In last week’s blog post, I talked about attracting more clients to your practice by choosing a niche. If you’ve chosen a niche - congratulations! You’re well on your way to marketing with ease and having a more consistent income.
However, at this point, you might be wondering, “How do I actually attract my ideal clients?” Maybe you have a small but steady stream of referral clients coming in, but you’d like to increase your reach and start attracting clients from Google or social media.
While it’s important to have a strong referral network as a business owner, it’s also important to start generating your own client leads organically if you want to build a sustainable (and scalable) business.
In today’s blog post, I’m going to show you how to use your website and social media channels to connect with your niche audience and convert visitors and followers into clients.
REACHING YOUR NICHE VIA YOUR WEBSITE
Since your website is your business’s main hub - the foundation of your online presence - let’s start there. Before jumping onto social media channels, it’s important to make sure your website is set up to connect with members of your niche.
Let’s do a quick evaluation of your website. Ask yourself these questions:
Do new clients mention that they’re contacting you because they found your website?
Has a client ever told you they decided to work with you because they were drawn to your website’s style?
Do you have consistent, daily website traffic? Or, are people looking at your website every day? (You can track this easily by looking at the “pageviews” section of your analytics)
If you answered “no” to any of the above, it might be time to take another look at your website design and/or branding. Choosing an intentional color scheme, fonts, and a layout for your website isn’t something you should put off - because it really does have a huge impact. In fact, the sooner you set your branding, the sooner you’ll start attracting new clients through your website.
Designing a smart website is more than choosing your favorite colors and listing your services. In order for your website to do much of the heavy lifting of marketing for you, it has to be designed for your niche.
Think about how your ideal client wants to feel. Think about what kind of relief they’re searching for. Then, choose colors, fonts, and images that communicate those feelings. If you get these foundational pieces right, you’ll be able to also communicate through the visual language of your website, instead of just relying on the verbal language of your website copy.
In addition to colors, fonts, and images, it’s important to think about your website strategy. Your website needs to have a clear action for people to take to connect with you. Because if your website’s visitors aren’t connecting with you, they aren’t being converted to a client. If you offer free 15-minute phone consultations, say it. If you offer a free resource for joining your email list, explain what it is and exactly what they’ll get for signing up.
Basically, instruct your website visitors to take an action. As long as that action leads to connecting with you in some way, your website will be doing its job.
It’s important to get the foundational design and strategy established before you dive into directing traffic to your website, because if you don’t have a clear path for folks to take once they’re on your website, what’s the point?
Before jumping into social media, let’s talk about turning your website into a magnet for your niche by way of SEO. There are several ways to optimize your website for search engines, like writing a good site description, including keywords (the words and phrases that people are typing into Google searches) in your page titles, and making sure your site loads quickly.
What I want to talk about in this post specifically, though, is creating ongoing website content that increases your chances of being seen in more search results.
When you think about members of your niche doing Google searches, there are probably thousands of different things they could be searching about as it relates to your services. How can you possibly include all of those search terms on your website?
Blogging is a great way to provide valuable advice, support, and the specific guidance that your niche needs, while adding search engine keywords to your site. Not only will your website serve as a resource for the types of clients you want to see, but it’ll also start showing up more in search results so that members of your niche can find your website on their own.
Think about the words and phrases your niche is searching for on Google, and include them in your blog post titles, headings, and in the post itself. If you use Squarespace to manage your website, turn on Google Search Keywords in your Analytics panel to find out which keywords to start including in your posts.
REACHING YOUR NICHE VIA SOCIAL MEDIA
After your website is set up to convert website visitors into potential clients, you can start to direct traffic there via social media. We live in a very magical time as business owners - we don’t have to rely on ads to get the word out about our businesses anymore. We can use the wide reach of social media to connect with (and provide value to) potential clients for free.
Why does it work? Because we want to do business with people that we know. And, like or not, social media is a way to get to know people.
Many of my clients ask me, “Which social media platforms should I be using to market my business?” And my answer is always the same: it depends on where your niche is.
Online marketing is really no different than in-person marketing in this case. If your niche is first-time mothers, you probably wouldn’t give a talk at your local retirement community. If your niche is elderly adults transitioning into retirement community living, you probably wouldn’t host a workshop for the local mom’s clubs.
When using social media to market your practice, it’s about knowing where your niche is and focusing your efforts there. You don’t need to be on every social media platform to market your business effectively online, you just need to be on the right one(s).