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Seeing the forest for the trees or _____?

I use this metaphor to explain Internet Marketing Strategies all the time.

Forest For The Bears

DropBox: Get more free space

We all need more free disk space – especially in the cloud. If you aren,t using DropBox, click on the hyperlink and you’ll instantly get 500 Mb of free space – need more? Invite more friends and you can get up to 16 GB of free space.

Dropbox is ideal when you run a virtual company with freelancers and contractors working around the globe. It is one of the many priceless web-based tools we teach our clients to use to leverage their time and resources – exponentially.

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Email Infographic – words to (not) use

This infographic has a lot of useful lessons for anyone using broadcast email marketing on an on-going basis.

Email Marketing Infographic

Lead generation the easy way

Today’s blog post is special. I know you hear that a lot, but bear with me and determine for yourself if what I  reveal below is valuable, maybe even priceless for you.

In today’s world, we know you have to be online to get new leads and you have to have a preeminent presence NOT to lose the sales that are on their way to you. I know it sounds harsh, but if your website sucks, prospects are going to avoid you, simple as that. Prospects who were considering purchasing from you will now buy from your competitor.

That’s pretty obvious, but so is lead generation – but then again is it really?

The fundamental building block of online lead generation is Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). The problem is how to do it EFFECTIVELY and EFFICIENTLY.

Effectiveness comes from doing the right things and efficiency from spending the least amount of time, effort and/or cost doing it.

So what’s so special about today’s post then?

Glad you’re still reading and interested.

First of all, I want you to click on this link —> it’s a Funny Puppy Video. Go have a look and then come back here…

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Long URL

According to Wikipedia:

Phishing is the act of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.[1][2] Communications purporting to be from popular social web sites, auction sites, banks, online payment processors or IT administrators are commonly used to lure unsuspecting public. Phishing emails may contain links to websites that are infected with malware.[3] Phishing is typically carried out by email spoofing[4] or instant messaging,[5] and it often directs users to enter details at a fake website whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one.

So how can you protect yourself when you get an email with an abbreviated URL (Tiny URL)?

You can go to http://longurl.org/ and expand the Tiny URL to make sure you know where you will end up when you click.

If you think information like this is valuable, imagine if you became a client and we shared with you even more?

Have a look at our products and programs and test them for yourself. A penny saved is a dollar earned!

 

 

Exponential Marketing Comic 1

Today is the first instalment of a cartoon series…

Cartoon, Comic Strip, Business Growth

Online Programs Available:
Blogging for small business webinar
Turn Browsers into buyers webinar
Internet Lead Generation Toolkit

Privacy Pirates

Privacy Pirates: How The War For Your Personal Identity Will Escalate In 2013 And What You Need To Do Now To Protect Yourself

At my Internet workshops, I give  participants a sneak peek into what the war between Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon mean to you and your business.

It’s one of the key principles I’ve been advocating to my elite VIP and Platinum Program Members for the past 3 to 5 years.

The Internet is undergoing an incredible transformation that has alarmed privacy and personal liberty advocates around the world.

Without delving into conspiracy theories and cynical skepticism, I discuss what you should do to protect yourself, your company and your family.

I share what the experts are saying because this is no longer ‘science fiction’. It’s real and it’s here now. Contact us if you’d like a copy of our Privacy Pirates Report.

Internet Wars, Facebook Fallacy, Google Apple War, Google Facebook War

Feeling like a hostage to your web design / IT supplier?

Web Design Services, Get Rid Of Your Web DesignerMany small business people treat one of their most precious assets as an afterthought, rather than as one of their most precious assets. It’s not inconceivable for a website to be worth $100,000+ when there is a legitimate brick and mortar business “behind it”.

Put differently, years ago, when you bought a Yellow Pages ad, you’d SPEND thousands of dollars with NO appreciation in the capital asset value of the phone book. With the Internet, every dollar spent on your website should increase its capital value. Think about it this way – if you were assess two identical businesses, one with a website and the other without one, which one would YOU buy?  Enough said.

Most small businesses don’t proactively deal with their website and/or web online presence for a long list of reasons including:

  • “I don’t get all this Interweb stuff”
  • “I don’t like Facebook and don’t understand why people waste so much time ‘talking’ to complete strangers”
  • “My son-in-law, nephew or neighbour seems to understand it and is not charging me much to handle my website…”
  • “Technology is changing too quickly, I can’t keep up.”
  • “I don’t get any web inquiries so it’s not worth worrying about.”
  • “My staff’s taking care of it, in fact, we all kinda pitch in to get stuff done.”*

Whatever your excuses, as a small business person, in this day and age you simply cannot hand over your online presence to just anyone anymore than you would give them the pin code to your bank card. I am totally serious.

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Prevention is such a hard sell…

It’s hard to get an important PREVENTION message across… The anti-smoking lobby struggles with it. One of our gym owner/client finds it hard to help people prevent the onset of type II Diabetes and I want to protect small business owners from being fleeced by unscrupulous Internet Marketing spuikers, web design companies and now “Social Media Consultants”…

It’s hard to get the message across
without being heavy-handed or sensationalistic

Brendan Rigby of Inspire Fitness and Wellbeing in Melbourne tells me that someone who’s overweight, drinks too much alcohol, smokes and doesn’t exercise is a prime target for Type II Diabetes, but even if all the red flags are there, everyone but the ‘patient’ sees them.

I feel it’s the same thing with the Internet. I see or hear about small business owners  getting fleeced, taken advantage of and otherwise ‘robbed’ by Internet Marketing Spruikers who pitch miracle solutions from stage with manipulative tactics at the get-rich-quick opportunists that many would argue “get what they deserve”.

But isn’t that the same for the smokers or obese, soon-to-be diabetics?

The challenge we all have is how do we get the message across without being fear mongerers and using heavy-handed tactics like the video below?

I can remember meeting a smoker amputee who lost BOTH her legs (above the knee) due to smoking. She was still smoking with the impeding threat of double-arm amputation, which is when she claimed she would “try to quit”. I was in my early twenties at the time, she was in her 40′s. I doubt she made it to her 50th birthday. I am still shocked almost 30 years later recalling that conversation.

There are some people that can’t and don’t want to be helped or saved

But there are those who, given a fair chance,
want to be forewarned – especially if the alternative is better

Leveraging the Internet does not have to be scary, intimidating or costly. In fact, the world has changed to make technology and access ubiquitous via increasingly easier and cheaper tools.

But the bottom line is – there is no point in discussing any of them – UNLESS YOU’RE OPEN to the possibilities.

If you are open to consider alternatives to expensive web designers and social media consultants, we’re staging an eye-opening workshop in Sydney and Melbourne in April.

It comes with a 100% Money-Back Guarantee that simply states that if after the 4-hour DIY Masterclass you didn’t get enough ideas, tips and tools to make or save you at least a multiple of the workshop fee, we’ll refund you the full registration fee – NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

Why? Because we don’t offer Internet web design and Social Media Consulting services – we and our clients don’t like them any more than you do.

AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT, you can grow your business leveraging the Internet doing it yourself AT A FRACTION OF THE COST OF THE SO-CALLED EXPERTS… AND GET BETTER RESULTS !!!

Come find out how at our next workshop called “How To Convert Online Browsers Into Buyers“.

How To Sell More On The Internet

We’re staging an ENCORE presentation of our very popular Business Blogging For Sales Lead Generation Workshop in Sydney next week Wednesday 27 March 2012 and in April we’re following that up with a 4 hour DIY Internet Masterclass called How To Convert Your Online Browsers To Buyers in both Sydney and Melbourne.

Simply put, if you want to get more clients walking in your door or visitors to buy from your website, you have to do things differently.

The short YouTube video below captures one of the key concepts that prevents many businesses from selling more online (and of course offline).

Can you afford NOT to learn this stuff?

Email Management Tip

One of the ways I gauge entrepreneurs or business executives’ effectiveness and efficiency is how they respond to their emails. Without requiring ‘instant responses’, within one week of correspondence I can identify the ‘top 10%’ from the bottom ‘90%’.

This is 2012. We are in the 21st century with email at the nucleus of our communication paradigm. Business people who struggle with technology and especially emails are ‘dinosaurs’.

Now that’s a bold statement to make, but it really is THAT important.

Allow me to contrast the top 10% versus the bottom 90%.

The top 10% respond within a reasonable time frame. It can be within the hour, the day, but rarely ever more than 48 hours (unless they are on leave or otherwise occupied with a project/event). One thing is for sure – you’re never wondering if they got or lost the email.

The bottom 90%…

  • Claim to ‘lose’ or not receive emails
  • Ask for emails to be re-sent because they accidentally deleted them
  • Actually do have problems receiving emails because of their spam folder settings that are too strict
  • Are challenged with their spam and junk mail folders – reviewing them only ‘every once in a while’ even though many important emails end up there
  • Have hundreds or thousands of emails in their inbox
  • Respond to emails erratically sometimes immediately and then are ‘offline’ for days with no communication
  • Don’t use meaningful subject lines
  • Don’t maintain message threads that are important – creating new emails with each new response
  • Use TXT acronyms trying to be “hip or groovy” instead of clear in their explanations – creating the need for additional threads to find out what they meant to say
  • Subscribe to every free email list available fearful that they will miss something.
  • Don’t read their emails – instead skimming and overlooking the most important and time sensitive information
  • Have multiple emails that they don’t monitor appropriately
  • Share emails with others so everyone gets the email and multiple people responding with conflicting suggestions
  • Don’t have folders for their emails – so can’t quickly locate what they need when they need it. Even though emails are now indexed, not having folders is like not having a filing cabinet for your physical documents.

Poor email management is one of my strongest pet peeves, but the reason I mention it here is because it’s also symptomatic of poor business management.

Without needing to become a Productivity Powerhouse – lack of effective email management skills (and tools) can be an important obstacle to your overall business success.

Anecdotally, over the past 10 to 15 years, I have noticed that the top business people don’t just manage their emails – the MASTER and CONTROL them with an adeptness that is remarkable.

If you’re struggling to grow your business – just look at your inbox and the list above. It’s a quick and easy problem to solve.

If it isn’t – you now have the SOURCE of the real problem!