I was chatting on Friday with someone about my last blog post, Should you join that networking group? She agreed with the view that you need to like the people when joining a networking group.
She said that she also looked for groups with professionals from similar backgrounds to hers and who operate in similar markets. She is not looking to just make friends, but build her business along the way.
It struck me that 'building friendships that will lead to business' is a pretty good definition of the process of business networking in a group.
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Schwab just sent me a press release announcing their new series of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that have low operating expense ratios and passively track indexes.
The most commonly-noted drawback of ETFs is that you must buy them like a stock and thus pay trade commissions. However, if you buy these within a Schwab brokerage account, there are no commissions charged. Here is a chart comparing the new Schwab ETFs and their corresponding competitor from Vanguard. The ETFs don’t necessarily track the exact same index, but they are pretty similar.
I applied for the Chase Sapphire card primarily - okay, solely - for the $100 sign-up bonus. But when I called with a question about how to redeem, I was actually startled that a human being picked on the second ring. No phone tree to navigate, no punching in my dang 16 digit number first… I didn’t even have to press 0 several times.
Now that I read their website again, I do see the sentence mentioning “direct access to dedicated live advisors”. It appears I’m not the only one to notice this:
When a Sapphire cardholder calls Chase, “a specially trained advisor picks up the phone – with no need to navigate a voice-response system.” These specially trained advisors have the goal of resolving the customer’s need on the first call. (Chase didn’t say anything about the empowerment to do so, but perhaps that’s a picayune quibble). No phone tree has to be worth at least a ten point reduction in blood pressure. Can one really put a price on health? Perhaps not, but Sapphire seems to have given it an annual fee…Actually, that last part is true for the Sapphire Preferred, but the regular Sapphire has no annual fee, and I still get zero hold times. Hey, a new feature that’s actually useful. If only the rewards structure were better. READ MORE...
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However, with no conversion limitations, people with any income can simply contribute to a Traditional IRA and then convert that to a Roth IRA immediately afterwards.
This is great news for those higher income earners who have been previously unable to contribute to a Roth IRA. In addition, if you have been contributing to a non-deductible Traditional IRA in previous years, you can now finally convert those already-taxed funds into a Roth IRA, which is almost as good as retroactively contributing to a Roth IRA. You’ll only have to pay taxes on any gains you earned on the contributions, not the actual contributions themselves since they were already taxed before. (With the recent market performance, that isn’t much of a problem for most of us…)
One additional wrinkle is that if you have a mix of pre-tax and post-tax contributions inside all of your combined Traditional IRA funds, you cannot convert them separately. For example, if you have a mix of 50% pre-tax and 50% already-taxed funds, then any converted amount will be assumed to be 50% pre-tax and 50% post-tax. You can’t just convert the post-tax part. This could be one reason not to roll over all pre-tax 401k funds into a Traditional IRA whenever possible.
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Call Centers have been around for a while, but haven't been widely deployed in the network marketing community. This is beginning to change. The results of those groups who use call centers have been stagering. Let me explain how call centers can help your network marketing efforts.
Home-based businesses involving network marketing have some major problems. The main one is that often times prospects who join have no idea how much work it takes to build a large group of people under them.
This is a major problem because when people join, they might try it out for a few months and then quickly become overwhelmed and then quit when they don't see the results they were hoping for. This means that all the time that the network marketer spent in getting that person to join has now been wasted.
Let me explain what a call center is, and I'll use the Coastal Call Center as an example. The coastal call center is filled with professionally-trained sales staff, who do 95% of the work for the network marketer. The coastal call center staff will answer the phone, present the business plan to prospects calling in, do all the follow-up, and eventually close the sale.
With the coastal call center model, a network marketer's main responsibility is simply to advertise, and get people to call the coastal call center phone number, with a tracking code that identifies which network marketer referred the prospect.
From the surface it may seem like the only person this benefits from the call center model is the network marketer, since they no longer have to do the grunt work of answering phones, presenting the plan and following up.
However, there is another often overlooked benefit to this. It actually helps sales tremendously because prospects are now told that they don't have to do anything except advertise. Now, advertising and marketing may not be the most appealing idea to the prospect, but it certainly beats having to do everything else along with advertising!
If your network marketing organization is not using call centers, you may want to consider opening a call center. Your group will quickly embrace the idea that they no longer have to do all the work themselves, and you will see increased sales as a result!
Internet Marketing requires you to sale other people’s products or services, or if you have decided to create your own product, sale your own. But whether you are selling your own or others, we all have one thing in common – getting traffic to our websites. But what is most important is not just getting traffic, but targeted traffic. Thus, How Do you or I get traffic to our sites?
In my early beginnings on the Internet, I tried many methods of getting traffic to my website. I was definitely a newbie in training – some of the software or services that I bought did me no good. I found, at times, that it was truly difficult to decipher which was a good deal and which was not – who was honest, and who was not – but I guess it goes with the Internet territory – and you must always do your due diligence.
However, I have found three methods of getting traffic to my site or affiliate product or service – Buying it – PPC, such as Google, Mamma, Overture, linking or the hard one Search Engine Optimization.
If you have the money to invest in Google or some of the other search engines pay-per-click programs you can make some money. Here you create an ad or ads relevant to your affiliate program, and place a bid on the keywords you select. This takes time, energy, persistence and money – and research. Also, I would advise that you read your affiliate programs rules, as well as, the rules of Google Adwords before jumping into the pay-per-click arena. You usually have to put “aff” after your ad or something similar to that – it’s dependent upon the affiliate program you are in. The idea with pay-per-click is that you pay only when the individual clicks on your ad.
Linking can be by either paid or unpaid methods. The paid methods are paying for your link to be shown in Ezines, newsletters or on other peoples’ sites. It can be costly, so the best suggestion that I can give you is to research the Ezines, newsletters and or other people sites that you want to link with before buying. In most cases, if ezines are accepting advertising, you know they must have at least 500+ subscribers, or I should say, be sure that they have at least 500+ subscribers before advertising in their ezine. Know what you are getting before you put your money down – and as they always say, be sure to read the fine print.
The unpaid method is through article creation. This requires hard work on your part, but the return will be seen in the long term. Keep in mind, your articles should be relevant and address the subject matter of your site and products. Content reigns king on the Internet – and if it is relevant to their needs – they will eventually come to read.
Search Engine Optimization
Search Engine Optimization is basically the optimization of your web pages so that you can get a decent ranking by the search engines, and thus, to pull people to your website by it relevance. This is a difficult chore and needs to continually be worked at – and within the ethics of the Search Engines.
To conclude, getting targeted people to your site is really part of growing your business. And Internet marketing – well, it’s not for the faint-hearted, but for the determined, persistent individual who wants to really make a living on-line. Thus, if you really want to make a living on-line – don’t give up and promote.
The term business joint ventures refer to two independent companies or more who agree to establish a new company. These companies legally commit themselves to contribute equity for the new company, as well as share their technology and skills. In return, they share both profits or losses and control over this organization. A joint venture can be executed for a limited period or a continuos period.
Business joint ventures have become the latest and most viable business model for many online companies because of the following reasons: Globalization has opened a world of possibilities, where different languages and cultures are no longer barriers. Today international travel has become the norm.
The other reason is the internet. The net has leveled the playing field. It has also made the use of technology have the winning business edge. These companies see business joint ventures as the next logical direction their organizations must take, if they are to remain competitive and profitable.
Do you own a profitable online business? Are you wondering what’s next? Consider then, the many benefits a business joint venture can provide you.
First, with a business joint venture, you’ll gain access to other markets. This will then open additional or bigger streams of profits for you.
Second - Think of the synergies you create in the business joint venture. All of the partners benefit from the exchanges of information, such as access to modern managerial practices and the brain power of your manpower.
However, you must be diligent in picking the right partners. It has to be a
win-win situation for all of you. Choose partners who complement your strengths. Partners who’ll share resources you do not have and can benefit from.
Third – Diversification, which means that by agreeing to a business joint
venture, you’ll be spreading the costs and risks thereby minimizing negative impacts.
Fourth – By entering a business joint venture, you’ll get better access to
Fifth - By establishing a business joint venture, the partners stave off
competition from other companies, and strengthen their position in the industry.
How are business joint ventures created? Typically, forging of joint ventures agreements are determined by the following factors. The nature and the size of the planned enterprise. The length of commitment – will it be for a specific period? Or have the life of a corporation? Another factor, concerns the identities of the participants and regions in which their business operates. Lastly, the commercial and financial goals of all the participants and the method in which this shall settled.
Are there any negatives in establishing a business joint venture? As long as all the terms and conditions of the venture are carefully set out, there is no reason for it to fail.
A business joint venture provides you all the benefits of joining forces with other companies. Yet, you retain full control over your company. The best of both worlds can be found in a business joint venture.
It kinda bugs me that there are people who are constantly writing about the things that do well in Internet Marketing. I think that’s real silly. People want the real stuff. They want to know the exciting stuff, but they want the truth too.
Why have internet marketers hidden from you, the costs of getting to where they have gotten? Because it is the one thing that separates the real players and the suckers. If you do not know how much time and effort they spent, don’t think that internet marketing is a walk in the park.
My business partner was so excited after a conference, he started up a mini-site that was selling a set of products we already had in existence. It was a great plan, except that for the kind of product we put up, he sold the package at a drop dead price of $97. Now, I operate from Singapore, and we know that most of the people who would buy this product would come from the other side of the world. Without verifying the shipping charges, he happily took orders from the internet. The first one had him jumping up and down… only to realize that the cost of shipping took about 90% of that $97. We couldn’t cover the production costs. Straight away, it was a loss.
But everyone talks about shipping their products as if it were a simple thing. Most people have forgotten completely about the people living on this side of the world and what it takes to sell something. This means that there are a few things that most beginners in internet marketing need to be careful about and learn.
#1 – Learn Copywriting.
Copywriting is the most important skill ever to be taught to marketers and business people alike. If you don’t have the ability to write your own sales letters, it will be easy for people to tell you to outsource the writing. My advice: DON’T. You are letting them develop the skill that you should be building up. No one ever gets to be an expert copywriter overnight. Learn it, and learn it well.
#2 – Understand Business Models
There are about 7 or 8 different business models on the internet. Because I need to make sure that people really understand about business per se, I’ve put it in the form of a freely downloadable format at http://www.stuarttan.com/affiliate/bizmodel.pdf
Go grab it - no holds barred.
#3 – Drive traffic
I’ve included a list for those of you newbies out there, the multiple ways to drive traffic over the internet. There are over 100 ways you can use to drive traffic and I would highly recommend you hop over to learn about these. I directly credit people like John Reese, Jeff Johnson and Yanik Silver for their invaluable knowledge that I have gotten from them. If you don’t know about them, please begin today! They are great people and I highly recommend that you visit them at www.trafficsecrets.com, www.searchenginevoodoo.com and www.surefiremarketing.com respectively. Download my traffic generation chart on www.stuarttan.com/affiliate/Traffic Boosters.pdf
#4 – Learn New Internet Technology Fast
You need to be learning really fast. I’ve discovered that there are a large number of new internet technologies that keep coming up and they can be very powerful, provided you know how to use them. If you don’t know how to use them, it will most definitely be to your disadvantage. For instance, most people still don’t know how to use RSS and Blogs. In addition, some people are clueless about XML feeds and how that helps to create massive content sites and increase search engine rankings. You need to learn fast. The only way for you to master your learning is to read about them. I highly recommend that you visit www.stuarttan.com/learning/ for more information that I can’t deal with here.
I am going to give you something good, though. If the entire internet marketing world is doing it, DON’T. If you just follow, you will not be at the breakthrough point of technology usage. Start innovating and think creatively to solve a problem. Sometimes, even the simplest things can bring about massive profits online!
#5 – Keep Relationships Going
Keeping relationships going on the internet is a difficult thing. But it is essential. You need to be able to do autoresponse messages, personalized. However, most people miss the point. Automatic isn’t going to build relationships. You need to keep them warm. Call them. Give them ideas. Give them free stuff (learnt this from Yanik). More importantly, ask Jeff Johnson’s single most asked question – ‘Can I help you?’.
I’m all for making money – but if it is at the expense of friendships and relationships, I think it is going to be really stupid to continue making money. Give yourself a chance to put back, in your heart, what many poor, scammy internet marketers have taken away – quality and the desire to help people.
You know, if there's a surefire killer of a beginning networker, it's the old deal where the new networker wastes so much time finding the right folks to sponsor.
As you are well aware, the key to building yourself that lucrative residual income is not only to get yourself those required retail customers but also to get yourself that downline group of folks. And it all starts with your sponsoring efforts. It's your biz after all.
So lets quickly cover what most, and I mean the vast majority, of new networkers do when they're first sponsored...
It really can be summed up in a few words...
They spend too much time talking with the wrong folks and not enough time talking with the right ones. Or not talking to the right ones at all.
Simply put, most networkers find someone to approach about their new business. It doesn't matter how that person is approached.
Be it through the 3-foot rule, postcards, phone calls, the phone book, advertisements, approaching someone on the street. Whatever.
The key here is that beginning networkers find someone in their sights and they fall into the trap of not letting that person go regardless of whether they are probably a complete waste of their prospecting time and money.
Why does this happen? Good question.
Well, it happens because that is an integral part of human nature. We don't want to let up on a possibility until we absolutely know that that possibility just isn't going to give us what we want. In THIS case a good person to sponsor.
Regardless, even for some of us, even though we know this person isn't the right person to sponsor, we still won't let go. There's something about going through an experience as sometimes hard as networking, and doing it in numbers makes it easier.
Let's look at it from a real-life perspective...
We find ourselves talking with someone on the phone. We just met this person since they're from our cold-market. This person sounds like a good person to send a big package of info to, but we just aren't quite sure. We don't know if we should thank them for their time and hang up the phone, or if we should indeed send them that big package, at our expense, and see what comes of it.
If you've been networking for a while, even as a beginner, you've probably been here. And if you haven't, read closely.
So what do we do?
We decide to send out that big package that in the end cost us around eight green ones.
We're thinking... "I don't know, she just sounded so good and she seemed to say some of the right stuff and oh well, what the heck...it's only eight dollars."
And what happens a week later as we're still trying to get a hold of that person after our fourth phone call to them and our three previous voicemails haven't been answered?
That person flaked on us.
And what do we do?
We scratch our head and tell ourselves that we don't know what happened.
"That person was not a good prospect, but they looked sooo good, I just don't get it."
We continue to wonder and then just chalk another one up to experience. We're eight bucks lighter, a little disturbed about all that happened, and then we just ever so slightly beat ourselves up for not knowing that that person would flake on us like that. We should 'know better' we tell ourselves..
Next time we 'won't let them do that to us'.
And what happens next time?...
The same thing all over again.
Now let's get into the meat of this insight.
Why is this happening?
Well, there are several reasons. And yes, unfortunately, you're one of them.
Now don't zone out on me yet. NO reprimands or brow-beating here. This is a family-friendly insight. :-)
YOU'RE the reason only so far as you are a beginner in this whole game and you haven't yet discovered this weird fact of human nature.
What fact? How should I put it so as not to insult folks who fit under this category. Hmmmm...
Oh well, I'm brutally honest at times so here goes...
People are flakes.
Not you, just those other folks. :-)
People will lie to no end to put a stop to something that they don't feel comfortable being an active participant in.
Be it a relationship.
A J.O.B .
A date with someone.
A sales pitch.
You name it.
People don't do that to be mean. They just do it to end their pain with the situation. It's not about YOU. It's about them and their uncomfortable-ness inside themselves.
But the aspect that IS about you is that fortunately you can learn some new behaviors with and this will foster a new growth in your business. And at the same time keep those hard-earned bucks of yours where they belong. In YOUR pocket. Or purse.
You see, basically there are three types of so-called prospects that you'll come across in your sponsoring efforts. And during your prospecting.
There are those folks who are asleep. What are they asleep to? Simply put...life.
They're dead inside. They're walking zombies. The blood is coursing and the skin is warm but nobody's home. These are people who wouldn't know a good opportunity no matter how nice it sounded.
Why? They're not interested.
In fact, they don't even know that they're not interested. They don't have any thoughts in their lives about doing a home business. They don't have any thoughts whatsoever about doing MLM. There's just nothing there. They're asleep.
They're dreaming of riches yet oblivious to what can really get them there. These are the folks who scream at you to "get me off that damn list."
Or they say something along the lines of...
"I don't remember responding to that."
"I've heard of MLM. Isn't it one of those pyramid thingies? Doesn't everybody loose money but the one on the top?"
"Yeah sure, that sounds okay but I have to go because the news is on the television."
"Nah, I don't care if you're giving away money. I'm not interested."
"Sure, send me some info and I'll get back to you."
"Do I have to spend money? I don't want to spend too much."
"How much will it cost? I only have a few bucks to spare this week."
"Why do I need more money? I have enough. The rent is overdue, but I'll get it somehow. The kids can skip eating for a couple of days right?"
THESE are the folks who are asleep in life.
Stay away from them. The minute you smell them or sense their presence or hear their snoring...move on. Quickly.
They'll waste your money, your time and your life. Apologize to them for waking them up and continue with your prospecting efforts.
Okay, the next type of prospect you'll come across....
This type of prospect is just waking up. They're kind of between the space in life where they're not quite asleep and yet they're not quite awake to the world.
They're still rubbing sleep out of their eyes. They're yawning, and trying to orient themselves to what's happening around them. They may be somewhat confused but they're letting their minds wake up to the world around them.
Are they alert and fully with it and raring to go? NO.
Are they willing? Perhaps, but it's hard to tell.
You can't really tell who they really are when they're awake because they aren't there yet. They're still trying to figure out what they should be doing and where they should be going with their life that day.
Think about it. Isn't that the way you are when you first wake up? I'm talking about those first few seconds on that day when you jolt yourself awake and have to ask yourself what day it is and should you be heading off to work or sleeping in again.
We've all been there. It's a very confusing state to be in. Not quite asleep and not quite awake.
So, who are these folks who are in limbo-land? Or should I say la-la-land.
Let's hear what they say and do.
"Send me the info and I'll think about it for a while. Call me in a week." You call back and they haven't watched the video yet. This goes on for several weeks to no avail.
"I haven't gotten the time to listen to that tape yet. I've just been so busy you know. This week was especially hellish. Call me again in a few days."
"You called me last week? I don't remember you, can you tell me what this is all about again?"
"I DID sign up with the company, but they're telling you I didn't? Hmmm, that's strange..."
"I've been thinking about a home biz, but I'm just not quite sure if this is what I want to be doing."
"I did MLM before and it didn't work. Why should I try it again?"
"I got my desk straightened out this week and I'm getting ready to get started."
"Can you call me back at a better time? Perhaps in six months because I'm right in the middle of this other deal that might pan out for me."
"I really like the way the products sound but I'm just not sure if I should be doing this just yet. I don't know..."
Are you beginning to see the types of things the prospect who is just waking up sounds like and does? They're on the fence and don't know which side they want to step down to. They can't figure out exactly what it is they should be doing for themselves right now. They're still getting ready to get ready.
Are they potentially bad prospects? No.
Will they do something someday? Maybe.
But let me ask you, do you have the time with your limited eight to ten hours a week to work your biz to find out if they have what it takes to be a superstar? Or even maybe become a retail customer of yours? Most of us don't.
But this is where most networkers get stuck. They stay with these folks and hang onto them for dear life. Because, "hey, who knows they just might turn into that next diamond I need to qualify for the next level in the comp. plan."
Right? Hard to let go of them. There is that whole bit about hope after all.
And so then what do most networkers end up doing with these folks?
They discuss stuff every week.
They become friends.
They learn about each others family, lives, jobs, and such.
But no one is working their biz and sponsoring folks and retailing products.
Lots of friend-shipping stuff going on here. But that isn't why you joined MLM is it? You joined to make money, didn't you?
Most people agree.
So, let's move on to the last type of prospect you'll come across.
This type of person is one who is fully awake to life and the world surrounding them. They're out of the slumber zone and they're moving through life. Sleep is nothing but something that needs to be done in their lives. They're out there ready to greet the day and raring to go.
Get out of their way 'cause they have a mission in life.
They're truly full of life. They know where they're going and honestly nothing's going to stop them. They'll figure out how to get what they want in life. They work hard on themselves. And they work hard at what they set their minds to. They aren't afraid to try new things and take risks. They believe in themselves and take necessary risks. Fear is only a feeling to them. It's not real and it doesn't stop them on their journey through their wakeful state in life.
These people are about as far from sleep as you can get and they've long ago wiped the sleep from their eyes.
They're awake and going for it.
You can't say the wrong thing to these folks. And these are the folks you NEED in your biz.
What do these people say and do?
"Sure I can do that. Just tell me what to do and I'll do it."
"I've already placed an order for the products even before I first talked to you."
"I wanted to see how they worked with me so I just had to get on them."
"This sounds awesome to me. I'm in."
"What do I do next?"
"Can you tell me more about what this is about? Sounds very interesting."
They call YOU.
They reach out to YOU.
They're energetic. Alive. Full of spirit and foresight.
They sponsor folks in your business.
They've sponsored folks in past businesses and for whatever reason are looking to start fresh again.
They're coachable and willing to learn.
They just do it. All that it takes.
They're non-competitive but instead results-oriented.
They have an attitude of personal success in life - almost an aloofness about their actions.
They care about others, but won't let other people's limitations and hesitancies stop them from getting what it is they're after.
Okay, now we know all about the three types of folks you could possibly run into during your prospecting efforts. Lets summarize the ones you should be focusing ALL of your time on.
Obviously, the people that are asleep are better left just that way. Asleep.
Don't waste your time on them. Sound callous? Maybe. But you're in biz, remember? You want that elusive residual income don't you?
Well then, don't waste your time on these business deadweights. Leave them alone to continue sleeping.
As for the one's that are waking up....
They too should be mostly left alone. Don't ignore them or write them off right away. Feel them out. See what they do. See if their actions match their words. See if they're everything that they say they are.
See if they get into action. If they don't, put them out to pasture. Don't be mean. Don't write them off forever. Just put them on your 'call in six months' list. If they're still in that same slumber state then, than DO tear up that contact card. Let these people sit on that fence. You go build your business to success and lead by example.
If they ever wake up then they can call you. In the meantime you'll be building your business. You won't be waiting for them but you'll be available WHEN they're ready to start and ready to follow through.
Finally, we're left with the only group of folks that you SHOULD be spending your time with....
The ones who are awake to you, your opportunity, and what you have to offer with your products and your biz.
Get to know them. Find out who they are. Introduce them to your upline and your upline's upline. If THEY haven't already done so!
Stick with them. Give them what they need and then get out of their way.
These are the folks you're in business for. They're why you have to get the sifting and sorting process down to a fine science. You can then sit back and look at what fell out of the sifting funnel you put all those prospects through. These winners.
You need to get yourself so tuned into these three types of folks that you can spot those who are sleeping and those who are waking up within a few seconds of talking to them or seeing them. After a short while they become so obvious and you then know exactly who you should be spending your precious time with.
You see, as you know this is a game about building yourself that big downline that everyone talks about. Since you're going to be a part-timer from the start like most folks you only have a limited amount of time to really work the biz. You don't have time to waste.
Sure, go ahead and get your feet wet learning the ropes. But after you're through that stage, you'll discover that if there's one thing that you don't want to be wasting - it's your time. And secondly your money.
Remember, the sleeping and the vast majority of the waking- up business parasites will suck you dry before you know it. That's why you have to be a smart sorter.
Keep looking for your 'diamonds in the rough.' Sort through all those insignificant grains of sand that aren't awake to the world. Do this until you find that pearl.
And when you find that pearl, believe me, you'll know it. You'll be thinking to yourself that this person's too good to be true.
You'll not only be listening to what they say but you'll also be seeing their actions match those words because they're wide awake. It'll be so exciting it'll almost be scary. But you'll know that you have a ringer that you need to focus all of your efforts on.
That is, until they tell you to get lost and just let them get to work. Stop cramping their style and move on to finding that next diamond.
And remember that old saying...
'You can't say the right thing to the wrong person. And you can't say the wrong thing to the right person.'
Get out there and find out who's right for this business and who's not. Find the folks who are awake like you are.
Remember, you didn't have to be sold on network marketing, did you? You knew a good thing when you saw it because YOU were wide awake. So, go out there and look for others like you. They're there. Your mission is to find them.
You deserve at least that much with your burgeoning MLM business.
I hope this insight was helpful with your business efforts.
Group mail is one of the most powerful and time saving tools available to help you stay in touch with your prospects. The one I reccomend is Group Mail 5. There is a free version that allows you to send out 100 e-mails at a time. It is available at www.infacta.com. If you need need more capacity you can upgrade for a fee at the same site.
Group mail allows you to:
• Build a pipeline - The key to any successful marketing business is to keep your name and business fresh in the minds of your prospects. Group mail allows you to contact all the prospects in your data base as often as you desire with the least amount of time and effort possible. As long as you have contact with a prospect, you have a connection and connections lead to sales.
• Notify prospects of relevant information on a regular basis - Inform your prospects about promotions, team calls, events, product changes and improvements. Information is key. Use it to entice your prospects and to create a picture in their mind of them participating in your business.
• Portray your expertise in the industry you work in – Send your prospects articles, press releases, headlines or blogs written by you or about you. Demonstrate all the knowledge and expertise that you pocess about the business or opportunity you are presenting to them. Remember the key to success is to keep them thinking about what you are offering and how you are the expert who can provide the vehicle that will take them where they want to go.
• Build a higher level of trust and familiarity – Who would you like to do business with, a person you are in contact with on a regular basis or someone who calls you out of the blue? Don’t under estimate the power of maintaining contact. It is a huge world out there with many offers and opportunities. Prospects will buy from people that they can identify with. Make sure that person is you.
You may be thinking that this is all very informative but you don’t need group mail to accomplish these things. Well you are right but the one key factor you might be forgetting about is time. How much is your time worth to you?
Sending out 2000 e-mails individually once or twice a week would be a very time consuming and daunting task to say the least. With group mail the same task could be accomplished in a fraction of the time and effort that it would normally take, allowing you more time for more important activities such as prospecting.
Streamline your business any way that you can. You need all the time possible to be on the phone making prospecting calls. I know there are lots of important tasks to complete in a day but the only one that really makes you money is prospecting. The more time you have to be on the phone, the more money you will make.
So you want to sell stuff on eBay, but you have two minor
problems: you don't know how and you don't have stuff. Not a
problem. Keep reading for some tips to get you pointed in the
right direction to learn to make money on eBay.
Before you begin you’ll need some basic equipment: Computer,
Internet access, digital camera, and some space to put your
stuff. That’s really all you’ll need to get started. You’ll also
need shipping and packing supplies but that is addressed later.
Next you’ll need to learn how to list auctions. Go to the eBay
will be your lifeline. There is a plethora of information there
on everything you always wanted to know and more. Don’t be
overwhelmed; just take it one step at a time. You’ll see there
is information on listings, on bidding, on photos, on feedback –
it’s all there.
Next you’ll need to figure out what to sell. Before you zero in
on a particular niche you need some experience and some
feedback. Buyers are generally leery of buying from someone who
is brand new and has a feedback rating of less than 10
evaluations. While you are getting your feet wet, look around
your own house first. You’d be amazed at what people buy. You
could list outgrown clothing, magazines, candle holders, CD,
books, flannel sheets, recipes, the ugly old lamp that was Aunt
Mildred’s, all those goofy Christmas gifts sitting in your
basement, that old baby gate with a stain on it. Get the idea?
You never know what someone will want.
Although you need experience, you don’t want to list something
that isn’t likely to sell. Do your research first before you
invest the time in putting together a listing. An easy method to
use is do a “search” on eBay, then look up COMPLETED ITEMS, then
sort by HIGHEST price. Then you’ll see if your Tommy Bahama
shirt is really worth anything. Or you’ll see that your old
baseball cards had 23 listings and not one of them sold.
Pricing is another challenge. Again, you’ll need to do your
research. See what they’re going for. Don’t have overly high
expectations. You know how you feel when you go to a garage sale
and you see a pair of jeans for $15 or books for $4 each. Many
people come to eBay to look for a bargain. Consider how much you
have into the item. If you have an item from around the house,
you may consider that something is better than nothing, so you
may be inclined to start the bidding quite low. If you bought it
with the specific intention to resell, you will, at the very
minimum, want to break even, so take the price you paid for it
and consider other costs, i.e. listing fees, final value fees
(all explained in your lifeline – eBay seller overview above).
People are much more apt to bid if the bidding starts LOW.
Sometimes though, you will have collectibles that are worth a
chunk of money. Don’t give away that vintage postcard that is
worth $56! Do your homework.
The next big question is how do you get paid? You determine what
you would accept. Online payments such as PayPal (paypal.com)
are very convenient. You can also decide that you’ll accept
money orders or personal checks. The more options you leave your
buyers, the more likelihood you’ll get more bids.
You also need to decide how you want to ship your items to the
winners. Many sellers use USPS, others prefer UPS. If you use
USPS and ship via Priority Mail, you can get your envelopes and
boxes free from USPS. If you ship First Class or Parcel Post or
UPS, you’ll have to shop around for deals on boxes or envelopes
and bubble wrap or packing peanuts.
Overwhelmed yet? Yes there is a lot to learn, but it’s not
nuclear science. Just take it one step at a time. It’s a
learning process. Some yahoo groups (or MSN or AOL, or whatever
your preference) are great sources for support and camaraderie
with others who are doing the same.
So in summary, if you want to just “start pushing buttons” and
learn to make money on eBay on your own, YOU CAN DO IT. If you
do better chatting with others, those resources are available
too. Use what is available.
One of my first suggestions to new clients is to develop a newletter, or ezine.
Ezines help you stay in touch with past clients and prospects, while providing them with valuable information, tips, strategies, and plans to accomplish their goals.
One of the biggest challenges service professionals face is building a large list. You use your list to provide valuable content to your reader, establish your credibility, and increase your visibility. I had originally thought to call this article “How to Build Your List to 10,000+” but truthfully, quality counts more than quantity when it comes to providing services.
Your list could be comprised of sub-lists of your newsletter subscribers, past and current clients, customers who have bought products from you, or a list of names you’ve compiled through networking. There are dozens of ways to promote your services online, some quite creative. Below I’ve listed the three ways to grow your list that are both effective and easy to implement--immediately. Experiment with each of these.
1) Signature File
2) Make it Easy
3) Dedicated Website
These are the messages that you can automatically insert at the end of every e-mail you send. You can change them frequently, and it’s free advertising for you. You want to include the following:
Your name and company name
Your Contact Info
A plug for your newsletter
A link right to the newsletter page on your website
Change your sig file every couple of months or so, anytime you want to emphasize a different service or product
Make it Easy
You want to make it as easy and compelling for your reader to immediately sign up for your ezine. Put a sign-up box on every page of your site, and highlight it on the home page. Use an attention-getting headline that immediately invites the visitor to read on.
Have a Dedicated Web Page, and offer an incentive
Have a page that describes your ezine in all its glory. A separate page indicates that you’re serious about your articles. Offer a workbook or report, or even develop an audio that can help your prospects immediately.
With so many ezines being offered, you want to stand out by offering something of high value as an incentive to your prospective subscribers.
By consistently sending useful information to your list, you establish your credibility, and stay on their radar, so the next time they need your services, they’ll immediately think of you.
The Internet has the potential to make you rich! I am sure you have heard it over and over again. Everybody knows you CAN get rich using the Internet, but HOW?
Over the last 8 years, I have researched hundreds of Internet business opportunities... I have purchased dozens of Get-Rich Information packs... I have listened to over 100 audiobooks on how to prosper using the Internet... I've been to countless seminars, some costing as much as $3,400 to attend! And I've tested all the tips, tricks and techniques to find out what works and what doesn't.
What I discovered was that there are three distinct business models that you can use to create wealth with the Internet. I've used all three to create an income stream of over $1 million dollars per year.
And I do it all from the comfort of my home... with no employees...
Would you like to learn how?
In this article I will give a brief overview of each of the three business models. Then, in upcoming articles I will discuss each model in greater detail along with direct links to resources I have used that are working for me RIGHT NOW!
*** ONE SECRET That All 3 Models Have In Common ***
As you learn about all of the models, you will notice one thing that they all have in common. That one thing is called "leverage."
What is leverage?
J. Paul Ghetty once said, "I would rather have 1% of the efforts of 100 men than 100% of my own efforts."
J. Paul understood leverage. Some of the models that I will present will leverage the efforts of hundreds and even thousands of other people to produce an income for you...
In other business models we'll use computers and technology to create leverage.
In either case, leverage allows you to earn money while you sleep... while you vacation... while you spend time with your family....
Leverage is the secret to financial freedom!
*** Business Model #1 - Network Marketing ***
Network Marketing, or Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) has bloomed into a multi-billion dollar business. Even with all of this success, we still run into people today that call it a pyramid-scheme....
Network Marketing allows you to start a business at home that is similiar to a franchise. However, there is no franchise fee of millions of dollars. Instead, you pay a small entry fee, some as low as $35 to become a distributor. However, you get the backing of a major corporation to support you and to help you build your own home business.
You also get the opportunity to go International with your home business with some network marketing companies reaching into 60 or more countries!
MLM has come a long way, baby!
The unique thing about Network Marketing is that your upline is actually motivated to help you succeed. (Unlike a BOSS who doesn't want you to know what he knows - or you'd take his job!)
I have been (and still am) involved with 3 different network marketing companies... I will tell you about the good, the bad and the ugly in an upcoming article on Network Marketing.
*** Business Model #2 - Affiliate Programs ***
Affiliate programs have become very successful over the years. In fact, we started our own affiliate program several years ago, and saw it grow to over 3,000 affiliates in less than a year.
Basically, affiliate programs are ways that you can promote somebody else's product or service and get paid for it.
This is usually done by a banner ad, or announcement to a customer or other specialized list.
If you currently have a high traffic website, you should be participating in at least several different affiliate programs. Nowadays, there are networks of affiliate programs that take the threat of not being paid out of the picture. (It used to be a problem when everyone was running thier own...)
If you have a lot of time on your hands, and no money at all to get started in Network Marketing, than this is a great option to start out with.
I will tell you where to find these networks and how to get started in an upcoming article on Affiliate Programs.
*** Business Model #3 - Information Marketing ***
This is the model I am currently using to build my next million dollars, while my business partner spends his time building our Network Marketing businesses...
What is Information Marketing?
Basically it is taking something that you love doing and writing articles, ebooks and even creating teleseminars and live seminars.
It might sound like a lot of work, but you start small and work your way up.
I will be showing you how EVERYBODY has at least one special skill or ability that can be turned into an ebook and sold online... Really!
I recently attended a seminar that cost $3,400 to attend. This 3-day seminar was packed full of hundreds of tips and techniques to build an Information Marketing business.
I will be passing what I learned onto you through several upcoming articles....
All of the business models that I have presented have the power to create six and even seven digit incomes in as little as 9 months!
I will go into *much* greater detail on each of these three business models in upcoming articles on each one. I will also be providing updates of current progress to those of you on my mailing list, so be sure to join!
Not a day goes by that any serious website owner doesn't wonder how to get more traffic to their site.
This intense desire to generate more clicks makes virtually any online entrepreneur easy prey to many of the traffic schemes and scams that pervade the Internet like conmen on a carnival midway.
Promises of fast traffic and big bucks often separate even the most savvy business person from their money because they want to believe the promises made by these traffic hucksters.
However, rather than thinking "complicated equals better" in the traffic game, the best website traffic sources rate extremely easy to separate from the useless garbage traffic.
Fact: "Good Traffic" equals "Targeted Traffic!"
That means the visitors come as a result of desire to find out more on a specific, niche topic, not as a result of "exit" traffic or membership in a "safe" list where members simply pitch each other in an incestuous spam fest.
Good traffic comes from people clicking links on topics targeted to their interests and getting directed to a website containing information they want and expect as a result of clicking the link.
Bottom line, when you get right down to it, the best, most dependable sources of targeted traffic come from links that people click.
So, next time you're considering spending money on a traffic source, understand that unless it involves a targeted link that a targeted visitor can click to get to your website, think twice before opening up your wallet.
To my knowledge, only three ways exist to get a link to your site: buy it, "voodoo" it, or grow it.
** Buy Links**
Buying links actually rates the fastest way to get traffic to your website.
You simply sign up for Google AdWords at Google.com or you open an account with Overture.com.
You then run ads with a link on those sites and any time someone clicks the link, you pay for the click through a relatively straightforward bidding process based on the popularity of the keyword.
You can also buy links in ezines, newsletters, and on other people's website either on a per-click basis, for a period of time (a week or month), or in exchange for paying them a commission if a sale gets made as a result of a click on the link.
** Linking "VoodDoo" **
Linking "voodoo" refers to attempting to manipulate the search engines into displaying links to your website.
You can find a large number of automated software programs online at any given time that will claim to help you get more search engine traffic.
Depending on the intensity of competition in a specific market and the fact that search engines change their rules frequently, pursuing search engine links this way can quickly turn into the online equivalent of Alice chasing the rabbit down the hole.
** Grow Links **
I personally prefer this method to get links to my websites: growing them.
The best type of link to get involves one person telling another person, either explicitly or implicitly, they should click the link and visit the site at the other end.
One way to do this is simply to exchange links with another site which targets the same audience as your site.
You can manage this process manually or use one of the many software packages that will mange the process for you.
A search on Google.com for "reciprocal link manager software" yields a good start.
The easiest way to grow a link is through using articles other people post on their websites which link back to your website.
The reason articles work so well for "growing" links involves the numerous ways in which articles get distributed online, each of which can create dozens, hundreds, even thousands of different links back to your website by publishing a single article.
In fact, the following represent only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the places you can grow links by publishing articles online.
~ Blogs - Your articles can not only appear on your own blog, but get posted by others on their blogs with surprising ease.
The links in these articles can point directly back to your website.
~ Article Directories - Article directories such as IdeaMarketers.com abound online.
They not only provide an easy way to display your articles to allow others to pick them up for posting on their websites, but also in and of themselves attract readers searching for content.
~ OPS (Other People's Sites) - Popular websites like WebProNews.com attract repeat visitors by offering targeted content to their readers.
Since they can't produce all the content themselves, they publish articles created by others. Links from these sites can bring a steady stream of targeted visitors by giving you targeted exposure.
~ Ezines - By getting your articles published in other people's ezines, you can get a link on the most valuable real estate online, a targeted prospect's email "inbox."
Many ezine publishers run articles written by others to their targeted readers, and your link in the resource box can bring you a veritable avalanche of targeted site visitors when hundreds, even thousands of people receive your article at the same time.
Whether you choose to buy them, "voodoo" them, or grow them, getting targeted links to your site posted on the Internet represents the absolute best way to get steady traffic to your site.
Though not as fast as buying them or as exciting as trying to manipulate the search engines, growing links with articles gives you a long-term, dependable presence online.
Printing into garments has been an age-old process that people have been doing many years before it had become widespread. The process is long and complicated and needs expertise to be able to achieve the right result.
With the development in technology came the process of sublimation, which paved the way to transferring decorations in garments. This is simpler compared to the traditional direct screen printing. Just like the traditional screen printing, sublimation transfers have been done before people printing companies came to know about its possibility. This has given people another option in decorating variety of products in full colors and in small amounts.
With the use of inkjet printers as screen printing methods comes another addition to the transfer of prints into garments. The fact that this method has been proven as much more effective and result-oriented than the traditional and sublimation process has made people wonder if this will be able to replace those other methods in the long run.
Printing on garments using these printers is less time consuming as the only process involved here is the loading of the materials needed. With inkjet, full colored prints are printed in a matter of minutes, from the start until finish. This is just like putting graphics into prints, without the use of paper. The cost involved in this process is not as expensive as that of the sublimation and the direct screen printing. Inkjet printers can be considered competitive garment printers with only the cost of the initial printer cost to take into account.
Inkjet printing on garments may have its advantages but it also has its many disadvantages. It is only practical on light colored garments. Because of the transparency of these printers, they have the tendency to take on the color of the garment. It is therefore ideal printing them on light colored garments. The amounts of prints that will be made are also an advantage over the others as these printers have low production rates. But if you take the set up preparations and the procedures needed for the sublimation and traditional printing, the slower time rate of the inkjet printers would surely beat the preparation periods of the others.
With more additions to the screen printing technology, people will be questioning the fact that maybe the traditional printing would be replaced as time goes on. The manufacturers of inkjet printers would surely be able to develop its disadvantages to work on its advantages.
Is this the future of screen printing?
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About the author:
Florie Lyn Masarate got her first article printed in the school newsletter in the third grade. Her hobbies include reading any book she can get her hands on.