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How Can I Get on TV? 6 Simple Steps to Skyrocket your Success


When I was preparing for my media tour for my book, Sell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul, I thought that I’d love being on radio and despise being on TV. I’m kinda shy and don’t really relish being in the spotlight. Radio, you can be in your fuzzies, sip your tea, and snuggle in with a cat on your lap.

But it turned out I loved TV. The fast pace, the thinking on your feet, the excitement of the cameras, suited my style and temperament. What I didn’t love was sitting back stage in the make-up chair for an hour while a stranger fussed with my face and hair slathering on grody make-up and misting me with hairspray. I don’t even like to put mascara on myself let alone have someone else that close to my eyes. It’s pretty darn personal.

So when Matthew Kimberley asked me to do a masterclass for his website,daily success deals via Skype split screen video, my first thought was…oh no there goes an hour out of my already hectic morning doing make-up.

Matthew Kimberley

But, then I remembered how much I loved doing TV. And since I would be talking all about getting on TV I just decided that I’d reward myself with delicious smoked salmon and cream cheese on a toasted gluten free bagel to start the morning right. Our cat Lucky is always at the ready as soon as I take the cream cheese out of the fridge so he can get his dab.

There’s no opt-in you can just see it as soon as you get to the website. But it only stays up until Monday April 29 so mosey on by.

Confession. It took me longer to do my make-up than it did to make this video. And no, that’s not a bullet hole in the art piece you see behind me in my office. It’s a vintage Purina Dog Chow Tin. I think the holes add to its charm.

You’ll learn:

  1. The biggest mistake you can make when it comes to getting on TV that can ruin everything.
  2. How to get chosen over your competitors-and still play nice.
  3. How to make yourself irresistible to TV producers.
  4. What you need to think about BEFORE you get booked on TV. (This can make the difference between making a fortune and not making a dime.)
  5. What to wear on TV. (Hint: we talk about socks).
  6. How a flash-drive can be save your skin and your show.

Plus, you’ll get to see something in Matthew’s hotel room that will surprise – and we hope – delight you.

To seeing your name in lights,


A timeless truth that will boost any media appearance


By Ian Brodie

Here’s the second insight I got from Susan as we were preparing for this week’s “Speak In Sound Bites” webinar (click here for free registration).

Yesterday I mentioned how you could apply the lessons of media appearances to more everyday communications.

Here’s the surprising corollary: you can apply the lessons of everyday communications to media appearances.

Before I explain what I mean, here’s a story from magician John Lenahan I heard from him at a conference a few years ago.

John was describing being at FISM (the “world championship of magic”) where a whole room of magicians were being entertained by the legendary Juan Tamariz. John watched as everyone had a great time. They laughed, they gasped, they clapped.

But John could also feel that he had a special connection with Tamariz. Like he was his favourite audience member. It was subtle. Just a smile, a look, a laugh every now and then. But John knew he was the favourite.

After the performance John spoke to some of his buddies in the bar. Surprise surprise, they all said the exact same thing. They’d seen everyone else enjoying the show, but they knew that secretly, they were Tamariz’s favourite audience member.

After arguing for a while over just who was the special favourite, John realised that he’d come across the secret of a truly great performer. They make everyone feel like they’re performing just for them. That they’re the special one.

Turns out it’s the same with media appearances. You’re not speaking to an “audience”. You’re speaking to everyone individually. You and them. One to one.

The way to make a media appearance successful is to use the same skills you would in everyday communication. Be authentic. Talk person to person. Share your truth. One to one.

We often get overwhelmed when we think about speaking to a big audience – especially if it’s on video or radio. I know I certainly did and still do. But if you just focus on speaking as if you’re talking to one person…

…making that individual connection. Then that’s how people will hear you.

They’ll hear you talking to them personally. And you’ll have impact.

Join Susan and me on the webinar next Wednesday 24th to learn more techniques for making your communication effective (and profitable).

You can sign up here: Speak in Sound Bites Webinar >>

Ian Brodie is a marketing specialist and author of Pain Free Marketing the step-by-step guide to attracting and winning more clients without the pain and expense of traditional marketing.

When he’s not working with clients to help them grow their sales, he’s relaxing with his family or dreaming about Newcastle United winning the Premier League.

9 Steps to Be a Thought Leader — and Become a Media Darling

By Susan Harrow, media coach

So many people call themselves thought leaders now – but they aren’t. To be a thought leader takes some doing. It’s not so much about being original as it is about putting things together in an original way. Thought leadership marketing comes down to packaging your knowledge, skills, abilities, experiences, and yes, your thoughts in a way that makes you media worthy and worth listening to by your audience — a huge audience.

Follow these nine steps to get going on the path to be respected, heard and reverberated out into the world to become the very definition of thought leadership.

1. Cultivate an opinion.

Thought leaders have opinions. They shape a story. They position facts in a context. They make statistics come alive by interpreting them. We value people who give us perspective on things that matter most in our culture today.

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and their first woman to sit on their board, said of the differences about how men and women respond to taking credit for their success, “If you ask men why they did a good job, they’ll say, ‘I’m awesome. Obviously. Why are you even asking?’ If you ask women why they did a good job, what they’ll say is someone helped them, they got lucky, they worked really hard.”

To follow her lead take a look at your field or industry and find something that irks or inspires you and start to formulate some opinions about it. Folk singer Joan Baez said, “I’ve never had a humble opinion. If you’ve got an opinion, why be humble about it?” Thought leaders aren’t afraid to voice a strong opinion. The media seek guests who have opinions that help us ponder what’s important.

2. Make a prediction.

Can you see the future? Look into your private crystal ball and share it in a press release. Over twenty years ago I told my literary agent that getting on TV and grasping at fame was going to become a national obsession. I wrote up a book proposal about how to get on TV, supplied anecdotes from my own experience as a publicist and media coach, and gathered statistics to show that this was going to be a hot new trend. He pitched my idea to all the top New York publishing houses.

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9 was you can be a thought leader

Alas, the traditional book industry didn’t buy it. It was too far ahead of its time. But guess what? Didn’t that prediction come true? Practically everyone is now scrabbling for his 15 seconds of fame. New reality TV shows are popping up every year. The Fishbowl Effect has become our current reality where your iPhone video can make national news.

Know that when you make a prediction you’re intrinsically ahead of your time – and most likely will get disapproval and pushback. No worries. Time will bear you out. The important thing is to stand by your word, continue to accumulate evidence and keep touting your prediction during your media appearances. Thought leadership marketing is a process, not a one time event.

3. Shape thinking.

Keep up on current events. Thought leaders can comment on national radio and TV and in print on events as they happen. They are the first people the media call to put a story in perspective, to help shape thinking. They are often the people who pose the questions to ponder. They don’t necessarily have all the answers.

What they have is a point of view that helps others to consider consequences, options, and directions to difficult or perplexing problems. This type of thought leadership definition is organic and evolves naturally as the thought leader continues to hone his thoughts and message.

Robert Reich, professor of public policy at UC Berkeley, often comments on political and social problems such as how public higher education is being starved which will result in a shrinking middle class. His clearly expressed and statistically well-supported opinions are regularly heard on MSNBC and NPR. He’s a great example of someone who is personal, energetic, and captivating. I’m particularly endeared by how he bounces up when he can’t contain his energy as he delivers his message.

Your delivery and demeanor is every bit as important as the words you speak and can influence people subconsciously. Thought leaders are aware of how they are being perceived and work on refining their inner consciousness and outer appearance.

How can you start to shape a conversation that’s at the heart of your business or industry and at the same time reflect who you are and what you think?

4. Have a philosophy.

Have you noticed how many people have written a manifesto? It’s kind of becoming de rigueur. But many aren’t worth reading. They are trite or light. Your audience wants to know not only what you believe, but what you believe in. They want a philosophy that dives into their deepest longings — things that they feel that haven’t been expressed directly in a way that they can understand.

Manifestos are a sort of formalized philosophy. Wikipedia defines philosophy as “In more casual speech, by extension, ‘philosophy’ can refer to “the most basic beliefs, concepts, and attitudes of an individual or group”.

I love TED favorite Brene Brown’s The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto, her leadership manifesto and my friend, photographer/writer Andrea Scher’s Superhero Manifesto. They are heartfelt, revere beauty and are holy without pretention.

Brene Brown thought leader

Brene Brown thought leader in thoughts, words, action

During every media appearance you want to make sure that your philosophy comes through loud and clear in a story, vignette or example so your audience has a sense of who you are.

One of my favorite sayings is by Gandhi, “My life is my message.” And another one close to my heart: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

When everything you do, say, are and think from your words to your website is in alignment™ then you’re completely congruent and your life becomes your message. This is what I have my clients and sound bite course participants put into practice before ever sending a press release out to the media. Often publicity hopefuls want to rush their offer to the media before all the pieces are in place. And that’s a big mistake. A reputation is easy to ruin and hard to regain.

In her media appearance on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, Brene Brown told a story about her daughter, Ellen. To my best recollection she said that Ellen’s teacher called her up to tell her she could tell whose daughter Ellen was by how she handled an incident in art class. As I remember it the teacher said, “You’re messy.” Ellen sat up straight and said, “No, I’m not messy. I’ve just made a mess.”

Brown told this story to illustrate a point about self-talk and not calling ourselves names or saying derogatory things about the core of us, but to focus on behavior instead of being. It shows you that Brown is walking her talk by transmitting her values and behaviors to her daughter and it gives you a sense of who she is. Your philosophy should shine through your stories in a natural way in every media appearance.

5. Spearhead a movement.

My client, journalist and author David Sheff who wrote the #1 New York Times best-selling book Beautiful Boy, (which later was turned into a movie) and wrote his second book called Clean, Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy. The title itself is an opinion. Sheff thinks that addiction is the worst problem in the U.S. today. You can tell immediately that he’s serious about this topic and wants to make an impact on this epidemic.

On his website he has a link to sign a petition to send to President Obama to end the war on drugs and declare war on addiction. Right next to that he has a link to an organization called Brian’s Wish to pull people together into a national movement to end addiction.

David Sheff thought leader, movement maker

Thought leaders start movements

Sheff believes that we’re fighting the wrong war and he is making his opinion known – backed with five years of research and facts. This is thought leader marketing at its best.

When I first wrote this piece he had just started his book tour and has already been on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, NPR’s Fresh Air and Weekend Edition to discuss his views and to shift American opinion with the facts, stories and statistics in his book, speeches, and media appearances.

I media trained him to insure that he incorporated his most important points into every interview since he especially wanted to talk about this new movement.

We also wanted to make sure he could stand firm on his controversial beliefs when challenged. We practiced worst-case scenario questions and surprise ones too so he could maintain his equanimity and stay on point during each media appearance.

The media is interested in people who have inspired a movement. It shows that the topic has enduring value and interest if a substantial number of people have joined it. Spearheading a movement is so much more interesting than just claiming you have a big following. A movement shifts thought into action to create real and lasting change.

6. Be controversial.

Another client of mine, Dr. Sara Gottfried, a Harvard trained integrative physician, science nerd, yogini and author of the New York Times best-sellers The Hormone CureThe Hormone Rest Diet, Younger and Brain Body Diet, peaks out on the overuse of pharmaceuticals for peri-menopausal and menopausal women. She says of women dealing with hormonal issues such as depression, lack of sleep, weight gain, mind fog, low sex drive, “You won’t find the answer in the bottom of a pill bottle.”

Gottfried takes a stand against the practice many physicians have to medicate their patients to appease the problem without seeking the core issue or root cause that’s the source of the complaint. Instead she advocates lifestyle shifts: “How to think, eat, move and supplement.”

Dr. Sara Gottfried thought leader

Thought leaders invite controversy

Once you take a strong stance you can expect to be pitted against someone with the opposite view during your radio or TV interviews – because friction makes for good TV. Audiences love to see people who have opposing views that might even provoke a tiff, because sparks fly and unexpected things happen — which equal good ratings.

If you want to be controversial you also need to be prepared to be challenged and able to stay on message with equanimity and grace no matter how forceful or hostile the host or other guests become.

7. Play both sides.

While you can choose to be controversial, you can also choose to appoint yourself the voice of reason and examine both sides of an issue. Susan Freinkel, a journalist who wrote the book, Plastic: a Toxic Love Story, began an experiment that turned into an investigation of how plastic affects our behavior, our environment and our lives. The premise: To go one day without touching anything plastic. What she discovered? It was impossible — starting with her toothbrush and toilet.

Instead of taking one side to the story – plastic is evil. She explored how plastic is both a boon and a bane to the way we live in a New York Times Op Ed piece. In one sentence she played both sides of the topic: “In other words, plastics aren’t necessarily bad for the environment; it’s the way we tend to make and use them that’s the problem.”

Op Ed pages thrive on people who take a strong stand on one side of an issue as well as those who can shed light on both sides in an intelligent, thoughtful or provocative way.

In our media coaching sessions together Freinkel and I focused on stories about how certain plastics are negatively effecting our health, children, land and seas, and also which plastics are safe and useful and help save lives.

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Great thought leaders can mediate both sides of an issue

On Fresh Air, she discussed both sides of this fiery debate with a level head. In other media appearances she backed up her findings with solid statistics and also by moving fascinating facts into the conversation like: “The average person is never more than three feet from something made of plastic.” And, “In 1960, the average American consumed 30 pounds of plastics a year. Today, just 50 years later, Americans consume on average 300 pounds a year.” Here is something a bit startling: “Just because a plastic is made of plants doesn’t make it ‘green.’”

By moderating the positives and negatives, by sharing information not widely known and educating us, and by using stories and statistics, you can become a trusted neutral source for change.

8. Coin a term.

During her appearance on The Ricki Lake show Dr. Sara Gottfried reached into her prop basket and pulled out a gleaming diamond Tiara, put it on her head and offered it to Lake, who said she didn’t want to take it off. Gottfried called taking uninterrupted time for yourself, Tiara Time.™ It’s catchy and easy to remember. Can’t you just imagine saying to your BFF, “I need some Tiara Time™ right NOW.”

9. Declare your vision.

Your vision is how you see the world in the future. It’s what you’re aspiring to in the big picture. It incorporates how you are going to serve. For example, I’d like to see Aikido, a type of Japanese Martial Arts, which I’ve been training in for eight years, incorporated into every school in the world.


9 steps to become a thought leader is about self-mastery

The principles of Aikido, The Way of Harmony, work as a way to polish the spirit, to turn lead into gold. The founder, Morihei Ueshiba says, “True victory is self-victory; let that day arrive quickly!”

I believe that, through this practice we can eradicate bullying and practice respect, compassion, and self-mastery on a daily basis in our hearts, homes, schools, and communities.

My dream is to combine physical self mastery with verbal and emotional mastery so every child in the world can: Speak your mind. Stand your ground. Sing your song™.

Declaring your vision during a media interview moves it out in a big way into the public eye. Not only have you taken a stand but you give thousands or millions of people a chance to take a stand with you. That in itself creates powerful change.

The point of being a thought leader isn’t just to get more media appearances, more sales, more followers, or more money. It’s an opportunity to make great shifts inside yourself and out in the world.

So if you aspire to taking yourself and your business forward in small or big ways, then focus on these nine things. And even if it isn’t in your nature to be on national TV or to gain an international platform, just pondering these points will give you clarity for your business as you grow and change.

If you’d like to schedule a free 15 minute time to talk about you becoming a thought leader go here.


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.

Create Your Own Mobile App – without techie skills


Do you have app fever?

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

Do you have app fever? That ever present urge to download another cool must-have app? I just read about one in O Magazine I had to have that shows you where to find all the fun stuff you love to do wherever you are.

While my social media manager and I were meeting at my house he loaded in a few for me like Sonar which tells you who in your social networks is nearby. We found a hot shot start-up CEO having lunch in the local burrito joint. I could have zipped down there to meet him if I’d had the time.

Even if you don’t have app fever, pretty much everyone else does.

Check this out:

  • 64% of mobile phone time is spent on apps (Nielsen 2012)
  • Over 300,000 apps have been developed over the last three years
  • Apps have been downloaded 10.9 billion times

Apps are now easy to create – even if you know nothing about technology (hello, that’s me).

In this free webinar you will learn how to easily create and give away free apps that generate $100 A Day Per App!

Rick Jorgenson will also show you how to:

  • Identify the right niche markets
  • Create simple non-techie info apps for those markets
  • Monetize those apps for those markets
  • Give away those apps to your niche audience

Save your seat now in this free webinar and create your own app simple-style.

50 Shades Between the Sheets Mobile App Heats it Up

by Guest Blogger Angela Giles

50 Shades Between The SheetsThe new mobile app “50 Shades Between the Sheets” is creating quite a stir in the bedroom and in Google Play Store. Android lovers are downloading this racy app at lightning speed. Faster than you can say, “Hot.”

Ever since the hot trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey hit bookshelves and got women all hot and bothered, they’ve been wanting more excitement in their real lives. This new mobile app is geared toward women, giving them innovative ideas to ignite the passion in their relationship.

Ladies will learn how to “text” the romance back into their relationships, “talk dirty” secrets, and other hot tidbits too racy to mention here. The smoldering reviews speak for themselves:

  • “Hot, Hot, App – LOVEEEEEEEEEE IT!
  • “I love this APP, it is full of FAB ideas for anyone to keep or stoke the fires of passion in their relationship!! Totally download this App. I am giving it 5 stars!!!”
  • “Ooh la la! Great stuff to spice up marriage. Very creative.”
  • “Wow. this is hot stuff! Love the ideas and tips…great stuff!”

This app is so appealing because it offers advice to women of any age who want to continually have a scorching, passion-filled connection with her partner. And best of all, “50 Shades Between the Sheets” is free to download!

Go for it ladies. Start having fun by downloading “50 Shades Between the Sheets” here.

Want to create your own “hot” (or not) mobile app? No tech skills required. 

3 Ways a Mobile App Can Shift Your Business into High Gear


by Guest Blogger Angela Giles

Should I have a mobile app?Consumers are in love with Mobile Apps! It’s in their shopping blood and businesses need to take the Mobile App explosion seriously. They’re now trained to download apps regularly in an instant. According to a recent Nielsen study, “the vast majority (79%) of US smartphone and tablet owners have used their mobile devices for shopping-related activities.”

Another Nielsen study shows smartphone adoption is rising – now at just over 50 percent of mobile subscribers – and mobile app use is booming as well, with the average number of apps at 41, up from 32 a year ago.

If your target consumer base is online than your business needs a mobile app. Ask yourself this question.

Should I have a mobile app?

The answer is SIMPLE – heck yah!!! And here is why.

It’s inexpensive to build an APP now. Heck I built my mobile app for free and I’m not a developer or a techie person at all.

  1. Giving away a free app or apps to your target consumer base will increase your BRAND awareness.
  2. You can push your message out to all your mobile app users at a click of a button.
  3. Customers will buy from you again and again because your information is at their fingertips.

So how do you get started?

Simple, watch this free training video that explains it all.

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.

Should I Be Snarkier? Penelope Trunk vs. Tim Ferriss


Tim Ferriss, The 4-Hour Body, The 4-Hour WorkweekBy Susan Harrow, Media Coach & Author of Sell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul

I recently read a piece by Penelope Trunk (5 Time management tricks I learned from years of hating Tim Ferriss) about why she couldn’t stand Tim Ferriss (you know The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body phenom who teaches you how to streamline your life so you have more time to Tango – or travel the world doing stuff you love.

It was mean. She called Timothy Ferriss out. She didn’t hold back. She burned her bridges. Didn’t even leave a safety rope to a ladder. No turning back. And this isn’t the first time she’s called anyone out. Just read about her “big publisher“. Anyone can easily find out the name of the publisher that she’s dissing with a tiny amount of research. Ugly stuff. True as it might be. I was appalled….And intrigued. I admit, I’ll cop that I’m a bit in awe of her chutzpah — her blatant disregard for caring what people think. Or rather provoking them into thinking. Dare she? She did.

I read more posts on her blog. I watched a few of her videos. She was funny. Smart. Well put together. Organized. I learned something. I respected her. I liked her even….

I emailed a journalist friend to ask her what she thought. Oh yeah. She knew her. She said, “I’ve interviewed her a few times. She is just as snarky in person as she is on the page.” So she’s consistent. I admire that. She says what she thinks. But at what cost? She doesn’t do it elegantly or eloquently like the late Gore Vidal. She does it more like a cow girl. Or a farmer’s wife. Which she is now in the hinterlands of Wisconsin. Unvarnished dung. There’s beauty in that too….

And get this: she’s got advertisers on her blog. Plenty of them. So she’s doing something right. If you consider that a measure of success in today’s blogosphere.

But should we follow in her footsteps? Should we rope the bull and leave him tied and helpless in the dust? She says things that make your eyelids snap like: “Schedules are like office porn. They let me project my dreams onto the page without the friction of dealing with people to get stuff done.” But is this just eye candy?

The Tim Ferriss post was popular – perhaps her most read post. Over 1,000 comments. Shared on over 8,600 times. We’re talking big numbers here people.

Snarkiness sells.

So does anger. A Wharton School research project looked at 7,000 articles on the New York Times Most E-mailed List and found the the number one predictor to popularity was anger. But thankfully, anger wasn’t then only factor. Humor and awe also ranked.

But should you write angry missives against public people who piss you off filled with vitriol? There’s no doubt that controversy ups ratings — and readership. High emotion whips us to attention.

What do you think? Am I not snarky enough? Want more rants from me? Want to hear more about what I hate, what bugs me or gets my goat? Weigh in and let me know.

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)

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.


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 ( 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.”