If you’re looking to build a six, or even seven-figure business, here’s a hard truth: Vanity numbers don’t matter.
I get it, you want to have 10k Instagram followers, a massive email list, the most popular Facebook group and the biggest Meetup group in your town… but those vanity metrics aren’t what we should really be focused on.
The thing is, while big numbers might look shiny on the outside, they mean NOTHING if they don’t convert into sales.
So what does matter?
What should we focus on?
Building a community where we create genuine connections with our ideal clients.
Genuine connection, through the power of community, not only creates a positive ripple effect in other people’s lives, but it also makes a difference in your bank account.
Take it from me: all in all, I have a small audience compared to others at my level in my industry.
But with my small audience (which I built first on Meetup and am now growing a Facebook group), my connections go deep, which make it possible for me to generate consistent 5-figure paydays.
Imagine being handed $15,000 from one client, in one day, for four months of your time, because she sees your value and is eager to work with you?!
Then having the same success the following month, and the month after…
This is possible when you focus on quality over quantity and a few key community-building skills.
Sure, size will help as you grow, however, you definitely don’t need it to get started. You don’t even need it to hit six figures. I didn’t!
What you do need is a community filled with your ideal clients, that’s structured around connections and positions you as the expert they can’t wait to invest in!
Ready to build a community that’s eager to invest with you?
Keep reading as I share some of the biggest lessons I’ve learned about how to do this organically … without a big list, social media following or spending a ton of time and money on marketing:
Choosing a community platform is what sets the foundation and structure for building your tribe. Here, we’re discussing two great platform options for hosting your free community that serves as a funnel into your business. Both Facebook Groups and Meetup Groups have some solid reasons they should be considered, but choosing which is right for you ultimately comes down to how you need the platform to function for you.
Facebook groups are a popular choice for community hosting because of the ease of accessibility. Almost everyone has a Facebook account and checks it at least semi-regularly, making it easier for you and your group to stay top of mind.
However, Facebook does have limited options when it comes to group communication and planning. Yes, they do have a Live option, but they don’t offer much in terms of event planning (other than creating an event page and inviting members to RSVP).
Ultimately, Facebook is a great option if your community isn’t bound by geography and you want to reach a large number of people on a convenient platform.
For groups that are based in certain cities or regions, Meetup is a great choice! Specifically designed for local communities, Meetup will serve as an amazing hosting platform if your group is mainly based in one location, and you’re wanting to meet in person regularly. It even has a built in email system, making it easy to communicate with your group quickly and regularly!
Meetup, however, doesn’t offer the convenience of Facebook. There’s no group page for members to interact, no option to go live to your audience, and less of a sense of an online community.
If hosting an in-person group is your goal, then this is a great platform to choose.
Deciding what’s right for you ultimately comes down to your goals for the group. If you’re wanting a local tribe that meets in person, then Meetup is the way to go. If you’re wanting an online community where location doesn’t matter, then a Facebook Group is a great option!
It might seem obvious, but it’s worth mentioning: The first key to building a community that’s eager to invest with you is to make sure only the right people are invited into your community.
Among other things, your community (whether that be a Meetup group or Facebook group) functions a funnel into your programs and services. Because of this, it’s important to be clear about who makes a good fit (and who doesn’t), so potential members who aren’t a good fit, can weed themselves out before they join.
To do this successfully, you’ve gotta drop your concern with vanity numbers and focus on building a community filled with your ideal clients (which means you’ll have to turn some people away, and that’s ok).
If you’re struggling to identify who your ideal client even is, finish the sentences below to start painting a clear picture of who should be invited to join your community:
Once you identify these things about your ideal client, you’ll be able to speak to their hearts and souls in a way that’s truly aligned with them.
But it doesn’t stop there … it’s also important that your ideal client is completely aligned with you!
This brings us to your brand - and no, I’m not talking logos, colors and fonts.
A major part of building your community, with the right members, is being clear on who you are and what you stand for … because as someone once said (I’m not sure who): “your vibe attracts your tribe.”
While logos, fonts and colors are important for creating a consistent visual brand experience, any of my clients will tell you that visuals are not the place to start.
Here are some journaling prompts to help you clarify who you are and what you stand for as the face of your brand:
Knowing who you are and what you stand for, and then showing up authentically, is one of the most important things you can do for growing a community that’s eager to invest with you.
It’s exciting (and an honor) when new members decide to join your community … but the work doesn’t stop there - this is actually where the real work begins!
If you want to build a community where members feel inspired to take that next step with you (by investing in your programs and services), there are 3 things you must stop doing now:
If you’re not showing your truth, not sharing things because you think you’ll be judged, or simply trying to be too perfect (I’ve been guilty of all of these!), your community will see right through it and run the other direction.
I know it can seem counterintuitive when it comes to building your business, but being vulnerable is part of forming genuine connections (which lead to sales!), and it is something you must be willing to do if you want to grow your business to six or seven figures.
It’s important to evolve the level of conversation in your community to keep members engaged and meet their evolution of consciousness. Of course you’ll still need to talk about the focus and purpose of your group, but what’s the new level of conversation given what’s happening in your industry or even the world? As the consciousness goes up, you need to be LEADING the conversation.
You’ll need to find new words, new themes, and new ways to express what you stand for that are unique to your brand and that haven’t been heard a million times before. Not only do you want to avoid growing stale, but you also want to meet your community where they are today.
One of the biggest mistakes I see people make is that they try to sell before providing any real value or service to their audience. Before selling, we need to be of service by providing helpful tips, creating space for connection, and sharing inspiration.
By starting off service-oriented, we not only have the opportunity to genuinely help people, but we also get to show off our expertise and start to build real relationships. All of this ties into building the know, like, and trust factor - people are more likely to invest in people they know, like, and trust, so your first goal should be to share yourself, your personality, and your expertise with your audience.
When it does come time to promote your programs or services inside your group … or when a member approaches you about working together … If you're leading the conversation by trying to explain your tools, systems and processes, it’s time to make a change.
When you transform your language to be centered around the results you help your clients achieve, you’ll finally stop watching your community members’ eyes glaze over when you talk about what you do, and you’ll start getting more sales!
Here’s an exercise to get clear on the value you offer:
Once you’ve clearly identified the results your clients receive from working with you, you’ll know how to frame your messaging to catch and keep your members’ attention.
If there’s one thing you need to figure out before you can expect your community to get excited about investing with you, it’s your signature offer.
Having a bunch of different tools and trying to sell one-off sessions is a really hard way to expand your income and impact to the level of those industry leaders you’ve been admiring from afar.
Instead, turn your tools into a step-by-step solution that tells your community how they’ll get the result they desire through working with you. The perceived (and actual) value of a signature offer is so much greater than one-off sessions.
Having a signature offer also positions you as a true expert in your industry by showing that you know how to solve the exact problem your potential client wants a solution for.
I know how daunting building a community that fuels your business with new clients and income can be … so let me break it down for you in a few simple steps (all of which are organic strategies that cost you little to no money).
Not only will we cover what to focus on here, but also, what not to focus on. Truth is, there’s probably some things you’re spending time on that have little impact on your results, so let’s get those off your plate right now so you can focus on what really matters!
Here’s what you want to do to build your community:
Now, here are some things you can cut right now:
To reiterate, when it comes to building your community, there are so many things to consider - and most of it ultimately will be decided by your goals and vision. Focusing on where and how to build relationships, being of-service by sharing your expertise and inspiration, and building a community based on authenticity and service are not small tasks. However, they’re all essential when it comes to ensuring that you’re creating a community that’s eager to invest in you!
Also, it’s important to remember that this is your business, and you can structure it however you want. Focus on optimizing what you have and cutting what you don’t need so that you can reduce overwhelm in and about your business, and make time for your personal life too.
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