How to Establish Yourself as an Expert and Generate Sales

Generate SalesWhether you are a premier blogging service, non-profit consultant or a fundraising company, the bottom line is you need to generate revenues. Do you know how to make people buy from you? Well, they have to trust you. Do you know how to make them trust you? Basically, they have to believe that you know what you are talking about. In short you have to be viewed as the expert that they can count on in your field.

In this post, I will detail the things that you need to do in order to push your brand and be seen as an expert in your field. Once you have accomplished this, you can be sure that you can easily generate sales through your blog. Here’s how:

  1. Write contents that they would be willing to share – The first thing that you should do is to write contents that are share worthy. This means that on top of the facts that you are going to present, it has to be an interesting read and helpful to the readers. If the content you wrote is share worthy, people will recommend it to their connections and this will increase your online exposure to a wide range of audience. This will bring awareness to who you are and the kind of knowledge that you bring.
  2. Use multimedia – When I say contents, I don’t mean only written ones. You can also share your expertise using audio and video. You can for example upload  talks on Blog Talk Radio or create a podcast at Blubbery. All these can be automatically uploaded to iTunes for greater exposure. And you should not forget to start your own YouTube channel because the exposure that you will get here is simply awesome.
  3. Use the features of the social media – Give links to your contents in Twitter, answer questions in LinkedIn Answers, interact on Facebook. In short, using the social media can be helpful.
  4. Join groups that are looking for experts for media exposure – Facebook and LinkedIn have groups that are constantly looking for experts for media exposure. Look for these groups and join them and then answer queries related to your expertise. Profnet  from PR Newswire is also a good place to brush elbows with journalist and authors to further your exposure.
  5. Interconnect your efforts – Your business marketing promotion online should be integrated so that you can exploit its power. You can interconnect your Internet business marketing promotion website and Ministry blogs with Facebook through its social plugins and use tools like Twitter feed so that you can feed them to Tweeter as well. Aside from the exposure that you will get, you will also increase the PR of your website and blogs through these links.

Unless people see you as an expert, you cannot expect them to part with their money. By making enough credible noise, people will begin to see you as somebody who knows what you are talking about. Take note, you have to make credible noise and not just any noise. This means accountability on your part because the moment that you publish something erroneous, that would be the end of your online fund raising career.

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Floyder – I just got Blackballed by WordPress!

The look on his face assured me that Jim was more than just surprised, he was mortified! Everyone in the place was giving us their undivided attention – – many of their faces reflecting sympathy; most reflecting curiosity, and at least one was reflecting empathy! Jim, a good friend who runs an independent Sporting Goods store, had become somewhat of a protégé of mine regarding internet marketing ideas. Affiliated with Randall Mains and Pathmaker Marketing, I have had an opportunity to acquire a fair amount of knowledge regarding small business marketing strategies and internet business marketing promotion online and have shared this with Jim on several occasions. Every once in a while Jim runs into a snafu, and, of course, immediately searches me out for an explanation or assistance in the matter.

“Well, Jim, tell me what happened,” I opened.

Settling onto the stool next to mine, and indicating to the counterman that he needed a cold soda right away, he paused for a minute as he organized his thoughts. Typically we would move to a booth, but interest was running so high on this one I decided we should stay put and let as many people as possible, or wanted to at least, gather around and listen to our discussion.   Taking a long pull on his beverage, Jim began his report.

“Well, remember how you convinced me to let Annie help the rest of the employees establish blogs and add a post or two a week?”

Nodding affirmatively, I reflected back on that conversation. Annie is Jim’s teenage daughter, and when she recommended the blogging program I advised him that blogging is, in fact, an effective internet marketing tool. I explained that Pathmaker actually has clients who use us as a blogging aervice, developing their blogs and ghostwriting their various posts. It took a while to convince him that businesses should actually allow their employees an opportunity to blog “on the clock,” as long as it is “business related,” but he was enjoying a fair amount of success as he had made several large sales based on the fact that his employees have a tremendous amount of expertise in what they sell and share that expertise in their posts.

“Well, we have been doing that, and then this morning I got a notice form WordPress that they had shut down my site!”

“Did they tell you why?” an interested party to the left of me asked.

“All they said was that I was in violation of Terms of Service. Floyder, can they do that?

Jim had, like so many others, found out about WordPress’ dark side the hard way. Unfortunately, they typically don’t tell you what, exactly, the violation is/was, nor do they give you an opportunity to rectify the problem.

“Well, Jim, obviously they can do it because they did,” I advised him as gently as I could.

“Do you have any idea why they would shut me down,” he asked, the confusion in his eyes making him almost pathetic looking.

“Well, actually there are a number of reasons that they might take action against someone. For example they can shut you down over RSS fed content, or content they don’t approve of. And, …

“Wait,” Jim said, interrupting me. “What is ‘RSS content’?”

“RSS – Really Simple Syndication. It is usually a situation where blog content is fed to Linked-In, Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social networking.”

Jim pondered that for a minute, and then reminded me I was about to add something else.

“If you read their information on the internet,” I began again, speaking slowly so everyone gathered around us could follow, “there is a paragraph that says ‘we kill spam dead.’ It discusses the fact that it will keep spammers from leaving comments on your blog, and that it will shut down ‘spam blogs’ that might try to sneak onto WordPress.com. Perhaps they considered yours a “spam blog.”

Jim sat there, slowly shaking his head back and forth. Heaving a couple of huge sighs, he looked at me and asked the inevitable question,

“Now what do I do?”

“I would suggest that you go onto another Host Server, one where you pay like GoDaddy or MyDomain. The cost is minimal, and you won’t have to worry about this happening again. What you do,” I went on, “is simply install WordPress on your own server, and then you can’t get your content removed by WordPress any longer.”

“What if you haven’t already been shut down, any way you can avoid it from happening to you?” the same voice from my left asked.

“Sure,” I assured him, “transfer your account to a pay server before they get the chance to shut you down. You can migrate your material from one to the other, so it won’t be too much of a hassle at all.

 Jim was now shaking his head – first up and down, then side to side, then up and down and then side to side and so on. I watched for a moment, wondering just how long he was going to keep it up. Finally, realizing that he was, apparently, “locked in” I broke the silence and stopped his head bobbing routine!

“What’s wrong, Jim?”

“Floyder,” he said with somewhat of a sheepish grin, “what I can’t figure out is how they would even know that we had fried Spam for dinner the other night.”

Jim is, without a doubt, precious!

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The Great “SWEEP STEAKS” Contest

“Floyder, I am ready!!!”

Not only did Jim’s proclamation get my attention, it got the attention of everyone in the place. And, like me, they could all see that Jim was, in fact, ready. The question was – – ready for what? He was attired in some of the most unique garb I have ever seen anyone wear. His outfit looked like a cross between a Haz-Mat suit and something retrieved from the prop storage unit of a really bad Science Fiction movie. Where he actually did acquire all of the various parts of his outfit was a mystery, but not as confusing as why he had chosen to dress that way – – and then announce to me that he was ready. By now everyone had actually gathered around us, and I figured we should find out what was going on.

“Jim,” I asked, “what are you prepared for?

“The contest. I heard you and Randall talking about a contest where you have to sweep steaks. I have been around enough raw meat to know that it can get more than a little nasty, so I thought I had better get an outfit that would protect me from all the yuckiness.”

If you have read many of my other blogs you already know about Jim. Owner of an independent Sporting Goods Store, he is, to the best of his ability, trying to go “Hi Tech” with his Marketing. And, as a result, he sometimes gets his wires crossed in regard to the different programs being offered. That, obviously, is what had happened this time. Jim had joined Randall Mains, Director of Pathmaker Marketing, and I the other day late in a conversation we were having regarding the various aspects of a project we are working on for a client. Pathmaker’s area of expertise is coming up with Internet Marketing Ideas, which ranges from Keyword Marketing and Search Engine Optimization Services to Premier Blogging Services and everything in between. For this particular client, the “contest program” that we are employing includes the base contest, a sweepstakes, and a giveaway. Jim, having heard only bits and pieces of what was being said, surmised that there was a contest where the winner would be the one who could best sweep steaks. I smiled at Jim as I explained to him, and all of those present, what Randall and I had actually been talking about.

The loud groan from the crowd indicated that everyone present was hoping to watch the steak sweeping actually take place. Everyone but Jim drifted away, and once we were alone he just gave me a somewhat sheepish grin. I smiled back, knowing that to him a steak-sweeping contest might actually be a valid Small Business Marketing Strategy. As I thought about it, I could almost accept that it could be an Internet Business Marketing Promotion if you reached the right Target Market with an E-mail blast.

“Floyder,” Jim said, breaking my train of thought, “is the contest program working?”

I assured him that it was. So well, in fact, that this was actually the second contest we are doing for the client. That seemed to satisfy him, and, bidding me adieu, he sauntered out of the restaurant to parts unknown. I, on the other hand, could only wonder if he would have, in fact, won the steak-sweeping contest!

To preview our real NLT Facebook SweepstakesBible Contest and Giveaway, visit the linked copy in this string of text through April 30, 2010. You could enter to win one of our daily NLT Bibles or the Grand Prize of a trip to Hawaii.

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Silly Rabbit – – Twitter Is NOT Just For Kids!

If a man could have a dollar for every misconception regarding the various aspects of Internet Marketing he wouldn’t have to involve himself with Internet Marketing! Case in point – – I was jawing a bit with a friend of mine and he said, somewhat disgustedly I might add!, that whoever invented Twittering ought to be shot. I was a little taken back, of course, and asked him why. His explanation really blew me away! Twitter, he explained, is nothing more than another application of the Internet to take up a teen-ager’s time. It has, he went on, no practical application for business and, as a result, was a colossal waste of creative energy.

He paused, waiting to see what my response would be. He is aware, of course, that I am affiliated with Pathmaker Marketing and had been introduced to Randall Mains, Pathmaker’s founder and one of its creative geniuses by another staff member, Karen Randau. The sly grin that began to creep across his face made me wonder if his earlier statement was a reflection of how he really felt, or if he was just trying to get my goat. Whatever his motivation, I opted to choose this as a challenge for me to defend my position as an expert in the realm of Internet Business Marketing Promotion, and decided if I couldn’t dazzle him with my brilliance I would at least baffle him with my bull crap!

“Do you know who created Twitter, and why?” I asked, knowing that he didn’t. Not waiting for an answer, I explained to him that back in 2006 Jack Dorsey was conducting a brainstorming meeting for Odeo. His goal, he has since shared, was to create a Short Message Service (SMS) where the best, freshest, and most relevant information could be shared between people. He and his group viewed Twitter not as a social network, but as an information network. In fact, I went on, really starting to get into it, today Facebook is the number one Social Network while Twitter is the number one micro-blogging network.

It was close, but at that point I figured my grin was bigger than his! Others near us were becoming intrigued with what I was sharing, and I realized that my friend’s whole intent was to make us the center of attention. Warming to the challenge of monopolizing the whole room that he had set up for me, I continued with my barrage of techno-talk, consciously trying to submerge the entire room with a tsunami of verbiage!

You see, I went on, Dorsey and his staff liked the SMS aspect of what they were developing. They felt it most beneficial that you could both update, and receive, your information from anywhere. As they continued their brainstorming they realized they would be crating quite a buzz – – and decided they wanted to capture that concept in the name they came up with. Someone suggested that you would be buzzing your friend’s pocket – – an actual physical sensation. As the name-storming continued they came up with “twitch,” but felt that was not a good product name because it doesn’t bring up the right imagery. A member of the team grabbed a dictionary and began looking at words that were around “twitch,” and came up with Twitter. The definition was “a short burst of inconsequential information,” and “chirps from birds.” And according to Dorsey, that’s exactly what the product was.

I took a long pull from my glass of cola and stole a glass around. We had ‘em, no doubt about it. While the whole room may not have been hanging on my every word, everyone was listening for they realized this was a wealth of information that they could deposit in their memory bank for future withdrawal. I smiled, as I nodded and winked to my friend as I prepared to leave, knowing that my parting shot would garner more than one groan from those present.

“This has tremendous business ramifications,” I shared. “Give me a call and I’ll explain them to you!”

To learn how you can use Twitter to promote your business, perform keyword marketing, or use it in conjunction with targeting keywords, contact Pathmaker Marketing. After all, you may find the program so exciting that it will set your heart a twitter!

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This is a great example of successful internet marketing ideas.

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