Do You Want This To Be Hard Or Something?

People are funny sometimes.

It’s almost like they want something to be hard to accomplish in order to validate the fact they are in an online marketing business (or any business for that matter, but I’ll keep it focused on marketing here).

Folks, this marketing business isn’t hard at all…but you can make it hard if you choose.

Examples…

—> Trying to figure it all out beforehand. This is a big hot button for me, as it represents a large percentage of the questions newbies ask me boiled down to this one topic.

Folks, marketing online or offline cannot (and will not) be figured out before you take risk and attempt to start testing offers to make to a market…there are simply too many variables (copywriting, SEO, marketing, testing, PPC, etc… etc…) to try and figure out, not to mention each variable is WAY too deep.

If you’re trying to figure it all out beforehand, quit doing it and just try to execute something, and keep executing, using the data you get (even basic data) to figure out yourself how to make things better. If you don’t have the resources, find someone who does and partner with them.

—> You already know enough to get started. All the ebooks in the world will NOT, repeat NOT market a business for you. In fact, they can actually steer you off course if you’re not careful.

As grown ups, you already know enough (even if you’re young) to help a group of people solve a problem by marketing an offer of some type. But you have to develop one other thing…

—> You must have the fortitude to put yourself and your offers “out there.” You will make mistakes, you probably will make a type of mistake where you’ll look like a complete fool, so know that, get over it, and go make more mistakes. Eventually, you’ll fail less and less, and succeed more and more. No one said that marketing could be developed overnight, or everyone would do it successfully.

The concern about putting your offers out there in front of people who might give you a hard time needs to be put to rest. Everyone seeks acceptance, but you will not, repeat will not get it from everyone.

In fact, if you don’t reach the part of your market where someone complains in some manner, you aren’t marketing your offers effectively enough.

Quit trying to impress people, and get out there and make some dang offers!

Quit wanting this to be hard, it does take time to develop the skills, but it is all easy to do if you just start testing offers and driving then converting traffic (in other words, quit talking about it, and “researching it”, and start executing).

The Great Filtering Of Online Marketing…

It has begun…

…and if any of the things I mention in this post apply to you, take heed of the warning, or be prepared to close the doors.

This is probably going to rank in the most important posts I write all year…

Let’s get started, shall we?

Over the next decade, we are going to witness a “great filtering” of sorts in the online marketing arena (and business in general for that matter).

What do I mean?

The shady business people, the snake oil salespeople, the ones that just don’t care about their customers (or even worse, ignore them completely)…and any so-called business person that can be lumped into these categories…will start to suffer a slow and painful business death.

And I mean, all of them…not a percentage…not some, all of them (finally).

How can I make such a widespread claim?

One word…access.

The Internet has changed the game (not will change, has changed).  It has allowed a level of access on many different platforms…that businesses can’t “hide” any more…

  • They can’t scam their customers and get away with it…
  • They can’t hide behind a monitor and be “anonymous” anymore…
  • They can’t make bold-faced lies to the people that do business with them (or are thinking of doing business with them) anymore…

Because it can all be revealed by using the Internet.

Yeah, there will still be scams, unscrupulous business people, and such…but when they set up shop…their lifetime is extremely limited, and will be even more so as the “great filtering” takes place over the next 10 years or so.

So what exactly is the great filtering?

It’s the process where those businesses that fall in the above-mentioned categories will begin to be “filtered out” by the public.

It’s already begun to happen, for example…

What happens to a book on Amazon when a bunch of people leave negative feedback (legitimate negative feedback)? It gets filtered out…falling off the charts.  Those that leave negative feedback that is just not legitimate get filtered out as well.

Spammers aren’t even being paid attention to anymore (other than the customary “how do we get rid of them?” feedback.

If someone uses an anonymous “user name” on a forum, blog, or other social communication media, they usually get “filtered out”.  In the rare case where they are listened to…they always have that barrier they must overcome before what they say matters (eventually, they won’t be listened to at all).

People want to interact with real people, not those who hide behind anonymous or “hidden” information etc…  While it’s certainly possible (for now) to continue to do this… eventually you’ll automatically become “noise” if you’re currently doing this.

There are a TON of other examples I can point to, and I will do so over the course of the next two years or so…(perhaps pointing out some specific examples as they appear to me).   For now, just think of ways for you to avoid “The Great Filtering Of Online Marketing.

If you already are, congratulations, it will get easier to do business as time goes on from this standpoint.

Ryan Healy States The Facts About Internet Marketing…

Ryan Healy is a good friend of mine…and has written a very controversial blog post about some of the deep “underbelly” of IM.

I certainly respect the fact that Ryan has backed up his opinion with facts that cannot be disputed (even though some tried).

Ryan and I share the same views on most marketing and business-related topics…and I can wholeheartedly recommend you read his stuff without question…so click here to read Internet Marketing On Life Support by Ryan Healy.

How To Activate Reciprocity And Rise Above The Noise In Your Market

This post will express one of those “simple” ideas, perhaps too simple…but yet 95% of you that read this won’t implement it.

The 5% that do however…well…as always the “implementers” win BIG time…all the time.

I’m talking about doing what others won’t do with your marketing to prospects, to generate leads etc…

Whether it’s in the marketing “pieces”…

Or in the marketing contact methods…

I’m saying to “go all out” and actually invest a little bit in your marketing.  Make it hard for your prospects not to do business with you.  Quit being cheap.

When someone new to your marketing process contacts your company, what you deliver on the first impression has a big part to play in how much business that customer will do with you.

Start the relationship off right, invest in your new customer, and they’ll buy from you again and again…

Be frugal, and offer a weak introduction to doing business with your company, and you’ll end up losing to a competitor willing to invest in the relationship.  Period.

“Anyone who claims that they can’t do something in business is usually passed up by someone already doing it.”