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It’s here: The Spark Lounge Holiday Gift Guide!

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Hey friend,

Christmas is around the corner, and I’m challenging YOU to do as much of your Christmas shopping as possible from small businesses, creatives and entrepreneurs!

In order to help you out, I created this “Spark Lounge Holiday Gift Guide”.

In it, 14 small businesses are featured, along with a suggestion of what to buy. The best part is that every product featured in this entire guide was either created by, or suggested by a member of The Spark Lounge! Pretty great, right?

Press here to download The Spark Lounge Holiday Gift Guide 2015. 

And hey – if you *do* end up completing the challenge and buying at least *one* product from The Spark Lounge Holiday Gift Guide, definitely take the time to let me know! I’d love to hear from you!

With love!
xoxo
Alex

For the days when you feel overwhelmed…

 

For the days when you feel overwhelmed because there’s just *so much* to do. For the days when you feel frustrated because you didn’t get as much done today as you thought you would. For the days when you wonder whether you’re moving in the right direction or not.

Just remember – take one step at a time.

P.S. I’ve been snapping a lot. Make sure you add me: thealexbeadon (that’s THEalexbeadon. Not alexbeadon. Just makin’ that clear ;))

Currently inspired by: Rachel Brathen

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One of the most popular questions I get asked is: Who inspires me? So I thought I’d share someone with you today who inspires me on multiple levels: Rachel Brathen. Check out her TEDx Talk below. She’s incredible!

Comments made easy:

Answer as many or as few questions as you like:

  1. Have you ever heard of Rachel before?
  2. If so, how did you hear of her? And what was your impression of her?
  3. If not, who is someone who you follow on social media that you think is doing it RIGHT?

Emails I love.

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There’s one thing you must know about me that I’m highly embarrassed to admit … I love email marketing. 

Call me crazy, but few things excite me more than seeing a company who’s doing email marketing right.

Because let’s be honest … if you’re a business and you’re *not* using email marketing, your bottom line is missing out.

And if you are using email marketing, you better be investing time into doing it right. And getting it right is HARD.

If we’re talking about a sales email, the business has to ask for the sale in a way that feels GOOD to the customer, that’s brand building, that doesn’t feel too spammy in nature, and that doesn’t inspire the reader to hit the “unsubscribe” button.

To me, email marketing is an artwork, so today I thought I’d share an example of an email I really enjoyed receiving from NastyGal ( a clothing, shoes and accessories retailer).

 

 

 

SIX REASONS I LOVE THIS EMAIL: intro

1) The subject line speaks my language.

“TREAT YO’ SELF” … I love the language here. It’s so colloquial and speaks to its readers the way they speak to each other. This positions Nasty Gal as “one of us”, a company we can like and trust. And the best part is that they carry this voice strongly throughout all of their communications. Brilliantly done.

2) The header caught my attention and made me laugh.

“Do you think I’m sexy? C’mon baby! I noticed you checking me out. If you really need me just reach out and add me.” ………. Uhhh … this is pretty freakin’ hilarious. They knew I was viewing this dress earlier in the day, and were able to recommend I go through with the purchase WITHOUT coming across too strong. Their sales pitch was well-received because it was disguised in humor and wit. I dig it.

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3) It was RELEVANT to me.

They showed me the exact dress I had been viewing on their website earlier in the day. Sometimes this can come across a bit freaky, as though a company is stalking you. But this email felt like a good friend simply reminding me that I may have forgotten something. Nicely done.

4) It had *some* CLEAR call to actions.

Two “shop now” buttons are all they needed. They didn’t DROWN me in choice. They showed me two dresses they knew I had an interest in, and gave me two simple links to encourage me to keep shopping. Best of all – they weren’t afraid to ask for the sale.

5) It gave me THREE places to go if I had questions.

Not one, not two, but THREE. And BOY does that make me feel good. Because some people prefer live chat (that’s me), some people prefer email, and some people prefer hearing a human on the phone. These three options make me feel like they really care about making sure I’m comfortable throughout this entire process, and that makes me feel taken care of. 

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6) It invited me to take our relationship to the next level on social.

Because social matters. And they get that. They want to be a part of the conversation, and a part of your news feed, and they’re making it easy on you to make that happen. Winners.

 

 

Here. I’ve made leaving a comment SUPER easy:

Answer as many (or as few) questions as you like:

  1. Do you have an email list?
  2. How many times do you send an email out to your email list?
  3. Did you like this blog post?
  4. What was your biggest lesson from this post?
  5. Did this blog post change you or make you see anything differently?

 

 

Sharing my secrets to success

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I want to talk to you about something that could forever change your business and life. Get excited.

HERE’S THE SECRET TO MY SUCCESS:

I blog.

99% of my clients find me because I blog. Therefore, my success in business is because of my success in blogging.

HOW IS MY SUCCESS BECAUSE OF MY BLOG?

Because by blogging, I’m able to create a space of my own that attracts my target market. By creating posts that interest my customers, I’m able to attract them to my site, and introduce them to my products and services in a way that feels non-intrusive, easy and natural.

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WHAT MAKES MY BLOG SO SPECIAL THAT I CAN USE IT TO SUPPORT MY BUSINESS?

I’ve found a way of creating that both excites ME and my potential customer. And this is important – because if YOU aren’t excited by your blog, THEY can smell it from a mile away. And it’s a HUGE TURN OFF!

My passion for my blog is what makes my blog “so special” that I can use it to support my business.

WANNA KNOW HOW YOU CAN CREATE A BLOG THAT SUPPORTS YOUR BUSINESS?

There is not a one-size-fits-all way to blog for your business. However, I’ve created an experience that will guide you through the process of creating a blog that supports you creatively and financially. It’s called “Feel Good Blogging”.

WHAT WILL “FEEL GOOD BLOGGING” GUIDE YOU TO DO?

When you “Feel Good Blogging”, you’re able to connect to something DEEPER. You realize that your blog is so much more than this boring space on your site, but a place for you to creatively express yourself, and a magnetic way for your future customers to learn who you are.

Feel Good Blogging was created to guide you through the process of discovering how to use your blog in a way that excites you AND magnetically attracts the *right* people to your business.

IF YOU LET IT, FEEL GOOD BLOGGING WILL CHANGE YOUR BUSINESS AND LIFE.

Click here to learn more about Feel Good Blogging!

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WHAT SOMEONE HAD TO SAY ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE WITH FEEL GOOD BLOGGING:

“I was hesitant to purchase Feel Good Blogging at first because I wasn’t sure if it was right for me. I kept asking myself what this course could possibly teach me that I didn’t already know, which made me hesitant to make the purchase. Because of Feel Good Blogging, the excitement and passion I had for blogging when I first started out six years ago has finally returned. I’m now able to say that I’m proud of my blog and that I love the content I’m producing and the audience I’m targeting. What impressed me the most about Feel Good Blogging was that this course is full of actionable tips. There are many e-courses out there that just provide you with content and send you on your way. This is a course that actually pushes you to put the new information you’re learning to use. Since I took Feel Good Blogging, my blog has completely changed. It’s really been a catalyst in helping me to figure out what I truly want from my website.”

YOU ARE NOW ABLE TO JOIN US FOR THE SECOND LIVE EXPERIENCE OF FEEL GOOD BLOGGING!

And YES – this is different from the 7 Day Feel Good Blogging Challenge!

If you want to learn more and sign up for Feel Good Blogging, click here.

Also – the cart will close on MONDAY July 13th! (in 2 days!) So act fast!

 

With love,
xoxo
Alex

P.S. If you have any questions for me, email me!

Are you a graphic designer?

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Hey friend,

Are you an excellent, creative graphic designer who can’t seem to get any good projects to come your way?

If so, I have great news:

The Spark Lounge will be relaunching in March (woop woop),  but there’s one thing missing: A brand new design!

So I was thinking …

How cool would it be if…

  • the designer of The Spark Lounge was already a part of my community!?
  • I gave this incredible design opportunity to someone on my VIP List?!
  •  if I was able to give someone *really talented* the exposure they needed to get their biz  to the next level!?

Graphic Designers: I want to give you the opportunity to design the brand new look of The Spark Lounge.

And I’ve put aside $400 for the design that impresses me the most!

Exciting right?

If you’re interested, all you have to do is send an email to –>  laura [at] alexbeadon.com <–  with the word “interested” in the subject line, and we’ll send you all the detailed information!

Let’s get this party started!

Have a Sparkling day 🙂

xoxo
Alex

P.S.
If you feel something inside of you pulling you towards this opportunity, take action! What’s the worst that can happen, right? Put yourself out there. Don’t be afraid. The Spark Lounge brand is all about taking risks, and not being afraid to STEP UP and ask for what you want – even if you get rejected. Now’s your time to shine!

How to set up your newsletter to be a client & cash magnet

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Whenever I get asked for ONE piece of advice that’s been vital to my success in my online business, I always say – START A NEWSLETTER!

Why? Because My VIP List (my newsletter) has been *vital* to the success of my brand and online business by opening up new levels of deeper communication that weren’t previously possible.

However, the success of my email list doesn’t come from its mere existence. It comes because I make it an absolute priority to grow and nurture my list as much as I possibly can.

How do I grow and nurture my list?

Great question, and I’ve decided it’s about time that I answer it!

On the 10th of March I’m hosting a LIVE WEBINAR that will answer this question and more!

You can RSVP for free here.

So if you want to know *exactly* how I grew my email list (which is now more than 23,000 emails strong) in step-by-step detail, this webinar is for you!

Be sure to sign up for a newsletter account before we talk! Sign up by clicking here!

I get asked again and again how I was able to grow my list from 0 to 20,000+ and in this live webinar event I am going to be spilling the beans! *woop woop*

Now back to eating my Ben & Jerry’s ice cream 🙂
Sending you love and hugs,
xoxo
Alex

Good news + Bad news

Hey friends,

I have good news and bad news.

The BAD NEWS is that there’s no Chatty Tuesday episode this week.

But the GOOD NEWS is that it’s for a good reason! I’m in the process of building something that I think you are going to LOVE! I can’t wait to show it to you 🙂

Until then, I’d *love* to hear your thoughts in this quick survey! It would really help me out!

 

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With love,
xoxo
Alex

Vulnerability of an Entrepreneur (day 6 of 7)

The other day, someone asked me to think about the word ‘vulnerable’.

The first word that came to mind was beautiful because I think the ability to be vulnerable is a very beautiful thing.

I hate when we keep our guards up and when we never take the chance to truly get to know someone because we’re too busy protecting ourselves from being judged.

Ultimately, I think being vulnerable means being real.

So I’m going to speak my truth.

On Tuesday I am officially launching my “Feel Good Blogging” experience. It’s almost all I can think about. I’m SO EXCITED. But honestly? I’m nervous at the same time.

I’m the kind of person who very easily gets caught up in stress and anxiety around big, important things like exams and product launches…. But I’m reaching a point in my life when I’m ready to start committing myself to letting go of the end result. I’m READY to let go of the need for intense stress and anxiety to be a part of my story and journey. And this process of change, of letting go of the things that no longer serve me? It’s AMAZING.

My number one focus during this entire process has been to truly enjoy each and every single step of the way.

I know what my goal is for Feel Good Blogging, and I know how many spaces I want to fill, but for the first time in my life I have let go of the need to be in control of the outcome.

All I want to do is be present in each and every single moment, I want to live each step of the process in PASSION.

When the negative thoughts and self-doubt appear, I immediately refresh my mind so that I can get back to a more positive space.

However, this is a practice. And I’m not 100% there yet, but I’m on my way.

All I know, is that I am exactly where I need to be at this very moment, and it feels good.

This new journey that I’m on? Vulnerability is a huge part of it. Putting myself out there fearlessly, and throwing all of my plans and strategies out the window? It feels vulnerable. But it’s totally worth it.

I can’t wait for Tuesday. 🙂