Posted by Scott Bywater in Psychology Jul 4th, 2011 | No Comments »

Let me ask you a question…

If Bill Gates lost everything tomorrow, do you think it would take him long to become a millionaire again? How about Richard Branson? Michael Dell? Or Jeff Bezos?

Heck, Donald Trump did lose millions and in his book, Trump: The Art of the Comeback, he described the depth of his poverty in 1990 (p.11):

“One day, while walking down Fifth Avenue, hand in hand with Marla, I pointed across the street to a man holding a cup and with a Seeing Eye dog. I asked, “Do you know who that is?”

Marla said to me: “Yes, Donald. He’s a beggar. Isn’t it too bad? He looks so sad!”

I said, “You’re right. He’s a beggar, but he’s worth about $900 million more than me.”

She looked at me and said, “What do you mean, Donald? How could he possibly be worth $900 million more than you.

I said, “Let’s assume he’s worth nothing (only from the standpoihnt of dollars) – I’m worth minus $900 million.”

Today Trump is once again a billionaire.

So what separates you from the likes of Donald Trump and the millionaires mentioned above?

While there are personal qualities, such as passion… dedication… commitment… the ability to think outside the square, etc…

In my opinion, one of the biggest factors is knowledge. And the courage to act on that knowledge.

And that’s why – if they lost everything tomorrow, just like Donald Trump…

Most successful business owners could build it all up again… while the bum in the street will probably be worth nothing forever.

So where’s the real security?

Is it in money? Or is it inside you?

Your knowledge and your inner qualities.

Interesting question, isn’t it?

The next question is: where do I get the knowledge to give me the security I need?

The knowledge you need could vary and range from managing staff, time management, hiring and firing, etc.

If you need knowledge on how to write order-pulling ads, you might want to check this out.

Or if you’re focused online – here’s some underground secrets everyone with a web site must know.

Posted by Scott Bywater in advertising, copywriting, marketing Jul 9th, 2008 | 1 Comment »
Types Of Marketing Strategies

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Recently, I pulled out a copy of my book from the winner of Donald Trump’s Apprentice, Bill Rancic.

Now on page 111 of Bill’s book, You’re Hired, he talks about his cigar business and how he had built the business up through radio advertising.

However, when the sudden flush of dot-com advertisers came into the marketplace , advertising rates skyrocketed. Because of course, the rates were all based on supply and demand. The more demand – the higher the prices went.

Of course, that was great for the radio station, but not good for Bill’s business.

Now to cut a long story short, it was no longer viable for him to advertise. And he had to change his entire business operation.

Through some smart thinking, they moved the way they did business from mail order to on-premise sales.

However, it’s a very tough situation to end up in. And it could happen to any business that relies on one advertising strategy.

For instance:

  • If you get most of your business from the internet: what happens when advertising rates rise? Or when it’s not so easy to get high search engine rankings? Or when pay per click rates go beyond an affordable price?
  • If you send out heaps of email, what happens if the government starts charging for email?
  • If you use fax streaming to generate leads, what happens if the government brings in rules which makes this marketing strategy illegal?
  • If you rely on the Yellow Pages, have you ever considered the fact it could become less and less effective as people move online rather than relying on the book?
  • If you rely on telemarketing to generate leads, what if the government outlaws it at some time in the future?
  • What if your television advertising rates double?

My point is this. If you rely on one of anything, you are leaving yourself in an exposed position. Imagine building a house which balances on one pole. If that pole gets weak, down goes your house.

And it’s the same with your business.

Think ahead. Test a variety types of marketing strategies to improve your business…

    • Yellow pages
    • Newspaper
    • Fax streaming
    • Internet
    • Television
    • Direct mail
    • Radio
    • Joint Ventures
    • Referral Programs
    • Seminars
    • Database marketing

And anything else you can think of. That way… if the laws change… if the advertising rates go up… if all of a sudden one of these marketing strategies stops working as well as it used to…

Your business will be safe.

And you are the one that has the power because you are not reliant on any particular advertising strategy.

Right now, write down the types of marketing strategies you currently use to generate business. And then write down a few other ideas you can test, so you have 5 marketing strategies to draw people into your business.

And let me know how you go…

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