Saturday, April 20, 2013

Use Social Media Smarter

Welcome to an age of technology! It seems like every week that there is some new kind of fad that is all the rage, but since the turn of the century, social media has been on the radar of businesses and bloggers alike. It has never been easier or faster to reach someone that may be across the street, across the state, or across the world! Many businesses have turned to social media because that is where they are able to convey their information quickly to potential customers and the people that are familiar with the brand or company can share with their network who more than likely have the same interests as that customer.

I could say that 99% of you reading this will probably have some type of social media account whether it be Google+(yes, it counts!), Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or YouTube. Those are just to name a few, though there are many more like EverNote, Pinterest, and Flikr.

If you want to convert real leads using social media, you first need to decide if you are going to be serious about using it. I have had plenty of associates that opt-in with a person that the connect with on Facebook and that upline simply disappears and does not come back until the next month when they decide that they need more opt-ins. Leads that you will get from these sites will require constant contact and follow-ups (like all of your leads, really) and if they cannot get in contact with you they will leave for someone that they can.

Here are just a few examples about how to use the most popular social media sites effectively for your business:

Youtube

I was actually surprised when I learned that YouTube was one of the most effective ways to reach people. Well, not really. Video blogs -- vlogs -- have had a tendency to go viral which means that they get hundreds of thousands of views per day. If you have that much traffic to your site, imagine how many leads are converting to sales (given that you have a proper sales strategy)! 

When you use YouTube, people are then able to see that you are serious about your business since you are taking the time to create your videos. They are also able to see that you are professional, that you speak clearly, explain things well, and seem like a trustworthy person. You are then also able to show people exactly how your product or opportunity works by showing an example of your personal accomplishments and gains. You are also able to answer frequently asked questions by doing a demonstration or how-to video depending on the question. Besides leaving your URL in the description of your own videos, the site will make suggestions on videos that have the same keywords as yours. Watch those videos and leave comments to drive traffic to your channel. In networking, many people work with a "you like mine, I'll like yours" system so get to know these people that share often!


Twitter

Twitter is a unique social platform in many of the users are hungry for the latest thing, the newest gadget, the best way to make money! Since you can only use a certain number of characters for each update or "tweet", you will have to be original when trying to market your opportunity. (Remember, there are hundreds of others that are doing the same thing!) Again, reiterated again and again, people want to know that it is an actual person on the other end of the computer and not a bot, so you will want to put a lot of your personality into your Twitter account as well as tweets. Use your real name, age, and location. If you want to use your company name or brand instead, go right ahead, but then I would suggest making sure that your name is somewhere on the website that you are linking your customers to.

Follow and be followed by people that support your interest or people that you find helpful and influential. When you are following and being followed by the right people, you will build a strong and helpful network. Seek out people that tweet often and try to befriend these people. If you have the similar interests, you may be as useful to them as they are to you. 



Facebook


I have personally found Facebook to be the most useful when marketing your opportunity. When creating your Facebook, your profile should be REAL. You want to post real pictures of yourself  as well as fill in the work that you do as well as the school you attended. People are more interested in someone that they can relate to rather than a gray silhouette with no face. You will also want to make Fan page, where people can subscribe to the product or opportunity that you are selling. When you keep personal and business separate, this will keep Facebook from flagging your profile as unreal and either suspending it or removing it all together.

Be actively aware of your target customer and post often. No, this does not mean to spam your opportunity, because then people with just mark it as spam and Facebook will then suspend your account. You want to post relevant updates about your business (or about yourself) from your business page so you are constantly seen on feeds and recognized by search engines. Try to use keywords that describe your business to be found easily by customers that may opt in.

Promote your Facebook in your opportunity page as well as other sites that you may be part of. When your current customers like your page, it will also show on their feed which will allow their friends to be linked back to you! Word of mouth is still explosive, even on the internet so be aware!

That is all that I have for this post. I hope that you found it helpful and like, comment, and share!


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Friday, April 19, 2013

Treat Your Money Right and It Will Do Right By You

Now, I think it is safe to say that most of us can agree that we are into online marketing because we want to better our financial situation. Once you do start making money for yourself, are you treating that money well or still spending frivolously and living commission payment to commission payment? "Mo' money, mo' problems" as the saying goes, but in reality the saying really should be "No money, poor problems..." It is very important to have a positive attitude about money! When you think positively about something, you are more liable to make responsible decisions. Here are just a couple of ways that you can make your money work for you.

Create a Budget

This is first and foremost. Many people say that they have a budget, but there are very few people that actually write down their expenses in a notebook or save it in a file on their computer. When you have something hard copy in front of you, it then forces you to create realistic and tangible goals for your income. It also allows you to adjust your spending and saving as need be, so review it often.

Establish a Safety Net

"Don't stop thinking about tomorrow." There can be so many situations where you are not able to access the internet, or goodness forbid some major life change happens for the worse (or the better). Your life will always be constantly changing and some type of cash reserve is needed just for peace of mind. Most experts advise to have up to 3 months of your fixed expenses saved in case of emergency. There is no set number to put to this suggestion because every family is different. Are you renting or paying a mortgage? Are you making car payments or still paying for your child's braces?

Once you have figured what you are spending, come up with a figure that you must have saved up.

Save Aggressively

When you have a number that you should have saved up, add an amount of money that you should be saving into your weekly/biweekly/monthly expenses. This will help to get your savings started. I recommend to use a Certificate of Deposit, or CD. This is a fixed-interest way of investing with your bank with a higher interest-rate than your ordinary savings account. If you do decide on this option, be sure to stagger the deposits since many have fixed dates of maturation and penalties with early withdrawal.

Reduce Your Spending

When you create a budget and know where your spending is going, take a look at ways that you can reduce that spending. The two categories of spending are essential (like rent, lights, carpayment, etc.) and non-essential (dining out, movie theatre tickets, etc.). First, take a look at your non-essentials and figure out a way to reduce that spending. Instead of eating out 3 times a week, try just eating out once a week. Or instead of going to a movie theatre to watch a new movie, rent it in a RedBox or on cable. You may also be able to lower your fixed expenses like turning off all of the lights while not in a room or keep up on your car maintenance to avoid more costly repairs.

Once you do that, see the difference! Compare your monthly budgets side by side once you make the necessary changes and voila! You have just taken a step in the right direction when it comes to conquering your cash!

I hope this post was helpful! Remember to like, comment, and share!



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Monday, April 15, 2013

Pros and Cons of Safelists

So among the many tools that people use to drive traffic to their websites, I found many different safelists to be quite popular among internet marketers. At first I didn't really understand the importance of this tool, but once someone sat me down and explained it, everything seemed to click. Many people have different opinions about safelists, so of course it will be up to you whether or not to use one but I just wanted to write just some unbiased facts about safelists and give just a few examples if people wanted to use them.

What is a safelist?

A safelist is a form of email marketing where marketers agree to recieve each other's messages. Websites that offer safelists can include free, credit-based, as well as paid memberships. Usually, the safelist administration reserves the right to email it's members as well.


Pros

1. There are many free or inexpensive membership programs, so you do not have to make much of a dent (if at all) in your advertising budget.

2. Many of these websites offer a referral program that allows you to earn some type of residual income. You can't be mad at extra $$ in your pocket!
3. When you send out your ads, you are sending them to a fairly targeted audience; other marketers that are interested in online opportunities that may be looking for the next up-and-coming thing.
4. You do not have to take the time to build an email list. They say that time is money, and you do not have to copy or paste any email addresses into these systems! They are all automated so all you have to do is input your ad and click submit.

Cons

1. Your email is flooded with other ads and opportunities almost 24 hours per day. I hate sifting through emails and it sometimes makes me overlook some emails that might be important that pertain to things outside of the internet.

2.Your ad will just be one of the hundreds of emails people will get per day. If you do not have a catchy title to your email, then there is the chance that it might go unread and unnoticed.
3. You will be competing in a market where there will be other people trying to market the same exact opportunity that you are. So not only are you competing with different programs, you will also be competing with other people in the same company.

So this just just a few things that you might want to consider before signing up with a slew of safelists. I, personally am only a part of 2 -- List Volta and Herculist -- and these programs work out quite well for me. Both of these are free programs with an option to upgrade. They both also use a credit system where you earn credits for viewing other people's ads and you can use those credits to email additional members.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Importance of Pinging

Many people know the basic of internet marketing, but there are some internet tools that are available for people to use that they are not aware of. I was speaking to an associate of mine who was having trouble with traffic to his blog. When I asked if he pinged his URL, there was a brief silence and then posed the questions "What is ping and why would I use it?"

What is pinging?

Pinging is a general term where a server will distribute a new URL to hundreds of search engine websites. These websites often do not automatically update when new pages on websites or new updates on blogs post, so it basically helps these sites recognize that there is new content.

 How to Ping 

There are a variety of different websites that you can use to ping all of your links for free. Among the top ones that I use are Ping-O-Matic, Pingler, and PingMyURL. BulkPing is my favorite. It is an amazing server that allows you to ping as many websites as you would like all at the same time either by copying and pasting the URLs or uploading a word document where the server will automatically seek out the URLs that are located in the document.

I especially like this tool because it makes it simple to ping my URLs all at the same time in the same place and it will confirm each of the URL's that are pinged and how many websites they were sent to! This will increase the random traffic to your website by linking keywords to whatever the content of your website or blog is by bringing it up more often to the view of the public that are simply searching for new topics to learn about.

 I hope all of this was helpful and if you have any additional comments, questions, or concerns please comment below or contact me by any of my contact information located below. :)

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Monday, April 8, 2013

How to Blog

Since the turn of the century, blogging has been a rising staple of the internet among savvy marketers to connect with prospects and customers by delivering useful and educational information. Now, many of my associates ask me the same question about blogs. How do I blog effectively? Well, the answer to this question will be forever changing with the times as media and technology change. My answer today will be how to effectively write blogs for April 2013.. :)


First and foremost, you want to figure out what you want to blog about. 

Since many people will either use blogs for personal or business use, you can pretty much narrow it down from there. If you are going to use it for your business, then you will want to make sure that you can credibly and passionately write about aspects of your business. If it is going to be personal, pick an aspect of your life that you have a strong opinion about -- something that interests you so much that you can pique other people's business as well.

Decide if you would like to host your domain or if you would like a free service to do it for you.

If you are going to have your blog reflect your business, I would recommend hosting your blog. Choose a domain name that would effectively brand your product or catch reader's attention. You will also need to choose a host. Many of the people that I know usually choose GoDaddy.com because it has a one-click installation of WordPress, so you do not have to know advanced CSS or HTML to integrate it into your site. 1and1.com is also another highly recommended host that is very inexpensive ($4.99 per month) that has a very user friendly control panel and very dependable servers.

If you would like a free service to host your blog, I personally recommend Blogger.com which belongs to Google.  It is very easy to use for beginner - advanced users and allows you to track the number of views and the geographic locations to where your audience is viewing from. Other popular places are WordPress.com as well as Weebly.com just to name a few.

Set up your blog with an appropriate theme and key words.

Once you have selected where you want to post and what you want to write about, I always recommend to select a theme and use keywords in your posts that popular search engines will be able to pick up so that your website is able to be listed when people are searching for things in general. This is called Search Engine Optimization or SEO. I believe that when I click on a link while just browsing for a general topic, if the words on the page and the page in general is easy to look at I will spend more time on it to find what I am looking for.

Like in my previous blog post, the very first step is to catch the reader's attention before you can convert a lead to a sale.

That is all I have for now! Like, share, and comment and I hope everyone has a happy Monday!

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Whatcha Talkin' 'Bout?

Have you ever started pitching your product and your prospect listens nicely, but you can tell with their blank stare and body language that they are really thinking about the Giant's game that is going to be on in an hour or where they want to go for dinner? What many salespeople forget is that all prospects are unique and having a scripted or standardized pitch will undoubtedly drive some people away if you do not mirror the prospect or listen actively to how they respond to what you are saying.

The first thing that you want to keep in mind is the steps that a prospect will go through when making a buying decision. The one that is easiest to remember for me is AIDA -- Attention, Interest, Decision, Action.

Attention: If you do not have someone's attention, obviously your pitch will go unheard and you will have wasted precious time. So this step is a no-brainer. Remember, first impressions are formed within the first 15 seconds of an interaction, so make it count! Ask questions and try to discover motives that will make your prospect want to buy.

Interest: Once you have the prospect's attention, you will want to pique the interest. This is usually best achieved by using benefit phrases with what the product features and how it will specifically and personally benefit the customer. For example: "One of the amazing parts of this product is A which means for you XYZ". I like to use the phrase 'which means for you' because it shows that not only is this an awesome product, that the prospect will indeed use it.

Decision: In this stage, the prospect will need to make the decision that the product will indeed be a good fit for them. To test if a prospect is in this phase, you will want to use some trial closing techniques. "Do you see how you will use this?' and 'What would be the first thing that you will probably use this for?' are good questions to see if the prospect does see the benefits of what you are selling. If they resist those questions, go back and ask questions to see if perhaps you did not explain how it works or the product thoroughly.

Action: The last step in the process will come naturally if you have addressed all confusion and objection and the prospect wants to become a customer. If for some reason the customer is on the fence, continue to ask questions and find that buying "hot button" to get them to buy. If the prospect does not prompt this step, use a closing technique by confirming what they are about to purchase and asking for a form of payment. Be sure you have built rapport with the customer or else they will completely shut you down.

I hope this helps some of you that are new to sales. If you need any clarification, please comment below or send an email!


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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Uvioo.com Scam Review


What is Uvioo?

Uvioo is a popular website where people like to make some extra income by sharing their videos with your social network. It is an absolutely ingenious way to get paid and bring yourself some traffic and qualified leads.

How to Join



Joining the site is easy and free! That is what is even more amazing about the site. Free to use and free to join. Like all sites, they give you an option to upgrade to a Pro member. For a 10-day trial, it is $7.77, or $27.77 per month for a fully active membership. There is also an option to pay $93.24 for an annual membership which will save you some money rather than paying monthly.


How to Make Money

There are multiple ways to make money, but the first and foremost way to do so is to share videos. You will get paid between 0.02-0.10 per share of the video that you post. You are also able to get paid per unique* view, but that is for PRO MEMBERS ONLY. 

The next easiest way to get paid is through referrals. You will get paid for each person who upgrades to Pro, but the amount depends on which Pro option they choose.

The unique thing about this site are the CheckPoints and Gold Positions.


When they first are released, it offers that you pay a certain dollar amount and Uvioo in return will credit you an amount that is usually higher. The ones that I usually purchase are the $5 for $10, essentially doubling your investment. For each of the checkpoints that I have purchased, I pay them $5 and they in turn credit my account $10. Easy as that.

The Gold Positions are basically advertising positions. Each time someone posts an ad on the site, depending on what page it is on, a certain dollar amount goes to members that have purchased that position. For example, I have purchased Gold Position 1 which I paid $9 for. Each time someone advertises in that position, I earn $1. So far I have doubled my money on this as well.

The threshold to cash out what you have earned is $100, like as was mentioned. When you are eligible to withdraw the funds, a button will automatically show up under your "Paycheck Profile" to withdraw those funds to your Payza account or to have a check sent to your home.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Think, Set, Grow!




 I have goals! Nowadays, you really can not call yourself a business person or entrepreneur without having some kind of goals in mind, right? Well. Sometimes just having goals is not good enough.

Let me ask you this. I know you have goals, but do you have them written down somewhere? Do you have them separated into different groups like short term, long term, personal, and professional? This is the mistake many people make, especially when they are just starting in internet marketing!

 The top performers in all Fortune500 companies have their goals written down in a place that they frequent -- in their bedroom, at their computer, in the bathroom for "quality reading" time. When you write down what you want to achieve, it turns the goals from just ideas to physical substance and will give you even more motivation to want to achieve those goals.

When you are having a particularly bad day and you are on the verge of defeat, when you are able to remind yourself what you are working so hard for, it will immediately turn your mood around!

Now, remember goals can be pretty much anything that you can dream of, but you do want to be practical and you want it to be something that you can attain. I personally separate my goals into Personal and Professional categories then I subdivide them into Short Term and Long Term. Just like you keep your business and personal accounts separate, you want to keep these goals separate as well. There are some people (like myself) that are not ultimately looking for recognition or being the richest person alive (even though its nice to dream about). Some just want to provide for their family and live so that there is very little that they have to worry about, if anything at all.

The best part of having these goals written down? Crossing them off! For example, one of my short term goals was for my savings account to reach $1,500 before the end of October 2012. When I was reading over my goals list, my heart started racing as I crossed out that particular item and rewrote it. It is just so satisfying to know that all my hard work did not go to waste.

Now remember, keep your goals in mind but also keep them on paper!


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