***Contest Open May 2nd – 31st, 2016 ***
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 direct and candid feedback from me and also dozens of other people. In my experience, honest feedback can be hard to get.
For the past three years now I have run a contest I called So You Think You Can Niche? where people submitted their 140 character niches and memes – and there were some really good submissions.
I created a fascinating and really useful, searchable collection of case studies from the 2014 and 2015 entries, which is an added bonus for people participating in my new Niching Spiral Homestudy Course, which is currently in beta testing.
So here it is, So You Think You Can Niche? 2016. It’s totally free to enter. But it’s only for the brave . . .
Submitting Your Niche:
Click the SUBMIT HERE text below and it will take you to a submission form that explains all. But here are the rules:
- you must write your niche in 140 characters or less (say wha?!). That’s the length of 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. Be honest and constructive in your feedback.
- your photo meme must include your 140 character niche text, your website (if you have one) and the hashtag #sytycn2015. Here’s are some great examples – the winners from 2015 and 2016 respectively:
Don’t know how to make a meme? You’re not alone! There are all sorts of apps for both Apple and Android phones and computers – here’s an article with some choices listed. Download one to your phone or computer to make your meme. Or get help from a friend! We happen to use Diptic and Over, but all these apps are a bit different and it depends what platform you’re working on which one will be the best for you.
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 posted in this album on my facebook page. You can then 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:
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 – in fact, please do! 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.
Thirteen Chances to Win a Prize.
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 wins. So get your friends involved if you want to be sure to win – but remember, they need to rate you honestly!
1st Place: 90-minute coaching session with me ($450 value) + you’ll be featured on my blog + $100 gift certificate at your favourite locally owned restaurant + free hard copy and ebook versions of my book The Niching Nest + a free copy of Niching Spiral Homestudy Course to give to a friend (you don’t need it ’cause you’re so smart) + $100 off my upcoming Niching Spiral Homestudy course, which will be fully launching soon!
2nd & 3rd Place: 30-minute coaching session with me ($150 value) + a free hard copy and ebook copy of The Niching Nest + $100 off my upcoming Niching Spiral Homestudy course, which will be fully launching soon!
Best Photo: Your creativity and quality of presentation will be rewarded, even if your niche isn’t. You win $100 off my upcoming Niching Spiral Homestudy course!
The Best Comments Prize: the person who gives the best feedback to others gets 50% off my upcoming Niching Spiral Homestudy course because that’s the kind of person I want in it.
But, every person who enters a niche will receive a rating from me personally (from 1-10) and 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.