Spring Has Sprung Or Not

Spring Has Sprung Or Not

plant_growing_anim_500_clr_9902The past several days have been so pretty.  Temperature outside has been spring like and the grass is green.  Sky is blue and naturally my husband had to take out the grill and prepare for the upcoming summer.  I love spring and always look forward to growing some plants and flowers outdoors.  As we prepared ourselves for the upcoming summer activities well just that fast it is all taken away!  Yep the upcoming weeks forecast is calling for snow on Wednesday.  Yes you heard right on May 1st snow.  Who would of thought.

Often the weather just does what the weather does and it catches you unprepared for it.  Who prepares for snow in May?  I know I don’t but one area of my life I prepare for anything is my small business.  I already know that you just never know what is coming your way.  I use to have extremely slow periods before I decided on having a marketing system in place.  I could go long periods of time with inclimate weather.  Today I may have slow periods but they first of all are not unproductive I still bring in leads even on slow days.  They also never last long.

I believe in capture pages.  They are needed that is the bottom line.  Every business should have them.  It matters not what business you are in.  I just made one yesterday for my daughter and son in law for their business.  They own a gym and the teach Muay Thai kickboxing.  They needed a capture page.  They have a wonderful website.  What they don’t have is a short eye catching capture page.  So I created this great page for people to leave their contact information when they are interested. capture page for oscar

These contacts may or may not sign up what will happen is my son in law will begin to build a list.  A list is helpful because although many will not sign up right away.  By  being able to follow up with this list of people he can send them updates and newsletters.  At a later date many will likely become customers.  He has had no way to do this before.  He has just leveraged his business.

We all need leverage or a backup plan.  That is what is needed for any small business.  You have to prepare for inclimate weather.  Because no matter what it is coming.  Sometimes it is going to snow in May.  So you need to prepare for it.  Have a great day.

Cindy Slick

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Are You Stuck?

Are You Stuck?

figure_colored_light_bulb_puzzle_150_clr_9679I found myself stuck this morning.  Generally some idea or another just comes into my mind and I come back from walking my dog with a mindset to write my blog for the day.  Today that just is not happening for me.  Do you ever get stuck like this?  Do you ever feel like you cannot make up your mind which direction to focus?

I generally do not but today for whatever reason I am in that position.  I cannot find the direction to take my readers in today.  So having said that let me say what I do when this happens to me.  I open up a word doc and start placing words on the paper.  I stay positive because it never makes sense to be anything else.  To pull yourself down is foolish.  There are enough things in the world pulling you down all the time without adding yourself to that.

It is a beautiful Denver morning with the mountain peaks calling me to explore and discover.  They are beginning to have patches of green on them.  This always reminds me that the grass is not always greener on the other side.  My side is just as green as long as I water it and trim it.  In other words what I have is good enough and I do not have to go looking for anything else that is better.  I just have to learn to work with what I have.

With my business that is what I have learned to do.  Jumping around without goals and direction never makes sense.  Marketers are forever jumping ship. They always see something shinier and more appealing at a rate about every 3-4 months.  That is just so foolish.  Take out what you have a find the way to make that work.  I know for me I had to eventually break down and invest in the marketing tools that those that are successful use too.  It has made all the difference in the world.stickman_jumping_with_blank_sign_text_10854

Marketing tools are essential part of business.  Large or small everyone needs them.  Having eye catching capture pages create leads, those leads than need to be followed up.  That is what an auto responder will do for you.  This builds that list that is ever so important.  Which builds your business brick by brick.  This leads to you having a nice green patch just like the other guy.

Today business is good and I am grateful.  I even started out being stuck but look what happened when I just put my foot forward.  I created my blog post.  Yes sometimes just putting your foot forward is all you need to do.  Never allow yourself to be stuck with no direction.  Go out and take that next step and success will find you.  Have a great day.

Cindy Slick

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High Ho High Ho A Promoting We Will Go

High Ho High Ho A Promoting We Will Go

how to promote slide-1-638Sometimes, internet marketer’s worst nightmare is promoting.  They can call people they can pass out business cards.  Then someone says to them are you promoting on Facebook or IBO Toolbox and they get a crazed look in their eyes.

I love marketing all of it right down to figuring out a marketing mix.  Where my best target, audience is. How to leverage websites.  Even look forward to my next blog post.  After seven years of doing this though I understand one thing very clearly.  Most hate promoting.

The task of all task.  Writing an ad and then sending it out into cyber space.  They put it off they find all kinds of reason’s why they are not good at it.  Why they do not understand how to do it.  The list really can become very long when talking with people that just do not promote and avoid it like the plague.

Thing is 90% of those people simply do not know how and no one has ever taken the time to show them.  They would do it if someone would solve their issues.  Issue number one not be able to write an ad.  Issue number two sure I know about Facebook, but do you know about the groups that you can advertise on?  I have a list of over 300 and that is just the touch of a very large surface on how to advertise on Facebook.  I hear IBO oh I tried that could not figure it out.  Did you come back to me and ask for help I say!how to promote slide-002-638

I have list of social sites much larger than the big 4 which are essential but not inclusive.  Social media is a must.  Large corporations unwilling to use the internet are losing market shares and several are closing shop.  How to leverage the internet is a part of learning how to market in this day and age.  You cannot leave yourself out by not learning how.

Last night I did a training on how to promote your business.  I believe I have excited many to begin doing just that.  Getting out there and promoting.  Some just did not have the information they needed.  Others just never viewed it or thought of it in the terms I laid out for them.  Either way many thanked me and wanted the copy of the Powerpoint http://www.slideshare.net/cslickharris/how-to-promote

to go back and look at.  I am so happy I was able to inspire.  It is what I set out to do.  If you go and take a look too and find it useful could you do me the favor of liking it?  I also have a copy of the actual webinar in video for you.  http://youtu.be/y8zWYxW6gRU

dude with board2Here is to you learning how to better leverage the internet and promoting your business.  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  I know the forecast here is for sunny skies and warm weather about time right!

Cindy Slick

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This Little Piggy Went to Market

This Little Piggy Went to Market

piggySo you have decided on a great company.  One that fits you perfect and you are so excited about it.  You are all signed up and you go to the conference calls and webinars each week.  You hear the excitement of others and you can hardly wait to get started yourself.

Now to market we go.  You see you have to market and exactly what is marketing anyway?  Most would answer advertising and they would only be partly right.  You see much goes into marketing long before any commercial or print ad is written.  You must know who you are targeting.  If you are selling Avon or you have a diet product, or if you are selling Auto insurance.  You each have a different target.

Now there is much more that goes into a marketing mix that is for another post.  Today I want to talk about promotion.  The end result of marketing.  Where do you promote?  How do you do it?  Well I have spent a great many years learning the answer to this question.  I do not pretend to know the answer to it all but I can tell you I am successful at it.

One of the things I avoided for far too long was using a marketing system.  I found one that has everything under one roof for less than just one tool would cost me.  It has made my life so much easier.  I have wonderfully attractive capture pages which bring me leads.  I have a contact manager which keeps me organized, ad tracking so I know what ads are effective.  I have an auto responder which follows up with those leads and keeps me in front of my prospects.  I never believed until I decided to break down and do what so many where telling me I needed to do.  What a big difference these tools would make.  The difference is huge!how to promote slide-002-638

As for how and where I promote.  Well that list is long and what I have learned you must be consistent.  I do the same things over and over and over again.  I know this maybe boring but regardless I do it because I have learned through experience that it works.  I am actually doing a webinar this evening explaining the things that I do to promote because it always seems to be the same age old question from my people.  You are welcome to come Please come and bring a friend.
Thursday night’s a webinar @ 9pm EST. www.anymeeting.com/yobc1 Look forward to seeing everyone there.

What I know is that what I do works.  I consistently promote my business, through my blog, I have my own website.  I use a marketing system, I use social media, I promote on different websites all over the web like IBO toolbox but there are many more I use as well.  I write effective ads but if you do not know how you can use sites like fiverr which have people that will do this for you.  They will even do the promoting for you if you have no time. how to promote slide-1-638

To market to market to market I go and for me my formula is working for me and for many others who follow it.  Feel free to come to the webinar this evening or you can see my work on my slideshare, http://www.slideshare.net/cslickharris/how-to-promote
on youtube, http://www.youtube.com/user/cslick1960 my blog or even here.  Because this little piggy went to market and says weeee weeee weee all the way home every day!  Good luck and have a great day.

Cindy Slick

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Latest and Greatest Do You Have It Yet?

Latest and Greatest Do You Have It Yet?

starWhen I was a kid Barbie was new and for the boys it was GI Joe.  Everyone just had to have one and most mom’s and dad’s attempted to comply.  As a mother my kids had any number of different toys that the kids just had to have.  From cabbage patch to Care Bears or for the boys Transformers and Star wars.  As they grew out of toys they still wanted toys they just changed to things like name brand jeans, shoes and of course my boys wanted ATV’s and mini-bikes.  They always came with brand names and they always had to have them because well everyone else did.

This syndrome this phenomenon this what has sometimes been called keeping up with Jones does not go away for many just because they grow up.  Many even though they get a job, get married and have children of their own still have a need to have the latest and greatest.  They make all sorts of purchase’s like cars and even house’s based on what the other people they know do.  Mary and Joe buy a pool so Sue and Don have to have one too.

Enter the internet marketer!!  Each month a new toy enters the internet marketing world.  It is better and greater than anything out there and it will bring you thousands a week in wealth!  For the first time ever is a common phrase.  The latest companies springing up all over like to put some elements of the marketing tools, that have been sorely missing from companies.  Of course they tell you this will solve your problem and make you the best distributor ever!  What they do not tell you is that several elements or tools are missing.  Nor do they tell you they only work for that company not for the other 1,2 or 3 companies you promote.  So really what are you gaining?  Truth is nothing.

All those people that fall for the next bright and star striking MLM do you know that the numbers state that people change internet marketing companies every 3-4 months.  That is 75% change companies that frequently.  Exactly how do you ever think you can become successful if you change your mind that often?  If you did your homework, if you find something you are passionate about.  Than stick with it.  Do some homework on how to market.  Go and get those marketing tools.  Well you than have a formula for success.

Stop falling for everything and anything.  The latest new shiny object is not your answer.  The answer lies where it always has within you.  They key is you, not the latest and greatest.  Those toys did not help you grow into a responsible adult that others love, know and admire.  The things you own do not make you feel better, or appear better than others.  Your character does and like your character your home business depends on what you do once you decide on owning a home business.  Not on the home business you decide on. slide-42-638

Today make the decision to stop hopping around to the latest and greatest stick with what you have and make that one successful.  For those that like multiple streams of income, stick with the ones you have stop looking for the pie in the sky.  You already have all the ingredients to make that pie.  Have a great day.

Cindy Slick

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Searching For A Way Out

Searching For A Way Out

helicopterMy adorable dog Marley really does not like the snow.  He will look for any way not to go out in it.  When I force him to go out anyway because I know for his general continued good health he needs to go.  He will choose to take the shorter of the two routes we generally take.  This morning as I look out at the snow that should be sunshine and spring flowers instead of another 6 inches of snow was one of those mornings.

Procrastination is a killer to any small business.  The thing is when we own are own we are now the VP of marketing, the director of the accounting dept., we are the ad exec., we are in charge of accounts receivable, all phone calls in and out of the business my pass through us.  We wear all the hats and the truth is if we put off until tomorrow what can be done today.  We have twice as much to do tomorrow.  So truly procrastination is simply not an option.

Having said that.   It does not stop many from doing just that.  You may have a distributor in your organization that when you see their phone number on the caller ID or maybe their name pop up on Skype all you want to do is run the other way.  Yet you know if you do not handle whatever issue they have today now.  They will relentlessly continue to call.  It matters not they you have explained until the cows came home to them how to do or fix whatever problem they have this day already more ways than you can count.  Do it one more time and hope and pray it takes this time.  The bottom line it is your business.  You made the decision to own your own business.  So it is your responsibility to handle the problem.  You do not have an assistant you can pass it off too.  You have no customer service dept. to take care of it.  You cannot pass them off on someone else they are yours to handle.slide-1-638

Time for a new ad the old one has run its course.  Well you cannot call the ad exec., to handle it for you, why because you are the ad exec and those ads do not write themselves and not only that they do not post themselves either.  So write and post them you must do.  Every moment you put it off you are losing business.  Another blog post needs to be written posted and shared.  Putting off until tomorrow will only lose your business more business.  So write it you need to do and post and share.

So the bottom line as my grandmother was so fond of saying, do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today.  Learn how to be organized and put task in order of importance and whittle away at them throughout the day.  Yes you will be interrupted.  Yes they will take some real effort on your part to get them all done.  Yes often times the task will be one that you simply do not want to do.  Like my dog Marley for continue good health of your business you must get them done.  So why not do them with a smile.  It helps it really, really does.

Cindy Slick

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Funnel Cakes Are a Carnivals Sales Funnels

Funnel Cakes Are a Carnivals Sales Funnels

ferries wheelEvery summer millions of people flock to the county fair or other carnivals and not because of the rides.  It is the carnie food.  You know the yummy sinful foods we only allow ourselves to partake in once in a great while.  Funnel cakes, corn dogs, turkey legs, deep fried decadence in all different shapes.  In sizes that no single human should eat.

Funnel cakes is one of those.  They come in many sizes and with all kinds of toppings and are just so very yummy.  I see sales funnels as being somewhat like those yummy treats.  They come in different shapes and sizes.  They are large and small and in wonderful colors.  They are a necessity to any business that wants to leverage the internet.  Just like those wonderful treats at the carnival that lure you to come visit them.  The sales funnel captivates your audience on the internet to come in take a look and see what you are offering.

So some maybe asking just what is a sales funnel.  What makes it different than say a capture page.  A sales funnel is so much more than a capture page.  It does start with one though.  The difference being that a lead capture page is very simple and only the first step of helping you increase sales.  The capture page does exactly what its name says it does.  It captures your prospect information. capture pages and so many more

You now have a lead and what is so significant is now you have someone’s information because they wanted to know more.  You grabbed their attention and now you have the opportunity to give them something of value.   The next step in a sales funnel is connecting that capture page to an auto responder.  The auto responder is going to follow up with your prospect by sending them email where you will offer value and content.  You will follow with the prospect and you will be seen as being an expert in whatever business you are in.

With the right system those emails can have video and audio included in them.  If you have captivating follow up emails your prospects will come to rely on you and learn to like know and trust you.  People buy from those that they like know and trust and this is the bond you are creating.  Each of your emails will have a link to your sales page or your replicated website or both.  They will receive this over and over. funnel

The next step in a sales funnel is the sales page.  A sales page can be many pages or it can be one that is up to you.  You can offer PLR’s which are private licensed reports.  We have over 36 free reports in our system that can be used by our members.  Subject from social media to why home based business are a must these days.  The point is you give value to your customers.  You position you and all of your reps as individuals who can help others build a home based business.

The email campaigns continue to keep you in front of your customers.  This is important and you may be asking why.  Well it takes an average of 9 times of you being in front of your prospect before they will buy from you.  So that initial capture page which prompted the auto responder to begin sending your email campaign is such an important element.  This process is the difference that helps so many actually be successful while others sit back and wonder why.email campaigns

With our system we help industry leaders set up sales funnels which are created specifically for them.  They can than bring in every one of their reps.  In to the system to use those sales funnels they do not have to make them because they are already made for them.  They simply come in set up a domain of their own and they can start using the pages already created for them.  You can see how this could magnify your business and create a unstoppable sales force.

So whether it is the smell of carnie food or an exciting capture page all business’s must have an enticing start to get the prospect coming in in the first place.  A great capture page can help you grab the attention, the emails keep you in front of your prospect and the sales page gets them interested in what you are selling.  The sales funnel like that funnel cake will keep your prospect interested until you make that sale.  Have a great day.

Cindy Slick

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Mother Knows Best

Mother Knows Best

my girls and iI remember back when I was a young mother.  Telling my kids things like don’t run with the scissors.  Eat your vegetables, finish your homework.  I made many suggestions and some not merely suggestions, that would keep my children healthy and safe.  So they could grow into responsible adults.  Like children do they sometimes listened, sometimes not.  As a parent we share our years of experience to help our children not make the same mistakes we may have made.  With hopes of planting seeds to learn from.

Today almost every day I write my blog and share my years of experience as an internet marketer with others.  I make the suggestions from which I hope you will learn.  Most are mistakes I made along the way and I would like to think you can learn not to make the same ones.

I am not foolish enough to believe all will listen.  I realize that like me many will stubbornly  believe they can do it their way.  What I do hope though is that some will listen.  Some will hear what I am saying and say to themselves yes that makes sense.

When I started I was told over and over that I needed certain tools.  I heard them I even believed them.  I am by nature a tight wad.  Moths fly out of my purse.  I looked at the tool’s, I would go to places like Aweber and Constant Contact and look at what they had to offer.  Maybe sign up for the free trial.  Would even see how well they worked and then when the trial was over, go back to the harder often times ineffective way of marketing.

Today I know better and what I also know today that had I listened, had I taken the sound advice of others I would be where I am now 2 or 3 years sooner.  Today I know that things like auto responders to follow up with leads.  Capture pages to get the leads in the first place.  A system to send out newsletters and ecards are all a necessary part of marketing.  Having a contact manager, even a way to make a website of my own.  Are all a part of my job as an internet marketer.  Today I have all those things under one roof.  Maybe had I found this marketing system that I currently use I would of done it sooner.  After all it cost less than a dollar a day. capture pages and so many more

For just under 30 dollars a month I have every tool they always told me I needed.  It doesn’t cost me over a hundred dollars a month to market the correct way like when I first started out it did.  Today there is a marketing system that is cost effective for the small business owner.  The company has been in business since 1996.  They use to only make systems for large companies.  Like the ones we sign up for to run our home based business with.  They came out with the very system that large MLM’s use to market for the small business owner. How cool is that.  Take a look and hey maybe even listen.  After all mother does know best.  Have a great day

Cindy Slick

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Do It Again Marley

Do It Again Marley

marley2Every day at the same time I repeat the same process.  Marley my min pin gets up from whatever comfortable place he is sleeping.  Comes over to me generally working on my computer and looks up at me with sweet puppy dog eyes.  It is time to eat he is saying to me.  Come on let’s do it right now already.  It is as regular as any clock.  So without too much hesitation I feed him.  Knowing that right after he eats, he will expect a walk.

Marley and I repeat this process twice a day every day.  His schedule is duplicatable.  It is repeated with regularity and it keeps him not just happy.  It keeps him healthy and happy.  I can go away from home on business or vacation and leave someone else to take care of him and they can do exactly what I do for him.  Why because it is duplicatable and there for anyone can keep him on schedule.

Your internet marketing business should be just like Marley.  Anyone should be able to do what you do with little instructions.  They should be able to do it with little knowledge of things like capture pages, how to build a website, how to promote a capture page, what an auto responder is.  They should be able to duplicate without understanding what a contact manager is.  How to add video to the email campaign.

If you have a marketing system from the Free Lead System Forever that is exactly what you get.  Your reps that you sign up can come in and with following a few short steps they can have capture pages, sales funnels just like you the leader have.  Why because they are shared down from your system to theirs.  The emails are automatic and they immediately start to send as soon as someone places their information in the capture page.  The leads come back to the system and you can locate them in the contact manager.  The new reps business is growing which is making the leaders business grow.  This happens over and over. funnel

Just like Marley is in auto pilot and can remain healthy and happy.  You do not have to have a ton of instructions about dogs and grooming to take care of my dog when I am away.  Your new rep does not have to know all the things that go into growing an internet marketing business.  You just have to be duplicatable.  When what you do is able to be duplicated with very little instruction.  Then you can be very successful.  All those other things can be taught later, or never if the new rep has no interest in learning.  Why because it is set up for them.  It can just be done on auto pilot.  This is how the successful marketers do it. ad photos

If you are a leader and would like to know just how simple it is to set you up and get your entire team growing and moving forward smoothly and effortlessly.  Click on the links below or get with me.  I would be happy to help you.  We set up systems for large MLM’s to those needing a Free Lead System Forever with no budget.  If we can make a large company run like a clock image what we can do for you and your team.

Cindy Slick

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If Not You Than Who

Why A Home Based Business Is Almost A Necessity

The Changing Social Contract: Between employee’s and employer

–We can’t promise you how long we’ll be in business

–We can’t promise you that we won’t be acquired

–We can’t promise that there’ll be room for promotion

–We can’t promise that your job will exist when you reach retirement age

–We can’t promise that the money will be available for your pension

–We can’t expect your undying loyalty and we aren’t even sure we want it

a plan2There was a time when the exact opposite was true. Today there is no stability in employment what so ever.  Today you owe it to yourself to be looking out for yourself in the long term.  You need to realize that no matter what your contract with your employer states.  You may find yourself terminated at any moment.  Your retirement benefits long gone when you are retired and possibly even terminated just before you retire, leaving you completely out in the cold.  These are the harsh realities.  This is not a maybe or could be scenario it is a reality check.

Looking out for your long term outlook is a absolute necessity.  If you have no idea how you will survive once you reach retirement age.  Than you need to be looking at that picture now.  Regardless of your current age you need a plan.  A home based business is a good plan B.  You can begin to put into place a residual income that will help you in the future.  Beginning now you can build that residual income and have a substantial income coming in by the time you retire.retirement

Taking control of your future is your responsibility.  It is no one else’s.  In today’s society you can no longer look for your job as your retirement security.  At any time that 401k you have depended on could be gone.  With the way things are you could work for a company for several years believe you will retire with them.  Find yourself out in the cold at age 60.  Too young, to collect social security, too old to find another job.  So take control start a home based business there are many good options.  Have a good day.

Cindy Slick

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