Neil Patel & Eric Siu.

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Neil Patel (CrazyEgg & Kissmetrics) and Eric Siu (Growth Everywhere & Single Grain) bring you daily ACTIONABLE digital marketing lessons that they've learned through years of being in the trenches. Whether you've just started a website or you manage millions of pageviews, Neil & Eric will help you take it to the next level.

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7 Killer Growth Strategies for E-commerce Companies | Ep. #1272

Jan 24, 2020 09:06

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In episode #1272, we unpack seven killer growth strategies for your e-commerce company! We look at customer data, automation, subscriptions and more, so make sure to not miss this episode. Tune in to get your e-commerce platform up and running, fast!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: 7 Killer Growth Strategies for E-Commerce Companies. [00:44] Adding in up-sells and down-sells to an e-commerce cart. [01:56] Using a customer data platform to improve the customer journey. [03:28] Looking for micro-influencers with appropriate audiences. [04:19] Automation based on specific customer personas through email and beyond. [05:20] Leveraging different channels; push-notifications, subscriptions and more. [06:00] Making an enticing subscription offer! [07:14] Using live chat services to answer all customer questions.  [08:07] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Hull HubSpot Lytics Kardashians Drip ManyChat LiveChat

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7 Actionable SEO Tips for 2020 | Ep. #1271

Jan 23, 2020 06:35

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In episode #1271, we talk about seven actionable SEO tips for the year ahead! From bottom of the funnel keywords to easy ways to speed up your site, there is loads here to up your ranking and increase your traffic. Listen in with us on this episode of Marketing School!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: 7 Actionable SEO Tips for 2020.  [00:43] Focusing beyond the top of the funnel keywords. [01:46] Leveraging FAQ schema in order to get more clicks and outrank other sites. [02:43] Speeding up your site for a better user experience. [03:21] Adding tools to your website for natural and easy link generation. [03:52] Optimizing your organic click-through rate. [04:14] Integrating media into content to increase loyalty and time on-site. [04:52] Satisfying searcher intent and avoiding high bounce rates.  [05:46] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Nike FAQ Schema WordPress Structured Content  Google PageSpeed Insights BatchSpeed WP Rocket Short Pixel Google Search Console Ubersuggest CodeCanyon ClickFlow

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The Biggest Influencers in The World Do This (And What You Can Learn From Them) | Ep. #1270

Jan 22, 2020 06:30

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In episode #1270, we share the most important lessons you can learn from the biggest influences in the world. Collaborating with other people who are on the same level as you can be super helpful in cross-promoting your offering. Tune in to hear what Gary Vaynerchuk and other influencers do to keep people engaged and grow their brands!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: What You Can Learn From the Biggest Influencers in the World.  [00:36] The rise of the influencer on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok.   [01:02] How influencers put together collaboration houses such as the Hype House.  [01:50] Leveraging other influencers to get bigger and bigger.  [02:11] Learn from Gary Vaynerchuk who networks and collaborates with other celebrities.  [02:26] Tag other people in stuff you post at conferences and networking events.  [02:38] Figure out how to monetize your brand by building it out. [03:10] Create videos and video content – it’s booming right now!  [03:54] Keep in mind that videos can reach millions of people.  [04:06] Relate to and bond with your audience by going live.  [04:22] Work through the struggle and remain consistent with what you do.  [05:42] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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TikTok Gary Vaynerchuk Kylie Cosmetics Charli on TikTok  Leonardo DiCaprio

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6 Proven Hacks to Increase Your Organic CTRs | Ep. #1269

Jan 21, 2020 07:13

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In episode #1269, we share six proven hacks to improve your organic CTRs. Adding the date in your title tag, using Google Search Console to see which of the keywords your page is ranking for, and using a title separator or characters are great ways to improve your CTRs. Tune in to hear how Answer the Public and Ubersuggest can help you!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Six Proven Hacks to Increase Your Organic CTRs.  [00:41] What we mean when we say “organic CTRs (click-through rates)”.  [01:06] Why you should aim to maximize your click-through rate. [01:16] Get more clicks by adding the date in your title tag.  [01:36] Use a tool like Answer the Public to get the permutations of what others search for.  [02:23] Use Google Search Console to see which keywords your page is ranking for. [04:16] Try out ClickFlow – they monitor everything on your behalf and report back.  [04:45] Consider the Google AdWords quality score when it comes to paid ads.  [05:57] Use a unique title separator or characters like arrows or emojis.  [06:23] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Answer the Public  Ubersuggest  Google Search Console  ClickFlow

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5 Easy Ways to Find Keywords That Convert Into Sales | Ep. #1268

Jan 20, 2020 05:36

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In episode #1268, we share five easy ways to discover those keywords that lead to sales. Use comparison-based keywords to capture an audience that is ready to make a purchase. Tune in to hear all about the most effective keyword generating tools!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Five Easy Ways to Find Keywords that Convert Into Sales.  [00:42] Going after comparison-based keywords using a keyword tool.  [01:24] Why comparison-based keywords are high in conversions. [01:55] Pay attention to what keywords and ads your competitors are bidding on. [02:27] Features that show the top keywords your competitors are going after.  [03:07] Look at your add accounts to see what converts. [03:27] Using a thesaurus to find synonyms for relevant keywords.  [03:59] Everything you can do with a tool like Clickflow.  [04:30] That’s it for today! [04:32] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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ConvertKit  Mailchimp AWeber Ubersuggest Ahrefs SEMrush Adbeat ClickFlow

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7 Underrated Marketing Lessons | Ep. #1267

Jan 19, 2020 09:43

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In episode #1267, we share seven marketing lessons you may have overlooked. Despite being a fast-moving industry, you want to keep a long-term perspective and avoid cutting corners in your pursuit of success. Tune in to hear what all the best marketers do to stay on top of their game!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Seven Underrated Marketing Lessons. [00:40] Why going longer is better than trying to cut things short.  [01:27] If you aim for impact, the results and money will take care of itself. [01:43] Grow your revenue by pursuing international markets like India and Brazil.  [02:12] Thinking ahead by building a protective moat around your business. [03:10] Why going omnichannel is inevitable if you want to keep succeeding. [04:22] Conversion optimization and creating a premium experience for people. [05:28] Establish stronger audience engagement through live video.  [07:27] The best marketers know how to put a great team around them.  [08:47] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Warren Buffet Charlie Munger  Ubersuggest

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5 Ways to Find And Connect With Other Talented Marketers | Ep. #1266

Jan 18, 2020 05:41

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In episode #1266, we share some strategies for connecting with and learning from other like-minded people. Media platforms such as LinkedIn, Slack, and Facebook are still the most recommended for engaging with fellow marketers online. Tune in to hear how you can use conferences and networking events in your favor!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Five Ways to Find and Connect with Other Talented Marketers.  [00:34] There so much out there to learn from other people — we don’t know it all!  [01:02] LinkedIn’s strong organic reach makes this a great platform to find other marketers.   [01:33] Attend conferences and networking events to engage those who are a few steps ahead.  [02:07] Continue to connect online with those you met at events. [02:22] List the people who are going to an event and invite them to a dinner or happy hour.  [03:01] Become the connector between people attending the same event. [03:26] Join a Slack group for marketers such as Traffic Think Tank.  [03:55] Facebook groups are still a good platform to connect and engage.  [04:52] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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LinkedIn Traffic Think Tank Slack Ahrefs

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7 Marketing Lessons Learned From Gary Vaynerchuk | Ep. #1265

Jan 17, 2020 07:18

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In episode #1265, we share seven important lessons you can learn from Gary Vaynerchuk. Being aware of your weaknesses, connecting with your ideal customers, experimenting with new things, and showing up as yourself will help you to build an irresistible brand. Tune in to hear how you can double down on your content!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Seven Marketing Lessons You Can Learn from Gary Vaynerchuk.  [00:32] Gary’s agency VaynerMedia and how he built out his father’s wine company. [01:06] Recognize what you’re not good at and get a team to help you.  [01:39] If you’re going to do marketing, find ways to relate to your ideal customer.  [02:24] Be ahead of the game when it comes to testing and trying new things.   [03:00] Know that social media traffic is short-lived, and take control.   [03:42] Be fast to get new things out consistently.  [04:35] Make the most of your content by reusing it in smaller segments. [05:23] The importance of being yourself and showing up unapologetically.  [06:28] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Gary Vaynerchuk VaynerMedia  TikTok Community

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5 Underrated Hacks to Rank a Brand New Website | Ep. #1264

Jan 16, 2020 04:46

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In episode #1264, we share the secrets of boosting the rankings of your new website. Increase your brand queries, submit your site to index, and offer a free tool on your website to up your discoverability. Tune in to hear how you can also reach non-English-speaking regions!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Five Underrated Hacks to Rank A Brand New Website.  [00:35] The more brand queries a site has, the easier and faster it is for them to rank.   [00:51] Combine push notifications, Facebook Messenger and email collection.   [01:14] Submit your website to index in Google Search Console.  [01:32] Find the pages who are in the top 1000 and ask them for a link.  [02:14] Buy a tool or widget on 1Kprojects or CodeCanyon and offer it on your site.   [03:18] Keep in mind that your English website is not competitive in all countries.  [03:33] Transcribe and translate your content to reach other regions.  [03:49] That’s it for today! [03:52] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Facebook Messenger Google Search Console Omni Calculator 1Kprojects  CodeCanyon Outgrow

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The Biggest Marketing Mistake Neil Made When He Started Off | Ep. #1263

Jan 15, 2020 06:11

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In episode #1263, we share the biggest mistakes Neil made early in his career. Having a long-term perspective on success and doing the brand work yourself rather than handing it to someone else are two of the most significant lessons he has learned. Tune in to hear why you need to partner with people who have experience in the field before investing in anything.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: The Biggest Mistake Neil Made When He First Started.  [00:34] Neil’s age when he started his career and how long he has been at it.  [00:54] Paying other people to help with marketing and getting ripped off.  [01:19] Learning that it takes at least three years to do well.  [01:37] Do not keep changing businesses and constantly shift your focus. [01:50] Ensure that your business idea has a big TAM (total addressable market). [02:09] Cultivate a long-term perspective rather than focusing on the day-to-day.  [02:45] How Neil lost over $1 million by trying to start a hosting company.  [03:29] The need to partner with people who know the industry/field you are getting into.   [04:06] What went wrong when he tried to sell products in the education space.  [04:32] Build your brand yourself — don’t leave it up to someone else — and be all in.  [05:07] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Uber Airbnb Charlie Munger Harold & Kumar

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The Biggest Marketing Mistake Eric Made When He Started Off | Ep. #1262

Jan 14, 2020 05:35

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In episode #1262, we disclose the biggest mistake Eric made in his early days in marketing. Opting for quality and impact is always going to be more sustainable and rewarding than trying to make quick money at the lowest cost. Tune in to how the why behind your ventures is so crucial to your success!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: The Biggest Marketing Mistake Eric Made When He Started.  [00:52] Eric’s Biggest mistake: always trying to go for the quick wins.  [00:58] Building affiliate sites and buying cheap articles and links.  [01:47] Often mistakes stem from wanting to make a lot of money quickly.  [01:55] Focus on making an impact and choosing quality content.  [02:13] The mistake of trying to make money in a niche you’re not interested in.  [02:28] The importance of understanding the why behind what you do.  [03:31] Learning that you can translate your skills to help real businesses. [04:41] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Textbroker  WickedFire  Simon Sinek on TED

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How to Build Multiple Income Streams at Once | Ep. #1261

Jan 13, 2020 06:40

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In episode #1261, we discuss why and how you should go about building different income streams within your business. It’s not about having multiple businesses, but about knowing how to monetize the various aspects within your sphere. Tune in to hear how you can optimize the low hanging fruit in your business!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Build Multiple Income Streams At Once.  [00:37] Why you should attempt to build multiple income streams, and examples of what we do.  [01:13] Developing a course that consistently makes you money.  [01:39] Think of creative ways to monetize what you are already doing.  [01:55] Taking one asset and putting multiple income streams around it.  [02:20] Avoid starting too many things and keep streams related to one another.  [02:47] The importance of having laser focus and when to expand.  [03:40] Be careful of shiny object syndrome and jumping from one thing to the next.  [04:30] Looking for low hanging fruit in areas that you have already invested in.  [05:11] Establish your product and audience before trying to generate income from it.  [05:37] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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DreamHost  Leveling Up Podcast ShoeDazzle Brian Lee The Honest Company Jessica Alba LegalZoom

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7 Ways SEO Will Change in The Next Decade | Ep. #1260

Jan 12, 2020 08:47

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In episode #1260, we share our take on how SEO will change in the next ten years. Imagine being able to search by simply thinking about it – this is the direction Neuralink seems to be taking consumer experience in the next decade. Tune in to hear why we believe partnerships between different countries and tech companies will become increasingly important.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Seven Ways SEO Will Change in the Next Decade.  [01:19] Why SEO is not going anywhere as long as humans and robots exist.  [01:50] How Neuralink is changing the playing field on the human-computer connection.  [02:29] How search options and devices will expand in the next decade.  [03:11] Smart home devices like Alexa becoming even smarter and more developed.  [03:48] Search is going to become a remarketing game.  [05:02] The opportunity to boost SEO by translating content into other languages.  [05:46] Keeping in mind that while the US is the superpower today, it might change.  [06:02] Why video is going to be the future of content.  [07:14] The countries that will become more powerful and why partnerships will increase.  [07:57] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Gary Vaynerchuk Elon Musk Neuralink Alexa Google Home

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The Best Ways to Build Wealth as a Digital Marketer | Ep. #1259

Jan 11, 2020 07:16

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In episode #1259, we share the most effective ways of building your wealth as a new digital marketer. Doing tons of freelance work and making sure that your pitches are concise and well-researched will make you stand out from the crowd. Tune in to hear why having a long-term perspective is most rewarding!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: The Best Ways to Build Wealth As A Digital Marketer.  [00:48] Doing freelance work as the best way to make money when you’re starting.  [01:00] Land gigs by getting on platforms like Fiverr and Upwork.   [01:23] Be succinct and show insight when reaching out to potential clients.  [02:08] Set yourself apart by researching the company you are pitching to.  [02:55] The value of putting yourself out there and being proactive.  [04:30] Keeping a long-term perspective rather than seeking out easy avenues only.   [04:36] Test out other people’s products first and learn where you can get traffic sources from.   [05:03] What to do once you see that your affiliate work proves successful.  [05:46] Also start building up your speaking career, and offer it free at first.  [05:56] That’s it for today! [06:22] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Fiverr Upwork Crunchbase AngelList Gary Vaynerchuk ClickBank Commission Junction

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This 8-Year-Old Makes $26M A Year From YouTube - Here's What You Can Learn | Ep. #1258

Jan 10, 2020 05:40

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In episode #1258, we discuss the runaway success of an eight-year-old YouTube star, Ryan Kaji. Together with his parents, he has created the most lucrative YouTube channel on the internet. Tune in to hear all the lessons from his success that are also applicable to you!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How An Eight-Year-Old Makes $26 Million A Year From YouTube.  [00:47] More about Ryan and his YouTube channel called Ryan’s World.  [01:08] The Forbes article about the top YouTube influencers and what they’re making.  [01:47] How Ryan’s mother came up with the idea for Ryan’s World.  [02:13] Realizing that anyone can make money and that YouTube is a powerful platform.  [02:46] Recognizing that there is potential in almost all audiences.  [03:17] The importance of being consistent with your publishing schedule.  [03:46] Why diversifying your investments and sources of income is always a good idea.  [04:09] The first and second runner up of the most successful YouTube stars.  [04:48] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Ryan’s World on YouTube  Forbes Article  EvanTubeHD  Dude Perfect on YouTube

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How to Create A Luxury Experience That Delights | Ep. #1257

Jan 9, 2020 05:58

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In episode #1257, we share all about creating luxury experiences for your customers and clients that do not cost you a fortune. It’s all about going above and beyond and trying your best to deliver on requests. Tune in to hear what sets Emirates and Qatar Airways apart from other airlines, and how you can apply these principles in your business.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How To Create A Luxury Experience That Delights.  [00:36] What each of us considers to be luxury experiences.  [00:58] Why flying Emirates first class is the ultimate luxury experience.  [01:45] What Emirate and Qatar Airways offer that is like no other airline.  [02:30] The value of creating a luxury experience in your marketing and business. [02:47] Focusing on service and why creating the experience doesn’t have to be expensive.  [03:29] Consider hotels’ approach to service and apply it to your business.  [04:42] The key to white-glove service: try not to say “no”.  [05:21] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Emirates  Qatar Airways  American Airlines  Four Seasons The Ritz-Carlton Zig Ziglar

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How to Build An Ultra Engaged Audience That Buys From You | Ep. #1256

Jan 8, 2020 06:04

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In episode #1256, we discuss different strategies for increasing your follower engagement. The most important thing to remember is to add value first before trying to pitch a product or service to your audience. Tune in to hear why it is crucial to respond to questions and comments on your social media platforms!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Build An Ultra-Engaged Audience That Buys From You.  [00:36] Why you need to have a highly engaged audience.  [01:00] Your number of followers will not determine your success in selling.  [01:12] What you want to achieve by building an email list.  [01:57] The correct ratio between emails that add value and those that pitch a product/service.  [02:16] People follow those who add value, not sell stuff all the time.  [02:29] Engage with your audience if you want them to be engaged.  [03:10] Avoid giving generic advice and personalize responses to your audience. [03:39] The value of responding to comments and questions on social channels.  [04:24] Why you need to start doing more video-based content.  [05:14] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Perry Marshall  Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook 

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The Best Podcast Tools for 2020 | Ep. #1255

Jan 7, 2020 05:03

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In episode #1255, we talk about the best tools for podcasting in 2020! With the podcasting market still wide open and the barriers to entry as low as they are, putting some energy into creating platform this year is a great idea! Listen in as we share some of the easy and affordable tools you can use to get started and get growing.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: The Best Podcast Tools for 2020. [00:47] Google Drive and call recording over Skype with ecamm. [01:22] Zoom calls and utilizing the free service for interviewing guests. [01:56] The great service that Anchor offers for getting started with podcasting. [02:22] Podcast promotion through email and push notifications for better traction. [03:00] Transcription, subscriptions and payments through Descript and Supercast. [04:04] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Skype ecamm Call Recorder Zoom Anchor Spotify ConvertKit MailChimp subscribers.com ManyChat MobileMonkey Descript GroupOn Supercast

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The Podcast Setup That Helped Us Get to 27M Downloads | Ep. #1254

Jan 6, 2020 07:32

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In episode #1254, we talk about the podcast setup that helped us reach $27 million dollars. Our journey here at Marketing School has been so rewarding and the podcasting market is still a gold rush and definitely something you should consider. Tune in to hear how easy it is to get started and build an audience.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: The Podcast Setup that Helped Us Get to 27 Million Dollars. [00:46] The current setup at Marketing School and how far we have come. [01:55] Sound quality, removing echos and dealing with high ceilings. [02:51] The bits and pieces that go into making our voices sound better. [05:02] Getting content out with low costs before upgrading. [06:12] Neil's home studio and why he is laying on the couch.  [06:35] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Heil PR40 Focusrite Scarlett Blue Yeti The Network Studios Shure Yelp

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This Can Bring 10x More Results Than a Super Bowl Ad | Ep. #1253

Jan 5, 2020 06:17

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In episode #1253, we talk about how TEDx can get more results than a Super Bowl ad! With so many useful platforms out there, an expensive Super Bowl ad is not necessarily the way to go to reach the most people. Tune in to hear about some of the innovative ways you can use your ad-budget to build your brand.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Getting TEDx More Results than a Super Bowl Ad. [00:39] Channels that are being utilized by big companies to promote releases. [01:47] The expense and scarcity of Super Bowl adverts. [02:15] Using the Esports and Twitch platforms on a realistic and smaller scale. [02:47] The example of Ninja and the changes he made to his streaming schedule. [03:51] The gaming market and how many young people are playing. [04:27] Branding and the affordable ways of building yours through advertising. [05:11] That is it for today! [05:15] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Super Bowl League of Legends Star Wars Fortnite Disney+ Epic Games Esports Twitch Ninja Mixer Netflix Amazon Prime

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Why Luminary Is Failing | Ep. #1252

Jan 4, 2020 06:53

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In episode #1252, we discuss our reasons why we think Luminary is failing as a business. Luminary is a podcast production studio that raised well over $100 million to try to build the Netflix for podcasts. If you’re going to launch a business, you have to look at consumer behavior and truly understand what your industry demands. Tune in as we go over all the points why we think Luminary’s roll out failed and how you can prevent that from happening in your own business.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Why We Think Luminary is Failing. [00:30] Who is Luminary, what is their business model, and why did their launch fail? [01:34] The importance of understanding consumer behavior before starting a business. [02:06] Why knowing your industry is key for launching a new business. [03:29] Structure of podcasts: why listeners aren’t interested in paid or B-list podcasts. [04:23] The pivot that Luminary needs to save their business. [04:59] Key lesson from this episode: give away everything fro free to build your audience. [05:51] That’s it for today! [06:02] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Luminary Netflix Disney+ Apple TV+ Joe Rogan Podcast New York Times

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How Success Gaps Can Guide Your Content Marketing | Ep. #1251

Jan 3, 2020 05:08

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In episode #1251, we look at how you can use success gaps to steer your content marketing strategy. So what exactly is a success gap and what does success look like for your customers? The key is that it is not always about selling! If you can educate and help people with all their problems, you are more likely to succeed in the long run. Tune in today to learn more about how to build brand trustworthiness and help your potential customers find success.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How Success Gaps Can Guide Your Content Marketing. [00:33] Success gap: what your customers need to become successful. [01:45] Importance of helping your customers solve their problems and be more successful. [02:18] Building brand awareness and trust to leverage word-of-mouth marketing. [02:40] Why content marketing is essentially another way to help your potential customers. [03:34] A tool to determine to best way to help your customers: Ubersuggest. [04:08] That’s it for today! [04:31] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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David Henzel Syed Balkhi OptinMonster The Success Gap Lincoln Murphy Reebok Ubersuggest

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The Latest Business Trends That Will Guide Your Marketing | Ep. #1250

Jan 2, 2020 07:05

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In episode #1250, we go over all the latest business trends to guide your marketing in the new year. There are a lot of things going on in the business world that we do want to call out because these trends will certainly affect how you do your marketing. We cover important trends such as understanding the pitfalls of raising capital, why a strong brand is so effective for your business, the concept of purchasing web properties, and which marketing strategies to use as everything starts getting more expensive.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: The Latest Business Trends That Will Guide Your Marketing. [00:48] Understanding the good and bad of raising capital for your business. [02:11] Building a strong brand: leveraging influencers and the omnichannel approach. [03:41] Capitalizing on under-utilized web properties, arbitraging your way to better results. [04:52] How to stay competitive as marketing prices skyrocket: AB testing and conversation optimization. [05:51] That’s it for today! [06:02] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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SoftBank WeWork Wag Away Warby Parker Attention Capital Girl Boss

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7 Social Media Tools for 2020 & Beyond | Ep. #1249

Jan 1, 2020 05:40

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In episode #1249, we are going over 7 social media tools for 2020 to help you manage and organize all that is happening in the space. We start off with social media management and reporting, why now is a great time to build your messenger list, how to better manage your social media channels, and why it is important to leverage the right tools for your success. For a jam-packed episode of all the best tools, stay tuned!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: 7 Social Media Tools for 2020 and Beyond. [00:39] Using SproutSocial to keep accountability within your team. [01:32] Gaining a competitive edge by building up your messenger list as quickly as possible. [02:10] The importance of using the right hashtags on Instagram: Ingramer. [02:45] How to easily create simple, professional content for Instagram with Canva. [03:16] Top tool for managing your YouTube channel: TubeBuddy. [03:42] Using vidIQ to maximize and optimize your YouTube traffic. [04:11] Using Spotify to get guiding insights on your podcast statistics.  [05:53] That’s it for today! [04:55] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Sprout Social ManyChat MobileMonkey Ingramer Instagram Canva TubeBuddy vidIQ SEMrush Ahrefs Ubersuggest Spotify

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2020 Has Begun. Don't Forget These Oldies But Goodies To Grow | Ep. #1248

Dec 31, 2019 07:27

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In episode #1248, we are going to go over some oldies but goodies to help you grow your business in the new year. Often times we focus so much on all the new tools, but today we want to talk about the old, tried and true strategies that still work really well. We dive into key strategies such as webinars, updating and repurposing old content, connecting with customers through text message, and more! Stay tuned to find out how to revive these old marketing goldmines to effectively grow your business. 

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[00:40] Today’s topic: Oldies but Goodies to Help You Grow. [01:06] The power of using webinars to build trust at scale and grow your business. [01:36] Our recommended webinar tool: Livestorm. [01:48] Updating your old content to revamp your business in the new year. [02:36] How to use text messages to connect with your customers directly. [03:52] Top texting platforms and leveraging push notifications to draw traffic to your business. [04:17] Why email should still be a core marketing channel in your business. [05:09] How to leverage and white label tools as the “new” content marketing.  [06:26] That’s it for today! [06:51] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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ClickFunnels Livestorm Twilio Facebook Messenger Mikael Yang ManyChat MobileMonkey CodeCanyon 1Kprojects

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Should You Sign Up For TikTok in 2020? | Ep. #1247

Dec 30, 2019 06:58

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In episode #1247, we discuss whether or not you should sign up for TikTok in 2020. TikTok is the newest social network, mainly used for much younger people, allowing users to create short lip-sync, comedy, and talent videos. Listen in to hear more about why now is great time for your business to get in on the TikTok platform, how to take advantage of initial organic growth, and when to look out for opportunities to monetize. 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Should You Sign Up for TikTok in 2020?. [00:31] What is TikTok and how do you use it? [01:32] Vine success stories: Logan Paul and Jake Paul. [02:40] The two schools of thought for how to use TikTok for your brand. [03:56] How to repurpose your content from other social media platforms for TikTok. [04:58] Why now is the best opportunity for organic growth on TikTok. [05:36] Focusing on LinkedIn for organic growth on the B2B side. [06:00] That’s it for today! [03:24] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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TikTok ByteDance Vine Logan Paul Jake Paul Staples Center LinkedIn

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A $3000 Story. Was it Really Worth It? | Ep. #1246

Dec 29, 2019 09:26

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In episode #1246, we talk about a $3,000 story and if it was really worth it or not? Have you ever invested in something and then wondered if it was actually money well-spent? For today’s show, Neil interviews Eric on his experience of spending $3,000 to go to a conference to discover if it was really worth the hype. Tune in to discover the importance of building a story for your brand, where to use it, and Eric’s three biggest takeaways from attending the event.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: A $3,000 Story: Was it Worth it or Not? [00:47] When it is better to opt for the book: better value for money. [01:09] Why Eric decided to build an external story for his brand. [01:43] What convinced Eric to attend the conference? [02:23] The story Eric created for ClickFlow: what do they do? [03:40] The process you go through at the conference: creating your brand script. [04:44] Brand script for ClickFlow: what does a brand script entail? [05:38] How to access a brand script template for your business. [06:14] Three biggest tips Eric learned from the conference. [07:50] Understanding where to implement or use your story in your marketing.  [08:31] That’s it for today! [03:24] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Building a StoryBrand Yaniv Masjedi Nextiva Donald Miller StoryBrand Conference Clickflow

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The Best Marketers Are The Most Entrepreneurial | Ep. #1245

Dec 28, 2019 06:33

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In episode #1245, we discuss why the best marketers out there are usually more entrepreneurial! Looking at our own experiences coming up in marketing and in particular the example of our friend Syed Balkhi, we can see the links between creativity, innovation, and success. Tune in to get some inspiration for how you can turn your marketing skills into a business!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Why the Best Marketers are the Most Entrepreneurial.  [00:34] Eric's practices around learning when he started out in the marketing game. [01:29] Why Neil values creativity over all else in marketing. [02:01] The example of Syed Balkhi and his career path in marketing. [03:31] Frugality and creativity; a winning combination. [04:44] Taking your marketing skills and applying them to a business of your own. [05:38] That's it. [05:43] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Syed Balkhi OptinMonster Awesome Motive WordPress

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How This Ad Lost One Company a Billion Dollars | Ep. #1244

Dec 27, 2019 07:55

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In episode #1244, we talk about how Peloton lost a billion dollars in company valuation the day a new advert for their bike came out! The ad caused a big stir with claims of sexism and elitism and the share drop was very immediate. Tune in to hear our thoughts on what the real cost of this was and if it really hurt Peloton that badly!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How One Ad Lost a Company a Billion Dollars.  [00:34] A little about Peloton, what the company produces and its reputation. [01:15] The content of the ad in question and the story behind it. [02:12] The backlash against the ad and the resulting drop in value for Peloton. [02:40] Neil's own experiences buying his wife a Peloton! [03:40] Did this saga actually hurt the company and how badly? [04:26] Good press, bad press and neutral promotion. [06:08] Coming back from a negative press cycle and using it to your advantage. [06:57] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Peloton  SoulCycle Tesla 

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What You Can Learn From The Popeye's Chicken Sandwich | Ep. #1243

Dec 27, 2019 06:13

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In episode #1243, we talk about what you can learn from Popeyes’ chicken sandwich feeding frenzy. As marketers we often forget how effective it can be to test your strategies before doubling down on the right one. Tune in today to hear more about the power of getting back to the basics with minimal viable products, how to use social as a marketing advantage, and why a little competition can create still positive press.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: What You Can Learn from Popeyes’ Chicken Sandwich. [00:45] The story of Popeyes’ chicken sandwich: the feeding frenzy. [01:11] Capacity limit creates a shortage and increasing demand. [01:24] Recognizing the power of social media when it is used correctly. [01:54] Understanding when a “subtle” marketing approach is more effective. [02:15] Getting back to the basics of marketing: minimal viable product. [03:06] Importance of testing marketing strategies before doubling down on them. [03:43] The incredible revenue generating from the chicken sandwich wars.  [04:25] Chick-fil-A vs Popeyes: the positive press creating from the sandwich wars. [05:02] Learn how to test your marketing strategies on the Marketing School Live website. [05:43] That’s it for today! [06:04] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Popeyes Chick-fil-A Marketing School Live

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The Big Mistake You Are Making on Social Media | Ep. #1242

Dec 25, 2019 07:38

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In episode #1242, we share the biggest mistake you’re making on social media. While repurposing content can be effective, it’s imperative to consider whether the content is appropriate for each new channel you publish to. Tune in to hear all about Gary Vaynerchuk’s awesome free resource that outlines everything you need to know regarding social media posts! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: The Big Mistake You’re Making on Social Media.  [00:47] Examples of how we repurpose content efficiently.  [01:19] Making the mistake of republishing content on an inappropriate channel. [02:00] Always keeping the norms of the channel (e.g. length of posts) in mind.  [02:20] Advice for publishing natively on Twitter and recent example of a successful Tweet.  [03:08] Putting thought into your posts rather than publishing the same across all platforms.  [04:02] Study the strategies of those who do well on various platforms.  [04:27] Keep in mind that some channels work in both directions while others don’t.   [05:20] Building a culture of experimentation to find out what works.  [05:55] The free resource that outlines key principles of posting on social media.  [06:31] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Leveling Up Podcast  The Hard Thing About Hard Things  Ben Horowitz on Twitter Twitch  Gary Vaynerchuk  64 Piece of Content 

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How to go Omnichannel With Your Content in Under 30 Minutes | Ep. #1241

Dec 24, 2019 07:48

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In episode #1241, we discuss how you can share to various channels in less than 30 minutes! Sprouting your content means that you make new pieces from an existing “seed” piece, therefore saving a great deal of time and money. Tune in to hear which tool we use to quickly publish your content on various platforms! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Go Omnichannel With Your Content in Under 30 Minutes.  [00:32] What we mean by “omnichannel” and the different types of content and platforms. [01:17] The misconception around Google penalizing for duplicate content.  [02:00] Keeping in mind that people’s attention spans are very short nowadays.  [02:29] The simple process we follow to spout our content from a “seed” piece.   [03:32] How one piece of content can become 70 pieces of content.  [04:19] Using a tool like IFTTT to connect your content to various platforms.   [05:14] Making your content native so that it is appropriate for the specific channel.  [06:35] Sometimes basic posts work the best.  [06:53] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Gary V (64 Pieces of Content) IFTTT

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How to Market Like Apple in 2020 | Ep. #1240

Dec 23, 2019 07:45

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In episode #1240, we share the strategies for marketing like Apple in 2020. By creating more products that are integrated, Apple keeps customers reliant on them, and people keep coming back to buy the latest devices. Tune in to hear how Apple is diversifying into other markets to remain at the top of their game! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Market Like Apple in 2020.  [00:45] What Apple’s marketing approach used to be.  [01:09] Launching their products to influencers and letting them do the marketing.  [01:36] How utilizing influencers saves on costs.  [01:51] How integrating all their products get people to keep buying from them. [02:23] Integrate with other partners to pull customers and make them reliant on you.  [02:54] The positive change of Apple listening to feedback now.  [04:00] Apple’s easy-to-navigate website and all the benefits of simplicity.  [04:55] Integrating your other products and services at the checkout point on your website.  [05:32] Why you have to pay attention to your surroundings and diversify.  [06:56] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Apple  Cybertruck Amazon Netflix 

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How Storytelling Helps Increase Conversion Rates | Ep. #1239

Dec 22, 2019 06:38

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In episode #1239, we discuss the benefits of creating a story around your business. Before people will invest in your product or service, especially with higher-priced items, they want to relate to you, and stories are a great way of making yourself more relatable. Tune in to hear what brands have made major successes with their storytelling! 

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[00:20] Today’s topic: Storytelling in Business.  [00:36] Examples of companies who have made stories part of their brand.  [01:01] Why storytelling is such a powerful strategy in business.  [01:22] Thinking of stories as rollercoasters and highlighting the ups and downs.  [01:55] The biggest benefit to being more relatable as a brand.  [02:28] Realizing that your story is about you being a guide for your customers.  [03:08] Picking the right time and place to share your story.  [03:35] How stories also help to sell higher-priced items.  [04:44] The importance of stating what your plan is for guiding people. [05:17] Encouraging and challenging customers to take action.  [05:49] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Beats by Dre Nike StoryBrand

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How to Leverage Facebook's Library | Ep. #1238

Dec 21, 2019 06:09

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In episode #1238, we discuss how you can leverage Facebook Ad Library. Seeing what similar size brands are doing to double down on their ad campaigns is a great way for you to stay in touch with the latest trends in advertising. Tune in to hear which industries have the most creative affiliate marketers to watch! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Leverage Facebook Ad Library.  [00:32] All the information about ads that Facebook’s library provides. [01:00] An example of how this tool can show you everything about a brand’s ad activity.   [01:41] The biggest mistake people make – copying what the big brands are doing.  [02:08] Remembering that conversion rates for big brands are always going to be higher.  [02:31] Taking your cues from smaller, similar size companies and ads with lots of engagement.  [03:38] The industries in which you can see super creative affiliate marketers.  [04:37] Paying attention to those adds that are up for a long time. [05:03] That’s it for today! [05:24] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Facebook Ad Library Nike Amazon Microsoft

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How to Use Instagram Hashtags The Right Way | Ep. #1237

Dec 20, 2019 06:31

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In episode #1237, we discuss how you can use Instagram hashtags optimally. If you wondered whether hashtags are still a thing – they are! Choosing a good mix of trending and specific hashtags will gain you more followers and extend the reach of your posts. Tune in to hear all about the awesome tool that can help you generate first-class hashtags! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Use Instagram Hashtags the Right Way.  [00:37] Why using hashtags on Instagram is still relevant and important. [01:19] Checking your post insights on a business account to see the reach of your post.  [02:08] Using a mix rather than only the biggest or trendiest hashtags.  [02:32] How to use a tool like Ingramer to generate a good mix of hashtags.  [03:13] The negative consequences of using hashtags that are too generic.  [04:09] Getting a higher conversion of new followers when using specific hashtags.  [05:10] The useful copying capability on Ingramer and saving the best hashtags.  [05:36] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Instagram Ingramer

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7 Unconventional Ways to Fund Your Marketing | Ep. #1236

Dec 19, 2019 10:28

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In episode #1236, we share seven unconventional ways to raise money for marketing. Crowdfunding, revenue-based financing, trading services and getting a Small Business Administration loan are only a few of the innovative ways you can get your hands on the cash you need. Tune in to hear how monetizing your content can serve this purpose!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Seven Unconventional Ways to Fund Your Marketing.  [00:52] How you can go about crowdfunding your business following the Jobs Act of 2016.  [01:33] Leverage your community to help you market through blogging and guest posting.   [03:29] Funding through revenue-based financing using a service like Clearbanc.  [03:57] Considering your strengths and trading those for marketing services.  [05:09] The best thing about using the BizX platform to trade services.  [05:54] The benefits of getting your hands on a Small Business Administration loan in the US.  [06:39] Examples of funding your marketing through business development.  [07:53] Monetizing your content to raise money.  [09:04] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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TechCrunch Activision StartEngine Kickstarter ClickFlow Clearbanc LighterCapital BizX

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7 Alternative Ways to Monetize Your Content | Ep. #1235

Dec 18, 2019 09:35

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In episode #1235, we talk about seven different ways to monetize your content! From subscriptions and affiliate marketing to native advertising and speaking gigs, there are so many ways that you can use what you are already doing to get paid. Tune in hear how to leverage your work and get your balance moving upwards!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: 7 Alternative Ways to Monetize Your Content. [00:55] Subscriptions and the smart model Chinese teachers are using. [02:53] Paid services; using blog and podcast content as a lead-in to income. [03:55] Affiliate marketing and making use of collaboration. [04:46] Native advertising and the idea of premium sponsored creation. [05:51] SEO-ranked content for rent; offering pages to other businesses. [06:47] Speaking gigs and ways to get booked for paid appearances. [07:43] Bundling content into different packages for everyone's benefit.  [08:36] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Substack Supercast Leveling Up Patreon New York Times ClickBank ShareASale Commission Junction Rakuten John Lee Dumas TechCrunch Gary V

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What You Can Learn From The Tesla Cybertruck | Ep. #1234

Dec 17, 2019 08:33

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In episode #1234, we talk about the lessons you can learn from the Tesla Cybertruck! Recently unveiled by Elon Musk and Tesla, the Cybertruck has been a huge talking point, with its unique design and grand claims, in our conversation we unpack the marketing lessons that are illustrated by the unveiling and preorder process. Tune in to hear all about it!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: What You Can Learn from the Tesla Cybertruck. [00:33] What is a Cybertruck? [01:39] The unveiling of the Cyberturck and the question of its windows. [02:40] Tesla's marketing strategy and the competition they set up. [04:12] Perception is everything, choose what you portray carefully! [05:25] The image of the Cybertruck and the impact that something that distinct makes. [06:00] Knowing your audience and pitching to them directly. [07:39] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Tesla  Cybertruck James Bond Bladerunner Cybertruck Unveiling Youtube Wesley Snipes

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How to Weaponize Your Data | Ep. #1233

Dec 16, 2019 07:31

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In episode #1233, we share strategies for making the most of your data. Customer data platforms and sales enablement tools can help you to track customer behavior and thus target them in more personalized and effective ways. Tune in to hear what you can do to double down on every site visitor!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Weaponize Your Data.  [00:36] How the collection of data is increasing and becoming almost unmanageable. [00:53] Using customer data platforms to track customer behavior and target them.  [01:28] How sales enablement tools can help you weaponize your data.  [01:58] How BounceX helps you to get the maximum amount of revenue out of each visitor.   [02:57] The size of company that Bounce X works for and advice for smaller companies.  [03:40] An example of how IP and email addresses can be used for personalized marketing.  [04:57] The benefits of using Supermetrics to connect the data within Google Data Studio.   [05:40] The limitations of Google Analytics and how it differs from Google Data Studio.  [06:35] That’s it for today! [06:38] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Hull  Outreach SalesLoft  BounceX Coca-Cola Clearbit Supermetrics Google Data Studio Google Analytics

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Smartest Marketing Examples That We've Seen Recently | Ep. #1232

Dec 15, 2019 06:04

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In episode #1232, we share some of the smartest marketing strategies that we have come across lately. You will hear great examples of how people are leveraging design to drive user enthusiasm on their websites, and getting past pesky pay to play algorithms by using platforms such as text. We also share two brilliant secrets for boosting your Instagram following and website traffic. There are some golden pointers in this episode so be sure to catch it!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: The Smartest Marketing Examples We Have Seen Recently. [00:36] What makes the Tinder Swindler article impossible to stop reading. [01:25] How to use charity donation options on your website to convert prospective customers. [02:16] A tip for achieving remarkability: use your own custom illustrations. [02:46] Two ways to initiate text marketing thus bypassing pay-to-play algorithms. [03:22] The value of email, community.com, and other channels for controlling reach. [04:13] A ‘content for close friends only’ strategy that boosts follower count by 40% in a month. [05:20] That’s it for today! [05:22] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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The Tinder Swindler Operation Smile Content Harmony Wait But Why Grant Cardone ManyChat community.com Facebook LinkedIn  TikTok

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7 Ways To Skyrocket Your LinkedIn Engagement | Ep. #1231

Dec 14, 2019 04:39

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In episode #1231, we share seven strategies that you can use to boost engagement on your LinkedIn significantly. We highlight LinkedIn’s great capacity for going live and teach you how to leverage tagging, commenting, opening lines, SRT video files, and your social media ring to get that user engagement popping off! Find out some tips you won’t hear anywhere else right here today. 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Seven Ways to Skyrocket Your LinkedIn Engagement. [00:30] The great capacity of LinkedIn for going live due to its organic audience. [00:52] Boosting virality through getting and replying to comments. [01:32] How a great opening line can act as a brilliant hook. [02:10] Using the pencil icon and SRT files when uploading video content. [02:27] Tag people in your posts, but make sure they are posts that add value. [02:52] The value of having a social media ring for building post momentum. [03:15] Some ways to build up a social media ring such as using texts or emails.  [03:50] That’s it for today! [03:53] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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LinkedIn subscribers.com

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What You Can & Can't Outsource with Social Media | Ep. #1230

Dec 13, 2019 08:19

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In episode #1230, we give you some tips about when to pass off social media work to an employee or third party organization, and when to do it yourself. The audience that you have built around your personal brand can tell when the content you post hasn’t been written by you, so we recommend personability as far as tweets, stories, and photographs. Outsourcing can start to happen for things like checking social inboxes, video editing, and all those labor-oriented tasks that don’t require your personal touch. Hit play for the specifics!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: When You Can and Can’t Outsource with Social Media. [00:50] Why not to outsource the production of content associated with one’s personal brand. [03:34] Some thoughts on why personal photos get better responses than outsourced ones. [04:29] The value of storytelling and how Instagram stories tend to spread. [04:47] When Instagram stories can be outsourced: after you have made their content. [05:11] Outsource for labor such as video editing and other stuff you’re not good at. [05:31] How Twitter still stands as a great platform to have conversations on.  [05:45] Using Fiverr to outsource the creation of Instagram carousels. [06:40] Why it is a huge time saver having somebody to check social inboxes. [06:59] How helpful platforms like Hootsuite and Sprout Social are for data insights. [07:40] That’s it for today! [07:42] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Eric Siu on LinkedIn Eric Siu on YouTube Eric Siu on Instagram Ben Horowitz Andreesen Horowitz Gary Vaynerchuk Fiverr Hootsuite Sprout Social Twitter

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A Simple Marketing Game Plan For the First 30 Days of 2020 | Ep. #1229

Dec 12, 2019 06:30

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In episode #1229, we give you four marketing strategies that you can use to kick off 2020 in the best way possible. We thought that rather than us telling you what to do for the whole year, we’d start by just breaking down the first month. Make sure you spend your January branching out from your best platform, solving business issues weekly, leveraging online tools to increase web traffic, and getting closer to your audience using the omnichannel approach. Don’t miss out on this one and remember to bookmark it so you can listen to it again just before 2020 starts!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: A Simple Marketing Game Plan for the First 30 Days of 2020. [00:46] How to kick off 2020 right by doing one thing each week of January! [00:57] Leveraging similar platforms to your best one as a way of growing your audience. [02:06] Solving issues weekly and what that can do to keep your head above water. [03:05] What offering free tools on your website can do to increase its traffic. [04:09] Using the omnichannel approach to connect to your audience better. [05:37] That’s it for today! [05:50] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Facebook LinkedIn Instagram YouTube EOS Ubersuggest Code Canyon Gary Vaynerchuck

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7 Marketing Trends for 2020 | Ep. #1228

Dec 11, 2019 07:08

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In episode #1228, we discuss seven marketing trends that we see happening in 2020! 2019 has been a wild year and some things are falling by the wayside, while others are on the up. Our big predictions are the rise of voice search, tiered monetization, TikTok, business intelligence, AI, new communication strategies, and the only moat that will still exist in marketing! Tune in to sharpen your perspectives about what 2020 could bring you and vice versa.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Seven Marketing Trends for 2020. [00:30] How and why you should become compatible with voice search. [01:07] Ways that tiered monetization audience/creator arrangements have room to grow. [02:20] Why to focus on business intelligence and not just front end analytics. [03:27] The value of utilizing AI in any way possible for business optimization. [04:15] A drop in the effectiveness of email communication and how to get past it. [05:14] Why leveraging TikTok is still a great idea. [05:49] Personal brands are the only way to ward off other companies from copying you exactly. [03:20] That’s it for today! [03:24] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Jetson AI Shopify WordPress Substack Supercast Leveling Up Google Analytics Amazon Prime Google Data Studio Pattern89 Gmail Descript TikTok ByteDance Snapchat Vine Facebook

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What Marketing Investments We Are Making For The Next 10 Years | Ep. #1227

Dec 10, 2019 07:22

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In episode #1227, we talk about what marketing investments we will be making for the next ten years. The trends we consider to be worth your capital in the coming years are data leveraging, platform integration, the freemium strategy, personal brand building, and the continuing rise of chat based business models. If you are looking for ways to think about growing a business in the long term be sure catch this one!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Our Marketing Investments for the Next Ten Years. [00:33] Find out how to use data to your advantage in an ethical manner. [01:24] Tap the audiences of other platforms by integrating into them with plugins/extensions. [02:37] Build great products and use the freemium marketing strategy. [03:49] The value of stopping focusing on immediate ROI but rather building a brand. [05:43] Why voice/chat text models are is still on the rise. [06:40] That’s it for today! [06:43] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Single Grain Google Data Studio Facebook Google Chrome WordPress Shopify Slack Dropbox Google Analytics Adobe Salesforce Supermetrics Marketo Openview Hubspot Uber ClickFlow Beats By Dre Dr Dre Lebron James Kobe Bryant Kylie Jenner Kylie Cosmetics Nike Twilio ManyChat

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7 Lessons Learn From Sam Oven's 36 Million Dollar Business | Ep. #1226

Dec 9, 2019 10:25

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In episode #1226, we share the seven best lessons we learned from Sam Ovens’ presentation at our recent marketing workshop. We talk about money-draining tasks, distracting habits such as networking and cooking, and tips for practicing a healthy diet. We also share his lessons for optimizing your business through testimonials, thinking ahead, and obsessing over minor tweaks. Sam makes $36 million per year using techniques like these, so it would probably be a good idea if you checked out this episode!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Seven Lessons We Learned From Sam Ovens. [01:20] How networking can be a distraction from focussing on one’s business. [02:14] The value of quitting -$100 per hour activities such as drinking alcohol. [03:04] Get more energy from plant-based, non-processed foods, and fasting intermittently. [04:30] Using a food delivery service such as Thistle to cut out time spent cooking. [05:22] The success that comes by fine-tuning whichever of your campaigns is working best. [06:35] Evolve your business through future-focused thinking and observing great leaders. [07:40] The 3586 impromptu testimonials Sam has and how they create trust in his business. [09:33] That’s it for today! [09:36] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Sam Ovens Activision Blizzard SnackNation Thistle

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7 Hacks for Performing at an Elite Level | Ep. #1225

Dec 8, 2019 08:17

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In episode #1225, we will be sharing seven hacks that you can apply to your life to start performing at a more elite level. Whether you are already super successful but want to optimize even further, or you’re just starting along your path to greatness, these seven hacks will be invaluable! We cover sleep and organizational habits, eradicating time-draining tasks, and also the incredible new Timeshifter app. Become your greatest self by hitting play and learning from the best now!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: 7 Hacks to Performing at an Elite Level. [00:30] Use Timeshifter to beat jet lag and perform optimally. [01:15] How to optimize life for convenience so that work can be focussed on. [02:39] Ways to get as much sleep as possible: room temperature, sobriety, etc. [03:39] Break down tomorrow’s tasks into chunks using a to-do list. [04:41] What the five through 30 model is and how it can optimize habits and organization. [05:40] The benefits of waking up at 04:00 and starting work at 05:00: no distractions. [06:26] Batch days by themes of tasks to guard what you spend time doing. [07:28] That’s it for today! [07:30] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Timeshifter TaskRabbit Matt Walker’s Sleep Ted Talk Petra ClickFlow

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How to Get 10k Followers a Week On Instagram Organically | Ep. #1224

Dec 7, 2019 06:19

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In episode #1224, we share how you can organically grow your followers on Instagram by 10k, every week! We learned the benefit of Instagram carousels from Chris Do and the way he has used these to grow his following is simply remarkable! For a simple explanation of how you can do the same, listen in!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Get 10k Followers a Week on Instagram Organically. [00:34] Where we got this idea from; looking at Chris Do and carousels. [02:02] The immediate success that Neil experienced with this strategy. [03:10] Grabbing people's attention with the first image of carousel. [04:02] Maintaining interest and taking the audience on a journey. [05:08] Realistic results and what is possible with these tactics. [05:27] Comparing stats from before and after implementing this. [05:42] That’s it! [05:46] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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SaneBox Chris Do  Glengarry Glen Ross

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How to Actually Translate Your Content (The Biggest Hack For 2020) | Ep. #1223

Dec 6, 2019 07:26

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In episode #1223, we unpack how to translate your content to make the most of it! In 2019 there is an over-saturation of US-centric, english-language content but a lack in many other regions and languages. This means that by merely transcribing and translating your existing content you can enter into, and dominate, new markets with little effort and cost. Tune in to hear the basics of this easy process!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Actually Translate Your Content. [00:45] How Neil started with the strategy a few years ago. [01:04] The amazing results that Neil has experienced since implementing. [01:38] Some of the lessons that Neil learned about transcribing content. [02:40] The dangers of working with people who are not local and embedded in a culture. [03:50] Where to find people to do this transcription and translation work. [04:04] Building brands locally and back-linking from different regions. [04:48] Brand clarity and becoming known on social media and at conferences.  [05:41] Taking advantage of the white space that is currently available.  [06:24] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information. [06:53] That’s it for today!

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Upwork Howard Schultz

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7 Things Small Businesses Can Do To Grow Faster in 2020 | Ep. #1222

Dec 5, 2019 07:59

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In episode #1222, we talk about the seven things that can help your business grow faster next year! From the usefulness of webinars and text messaging to the best ways to boost your YouTube rankings, we cover it all. Tune in to hear how you can get you business bubbling in 2020!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: 7 Things that Small Businesses Can Do to Grow Faster in 2020. [00:33] Looking back to old effective tactics such as webinars. [01:20] Translating and transcribing existing content for other regions. [02:10] Text messages and SMS marketing within the bounds of the law! [02:58] Maximizing YouTube views in the first 24 hours. [04:15] The trend towards texting and instant messenger marketing. [05:06] Updating old content instead of writing new posts all the time. [05:33] Using gifts to make marketing impressions on customers.  [07:05] That is it for today! [07:09] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Joe Erway Livestorm Zoom Moz Ahrefs HubSpot SEMrush Luxor Linens ClickFlow ManyChat Telegram Facebook Messenger Giftology John Ruhlin

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7 Lessons Learned From a Mastermind | Ep. #1221

Dec 4, 2019 11:18

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In episode #1221, we talk about the seven lessons we learned hosting our own mastermind! We had such a blast hosting this event, meeting all the attendees, and listening to the great speakers, so we thought we would share the seven biggest takeaways we got from the experience. Tune in to hear about raising capital, hosting dinners, growing a following and more!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: 7 Lessons We Learned from a Mastermind. [00:33] The mastermind we hosted recently and the great time we had! [01:28] Attendees and the amazing quality of people who were there. [02:05] The democratization of capital and the different ways to raise funds. [03:08] Benefits of purchasing sites from non-profits. [04:12] Getting out there and doing in-person, active events. [05:16] A simple way to grow your Instagram following today! [06:14] Using dinners for mingling and networking of participants.  [07:01] Staying open to taking and giving help in the business world.  [09:16] Optimize yourself for best performance!  [10:32] That is it for today! [10:36] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Howards Marks Activision Blizzard StartEngine ClickFlow Fulcrum Events Jayson Gaignard Tony Robbins Dan Sullivan

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Marketing Checklist for 2020 | Ep. #1220

Dec 3, 2019 08:13

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In episode #1220, we share our marketing checklist for the coming year. Monetizing voice-based traffic, using a customer data platform, and readjusting your SEO strategy are only a few of the tips we offer to help you stay relevant in 2020. Tune in to hear why you should sell on live, sprout your content, and add a checkout bump to your site! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: A Marketing Checklist for 2020.  [00:37] Listen to the last episode we did about the opportunities for 2020.  [01:02] The tools you can use to monetize voice-based traffic.    [01:20] What customer data platforms allow you to do and the increasing value of data.  [02:03] How to readjust your SEO strategy for 2020, including updating and translating content.   [02:54] Survey your audience before the end of the year.  [03:38] Go live to sell on social media once a week.  [04:05] The importance of sprouting your content and leveraging the omnichannel.   [05:10] Examples of how you can grow by offering a free product.   [06:09] Focusing on your brand and creating content.   [06:52] Why you must add a checkout bump to your site.  [07:25] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Jetson AI  Segment Hull  Tai Lopez  Grant Cardone  Ubersuggest 

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7 Social Media Opportunities We’re Excited About for 2020 | Ep. #1219

Dec 2, 2019 06:48

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In episode #1219, we share the expected social media trends for 2020. From TikTok and advertising on live to connecting with people through ephemeral content, we give you everything you need to stay ahead of the game in the coming year. Tune in to hear why posting natively is most effective! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: 7 Social Media Opportunities We’re Excited About For 2020.  [00:35] TikTok’s likely growth projection for the coming year.  [01:07] Why you should sell through live and examples of people who use it this way.  [01:39] Advertising and connecting with people through ephemeral content like stories.  [02:21] The benefits of re-using content by turning it into smaller bits. [03:18] What posting “natively” means and why you should implement it. [04:36] What to do when customers visit your checkout or lead page but don’t buy.  [05:22] The continuing growth of chat and its various platforms.  [06:02] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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TikTok  Grant Cardone  Tai Lopez  WeChat  QQ Snapchat  Instagram  Facebook Messenger  ManyChat 

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7 SEO Opportunities We’re Excited About for 2020 | Ep. #1218

Dec 1, 2019 06:53

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In episode #1218, we talk about 7 SEO opportunities that we are especially excited about for 2020. We cover content translation, snippets, updating old content, keywords and much more! Tune in to hear how you can get your ranking up in the new year!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: 7 SEO Opportunities that We are Excited About for 2020. [00:32] Content translation and transcribing and exciting new possibilities for this! [01:20] Using and tracking snippets for optimization. [02:01] Making the most of old content over only creating new posts. [02:45] Fact schemas and ranking higher on search result pages. [03:17] Google algorithm updates and what it means for search results. [04:20] Assessing your keywords and the tools to do this. [05:07] New tools with built in SEO capabilities. [06:04] That’s pretty much it for this episode! [03:24] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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ClickFlow Matthew Woodward Quora MarketMuse Clearscope Ahrefs SEMrush Ubersuggest BrightEdge

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7 Ad Opportunities We’re Excited About for 2020 | Ep. #1217

Nov 30, 2019 08:01

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In episode #1217, we unpack a list of 7 ad opportunities that we are really excited about for next year. We discuss new things on Google, chatbots, TV spots, LinkedIn and more! Listen in to hear all about it!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: 7 Ad Opportunities We're Excited About for 2020. [00:34] Google's new search-result forms and their amazing ease of use. [01:12] Re-marketing and long form videos. [01:58] Chatbots and new ground in the field of chat marketing. [03:08] The trend of driving traffic towards content and educational pages. [03:49] TV and streaming platforms; the evolving and unknown avenue of ads. [04:59] Push notifications and the conversion rates through this form of marketing. [05:21] TV spots and the usefulness of getting some of this real estate.  [05:54] The growth of LinkedIn and its organic reach. [07:08] That is it for today! [07:11] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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ManyChat Toolio Netflix Amazon Prime Hulu Comcast Spectrum Disney+ YouTubeTV CNBC Microsoft Bill Gates Steve Ballmer Tinysponsor

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How to Do An Audience Survey To Serve Your Customers Better | Ep. #1216

Nov 29, 2019 08:14

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In episode #1216, we talk about how to do a survey in order to better serve your audience! We use the example of our recent Growth Accelerator event and the survey we did after the fact to gauge what the audience liked the most and their thoughts for improvement. Tune in to hear how you can use a survey to get closer to your people!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Do an Audience Survey. [00:31] Experiences at our recent Growth Accelerator event. [01:24] Some of the questions we used in our post-event survey. [02:45] Why certain people do not connect with certain types of content. [03:39] Maximizing what you already have before more growth. [04:30] Using open-ended questions and finding the common threads in answers. [06:40] Allowing space for people to add their own feedback for your benefit. [07:10] That’s it! [07:13] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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If You Want to Grow Fast, You Need to do This | Ep. #1215

Nov 28, 2019 06:01

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In episode #1215, we discuss what you need to do to rapidly increase your growth. Providing your audience with innovative, value-adding freebies is a great way to get people talking about your business. Tune in to hear why you have to be willing to take risks to reap big rewards!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: If You Want to Grow Fast, You Need to do This.  [00:36] Think about what you can give away for free, and we don’t mean an eBook or tool.   [00:57] Examples of the kinds of value-adding freebies you could give people. [01:10] Why eBooks are no longer a good option.  [01:36] The value of giving something that others would normally charge for.  [02:14] The shift towards machine learning and AI, and staying ahead of the curve.  [03:30] Considering how you can be 10 times better than your competition.  [03:53] Why these free offerings do not have to cost you a fortune.  [04:22] The importance of being willing to take risks.   [05:23] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Ubersuggest  ClickFlow  Kissmetrics  AWS CodeCanyon  1Kprojects  The Economist  Leave Some Feedback:

 

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How to Crush It When You Speak | Ep. #1214

Nov 27, 2019 07:13

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In episode #1214, we share our top tips for crushing a speaking opportunity. The key is to find out exactly who your audience is so that you can tailor content accordingly. Tune in to hear some great advice for interacting with your audience and getting hold of their contact details! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Crush A Speaking Gig.  [00:49] The importance of developing your own voice and presence.  [01:12] Keeping in mind that your goal is to promote your brand, and get more business.  [01:35] How you can quickly expand your email list and collect leads.  [02:17] Getting connected with an intimate group through a cool LinkedIn feature.  [03:32] The benefits of frequently publishing content on LinkedIn.   [03:38] Knowing what kind of audience you will address and tailoring your message accordingly.  [04:02] Why you need to constantly engage with your audience: talk with, not to them.  [04:20] Ideas for interaction: asking questions, making jokes, etc.  [05:03] Avoid talking about yourself too much and having a long bio. [05:13] Asking the event organizer for more information on the audience, and avoiding cliches.  [06:07] The advantage of asking people to text you to get the presentation notes.  [06:33] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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LinkedIn  TED Twitter  Evernote  Twilio 

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How Eric Siu Saved His SEO Traffic from Tanking | Ep. #1213

Nov 26, 2019 07:02

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In episode #1213, we discuss how Eric prevented his SEO traffic from dropping drastically. Failing to redirect correctly when redesigning and assuming that your developer knows the ropes are two big mistakes you should avoid. Tune in to hear which tools Eric used to prevent a traffic disaster! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How Eric Siu Saved His SEO Traffic from Tanking. [00:53] What went wrong: not giving the developer a checklist when the site was redesigned.  [01:15] Going ahead with the redesign without having the correct redirects in place.  [01:44] Using Google Search Console to help point out issues with your site.  [01:54] Using monitoring tools such as Ahrefs, SEMrush, and SEO Spider.  [02:20] What happened once 404 issues were fixed.  [02:32] Ensuring that you don’t lose traffic by breaking the URL structure.  [03:49] Increasing the mobile site speed and maintaining the desktop speed.  [05:00] Why you don’t have to be perfect everywhere.  [05:44] Avoid making the same mistake by actively monitoring redirects and hiring appropriately.  [06:16] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Google Search Console  Ahrefs  SEMrush  Screaming Frog  ClickFlow 

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Marketing Trends for 2020 | Ep. #1212

Nov 25, 2019 09:06

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In episode #1212, we share the top marketing trends for the coming year. You can expect to see wider use of chatbot software, voice search, and business intelligence (BI) tools. Tune in to hear why companies will continue to develop products only to give them away for free! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Marketing Trend for 2020.  [00:45] The growing popularity of software such as ChatBot and ManyChat.  [01:17] The benefits of combing chatbots with text tools such as Twilio.   [01:45] Some of the biggest companies in the chatbots space and the expanding market.  [02:13] How voice search will start to dominate searches through applications like Alexa.  [02:36] Companies building products and giving them away for free to generate leads.  [03:57] Learning what to optimize by using Pattern89 to run Facebook and YouTube ads.   [04:33] The excess of channels and data sources and the growing need for BI tools.  [05:27] Streamlining all the data sources through customer data platforms such as Hull.  [06:25] The emergence of companies that fill in the gaps.  [08:06] That’s it for today! [08:12] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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ManyChat ChatBot  Facebook  Twilio  MobileMonkey Intercom Drift Alexa Jetson Ubersuggest Ahrefs SEMrush  Pattern89 TikTok Reddit Google Analytics Google Data Studio Hull  WordPress Shopify

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Templates We Use To Grow Our Businesses Faster | Ep. #1211

Nov 24, 2019 08:26

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In episode #1211, we share all the best templates for accelerating your business growth. Whether to stay organized, test and implement new ideas or find out the projected cash you’ll have left at any given point, there is a formula for each. Tune in to learn more about the three must-read books for growing your business!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Templates We Use to Grow Our Businesses Faster.  [00:50] When Traction is a great framework to use and how it helps you stay organized.  [01:43] Traction as the first, Scaling Up as the second, and 3HAG WAY as the third step.  [02:53] A growth plan for coming up with, implementing and testing new ideas faster. [04:37] Using Runway to show you how much cash you will have left at any given point.  [05:30] The ideal amount of cash to have in the bank when you are in startup mode.   [06:02] Accelerating growth by hiring experienced people.   [06:53] The awesome templates available from Point Nine Capital.  [07:38] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Traction Traction on Amazon Gino Wickman on LinkedIn Vern Harnish Scaling Up 3HAG WAY  Runway Point Nine Capital

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7 Practical Ways to Make Use of Data to Grow Faster | Ep. #1210

Nov 23, 2019 07:00

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In episode #1210, we share seven practical ways to use data to grow faster. It is all about finding the right tools to help you optimize and automate your operations so that you can get the maximum benefit from your marketing efforts. Tune in to hear why you should use a data scientist and keep a record of everything you do for marketing.  

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Seven Practical Ways to Use Data to Grow Faster.  [00:30] Why data is important – think machine learning and artificial intelligence.  [00:49] Google’s built-in AI that can help you optimize your ads.  [01:10] The tools you can use to make the most of your Facebook ads.  [01:29] How using the search bar inside Google Analytics can assist you.  [02:01] The helpful reports Google Data Studio provides for executives and agencies.  [02:23] Finding automated solutions for SEO such as BrightEdge, ClickFlow, and Distilled.   [03:08] Why you want to work with a data scientist and what you can expect to pay.  [03:54] Putting everything you’ve done in marketing on an Excel spreadsheet.   [05:20] Why you want to make use of APIs.  [06:16] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Google Facebook Pattern89 Google Analytics  Google Data Studio  Supermetrics  BrightEdge  ClickFlow Distilled  RankScience  Upwork Toptal  BuiltWith  SEMrush  Ahrefs  Zapier

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What You Can Learn from WeWork's Debacle | Ep. #1209

Nov 22, 2019 06:58

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In episode #1209, we discuss the various problems that WeWork recently ran into. It is crucial to remain realistic about what your company is and what it offers rather than thinking it is more than it is. Tune in to hear what venture capitalists will likely look for in time to come!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: What You Can Learn from WeWork’s Debacle.  [00:42] What WeWork is and the information that was recently uncovered about them. [01:35] Their IPO having to be canceled and SoftBank bailing them out.  [01:52] The crazy payout that the co-founder and former CEO Adam Neumann got.   [02:19] Learning that we as marketers cannot put lipstick on a pig: we need a decent product.   [02:34] How WeWork pitches themselves versus what they actually are.  [03:22] Being realistic about what you are as a company and what you are good at. [03:52] Learning to negotiate well even if things aren’t working out as you planned.  [04:09] The importance of taking care of your money and your people.  [05:09] What venture capitalists will likely push for in the future.  [06:07] That’s it for today! [06:09] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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WeWork  SoftBank  Secrets of Power Negotiating  Conductor

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How to Beat BERT, Google's Latest Algorithm Update | Ep. #1208

Nov 21, 2019 05:09

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In episode #1208, we discuss how BERT helps to refine Google searches and queries. It is estimated that one in ten searches will be affected by this update and this portion is likely to be increasing even more. Tune in to hear practical examples of how BERT will help to produce relevant search results. 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Beat BERT, Google’s Latest Algorithm Update.  [00:52] What BERT stands for and what its implication is for users.  [01:23] How this update helps with search queries and a practical example.  [02:10] Considering each search word to produce more specific context search results. [02:26] The portion of searches that will be affected by this change. [03:16] Google’s mission to understand what people are looking for.  [03:27] Why the number of searches BERT impacts will likely increase.  [03:43] The sites that are getting traffic from the BERT algorithm update.  [04:16] That’s it for today! [04:19] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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More about Google BERT

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A Simple Marketing Lesson You Can Learn From The Henokiens | Ep. #1207

Nov 20, 2019 06:47

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In episode #1207, we share the secret to what has made the Henokiens so successful for over two centuries. Focusing on the big picture rather than on short-term goals is guaranteed to make your business more sustainable in the long run. Tune in to hear why you should pay closer attention to your stakeholders than your shareholders!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: A Simple Marketing Lesson from the Henokiens.  [00:46] Who the Henokiens are and what sets them apart from many others.  [01:04] The problem with the short-term perspective of most companies today.  [01:47] How certain companies manage to stand the test of time.   [03:30] Why you have to think long-term rather than focusing only on short-term solutions.   [04:25] Shifting the focus from shareholders to stakeholders and what it involves.  [05:03] Accepting that focusing on the long game will take more time.  [05:16] Why this approach is more difficult for us marketers.   [05:47] That’s it for today! [05:56] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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The Henokiens Vanderbilt family  Beretta  TerraCycle  TikTok Business Roundtable  Salesforce

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Which Pieces of Content Should You Update? | Ep. #1206

Nov 19, 2019 06:05

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In episode #1206, we discuss the content that you want to keep updating. Start by identifying those posts that have experienced a drop in traffic and rewrite them to align with current topics and trends. Tune in to hear all about the new Clickflow feature that will help you to track down decaying content! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Which Pieces of Content to Update.  [00:29] The benefits of updating your content. [01:14] Writing four to five pieces a month and having a team to update three a day!  [01:34] Why writing every day is difficult to sustain.    [02:01] Using Google Search Console to see which of your posts dropped in traffic.  [02:35] Sending poor-performing pieces to be rewritten.  [02:55] The new feature in Clickflow to track decaying content.  [03:34] Why you want to track the efficacy of what you are doing.   [04:10] When to update video or podcast content.  [04:37] Paying attention to the content that is labeled with a year and the most popular ones.  [05:13] That’s it for today! [05:16] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Google Search Console  Clickflow

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Here's What You Can Learn From This 20 Billion Dollar Unknown Company| Ep. #1205

Nov 18, 2019 06:36

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In episode #1205, we share the best things you can learn from Constellation Software. Through strategic acquisitions and looking for markets with a big total addressable market (TAM), they’ve managed to skyrocket to success. Tune in to hear more about the founder Mark Leonard and how they leverage the Berkshire Hathaway model. 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: What You Can Learn from a $20 Billion Company.  [00:32] Constellation Software: where they are based, their market cap, and company size.  [00:56] How they are unique and what they do with other software businesses they buy.  [01:52] Their model of simply maintaining the current revenue. [02:07] They type of companies they seem to be interested in buying and their criteria.  [02:43] How they’re making money from companies that are under the radar.  [03:13] You don’t have to do something well known to make money.  [03:36] Looking for markets that have a big total addressable market (TAM).   [03:52] The mistake of going after businesses that are in niches.  [04:23] Why you don’t need a lot of press — just look at Mark Leonard.  [04:37] Why Constellation follows the Berkshire Hathaway model.   [05:20] That’s it for today! [05:48] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Constellation Software Fortive SEMrush Ahrefs Mark Leonard  Berkshire Hathaway

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Customer Reviews Are Important (Here's How To Get More) | Ep. #1204

Nov 17, 2019 05:52

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In episode #1204, we talk about why customer reviews are important and how you can actually get more. In our online society, reviews play a critical role in helping customers make their purchase decisions. Listen in to discover the tips and strategies for encouraging customers to leave reviews in both B2B and consumer-based markets. 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Why Customer Reviews Are Important. [00:31] The prominent role that reviews play in purchasing decisions. [01:13] B2B and consumer-based strategies for getting more customer reviews. [02:02] Using NPS software to encourage customers to write reviews. [02:32] Learning to capitalize on previous customer reviews to get more fresh reviews. [03:46] The positive impact of following up with customers to gain more positive reviews. [05:01] That’s it for today! [05:03] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Boostability AskNicely

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How to Use Intent to Shape Your Content & SEO | Ep. #1203

Nov 16, 2019 07:30

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In episode #1203, we share how you can use intent to shape your content and SEO. The buckets of intent are the best way to gauge where in the sales process your potential customer is, drive them toward the point of purchase and engage them most appropriately. Tune in to hear how to organize your content within the funnel system and what percentage of content should belong to each funnel. 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Use Intent to Shape Your Content and SEO.  [00:35] The three main buckets of intent: top, middle and bottom of the funnel.  [00:45] What top of funnel typically involves: information and education.  [01:32] How the middle of the funnel is different and refines searches by comparison.  [02:13] The bottom of the funnel: when someone is ready to buy and the keywords they’ll use.   [02:38] The importance of understanding how customers buy and how your content performs.  [03:07] Map out the percentage of content that will be top, middle and bottom of the funnel. [03:20] Examples of how to drive your customer from the top to the bottom funnel.  [03:53] Using Gliffy and other flow chart software to organize and communicate your ideas.   [04:10] Thinking carefully about the call to actions in converting people into customers.  [05:57] Targeting people based on the funnel category of the article they downloaded.  [06:29] Ensuring that you have the right email service provider.  [06:47] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Gliffy ScheduleOnce  ConvertKit Drip

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How to Come Up With Unlimited Content Topics | Ep. #1202

Nov 15, 2019 06:58

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In episode #1202, we share how we constantly find fresh content topics. There are plenty of tools available that can help you track down the titles and topics that are hot at the moment. Tune in to hear how brainstorming activities can get you ten viable topics on the table in less than five minutes!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Come Up with Unlimited Content Topics.  [00:58] Using the Ubersuggest and Answer the Public tools to find relevant topics. [01:20] Pick topics that resonate with you and not just for the sake of popularity.  [01:46] Doing a site colon command of competitors and what it shows you.  [02:39] Why Ahrefs’ content explorer and BuzzSumo are such helpful tools.  [03:15] How to leverage popular titles from other industries.  [04:15] Getting a group of industry friends together to brainstorm ideas.  [05:05] Looking on social media and on the web at what works for other popular people.  [05:33] How we come up with topics for this podcast.  [06:05] That’s it for today! [06:07] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information. Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Ubersuggest  Answer the Public  HubSpot Ahrefs  BuzzSumo 

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How Eric Siu Gets Ahead of His Competitors | Ep. #1201

Nov 14, 2019 08:54

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In episode #1201, we talk about how Eric Siu gets ahead of his competitors! From attending events and going to bed early, Eric has a bunch of helpful tips and possible jumpstarts for you and your business. Tune in to hear what he does and find some new things for yourself!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How Eric Siu Gets Ahead of His Competitors. [00:46] Scanning the media landscape for numbers from founders and startups. [01:15] What Eric does with this information and the things he pays attention to. [01:56] Holiday work and putting in the time to get ahead. [03:02] Looking at numbers and comparing these with competitors. [03:20] Blocking off time for peaceful strategizing. [04:19] Competing with bigger and more well-resourced competitors. [06:17] Getting up early in the morning, a focus on sleep and attending events.  [07:59] That’s it for today! [08:02] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Nathan Latka The Top

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How Neil Patel Gets Ahead of His Competitors | Ep. #1200

Nov 13, 2019 06:35

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In episode #1200, we talk about how Neil Patel gets ahead of his competitors! From working in the holidays, allowing small amounts of downtime, and mapping out partnerships, Neil has some great strategies to share with everyone! Tune in to hear some inspiring ways to get ahead.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How Neil Patel Gets Ahead of His Competitors. [00:43] Putting in the extra work and the difference input time can make. [01:40] Vacation time and what happens during those periods. [02:31] The integration of work and life; benefits of bringing these together. [03:35] Unusual call times and putting in the effort in order to win. [04:21] How Neil calendarises his partnerships and reaches out to people. [05:42] That’s it for today! [05:48] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Michael Moritz  Netflix Ubersuggest

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Business Books That Will Help You Grow in 2020 | Ep. #1199

Nov 12, 2019 06:36

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In episode #1199, we talk about a few books that can help you and your brand in 2020! We share some choices that deal with customers, coaching, ambition and more, while also considering the benefits of less reading and more action. Tune in to find the right content that help you grow in the best way in the new year!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Business Books That Will Help You Grow in 2020. [00:41] Why a book is a such a great value proposition. [01:05] The Mom Test and figuring out what to build for your customers. [01:39] The benefits of reading no books at all in 2020! [02:20] Taking action instead of stockpiling knowledge that leads to nothing. [03:40] Allowing time for perspective every day. [04:15] Trillion Dollar Coach, Play Bigger and Traction. [05:55] That’s it for today! [06:00] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Seth Godin The Mom Test Audible Rob Fitzpatrick The Startup Chat Warren Buffett Trillion Dollar Coach Steve Jobs Eric Schmidt Play Bigger Traction

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This Can Make or Break Your SEO | Ep. #1198

Nov 11, 2019 07:36

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In episode #1198, we discuss the main thing that is preventing you from achieving SEO success. Your leads won’t convert to sales if you haven’t spent time on customer development. Tune in to hear what you can do to better understand your customers’ pain points! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: The One Thing That Can Make or Break Your SEO.  [00:32] How customer development is related to SEO.  [01:06] Constantly trying new ways to get traffic in the early days of business.  [02:11] Why traffic and ranking for everything shouldn’t be your goal. [02:50] The importance of figuring out what your customers’ specific pain points are. [03:16] What happens when you focus too heavily on keywords and not the people.  [03:42] Two highly recommended books on learning to understand your customer.  [04:49] Examples of things you can do to promote customer development.   [05:30] Realizing that customer development is an ongoing process.  [06:03] Keeping in mind that search patterns change as people become more educated.  [06:17] The type of companies that venture capitalists are looking for.  [06:47] That’s it for today! [06:48] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Marketing School TechCrunch SEMrush Ubersuggest The Lean Startup The Four Steps to the Epiphany  ClickFlow  Sicoya

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7 Practical Content Marketing Tips | Ep. #1197

Nov 10, 2019 07:40

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In episode #1197, we share our top seven content marketing tips. One of the most effective and economical ways of keeping your content current is to update old material regularly rather than creating new content all the time.  Tune in to hear what you need to do to boost your content in 2020! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Seven Practical Content Marketing Tips.  [00:36] Avoid reusing the same information and relying only on the Skyscraper Technique.  [01:29] Be sure to sprout your content and make the most of the omnichannel strategy.   [02:12] How to leverage the land and expand strategy to optimize existing content.  [03:10] Testing the performance of titles and meta descriptions and tweaking when necessary.   [03:46] Translating and transcribing your content to increase your traffic.  [04:42] Don’t forget about emails – it’s the one channel you can control!  [05:18] Spend a lot of time revising old content rather than creating new material.  [06:44] That’s it for today! [06:46] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Marketing School BuzzSumo Ubersuggest  ClickFlow Google Search Console  Upwork 

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How You Can Learn Digital Marketing Faster | Ep. #1196

Nov 9, 2019 05:48

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In episode #1196, we share the quickest ways to get skilled at digital marketing. Keeping up to date with industry news, checking out what competitors are up to, and attending conferences are a few of the ways you can get a handle on marketing. Tune in to hear which app will help you work through articles much faster! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How You Can Learn Digital Marketing Faster.  [00:55] Why you must keep up with all the marketing sites and news in the industry.  [01:29] Using the examples that people post to learn from. [01:45] Saving marketing-related posts and articles in the Pocket app and its cool audio feature.  [02:37] Studying everything that your competitors are busy with.   [03:15] A good example of learning from the competition – listen to their podcasts.  [03:51] Listen to Nathan Latka’s podcast where you get all the numbers!  [04:28] Why attending events are the most effective way to learn.  [04:55] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Marketing School AdAge Search Engine Land Pocket  Leveling Up  Tim Soulo on Twitter Ahrefs  Nathan Latka  Blinkist

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Alternative Ways to Fund Your Business | Ep. #1195

Nov 8, 2019 07:45

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In episode #1195, we share several alternative (yet effective!) ways of funding your business. We give you all the details on crowdfunding, revenue-based financing, and the more traditional routes involving bank loans. Tune in to hear what you need to do to attract investors! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Alternative Ways to Fund Your Business.  [00:37] Why people should consider funding and the problem with bootstrapping. [01:02] The need for funding even if you are Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos. [01:47] Thoughts on crowdfunding and the various platforms you can use.  [02:22] A list of the main crowdfunding platforms and how much you can raise per year.  [03:03] The importance of having traction before attempting to raise money.  [03:27] How you can raise money through revenue-based financing.  [04:15] The models that companies like Lighter Capital use.  [05:05] Getting a traditional bank or SBA loan in the US and their interest rates.  [05:22] What the credit card company Brex is offering in terms of credit.   [06:01] The importance of having a formula that is already working.  [06:24] That’s it for today! [07:02] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Jeff Bezos on Twitter Elon Musk on Twitter PayPal Tesla Kickstarter Indiegogo  CrowdEngine  StartEngine Republic  Wefunder MicroVentures Lighter Capital  SaaStr Clearbanc Brex  Activision  Disney 

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The Biggest Marketing Blunder Eric Made in 2019 (and What You Can Learn From It) | Ep. #1194

Nov 7, 2019 07:05

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In episode #1194, we discuss Eric’s biggest marketing blunder of the year. Rebuilding a website can be tricky and there is a range of factors to keep in mind before you can roll out the revised version. Tune in to hear what is on our checklist that will help you to avoid making the same mistake! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: The Biggest Marketing Blunder of 2019.  [00:34] Trusting the developer instead of following the checklist when doing a website rebuild.  [01:21] Don’t assume anything about what a new developer might/might not know. [01:35] Communication is key: establishing the tracking, lead flow, redirections, etc.  [02:36] Why Neil never does website redesigns and how he approaches changes. [03:39] The checklist for making sure that you rebuild correctly.  [04:23] Doing big changes to a website during a slow period, such as over the weekend.  [04:50] Benchmarking with your old data and ensuring that internal links are right. [05:17] An example of how you would keep internal links effective.  [06:10] Make sure you have a backup! [06:22] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Single Grain  Zapier  Slack  Google Analytics Google Search Console

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How to Survive a Google Core Update | Ep. #1193

Nov 6, 2019 08:27

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In episode #1193, we discuss the best strategies for overcoming the traffic drop that often results from updates. Creating a product such as a simple game, tool, or widget is an effective means of getting your traffic numbers climbing again. Tune in to hear what percentage your visitor numbers might be reduced and some of the novel ways to combat the problem!  

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[00:28] Today’s topic: How to Survive a Google Core Update.  [00:34] Our recent experience with dropped visitor numbers. [01:05] An observation about the quality and the number of traffic for certain sites.  [01:14] How Core updates affect the traffic to a site and when it recovers. [02:00] Why it is not always possible to avoid hits when Google makes algorithm changes. [02:20] The trend that started in 2018 and not relying on search and social media.  [02:48] Thinking outside the box by generating your own traffic. [03:35] Gaining traffic by building your own unique product, such as a game or a tool! [04:27] Taking matters into your own hands as far as leads are concerned. [05:48] Another great example of a product you can create to get more traffic.  [07:45] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Crazy Egg Ahrefs WordPress CodeCanyon Search Engine Smackdown  HubSpot

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7 Free SEO Tools That You Have to Checkout | Ep. #1192

Nov 5, 2019 05:02

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In episode #1192, we share with you the best free SEO tools that we’ve come across. Whether you need to track snippets, check the vitality of your content, get rid of spam or create the most effective tags, there is the perfect tool for it. Tune in to hear how to master SEO with these free applications! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: The Best Free SEO Tools to Check Out!  [00:47] SEO Ninja and their unique way of tracking snippets.  [01:06] All the great things Animalz Revive can tell you about your content.  [01:28] Coming up with new content ideas using AnswerThePublic.  [01:39] The browser extension that gives you a list of keywords from any web page.  [02:08] What you can do with the Reddit keyword research tool called Keyworddit. [02:20] Why the Google Analytics Referrer Spam Killer is the best! [02:45] CanIRank allows you to see if you can show up as number one for a keyword search.  [02:58] The tools that can tell you if your own or another person’s URL is penalized.  [03:36] BROWSEO: See what your website appears like to a search engine.  [03:48] Create the right tags with Aleyda Solis’s tag generator tool.  [04:21] That’s it for today! [04:22] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Ahrefs  Google Search Console  SEO Ninja Animalz Revive  AnswerThePublic  Wordtracker Scout Keyworddit  Google Analytics Referrer Spam Killer CanIRank  Panguin Tool  Keywords Everywhere BROWSEO  The hreflang Tags Generator Tool

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How Neil Grew His Instagram To 60k Followers In No Time | Ep. #1191

Nov 4, 2019 11:40

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In episode #1191, we share how Neil grew his Instagram to 60k followers! With social media status being what is and all the theories floating around for how to grow your following on Instagram and other platforms, we thought we would weigh in on how Neil has experienced such rapid growth in his follower-ship! Join us to hear about leveraging your audience, grinding it out, and why partnering up might be your best tool for growth!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How Neil Grew His Instagram to 60k Followers in No Time. [00:41] Posting content, videos and organic growth by leveraging brand equity. [01:42] Applying this lesson to other platforms aside from Instagram. [02:03] Looking at the example of Gary Vaynerchuk! [03:35] Using podcasting and collaboration as a means of brand marketing. [05:01] Leverage what you already have and make the most of your associations. [06:24] Go find someone to partner with! [08:50] There is a time for grinding and a time for leveraging. [09:47] Offering value to more established people and companies early on.  [10:45] There you have it! [10:52] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Gary Vaynerchuk Conan Wine Library Leveling Up Podcast Ubersuggest Backlinko Mashable TechCrunch GigaHome Gawker Media VentureBee ReadWrite Huffington Post Mark Cuban Zynga Tony Robbins LeBron James The Kardashians MoneyMap Robert Herjavec Shark Tank

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Is Your Traffic Flat? Do This | Ep. #1190

Nov 3, 2019 07:49

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In episode #1190, we discuss what you can do if your traffic is flat! Whichever platform you are wishing to promote, our number one piece of advice is to go find someone who is an expert at that field; there are so many resources and people out there to help you out! Tune in to hear our thoughts on boosting your traffic and knowledge about bringing people on board.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: What to Do if Your Traffic is Flat. [00:35] Hire experts or coaches if you have hit a wall! [01:20] There is always more to learn and someone who can help you. [02:38] Recurring costs versus one-time expenses and weighing them up. [04:32] The challenges of finding quality, outsourced labor. [05:02] Ideas for screening possible candidates from UpWork. [06:01] Learning from others' experience and building more expertise. [06:56] That is it for today! [06:59] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Hootsuite Video Influencers UpWork

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How to Plan Your 2020 Marketing Goals | Ep. #1189

Nov 2, 2019 08:08

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In episode #1189, we share how you can plan your 2020 marketing goals! From ways to think about goals, KPI’s, and the ability to pivot at the right time, we cover everything you need to know going into the new year. Tune in to get inspired and equipped to make 2020 your best year yet!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Plan Your 2020 Marketing Goals. [00:35] Thinking of goals as a realistic percentage and the laws of slowing growth rates. [01:18] The Entrepreneur's Operating System and weekly meetings around KPI's. [02:02] Shifting strategies when necessary to maintain goals and growth rates. [02:23] Keeping it simple; taking stock of the past and present and mapping out the future. [04:03] Ways to improve your overall approach and grow your marketing in 2020. [04:55] The power of simplifying and getting away from overwhelm. [05:46] Breaking down your goals by quarter, month, week and day.  [06:35] End of year reviews and how they tie into new year planning. [07:12] That’s it for today! [07:21] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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EOS

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How to Plan For Black Friday and Cyber Monday This Year | Ep. #1188

Nov 1, 2019 06:33

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In episode #1188, we talk about how to plan for Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year! We all know about the sales frenzy that happens every year over the weekend in question, but how can you make the most of it? Tune in to hear our strategies and ideas to get your shop in order to rake in some cash!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Plan for Black Friday and Cyber Monday this Year. [00:58] Getting set with retargeting pixels and consistency across platforms. [01:19] Making sure to leverage caching and CDM to avoid any stoppages. [02:14] Utilizing an omnichannel approach to capture the most sales. [02:48] Offering really good deals on a couple of your products to drive traffic. [03:38] The great boost that gift guides can give your sales. [04:21] The pros and cons of personalization for Black Friday. [05:42] That is it for today! [05:50] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Walmart Netflix Amazon Prime Shopify

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What Eric Learned Talking With Gary Vee’s Social Team | Ep. #1187

Oct 31, 2019 06:53

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In episode #1187, we talk about the conversation we had with Gary Vaynerchuk's social team! As one of the leading content marketing personalities in the world, Gary Vee and his large content team has wisdom from which we could all benefit! Tune in hear the tips and ideas they gave us for LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: What We Learned from Talking with Gary Vaynerchuk's Social Team. [00:45] Some of the reasons Gary does so well on social media! [01:03] The conversation and audit that Gary's team offered us. [01:45] Why to use carousels and how to make multiple impressions on visitors. [02:00] Tips for LinkedIn and how things have changed recently. [02:34] How long to make your videos on the YouTube. [04:01] Posting natively on Facebook and adapting it to the audience. [04:35] Why Gary Vee handles his own Twitter account.  [04:47] The hours of Gary's content team and why they differ from his agency.  [06:06] That is it for today! [03:09] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Gary Vaynerchuk

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Should You Even Use Twitter in 2020 | Ep. #1186

Oct 30, 2019 06:20

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In episode #1186, we answer the question of whether or not you should be using Twitter in 2020. With a committed but stagnant user base, it can be hard to know if Twitter is even still worth your energy. Tune in to hear our thoughts on using Twitter for marketing and what strategies might still be useful to you and your business!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Should You Even Use Twitter in 2020? [00:31] Twitter user numbers, growth and our own usage of the platform. [01:10] Is Twitter still worth using from a marketing perspective? [01:41] Examples of successful strategies on Twitter. [02:25] The downsides of traffic rates from Twitter and your tweets. [03:50] How you can use Twitter effectively in 2020. [04:10] Why LinkedIn and YouTube are mostly better options to pursue. [04:56] Some of the benefits you can still accrue from Twitter.  [05:28] That’s it for today! [05:31] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Twitter  Rand Fishkin Scott Galloway BuzzSumo

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The Biggest Mistake We’re Making In Social Media | Ep. #1185

Oct 29, 2019 04:06

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In episode #1185, we dive into the aspects of social media that we get wrong. Being lazy or in a hurry often causes us to simply broadcast information rather than being thoughtful about the content we put up on these platforms. Tune in to hear whether you are posting too little or too much! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: The Biggest Mistake We’re Making in Social Media.  [00:35] Neil’s thoughts on why social media isn’t working so well for Eric. [01:04] Why we reduced the number of YouTube videos and blogs we post per week. [01:28] Two problems with the way Eric uses social media.  [01:46] Writing natively on social media platforms versus broadcasting all the time.  [02:02] What it means to post natively: creating content that the platform seeks. [02:48] Common mistakes: Not posting enough and having old, disengaged followers.  [03:16] That’s it for today! [03:23] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Marketing School Andrew Chen on Twitter Rand Fishkin on Twitter

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7 Evergreen Books Guaranteed to Help You Grow | Ep. #1184

Oct 28, 2019 08:10

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In episode #1184, we share with you our hit-list of 7 must-read books for leveling up in your business! The books we recommend will help anyone who is interested in learning more about startups, team management, simplicity, and making it happen in an engineering organization. Tune in to hear which outstanding authors and business moguls have made our ranking! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Seven Evergreen Books Guaranteed to Help You Grow.   [00:32] Suffering through startup world and the woes of being a founder in Ben Horowitz’s book. [01:16] More great advice about startups and how to win in Peter Thiel’s Zero to One.  [02:56] Why The Ideal Team Player should be required reading!  [03:22] Learn the value of being simplistic with Steve Krug’s Don’t Make Me Think. [04:22] The Phoenix Project: a resource for effectively managing an engineering organization.  [05:05] How multibillionaire Ray Dalio’s book Principles will help you grow in business.  [06:35] Multipliers as a must-read for anyone who is about to start working with other people.  [07:25] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Marketing School The Hard Thing About Hard Things Ben Horowitz on Twitter Netscape LoudCloud  Zero to One  Peter Thiel   The Ideal Team Player Patrick Lencioni  Don’t Make Me Think Steve Krug  Basecamp The Goal  Jeff Bezos on Twitter The Phoenix Project  Gene Kim Principles Ray Dalio on Twitter Multipliers

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When to Hire for Experience | Ep. #1183

Oct 27, 2019 06:11

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In episode #1183, we share everything you need to consider when it comes to hiring someone who is still learning versus someone who is experienced. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, so it’s all about looking at the specific role you want them to fulfill. Some positions lend themselves more to one or the other. Tune in to hear more about which candidates to hire for executive, marketing, and SEO functions! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: When to Hire for Experience.  [00:29] Hiring someone who is learning versus someone with experience. [00:54] Experience is invaluable when your business is in the rapid growth stage.  [01:19] Why, when it comes to executives, you should always prioritize experience. [02:07] Past mistakes: waiting for people who you think have potential to learn on the job. [02:52] Considering RIO and the employees you want to hire when you are new.  [03:21] The pros and cons of getting younger people on board. [04:05] Considerations for hiring someone for marketing and SEO.  [05:22] That’s it for today! [05:26] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Marketing School

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Why Marketers Shouldn’t Buy The Latest Gadgets | Ep. #1182

Oct 26, 2019 04:27

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In episode #1182, we talk about why marketers should not buy the latest gadgets! Just because there are a million amazing looking tools and pieces of technology out there, does not mean you should go and get all of them! Tune in to hear about how keeping it simple and functional can really work in your favor.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Why Marketers Should Not Buy the Latest Gadgets. [00:45] It is not realistic for everyone in the world to upgrade all their tech. [02:01] When should you think about getting the latest tools? [02:45] Avoiding ADD around the newest shiny objects. [03:15] Spending money when it really benefits your marketing and business. [03:40] That is it for today! [03:42] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Marketing School

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7 Productivity Hacks We Use to Get More Out of the Day | Ep. #1181

Oct 25, 2019 07:26

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In episode #1181, we share seven productivity hacks to help you make the most of your day! From sleep tools, to better to-do lists and useful literature to peruse, we cover a ton of stuff that will definitely help you! Tune in to learn how to optimize your workflow and minimize time wastage!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: 7 Productivity Hacks to Get More Out of the Day. [00:33] The foundational importance of sleep; tools to help you get it right. [01:58] Planning the day ahead, the night before. [02:45] Getting the most important task done during the morning! [03:18] Clearing out that email inbox every day! [03:41] Using the Getting Things Done framework. [04:15] Avoiding time wasting rereading and responding to emails. [04:54] The utility of Sanebox and scheduling reminders as emails.  [05:23] Bonus tip! How the iPad Pro has improved productivity for both of us! [06:36] That is it for today! [06:24] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Why We Sleep TedTalk Matthew Walker Oura Ring Chili Pad Getting Things Done David Allen Sanebox

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The Most Important Google Analytics Report Other Than Goal Tracking | Ep. #1180

Oct 24, 2019 04:03

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In episode #1180, we are talking about the most important Google Analytics report, other than goal-tracking. Spoiler alert! It's cohort reports! We talk about how useful these can be to your business and the basics of starting to utilize the data they provide. Tune in to give your marketing the edge it deserves!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: The Most Important Google Analytics Report, Other than Goal-Tracking. [00:37] Apart from goal-tracking, the cohort analysis is so important! [00:51] What you can see in these reports by just changing the duration of the period. [02:02] The different ways that cohort analysis can be used. [02:15] Learning how to read a cohort chart; the two main ways to read them. [03:04] The flow of a cohort chart and the basic directions you want the numbers to go! [03:12] That’s it for today! [03:16] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Cohort Analysis Goal Tracking

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How Long it REALLY Takes For a Business to be Successful | Ep. #1179

Oct 23, 2019 05:18

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In episode #1179, we share how long it really takes for a business to become successful! There is always a period of learning and growing that happens with any business and we believe it often takes three years to experience profitability and stability, no matter who you are. Tune in to hear how we have learned this lesson with our different businesses!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How Long it Really Takes for a Business to be Successful. [00:48] Ways to measure success; starting with revenue and profitability. [01:20] Managing the difficulties and pain of the first two years. [03:04] All the things that can go wrong in the early stages. [03:59] The rule of three; waiting out the teething years.  [04:19] That’s it for today! [04:21] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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ClickFlow CrazyEgg Ubersuggest

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Are You Leveraging This New Form of Marketing? | Ep. #1178

Oct 22, 2019 05:32

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In episode #1178, we ask whether you are leveraging a great new form of marketing. Mobile text messaging as a marketing tool is becoming more and more attractive and companies are seeing great results from the creative ways that it can be used. Tune in to hear how you can apply it to your strategy!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Are You Leveraging This New Form of Marketing? [00:40] The use of emojis in text message advertising. [01:37] The surprising amount of sales from mobile text messaging. [02:20] Privacy rules and the US' own version of GDPR. [03:04] E-commerce marketing through text messaging and its efficacy. [03:23] Some useful tools that we use for this task. [04:08] Using text-based marketing for reminders for scheduled calls. [04:35] That is it for today! [04:37] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Luxor Linens Jonah Hill Angels and Entrepreneurs Call Loop

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7 Evergreen Marketing Tools to Keep In Your Toolkit | Ep. #1177

Oct 21, 2019 05:14

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In episode #1177, we share seven evergreen marketing tools that should be in your toolkit! We go through Ahrefs Content Explorer, Ubersuggest, IFTTT, and more. Tune in to hear about the best things to be adding to your marketing stack! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: 7 Evergreen Marketing Tools to Keep in Your Toolkit. [00:33] The simplicity and effectiveness of Supermetrics. [01:03] Why you should check out Ahrefs Content Explorer. [01:25] Making use of Google's Search Console and Google Analytics. [01:58] The amazing time saving tool called IFTTT. [02:35] Go get Ubersuggest! It's free and pretty much unbeatable. [03:01] Getting a great mobile chat application that works for you. [04:05] Using SimilarWeb to get an idea of your competitors.  [04:25] That’s it for today! [04:28] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information. Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Supermetrics Ahrefs Google Search Console Google Analytics WordPress  Zapier IFTTT Ubersuggest SEMrush MobileMonkey Manychat SimilarWeb

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Creative Ways to Boost Your Site Speed | Ep. #1176

Oct 20, 2019 06:11

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In episode #1176, we share some creative ways to boost your site speed! From online tools to little trade secrets, there are a ton of ways you can get your website loading that much faster and we dive into all the reasons for doing this! Tune in to hear how you can get up and running at the best speed possible!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Creative Ways to Boost your Site Speed. [00:29] How site speed can improve your search engine ranking. [01:03] The tools to measure and help you increase your site speed. [01:38] Creative and uncommon ways to increase speed! [02:28] Using WP Beginner to challenge yourself to even faster speeds. [03:30] All the different ways and small things you can do to speed up. [04:05] Finding a developer on UpWork to do all of this for you. [04:58] Reasons why people go after these improvements in the first place. [05:22] That is it for today! [05:26] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Amazon Shopify GTmetrix Lighthouse Pingdom WP Beginner UpWork

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Why MoviePass Failed As A Business | Ep. #1175

Oct 19, 2019 05:26

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In episode #1175, we talk about why MoviePass failed. Most of us remember MoviePass from a while back, a service that promised something that seemed too good to be true. Well, it turns out that it was a bit too good to be true and we unpack what contributed to its demise. So tune in to hear it all!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Why MoviePass Failed as a Business. [00:30] What was MoviePass? Do you remember it? [01:08] What we can learn from their business model. [02:41] Going for sustainability over initially undercutting competition. [03:01] The example of WeWork and high costs against income . [04:01] Reliable operators as the foundation of successful business. [04:40] That’s it for today! [04:41] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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MoviePass Crunchbase Helios WeWork Uber Lyft Blockbuster Netflix

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How Eric & Neil Handle Their Marketing To Do List | Ep. #1174

Oct 18, 2019 06:22

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In episode #1174, we talk about how we handle our to-do lists and get our marketing things done! From prioritizing and cutting excess to methods and frameworks, we cover a ton of great ways to get things moving in the right direction. Tune in to hear how you can get the most of your goals and build as fast as possible.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How We Handle Our Marketing To-do List. [00:34] Approaching the lowest hanging fruit first, to move the needle. [01:12] Good resources for planning out your list of priorities. [02:20] Avoiding a laundry list of things to do. [03:05] Breaking things down to small accomplishable chunks. [04:12] Things to start doing, stop doing and keep doing. [05:01] Scaling out what is already working instead of new ideas. [05:26] That’s it for today! [05:29] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Traction  The One Thing 3HAG Way

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Email Newsletters and Podcasting is Trending Towards This | Ep. #1173

Oct 17, 2019 05:31

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In episode #1173, we talk about the trend that email newsletters and podcasting is currently moving towards. We are seeing more paid subscription services for content creators, whereby subscribers can pay a small fee to get a direct content feed. Tune in to hear how this can be used to boost your income and whether it will replace other methods of income generation!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: The Current Email Newsletter and Podcasting Trend. [00:33] Paid newsletter subscriptions and giving more power to the content creators. [01:32] The amount of money you can make from these small subscriptions. [02:12] Comparing this model with advertising or Patreon. [03:22] Significant revenue requires a large amount of subscribers. [04:01] As influencer marketing grows steadily this trend will follow. [04:46] That’s it! [04:48] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Substack Andreessen Horowitz Acast Patreon Supercast Tim Ferriss Crunchbase Thrive Capital Index Ventures

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How to Do a Blazing Fast SEO Audit of a Website | Ep. #1172

Oct 16, 2019 04:36

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In episode #1172, we discuss the best ways to do a blazing fast audit of a website! There are a ton of tools that make this process easy, cheap, and effective. Today we unpack which ones we use and why. So tune in get your website up to scratch! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Do a Blazing Fast SEO Audit of a Website. [00:35] The two tools that can help you with the auditing process. [01:12] Using Google Data Studio for daily reports on traffic, ads and more. [02:21] Making changes when things start to take a turn downwards. [03:40] Checking the calendar; sometimes a problem is just a holiday! [03:52] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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SEMrush Ahrefs Google Data Studio SuperMetrics

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How to Deal with All the New Marketing Updates | Ep. #1171

Oct 15, 2019 05:59

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In episode #1171, we talk about how to deal with the new marketing updates that happen all the time! Across search engines and social platforms, algorithms are constantly evolving and this can heavily influence your traffic and engagement. Tune in hear how you can avoid the pitfalls and make the most of the way things transform!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Deal with All the New Marketing Updates. [00:30] Google's core update announcement and rollout. [01:25] Relying on organic traffic and what updates can do to this. [02:10] Lack of focus and going after all the different tools. [03:01] Utilizing an omni-channel approach to safeguard against damaging updates. [04:14] Managing changes in the algorithms through monitoring other successes. [04:35] Prioritizing and delegating the work of staying abreast of changes. [05:05] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Search Engine Roundtable Wall Street Journal Feedly Marketing Lab TickTock

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How to Get People to Respond to Your Emails | Ep. #1170

Oct 14, 2019 05:11

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In episode #1170, we unpack how to get people to respond to your emails! From using questions and personal touches to the length and tone of your emails, we cover it all. Tune in to learn how to get your response rate all the way up!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Get People to Respond to Your Emails. [00:35] The main reasons it is important to get responses. [01:12] Using questions in emails as a way to boost engagement and delivery. [02:03] Personalized elements to add the human touch to communication. [03:08] Keeping things brief and to the point. [04:24] That’s it for today! [04:28] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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SalesLoft

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How Peloton Beat Soul Cycle | Ep. #1169

Oct 13, 2019 06:10

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In episode #1169, we share with you all the reasons why we think Peloton beats SoulCycle. In terms of the user, Peloton has the advantage of home convenience, it works out cheaper, and it offers a competitive, gamified experience. Tune in to hear why exactly Peloton is such a compelling exercise tool! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How Peloton Beat SoulCycle.  [00:32] What Peloton and SoulCycle are respectively and their different business models.  [01:13] What SoulCycle sold to Equinox for and Peloton’s $8 billion evaluation.  [01:31] Why we say Peloton is winning: home convenience, cheaper and product experience.   [02:06] Competing with friends from all over as one of the best things about Peloton.  [02:43] How Peloton’s gamified approach gets your competitive juices going.  [03:17] The usefulness of the dashboard on which you can measure your performance.  [04:06] How Peloton compels you to pay your monthly subscription and why they’re sticky.  [05:24] That’s it for today! [05:25] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Peloton SoulCycle  Equinox

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How to Collaborate with Influencers That Are 'Bigger' Than You | Ep. #1168

Oct 12, 2019

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In episode #1168, we share our experience of pursuing and working with people who are “bigger” than you in the industry. Making yourself valuable to that person and looking for ways to solve their problems are often effective means of getting them to agree to a collaboration. Tune in to hear practical examples of how you can approach these influencers and why you have to remain humble and persistent! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Collaborate with Big Influencers.  [00:30] A story about when Eric first reached out to Neil.  [01:14] Adding value to and finding solutions for people who are “bigger” than you.  [02:11] The key to partnering with any influencer: taking something off their plate. [02:28] Examples of all the advantages of partnering with people who add value.   [03:19] Doing the work is how you get those big names to say yes. [03:34] Accepting that it doesn’t always work out, even after all your work.  [04:02] Considering all your inventory when thinking about collaborations.  [04:52] Keeping in mind the value of what you’re learning from that mentor and being persistent.  [06:19] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Aaron Agius Warren Buffet Charles Munger Mashable Pete Cashmore Michael Arrington  TechCrunch  

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How to Get Your First Speaking Gig | Ep. #1167

Oct 11, 2019 06:11

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In episode #1167, we discuss how you can get your first speaking gig and turn it into a paid activity over time. It’s all about applying until you get accepted and being consistent in showing up for these kinds of events. Tune in to hear where you should go to apply and what you should do to ensure successful delivery. 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Get Your First Speaking Gig.  [00:30] Neil and Eric’s earliest speaking events and how they got started.   [01:25] Why you should care about getting a speaking gig.  [01:52] Considering how you can add value rather than the number of customers you can get.  [02:05] How you get asked to speak, doing it for free and when you start getting paid.  [02:45] Realizing that it takes time, gaining experience and increasing your price as you go.  [03:08] Examples of places where you can apply online and volunteer to speak. [03:40] Preparing good content, inquiring about the audience and asking what they want.  [03:57] Nathan Latka’s refreshing approach to his interview with Ashton Kutcher.  [04:47] The importance of speaking consistently and always asking for feedback.  [05:19] That’s it for today!  [05:20] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Agent Bryan Harris  Nathan Latka Ashton Kutcher 

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Where Podcasting is Going in 2020 | Ep. #1166

Oct 10, 2019 07:59

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In episode #1166, we discuss the developments you can expect from the podcasting industry in 2020. Podcasting has grown exponentially over the past few years and it will become increasingly competitive, also in terms of its traffic and reach. Tune in to hear some of the innovative tools available to podcasters and all the reasons why you must get onto this platform today! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Where Podcasting Is Going In 2020! [00:30] NPR having different sources of revenue and how podcasting eclipsed broadcasting.  [01:07] The growing podcasting industry and the many new services and offerings. [01:38] How other platforms are supporting podcasting and helping it to grow. [02:24] Subscriptions and what tools such as Supercast allow you to offer your audience.    [04:01] Why podcasting audiences convert so well despite certain obstacles.  [05:01] Where most podcasts get their traffic from and how it will change in 2020. [05:43] Some staggering statistics about the evolution and development of podcasting.  [06:32] Great reasons to start a podcast as soon as possible!  [06:59] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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NPR Spotify Supercast Acast Supporting Cast Edison Research Triton Digital 

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7 Ways to Build Deeper Relationships with Your Customers | Ep. #1165

Oct 9, 2019 08:32

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In episode #1165, we share with you all the effective ways of building and strengthening the relationships with your customers. Connecting in person, giving thoughtful gifts, starting off on a good foot, and being generous are only a few of the ways in which you can make a lasting impression. Tune in to hear more about spotting opportunities and establishing yourself as a problem solver! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: 7 Ways to Build Deeper Relationships with Your Customers.  [00:41] The value of connecting in person and why dinners are a great connection point. [01:35] Asking for honest feedback and trying to make their lives easier. [02:30] Giving quality gifts based on the interests of your customer. [04:20] The importance of starting off on the right foot and onboarding thoughtfully.  [05:18] Checking in with people and seeing opportunities to make introductions. [05:55] A specific example of going above and beyond.  [07:18] Maintaining an attitude of generosity, such as providing free trials or services.   [07:48] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Giftology GSVlabs GSV Passport 

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Google's New Link Building Rules | Ep. #1164

Oct 8, 2019 05:50

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In episode #1164, we share the gist of Google’s new link building guidelines. As you will learn today, there are many great reasons why SEO builders would want to comply with these rules. Tune in to hear the nitty-gritty of their requirements and when it will be rolled out. 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Google’s New Link Building Rules.  [00:30] Google announced the new guidelines around link building. [01:00] Requirements to start using Rel = “ugc” and Rel = “Sponsored” and its feasibility.   [01:42] What Google is trying to achieve with these new regulations.  [02:02] Should we be concerned about these rules? And why it would be beneficial to comply.  [03:15] The practical applications to consider. [04:06] How Google is providing a middle ground between link equity and no link equity.  [04:39] When it is being rolled out and when companies will implement it.  [04:52] That’s it for today! [04:55] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Google Ahrefs SEMrush

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7 Laws of Highly Successful Marketing Campaigns | Ep. #1163

Oct 7, 2019 10:53

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In episode #1163, we give you the 7 laws of highly successful marketing campaigns! We go through testing, omni-channel approaches, influencers, advertising and more! Tune in to hear about how you can make your campaigns that much more successful.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: 7 Laws of Highly Successful Marketing Campaigns. [00:58] The importance of change and evolution in successful marketing campaigns. [02:49] Testing all the elements of your campaign across platforms. [03:29] The omni-channel approach and leveraging everything you can. [04:52] Channel partnerships and testing different collaborations. [06:17] The success of relevant influencers is very dependable! [07:45] Data-driven marketing and the formulas for success. [08:35] The amounts to spend on advertising; optimizing on front and backend.  [10:04] That's pretty much it for this episode! [10:07] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Expedia Oreo Kim Kardashian Mark Zuckerberg Tim Ferriss Michael Jordan Blake Griffin Kia influence.co

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The High Converting Landing Page Formula | Ep. #1162

Oct 6, 2019 06:42

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In episode #1162, we unpack the formula for high-converting landing pages! From the centrality of your headline, to types of content, we give you the low-down. Tune in to get your landing page conversion rates booming!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: The High-Converting Landing Page Formula. [00:33] The importance of headlines; getting and maintaining attention . [02:02] Considering your audience and the types of content they might connect with. [03:06] Use that data and run some A-B tests to optimize! [03:40] Creating appropriate pages for each scenario. [05:45] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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David Ogilvy UserTesting Land-book Swiped Dribbble

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7 LinkedIn Marketing Tips to Help You For 2020 | Ep. #1161

Oct 5, 2019 08:38

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In episode #1161, we share 7 tips for LinkedIn marketing as you prepare for 2020. These tips can get your content and engagement all the way up, shared and gaining traction as you build your profile and business. Tune in to hear about tagging, channel partners, LinkedIn Live and more!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: 7 LinkedIn Marketing Tips to Help You in 2020. [00:31] LinkedIn Live just launched! [02:35] Publish content on LinkedIn; videos, articles and other kinds of text-based content. [02:39] Tag usage when posting content. [03:03] Building channel partners and finding similar businesses and people. [04:12] Involving friends, associates and influencers in order to drum up engagement. [05:12] Reaching out to contacts to share you content on their profile. [06:58] Using LinkedIn Recruiter for starting conversations.  [07:32] That is it for today! [07:51] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Aaron Aegis

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How to Build a Company Your Customers Want to Be a Part of | Ep. #1160

Oct 4, 2019 08:18

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In episode #1160, we discuss building a company that customers want to be a part of! The number one factor for creating this kind of brand or business is the customer and employee experience and their are a few simple and inexpensive ways to do this! Tune in to hear our thoughts on getting your business up there with the best of them.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Build a Company Your Customers Want to Be a Part of. [00:50] Experience, business and company culture; does it translate to revenue? [02:14] Employer branding, inward and outward facing experiences and recruiting. [04:10] Creating experiences, events and free swag for customers. [05:55] Separating yourself from the competition with unique offers and gifts. [06:41] Expensive does not equal effective; keep things thoughtful and fun. [07:20] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Beats by Dre Glassdoor In-N-Out Burgers Zoom InsideSales

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Should You Niche Down Your Agency? | Ep. #1159

Oct 3, 2019 05:58

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In episode #1159, we discuss the benefits of niching down in your agency. We all know that niching down can help you build a stronger and more dedicated customer base but how much does it really help? And how far should you take this process? Tune in as we explore this great tactic for building a company!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Should You Niche Down Your Agency? [00:38] The amount that niching down can help your product or service. [01:30] Niching down versus serving companies across the board. [02:25] The one reason you should niche down now, if you are just starting out! [03:08] Gaining a better understanding through specific case studies. [04:01] How narrow to go when you niche down. [04:42] Picking something, getting it right and then expanding. [05:13] That’s it for today! [05:16] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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OmniCom Apple

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What is Experiential Marketing? | Ep. #1158

Oct 2, 2019 06:08

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In episode #1158, we talk about experiential marketing and what it is! From big campaigns by the likes of Halo and Red Bull to long-running experiential spaces like Disneyland, creating memorable experiences for an audience is a really powerful way to market your brand. Tune in to hear the small ways you can use these ideas in your business!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: What is Experiential Marketing? [00:41] Some definitions and examples of experiential marketing. [02:55] Customer support and service as a valid type of experiential marketing. [04:23] Going above and beyond the status quo; give your audience more! [05:10] Committing to the delivery of great content is what will make an audience love you. [05:28] That’s it for today! [05:30] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Halo Harlem Globetrotters Andrew Wexler Red Bull  Occulus Disney 

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7 Customer Acquisition Ideas for the Rest of 2019 | Ep. #1157

Oct 1, 2019 06:34

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In episode #1157, we are sharing 7 ideas for customer acquisition for the rest of the year! We run through collaborations, useful tools, expanding content, and more! Tune in today to get the best advice on increasing your customer count!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: 7 Customer Acquisition Ideas for the Rest of 2019. [00:33] Channel partnerships and cross-platform collaborations. [01:17] Utilizing affordable tools to manage your site and its data. [02:25] The process of content expansion to ease the need to create something new. [03:12] Voice search and the usefulness of Jetson AI. [03:48] AI for advertising and using Pattern 89 for this purpose. [04:21] Automating your SEO process with the tools that are currently available. [05:00] Chat programs, funnels and product tours with Intercom. [05:42] Make sure you check that out! [05:47] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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CodeCanyon 1kProjects Jetson AI Pattern89 Clickflow Distilled Intercom

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The High-Converting Landing Page Formula | Ep. #1156

Sep 30, 2019 07:54

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In episode #1156, we explain the high-converting landing page formula! Your landing page and its contents are such a big deal in how you convert visitors to customers, so do not sleep on this important aspect of your business! Tune in to hear how you can up your conversion rate.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: The High-Converting Landing Page Formula. [00:32] Answering objections with your landing page. [01:43] Creating the page once you have an idea of the landscape of objections. [02:01] The importance of headlines and making the most of your airtime. [02:40] Multiple visual aspects that explain your message. [03:22] Chat programs that answer users' questions. [04:05] Long and thorough versus short and to-the-point pages. [04:45] The inclusion of the relevant pixels on each page.  [05:08] Exit pop-ups, scrolling bars, testimonials and buy buttons!  [06:01] Frequently asked questions and congruent messaging across different pages. [06:20] Utilizing video and transcriptions for your landing page. [06:45] Keeping your site speed up; don't bog it down unnecessarily. [07:15] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Conversion XL SurveryMonkey UserTesting Copyblogger Breakthrough Advertising Crazy Egg Intercom Drift Swipe-Worthy Land-book

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SEO Advice For a Brand New YouTube Channel | Ep. #1155

Sep 29, 2019 07:04

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In episode #1155, we share some SEO advice for brand-new YouTube channels. From making the most of your first 24 hours, hitting your social channels and email lists, to transcribing your videos, we cover it all. Tune in to get the low-down on how to get your channel rolling with a purpose!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: SEO Advice for a Brand-New YouTube Channel. [00:31] Using TubeBuddy for research and growth. [00:52] Leveraging your email list to grow your YouTube channel. [01:30] The value of push-notifications in getting your video viewed early. [02:05] Don't forget social media and all your other communication channels [03:07] The all-important first 24 hours and the effect on your ranking.  [04:50] All the platforms to utilize when doing that initial push for views. [05:22] Engaging the right people with your content to bolster your ranking.  [05:55] Transcriptions and uploading extra content to each video.  [06:21] Make sure you check that out! [06:23] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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YouTube TubeBuddy Subscribers WordPress YouTube Subscribe Widget Evan Carmichael  Rev

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How to Skyrocket Your Traffic in Two Days | Ep. #1154

Sep 28, 2019 05:14

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In episode #1154, we talk about a simple way that you can skyrocket your traffic in two days! Although there are strategies we could talk about in a five minute podcast episode, we want to invite you to our upcoming in-person event in Malibu! Listen in to get all the important details.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Skyrocket Your Traffic in Two Days. [00:45] The upcoming in-person event we are hosting in Malibu! [01:45] How your pricing model can dramatically increase your revenue! [02:05] Growth hacks for 2020; user experience, click-through rates and data utilization. [02:50] Our event is not going to be a glorified, oversized conference! [03:27] The problem with many conferences and the value we are offering. [04:40] Make sure you check that out! [04:42] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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How Do You Decide When to Monetize Your Podcast With Ads | Ep. #1153

Sep 27, 2019 06:01

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In episode #1153, we discuss the option of monetizing your podcast! There are many considerations when thinking about ads and sponsors for your show and it is not something that you should rush into. Join us as we relay the most important factors in this decision.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: When to Monetize Your Podcast with Ads. [00:32] The ongoing discussion we have around monetizing this podcast. [01:48] Considerations of who to work with and what you are willing to give up. [02:39] The money that it takes grow a podcast, faster. [03:15] The number of listeners we recommend you acquire before you monetize. [04:25] Reinvesting ad money back into your podcast rather pocketing it. [05:10] That is it for today! [05:14] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Dreamhost iTunes 

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The Best Marketing Courses For Digital Marketers | Ep. #1152

Sep 26, 2019 07:32

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In episode #1152, we talk about some of the best marketing courses for digital marketers. With so much free and paid learning content online, how do you decide which courses you should take and which option is best suited to you? Join us as we break down some surprising information on how you can make the most of your learning budget!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: The Best Marketing Courses For Digital Marketers. [00:35] Some of the courses that are available for free on YouTube. [01:35] Affordable courses and other places you can learn online. [02:12] Specializing in one channel rather than chasing general expertise. [03:08] Following through on your courses and staying updated as marketing evolves. [04:02] Considering paid options versus free content; the benefits of each. [05:57] The commitment that an audience makes when they pay for a course.  [06:50] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Brian Dean SEO That Works YouTube SEO HubSpot Google Adwords Coursera Udemy LinkedIn Learning Digital Marketer Slack Traffic Think Tank Ahrefs

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How to Get the Most Out of Google Analytics | Ep. #1151

Sep 25, 2019 06:39

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In episode #1151, we discuss how to get the most out of Google Analytics. From independent bloggers to Google's own tools and services there is a wealth of ways you can improve your game, right at your fingertips! Tune in to hear us unpack everything you need to know about SEO and beyond!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Get the Most Out of Google Analytics. [00:30] Tapping into Avinash Kaushik's wealth of knowledge! [01:17] Using cohort reports for the time increments that suit you. [02:28] Adding annotations to track big events and changes in traffic. [02:47] Advanced segmentation; getting particular about your site's visitors. [03:05] Linking to Google Ads and Search Console! [03:17] Google's cross device feature and adjusting messages accordingly. [04:20] The usefulness of multi-touch attribution for a clearer picture. [04:51] E-commerce and goal tracking, and using Google Tag Manager. [05:10] The high quality benchmarking capabilities of Google Analytics. [05:46] That is it for today! [05:51] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Avinash Kaushik  Google Search Console Google Tag Manager

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Our Favorite Marketing Blogs for 2020 & Beyond | Ep. #1150

Sep 24, 2019 07:44

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In episode #1150, we lay out our favorite marketing blogs for 2020 and beyond! We run through a whole host of useful resources for SEO optimization, algorithm updates, marketing costs, great copywriting, and much more! Join us today as we give you the tools you need to be the best marketer possible going into the new year.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Our Favorite Marketing Blogs for 2020 and Beyond! [00:40] Andrew Chen's blog and his monthly long-form essays. [01:13] Using Adage to stay abreast of trends in marketing and new opportunities. [02:18] ProfitWell's blog and new video series! [02:45] Conversion XL, VWO and the rising cost of marketing. [03:47] Monitoring Hot Pod News as the podcasting market continues to grow. [04:20] Product Hunt as a tool for seeing all the new products and tools being released. [04:51] Human psychology and the evergreen nature of great copy.  [05:15] Creating great landing pages with Land-Book. [05:15] The value of user on-boarding and retention! [05:42] Using Search Engine Roundtable to keep up to date on algorithm changes. [07:05] That’s it! [07:06] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Andrew Chen Uber Jason Horowitz Adage Alexa Jetson ProfitWell  Conversion XL VWO Hot Pod News Product Hunt Swipe Land-book User Onboard Search Engine Roundtable Feedly Nuzzel

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How to Leverage Content Marketing When You Are Selling Multiple Products | Ep. #1149

Sep 23, 2019 05:07

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In episode #1149, we discuss leveraging content marketing when you are selling multiple products. There are many ways to market content, from videos and podcasts to events and more. We find these avenues really powerful, especially when you have an array of offers for your audience. Tune in to hear our strategies for driving sales and building your customer base!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Leverage Content Marketing When Selling Multiple Products. [00:35] Growing an audience through content marketing. [01:10] Free versus premium offers and targeting different areas. [02:03] Using categories and lists to drive sales and traffic. [02:54] Building from a foundation of content marketing and moving into different areas. [03:39] Keyword research and finding comparable and successful products and services. [04:12] That’s it for today! [04:18] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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UberSuggest ClickFlow HubSpot Tony Robbins

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How Often to Update Old Content | Ep. #1148

Sep 22, 2019 06:19

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In episode #1148, we talk about the important idea of updating content and how often this should be done. A lot of content creators make the mistake of making new content constantly, instead of doubling down and improving already successful content that they have. Tune in to hear our thoughts on staying up to date and how often to efficiently give your content new life! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How Often to Update Old Content. [00:34] The SEO benefits of updating your content. [00:57] New content creation versus updating already established articles and information. [02:06] Using tools to track the decay of your content over time. [03:10] Minimizing issues and loss of traffic to improve user experience. [03:39] Going in-depth on articles and doubling down on quality and currency. [04:29] The mistake of constantly creating new content over updating useful articles. [05:34] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Animalz Google Search Console Ahrefs Backlinko Toyota

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How to Keep Your Content Fresh and Interesting | Ep. #1147

Sep 21, 2019 06:24

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In episode #1147, we discuss keeping your content fresh and interesting for your audience! With so much content creation happening online all the time, information needs to be updated and repackaged in order to keep readers engaged and enticed by what you are publishing. Join us as we break down a few simple ways to make sure you keep traffic directed towards your platforms.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Keep Your Content Fresh and Interesting. [00:33] What does it mean to have fresh and interesting content today? [01:37] Some tips for starting out as a content creator and the learning process. [02:48] Using design and graphics to spark interest and maintain attention. [03:50] An example of a visually appealing brand that stands out! [04:27] Rounding up today's strategies and tips for staying fresh. [05:43] That’s it for today's episode! [05:46] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Wikipedia Yelp  Abraham Lincoln JumpCut Backlinko Canva Infogram Fiverr FiveThirtyEight

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Avoid These Fatal Mistakes If You're in SaaS | Ep. #1146

Sep 20, 2019 07:08

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In episode #1146, we talk about the fatal mistakes to avoid when working in software as a service! We look at some of our personal experiences, the stories of others, and deliver a handful of helpful directions to steer you away from danger. Tune in to get a compass and map for staying out of stormy waters with your business.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: The Fatal Mistakes You Need to Avoid in SaaS. [00:52] Picking a total addressable market that is too small! [02:10] Market size versus pricing options to make enough money. [03:10] Waiting to launch to begin marketing your business. [03:40] Market research and avoiding building a product in a vacuum. [04:22] Recruiting early on; the timing of your hiring process is vital! [04:57] Start selling as soon as possible, even before it you are fully built. [06:13] Maybe we will do a part 2 on this! [06:27] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Dropbox CrazyEgg Kissmetrics Zoom Slack  ProfitWell Pricing Creativity Clickflow BuzzSumo

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7 Creative Ways to Get More Links | Ep. #1145

Sep 19, 2019 07:52

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In episode #1145, we share 7 creative ways to get more links to your business. From tools and broken links to websites that you can buy and merge your data into, we cover a ton of ways you can stimulate sharing and traffic and get more eyes on your content. Tune in to hear these great strategies for connecting with a larger audience. 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: 7 Creative Ways to Get More Links. [00:37] Go find stat-based blog posts in your space and create infographics. [01:54] Product-led growth; the gift that keeps on giving! [02:30] Using ScrapeBox to find available spaces on the web to get more links. [03:45] Find broken links and offer to supply the site with updated content. [04:25] Look for neglected blogs and suggest keeping it alive by publishing. [05:29] Using badges to link back to your company. [06:27] Buy up websites that have not been updated and merge content.  [07:03] That’s it for today! [07:08] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Brian Dean Here's What We Learned About Organic Click-Through Rate Infogram ScrapeBox Ahrefs SEMrush Mixpanel Unsplash

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Organic Click-Through Rate Lessons on 5 Million Google Search Results | Ep. #1144

Sep 18, 2019 07:13

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In episode #1144, we unpack the recent collaborative study on organic click-through rates. This study, conducted by Backlinko and Marketing School, shows findings from over 5 millions Google search results and has a ton of surprising statistics to help you understand your SEO. Tune in to get all the details on this study!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: The Organic Click-Through Rate Lessons on 5 Million Google Search Results. [01:10] A summary of the key findings of this study. [01:29] Why it's a 'winner take all' situation with search results . [02:57] The success rates of titles containing questions. [03:35] Keyword usage in titles and the resulting bump in click through rates. [04:48] The subtractive effect of including power words in your titles. [05:50] Evoking curiosity can make a big difference to your CTR. [06:10] There you have it! [06:30] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Backlinko ClickFlow

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How to Pick The Ideal Price | Ep. #1143

Sep 17, 2019 06:50

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In episode #1143, we help you think about how to pick the ideal price! We cover customized pricing models, calculators, pricing according to value, adjusting prices over time, and more! Tune in to hear how you can boost your sales with the number one leveraging tool at your disposal.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Pick the Ideal Price. [00:55] A customized pricing model for high-end products and services. [01:15] Using a pricing calculator to pitch your business at the right level. [02:32] Starting from the foundation of value and how to have these conversations. [03:24] Adjusting your price as your services or products grow and evolve. [03:46] Existing services and products can diminish in value over time. [04:15] Avoiding under-pricing your business and the appearance of trust. [06:03] There you have it! [06:09] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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CrazyEgg Product Habits ProfitWell Pricing Creativity Diamond Foundry

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7 Highly Effective Habits to Make You A Better Marketer | Ep. #1142

Sep 16, 2019 08:54

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In episode #1142, we lay out 7 highly effective habits that make you a better marketer! From mindset to technology, testing to data collection, we cover it all. Tune in to give your marketing game that extra boost it needs!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: 7 Highly Effective Habits to Make You a Better Marketer. [00:44] Staying open-minded and learning continually! [01:37] The running of constant tests; the best way to improve and succeed. [02:41] Writing practice and developing the ability to compellingly communicate your ideas. [03:52] Data is way more important than any gut feeling you have! [04:33] Patience is virtue; allow time to get to your goal. [05:41] Keeping up to date with technology and where it is headed. [06:47] Do not underestimate the power of relationships!  [08:01] That’s it for today! [08:12] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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7 Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen Covey Breakthrough Advertising

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Are Joint Webinars Worth It? | Ep. #1141

Sep 15, 2019 07:06

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In episode #1141, we discuss whether joint webinars are worth the effort. The answer to this question depends on the audience; you do not want to collaborate with someone whose audience is not suited to you and your business. Tune in to hear how you can make the most of joint webinars, reasons that we avoid online summits, and simple strategies for setting up great value exchanges.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Are Joint Webinars Worth It? [00:35] The basic premise for a joint webinar. [00:58] The answer to the question depends on audience overlap. [01:29] Avoiding uneven exchanges and dangerous privacy concerns. [03:45] Hosting a summit; pre-recorded online conferences. [04:50] Why featuring on someone else's summit can be fruitless. [06:21] That’s it for today! [06:27] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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MobileMonkey

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How Spotify’s New Dashboard Can Help Podcasters | Ep. #1140

Sep 14, 2019 04:25

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In episode #1132, we look at the new podcast dashboard from Spotify and the data it provides. This allows you to see who is listening to you and how often, some information on the users and what other media they are streaming. Tune in to hear all about these new features and the ways in which it can benefit your podcast!

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Using Spotify's New Podcast Dashboard to Grow Faster. [00:40] More about these new features on Spotify. [01:10] The difference between 'streams', 'starts', and listener and follower counts. [02:12] Should be extend the format length of podcast? [02:22] Podcast data and stats can be really misleading! [02:55] The demographic stats for our show compared with our YouTube channels. [03:21] Who else our listeners are tuning into! [03:39] That’s it for today! [03:49] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Spotify Drake The Chainsmokers Ed Sheeran

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Advanced SEO Todo List For Sites | Ep. #1139

Sep 13, 2019 09:55

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In episode #1139, we give you an advanced SEO to-do list for 2020! Following our episode on the basic steps to optimize searchability and traffic for your new website, this episode is about how to get rolling for next year since we are already in September! Tune in to hear about page speed, power pages, and more.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Advanced SEO To-do List for 2020. [00:34] What does advanced SEO mean? [01:15] Using the FAQ schema smartly to occupy more real estate. [02:06] Speed is an important factor, load your HTML from CDN's! [03:22] Infographics, data-driven posts and product led growth. [04:02] Focus on your brand; Google looks at how many people are searching. [05:40] Power pages and making your landing pages as comprehensive as possible. [06:32] Assess similar, existent content and update and add to that. [07:22] Optimizing titles and descriptions to increase click-through rates. [07:52] Translation and transcription, expanding beyond English.  [09:09] That’s it for today! [09:14] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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How to Convert Live Viewers Into Customers | Ep. #1138

Sep 12, 2019 04:01

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In episode #1138, we discuss the conversion of live-stream viewers into paying customers. With so many strategic ways to use the live-streaming format for building an audience and generating revenue, it is important to master the basics from the get-go. Tune in to hear how you can use this easy opportunity to get more eyes on your product or service.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Convert Live Viewers into Customers. [00:30] The big thing about conversion from live-streaming across platforms. [01:40] Bad timing for advertising your offer! [01:55] Sending a live video to your audience after its streaming time. [02:15] Giving your audience what they want: the next thing! [02:40] Keeping everyone engaged and mixing things up. [02:55] It is important to relate a video to your product or service. [03:16] That’s it for today! [03:21] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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The Essential SEO Todo List For Brand New Sites | Ep. #1137

Sep 11, 2019 05:32

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In episode #1137, we discuss the most important things on your to-do list when launching a new website. That's right, we are breaking down the most fundamental parts of SEO and how to get your site ranked higher and receiving more traffic. Tune in to hear all about the simple steps you can take to get your website off to a flying start.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: The Essential SEO To-do List for Brand New Websites. [00:38] First up, clean URL structures from the beginning. [01:20] Using the most highly reviewed CMS plugins. [01:56] Regular content creation in order to rank higher. [02:13] Building relationships with people, guest blogging and offering other value adds. [03:12] Going beyond text-based content and Google. [04:00] Local SEO and occupying more real estate on the search page. [04:24] Getting the basics right; analytics and helpful information provided by Google.  [04:46] That’s it for today! [04:50] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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7 Tips on Live Streaming and Podcast at The Same Time | Ep. #1136

Sep 10, 2019 04:55

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In episode #1136, we share several helpful tips for live streaming and podcasting at the same time. Frequently engaging with your audience, promoting your session ahead of time and being consistent in showing up with new content are just some of the ways in which you can optimize this marketing strategy. Tune in to hear what you can do to activate your discoverability. 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: 7 Tips on Live Streaming and Podcasting at The Same Time.  [00:36] Engage with your community by making time to answer questions.  [01:23] Livestream with the help of all the social channels out there. [01:42] Promote ahead of time to get people prepared. [02:09] Try to be consistent with the frequency of your sessions. [02:34] Don’t forget to add hashtags and to tag the right people. [03:06] Ask for comments to boost virality. [03:36] Don’t forget to include a clear call to action.  [04:15] That’s it for today! [03:24] To stay updated and learn additional ways to get more traffic to your site, go to the Marketing School site for more information. 

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Neil and Eric’s Secret Marketing Tools | Ep. #1135

Sep 9, 2019 04:04

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In episode #1135, we share with listeners each of our favorite tools for marketing. There is a range of different data that is invaluable for optimizing your marketing efforts, while the Outreach tool has several great useful features that enable marketers to personalize their approach to clients. Tune in to hear what you must do to get the most out of these strategies and tools.  

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Eric and Neil’s Secret Marketing Tools.  [00:39] How having a ton of clickstream and click-through data is helpful for marketers.  [01:00] Paying fees for data, the kind of data that could be gathered and using it optimally.  [01:33] Using .io as a data platform and employing it to identify B2B IP addresses. [01:51] How Clearbit contributes by enriching leads and checking their Alexa scores. [02:14] What the Outreach tool offers and checking the performance of sequences.  [02:29] Outreach’s feature that allows for a more personalized approach to clients. [03:04] Keeping in mind that these tools require work and/or resources.  [03:16] That’s it for today! [03:21] To stay updated with events and learn a new way to grow your business, go to the Marketing School site for more information. 

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Clearbit  Alexa Outreach 

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What's The Difference Between a Short 10 Minute Podcast Versus 45 Minute One? | Ep. #1134

Sep 8, 2019 04:51

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In episode #1134, we share the key differences between short 10-minute and long 45-minute podcast episodes. While longer episodes are great for running ads, they are much more time-consuming than the shorter episodes that require far less preparation. Tune in to hear the pros and cons of each.   

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[00:26] Today’s topic: The Difference Between A Short 10-Minute and Long 45-Minute Podcast.  [00:36] The characteristics of a long and short podcast.  [00:58] The primary factors to consider when choosing between the two. [01:45] Why longer episodes are best for ads and an example of someone who does it right.  [02:11] Being ready to do much more prep work with 45-minute podcasts. [02:53] How we get topic ideas for this podcast. [03:13] Considering your audience and presenting them with a choice between the two. [03:43] Why you should not change the format of your existing podcast.  [04:05] That’s it for today! [04:10] To stay updated with events and learn a new way to grow your business, go to the Marketing School site for more information. 

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Growth Everywhere Podcast Andrew Warner Mixergy  The Tim Ferriss Show  Victor Cheng

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Tumblr sold for $3M - Here’s What You Need to Know as a Marketer | Ep. #1133

Sep 7, 2019 03:55

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In episode #1133, we discuss how the once-great Tumblr sold for a significantly lower price than before. After selling for a whopping $1.1 billion to Yahoo in 2013, it was recently acquired by Automattic for a mere $3 million. Tune in to hear all about the new opportunities it might hold for marketers.  

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How Tumblr Sold For 3 Million Bucks. [00:30] Some context about what Tumblr was initially sold for and its acquisition history. [00:55] A possible reason why the company might have been sold at such a low price. [01:17] Why Automattic is the best fit for Tumblr from a business perspective. [01:37] The amazing new opportunities for Automattic to control the web. [01:56] WordPress’s venture into e-commerce and how they might do the same with Tumblr. [02:15] The many benefits of WordPress for marketers and entrepreneurs.  [02:56] Why you should start engaging on Tumblr right now.  [03:12] That’s it for today! [03:17] For a new way to grow your business, go to the Marketing School site for more information. 

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How to Set Up Effective Channel Partnerships | Ep. #1132

Sep 6, 2019 06:22

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In episode #1132, we talk about setting up effective channel partnerships and the benefit that can be garnered from this. We look at different types of partnerships, how to reach out, and the patience it takes to allow them to grow naturally. Listen in to get the best advice on building the most beneficial partnerships for your business! 

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[00:25] Today’s topic: How to Set Up Effective Channel Partnerships. [00:40] What is the definition of a 'channel partnership'. [01:12] Different ways to make use of this idea. [01:49] Reaching out, offering value and starting a relationship on the right foot. [02:50] The best kind of partnerships are based on mutual value adds. [03:25] Most of the best channel partnerships are cheap and effective! [04:19] Partnership generation; conferences and reaching out through email. [04:37] Patience through the slow building nature of relationships.  [05:01] Partnerships do not rely on algorithms and are a great source of diversification. [05:37] That’s it for today! [05:45] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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How to Get More Search From Google’s New Algorithm | Ep. #1131

Sep 5, 2019 03:15

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In episode #1131, we discuss how to get more search hits from Google’s new algorithm. Tune in to hear how you can increase your rankings and visibility. 

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: How to Get More “Search” From Google’s New Algorithm [00:32] Google now transcribes podcast audio. [00:40] They will then rank you organically. [00:56] All you have to do is submit your podcast to Google Play. [01:15] You don’t have to create text-based content to do well. [01:40] Google is trying to make it easier for different types of content to rank. [02:04] Spotify is also transcribing content, as well. [02:17] Google zero-click searches are growing. [02:31] That’s it for today! [02:40] Go to Marketing School to check out a video that will help you grow your business and to sign up for our live Mastermind.

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The Most Successful Marketers Are... | Ep. #1130

Sep 4, 2019 05:29

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In episode #1130, we discuss what makes a successful marketer. Tune in to hear the traits of the most successful marketers in the business.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic:  What Makes a Successful Marketer [00:30] Eric thinks the most successful marketers are entrepreneurial.  [00:39] They get things done and figure out things on their own. [00:49] Neil thinks the most successful marketers for large corporations tend to be very data-oriented. [00:58] The best marketers for smaller companies tend to be creative and scrappy, because they have fewer resources. [01:54] Neil looks for go-getter’s with good ideas. [02:17] Eric also wants someone who can figure things out on their own. [02:55] The more successful people take on more and create less work for others. [03:41] It’s important to have someone who creates great processes. [04:10] David Kim from HubSpot started out as an intern and was a quick learner. [04:46] That’s it for today! [04:51] Go to Marketing School to check out a video that will help you grow your business and to sign up for our live Mastermind.

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Advanced SEO Hack That Gets Results in Less Than 30 Minutes | Ep. #1129

Sep 3, 2019 03:59

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In episode #1129, we discuss an advanced SEO hack that gets you results in less than 30 minutes.  Tune in to hear the SEO hacks you should be implementing now.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: An SEO hack that gets results in under 30 minutes. [00:31] The hack is the Frequently Asked Questions page schema. [00:38] When you do a Google search, you’ll see suggestions of ‘People also search for’ topics.  [00:54] If you create an SEO schema on your website’s Frequently Asked Questions page, you’ll take up more real estate on the Google search results page and you will see an increase in click-throughs. [01:12] When Neil did it, his click-through rate doubled, which is the average increase people see with this trick. [01:25] Rand Fishkin talked about how zero-click searches have surpassed organic clicks, so you have to try to win clicks once users reach the search results page. [01:53] Neil argues that you don’t want to manipulate Google results because that will hurt you in the long run. [02:00] Think long-term and think about what’s best for the user. [02:05] As more sites do this, Google will choose the best content to put on its search results, so it won’t benefit you to simply self-promote. [02:23] Matthew Woodward did this on his site and his click-through rate increased from 3% to 8%. [02:43] He has a video on how to do this along with the code he used. [02:50] Once you add the code, you have to go to Google Search Console and submit to index, and you’ll start seeing changes in the search results within minutes. [3:03] That’s it for today! [3:15] To attend our Growth Accelerator Mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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Is TikTok The Next Big Thing? | Ep. #1128

Sep 2, 2019 04:37

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In episode #1128, we discuss whether TikTok is the next big thing.  Tune in to hear if you should be investing in this social platform.

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[00:25] Today’s topic is whether TikTok is the next big thing. [00:30] TikTok is a social network that’s very popular in Asia and is climbing in the rankings on App Annie, which does metrics on revenue and other stats. [00:50] TikTok is on its way to making over $100 million and their valuation is in the billions of dollars. [01:00] The app does short videos, and people are creating funny content including music videos. [01:20] Their typical user drops off after 30 days, which is a problem. [01:34] One of the biggest Chinese tech conglomerates owns it and has put over $1 billion into it. [01:49] Platforms that aren’t sticky and aren’t retaining users tend to end up as fads. [01:56] Neil points out that marketers are always wondering if they should adopt the newest social media platform for their business. [02:05] It’s probably only worth the time and effort if a platform has continued to prove its popularity. [02:25] Even if your business isn’t using Instagram yet, it’s not too late because you don’t have to be the first to adopt a social media platform. [02:40] You should wait to leverage a platform until it hits the mainstream and you know it will work for you, and TikTok is not at that level yet. [02:56] Their user count is growing but they don’t have the reach that Facebook has. [03:03] With poor user retention, TikTok’s user count will probably stagnate and then start to drop. [03:30] Neil and Eric don’t think TikTok is the next big thing, but maybe it could be bigger one day. [03:38] A great social media network to leverage right now is WhatsApp. [03:49] That’s it for today! [03:55] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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7 Marketing Tools For The 2nd Half of 2019 | Ep. #1127

Sep 1, 2019 06:30

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In episode #1127, we share 7 marketing tools for the second half of 2019. Tune in to hear what tools you should be using.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: Seven Marketing Tools for the Second Half of 2019 [00:30] Number 1: Rafflepress is a new WordPress plugin that allows you to run contests. [00:54] Number 2: Google Data Studio allows you to create custom reports and dashboards from your existing Google data sources. [01:28] Number 3: Pattern89 does artificial intelligence for Facebook ads and YouTube to help you optimize your advertising. [01:46] Companies see an average of a 21% performance improvement on their Facebook ads using Pattern89. [01:53] Number 4: Jetson AI allows you to sell your products or services through voice search on home consoles like Google Home and Amazon Alexa. [02:51] Number 5: Hull.io is a customer data platform that uses the data you already have to generate leads for your business and build outreach strategies around them. [03:41] Eric recommends that only businesses with at least five figures of monthly website traffic consider using this tool because they will benefit most from it. [03:56] Number 6: Price Intelligently Calculator from ProfitWell is a tool to help you calculate the best pricing strategy for your business to help you make the maximum amount of money. [04:25] Their price optimization typically leads to a 15% increase in new revenue. [04:49] Number 7 is Intercom, an all-in-one customer engagement tool that lets you chat with them directly, create email campaigns, show them specifically tailored content, and more. [05:37] That’s it for today! [05:45]To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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How to Simulcast to Instagram | Ep. #1126

Aug 31, 2019 04:08

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In episode #1126, we discuss how to go live on multiple social media platforms at once. As creators it is crucial to share your content on as many platforms as possible, so you can reach all your audiences in one effort. Tune in to hear how to simulcast to Instagram and why it’s important.

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[00:25] Today’s topic: Going Live on Multiple Social Platforms. [00:30] What is simulcasting and why is it important? [01:01] Our favorite simulcasting tool: Restream. [01:16] The platforms we are missing at the moment. [01:42] How to re-stream to Instagram with Yellow Duck. [02:06] What to keep in mind when putting out content on Instagram. [02:35] Your audience and social platform will affect the type of content you put out. [02:51] The similarities between all “Live” platforms, even Mixer.  [03:20] That’s it for today! [03:24] To stay updated with events and learn more about our mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information.

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Is Growth Hacking Still Relevant? | Ep. #1125

Aug 30, 2019 04:22

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In episode #1125, we discuss growth hacking and if it is still relevant. Tune in to hear our thoughts!

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: Is Growth Hacking Still Relevant? [00:40] Around 2012, one of Neil’s partners coined the term, “growth hacking”. [01:49] Growth hacking isn’t dead, but Neil doesn’t care for the term. [02:20] We’ve both been called growth hackers, but we prefer to be called marketers. [02:55] Evolve your skills as a marketer. Think about long-term growth. [03:11] Growth hackers think about the variables and long-term growth. [03:36] That’s it for today! [03:43] Go to Marketing School to check out a video that will help you grow your business and to sign up for our live Mastermind.

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When's the Right Time to Jump into a New Social Network? | Ep. #1124

Aug 29, 2019 04:33

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In episode #1124, we discuss when you should start using a new social network. Tune in to hear when you should leverage a trending new social network.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: The Right Time to Jump into a New Social Network [00:34] TikTok is a new social network that has taken off. [00:45] It’s easier if you’re an early adopter, but if you have the money, wait for the new site to establish itself. [01:15] Just because Snapchat is popular, doesn’t mean you can go in there and figure out how to monetize. [02:35] Neil’s rule of thumb is that if a social network has less than $1 billion market cap, he doesn’t pay attention to them. [02:50] Social networks are based off of user growth, not actual value. [03:15] If the network is growing and they are being talked about, look into it. [03:45] TikTok’s current revenue is well into the millions. [03:47] That’s it for today! [03:50] Go to Marketing School to check out a video that will help you grow your business and to sign up for our live Mastermind.

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Should You Integrate Virtual Reality Into Your Marketing? | Ep. #1123

Aug 28, 2019 03:28

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In episode #1123, we discuss whether you should integrate VR into your marketing. Tune in to hear if you should leverage this up and coming technology.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: Should You Integrate VR into Your Marketing? [00:36] Facebook bought Oculus for a lot of money. [01:03] VR is happening in gaming, but it’s not pervasive across different industries. [01:22] Neil sees AR being used more than VR. [01:35] It’s not realistic for VR to take off right now. [01:50] Neil thinks a future much like “Ready Player One” is on the horizon. [02:22] Halo just came out with a VR experience. [02:38] That’s it for today! [02:43] Go to Marketing School to check out a video that will help you grow your business and to sign up for our live Mastermind.

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How to Become a Great Marketing Strategist | Ep. #1122

Aug 27, 2019 04:35

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In episode #1122, we discuss how you can become a great marketing strategist. Tune in to hear how you can be great.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: How to Become a Great Marketing Strategist [00:37] Check out our episode on the difference between strategies and tactics. [01:22] You want to specialize in marketing. [01:35] You need to look at a lot of businesses and see what they are doing to grow. [02:25] Talk to people who have done it before and get their input. [02:35] Neil likes to offer people money for their time on the phone. [03:05] Don’t fire before aiming. [03:38] Remember to be patient, as it takes years of experience to be great. [03:45] That’s it for today! [03:49] Go to Marketing School to check out a video that will help you grow your business and to sign up for our live Mastermind.

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Are Chatbots Still Relevant? | Ep. #1121

Aug 26, 2019 03:49

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In episode #1121, we discuss if chat bots are worth using. Tune in to hear how they can possibly help your business.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: Are Chat Bots Still Worth It? [00:38] Popular chat bot services are Intercom and Drift. [01:30] In general, they convert well and are worth it. [01:45] Just having a chat bot won’t work if you don’t create a logical funnel. [02:26] ManyChat is the Goliath in the industry and they work within Facebook. [02:51] Get in on the early days of chat bots, while they still work. [03:02] That’s it for today! [03:06] Go to Marketing School to check out a video that will help you grow your business and to sign up for our live Mastermind.

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How to Supercharge Your Engagement | Ep. #1120

Aug 25, 2019 05:02

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In episode #1120, we discuss how to supercharge your engagements. Tune in to hear how you can boost all of your social engagements.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: How to Supercharge Your Engagements [00:40] Encouraging comments will help bump your post. [01:01] Try responding to comments that you receive and engage followers. [02:12] This strategy doesn’t work as well as it used to, because algorithms detect if you’re outright asking for comments. [02:36] Play to the specific platform on which you are posting. [02:57] Live is a priority right now on LinkedIn. [03:25] Email blasts used to help boost engagements, but it isn’t working as well as it once did. [03:55] You need native engagements on social platforms. [04:18] That’s it for today! [04:23] Go to Marketing School to check out a video that will help you grow your business and to sign up for our live Mastermind.

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How to Hire Amazing Designers For Cheap | Ep. #1119

Aug 24, 2019 04:35

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In episode #1119, we discuss how you can find amazing designers on the cheap. Tune in to hear where we find quality workers for affordable rates.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: How to Hire Amazing Designers on the Cheap [00:40] Neil usually goes to Dribbble to find quality writers for inexpensive rates. [01:40] Make sure you find someone with a relevant portfolio and body of work. [02:16] Eric was hesitant to use Dribbble, but has found that the people he hired did good work. [02:40] Some freelancers on Dribbble can be high-ranking creative directors, but that won’t be listed on their profile. [03:01] When you find someone you like, keep them on and pay an hourly rate. [03:26] Follow Dribbble on Instagram, because they highlight top designers. [03:45] That’s it for today! [03:51] Go to Marketing School to check out a video that will help you grow your business and to sign up for our live Mastermind.

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​Is it Good to Be "Jack of All Trades" in Digital Marketing | Ep. #1118

Aug 23, 2019 03:29

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In episode #1118, we discuss whether it is useful to be a Digital Marketing Jack-of-All-Trades. Tune in to hear our take!

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: Is it Useful to be a Jack-of-All-Trades in Digital Marketing? [00:44] Eric focused on one thing when he started out. [00:58] After that, he branched out, because there is little security is focusing on only one aspect of content marketing. [01:25] Get good at one thing and then branch out. [02:12] Neil agrees that you can specialize, but you need to learn how to do other things. [02:30] If you want to be a CMO, you need to know a multitude of things. [02:49] That’s it for today! [02:54] Go to Marketing School to check out a video that will help you grow your business and to sign up for our live Mastermind.

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Does Live Cannibalize Your Video Audience | Ep. #1117

Aug 22, 2019 03:48

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In episode #1117, we discuss whether going live cannibalized your video audience. Tune in to hear about our experiences with this.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: Does Live Cannibalize Your Video Audience? [01:02] It has not cannibalized our podcast audience.  [01:15] We always get viewers that had previously never heard of us. [01:30] It might cannibalize your audience in that you will get fewer total views. [02:25] We find that it boosts our subscribers overall. [02:50] To help prevent cannibalizing your content, create different content for live and your posted videos. [02:59] That’s it for today! [03:03]  Go to Marketing School to check out a video that will help you grow your business.

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How Neil and Eric View Business Differently | Ep. #1116

Aug 21, 2019 10:54

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In episode #1116, we discuss our different approaches to business. Tune in to hear where we differ and if it matters.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: Our Different Approaches to Business [00:33] Neil has been in business for 17 years, while Eric has been in business for 5. [00:55] Eric tends to be more patient. [01:25] The average person would say to invest your money, but Eric likes to redeploy any money he makes. [02:38] Neil is big on doing one thing and one thing only. [03:05] Eric likes to diversify more often. [05:25] Neil has a hiring philosophy, wherein he likes to hire people with a certain type and amount of experience. [07:00] At one point, Eric sold his home to float his business. [08:36] Neither of us is right or wrong, we just have different approaches to running a business. [09:22] The older we get, the more stuck in our ways we will be. [09:40] We don’t push each other to conform to each other’s ideals. [10:08] That’s it for today! [10:15] Go to Marketing School to check out a video that will help you grow your business.

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Marketing Tactics on Which We Disagree | Ep. #1115

Aug 20, 2019 06:12

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In episode #1115, we discuss marketing tactics on which we disagree. Tune in to hear why we don’t see eye-to-eye on everything.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: Marketing Tactics on Which We Disagree [00:36] Eric didn’t agree with Neil’s method of buying Facebook Likes. [01:05] It’s a method that worked, until it didn’t. [01:22] We agree on most things. [01:30] Eric goes live more than Neil does. [01:40] Neil has gotten better results when he focuses on big channels and big wins. [01:55] Eric is better at splitting his focus. [03:10] In general, Neil is quicker to execute things. [03:40] We are at different stages of our careers. [03:50] This is why our methods vary. [04:51] Different things work for different people. [05:30] That’s it for today! [05:33] Go to Marketing School to check out a video that will help you grow your business.

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Is Patreon Worth It? | Ep. #1114

Aug 19, 2019 03:37

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In episode #1114, we discuss whether Patreon is worth using. Tune in to hear if you should be using or ignoring Patreon.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: Is Patreon Worth It? [00:33] Patreon is a way to invite people to become monthly patrons and donate money to help you complete your artistic (or other) endeavors. [00:58] This is mostly a podcast and YouTube phenomenon. [01:18] Eric doesn’t think you can make a living using Patreon, so it’s not worth it. [02:22] In general, you can make way more money having a good product or service instead of asking people for money. [02:40] Think of Patreon money as extra or free money, instead of your main source of income. [02:49] That’s it for today! [02:54] To attend our Growth Accelerator Mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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Our Favorite Marketing Channel | Ep. #1113

Aug 18, 2019 05:04

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In episode #1113, we discuss our favorite marketing channels. Tune in to hear which methods we prefer.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: Our Favorite Marketing Channels [00:35] Eric loves streaming right now. [01:20] Neil’s favorite marketing channel is simply building a good product or service. [01:45] If you create a good product, it markets itself. [02:45] Leverage your great product by having good branding. [03:10] What is right for us, may not be right for you. [04:12] That’s it for today! [04:18] To attend our Growth Accelerator Mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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Where Digital Marketing is Headed | Ep. #1112

Aug 17, 2019 05:13

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In episode #1112, we discuss where digital marketing is headed in the future. Tune in to hear how you can prepare for the changing landscape of digital marketing.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: The Future of Digital Marketing [01:00] The offline and online world are merging. [01:10] There are smart refrigerators now and your oven may be able to help with recipes in the future. [01:30] Smart homes are becoming more common. [01:33] The Harlem Globetrotters parent company is doing a partnership with the game, “Halo”. [02:24] Zero-click searches are continuing to increase in frequency. [02:45] Optimize your titles and meta-descriptions to help with voice search. [04:10] If you get ahead of this, you will be ready when it is the dominant search method. [04:32] That’s it for today! [04:36] To attend our Growth Accelerator Mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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Is it Too Late to Start a Podcast? | Ep. #1111

Aug 16, 2019 05:13

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In episode #1111, we discuss if it’s too late for you to start a podcast. Tune in to hear if you missed the boat.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: Is it too Late to Start a Podcast? [00:33] There are over a billion blogs, millions of YouTube shows, and hundreds of thousands of podcasts in the US alone. [01:34] When starting a podcast, you have to be patient, because you won’t get traction right away. [02:30] It takes time to compound your audience. If you start now and stay consistent, things will pick up over time. [02:55] Don’t expect to make money right away. [03:05] If you seek to add value, you will do well. [04:15] The podcast numbers keep going up over time. [04:27] That’s it for today! [04:32] To attend our Growth Accelerator Mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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How to 19x Your Content Output| Ep. #1110

Aug 15, 2019 05:23

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In episode #1110, we discuss the many ways you can increase your content output to 19x it’s usual amount. Tune in to hear the many ways you can increase your output.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: How to Increase Your Content Output by 19 [00:40] Eric and Neil took the podcast and spread it across different platforms. [01:30] They could also turn the episodes into blog posts and repost them in other formats. [02:17] You can then re-post any blog posts on social media platforms. [02:40] Going live is another way to promote one piece of content. [03:20] Twitch streaming is also another new way to promote your content. [03:45] You need to have an omni-channel approach, because no one channel is the best way. [04:10] Apply the rule of seven. [04:18] That’s it for today! [04:31] To attend our Growth Accelerator Mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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Should You Charge on an Hourly, Monthly or Yearly Basis? | Ep. #1109

Aug 14, 2019 05:12

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In episode #1109, we discuss how you should structure your pricing plan. Tune in to hear how you should charge your customers.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: Your Pricing Plan [00:30] Should you charge hourly, monthly, or annually? [00:35] When you trade hours for dollars, you cannot scale. [02:04] You just need steady income, so make sure there is a contract for at least a year, no matter how you bill. [03:05] Monthly is fine, but yearly is ideal. [03:15] If you can’t get customers to commit to a year, get them to commit to less time, but not month by month. [03:40] Neil has made money by charging an hourly rate, so it’s not a complete fail. [04:02] When you’re starting out, take whatever you can get. [04:10] That’s it for today! [04:16] To attend our Growth Accelerator Mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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Is AppSumo Worth It? | Ep. #1108

Aug 13, 2019 04:34

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In episode #1108, we discuss if AppSumo is worth using. Tune in to hear what it is and if it is right for your business.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: Is AppSumo Worth it? [00:30] AppSumo is like Groupon, but for applications. [00:57] They can blast your app to their mailing list and will split the conversions with you. [02:04] If you need the quick revenue hit, it’s worth it. [02:30] It could help you keep your business up and running. [03:18] In general, you will get more return from long-term partnerships than AppSumo. [03:41] That’s it for today! [03:47] To attend our Growth Accelerator Mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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How to Leverage Product Hunt to Gain More Traffic | Ep. #1107

Aug 12, 2019 04:13

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In episode #1107, we discuss how you can leverage Product Hunt to increase your traffic. Tune in to hear how to use this site to your advantage.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: Leveraging Product Hunt for Increased Traffic [00:32] Product Hunt is like Reddit. [00:45] We used to market our podcast on PH. [01:21] The key is to submit after midnight on PH. [01:30] Engage as much as possible. [02:34] Have good descriptions and reviews. [02:55] Make sure people share your posts. [03:18] Eric used to check PH every day, but that’s not necessary. [03:26] That’s it for today! [03:30] To attend our Growth Accelerator Mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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The Best Kind of Growth (pre-tax growth) | Ep. #1106

Aug 11, 2019 07:44

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In episode #1106, we discuss the best kind of growth. Tune in to hear which type of growth is best for your business.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: The Best Kind of Growth [00:35] Spend less than you make. [00:45] “Revenue is vanity, profit is sanity.” [01:45] Financial advisors take a cut of what you make. [02:05] You want pre-tax growth, because you want to spend your money before taxes. [03:11] The best way to look at it is: If something works for you, go all in on that tactic. [04:30] Neil used to do some angel investing, but it has slowed down. [04:43] He has been investing in venture funds. [05:25] You can get a great return on investing in venture funds. [05:41] The best kind of growth is investing in yourself. [06:05] You build brand power by investing in yourself. [06:51] That’s it for today! [06:55] To attend our Growth Accelerator Mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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You Should Spend the Majority of Your Time on These 2 Things | Ep. #1105

Aug 10, 2019 05:06

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In episode #1105, we discuss how you should spend your time. Tune in to hear on what you should be focusing your energy.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: How You Should Spend Your Time [00:45] Branding! [01:45] Leveraging your brand can help you build a business. [01:54] Brands are defensible. [02:25] When you have a recognizable brand, you have a leg-up on the competition. [02:45] Branding can bring in higher conversions. [03:54] That’s it for today! [04:01] To attend our Growth Accelerator Mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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Here’s What We Are Doing With Our Own Mastermind | Ep. #1104

Aug 9, 2019 05:58

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In episode #1104, we discuss our future Mastermind group. Tune in to hear what our group is all about!

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: Our Mastermind Group [01:00] We like hanging out with driven people. [01:05] We want it to be about 100-150 people. [01:15] We plan to have about three meetings per year. [02:04] We’re hoping people will share the tactics that helped them scale their businesses. [03:20] We’re going to share our knowledge of what works. [04:15] We want to make sure everyone joining the Mastermind is on the same professional level. [04:57] That’s it for today! [05:03] To attend our Growth Accelerator Mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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The Most Successful People Do This | Ep. #1103

Aug 8, 2019 06:08

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In episode #1103, we discuss habits that contribute to success. Tune in to hear what you should be doing to ensure your success.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: Habits That Contribute to Success [00:45] The most successful people take time to think. [00:55] Block out time just to strategize and contemplate your business. [02:05] Neil blocks out time for himself, but finds that the problem with this approach is that it doesn’t work for startups and small businesses. [02:38] Successful people find an opportunity and leverage it quickly. [03:20] Go after a big market and execute quickly. [03:40] Focus and be passionate about what you do. [04:05] Sitting down and thinking won’t work if you don’t have financial success first. [05:03] That’s it for today! [05:08] To attend our Growth Accelerator Mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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How Much Should You Charge Clients? | Ep. #1103

Aug 7, 2019 06:22

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In episode #1102, we discuss what you should charge your clients. Tune in to hear how you can figure out the right rate.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: How Much You Should Charge Clients
[00:45] Neil bases his rate off of one simple thing. [00:50] Ask what the client’s budget is! [01:05] The scope of rates can really vary, so budgeting is important. [01:20] Figure out what it will take to achieve their goals. [02:15] Position the conversation around values. [02:30] Every client will say that they can spend unlimited money for absolute results. [03:03] Check out the book Win Without Pitching. [03:28] If you guarantee results, they may be willing to pay more for you than a competitor. [03:50] Offer three pricing options. [04:03] Charged based on value. [04:15] If you are worried about charging too much, you’re probably just starting out and are afraid to lose business. [04:30] Sometimes, in the beginning, you need to build a reputation before you build revenue. [04:46] That’s it for today! [04:52] To attend our Growth Accelerator Mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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Are Masterminds Really Worth It? | Ep. #1101

Aug 6, 2019 06:23

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In episode #1101, we discuss whether Mastermind groups or worth the time and money. Tune in to hear if you should be in a Mastermind.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: If Masterminds are Worth It [00:33] A Mastermind group is a discussion session centered around a specific topic, industry, or purpose. [01:15] You can have one with as little as 5 people. [01:48] The groups can also get as large as a couple hundred people. [02:05] Some groups make a profit and others are free. [02:33] In India, the groups are very costly. [03:10] Spending $10,000/year is worth it to Eric, because Masterminds helped save his business. [03:40] If it doesn’t work out, you probably picked the wrong Mastermind. [04:14] Ideally, other group members should be on your level or higher. [04:30] You don’t want someone to be just starting out, because they won’t help you.

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What’s the Best Way to Learn Marketing When You Don’t Have Your Own Site | Ep. #1100

Aug 5, 2019 04:16

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In episode #1100, we discuss the best way to market, when you don’t have a website.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: The Best Way to Learn Marketing, When You Don’t Have a Website [00:33] Neil didn’t always have a website, so he built a Wordpress site. [00:38] The best place to learn about Wordpress is at WP Beginner. [01:05] You can intern, volunteer, read blogs, etc. to learn how to build a site, but the best way is to learn by doing. [02:10] We’ve talked about where to learn marketing before. [02:45] If you work for free, it’s a way to learn. [03:10] However, when you pay someone, people are more motivated. [03:23] That’s it for today! [03:27] To attend our Growth Accelerator Mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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How Often Does Digital Marketing Really Change? | Ep. #1099

Aug 4, 2019 04:42

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In episode #1099, we discuss how often digital marketing changes. Tune in to hear how you can stay up-to-date!

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: How Often Digital Marketing Changes [00:50] When we include the year on things, it helps with click-throughs. [00:59] Every time you change the year, your clicks increase. [01:30] Marketing can change drastically because of algorithm updates. [02:00] When we create videos and podcasts, the advice changes as the algorithms change. [02:15] We’ve been recording for 3 years, so our new advice becomes contradictory. [02:54] Google made 13,000 changes to the algorithm in one year. [03:20] Digital marketing changes on a daily basis. [03:30] Always test and tweak in order to stay up-to-date. [03:33] That’s it for today! [03:40] To attend our Growth Accelerator Mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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How to Respond to Poor Reviews | Ep. #1098

Aug 3, 2019 05:51

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In episode #1098, we discuss how you should deal with poor reviews. Tune in to hear how we deal with negative reviews.

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[00:25] Today’s Topic: How to Respond to Poor Reviews [01:00] The first thing you should do is see why you are getting poor reviews. [01:10] Then tell people how you are tackling the problem. [02:38] Eric’s business has a three-star review on Glassdoor. [02:56] He thinks they gave a thoughtful answer to the comment. [04:05] Eric and Neil don’t tend to give businesses bad reviews. [04:22] They prefer to deal with it in person or in a personal fashion. [04:56] That’s it for today! [05:05] To attend our Growth Accelerator Mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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Does Rich Anchor Text Still Matter? | Ep. # 1097

Aug 2, 2019 04:40

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In episode #1097, we discuss whether rich anchor text matters. Tune in to hear if this method of link building is still effective.


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[00:25] Today’s Topic: Does Rich Anchor Text Still Matter? [00:57] Neil recently made a blog post about this. [01:10] He tried a bunch of link building tactics. [01:20] He found that anchor text is one of the biggest drivers in rankings. [01:48] If you overdo it with rich anchor text, the algorithm will catch it and your rankings will suffer. [02:30] Also remember to build links the “natural” way. [03:00] Investigate your competitors’ ratios of rich anchor text. [03:32] That’s it for today! [03:47] To attend our Growth Accelerator Mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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When You Should Build Links to a Piece of Content | Ep. #1096

Aug 1, 2019 04:06

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In episode #1096, we discuss when it’s the right time to build links to a piece of content. Tune in to hear when you should be focused on link building.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: When You Should Build Links to a Piece of Content [00:50] If content is ranking well and in striking distance of being top 3, you can use GSC or Ahrefs to help you. [01:30] If you don’t have domain authority, build your links on the top ten keywords. [02:22] Ahrefs has a tool that will help you see how many back links you would need to build. [03:00] If you have a big budget, but no domain authority, it would be wise to start building links. [03:13] That’s it for today! [03:20] To attend our Growth Accelerator Mastermind, go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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When Should You Upgrade A Piece of Content? | Ep. #1095

Jul 31, 2019 05:54

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In episode #1095, we discuss when you should upgrade your content. Tune in to hear when and how content should be improved upon.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: When You Should Upgrade a Piece of Content [00:57] Upgrading means making your content better. [01:10] Better can mean more thorough or more relevant. [01:45] Using SEMRush, you can look at the top pages and see their stats. [02:31] You can upgrade manually. [02:50] Let us know what your roadblocks are to upgrading your content. [03:30] Within 30 days of upgrading, you should see results. [03:45] Look at the head terms for which you rank and weave the long-form versions into the content. [04:41] That’s it for today! [04:47] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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The Difference Between Strategies and Tactics | Ep. # 1094

Jul 30, 2019 05:29

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In episode #1094, we discuss the difference between strategies and tactics. Tune in to hear what the difference is and why it matters.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: The Difference Between Strategies and Tactics [00:45] Strategies are overarching concepts. [01:05] A tactic is a method of operation. [02:01] Tactics are what help you achieve your strategy.  [03:18] Focus on one strategy at a time. [03:42] A great tactic is spending 50% of your time updating old content. [04:17] That’s it for today! [04:48] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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The Genius of Superhuman’s Marketing | Ep. #1093

Jul 29, 2019 08:13

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In episode #1093, we discuss the tool Superhuman and how effective their marketing is. Tune in to hear why their marketing is ingenious. 

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: The Genius of Super-Human’s Marketing [00:38] Superhuman is an email client that helps you reach inbox-zero. [01:09] They raised $33 Million to build an email product. [01:34] They built a product that just works. [02:08] They created a wait list to generate further interest. [02:30] Superhuman is making $5 Million in annual revenue and their current waiting list is 180,000 people long. [02:50] Some think they are exaggerating their waiting list size. [03:50] Eric pays for Superhuman and he loves it. [04:17] He feels it helps him work quickly. [05:15] The question is whether $30 is worth saving 2 hours per month. [06:55] Often times, you have to fail before you succeed. [07:19] That’s it for today! [07:29] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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Where Our Live Events Are Going From Here | Ep. #1092

Jul 28, 2019 05:16

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In episode #1092, we discuss where our live events are going from here. Tune in to hear the purpose behind our future Marketing School Live events.

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[00:52] Today’s Topic: Where Our Live Events are Going From Here [01:05] Our Marketing School Intensives are going to happen once per month. [01:15] We are going to test out the process to see how it goes. [01:24] Our goal is to help people improve and grow their businesses.  [02:38] We want to do these events the way we think they should be done. [02:51] We wanted to take the best parts of other live events and turn it into one event. [03:10] These events are for growth-oriented, open-minded people. [04:10] If what you’re doing works, do more of it. [04:28] That’s it for today! [04:35] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

How to Increase Your Probability of Breakthrough Marketing Success | Ep. #1091

Jul 27, 2019 34:36

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In episode #1091, Ryan Bonnici walks us through his marketing hacks. Tune in to hear how you can increase your probability of breakthrough marketing success.

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[00:52] Today’s Topic: How to Increase Your Probability of Breakthrough Marketing Success [01:20] You should focus on traffic before you focus on conversions. [01:51] Ryan is really social and loves connecting with new people, so follow him on Twitter! [03:10] People don’t create content for all stages of the funnel, which they absolutely should. [05:31] The conversion rate at top-of-funnel traffic is obviously lower than at the bottom of the funnel. [06:10] Top marketers measure content at a topic level. [09:40] It’s important to do keyword research. [11:45] It’s important to have a good relationship with sales. [12:00] You need to have a strong common language between marketing and sales. [13:45] You need to set up an SLA. [15:40] It’s possible to extrapolate future success from current sales metrics. [17:40] It’s important to leverage good reviews. [18:00] HubSpot does a good job at being transparent. [18:25] Marketers need to have more say in packaging and design. [18:40] RxBar is a great example of transparent packaging. [21:00] There are not enough marketers that create and build strong personal brands. [21:27] The most important part of branding, is that you need to have a unique viewpoint. [22:35] Marketers must be willing to exist in the public eye. [24:34] Creating content is important to building your brand. [27:45] Beat your competitors at their own game. [29:31] BuzzSumo helps you see what your competitors are sharing, but not if the content is resonating with their audience. [31:15] Make sure to wrap your links, so you get more conversions. [31:30] If you’re scheduling a lot of content, you need to check when your audience is online. [33:05] Email Ryan if you want further content from him and his company. [33:32] That’s it for today! [33:41] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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Marketing Tactics To Drive Business Growth with Yaniv Masjedi | Ep. #1090

Jul 26, 2019 32:10

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In episode #1090, we offer a clip from Eric’s conversation with Yaniv from our Marketing School Live event.

Tune in to hear them discuss Yaniv’s method for success.

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[00:52] Today’s Topic: A Conversation with Yaniv from Nextiva [01:30] Nextiva’s core product is business phone service. [01:50] They have a team of over a thousand people and compete with large companies all over the world. [02:06] They are making over $170 Million in annual revenue. [04:26] Affiliates are a big part of their business. [05:41] It’s a great way to put content out on high-domain-authority sites. [06:08] Being relentless is the thing that made Nextiva the success that it is. [07:50] When hiring, Yaniv focuses on three principles. [07:55] Hire people who are great at what they do. [08:26] Surround yourself with “doers”. [09:12] Don’t hire assholes. [10:02] Disney used to test people before the interview even began. [13:15] Nextiva launches products fairly often. [13:30] People don’t often leverage a LinkedIn takeover: simple video posts from your whole team on the same day. [14:45] Gaetano DiNardi has mastered the art of engaging, viral posts. [15:40] Monthly, Nextiva spends half a million dollars on Ad Words. [16:11] Yaniv encourages the use of exit pop-ups. [19:33] The top complaint most employees have is poor communication. [20:01] So, Nextiva set out to fix that problem. [20:46] They realized people hate emails and reading, so they created a weekly video update. [23:24] The best part of Nextiva’s landing pages are reviews of the company being compared to their competitors. [24:22] Cameo is the best new tool that Yaniv has added to his workflow. [28:32] Yaniv does all his work on his iPad Pro. [30:20] Yaniv gets better at marketing by surrounding himself with other smart marketers. [30:38] He finds LinkedIn to be a great resource for articles and insights. [31:10] That’s it for today! [31:16] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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How to Market in a Recession | Ep. #1089

Jul 25, 2019 09:52

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In episode #1089, we bring you another portion of the Q & A from our Marketing School Live event in June.

Tune in to hear us answer questions about the coming recession, HubSpot, and the future of voice search.

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[00:52] Today’s Topic: Marketing School Live Q & A Part V [01:00] What impact will the recession have on CPA’s and the start-up world? [01:12] Paid media is getting more and more expensive. [01:27] If the costs go up, eventually, the ROI and costs will break even. [02:15] It doesn’t matter how the market is doing, people will keep going if there will be profitability down the line. [02:45] What are the most important metrics or KPI’s when it comes to marketing? [03:41] If you can build up a big enough brand, you can create demand with consumers. [04:45] What is Eric playing right now? [04:47] Eric is playing Fortnite and often plays Smash Brothers with his team. [05:10] Segment is encroaching on Hull’s space, but Hull still does it better. [05:45] Is there any other service besides HubSpot? [05:56] There are ways to fill in the gaps, but there aren’t many tools to compete with HubSpot. [06:15] If you tell a company what isn’t working, they will often work to improve their product or service. [06:45] Voice search is going to continue to grow. [07:25] No one has created a way for a consumer to ask a question and make a purchase.  [08:49] That’s it for today! [08:57] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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What Will Digital Marketing Look Like in 20 Years? | Ep. #1088

Jul 24, 2019 09:48

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In episode #1088, we bring you another portion of the Q & A from our Marketing School Live event in June.

Tune in to hear us discuss the best way to do link building and the impact of digital marketing 20 years down the road.

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[00:52] Today’s Topic: Marketing School Live Q & A Part IV [00:56] What is the quickest and most efficient way to do link building on a budget? [01:30] When you’ve created something really good to which it is worth being linked, people will reach out and help you. [02:12] Whatever industry you’re in, there are tools there to help you. [02:50] What is the endgame for Eric and Neil?  [03:00] What is the impact of digital marketing 20 years down the road? [03:30] Neil doesn’t quite have an endgame in mind, but he does have simple goals about spending time with family. [04:05] Neil doesn’t feel that he needs to make a lot of money. [06:22] Eric is happy with his position in life, as well. [06:45] In a few years, Neil believes the majority of ads you will see will be interconnected with your smart devices. [07:40] Your smart kitchen appliances could potentially make recommendations. [08:20] Social tools are no longer seen as utilities and the government may try to take over, because social media can influence elections. [08:47] That’s it for today! [08:57] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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Will Publishing a Book Help You With Marketing? | Ep. #1087

Jul 23, 2019 11:29

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In episode #1087, we bring you another portion of the Q & A from our Marketing School Live event in June.

Tune in to hear us discuss whether SEO is different across the globe, if books are good marketing tools, and so much more!

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[00:52] Today’s Topic: Marketing School Live Q & A Part III [01:03] Are SEO techniques different in different countries? [01:10] Sometimes Google will make changes in major markets first, but eventually it’s all the same everywhere. [01:50] Are books good marketing and branding tools? [02:00] The economics of publishing weren’t great for Neil. [03:00] Neil felt his publisher was unecessarily pushy. [04:02] Eric had a different goal than Neil did, when publishing his book. [04:25] Being able to leverage an audience is a powerful outcome. [05:20] The site Muscle for Life does well, because the site’s creator published kindle books and only pays for advertising on Amazon. [07:05] Why do Eric and Neil like Intercom best? [07:20] Intercom has greater functionality than MobileMonkey and ManyChat. [08:25] The biggest threat to the agency model is automation. [09:15] Incentive models are misaligned. [09:30] When they pay for performance, the incentives are much more aligned. [10:29] That’s it for today! [10:37] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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Should You Start a Mastermind Group? | Ep. #1086

Jul 22, 2019 09:40

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In episode #1086, we bring you another portion of the Q & A from our Marketing School Live event in June.

Tune in to hear us discuss the use and creation of Mastermind groups.

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[00:54] Today’s Topic: Marketing School Live Q & A Part II [01:50] What are good tips for putting together a Mastermind group? [02:10] What is your motivation for putting together a group in the first place? [03:15] Eric’s group meets every six months. [03:30] Before that, he had monthly dinners, but he didn’t curate the attendees as well as he should have. [03:54] Look at this template for Mastermind groups: Mastermind Talks. [04:25] You want to facilitate a bond between members. [04:55] You can always join a Mastermind, but creating your own can prove useful if you have your own business thesis. [05:25] Try to create a group where you surround yourself with people you would want to see all the time. [05:58] Neil found this was better, because meetings weren’t as conducive as frequent check-in’s were. [06:40] Hanging out with like-minded people will help you achieve your goals. [07:45] A lot of Neil’s friends aren’t in his industry, but they are similarly driven. [08:40] That’s it for today! [08:55] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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How Do You Grow a Podcast Audience? | Ep. #1085

Jul 21, 2019 11:11

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In episode #1085, we present a segment of the Q & A from our Marketing School Live event. 

Tune in to hear some insightful questions from the conference attendees.

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[00:54] Today’s Topic: Marketing School Live Q & A [01:40] What worked for us was doing a daily podcast. [02:00] John Lee Dumas agrees that publishing daily increases your reach and potential ad revenue. [02:38] Create a mobile exit pop-up to convince people to subscribe. [02:54] Pay bloggers with a similar audience to write a post about your show. [03:07] As people to rate, review, and subscribe. [04:25] We got our start after we finally had a face-to-face meeting at a Taco Bell. [07:00] The idea for workshops came from Mastermind groups of which we have been a part. [09:45] Reaching out to influencers for back links can be effective, but it’s not a sure thing. [10:10] That’s it for today! [10:17] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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The Future of Digital Marketing According to Neil Patel | Ep. #1084

Jul 20, 2019 38:20

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Episode #1084 is another special edition installment, recorded at our Marketing School Live event in LA. 

Tune in to hear Neil discuss the future of digital marketing and what you can do to stay on top.

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[00:54] Today’s Topic: The Future of Digital Marketing According to Neil Patel [01:30] When you work with companies of all sizes, you notice trends and patterns in the industry. [02:40] I see every single side of marketing. [03:20] There are at least a billion blogs on the Internet. [03:30] Do we honestly need this many blogs? [04:15] All companies are leveraging digital marketing. [06:22] We are all worried about another recession. [06:32] However, during the last recession, Google’s revenue went up. [07:32] Marketing is going omni-channel. [07:47] Google has the majority of the revenue, with Facebook a close second. [10:06] In general, social shares are declining. [10:25] Google doesn’t penalize for duplicate content. [12:25] If you don’t keep updating your content, you won’t maintain your rankings. [14:11] Conversion rate optimization is not sexy, but it’s effective. [14:35] It’s the smallest investment with the biggest ROI. [17:09] There are so many tools to use to compare your competitors stats with your own. [19:45] Growing traffic used to be a manual process, but can easily be automated using Clickflow. [24:05] Uber and Dropbox came in with so much hype, but when they went public, their stocks didn’t do as well. [24:40] For visibility and omni-channel marketing, always use the Rule of Seven. [27:01] Email and push notifications are still a great way to market. [30:00] The more you focus on conversions, the better off you will be. [30:14] Conventional CRO tactics won’t work anymore. [32:55] Personalized messaging is a great tactic. [33:12] Chat is responsible for 28% of Neil’s sales. [36:15] Anything you do in marketing and business should be researched and tested. [37:12] That’s it for today! [37:26] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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7 Proven Marketing Hacks That Work Really Well | Ep. #1083

Jul 19, 2019 32:27

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Episode #1083 is another special, extra-long installment of Marketing School. Eric discusses proven marketing hacks that work really well. Tune in to hear this free segment from the Marketing School Live event in LA.

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[00:54] Today’s Topic: 7 Proven Marketing Hacks That Work Really Well [02:00] People get on the paid ads hamster wheel too often. [02:15] People also get stuck paying people for bad content. [02:55] Content MVP’s. [03:45] Top-performing content is often around 2000 words. [04:28] People forget about links. [06:07] Problogger is a great place to hire good writers. [07:30] HubSpot hires people just to update content. [09:33] Zero-click searches. [10:16] Eric and Neil do content sprouting. [10:30] Spin content out into different formats. [13:15] Improving metadata is important. [16:20] If you are a penny-pincher, you can use 1KProjects to find abandoned projects in which to invest. [18:32] Customer data platforms. [18:45] These are fairly new. [19:06] The hot thing right now is personalization and Hole.io allows you to do this. [22:41] Doing the right things at the right time is important in terms of sales. [25:15] Chatbots. [27:22] Intercom helps combine chat and email to make your marketing stronger. [28:20] AI for ads. [28:28] Pattern89 is AI for digital ads. [30:00] As long as you make time to do all of these things, you will succeed. [30:15] Consistency is key. [31:17] That’s it for today! [31:33] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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How To Design Your Thinking For Unstoppable Growth | Ep. #1082

Jul 18, 2019 40:39

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In episode #1082, we give you the opportunity to hear Eric’s conversation with Syed Balkhi from the Marketing School Live event to talk about how to design your thinking for unstoppable growth.  Tune in to hear all about what Syed does and how he runs his business.

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[00:55] Today’s Topic: How To Design Your Thinking For Unstoppable Growth [01:15] Syed’s company creates Wordpress plugins.  [02:34] They have over 9 Million websites using their software. [04:31] Syed tries to be consistent and do the simple stuff that delivers over time. [05:15] Syed has personal health goals, because he gained a good deal of weight. [05:40] He applied a similar principle here and did the simplest things with consistency.  [07:58] An external success gap is the gap between what the product does and what the customers use the product for. [10:00] An internal success gap is what your product does and what the user thinks it should do. [10:10] Sometimes, there are things that the product can do, but doesn’t yet, because the company hasn’t anticipated all of the users’ needs. [10:43] Affiliate marketing is having a commision-only sales team. [13:05] If someone is ranking for the best article on marketing, you can reach out to them to try out your product. [17:32] Syed got his first customers through his blog that already had a big following. [17:41] He also used influencer marketing. [19:01] Content marketing is still key to success and Syed leverages this to attract more customers. [21:56] Syed has in-house writers, because he needs people with a certain level of expertise. [24:45] Publish Press is a great tool for tracking content. [27:05] Wordpress powers 34% of the web. [27:30] Syed sees it as the operating system of the web. [29:15] Hiring the right people has helped Syed, as is having a physical planner and blocking off his Fridays. [34:56] Syed found that building relationships (strategic partnerships) with other companies has proven successful. [37:40] Streaks has added a lot of value to Syed’s life; it’s a great accountability tracker. [38:08] The Content Template feature in SEMRush has proven helpful to his company, as well. [38:30] One book Syed recommends is Extreme Revenue Growth. [39:13] That’s it for today! [40:00] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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Top 5 Favorite Facebook Marketing Hacks for 2020 and Beyond | Ep. #1081

Jul 17, 2019 36:03

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In episode #1081, we offer a free listen to Larry Kim’s presentation from the Marketing School Live event in Los Angeles. Tune in to hear Larry discuss his hacks for Facebook marketing for 2020 and beyond.

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[00:55] Today’s Topic: Larry Kim’s Top 5 Favorite Facebook Marketing Hacks for 2020 and Beyond [02:15] Larry is from Winnipeg and he’s obsessed with unicorns. [02:47] Larry started WordStream in 2008 out of a bakery he frequented. [03:00] Now the company employs over 300 people managing over $1 Billion in ad spend. [03:20] He sold the business one year ago. [04:22] Facebook is getting in trouble for questionable live streams and censorship. [04:55] The future of Facebook is private groups and messaging. [06:22] Live chats are a core growth marketing area on which to focus.  [08:40] Anything you can do with email marketing,  you can do with messaging. [11:35] Use a chatbot builder like MobileMonkey. [12:45] Surveys are a great way to get user feedback and you can do them using chatbots, so they are more conversational. [15:10] This helps improve conversions. [17:25] In order to improve experiences, you would want to create content around questions people have. [19:11] By making a person confirm that he is doing well in a conversation, you can use that to piggy-back upon and move onto the topic at hand. [19:47] No matter what you’re selling, try to take people on a conversational journey. [22:30] It’s never been easier to grow your email subscriber list. [23:20] Don’t wait for people to message, you have to be more proactive in getting leads. [23:40] A Comment Guard is a strategy for baiting users into messaging your company. [25:05] Another way to engage your audience is to ask an enticing question and offer the actual answer and further information. [28:12] Larry has changed the way he does Facebook ads, so that it sends people into his messenger funnels instead of a landing page. [30:44] After someone becomes a Messenger contact, you can input their info into a Drip campaign and attempt to use upsells. [31:15] You can also remarket people based on conversational criteria. [33:14] There are more daily active users on messaging platforms than on social media, yet less than 1% of companies have the ability to market to those users. [33:27] Engagements rates are 100x better than email marketing. [34:45] That’s it for today! [34:48] Please go to Marketing School for a free copy of Larry’s slides.

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Should You Charge For A Conference? Neil & Eric Debate | Ep. #1080

Jul 16, 2019 07:44

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In episode #1080, we debate whether you should charge for a conference. Tune in to hear where each of us stands on this issue.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Should You Charge For A Conference? Neil & Eric Debate [00:51] As the day proceeded, Eric realized they could have charged for the event. [01:10] When your content is already free for the most part, it would have been more than fair to charge for the conference. [01:30] Also, charging would have guaranteed a higher attendance rate with higher quality attendees. [02:52] Neil disagrees with Eric’s assessment.  [03:10] Neil prefers to give away information for free. [03:35] Luckily, Intercom and others served as sponsors, which helped offset the costs. [03:51] Neil doesn’t want to make money off of people who are just seeking knowledge. [04:22] Eric thinks it put way too much stress on him and his team and another free event wouldn’t be worth it. [04:45] We are providing value and those surveyed said they would pay for another event. [05:30] Neil feels he didn’t work as much for this event, so he understands Eric’s perspective. [05:50] Tweet at Eric to give us your thoughts! [06:50] That’s it for today! [07:00] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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7 Mistakes We Made From Our First Conference | Ep. #1079

Jul 15, 2019 06:06

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In episode #1079, we discuss the mistakes we made while putting on our first conference. Tune in to hear what went wrong and how we dealt with it.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: 7 Mistakes We Made From Our First Conference [00:35] Check out the Marketing School Live videos we posted online! [00:50] We had a couple of last-minute hiccups, because there was a lot of miscommunication. [01:30] Another mistake was that the food was amazing, but there were no vegetarian options. [01:57] We didn’t have an emcee.  [02:45] Not charging for tickets hurt us a little bit. [03:00] There wasn’t an easy way to digest and download all the information we shared. [04:22] Eric underestimated the amount of work it would take to get butts in seats. [04:38] Neil thinks that even though people say they are going to come, not everyone actually shows up. [04:54] Last minute, they had a bunch of open seats that they needed to fill. [05:21] That’s it for today! [05:28] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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How to Throw A Successful Live Event | Ep. #1078

Jul 14, 2019 06:58

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In episode #1078, we discuss how to throw a successful live event. Tune in to hear how we did it!

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Throw A Successful Live Event [01:07] For our first event, it went well. [02:17] Everything was laid out for us at the venue. [02:27] Eric gave the LA office a day off, because he needed them to come in on Saturday to help with the event. [03:00] We had speakers come in from all over the States. [04:30] Eric bartered with his friend to bring a food truck to the live event in exchange for two months of free services. [05:10] We prepared for about six months to put on this live event. [06:08] That’s it for today! [06:17] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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How to Make Sense of Traffic Estimates From SEO Tools | Ep. #1077

Jul 13, 2019 06:33

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In episode #1077, we discuss how to make sense of traffic estimates from SEO tools. Tune in to hear how we handle this data.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Make Sense of Traffic Estimates From SEO Tools [00:38] Examples of such tools include: UberSuggest and SEMRush. [01:20] When it comes to these tools, it’s hard to compare them. [01:35] You should use these tools to see how you stack up to your competitors.  [01:50] Always use the same tool for comparisons, so that the data will be similar.
[02:50] When looking at these types of tools, Eric looks at trends. [03:30] If Eric sees the traffic value declining, he knows it’s not something worth emulating. [04:40] B2C traffic information tends to be more accurate. [05:00] You can rent out pages that rank for certain keywords. [05:40] That’s it for today! [05:50] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just go to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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Here’s What You Should Do If You Lost Traffic From the June 2019 Update | Ep. #1076

Jul 12, 2019 05:45

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In episode #1076, we discuss what you should do if you lost traffic from Google’s June update. Tune in to hear what you can do to salvage your rankings.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Here’s What You Should Do If You Lost Traffic From the June 2019 Update [00:45] The June update wasn’t named anything specific. [00:50] It was a core update and people lost a lot of keyword rankings. [01:30] Eric found that even though he lost keywords, the keywords for which they already ranked, got better. [02:40] There’s no clear trend, as it seems like a wash. [03:05] Look at the sites and pages that are ranking in the top ten and learn from what they are doing. [04:25] When these updates happen, it can be a crapshoot. [04:45] Updating content helps you maintain your rankings.
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How to Stay Up to Date With The Latest Marketing Trends | Ep. #1075

Jul 11, 2019 05:59

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In episode #1075, we discuss how to stay up to date with the latest marketing trends. Tune in to hear our methods.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Stay Up to Date With The Latest Marketing Trends [00:38] Eric follows a few lists he made on Twitter (for Marketers and Entrepreneurs). [01:00] In addition to Twitter, he uses Nuzzle to show him the newest content from the people he follows. [01:42] Just because something is trending, doesn’t mean it is necessarily effective. [02:05] TikTok, for instance, is popular, but doesn’t have a good ROI. [02:12] Neil likes to see what the trends are and then searches for case studies around them. [03:05] This research helps him determine what to focus on in the future. [04:15] Mastermind groups created for this purpose has proven a helpful way to discuss and dissect marketing trends. [04:58] That’s it for today! [05:10] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just got to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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Here’s My Favorite Social Network That You Aren’t Using | Ep. #1074

Jul 10, 2019 04:04

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In episode 1074, we discuss the best social networks that you aren’t using. Tune in to hear which social networks are our favorites.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Here’s My Favorite Social Network That You Aren’t Using [00:40] Neil loves Reddit and thinks not enough people are using it. [01:03] Also, their ads are dirt cheap. [01:30] Discord is another option that Eric likes. [02:40] Neil hasn’t used it himself, as he is not into gaming and music. [03:07] That’s it for today! [03:17] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just got to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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How to Effortlessly Create Amazing Content | Ep. #1073

Jul 9, 2019 05:23

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In episode #1073, we discuss how to effortlessly create amazing content. Tune in to hear how!

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Effortlessly Create Amazing Content [01:00] Our format is unique and we enjoy making this podcast. [02:01] You don’t have to plan out your content word for word. [03:10] If you’re not enjoying it, creating content becomes hard. [04:05] Timothy Sykes creates great content that helps him make money. [04:20] That’s it for today. [04:31] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just got to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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How to Collaborate with Influencers | Ep. #1072

Jul 8, 2019 05:21

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In episode #1072, we discuss how you can collaborate with influencers. Tune in to hear how you can get people to promote your business.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Collaborate with Influencers [00:35] Influencers have a lot of power. [01:00] As long as you pick someone relevant to your product, a collaboration could only help. [02:32] Eric had Kevin from the office make a video for his company using the Cameo app. [03:42] Charity Buzz is another site or app that gives you access to well-known people who can promote your service or products. [04:15] Make sure you collaborate with people in your niche. [04:22] That’s it for today! [04:30] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just got to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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7 Conversion Hacks to Test Before 2019 Ends | Ep. #1071

Jul 7, 2019 07:25

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In episode #1071, we discuss 7 conversion hacks. Tune in to hear which hacks you should try out.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: 7 Conversion Hacks to Test Before 2019 Ends [00:33] 1: Intercom. [00:45] Intercom has expanded their products and features. [01:29] 2: Paid advertising. [01:45] Remarket people with a video when they don’t convert from the original ad. [02:31] 3: Hull [02:37] Customer data platforms like Hull help you target the right customers. [03:15] 4: Gong. [03:25] Gong helps record and analyze sales calls. [03:56] 5: Product-led growth. [04:22] Offering useful tools for free will help you provide value and increase conversions. [04:45] 6: Security. [04:57] Emphasizing increased site security often increases conversions, because people are worried about security. [05:43] 7: Run tests. [06:20] Offer free trials and other options based on ideas from Redpoint. [06:35] That’s it for today! [06:42] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just got to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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Are Joint Webinars Really Worth It? | Ep. #1070

Jul 6, 2019 04:53

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In episode #1070, we discuss whether joint webinars are worth doing. Tune in to hear if you should be doing joint webinars.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Are Joint Webinars Really Worth It? [01:00] We’ve both done them in the past. [01:10] In doing them, you are sharing lists and contacts. [01:30] They are effective and can work well, but if you don’t have a sales team or a system for closing sales, you won’t have increased revenue. [02:10] When doing a joint webinar, a person may only share as many leads as another gives. [02:40] You need to have a team ready to follow up on those leads. [03:00] If you are doing joint webinars, you need to find someone with similar amounts of leads. [03:50] Find someone whose customers would want your product. [04:05] That’s it for today! [04:12] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just got to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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How to Recover Your Rankings After a Google Update | Ep. #1069

Jul 5, 2019 04:44

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In episode #1069, we discuss how to recover your rankings after a Google update. Tune in to hear how you can avoid a slump.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Recover Your Rankings After a Google Update [00:45] Google updated recently, so you may have noticed a change. [01:00] When your traffic goes down, find the pages that suffered and update the content. [01:30] Google likes fresh content. [02:20] Make sure the quality of content remains high. [02:40] Neil has three full-timers whose sole job is to update content. [03:06] He spends $15,000-20,000/month on updating content. [03:51] That’s it for today! [03:55] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just got to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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Is It Really Worth Building a Personal Brand? | Ep. #1068

Jul 4, 2019 06:46

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In episode #1068, we discuss whether it is worth having a personal brand. Tune in to hear whether this matters.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Is It Really Worth Building a Personal Brand? [00:40] Happy Fourth of July to our American listeners! [01:00] Ramit Sethi has built a personal brand around finance. [01:15] He sells a lot of online courses and has published a book. [02:44] The biggest brands in the world have built such strong brands, it doesn’t matter if the face of the organization is still there or not. [03:50] If you are trying to build a lifestyle business, personal branding is key. [04:25] If you want to get into “big business” personal branding isn’t as important. [06:01] That’s it for today! [06:06] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just got to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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7 Examples of World Class Content That Stand Out From The Rest | Ep. #1067

Jul 3, 2019 07:03

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In episode #1067, we discuss 7 examples of world class content that stands out of the rest.  Tune in to hear what makes this content stand out.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: 7 Examples Of World Class Content That Stand Out From The Rest [00:51] 1: Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report. [01:20] She covers things we wouldn’t have thought of. [01:45] 2: Animagraffs. [01:55] They create great infographics. [02:05] 3: HotPod News. [02:55] 4: Backlinko. [03:30] If you have too many images, it makes it hard to update your content. Backlinko helped us figure this out. [03:51] 5: A16Z Podcast. [04:11] Their job is to identify trends. [04:20] 6: Gary Vaynerchuck. [05:08] 7: AngelList. [05:25] The creator of AngelList has a great podcast and is also a great guest. [06:02] That’s it for today! [06:12] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just got to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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How Long Should Your Free Trial Be? A Data Driven Answer | Ep. #1066

Jul 2, 2019 06:39

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In episode #1066, we discuss how long a free trial should last. Tune in to hear what the best timeframe is.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How Long Should Your Free Trial Be? A Data Driven Answer [01:10] A free trial is allowing someone to use your product for free for a set period of time, before they are required to pay. [01:40] There is no timeline that necessarily converts the best, because it depends on the company or service. [02:10] Check out Redpoint to read more about this. [02:34] Redpoint thinks you should keep your trial to 7 days, but that doesn’t work for everyone. [03:00] Find out what made people pay for the service. [04:00] 37% of people do 30 day free trials. [04:08] 13% of people do the 7 day free trials. [04:12] 3% of people do the 21 day free trials. [04:25] At Clickflow, they are considering basing the free trial on usage instead of time. [05:20] Companies like Slack have higher rates for their free trials. It really varies. [05:40] Run tests and figure out what works for your company. [05:44] That’s it for today! [05:51] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just got to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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Is Google Taking All of The Search Traffic? | Ep. #1065

Jul 1, 2019 05:59

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In episode #1065, we discuss whether Google is taking all of the search traffic for itself. Tune in to hear if this is the case.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Is Google Taking All of The Search Traffic? [00:45] 48.96% of Google queries were solved this year. [01:40] Google is taking away clicks to websites, by putting the answer on the results page.  [02:10] THey’re not evil, just doing what is in their best interest. [03:35] You Have to leverage all the channels available to you. [04:15] Optimizing search results is the future. [05:00] Check out jumpshot. [05:03] That’s all for today! [05:14] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just got to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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Relying On SEO Alone Is Dangerous. Here's What To Do Next | Ep. #1064

Jun 30, 2019 06:01

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In episode #1064, we discuss why relying on SEO alone is dangerous. Tune in to hear what you can do.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Relying On SEO Alone Is Dangerous. Here's What To Do Next [00:40] SEO is a great traffic source. [01:05] You can’t rely on it, because of algorithm updates. [02:10] If you don’t use the omni-channel approach, you could lose 50% of your traffic after three years. [03:45] Try Rev to transcribe podcasts and videos. [05:00] Nowadays, you can’t just rely on SEO for one channel. [05:12] That’s it for today! [05:20] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just got to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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Video Reach is Dying- Here’s What You Need to Do | Ep. #1063

Jun 29, 2019 05:06

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In episode #1063, we discuss why video reach is dying. Tune in to hear what you need to do to avoid this!

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Video Reach is Dying- Here’s What You Need to Do [00:45] It’s getting harder and harder to get reach with video. [01:35] You can’t just ask for comments anymore. [02:35] It’s important to collaborate with someone who can get you more reach. [03:50] Try simulcasting your videos. [04:03] That’s it for today! [04:20] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just got to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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How to Get Away From The Paid Advertising Crack Pipe | Ep. #1062

Jun 28, 2019 06:17

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In episode #1062, we discuss how to get away from paid ads. Tune in to hear how you can do it.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Get Away From The Paid Advertising Crack Pipe [00:40] Paid ads are something many people do. [01:33] The costs per click continue to increase. [01:45] Eventually, it won’t be worth the cost. [03:15] Consider taking data from Facebook ads. [04:00] Find ways to collaborate with people who have similar audiences. [04:22] The omni-channel approach is important. [05:06] Overstock does a lot of paid ads. [05:22] You can make money by getting customers to re-purchase products. [05:26] That’s it for today! [05:38] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just got to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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Freemium VS Free Trial Which One Should You Offer? | Ep. #1061

Jun 27, 2019 07:29

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In episode 1061, we discuss freemium vs. free trial services. Tune in to hear which one you should offer.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Freemium VS Free Trial Which One Should You Offer? [00:45] Freemium allows you to use the product for free with locked features. [01:30] Hubspot switched from a free trial to freemium. [02:00] Typically, trials give you access to all features, but for a limited time. [03:00] Spotify is a good example of freemium. [03:20] It comes with ads, but if you love it, you can pay for more features and no ads. [04:45] Freemium is a good way to generate more traffic. [06:18] Only 2-3% of freemium users convert. [06:34] That’s it for today! [06:45] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just got to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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Tim Ferriss podcast goes ad free: Our thoughts. | Ep. #1060

Jun 26, 2019 07:26

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In episode #1060, we discuss Tim Ferriss’ podcast going ad free. Tune in to hear our thoughts on this new tactic.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Tim Ferriss podcast goes ad free: Our thoughts. [01:15] He may get 3 Million downloads a month. [01:25] If he charges $100 CPM, he can make $3.6 Million per year. [01:45] As an experiment, he has asked people to donate for a subscription to his free podcast, because he has stopped running ads. [02:25]] Neil thinks Tim isn’t concerned with money anymore, so it doesn’t matter. [04:15] Tim is experimenting with this method. [04:30] This is just another monetization model that he is trying out. [05:15] At six months, if it is going well, this may be a method to copy. [05:35] Let people who can afford to experiment, do so in your place. [06:29] That’s it for today! [06:35] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just got to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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How to Create a B2B Marketing Funnel | Ep. #1059

Jun 25, 2019 06:56

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In episode #1059, we discuss how to create a B2B marketing funnel. Tune in to hear how we do it.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Create a B2B Marketing Funnel [01:02] B2B funnels are different. [01:40] At Single Grain, they have a B2B funnel: they do it through content. [02:15] After listening to the podcast, people may become interested in Single Grain. [02:30] The mid-funnel may be an e-book. [02:45] Then you want to get them to a live event. [03:46] Quizzes are great, as well. [04:00] There are so many steps to a B2B funnel. [04:25] Once you have a qualified lead, have them book a call. [05:25] Always drive people to a great landing page that offers something. [06:00] That’s it for today! [06:07] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just got to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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How This Library Will Make Your Facebook Ads Perform Better | Ep. #1058

Jun 24, 2019 07:00

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In episode #1058, we discuss how this library will make your Facebook ads perform better. Tune in to hear how you can improve your Facebook ads.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How This Library Will Make Your Facebook Ads Perform Better [00:40] Facebook’s ad library is where you can see all the ads running on Facebook. [01:10] Facebook is trying to be more transparent, which is why they created the ad library. [01:42] Eric can see what a Trump PAC spend on ads. [01:57] Make sure to click “See Ad Details”, which will break down the stats for you. [03:00] If you see an ad that didn’t run that long, it’s because it wasn’t successful, so don’t copy that ad! [04:30] There are so many great ideas you can find by looking at successful ads. [05:15] Make sure to check the stats of the ads. [05:35] Also, follow the ad to the landing page and see what makes that page a successful part of the funnel. [05:59] That’s it for today! [06:05] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just got to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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How to Find Incredible Ad Examples | Ep. #1057

Jun 23, 2019 05:02

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In episode #1057, we discuss how to find ad examples. Tune in to hear why you should refer to ad examples and where to find them.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Find Incredible Ad Examples [00:40] Advertising is expensive and competitive. [00:55] When you learn from other’s examples, you can see what works and how. [01:20] Facebook has a new ad library that will show you regular ads run by companies, political campaigns, etc. [02:25] Look at the landing pages, as well. [02:45] Land-Book is a great place to find landing page examples. [02:58] AdBeat is another great resource. [03:43] That’s it for today! [03:50] We are going to take applications for live intensive sessions. Just got to the Marketing School site for more information and to apply.

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What to Expect From Marketing School Live (Our Live Event!) | Ep. #1056

Jun 22, 2019 07:31

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In episode #1056, we discuss what you can expect from our live event. Tune in to hear what’s coming up on June 20th.

We have committed to throwing a FREE Marketing School Live Event in Los Angeles. Check out the details on this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: What to Expect From Marketing School Live (Our Live Event!) [00:35] The event is June 20th! [00:40] There is a pre-event gathering on the Friday before. [01:10] There will be awesome fresh content at the event itself. [02:10] We will be there networking; it’s not a pitch-fest. [02:22] We are going to have mushroom coffee. [02:44] We will be recording a live version of marketing school. [03:30] We’ll also have some great speakers. [04:20] Syed from WP Beginner will be there. [05:21] The livestream will be free, but the recording will be available paid at a later date. [05:45] We look forward to seeing you all there! [06:25] Stay tuned for a secret announcement! [06:30] That’s it for today! [06:34] Our live event is happening in less than a week! We are almost at capacity, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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My Favorite Google Analytics Report (That You Aren't Using) | Ep. #1055

Jun 21, 2019 05:18

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In episode #1055, we discuss the best Google Analytics report that you aren’t using. Tune in to hear what tool you need to start using.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: My Favorite Google Analytics Report (That You Aren't Using) [00:35] Cohorts is the new report. [00:45] It’s in beta right now. [00:55] It tracks how many people re-visit your site. [01:05] If people don’t re-visit, you can’t convert. [01:35] Don’t just focus on first-time traffic, but rather repeat traffic. [02:40] Cohorts will help you figure out how to get repeat traffic. [03:10] When optimizing your cohort you want to make sure it doesn’t go to zero. [03:57] That’s it for today. [04:00] Check out cohort! [04:20] Our live event is happening in less than a week! We are almost at capacity, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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The Biggest Mistake You’ll Ever Make in Business | Ep. #1054

Jun 20, 2019 05:01

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In episode #1054, we discuss the biggest mistake you’ll ever make. Tune in to what you’re doing wrong.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: The Biggest Mistake You’ll Ever Make in Business [00:36] Eric’s mistake was always switching up his methods and never following through on one thing. [01:50] Neil’s mistake was exactly the same. [02:05] Stay focused on one business and one main project. [03:10] Focus is important. Always double down on what works. [03:21] Focus is about saying “no” to things. [03:42] That’s it for today! [03:46] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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Do Meta Tags Even Matter In 2019? (And How To Write Great Ones) | Ep. #1053

Jun 19, 2019 05:27

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In episode #1053, we discuss whether meta tags matter. Tune in to hear if they matter and how you can improve yours.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Do Meta Tags Even Matter In 2019? (And How To Write Great Ones) [00:45] There are three main types of meta tags. [00:52] Meta keywords are useless. [01:25] When you spend a dollar on advertising, 80 cents goes to the headline. [01:50] Google “how to create magnetic headlines” and there are also headline generators. [02:40] You can always run tests using ClickFlow. [04:00] Title is a direct SEO factor. [04:15] That’s it for today! [04:17] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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Should You Put Ads On Your Site? | Ep. #1052

Jun 18, 2019 04:28

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In episode #1052, we discuss whether you should put ads on your site. Tune in to hear what we think about this tactic.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Should You Put Ads On Your Site? [00:35] We’ve talked about this in the past. [00:41] Neil doesn’t like putting ads on his site, because when he buys ads, he tends to not make the money that the advertiser is making. [01:30] If you don’t have a product or service, leverage ads, and promote someone else’s service. [01:45] Eric thinks it’s lazy to put ads on your site. [02:25] Between affiliate income, ad income, and product sales, the ad income is always the lowest. [03:00] Sometimes, you can’t even control which ads are placed on your site. [03:22] That’s it for today! [03:32] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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How to Rank Higher Than Wikipedia | Ep. #1051

Jun 17, 2019 06:07

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In episode #1051, we discuss how you can rank higher than Wikipedia. Tune in to hear how you can be one of the top-ranking search results.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Rank Higher Than Wikipedia [01:10] When doing keyword research, if Eric sees Wikipedia as one of the top results, he knows he can compete. [01:30] He follows the skyscraper technique to beat out Wikipedia and others at the top. [02:40] Backlinko ranks well, because his posts are high-quality. [03:45] Trying to compete with news sites will be the ultimate challenge. You can’t beat them. [04:15] Neil recommends updating your content whenever you get traction. [04:55] You’ll have a much better shot at beating Wikipedia if you combine a bunch of techniques (skyscraper, internal linking, etc.). [05:09] That’s it for today! [05:15] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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How to Make The Most of Internal Linking | Ep. #1050

Jun 16, 2019 05:31

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In episode #1050, we discuss how to make the most of internal linking. Tune in to hear how to improve internal links.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Make The Most of Internal Linking [00:38] Internal linking tells Google about your site’s other pages. [01:06] GSC is a free tool that will show you pages with good internal links. [01:25] Screaming Frog SEO Spider will crawl your site and give you thorough data. [02:40] The page that gets the most links is typically the homepage. [02:55] Link to your most important pages from your homepage. [04:05] Neil like sto create detailed guides and link to other relevant posts. [04:28] That’s it for today! [04:32] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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Prospects, MQLs, SQLs, Opportunities - What Do They All Mean? | Ep. #1049

Jun 15, 2019 05:17

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In episode #1049, we discuss different types of leads. Tune in to hear the definitions of prospects, MQL’s, and SQL’s.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Prospects, MQLs, SQLs, Opportunities - What Do They All Mean? [00:45] Prospects are people who come to your site; all potential customers. [01:47] MQL’s are further down the funnel. [02:38] An SQL is a lead your sales team has found. [03:00] An SQL is probably a decision-maker. [03:50] That’s it for today! [04:11] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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7 Reasons Why Your SEO Is Weak | Ep. #1048

Jun 14, 2019 06:15

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In episode #1048, we discuss 7 reasons why your SEO is weak. Tune in to hear the 7 reasons.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: 7 Reasons Why Your SEO Is Weak [00:35] 1: You are not paying attention to your link velocity, [01:12] 2: Branding. [01:32] 3: Your site is too slow. [02:17] 4: Writing content once won’t help your rankings. [02:52] 5: You might have over-monetized your site. [03:30] 6: User experience. [04:22] 7: You might have too many technical issues on your site. [05:05] That’s all for today! [05:12] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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Podcasts Are Appearing in Google SERPs. Here's What You Should Do | Ep. #1047

Jun 13, 2019 05:07

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In episode #1047, we discuss how podcasts are showing up in SERPs. Tune in to hear what you should do in order to take advantage of this.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Podcasts Are Appearing in Google SERPs. Here's What You Should Do [00:35] Google had an IO event where they announced that this would happen. [00:55] You can see episodes and play them from the results page. [01:11] Google is also helping transcribe podcasts. [01:35] This is a sign that podcasting is becoming more popular. [02:42] A venture firm did a study on podcasts. [02:55] Once you have a podcast, make sure to create a website for it. [03:35] Podcasts audiences are different than video audiences. [03:55] Don’t expect results from day one. [04:04] That’s it for today! [04:09] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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The Hardest SEO Signal to Manipulate | Ep. #1046

Jun 12, 2019 07:26

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In episode #1046, we discuss the hardest SEO signal to manipulate. Tune in to hear why it’s so difficult and what you can do about it.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: The Hardest SEO Signal to Manipulate [00:38] Brand signals are the hardest to manipulate. [01:18] Brand signals is more likely to increase your traffic. [02:01] Neil’s “Who is Neil Patel” campaign was successful, but it took a great deal of money and effort. [03:12] Dry Bar is a business with great branding and brand signals. [05:15] Neil used to own a domain called “Subscribers”, which meant a lot of people were looking for other things and not his brand. [05:32] That’s it for today! [05:40] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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Google's Top 3 Ranking Factors For 2019 | Ep. #1045

Jun 11, 2019 09:38

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In episode #1045, we discuss Martin Splitt’s top three ranking factors for 2019. Tune in to hear if we agree with Martin.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Google's Top 3 Ranking Factors For 2019 [00:38] Google made their own Mythbusters episode about themselves. [01:00] Martin Splitt shared three top SEO factors on which people should focus. [01:10] Factor 1: Content creation. [01:42] Eric and Neil agree this is important. [02:25] When creating content, deliver a good customer experience. [02:52] Factor 2: Meta data. [03:05] Make sure you have meta tags to describe your content. [03:40] Eric and Neil think using ClickFlow will help with this task, but it’s more important to get clicks. [06:45] Factor 3: Performance. [07:20] Eric and Neil don’t believe that this is the most important thing on which to focus. [08:04] Brand queries are more important. [08:08] That’s it for today! [08:30] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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3 Tips For Better Subject Lines | Ep. #1044

Jun 10, 2019 08:23

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In episode #1044, we discuss tips for better subject lines. Tune in to hear what you could be doing better.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: 3 Tips For Better Subject Lines [00:35] Salesloft has people sending millions of emails out. [01:33] Research shows that subject lines with just one word out-perform the average email by 87%. [01:50] This casual subject line mimics more casual emails you might receive from friends. [03:15] “Hey, Jane” performs better than just “Jane”. [04:00] The more “human” the subject line, the better. [04:15] Emails need to be under a certain word count to be successful. [04:30] Avoid bullet points, as emails with bullet points get lower reply rates. [05:45] Eric isn’t sure if you should omit opt-out links, because you will get spam complaints. [06:20] The more your list engages, the better your open rates, deliverability, etc. [06:35] That’s it for today! [06:40] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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How Eric Siu's Marketing His Brand New Startup | Ep. #1043

Jun 9, 2019 09:13

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In episode #1043, we discuss how Eric is marketing his new startup. Tune in to hear how he’s pushing his new product.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How Eric Siu's Marketing His Brand New Startup [00:40] ClickFlow helps you grow your organic traffic faster by running SEO tests. [01:05] If you have a page with good impressions, but a bad click-through rate, ClickFlow helps you identify opportunities to improve. [01:30] It will help you optimize your content. [02:20] Most people can’t afford paid ads. [03:05] Eric will find lists of people (maybe VP’s) and he’ll use Hunter.io to find their email addresses. [03:30] He contacts them to ask for feedback on his software, instead of trying to sell it to them. [03:55] Then he will try to get them on a call. [04:45] If you are collecting emails using Drip, you are tagging people based on their interests. [05:05] Oz Content reaches out to people and lets them know they are doing a webinar instead of hard selling them. [06:56] Eric reaches out to influencers and others in his space and demos his software. [07:15] As these people see results, the good information gets passed on. [08:05] If you have a podcast, it also helps to have guests on. [08:30] That’s it for today! [08:34] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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Why We Aren't the CEOs of Our Own Companies And Why You Shouldn't Be Either | Ep. #1042

Jun 8, 2019 06:04

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In episode #1042, we discuss why we aren’t the CEO’s of our own companies. Tune in to hear why being your own CEO isn’t the greatest idea.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Why We Aren't the CEOs of Our Own Companies And Why You Shouldn't Be Either [00:40] If you start small, you may have to be the CEO at first. [00:55] You should always consider whether you are capable of being the best CEO for your company. Consider what your skill set is. [01:30] Focus your time on what you are the best at doing. [01:45] Eric doesn’t like being a CEO and it’s not his strong suit. [02:25] We realized that there are people out there with more experience than us, who will achieve more as CEO’s than we would. [03:05] Berkshire Hathaway just had their annual meeting. [03:20] They don’t invest in tech, but rather focus on what they do know. [04:35] For us, it’s too crazy to take on the role of CEO, because of all the other projects we like to focus on. [05:07] That’s it for today! [05:14] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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How Google's SERP Listing Will Decrease Your Organic Traffic (And How You Can Combat This) | Ep. #1041

Jun 7, 2019 06:13

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In episode #1041, we discuss how Google will decrease your organic traffic. Tune in to hear how you can combat this problem.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How Google's SERP Listing Will Decrease Your Organic Traffic (And How You Can Combat This) [00:45] Orbit Media wrote a post about this very topic. [01:13] If you ranked #1 in Google today, you would be 630 pixels down. [01:45] There are more ads now and a lot of other content before your listing. [02:00] People why are paying Google will get preferential treatment. [02:30] This is why an omni-channel approach is so important. [03:45] Building your brand goes a long way to combat this. [03:55] In the short term, you should focus on voice search. [04:41] You can use remarketing lists for search ads. [04:55] You can bid on the keywords that work best for you. [05:15] That’s it for today! [05:29] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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What's New In Ubersuggest? | Ep. #1040

Jun 6, 2019 07:16

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In episode #1040, we discuss new features in Ubersuggest. Tune in to hear how this tool has improved.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: What's New In Ubersuggest? [00:45] Ubersuggest is an all-in-one SEO tool. It gives you almost everything you need for free! [01:30] They have a dashboard that helps you see all your info in one place. [01:45] Although they stopped showing traffic value. [02:38] Ubersuggest makes sure to show backlinks now, as well. [03:40] They have a bar chart for the number of keywords for which you rank. [03:55] They break down social shares for you. [04:15] They encourage leveraging the skyscraper technique by giving you all of this information. [04:35] It’s a free tool, so anyone can use it. [05:00] Anytime you do keyword research with Ubersuggest, you can see the overall trends of the keyword, graphs, and how difficult it is to rank for that keyword. [05:32] Neil copied BuzzSumo and made Content Ideas. [06:23] That’s it for today! [06:27] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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Should You Buy Influencer Posts From Celebrities Like Kim Kardashian? | Ep. #1039

Jun 5, 2019 07:42

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In episode #1039, we discuss whether you should buy influencer posts from celebrities. Tune in to hear if you should invest in this strategy.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Should You Buy Influencer Posts From Celebrities Like Kim Kardashian? [00:40] Kim K. charges an average of $300,000-500,000 per post. [02:15] You can get hundreds of thousands of followers when you team up with an influencer. [03:00] However, when someone promoted with Kris Jenner, he didn’t make his investment back. [04:01] A micro influencer may be a better bet, because they are more engaged with followers and have a more loyal fan base. [05:15] Neil looked into the numbers and found the ROI on a Kardashian-like influencer was abysmal. [05:51] Start with a micro influencer and see how it goes. [06:10] Testing is important. [06:45] Look at who people follow in your ideal category. [06:52] That’s it for today! [06:56] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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How to Make $8,000+/mo From Podcasting With A Small Audience | Ep. #1038

Jun 4, 2019 06:57

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In episode #1038, we discuss how you can make money while podcasting to a small audience. Tune in to hear how you can make $8000+/month.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Make $8,000+/mo From Podcasting With A Small Audience [00:41] Hot Pod News is about podcasting. [00:50] There is a podcast called “Disrupting Japan”. [01:01] The podcaster was able to get people to pay for a subscription to his podcast. [01:35] The podcaster did a number of things to get money. [01:40] He ran ads. [02:05] He spent 70% of the time reaching out to people for sponsorships. [02:22] However, he wasn’t happy because content became secondary. [02:30] So he got a full-time job instead. [03:15] You have to reach a certain level to hire team members. [04:10] Anytime you can monetize whatever you’re doing with ads, it means you are doing something wrong. [04:40] Sell your own products and services. [05:30] That’s it for today! [05:55] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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Yet ANOTHER New SEO Report From Google That Will Help You Grow | Ep. #1037

Jun 3, 2019 05:01

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In episode #1037, we discuss yet another SEO report that will help you grow. Tune in to hear what the new report is and how it will help.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Yet ANOTHER New SEO Report From Google That Will Help You Grow [00:45] It’s a more advanced page speed tool. [01:01] This tool is available through Google Search Console. [01:25] They color code speeds. [02:11] The faster your site loads, the higher your traffic. [02:41] It’s about speed to increase sales, not rankings. [02:54] For every second of delayed load time, it costs Amazon about a billion dollars. [03:52] That’s it for today! [03:58] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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7 Simple Ways to Do Due Diligence On A Website | Ep. #1036

Jun 2, 2019 08:34

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In episode #1036, we discuss 7 ways to do your due diligence. Tune in to hear the 7 steps you should take to fully investigate a website’s potential.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: 7 Simple Ways to Do Due Diligence On A Website [00:40] This is just a way of saying you need to comb a site and check everything out. [01:00] 1: Use Ubersuggest. [01:15] Check out organic keywords. [01:50] 2: Similar Web. [02:14] They break down the regions from which you are getting traffic. [03:02] 3: Ask for reports. [03:30] There are tons of reports you can ask for. [03:45] 4: Ask what changes the site has tested. [04:04] This will help you determine growth potential. [04:20] 5: SpyFu and AdBeat. [04:30] These tools will help you determine ad spend. [05:07] 6:Talk to the customers. [05:23] It will help you determine the needs of customers. [06:00] 7: Ask the company what they want. [06:20] Once you determine their needs, this helps you get to the heart of the issues at hand. [06:51] If you are not 110% sure, don’t move forward. [07:21] That’s it for today! [07:25] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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What Marketers Can Learn From Live Stream Shopping in China | Ep. #1035

Jun 1, 2019 05:00

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In episode #1035, we discuss what you can learn from Chinese live stream shoppers. Tune in to hear what you can learn from this new trend.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: What Marketers Can Learn From Live Stream Shopping in China [00:45] Eric recently read a piece in the Wall Street Journal about this. [01:00] Live stream shopping is following an influencer while they are shopping in real time. [01:15] China does 220 of these types of live streams per month. [01:30] Certain shop collect a commission. [01:55] Neil thinks you will start to see this in the US within the next two years. [02:05] He thinks this will also include future virtual stores. [02:55] Figure out if this is something you can take advantage of somehow. [03:30] The combination of offline and online worlds will continue. [03:45] That’s it for today! [03:55] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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A New SEO Report From Google That'll Show You Where to Focus Your Efforts | Ep. #1034

May 31, 2019 04:20

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In episode #1034, we discuss a new SEO report from Google. Tune in to hear where to find it and why it will prove so useful.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: A New SEO Report From Google That'll Show You Where to Focus Your Efforts [00:45] The Discover Report comes from Google Search Console. [01:00] This feature allows you to see which pages and links have the most potential. [01:30] On your GSC overview, Discover is under “Performance”. [02:52] It’s so new that not everyone has the Discover Report link yet. [03:15] This will prove a powerful tool for upgrading existing content. [03:26] The report helps you focus your efforts on the right place. [03:34] That’s it for today! [03:41] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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How to Find a Reliable Marketer | Ep. #1033

May 30, 2019 08:31

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In episode #1033, we discuss how to find a reliable marketer. Tune in to hear how you can sort the wheat from the chaff.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Find a Reliable Marketer [00:41] If you are looking for a blogger, go to Problogger. [01:05] No matter which type of marketer you are looking for, you will find that many are unreliable. [01:45] Neil tests potential marketers. [02:15] Neil finds people by throwing them into the process and seeing if they sink or swim. [03:20] Getting people to do paid tests is a good way to measure future success. [03:45] If you have someone in your office, the interview process is important, as well as the testing. [04:22] At Disney World/Land, they test people to see if they will throw away trash they placed on the ground. [05:25] 95% of marketers say they can do things that they cannot. [06:30] Applicant tracking systems are helpful. [07:15] That’s it for today! [07:50] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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What Should You Look For in a Link Builder? | Ep. #1032

May 29, 2019 06:26

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In episode #1032, we discuss what you should look for in a link builder. Tune in to hear what you need to think about when hiring a link builder.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: What Should You Look For in a Link Builder? [00:36] You need content and links to succeed. [00:55] So, look for a good salesperson. [01:00] If they aren’t good at writing convincing copy or even selling themselves, they won’t be good. [02:00] If they can't articulate their process or if they don’t have one, you will have inconsistent results. [02:27] Eric would also want to know which tools they use. [02:55] When link-building you are leveraging tools and processes. If they can’t leverage tools, they will prove inefficient. [03:53] Ask what the most impressive thing they have done is. It will illustrate what they deem impressive and also show you more of their work. [05:00] It’s important to know open and response rates. [05:32] That’s it for today! [05:36] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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The One (Simple) Tool That Accounts For Over 20% of Our Sales | Ep. #1031

May 28, 2019 06:28

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In episode #1031, we discuss the one tool that accounts for a big percentage of our sales. Tune in to hear which tool accounts for 20% of all of our sales.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: The One (Simple) Tool That Accounts For Over 20% of Our Sales [00:39] Intercom is the tool that accounts for over 20% of our sales. [01:02] We find that a lot of people collect leads, but the most quality leads come through chat bots. [01:50] Intercom is helpful in teeing up a conversation. [02:25] The reason so much revenue comes from Intercom, is because they have two great features. [02:40] Product tours are helpful and affective. [02:57] Account-based marketing has also proven useful. [03:40] Hull.io in conjunction with Intercom has proven successful for Eric. [04:45] Intercom also has a sales operations bot. [05:30] Start with chat bots and grow from there. [05:42] That’s it for today! [05:48] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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7 Examples of Really Smart Marketing That You Should Copy | Ep. #1030

May 27, 2019 06:19

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In episode #1030, we discuss really smart marketing techniques you should copy. Tune in to hear which ideas are worth emulating.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: 7 Examples of Really Smart Marketing That You Should Copy [00:35] 1: Native advertising. [00:45] We previously talked about Audi having a partnership with the studio that created The Avengers. [01:14] 2: Giveaways. [01:30] Giving away small things for free can bring in users and their contact info. [02:00] 3: A 30 day challenge. [02:15] It’s a way of engaging people. [02:42] 4: A free book funnel. [02:50] Give away a book, charge for shipping, then up or downsell. [03:25] 5: Superhuman. [03:31] It’s a great email tool that helps you quickly create an email campaign. [04:20] 6: Sell through live video. [04:30] Live pitches work. [04:55] 7: Minimum viable content. [05:15] Create content, see what sticks. [05:32] That’s it for today! [05:38] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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7 Marketing Tasks You Should Never Outsource | Ep. #1029

May 26, 2019 07:17

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In episode #1029, we discuss 7 tasks you shouldn’t outsource. Tune in to hear what you really need to keep in-house.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: 7 Marketing Tasks You Should Never Outsource [00:35] 1: Data science. [01:05] You need to personally track your numbers, otherwise you will have trouble reaching goals. [01:20] 2: Podcast recording. [01:30] Record in-house, because you can’t rely on the quality of outsourced audio. [01:52] 3: Copywriting. [02:50] 4: Video. [03:08] The videographer will be working on other things and won’t be focused on your project. [03:45] 5: Chat bots. [04:03] If you and your team respond to the chats, you’ll have a better conversion and customer satisfaction rate. [04:46] 6: Experimentation. [04:55] Anyone can run tests for you, but only you know what you really need to test. [05:25] Don’t outsource innovation. [05:56] 7: Social media. [06:10] You need to know what’s going on there and interact with your clients in a substantive way. [06:27] That’s all for today! [06:33] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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Which Marketing Tasks Should You Outsource? | Ep. #1028

May 25, 2019 05:29

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In episode #1028, we discuss what tasks you can outsource. Tune in to hear the easiest and smartest things to outsource.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Which Marketing Tasks Should You Outsource? [00:35] Once you start to have consistent content and tone, then it’s time to hire writers. [01:13] Neil outsources outreach. [01:48] He also outsources link-building. [02:15] His team also brings in experts just to fine tune their processes. [02:50] You should outsource not to save money, but to get high-quality work. [04:10] In some cases, video editing may be something you can outsource. [04:30] Though Eric would like an in-house graphic designer, that’s something else you can outsource. [04:42] That’s it for today! [04:47] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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How to Create an Amazing User Experience That Google Loves | Ep. #1027

May 24, 2019 06:37

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In episode #1027, we discuss how to create amazing user experiences for which Google will reward you. Tune in to hear how you can do this.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Create an Amazing User Experience That Google Loves [00:40] Create something the user will love. [01:31] Run surveys to see why people aren’t having a good experience. [03:10] Think about the customer first and you will win in the long run. [03:40] Amazon’s goal was to provide the best user experience. [04:10] All of Eric’s products are Apple, because they provide a good user experience. [05:25] Please your customers and you will please Google. [05:51] That’s it for today! [05:56] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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The Best Way to Monetize Your Site | Ep. #1026

May 23, 2019 05:41

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In episode #1026, we discuss the best way to monetize your site. Tune in to hear our advice.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: The Best Way to Monetize Your Site [00:40] The best way to monetize is to “sell the Tilapia”. [01:20] The majority of your traffic is not going to convert. [01:35] If you can make money from this large chunk (the tilapia), you’ll be in good shape. [03:00] Make the most by remarketing, pushing products, etc. on this group that won’t convert. [04:00] Often, we don’t think we have the time to do this, but you do. [04:15] Whether you are pushing affiliate links or plugins, it’s another way to make cash. [04:49] That’s it for today! [04:54] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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How to "Network" at Marketing Conferences | Ep. #1025

May 22, 2019 07:17

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In episode #1025, we discuss how to network at marketing conferences. Tune in to hear our tips for effective networking.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to "Network" at Marketing Conferences [00:40] We have a conference coming up and want to give attendees tips. [01:28] Be interesting and interested. [01:45] Everyone’s favorite topic is themselves, so get them talking about themselves, but be genuinely interested. [03:02] Neil went to a marketing conference in London. [03:20] He made a point to talk to the one person no one wanted to speak with. [03:35] So, he gave the guy free marketing advice. [03:45] Giving free value is a great way to network. [04:45] Eric likes to take all collected business cards and put the info into Full Contact. [06:00] You can’t build a relationship with everyone, so don’t take it personally when people don’t want to speak with you. [06:33] That’s it for today! [06:38] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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How Fortnite & Audi Capitalized On A Marvel Blockbuster Movie | Ep. #1024

May 21, 2019 07:02

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In episode #1024, we discuss how brands capitalized on a Marvel blockbuster. Tune in to hear how they did it.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How Fortnite & Audi Capitalized On A Marvel Blockbuster Movie [00:50] Avengers had the largest opening box office ever. [01:30] Fortnite used native advertising for Avengers. [02:21] Audi has had their cars in almost every Marvel film. [02:40] In Endgame, an Audi is featured prominently. [03:30] Product placement and branding is just another smart way to cut a deal. [03:45] Beats by Dre got every celebrity to wear their product. [03:58] Converse paid Will Smith to wear their sneakers in “I Am Legend”. [04:40] People want to be like their heroes, so native advertising makes sense. [06:10] If Captain America had a Nike logo on his shield, people would want to buy Nike products. [06:20] That’s it for today! [06:24] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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The Art of Doing a Deal | Ep. #1023

May 20, 2019 05:01

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In episode #1023, we discuss the art of the deal. Tune in to hear how to negotiate successfully.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: The Art of Doing a Deal [00:40] Everything you do with marketing is making a deal. [01:30] When hiring remote workers, you are hammering out a deal. [01:42] Make sure both parties love the deal. [02:25] Eric read a book from a former FBI director that discussed negotiating. [02:45] If you can’t get a deal done, have a backup plan. [03:25] The terms define the deal. [04:16] That’s it for today! [04:20] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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The Forgotten Podcast Monetization Channel We Neglected to Mention | Ep. #1022

May 19, 2019 06:39

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In episode #1022, we discuss the one monetization channel we previously neglected to mention. Tune in to hear us discuss this one channel!

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: The Forgotten Podcast Monetization Channel We Neglected to Mention [00:38] We talked about monetization about a month ago. [00:50] We forgot to talk about affiliate marketing. [01:40] Affiliate offers are either paid out monthly from revenue or a flat fee. [03:00] Lifetime value per company varies. [04:10] If a company does bad work, but pays well, it doesn’t matter. You won’t have success with them. [04:35] We previously discussed how to get started with affiliate marketing. [04:50] Rakuten and others are a great starting point. [05:28] That’s it for today! [05:33] We are almost at capacity for our live event, so register while you still can: Check out Single Grain for more info.

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The Optimal Way to Get the Most Done in a Day Without Working | Ep. #1021

May 18, 2019 07:58

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In episode #1021, we discuss how to get the most done without actually working. Tune in to hear the secret to being productive without actually producing anything yourself.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: The Optimal Way to Get the Most Done in a Day Without Working [01:05] We have a friend whose job it is to tell people what to do, but not actually to do anything himself. [01:26] Eric spent his whole day on an iPad and was able to delegate. [01:45] We are both more efficient on an iPad than a desktop. [02:10] Neil was doing tasks that he didn’t need to do, when he could have delegated. [02:50] Frame is a great place to get feedback on videos. [04:48] Neil still does push notifications, but he knows he should delegate. [05:05] Basically, delegate everything and you won’t have to do anything. [06:10] Puffin is a great app that will give your iPad a desktop format/view. [07:08] That’s it for today! [07:16] Don’t forget to check out Single Grain for more info about our free live event in June.

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Neil’s Billion Dollar Mistake | Ep. #1020

May 17, 2019 06:54

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In episode #1020, we discuss Neil’s billion dollar mistake. Tune in to hear where Neil went wrong.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Neil’s Billion Dollar Mistake [00:40] Kissmetrics was part of the mistake. [01:05] Neil’s former partner broke down their mistake in a blog post on Product Habits. [01:28] They built a product they thought was needed. [01:40] They learned no matter what you build, people don’t want to pay for things. [01:55] Version 2 required too much customization. [02:40] They found people couldn’t get a lot of value out of their Google Analytics. [03:05] Neil and his partner just needed to find what the gaps were, but it took them too long. [03:50] Kissmetrics feel behind the crowd. [04:10] They would often change directions, which was not a good idea and not great for the team. [04:30] They should have executed quickly, but they didn’t or couldn’t. [05:20] Neil thinks they made too many mistakes. [05:30] The biggest issue was a class action litigation. [06:00] They can only blame themselves. [06:04] They spent too many years building the wrong product and didn’t know how to innovate. [06:06] That’s it for today! [06:17] Don’t forget to check out Single Grain for more info about our free live event in June.

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How Much Work it Takes to Build a “Popular” Podcast | Ep. #1019

May 16, 2019 05:22

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In episode #1019, we discuss how much work it really takes to build a popular podcast. Tune in to hear what goes into a moderately successful podcast like ours.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How Much Work it Takes to Build a “Popular” Podcast [00:40] We have a decent-sized podcast, but we’re no Joe Rogan. [01:02] We are consistent. [01:05] It takes commitment. [01:35] Eric has really put effort into Growth Everywhere and he has grown it slowly. [02:20] It’s always a lot of work to create and publish the content. [03:01] If you already have an audience, it makes it easier to gain listeners. [03:50] It will take a lot of effort. If you don’t want to be consistent, don’t waste your time. [04:40] That’s it for today! [04:44] Don’t forget to check out Single Grain for more info about our free live event in June.

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How to Fight Negative Press | Ep. #1018

May 15, 2019 06:59

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In episode #1018, we discuss how you can deal with any type of negative press. Tune in to hear how you can fight negative press.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Fight Negative Press [00:35] Negative press could be bad Google search results. [01:05] Neil has had a really bad write up about his company. [01:30] Overall, Neil feels he has done right by people and always refunds people’s money when they are unhappy. [02:05] Do reputation management through SEO link building. [02:50] Neil ignores all the bad press and feels it is all made up. [03:45] Neil also had bad article written about him in Wired magazine. [04:38] He also settled a class action lawsuit and lost a lot of customers because of the bad press. [05:00] If it hadn’t been for the bad press, Neil would have sold his company. [05:50] The current person writing bad posts about Neil is clearly fabricating elements of his story and posted anonymously. [06:08] That’s it for today! [06:15] Don’t forget to check out Single Grain for more info about our free live event in June.

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How to Make Your Live Video a Guaranteed Success | Ep. #1017

May 14, 2019 05:00

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In episode #1017, we discuss how you can make your live video a guaranteed success. Tune in to hear how to maximize your live streams.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Make Your Live Video a Guaranteed Success [01:00] Be hard-wired, [01:08] Know what you are going to say ahead of time. [01:20] You don’t have to script, but have a point. [01:30] Promote to your audience and alert them to live streams. [01:51] Don’t forget to engage. [02:05] Go live on all platforms at once. [02:15] Some people want to join live streams through specific avenues, so give them a choice. [02:49] Wirecast allows simulcasts. [03:05] Have a CTA for each episode to generate sales. [04:06] That’s it for today! [04:11] Don’t forget to check out Single Grain for more info about our free live event in June.

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Should You Reveal Your Income? A Rebuttal from John Lee Dumas | Ep. #1016

May 13, 2019 10:31

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In episode #1016, we hear John Lee Dumas’ rebuttal to our previous episode about why you shouldn’t reveal your income. Tune in to hear why he thinks income reports are vital!

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: John Lee Dumas’ Rebuttal on Why You Shouldn’t Reveal Your Income [01:20] I’m here to rebut the idea of not sharing your income. [02:00] I publish income reports because in 2011, I was trying to figure out my business plan. [02:25] I pored over income reports to get a sense of how someone else made real money. [02:45] In 2013, when I started making real revenue, I started publishing income reports to give people a guide map. [04:05] We are a small, lean profit-generating machine and these reports help us stay that way, because they give us insight into our own business. [04:30] Transparency is key. [05:15] I know our reports help others improve their businesses. [05:41] There are round-up posts were blogs and publishers point out the top income reports. [07:15] Eric and Neil are worried about people copying business ideas. I am not. [07:40] It can increase competition, but I welcome it. [07:55] They said you can open yourself up to litigation, but I have a good legal team, so I’m not worried. [09:15] That’s it for today! [09:23] Go check out John’s Podcast Entrepreneur on Fire. [09:31] Don’t forget to check out Single Grain for more info about our free live event in June.

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How to Grow Your Facebook Group from 0-10,000 Members Without Spending a Dime | Ep. #1015

May 12, 2019 05:20

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In episode #1015, we discuss how to grow your Facebook group for free. Tune in to hear how you can grow your group without spending a dime.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Grow Your Facebook Group from 0-10,000 Members Without Spending a Dime [00:40] Groups have better engagement than fan pages, [01:22] Getting the first few thousand shouldn’t cost you anything. [01:45] Push your current audience to the group. [01:55] Use email and push notification blasts. [02:25] Go live on the group to increase engagement. [03:15] Leverage assets. [03:35] Try guest posts and direct people to your group. [03:35] Ask people in your group to ask others to join. [03:50] Offer incentives. [04:21] That’s it for today! [04:26] Don’t forget to check out Single Grain for more info about our free live event in June.

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7 Steps to Getting Started with Affiliate Marketing | Ep. #1014

May 11, 2019 07:52

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In episode #1014, we discuss the 7 Steps to Getting Started with Affiliate Marketing. Tune in to hear the most important steps to getting started!

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: 7 Steps to Getting Started with Affiliate Marketing [01:05] 1: Commission Junction is one of the many networks out there. [01:32] ClickBank is for info. [01:47] 2: Look for partnerships. [01:55] Why not add your product as a back-end offer to a more successful product? [02:15] Tai Lopez has a real estate course. [02:25] The last level of the course is another person’s course. [03:22] 3: Incentivize. [03:45] Incentivize affiliates or partners, otherwise, they won’t work as hard for you. [04:03] 4: Meet affiliates directly. [04:12] Attend a conference. [04:28] 5: Hire an affiliate manager. [04:50] You need someone to organize and run affiliate campaigns. [05:21] When Neil had no idea what to do, he read a book. [05:42] 6: Use software to track affiliates. [05:53] Try Has Offers. [06:15] 7: Make sure you treat affiliates as people. [06:30] They are your partners, not underlings. [06:51] That’s all for today! [06:55] Don’t forget to check out Single Grain for more info about our free live event in June.

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How to Get Started with Paid Performance Marketing | Ep. #1013

May 10, 2019 06:43

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In episode #1013, we discuss how to get started with paid performance marketing. Tune in to hear our tips for making this type of marketing work for you.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Get Started with Paid Performance Marketing [00:40] Affiliate marketing can be performance marketing. [01:05] Paid performance marketing is taking a financial risk, but getting paid per lead. [01:25] Neil thinks it is running paid ads. [01:40] Facebook loves paid ads. [02:02] Go to your competitors’ fan pages and look at their info and ads link. [02:26] SEMRush is good for this research, as well. [03:25] Tracking and attribution is important. [03:34] Leaddyno is a great tool for this. [04:02] De-risk yourself when starting out and start with a smaller budget that you can afford to lose. [04:41] Focus on one area before you focus on too many things and spread yourself thin. [05:19] That’s it for today! [05:24] Don’t forget to check out Single Grain for more info about our free live event in June.

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How Podcasts can be Harmful (We Don’t Know Everything) | Ep. #1012

May 9, 2019 05:19

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In episode #1012, we discuss how podcasts can be harmful. Tune in to understand exactly what we mean.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How Podcasts can be Harmful [01:08] We just want to tell you guys we don’t know everything! [01:32] Don’t just take our word for anything, but fact check and explore yourselves. [01:50] Depending on market conditions, our advice has been wrong and we’ve had to retract or revise our advice. [02:25] All our advice is based on our experience. [02:37] When listening to a podcast, you really should consider the source. [03:05] Make sure the advice applies to your industry. [03:30] Just because you copy your competition, doesn’t mean it will work for you at any given time. [03:55] That’s it for today! [04:04] Don’t forget to check out Single Grain for more info about our free live event in June.

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One Simple Hack to Driving Free Traffic | Ep. #1011

May 8, 2019 05:03

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In episode #1011, we discuss one simple hack to driving free traffic. Tune in to hear which hack we like the most.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: One Simple Hack to Driving Free Traffic [00:50] Optimize your titles and meta-descriptions. [01:02] Upgrade content that performs well. [01:40] Use Ahrefs to track progress. [01:55] Use push notifications. [02:20] Neil gets a ton of visitors from push notifications. [03:30] However, messenger and push notification unsubscribe rates are high. [03:55] That’s it for today! [04:01] Don’t forget to check out Single Grain for more info about our free live event in June.

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The Best SEO Tools for Beginners on a Budget | Ep. #1010

May 7, 2019 04:37

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In episode #1010, we discuss which is the best tool for SEO on a budget. Tune in to hear what each of us thinks!

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: The Best SEO Tools for Beginners on a Budget [00:45] Ahrefs is the best bang for your buck. [01:22] If you have $0, use UberSuggest. [01:40] UberSuggest has great backlink information. [02:35] Eric prefers Ahrefs, but beginners may find it more complicated. [03:20] That’s it for today! [03:28] Don’t forget to check out Single Grain for more info about our free live event in June.

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Is Pinterest a Good Platform on Which to Advertise? | Ep. #1009

May 6, 2019 04:58

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In episode #1009, we discuss whether Pinterest is a good platform on which to advertise. Tune in to hear if you should be using Pinterest.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Is Pinterest a Good Platform on Which to Advertise? [00:35] Pinterest recently went public. [00:55] It works well for tangible products. [01:50] Pinterest is all consumer merchandise and topics. [02:10] B2B stuff didn’t perform that well. [02:20] They are good at organic growth, but are at the whim of Google. [02:45] Pinterest is great for decorating. [03:15] The people who do well on Pinterest have upsells and downsells. [03:33] Clickfunnels is great for selling. [03:41] That’s it for today! [03:45] Don’t forget to check out Single Grain for more info about our free live event in June.

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When is it the Right Time to go Omni-channel? | Ep. #1008

May 5, 2019 04:51

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In episode #1008, we discuss when it’s the right time to go omni-channel. Tune in to hear when you should leverage an omni-channel approach.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: When is it the Right Time to go Omni-channel? [00:40] We’ve talked about the rule of 7 before. [00:54] Attention spans are short. [01:15] You need to be visible in different areas, [01:25] Some people in Japan listen to MS on YouTube and that’s when we realized we had to focus more energy there. [01:40] If you are just starting out, don’t take an omni-channel approach. Focus on one thing. [02:40] You can no longer put all your eggs in one basket in order to grow. [03:05] Every channel is saturated, so it’s better to leverage all of them. [03:30] Apple started with the Mac, then branched out into other products, once they were successful. [03:54] That’s it for today! [04:17] Don’t forget to check out Single Grain for more info about our free live event in June.

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How to Effectively Balance Multiple Projects at the Same Time | Ep. #1007

May 4, 2019 06:44

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In episode #1007, we discuss how to effectively balance multiple projects at the same time. Tune in to hear how we balance so many things.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Effectively Balance Multiple Projects at the Same Time [00:45] We blog, podcast, run agencies, etc. [00:54] Most of our time is spent on marketing initiatives, but we are able to balance all this with our other duties. [01:21] Eric is working on his book Leveling Up. [02:10] It’s harder to make things work together when they are not all in the same industry. [02:35] Try to limit the industries in which you work. [03:10] Neil knows who on his team is good at a specific task, so he assigns each person a goal. [03:35] His team members are creative and this is helpful. [04:45] Someone came up with a concept on how to allocate resources at Google: 70-20-10. [05:03] 70% of your time should  be spent on revenue generating activities. [05:10] 20% of your time should be spent on adjacent activities. [05:24] 10% of your time should be spent on moon-shots (things that are long-shots and less likely to be successful, but should they work, would prove fruitful. [06:02] That’s it for today! [06:05] Don’t forget to check out Single Grain for more info about our free live event in June.

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How to Uncover Your Competitor’s Facebook Strategy | Ep. #1006

May 3, 2019 04:40

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In episode #1006, we discuss how you can figure out your competitor’s Facebook Strategy. Tune in to hear how you can figure out their plan of attack.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Uncover Your Competitor’s Facebook Strategy [00:42] We’re not talking about organic traffic. [01:01] Go to their Facebook page and there will be a link that says, “info and ads”. [01:25] This will show you every single ad they are running. [01:37] Go to their landing pages and see how they are converting people. [01:55] After you see how they are converting, you can replicate their process. [02:00] Facebook has their own library for ads. [02:07] If you go to the Facebook ads library, you should be able to find things in your niche. [02:30] Big Spy is a great tool that will show you everything running in the marketing category. [03:10] That’s it for today! [03:12] Don’t forget to check out Single Grain for more info about our free live event in June.

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How Long it Really Takes to Rank in Google | Ep. #1005

May 2, 2019 04:42

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In episode #1005, we discuss how long it takes to rank in Google. Tune in to hear what has changed over the last couple of years and what kind of lag time you should expect.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How Long it Really Takes to Rank in Google [00:40] You can plug your site into GSC Index and will rank pretty quickly. [01:00] We’ve already covered this topic, but that was over two years ago and a lot has changed since then. [01:30] Nowadays, it takes a year or more to see results, unless you have strong brand queries. [01:45] If you have strong brand queries, you could rank within months. [02:10] This is about the whole domain, not just a page. [03:02] Once you have good domain authority, it will only take weeks to rank. [03:10] That’s all for today! [04:04] Don’t forget to check out Single Grain for more info about our live event in June.

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How to Monetize a Podcast | Ep. #1004

May 1, 2019 04:31

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In episode #1004, we discuss how to monetize a podcast. Tune in to hear how you can make money off of a free podcast.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Monetize a Podcast [00:32] The easiest thing you can do is run ads. [00:41] You can charge based on your CPM. [01:15] Another way to monetize is pushing your own product. [01:30] You can push courses, as well. [02:05] Another option is using Patreon, so you don’t have to run ads. [02:40] There are some people that will run listeners through a funnel for a product and get them on the email list to remarket them later. [03:25] There is a Chinese teacher who makes $8 Million per year through his educational podcast. [03:40] That’s all for today! [03:46] Don’t forget to check out Single Grain for more info about our live event in June.

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Why You Should Produce Less Content | Ep. #1003

Apr 30, 2019 04:29

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In episode #1003, we discuss why you should, like us, produce less content. Tune in to hear why text-based content isn’t worth the trouble.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Why You Should Produce Less Content [00:35] We have found that it is harder to rank when doing content marketing. [00:47] Writing regurgitated information just doesn’t cut it anymore. [01:03] So, now, we produce less content, but make sure that what we do produce is of the highest quality. [01:10] It’s not as competitive for video and audio content. [01:25] Eric and I have produced less text content lately. [01:40] Just because something works for us, doesn’t mean it will work for you. [02:10] In the tech space, there is a lot more noise and it’s harder to stand out. [02:24] Find new and novel topics in order to make a splash. [03:04] You can always repurpose audio and video content to make more text-based content. [03:49] That’s it for today! [03:53] Don’t forget to check out Single Grain for more info about our live event in June.

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How We Make Millions, When We Suck at so Many Things! | Ep. #1002

Apr 29, 2019 10:06

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In episode #1002, we discuss how you can make millions, even if you suck at a lot of things. Tune in to hear what we struggle with and how we work around our shortcomings.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How We Make Millions, When We Suck at so Many Things! [00:50] When we say “millions” we are referring to revenue, not profit. [01:17] Eric isn’t the best at executing things. [01:35] Neil is a terrible manager. [01:45] Eric spends too much time learning and not implementing. [01:55] However, when his team makes mistakes, he’s good at finding a solution. [03:15] The way to work with Neil is by showing results. [03:55] We can’t unlearn our life-long habits. [04:32] Neil is good at driving traffic and collecting leads. [04:50] However, most people are probably better at making money. [05:10] It’s important to hire people who are better than you at most tasks. [06:45] Eric is a jack-of-all-trades and can adapt easily. [07:05] He recently brought in someone who has experience running ad agencies to fill in the gaps in his knowledge. [08:16] Focus on your strengths and hire people who fill in the gaps! [08:59] That’s it for today! [09:06] Don’t forget to check out Single Grain for more info about our live event in June.

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How to Uncover Your Competitor’s SEO Strategy | Ep. #1001

Apr 28, 2019 06:16

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In episode #1001, we discuss how to uncover your competitor’s SEO strategy. Tune in to hear how you can figure out what works for your direct competition.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Uncover Your Competitor’s SEO Strategy [00:35] You could use great free tools like Ahrefs and SEMRush. [01:00] It’s about determining where they are getting the traffic. [01:15] Knowing which pages they update the most could prove useful. [01:56] In Ahrefs, you can see how quickly how their organic keywords are growing. [03:00] Everything needs to be based off of data. [03:20] Google has a new discovery portal: when you publish content, it shows you the ebb and flow of your traffic. [04:00] Fix the pages that aren’t working. [04:10] Look at your competitor’s link profile and see where they are getting their links from. [04:55] That’s it for today! [04:59] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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7 Creative Ways to Make Your Blog Post Stand Out | Ep. #1000

Apr 27, 2019 06:35

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In episode #1000, we count out 7 creative ways to make your posts stand out. Tune in to hear what you can do to make your content more interesting.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: 7 Creative Ways to Make Your Blog Post Stand Out [00:35] 1: Use custom data. [00:48] Pay a freelancer to do some data collection. [01:01] 2: Personalize your web pages. [01:40] 3: Add custom graphs and images. [02:07] 4: Unique data and a unique perspective. [02:40] Be careful about whose data you analyze and leverage. [03:32] 5: Use Kajabi. [04:15] By blocking off content, you make it more appealing. [04:33] 6: Write a good headline. [05:10] 7: Infographics. [05:20] People don’t use them as much, but that’s why they’re great to use again. [05:55] That’s it for today! [05:58] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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How to Throw an Event Without Losing Money | Ep. #999

Apr 26, 2019 07:03

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In episode #999, we discuss how to throw an event without losing money. Tune in to see how it can be done!

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Throw an Event Without Losing Money [01:07] Live events are great ways to connect with clients and other industry professionals. [02:30] To cover costs, have people and businesses sponsor the event. [03:05] You can also have VIP experiences that are a way to upsell. [04:45] Watch Grant Cardone and Russell Brunson, as they are great examples of on-stage selling. [05:00] Neil was asked a question at an event and wasn’t sure how to respond, because he is bad at selling. [05:42] That’s it for today. [06:26] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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7 Marketing Tools That We Love | Ep. #998

Apr 25, 2019 09:57

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In episode #998, we discuss 7 marketing tools that we love right now. Tune in to hear which new tools we think are the best.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: 7 Marketing Tools That We Love [00:35] 1: Cameo. [01:00] It’s a service where you pay famous people for personal messages. [02:45] 2: Wayback Machine. [02:55] Eric has been doing a lot of A/B testing lately. [03:20] He has been using this tool to look at all the variations of web pages and ads people have run over time. [04:20] 3: Livestorm. [04:35] Livestorm is a browser-based webinar tool. [04:50] Some like it better than Zoom. [05:10] 4: Kajabi. [05:30] Neil has been using this to realize free content locked behind an email gateway. [06:24] 5: Formidable Forums. [06:40] This is a way to make forums flexible. [06:58] 6: Content Explorer. [07:09] Great for checking in with competitors. [08:32] 7: Chartable. [08:43] This tool helps you see how you are trending on different podcast platforms. [08:57] That’s it for today! [09:17] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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How to Make Broken Link-Building 10 Times Easier | Ep. #997

Apr 24, 2019 04:53

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In episode #997, we discuss how to make broken link-building easier. Tune in to hear how you can streamline the process.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Make Broken Link Building 10 Times Easier [00:45] You are looking for broken pages and who links to those. [01:00] Then, reach out to the people and tell them you have a great replacement. [01:25] The Ahrefs Content Explorer will show you live and broken links. [02:15] Neil’s team likes to contact people who link to outdated content, as well. [03:30] Link builders in India and Pakistan have proven exceptional. [03:38] That’s it for today! [04:08] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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How to Uncover Your Competitor’s Content Strategy | Ep. #996

Apr 23, 2019 04:32

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In episode #996, we discuss how to uncover your competitor’s content strategy. Tune in to hear this great new way to get all the juicy details you want and need.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Uncover Your Competitor’s Content Strategy [00:45] Ahrefs has a new feature that allows you to see the details about your competition’s content. [01:20] We tested this by entering Backlinko into Ahrefs. [02:30] This is a great way to get a baseline for your own methods and if they measure up. [02:55] Ahrefs is getting into the Search Engine game. [03:05] So far, this new tool they have made is accurate. [03:15] Check out the content explorer for yourself! [03:27] That’s it for today! [03:54] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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How LinkedIn’s Algorithm is Changing | Ep. #995

Apr 22, 2019 05:08

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In episode #995, we discuss how LinkedIn’s algorithm is changing. Tune in to hear how it’s changing and what you can do in the meantime.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How LinkedIn’s Algorithm is Changing [00:45] LinkedIn’s algorithm is much more like Facebook’s now. [00:55] It’s harder to get videos seen. [01:22] Milk it while it lasts, until you can’t get any views from your videos. [02:25] Neil’s Facebook account used to do well, but now his views are down significantly. [03:00] Social sites command so much attention that you have no choice but to use them. [03:15] It doesn’t always make sense to buy ads, though. [04:00] That’s it for today! [04:26] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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The Power of “No” | Ep. #994

Apr 21, 2019 04:49

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In episode #994, we discuss the power of “no”. Tune in to hear why you shouldn’t automatically agree to client requests.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: The Power of “No” [00:50] The moment you say yes, you only open the door to more “yeses”. [01:15] Don’t do things out of your scope, because it will take all of your time and eat away at your profits. [01:40] Show that you have standards and backbone. [02:05] Have firm boundaries in order to protect yourself. [02:50] The more you cave in, the harder it will be for you. [03:00] Always have a reason why you’re saying no. Explain the downsides. [03:54] That’s it for today! [03:58] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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How to Outrank Your Competition on YouTube | Ep. #993

Apr 20, 2019 06:14

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In episode #993 , we discuss how you can outrank your YouTube competitors. Tune in to hear our secrets to ranking on YouTube.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Outrank Your Competition on YouTube [00:50] Ideally, you want to rank #1 for keywords. [01:05] VidIQ helps you track your ranking for various keywords. [01:59] YouTube will look at what happens to your video within the first 24 hours. If it doesn’t do well in that time frame, you won’t get promoted. [02:40] When Neil first made YouTube videos, he did well because his viewers had a high watch time. [03:10] Neil used to run paid promotions, but it didn’t do much for him. [03:30] He doesn’t optimize for subscriptions. [03:45] Push your videos in the first 24 hours of posting. [04:10] Neil has a lot of traffic from other countries. [04:20] So, he will send emails at times that work for other countries. [05:06] That’s it for today! [05:36] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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Does AMP Still Help With SEO? | Ep. #992

Apr 19, 2019 05:51

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In episode #992 , we discuss whether AMP still helps with SEO. Tune in to hear what we think about this Google service.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic:  Does AMP Still Help With SEO? [00:42] AMP stands for Accelerated Mobile Pages. [00:55] AMP helps speed up your page loads on mobile devices. [01:25] Google is caching, which is why it loads so quickly. [01:45] It strips a lot of stuff away to increase speed, so you lose out on a lot of conversions. [02:12] AMP helps somewhat in SEO. [02:22] In the United States, AMP doesn’t help with traffic. [02:45] In places like Brazil, the traffic increases. [03:05] If you are targeting less developed regions, AMP will still help you with SEO. [03:28] However, we can’t give a definitive answer. [04:05] By building on top of Google products, you risk losing control of your site. [04:36] That’s it for today! [05:15] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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How Often Should You Scrub Your Email List | Ep. #991

Apr 18, 2019 06:07

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In episode #991, we discuss how often you should scrub your email list. Tune in to hear how often you need to purge the rolls!

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How Often Should You Scrub Your Email List [00:40] Everyone believes you need a huge email list. [00:45] If people don’t open your emails, there is no point to having them on the list. [01:05] Opens and clicks are the best way to gauge who is interested in your content, products, or services. [01:33] Eric purges his email list about once per month. [01:45] His team has a workflow that sends people through a re-engagement campaign. If they don’t open that email, they will be purged. [01:58] Mailchimp doesn’t like you scrub your rolls. [02:10] ConvertKit offers scrubbing automation. [02:30] Neil’s list gets scrubbed daily. [02:40] Make sure you send emails at least once per week. [03:34] If Neil has a 31% open rate, he’s in good shape. [03:55] If you have 15% or less, you may be losing revenue. [04:35] If you keep sending emails to those who don’t want them, eventually you will lose everyone. [04:55] This is because your emails will get marked as spam. [05:05] That’s it for today! [05:32] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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The Best Podcast Analytics Tool for 2019 | Ep. #990

Apr 17, 2019 05:22

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In episode #990, we discuss the best podcast analytics tool for 2019. Tune in to hear which tool we think is best.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: The Best Podcast Analytics Tool for 2019 [00:38] Analytics are pretty sucky right now. [00:45] Libsyn gives you episode stats, but it’s not that accurate. [01:10] It can give you a sense of what kind of content people like. [01:28] Chartable is a podcast analytics tool that works. [01:50] It creates charts for you to understand where you’re popular and with whom. [02:55] The Apple analytics tool isn’t that in-depth. [03:10] It’s better than nothing. [03:25] Chartable will help you compare yourself to your competition. [03:45] It’s the best tool for 2019. [03:55] That’s it for today! [04:01] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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Where Content Marketing Is Heading in 2019 & Beyond | Ep. #989

Apr 16, 2019 07:38

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In episode #989, we discuss where content marketing is heading. Tune in to hear what we think are the most important facets of content marketing.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Where Content Marketing Is Heading in 2019 & Beyond [00:45] As of a year ago, Neil starting writing blog posts again. [01:10] People used to post content just on their website. [01:25] People will now start to post in multiple locations. [02:05] You can’t just rely on social media channels, you have to take an omni-channel approach. [02:25] Referrals are a great way to do link-building. [03:25] Translations of your content helps build traffic. [03:40] Infographics will boost your visibility. [04:05] There are so many countries you can target, so translations will help you expand your reach. [05:30] Someone who reads your blog is 74% more likely to convert. [06:15] Just create more content! [06:18] That’s it for today! [06:58] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

 

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When You Should Quit! | Ep. #988

Apr 15, 2019 06:58

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In episode #988, we discuss when you should quit. Tune in to hear when and why you should give up on your business.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: When you should quit! [00:35] Many putting suck at quitting. [00:54] Whatever doesn’t help Neil’s core business, he doesn’t focus on it. [01:15] If you aren’t getting any traction, don’t drag it out. [02:00] Set “go” and “no go” dates. [02:38] When Eric got his start with the senior living business, he and his partners eventually started working on other things. [03:07] They mutually agreed to shut down their joint venture. [03:51] If you are not passionate about your venture, shut it down, because you naturally won’t invest time and money into it. [05:10] People who make money, don’t jump around. [05:25] Find the one thing that will work well for you that you can be passionate about. [05:55] That’s it for today! [06:21] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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How to Hire Offshore Marketing Talent | Ep. #987

Apr 14, 2019 07:33

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In episode #987, we discuss how to hire offshore workers. Tune in to hear how you can get good results from talent from other countries.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Hire Offshore Marketing Talent [00:40] Offshore means anyone in another country. [01:10] Make sure to define the responsibilities right away. [01:45] Know who you are looking for/what you need, then you can hire. [02:30] Neil has found when he wasn’t specific enough, the work wasn’t high quality, because it wasn’t what he needed. [03:02] Make sure to read each person’s reviews (if they have any). [03:35] Eric likes to use Upwork, OnlineJobs.PH, FreeeUp. [04:00] Set up a way to determine if applicants can follow very simple directions. [05:08] Neil also recommends looking for workers on ProBlogger and Dribble. [05:20] Forums are also a good place to look. [05:26] Have workers do paid tests before hiring full-time. [05:50] Make sure to run articles through copyscape. [06:22] That’s it for today! [06:30] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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Pricing Secrets For Your Product or Service | Ep. #986

Apr 13, 2019 06:30

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In episode #986, we discuss how to price your product or service appropriately. Tune in to hear if you can charge more for your product or service.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Pricing Secrets For Your Product or Service [00:55] Pricing is a great way to increase revenue. [01:10] If your product isn’t good, increasing pricing will not help you. [01:40] ProfitWell has a lot of free content on this subject. [01:50] Win Without Pitching is a good book on this matter, as well. [02:30] Eric’s office is coaching people on growing their businesses. [02:52] As long as you are providing high value, you can charge a high price. [03:30] When thinking about pricing, consider how to demonstrate that you will offer value for the price. [04:35] Hubspot went from paid to freemium and offered upgrades to more services for a price. [05:05] That’s it for today! [05:55] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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Is Hiring a PR Firm Worth It?| Ep. #985

Apr 12, 2019 06:33

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In episode #985, we discuss whether it is worth it to hire a PR firm. Tune in to hear if a PR firm would be helpful to your business.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Is Hiring a PR Firm Worth It? [00:45] PR Firms will help you get more coverage. [01:15] Some charge a retainer, which is a lot of money per month. [02:45] Paying as you go is a better model. [03:10] PR firms on retainer aren’t always the most productive or proactive. [03:30] You need something that is a good story. If you don’t have a good story, even the best PR firm won’t help you. [04:00] Don’t expect a ton of conversions or sales to come from even the best of PR campaigns. [04:20] PR is good for building brand trust. [05:00] For the vast majority of people, hiring a PR firm won’t be worth it. [05:20] Check out the book Purple Cow. [05:30] That’s it for today! [05:53]  We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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7 Tools For Running A Successful Content Marketing Campaign| Ep. #984

Apr 11, 2019 07:10

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In episode #984, we count down 7 tools for a successful content marketing campaign. Tune in to hear which 7 tools we like best.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: 7 Tools For Running A Successful Content Marketing Campaign [00:36] 1: Ubersuggest. [00:45] Free to use and great for researching keywords. [00:57] 2: Mailchimp. [01:05] Email blasts will always work. [01:57] 3: MobileMonkey. [02:10] Use this to blast via Facebook Messenger. [02:30] 4: BuzzSumo. [02:38] Great for seeing what your competitors are doing. [03:18] 5: SocialBlade. [03:30] Helpful to see social sharing information. [03:40] 6: VidIQ. [03:45] Helps with keyword and video optimization. [04:25] 7: Clickflow. [04:27] Eric’s SEO A/B testing software. [05:45] That’s it for today! [06:34]  We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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When Should You Take Profits In Your Company?| Ep. #983

Apr 10, 2019 08:08

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In episode #983, we discuss when or if you should take profits from your company. Tune in to hear when you should plan for this.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: When Should You Take Profits In Your Company? [01:02] Neil started a company when he was 16 and didn’t start taking profits until he was 20/21. [01:21] He thinks he was foolish for waiting so long. [01:35] If you need the money, take what you need to survive. [02:24] It’s also wise to reinvest your profits. [02:50] Things can go wrong, so putting profits aside for emergencies is smart. [03:35] Know your living expenses, so you can determine what you need. [04:05] Maybe you want to travel or live a good life; if that is important, take the profits. [04:41] Some companies don’t do dividends, because they are re-investing them. [05:20] Don’t expand beyond your core business. [06:46] That’s it for today! [07:30] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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How to Combat Your Declining Social Media Traffic| Ep. #982

Apr 9, 2019 08:17

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In episode #982, we discuss how you can combat your declining social media traffic. Tune in to hear what you can do to fight the decline.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Combat Your Declining Social Media Traffic [00:50] Even traffic on Neil’s LinkedIn video posts has declined. [01:15] Now, Neil is seeing his reach decline to less than 20,000. [01:40] Instagram Live is new, so they are boosting those posts. [02:05] Eric thinks you should try the omni-channel approach to avoid the decline. [02:25] Neil agrees that you need to leverage the newest channels to boost your reach. [02:45] You need to scrub those who don’t engage from your email lists. [03:10] Spend money on paid ads in order to target the right people. [04:20] Social media is a numbers game. [04:30] It’s also important to know what your audience cares about. [04:50] If people aren’t engaging, it’s probably because they don’t like your content. [05:15] Think about social media content as a form of testing. [05:25] Test out different types of content and see what works. [05:55] Grant Cardone is good at slicing up the content they have and repurposing it. [06;18] When repurposing content, post natively to the channel. [06:50] Don’t just assume marketing guys on social media are sleazy. Rather, you should learn from them. [07:11] That’s it for today! [07:40] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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How to Grow Your SEO Traffic Consistently| Ep. #981

Apr 8, 2019 07:12

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In episode #981, we discuss how to grow your SEO traffic consistently. Tune in to hear what you should focus on for long-term success.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Grow Your SEO Traffic Consistently [00:45] With SEO, traffic is always up and down. [00:53] Neil ignores algorithms. [01:10] When trying to get more traffic, Neil focuses on user experience. [02:30] Backlinks are helpful, but not the be-all, end-all. [02:45] For desktop and mobile, Single Grain is a fast site, which is key to customer experience. [03:53] If you are counting on algorithms, you are playing for the short-term. If you are planning for the long-term, don’t concern yourself with dips in traffic. [04:45] Remember to update years-old content. [05:36] Put the user first and consider the long-term outcome.
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When You Should Ignore SEO| Ep. #980

Apr 7, 2019 07:16

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In episode #980, we discuss whether you should ignore SEO. Tune in to hear if you should ignore SEO when building a business.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: When You Should Ignore SEO [00:54] Maybe you shouldn’t do SEO in the beginning if you have investors. [01:15] Paid ads may work faster and better in the beginning. [01:55] If you don’t know which keywords to use, you won’t get results right away. [02:55] Once you know the right keywords and how to convert organically, that’s when you can focus on SEO. [03:20] It takes a long time to get rolling with SEO. [04:20] If you cut corners and decide you want to pay for cheap links, you will handicap yourself. [04:50] SEO has gotten tougher for newcomers. [05:05] Consider your long and short-term goals before diving into SEO. [05:20] That’s it for today! [05:45] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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Should You Go Freemium?| Ep. #979

Apr 6, 2019 07:19

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In episode #979, we discuss whether it pays to give out freemium services. Tune in to hear whether you should offer freemium plans to your customers.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Should You Go Freemium? [00:47] Freemium isn’t just SaaS, it works in so many different fields and categories. [01:04] Freemium is a service that is free with basic functions, but if you want more functionality, you need to pay. [01:43] Ora Brush is a free tongue cleaner, but they also sell other oral health accessories. [02:06] Some people will even give away free book chapters to encourage the purchase of the full book. [02:30] Hubspot’s CRM is free. [03:14] Profitwell is a services business that is free. [04:00] If you want 100 paying customers, you will need 2000 freemium users. [04:33] There is software for everything with competitors for each field. [04:55] It’s harder to convert and freemium will cost you money. [05:09] Freemium is a marketing channel. [05:55] Ubersuggest gets about 9700 visitors per day. [06:17] That’s it for today! [06:30] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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Should a Blog Post Focus on One Keyword or Multiple Keywords for SEO? | Ep. #978

Apr 5, 2019 04:53

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In episode #978, we discuss whether you should focus on one or multiple keywords in your blog posts. Tune in to hear how we approach blogging and keyword rankings.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Should a Blog Post Focus on One Keyword or Multiple Keywords for SEO? [00:35] One of our live viewers, Dinesh, recommended this topic. [00:55] NSFW sites usually rank for the most keywords. [01:05] Focus on one keyword first. [01:15] Once you rank for one, try to then build in other keywords. [01:35] Neil thinks you can do multiple keywords at a time. [01:45] Neil writes, doesn’t worry about keywords, and checks for which keywords the post naturally ranks. [02:00] Once he sees what his keywords are, he adjusts the post to fit more closely around those keywords. [02:06] SEO is a big hit-or-miss business. [02:32] Neil says to focus on the quality of your content before focusing on keywords. [02:58] Eric likes checking Ahrefs. [03:22] Look at the top pages on Ahrefs and see for which keywords they rank. [04:00] Clickflow is also useful for this. [04:06] That’s it for today! [04:10] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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Does Podcast Advertising Actually Work? | Ep. #977

Apr 4, 2019 04:14

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In episode #977, we discuss if podcast advertising actually works. Tune in to here if this method of marketing is a good idea.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Does Podcast Advertising Actually Work? [00:35] MeUndies advertises on podcasts. They make $75 Million a year. [00:48] They spent a third of their marketing budget on podcast advertising. [01:10] Eric thinks this is “stupid”. [01:40] Once you start advertising overly consistently, the message becomes lost on people. [02:15] People reach out wanting to advertise with us all the time. [02:40] It is estimated that Joe Rogan makes a killing with the ads on his podcast. [03:05] Knowing the audience is key. [03:15] It has to be the right product for the right people. [03:20] That’s it for today! [03:29] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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What is the Ideal Amount of Blog Posts to Write Each Week? | Ep. #976

Apr 3, 2019 04:54

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In episode #976, we discuss how often you should be blogging. Tune in to hear how often we blog.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: What is the Ideal Amount of Blog Posts to Write Each Week? [00:35] Eric writes 3-6 posts per week. [01:22] Neil only writes 1 post per week. [01:52] Eric wants to reach 500,000 unique visits per week, which is why he is heavily pushing content. [02:25] Neil feels like the blogosphere is too competitive, so he likes to write on lengthy, meaty post per week. [02:51] Take the opposite approach of your competitors’ posts. [03:22] Eric’s USC professor friend wrote a blog post about unintended consequences. [04:00] Start off slow and steady. [04:10] That’s it for today! [04:13] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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If You are Overwhelmed by All the New Marketing Tactics, Do This Instead | Ep. #975

Apr 2, 2019 05:50

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In episode #975, we discuss what to do when you are overwhelmed by all the new marketing tactics. Tune in to hear what you can do to decrease the pressure you are putting on yourself.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: If You are Overwhelmed by All the New Marketing Tactics, do this Instead [00:38] Instead, focus on one channel. [00:58] If you are overwhelmed, just double down on what you are already doing. [01:25] Even though Neil is doing a bunch of different things, he still focuses on blogging. [01:42] Eric likes creating video content and he’s good at it. [02:40] Eric gets 1350 new subscribers per month and 64,000 views. [03:08] Just figure out what is right for you. [03:15] Neil is flyout out to SXSW and will be talking about SEO for text-based content. [04:05] If you are bad at Instagram, find someone who is good at it. [04:20] Hiring the right people is key. [04:48] Once you have volume, you can make these important hires. [05:05] That’s it for today! [05:09] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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Why You Shouldn’t Share Income Information | Ep. #974

Apr 1, 2019 03:54

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In episode #974, we discuss why you shouldn’t publicly share income information. Tune in to hear the dangers of being so forthcoming.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Why You Shouldn’t Share Income Information [00:53] When things are going well for you and you share the details of your income, people will begin copying your methods. [01:05] You only invite competition and resentment. [01:25] Once, Eric referred a customer onto someone else. [01:38] He then got sued because the customer felt the other company wasn’t helpful and wanted Eric to pay back the amount of the money he felt he wasted. [02:10] Sharing income reports puts a target on your back. [03:05] You can share your income at the beginning, but once you start making more, scale back the sharing. [03:07] That’s it for today! [03:10] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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What’s the ROI of a Live Event? | Ep. #973

Mar 31, 2019 07:04

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In episode #973, we discuss what the ROI of a live event is. Tune in to hear what you can expect to get out of throwing a live event.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: What’s the ROI of a Live Event? [00:45] We’re throwing a live event in June. [00:55] It costs roughly $20-30 a head to do an event the right way. [01:25] Since we’re not charging for the event, we aren’t making money. [01:40] People say if you charge, 40-50% of attendees will not show up. [01:50] People will pay and then no-show. [02:57] Sponsors are how you can make a profit. [03:50] Either ticket sales or sponsors will cover your costs. [04:15] Our goal isn’t to make money. [05:02] Clarion is an events company that goes around buying up conferences. [06:08] That’s it for today! [06:12] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested! DM Eric if you would like to participate in the VIP dinner.

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Where Podcasting is Going Next | Ep. #972

Mar 30, 2019 06:08

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In episode #972, we discuss the future of podcasting. Tune in to hear where we think podcasting is going next.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Where Podcasting is Going Next [00:35] Luminary is a company that is trying to be the Netflix of podcasting. [00:55] Their at the stage where they are producing their own shows and they charge a subscription fee. [01:15] Podcasting is becoming a maturing field. [01:45] Neil thinks podcasting is heading towards full integration into daily life. [02:30] He thinks it will integrate with Alexa and other smart home devices. [03:15] Mary Meeker does an internet trend report every year. [03:45] There is a gap in monetization for podcasts. [04:15] Anchor allows you to make podcasts and monetize. [05:02] AI isn’t where it needs to be yet, but it will soon be advanced enough to know when you want to listen to certain things. [05:15] That’s it for today! [05:20] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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Is Luck Even a Thing in Business? | Ep. #971

Mar 29, 2019 05:13

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In episode #971, we discuss if luck is even a thing. Tune in to hear if success is just a matter of good luck.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Is Luck Even a Thing in Business? [00:35] Neil met Guy Kawasaki and he said he would invest in luck over anything else. [01:10] Jim Collins wrote a post about the “Return on Luck”. [01:35] Being white and upper class was a benefit to the founder of Microsoft. [02:00] However, there are many people who grew up that way, so why are there so few people like Bill Gates? [02:20] Luck is great, but you have to work hard to capitalize on it. [02:45] Eric grew up in a middle-class family, but has had a good deal of success. [03:05] There is something to be said for hard work and execution, because you can’t pick luck. [03:30] Eric found his partner at Clickflow through a stroke of luck (by chance). [04:20] Don’t worry about luck, it will just happen. [04:28] That’s it’s for today! [04:31] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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A Few Slick Ways to Get Ahold of Your Leads | Ep. #970

Mar 28, 2019 04:24

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In episode #970, we discuss a few ways to get in touch with leads. Tune in to hear the crafty ways we try to reach leads.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: A Couple Slick Ways to Get Ahold of Your Leads [00:35] Try text messages. [00:40] Sending one with the person’s name and a question mark may be enough to get their attention. [00:45] It’s one way to start a conversation. [00:55] Facebook Messenger is another useful tool. [01:05] Mobile Monkey or ManyChat are ways to broadcast through Messenger. [01:20] Schedule a call right when you get their attention. [01:34] You can always follow up with text-based reminders. [01:48] ScheduleOnce and HubSpot will help you get this done. [02:15] Text message open rates are somewhere near 99%. [02:40] If you call a lead within the first five minutes, your chance of closing the sale will increase. [03:03] Throw a live event and invite your leads. [03:15] The in-person touch-point has proven successful. [03:41] That’s it for today! [03:44] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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7 Creative Ways to Monetize Your Podcast | Ep. #969

Mar 27, 2019 06:38

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In episode #969, we discuss 7 creative ways to monetize your podcast. Tune in to hear how you can actually make money from a podcast.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: 7 Creative Ways to Monetize Your Podcast [00:32] 1: Use advertising. [00:45] Some podcasts have ads before, during, and after the show. This is a great way to monetize. [01:10] Podcast attention is highly rated right now. [01:20] 2: Throw your own live event. [01:30] Charge admission. [01:58] People who listen to podcasts are often in a high income bracket. [02:11] MeUndies spends a third of their marketing budget on Podcasting. [02:30] 3: Subscriptions. [02:40] Asian Podcasters monetize through subscriptions. [03:16] 4: Sell info-products. [03:57] 5: Sponsorships and VIP experiences. [04:16] Our live event is sponsored and we are also offered premiere experiences at a cost, which is how we avoided charging people for the event itself. [04:27] 6: Affiliate commission. [04:45] Promote someone else’s product using a unique URL and get a kickback from the company you are promoting. [05:04] 7: Promote physical products. [05:15] One Podcaster promotes the Freedom Journal. [05:30] That’s a great income stream. [05:40] That’s it for today! [05:46] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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The Best Slack Communities for Marketers | Ep. #968

Mar 26, 2019 04:01

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In episode #968, we discuss which Slack community that is the best resource for marketers. Tune in to hear which community we both agree is the best.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: The Best Slack Communities for Marketers [00:33] Traffic Think Tank is a community run by Matthew Barbie, Nick Eubanks, and a third person. [00:56] It’s one of the most engaging Slack groups out there. [01:30] Neil signed up for the Authority Hacker course, because he liked their Facebook ad. [01:55] Traffic Think Tank is one of the favorite communities of Neil’s team. [02:15] Eric thinks he got value out of watching their videos. [02:41] TTT is always adding more content and the community around them provides value, as well. [03:10] That’s it for today! [03:16] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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7 Creative Ways to Collect Email Addresses Without Being Spammy | Ep. #967

Mar 25, 2019 03:59

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In episode #967, we count out 7 creative ways to add to your email list without being spammy. Tune in to hear our tactics for collecting email addresses.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: 7 Creative Ways to Collect Email Addresses Without Being Spammy [00:33] 1: Spin the Wheel. [00:45] As long as you offer something of value, people will be excited about it. [00:48] 2: Add little yellow boxes and get them to opt-in to offers. [01:03] 3: Block off content. [01:15] Make a portion of the content accessible only if someone enters an email address. This could also just be bonus content. [01:44] 4: Create cloaked links and drive people back to an offer. Try Pretty Links. [02:22] 5: Create quizzes. [02:34] Collect enough info for a full lead. [02:41] 6: Use Outgrow to put calculators on your site. [02:54] 7: Use MobileMonkey to opt-in to your Facebook Messenger list and your email list. [03:13] That’s it for today! [03:15] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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How to Market When You’re a Nobody | Ep. #966

Mar 24, 2019 05:28

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In episode #966, we discuss how you can market when you’re a nobody. Tune in to hear how you can build your following and gain conversions.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Market When You’re a Nobody [00:40] Eric and Neil are technically “nobodies”. [01:06] Look to see who is getting traction. [01:20] BuzzSumo will help you figure out what’s hot in your field. [01:35] You can also cross-link with popular people and sites. [02:30] When Eric first started in marketing, he began emailing Neil trying to connect/cross-link with his site. [03:30] Most people do not know us! [03:42] The more people who don’t know you, the more people you can convert. [04:00] Consider all the outlets you can use (podcasts, videos, etc.). [04:30] Neil’s audio engineer badgered Larry King, until he gave him an interview and it turned into a begrudging mentorship. [04:44] That’s it for today! [04:46] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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What You Should do When People Complain About Your Product or Service | Ep. #965

Mar 23, 2019 05:31

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In episode #965, we discuss what you should do when you get complaints about your product or service. Tune in to hear how you should handle negative feedback.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: What You Should do When People Complain About Your Product or Service [00:38] It’s a good thing when people complain, because you get more value from this kind of feedback. [00:59] Look for recurring feedback, because then you know it’s an actual issue and not just a one-off. [02:05] Sometimes, people will complain, but it won’t make sense to address it. [02:30] Solve the problems that a majority of the complaints are about. [02:54] Eric likes to send NPS surveys. [03:00] His team uses AskNicely. [03:28] Neil likes Qualaroo. [03:45] SurveyMonkey has built-in feedback tools. [04:00] Complaints will humble you and make you better. [04:15] Speed is the key to responding to issues. [04:30] Show people that you are proactive and respond swiftly, so they hold a higher opinion of you. [04:37] That’s it for today! [04:49] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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When Does it Make Sense to Have Sales Reps? | Ep. #964

Mar 22, 2019 05:28

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In episode #964, we discuss when you should hire a sales rep. Tune in to hear if you need a sales rep and when it’s worth it to hire one.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: When Does it Make Sense to Have Sales Reps? [00:41] You shouldn’t hire a rep without testing out sales yourself. [00:55] You need to have an understanding of the objections you will run into. [01:11] Try doing it yourself for 30-60 days. [01:30] Once you have a process, hire a rep. [01:48] Start-ups fail because of premature scaling. [02:45] If you hire prematurely, you will only end up having to fire people and losing money. [03:01] When you hire people, it may not even work out. [03:15] Have the rep do a paid trial to see what their skills are. [03:40] The CEO of Saastr, Jason Lemkin, has a blog post that breaks down the steps to hiring a sales rep. [04:20] Sales reps don’t solve everything. [04:21] That’s it for today! [04:45] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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7 Questions to Make Sure Your Next Marketing Hire is a Slam Dunk | Ep. #963

Mar 21, 2019 06:45

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In episode #963, we count out the 7 questions you need to ask a potential marketing hire. See which questions we think will guarantee that your next hire is a slam dunk.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: 7 Questions to Make Sure Your Next Marketing Hire is a Slam Dunk [00:36] 1: How do you get better at marketing? [00:41] What are you reading to enhance your skills and understanding of the field? [00:52] Marketing is ever-evolving, so you have to read blogs to stay up-to-date. [01:20] 2: What would you change? [01:30] If they can’t tell you how they would improve your business, how will they be as a hire? [02:07] 3: Have them do a paid trial. [02:55] 4: What do you do when an experiment fails? [03:06] A great way to understand their thought process. [03:30] 5: If you had $10 Million, in what would you invest? [03:50] A great way to gain insight into the potential hire. [04:05] Also a way to gauge how humble or arrogant they are. [04:11] 6: What do you think our competitors are doing that we are not, but should be? [04:56] 7: What is your most impressive marketing accomplishment? [05:00] This will give insight into how they think and what their skills are. [05:37] That’s all for today! [06:06] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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How to Target Effectively on LinkedIn | Ep. #962

Mar 20, 2019 05:26

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In episode #962, we discuss how to target effectively on LinkedIn. Tune in to hear how you can get the right people to engage with your content.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Target Effectively on LinkedIn [00:38] On LinkedIn, you can target job titles, specialties, or seniority. [00:56] Targeting job titles is the easiest option. [01:16] Although everyone has odd titles nowadays. [01:30] The specialties option allows you to search for job function. [01:42] Seniority helps you narrow down the level of employee you are seeking. [02:10] It’s all about the content you produce. [02:24] Post content that’s related to your business. [03:02] When your post is more specific, you will get engagements from real leads. [03:30] LinkedIn groups are an option. [03:45] Retargeting is another option. [04:00] It’s about layering the options, so you can laser-target. [04:15] That’s all for today! [04:49] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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Do You Even Need to Blog Anymore? | Ep. #961

Mar 19, 2019 05:28

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In episode #961, we discuss whether blogging is still relevant. Tune in to hear if this method is still effective.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Do You Even Need to Blog Anymore? [00:35] We still blog, but we try not to spend money on it. [01:15] You can’t please everyone with one format, which is why it is important to blog. [01:21] Blogs still generate more traffic from a Google search. [01:40] Podcasting only gets good traffic for the first 30 days. [02:08] When you blog, you have more control over the SEO. [02:35] People are able to find you more organically. [03:00] In general, the answer is yes, but that doesn’t mean you need to create thousands of blog posts. [03:45] If you’re going to blog, write about new, fresh ideas. [04:05] Once Google recognizes your site as “quality” it will push your results to the top. [04:18] That’s it for today! [04:49] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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7 Dead Simple Social Media Marketing Tactics That Still Work Today | Ep. #960

Mar 18, 2019 06:17

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In episode #960, we discuss 7 simple tactics that always work. Tune in to hear how you can use social media marketing to your advantage.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: 7 Dead Simple Social Media Marketing Tactics That Still Work Today [00:45] 1: Post your content repeatedly on social media. [00:55] Share a few times in the first 24 hours and you’ll get more hits than you normally would. [01:30] 2: Push things to your email list. [01:53] 3: Post a portion of your post on LinkedIn. [02:01] Make sure to link to your site so people can finish the post. [02:10] 4: Repurpose your content. [02:30] Make sure things are formatted for the sites you are using. [02:48] 5: A week after you’ve posted something, post the entirety of it to social media (like Facebook). [03:43] 6: Go back to basics. [03:59] Look at your engagements ( using TubeBuddy or similar) to get a sense of what performs well. [04:25] Create posts based around your most successful topics. [04:56] 7: Make sure you keep your paragraphs short. [05:22] Short sentences and paragraphs will get you more reach. [05:30] That’s all for today! [05:33] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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The Craziest Content Marketing Tactic EVER | Ep. #959

Mar 17, 2019 04:37

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In episode #959, we discuss the craziest content marketing tactics. Tune in to hear what we think are the craziest tactics out there.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: The Craziest Content Marketing Tactic EVER [00:37] Neil’s craziest tactic was when he stopped doing content marketing as often and started creating and giving away free software instead. [00:52] Product-led growth has served him well. [01:25] Not many people know how to build products, so take advantage of that marketing tactic. [01:50] A crazy tactic is to use the marketing channel or method that isn’t popular yet. [02:38] Another crazy tactic is the content sprouting approach (more or less omni-channel marketing). [03:30] Figure out what’s right for your business. [03:43] UberSuggest is still growing month-over-month. [03:48] That’s it for today! [03:52] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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How Often You Need to Post on Facebook | Ep. #958

Mar 16, 2019 05:24

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In episode #958, we discuss how often you need to post on Facebook. Tune in to hear how often you need to post on this platform and why.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How Often You Need to Post on Facebook [00:40] The median time spent on Facebook has gone down over the years. [00:57] The median engagement rate for Instagram is only slightly higher. [01:20] Eric’s team is only posting twice per day, but Neil’s team tries not to exceed one post per day. [01:45] People can ask not to see your content, so it’s to your benefit to not flood the site. [03:15] Neil boosts some of his posts, but not all of them. [03:30] When Eric goes live, he simulcasts it on YouTube and Facebook. They also boost the live stream to their custom audiences through an agency accelerator. [04:18] That’s it for today! [04:24] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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How Paid Advertising is Actually Dying | Ep. #957

Mar 15, 2019 05:24

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In episode #957, we discuss how paid ads are dying. Tune in to hear why this method doesn’t give you a good ROI anymore.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How Paid Advertising is Actually Dying [00:40] The revenue isn’t dying, but the costs are getting so expensive, it’s hard for businesses to get a good ROI. [01:10] So much VC money is getting wasted on ad spending. [02:05] You need to think about upsells and downsells. [02:40] Think of all the possible outlets you can use to push your upsells and downsells. [03:30] The biggest companies in China are not ad platforms, which is different here in the US. [03:50] In the US, the podcasting market is worth $314 Million, whereas in China it’s $3 Billion. [04:15] China is better at monetizing, but we’re getting there. [04:16] That’s all for today! [04:40] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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If Your Business is About to Fail, What do You Do? | Ep. #956

Mar 14, 2019 06:10

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In episode #956, we discuss what you should do if your business is failing. Tune in to hear how you can bring your company back from the brink.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: If Your Business is About to Fail, What do You Do? [00:35] When Eric took over Single Grain, it was about to fail. [00:54] Eric mapped out the worst case scenario and tried to plan for that. [01:15] Ultimately, it helped him turn things around and had contingency plans for various scenarios. [02:05] Khosla Ventures has great blog posts, including one called, “If/Then Planning”. [02:33] Look at your numbers. [02:52] Go back to basics: what was successful in the past? [03:10] Replicate your past successes. [04:15] Eric is focused and isn’t spread thin anymore. He used to burn a lot of money. [04:35] That’s it for today! [04:42] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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7 Hacks to Boost Your Conversion Rate | Ep. #955

Mar 13, 2019 06:44

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In episode #955, we discuss 7 hacks that will boost your conversion rate. Tune in to see how you can get your conversion rates through the roof.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: 7 Hacks to Boost Your Conversion Rate [00:40] 1: Personalization. [00:50] Try using Clearbit to help you personalize your pitch. [01:11] 2: Adding location to your copy. [01:52] 3: Don’t sleep on site speed. [02:10] 4: Remarketing videos. [02:34] Make sure you’re using the opposite pitch. [03:05] 5: Dynamic retargeting. [03:20] This is a more personal approach. [03:45] 6: Talk to your audience. [03:56] Whether on the phone or through a survey, you will see more conversions. [04:25] 7: Planning poker. [04:35] This is a way for the team to debate the finer points of certain A/B tests. [05:30] That’s all for today! [05:36] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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How to Structure Your SEO Team | Ep. #954

Mar 12, 2019 07:09

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In episode #954, we discuss how you should structure your SEO team. Tune in to hear how you should structure your SEO team for greater success.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Structure Your SEO Team [00:45] Neil does a region-based search for team members. [01:05] He likes to look internationally for people to write content for their native country. [01:45] Eric once worked for an SEO strategist. [02:05] On this team, there was a lead, a strategist, and a tactician. [02:25] This was for a large company, so this won’t necessary be smart to replicate at a smaller company. [02:45] For smaller companies, you can have a manager and team members that serve specific purposes, like social and link-building. [03:25] It’s very important to hire someone for content repurposing. [04:45] Eric used to post Marketing School on YouTube, but has since stopped, because it was hurting the channel. [05:15] Heavy content is important when you’re starting out. [05:41] That’s it for today! [05:47] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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How to Hire a VP of Growth | Ep. #953

Mar 11, 2019 07:02

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In episode #953, we discuss how to hire a VP of Growth. Tune in to hear how you should approach this type of hire.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Hire a VP of Growth [00:31] A VP of Growth is the person responsible for making your numbers go up. That could mean anything, really. They use whatever knowledge they have to increase all your numbers. [01:15] Ask for referrals. [01:30] Neil recommends researching your competitors and who their growth people are. [01:55] Shoot the growth people messages and introduce yourself. [02:10] Then ask these people for referrals (this may even include them). [03:40] Ask potential hires what they would do to grow your business and achieve your goals. This will help you understand their thought process and abilities. [04:40] Eric’s friend hired two growth people based on Eric’s recommendation. [05:50] That’s it for today! [05:57] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles this June. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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How to Structure Your Content Marketing Team | Ep. #952

Mar 10, 2019 08:25

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In episode #952, we discuss structuring marketing teams. Tune in to hear how we structure our teams and what you can learn from our methods.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Structure Your Content Marketing Team [00:52] Eric’s team manages a dozen or so types of content. [01:50] Neil’s team manages about the same amount of content. [03:25] Each person on Eric’s team has a specific role. [04:05] They are a mix of full-time and contract workers. [05:45] Eric’s content is up significantly. [05:57] It generally doesn’t make sense to have everyone on your content marketing team be full time, as there is an ebb and flow to content creation. [07:30] That’s it for today! [07:34] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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7 Unconventional Ways to Generate More Leads | Ep. #951

Mar 9, 2019 06:32

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In episode #951, we discuss 7 unconventional ways to generate more leads. Tune in to hear what you can do to increase revenue.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: 7 Unconventional Ways to Generate More Leads [00:36] 1: Have a customer data platform, like Segment. [00:50] The ability to narrow down leads based on certain data is key to your success. Segment allows you to do this. [01:40] 2: Make sure you are getting all the information you need. [01:57] Lead Quizzes makes it easier to capture leads. [02:21] 3: Personalization. [02:30] Drift allows for personalization in chats. [03:00] 4: MaxMind. [03:15] Include city and location within your copy. [03:50] 5: Mad Kudu is a lead-scoring tool. [04:15] 6: Clearbit allows you to pre-populate information in forms. [04:30] 7: Live chat is a great resource. [05:15] Check out Subscribers.com. [05:24] That’s it for today! [05:31] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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A Simple hack to Combine Facebook and Google Ads | Ep. #950

Mar 8, 2019 05:40

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In episode #950, we discuss a simple hack to combine Facebook and Google Ads. Tune in to hear how you can use this hack.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: A Simple hack to Combine Facebook and Google Ads. [00:50] Rand Fishkin Tweeted about an interesting concept. [01:10] Links have a way of indicating from whence they came. [01:25] This makes it easier to figure out how to target someone. [02:05] Don’t forget the marketing rule of 7. [02:25] When someone engages with you on one platform, you can try to connect with them via other social channels. [03:00] The rule of 7 may be becoming the rule of 14. [03:50] Since you’re spending the money anyway, you may as well use all channels to target potential customers. [04:28] That’s all for today! [04:34] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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7 New Marketing Tools that will help you Dominate in 2019 | Ep. #949

Mar 7, 2019 06:21

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In episode #949, we discuss 7 marketing tools that will help you crush your competitors. Tune in to hear which 7 tools (and extra bonus tool) will allow you to dominate 2019.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: 7 New Marketing Tools that will help you Dominate in 2019 [00:35] 1: UberSuggest. [00:42] The app now has a traffic analyzer. [01:15] 2: Meet Edgar. [01:30] This tool helps you schedule and share content. [01:40] 3: Exit Intel. [01:45] This tool is similar to Bounce Exchange, but it’s free. [02:30] 4: Lead Quizzes. [02:38] Drive people through the quiz flow and you can collect additional lead info. [02:50] 5: Hole.io or Segment. [02:55] These two tools are CDP’s. [03:37] 6: Clickflow. [03:45] Clickflow helps you A/B test your content. [03:55] 7: Outgrow. [04:10] This tool allows you to make calculators, which helps drive leads. [04:31] Bonus: Datanyze. [04:48] This tool is a web scraper and helps you determine what types of tech a given site is using. [05:27] That’s it for today! [05:34] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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How SEO Will Change in 2020 (And You're Not Going to Like It) | Ep. #948

Mar 6, 2019 05:07

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In episode #948, we discuss how SEO will change in 2020. Tune in to hear how you can prepare for the future of SEO.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How SEO Will Change in 2020 (And You're Not Going to Like It) [00:35] We have talked about this before. [00:45] Voice search is going to change everything. [00:55] 50% of searches will be voice searches by 2020. [01:02] Voice searches will pull from you website and give an answer, which means less traffic for you. [01:55] Optimize for featured snippets. [02:07] Consider on building your brand to avoid the dip in traffic you will get. [02:45] You have to build your brand. [03:05] When you add Amazon Polly to your site, it will take your posts and convert it to audio. [03:30] Some people would prefer to listen rather than read. [03:35] You need to start preparing for the future. [03:58] That’s it for today! [04:02] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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A New Way to Get More Traffic From LinkedIn | Ep. #947

Mar 5, 2019 03:38

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In episode #947, we discuss the new way to get more traffic from LinkedIn. Tune in to hear the new way you can market yourself on LinkedIn.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: A New Way to Get More Traffic From LinkedIn [00:33] LinkedIn Live is going to be the best new way to get more traffic. [00:47] They are pushing live extremely hard right now. [01:02] Just go live! [01:06] It’s doesn’t have to be great; either way you will still get more traffic. [01:40] Live is invite only right now. [02:03] This is the kind of thing that has a first-movers advantage. [02:19] Wirecast is integrated with LinkedIn, which is a great way to go live. [02:32] That’s it for today! [02:38] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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7 Social Media Predictions That'll Come True in 2019 | Ep. #946

Mar 4, 2019 05:59

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In episode #946, we count down 7 social media predictions for 2019. Tune in to hear what changes will come in the ensuing year.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: 7 Social Media Predictions That'll Come True in 2019 [00:35] 1: Live is going to get bigger this year. [00:58] 2: We’re going to see social networks pushing for more video content. [01:22] 3: Monetization is going to get better. [01:38] 4: The podcast market is going to get much bigger. [01:50] China’s podcast marketing is making millions of dollars. [02:18] 5: Comments are going to increase the virality of posts. [02:35] Social networks are going to rank things by the number of comments a given post has received. [03:40] Neil considers podcasts to be “social”. [04:03] 6: All social algorithms will start to behave the same way. [04:25] 7: A lot more people are going to go to YouTube to market. [04:46] That’s it for today! [04:50] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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How to Master Omnichannel Marketing In 2019 | Ep. #945

Mar 3, 2019 05:45

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In episode #945, we discuss how you can master the omnichannel approach. Tune in to hear how you can increase conversions in 2019.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Master Omnichannel Marketing In 2019 [00:42] We agree that omnichannel marketing is the best way to go. [01:10] We’ve discussed the rule of 7 before. [01:25] Make use of all the channels available to you. [02:08] Start off with similar channels. [02:17] If you start off with video content, tackle Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn. Etc. [02:56] You can convert a webinar into a blog posts and then convert blog posts into additional videos. [03:30] Pollinate the internet with your information. [03:45] Instead of hitting one resource, hit a bunch at the same time. [04:00] If you leverage this approach, you will see increased results. [04:15] Also, remarket your audience. [04:26] That’s it for today! [04:30] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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What Percentage of Your Revenue Should You Allocate to Marketing? | Ep. #944

Mar 2, 2019 05:13

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In episode #944, we discuss what percentage of your revenue should be allocated to marketing. Tune in to hear how much you should be spending.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: What Percentage of Your Revenue Should You Allocate to Marketing? [00:45] We think budgets are useless. [00:55] Even Fortune 1000 companies agree with us. [01:15] If you could spend money and it’s profitable, why wouldn’t you keep scaling up? [01:30] Budgets should be based on profitability. [02:10] There’s nothing wrong with losing money on the front end. [02:35] If you have to have a percentage, most people would say 15% (or somewhere in that range). [02:55] Neil would start with as little at $100-1000. [03:47] If you have a service business, the more customers you add, the worse the service gets. It’s different when you have a product. [04:08] Focus on getting the ratio correct. [04:10] That’s all for today! [04:13] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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How This One Simple Marketing Tool Will Power Up Your Sales | Ep. #943

Mar 1, 2019 05:21

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In episode #943, we discuss the one marketing tool that will power up your sales. Tune in to hear which tool will help you increase your sales exponentially.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How This One Simple Marketing Tool Will Power Up Your Sales [00:34] Dux Soup is a LinkedIn tool that will help you visit profiles and message people. [00:46] We’re not sure if it breaks the TOS of LinkedIn. [01:05] When you visit profiles, it will give you their personal email address and allow you to tag and message people. [01:15] In other words, it’s just a way to help you stay top of mind (even though it may be breaking some rules). [01:33] If you’re in another country, this may not matter. [02:14] It’s so easy to create a digital marketing business, that you may have a lot of competitors. [02:25] In order to beat them, you need to stay top of mind. [02:47] Dux Soup Turbo integrates with Zapier. [03:02] This helps you add them to your CRM. [03:45] You need to have personalized messages, which Dux Soup allows you to do. [04:10] That is it for today! [04:13] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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How to Get Exponential Results With Your Content Marketing | Ep. #942

Feb 28, 2019 06:54

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In episode #942, we discuss how to get results from content marketing. Tune in to hear how you can amp up your content marketing game.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Get Exponential Results With Your Content Marketing [00:45] We have blog content that is mediocre in terms of production and quality. [01:18] You have to look for winning content. [01:45] Go look at your best-performing content and increase results there. [02:08] Look at the keywords driving most of your traffic on GSC, plug those into UberSuggest and re-write your content to make it longer and use the long-tail variations of the keywords. [02:42] The 80/20 rule is generally true. [03:00] Use Clickflow or GSC to split test your headlines. [03:33] A/B testing your content is important. [03:45] It’s a little effort for great results. [03:58] As other related sites or sites you’ve mentioned for a Tweet or share. [04:22] Pillar pages are well-designed chapters of information. [04:48] Each chapter should be 4000-5000 words. [05:00] The links are internal and interconnected. It’s a great way to increase rankings. [05:36] It’s a pain to update content, but it’s important. [05:47] That’s it for today! [05:51] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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Neil Patel’s Instagram Strategy for 2019 | Ep. #941

Feb 27, 2019 07:22

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In episode #941, we discuss Neil’s new Instagram strategy. Tune in to hear what you can learn from him.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Neil Patel’s Instagram Strategy for 2019 [00:40] Eric noticed that Neil’s Instagram was blowing up. [00:54] A few months ago, he thought he sucked at Instagram, but one of his employees started logging in and making great posts. [01:32] Neil leverages Instagram to bring in more traffic to his YouTube channel. [01:55] Micro content is what works on Instagram. [02:15] We do it to stay in touch with people, as well. [02:45] Eric thinks it’s the rule of 14 now, instead of 7. [03:00] Social media is hard to track/predict. [03:35] Build your audience first, then try to transfer that to your other outlets. [04:00] Creating an audience is a great way to grow your business and revenue/ [04:20] Eric likes to go live as often as possible. [04:45] Do what Tai Lopez does and go live on 5 different phones. [05:05] Going live on YouTube has accelerated Eric’s company’s growth. [05:56] That’s it for today! [05:59] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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How to Rank One Page For THOUSANDS of Keywords | Ep. #940

Feb 26, 2019 06:23

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In episode #940, we discuss how get one page to rank for thousands of keywords. Tune in to hear how you can crush your competition.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Rank One Page For THOUSANDS of Keywords [00:40] Eric’s team has a video that ranks for “engagement”. [00:55] But how do you rank for a couple thousand keywords? [01:15] When  you write long form content, Google will pick it up and rank you for more keywords. [01:40] All of Neil’s posts are long form. [01:50] The Power Page Concept is where you upgrade your posts to 10,000-20,000 words. [02:12] You can include sections or chapters. [02:40] Make sure the keywords for which you rank are driving traffic. [03:30] Take your most popular pages and find the main keywords for which you rank. Put them in any keyword tool and it will tell you all the long-tail variations of that term. Go back and use the long-tail variations. [04:38] You can hire people to write basic content, then check your analytics to see which are working. [05:01] Take those and apply the Power Page Concept. [05:16] That’s it for today! [05:25] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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Why you Should Throw a Conference (And How You Can Do It For Free) | Ep. #939

Feb 25, 2019 06:20

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In episode #938, we discuss the details of putting on our conference in Downtown LA. Tune in to hear the great advice we received about throwing conferences from a mutual friend.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Why you Should Throw a Conference (and How You can do it for Free) [00:38] We’re going to talk about the details of our live event in Downtown LA. [00:55] Nextiva is throwing a conference called NexCon. [01:15] Our friend that puts on NexCon told us how to save money. [01:50] There are many ways to throw an event and we figured we could eat the cost. [02:02] However, our NexCon friend told us to get sponsors to defray the costs. [02:43] There are so many unique ways to get sponsors and have them sponsor different aspects of the conference. [03:09] The VIP experience will be limited, as it’s dinner with both of us. [03:25] People will often pay for unique experiences. [04:00] If you would like to be a sponsor, DM one of us. [04:12] Neil thinks all companies should throw conferences. [04:30] We don’t care about the money, we just want to meet our listeners and customers. [05:12] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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Is it Worth it to Start a Digital Agency? | Ep. #938

Feb 24, 2019 08:09

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In episode #938, we discuss whether it’s worth it to start a digital agency. Tune in to hear if an agency could help your cash flow.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Is it Worth it to Start a Digital Agency? [00:38] Neil started out with Advantage Consulting Services. [00:53] A lot of people start agencies and then parlay it into a software company. [01:15] It’s a good way to get cash flow for other projects. [01:54] Eric feels with every new client you ad, the service gets worse. [02:25] Neil started an agency because he gets so many leads, that he had no choice. [03:00] However, an agency doesn’t scale that well. [03:25] Consider keeping your agency lean to insure your cash flow. [04:40] Expansion is hurting Neil’s profits, but it’s still working for him. [05:00] It’s hard to scale an agency past $5 Million. [05:35] It’s not easy to grow an agency in the first place. [05:47] They don’t generate revenue the same way. [06:12] Go to this Single Grain page to watch a video about growing an agency. [06:54] That’s it for today! [06:57] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Remember: we are capping the event at 500 people, so sign up now, if you’re interested!

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How to Effectively Collect More Emails In 2019 | Ep. #937

Feb 23, 2019 06:11

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In episode #937, we discuss how to effectively collect more emails in 2019. Tune in to hear our tips and tricks.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Effectively Collect More Emails In 2019 [00:38] There’s a ton of pop-up email software out there. [01:05] The benefit is that they optimize and convert for you. [01:26] Exit Intelligence will design your pop-ups, manage your account, and make sure you  hit your desired conversion rate. [01:35] It costs about $3000 for the service. [02:10] Pop-ups don’t work as well as they used to. [02:25] Quizzes are a great device to get more emails. [02:40] Eric and Neil aren’t sure what the best method is anymore. [03:00] Eric is going to stick to creating free tools. [03:15] You don’t have to build a tool, just find what works for you. [03:28] You can buy tools or scripts instead of making them. [04:15] Live events/streams are a great gimmick for getting more email addresses.. [04:45] 1K Projects is a great resource. [04:50] That’s it for today! [05:00] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out this website if you would like to attend. Don’t forget to continue listening to our podcast for further details.

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How Embedding YouTube Videos Can Hurt Your Traffic | Ep. #936

Feb 22, 2019 05:03

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In episode #936, we discuss how embedding YouTube videos hurts your traffic. Tune in to hear how you can avoid this mistake.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How Embedding YouTube Videos Can Hurt Your Traffic [00:38] There used to be a way to turn of the feature where YouTube would suggest or autoplay related videos. [00:50] Now, you can’t turn it off, so you end up driving traffic to someone else’s channel. [01:10] If you add “rel=0” to the code, it will include videos from your channel instead of random ones. [01:33] YouTube tries to incentivize people to stay on their site. [02:15] Neil would attempt to keep people on his site instead of watching more videos. [02:32] It is getting harder and harder for him to do that when going up against YouTube. [03:05] To jack up his view count, Neil likes to send push notifications when he releases a new video. [03:15] When he drives people to his site, he gets a higher view count. [03:46] That’s it for today! [03:50] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out our website and continue listening to our podcast for further details.

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Does Influencer Marketing Really Work? | Ep. #935

Feb 21, 2019 07:00

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In episode #935, we discuss how influencer marketing really works. Tune in to hear how you can make influencer marketing work for you.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Does Influencer Marketing Really Work? [00:35] Neil has used tons of influencer marketing. [01:02] Chinese influencers are killing the game and making a lot of money. [01:20] There isn’t a lot of good monetization through Instagram. [01:33] The US is behind China in influencer marketing. [01:52] It worked well at first, but now more people are doing and are charging a lot more. [02:40] The amount being spent on campaigns ends up being less than you spend, which is not a good use of marketing funds. [03:06] Try to find micro-influencers to get a better ROI. [04:10] Eric reads an article about the Chinese influencer market. [05:22] The US is better at B2B marketing. [05:45] Go to Influence.co to find niche influencers. [05:53] That’s it for today! [05:57] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out our website and continue listening to our podcast for further details.

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How to Create The Perfect Instagram Video Ad | Ep. #934

Feb 20, 2019 06:09

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In episode #934, we discuss how to created the perfect Instagram ad. Tune in to hear what you have to do to make a splash.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Create The Perfect Instagram Video Ad [00:35] Neil doesn’t do too much with Instagram ads. He prefers the ROI of Facebook and YouTube. [01:09] Instagram isn’t the place to reach large B2B companies. [01:22] The Insta audience skews younger. [02:10] On Instagram, you have to hook people within the first ten seconds. [02:34] Eric’s friend used to have a YouTube page that had a bunch of viral posts. [02:51] Ultimately, he wanted to help other people create viral videos. [03:30] Search Growth Everywhere+Kong and you will find more information on his friend. [03:40] Always have a hook. [03:48] Talk about the problem, the available solutions, and your solution. Then offer a deal for your product or service. [04:30] Ideally, you are offering the best solution. [04:58] That’s it for today! [05:06] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out our website and continue listening to our podcast for further details.

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Should You Coin Your Own Terms For Marketing? | Ep. #933

Feb 19, 2019 05:54

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In episode #933, we discuss whether you should coin your own marketing terms. Tune in to hear if you should create new terms in order to promote your business.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Should You Coin Your Own Terms For Marketing? [00:36] We have talked about this in the past. Our mutual friend, Brian Dean came up with the skyscraper technique. [01:12] Most people are coining hundreds of terms, but only a handful are taking off. [01:35] Neil would rather ride the coattails of a term, rather than inventing one. [02:04] Let someone else build the demand, while you go in and fill it. [03:11] It’s ok not to be the first-mover. [03:25] Drift invented the term “conversational marketing”, but Hubspot came up with the more popular “inbound marketing”. [04:12] Eric prefers Neil’s method to inventing his own terms. [04:21] That’s it for today! [04:25] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out our website and continue listening to our podcast for further details.

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What You Ought to Do With Your Old Content That Gets No Traffic | Ep. #932

Feb 18, 2019 07:27

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In episode #932, we discuss what you ought to do with your old content that doesn’t get traffic. Tune in to hear our strategies for improving lackluster content.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: What You Ought to Do With Your Old Content That Gets No Traffic [00:36] Everyone uses the “prune and crop” strategy, but most people use it incorrectly. [01:05] Using this, there is a good chance you could decrease your traffic. [02:20] HubSpot hires people to maintain and upgrade their content. [02:40] At Single Grain, we take the top 25 pieces and see if anything new is on the list. If the new content ranks, we check how many keywords for which it ranks. [02:57] If it ranks for hundreds of keywords, you are in good shape. [03:20] Neil has employees that are hired specifically to upgrade content. [03:46] They are tasked with upgrading the higher-ranked content. [03:53] Use Clickflow to A/B test your title tags. [04:30] See if you have internal links to your posts, if you don’t: add them. [04:53] Don’t forget to check comments to see where you need to improve. [05:24] BuzzSumo added the “evergreen score” and this helps you compare yourself to competitors. [05:58] An evergreen score is calculated by looking at the number of links going to a given page, number of social engagements, and how long the post has been live. [06:19] That’s it for today! [06:26] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out our website and continue listening to our podcast for further details.

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7 Simple Ways to Promote Your Podcast | Ep. #931

Feb 17, 2019 05:42

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In episode #931, we discuss 7 ways to promote your podcast. Tune in to hear how you can gain listeners.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: 7 Simple Ways to Promote Your Podcast [00:33] 1: Use Libsyn: it allows you to publish to multiple platforms at one time. [01:02] 2: Have an exit pop-up on your website for mobile visitors. [01:30] Anyone who visited Neilpatel.com on their phone got a pop-up before leaving the site. [02:15] 3: Promote your podcast in your email signature. [02:28] 4: Promote your podcast across multiple platforms. [02:48] 5: Use email marketing; it works! [03:20] 6: Advertise on other podcasts. [03:35] We advertised on Overcast and it proved helpful. [04:00] 7: Cross promote with other businesses in your sphere. [04:31] That’s all for today! [04:38] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out our website and continue listening to our podcast for further details.

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How to Use Amazon for Content and Product Development | Ep. #930

Feb 16, 2019 05:35

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In episode #930, we discuss how to use Amazon for content and product development. Tune in to hear how you can use reviews to your advantage.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Use Amazon for Content and Product Development [00:38] People feel compelled to write all kinds of reviews on Amazon, which gives you valuable insight. [01:06] Squatty Potty is a bathroom tool. If you wanted to make a product that competed, you would find out what the shortcomings are and make a superior product. [02:00] Neil loves the 1-3 star reviews, because it gives him good product development and content marketing ideas. [02:45] Look at marketing as finding problems and coming up with solutions. [03:22] The 4 and 5 star reviews don’t tell you as much as the other reviews. [03:42] 1 star reviews are usually just pissed out customers, so 2-3 star reviews will be the most helpful. [04:20] Look for feedback on ways to improve your competing product. [04:24] That’s it for today! [04:31] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out our website and continue listening to our podcast for further details.

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Should You Rebrand Your Logo? | Ep. #929

Feb 15, 2019 05:54

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In episode #929, we discuss whether you should rebrand your logo. Tune in to hear if a rebranding is worth the trouble.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: Should You Rebrand Your Logo? [00:36] Slack recently rebranded their logo. [00:52] We are either neutral or against it. [01:17] People think the new logo looks like a swastika. [01:42] In general, think about how rebrands have gone historically. [02:00] Single Grain recently rebranded. [02:10] They created a story around the new logo and it fits their image more than the other one. [02:40] Eric and his team wanted to rebrand. [02:52] They wanted their logo to look more like a grain. [03:10] People really liked their rebrand. [03:22] Instagram rebranded. [03:33] People don’t like change and Eric didn’t like it himself. [04:00] If you think the rebrand is going to help your business, it probably won’t. [04:43] That’s it for today! [04:51] We hit our goal of 1 Million downloads! So, we will be throwing a free event in Los Angeles. Check out our website and continue listening to our podcast for further details.

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What You Should Do in a PR Crisis | Ep. #928

Feb 14, 2019 06:53

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In episode #928, we discuss how you should respond to a PR crisis. Tune in to hear how you can salvage your company’s reputation.

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[00:27] Today’s Topic: What You Should Do in a PR Crisis [00:38] The Fyre Festival debacle is a great example of a PR crisis for a lot of the people involved. [01:10] Celebrities were paid to promote this event and the event basically didn’t exist. [01:26] There are two documentaries about it on Netflix and Hulu. [01:40] In the weeks leading up to the Fyre Festival, they realized they weren’t ready to throw the event. [02:15] The resul