My hubby and I are on a massive de-cluttering spree. In my efforts of cleaning and purging, I happened upon a box of the first edition of my book Creating a Prosperous Practice. Although this book has been revised and is in its 2nd edition, this book still has valuable information on how I took my business from paying 10s of thousands of dollars in advertising to spending practically nothing all while tripling my business.
I have decided to give them away for free, you just pay Shipping and Handling. There is a limited number of these ~ about 40 or so ~ so it is on a first come, first served basis.
If you want to read what’s included in the book or see what other people are saying about the book, you can go here.
Click here to get your own copy today. These books will go priority mail so that I don’t have to mess with finding boxes or mailing envelopes. Go now!
Sorry all of the copies have been sold. Thank your for you interest.
There are now many companies and brands that have implemented Facebook like box widgets for their respective websites. A Facebook like box is an excellent way to brand your business online because there are several ways for it to be found in search engines as well as on Facebook’s own search engine and search features. A Facebook like box widget is a social plugin that enables Facebook page owners the ability to gain likes from their own website.
The reason that this is a good look for website owners is because of the power of social media. When a given user visits a website equipped with a Facebook like button, they are able to see which of their Facebook friends liked the page as well. This plays in to give the website in question notoriety. A website visitor is also able to read recent updates inside of the widget and like the page with one click of the mouse button…without having to visit the page on Facebook. This capability adds to website retention.
I get the question on how to place a Facebook like box widget on to one’s own website. A lot of people are learning that more fans on Facebook ads up to more notoriety for one’s brand name. To satisfy the need to learn how to do this, once and for all, I’ve outline an easy step-by-step guide on how to place a FaceBook like box widget on your website:
As we struggle through these uncertain economic times, it’s logical that the survival of our massage business may start filling our thoughts. Maybe not consuming every waking hour, but for some of us that may be close.
Customers can be fickle — they’re looking to save money just as much as we’re looking to make money. The two are almost mutually exclusive, so we’re always looking for that edge — that balance that will make us as profitable as possible, keep our current customers happy, and win lots of new customers. But there’s no guarantee — no magic potion or formula. It’s often trial and error… hit and miss. Some sink while trying to figure it out, some flounder for a long time, and some… thankfully… thrive and grow.
If you’re losing customers, or just afraid you’re going to lose customers as the economy gets tighter and tighter and the remaining competition gets cut-throat, there are a few things you can do to tighten that bond with the customer and figure out exactly what they’re looking for so that you may be able to meet their needs even better than you have been so far.
#1 — Conduct an email campaign with a discount or coupon included
This won’t work for all businesses, but it will for many. I’m not big on filling out surveys — the only ones I usually like are the ones I conduct on my own. But the few that I do get involved in that really draw me in are the ones that offer me something in return like a discount or coupon on a future purchase. You do that with your customers and you can gain some great demographic information and learn a lot about what your customer thinks about you and your product offering, while keeping them coming back for more because you just gave them something to use next time they need services like yours.
#2 — Contact your long-term customers directly by phone
To make sure that you maintain that close personal relationship with your best customers, reach out to them by phone periodically. Talk to them about what you offer or are doing that they like, and what they would like to see changed. Ask them to be candid and let them know that you’re seriously interested in their honest feedback. Consider it sort of a ‘lessons learned’ session — we all can use those from time to time.
#3 — Analyze customer purchase trends
This is something you probably should be doing all along, but with smaller businesses run by one or two very busy people, it can be extremely difficult to set aside the time to do it right. What you need to do is select a time period — maybe it’s the past six months, maybe a full year — and see who your best customers are, where they’re coming from, what they are purchasing, how much they’re spending, etc.
You would think this would be a no-brainer to want to know this, but you’d be surprised at how many big businesses aren’t really paying attention to this either. I did analysis work that was sort of like this for a very large Midwestern grocery chain figuring out what their top ten sellers in each department were. Yes, you would think that their two hundred stores were already doing this and you would think that the corporate office had a standard way to do this, but that was not the case. It took a forward-thinking store manager to bring me in to help and then other regionally located stores from the same chain wanted the same services from me. It turned out nicely for me, but what a sad statement about this large organization that they had no reporting structure already in place to ensure that all stores are being as profitable as possible.
Below are 5 proven secrets to help you succeed.
1. Stay In Touch
Stay in contact with customers on a regular basis. Offer them a free e-zine subscription. Ask customers if they want to be updated by e-mail when you make changes to your Web site. After every sale follow-up with the customer to see if they are satisfied with their purchase.
2. Friendly Web Site
Make it easy for your customers to navigate on your Web site. Have a “FAQ” page on your Web site to explain anything that might confuse your customers. Ask them to fill out an electronic survey to find out how make your Web site more customer friendly.
3. Easy And Free Communication
Make it easy and for your customers to contact you. Offer as many contact methods as possible.
4. Teach Your Employees
Make sure employees know and use your customer service policy. Give your employees bonuses or incentives to practice excellent customer service..
5. Impress Your Customer
Give your customers more than they expect. Send thank you gifts to lifetime customers. E-mail them online greeting cards on holidays or birthdays. Award bonuses or discounts to customers who make a big purchase.
6. Be Nice
Always be polite to your customers. Use the words Please, Thank You, and Your Welcome. Be polite to your customers even if they are being irate with you. Always apologize to your customers should you make a mistake.
Internet Advertising Solution: Build A Successful Business Through Networking Over the course of your business life you’ll come in contact with a number of other business people.
They could be lawyers, business services, suppliers, customers, etc. these people are important to your business in more ways than one.
If you hired them or they bought your product or service, you can also gain their business knowledge, experience, ideas, and advice.
How do you do this? Stay Connected!
Network! Networking is when two or more different businesses stay in contact on a regular basis to build and improve each others business.
If you have the time, start your own networking group. You could hold meetings at a local seminar room, at a park, or at your own business building. If you want to hold meetings on-line use a private chat room. Publish a print or e-mail newsletter to keep members informed of meeting time and dates.
Networking is a surefire way to build a successful business. I have used it countless times and will continue too. I have also met a lot of business people who are now some of my closest friends.
I’ve created a series of videos for you to use for free on your website, Facebook Page/Profile or on Twitter.
Here are what some people are saying about the videos:
Hi Linda, thanks for the fantastic videos, I have been using them on my facebook page. I also do reiki and craniosacral therapy. If you’re looking for ideas for future videos, I would like to see some for other body work modalities in addition to the great massage ones that you have already posted. Thanks again, this is a wonderful idea. –Christine Baker, LMT
I did not know this existed. Wonderful idea! Well done. Thanks again –Suzanne Nichols
Great site and helpful videos! –Sandy Haynes
Hello~thank you for your effort in making these educational videos for our use! –Premo’s Barbar Spa
Linda! I don’t know how I missed this page before now – these videos are great – thanks! –Cindy Iwlew
Excellent page! –Tammy L Regis
Thanks for sharing the I Massage videos. Very well done indeed. –Jean Walker-Wiley
Creating Websites does not come without mistakes. When I look back at each new site I created, each a little better than the next, I realized how very far I had come. Following are some common web page mistakes that many of us have made as new designers.
I do not recommend using any form of visitor stats that involves adding code into your pages. These methods tend to be inaccurate and rarely measure the actual stats needed to evaluate your progress in developing a successful online business.
HOW OFTEN HAVE YOU SEEN A HIT COUNTER ON A PROFESSIONAL WEBSITE?
Many new webmasters will tell me that they have overcome the issue by making the counter invisible. When choosing this method, please understand that Google sets out some very serious guidelines concerning invisible text and links
Being able to analyze website results is a big part of building your business. However, I recommend using a professional approach. If your domain host does not give you adequate web stats, download and install a program such as Awstats.
Installing this program is not a huge issue, IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING. Generally speaking, I can figure out how to do just about anything. To be honest with you though, I had trouble getting this installed and working properly without assistance. For those of you that need help, I recommend that you contact Brian Bonini. He will install and configure the program to best fit your needs, at a very reasonable flat fee.
This is one of the most complained about features on a website. The internet public simply does not want background music to begin to play without warning. If the nature of a site involves music, provide the user with the option to start and stop the player.
This Website Best Viewed
On many beginner websites you will see a disclaimer statement added to the bottom of a page, concerning which web browser and/or screen resolution they designed the site to be viewed with. At best, your site visitors may likely view this as a sign of an amateur web designer. You also run the risk of offending non Microsoft browser users. At the rate we are seeing Firefox Growing, it would be a serious mistake to disregard it.
Invest the time in learning the skills necessary to design a website that renders well in multiple browsers, and the most common screen resolutions. If you use coding that requires a specific program to be functional, always provide an alternative.
A professional website can be viewed without horizontal scrolling in both a smaller and a larger screen resolution. People expect to scroll from the top to the bottom of your pages. This is not an issue. They do not tolerate needing to scroll horizontally. This can make it extremely difficult to read the content on your site, and often your visitors will lose patience and leave. Check your website in a site resolution viewer.
Slow Page Loading
Research shows that more than 50% of internet users are using dial-up connections to access the web. If your page does not download rapidly, visitors will quickly move on to find another site. Take action now to reduce the “weight” of your pages.
SIZE AND OPTIMIZE IMAGES FOR THE WEB
Each image on your site must be correctly sized and optimized for web use. The best method for this process is dependent entirely your actual editor. Most image editors have tutorials to help you with this.
You can find several several step by step tutorials (with screen shots) on our Digital Photography Tips and Image Editing blog.
If you do not have an image editor, there are some decent free programs available on the net. Each will often also provide image editing tips.
IrfanView Image Editor
Gimp Image Manipulation
If you prefer structured help in a group setting, you might want to join our interactive discussion group for more image editing assistance.
SPECIAL PAGE EFFECTS
Adding code to your site to create special effects when your visitors transitions from one page to the next, will not increase your sales. It will however slow your pages and serve to irritate potential customers.
LEARN AND USE VALID HTML CODE
W3C compliant code will load faster than HTML coding filled with errors. It honestly will not matter if you ever develop the ability to open up a blank notepad and hand code all the HTML needed to create a website. It is not important which editor you learn to use, or even if you decide to use a professional template for your business. These are all just tools.
You do however, need to become familiar enough with HTML that you can make the changes needed to keep your website updated on a regular basis, without adding unnecessary code.
LEARN AND USE EXTERNAL CSS
Take advantage of the free CSS lessons in our Website Development Training Class. The time you save in updates on your site is incredible and it will have a substantial impact on the amount of code used for your pages. This will add up to shorter download times for your pages. At the very least, study and follow a good CSS tutorial to learn the basics.
Website Development Training
Basic CSS Tutorials
Right Click Disabled
This is a classic situation of what some folks would call, “cutting off your nose to spite your face.” In a misguided attempt to protect your images, you make the mistake of irritating the vast majority of visitors using right click for legitimate reasons. There is NEVER a legitimate reason to disable right clicking on your site.
Case in point, I was doing some online shopping for the holidays, when I came across the perfect gift for a friend. I was unsure of the exact size needed, so I decided to bookmark the site and return later in the day. I right clicked to go ahead and add the site to my favorites. Immediately a little window opened informing me that it was illegal to steal copyrighted images and that they had logged my IP address. At that point I made the decision to close the site all together and do my shopping elsewhere.
How Do I Stop People From Downloading My Graphics?
Using Free Web Hosting
If you want your business to be taken seriously, this is a common web page mistake you definitely want to avoid. Often business owners will tell me that the business is “just starting out” and that is why they have not yet moved the site to a domain host.
First, you must choose and purchase a domain name, if you do not already have one. Although there are certainly many domain registrars out there, I have used GoDaddy over a period of time. I find their services to be affordable and reliable. They also give you complete control of pointing your domain name to a different hosting company.
Secondly, you need to choose a professional domain host. There is no getting around this one. If you want to run a successful online business, you absolutely must have a reliable domain host. This all comes back to the credibility issue.
Customers that will trust a small business owner with their credit card information, who cannot invest $5.00 to $10.00 a month for proper hosting, are scarce.
If you are having a hard time finding affordable web hosting that you can trust and depend on, I openly recommend 1and1 Hosting. I have found them to be extremely reliable and they allow you to place multiple domains (websites) on the same account, without increasing their fees. If you need help choosing an effective package for your business, feel free to contact me privately. I will be happy to help you.
Using Free E-mail Addresses
Although it is a common mistake, using a free email address, such as Yahoo, Hotmail, or Gmail, is never appropriate for your website or for business correspondence. Again, this comes back to the issue of Website Credibility. When it comes to your business, always use an email addresses associated with your business domain.
On the flip side of this coin, you need to be careful with what you say in a public group or forum if you are using a business email address. Many small businesses have suffered the repercussions of taking part in a controversial topic, in an open forum, that ended up appearing near their business website in the search engine results.
5 Things Your Website Wants You to Know
Your website is a powerful ally to help you market and grow your business. It can support you in building a community of your Right People, it can help you sell your products and services and it can serve as a platform for you to share your expertise.
But it can’t do any of this effectively if you aren’t paying attention to what it needs to be able to do its job. If you check in with it, you just might find that there are some things your website wants you to know. And chances are, they are pretty simple tweaks that you can make right now that will help your website work even harder for you.
1. Your Website Likes Simplicity
It doesn’t want to be bogged down and cluttered with all kinds of gadgets, widgets, banners and other things that distract from your main message. Too many of these kinds of things makes it feel slow, sluggish and distracted from its main job of attracting your Right People to you.
n fact, many of those things may actually be distracting your visitors and luring them away from your website or from the action that you want them to take.
Take a look and see where you can simplify your website.
2. Your Website Likes Interaction
It loves to have people interacting and engaging in conversation. It thrives on comments and discussions. It wants to have your Right People hanging out and engaging with you all the time.
And it’s easy to set your website up to welcome those comments and conversations! Use WordPress to set up your site and it has the ability for comments built right into it. You can publish a blog and invite people to comment on each post. You can publish articles and again, invite comments.
his is a great way to build a community of your Right People there on your website. They can hang out and talk to you, they can ask you questions, they can talk to each other. And they will be far more likely to come back again!
3. Your Website Wants to be Fresh
It gets tired of having the same old content on there all the time. It wants something fresh! new! exciting! It wants to be kept up to date and have new content added on a regular basis.
Your website is a great tool for providing valuable information to your Right People. You can write articles with tips and how-tos. You can talk about how you help people and the benefits they get from working with you. You can share your story and where you’ve come from.
There are all kinds of ways to keep your website fresh and your content interesting and new.
And make sure that all of your info on there is up to date. Contact info, product or services information, prices, etc all need to be accurate and up to date.
And lastly, make sure all of your links are up to date and there are no broken links on your site.
4. Your Website Wants to Look Pretty and Professional
It’s tired of that half-ass design and the default template. It wants to be able to show you off as your own irresistible self, but that’s hard to do when the look and feel of your site is dull, boring and NOT you.
our website should be beautiful, professional, and let YOU shine through in all your wonderful glory. It should be attractive and look as great as your business really is.
Get some help with this, if you need to. If you aren’t sure how to create a design that lets you shine through then find someone to help you with it. Hire a designer that can put your ideas into a great visual that matches who you are and your big message.
5. Your Website Likes Attention
It wants you to care about it, to take care of it, to keep everything up to date and fresh.
It wants to have people coming to it and reading the info that is there, leaving comments, signing up for your email newsletter or contacting you about your services.
It wants to be an integral part of your business and marketing. And it needs that attention and care to be able to do its job and do it well.
How is your website doing? Do a check in with it and see if it’s trying to tell you anything. Then share what you found in the comments below.
Want to use this video on your own website or Facebook Page?
Just click on the YouTube link in the lower right-hand corner. It will take you directly to this video on YouTube. Click on “Share”. “Click on “Embed”. Click on the size video that you want on your website and grab the embed code. Need more help? Check out my video tutorial How to Upload Video to Facebook and Your Website.
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As a Feng Shui practitioner, I am a firm believer of decluttering often…well it is that time of year for me. Below is a list of some of the goodies that I have for sale (I will update this as I go along in my decluttering efforts). The books, videos and CDs I would be willing to ship (I will let you know how much the shipping is when you contact me), but probably the larger items would only be for the local area. If you see something that sparks your fancy, please email me at email@example.com to see if it is still available and to make arrangements for payment and delivery.
Books (I have posted a link to the item on Amazon, just in case you want to check it out for more information).
Blogging for Dummies (New) by Susannah Gardner – $13.50
How to Start and Manage Health Spa Business by Jerre Lewis – $11.99
Plug Your Business! (New) by Steve Weber – $8.50
Success Beyond Work by Colleen Holloway – $10
The Spa Encyclopedia by Hannelore Leavy – $29.00
Metaphysical & Inspirational
Confidence is Queen by Susie Castillo – $3.50
Dare to Prosper by Catherine Ponder – $3.50
Develop Irresistible Attraction (New) by Connie Domino – $10.00
Let today be a Holiday by Rose Rosetree – $ 7
Living a Charmed Life by Victoria Moran – $9
Make the Best of the Rest of Your Life by Geri O’Neil – $10
Mind Magic by Marta Hiatt – $4
Psychogenesis Everything Begins in Mind by Jack Ensign Addington – $10
Secret of Unlimited Prosperity by Catherine Ponder – $4
Super Self by Geri O’Neil – 6
The Game of Life and how to Play it by Florence Scovel-Shinn
Complete Review Guide for National & State Certification Examinations by Barron (3rd Ed.) – $15
Ethics for Massage Therapists by Terrie Yardley-Nohr – $18
Love Your Body, Love Your Life by Sarah Maria – $5.50
Notes from the Universe (Books 1-3) (New) by Mike Dooley – $30 (or $10 each)
Living Reiki Takata’s Teachings by LifeRhythm – $6
Principles of Reiki by Kajsa Krishini Borang – $9
Reiki Hawayo Takata’s Story by Helen Haberly – $3
Reiki with Gemstones by Ursula Klinger-Omenka – $7
Zoku Shin Do The Art of East Asian Foot Reflexology by Shogo Mochizuki – $45
Alpha Relaxation System by Dr. Jeffrey Thompson – $5
Chopin Piano Favorites – $2
Dolphin Magic by Ken Davis – $9
Meditation by Fumio – $4
Meditation Music for Massage by Michael Benghiat – $8.99
Pachelbel with ocean sounds – $5
Reef Magic by Dale Nougher – $11.98
Sunset Prairie by Michael Benghiat – $6
Theta Meditation System by Dr. Jeffrey Thompson – $5
Quick question for you…
How are you currently marketing your massage website?
It seems like the biggest challenge on every massage therapist’s plate right now is “How in the world do I get more clients?”
And the real question behind that is “How do I MARKET my massage website,” right?
It’s tricky because there’s no one answer that will satisfy everyone.
Part of the answer depends on things like:
a) How is your website currently working for you (meaning how much traffic are you getting, what keywords are you ranking well for, how many phone call/emails do you receive each day, etc.)
b) What skills or ability do you have VS. What skills or ability are you completely in the dark with?
The answers to those questions help paint the complete picture so you know what to focus on next.
As you know, I’ve been building websites for awhile now and am a firm believer that any massage therapist can be (and SHOULD be) using their website as the majority of their marketing efforts.
However, in order to successfully gain more clients from your website is a 4-part process.
Many massage therapists falsely believe that simply showing up in the search engines is their biggest obstacle.
Unfortunately, that is only part 1 of the puzzle.
Here are the 4 steps you need to master in order to win a new client.
STEP 1: Land high in the search results when a potential client is searching for your service.
STEP 2: Make sure potential client CLICKS on your link in the search results and VISITS your site.
STEP 3: Provide potential client all the necessary info so they take ACTION and get in touch with you.
STEP 4: Be the life saver/hero on the phone and sell them on your service.
And that brings me to the main point of today’s blog post:
Help Me Help You!
I need to know what you know and what you don’t know.
I can sit here and rattle off a bunch of things that you can do to improve your website, but if you don’t know WHAT I’m talking about or HOW to make the adjustments, we’re both wasting our time, right?
So, help me help you.
I just created this into a blog post so I can gather all the replies into one neat tidy space.
Give me your biggest challenge or frustration when it comes to marketing your website.
I’ll take a bunch of the replies and answer them for you (either in a blog post, audio recording, video reply, etc).
Let me know what you need to know and I’ll make it happen.
See you on the other side.