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Feb 8, 2024

I've had it up to HERE with my clients' frustrations about how sick of social media they are. I hear you!! And I agree 100%. My mission this year is to help you get evergreen marketing strategie in place so you get your life back.

In this episode:

  • How to create marketing strategies that run in the background, freeing up your time and energy 
  • The power of evergreen marketing and the 4 ways you can implement it
  • Client wins this week for inventory clearance, cash flow issues, a killer productivity hack, and an amazing result one jewelry designer had with a charity collab.


If you want a business "personal trainer" to keep you focused & accountable - so you get sales online with ease - check out our coaching and courses: 

https://fashionbrainacademy.com/

 

Feb 2, 2024

Hey entrepreneurs! Hae you noticed lately that you're bombarded by strategies and shiny new tactics? There are a gazillion gurus teaching the next! big! thing! that will transform your business in the next 17 hours. 😂 

It's harder than ever to stay focused as a business owner. So many things to do and so many things you COULD do.

Let's simplify things. There are a lot of skills you could develop to make money with ease. But there's ONE thing that's more important than ever. 

In this episode:

  • the #1 skill to work on this year that will make a difference in your business and life
  • your own simple sales system based -- on four key questions
  • how to stay in your own lane with marketing so it actually works
  • avoiding BSOS (bright shiny object syndrome) and the constant temptation of new ideas


If you want a business "personal trainer" to keep you focused & accountable - so you get sales online with ease - check out our coaching and courses: 
https://fashionbrainacademy.com/



 

Jan 19, 2024

How many times have you been told what you want to do is "not realistic"? HOW MANY TIMES? 

Let's break down what actually IS realistic for you. Because it's probably more than you think. 

I'll give you specific examples of what's possible -- what my students and clients have actually accomplished. 

Then I'll share 3 things that are probably NOT realistic and you should watch out for.

Show Notes and Links: 

Dec 30, 2023

Today's episode includes a little end-of-year challenge for you. 

1) A questiton that could shake things up for ya... DO IT.

2) The quick & easy way to track monthly metrics to know what marketing to focus on for the new year - and what you can stop doing.

MONTHLY METRICS TRACKING SHEET: 
https://fashionbrainacademy.com/tracking

BRAND VIDEO BOOTCAMP w/ SUSAN (aff link) https://classroom.thesocialsalesgirls.com/a/2147750940/XP22SCtE


List Building with Product Testers (Workshop): 

https://fashionbrainacademy.com/tester/

Our Website: 
https://fashionbrainacademy.com


 

Dec 23, 2023

The #1 thing that's working for online store owners right now is this -- a simple brand video. Whaaaaa?!? Really?

Not gonna lie, as a fan of direct response marketing, I'm very skeptical of anything that smacks of "branding" and "building awareness". Can't pay the bills with awareness...just sayin'.

But the simple video strategy that my guest Susan Bradley from The Social Sales Girls shows us today is working like crazy for her Inner Circle members and I'm now convinced it can work for my e-commerce brand too - and yours. This interview gives you the exact strategy and real-life example of how to do it.

I'M GOING TO DO IT - LIVE - in Susan's Bootcamp. Join me! 

It's only $15 and she'll teach us everything.

Let's do it together.

To sign up for the brand video bootcamp, use this link (it's my affiliate link):

https://classroom.thesocialsalesgirls.com/a/2147750940/XP22SCtE

To see the example from this episode, click here: 
https://fashionbrainacademy.com/brandsusan/

 


Dec 18, 2023

Want to sell more gift cards ruight now? i've been testing a few things with our native gardening website, and wowza! Here's what I learned...

Your gift card conversions will go up if you do these 4 things:

  1. Tell them the "right" amount to buy (so they don't have to think)
  2. Tell them exactly what the cards can be used for (cuz grandma isn't your ideal customer and won't understand your brand or what you sell)
  3. Give them immediate gratification (like an instant PDF download to wrap up as a present)
  4. Offer a Gift Card bonus (this is optional, but we know not everyone will redeem their gift, so it won't really hurt margins)

This will only take about 20 minutes and it works. You can watch the vide with EXAMPLES and  SCREENSHOTS AT THIS LINK: https://youtu.be/DzKoK7JpOwI?si=mJnH1s6_EMUaY6e5

LMK what happens after you try it.

xo - Jane  https://fashionbrainacademy.com/

 

Dec 10, 2023

It's the most wonderful time of the year, l right? Ha!! I think 90% of my clients are already feeling DONE with the holiday season. 

NOTE: There are VISUALS for this episode! Grab them at fashionbrainacademy.com/giftwrap

Heck, many of you started planning Black Friday in August, for godssake. 

You might be sick of worrying that you should doing ALL THE THINGS to get sales for This! mportant! Season! for E-Commerce! Store! Owners! You probably want to sit on the couch, decorate a bit, drink some egggnog, and have some damn fun. I totally understand. 

So let me make it EASIER for you to do the rest of your holiday marketing with these 3 specific emails you can send for your online store. 

Examples of the email and show notes:

https://fashionbrainacademy.com/giftwrap

Our Website: 

https://fashionbrainacademy.com/

 

Nov 17, 2023

If you need a last-minute plan for BFCM, this is it! Keep it very simple and do what we lay out in this episode. Quick & dirty for the win. And the sales. 

See the screenshot with the email cadence at this link:
www.fashionbrainacademy.com/dirty

 

 

Nov 17, 2023

What's it like to have a business coach? Get a BTS look as I answer 3 questions from a Canadian fashion designer, Angela Johnson from Ang Hill.

What's it like to have a business coach? Get a BTS look as I answer 3 questions from a Canadian fashion designer, Angela Johnson from Ang Hill. 

We discuss: 

  • When you know which products have the best margins but aren't sure what to do with other products
  • if some product categories have decent profit margin but they don't sell as quickly as other product categories, is it still worth selling them?
  • how to handle being emotionally attached to old inventory you can't sell
  • the best way to run a clearance sale for your online store as taught by Cathy Wagner of Retail Mavens

Ang Hill: https://www.anghill.com/

The mini-course we mention, "Email List Building" for product-based business owners: 
https://fashionbrainacademy.com/tester/

 

Nov 3, 2023

Today you'll learn how Magdalena from MNOP Jewelry uses one 60-second video to get her ideal customers' attention (for free) and gets them to happily sign up on her email list. 

It's brilliant. DO NOT MISS THIS because it works and it can work for any business at any stage. I'm serious. We've been testing it -- apparel, pet products, gardening, activewear, gift items. It can work for you too. 

Get the "Email List Building with Product Testers" workshop here: 
https://fashionbrainacademy.com/tester/

Watch the video clip on our YouTube channel, Fashion Brain Academy: 
https://youtu.be/_nctbJZJexo?si=5tXFlFMIyjvmpmSR



Oct 20, 2023

"Q4 is freaking me out. There’s so much to do and I don’t want work myself to death like I did last year at this time. Advice?”

Many of my clients are getting a little freaked out right now so I put together 3 main things to focus on for 4th quarter.

To goal is to help you get those sales for the Holiday season WITHOUT hustling yourself into exhaustion. 

We'll cover: 

  • the 2 email flows to "fix" quickly that will make you steady money 
  • email list building to do now - before the Holiday rush
  • making more money without working harder in Q4
  • evergreen marketing strategies that you can set up once and work on autopilot
  • product planning for next year - how to make sure things will sell
  • the "Super Strategy" that will get you email subscribers, product testing, UGC, customer reviews, anad testimonials - AMAZEBALLS

I will be teaching you the Super Strategy in a new workshop coming soon! It works better than anything I have ever seen & you can get notified by signing up here: 
https://fashionbrainacademy.com/workshopseb


Show Notes and Links: 
https://fashionbrainacademy.com/Q4

Oct 14, 2023

Not sure what to offer for Black Friday? If you're stressing about what to offer for BFCM, today's your lucky day.

You’ve probably tried the usual things – take 25% off site wide blah blah blah. Nothing wrong with that - especially if it's worked for you in the past. But - site wide offers usually do NOT convert as well as soecific offers. 

ANd let's face it, your customers are seeing MAJOR deals from everry other company and a site wide discount is kind of a snore to them.

There's a strategy that works better. 

Mystery bundles. Mystery packs, Mystery bafs - whatever you want to call it. They ate working like crazy!

Today's episode includes a video with a ton of examples of EXACTLY what I'm teaching my private clients this week. If you can, hop over to this link to see the vudeo version and see the step-by=step strategy. 

WATCH THE VIDEO TO SEE THE EXAMPLES:
https://fashionbrainacademy.com/bfcm

 

 

 

Oct 6, 2023

In this episode we first do a rapid-fire Q&A answering listeners' business questions. 

1) Product Drops for the holiday season: "Should I drop all the products at the same time & do one big drop? Or space them out into smaller chunks or 2 - 3 products at a time?"

2) Costing and Pricing for wholesale sales: "How do I add in my sales rep's commission without cutting into the retailler's profit margin?"

3) "How do I know if my new products will sell?" This is especially tricky for entrepreneurs who design the product and are responsible for selling it. In fact, it's a total mindf**k. I lived this for many, many years and give you some simple advice to help keep you sane. :)

Mentioned in this episode:
WORKSHOP - Costing & Pricing Your Product for Profit
https://fashionbrainacademy.com/online-workshop-costing-and-pricing-your-work/

Get on the Early Bird list for new workshops: 
https://fashionbrainacademy.com/workshopsEB/

 

 

Sep 29, 2023

"Through basketball, I learned discipline, perseverance, teamwork, failure, success. These are lessons that can be applied to any field." - Kobe Bryant

Today I share a Kobe Bryant clip that absolutely blows me away. It's like the holy grail of success mindset and it's EXACTLY the way I'd love to approach my business.

Fear of failure is part of owning a business, right? And It's not like we're spending 8 hours a day acting like "I hope I don't fail", right?

Or is it. I hope this Kobe mindset shift helps you as much as it's helping me.

Announcing!!! Brand-new business workshops are coming! Email list building, Content & Promotions planning, 10-Minute Weekly metrics system, and more... To unlock early access, go to: 

https://fashionbrainacademy.com/workshopsEB

The Fashion Brain Website:

https://fashionbrainacademy.com/

Sep 15, 2023

Today is about what you can STOP doing. There's a some questionable marketing going on out there and I'll share what's really working for my clients and what's not. If you sell physical products - clothing, accessories, jewelry, home goods, pet products - this is for you. There's so much misinformation out there  and I'd like you to know what to do and what to skip.

We cover:

  • posting on social media and the "old school" (and unprofitable) way people are still doing it
  • the mistake of "us too" branding even though it seems safer
  • Calvin Klein vs. Ralph Lauren and which one's kicking arse with engagement
  • the product photography that looks outdated right now
  • SEO - the slow and steady success of search engine optimization for ALL OF MY CLIENTS! Every single dang one (who bothers to do it)
  • can small fashion & jewelry brands just ignore Facebook altogether? (I know you want to...)
  • the highly curated Instagram feed -- good or bad?

Show Notes & Links: 
https://fashionbrainacademy.com/outdated-marketing/

Private Coaching with Jane - clarity, ccountability, action
https://fashionbrainacademy.com/calendar/

Sep 8, 2023

What products should I drop when? How much inventory will I need? What's a logical way to set sales goals? We cover all of this and more. 

You'll get a deeper understanding of the top product planning and inventory mistakes I see with my clients (and I've made them all myself) plus how to fix them. 

This is for fashion products, accessories, jewelry, home goods, CPG...

1: Setting Sales Goals Based on Nothing

- Pop quiz: What's the #1 predictor of sales for a DTC market, craft show, or retail store?

2: Not Understanding How Much Inventory You Will Need

- Stock to Sales ratio, sell-thru percentages, POD vs. in-stock vs. pre-order vs. made to order...

3: Dropping Seasonal Products Too Late

- your "too early" is my "way too late", seasonal vs. evergreen products

We also cover markdowns and how to actually PLAN for them and deal with markeitng things down. 

xo - Jane

www.fashionbrainacademy.com 
brain@fashionbrainacademy.com

 

Sep 1, 2023

What if you spent 30 minutes planning your Holiday sales and emails? 

As in...right now. Today. 

Without overthinking, over analyzing, or fancy planning tools.

This episode breaks down 4 simple steps to crushing your BFCM and Holiday season sales. This is phase One of planning and I promise you, it can be done quickly.

Let me know how it goes, OK? Hit me at brain@fashionbrainacademy.com

Show Notes: 
https://fashionbrainacademy.com/holiday30/

If you’ve been slogging away at your business for a while & still thinking:

  • “I’m working way too hard to be making this little money.”
  • “My business looks good on paper but it’s killing me.”
  • “I’ve totally lost track of my ideal customer and how to speak to them.”

Maybe it's time to consider some coaching. Check it out here: 
https://fashionbrainacademy.com/calendar/

 

Aug 25, 2023

"You're a Ferrari with a flat tire." 

The doctor stared straight into my eyes with almost creepy iontensity as he said these exact words. This is how he let me know I was actually diagnosed with ADHD. 

Hmmmmm... I'm a Ferrari.

Shiny, red, and fast,

With a flat tire. Hmmmmmm...

That explains a lot.

This episode gives you the 3 main things that help me get more done and not feel stupid. 

I hope it helps. 

Note: Huge shoutout to jewelry designer Trisha Flanagan who inspired this episode with her AMAZING fidget rings & morse code jewelry. 

You should buy her stuff. She's amazing and so is her product.

https://www.trishaflanagan.com/

Show Notes and Links: 

https://fashionbrainacademy.com/adhd/


Aug 18, 2023

We hear about the magic of multiple streams of income. But how does a fashion designer actually pull this off? 

Tommie Hernández is a Puerto-Rican fashion designer who has figured it out and she tells us her secrets today.

For 17 years she had a boutique-atelier where she made custom clothing and swimwear. She pivoted to owning an online fashion academy and the only Puerto-Rican sewing pattern company and sewing club: Sirena Patterns. She has over 2,000 students in her academy and sells the patterns to over 50 countries.

I learned a lot from Tommie in this episode and I think you will too.

Show notes and links:
https://fashionbrainacademy.com/tommie/

Our courses and business coaching programs for fashion & jewelry designers:
https://fashionbrainacademy.com/programs2/

Aug 4, 2023

Sustainable fabrics, social impact, living in Bangladesh, consumer awareness in fashion, hand-woven textiles, small quantities BUT with the ability to scale production yardage... wow. Just wow.

My guest today is Jackie Corlett from Motif Handmade.

Jackie tells us about a whole new way of sourcing fabrics, and she allows designers to actually design the very fabric you want and need from scratch with zero waste yarns, zero carbon production. So you know you're launching with the most ethically sourced and eco friendly fabrics available. She's going to dive into what is possible for even small quantities, for designers to get the types of fabrics they are dreaming of. Hand woven people!! 

You'll want to see the visuals that go with this episode. 

Visuals, links, and show notes:
https://fashionbrainacademy.com/motif/

Jul 28, 2023

The Barbie movie is taking over the world. Have you seen it yet?

Back in 2006, I did an essay about Barbie for NPR's This I Believe series, titled A Grown-Up Barbie. 

Like many girls, I learned to sew so I could make clothes for my Barbie. The essay is about how the blond-haired, blue eyed Malibu Barbie affected my red-haired, freckled self -- and my career as a fashion designer.

An excerpt: "I consider myself a feminist and I feel like a moron admitting it, but it's true: I believe in Barbie.

For me, as a kid, Barbie was about cool clothes, a cool job, cool friends and cool accessories: the airplane, the apartment building and the camper. I learned to sew so I could make outfits for Barbie and her friends, who took turns being the airplane pilot, the doctor, the fashion designer. Barbie was never about Ken. He was always a little dusty and in the corner."

Show Notes & Links: 
https://fashionbrainacademy.com/barbie/

The original NPR essay recording: 
https://www.npr.org/2006/05/22/5419659/a-grown-up-barbie

This I Believe book: 
https://thisibelieve.org/store/this-i-believe-paperback/

Jul 13, 2023

My guest today is SO HONEST about the struggles of his first clothing line and what he's doing differently the second time around. 

Grant Janke is a former network engineer who hated his job and decided one day to quit to start a business - even though he didn't have a clue what business it would be. He's currently working on his second clothing business -- this one in the mountain bike apparel niche, called El Roo Bike.

Grant shares his failures, struggles, and the ways he thought things would go. 

  • "spent all this money trying to develop this artwork for these stupid damn shirts and no one liked them."
  • had to have the perfect pattern. had to have the perfect material. had to have the perfect artwork. had to have the perfect this... 
  • Meanwhile,months are going by, and I'm not making any progress. was stuck in that concept phase and the dollars just keep going and going and going.
  • I was totally of the "build it and they will come" mentality. Which did not happen. I had no customers. 
  • Week one, I was dead in the water and couldn't run any ads. I'm serious, my ads ran on Facebook for like, a day.
  • I'm still in the stumble phase, but the stumbles are getting easier to recover from.


Show Notes and Links: 
https://fashionbrainacademy.com/grant/

El Roo website: 
https://elroo.bike/

 

Jun 30, 2023

Want to make today your make BETCH?! Seriously - I've been testing out a new morning routine and I gotta tell ya… I might look the same… but I am a completely 100% it’s-a-flippin’-miracle new person. This is working GREAT for me and I’m getting so much more accomplished. 

I’ve tweaked my SIMPLE morning routine so I now have time & focus for my most important work -- and then time for meditation, exercise, and self-care — totally guilt free!

xo - Jane

Credit: This morning routine is something I learned from @realcraigballantyne but in all honesty, I didn’t read his book (though I bought it). I watched a few of his videos, and the "work first" part of what I’m doing is a version of what he teaches.


https://fashionbrainacademy.com

 

 

Jun 23, 2023

I have a habit of ordering books online and promptly NOT reading them. I want to read them, I plan on it, but I don't always do it. 

The 5 books I recommend in this episode I have read cover to cover and I believe every clothing, fashion, or acccessories designer would benefit from.

  • 1 that's just for fun -- for anyone who loves fashion and/or old-school NYC stories (I've given it to dozens of clients over the years)

  • 2 for sewn product expertise, manufacturing truths & resources

  • 1 that's an HONEST journey of a very successful designer and the BS she had to put up wit

  • And the last one is for every entrepreneurs on the planet. This one will save you a crapload of frustration - especially for those of us designer/maker types. 

Links to all books back on the blog: 
https://fashionbrainacademy.com/5books1

Our best selling course: Create a profitable clothing or accessoreis line -
https://fashionbrainacademy.com/launch/

Jun 16, 2023

Today we cover what NOT to do with your clothing, accessories, or jewelry business. There's so much advice out there about starting a growing a fashion business and a lot of it is outdated and unrealistic. 

We discuss: 

  • are fashion shows a waste of time and money or good for getting exposure?
  • designing for seasons & sticking to a fashion calendar
  • how some fashion designers are actually planning for your products to become obsolete quickly
  • creating full fashion collections vs. dropping new products when you want to
  • professional, slick photoshoots vs. user generated content & customer pics
  • carrying inventory and finding customers to buy it

**This topic was inspired by Steve Chou of "My Wife Quit Her Job" and his episode about Outdated Ecommerce Tips. Thanks, Steve!

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