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Fraud Alert! How To See Yourself As Successful

By Sharla Jacobs and Jesse Koren

About seven years ago, I (Jesse) was at a party and my former life coach approached me and said, “I’ve heard that you and Sharla have become quite successful.  Congratulations!”

I was speechless.  Us?  Successful?  Really?  Is that what people think about us?

Why was I so surprised and embarrassed?

Sure, we had made $732,000 that year (in our third year of business together), but it didn’t feel like we had arrived… not even close.

I knew our struggles so intimately.  I knew how many people we wanted to reach.

We weren’t even close to where we wanted to be.

Four days after that party, I entertained the idea that we really were successful. I realized that in comparison to some people we were successful and in comparison to others, we were failures. I discovered that nobody had the power to determine whether we were successful or not.

So, if success isn’t an objective truth then what is it?

Success is a choice as to how you see yourself.

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If you look for evidence that you’re successful, you will feel successful.

If you look for evidence that you haven’t “made it” yet, you will feel like a failure.

After that party, I CHOSE to start seeing Sharla and I as a success. 

And we attracted more success to us.

Even if you just started your business, you can see yourself as a success.

 Look back at your life and find tons of small successes that have made you the incredible human being that you are today.

No matter how unsuccessful you may think you are, you get to CHOOSE how you see yourself.  And you get to choose how you describe yourself to other people.

No matter how unsuccessful you may think that you are, I guarantee that you are at least two steps ahead of many people on this planet who could use your help.

And two steps ahead of your people is ALL you need, if you want to be of service.

In last week’s blog post: How to Position Yourself as an Authority Without Sounding Arrogant, I wrote,If you are trying to help someone get to the top of a mountain, would you rather get underneath them and push them up?  Or stand above them and pull them up?  

 It’s a LOT easier to stand above them and pull them up to your level.

So as long as you are two steps ahead of the people you want to help, you are in a GREAT position to help them.

But how do you convey you are two steps ahead of them, without sounding arrogant, egotistical and full of yourself?

And what do you do if you’re just starting out or you’ve just been in business for a very short time?  Or if you’ve been around for a while, but haven’t quite “made it” yet, then how do you position yourself?

As we shared in last week’s blog, if you just list your accomplishments or your expertise, with no humanity, you will sound arrogant.

So it’s important to share your humanity and your expertise. 

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Here are some true examples from our life that might spark ideas for how you can position yourself by sharing both your humanity AND expertise.

1. How many people we’ve helped:

(Humanity) We struggled a lot in the beginning, but we never gave up.  And, because of our perseverance…

(Expertise) we’ve been fortunate enough to be able to help over 25,000 people.

2. The collective results of our clients:

(Humanity) While we have had some clients who have not gotten any results,(Expertise) we do have a LOT of clients who are making six figures and attribute their success to what they learned from us.  In fact, if you pooled all of our clients together, we could conservatively say that our clients have made tens of millions of dollars with what we have taught them.

3. Our personal results: 


(Humanity)In our first two years of leading workshops, we gave our heart and soul to our participants, but never earned more than $1,000 for the workshop.

(Expertise) Recently, we led a live event that brought in over $500,000 in one weekend.  We feel so blessed to have learned so much over the last 10 years.

If you’ve helped a lot of people, gotten great results for your clients, and had tremendous personal results, you can use the three ideas above to help you decide how to position yourself without being arrogant.

But how do you position yourself if you’re just starting out (or if you’ve been around for a while, but haven’t quite “made it” yet)?

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  •  Use Your Personal Story.

Your personal story (we call it Your Hero’s Journey Story) is the story of how you faced something (and got through to the other side) that you now help your clients face.  You can share how you walked through your own “dark night of the soul (humanity)” and are now living an amazing life (expertise).  If you are someone who walks her/his talk, this also positions you in a way that has your Potential Clients believe that you can walk them through their dark night of the soul also.

  • Your Image. We recommend you dress two notches higher than your potential clients.

Many people make the mistake of continuing to dress how they do when they’re with friends when they’re doing business.  We recommend you dress like you’re making 6 Figures.  Dress in a way that is both elegant (expertise) and uniquely you (humanity).

  • How Long You Have Studied Your Profession (Personal Development PLUS Your Niche).

Here’s a great template that includes Humanity and Expertise: 
“I’ve studied personal development and ________ (your niche: health, money, beauty, or love) for many years.   During this time, many people have been drawn to me, and asked for my support.  Enough people have approached me that I decided quite some time ago, to dedicate my life to helping a LOT/hundreds/thousands of people overcome this problem.”

Here’s how to come up with your own Positioning Statements:

Step 1. Make a list of all the different ways you can position yourself as an authority in your field (be truthful, of course).  (If you are struggling with the six positioning strategies listed above, we are happy to give you 10 more in our Client Attraction Mastery Home Study Program (we’re launching on March 31st, so stay tuned).

Step 2. Write up phrases you can say in conversation, in your emails, or on your website that bring humanity and expertise to your communication. 

Step 3. Practice saying these phrases in a safe place. You can practice in front of the mirror or with a good friend.  You can also come to the Client Attraction Summit, which is a very safe place to practice positioning yourself in a community of heart-based people.

Get the FREE templates [PDF Download] that you can send out today to get clients by referral (from people you know who want you to succeed!).

Want to close every client who is a good match for you? Here is the template [PDF Download] for that. FYI it’s gentle and heart-centered. Thousands of coaches, consultants and healers who couldn’t stand to sell have used it successfully.


The Top 7 Tips to Getting on TV

By Guest Blogger Gina Rubinstein

Every time you turn on the radio or TV, you see a so-called expert being interviewed. The Today Show, CNN, Talk Radio, local morning shows and all the rest rely on these experts to give background and insight on the hot topics of the day.  For these experts, the result of being on TV or radio is that their BOOK SALES SOAR, they become an IN-DEMAND SPEAKERS, and one media booking leads to more.

This can be you.

As a TV producer, I can tell you from experience that we are always on the hunt for guests and experts who shine.  Actually, we are desperate to find smart and funny people.

In my career, I’ve cast thousands of people for talk shows and other types of reality TV, and said “No” to many thousands more.  I’ve coached many authors and speakers who were looking to promote themselves and their products on TV so they could do the best job possible.  As the one you must get past, the one who says “Yes” or “No,” I can tell you what you need to get booked AND THE MISTAKES THAT CAN TORPEDO OPPORTUNITIES.

Here are the top 7 tips to getting booked on TV:

1. Be authentic: So many people try to be what they think is “right” and come across stilted and rehearsed instead.  I coached my client Judy Carter on how to be authentic and within 30 seconds of being on TV with Marie Osmond, Marie sat on her lap because she liked her so much.

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2. Connect your expertise to a current hot topic.  In order to get the attention of mass media, you need to build a bridge from your expertise to what’s hot in the news. A client of mine who wrote a book on parenting got onto a show about legalizing marijuana because she had advice for parents who want to say “yes” to pot for themselves and “no” to pot for their kids.

3.  Have a compelling elevator pitch – In three or four sentences I need to know who you are, why I should listen to you, what problem you’re going to solve, how if affects me and what fresh ideas you have as solutions. A client of mine found herself in an elevator with a radio producer, gave her pitch, and by the time the elevator got to her floor she was booked on the producer’s show.

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4. Talk in sound bites: In our ADD, double latte culture, no one has the time or interest to listen to someone who rambles on or goes off on tangents. In order to be media presence you need to express yourself concisely, in a few short, punchy sentences.

5. Make your points using compelling stories: Your stories give your message the one thing that facts can’t — heart. You need to emotionally connect with audiences and these stories are the way.

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6. Work in your best credentials in a clever way: Nothing is more boring that an arrogant name-dropper. But, it’s important for the audience to know your credentials. I teach my clients to reveal their credentials in anecdotes that enhance who they are in a natural, unforced way.

 7. Have a hot sizzle reel:  90% of the sizzle reels I see have bad audio, are too long, and don’t showcase the expert’s personality immediately. A sizzle reel should be short (3 minutes max, and shorter is better), and should present you as an attractive person who’s an expert in their field and can reach people’s hearts as well as minds. I’ve produced several sizzle reels for clients and all have gotten TV and radio appearances as a result.

Gina Rubinstein is a Los Angeles-based media coach who helps her clients grow their business through the media. For more info go to here. For a free evaluation, please fill out this short questionnaire.


5 Best Ways to Get Your Product in Magazines – Plus Resources To Help You Get There

Hard copy magazines are still one of the best places to get publicity for your product. According to The New York Times, “42 percent of people under 30 and 50 percent of people above 30 read magazines.”

If you’re looking to get your product into magazines you’ve got plenty of opportunity — off the Internet. When the right magazine features your product, it can increase business – sometimes exponentially – and bring attention to a previously unnoticed, or even unpopular product.

One of the quickest ways to catapult your product is to get it into the hands of celebrities. When a celeb dons a dress or accessory, or imbibes, indulges, eats or uses something for themselves or for their kids, it can mean outrageous sales.

Having your product used or seen on the famous creates instant approval. Plus you get the extra zing of sex appeal. Nothing has an effect like a splash of Hollywood to bring a bit of glamour to any product.

But you don’t need a celebrity to make a smash. There are many publicity paths for your product.

Here are the 5 best ways to get your product in magazines.

1. How to Get Your Product into the Hands of a Celebrity.

Dreaming of Angelina sporting your new product? J-Law showing off a piece you created? Discover how you can make it a reality.

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2. How to Get Your Products onto the Beauty Pages.

Packaging, small talk and a few other key things can get you into magazines like Allure & People…intrigued? Read more.

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3. How To Get into National Magazines.

Want your business splashed on the pages of a glossy mag? These marketing experts tell you how to make it happen.

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4. How to Get Your (Handmade) Products in Top Magazines.

Photos matter. You’ll get some guidance on that, plus some a couple of pointers on getting your gifts sold in the UK. (Hint – you need to niche).

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5. Five Easy Tips to Get Your Products Featured in Holiday Gift Guides.

Did you know that mag editors start choosing items for their holiday gift guide in June-August? Find out how to be featured.

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Resources.

Attend the FREE (Virtual) Product Publicity Summit

Whether you have fashion, apparel, accessories, eco-products, baby & kids products, home decor, stationery or any other type of products that can be featured in the media, you’ll find lots of great advice at this FREE Summit, March 3-14, 2014. You’ll discover tips and strategies for connecting with top magazine editors, learn what NOT to say when reaching out to editors and find out how to get your products on national TV and more.


Get into the Holiday Gift Guides

The Gift List includes holiday-related features being planned by the wire services, TV and radio shows, and newspapers. Tips include everything from how to submit photos to specific kinds of items the editors are looking for. You get leads and pitching tips for thousands of media that feature special gift sections for consumer products (No services or destination travel/vacations). It includes national as well as dozens of regional and smaller outlets looking for unique home products. Plan on a 6-month lead time for placements so you don’t miss any deadlines ad the giftlist is coveted and competitive. This is essential if you have a product. Take a free test drive.

Get a Free List of 2014 Magazine Editorial Calendars

Editorial Calendars can be found in advertising sales kits. The calendar topics are included so advertisers can tie their ads into topics covered in the publication. You can sometimes find an Editorial Calendar in the advertising section at the publication’s website. If you can’t find it there, contact the publication’s marketing/sales department and ask them to send it to you.

Here is a list of Top Magazine 2014 Editorial Calendars. Included are: O, the Oprah Magazine, InStyle, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, People Style Watch, Fitness, Ladies Home Journal, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Traditional Home, Woman’s Day, Martha Stewart Living, and more.

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Join Blogger Linkup to Get Blog Coverage

Blogs can be an excellent way to get the word out on your product and can be every bit as powerful as a magazine placement – if the fit is right and the blog influential. This free service targets bloggers. Sign up at no cost at to become a guest blogger or source.

Pitch Your Products to Trade Magazines

  • Earnshaw’s – for baby and kids products
  • Stationery Trends – for paper goods and stationery
  • Museums and More –for products that would sell well at a museum store, such as home and garden, gifts, decorations
  • Gift Shop Magazine – for apparel, accessories, baby and kids items, gifts, jewelry
  • New Age Retailer – for jewelry, apparel and products that appeal to the spiritual and new age customer.

(Courtesy of Andreea Ayers)

Contact Any Celebrity

You can search this private database of celebrities. Inside you’ll find 67,100+ Celebrities, 13,100+ Representatives & 7,100+ Companies. So if you’re looking for a celebrity to tacitly endorse your products by using or wearing them, celebrity spokesperson, a charity partner, a blurb for your book, this is the place to go.

Attend Upcoming Consumer Product Events

Held in Los Angeles, Anaheim, Las Vegas and New York. Consumer product event connects consumer packaged goods with the press who are looking to report about them. Submit your product for consideration.


The 3 Most Popular Posts + The Most Popular Webinar of the Year

 

blog-121213Last week, when I was on a walk, some boys were selling bracelets and rings made out of colored rubber bands. I stopped at their lemonade/jewelry stand by the side of the road and looked through their goodies. I wanted to get a ring or everyone in my writing group. As I chose a number of rings the little boy who made them started doing the math and adding up everything in his head and shouting out the numbers each time I picked up a ring – even before I chose it. He was so anxious to get the sale – but he didn’t care about me.

They were a dollar each. I said, “Wait, I’m not done yet.” But he kept shouting out the numbers. Totally focused on how much he would make.

Then his big brother stepped in and said, “It would be nice if you charged $2.50 for three of them.”

He said, “No. They are a dollar each. Three rings for three dollars.”

His big brother said again, “Yes and it would be nice if you gave her three of them to her for $2.50.”

Pause. No response from the little brother.

Big brother: “It would be nice.”

Finally, the younger brother gave in.

But grudgingly.

So it wasn’t fully given. Which makes a difference in how the giving feels. I would have appreciated my rings even more if the younger brother had given wholeheartedly.

As a little something that “would be nice” I have pulled together some of my most popular posts and free stuff so you can fill yourself with some goodies after Thanksgiving and through the holidays when you’re enjoying family and friends after a feast or get-together.

First, the most popular webinar / live training of the year….


The 5 Keys to PodcastingTHE #1 MOST POPULAR WEBINAR

Become a Celebrity in Your Niche [Podcasting]

Save your seat now (choice of times!): http://bit.ly/PodcastKG

THE 3 MOST POPULAR POSTS

9 Steps to Be a Thought Leader — and Become a Media Darling
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5 Things I learned From Jack Canfield’s Mastermind Group: To Help Make Your Book a Bestseller
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Fabulicious: 5 Strategies to Prepare You for a TV Interview – My Personal Secrets
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What is one TV appearance secret you can share? Love to hear!

Have a wonderful holiday season!

May the gifts you share be extraordinary.
May the love you give be wholehearted.
May the way you live be inspiring.


How a B2B business took on Black Friday deals and won

 

By Guest Blogger Lisa N. Alexander

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They were everywhere.

Advertisements for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday filled my inbox and jammed my mailbox. They were littered across my social media networks; they crowded the airwaves and even filtered into my online groups.

Everybody had something to pitch, hoping they’d end the year in the black and surely the White House said a prayer for a surge in spending to help economic growth.

As the first big shopping weekend of the holiday season drew near I pondered what I could possibly do, what could I offer with all the ads promising slashed prices and discounts galore.

I pondered.

What was a B2B to do?

I decided that I wouldn’t sell a thing. Instead I would give something away. I thought this unique selling proposition (USP) would definitely set me apart and stand out in the season’s raging sea of advertisements.

Earlier this year I hosted a marketing bootcamp; I covered eight marketing topics and decided to give away one of those sessions…Design 101. I bought a domain name, built a quick landing page and placed an ad on Facebook and put up a flyer in a few groups. This would be my test to see if this crazy idea would be worth expanding next Black Friday.

Here’s what happened

  • From November 23 to November 26 my Facebook business page saw likes increase by 5.5 percent. Not too bad given my ad’s parameters.
  • Twenty-four people signed up to receive the free session and 41 percent of those people had no previous engagement with my brand.
  • The jury is still out on conversions because those who took advantage of the free offer have a few more days to purchase the entire bootcamp at the discounted price. (It is the holidays and lots of people like to wait till the last minute.)

Experiment takeaways

Will I do this again next year? Definitely. This campaign allowed people to experience my brand in a way typically not available to prospects. Forty-one percent of the people who requested the free session had never engaged with my brand previously.

Free stuff in general. Everyone usually has something they give away for free. It’s how we build our lists right? Amazingly, the other 59 percent of the people who took me up on my free offer were people who were familiar with my brand. To be quite honest I was shocked to see some of the names of the people who requested the session.

My blog is a great source of information, I have a business event list that I put out just to subscribers and other freebies but the session pulled in a different caliber of audience. Giving away something of value hands down seems to be the best draw. So it’s not just about giving away something for free, it’s about giving away something really good for free.

Closing the deal. Next year, I’ll definitely shorten the sales window, no more than a week after receiving the free session.

So that’s it. My USP for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday connected me to new members of my target audience and I was able to offer this group and even those familiar with my brand something they truly valued. I’ll call it a success even without my sales numbers which I’m sure will drive some in the C-suite absolutely nuts.

Known as The Marketing Stylist™, Lisa N. Alexander helps entrepreneurs and small business owners grow their businesses through strategic marketing and planning. Lisa describes this process as helping clients develop their WOW factor for their big marketing red carpet events. Web launches, advertising campaigns, social media marketing, new business launches are all big marketing events that require the expertise of a stylist and her clients love her work. Lisa is also an author, public speaker and was featured as a mom business with a “stellar” unique selling proposition.


3 Superstar Secrets to Getting Results From Your Media Appearances

 

By Susan Harrow, Media Coach & Author of Sell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul

Most people who are in a rush to get publicity dash off a press release and then expect instant fame. But what typically happens IF the media calls is they don’t have their sound bites ready. What follows is…disappointment.

They don’t get quoted, or if they do it does little or nothing for their business. Then they blame the media, saying that publicity doesn’t work. In order for publicity to work – you have to do the work first.

So BEFORE you ever contact the media watch this video to find out the three things you should do that set the foundation of your talking points or sound bites. Then craft your stories, statistics, facts, vignettes, one liners, aphorisms, anecdotes, analogies and acronyms that are the mainstay of your messages.


Why Cat Videos Are so Popular: And What You Can Learn From Them

 

By Susan Harrow, Media Coach & Author of Sell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul

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There’s a new study that a cat videos make you more productive. “Japanese scientists found that workers who watched kittens and other cute baby animals on the Internet are more focused and productive the rest of the day,” noted host Peter Sagal on Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell me, the crazy funny NPR show. Cat videos cheer you up and energize you.

So the next time you’re doing a video think kittens and cute. What can you interject to give people that boost that they need in the middle of the day? Can you incorporate a real or stuffed animal into some quirky point you want to make? We’re all looking for a lift – even while we’re being taught something useful. Think about how you can animate your information so people will want to pass it around.

Here’s the crazy thing about video. It’s often the video that’s NOT directly about your business that brings you in clients, customers and sales. It’s this back door approach that makes people feel good, then curious about you and your offerings. So give up a little bit of your serious, gotta sell, gotta enroll, gotta get ’em in your sales funnel mentality and look to connect on the cozy. A little cute never hurt anyone.

Here’s my contribution for my favorite cat videos:

Be patient for the payoff

 

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How to create a book that seduces your readers and generates leads, in 5 simple steps

 

By Guest Blogger  Ronnie Nijmeh

The Great GatsbyWhether you want to add credibility to your name by becoming a “published author” or you want to attract targeted leads into your website, having your own book is an invaluable tool for growing your business fast.

In fact, it’s such a powerful technique, I recently wrote a blog post about how publishing your own book can get you more clients and sales in your business.

However, today, I’d like to share a new strategy for creating a short book that not only makes the process easier and faster than ever…

… but will also drastically capture people’s attention, interest and desire for your products and services, like nothing else I’ve seen before.

The good news is, with this strategy, your book doesn’t have to be a 300 page novel. In fact, if you follow the formula below, not only will you create a “gushing” desire for your products, but you’ll also do it in less than 10 pages.

Here it is, in 5 simple steps:

  1. Present a problem. Tell people about the problem they’re having and why it needs to be solved sooner rather than later. This prequalifies your readers so you know this book is for them.
  2. Explain why other solutions don’t work. Don’t mention competitor’s names, but outline different possible solutions your reader might want to try, and why those solutions might not be the best option for them.
  3. Offer a better solution. Give the reader some short, practical steps they can take to solve their problem themselves. Make sure you also let them know there is an even easier solution coming up, if they keep reading.
  4. Conclude your overall message. Recap the problem, the possible solutions, and the fact that your reader now has a way to solve the problem themselves, albeit the hard way.
  5. Offer an even better solution. This is where you show the reader there’s an even faster/easier/more effective way to solve their problem, through buying your product or hiring you. Make sure you explain what makes your product or service unique and how the reader can benefit from hiring you. Include a website link, or a number they can call.

That’s it.

Yes, it really is that simple and as you can see, it’s very similar to a traditional sales pitch.

The difference is, when you offer tips (step 3) and then package this up as a book, it doesn’t feel like a sales pitch to your readers, but still has the same sales inducing effect.

But there’s one caveat…

Nobody is going to pick up your book, or ever trust a word you’re saying, if it doesn’t look the part.

Design matters, more than ever.

For example, did you know that, according to a recent university study, 79% of people said they actually judge a book by the cover?

And it’s not just the book cover that matters.

What happens when you buy a book that has terrible inner page design? Well, it’s like walking into a beautiful looking restaurant, to find dirty tables and under-cooked food.

Which means, without the right design tricks, you could be wasting your time creating a book.

And don’t just take it from me.

Jamie Cawley increased her book sales by 44% with simple design tweaks.

So if you want your book to generate leads and sales with the above formula, don’t fall at the last hurdle and lose reader’s trust, with a bad design.

Register for the Book Sales Booster webinar today, and you’ll know exactly how Jamie boosted her book sales with simple design tweaks that anyone can do.

And to really make sure your next book succeeds, you’ll also discover how to launch (or re-launch) your book to create a flood of targeted traffic, for free, in days.

It’s all based on what’s working in the real world, for some of the biggest selling authors around.

The bottom line?

When you use the 5 step formula above to create your next book, you can generate a serious amount of exposure for your business… and presell your products and services at the same time.

But if your book looks like junk, then you’ll quickly lose trust and people won’t bother to read through it. And if your content doesn’t get read, you don’t get leads, period.

Register for the webinar to learn how to create a beautiful book inside and out that gets you clients, customers, leads and reads:

This webinar is being presented by Ronnie Nijmeh, who runs two successful publishing companies and has been enjoying a six figure income online since 1999.

Ronnie has even been featured on national TV and Radio in the US and Canada as a result of publishing quality content, and now he’s going to show you how it’s done, the right way.

So, if you’d like to know exactly how to format and design your books for maximum readability and “Jump off the shelf” attention, then make sure you register for this webinar here.


Zero Cost Marketing Secrets

 

By Dan Hollings

Zero Cost Marketing Secrets  “ZERO? I wish I had discovered this $1,000 ago!”… As hundreds of authors, small business owners, consultants, marketers and entrepreneurs take a hard look at their addiction to spending money on the tools and services they need… many are now scratching their heads in disbelief as almost every pre-conceive notion they’ve ever had about marketing costs gets blown away.

Yes, it’s every marketers’ addiction. And a costly one at that. But the good news is, there’s a cure! And it’s a lot easier than you might imagine. Read on…

You’re an author, marketer or entrepreneur, right? Day-in and day-out you strive to maximize your profits on the Internet, on mobile, and through social media, correct? If you’re like most, you constantly seek traffic, customers, business and referrals… that’s smart. And whether you are promoting online, offline, or on mobile, you know the key is to seek targeted leads and prospects whenever and wherever your time and budget permits.

We’ve all heard time and again that setting up landing pages, building a lead generation site, posting to blogs, pinning on Pinterest, and a little search engine optimization (SEO) can be good. If we have time, we know that creating audio podcasts, YouTube videos, and presentations, just adds to our potential. We realize that publishing a Kindle or iPad eBook can reach new customers. And the importance of building a list, sending out newsletters, developing relationships and occasionally sprinkling in a press release or two can’t be under estimated.

And let’s not forget social media! An engaging Facebook fan page, “LIKE” it or not, has become integral to our success. And we tweet like a bird (sometimes wondering why), beg for PLUS ONES on Google+ and well… the list goes on. It’s part of being a modern day author, marketer or entrepreneur in our always connected, always evolving world.

Some call it marketing, some call it lead generation; some call it “building business relationships” and some call it budget busting hard work. But regardless of what you call it, if done right, it can be a marketer’s best friend. It can make you rich. It can make you poor.

Depending on your goals, your approach, your strategy, and the various tools you may need, all this “marketing stuff” adds up. That’s right, it’s easy to spend more money on the tools you need than the leads and money you generate. If you haven’t said it yourself, I bet you’ve hear the old truism, “I’d be rich if it didn’t cost so much to get there!”

Have you ever added up all the money required to get this stuff done?

Below is a summary of the monthly expenses for a recent campaign an author friend of mine did (check his numbers if you don’t believe it – and don’t get hung-up on the tools that are named, they are just popular examples). Sure you might skip a few things, but should you? Really?

  • Autoresponder / List Builder (aWeber) $19.00
  • Web Site or Landing Page (Site Tonight or InstaPage) $ 7.00
  • WP blog + Thesis theme + numerous plugins $18.64
  • Hosting (Hostnine) $6.95
  • Shopping Cart (BigCommerce) $24.95
  • Helpdesk Ticket System (Zendesk) $9.00
  • Mobile Site Builder (GoMobi) $5.99
  • Mobile APP (Widgetbox) $25.00
  • Facebook Fanpage Builder + Apps (NorthSocial) $29.99
  • Text Message System (Trumpia) $25.00
  • Webinar Platform (GoToWebinar) $99.00
  • One Press Release per month (PRweb) $89.00
  • eBook (KIndle) prep and publishing $97.00
  • Various lead generation tools $78.00
  • 175.00 mo Paypal Processing on $5000 mo retail
    (2.5% + .30 transaction fees)
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This totals $534.52 per month in marketing tools and services (OUCH!)

Wouldn’t it be nice to do all this and more… literally OUCH-FREE?

What if your marketing and lead generation costs went away? What if that monthly $534.52 just disappeared—Poof! What if you still had access to ALL the marketing tools and services you needed, but your costs were absolutely ZERO!

What if you needed even more tools or different tools, imagine if everything you needed cost ZERO. What if you woke up tomorrow and ZERO was REAL?

There is a cure for spending too much money on the tools and lead generation you need. But the first step is overcoming skepticism. Those old clichés like “if sounds it’s too good to be true there must be a catch” or “there’s no free lunch” or “you can’t have your cake and eat it too,” those are beliefs from pre-Internet days.

Many companies today have found unimaginable profits in a new way of doing business known as the “Freemium Model.” High quality tools and services are given away free and revenue is generated from creative ways (up-sales, advertisement etc).

Examples are right under our nose: Google, Facebook, Pinterest, Pandora, Dropbox, MailChimp etc. You likely use several of these services already, however, if you write checks to any of these companies, you are in a rare minority.

Here’s the secret: if you can learn WHICH tools are the best and HOW to set them up PLUS master the art of weaving smart strategies into this mix, you are on your way to great results, for absolutely zero.

Want proof? I was the Internet strategist behind the mega-million dollar marketing campaign for The Secret. Want to know the biggest secret? It was a zero-cost marketing campaign. This mega-million dollar campaign likely dwarfed every other marketing campaign you’ve ever heard of, and yet the marketing itself was done on a zero budget.

EXAMPLE

Ever had a “great idea?” For a new book, a new product, info-product, service or event? Sometimes we spend way too much time (and money) getting our marketing funnel all built, our tools & pages set-up and our product ready for delivery. By the time you are ready to “go-live” you’ve driven yourself half-broke and half crazy. Two to three months into the game, you roll your “great idea” out, only to discover YOU were the only one that thought this was a great idea in the first place. Been there?

The next time you have a “great idea” head over to LAUNCHROCK (www.launchrock.com) and set up a quick “Viral Launch Page.” This requires nothing more than a compelling HEADLINE, a snippet of TEXT describing your idea and a big IMAGE that places your visitors’ mind in the center of your “great idea.”

In 15 to 30 minutes, you’ll have a great, viral destination to send traffic to. Here’s the clincher… if your idea is good or your idea is bad, you’ll find out within a week to 30 days. Perhaps you’ll only need to tweak the idea, perhaps you’ll discover you’ve struck gold, or perhaps you had better stop wasting time and move on to another idea.

If you “great idea” resounds with others, Launchrock will help build an early group of evangelists for your future “go-live” or product launch. You should incentivize your sign-ups with early access to your product, service or idea. You might select a group of beta-testers from those that are referring the most friends. The bottom line is that when you later roll things out to the world, you’ll already have a group of fans and evangelists that will help you gain tractions on a larger scale from the beginning.

This strategy allows you to push out more ideas faster, at zero-cost, test the waters, build evangelists, find readers, find beta testers and tweak you idea… while saving time and money.

Will ZERO COST strategies and ZERO COST tools work for you? For your books? For your products or services? In your niche? With your skill-set? YES! This is a no-brainer, or should we say, “A ZERO-Brainer?”

Join me for this compelling webinar (pre-recorded so you can watch it right now). You’ll leave with a new found love for the magic of “zero-cost marketing.”


It’s a Beautiful Piece of Content… And No One’s Going to Read It

Often a bridesmaid, never a bride

By Guest Blogger Colin Martin

The headline of a piece of sales copy or advertising is the most important part of the entire ad. That’s because it’s the first point of contact and the single element that ‘pulls’ the reader in further. You can’t sell to someone if they don’t read the ad. The headline needs to be well t

What are some important elements to look for?

  • Does it relate to them? – TO PEOPLE WHO WANT TO WRITE — BUT CAN’T GET STARTED
  • Do they imagine it could be them? –  THOUSANDS HAVE THIS PRICELESS GIFT — BUT NEVER DISCOVER IT!
  • Does it create a fear? – LAST FRIDAY…WAS I SCARED!—MY BOSS ALMOST FIRED ME!
  • Does it create a sense of wanting to change? – OFTEN A BRIDESMAID, NEVER A BRIDE
  • Does it ‘personalize’ and identify with someone else? – IMAGINE SOMEONE LIKE ME…HOLDING AN AUDIENCE SPELLBOUND FOR 30 MINUTES

These are emotional ‘triggers’ that stir curiosity in the reader and will make them want to read further. It’s important to try and put a point across without sounding to salesy. You want them to focus more on the information: What’s in it for them? What benefits will they get? … rather than making it look like something’s for sale.

Writing ads will never go away. There are even more places on the Internet to compel people to buy: squeeze pages, videos, articles, banner ads, etc… and each one has a certain element that makes it stand out to your visitor.

Colin Martin is the Marketing Manager for Tom Antion and Associates. He works with authors, speakers, coaches and entrepreneurs to effectively bring their content marketing to life through storytelling and engagement. He is the author of the novel Secondhand God available on Amazon and Nook.

Make more fans and close more sales by touching the hearts of your website visitors. Join Colin & Susan on April 12, 2012 for the complimentary Ultimate Persuasion webinar and discover the simple steps of emotional engagement and visitor curation. Online content is more than communication; it’s an experience.