, I’ve been in awe at the hundreds of smart, savvy consultants who we’ve met at our monthly breakfast meetings and at networking events around town. Except for business cards, a few brochures and their LinkedIn connections, many consultants don’t realize the wide variety of ways they can market their practice.

My best advice: Don’t market your practice. Market your expertise. 

When I lead a three-hour workshop for the Madison Area Business Consultants on May 12 at MG&E Innovation Center on How to Build Your Expertise, Promote It and Attract Your Best Clients, I’ll explain exactly what constitutes expertise, how to achieve it, keep building on it, and how to promote it. 

Here are 11 promotion ideas you might not have considered:

1. Refer to yourself as an expert—everywhere.

That includes in your professional bio, on business cards, marketing materials, proposals, invoices and packing slips. (This assumes that you have a respectable level of expertise in your field.) 

I typically begin my bios with the phrase “Publicity expert Joan Stewart…” It lets readers know immediately that I’m at the top of my game. “Publicity expert” also appears in my social media profiles.

You're the Expert Spread the Word business card stack

2. In content you publish content—everywhere.

The best way to publish is by blogging because you own the property. If that’s an impossible commitment for whatever reason, offer to guest blog for others, as long as they reach the same target audience as you do. It’s also smart to publish on your LinkedIn profile. (More on LinkedIn in #8 below.) 

If your topic is difficult to illustrate, consider a collection of how-to tips that you create in PowerPoint and upload to Pinterest. My board on 50 Tips for Free Publicity has 3,142 followers and it isn’t even complete.  

3. In a short tagline after your name.

Use this instead of your job title. You’d be amazed at all the places this will appear: under your photo in newspapers and magazines, in industry directories and in articles others are writing about you.   

4. In your 15-second elevator pitch.

At many events where I speak, audience members sometimes introduce themselves with their 15-second elevator pitches before the meeting planner introduces me. Almost no one refers to themselves as an expert! I know because I’m listening carefully.  

5. On your nametag at events.

I’ve seen this several times, and it’s a always conversation starter. “Exactly what do you do?” Chances are good the guy asking it won’t remember your name. But he’ll remember you’re the privacy expert who can keep his company’s computers from being hacked. 

Privacy Expert nametag

6. At your website—everywhere.

Use the word expert or expertise on your homepage, in your bios, on your Contact page and anywhere else you can slip it in.

7. In the titles of your YouTube videos.

If you create talking head videos, put “John Smith, Privacy Expert” in the headline. Your video will appear in search results when someone searches for “privacy expert.”

8. On LinkedIn—everywhere.

Include the word expert in your headline and throughout your profile. Use it in the “Experience” section and when you invite others to connect with you.  

Refer to yourself as an expert when you start or participate in discussions within groups. Journalists and bloggers are trolling groups looking for story ideas, sources and experts.

9. In Comments at other people’s blogs.

This is an excellent place to flaunt your expertise and get a link back to your website. Yet most people never consider this.  If readers have taken the time to read the entire post and they’ve made it to the Comments sections, they’re interested in the topic. And many of those readers might be looking for solutions to problems. Who better to help solve them than you?  

10. In anything you’ve written.

This includes blog posts, guest blog posts, articles, White Papers, your own newsletter, status updates on social media,  letters, print books, ebooks, special reports and email.

11. In your email signature.

During a typical week, how many people see your emails? If you don’t use the word “expert,” you’re missing the chance to let them know you stand above many of your competitors.

Free Publicity Tip 48--Consultant Promote ExpertiseIf you can join me in Madison May 12, you’ll be able to participate in a fun activity that really gets people thinking. I’ll be asking for volunteers for several “hot seats.” One by one, consultants will take turns sitting on a chair in the front of the room. They’ll explain their business and their goals. Audience members join me in throwing out ideas on what the consultant can do to perfect or promote their expertise. At an easel nearby, a volunteer note-taker is busy recording all the ideas. The person on the hot seat leaves with a long list of suggestions.

And audience members realize that even though they might be too close to their own business to market it, it’s a blast helping someone  else market theirs. Hope you can join me on May 12! To register, contact Kathy Watson. You can get her contact info and other details here.

How do you promote your consulting practice? What clever ways have you seen other consultants use to promote theirs?

Dog Tweets–4 Mega Factors to Consider When Branding (or Rebranding) Your Blog

Here are my Top 10 tweets from this past week, great for retweeting! If you missed these, follow The Publicity Hound on Twitter.

twitter bird4 Mega Factors to Consider When #Branding (or Rebranding) Your #Blog via @B2Community ow.ly/LglFr

Learn important best practices for publishing content that promotes your expertise on #LinkedIn #Webinar ow.ly/Lfyty

#Social selling and the #social enterprise: From fantasy to reality – via @markwschaefer ow.ly/LfJT9

How to Guest Post and Rock Your Pitch bit.ly/1IIX9QB via @Ileane by @SueAnneDunlevie via #sbzclub

Discover how to properly use hashtags to increase your brand on Twitter! bit.ly/1yenyWq via @charlenerhall via #sbzclub

10 things you should never do when #pitchingajournalist via @PRDaily ow.ly/LoUMF

How to Create #Content That Builds Your #Business & Attracts #Clients ow.ly/LoVuH

RT @StratCommun: RT @Canary_Wood: 52 #ContentMarketing Experts Share Their Top 100 Content Tips buff.ly/1FYOuvy

How to Write an Email Newsletter Bio via @Patsiblogsquad #contentmarketing ow.ly/LoVw0

RT @MTilburyAuthor: Top 10 Resources for Self-Publishing Authors @thecreativepenn @PublicityHound and @annerallen

 

 

 

Why publishing content on LinkedIn can be confusing if you blog

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When LinkedIn rolled out its publishing platform a year ago this week, giving you the ability to publish helpful content to your profile, bloggers rejoiced.

Finally, they could take all those posts and republish them on LinkedIn.

Not so fast. 

Google doesn’t like duplicate content, and republishing all your content to LinkedIn is as bad as spamming. If Google sees two articles online—one at your blog and one on your LinkedIn profile—it might rank your profile higher in search results, and not rank your blog post at all. 

The workaround for that problem is to rewrite the post just enough so it’s different, and then publish it to LinkedIn.

Hubspot, the experts in inbound marketing, suggest a few other options. In its post Linkedin’s Publishing for All” Raises Duplicate Content Questions, it suggests that you might go so far as to republish only one out of five articles from your blog on LinkedIn, but only if you feel it’s adding value by getting the content in front of a new audience who would benefit from it. 

I wouldn’t take that chance. I’d simply rewrite it. Or pay someone to rewrite it for me.

LinkedIn expert Wayne Breitbarth, author of the best-selling book The Power Formula for LinkedIn Succcess, will discuss other important things to keep in mind while publishing to LinkedIn when he’s my guest for an online training session from 4 to 5 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, April 9. ” The webinar on 10 LinkedIn Changes, Workarounds & Apps will walk you through the new features introduced in the last year by the world’s largest social networking site and explain how to use them to your advantage. 

5 Reasons to Publish on LinkedIn

Publishing has many advantages. Here are just a few:

  1. Published posts enhance your expertise and let people know that you know your topic.
  2. They become part of your profile, the first thing someone sees when they land on your page.
  3. The content can be seen by people who aren’t connected to you at the first, second or third levels.
  4. It’s an alternative to creating your own blog, a task some people stiff refuse to consider. The danger in relying on LinkedIn as a showcase for your content is the same as it is on other sites like Facebook and Twitter. You don’t own the property. The content can be here one day and gone the next.
  5. Your compelling content could be the deciding factor that gives you a consulting assignment, or a new job.

Checklists & Cheat Sheets

Everyone who registers for Thursday’s webinar will receive five bonuses. My Publicity Hounds love those easy-to-use checklists and cheat sheets. Here’s what you’ll get: 

  1. The video replay, which you can watch again whenever you wish if you need a quick refresher. 
  2. A self-evaluation, written by Wayne, that lets you score yourself so you can see how well you’re doing on LinkedIn.
  3. Wayne’s list of list of “10 Ways to Promote Your Events on LinkedIn.” I always forget about these when I’m speaking at an event, or hosting a virtual event.
  4. Wayne’s checklist of “10 Ways to Get More Company Page Followers.” I don’t use my Company Page nearly enough.
  5. Wayne and I also use a fast, incredibly easy trick for growing our email lists when we connect with others on LinkedIn. We’ll tell you what it is and even give you a cheat sheet with the exact copy we use so you can steal our idea.

Hope to see you on Thursday’s call. Register here.

If we’re not connected on LinkedIn, let’s do it. You can find me here.  Connect with Wayne here.

Dog Tweets–Press Release Grader – Make it Better

Here are my Top 10 tweets from this past week, great for retweeting! If you missed these, follow The Publicity Hound on Twitter.

twitter birdPress Release Grader – Make it Better – @prweb ow.ly/L2jca #pressreleasegrader #pressrelease

#MobileResponsive, It’s not just flicking a switch! via @JSaeler ow.ly/L1ZRg

Simple Cures for #BusinessBlog Writer’s Block ow.ly/L2b2a #bloggingforbusiness #bloggingtips

How to Write & Publish a #1 Bestselling Children’s Book to Amazon in a Weekend ow.ly/L2hKW #bookpublishing

Radio #publicitytip: Call talk shows and comment ow.ly/L8Ncp via @PublicityHound

Five ideas to discover your #marketing niche from @SMExaminer @markwschaefer ow.ly/L8QS5

8 Steps to #Instagram Enlightenment! bit.ly/ig8step #infographic #smm @Louise_Myers via #sbzclub

50 things to tweet about from @Bookgal ow.ly/L8Qrs #bookmarketing

Join my friend Jeff Goins, author of “The Art of Work”, as shares how you can discover your calling. goo.gl/cPdpvh via #sbzclub

Boost Recognition, Get New #Readers, and Increase Sales ow.ly/LbkvF

 

 

 

Dog Tweets–Story Telling for Blogs

Here are my Top 10 tweets from this past week, great for retweeting! If you missed these, follow The Publicity Hound on Twitter.

twitter birdStory Telling for Blogs #contentmarketing via @Patsiblogsquad ow.ly/KBrtG

11 ways to rule #Twitterchats via @PRDaily ow.ly/KBLm3

RT @MyDigitalAgent: A Funny Thing Happened During the 30-Day Blogging Challenge bit.ly/1LzIa0Y by @Synnovatia

Use Book Trailers in #MediaKits…You’ll love this collection of seven brilliant book trailers. ow.ly/KGYCK #bookmarketing

Writing a Blog? 51 Ways to Revive A Lifeless Business Blog ow.ly/KHAuK #bloggingforbusiness #bloggingtips

Big News: Google Loves Press Releases Now | @PRNewser @PatrickCoffee ow.ly/KK49N

9 #LinkedIn Publishing Tips That Can Build Your Visibility and Audience via @DeniseWakeman goo.gl/11eUxi via #sbzclub

How to Survive a Public Embarrassment with Smart #Publicity via @PublicityHound @webmoves_net ow.ly/KL86j

@Bookgal brings us tip 47 in a series of 52 ways to market your book! ow.ly/KL99g #bookmarketing

From @JaneFriedman How 7 Literary #Authors Collaborated to Launch a Box Set ow.ly/2Wp9T