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Selling something is the only way to make moolah in the marketing game. Duh, right?
I’d like to take a couple minutes (well, maybe 3) of your time to give you a few tips – stuff that took me years to figure out, distilled to a drinkable, yet buzz-inducing brew.
Here’s how you can:
Adapt the mindset of the best salespeople to your own personal quirks and interests.
Discover how to stop wasting energy marketing what you want to sell and start selling what people want to buy. There’s a subtle, but meaningful difference.
Become a marketing sleuth to locate areas where you can make money with your present skills
The simple daily way I grow my writing skills, market my services, and blunder into good ideas – all simultaneously – and easily expand them into articles and sellable information products.
Let’s start then.
Writing Is The Core Skill
Marketing is a writer’s game. Even if you market by cold-calling, you still work from a script. All writing is just expression of clear thinking, and effective writing wins the dollars in marketing.
I prefer to write mostly about the nuts-and-bolts marketing stuff
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(part 1 of 5)
(If your mom is crazy or mean, you may have good reasons not to listen to her, but my mom is a cool, peace-loving person, so her advice tends to be constructive.)
When I was in college my mother reminded me to “do your reading” from time to time. I was more interesting in having the kind of fun that didn’t involve books. You (probably don’t) know the catch tune by the Scottish band the Proclaimers:
“Come on nature, I don’t want to read a book or talk about the world
Come on nature, I just want to spend some time being boy to the girl”
Well, those randy Scottish lads just wanted to get busy in the clover. While the group is still active and probably making money, the lads are in their late 40s now and I bet are a bit more interested in books than chasing girls.
In any case, in college I majored in English for some odd reason I’ve forgotten. I had a lot of reading to do, and much of it was long, tedious 19th century novels. To be fair, I did get exposed to some excellent old-fashioned literature but it
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(part 2 of 5)
“Poor People Have Big TVs. Rich People Have Big Libraries.”
The late Jim Rohn said that often. It sounds like a glib statement to be sure. and it might offend you if you enjoy your TV. That’s not the point. These days, many rich people do have big TVs of course. The point is that successful people continually invest in developing their minds and creative pursuits, while unsuccessful people just seek instant self-gratification, which tends to default to doing stuff like watching junk television.
A secondary point is that when you buy a TV or any other toy or new car or even a house, it won’t make you more money – in fact it will usually either decrease in value (TVs, Ipods, computers) or it will cost you money to maintain (houses, boats).
Of course with real-estate your investment may be worth more in the future, but if you buy more than you can afford, you’re investing in a liability that sucks up your monthly cash, not an asset. Of course you need a place to live, and having more space than you need can be a pleasant luxury – but the truth
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(part 4 of 5)
If you’re looking for a way to make a lot of money without the pressure of making sales calls, direct response marketing is the most low-pressure form of selling there is. No sale will actually happen without pressure. Direct response is so low-pressure in fact, you have to elicit the sales pressure within your prospect, which is the selling skill that trumps all others and all master marketers have it.
Apple computer actually uses direct response marketing methods like perceived scarcity and elitism, which is an emotional hot-button in some people. Apple claims they cannot meet demand for their latest products, Ipads or whatever, which causes people to be desperate to be the first person they know to get one. It’s a bit of reverse psychology really and also very well integrated with the intentional elitism embedded in all of Apple’s branding and advertising.
When you buy the pressure you feel is your own desire to get an advantage for yourself or meet some basic need. Without pressure coming from either outside of you (your spouse pressuring you, for example), or inside of you (need to keep up with the Joneses, perhaps), you aren’t