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Why is marketing crucial for coaches?

It’s simple – even if you have the best skills and techniques in the world, if people don’t know about you, you won’t make an impact. Your message needs an audience. So, let’s start with some marketing tactics for you to work through step by step.

Define your niche. Before you market, you need clarity on your target audience.

    • Case Study: Take Sarah, a life coach who initially marketed to everyone. She had a few clients, but her message was diluted. She then refined her niche to ‘mid-level executives looking for a work-life balance.’ This focus skyrocketed her engagement because her message resonated with a specific group.
    • Why you may be resisting this tactic: Fear of missing out on potential clients by narrowing down.
    • Steps to get started:
    • List out your passions and strengths in coaching.
    • Identify which audiences most need or resonate with those areas.
    • Test your niche with a small campaign or pilot program.

2. Build a strong online presence. Your website and social media are your online storefront.

  • Example: Regularly posting relevant content on platforms like LinkedIn or Instagram can establish your authority. Remember to share testimonials and success stories.
  • Case Study: Mike, a career coach, began sharing weekly LinkedIn articles about common workplace challenges. Over time, he gained 10k+ followers, with many turning into clients.
  •  Why you may be resisting this tactic: Overwhelm with technology or fear of being in the public eye.
  • Steps to get started:
    1. Begin with one platform you’re comfortable with.
    2. Schedule regular posting times to stay consistent.
    3. Consider hiring a virtual assistant or using tools like Buffer to help manage your online content.

3. Content marketing. Offer value consistently.

  • Example: Write blogs, host webinars, or even start your own podcast. Free valuable content can attract and nurture potential clients.
  • Case Study: Emily, a health coach, started a monthly newsletter offering free diet and exercise tips. Her list grew to 20,000 subscribers, many of whom later joined her paid programs.
  • Why you may be resisting this tactic: Feeling that you’re not an expert or lack of confidence in writing/speaking.
  • Steps to get started:
    1. Start by documenting client success stories or FAQs.
    2. Dedicate specific times in your week solely for content creation.
    3. Collaborate with or hire content creators to assist and guide you.

4. Networking. Connect with other coaches, attend conferences, or join local business groups.

  • Case Study: Raj, a leadership coach, joined his local Chamber of Commerce. By attending events and offering free workshops, he secured contracts with several local businesses.
  • Why you may be resisting this tactic: Introversion, fear of rejection, or past negative experiences.
  • Steps to get started:
    • Begin with online networking groups, where interactions can be more controlled.
    • Attend events with a friend or colleague for support.
    • Set small, achievable goals, like speaking to just one new person at an event.

5. Collaborate and partner. Joint ventures can expand your reach.

  • Example: Offer to guest on a podcast or run a joint webinar.
  • Case Study: Angela, a relationship coach, collaborated with a popular dating app on a webinar about building healthy relationships. This exposed her to a new, large audience that fit her niche.
  • Why you may be resisting this tactic: Fear of potential conflicts or belief that collaborations might dilute your brand.
  • Steps to get started:
    • List potential businesses or individuals that align with your values.
    • Start with smaller collaborations to build confidence.
    • Create a clear collaboration agreement, outlining each party’s responsibilities.

 6. Invest in paid advertising. While organic growth is fantastic, sometimes a boost is beneficial.

  • Example: Facebook ads or Google AdWords can target your specific audience.
  • Case Study: Leo, a financial coach, invested in Google AdWords for search terms like “personal finance help” and saw a 200% ROI within two months..
  • Why you may be resisting this tactic: Concerns over budget or past unsuccessful attempts.
  • Steps to get started:
    • Set a clear budget and stick to it.
    • Research or take online courses to understand the basics of advertising on your chosen platform.
    • Experiment with smaller campaigns, refine based on results, and scale slowly.

7. Always ask for referrals. Your current clients are your ambassadors.

  • Case Study: Zoe, a mindset coach, introduced a referral program offering a free session for every successful referral. Her business doubled in 6 months.
  • Why you may be resisting this tactic: Fear of appearing desperate or pushy.
  • Steps to get started:
    • Frame referrals as a way for clients to help friends or colleagues achieve similar successes.
    • Offer incentives for successful referrals.
    • Ensure you ask at the right time, ideally after a successful milestone with a client.

Continuously upskill. The more skills you have, the more value you offer.

  • Example: Consider coaching certifications like the Mindset Coach Certification Program or courses in coaching methodologies or tools like the Mindset Dimensions Practitioner Certification that you know will elevate the transformation that you can help your clients to achieve.
  • Case Study: Omar, an executive coach, added neurolinguistic programming (NLP) to his toolkit, differentiating him from competitors and attracting a new clientele.
  • Why you may be resisting this tactic: Time constraints or uncertainty about the effectiveness of the techniques.
  • Steps to get started:
    1. Dedicate a set number of hours each month for professional development.
    2. Join coaching associations or groups like the Mindset Coach Collective to stay updated on the latest trends.
    3. Collaborate or partner with experts in the area you want to upskill in.

Remember, consistency is key. Marketing isn’t a one-off task. It’s about building relationships, trust, and showing up consistently for your audience.

Mindset Shift to Embrace: As a coach, you possess the power to change lives. By effectively marketing your skills, you ensure that your message reaches those who need it the most.


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