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Top Ten Rules For Writing A Great Headline

By: Dave Dee on: July 20th, 2014 4 Comments

In the brand new course the “Power of Copy Unleashed, How To Create Offers Your Customers, Clients and Patients are Powerless to Resist” I give out my Top Ten Rules For Writing An Effective Headline.

While I don’t have time to go into all of them here, I’ll share the three rules that I see people getting wrong the most.

Before I do that thought I want to reiterate something you’ve probably heard before AND is soooooo important to really understand.  Remember…Your headline is an ad for your ad.

It doesn’t matter how stellar your copy is or how wonderful your offer is. If your headline doesn’t pull in your prospect, it DOES NOT MATTER.

Many of the best copywriters in the world spend the majority of their time writing out and testing different headlines. Simply changing your headline can increase your response rate by 300% or more.  That’s why yesterday I shared some of my favorite headline formulas.  If you missed that just click here.

There are many different formulas for writing good headlines and in “The Power Of Copy Unleashed…” I share 18 of them.  That said, you can still create your own formulas but they must follow a number of rules if you want to maximize your results.  Here are the three rules I see people breaking most often and it’s costing them thousands or tens of thousands of dollars!

First…Your name as a headline is a deadline.

Don’t use your name or your company’s name as a headline.  So many people say things like “Top Five Reasons to Shop at Dave’s Magic Shop.”  This will absolutely kill your response when you compare it to a benefit oriented headline like “Top Five Things You Must Look For In A Good Magic Shop.”  Now there are exceptions to this rule but in 99% of situations, avoid using your name, your company’s name or our product or service in the headline.

Second…Do NOT send out or hand out any piece of printed material, publish a landing page or have any advertisement that does not have a headline. Ever!  

If you’re interested in making sales and having people actually read or listen to you, then you MUST have a headline.  I’d encourage you to go to your mail pile right now and see how many ads actually contain a headline.  Most will not.  That’s why most people say get a .1% response rate is good.  Good to most websites that are truing to sell something right now and look for a headline, again, most don’t have this.  This is like sending out an e-mail without a subject line (which by the way is the headline for your e-mail.)  Never…Ever…Ever have an ad without a headline.  Print, online, video, radio, just don’t do it.

Lastly…“Quotation marks around the headline” have been shown to increase response. 

Why?  Who the heck knows?  But it works so do it.  I could share my theory here or why it works but in all honesty it really doesn’t matter why, only that it does.  Now that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t test this, but most people aren’t going to test things so use best practices unless you find that for your audience something else works better.

Anyway, start with those three and if you’re really into learning more about creating messages that sell like crazy then check out “Power of Copy Unleashed, How To Create Offers Your Customers, Clients and Patients are Powerless to Resist” where among other things I go though all ten of my headline rules, provide 18 different headline formulas and much much more.

Until then this is Dave Dee signing off and saying “Kick Butt and Make Mucho DeeNero!”

Note: This is the type of stuff I reveal at every single GKIC Two Day Fast Implementation Bootcamp, plus we actually have you write various ads, marketing pieces, e-mails etc…all designed to help you make more money the day you get back.  It’s an absolute FREE event for members and just $497 for non-members.  If you’re interested we still have slots at our September and December Bootcamps.  Click here to learn more.

Three Killer Headline Formulas That Could Skyrocket Your Conversion Rates…

By: Dave Dee on: July 19th, 2014 5 Comments

Recently I had an interesting conversation with one of our GKIC copywriters about how she cut down her writing time by 75 percent and skyrocketed conversion literally overnight.

About six months into her intense study as a copywriter (dedicating about 20 hours a week learning her craft) she was still spending hours and hours just to write a headline for a salesletter. (A headline is like the hook at the beginning of a story. It captures a reader’s attention and gets them to read farther into the promotion.)

In her mind “getting the headline right” was the difference between hooking a big client or not.  Sometimes she would spend days on what amounted to a few lines of copy.

But then something happened that changed everything for her.

She went from taking days to write a killer headline, to coming up with  several of them in just minutes

I’m hesitant to even tell you what made the difference. Because it’s such a simple idea, I’m afraid you might dismiss it.

So before I tell you what she did, I want to tell you why you shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss this.

You see not only did she get much faster at writing, she got much better at it too—overnight.

So what was it that caused this transformation?

Templates and Formulas!  Yup that’s it.

Now mind you, she had been given full instruction on what to include and not include in a headline. She had been taught about keeping your target audience in mind when crafting your headline. She knew about the different types of headlines you could write. And much more.

But she never had someone give her a straight forward template to use.

The template gave her the ability to write like a top copywriter instantly. It guided her to make the right decisions. Plus, because she was following a template (and not staring at a blank page), she could write much, much faster. And on top of that, the template was created by a well-respected and VERY successful copywriter, so she started writing with a lot more confidence.

Here’s the thing about copywriting. You should never start with a blank page. And it’s always a good idea to have a template to follow to make sure you get the structure correct.

Because while direct response marketing allows you to reach the people and businesses most likely to buy your products and services…the promotions sent need to convey the right message and say the right things. And it needs to be structured in the right way and be written to make the prospective buyer take action.

So if you’re not using well-structured, proven templates to create your copy, you should start. You’ll be amazed at how much it will improve your success.

Here I’ll give you three of my favorite headline templates…

1.  “What Everybody Ought To Know About _______________”

I like this one because it’s so simple.  For example if you’re a dentist who specializes in dental implants then your headline can simply be “What Everybody Ought To Know About Dental Implants.”  This can be used by virtually any service provider from attorneys and accountants to real estate agents and carpet cleaners.

2.  “Discover How  __________,  __________ and  ____________”

Ok so say you’re a personal trainer or sell a workout program a weight loss system.  Then use something like “Discover How To Burn More Fat, Build More Muscle And Still Eat The Foods You Love.”  It’s so easy because all you need to do is put your biggest three benefits in the headline.

3.  “Why Is This _____________ Giving Away Over $________ Worth Of ________________ For Free?”

This one is great for brick and mortar business to be used as lead generation.  This can really boost the effectiveness of your ads and drive down the cost of new customer acquisition.  Say you’re a restaurant then try something like “Why is Dipietro’s Ristorante Giving Away Over $10,000 Worth Of Fine Italian Cuisine For Free?” This one works for virtually any brick and mortar business!

So if you find yourself struggling to create effective ads, and sales messages in a short time you need to be on the lookout for proven templates and formulas that’ll drive your ideal customers, clients and patients to you.  Quick hint…keep reading below ;)

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Four Steps To Creating A List Building Machine

By: Dave Dee on: July 15th, 2014 1 Comment

“I need help building my list!”

This is a universal problem that virtually every business owner has and it’s the number one thing we’re told by you that you need help with.

This is a great thing for two reasons…first off it tells us you understand the value of a list.  Recently I was in Chicago and went to a restaurant called Carnivale with Darcy and “the jewel” (aka Mike.)

It’s one of Mikes favorite places to eat but just about every time he goes there he uses a discount offer from a daily deal site because they advertise on there all the time (I won’t go into the Jewel being a cheapskate here).  Even though he’s been to Carnivale a number of times, not once have they asked him for his information so they could follow up directly with him.  Instead they rely on using high-cost daily deal sites to get customers instead of simply going to their own list.  Most people aren’t even aware that they need a list.

So simply by asking this question it implies you understand the value of having a list and that’s good news.

Secondly…and really more importantly, it’s a great problem because it’s one that can be solved.

Easily, and in a variety of ways!

One of my friends who is an online list-building “guru” recently released a video showing the four steps to creating a list building machine.  In one example he shows how they took a virtually “dead” blog and now drive over 10,000 visitors a day to it, and more important capture contact information from over 600 new visitors EVERY day!

You can watch the entire video by clicking here and below I’ll share with my best take-a-ways.  This particular video is all about using your blog as the center of your lead attraction universe.  If you don’t have a blog, he shares resources you can use to start one immediately, for FREE.   Now for the four steps.

1. Create a Stand Alone Opt-in Page.  Too many people make the mistake of driving traffic to their blog and hoping that an ad on the right hand side will get people to opt-in, or subscribe to their blog.

In reality, using text throughout the blog article telling people how to subscribe and making a clickable link will convert 10x-15x as many people into subscribers.  This is sooooo important because if someone finds your blog through a search engine, chances are they may never find it again when left on their own, so you NEED to capture their information the first time they come.  Jeff describes various ways to do that here.

2. Sell Visitors On Why They Should Join Your List.  Let’s face it.  We all get plenty of e-mail so we’re really not looking to subscribe to more lists…UNLESS it’s something you’re very interested in, something entertaining, or something that will be helpful to you.

For instance if I went to a blog and they said “Sign up to get the latest reviews for the best restaurants in the country, shared with you in a fun and interesting way, and get exclusive notifications of new openings and special promotions in your area!”  I might subscribe to that because they really “sold” me on why I should subscribe.  Chances are  most won’t try and “sell” me on subscribing and simply say “Sign up for our e-newsletter.”  No, thanks.  Not interesting.

3. Split Test Everything!!!  We all know we should test different things in our ads and our marketing but most of us really don’t do this because we’re not sure how or what to test.  Jeff goes through a list of 7 things to test and shows you the tools he uses to do this easily and quickly on his video here.  While I can’t go into all seven the top two you should test even if you test nothing else are your “Headlines” and your “Call’s-To-Action.”

If you do nothing else first test your headline because this is what determines if people will even read or listen to the next thing you have to say.  If you send out e-mails your subject line should be viewed as your headline.  In a radio, or TV ad it’s the first sentence people hear.  You need them to listen, read, or watch if you’re going to convert them into a customer, client or patient so start with testing your headlines.

Then Jeff says to test your call-to-action because this is where the rubber meets the road and people decide to continue their journey with you, or leave you penniless on the side of the road.  You might be surprised at some of the simple tests he ran and their results.

4. Make Your Opt-in Page Easy To Find!  
You don’t want people to need to search to subscribe to your blog, e-mail list, mailing list etc…you need to present it up front and often.

You may think it’s easy to find because you created a button or have a link in your header, but why not have it in multiple places.  Here Jeff shows you five different places you can advertise your opt-in page and the benefits of the different strategies.

Obviously in this blog, I’ve used this simple strategy and made it virtually impossible for you to read this without being presented multiple times with the opportunity to check out Jeff’s full training.

Anyhow, those were my take-a-ways from his free training video.  If you have a few minutes (about twenty actually) check it out.  Even if you don’t have a blog, or aren’t marketing online you’ll get useful tips you can apply to virtually any media.  Leave a comment below after you watch Jeff’s video and let me know what your biggest take-a-ways are.

How To Make This Tricky Part Of Your Business More Effective…

By: Darcy Juarez on: April 12th, 2014 4 Comments

Last week we talked a lot about the importance of making your customer feel like your business and your business alone is THE one for them. (See my article Dan Kennedy Warns: You can no longer afford to do this.)

It’s a lot easier when you are face-to-face with someone because you can ask questions and give them personalized attention.

However, to really grow your business, you have to be able to translate that feeling on a massive scale.

We talk a lot about how to do this in direct mail and email and other media that is more of a one-to-one type of communication, but one area we don’t talk a lot about is your website.

Websites are tricky.  Because unlike an individual letter or email sent directly to your prospect or customer, people will be viewing your site who are in different stages of the buying cycle.

From the prospect who knows nothing about your product or service and very little about you to the fiercely loyal customer who has been with you for years.

Really think about that for a minute.

This means that a one-size-fits all approach will not work.

Sadly, the one-size-fits all approach is what many website builders do. While this may seem like the cheaper and easier approach, the truth is, it ends up costing you more in both time and money.

Concealed costs and trying to fit a ‘square peg in a round hole’ can end up causing you to lose customers and result in having a website that isn’t generating leads or income.

Trying to cater to everyone means you aren’t likely to capture much of anyone. And the likelihood that you snare prospects that are a poor match for your business goes way up.

Instead, here are some ways to make sure you build a better website so you don’t end up with a one-size-fits-all solution.

1.  Answer these questions before you start. Whether designing your website or adding additional pages, give thought to these questions to make sure every page fits into your “big picture” plan.

  • Who is your audience?
  • What factors are important to your audience?
  • What is the purpose of your site (or page)?
  • What’s the best way to get the traffic visiting your site to take the action you want?

Each and every page needs to have a purpose and needs to work together with the other pages on your site so your visitor has a great experience.

For example, when you put a blog post up, ask what the purpose of your blog post is and how this relates to the rest of your site.

Ask yourself things such as: “Am I trying to drive people to a presentation? Or trying to capture a lead by getting them to download a free report?”

These are only a couple of examples, but the point is there should be careful thought into your plan rather than just slapping up pages independently of each other.

2.  Build for longevity. One of my favorite things is automation. One way to automate your business is to build evergreen campaigns. To make your website evergreen, use fundamental direct response marketing principles that have stood the test of time and resist the urge to constantly change your site because some new guru says there is now a new rule to follow.
 
3.  Direct the process. Don’t turn your site over to a web designer, a tech guy, etc. Most are focused on the job they were hired to do and not on the overall design and purpose. They may not know or understand direct response. They certainly won’t be looking at the overall big picture. You need to think like an architect and make sure every element on your website is working together for the end result you want. (I discuss this in detail here.)
 
4.  Make every word count. There is a myth that a website has unlimited real estate. However, just like an ad in a magazine or newspaper, you must make every word count. Don’t get sloppy. If an element isn’t helping with your “big picture” strategy, get rid of it.

When you can put the work into something once and get it to work for you over and over again, you’ll find you’ll not only save a lot of time, but you’ll save a whole bunch of money not having to re-build all the time. Like a great sales letter that continues to work year after year, following these principles, it is possible to build a website that will make visitors feel that you are exactly the right fit for them.

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Magnetic Marketing Event Bonus Videos

By: Dave Dee on: February 19th, 2014 118 Comments

Congratulations on registering for Dan Kennedy’s Upcoming FREE event where he’ll reveal How To Create A Flood of New Customers, Create A Cash Flow Surge AND Magnetically Attract Prospects Who Want To Buy From You

In case you got here by accident and aren’t registered simply go to www.gkic.com/mmevent now for all the details.

To get you going I’ve created a few videos that’ll help you prepare and get the most out of this one-time only FREE event.  Go ahead and watch them below (new ones will appear every few days) and leave your comments below.

VIDEO #1 “Why Do You REALLY Want More Customers, Clients and Patients”

 

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VIDEO #3 “How To Find Your Ideal Customer Part One…Create Them”

BRAND NEW VIDEO “How To Find Your Ideal Customer Part Two…Get In Their Head”

Tomorrow we’ll reveal exactly what’ll be covered in the Magnetic Marketing Event!

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The Most Powerful Marketing Force Available. Are You Using It?

By: Dan Kennedy on: January 12th, 2014 6 Comments

An age-old copywriting secret is to ‘enter the conversation already happening in your prospect’s mind.’

One of the easiest ways to do this is to look at what everyone is talking about.

According to USA Today, Google reported the top two trending searches for 2013 were for former South African leader and human rights activist Nelson Mandela and actor Paul Walker—followed by the iPhone 5 and actor Cory Monteith.

Yahoo reported that the top obsessions for 2013 included Miley Cyrus “twerking”…”Duck Dynasty”…the casting of “Fifty Shades of Grey”…and ”The Walking Dead.”

The popularity of these searches indicates that this is what is on your prospect’s mind.

Other than the iPhone 5, do you notice a common denominator?

The answer is obviously they are celebrity-related.

People love celebrities. They’re obsessed by them.

A single celebrity death will often trump media coverage of anything else going on in the news, even if the reality of the other news story is far more staggering.

The truth is people are fascinated by celebrities and that trend isn’t going to change. It’s only growing. And, inexplicably, people confuse celebrity with credibility.

This is good news for smart marketers.

Every year billions of dollars are spent on celebrity endorsements. People will buy whatever celebrities eat, drink, wear, and drive. They want to know what celebrities do, where they shop, live and do business. Tap into celebrity and you have access to the most powerful marketing force available.

It’s easier to do than you think.

If you do business on a local level, it’s relatively easy and inexpensive to become a local celebrity. If you do business nationally but in a niche market, it’s also relatively inexpensive.

Make yourself famous by writing articles and books, giving lectures and being active in industry and community affairs.  Feature yourself in your advertising, videos and webinars.  Get interviewed on radio and TV and post the files on your website.

It’s worth noting that, these days, the lines between “PR” (public relations) and paid, commercial advertising as a means of creating celebrity status are very blurred.

It wasn’t too long ago that I watched an alternative health guru interviewed on Larry King and noted that virtually all the questions were the same as what our hosts on an infomercial asked two health experts.

When entertainment TV reporter Leeza Gibbons interviewed and profiled motivational speaker Tony Robbins in an infomercial was that as good as being on the TV show, Entertainment Tonight? Yes. In some respects it was even better…because this suggests strategy.

If you could get 3-time NFL Super Bowl Champion Emmitt Smith to appear in one of your ads do you think that would get more attention than an ad without a celebrity in it? (Incidentally, there is a way to get him and other mega-celebrities to do this when you attend Super Conference℠.  Find out more here.)

Using advertorials in newspapers and magazines, bought radio and/or TV time, self-published books, etc. you can do the same thing you once had to accomplish only through publicity and public relations.Not to mention that you can exert complete control over the process, unlike in live interviews with the media where you are at the mercy of what they ask, what they include in their edits, and whether or not your story gets bumped. Plus you can get it out much faster.

Whether you make yourself into a celebrity or you find celebrity endorsers to create a connection between your product and service and showcase this connection, celebrity is undeniably one of the most powerful tools you can have in your marketing toolbox.

This draws attention, enhances the buying decision and increases the loyalty of your consumers. Plus as mentioned before, you’ll be viewed as a more credible source.

One of the smartest moves you can make this year is to capitalize on the growing trend of celebrity fascination.  Build your own celebrity and/or start connecting with celebrities to form an association between them and your business now.

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The 7 Critical Marketing Areas You Need To Have In Place To Be Successful

By: Darcy Juarez on: January 4th, 2014 8 Comments

In business, there are 7 critical areas of marketing every business must have in place. Think of it as your “Wheel of Marketing.”

And in order to have your business run smoother, be less stressful, less time-consuming and excel faster, you must have all the spokes in place and balanced.

We determined the spokes of our “Wheel of Marketing” from working with Dan Kennedy and our millionaire and multi-millionaire entrepreneur GKIC members.

Through our members generous sharing of their successes, we discovered that these extremely successful and wealthy business owners each have 7 critical marketing areas (i.e. spokes) in your wheel and consistently have them working at their maximum potential. These 7 critical areas are:

1)      A market that is hungry to consume your message…and your product or service.

2)      A marketing message that grabs your prospects by the lapels and gets them to read your ad, sales letter, emails, or other marketing pieces.

3)      A system for increasing the lifetime customer value (LCV) of each customer, client or patient.

4)      A system for reaching more affluent customers that don’t make purchasing decisions based on price.

5)      A lead generation machine that never leaves you wondering where your next customer, client or patient is coming from.

6)      Offline strategies for getting your marketing message in front of your customers.

7)      Online strategies for siphoning more leads and sales to your business.

Take a minute to honestly rate yourself on each of the spokes of your marketing wheel—with 1 being not existent and 10 being outstanding. For example, if you don’t have a system for reaching affluent customers then you would rate yourself a 1 or if you have tried reaching out to the affluent market, but don’t have a system that consistently works, then you might rate yourself a 5.

This will not only help you determine where you are weakest and can improve the most, but it will also show you whether or not you are balanced. For instance, if you rate yourself a 10 on offline strategies but a 1 on online strategies, you can’t experience a thriving business.

Make all of your spokes strong in each of these seven critical areas and you will have a business that provides you with the income that allows you to take vacations without feeling guilty and have a business you look forward to going to each and every day without having worries constantly keeping you awake at night.

Is your “Wheel of Marketing” balanced? Leave a comment about what area(s) you need to strengthen the most.

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5 Things To Do Right Now That Will Make 2014 Your Best Year Yet

By: Darcy Juarez on: December 31st, 2013 20 Comments

This time next year you can be celebrating the fact that you’ve achieved your biggest goals of the year…

Or… if you don’t plan right, you can be vowing that you will not do the same thing and that next year will be different.

To avoid spending next New Year’s Eve wishing you’d achieved more, here are five things you can do to get ready for 2014.

1) Make a list of big goals you want to achieve. Take no more than ten minutes to list the biggest things you want to achieve in 2014. Write these in the simplest terms and make it personal, positive and in the present tense. For example, “I will earn (insert target income goal) by December 31, 2014.”

2) Take time to define your “why.” In Dan Kennedy’s recent article, THE Single Biggest Difference Between Successful People And ‘The Mediocre Majority,’ Dan points out that you have to find your real purpose for doing what you do. This is the big emotional reason that you continue to persevere.  Your sense of purpose.  The “why” behind what you do that goes beyond money.  For example, a business owner might want to automate his business to save time and make more money, but his emotional “why” may be that his parents are getting older and he wants to make sure he has the time and availability to care for them should they need his help.

3) Review your marketing successes and failures from 2013. It’s easier to develop a better, more successful marketing plan when you can build on your successes and learn from your failures. Use Dave Dee’s quick and easy guide for reviewing your marketing in his article 8 Steps To Making More Money in 2013.

4) Mark time in your calendar to work on your business. It’s easy to get so caught up in our day to day responsibilities of running our business, that our marketing suffers. Block out time on your calendar now for the entire year that will be devoted to working on your business. One of your GKIC Member benefits is our FREE Fast Implementation Bootcamp which offers you a chance to do just that—along with coaching and feedback from Dave Dee and me at the event. We offer this event four times a year. Mark one down on your calendar now.

You’ll also want to schedule regular time each week when you can review your marketing results, plan for upcoming campaigns and develop your marketing.

5) Enlist the help of an experienced mentor and/or coach. In Dave Dee’s article, Why Outliers: Story of Success, Got It Wrong, several success experts including psychologist Anders Ericsson, author of Psycho-Cybernetics Dr. Maltz and Dan Kennedy all agree that you need “corrective feedback” to eliminate “expensive experience” that is causing you to repeat mistakes. An experienced mentor will help you identify where you can improve, refine your process and help you focus on correctly doing what you need to do to succeed. Plus they will hold you accountable, keeping you on track and moving forward.

Today’s list will help you set yourself up for success in the New Year. Check out  Dave Dee’s post that gives you five things you can do that are specifically focused on helping you increase your income in 2014.

NOTE:  What are the biggest things you want to achieve in 2014? List them in the comments below so we can help deliver content and systems you need most to achieve them.

A Confession And Insider Tips On How To Effectively Market On The Internet

By: Dave Dee on: December 12th, 2013 5 Comments

I confess, when I first started marketing on the Internet, I wasn’t making much money there. Maybe around $500 a year.

But once I learned how to successfully use online marketing, I quickly took that to $500 a week and then even to $500 a day…and you can too.

Even better, the fact that you read and follow GKIC and are likely already marketing your business with offline media means that when you integrate your online marketing with your offline media, you’ll increase your profits even more… because online media works best when integrated with offline media.

Of course, while Darcy Juarez discussed why it is essential for you to market your business on the Internet in her article, Shocking. Over 50% of Small Businesses Don’t Do This…And Why YOU Must.” (You can read it by clicking here), she did not discuss why businesses don’t do it.

It may be true that some small business owners don’t think it’s necessary. But from what I see and hear, I believe it mostly has to do with overwhelm, confusion and not knowing how to do it.

The first step is to have clear goals for what you want to achieve.  It’s a mistake to simply slap together a website or hire some “expert” to build you a site or put together some online marketing. Without clear goals, you’ll find it not only gets expensive time and money-wise if you constantly have to re-do things, but your business will take a huge hit in terms of lost customers who quickly abandon your website due to lack of clarity on how you can help them.

Your goal might be to gain new customers, build deeper relationships with existing customers, sell more stuff or attract a steady stream of leads. Think about your short, medium and long-term goals.

Once you’ve defined your goals, you’ll need a strategic approach to attain them. Because without strategy, you have no direction. Think about what type of site will help you achieve your goals. For example, would a soft-capture site or hard-capture site work better? Should it have a single purpose? Should you make an online catalog? Should you use direct response or presentation?

Define your ideal target market. Be specific. For instance, “car buyers” is too general. Within that category there are first-time buyers, sports car buyers, truck buyers, etc.  The more you know about your target market, the better you can serve them and the more you can tailor your future campaigns, both online and offline PLUS…the more ideal customers you’ll attract…the more sales you’ll make…the more referrals you’ll receive.

Develop a powerful Unique Selling Proposition (USP) that differentiates you from your competitors. This is especially important when marketing on the Internet, because it’s real easy for your online prospects to click away from your website and search for what else is available.

Make your Internet marketing evergreen. By using key fundamentals and foundational principles of what works in marketing, you can create Internet marketing that will work today, tomorrow and for years to come.  This will save you time, money and the frustration of not having to constantly re-do things or chase the “latest trend.” Plus, you’ll find this will make you richer and more relaxed because you’ll be consistently attracting clients, customers and patients and you’ll eliminate the confusion of trying to constantly learn the newest “thing.”

Invest in good, strong copy. On the Internet, every word matters when it comes to marketing yourself. Your words either move your prospect to respond or to abandon your website (or other online marketing)…sometimes forever. Each page is valuable real estate and must move your reader to do something…even if it’s just to read another page. Making sure the architecture and wording is right is essential to making money online.

Measure and evaluate your results with analytics to make sure you are achieving your goals. Online marketing tools can show you where your customers come from, where they spend most of their time, how they respond to your email marketing campaigns and more. Key information that tells you whether your marketing is working or needs to be fixed.

The key to creating powerful Internet marketing is to know what you want before you start and to use a solid strategic approach you know works. When you do and integrate it with your offline media, you’ll discover you’ll make more money and spend less time trying to make your online marketing work…no matter what your niche is or what is happening in the economy.

NOTE: If you want to get a clearer picture of what your strategic approach should be to marketing your business on the Internet, then you won’t want to miss my FREE webinar, go to www.gkic.com/eimt to reserve a spot now.  Dan and I will be discussing the Essential Truths of Internet Marketing and you won’t want to miss this!

Six Ways To Prevent Your Business From Being “Shutdown”

By: Darcy Juarez on: October 1st, 2013 3 Comments

Today, the U.S. government shutdown for the first time in more than 17 years. Reading the paper and listening to the news there’s a lot of debate about what a shutdown will mean.

But one thing is certain, the shutdown will be temporary.

The government will soon be back doing what it does for better or for worse.

However there is no debate about what that would mean should a “shutdown” occur in your business. It could fold with devastating consequences to the livelihood of everyone involved.   For some business owners, it’s a real looming threat that they live with on a constant basis. For others, unfortunately they aren’t aware of the dangers lurking, until it’s too late.

Just last week I was talking with a friend about a retail business in her area that had been thriving. She said that changes in Google caused this business to shutdown virtually overnight. The owner had to move in with relatives and is struggling to build a new business.

A small restaurant owner in Jacksonville, Florida recently talked about how new changes to tax laws pertaining to staffing were making it more difficult for him to be profitable. He had to eliminate staff causing him to increase his personal workload to 80 hours a week and is now debating whether it’s worth it to continue running his business.

It can happen to large companies too of course.  After being considered in danger of closing for several years, aerospace giant Boeing announced they would be closing their plant in Long Beach, California for good in 2015, affecting 3,000 workers who will lose their jobs.

The thing is, you don’t have to live with that looming “shutdown feeling.” Here are six things you can do to create growth in your business and feel confident you can prevent yourself from going out of business.

1)      Choose the right market for your business. When you target exactly the right market, you will eliminate wasting valuable marketing dollars and instead get maximum results from every marketing piece you release. Do this by creating a very detailed and clear picture of your ideal customer and limit yourself to a responsive market willing to spend money.

2)      Make your business the clear choice for your prospects and customers. When you make your product or service stand out as the only clear choice for your prospects, you’ll eliminate competition. Do this by making your Unique Selling Proposition irresistible.

3)      Diversify your marketing. Unfortunately for the retail business I mentioned earlier, they limited their advertising to using one vehicle—which meant that when Google made some changes, they were put out of business. Had they built up an email list and a mailing list, they would have still had other ways to market and sell their products. If you are relying on only one channel, you are putting yourself at great risk of being shut down—maybe even without warning. Be sure to integrate both online and offline marketing campaigns and you won’t have to worry about changes in rules and regulations shutting you down.

4)      Learn how to craft compelling messages. There are fundamentals of writing a message that gets your prospects to take notice, pay attention and open their wallet and buy from you. Invest the time to learn these fundamentals, even if you hire someone else to write your messages. (Note, if you are hiring someone to write for you, be sure you ask these seven questions) .

5)      Have a few campaigns ready to execute when you need immediate cash flow. When you have campaigns proven to generate cash each time you do them, you’ll relieve a lot of worry and stress and be able to bring in money on demand. For example, the “Lost Customer Campaign” we teach at Fast Implementation Bootcamp is one of attendees favorite campaigns as it always generates business and is a strategy many businesses have used to solve a cash flow problem.

6)      Expand what you offer. Boeing is closing its doors because they are no longer going to make C-17 cargo plane which is what is built at the Long Beach facility. If the facility would have looked toward expanding what they do, they may have had a plan in place that would have derailed their closing. For instance, they could have looked at building parts for repairing multiple types of planes.

Just as putting all your “eggs in one basket” for your marketing can lead to closing your doors, so can focusing too much on one product or service. Think about what else you can offer in order to have multiple streams of income coming into your business. For example, the restaurant owner I mentioned might think about offering his own line of products—special salad dressings and sauces. This would add income without having to increase staff. He could also add recipe cards or create information products that teach people how to cook.

The government shutdown is a harsh reminder of a reality no business owner ever wants to face. If you want to stop living in fear of having your business being shut down and grow your business instead, implement as many of these ideas as possible. You’ll eliminate wasteful spending, frustration, worry and fear and find you’re not only more relaxed, but more profitable too.

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