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Boost Visitor Engagement and Grow Your Mailing List with the Mailchimp Block


Keeping your visitors interested is the key to a successful website—and one great way to do that is with email. A smart email outreach plan piques peoples’ interest, keeps them engaged, and brings them back to your website.

To send emails, you need a mailing list, and Mailchimp is the list-building tool of choice for lots of folks. With WordPress.com’s new Mailchimp block, you can add a signup form to any post or page. Give visitors the opportunity to join your list wherever they are on your website.

Using the Mailchimp block

If your website is on WordPress.com or uses Jetpack (version 7.1 or higher), the Mailchimp block is already waiting for you in the block editor. Open a post or page, add a new block, and either search for “Mailchimp” or select it from the list of available blocks.

Once you’ve inserted the block into your content, you can customize the following aspects of your form:

  • Placeholder text in the field for email address. Once your visitor starts filling out the form, this placeholder text will disappear.
  • Text on the submit button.
  • Terms of service disclaimer at the bottom. These terms and conditions are the contract between you and the subscriber.
  • Success message text that will appear after visitors submit their email.
  • Error message text if there was a problem in submitting the form.

First-time setup

The first time you add a Mailchimp block, you’ll need to to connect your Mailchimp account to your WordPress website and specify the mailing list that your new subscribers will join.

You will need:

Once you have a Mailchimp account, open wordpress.com/sharing, choose your site and select “Mailchimp” from the list of connections.

Mailchimp connection details in the Sharing section.

Once you click “Connect,” you will be prompted for the login and password to your Mailchimp account. Once you’re logged in, you will be taken back to WordPress.com:

Connection details after successful Mailchimp authorization.

After connecting your account, remember to select your Mailchimp list. You can read more about setting up your configuration options here.

Grow your audience with email

Email helps you build a relationship with your readers. Not sure what to send? Try:

  • Sending updates about new posts or products.
  • Sharing other interesting articles from around the web.
  • Writing more personal updates.
  • Expanding on your blog posts.
  • Offering discounts or early access to premium content.

Forging an email relationship can turn a one-time visitor into a loyal follower or customer. And the people who trust you with their email addresses are often your biggest fans, so it makes sense to give them some extra goodies.

Build better landing pages

Email signups are also perfect for landing pages or “Coming Soon” splash pages. A landing page is a simple one-page website that serves only one purpose: to collect email addresses. Usually, it’s a placeholder for a fuller site to come, or a new product or service that will launch in the future. With a Mailchimp block, you can collect emails right on your landing page:

Here’s a quick example of how easy it is to set up.

Collect the email addresses of interested visitors while you build your product or a larger site behind the scenes. Once your creation is ready to be unveiled, you can email your list to let them know.

You can use lots of different features to build and engage your audience — social sharing, blog comments, the WordPress.com Reader — and now you’ve got one more tool at your disposal!

Happy Valentine's Day

It’s (Self) Love Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Loves!

We all know this is the day our significant lovers, family, and friends show us Love and appreciation with gifts, quality time spent, and words of care and affirmation. Chocolates and greeting cards be damned, this is more than a commercialized holiday. (Damn you, retailers, for squelching Love in the name of profit! *fists in the air*)

I view this day a bit differently than others. While everyone is all geared up to show Love to others, I’m geared up to show EXTRA Love to myself. Why? An even better question is, “Why not?” There’s nothing wrong – and everything right – with expressing Love to yourself.

While you are out and about spreading Love and goodness to everyone you care about, put yourself in the mix. Buy yourself some flowers. Get a HUGE stuffed bear (I’m partial to bears myself!). Take yourself out to lunch. Sure some self-righteous, indignant, scornful soul who graduated from Petty University might have a snide remark to say, but who cares?! That’s just a clear indication they have no idea what self Love is about! Today is about Loving you – even if someone else is, too! You’re allowed to receive gifts from them AND from yourself!

Enjoy today however you’d like. Do all the things – or none of them. Whatever floats your boat and fills you to overflow. Don’t allow anyone to shame you for showering yourself with Love and affection. It’s your right – and your duty – to Love yourself FIRST! Today, especially today, make it a priority.

Anchored in Love,

Coach B

Happy New Year Again

Happy New Year…Again!

To those of you who decided January was a test month, Happy New Year!

This is it, folks! No more try-outs for 2019. Now is the time to decide how you will treat yourself this year. Yes, you read that right. You are the determining factor of how 2019 turns out. Not your job, not your bank account, not what you wear, not where you live. You – the sole person inhabiting your body – determine your year.

How do you want 2019 to be? What do you want to happen? What do you want to gain? What do you want to release? These questions will help you determine where you are, where you want to be, and what actions – because ACTION will be required – will help build the bridge to get there. Once you have your goals and plan in place, begin working toward having the best year ever!

Now it’s your turn! Oh, you thought this was about to be some extensive talk to convince you to prepare for a great 2019?! No, Love! That’s work for you to do. Now…get to it!

If you need support in any way, I’m always here for you. Reach out to me and let’s build your bridge together! You can email info@isysconnections.com or schedule a discovery call here. I look forward to working with you to create the ULTIMATE 2019 experience!

Anchored in Love,

Coach B

Give Yourself Time!

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Hey, Rockstarrs!

We are a week into the new year. How are you holding up? Are you still rooted in your desire to make this the best year ever, or are you starting to wax and wane from your intentions? It’s okay, this is the equivalent of having ebb and flow. There will be times when you are flying high, and there will be times when you are riding low. Don’t let the low moments get you discouraged. Consider the low moments – the “ebb” part – as a chance to relax, refresh, regroup, and renew your set intentions. We can’t be on all of the time. That is that leads to burnout.

Give yourself the understanding – and the relaxed belief – that everything doesn’t have to happen in this exact moment. Alignment has to occur. Things have to get into place. You have to be ready to receive what you’re asking for whether it’s a person, a financial gain, a relationship, or whatever it is. That’s how it is with the goals you put into place. You’ve set the goal. You’ve laid out your plans. Now you have to work on them. Bit by bit. Little by little. One by one. You may not see instant momentum, but if you give it time when you look back you’ll see how far you’ve come and will have evidence – EVIDENCE – that you are going in the right direction.

We still have 358 days to get it right. Have faith. Be patient. You’re doing great! If you still feel the pull of excitement then roll with it! However, if anxiety, doubt, and worry are trying to creep in meet them at the door and tell them ACCESS DENIED!!! You’re a forever work in progress. “You can’t get it wrong and you’ll never get it done!” That’s what Esther Hicks would say. And it’s the truth because as soon as you reach one goal you will immediately birth another…and another…and another. That’s what makes life, well, LIFE! Goals, resolutions, desires, whatever you want to call them are the things that make life worth living. It gives us something to go for, to work toward, to increase, improve, and excite our lives. Revel in it for it’s the stuff life is made of.

Breathe!

Smile!

Enjoy the process!

And if you need help in doing just that, or if you need someone to guide you along the way, I’m here for you. Contact me today regarding my coaching or mentoring options. I’m willing to be a catalyst for the future you are designing. I can be reached via my website or by email. Let’s make this year MAGICAL!!!

Anchored in Love,

Coach B

We Did It!!! (2018 Book List Included)

We did it, Rockstarrs!

We made it through another year. How you view this year matters not. It’s over and done with. Focus on your NOW so that your future now is amazing, awesome, and abundant!

This year, I was able to read 32 books! Most were audio books, as I’m always on the go, but they all contributed to my growth this year in one way or another. In case you’re looking for some good reads to develop yourself personally or professionally here are the books that helped me tremendously this year:

  • The Millionaire Mind – Thomas Stanley, Ph.D.
  • Think & Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – Richard Carlson, Ph.D.
  • Radical Self Love – Gala Darling
  • We’re Going to Need More Wine – Gabrielle Union
  • Succulent Wild Woman – Sark
  • You Can Heal  Your Life – Louise Hay
  • Welcome to My Breakdown – Benilde Little
  • Excuses Begone – Dr. Wayne Dyer
  • The Magic of Thinking Big – David Schwartz, Ph.D.
  • Hurricane (Shameless plug, but I did read it!) – Diamond Cartel
  • Happy Women Live Better – Valorie Burton
  • The 4 Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz
  • The 5th Agreement – Don Miguel Ruiz & Don Jose Ruiz
  • Unshakeable – Tony Robbins
  • The Golden Rule – Ilene Cooper
  • The 4 Hour Work Week (Expanded Edition) – Tim Ferriss
  • Into the Magic Shop – James Doty, M.D.
  • As I Die Slowly (Yet another shameless plug!) – Diamond Cartel
  • Men, Women, & Worthiness – Brené Brown
  • Money: Master the Game – Tony Robbins
  • E3 – Pam Grout
  • Real Money Answers for Every Woman – Patrice Washington
  • Abundance Now – Lisa Nichols
  • See You at the Top – Zig Ziglar
  • Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success – Steve Harvey
  • Sisterly Bond (:o>) – Diamond Cartel
  • Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life – Steven Hayes, Ph.D.
  • The Last Black Unicorn – Tiffany Haddish
  • What I Know for Sure – Oprah Winfrey
  • The 12 Week Year – Brian Morgan & Michael Lennington

I already have nine books on deck for 2019! Let me put this disclaimer out there. It’s not just enough to read the books. You must find what resonates with you and APPLY it to your life on a DAILY basis! This isn’t and one-and-done process, people! It takes time to incorporate all of this goodness. I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that I, too, am still applying some of these principles. Know what you want, find support in your literature, and apply it rigorously and diligently until it becomes second nature. Do that and I assure you every future NOW moment in 2019 will be amazing!

Now go forth and create a magical year!

Anchored in Love,

Coach B

Happy Thanksgiving! Plus, A Special Deal!

Happy Thanksgiving, Rockstars!

This year has been a of action, feelings, and emotions for me. It’s the year that I stepped out on faith as an entrepreneur. It’s the year that I decided to reclaim my life, my career, and my future. It’s the year I invested in me multiple times over. It’s the year that my cup of Self Love began to overflow!

As I sit back and think of all the good – and not so good – times I realize how truly blessed and highly favored I am. My Higher Power truly looks out for me in ways that are mysterious, yet masterful! As this day comes to a close, I want you to take a few minutes and share below what you’re most grateful for in this moment. Regardless of what type of year you’ve had, there is always…Always…ALWAYS a reason to be grateful!

And now…for the special deal!

Starting on Black Friday, running all the way through Giving Tuesday, I am scheduling FREE (no hidden period needed!) 30 minute Goal Navigation Assessment sessions. During these sessions, we will go over your 2019 goals and set a solid foundation where you can begin to take action steps. If you haven’t set your 2019 goals yet, now is the BEST time to get it done! Simply schedule your appointment between today and December 31st, 2018 to get started on the right foot in 2019! Remember, this offer expires on Giving Tuesday, 11/27/18 at 11:59:59 EST. Don’t delay, I’m only securing appointments for the FIRST 30 PEOPLE TO REGISTER!!!

Here’s to gratitude, appreciation, and making the NEXT year our BEST year YET!!!

Anchored in Love,

Coach B

Oh! So THAT’S what I was supposed to do!

Hello, fellow Rockstarrs!

By the time you read this, I would have completed my end of quarter detox. Five days, y’all! Five days of strict nutritional choices (I don’t like the word “diet”), cleaning out, reorganizing, and preparing for colder temperatures. I’m glad it’s over!

I must say, though, a lot of gems can be found in the detox process.

Today marks 14 weeks that I’ve been fully self-employed! FOURTEEN…LONG…WEEKS!

Y’all! Y’all! Don’t buy the lies they try to sell you on those Facebook ads!

Let’s do the math, shall we?

14 x 7 = 98

Ninety-eight days…why am I still getting my bearings?! I’ve read the books. I’ve attended the webinars/seminars/teleconference calls. I’ve made the “list” – repeatedly. I’ve done the events. I’ve done the networking.

Is it me? Am I not approachable? Do I smell?

(Sniffs armpits…I’m good!)

So, what’s the real deal? The real deal is that *clap* THIS *clap* TAKES *clap* TIME! No 90 days. Not 60 days. Not 30 days. Truth be told – and all you experts/gurus/coaches/etc can get mad if you want – there is no possible way to determine how long your individual, fingerprint-like business will grow.

*steps off soap box and returns to epiphany*

As I was cleaning out my laptop I came across gem #1: my recorded strategy session that I had with my coach a few months ago. It was even more eye opening because I was listening to his words – and the plan – as an entrepreneur this time, and not an employee. It helped to clear out some of the fog that had settled around my eyes during this time of transition.

Gem #2 was my “plan of emergence” for this blog. This is back when it was The Motivational Rockstarr! My original followers know about that! Reading this plan – one that I wrote way back in 2011 – was yet another eye opener. It made me realize that no matter how long you’ve been in business, when it’s time for ish to happen, it’ll happen. Of course, planning, producing, and collaborating the right way will help. Bottom line, there’s an ebb and flow at work that no one – not even the best business minds in the world – can override.

I’ve had ebb and flow moments with readers for this blog, readers for my books, freelance clients, coaching clients, collaborations – everything! There were times when I needed an assistant, and there were times when I simply needed a lead! That’s just how it is being in business. When you’re IN someone else’s business you don’t always see the intricacies of what’s going on. You don’t feel the effects of the ebb unless they start cutting hours or laying people off. When you RUN the business, you see it from an entirely different perspective. Anyone that decides to toss their hat in this ring, I salute you. And if you say, “Bump this!” and take your hat back, I totally understand.

Here’s my point. Chasing our tails will have us falsely going around in circles, repeatedly doing the same things in the same way expecting different results. Sometimes, the tools, the tips, the “gems” we needed were right there all along, but we decided to let someone “sell” us on their plan, abandoning our gem for their rock dipped in marble paint.

I found my gems, I’m dusting them off, and this time they will not get away from me. It’s time to get back to doing what I was sent her to do in the first place.

Long story short:

Diamond Cartel Books
Diamond Cartel is BACK!

Happy August!

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Five months!

We have five FULL MONTHS (depending on when you’re reading this) to make life happen. I’ve said before that I don’t to “resolutions.” I’m more of a goal setter. Now, after the past quarter, I’m not even focused on goals.

*que Biggie Smalls*

It’s all about the outcomes, baby! (Remix!)

(more…)

Welcome to 3rd Quarter!

Wake Up Call
Your time to shine is NOW!

Rockstarrs!!!

I’ve missed you all! Let me tell you this first half of the year has been a whirlwind of change. Hence the reason for my not-nearly-planned hiatus. I will spare you the details of what 6 months of change can do to a person, but I do want to inspire you in a few ways.

Let’s start with goal setting. How are you doing with your goals? No, not resolutions. Those are fraudulent, empty promises we make as a result of tradition (we traditionally make them and traditionally break them three weeks later). Goals are intentional outcomes we set out to achieve in order to enhance or improve our lives.

So…again…how are you doing with your goals? Have you starting working on them? Are you stuck in a particular stage: research, development, implementation, growth, maintenance? We are at the official half way mark of the year. (Well, for the technical ones we’ll be there at midnight 7/2/2018). Now is a great time to revisit the goals you set for yourself no matter how long ago it was. There’s no set starting point to when you can set or reset a goal. You don’t have to wait until January 1st, the beginning of a month, or even the beginning of a week. You can set a goal at 6:54 pm on a Tuesday if you want! The point is to STICK with the goal once you SET it! Need help in this area? Contact me and let’s talk!

Now let’s talk movement. Have you put your body in motion lately? Not necessarily a full fledged workout, but have you gone outside? Taken a trip? Visited the museum, or art gallery, or metro park? I get we’re in the digital age, but we aren’t digital humans. We’re still analog – for the time being, LOL – and we need to move our bodies! We need fresh air, clean water, and high quality foods to fuel us! That’s how we “plug in” for our energy. Put down the phone and log off the computer for a few hours. Re-calibrate your senses and “ground” yourself back into reality!

“How do I “ground” myself?

I’m glad you asked! It’s simple. Find 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and one thing you can taste. Grounding is helpful in a variety of ways: to calm anger, to reduce anxiety, and – you guessed it – to bring you awareness of your current reality. Do it today! Thank me tomorrow! :o)

Finally, as we step into a new month, quarter, and semi-annual phase, let’s talk celebration! I’m ALL about celebrating accomplishments – big AND small! What have you achieved lately that you downplayed or gave no attention? Did you start going to work earlier? Have you made strides in your savings account? Got a chance to shoot your shot at that cutie you’ve been eyeing since forever ago? Whatever improvements you’ve made in your life, don’t forget to celebrate them! When you celebrate, you put out an energy signal that says, “I love this! I want more of this!” We already put out negative signals daily whenever we whine, complain, or gripe about things not going our way. Let’s shift that attitude and begin to put out INTENTIONAL signals when things DO go our way! Call it what you want. Credit who you want. The facts are the same – where attention goes, energy flows, and results show! That’s from T. Harv. Eker and it’s as true today as it was when he was given this advice, and when that person was given this advice, and so on, and so on, and Scooby Dooby Doo!

I’m currently less than 48 hours away from ending my 40 day social media fast. It has been much needed and allowed me to position myself accordingly as I enter this new level. Things are definitely looking up and I’m excited to be back to help motivate, inspire, and transform you to look up WITH me as well! Let’s vow to make this second half of the year better than this first; this third quarter of the year the best, and this month the MOST…LIT…EVER!

As for me? I have a few things up under my sleeve, such as my group coaching session, the EmpoWEred Women’s Rock Mixer, and my July Empower Hour! And, of course, if you’re in need of motivation, inspiration, and transformation I’m always here to help you!

What’s on the calendar for your July! Let’s fill it up and make it happen!

I’m in the game WITH you and also rooting FOR you!

***Coach B***

…peeks in…

Hey Rockstarrs!

I know…I know…here she go again! LOL!

Honey, listen! Sometimes you have to step back and take care of YOU! That’s what I’ve been doing for the past couple of weeks and will continue to do until 1/1/2018. This is my season to be still, be silent, and re-calibrate myself and my goals!

Not everything needs an announcement; however, I’m not trying to be victim to obscurity. When I first decided to take a break I was going to do it on a personal and professional level. What I’ve learned in the last two weeks is that while it’s perfectly fine for me to take a personal “time out”…it’s not healthy nor wise for my business to do the same. I’m still working diligently behind the scenes speaking with clients, creating new content, and participating in events. I’m also working on making 2018 one hell of a professional year! (Side note: if you haven’t yet, I implore you to read/listen to 10X by Grant Cardone! He is the REAL DEAL!)

On a personal note, I’m refilling my self love tank…amongst other things…and plan to come back bigger, better, and more #F3 than ever! LOL! You’ll see that emergence in due time.

With that being said, I’m going back under, but ISYS LLC is rising again! If you’re in need of a coach, speaker, or women’s advocacy panelist you can contact me at coachcartel@isysconnections.com.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Merry Christmas!

Joyous Kwanzaa!

Blessed and Prosperous 2018!

Now exit 4th quarter with a BANG!!!