Social Brand School is for the renegade. The maverick. The business-building babes and bosses who are determined to make it happen.
We know not everyone has budget to hire a big agency. After you spend on product development, packaging design, your website, your stationary, and all your other business expenses, the last thing you’ve got is a big marketing budget to throw around.
That’s why we created Social Brand School for the Emerging Entrepreneur. If you love Instagram, this is your one-stop-shop for getting set-up to thrive in your online business.
Our definition is a person with a big idea who’s just getting started. You could be a business veteran, new to the digital era, or still in your 9-5 and hustling to make your exit.
Perhaps you’ve been running your business for a few years on heart and hustle, but you are looking to take things to a whole new level.
Simple: a brand you love, an Instagram strategy you believe in and a plan to get your name out there.
Social Brand School is for the entrepreneur who wants to take a second and strategize. You’re tired of throwing techniques at the wall to see what sticks. You’re tired of researching, reading and doubting.
You’re ready for that unstoppable feeling that comes from having a plan.
You’ve got a logo and a website, but it’s not “gelling”, and you’re tired of looking amateur online.
Your inner perfectionist is stopping you from even promoting your services, because you don’t feel like you have step one ironed out: your brand.
The people you talk to don’t really know what you do. Somehow, you know you’re not connecting.
You’re not sure if what you’re offering is something people really want.
You’re not clear on exactly who your ideal customer is. You have a few ideas, but nothing really solid.
You need some direction on visuals, but you don’t have a big budget.
You have an Instagram account but you’re stuck at a low number of followers.
You’re not sure how to get your followers to become customers.
You have a lot of competitors and others in your industry following you.
You want to create cool collaborations with influencers, but feel you’re too small-time to offer anything attractive to them.
You’re not seeing the kind of fast growth you imagined when you opened your account.
You’re wondering if Instagram is really even an effective business tool, since it’s mostly just pretty photos.
You don’t feel like you can compete with big bloggers who have millions of followers.
In a nutshell, Social Brand School covers branding, marketing and PR. We teach you a simple system for defining your brand, getting to know your ideal customer, and setting yourself up for success using social media strategy.
Your customer is different from every other customer. Your business is different from every other business, and yet, you can get lost in a sea of online solutions offering tips and tactics, without mapping out a cohesive strategy.
We teach you to define your brand based on your own inspiration and internal guidance. This isn’t about being like someone else or copying what’s worked for us. It’s about being you and making your brand a reflection of what you love.
We teach you how to stand out online, how to speak directly to your ideal customer, how to connect with them, and get them to see the value in what you offer.
We then dive into marketing basics, like messaging, visuals, and content creation, so you can stand out and get seen online. The piece that most trainings are missing is implementation and accountability.
When there’s so much to do, it’s easy to get stuck. We’ve been there. We’ve delayed and procrastinated and waited. And it sucks.
When you become a Social Brand Schooler, we’re with you. You have a marketing team on your side to guide you, while still maintaining the freedom to do it your way. Not to mention the amazing community of entrepreneurs you’re going to meet just by joining our community!
If you’re like us, you probably spent a lot of money on your degrees and education thus far. Social Brand School is the opposite of that. It’s a low-investment, high-value training to teach you what you need to know, while guiding you to create a strategy that works for your business.
At the end of Social Brand School, you’ll have a brand you love and you’ll be connecting with ideal customers regularly, while building your business using all the latest digital strategies. You don’t have to be a techie, a nerd, or a recluse to build your business online. All you need is a little elbow grease and a clear path.
“The information that was shared by both Samantha and Julie was extremely helpful and eye-opening. After going over the crucial parts of becoming a Social Brand, I was more clear on the direction I wanted to take my brand. I’ve done a handful of workshops and programs before but none of which honed in on social media the way we did during the workshop! If you’re starting a business or know you want to start a business but don’t know where to start, this is for you! By the end of the training, you’ll be way more clear on your vision, the type of customers you’re looking to attract, and what/who your brand is going to represent. I promise you, your creative juices will be flowing at high speeds during and after the workshop! Hands down, the best workshop I’ve attended thus far!” – Nicole, Project NM Founder
“Making the decision to work with Julie and Samantha is one of the best decisions I could have made for my brand. The concept for my business was created and shaped in a way that I could not have imagined doing on my own. They were able to hear all of my ideas and make them into a real, marketable brand. I’ve learned how to actually use social media to grow and reach my target audience in ways that I didn’t even know existed before I worked with Make it Ideal. If you want to get serious about growing your brand, Make it Ideal can make it possible” – Liz, Sister Praise Founder
In the Defining Your Brand Foundation module, we begin by looking within. It’s designed to be light on tactics, so you have the space to really decide what it is you’re going to create with your brand.
What Will Be Covered:
At the end of this module, you will really understand what your brand is and why your brand is going to connect with your ideal customers.
Module 2 is all about knowing who you sell to and what they want.
You will determine:
To build a magnetic brand, you have to get really cozy with your ideal customer. He or she can’t be a figment of your imagination. Rather, they must feel more like a best friend. You know them inside and out. You know what challenges them, what they desire, what frustrates them, and what they are looking for.
At the end of this module, you will know who your ideal customers are, what they want and need, and you’re going to get them to buy from you online.
Module 3 is all about standing out on social.
You Will Learn:
At the end of module 3, you will have identified your Social Brand concept, your tone of voice, your look & feel, and then will begin scheduling the design of your logos, website, and marketing materials, if you haven’t already. Again, to help you with these tasks, we will provide options for hiring a creative team, or getting resourceful and doing it yourself, if you’re on a budget.
“Within one week of working with Julie and Samantha I was totally clear on my brand and social media strategies. Samantha and Julie became like extensions of myself. They got to know the ins and outs of my brand, me as a person, and my business goals. They cultivated my business like a sprouting flower; taking the time to attend to every single detail!” – Monica Auslander, MS, RD, LD/N
Founder of Essence Nutrition
Module 4 is about taking the hand of your ideal customer, creating a bond with them, asking them to become a part of your audience, and leading them to the sale of your products and services. We call this the Customer Funnel.
In Module 4, you will learn:
At the end of Module 4, you will have drawn out your customer’s path to the sale of your products. When your customer walks this path, they will have fallen in love with your brand, signed up for your email list, enjoyed your free offer, and feel ready to buy from you.
Module 5 is about CONTENT. Once you’ve got your Social Brand ironed out and you know what you’re offering, you need a content strategy to fulfill your Customer Journey. Creating epic content is about more than just writing a few blog posts. You’ll need an editorial calendar and a plan to actually produce your content. We’ll also be teaching you the ins and outs of photography, writing, and video production, as well as how to hire a team and what to pay them, if that’s something you’re willing and able to do.
In Module 5, You Will Learn:
Afterwards, you’ll have a complete content strategy and an editorial calendar to work off of, as you begin to implement your digital marketing strategy.
Are you excited yet? We’re about to officially launch you online! Module 6 is all about how to grow your account and increase your sales using strategic collaborations.
In this module, we’ll be walking you through:
In this module, you’ll be getting cozy with your content strategy, and posting all of the amazing content you have been creating. Then, we’ll be moving right into some DIY PR techniques so you can start reaching out to the influencers you love. This is where is can feel a little scare and a LOT exciting. You are ready for this!
BONUS #1 : How to Build a Thriving Facebook Group Masterclass
Wait a minute. I thought you said this was about Instagram! Instagram is a special kind of community, one that thrives on fast-paced comments, beautiful imagery and yes – a lot of sales. But if you want to cultivate deeper discussion and really build a tight-knit community of your ideal customers, you may also want to consider sending your Instagram followers to your Facebook group to take the conversation to another level. Holly Diedrich is a master of Facebook groups and will be sharing exactly how she grew her Facebook group to over 1,000 members in a matter of months.
BONUS #2 : Legal Basics for New Business Owners
Doug Cerny is our personal attorney and has saved our butts numerous times by making sure we have the right paperwork in place for our business! He’s a big-shot General Counsel who’s worked with business development, mergers, and acquisitions for his entire career. His time is expensive y’all! This bonus alone is worth over $500. As a Virtual General Counsel, he offers small business advisory services including venture capital/funding, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, licensing of intellectual property, trademark and patent filing, IP protection, and corporate structuring. He’ll be going over the basic legal frameworks of online business and will be taking your questions during this exclusive masterclass!
There are two ways to enroll in Social Brand School! We made this an affordable option for you to get the branding, marketing and PR strategy you need to get the ball rolling! We encourage you to pay in full, if possible, to take advantage of the savings we can offer. If you’d prefer to break up your payment into three equal parts, please select that option as well. Your card will be charged automatically 30 and 60 days after you make the initial payment.
Three monthly payments of $197, which includes the entire Social Brand School program. After your first payment, your second and third payments will be charged to your card automatically, 30 and 60 days after your first payment, respectively.
The Little Black Dress is empowering, sexy and always classic, just like the strategies in this little guide we put together. If you’re new to Ideal, then this is the perfect place to start. This guide outlines the key strategies you need to grow your business using DIY branding, marketing, and PR.