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LOE 070 | Creating Your Credibility and Authority in Business with Content Marketing

Ever wondered how blogging, podcasting or video content work as a successful business strategy? 

Welcome to a very special, celebratory episode number 70 of Law of Effortlessness Podcast with your Marketing and Business Coach, Shannon Bush! Join Shannon in celebrating two years of the Law of Effortlessness Podcast as she reflects on the incredible women who have been part of the Podcast on live coaching calls or experts sharing their knowledge and wisdom with you, the amazing audience who make LOE the fantastic podcast that it is!

Celebrations aside, this episode is also rich in content and marketing insights!

Have you ever wondered how other businesses seem to get their content marketing so right, and how you could replicate that success to improve your business results?

Shannon shares her thought leadership on Content Marketing as a way of establishing your credibility and authority  –sharing her formula for using content to create credibility and authority by demonstrating expertise and utilising strategic distribution.

This episode is packed with practical, expert wisdom derived from Shannon’s work with many different types of business over many years from considering the kinds of images used and what they communicate on a conscious and unconscious level, to ensuring that the content you’re creating is as effortless as possible.

Shannon shares her top five tips for choosing a content medium, and breaks down how a content marketing funnel can work smarter, not harder for your business complete with actionable ideas for content repurposing, and a reminder that nothing beats consistency!


Notable Quotes & Pearls Of Wisdom

“Done right, your content marketing will not only attract prospects but move them through the marketing funnels of your business.” Ryan Deiss, digitalmarketer.com

“When someone understands that you’re a solution, they’re much more likely to reach out to you.” – Shannon Bush

“Authority is one of the bi-products of having well considered, consistent and strategic content.” -Shannon Bush

“Discoverability equals sales in the real world.” Dev Shendon

“You have to own your expertise and be willing to share your opinion.” Shannon Bush

Find out More About Effortless Business Events:

www.effortlessbusinessevents.com.au

www.facebook.com/effortlessbusinessevents

Connect with Shannon in these places

Join the Thriving Entrepreneur Facebook group for women entrepreneurs

Her Facebook business page and on Instagram

Do you have a question or idea for a podcast episode?  Submit your ideas and questions to thrive@creativepossibility.com.au

Find out more about Market To Thrive here.

LOE Podcast 055 | The Current Business Landscape w/ Shannon Bush & Sarah Thomson | Effortless Business Events Take Over

current business landscape perth & Australia | Shannon Bush Creative Possibility Small Business Coaching | Sarah Thomson Online Social Butterfly | Marketing Event | Marketing Training Perth

Welcome to episode 055 of Law of Effortlessness – the second episode in the Effortless Business Events Take Over series!

Shannon is joined by Effortless Business Events collaborator Sarah Thomson (whom you might remember from episodes 051, and 054) to discuss the current business landscape for small businesses. Consideration is made to what is happening locally in Perth where they are based, and more broadly in Australia where a majority of their clients are based.

Sarah Thomson established Online Social Butterfly in 2011 and offers dynamic online marketing expertise to business owners. Her most popular topics include marketing in the digital age, social media and websites.

Sarah brings with her a 15-year background in corporate marketing, spanning multi-nationals, government, not-for-profit and the small business sector in both Sydney and the UK. Her enthusiasm for the industry is currently propelling her through a Master’s degree in Web Communications.

From the perils of comparison-itis and overwhelm, to how a shift in mindset can completely change how you view competition – especially in terms of pricing. Shannon and Sarah share their philosophy for marketing including a big discussion on discounting and undercutting.

Shannon and Sarah explore the true alignment between who you and what you offer, and the importance of ensuring the people you’re targeting for your business actually do want what you have to offer them.

Have some feedback about your experience with the current business landscape for small business?  Leave a comment below

Mentioned Links and Links To Connect

Connect with Sarah via her website here and on Instagram and Facebook here.

Find out more about Effortless Business Events on their website here, or like and follow the Facebook Page here.

Connect with Shannon in these places

Join the Thriving Entrepreneur Facebook group for women entrepreneurs

Her Facebook business page and on Instagram

Do you have a question or idea for a podcast episode?  Submit your ideas and questions to thrive@creativepossibility.com.au

Notable Quotes & Pearls Of Wisdom

“There are so many possible things to try in the digital and content marketing space #strategyabundance.”

“Panic driven marketing does not work.”

“When you go into a place of overwhelm in your business – we are all so busy all the time that it’s like an athlete who doesn’t have a resting heart rate so when something happens you go into overwhelm.”

LOE 054 | What We Hate About Business Events w/ Shannon Bush & Sarah Thomson | Effortless Business Events Takeover

Marketing, Coach, Business Coach, Business, Entrepreneur

Welcome to episode 054 of the Law of Effortlessness Podcast, this time with a twist!

Effortless Business Events is taking over the Law of Effortlessness Podcast and featuring Sarah Thomson from Online Social Butterfly (you might also remember her from episode 051). Shannon and Sarah collaborate together on Effortless Business Events, bringing small business owners in Perth an opportunity to attend quality, content focused marketing and business growth events.

In today’s episode, Shannon and Sarah talk candidly about what they both hate about other business events – what they’ve learned from workshops, conferences and master classes they have both attended over the years and how they’ve used those lessons to create Effortless Business Events and to deliver a quality experience.

Sarah Thomson established Online Social Butterfly in 2011 and offers dynamic online marketing expertise to business owners. Her most popular topics include marketing in the digital age, social media and websites.

Sarah brings with her a 15-year background in corporate marketing, spanning multi-nationals, government, not-for-profit and the small business sector in both Sydney and the UK. Her enthusiasm for the industry is currently propelling her through a Master’s degree in Web Communications.

She also finds time to run a taxi service for her sons, who are both competitive swimmers

Shannon and Sarah talk about their pet peeves with live events from great stories with no practical application, keynote speakers that are inspiring and motivating but lacking action steps, and the bad, spammy sales pitch without offering anything of value – including the time Sarah walked out of a live event.

All these lessons learned have helped Shannon and Sarah to launch and positively influence their collaboration, Effortless Business Events – making the events they offer the kind of event they have wanted to attend themselves.

You’re in for lots of wisdom and insight from these two seasoned business events and learning junkies!

Mentioned Links and Links To Connect

Connect with Sarah via her website here and on Facebook and Instagram here.

Find out more about Effortless Business Events here, like and follow the Facebook Page here.

Connect with Shannon in these places

Join the Thriving Entrepreneur Facebook group for women entrepreneurs

Her Facebook business page and on Instagram

Do you have a question or idea for a podcast episode?  Submit your ideas and questions to thrive@creativepossibility.com.au

Notable Quotes & Pearls Of Wisdom

“Keynote speakers are people who often come with a caveat that they are passionate and excitable, not always practical.”

“Our time is one our most precious resources. If I’ve given you my time, even if it’s a free thing, I have already invested in you.”

“People have paid in their time, money and emotionally – so it’s not OK to do a huge sales pitch from the first minute.”

“If you really own your expertise you don’t need to do a huge sales pitch.”

LOE 053 Navigating Small Business Legals w/ Shalini Nandan

Business, Coaching, Business Coaching, Marketing, Marketing Coach, Podcast, Entrepreneur, Small business legals

Making Sense Of Small Business Legals

Welcome to episode 053 of The Law of Effortlessness Podcast with Shannon Bush, this episode features Shalini Nandan who teaches the art of advocacy in small business, and how to hold strong in the face of inevitable challenges.

Shalini drafts small business legals – legal contracts so they become part of your business toolkit, educating your clients and taking the guesswork out of working with your ideal client. Shalini operates between Brisbane and Fiji and is a mother to a 26-year-old son living in London, and co-parents a 14-month-old who is teaching her the power of assertiveness and unconditional love.

In this episode, Shannon and Shalini explore who the solopreneur is, what role does a self-advocate play in your business, and how you can engage your self-advocate to make your business thrive effortlessly

Shalini opens up about how she built her business from Facebook Groups, and having conversations with people and asking the simple questions like “what is it you’re doing?” and following her curiosity as well as asking very targeted questions to get you started with legals in your business.

Shannon and Shalini ask powerful questions like:

  • How can you prepare for legals in the early stages of business
  • Is the fee you charge properly structured?
  • What are the basic requirements for website legals?

They also discuss what exactly is a business – does a side hustle count and do you need legals for that? As well as when to get your legals reviewed and how – including keeping up to date with changes to, the law and how to handle debtors

It’s the ideal episode for any small business owner in Australia looking to better understand the basics when it comes to small business legals.

 

Mentioned Links and Links To Connect

Connect with Shalini via her website here and on Facebook here.

Connect with Shannon in these places

Join the Thriving Entrepreneur Facebook group for women entrepreneurs

Her Facebook business page and on Instagram

Do you have a question or idea for a podcast episode?  Submit your ideas and questions to thrive@creativepossibility.com.au

Notable Quotes & Pearls Of Wisdom

“Your website needs to be populated, you need to have services and transactions to have legals.”

“No longer is a website just a basic website, even for startups.”

“If you have a side hustle, look at what your competitors are doing. If they don’t have terms and conditions, lift your standard.”

“Don’t use someone elses’ benchmark for quality assurance.”

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LOE 052 | How To Choose The Right Places To Be Seen Online | Solo Show w/ Shannon Bush

business, business coaching, coach, marketing, entrepreneur, be seen online, business coaching perth, small business marketing perth, Shannon Bush, Creative Possibility

Welcome to episode 052 of the Law of Effortlessness Podcast.

In this episode, Shannon takes a dive in and explores how to choose the right places to be seen online, particularly with the craziness of digital marketing.  When it comes to where to invest your time in person and online there are a few key considerations to be made, especially with an abundance of events such as breakfasts, brunches, lunches, coffee, sundowners and dinners all on offer, just for in person opportunities, let alone the abundance of online options to connect with others.

This episode explores key factors to consider such as:

  • FB groups
  • Instagram
  • In-person networking events
  • Your brand perception and image
  • Opportunities to promote to your target market

Shannon also looks at the reasons we choose to be seen in some places, and not others by asking questions such as:

  • What do you need personally and professionally?
  • What’s the personal gain you are looking to experience or achieve?

Shannon breaks this down further by taking into consideration brand image and calls to action with those you meet and connect with whether it’s in person or online. It’s another content rich solo show, featuring Shannon’s #businessyoda wisdom for making things easier when it comes to being seen online and in person.

Connect with Shannon in these places

Join the Thriving Entrepreneur Facebook group for women entrepreneurs

Her Facebook business page and on Instagram

Do you have a question or idea for a podcast episode?  Submit your ideas and questions to thrive@creativepossibility.com.au

Notable Quotes & Pearls Of Wisdom

“People by from people, people engage with people, people connect with people – take that into consideration when choosing your platforms.”

“Over time and with experience, you will be better able to make decisions about what is right for you in attending events and if somewhere is the right place for you to be seen.”

“Are your ideal clients going to be in this place where you can connect with them, or are there people who will help you grow your expertise?”

Networking As A Marketing Strategy

#marketing101 networking as a marketing strategy | Shannon Bush Creative Possibility Business Coach

Networking as a marketing strategy? You bet!

Networking is, for many in business, a necessary evil.

I get it. When I started my business in 2007 I had only ever networked in a corporate setting. I learned quite early on that networking was a thing small business owners did often and through a desire to meet other entrepeneirual types I set about looking for great groups to connect with.

It was easy to find local groups where I could go and do the meet and greet thing. Some were at breakfast, some mid morning, others at lunch or the “sundowner” evening events. It seemed there was a smorgasboard of choice. But how did you know wether what you were paying to attend, would be of value or not?

I figured if I didn’t get out and try some of these events then I’d never know.

So I showed up and did my best to mingle with bunches of strangers. I found at some events the reception was a little frosty. At others it felt clicky. While others seemed to be a free for all, with no organisation and pushy attendees.

I didn’t like the experience much at all. Online business was growing in interest at the time and platforms like Facebook had become an opportunity to connect with other business owners. But online networking wasn’t that much of a thing and if you got a friend request from someone you vaguely connected with online it felt a bit, well, creepy.

I discovered quickly that when you found yourself at the wrong types of networking events they could totally feel like the most alien places you’ve ever found yourself. Totally setting of daydreamng and escape routes. Well that’s what was happening in my head.

Over the next decade I came to understand the power of the right networking, with the right people, and how to turn those awkward moments into potential opportunities – for new clients, new referral partners, speaking or teaching opportunities, brand exposure, credibility building and more.

The wrong kind of networking event can leave you feeling stuck, with no escape!
Forget having a well polished elevator pitch, you need an escape strategy STAT!

Networking as a Marketing Strategy | Creative Possibility | Shannon Bush Business Marketing Coach Perth Australia

How did I achieve this? Well it all started with a big realisation about the core of marketing.

Marketing is all about relationships.

Once I wrapped my head around this I was able to approach networking very differently. My primary purpose of networking now is to build awesome relationships.

Networking as a marketing strategy has become the way I do things. It’s an unconscious activity with conscious, purposeful intent.

This includes a desire and intent to expand my contacts. To literally grow my network.

I see this as an ultimate win for my clients because I can refer them to the brilliant people I meet and get to know!

This value add also has proven to lead to more clients for me, so one of those win/win situations bandied about.

They exist. I created one in my business.

I created one out of an activity I used to dread.

Relationship building means getting out and meeting people. It means being the person who says hello first and who shows genuine curiosity to find out about the person or group you’re talking to. It’s remembering that if you don’t ask it’s always no. It’s also about nurturing and valuing your network so they, and your networking activity become the asset they deserve to be.

This is how I’ve built my business from it’s early days and it is definitely how I have managed to still be here more than a decade in.

Look out for a future solo show on my podcast, Law Of Effortlessness, where I share my top tips for creating and nurturing your referral network, a super key part of maximising the potential of your networking as a marketing strategy!

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