Stealing Marketing Ideas

I’ve taken a lot of flak over a very simple idea:

Stealing.

Not stealing in the traditional sense. No, that’s obviously wrong. What I mean is stealing marketing ideas and processes that have been proven to be profitable.

But every time I suggest it to business owners and coaching clients they take offense and think they are above this, what they perceive to be, nefarious behavior.

Their unwillingness to steal profitable funnels and copywriting templates from successful marketers makes them closed-minded.

John Lennon once said, “amateurs borrow, professionals steal.” He reworked that from T.S.Elliott’s quote: “amateur poets borrow; mature poets steal.” [Read more…]

Lessons Learned Producing Business Videos

Business Video Production

I’ve produced about 30 videos for my company over the years and I’ve decided to focus on making a lot more of them.

The reason is, they are fun to do, and it gives me more channels to connect with prospects. It’s not my main marketing focus, but it gives me the opportunity to be found through my blog content on Google, my video content on YouTube, and I have the content to promote through social channels.

The funny thing about creating videos is: there is a stiff learning curve! [Read more…]

The Problem with Internet Marketing

The problems with internet marketing
I think there is something really important we need to talk about.

Don’t freak out! It’s not the birds and the bees. Well, okay, it’s similar to the birds and the bees, because I’m going to tell you how things work. But instead of sex, we are going to talk about internet marketing.

For some reason, business owners who start online businesses think about and focus on the wrong things – especially when it comes to traffic.

They think, “How can I get on the first page of Google for my keywords?” [Read more…]

What Are The Benefits of Marketing

So there I was asking myself if this was real life.

The prospect I had just called and pitched said, “Mike, I don’t advertise in magazines.”

“Who said anything about advertising in magazines?” I said.

To which he replied, “well, you said you do marketing.”

Huh?
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The Internet: the Great Disruptor

laptop with the internet the great disruptor

In 1995, not many foresaw the turmoil the Internet would create. For some reason, we, collectively, got it completely wrong. Bankers, financiers, and venture capitalists all realized the Internet would be the next big thing however. They rightly suspected it would be an e-commerce playground, where businesses could create their brands in the ether, with no overhead, low cost, and high profit margins.

So they threw money at it…. and created a bubble. [Read more…]