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The #1 Thing Holding You Back From 7-Figures

By: Dan Kennedy on: October 31st, 2014 No Comments

Personally, I’ve never liked it.

But I realized early on, it was irrelevant whether I liked it or not.

The question wasn’t, “Did I like it?”

The real question was “How much money did I want to make and how much freedom did I want?”

Kind of like dieting and exercise, the question isn’t “do you like to exercise and eat right?” No the real question is do you like the alternative if you don’t exercise and make the right food choices?

So it’s important, although again, not something I particularly like.

What I’m about to tell you is a transcendental factor in income.

And if you listen to what I say, you could find yourself making a lot more money across every communication channel.

You see, for at least the past 30 years or so, I’ve been teaching that the one thing that usually gets people who are earning below six-figures or a low six-figures in any business up into a high six-figures is the quantum leap of shifting from being the “doer” of your thing to the “marketer” of your thing.

That is still true.

Shifting from being a fitness instructor to a marketer of fitness training. Changing from being a veterinarian to marketing veterinarian care.

Switching from a photographer to marketing photography services, and so on, will carry you a pretty good way.

I mean, most people locked into relatively low incomes, regardless of their level of expertise or excellence that they deliver, are stuck there because their primary view of their business is the doing of the thing.

The cooking of the food, the cracking of the bat, the fixing of the tooth, the waxing of the car, the styling of the hair, the – whatever. And when you shift out of that so that you’re actually now in the marketing of that thing, that’s a pretty good income leap.

But truth be told, it has its limits.

It’s NOT the thing that gets you to a 7-figure income.

And it is questionable whether it will give you the exact freedom you are seeking. Because although you are making more money, you are also most likely still working a lot of hours for it.

Let me show you what making the next shift can do.

I make 7-figures from copywriting alone. That is only partially the way I make money though. I only spend 20% of my time writing.

Imagine making that leap in your business and only working at your “thing” 20% of the time. How would THAT change your life?

So here’s the thing you must do to make the next quantum leap.

As I mentioned, personally it is a thing I never really liked, but I do it because the alternative is worse. So this really is pretty important.

You must shift from focusing on being the “marketer of your thing” to focusing on “the status of the individual providing the thing.”

Because even when you are the marketer of your thing, the focus is still on the thing, not on the greatest possible point of differentiation, which is the status of the individual providing the thing.

Increasingly all other options for differentiation are becoming harder and harder to use and sustain. But one thing that will always make you different is who you are.

The easiest place to look for examples of this is with celebrities and professional athletes.

There are professional football players who make a good six-figure income. They are elite athletes who reach an income level that many never will. But, unless you are a diehard fan, you likely wouldn’t recognize their name even if they offer big contributions to the team.

As an example, NFL player Ryan Taylor is probably a name you aren’t familiar with. You probably don’t even know what team he plays for, but he makes a solid 6-figure income and is in his 4th year playing professional football.

In comparison, Johnny Manziel better known as Johnny Football is in his rookie season. He has less experience than Ryan Taylor, yet Manziel makes $2 million a year not including endorsement deals. You probably also recognize the name Johnny Manziel or at least have heard the name Johnny Football even if you aren’t a fan. .

The big difference is that Manziel knows how to market his personal brand. That, more than his ability or experience, has put money in his pocket.

For instance earlier this year, prior to knowing whether or not Manziel would be a boom or a bust in the NFL, Nike signed him to the largest endorsement deal from this year’s NFL rookie class. It had nothing to do with experience or even how well he plays.

So if you want to join the 7-Figure club, then you’ll have to get out of the business of marketing your thing and get into the business of marketing you, even if you dislike doing it as much as I do.

Click here now if you want the 7 key, yet radically different strategies for making this shift. I cover these in the 7 Figure Academy which GKIC is making a special offer on for the next three days only.

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Discover 10 Customer-Getting, Sales-Boosting Tactics You Never New Existed

By: Dan Kennedy on: October 23rd, 2014 1 Comment

There’s a certain mindset in direct response marketing folks.  We are very results oriented.  We find it very difficult to just go out for a drive or go to the mall just to hang out and browse – we want a definite destination and at least an estimated time of arrival and we go to the mall to find and buy something.

Most direct response marketers can’t watch a sports telecast unless they’ve wagered on the game nor play golf, cards or cribbage but for money.  In short we want to KNOW if we have won.  We want to KNOW if we have accomplished an aim.

While this tendency gets in the way of a friendly game night, it is extremely useful in avoiding the vagueness the permeates most small business owners marketing strategies.   The chief way we avoid this vagueness is through strict adherence to a set of proven, money-making rules.

There are 10 customer-getting, sales-boosting tactics that if you LIVE by them, you can find success in your small business and your marketing activities.

1.  There will always be an offer or offers
2.  There will be a reason to respond right now
3.  You will give clear instructions
4.  There will be tracking, measurement and accountability
5.  Any brand building that occurs will be a happy by-product of your marketing
6.  There will be follow-up
7.  There will be strong copy
8.  It will look like “mail order” advertising
9.  Results rule.  PERIOD.
10. You will be a tough minded disciplinarian and put your business on a strict direct marketing diet

In my book No B.S. Direct Marketing I tackle each rule in depth.  I once wrote an entire book on breaking the rules and generally speaking I think rules are for other, ordinary mortals-certainly not for me, and not for you, either, if you are a true entrepreneur.  So you’ll chafe at rules here just as I would.  However, when you are attempting to undo bad habits and replace them with new ones, some hard-and-fast rules are necessary, temporarily.

Once you fully understand these and have lived with them for a reasonable length of time, then feel free to experiment if you wish.  But get good at coloring inside the lines before ignoring them altogether.

In my book, No B.S. Direct Marketing, (which retails for $12.35 plus shipping and handling at bookstores across the country) you not only discover the details of each of these ten money-making rules in great depth but also…

…Discover the four brain dead direct marketing mistakes that almost all businesses make (this could be costing you thousands without even knowing it).

…Use the proven power of the “results triangle” to ensure that every single campaign you put together is a big winner – a BLUEPRINT that literally switches you from hit-and-miss to a system that irresistibly attracts a steady stream of buyers.

…Go behind the scenes and cash in on the undisclosed, off-the-record strategies of today’s top DIY marketers.

…Send referrals through the roof with a simple technique that will have your customers begging to send you their friends and family.

…And much, much more besides!

And right now GKIC is making this available to you for free.  We’ll almost free I suppose since all we’re asking you is to contribute to the shipping and handling by chipping in $4.95.  Click here to get your free copy now.

Four steps to discover if you should be paid for something you are giving away FREE

By: Dave Dee on: October 17th, 2014 2 Comments

 “Chances are you are giving away a potential information product for free when people would gladly give you money for it.” –Dan Kennedy

Recently, I came across a rant by a well-respected, knowledgeable, and experienced professional marketer.

He was upset because people kept asking (and expecting) him to answer questions for free. When he suggested they purchase his book which contained the answers they were asking, some were offended.

He made the point that we pay for dental work, dry-cleaning, car repairs and so on, so why should his advice be any different?

He has a point.

If you go to the dentist because your gums are sore, you don’t expect the dentist to diagnose your problem for free.

If your automobile is making a funny sound, you don’t expect your mechanic to fix it for free.

If you want to remodel your kitchen, but don’t know how to do it, you don’t buy the materials and expect a contractor to come in and show you how to do it for free.

If your goal is to earn a college degree, you don’t expect to be given free tuition to gain that knowledge.

His rant was met with overwhelming support. People responded by commenting that those who want the answers for free… aren’t serious about their business … feel entitlement… and are demonstrating “employee behavior” where employees expect to be spoon-fed.  Plus on top of all that, they don’t value the information because they paid nothing for it.

There were dozens of comments. The list of people in support of paying for information that contained knowledgeable answers was long and resolute. One person made the point, “Nobody works for free.” Even when voluntary, there is usually the expectation that there will be some sort of remuneration on the back end.

So the question I have for you today is: Are you giving away answers—information—when people would (and should) gladly pay you for it?

Here are four steps to find out.

Step One: Do some easy research. Start by thinking about what people ask you or what advice you continually repeat. If you aren’t asked these questions, but suspect you have a good idea, then ask people to help identify their frustrations to see if you might have a solution for them. Below are three categories to get you started:

  • Solutions to daily frustrations in your market. Do you hear people in your field complain about things that drive them crazy for which you have an answer?

For example, do they have employee problems, a lack of customers, problems satisfying customers’ orders, problems finding good suppliers, companies luring their customers with low prices or false information? If you find yourself answering any of these questions then you may have information people want and will pay you for it.

  • Solutions to frustrations for hobbyists. People who are passionate about a hobby…golfing, cooking, knitting, gardening, traveling, playing an instrument, etc.…want ways to do these things better. They take pride in improving or want ways to enjoy their hobby more.

For example, a surefire way to stop slicing the ball when playing golf or an easy way to get rid of pests in your vegetable garden or seven sweaters you can knit in a day. Can you see how all of these would rid a hobbyist of a frustration therefore making the hobby more enjoyable?

  • Advice you repeat again and again and again. Do you have advice that you continually repeat? Such as parenting advice or how all six of your kids got through college without any debt?

If there is something you repeat to friends, family, or at functions and parties, it might be something people would pay to receive.

Step two: Investigate the market. Once you have an idea, find out more about the market. How large is it? How many potential customers do you have regionally or in each state? Are there multiple publications already being sold in that market? Are there specialties or sub-niches in this market? By investigating the market you may find there isn’t as much demand as you thought or vice-versa!

Step three: Look at history. Take a look at who else has tried to sell something to this market. Were they successful? Have other information marketers offered products to this market in the past two or three years? Are they still in business?

What about vendors that are not marketing information products but that promote themselves within this market? This is not only valuable to see what has been successful (or if it’s been successful) but can also help you identify potential partnerships.

Step four: Research competitors. Spend time researching potential competitors. Look at their websites. Read magazines that talk about them. Look for trends, economic factors, new ideas, technology or information that might impact or affect your target market.

The chances are good that you are giving away information free—right now—when you could be making money from it.

Isn’t it time you started being compensated for your knowledge and efforts?

If you want to know if you have a marketable information product, use these steps to find out before creating your information product. It will save you loads of time and money and help you discover whether or not you have a product people want. Plus you’ll find out what has worked and what hasn’t so you can avoid repeating the mistakes others have made.

**NOTE** Having and actual marketing plan that you KNOW works removes all stress, puts money in your bank account and most importantly frees you up to actually work on what really makes you money, or better yet, frees you up to do something other than work!

Dave Dee is doing a free training you can watch right now that answers the question…How do I get more customers, clients and patients?  What does marketing look like for a small business?  How do I get my business started?

To join this free webinar simply click here now and reserve your spot and start enjoying the freedom, peace-of-mind, and PROFITS that a real marketing plan gives you, virtually immediately.

One of the biggest money-making super-powers

By: Dan Kennedy on: August 24th, 2014 1 Comment

Dan Kennedy here.

I wanted to let you know that I just did a special call with Dave Dee about something vitally important…

You see ever since I spent the other day with you, the questions I’ve been receiving have made it abundantly clear to me that there is a critical piece of information missing.

It concerns one of the biggest money-making super-powers you’ll ever learn. Because once you “get it,” you’ll make a major shift in your thinking—and your income. Life and business will be different for you. Easier. More rewarding. More effective. More time-efficient. More lucrative. Better.

So I recorded this call so you’ll have the missing piece that will help you close more sales, get more visitors to sign up, download, watch, and buy.

Click here to listen to it now.

NOTE: Dave will be telling you about a special bonus worth $497 that is only available today as part of the Make Them Buy Now System & Toolkit at the end of this call. Which by the way, if you haven’t invested in yet, you should do so immediately here.

HOWEVER, this call is not a sales pitch. It’s about helping you to make a major shift in your thinking that will forever impact your business, your income, and ultimately your life. If in the next month, next year, or ten years from now you want your income to go up, then you need to understand this piece of the puzzle.

Listen here now before another year slips by with no change in your income.

Top Ten Rules For Writing A Great Headline

By: Dave Dee on: July 20th, 2014 5 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.

The Best Business Advice From Our Marketer Of The Year Finalists And Winners…

By: Dave Dee on: July 12th, 2014 1 Comment

Each year we hold a special competition that represents some of the best examples of how our members our using GKIC-style marketing to get results.

In case you aren’t familiar with our Marketer of the Year competition, the award celebrates the marketing achievements of small business owners and entrepreneurs who have used GKIC-style marketing to grow their business and achieve extraordinary financial increases in their bottom line.

The winner receives thousands of dollars in cash prizes plus an all-expenses paid weekend where they get specific advice about their business from Dan Kennedy himself.

It’s always exciting to see all the different ways GKIC marketing is applied in these competitions. From professional services like doctors and dentists to brick and mortar businesses to coaches and consultants to info-marketers.

But, although the types of businesses vary, there are some universal principles that seem to crop up year after year.

Here’s some advice from past Marketer of the Year (MOY) finalists and winners:

Start with a plan. MOY Finalist Mark Mehling says he used to be a “hunter” with no plan. He says he spent most of his time doing “random acts of marketing” which caused him to waste a lot of energy and money trying to figure out what to do and how to market.

Not only was Mark able to double what he was charging clients and increase his income significantly, but he was able to trade in time-consuming “nickel and diming” problem clients for high-end, affluent prospects who understood what Mark was doing and wanted to be a part of it.

He says when he first started with GKIC, it took him some time to “get it.” But when the light bulb really went on was when he went to Fast Implementation Boot Camp.  Mark says Boot Camp gives you a plan that makes it easy to implement without having to figure that plan out for yourself.

Focus on a niche. MOY Finalist Dr. Donna Galante’s orthodontic practice was in big trouble when after steady growth from 1997 to 2007, her business suddenly tanked, losing 30% of her revenue in 12 months’ time.

She began thinking about how she could niche her practice and zeroed in on Invisalign, a proprietary orthodontic treatment which uses clear, removable teeth aligners as an alternative to traditional braces. She began implementing GKIC-style marketing like crazy and went from being one of the lowest Invisalign producers to one of the top 1% producers nationwide in 18 months.

She says that her most successful marketing strategy has been to completely revamp her customers’ experience with things such as a customized newsletter and writing a book that she distributes in offices and places visited frequently by mom’s and people who would want straight teeth.

Pick one good idea and just do it. MOY Winner Rick Schaeffer started a new medical practice and was able to grow it from zero to $1.1 million dollars per month in only 11 months’ time. He says the key to his success was massive action and commitment.

His best advice?  He says, “Pick one good idea, just one, and implement it right now. Then commit to it and keep doing it and don’t ever stop. Once you have one marketing strategy implemented, choose another and commit fully to it.

Don’t reinvent the wheel: Swipe & Deploy. MOY Winner Walter Bergeron showcased results of $1,120,197 in additional lifetime client sales within just 90 days of implementing GKIC-style marketing.

Walter attributes his success to a leap of faith he took in that what he was being taught by GKIC actually works. He says once he simply followed the instructions and swiped and deployed the marketing ideas provided by GKIC he transformed his business and experienced life-changing results very quickly.

Of course every year the biggest theme of all is Implement, Implement, Implement.

If you’d like to experience bigger success FASTER, then take the advice from our MOY winners and finalists and maybe next year I’ll see YOU in the winner’s circle.

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The Unsung Causes Of Failure In Small Business

By: Darcy Juarez on: May 6th, 2014 5 Comments

I just finished re-reading Making Them Believe by Dan Kennedy and Chip Kessler.

Based on the advertising, marketing and promotions of Dr. John Brinkley, it dissects the 21 principles drawn from Dr. Brinkley’s advertising.

At one point in the book, Dan Kennedy discusses the Dr. Brinkley idea that impresses him the most. He says it’s impressive because it is very common to find entrepreneurs doing just the opposite.

In fact, since the beginning of Dan’s consulting business forty years ago, he’s witnessed business owners spending sizable sums of money and expending enormous effort on marketing while giving little or no regard to this principle. Which often causes struggle, frustration, and may exact great penalties on a business—even failure.

So what was John Brinkley so good at that earned Dan Kennedy’s admiration?

His laser focus on developing a clearly defined target audience and a clearly developed message.

Dan says business owners, “Either begin and grow without focus, or lose focus and drift away from what brought them to the dance over time.”

Dr. Brinkley on the other hand, from start to finish, maintained very clear focus.

When reviewing this I thought a great deal about the reasons behind why so many business owners are unfocused or drift from their original target.

One reason is that focusing on a small target seems contrarian. On the surface it would seem that if you had a larger audience to choose from, you would sell more.

But actually the opposite is true.

A focused target audience matters more than the size of that audience. In other words, you don’t need millions of customers to grow your business; you just need enough of the right ones.

Brinkley was very clear about who he was targeting and why they were his ideal customers.

In fact, he tossed aside enormous segments of the population such as women who, at the time, purchased 80% of medicines and medical treatments.

Instead he consistently focused on a single segment of the population which was age and gender specific, and within that, ailment/condition specific, and within that mind-set specific.  And he never strayed away from that segment.

When you target everyone or even a broad segment of the population, you’ll find people simply aren’t going to respond. That’s because your one-size-fits all message can’t compete with the messages which speak specifically to them.

Another reason for lack of focus is that it is easy to be led astray.

A media sales person offers you a deal so you take it, despite the fact the target audience is a poor match for your business. Or you hear about a hot trend in media and think you must get onboard right away.

Once defined, stick to your target. Don’t let economics, media sales persons, hot trends, and other distractions steer you off target. If your target market isn’t looking at that media, it’s not right for you and can cost you far more than money.

Direct your marketing efforts to a very, specific, very focused target market—and avoid drifting away from that target—and you will waste less and profit more.

It’s not just an unfocused target audience that can lead to failure. Your message must be on point too—and you must continue to consistently convey that proposition.

Clarity of a specific proposition trumps general propositions. People aren’t listening to generalities. Get rid of vanilla messaging in favor of a specific, specialized message that is clearly focused on what your defined, specific target wants.

Brinkley built a single specialty and crafted a very single-minded, specific proposition that he stuck with throughout a lot of controversy, opposition, and criticism. He never strayed from his proposition, not once.

Dan Kennedy says, “This is something most business people cannot seem to do.” Many are swayed by the opinions of others or by criticism they hear.

He encourages you to not be swayed by critics and continues, “I have, for example, never once gone and read any of the criticism and gossip about me…I couldn’t be less interested in it because I am convinced the sources of it are not my good customers or candidates to be good customers.”

Expend your energy on those who will be good customers. When you continually focus on a single message, you will develop passionate audiences who will even help spread your message for you because of the nature of people who share through social media.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Never confuse motion with action.”  While you may have a message you are actively spreading, ask yourself, is it targeted and focused on a single audience and message? In today’s world, a vanilla, one-size fits all message targeting a generalized audience will not be heard. Which means the motion you are taking may not always be worthwhile.

NOTE: If you want fewer struggles and faster, cheaper, non-boring marketing that attracts only your ideal clients, customers or patients that like and respect you then don’t miss our next Fast Implementation Bootcamp on May 29-30, 2014. You’ll leave knowing how to:

  • Attract your ideal client (while repelling the ones you don’t like and who don’t respect you.)
  • Craft a compelling, specific message that is irresistible to your target audience.
  • Create a lead generation magnet that is positioned to lead that perfect customer to beat a path to your door.
  • Do the #1 thing that your business must do to not only survive but to be successful.
  • And much, much more.

If you’ve struggled with determining who your exact target market should be, don’t feel your message is focused enough or find that you are not where you want to be in your business, then it’s time for you to attend GKIC’s Fast Implementation Bootcamp.

We’ll get you focused and on-track. Plus if you are a member, it’s FREE to attend.  If you’re not a member, you can take our 60 day trial membership now (with no commitment) and come for free as well.  Just click here now to discover what all you receive with the 60 day trial.

The Lie You’ve Been Told About Advertising

By: Dave Dee on: April 22nd, 2014 8 Comments

“It’s not about selling, it’s about image and building their brand.”

That was what one of our GKIC copywriters, Cindy Cyr, was told by her sales manager back when she sold advertising for a regional magazine.

Cindy says this was the training given to all of the ad sales people—that they were instructed to tell business owners that what they should be doing with their ad dollars is creating ads to build their brand.

If you’ve placed any ads in publications or worked with an ad agency, you most likely have been fed that line yourself.

Ad agencies, college marketing professors and media sales people tell people to “get your name out there.” That the purpose of your ad is to “build your brand.” And that you should “Do image advertising” so that customers will recognize your company. The theory being that once recognized, consumers will automatically buy from you.

But the truth is this is a lie.

What you really should be doing is using direct response marketing to sell to customers  to build your brand.  This allows you to generate a profit right away from your advertising dollars AND build a powerful brand. The other way requires you to spend a bundle on brand-building first with no return on your advertising dollars spent and may or may not build a lasting brand.

The reason for this lie? It’s an idea that dates back to a time when you could create a lot of excitement with an “image” or brand-building ad because you might be the only dentist…or car repair shop…or clothing store, etc. in the area.

However, today the marketplace is quite different.

That means it takes a ton of advertising (and a ton of money) to get your brand recognized. And while that strategy can still be a good one for the right company (with the right pocket-book), it’s not an affordable, realistic or wise strategy for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

The good news is there is a strategy you can use that actually creates a potent and valuable local, national or global brand as a FREE BY-PRODUCT of profitable marketing.

In fact, right now there are local and global million dollar and billion dollar brands that have been built and are being built from zero by replacing the “brand and image-building” strategy they were taught by focusing on completely different objectives:

1)      The goal of your ad should be to make money. When placing an ad, your chief objective should be to make money from it. You can throw money at buying recognition, awareness and familiarity, but there’s no warranty that this brand recognition will give you value or power in the marketplace…and in fact it can lead to bankruptcy.

2)      Audience is everything. When you have limited resources, it is especially important for you to narrowly focus on a very specific audience inclined to buy from you. To do this you must first develop an avatar of who your ideal customer is. Ask what your best customer will likely have in common such as gender, age, geographic location, income, politics and interests.

Then look at which media will reach these best, most obtainable customers.

3)      Apply direct marketing to your ads. Because the objective of direct response is to get a measurable return on your marketing dollars, using a direct marketing approach instead of a brand-building will turn up your income and business. You can still build your brand, but you can do it in such a way that you don’t need to spend a dollar on advertising it.

4)      Create products and sales messages that appeal to your target audience.  Stop worrying about building your brand and instead focus on creating specific products and messages that will appeal only to your specific target audience.

5)      Avoid the temptation to make tactical moves without careful consideration. Brand can be a valuable asset or a big drain and waste of energy. Therefore, it’s important to make the right kind of tactical moves and use wise strategies to develop and build your brand.

You want a brand that can help you cut through the clutter and chaos in the marketplace. A brand that makes it easier for people to choose you over your competitor. A brand that tells consumers what to expect and what not to expect.

Dan Kennedy recommends that you don’t race to implement, but instead that you slow down to figure out a governing principle that will guide your strategy and serve as a fixed basis for evaluating what moves you make.

For example, in his new book, No B.S. Guide to Brand-Building by Direct Response, Dan lists several examples such as Farm to Table restaurants that use their guiding principle to govern their strategic choices about everything such as physical location, menu items, food sources and vendors and tactical decisions about price.

But again, branding can (and should) be done without direct investment. Dan Kennedy has never spent a cent on outright brand advertising, yet if you look at his businesses and organizations built by him such as GKIC, his brand is strong. People know him, know what he’s about, and know what to expect from him. Namely, the principle represented by Dan’s brand is truth-telling and No B.S.  It’s worth noting that he’s built this through direct-response.

It may be tempting to copy big companies advertising and marketing strategies—especially if they are backed by high-profile, high-priced agencies. However, if you want maximum profits, a powerful brand and a positive relationship with a loyal group of customers that remain excited about doing business with you, then put your energy and marketing dollars into direct response marketing that makes you money while simultaneously building a valuable and powerful brand as a free by-product.

NOTE: If you want to learn how to implement brand-building by direct response, then be sure to check out Dan Kennedy’s new book, No B.S Guide to Brand-Building by Direct Response. Dan, along with two of the best practitioners of brand-building by direct response that Dan has ever consulted with, coached, and observed closely, Forrest Walden and Jim Cavale will show you how to:

  • Get a highly valuable brand—FREE.
  • Sell to customers to build your brand.(Instead of building your brand to sell to customers.)
  • Build direct relationships between front-end ROI, back-end ROI and your brand.
  • Acquire and leverage the hands-down best lead-generation tool: referrals.
  • Merge, integrate and cross-breed direct-response with a brand message.
  • Make your brand about moving your customers to engage and act.

Plus, if you act now, you’ll also receive free resources. For more information or to get your copy visit: http://www.nobsbooks.com/

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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Do’s & Don’ts To Make Your Business Hot…And Keep It Hot All Year Round

By: Dave Dee on: April 5th, 2014 2 Comments

Last weekend I was in Dallas, Texas, where I’d been hearing all the exclusive, insider information from industry experts about how to get REAL results in REAL businesses.

Early last Saturday, I too, did a presentation there at SuperConference.  My presentation was called “The Ultimate Marketing Machine – A ‘Soup to Nuts’ List Building And Sales Conversion System Revealed.”  For a very limited time (just three days) I’m making this presentation available to you by clicking here.

It was all about how to put a rock-solid system in place and leverage all kinds of media so you not only get all the leads you want, but have all the pieces in place to convert those leads into buyers, automatically.

If you are like a lot of business owners I meet, you have some procedures in place to attract customers. You may or may not have some follow-up in place. And because often things are cyclical—you work on getting leads, then switch to trying to convert them. Then switch back to focusing on getting leads again. A lot of it is manually done. And because you are missing some of the pieces sometimes things fall through the cracks.

This not only leaves you vulnerable to your competition stealing your business, but it’s stressful waking up remembering the things you forgot to do. Plus it leaves your business running hot and cold.

Let’s face it. That’s no way to live. Stressed out all the time. Worrying about what didn’t get done. Wondering if you’ll have enough customers next month. Wanting more out of life and your business.

So here’s a list of “do’s and don’ts” that will not only reduce your stress level, but will make your business run red hot year round, even when you step away from your business.

Don’t do it half-way. If you have a lead generation system in place, but not a follow-up system, you are spinning your wheels. As Dan Kennedy said in Thursday’s blog, “If you go to all the trouble to get leads and then ignore them, you might as well not have gotten them in the first place.”

Don’t limit your media. Dan Kennedy often talks about the dangers of only using one media. In addition to the dangers, leveraging a variety of media from Facebook ads to email to direct mail will make it near impossible for your prospects to ignore. Plus because the majority of your competitors will only be using one media, you will blow away the competition.

Don’t make appointments and sales dependent on you (or your staff.) You need an automatic system—not a manual one—that consistently, reliably follows up with each and every lead in an efficient, predictable way day-in, -out, whether or not you are there. Sure you can give a list of leads to a sales person and tell them to call to follow-up. But what happens if they didn’t reach the prospect? What if they don’t reach them and they are taking a few days off? You might miss your window of opportunity.

Do it quick. There is no virtue in doing things slow. The sooner you get systems in place, the faster you’ll be able to enjoy more freedom and less stress. Dragging out the process means you’re more likely to forget a critical element. It also ends up prolonging the rewards of better customers and bigger profits.

Do create a reliable list-building system. In Dan’s article, Two Mistakes To Avoid When It Comes To Your Most Valuable Business Asset, he says that the most valuable asset a business has is its customer list. You should continuously be working on building this list. To make it easier, put something automatic in place so it’s working for you around-the-clock.

Do use templates and tools. This goes hand in hand with “Do it quick.” This not only makes it much faster to get things in place, but by using tools and templates, you ensure things will work and are repeatable.

When you get your business running efficiently, effectively and automatically, your business will always be humming along attracting your ideal prospects and immediately converting them into buyers

That means you’ll stop struggling and have more time to enjoy life.

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