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The Art of Online Business

[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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Oct 30, 2019

Last year I was looking for a new way to launch my Facebook Ad Manager program, and I just didn’t feel like doing a webinar launch, even though it’s something I like to do and have had lots of success with. In the past I’ve also used a traditional video series to launch, where I scripted and recorded the vidoes over the course of a few weeks, but to be honest I could not have hated that process more (even though it was effective and we helped a lot of people with it)! So I decided to combine these two types of launches last year, but with a twist. I created what I call the LiveStream Launch Formula, which I will be sharing with you today.

The first time I used the LiveStream Launch Formula in early 2018 it was so successful, and I had so much fun, that I just knew I had to try it again late last year. Both of these launches ended up being some of the biggest ones I’ve ever had, so today I wanted to teach you how you can use the LiveStream Launch Formula in your own business.

In this episode I’m going to share the framework I use, the big lessons and takeaways I’ve learned from doing it, the results I’ve achieved, and a whole lot more.

So if you’re looking for a new way to launch, I hope you find value in what I have to share today. Don’t hesitate to put your own twist on things though, and as always, keep testing and see what works for you on your next launch. Good luck!

Before we start the show, I’ve got something to ask. At this time we have over 500 5-Star ratings and reviews on Apple Podcasts, which is great, but I’ve set a goal to get 750 of them now by the end of this year, December 31st, 2019. If you’ve gotten value from this podcast, I’d really appreciate you subscribing and leaving an honest rating and review. Take a screenshot, share it on your Instagram Stories and tag me, @rickmulready. When we hit the 750 ratings and reviews, I’ll be raffling off a book bundle of my top 10 business and mindset books for one lucky winner. If you’ve already left a rating and review, just take a screenshot and tag me on Instagram, and you’ll be eligible to win as well!

Want to win a 30-minute strategy session with me? I’ll be drawing one winner at random each month, and all you have to do is give me your feedback on this podcast over at http://rickmulready.com/messenger, telling me what you’d like to hear more of - including topics you’d like to see covered, guests, style and frequency of the show!

On the Show Today You’ll Learn:

  • How I used a pop-up Facebook Group to generate engagement and excitement, while making sure I controlled who would be allowed in it
  • The 3 different offers I made to get people to register for the live video series
  • Why I recommend you work backwards when planning a launch, starting from the cart close date (plus the way that I do it)
  • A big mistake that I made the first time I used the LiveStream Launch Formula, and how I fixed this going forward
  • The structure of each live training, and the ways that I created an open loop for participants to want the next one
  • What to remember when offering an upsell, and the results I got from mine
  • Two key things I did during the cart open week that could help your next launch
  • A breakdown of the stats, including return on investment, cost per lead and the highest earnings per lead number I’ve ever gotten from a launch
  • The two most successful ad campaigns I ran for the launch, and what didn’t work that well
Oct 25, 2019

Welcome to another Quick Tip episode! 

This is where I share a quick tip with you each week that’s related to Facebook ads or online marketing or just general growing your business tips. 

In today’s quick tip I look at why comparing stats is doing a disservice to your business.

Let’s jump into it...


Links & Resources Mentioned:

https://rickmulready.com/livetraining

 

Oct 23, 2019

You’ve likely heard the concept of building the “know-like-trust” factor in order to convert leads into sales. As a business owner you have to have some sort of strategy for getting someone from the place of not even knowing who you are, to becoming a paying customer. Understanding your customer journey is critical for your business, which is why I wanted to talk about it today.

This is something I recently took my October mastermind group through, and it opened up a lot of eyes… 

Frankly, the customer journey isn’t something that a lot of people teach, but I can tell you that it is a major reason why people aren’t converting leads to sales in their businesses.

On this episode I’m going to break it all down for you and simplify everything, and after listening, you’ll see why your offer most likely isn’t the problem if you’re having trouble getting sales. What I share with you today will help give you better understanding of your customer’s journey, and why it’s so important to your success!

Before we start the show, I’ve got something to ask. At this time we have over 500 5-Star ratings and reviews on Apple Podcasts, which is great, but I’ve set a goal to get 750 of them now by the end of this year, December 31st, 2019. If you’ve gotten value from this podcast, I’d really appreciate you subscribing and leaving an honest rating and review. Take a screenshot, share it on your Instagram Stories and tag me, @rickmulready. When we hit the 750 ratings and reviews, I’ll be raffling off a book bundle of my top 10 business and mindset books for one lucky winner. If you’ve already left a rating and review, just take a screenshot and tag me on Instagram, and you’ll be eligible to win as well!

Want to win a 30-minute strategy session with me? I’ll be drawing one winner at random each month, and all you have to do is give me your feedback on this podcast over at http://rickmulready.com/messenger, telling me what you’d like to hear more of - including topics you’d like to see covered, guests, style and frequency of the show!

On the Show Today You’ll Learn:

  • What understanding your customer’s journey will allow you to start doing in your business

  • The 5 different stages of awareness and how they each apply to your business
  • Why you should be taking the time to build awareness, rather than going immediately to the next step
  • Content and marketing strategies to implement at each stage of the process
  • What needs to happen after a buyer purchases from you
  • How I reverse engineer the customer journey starting with my end goal in mind
  • A “real life/hypothetical” example of someone’s customer journey that demonstrates these principles in action
Oct 18, 2019

Welcome to another Quick Tip episode!

This is where I share a quick tip with you each week that’s related to Facebook ads or online marketing or just general growing your business tips.

In today’s quick tip I look at why your Facebook ads may be getting disapproved.

Let’s jump into it...

Links & Resources Mentioned:

https://www.facebook.com/policies/ads 

https://rickmulready.com/training 

Oct 16, 2019

Today’s strategy session is with Amanda Genther, who is best known for creating custom sales page design for people launching online courses, membership sites, higher-ticket group coaching and mastermind groups. Amanda is in a bit of a transition phase, as she’s trying to decide which direction to go in next in her business. As you’ll hear in this episode, she’s got no shortage of options to consider!

Amanda breaks down each of the paths she could go take next, including focusing a course that she’s launched in the past, growing her membership site, restarting her “done-for-you” services work with individual clients, and she has even thought about designing templates for her clients.

Of all of the options that Amanda is considering, there are definitely ones that I like better than the others, and I give her my thoughts on each. One of the options is something that could be considered “easy money”, but it’s not what is going to move the needle for what Amanda really wants to do long-term, so I share with her what I would do instead, complete with a detailed launch strategy to set herself up success.

By the end of this call Amanda commits to this strategy, and I believe that by committing to just one thing and really focusing on it, that’s when things are going to completely change for her and her business. If you are an entrepreneur who isn’t sure which way to go next, what I cover today can help give you clarity as well going forward.

Before we start the show, I’ve got something to ask. At this time we have over 500 5-Star ratings and reviews on Apple Podcasts, which is great, but I’ve set a goal to get 750 of them now by the end of this year, December 31st, 2019. If you’ve gotten value from this podcast, I’d really appreciate you subscribing and leaving an honest rating and review. Take a screenshot, share it on your Instagram Stories and tag me, @rickmulready. When we hit the 750 ratings and reviews, I’ll be raffling off a book bundle of my top 10 business and mindset books for one lucky winner. If you’ve already left a rating and review, just take a screenshot and tag me on Instagram, and you’ll be eligible to win as well!

Want to win a 30-minute strategy session with me? I’ll be drawing one winner at random each month, and all you have to do is give me your feedback on this podcast over at http://rickmulready.com/messenger, telling me what you’d like to hear more of - including topics you’d like to see covered, guests, style and frequency of the show! 

On the Show Today You’ll Learn:

  • How Amanda’s course launches to date have fared, complete with revenue breakdowns, pricing strategy, webinar stats and more
  • What blocks she has around launching her online program, and how it’s been contributing to the confusion she’s felt
  • How her membership site has done to date, the simple launch strategy she’s used for it, and the feedback she’s been getting from her members
  • The way that Amanda’s one-on-one client work is holding her back, even though it looks to be “easy money”
  • What is the number one problem her audience is having with sales pages, and an upsell that she could offer them to help solve it
  • Why I feel that Amanda doesn’t need to just talk about sales pages (it’s ok to pivot!), and what she can do to easily overcome the two main objections that buyers will have
  • Who she’s targeting now with her lead generation campaign – and the amazing results she’s getting!
  • Amanda’s exciting launch plans for next month, plus the tweaks and changes I would suggest to make it even better

 

Oct 11, 2019

Welcome to another Quick Tip episode!

This is where I share a quick tip with you each week that’s related to Facebook ads or online marketing or just general growing your business tips.

Today’s quick tip is for you if ads freak you out. It’s time to geek out on data!  

Let’s jump into it...

Links & Resources Mentioned:

https://rickmulready.com/training

https://rickmulready.com/retiring-the-art-of-paid-traffic/

Oct 9, 2019

If you’ve been following why I rebranded the podcast to The Art of Online Business, you know that I’ve been thinking a lot about the evolution of my business this past year. In fact, I really changed the lens through which I view my business since the birth of my daughter in December of 2018, which I’ve talked a lot about recently. If you’ve been following why I rebranded the podcast to The Art of Online Business, you know that I’ve been thinking a lot about the evolution of my business this past year. In fact, I really changed the lens through which I view my business since the birth of my daughter in December of 2018, which I’ve talked a lot about recently. 

I felt like I was doing you all a disservice by teaching only one piece of the puzzle, and building a truly impactful business requires a lot more than just Facebook and Instagram ads (although they are still an integral part of it all)!

It’s easy to overlook the other critical things that are needed, like having the right mindset, getting organic traffic and building out a team, to name a few. It’s for this reason that I have created what I call the “Impact Entrepreneur Framework”, which is made up of four stages, or systems, of an impactful business. When you’ve mastered each of these four systems within the framework, you’ve got a business that makes a lot of money, is profitable and truly makes an impact on a ton of people! 

I’m going to break down this framework for you today, and if you’re a visible learner like I am, I’ve created a diagram of the framework that accompanies this episode, and you can find the link to download it at https://s3.amazonaws.com/RickMulready.com/Accelerator/impact_framework_092719.pdf

Before we start the show, I’ve got something to ask. At this time we have over 500 5-Star ratings and reviews on Apple Podcasts, which is great, but I’ve set a goal to get 750 of them now by the end of this year, December 31st, 2019. If you’ve gotten value from this podcast, I’d really appreciate you subscribing and leaving an honest rating and review. Take a screenshot, share it on your Instagram Stories and tag me, @rickmulready. When we hit the 750 ratings and reviews, I’ll be raffling off a book bundle of my top 10 business and mindset books for one lucky winner. If you’ve already left a rating and review, just take a screenshot and tag me on Instagram, and you’ll be eligible to win as well! 

Want to win a 30-minute strategy session with me? I’ll be drawing one winner at random each month, and all you have to do is give me your feedback on this podcast over at http://rickmulready.com/messenger, telling me what you’d like to hear more of - including topics you’d like to see covered, guests, style and frequency of the show!  

On the Show Today You’ll Learn:

  • How I’ve used this framework to hit 7-figures in my business, and why I want to share it with you today
  • What makes up the identity stage and why it starts with having a holistic understanding of your audience
  • The reasons that I believe positioning should make up the foundation of your marketing system
  • Why the sales system is the most important system of them all – and the elements that make up a successful one
  • The biggest challenge and mindset hurdle that I had to overcome in order to scale my business 
  • The real problem with having multiple offers and chasing “bright shiny objects”
  • When you should start documenting your standard operating procedures (hint: it’s right now if you haven’t begun already)!
Oct 4, 2019

Welcome to another Quick Tip episode!

This is where I share a quick tip with you each week that’s related to Facebook ads or online marketing or just general growing your business tips.

Today’s quick tip is looking at what’s your “Special Sauce.”

Let’s jump into it...


Links & Resources Mentioned:  

https://rickmulready.com/training

Oct 2, 2019

This past year has been full of new chapters for me. I became a new father in December of 2018 when my daughter was born, and that really became a sort of domino effect of changes in not only my personal life, but in my business too. I suddenly got super-clear on what I really want to do in my business, including who I want to help and the kind of impact that I’m here to make.

As you’ve heard me say many times on the podcast, Facebook and Instagram ads are just one part of growing and running an online business, but I’ve been actively learning, implementing, testing and mastering many other elements to it. By not sharing what has helped me, in addition to just paid advertising, would be a major disservice to you.

I’m here to show you the complete picture for growing a profitable and impactful online business, and to do this, I’ve decided to change the name of this podcast. Yes, you read that right! The Art of Paid Traffic is officially going into retirement, in order to make way for something a little more all-encompassing. You have nothing to worry about though, as I’ll be running through what this all means for you (and me!) in this episode.

Before we start the show, I’ve got something to ask. At this time we have over 500 5-Star ratings and reviews on Apple Podcasts, which is great, but I’ve set a goal to get 750 of them now by the end of this year, December 31st, 2019. If you’ve gotten value from this podcast, I’d really appreciate you subscribing and leaving an honest rating and review. Take a screenshot, share it on your Instagram Stories and tag me, @rickmulready. When we hit the 750 ratings and reviews, I’ll be raffling off a book bundle of my top 10 business and mindset books for one lucky winner. If you’ve already left a rating and review, just take a screenshot and tag me on Instagram, and you’ll be eligible to win as well!

Want to win a 30-minute strategy session with me? I’ll be drawing one winner at random each month, and all you have to do is give me your feedback on this podcast over at http://rickmulready.com/messenger, telling me what you’d like to hear more of - including topics you’d like to see covered, guests, style and frequency of the show!

On the Show Today You’ll Learn:

  • The role that paid traffic played in building my online business, and why I still feel Facebook and Instagram ads are very relevant today

  • The other essential pieces of the puzzle that are needed to build and grow a business with impact
  • What this change is and isn’t, and what you can still expect to get each week from the podcast
  • Why now is the ideal time to do this, and the reasons that I’m ok with the potential risks in making this pivot
  • How I feel about this transition and the lessons you can take from my decision to make it 

  • The importance of never losing sight of your “Why”, and what feeling fear really means for you on your journey
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