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[Formerly The Art of Paid Traffic] Are you an online expert working toward the 6 or 7-figure mark in your business? Welcome to your one-stop-shop for practical tips, mindsets, actionable strategies, detailed case studies and everything else you need to build an online business and a life that lights you up. Whether you’re ready to increase your profit through Facebook and Instagram ads or you’re looking to find and focus on the CEO activities that’ll make the most meaningful difference in your business — you’re in the right place. Host Rick Mulready is an online business coach, ads expert and lifestyle entrepreneur sharing his path to building a million dollar business as an online expert and course creator. His specialty? Breaking complex overwhelm-inducing ideas and strategies into bite sized easy to understand pieces. His not-so-secret superpower? Teaching simplified Facebook and Instagram ad strategies you can use to create a foundation for more freedom, leads, and sales in your business. Ready for more income AND impact? Discover why The Art of Online Business has over 4.5 million downloads from ambitious online experts committed to creating profitable and purposeful businesses!
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Mar 30, 2016

Thanks so much for joining me today for episode #80 where today I’ve got another great Facebook ads case study for you about a natural health practitioner named Becky Mauldin.

Becky is using Facebook ads to scale her in-person clinic and she’s selling a training course for holistic health practitioners that certifies them to be a holistic health practitioner.

As you’ll hear today, at the time we did the interview, Becky had spent about $3,000 on Facebook ads over a 6 month time period and on that spend she made about $30,000.

Becky takes us through everything she did in her campaign, how she’s achieving these results while only targeting ONE cold audience, the big change in strategy she made to finally get the results she was looking for, the ONE factor that she believes has had the biggest impact on her success and you’ll also learn something about me that I don’t talk about a whole lot. That’s at the very end of the interview.

Also, I just released, well depending on when you’re listening to this, a brand new video series that shows YOU exactly how to create an automated system that attracts leads and sales every day using Facebook ads. In fact, much of what Becky does in her business is following this system.

It’s a free video training that’s available for a limited time, so depending on when you’re listening to this it may not be available.

If you’d like to get access to this free video training, you can go to rickmulready.com/freetraining.

Mar 24, 2016

Welcome back to the Art of Paid Traffic Podcast!  Today's episode is a Facebook ads Q&A show where I'm answering a bunch of questions that you've submitted.

In This Episode, You'll Learn About:

  • Changing to the new Faceobok pixel vs the custom audience pixel and conversion tracking pixel
  • My thoughts on Qwaya
  • Adding a Standard Event code to the Facebook ads pixel after it's been placed
  • Video ads not getting the desired results, despite layers of testing
  • In-depth targeting strategies with the new Detailed Targeting
  • Can you sell a streaming workshop with Facebook ads?
  • Best practices for improving your results with video ads

Before we get into the transcript of the episode, I've got a few announcements for you...

Enrollment for FB ADvantage Opening

I'm getting ready to re-open my flagship program, The FB ADvantage in just a couple weeks here in early April.  It's completely revamped this time around, teaching you exactly how to create an automated system that gets leads and sales every single day with Facebook ads.

Included when you join the course this time around is going to be a live two day event here in sunny San Diego. I'm super psyched to be offering that this time around so make sure to hop on my email list here on my site to be the first to know when enrollment opens.

One quick resource that you might want to grab while you're here is my Facebook ads pixels cheat sheet -- "The Complete Guide to Facebook ads pixels,"

While you're on that page there you can download my complete guide to Facebook ads pixels cheat sheet and you'll be also updated when the course opens here in early April.

Speaking at Social Media Marketing World

I'm going to be speaking at Social Media Marketing World, which is Social Media Examiners annual conference here in San Diego, in just a few weeks.

My talk is Monday morning April 18th at 10:30pst in the morning. I'm presenting on How to Double Your ROI with Facebook Video Ads.

Super stoked to be talking about video ads during that presentation, so if you're going to be at the conference definitely say hello, I'd love to thank you personally for listening to the podcast here.

Mar 16, 2016

I’ve been getting a lot of requests for case studies here on The Art of Paid Traffic so over the next few weeks we're going to dive into some really cool Facebook ads case studies from a variety of niches.

Today, we’re going to kick things off with a case study about how a Facebook ads campaign helped generate over $1.1M for a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.

The campaign was run by Adomas Baltagalvis and I’m really excited to welcome him to the show today.

I don’t want to give too much away because we’ll get into all this during the episode here, but the Facebook ad campaign was for promoting a new Swiss Automatic watch on Kickstarter.

They hit the initial Kickstarter goal of $40,000 in just 34 minutes and they grew an email list of over 5,000 people in less than two weeks.

You’ll learn everything that Adomas did for the campaign from the pre-launch strategy to how he set his ads up to how they’re now nurturing all those leads now that the campaign is over.

The Kickstarter campaign is now among the 150 most raised projects on Kickstarter ever, and Top 30 in design. And, ‘the most funded timepiece project in crowdfunding history’ too.

Get out your notebook because we break it all down for you today.

Mar 10, 2016

On today's episode of The Art of Paid Traffic we’re talking about how to improve your copywriting with expert copywriter, Laura Belgray.

Specifically, Laura shares her framework for writing great copy and her 3 keys that all of your copywriting needs to include — whether it’s email writing, ad copy, sales pages, etc.

Laura has been a professional writer for almost 20 years now, having written promos, launch campaigns, online content, and more for TV channels like Bravo, NBC, HBO, VH1, and a whole host of others.

She also teaches entrepreneurs how to write better copy and has partnered with Marie Forleo on a great copywriting course called The Copy Cure which you’ll hear more about at the end of the episode.

On Today's Episode, You'll Learn:

  • Laura's 3 keys for writing great copy using the framework C.P.R.
  • How to write copy that actually means something to your audience
  • Why it's important to get away from insider buzz words and use language that excites your audience instead
  • How to figure out what keeps your target customers up at night and then use that in your copywriting
  • Tips for sounding human when you're writing copy, whether it's for email, ads, landing pages, etc.

Links & Resources Mentioned in this Episode

Right click here to download this episode

Be sure and check out Laura's site: talkingshrimp.com

Laura & Marie Forleo's copywriting course: The Copy Cure

I use EasyWebinar for my automated webinars. Check it out: RickMulready.com/EasyWebinar

Mar 3, 2016

Facebook ads reporting is the topic of today's episode of The Art of Paid Traffic, specifically, how to get the most out of all the stats and metrics that Facebook makes available to you so you can make educated decisions on improving your Facebook ads.

When it comes to looking at Facebook ads reporting and optimizing your ads, I have three words for you. Keep. It. Simple.

Having so many stats available to us can be overwhelming, especially when you have all these numbers in front of you and you don’t know what you’re looking at.

Keep it simple by looking at the one metric that tells you how well your ads are doing based on the objective you have chosen.

Here’s what I mean by that...

If the goal of your ad campaign is to send people from your Facebook ad to a valuable blog post you’ve written so you can start warming them up to your business, for example, you would choose the Objective “Clicks to Website” when you’re setting up your Facebook ads (the goal here is to drive people from your ad to your website).

Now when looking at your stats, focus first on the cost per click and then the click-through rate which tells you the % of people who are seeing your ad and then clicking on it. If it’s a low CPC and a good click through rate you know you’ve set up a good ad. If it’s a low click through rate, you use that information to make changes to your ad.

So with that said, what’s a good CPC and CTR %?

The answer to that is going to vary by industry, but as a general guideline, I’d try and get your CPC below $1 and your CTR above 1%.

Another example is when you’re sending people from your Facebook ad to an opt-in page or a webinar registration page. The goal here is “website conversions” because you’re trying to get people to opt-in to your email list or register for your event.

In this case, the first metric you want to look at is what is your cost per lead? How many leads have you generated for the amount of money you’ve spent?

Likewise, for cost per lead, what’s “good” is going to vary from industry to industry. Meaning, for a B2B brand to get a $15 CPL, it might be super pumped for that, but if I’m personally getting a $15 CPL, I’m shutting my ads off and changing them up.

So, it’s really going to vary by the niche you’re in. But, if I had to give you a general CPL to stay under, I would shoot for $8 and under. Again, that’s going vary a lot.

Keep it simple, don’t over complicate things any more than they need to be when it comes to reading your stats.

I walk you through all of this in today's episode and more, including:

  • What I like to call "troubleshooting" stats like Reach, Frequency and Relevancy Score -- what they are, why they're important, and how to use them to make smart decisions for improving your Facebook ads.
  • How to customize your Facebook ads reports
  • The metrics you need to be looking at based on the Objective you're using
  • The little known yet important stat most people overlook and how to customize it for your ad campaigns
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