Do you have a clear niche?
Are you sure?
I’d like to give you a simple and fun way to find out for sure (and it might put $100 in your pocket).
Many entrepreneurs I work with believe they do in fact have a clear, solid and effective niche for their business.
Until I begin to ask a few questions.
In my experience, 90% of entrepreneurs have an extremely fuzzy niche (and don’t realize it). But that’s just my opinion. And it occurred to me that you might be curious about how clear your niche is. So, I’ve arranged a quick and fun way for you to get some quick, direct and candid feedback from me and also dozens of other people. In my experience, honest feedback can be hard to get.
Last year, I ran a contest I called ‘So, You Think You Can Niche?’ where people submitted their niche in a little contest. There were some really good submissions. You can see the top forty winners here.
And, since I’m launching my new book The Niching Spiral soon, I thought I might run it again.
So, here it is – it’s totally free. But it’s only for the brave . . .
Submitting Your Niche:
Click the SUBMIT button below and it will take you to a submission form that will explain all. But here are the rules:
- you must write your niche in 120 characters or less (say wha?!). That’s shorter than a tweet.
- if you submit a niche, you must rate at least five other people’s niches (it’s only fair) but please do more if you can.
You are totally welcome to email your friends and rope them into voting for you as long as you ask them to be honest.
Once you submit, your photo will be put up in this album on my facebook page. You can select your photo and copy the link and share it as you like.
In fact, here’s a facebook post and a tweet below:
How to Rate Other People’s Niches:
Facebook: Go to the photo album with the photos of those niches. To vote you simply leave a comment underneath the photo with a number from 1-10 along with any comments you’d like to make. You can view and vote here.
To be clear on the rating system:
1 = Not clear at all. I have no idea what they’re talking about or what problem they solve for people.
10 = I can totally picture specific people I could send to them and I know for sure whether I’m in their niche or not. I clearly understand the problem they are solving.
You’re welcome to write some feedback too – but let’s remember to be gentle, uncompromising truth but also unconditional love as this is a vulnerable thing for people.
There is a prize for the person who gives the best and most insightful comments (read more at the bottom).
Examples of Niches I’d Rate a 10 in Clarity:
- I help holistic practitioners attract more of their kinds of clients they want without doing anything that feels pushy.
- I lead yoga classes for people with ’round bodies’ who don’t enjoy going to regular yoga classes.
- Therapists who need an outlet to anonymously share all the secrets they have to keep from sessions with clients.
- MD’s who are burning out or can see they’re heading to burn out if they don’t slow down and make changes.
Your Twelve Chances to Win a Prizes. What’s in it for you?
How to win: the winner will be the person with the highest total score. In the case of a tie, the one with the most people rating them. So get your friends involved if you want to be sure to win.
1st Place - 90-minute coaching session ($450 value) + you’ll be featured on my blog + $100 gift certificate at your favourite locally owned restaurant + free hardbound copy of The Niching Spiral
2nd & 3rd Place: 30-minute coaching session + electronic copy of The Niching Spiral.
4th – 10th Place: Win $100 off my next Niching for Hippies program (a discount you can use or pass onto others).
Best Photo: Your creativity and quality of presentation will be rewarded, even if your niche isn’t. You win $100 off the Niching for Hippies program.
The Best Comments Prize: the person who gives the best feedback to others gets $300 off my Niching for Hippies program because that’s the kind of person I want in it.
Good Comments Award: Anyone who gives at least five quality pieces of feedback (beyond just a number) will get $100 off off the Niching for Hippies program.
But, every person who enters a niche will receive a rating from me personally (from 1-10) and potentially some direct feedback and questions to help you dig a bit deeper.
Every person who enters gets to see a tonne of examples of how others articulate their niches in clear and fuzzy ways. And you’ll get feedback from (hopefully) dozens of others.
Contest Ends at midnight on April 30th, 2014