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Create a Marketing Plan & Grow Your Standout Business

Lesson 9 of 35

Social Listening


Create a Marketing Plan & Grow Your Standout Business

Lesson 9 of 35

Social Listening


Lesson Info

Social Listening

When we think about social media as business owners and marketers, we tend to think about this. How can I broadcast as loudly as possible to as many people as possible? It's why we're all so concerned about our dang Facebook organic reach, right? Because when Facebook starts quieting down our organic reach, they cut off our microphones. But Facebook isn't just a great place for reaching people. It's a really great place for listening to people too. Now of course, not just Facebook. You do this on Twitter. You can do this on Instagram. You can do this on Medium. You can do this anywhere your customers are talking about themselves, which is a lot of different places in today's world, right? We love tools that let us talk about ourselves. And so you want to start thinking about where are all the places that I can go where those three people are talking about themselves. And instead of broadcasting you start listening. You start listening to the conversation that's happening. You guys, a l...

ot of you have heard this quote from me before but it's an oldie but goodie that I always come back to. Markets are conversations. So the better we understand each conversation, the better we understand the way people talk about their problems, the way other people answer them, the questions that get asked, the replies that get made, the better we understand how to reach people as well. So that's, that's what we're doing every time, or that's what I'm doing every time I'm getting on social media. I'm asking myself what's the conversation that's happening here? What are the questions that are being asked? What are the pain points that are being talked about? What are the itches that are trying to get scratched? What's really going on here? What are people really saying? So an example of that, for my business over the last year, is... I'm part of a unnamed business owner group, it's not my business owner group. I call it my fancy ladies Facebook group. (laughs) There's some men in it, but not many. Anyhow, one person in this group was talking about, and this is a great question. She was asking you know, do all the things, like membership programs, challenges, webinars, courses. Do they actually work for transformational businesses? The kind of business where people say, "Hey, I'm great at what I do "but I can really only work one on one with people "because what I deliver is just that deep." And hey, I buy that. That's a great question to ask. That's really, really smart. But my answer to that is, yeah. Yes. You can help create transformational experiences. You can help people, more than one person at a time, almost no matter what you do. If you want to. You don't have to. But if you want to, you can do it. And so this line of conversation actually developed into a huge thread of lots of different questions and lots of different opinions and lots of fears and objections and past failures. And it was a goldmine of social listening. So, at the time, my friend Brianne Dick and I were offering a program that answered this exact question. So I took that thread and I turned it into an Evernote document where I just pulled out information from this thread. Bullet points, things on fears and pain points. The goals that they had. All of the special snowflake quality. Don't worry, I'll define that for you later. All the special snowflake qualities that these few people were expressing because these few people were our absolute ideal customers. These are the people we wanted to have buying this program. And so, I turned all of that into information that I could use so that then I could turn it into a lead generation strategy that would actually resonate with the people we wanted to buy. This is one of the most successful campaigns we've ever run. We double booked it. We were going for 15, we got 30. So, you know, that was... It was really effective. Just that one conversation, that one moment of social listening turned into one of our best campaigns ever. You can do the exact same thing. Here's what you need to be listening for. What pain points or fears are people expressing? What goals are they most interested in? People talk about their goals online all the time. Are you listening for them? Are you recognizing them when they come through your feed? Are you making notes of them? Don't just take it all in. Put it into an Evernote. Put it into a Google Doc. Wherever you make notes on your customers or for your business, make sure you have a note of all the things people are saying on social media that pertain to what it is that you sell. What obstacles do they perceive as in their way. That's the other thing people love to talk about is I could do this, this, that and the other thing if only I didn't have to do this thing. Or I could overcome this problem or this challenge wasn't in my way. Are you making a list of those things? So these are three questions. They're all in your workbook that you can use to really amp up your social listening and take it from just sort of a wash of digital information to real data that you can apply to your marketing campaigns.

Class Description

Marketing your small business can feel like throwing spaghetti at the proverbial wall.

You try all the things you’re “supposed" to do (blogging, making videos, posting to social media…) and you try to keep up with the “hot new trends” that promise to change the way customers find you.

You spend tons of time and energy—and probably some money too. And after all that…

You wonder whether it’s really paying off or not. Is your business really growing? Or is it just your workload…?

Marketing isn’t something you want to mess around with. You want confidence. You want to know it’s working. And, perhaps most importantly, you want to know exactly how you can accelerate your success once you get it right.

Most business owners lack 2 essential pieces of the marketing puzzle. These 2 missing pieces keep them from fully utilizing all the effort they’re already putting into marketing while also keeping them from discovering just how rewarding (and fun) marketing can be.

The first essential piece is a plan. That plan needs to help you be productive, efficient, and decisive. It can ever bring focus and clarity to the whole way your business operates. This class has that covered.

The second essential piece is a solid messaging foundation. The difference between your campaigns and the ones that really, truly pay off isn’t ad spend, hot new trends, or expertise—it’s a message that connects with exactly the right people. This class gives you a system for creating that message every single time.

Join bestselling Money & Life instructor and CoCommercial founder Tara Gentile for a 2-day class on creating the marketing foundation and plan you need to grow your standout business.

By the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • Build a year-long marketing calendar so you’re never caught off guard by your business’s marketing needs
  • Quickly and confidently prepare an effective marketing message for a product or service using a foundational set of building blocks that turn so-so campaigns into money-makers
  • Create a schedule and plan for your marketing campaign using multiple channels, such as email, social media, blogging, or video, so you know you’re getting your offers in front of the right people
  • Design a system for your marketing campaigns that can be optimized and automated so that you can spend less time on the hands-on work of marketing

Best of all, you’ll have a replicable system you can use for every campaign and every year to feel completely confident in your marketing.



Tara, the information you delivered in this class is invaluable. I am in the launching stage of my business, and I know I need to market my business and services and I know I need to write a plan, but I didn't know how to do it. Instagram, content upgrades, Facebook, email marketing, webinars, blogging, etc. etc., I know it all. But I just couldn't get my head around how to truly use marketing campaigns for my business, and especially for my services, to reach my ideal client, help my ideal client and to reach my ideal income. You explained the why behind marketing campaigns and you showed us how to create a marketing campaign from A to Z. The whole sha-bang! You gave me the knowledge and inspiration in how to market my services, how many people I ideally want to reach and above all, a framework I can use time and time again to create a marketing campaign. I purchased the class right after seeing the live broadcast so I can use this class for planning all my next marketing campaigns. You clarified a lot and I am much more confident (and so much more less stressed haha) in creating a marketing campaign plan that works for my business and services. I learned a lot! Thank you! P.S. Love the hot seats.

Susan Best Jones

Tara, I love your creative live events I always learn so much and this time was the same. Perfect timing on this info, it is exactly what I need right now and I feel confident that I can do it! I joined CoCommercial and am excited about that. Thank you, Tara.


This class is well worth the time! Tara does an excellent job of not only providing a step by step system for creating a marketing campaign, but she provides clear context and insights along the way. This is important so that you're not just going through the motions and crossing your fingers that your marketing will work. She helps you understand the strategy behind the scenes so you can get the most out of the work you put in. I highly recommend this course to anyone considering doing their own marketing, or people who are already doing their own marketing and want to feel more empowered and get better results.