033 – Chris Kennaugh – Mortgage Broker On Facebook

033 - Chris Kennaugh - Mortgage Broker On Facebook

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033 - Chris Kennaugh - Mortgage Broker On Facebook

Mortgage Broker and Singer-Songwriter Chris Kennaugh has been self-employed for the last 18 months and getting some great results on Facebook.

He’s now got over 45 reviews on the platforms and is being approached almost every day to help people with their mortgage.

031 – Alex Kerr – Future YouTube Star

031 - Alex Kerr - Future YouTube Star

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031 - Alex Kerr - Future YouTube Star

Alex has only published about four YouTube videos but he’s committing to producing a minimum of one video per week for the next twelve months.

We talk through what equipment and software Alex uses, how he does it all himself but will look to outsource some of the processes in the future.

Alex believes if you’re thinking about shooting video you should always remember ‘AVL’ Audio, Visual, Lighting. It doesn’t matter how good your video looks if your audio is rubbish and visa versa.

Alex Kerr’s Video Kit

Canon M50 – https://www.canon.co.uk/cameras/eos-m50/

Led Ring Light – https://www.google.com/search?q=led+ring+light&oq=led+ring+light

Rode Lav Mic – http://www.rode.com/microphones/lavalier

Software and Resources

Adobe Premiere – https://www.adobe.com/uk/products/premiere.html

Kit.com what kit you use, see what other people use – https://kit.com/

Upwork – for finding freelancers – https://www.upwork.com

Canva – create your video thumbnails – https://www.canva.com/

Morning Fame – YouTube channel strategy, how likely is your channel to appear in search results for keywords – https://morningfa.me/

Trello – Alex Kerr uses this for his project management – https://trello.com/en-GB

Asana – The Lead Engine uses this for their project management – https://app.asana.com

SEM Rush – SEO tool – https://www.semrush.com

Alex Kerr On Social

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100015744216173

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/alexkerrmortgage/
Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexkerrmortgage/

People Alex Kerr Has Learnt From

Premiere Gal – Video editing tutorials for Adobe premiere – https://www.premieregal.com/

Gary Das – Mortgage Broker – https://www.garydas.com/

Sean Cannell – YouTube growth strategies – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWWFavn3ym0w3myTD5OX59g

Quotes From Alex Kerr

Punch perfectionism in the face
Views while you snooze
Put yourself in the uncomfortable position and just do it

030 – How We Halved Our Cost Per Lead

030 - How We Halved Our Cost Per Lead

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030 - How We Halved Our Cost Per Lead

In this episode you’ll hear;-
1. The upcoming document on factors that affect the cost per click, by Alex Curtis.
2. What type of ads help to lower the cost per click and generate sales?
3. The factors that affect the cost per thousand impressions on Facebook ads.
4. The importance of having a specific target audience for your ads.
5. How your competition affects your cost per click on ads.
6. How adding relevant media to your ads texts impacts ads click rates.
7. Why adding emojis on your ads texts and headlines improves the ads click rates.
8. The benefit of adding your website’s URL in ad texts.
9. How branding affects your ads click through rates.

How We Halved Our Cost Per Lead With Facebook Ads

You'll learn how Facebook charges you for clicks and how you can use this to your advantage to reduce your costs.

Get access to the free PDF now.

Why Bother With Live Video?

I guess a lot of people might be thinking like, why, why bother going live? Why can’t I, you know, I could just film stuff and put something out there later. So what’s your answer to that question? Live versus normal?

Yeah, the, well, there’s quite a few reasons for this. So once you get over the fear of going live and you know, I’m sure we will be talking about that. That it’s actually really quick and easy to go live. So I don’t know about you, but when I do prerecorded video, so I went to a professional videographer and we had a professional setup to do some videos and it took me about an hour just to get the first like 20 seconds out. I kept on stumbling over my words. I was, I was suffering from perfectionism. I was trying to get things perfect. And so actually with live video, once you get started it doesn’t matter about the ums or the ers or making mistakes or stumbling across your words, you just get into a flow. It’s just a very natural thing to do. And so once you get over the fear and the gear and you just get in front of the camera and start speaking you’re creating content.

And then from that you can repurpose into loads of other types of contents such as blog posts and all that kind of stuff. So that’s one reason. But the other reason is at, particularly with thinking about Facebook, but all also other platforms, is that they just do better. I mean, there are statistics, let me see if I can, I’ve got some statistics for you that show that live video, does better than other types of content on Facebook. So live videos compared to regular uploaded videos, we see 75% more shares on Facebook just on average. And this is some data from agora pulse. And, and then compared to your other types of content, it’s just a huge amount more. There was some data that was correlated from lots of different types of businesses showing live video and regular uploaded video and live video always performed better in terms of the interactions, the shares, the comments.

So that’s another reason. And then I suppose the other, the final reason, I mean, I could give you loads, but this is another reason is that regular uploaded video is very much one way. It’s you communicating to your audience and then that’s it. Yes, they can comment after that. But with live video, people can actually ask you questions live and you can, you can respond. You can even bring them in onto the live video as well. So that’s a great way of you becoming far more accessible to your audience. And it’s, I mean, it doesn’t really matter what niche you’re in, what kind of you know, what background. But, so getting people to, getting your audience to actually ask you questions and interact with you is an amazing, part of live video.

Should I Use A Landing Page Or My Website?

– The landing page where someone arrives once they’ve clicked you ad is obviously really important, and sometimes you’ll be better off using your website so they can go and explore and have a look around, and sometimes just a one, single landing page that’s really direct is gonna work. So it really depends on the financial service product that you provide, or advice, whatever it is. So, I mean rules are there to be broken, but I guess the closest thing I can come to a rule is where, if it’s someone needs advice because they don’t know what they want and they don’t really understand your financial service product, then the website’s probably a really great place to send them to, and sending them to some content where they can get to know you, build a bit of trust, and just learn about you and your business. That’s probably one way to use a website, and I’d use a landing page if they know what they want, they understand what it is, and they need to get the best deal, and they wanna speak to someone that can help them quickly. And then a landing page is really super relevant, that still kinda shows you and your people and makes it really easy for them to engage with you. Either they pick up the phone to you, that’s the ideal, of that they ask for you to call them back. Whether using your landing page or whether using your website, the kinda the Golden Rule is to be as relevant as possible. So it will be quite rare that your home page is the most relevant page. I often use our home page because we have niched right down, we work just with financial services businesses, we know they need leads, and my home page is effectively a sales page. But for you, you might have multiple services, multiple products, so it might be quite rare that the home page is the most relevant. So you should know, with your advertising, what that person is after or what they’re researching, and you send them to the most relevant page, whether it be your website or your landing page. All of the advertising platforms, maybe not LinkedIn and Twitter, use like a relevancy score, quality score or guidelines that give you basic cheaper costs if your ad is relevant to the audience and relevant to what they’re looking for. Especially with Facebook, especially with Google Ads, relevancy is key and it’s obviously gonna benefit your customer if they get to the right page, get to the source of the info that they need straightaway. Now one thing to note is if you’re looking at Google Analytics, the bounce rate might be higher because they’re on the page that they need to, they don’t necessarily need to look around, so don’t be worried about high bounce rates from paid advertising if you are sending them to the page that they need. They don’t need to look at other pages, and most of them won’t. So one thing to note and remember is don’t worry if your conversion rate is low to begin with. You do get other opportunities with re-marketing, so that’s when someone hits your site, and then goes back on to like a social media platform or another website, and sees your ad again. You get plenty of opportunities. If they’ve been on your site once, and they’ve spent a bit of time on it, they’re probably interested in what you do, and you do have other opportunities to get in front of them. So, if you don’t get it right first time, learn from that, so don’t continue with a page that doesn’t convert at all, I mean that would be madness obviously. But learn from how people are interacting. I’ll drop link into something called Hotjar. You can watch back how people have interacted with that page or with your website and that whole journey. Learn from that. It’s an ongoing cycle of making either your website or your landing pages better all the time.

Our Best Lead Gen Campaigns Feature This One Thing

– Is there anyone that disagrees with us? That people buy from people? I guess there’s more transactional financial services. I’d say car finance is more transactional. Like, but I firmly believe, and I would find it hard to find an argument against anyone, so anyone in the group or that does financial services that part of their service is advice.

– Yeah. That’s the key, really.

– And you are the person giving the advice. It’s not the logo giving advice, is it? It’s not like the company. Because you could have, I bet everyone’s dealt with a company, a big company, where a rubbish advisor, a rubbish customer service person has ruined it for them. Or they’ve gone shopping and someone was amazing and that makes them feel better. ‘Cause it’s those people, isn’t it? I just think it’s so important. I’ll be interested to hear from anyone who disagrees with that completely. But I still think the person’s more important than anything else.

– Yeah. And even when I’ve been through, not just financial services, with anything you do, even with big brands and small. Yeah, that kind of When you do meet that customer face to face. Even now, thinking back, I think back to the positive ones I’ve had and I do remember them.

– I think the biggest thing with all of the lead gen and the ads and everything, if you can earn someone’s trust, then that’s when you’ll get a lead, but you’ll also get, more of those leads turn into sales. ‘Cause they won’t be comparing you with anyone else. It’ll be, I wanna work with, you know, Joe, or I wanna work with Tom, or whoever it is.

– I’ve found with some experiences there are people in certain sectors that don’t want to give anything away, basically. Because a lot of the time they’re worried about what the competitors are doing. And they say, oh, well I don’t want to give any information away because I want them to speak to me first to get that information. There comes a point where you’ve got to sort of meet them halfway with it. Otherwise they just won’t get in touch.

019 – Dan Knowlton – Video Marketing Creates Quality Leads

019 - Dan Knowlton - Video Marketing Creates Quality Leads

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019 - Dan Knowlton - Video Marketing Creates Quality Leads

Dan’s 13 Value Bombs

I took away a whopping 13 key points from this episode! Bearing in mind i’m normally happy just to take 1 thing away that I and you can action per episode.

It’s absolutely littered with value bombs so if you feel like you might need that extra little nudge to get into video. Here it is.

Dan’s Website: https://kpsdigitalmarketing.co.uk
Follow Dan On Twitter: https://twitter.com/dknowlton1

019 - Dan Knowlton - Video Marketing Creates Quality Leads
So I had the opportunity to sit down with Dan Knowlton from KPS digital marketing.

And we discuss cut everything video. He did a talk at Atomicon 19, that’s Andrew & Pete’s conference where he encourages people to do more video.

And what’s funny is when I actually met him face to face myself, part of his talk, is where he gets people in the audience to create their own video so you’re only meant to do it over five minutes, I nipped out to record mine, and I bumped in to someone that I knew, and we recorded this video together. And then as we were coming back in, Dan had just come off stage so we took way too long basically to create a video. And we saw, Dan, as we were trying to get back in so we missed the end, and it was all a bit awkward, I managed to sort of turn it around and asked him on the podcast, pretty much at the end of the day, we had a bit of a laugh about me, missing the end of the talk.

What I loved about Dan was he was quite happy to talk about his struggles with video and how he did it wrong and what he’s done to change it so we talked about all those things but also where he went wrong in, even when he got comfortable doing video that he was always doing educational video and talks about the sales funnel.

These three stages of the buying cycle and making videos for each step of the buying cycle and when he did that, that’s when his sales increased. So we talked about that as well. So it’s quite a long interview.

For the first time ever I’ve cut out a portion of a chat with a guest because I lined up some jokes with Dan, and they just didn’t work at all. Never plan a joke, and especially don’t plan a joke when you’re expecting a certain type of response and they don’t respond in that way.

Anyway, they fell flat, and it didn’t work.

But all credit to Dan we have really great banter and a really great chat and there’s so much value in this episode.

So these are my top takeaways from my interview with Dan Knowlton, video marketing expert.

Number one: Dan believes that you need to want something bad enough to be okay with looking stupid on video. So, what is it, what is your end goal? Is it to sell your business for seven figures or whatever it is, do you want that bad enough that you’re okay with looking stupid on video that maybe someone might take the Mickey out of you, your friends, most likely, which happened to Dan. His mates absolutely rinsed him, but he wanted it so bad that he was okay with that. So, what, have you identified what it is that you want badly enough to be okay with looking stupid on video.

Number two: Start small. So, start with your smart thing. Don’t go out and buy loads of kit before you realise that you’re actually going to use it. So, I started with my smart phone, I’ve then got a Logitech webcam, which was about 70-80 quid, and now I’ve invested in a camera that’s 450 quid. So, I took it stage by stage. So, don’t go out and blow your budget on a load of equipment before you realised video is actually for you.

And number three: You have to make bad videos to be able to make good ones. They’re gonna be rubbish in the beginning, and mine certainly aren’t polished now, but I know that I’m getting better and better each time I do it. So, you’ve gotta be okay with it, it’s going to be rubbish. Don’t be put off by the first video that you do is awful, ’cause it probably is gonna be. But you have to make those rubbish ones to be able to make good ones. No one has ever naturally just turned on a camera and be awesome at video straight away. So, you gotta be able to be comfortable with and be okay with that the first videos you are gonna make are gonna be rubbish.

So, number four, this is actually something that I came up with, and something that I do for my videos is before I go on video, I say, “I like myself” in my head, and it makes me smile and I can’t not smile when I say that. I also have a mantra, which is a bit embarrassing, but I say in my head, “I’m Bruce Wayne, I’m the Batman.” Makes me really confident, actually feel like Batman, I’m actually reading a book at the moment, Todd Herman’s Alter Ego, he talked about creating an alter ego, I highly recommend that book, so if you feel like you’re not comfortable enough at video, in your mind you can create this alter ego, some kind of superhero that is amazing at video. Honestly, that book is incredible, I’m sort of halfway through at the moment, so check it out.

So, everyone kind of deals with imposter syndrome, so something Dan said was, “Just be comfortable “and be okay with that you don’t have to know everything. “You don’t have to be the 100% expert “that knows everything in your field.” So, just be comfortable with that ’cause a lot of people stop themselves from doing video to think, “Oh, maybe I don’t know enough,” or “so-and-so knows more.” It’s okay not having all the answers. You know what you know, and you’re an expert in your field at what you do. You don’t have to know absolutely everything. I don’t know everything about lead generation. Dan said he doesn’t know everything about video marketing. That’s fine, you can still create video content, you should still help people, you can still be informative and can still make great videos. So, one interesting thing Dan said was that showing some vulnerability, nobody likes a know-it-all.

So, this kind of goes back to the last point of it’s okay not knowing everything. So, he read the book about the guy who invented the TED Talks. And in that book, it said, “Show some vulnerability “and people will root for you.” If you start off being a know-it-all, people are gonna get their guard up and they’re gonna be quite cynical of you. But if you show your vulnerability, then people will start rooting for you and Dan actually did this in his talk when I met him at Atomicon, he talked about how his friends took the Mickey out of him for doing video, and he actually showed us the videos that his mates made like poking fun at him because it showed his vulnerability, and we all started rooting for him. So, it’s a really great kind of tip, really, that it’s okay to be vulnerable and not be perfect.

If you’re starting out with video, try Instagram Stories or Facebook Stories, ’cause they’re only around for 24 hours, so if you are making rubbish videos, then they’re not gonna stay around forever, so it’s really good to actually start gaining your confidence. If you’ve got no followers and you’re just starting out, then using Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories will help you build your confidence, get comfortable with video and you can do that over and over again and it doesn’t matter because it’s gonna disappear after 24 hours.

So, Dan believes there’s three types of content. I happen to agree with him on this, that there’s a cell cycle and there’s three stages. So, there’s people can be researching you, so there’s that kind of awareness stage. Then there’s consideration and there’s sales. So, creating content that map into all of these stages. So, he believes that start out with awareness and over six months you’ll be all about awareness, education, trying to inspire people and let them know. Give them free advice, essentially, on video. And then the next step is for them when they know about you, they know you’ve got the knowledge ’cause you’ve done all that awareness content, is to they’re maybe to consider you. So, creating content that’s about testimonials, how you can sort of position yourself as you’re the right option for them once they’ve got to know you. And then, obviously, the sales stuff, which is where you’ll have a call to action where you actually got an offer or something or you’re talking about the thing you’re trying to sell. One point he made was maybe reduce the amount of sales content you have. So, in terms of ratio, have much more awareness, a little bit less consideration, and then less of the sales stuff. So, when you’ve created those three types of content, you’ve got your awareness, consideration, and then your sales content, you can use Facebook Ads to use remarketing. So, there’s a great tool for Facebook Ads. If someone’s watched over a quarter or a half, let’s say, of your awareness videos, you can then use remarketing to advertise your consideration content to the people that have watched the awareness, if that kind of makes sense. So, you can kind of shuffle them along the funnel until they’re ready for a sale.

Dan gave us some really good practical tips on creating really good videos. So, lighting, get some lighting on your face, so I’ve got a LED light over there, I’ve got some natural light coming through the window as well. So, I’ve only got one light, you can see my face is a little bit dark on the other side, really I can do with another light there as well. So, I think we’re gonna get one of those. So, if you haven’t got lights, they are really cheap on Amazon, but like stand by a window, if you go right next to a window, natural light is even better, so, again you don’t have to fork out if you’re at the beginning. Sound is so, so important. So, I have got a Yeti microphone here. You can also get these kind of Lapel microphones, so I’ve got the adapter to go in my phone, and there’s a little microphone there. This was on Amazon, really cheap on Amazon to get some really good sound. So, I normally take that if I’m out and about and I can’t take the big old microphone with me. So, framing, I’m right in the middle of the frame at the moment, again, my videos aren’t perfect but, getting yourself looking nice in the middle. If you’re doing stuff on your laptop, it does look a bit weird if you’re looking up, and that’s why I think people take selfies from looking down, if anything, when you look down a bit it looks better, but just having a nice bit of framing, so you’re not chopping your head off and then it looks good, as much as possible.

Another really great tip from Dan is that on social media, people often don’t have their sound on. I remember going to LinkedIn’s launch of video ads, and they were saying, I think it was around 80 or I think it might have been higher than that, a really high percentage of people are watching videos with the sound off, so subtitles are really important. Rev.com, R-E-V.com, will help you. Basically, they will transcribe and do the captions for you, they time it up, everything. All you’ve gotta do is download a file that you can then combine with your videos called an SRT file. So, you can get your subtitles done really cheaply, that is a dollar a minute. So, that’s R-E-V.com. And if you are doing video content, if you’re using your marketing and then you get leads through, I’ve noticed a massive difference with this, that people are qualifying themselves as a lead, so if you’re buying leads in, they have no idea who you are. If they’ve come through and seen your video content, they’ve got to know you, they like you, they trust you, it’s a much warmer lead, you’ve paid less for it, sometimes nothing, and then they’ve decided already that they want to work with you. You’ve just gotta sort the deal out. It’s a much easier, warmer lead.