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“Feast on positivity, cause you’re going to get pounded with negativity every step of the way while you build your business.” is one standout quote from Inc.’s recent interview with Infusionsoft CEO, Clate Mask.

The interview is part of Inc.’s Seriously Amazing Entrepreneurs series, and also ties in with the 15th anniversary of Infusionsoft’s launch.

While a title like Seriously Amazing Entrepreneurs could seem like a cliche’ or throw-away term to some, it’s pretty fitting for Clate and his work.

Infusionsoft has genuinely set the bar and created an entire ecosystem for automation, customer relations and email marketing.

There are many current email programs, automation tools and best-practices guides that owe their entire philosophy to what Clate and Infusionsoft have created. This wasn’t plagiarism or idea stealing; instead, it’s because Infusionsoft popularized a lot of what we consider “best practices” in marketing today.

Throughout Inc.’s interview, Clate gives eye-opening insight on the growing pains that Infusionsoft experienced during its first three years:

“For the first three years failure just meant we weren’t going to successfully create a business for ourselves and provide our own incomes… we had to make a pretty huge adjustment to our business model, which caused our (customer) churn to shoot through the roof and our business model to go out of whack. We got close to running out of money and losing the company.”

He also touched on more recent struggles:
“Several years ago, we made the decision to change our cost structure, we had to let go a chunk of employees or we were not going to make it, it came at a hard time, when we were struggling as a company, but we had to makes changes.”

When reading Clate and Inc.’s interview, you’ll find plenty of wisdom centered around Infusionsoft, but we bet you can apply it to  your company, life or even your daily routine.

However, it’s not all Infusionsoft based, there’s lots of great insight on personal development and general entrepreneurship. Improving yourself and your brand are strongly tied together .

More of our favorite quotes are below, and you can read the entire article right here.

And if you want hands-on help on your next Infusionsoft campaign, check us out at:

On advice for entrepreneurs

“My biggest advice for entrepreneurs is to master the ‘game between your ears’, and that comes down to eating positivity for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”

When asked if he ever wanted to give up

“No. Never thought of that. Honest truth. I love what we do and have an undying belief that we’ll be successful. That belief is far stronger than the challenges and threats that we face.”

On timing and vision

“In the first few years, we had no intention of InfusionSoft becoming so big. It took about 5-6 years to develop a vision. We’re just scratching the surface and we have very big ambitions.”

10 Slick Infusionsoft Tools You Need Right Now

10 slick Infusionsoft tools you need now!

10 Infusionsoft tools 7 Figure Automation recommends for you

10 Slick Infusionsoft Tools You Need Right Now

You already know Infusionsoft is a great tool for your business.

Right out of the box it can do some pretty amazing things for you, your automation and customer satisfaction. What you may not know is that they have various third party apps that make it even more efficient (and profitable).

To get further than the good (but basic) functions of Infusionsoft and to start generating some serious ROI, you have to look into some non-native functionality.

That’s where third party developers come in.

Another thing to note is that these aren’t some non-native hacks, these are integrated applications that partner with Infusionsoft to ensure customizability to your needs.

Check out the Infusionsoft Marketplace! You’ll see many apps that work really, really well. However, there are others that.. Well, kind of miss the mark.

So how do we know which ones are great and which ones are duds?

We at 7 Figure Automations work with clients to ensure they’re optimizing Infusionsoft to the MAX. That being said, we’ve utilized various apps, tools and other tricks to ensure our clients have the proper ROI that they deserve, (and need) to continue performing.

Want to know the best part?

We’ve already compiled a list of the top 10 Infusionsoft tools you need immediately…

1) PlusThis

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PlusThis GoToWebinar Connections Feature

PlusThis offers features that are true to it’s name, it allows you to combine Infusionsoft with other services. Playing off of their name, PlusThis gives you Infusionsoft plus Facebook ads, Infusionsoft plus SMS marketing, and Infusionsoft plus hundreds of other features!

They focus on certain analytical tools such as split testing add-ons, meeting add-ons such as GoToWebinar integration, an array of Facebook marketing tools and much more.

It’s more than one add-on. It’s a library of add-ons!

If you ever wanted Infusionsoft integrated with anything — a calendar system, email or page triggers, even better automation flows, be sure to check out PlusThis and their massive library of tools.

Check it out now to register for their 14 day free trial, get more productivity and enjoy unique technology that will boost your marketing results.

2) Spiffy

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Spiffy Billing Information

Over 50% of all online purchases are made on a mobile device. Similarly, over 69% of email consumption is done on a mobile device or tablet.

However, Infusionsoft’s order forms are not mobile compatible out of the box and they’re pretty difficult to use if you don’t know coding.

That’s where Spiffy comes in.  

Spiffy ensures that your Infusionsoft order forms are easy to build and optimized for mobile use.

Their product works on existing forms, or you can create new ones directly on Spiffy. Their forms are also responsive, to ensure they work well on all devices, tablets or even desktop.

It’s one of the simplest tools on this list, but arguably the most essential.

3) AppointmentCore

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Marks AppointmentCore

Infusionsoft, is by all accounts a sales tool. However, you need to get away from the impersonal setting of an email, and get potential clients on the phone, right?

AppointmentCore does just that.

You can integrate Infusionsoft with GoToMeeting, Google Calendar and Conference Calling to automatically set up online conference meetings.

Once you get a client you can share your availability through AppointmentCore, which are then coordinated further with Infusionsoft to ensure organization on all ends.

Your assistant’s job just got a whole lot easier (you do have an assistant, right?)

This is a really affordable tool, especially for those with small to mid-sized lists. They also have begun offering packages for certain industries such as health and fitness.

4) Graphly

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Graphly Dashboard

Graphly is an incredible tracking and reporting tool that integrates perfectly with Infusionsoft.

It allows you to keep track of your campaigns, as well as share them easily with the team. It was actually voted the #1 Infusionsoft reporting tool by Infusionsoft’s founders.

It includes pre-built reports that can show you the best time of day for email opens/clicks, the average number of days prospects spend in your sales pipeline, and your average revenue per customer.

Plans start at just $19/month and you also get a two week free trial to ensure it’s functional for your needs.

5) Fix Your Funnel

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Fix Your Funnel is a suite of tools that… well, helps you fix your funnel. Similar to the aforementioned, PlusThis, Fix Your Funnel gives you a wide array of tools. However, it’s a bit different than PlusThis because their tools focuses largely on optimizing your funnel.

Their features and add-ons include:

  • SMS Marketing
  • Inbound Call Tracking
  • One-Click Upsells
  • Funnel Bots
  • Integrated Dialing Services
  • And much more

Check them out to see if any of these features work for your needs.

6) SyncSumo

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SyncSumo Dashboard

Infusionsoft is a great automation tool, but SyncSumo can transform it into a lead generation tool that goes above and beyond the Infusionsoft walls.

SyncSumo utilizes a Facebook API so that your email list helps you generate more targeted leads.

Do you want your email list to see your Facebook ads? Or even utilize ads for new leads?

Simply connect Syncsumo to your Facebook, alongside Infusionsoft and these features are all available at your fingertips.

7) Clickfunnels

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ClickFunnels Demo

Want to quickly and easily create custom landing pages?

With ClickFunnels drag-and-drop landing page builder you can build your funnels with the click of a button. And the result is a polished-looking page that can attract visitors and convert them into your Infusionsoft email list.

In addition, there’s many more tools that can help you get better results:

  • A WordPress plugin that allows you to host the pages on your site
  • Split Testing software that gives you the insights you need to run a better business
  • Pre-built funnels
  • And much more

And of course, this all integrates with the Infusionsoft platform.

8) QuickBooks Online Connect by Workato

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QuickBooks Workato

Are you manually entering transactions from Infusionsoft into QuickBooks? Or spending time keeping CRM and accounting data in sync?

QuickBooks Online Connect gives you the power to connect and sync your customers, transactions and subscriptions into QuickBooks.

Save up to 10 hours each week and focus on your revenue producing activities. No more end-of-month or last minute tax season misery in reconciling your accounts.

9) Memberium

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Memberium create your campaign in Infusionsoft

How would you like to have a membership site that’s generating recurring revenue for your business?
That’s where Memberium comes in.

Integrate Infusionsoft with your WordPress membership site and use Infusionsoft’s advanced features within WordPress (actions and action sets, triggers, campaign builder, affiliates, etc).

With their Advanced Shortcodes that let you run Infusisonsoft actions in WordPress such as one-click upsells, list conatact or affiliate info, list custom field data, run action sets and much more.

Building powerful, automated membership sites with WordPress and Infusionsoft has never been this easy.

10) Zapier

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Zapier Zap Setup

Zapier is a great tool, because it “Infusionsofts” things that don’t normally “Infusionsoft”. In other words, it automates tools that you didn’t know could be automated.

For instance, if you get a file sent in an email, you can trigger Dropbox to automatically save the file, and then trigger a message to your Slack team, informing them that there’s a new file in Dropbox.

As you can expect, you can start integrating this into Infusionsoft, too. So, when a user replies to a certain email, it automatically triggers a Google or other calendar invite. Or, maybe even when a certain customer responds to an email, it sets up a task for your team in Trello.

There’s plenty of ways to integrate Zapier with your Infusionsoft campaign, as it pairs with over 500 apps!

These are just 10 tools that we enjoy, however there’s hundreds out there waiting to make your life easier. Speaking of making your life easier, if you need any assistance in your Infusionsoft campaign, check us out at: http:/


Why You Should Switch To Infusionsoft

Our goal is to destroy the myth that Infusionsoft is difficult or confusing.

Some people even jokingly refer to the software as “Confusionsoft”. Infusionsoft is a very in-depth tool, but it’s not as complicated as you think.

We’ve had the pleasure of consulting several hundred infusionsoft users the past year and the most common problem we see is that user don’t have documented systems.

It’s the same thing with Facebook Marketing or running your business: problems are complex and things are constantly changing. So unless you have a documented system or step-by-step checklist on what to do, you’re going to get overwhelmed and frustrated.

For those of you completely new to Infusionsoft, let’s start with some key points.

Infusionsoft is an enterprise-level marketing automation system that uses Customer Resource Management (CRM), email marketing automation, and ecommerce to help you create unstoppable business growth.

So if you need that keep reading.
When logging in, you’ll see that it’s three main “categories” are CRM, Marketing and E-Commerce. In the above video we go through each category, while discussing its benefits and best practices.

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Mark Marcelletti shows you an example of Infusionsoft Dashboard.


Customer Resource Manager (CRM)

This component is the place where you dive into features that revolve around your customers. It includes important organizational tools for maintaining client relationships.

Here are the features we’re going to discuss in the CRM component:

  1. Notes
  2. Tasks
  3. Appointments
  4. Emails
  5. Quotes & Orders
  6. Tags
  7. Form Submissions
  8. Sequences
  9. Opportunities
  10. Scored & Recent Activity

Infusionsoft’s CRM is important because it gives you the data needed to discover the 20% of your email list that are generating 80% of your activity and revenue.


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Mark Marcelletti shows you an example of Infusionsoft Notes.

Notes allow you and your team to keep track of progress on your leads and customers.

You can manually enter notes or you can create a note template that to quickly add notes with a drop-down menu of note options.

I recommend note templates if you’re leaving the same notes all the time because they save a lot of time. Example: “left voicemail”.


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Mark Marcelletti shows you an example of Infusionsoft Tasks.

Tasks create email and pop-up reminders for future actions.

Simply choose the task title, due date, type, priority level, and add a description if needed.

The best part of tasks is you can assign them to other team members and even set them up to trigger automatically after specific actions in your campaign. More on that in just a bit.


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Mark Marcelletti shows you an example of Infusionsoft Appointments.

Appointments show you future and past appointments (if you integrate your calendar).

If you consultant, coach, or service provider I recommend a powerful service called AppointmentCore for integrating your Google Calendar or Apple Calendar.

With AppointmentCore you can send appointment booking links to leads and clients that show your calendar’s availability and let them book on their own. So your assistant’s job just got a whole lot easier.

The best part is that you can automatically trigger email follow-up inside Infusionsoft, online meetings with GoToMeeting, or conference calls with ConferenceCalling.


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Mark Marcelletti shows you an example of Infusionsoft Emails.

Emails allows you to see the list of emails that a particular lead has received.

You can see the date sent, whether it was opened or not, subject line and the user that sent the email.

You could send emails from here if you needed to, but that’s not what this feature is for. It’s simply a tool to give you a snapshot of your lead’s level of engagement.

5. Quotes & Orders

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Mark Marcelletti shows you an example of Infusionsoft Quotes And Orders.

Quotes & Orders is by far my favorite CRM tool (for obvious reasons). It shows the recent quotes (which are linked to your products) and orders that are attached to your contact.

If you’re a coach, consultant, or service provider this feature will give your entire team access to the contact’s financial responsibility to your organization.


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Mark Marcelletti shows you an example of Infusionsoft Tags.

Tags are one of the most important features of the Infusionsoft CRM.

Segmenting leads and customers with tags is critical because it gives you a view of the important trends in your business’s sales and marketing activity.

When you know what IS and IS NOT working you can change your approach for future campaigns. Plus, tags can trigger email campaign automation. Example: you can automatically import all leads that are tagged with “Facebook” into your Facebook marketing campaign.

Tags contacts based on the traffic source, topic of interest, or the product they purchased. In fact, you can auto assign tags randomly and create your own email split tests.

The possibilities are endless.

7.Form Submissions

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Mark Marcelletti shows you an example of Infusionsoft Form Submissions

If your contact joined your email list through your website, Form Submissions will show you where.

Whether you’re collecting leads through website traffic or leads at a tradeshow, Form Submissions can be an easy way to get leads on your list and identify where they came from.


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Mark Marcelletti shows you an example of Infusionsoft Sequences

Sequences show the active campaigns that your contact is in and the past campaigns they’ve completed.

The nice thing about this feature is you can start or stop campaign sequences right from your contact record.

9. Opportunities

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Mark Marcelletti shows you an example of Infusionsoft Opportunities.

Opportunities are the ULTIMATE tool for coaches, consultants, and service managing a sales pipeline.

You can customize your pipeline stages, segment each stage into an organized list, and avoid letting any sales opportunities fall through the cracks.

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Mark Marcelletti shows you an example of Infusionsoft Pipeline Stages.

My favorite part about Opportunities is that I can trigger email automation when I move prospects from one stage to another. This has save my team thousands of hours of work in the long run.

10. Scored & Recent Activity

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Mark Marcelletti shows you an example of Infusionsoft Scored And Recent Activity.

Scored & Recent Activity shows you how active your contact is.

The Scored Activity shows the activity and points generated from certain types of activity (email opens, link clicks, product purchases, etc). This activity is represented in flames on your contact record (1-5).

This scoring system can be customized to your preference and can trigger automation based on the score.



The marketing component is really where all the nuts and bolts come together to run campaigns and start your automation process.

1. Campaign Builder

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Mark Marcelletti shows you an example of Infusionsoft Campaign Builder.

The Campaign Builder is the heart and soul of the Infusionsoft system.

It’s the “secret sauce” that puts it head and shoulders above all other marketing automation programs.

In our Infusionsoft Demo Video, we give you a walkthrough of setting up a campaign. You start with a digital piece of graph paper, which allows you to drag and drop the elements in your campaign.

Your campaign starts with a goal. The goal could be a Form Submission on your website, a Tag, an Opportunity stage, a Scored Activity, or a custom API integration.

Here are the features we’re going to discuss in the Campaign Builder:

  1. Goals
  2. Sequences
    1. Emails
    2. Delay Timers
    3. Voice Messages
    4. Faxes
    5. Letters
    6. Apply/Remove Tags
    7. Apply Note
    8. Create Task
    9. Create Appointment
    10. Assign an Owner
    11. Fulfillment List
    12. Send HTTP Post
    13. Action Set (Legacy)
  3. Email Confirmation
  4. Notes

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  1. Goals

Goals are the actions that begin your campaign automation.

The following goals can trigger the start of a campaign for your contact:

  • Submitting a Web Form
  • Submitting a Landing Page form
  • Clicking a Link
  • Reaching a Score
  • Purchasing a product
  • Completing a task
  • Moving an Opportunity stage
  • Applying a Note
  • Applying a Tag
  • Submitting a GroSocial form
  • Submitting a Twitter lead gen card
  • Custom API call

Not only can these goals be used to start your campaign. They can also be used as goals in the middle of your campaign as well. Example: your contact starts his campaign by completing a Web Form on your website and is taken out of the campaign as soon as he completes a purchase goal.

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  1. Sequences

Sequences are where your contacts spend the majority of their time. The contain the automated emails, delay timers, CRM process elements and other communications. 

  • Image of Infusionsoft Emails IconEmails – are the email content that’s preloaded in your email autoresponder
  • Image of Infusionsoft Delay Timer IconDelay Timers – are the elements that determine the date and time to push contacts to the next step in your sequence
  • Image of Infusionsoft Voice Message IconVoice Message – is the element that allows you to send recordings for a live person or recordings for a voicemail (costs apply)
  • Image of Infusionsoft Fax IconFax – is the element that allows you to go old school and send a fax (costs apply)
  • Image of Infusionsoft Letter IconLetter – is the element that allows you to mail letters to contacts for a more personal touch
  • Image of Infusionsoft Apply/Remove tags IconApply/Remove tags – is the element that applies/removes tags on your contact’s record in order to segment them on your list and provide useful data
  • Image of Infusionsoft Applying notes IconApply Note – is the element that applies a note template to your contact record
  • Image of Infusionsoft Creating Tasks IconCreate Task – creates a pre-selected task and notifies the stakeholder
  • Image of Infusionsoft creating Appointments IconCreate Appointment – creates an appointment on your Infusionsoft calendar
  • Image of Infusionsoft Setting an Owner IconAssign an Owner – Assigns a person on your team as the owner of the contact
  • Image of Infusionsoft Fulfillment List IconFulfillment List – is a spreadsheet that collects contact information, attachments, and can be sent to a third party fulfillment company
  • Image of Infusionsoft Send HTTP Post IconSend HTTP Post – is used to send information from Infusionsoft to a web page that runs a script (example: ASP, PHP, Javascript) which extracts data from the URL and processes it on your web server
  • Image of Infusionsoft Action Set (Legacy) IconAction Set (Legacy) – can be used to create an order action as part of a one-click upsell or to make a renewal order process more efficient

2. Email Broadcasts

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Mark Marcelletti shows you an example of Infusionsoft Email Broadcast.

The Email Broadcast tool allows you to schedule and send email broadcasts in real time.

It is particularly useful if you send a weekly blog or newsletter.

The Infusionsoft Email Builder perfect for non-techy people. It allows you to drag and drop the elements of your email broadcast for a clean and simple design that will wow your audience.

You’re able to customize imagery, text and much more to showcase your brand.



This is the component that most other email autoresponder systems don’t give you. So it’s understandable why it costs a little more.
The e-commerce component is what ties the CRM and marketing components of Infusionsoft together to help you monetize your email list.

Quite often people think of Infusionsoft as just an email autoresponder. But as you’ve seen it’s much more than that.

The e-commerce functionality allows you to create shopping carts and order forms to sell your products and services.

We’ve included some products for reference in our video and we’ll be discussing how you can utilize Infusionsoft for best e-commerce practices.

1. Products

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Mark Marcelletti shows you an example of Infusionsoft Products.

Very simply put, you have the option to include and update a variety of products through the e-commerce feature.

Infusionsoft and sell and fulfill physical products, info products, and subscription services. All of which can be categorized neatly into a product line.

Every product has a quick and easy drop-down that allows you to customize your product information for easy marketing and automation.

2. Order forms

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Mark Marcelletti shows you an example of an Order Form from Custom Tees

Order forms create a shopping cart for your products/services and collect billing info.

The order forms are rather basic looking, but you can easily customize order forms Spiffy, an easy-to-use and low cost order form customizer.


Although Infusionsoft is often thought of as a confusing email marketing software, it is anything but that.

If you’re only planning on using it for managing your email list and sending email broadcasts, it’s probably not the right fit for you.

However, if you’re planning on building a massive email list, managing leads/customers effectively, personalizing your marketing automation, and monetizing your list – you’re definitely the right fit.

Purchase Infusionsoft through 7 Figure Automation today to get instant access to special pricing and our best pre-built campaigns to help you hit the ground running.

The Simple Step-by-Step Guide To Video Marketing

Video is a powerful marketing tool that demands full time-bound attention from your audience.

From explainer videos to creative video ads, more marketers are using video marketing today.

People are more perceptive to marketing videos than text and image based content. In fact, the word video increases open rates by up to 19% in email subject lines.


That’s a cute little piece of statistics for entrepreneurs and online marketers.

Advancement in internet infrastructure has dramatically improved connection speeds, allowing seamless streaming of HD web video on both desktop and mobile. Video is now a necessary form of engagement for big brands and small businesses alike.

This video marketing guide outlines the benefits that your business can reap by taking advantage of this highly interactive form of marketing.

Why Video Marketing is Precious

There are multiple benefits in well done video marketing.

a) Video Increases User Engagement

Reading text is an active experience where you have to choose your speed, and take in the content at your own pace.

It’s easy for your audience to skim through text and decide which sections they are interested in. But video gives users little freedom in terms of consumption. You either watch a full video, or you lose attention somewhere along the way and stop watching.


Watching video is a passive experience. When someone hits the play button, they have given their consent to be shown something. They don’t have to dig in themselves or ‘skim’ through the content like you’d do with text and image based content. This way, video tends to be more engaging. More so, the amount of information that can be shown in 1 second worth of video content is much more than what can be read in the same span of time.

By creating videos that achieve an instant emotional engagement, marketers can foster engagement and thus increase conversions.

b) Video is Great for Branding

Since a video is more interactive and personalized, it’s great for branding. Viewers can recreate the experience of being face to face with someone, much better than with image, text and audio. Using video marketing, you can show the human side of your business through physical and verbal expression.

Online video is also an effective and cost-friendly way to indicate professionalism and brand quality. If your business has the time and skills to produce high-quality video, then it will be perceived as being a legitimate organization with a genuine interest to provide a great service.

c) Video Helps with Ranking

Since search engines love video, content that has video often ranks more prominently. Your video marketing campaign can help with the following goals:

i) More traffic via rich snippets

Google sometimes inserts thumbnail images in their search engine results pages (SERPs) for web pages that contain videos. Such results tend to attract higher click-through rates as compared to standard web page results. This demonstrates how ‘video rich snippets’ can be a superb way to increase traffic to a particular website. Marketers can draw more traffic from the SERPs by including video in their content and implementing respective technical mark-ups.

ii) Link building

Links are a core metric through which search engines determine the authority of a website or webpage. Pages that contain mixed media types (text, images and video) tend to generate more inbound links than plain text or image-text-only pages.

By including video in your website content, you increase the probability that other blogs and web pages from around the web will link to it.

iii) Improve conversions

Since video content increases engagement and trust, it’s an excellent way to drive better conversions, especially on commercial pages. Nowadays, videos have become extremely popular in the e-commerce world. People will be more convinced to buy a product if they have seen a video in which the product is featured. Use video to increase conversions in any of your lead generation or sales pages.

iv) Video search engine presence

After Google, YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world. It is important to cultivate a presence on the most popular video marketing platforms (YouTube and Vimeo). Just like it helps to rank on Google, you also want to rank on these video platforms, towards increasing brand awareness, sales, and referrals.

Validating your Marketing Videos

Video is an integration of text, image and music towards a common goal. Most marketers make the mistake of thinking of video as merely a type of content. To create a video, you need to start with an idea. If you find yourself converting content into a video, then it’s an indication things have gone awry in your creative marketing process.

Answer the following questions to validate your video creation.

Would this content lose something if it was just text and image?

Have it in mind that the effectiveness of your video marketing campaign depends on the ability of your video content to create an instant emotional connection. If your video wouldn’t lose anything if it was just text and image (like with a typical blog post), then this is an indication it’s not the right fit for your video marketing campaign!

Does the idea require aesthetic and conceptual engagement?

If the idea/content you have in mind requires a visual element in order to be interesting – this is an indication that it could work as a video. On the other hand, if you realize that you’re including the visuals as an afterthought, then this is an indication that the idea is not optimal for a video.

3-Point Approach

It takes a lot of time and effort to create a top-notch, viral video. A great video is determined at the planning stage before production starts. Follow this 3-point approach every time you have to produce a marketing video.

o Plan – video marketing should be just one facet in your overall marketing plan. Think of it as an engagement tactic that’s meant to support your key goals. Whether you are looking to increase brand awareness or boost conversions, think about what your main goals are. These should guide the creative process of coming up with ideas for a suitable video.

o Produce – once you have a verified idea (using the two questions above), it’s time to create your video. This is where you think about who your target audience are. You also need to think about your production budget. Video production costs vary from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the kind of content and quality you’re looking for. If you can’t produce the video yourself, find a freelancer or company that will bring your idea to life.

o Promote – if you created a great video already, this should be easy. People are going to share a video that they think is awesome. Focus on where your target audience hangs out, and show them your content. Think Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+.

This informative guide equips you to get started with video marketing. 45.4% of all internet users watch at least one video in a month. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be making use of video marketing to advance your business interests.

The Simple Step-by-step Guide To Video Marketing

How To Use Facebook Lead Ads

Facebook Lead Ads

Lead ads are finally here…and that’s great news for you as a marketer or entrepreneur.

Facebook lead ads are a simple-to-use and yet powerful tool that can help increase your targeted business prospects. Facebook released lead ads to Power Editor globally, apparently as a strategy to keep business users. For you as a marketer, Facebook lead generation ads present an opportunity to simplify your list building and social media prospecting.

Facebook advertising and engagement tends to be cheaper on mobile as compared to the desktop, but it’s all the same more expensive to score conversions on mobile. Slow load times, lack of responsiveness and comparative difficulties are just a few of the problems making mobile conversions quite a challenge.

Strategic advertisers and list builders can now use Facebook lead generation ads to bypass this problem.

A Facebook lead ad looks just like any other link under a CTA button. But it’s much more than that. When you click on the lead ad’s CTA button (e.g. “Subscribe”, “Apply Now”, “Sign Up”, etc.) the user immediately sees a form within Facebook.

Load time is drastically reduced, and that’s just the tip of the ice berg.

To learn how you can enhance your Facebook lead generation using this new and innovative advertising tool, keep reading…

Information at the Click of a Button

You definitely know how important an email list is for your marketing. However, the process of gathering list subscribers through the social networks can be cumbersome. And if you’re not willing to put in the necessary time, you have to spend loads of money on paid advertising.

Facebook Lead Ads change all that. They simplify your Facebook lead generation by making it easier for you to capitalize on information users have already given to Facebook.

When you run a lead ad, Facebook auto fills the information you require from a user’s profile. This includes email addresses, full names, street address, zip, city, state, phone, country, company names and job titles.

You probably know very well that asking for too much information from users can make your ads less effective. Through a one-click, convenient approach, Facebook lead ads make that the least of your concerns.

To gather leads before Facebook introduced lead ads, you had to:

  • Create an enticing link share ad to compel users to click.
  • Redirect users who clicked to your external landing page (e.g. on your website).
  • Do your best within the landing page to make sure that users actually bit the bait and entered the information you required (e.g. their names and email address).

This was a complicated process that often saw users lose interest somewhere along the way:

  • Slow load time could discourage them from completing the form.
  • Poor presentation of landing page content often bored them away.
  • Asking for too much information easily discouraged them.

With Facebook lead generation ads, you can now forget this complicated method and focus on an approach that actually works for your business!

How to Create Facebook Lead Ads

You can create Facebook lead ads through your Power Editor, or Facebook Marketing Partner.

The steps sequenced below highlight the common Power Editor method…

✓ Navigate to your Power Editor, then select the new Lead Generation option. From your ad set, you’ll note that there’s only one option available – mobile. That’s because lead ads started out with mobile, desktop will be available soon enough.

✓ From the Optimization & Pricing screen, select Leads in the “Optimize For” screen. If you realize that CPC will work better for you, go for the Clicks option instead.
I recommend that you opt to get the most leads at the best price in the Pricing field.

✓ Create your ad in the editing screen that follows. You’ll realize that most of this process is similar to what you’d do for a typical link ad. Simply provide text that goes above the image, the link headline and description, and as well upload your ad image (dimensions 1200 x 628 pixels).
Unlike with link ads, where Facebook automatically pulls this data, you have to fill everything manually for lead ads.

✓ Go ahead and choose an appropriate CTA button. The usual options are available: Apply Now, Download, Get Quote, Learn More, Sign Up and Subscribe.

✓ To create a lead form, navigate downwards on your ad creation page to get to the Lead Form section.

✓ Choose create a new form. Enter the name of your new Facebook lead generation form and then click Next.” In the next step, you can turn on the check boxes to specify what information you want to request from people who see your ads. You’ll probably just need to collect a name and email address for your mailing list. But if you need more data, click on the Show More Options link.

✓ (Optionally) Include a custom question by hitting on the Add a Question objective at the bottom. You can either insert an existing question from the panel on your right-hand side or just type in up to 3 questions from scratch. Leave the answers open ended or provide choices. Play with the options to see what you can come up with for your Facebook lead generation campaign.

✓ Once you’re comfortable with what you have put together, click Next to go to the Privacy Policy and disclaimer screen. You’ll be required to supply a link to your privacy policy. This is a necessary step to get your form and lead generation ads approved. The disclaimer field is however optional.

✓ Facebook gives users a link to click after they have submitted your form. So add a link to your site and then preview your lead generation form.
Once you’re happy with everything, hit Create Form

Your leads are collected in a CSV file. Access this file by navigating to your page and then choose Publishing Tools from the top right area.

Once done, go for Lead Ads Forms on the left. It would be better to have this list in your CRM, right? You’ll just need to import manually!

To integrate automatically though, you’ll need to use a Facebook marketing partner (e.g. Marketo, Salesforce, Eloqua and Driftrock).

Increase Conversion Rates of Lead Ads

There’s no point creating Facebook lead ads if you can’t convert them, right?

At the end of the day, your goal is to get as many leads as possible from your Facebook lead ads efforts. Optimizing for conversion is a crucial step.

Consider the following creative best practices to make the best out of your lead ads:

✓ See your ad as the landing page it is. Create a compelling title, description, and as well include a compelling image. The goal is to present what makes your ad special. Give your target audience a couple of good reasons to click on your call to action button in the first place.

✓ Watch the CTR. If your ad is too ‘form-like’ and you realize that CTR is dropping to an unacceptable levels, try creative ideas to optimize it and keep CTR high.

✓ Make sure that you’re offering something awesome to reward users who complete the form. You’re asking people to give their personal information here. Whatever you’re giving away should be high-value. So whether you’re offering out a free PDF, a coupon code, or a limited-time-offer, ensure that you have a pretty good deal!

This Facebook ads guide gives you the insights you need to get started experimenting on the new, powerful tool. You now know just how valuable lead ads can be! Get on it and see how well it works for your business!

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How to Create Facebook Video Ads

Facebook Video Ads

YouTube is no doubt the world’s most popular video marketing platform.

If you are serious about leaving no stones unturned in your marketing, you’ve got to take a shot at every opportunity that comes your way.

Facebook video Ads are a new but powerful tool that you can use to reach out to your prospects in an engaging way.

Statistics suggest that Facebook video Ads are catching up (if not already outdoing) YouTube video ads, when it comes to the total number of monthly views on both mobile and desktop.

Smart entrepreneurs and marketers take advantage of this new trend to get more results for their marketing. There’s no dispute video ads work better than any other form of advertisement…

Especially if you know how to create killer video ads.

This guide equips you with the skills you need to make the best out of Facebook video ads. Keep reading…


First things first…have it in mind that the key goal of your Facebook video Ads campaign is to increase audience reach and engagement

And lift your brand.

Get started by planning your video creation.. Have a plan in advance to increase the probability that you’ll come out looking good.

  • What do you want to create a video about?
  • What’s you main takeaway?
  • What theme do you want your message to convey to your audience?
  • What is your Call To Action?

Half the work will be done once you can answer all these questions.

The next step is to write a script.

Simply write down what you want to say, bearing in mind how you’re going to say it, and what text or graphics you’re going to need to accompany it. Shorter is better. If you can’t work your way around a solid script, consider hiring a freelancer to do it for you on Upwork or


Facebook makes it easy and possible for you to create video advertising campaigns. Simply login to your advertising manager and click on Create Ad from the top right corner of your screen.

In the screen that appears, click Get Video Views. Select which page you want to promote with your Video Ads. Set up the campaign name and select your target demographics.

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Facebook’s hyper-surgical targeting features make this super easy for you. You can narrow down your audience based on custom audiences, locations, age, gender, language, interests or behaviors.

Audience Definition

After your campaign has been successfully set up, it’s time to include some textual description and call to action for your Facebook video ad.

The Text field gives you an opportunity to write something compelling about what you’re promoting. Also, select a call to action that will be visible to customers when they’re watching the video.


You can create Facebook video Ads using the Power Editor.

This is however a somewhat more complex route…but the best option if you’re looking to create different variations of your video ad for split testing purposes.

Login to your Facebook Ad Manager and select the Power Editor menu option. Download your Advertising account data into the Power Editor tool. You’ll be able to sort your data by campaign, then create a new campaign altogether.

In the Create Campaign screen, enter the name of your new campaign, select buying type and then choose Video Views from the Objective drop down field. Switch to the ad set view in the next dialog and then create a new ad set for your video ads. Ad sets are groups of ads that target a particular group of people. The more you segment your ad sets, the easier it’s going to be for you to analyze the target level results of your campaign.

Once you have set up your ad set, switch from campaign view to the ad set view in Power Editor’s vertical menu. Pick the ad set you created above and then select the Ads tab at the top area of your screen. You’ll be able to create a new ad from the screen that shows.

Select the page you intend to promote, enter compelling text telling people what you’re promoting, then upload your video. You’ll also specify a call to action in this last step.


Here are five easy strategies to increase the effectiveness of your Facebook Video Ads:

  • Use the 3-second Rule – Facebook recently introduced the autoplay feature, which automatically plays videos and then stops immediately people scroll past it. What does this imply?
    You just have 3 seconds to capture your audience’s attention.
    So make sure that your video’s start is compelling and attention grabbing.
    It’s also important to note that Facebook defines a Video View as a view extending for three seconds or more. Thus, your first 3 seconds make great sense from a metric standpoint.
  • Keep it quiet – Facebook’s autoplay feature is designed to make each video play without a sound as people scroll down their feed. This means that your business should focus on the visual message. Focus on making what users see during those first 3 seconds as engaging as possible, without relying on sound.
  • Flexibility counts – Facebook’s hyper targeting features give you a lot of credibility – use it! Try out specific segments and see what works for you. If one of the Facebook video ads that you had high hopes in isn’t performing, drop it and create a better one.
  • Make it real – the best-performing Facebook video ads tend to focus on user engagement and the story, as opposed to explicit sales gimmicks. Focus on cultivating that unique experience that will make users click right off the bat.
  • Customer comes first – Facebook’s power targeting lets you reach out to the right people with a message that’s fine-tuned to their needs and motivations. Make sure that your video ads stay true to your customers. Your message should resonate with the situation your audience is currently facing.


Once your video ads are up and running, you’ll want to step back and look at how things are going? Think about your KPIs.

  • How many conversions have you got since you started running these video ads?
  • Did you have a bounce rate problem?
  • How many shares, likes, comments and other marks of engagement did you get?
  • Did your Facebook video ads reach out to as many people as you wanted?

Asking these questions helps you improve your campaign so that you get better results.

Drop what doesn’t work, focus on what works. Make your ads better with each iteration!


Facebook video marketing harbors a lot of potential for your business. You’re leaving a lot of money on the table if you’re not making use of Facebook video ads to boost your brand and products!

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7 Ways to Use Facebook Custom Audiences for Increased Reach

Facebook Custom Audiences

Ever since its 2012 launch, Facebook custom audiences has been an incredible tool…

It’s currently used by thousands of companies and millions of marketers from around the world.

THIS is a strategic tool that you can leverage to fine-tune your targeted prospects and reach out to more customers.

If you’re having trouble getting engagement from your audience, this article highlights 7 effective Facebook custom audience techniques that you can use to increase your marketing engagement and reach starting RIGHT NOW.

1. Leverage Category-Based Custom Audiences

Go to “Custom Audiences” and then Choose “People who visit specific web pages” in the “Create Audience” tab to create category-based website custom audiences.

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If you have a blog, you probably create content on varied topics.

For instance, an insurance blog may have categories such as auto insurance, health insurance, home insurance, life insurance, etc.

Use website custom audiences to create a Facebook audiences based on the category of content people read on your blog.

This makes it easy for you to target a very relevant group with your Facebook marketing…

If you want to sell a short guide on available auto insurance packages, direct your sales marketing to the particular custom audience that’s relevant to that category!

This is an incredible way to increase Facebook reach and as well improve conversions.

2. Play with Durations

When you create website custom audiences, Facebook defaults the duration to 30 days. This means your audience is going to comprise of people who visited particular pages on your website within the last one month.

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That’s valuable, because it gives you fairly recent data that you can really count on.

But 30 days is just a tip of the ice berg. To get a clearer picture of what’s happening on the long-term, try switching to a longer duration.

You might want to try 180 days and see what happens.

If you’re getting less than 5, 000 visitors to your website in one month, increasing this duration can also help you identify drops or improvements in performance.

However, for purposes of crafting ads, stick to shorter durations. It works best that way.

3. Facebook Pixel Custom Audience

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Facebook now makes it super easy for you to track conversions. This is BIG!

You can directly track how many of the people who saw your ads actually converted. You do this easily by creating a conversion tracking pixel in the Adverts Manager>Adverts Create Tool or Power Editor (using the Chrome Browser). Once this is done, you get a couple of lines of code that you then add to your website.

The good thing about Facebook Pixel is that it can easily track conversions such as checkouts, leads, registrations and key page views, as well as customers adding products to cart.

Just make sure you place the pixel in an actual conversion page! The pixel code will do the rest.

Before the first conversion, the pixel status will read as ‘unverified’, but after that it’ll switch to ‘verified’ so you can see what’s going on.

If you are serious optimizing relevant reach for every dollar spent on Facebook, you really have no excuse!

4. Individual Traffic Sources

Mailing lists are the hallmark of sustainable marketing.

Smart marketers focus on building a landing page, and then creating customer remarketing lists for each of these landing pages. This works great particularly where you’re creating campaigns based on links people have visited, through website custom audiences.

Segmenting traffic sources with landing page URLs helps analyze your audiences and establish where the most relevant users are coming from. For instance, by having a different landing page for Facebook, and a different one for visitors from Google, you’ll have two lookalike audiences that you can easily compare.

After you have set up the landing pages, Go to Facebook Custom Audience dashboard and then select the “People who visit specific web pages” option.

Use Facebook custom audiences to bring order to your marketing and distinguish between your traffic sources so you can focus on what works best.

5. Increase Reach & Profitability with an Upsell Audience

Facebook is a great place to engage customers and develop brand authority…

But it’s also a hotspot for increasing profitability through upsells.

Simply create a custom Facebook audience enveloping all customers who bought something from your business in recent times, and then target this particular group with upsells!

For instance, find customers who recently purchased a PC and then upsell them with accessories. It has to be relevant to the product that was purchased in the first place.

You can also upsell services. If you’re offering insurance subscriptions on your website, upsell related packages.

You might want to find out whether a customer who JUST purchased an auto insurance package would also be interested in home insurance!

6. Target Based on Behavior

Fine-tune your Facebook ads based on visitor behavior. Navigate to Campaigns>Power Editor and make use of behavioral factors to craft ads that will increase your Facebook reach.

Start with custom audiences and then narrow down to fine-tune the group by interest and behavior. Facebook provides auto-suggestions that you can easily use on both the ‘Interests’ and ‘Behaviors’ field.

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Consider targeting your audience based on digital activities, mobile device use, events attended, travel behaviors, etc. This gives you more control over who your content gets to.

Ultimately, you can design your Facebook marketing in such a way that every piece of content you throw away is only seen by the right group, thus increasing relevant reach.

Most marketers overlook split testing based on interests and behaviors, but this can be an instrumental way to better understand your audience.

Try creating different custom audiences based on different interests or behaviors that are pertinent to your niche. The more you understand your audience, the easier you can tailor-make your marketing!

7. WCA Re-Engaging

You can increase your Facebook reach by leveraging website custom audiences to re-engage prospects who haven’t visited your site in the recent past.


Facebook custom audiences has an option called “People who haven’t visited in a certain amount of time.”

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Use this option to drive content to a group that has visited your site in the past, but not during the most recent “X” days. It’s good to bring back these people before they completely lose interest and unsubscribe from your dealings.


There’s just no limit to what you can do to increase your reach with Facebook custom audiences. If you aren’t already leveraging these techniques, get started now to make sure that every single advertising dollar reaps maximum results for you!

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Using Facebook Audience Insights to Engage your Community


Do you know what’s the easiest way to find your target audience and get them to engage with your marketing campaigns?

Facebook Audience Insights.

But you need to know HOW to use it and WHAT to do with the information…

You can deploy the full power of Facebook marketing by collecting intelligence on your fans and prospects!

One of the best things about Facebook Audience Insights is that it’s free to use and can be a generous source of behavioral and demographic data on your audiences and competitors.

You want precision targeting for your business ad campaigns, right?

You have a useful tool right under your nose that can be used to create highly targeted ads that reach out to your specific prospects!

The massive data you get from Facebook Audience Insights can also come in handy when you’re creating a buyer persona for your service or products, or when you want to improve your website content so that it’s right on the bull’s eye.

Keep reading to learn how to better understand your audience and optimize your Facebook marketing results.

Get Started with Facebook Audience Insights

Simply navigate to your Facebook Ads Manager dashboard then click on Tools and then click on Audience Insights in the drop-down menu.

The first time you launch Audience Insights, you’ll likely be asked to choose an audience to start with:

  • Everyone on Facebook – this is the general audience. Gives an overview of the entire Facebook (by default U.S. Facebook audience). Go for this option if you’re looking to dig data on competitor pages or broad audiences.
  • People Connected to Your Page – makes it possible for you to access data related to your Facebook page. If you manage multiple Facebook pages, you’ll get an option to choose the page you want to focus on right now. This is the way to go if you’re looking to better understand your audience.
  • A Custom Audience – this is a somewhat complex option for entrepreneurs who’re already using Facebook Custom Audiences. You’d need to upload a list of email addresses to create a Custom Audience. Once done, Facebook compares these emails to respective user accounts to surface the data you’re interested in. If you’re just a beginner, it is recommendable that you forego custom audiences. However, if you have a lot of customer data available, this option gives you a powerful tool to understand behaviors and demographics for the folks who’re already using your brand.

Selecting Specific Facebook Audience Insights Parameters

Once you have selected an audience above, it’s time to zero in onto the details.

Let’s assume that you selected “Everyone on Facebook” above…

You can change the default location (from the U.S.) to any other country of interest. You can even add more than one country if your business focuses on customers from a region of multiple countries…

Leave this field blank to scope on customers from across the world.

Feel free to play with the location setting based on what specifically you’re looking for!

Now that you have narrowed down your audience in terms of location, you can go right ahead to create a segment based on age, interests, gender, people connected to your page or advanced data such as language, behavior, education, work, etc.

We like to think of the Interests option as a massive way to reveal priced information on competitors and the industry in general.

Use this option to narrow down to customers who have already liked a competitor page…

Just type down your Competitor’s Facebook to search for it. There’s no telling whether or not it’ll show up, and it’s hard to figure out what algorithmic logic Facebook uses to determine what page shows up and what doesn’t.

Just have a list of competitor pages and group interests that describe the audience you want to get data on, and then type them into this box.

Once you have set the audience parameters, it’s time to explore your data. Facebook Audience Insights displays information in a series of tabs, each covering a different aspect of the audience data:

  • Demographics
  • Page Likes
  • Location
  • Activity

If you are focusing on the U.S. audience, two additional tabs (Household and Purchases) are also available.

Use Facebook Audience Insights to Optimize your Facebook Page Engagement

Easily use the data you pull from your Facebook Audience Insights dashboard to make your posts more effective and on-target.

The demographics tab provides information including…

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Relationship status
  • Education level

These are all important details that help you understand your customer better.

Facebook’s graphical presentation approach makes it easy for you to make sense out of all this information. For instance, you can automatically see the percentage of your audience who are women!

#1 Create Personas with Demographic Lifestyle Data
Facebook Audience Insights provides valuable lifestyle data that creates mini-personas based on brand affinity, interests, demographic data and other factors. These personas happen to be quite broad, but they lay the foundation for a clearer picture regarding who your audience is.

They give you a window of opportunity to picture the lives of your audience. To get into their shoes so you can understand their needs and motivations.

This way, it’s easier figuring out what’s in your audience’s mind right now. So you can answer the crucial question ‘How can my business solve their needs or make their lives better?’

A good understanding of your audience personas helps you with framing. Adjust the timeframe of your marketing to coincide with certain important events.

If you are a travel company and knows that most of your audience travels for holiday during a certain month, then you can concentrate your advertising and promotions throughout that month.

#2 Use Page Likes to Measure Interests and Affiliations
At 7 Figure Automation, we like to think that the demographic information as interesting, but it’s nothing close to what you find under “Page Likes” tab.

Learn a lot about your audience based on the kind of Facebook pages they like. This Facebook audience insights tab gives you a detailed view into their interest breakdown.

It comprises the top pages your audience have liked in each category, and the Facebook pages that are most relevant to your audience. Through this combined data, you can piece together a more accurate persona. You know what apps your audience uses, what organizations they support, what political affiliations they belong to and what media outlets they follow.

Bury yourself in this data to get a clearer perspective of your audience. Add this to what you learn from Lifestyle data and answer any questions you might be having about your customers!

Each blank you fill is another opportunity to create more targeted content, and set up more effective ads!

#3 Uncover How Your Audience Interacts with Content
This section is a goldmine of information regarding how your audience segment is most likely to engage content on Facebook.

You can see how likely it is that the segment will like, comment on or share your posts, access their accounts or click on your ads.

This way, you can play with the segment filters to find a target audience that’s more active and more likely to engage with your content.

You also learn what devices your customers are using to log in to Facebook. It’s almost always mobile, so make sure that your content and promotions are optimized for that.

Figuring out how people are engaging and interacting with your content can tell you a lot about their mindset.

Create Profitable Facebook Ads

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Most importantly, you’ll need a lot more to create Facebook ads that convert your fans and prospects into customers…

But researching your audience is unavoidable because you must put the right message in front of the right people…at the right time.

Different parts of your target audience have different interests. Facebook Audience Insights helps you master your audience in terms of their lifestyle, social activity level and interests.

By leveraging this behavioral and demographic intelligence, you can optimize your organic and paid social media campaigns to yield the best results!

Get started with Facebook Audience Insights – and grow your business’s engagement by figuring out who is most responsive to your brand.

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3 Easy Ways To Boost Mental Toughness

Mental toughness is a valuable skill in today’s challenging world.

Most people know how to build physical strength – but there’s a lot more ambiguity when it comes to building mental strength.

The reason is simple.

Your thoughts have powerful influence over what you feel and how you behave.

In fact, scientists at the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging estimate humans have about 70,000 thoughts per day. That means you have 70,000 opportunities to think optimistically or tear yourself down.

While there are many exercises that can help you become mentally tough, here are 3 easy ways to boost mental toughness:

1. Talk to yourself like a trusted friend.

As mentioned earlier, our thoughts have powerful influence over what we feel and how we behave.

In fact, your inner monologue has a tendency to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Thinking things like, “I will never get this business profitable,” or “Things never work out for me,” can alter your behavior in a way that makes those predictions come true.

Replace these negative thoughts with optimistic ones.

When you notice yourself thinking something like, “I can’t figure this out,” remind yourself that your thoughts aren’t necessarily true.

Instead, ask yourself, “What would I have to believe in order to make this happen?” Then, focus on what you can do instead of what you can’t.

2. Take charge of your emotions.

Allowing emotions to control your focus drains your will power.

Emotions are nothing more than actions signals. These signals are telling you that something needs to change.

If you are frustrated it’s because your current strategy isn’t going to get you to your goal – you need to change your approach.

If you are fearful about your presentation at the big conference – you need to prepare yourself to give an exceptional presentation.

Many emotional issues stem from a desire to avoid discomfort.

People who fear failure often avoid new challenges in order to keep their anxiety at bay. But, avoiding emotional discomfort is usually a short-term solution that leads to long-term problems.

Develop an awareness of how your emotions impact your focus.

And decide to be in control of your emotions, so that they don’t control you. Face uncomfortable feelings head-on and take charge of your focus.

Embracing discomfort will give you more confidence and you’ll gain the ability to face new challenges.

3. Behave productively despite the circumstances.

It’s impossible to feel mentally tough when you’re focused on circumstances you cannot control.

Your life doesn’t just “happen.” It is designed by you, whether you know it or not. The choices, after all, are yours. You choose happiness. You choose sadness. You choose decisiveness. You choose ambivalence. You choose success. You choose failure.

Just remember that every moment, every situation, provides a new choice. It gives you a perfect opportunity to do things differently to produce more positive results.

Build Mental Toughness

Everyone has the ability to be mentally tough.

But developing mental toughness requires resilience and optimistic thinking.

With focus, you’ll develop the awareness needed to regulate your thoughts, control your emotions, and behave productively despite your circumstances.

Learning how to flex your mental muscles is the key to reaching your greatest potential in life.

Whether your goal is to become a professional athlete or a successful entrepreneur, or an outstanding parent – mental strength will help you achieve your goal.

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The Ultimate Video Marketing Tool Box

Ultimate Video Marketing

If you’re not using video marketing to boost your business’s engagement and sales, you’re already behind the eight ball…

Using video strategy in your business is considered par for the course because your competition is already benefiting from this valuable tool. That’s why you need leverage from the best video marketing tools available to give your marketing the boost it desperately needs!

Here’s a roundup of the ultimate video marketing tools and resources that’ll help you create viral videos to take your business to the next level.

1. Google Adwords Keyword Planner

Google Adwords Keyword Planner

Google’s Keyword Planner is an instrumental tool for building new search network campaigns (on both YouTube AND Google), and optimizing existing ones.

The best thing about the Google AdWords Keyword Planner is that you are able to search for new keywords and use historical search data to come up with a useful list of search phrases.

This free tool helps you come up with keywords that reflect what your customers are looking for, allowing you to create video marketing content that’s timely and valuable!

2. VideoCents


VideoCents helps you find the right keywords for your videos and shows you YouTube video data for your competition.

Use this tool to find the right keywords to scale your channel. You get to access search volume data for keywords and phrases that will help you boost your channel’s popularity. This makes it easier for you to target high-traffic niches where you can maximize your viewership.

Use VideoCents to maximize your video strategy right from day one.

3. Keynote


Keynote for Mac is your ultimate presentation tool.

If you’re looking to use a presentation in your marketing videos, this tool provides a wealth of beautiful presentations, powerful tools and dazzling effects that you can use to bring your ideas to life. Keynote works for Mac and iOS devices, and there’s a minimal learning curve especially if you’re already good with Microsoft PowerPoint.

4. PowerPoint


Microsoft Office PowerPoint is an alternative tool for Keynote for Mac (highlighted above).

Use this flexible and powerful tool to create dazzling presentations. You get to access and leverage dozens of pre-existing styles and designs!

5. PowToon


Animated videos are 150% more effective than ordinary marketing videos! PowToon is your ultimate video marketing tool for creating beautiful animated videos. PowToon makes it possible for you to save money, increase engagement, boost SEO and stand out from the crowd with creative video marketing.

This video tool is a must-have, particularly for trainers and educators!

6. Camtasia


Use this tool to create screen recorded videos in a snap. Camtasia is a powerful, easy-to-use screen recorder for PC and Mac users that makes it easy to create fantastic videos without having to be a video pro. Record your screen actions and movements, and import HD video from cameras and other sources. Camtasia is cross platform, so you can use it both on Windows and Mac.

7. ScreenFlow 5

ScreenFlow 5

ScreenFlow is an incredible video marketing tool for Mac users that takes screen casting to a whole new level. ScreenFlow not only lets you capture high quality videos, but also provides you with an easy-to-use editing interface.

You can use a number of motion, editing and media management tools that make screen casting a heck of a lot easier!

8. ATR 2100

Audio-Technica is a handheld dynamic microphone with USB digital output, and an analogue output (XLR). The analog output connects to your audio system, while the USB output connects to your laptop, Mac or PC for digital recording. This useful audio recording tool gives you an extended, smooth response that’s ideal for home studio recording, podcasting, voice over, on-stage use, and field recording.

a. Neewer Mic Stand

Need a cool stand for your video marketing microphone? The Neewer Arm Stand is your best bet. This accessory is foldable, adjustable and convenient to carry. You can change the height or angle to capture your best voice. It can be mounted on the announcers’ table with a Table mounting clamp that is included with the product.

9. The iPhone

If you’re an iPhone fanatic, you may find the latest smartphone by Apple particularly useful. The iPhone 6 isn’t just bigger, it’s much better. Some of the most popular YouTube marketing videos have been recorded on the iPhone. So if you need a one-in-all gadget that’ll help you communicate while enabling you to create cool videos, consider getting an iPhone 6.

a. Movo PM10 Lapel Mic

Using your iPhone to record your videos? This is your ideal microphone tool. The Movo PM10 Deluxe Lavalier is a condenser Microphone that works with the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Windows and Android smartphones.

Also comes with a 1 year warranty, a Wind Muff & Lapel Clip.

b. Ampridge Shotgun Mic

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Your in-built iPhone mic might not produce that ultimate voice you’re cultivating for your next video! This accessory increases the effective sensitivity you get with the default iPhone mic by reducing unwanted back and side noise. You can adjust the volume with real time monitoring using the MoviePro Video App on your smartphone. It will work with the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

10. Canon EOS DSLRs

Canon EOS Digital SLR Camera

Take your video production to the next level with a Pro Canon DSLR camera. Canon’s innovative technology, brilliant design and world-class optics can help you create better-quality videos. Whether you’re a beginner or a Pro video maker, a Canon is an effective video marketing tool!

a. Stony-Edge Lapel Mic

An incredible sound quality Mic that works with all your camcorders and HDSLR audio recording. It’s portable and top quality!

This omnidirectional self-powered condenser microphone is best suited for webcasting, wedding recordings, school cases, entertainment and education.

11. Tripod


A tripod is a must-have tool for video marketers. Whether you’re using a tripod for your mobile phone or your DSLR, a lightweight and compact design that makes it possible for you to capture steady and focused footage.

12. Wistia


Wistia provides professional video hosting with analytics and scores of video marketing tools.

Think of Wistia as a smaller YouTube that’s dedicated specifically for business use. You can use this tool to increase leads and enhance focus in your content. With the email collectors, calls to action, viewing trends and video heatmaps, you have all the tools you need to leverage the power of video in your marketing.

13. Vimeo


If you didn’t watch videos on YouTube, you probably watched them on Vimeo.

Vimeo is an increasingly popular video hosting platform that allows you to upload content, share it with the world, and connect with your audience. You want to make sure that your videos get to as many people as possible, and that means you should seriously consider posting them to Vimeo.

14. YouTube


YouTube is the worlds most popular video search engine (and it’s the #2 search engine in the world, behind Google).

Once you’ve made that perfect video that you know will appeal to your audience, YouTube is where you post it. You can cultivate an audience and make a profit on YouTube. Keep it in mind that when it comes to using videos on YouTube, quality is paramount. Focus on producing content that meets your audience’s needs!

15. YouTube Analytics

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YouTube Analytics is an incredible video marketing tool that provides a wealth of data, metrics and trends on how your content is doing on YouTube.

Use YouTube Analytics to make your content truly viral.

Leverage these video marketing tools to revamp your marketing campaigns, put forward your best content and make sure it’s targeted for the right people. This ensures your business gets maximum engagement and exposure from the most successful type of advertising – video marketing.

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The Ultimate Video Marketing Tool Box