Email List Building – Social Media

In this video, you will discover:

  • How to attract clients and make money through (not from) social media, by giving value and establishing connections
  • How to tap into the massive opportunity with Facebook for marketing your business and building your email list
  • A simple 2-step formula to ensure you’re establishing value and a relationship with your audience so they buy from you
  • How to boost your engagement with your fans on your Facebook fan page
  • Dozens of examples on how to establish community and engagement with your network
  • One simple trick to allow fans to optin to your email list directly from your fan page
  • A free plugin from Facebook that goes on all of your web pages to immediately build engagement and go viral
  • 4 simple strategies to establish a compelling presence on Twitter
  • The most powerful page on Twitter to join the immediate conversation happening in your industry
  • Leverage the same techniques and strategies for LinkedIn and Pinterest and Google+


The wrong way to let subscribers opt-out from your email list

This got me going… and I had to share.

I follow a friend of mine on Twitter named Scott Stratten. You can follow him on Twitter at @unmarketing or on his website at UnMarketing.com.

If you don’t know Scott, he tweets about social media and marketing with a very unorthodox mindset – which I appreciate and respect. His Twitter handle of “unmarketing” says it all. Similar to my authentic Internet marketing approach, Scott looks for the real, genuine and authentic way to market a business online using email marketing, Internet marketing and social media.

Scott recently tweeted something about the process of unsubscribing from someone’s email list (see below). Ironically, the timing couldn’t have been better (I’ll share more on that in the p.s. at the end.)

Can you relate? I sure can… And, I had to share by retweeting it on Twitter. As did 40+ other people that supported his tweet about the occasional and unfortunate process of unsubscribing from someone’s email list when it’s done in a non-ethical, non-intuitive and non-authentic way.

It got me fired up to share some of the reasons why this is just so wrong. Interestingly, I just looked at the other @replies to Scott’s original tweet to see other examples (including mine) as to why this not the right way to go about having people opt-out from your list.

Listen, someone at some point may decide to leave your list. And, as I shared in an earlier post about why that’s a good thing – you don’t want to make them feel bad or irritate them by making the process more difficult or cumbersome than it really is. A simple one-click unsubscribe will do.

So, in the interest of showing “how to do it right.” Here are some  examples of what NOT to do when people choose to unsubscribe from your list.

Forcing subscribers to login into their “profile” to access “subscriber options.”

I mean give me a break. I optin to your list for a free report or to join your newsletter – I don’t need a profile where I have to login to opt-out if I choose to do so. Simply point me to an unsubscribe page where I can remove myself easily and let’s move on. Chances are if I am wanting to unsubscribe, I’m not getting value – so why would I even know or remember my profile information to login in the first place?! I am in favor to login if I actually have multiple subscriptions or options – but most people don’t when they join a simple email newsletter.

Sending a confirmation email after I unsubscribe.

I mean is it just me or does this seem 100% counterintuitive? I just opted out of your list because I don’t want to receive anymore emails and you send me ANOTHER email? When does No actually mean No to you people? When I hit unsubscribe that means “don’t email me again, please.” Else, I’m reporting email spam on you.

Forcing the subscriber to re-enter my email address. For real? Of course you have my email address because I am receiving emails from you – so why do I have to re-enter it? Seriously.

Actually “unsubscribing” and still getting emails. Yes, this does happen. I happen to be on an email list where I have opted out several times (and they use all these sneaky tactics above) and I STILL receive their frickin emails. I’m at the point now I had to setup a rule in my email program to auto-delete their emails when they get delivered. I’m sure subscribers like me don’t skew their email metrics at all… right…

Designing your unsubscribe page like a website from hell. I’ve visited a web page to opt-out and it literally looked like a scrabble board – letters and forms and buttons and images all over the place. I don’t mean to toot my own horn – but I get websites – and am pretty crafty about working my way through some pretty horribly designed pages to figure out what to do. But some of these opt- out pages – totally stumped me. Kudos to them for making it hard for me – and keeping a pissed off subscriber. Big win, huh?

These are all measly attempts to keep subscribers – which is pathetic and pitiful. I feel sorry for people that do any of these – or shame if you do all of them. If you’re actually successful on keeping subscribers because the opt-out process is so darn difficult – do you actually think these people will want to receive (let alone open and read) your emails? No!

If anything, you’re setting yourself up for failure – because they most likely will report spam on you for not being able to opt-out.

Here’s the deal – if you’re doing any of these – please stop. Perhaps you don’t even know what your opt-out process is about. Well, test it!

If your email marketing platform doesn’t allow you to customize any of these options or remove them entirely – think about moving to a different provider that makes it easy for people to opt-out. Not only are you hurting your business by pissing off subscribers – you’re rubbing people the wrong way and that’s just morally wrong. They may come back later – but not if you piss them off while they’re leaving now.

Until next time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

p.s. Why was the timing of this perfect as I mentioned earlier? As this tweet conversation was going on – I was having my own “opt out from hell” experience trying to unsubscribe from a list as they pitched me some offer repeatedly for days. Their weapon of choice to keep me subscribed? The famed “login to your profile to access your subscriber options.” Buggers…

Twitter Secrets Revealed

Twitter just announced a brand-new feature that I wanted to make sure you knew about. It allows people to have 1-click access to follow you on Twitter directly from your website – which is a huge benefit for building your following with your network and establishing a great social media presence using Twitter.

You can read more about it here:

I would definitely recommend setting it up on your website asap.

Speaking of Twitter, I want to share some of the behind-the-scenes strategies and techniques that I personally use with Twitter to build a huge network of loyal, engaging and responsive followers that allows me to consistently build my list and get new clients.

I’m going to make some assumptions that you are already aware of what Twitter is and how to do some of the basics like find friends, get followers, as well as send updates, replies, retweets, etc.

These are some of the more advanced “systems” I use for leveraging the most of what Twitter has to offer.

Friends (you follow) and Followers (follow you). I always suggest connecting with like-minded people and those you want to connect with as much as possible. It’s pace, not race. Most number of friends or followers does not matter. Often those you follow (as a friend) will follow you back. Having said that, people ask me about auto-following back those who follow you. My thought is you don’t have to. Auto-follow is not an obligation, it’s a choice. There are many followers I have which I don’t follow in return and vice-versa. If you’re wiling to take the time and effort to manually follow back those who follow you, I’d suggest it (I personally do it.)

Direct Messages. I’m a huge fan of using DM’s to connect with my followers and friends. Sending a direct message is quick and easy and almost ALWAYS gets a response. Now, I’m very active and engaging on Twitter so people I interact with DM’s tend to be the same. But, it’s in some cases more effective and efficient than sending emails for things like making introductions and connecting.

Favorites. I use Twitter favorites all the time for marking as favorites other tweets I want to read later but just don’t have the time. It’s kind of like email folders for Twitter. See a tweet you like with a link but don’t have time to read it now? Mark it as a favorite and carve out time later to refer back to it. You can see my Twitter Favorites here.

Lists. I have lists to help categorize and organize my Twitter friends. With 55,000 plus friends it’s hard for me to obviously read EVERY tweet that comes out – it’s insane. So, I use Twitter Lists to group relevant friends in buckets and then review those lists together. I have some for friends, brands, skiing and even locked (hidden) lists for things like competitors, prospects, etc. You can see my Twitter Lists here.

Search. Twitter search (http://search.twitter.com) is a great tool for finding content and possible connections (friends and followers). You can search by hashtag (#) and see relevant tweets to that topic or just do a general search for “Internet Marketing” and see all the tweets and conversation about that topic. From there, jump on in and get tweeting.

Applications. I use the following: Hootsuite and Twitter for iPhone. Hootsuite allows me to view everything in a browser which means I can do it from anywhere (any computer and from my phone). It’s great for viewing all the tweets in columns and then reply, DM, schedule and post tweets. The Twitter for iPhone application is just flat-out the easiest and simplest application for a mobile device for Twitter.

Now the most frequently asked question: “Derek, where do you get all your content and ideas?” Here are my secret sources (never revealed these before). Google Reader (I subscribe to a ton of blogs and content sites relevant to my niche). StumbleUpon and Digg for finding interesting and relevant content that my followers will respond to. ME! Yes, I do create most of my own content and tweets based on what YOU provide to me as feedback and content you’re looking for. So, trust your followers and give them what they want – they will love you for it!

I hope these Twitter Secrets help you in the Twitterverse and I can’t wait to see you out there…

Until next time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

Why Twitter as a Social Media Outlet is Better Than TV

20110507-063032.jpg I’m sitting here at the gate in the Phoenix airport and felt compelled to write a new blog post for two reasons:

1. Demonstrate the power and relevance of Twitter as an outlet for “media.”

2. The blog post allows for more than the 140 characters on Twitter that I need.

The TV here has been on for 45 minutes and nothing has been mentioned or shown other than Osama bin Laden. The death. The killing. The photos. It goes on and on and on.

I mean come on. It happened OVER a week ago and this is the only relevant, current and most interesting news now?! What about the good in the world that happened today here or anywhere else in the world? Are we that desperate as a society for fear and drama we have to relive this event from a week ago which for many of us relives the event from almost 10 years ago?

That’s where Twitter comes in. Last week, within minutes of this event – it spread like wildfire on Twitter. The concentrated amount of activity and insight and comments on the event was powerful. And then, we collectively moved on. By the time Monday morning rolled around, we were discussing and talking about the most current and relevant media topic at at that time. Twitter moves that fast because the conversation aspect of the platform demands it. We have no time to talk about “what was” – only “what is.”

They should create “Twitter TV” and have it be a live-stream of the most relevant tweets at that time and blast it in airports instead of CNN. I’d watch – and listen. Maybe even TIVO it!

Until next time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

Recycle Your Tweets for Massive Exposure

I get this question all the time from my friends and followers on Twitter. “How are you so active on Twitter and how do you find the time to generate all this GREAT content with your tweets?” It’s quite simple, really.

I’m a huge fan (obviously) of blogging and Twitter. The power of the two together is immeasurable. But, what most people overlook is the ‘recycle’ factor of your blog posts and your tweets. Here’s what I mean:

Most people write an article and post it to their blog. They might tweet about it once or twice and then move on from there. After a few days their focus is onto the next article and the next series of tweets for that article and so on and so on. The cycle repeats.

Now, this is great from a content perspective because you’re creating more and more high content articles on your blog for generating traffic, building your list, etc.

But, remember that Twitter is a conversation. Upwards of 90% of your followers may not be “in the conversation” taking place on Twitter during those one or two days when you’re mentioning your most recent blog post or article. Thus, they don’t know about it!

So, why not recycle those tweets and refer back to them again in the future to further supplement the exposure the articles get?

I do this all the time and constantly drive new traffic back to my articles that I wasn’t generating when I originally created the article. Recycling your tweets about previous articles and blog posts you’ve created is a powerful way to consistently build the exposure for your content. It doesn’t mean if I re-engage my followers again later about the same article I’m over promoting my article – I’m just sharing again the high content blog post I wrote previously.

The simplest way to do this is to use Twitter favorites. I generate my blog post and then will tweet about it in 3-4 different ways using different words and copy in my tweet. I will mark each of those tweets as a “favorite” in my Twitter account. Then, over the next several weeks and months I will refer back to my list of Twitter favorites (which has been growing steadily now with all of the tweets I’m adding as favorites) and then “retweet” them in different ways. Now, I don’t just retweet the exact same tweet. I mix it up by changing the wording or copy in the tweet so it has a similar message – but perhaps a different angle than the original tweet.

The objective is the same – drive that traffic back to my article on my blog. If you’re writing really good and high content articles – and you’re referring people to them using Twitter, recycle those tweets in different ways to re-engage your Twitter followers and continually build exposure for your articles.

I will also setup Google Alerts for my name and anytime my articles are picked up on other websites or article marketing sites, I will use that web link in my tweets. That way I’m adding different high-traffic websites that I’m tweeting about to generate even more followers and friends to my content.

It’s an amazing powerful strategy to build exposure for your articles AND generate great content and interest from your Twitter followers. Try it…

Until next time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

Your Assignment:
Start developing a strategy where you mark some of your best tweets about your articles and blog posts as Twitter “favorites.” Not on Twitter yet? Definitely visit www.twitter.com to get started. You can find all of my favorites at twitter.com/derekfred/favorites to see how many I have saved for all of my blog posts and articles. Interested in finding out more about blogs and Twitter and other authentic Internet marketing strategies to help grow your online business? The Authentic List Building Coaching program can show you exactly how you can authentically add up to 1,000 new qualified prospects to your business each month. People who really “get” your message and are eager and ready to become your client or buy your products. And, you could do this authentically, quickly and consistently, without being spammy or icky, but just by being you. How would that make a difference in your life? I created this one-of-a-kind program to personally walk you through the same secrets we used (and continue to use daily) to add over 1,000 highly targeted and qualified leads to our list each month for the last 12 months. To see the presentation I created for you about authentic list building principles [IMPORTANT VIDEO], go here.

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Want to use this article on your website or your own ezine? No problem! But here is what you MUST include: Derek Fredrickson, Authentic Internet Marketing Specialist, is founder of the Authentic Internet Marketing System, the proven step-by-step program that shows you exactly how to authentically market your business online, in record time…guaranteed. To get your F.R.E.E. videos and receive his authentic internet marketing articles on attracting more leads and converting more sales online to multiply your current revenues, visit www.derekfredrickson.com.

The Lights Are On, But Nobody’s Home

When it comes to Internet marketing, we tend to get overwhelmed and distracted with all the “bright shiny objects” to help market our business. And what happens is most people jump into all of them – but never actually COMMIT to the work and follow-through that is needed. When it comes to your website, blog, email, video, social media, etc. often times people will do THEM ALL, but unfortunately NOT DO THEM ALL WELL.

Here’s an example. I love to check out someone’s online presence when they express interest in coaching with me. It’s one of the first things I do. I will check out their website, social media, videos, etc. It gives me a great sense about them and their business (and their online marketing challenges) when I spend JUST 2-3 minutes reviewing their website and online presence. I recently went to a website (they indicated their website was still in the “beginning” stages) and saw it was “Under Construction.” It remained like that for months… I mean, come on!

Don’t flaunt it if you don’t have it!

If you “say” you’re active on a social media site but have nothing there, what does that say about your online presence and even more importantly, your business? How do you expect to get clients if you’re saying one thing about your marketing, yet not actually doing it? You’ve got to walk your talk, not just talk your walk. You hand out business cards with a website you’re ashamed of that doesn’t get you any traffic or leads? You’ve got to be serious about your marketing to be serious about making money with your online business. If not, you’re basically saying “lights are on, but nobody’s home!”

Here are other examples that you want to think about:

Website: Just get it done, really. There is no excuse you have to delay buying a $9.95 URL via GoDaddy.com and have a fully-functioning website setup on WordPress within minutes. Hire a web designer on elance.com or odesk.com and get a decent web banner/logo and just some simple welcome pages for your site. The words “Under Construction” on your website are worse than having no website at all.

Social Media: I see so many people that are jumping on the Facebook and Twitter bandwagon when they haven’t even stopped to think for a second if it actually ‘makes sense’ for their niche. They create a profile, setup an automated feed of tweets and then walk away thinking, “Great, I’ve now used social media to help build my online business.” I’ve visited countless websites to see the prominently displayed and ever-popular “Follow me on Twitter” or “Visit me on Facebook” links. So, I visit and see there is practically nothing there – it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. It’s like false advertising. Worse is when you visit a Twitter profile and they have no picture, no bio, no tweets – nothing but just the account. It’s like – who is this person?

YouTube: I’ve visited people’s channel on YouTube only to discover they only have ONE video posted to their account. Not good. The video had nothing to do with their business – but a family vacation trip two years ago where the kids were water-skiing. Yet, the website I was looking at had a button and a link saying, “Check me out on YouTube for my videos!” Why bother

Blog: Don’t say you have a “blog” when you don’t have anything to share like high-content articles or content-rich posts. Blogs are designed to share fresh, current and relevant information. It’s hard to say you have a “blog” when you haven’t posted anything in months.

Email: This is the worst of all. If you’ve added someone to your list and you don’t have a consistent strategy in place to email them and deliver content to them on a regular basis, then why did you build an email list to begin with? It’s like inviting someone over for dinner and the guest commits with an emphatic “Yes!” – But you never stay in touch with them and actually invite them over. You need to stay in touch with your list!

The moral of my rant here is to stick to what works for you and JUST DO IT. Don’t get distracted or influenced by what everyone else does; focus on what works for your niche. When you do commit to something for online marketing, then COMMIT. It’s all about ACTION, not PERFECTION. If you do it half-assed, honestly, and this is my personal opinion, it’s almost worse than not doing it at all.

So, it’s totally cool to hang out in different places online to market your business and help other people, but make sure you’re actually there.

I look forward to “seeing” you there…

Until Next Time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

Mobile Internet Marketing Secrets Revealed

This is the second part of my two-part article I’m sharing about how to start the new year off with a bang – for your authentic Internet marketing. With all the bells and whistles out there, it sometimes is confusing and overwhelming to choose which tools, systems and applications to use to help market your business online.

In this article, I will share some of my best “mobile” tools and applications for helping you market your business online. Looking for other Internet Marketing secrets? Check out my previous blog post here.

 
Google Voice

I setup a free account on Google Voice over two years ago and have been using it ever since. Think of the power and ease of use of Gmail along with your mobile phone. Got a wireless signal? Use Google Voice to make ridiculously low priced international calls. And, I love the transcribe feature via email. I setup my home phone to forward to my Google Voice so all the messages are transcribed and sent to me via email as opposed to having to take the time to dial in, press commands, listen, etc.
 
GoDaddy

Really? GoDaddy as a favorite mobile app? With the hundreds (yes, hundreds) of URL’s we own across Client Attraction and Derek Fredrickson, I use this nifty mobile app all the time to search, buy, bid and manage all of our websites and URL’s. Got an idea for a new URL and don’t want to risk the chance of missing buying it? Why wait? GoDaddy allows me to buy and bid on the URL’s right from my mobile phone.
 
LogMeIn

Got a file on your computer at home and can’t send it to the person you’re standing next to? I use the mobile app from LogMeIn to access my remote computer and easily execute commands and perform tasks as if I was right there. It’s very efficient and helpful in cases when I’m doing tasks or activities from my main computer when I’m traveling and can still access them remotely. Hint: I also use Dropbox to help manage online file access so I can access any file from any computer without having to share or email files back and forth
 
iPhone

Ok, this is where I might hurt some people’s feelings. I’m a big Mac guy – with everything. I have the pods to the phones to the TV’s and of course the computers – all Apple. So, I could not list my best online mobile apps for 2011 and not give credit to the platform that makes it all possible which is the iPhone. It’s just all around fantastic for so much of running my business and allowing me to stay connected with my network.
 
Ping.fm

Ping is my favorite online mobile app. I use it in two ways. One, I setup my mobile phone number with Ping.fm so I can use the service from my phone like sending text messages. Short, sweet and simple. I don’t need to login to a site or anything like that. Just open my text messenger app on my iPhone and start typing away. Second, I have my Facebook and Twitter account linked to Ping.fm so I only use this service when I want an update sent to both Facebook AND Twitter. Else, I will just use the Twitter iPhone app (see below).
 
Twitter iPhone

I tried all the others out there (Tweetie, Twitteralator, EchoFon, HootSuite, etc.) and this is by far my favorite. If they ONLY supported timed tweets (setup a tweet for delayed posting) it would be the end-all-be-all. It’s very user friendly and intuitive and supports all Twitter functions you need in a simple interface. I use it all the time to repost my favorite tweets (blog posts) to get more people on my list. It’s very effective.
 
Facebook iPhone

How can you run an online business and not be using the Facebook iPhone app is beyond me. It’s by far the best out there – and really the only game in town. Not only do I use it to stay connected to my Facebook friends, but also I use it for posting photos and status updates on my Facebook fanpage. Hint: Did you know you could post a photo with a comment directly to your fanpage from the Facebook iPhone app? It’s really cool. Just click the small camera icon from the status update section on your fanpage and then click the “Upload a caption” before you upload the photo – presto!
 
Pixelpipe
My secret weapon, revealed! I use this photo-sharing app for sharing my photos on both Twitter and Facebook. And, I’ve set it up so when it posts to Facebook – it posts as an actual photo – not just a link to a photo from my status update. It goes right into my Mobile Photos folder. You have to setup your services first on their website (I setup Twitpic to feed Twitter and Facebook separately) so when I upload a photo from my iPhone to the Pixelpipe service – it streams it out to both (as a picture) simultaneously.
 
There you have it! My best mobile tips and secrets for 2011 – I hope you enjoyed it!

Until Next Time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

Internet Marketing Secrets Revealed

This is the first part of a two-part article I’m sharing about how to start the new year off with a bang – for your authentic Internet marketing. With all the bells and whistles out there, it sometimes can be confusing and overwhelming to choose which tools, systems and applications to use to help market your business online.

In this article, I will share some of my best tools and applications for helping you market your business online. In the next section to be revealed next week, I will share some of my personal best practices and best tricks for productivity, marketing and running a successful online business.


Evernote

Evernote is an online and desktop based organizing tool for all your notes, ideas, to-do lists, etc. Consider it a place for a brain dump of all the ideas and ‘stuff’ in your head so you can clearly and effectively organize your thoughts. I use it for ideas for blog posts, notes, to do lists, etc. It automatically syncs to an online website so I can login from virtually anywhere (including my cell phone) and edit, add, update my notes and to do lists. I can organize them using folders and categories so it’s all-together. I’m a big fan of using this over notepads or post notes because I never risk losing all my notes or ideas and I can access it from anywhere.


Tweetdeck

This is the ideal Twitter application for your desktop. Tweetdeck is a column-based view of tweets, replies, messages, and lists. You can create custom notifications of visual or sound alerts can notify you when certain tweets or messages are posted. It supports full integration with Facebook for both your personal profile as well as your fanpage. You can setup timed tweets to be broadcast at certain dates and times in case you’re not available to tweet at that time. And lastly, it syncs with your Twitter account for your Twitter lists and saved searches so you can keep a close tab on all the activity for everything you want to stay connected to on Twitter.


Google Reader

This is my hidden gem for productivity, marketing and content. I’m a HUGE fan of blogs and subscribing to some of the best marketing blogs out there. I don’t read newspapers or magazines or watch the news because I read it all online using their RSS feeds in Google Reader. In Reader, you can organize your blogs using folders to categorize the subscriptions. I use Google Reader as a way to consolidate and view all of that content together – and use it for not only my own content and ideas – but also to instantaneously share it with my followers on both Twitter and Facebook. The trick here is to use an application with Google Reader called “Google2Tweet.” You can find it at http://reader2twitter.appspot.com. You can link in your Twitter account so while you’re reading your blog articles on Google Reader you can easily click the “Share” button and immediately share this article on your Twitter account. See below as an example:


Google Alerts

I use this tool from Google to monitor and track certain keyword phrases that pertain to my niche. I have alerts for not only my name “Derek Fredrickson” but also for “authentic internet marketing” and other derivations of that phrase. I then add the RSS feeds for these searches in my Google Reader account so I can view the alerts along with everything else I need to monitor.


Twitter Search

This is like Google Alerts but for Twitter. There is always a conversation happening on Twitter for your market and you want to be a part of it. Twitter Search allows you to save custom searches and then create RSS feeds for those and feed it into your Google Reader account to view and monitor along with Google Alerts and your blogs. Thus, Google Reader becomes like the hub for all your content and information online for the market you are a part of.


Gmail

Gmail is hands down the best email client out there – bar none. If you’re not using Gmail for your email – I’d recommend consider switching as soon as possible. The benefits are simple but obviously a big help. Online access anywhere; tons of storage; very intuitive and user friendly; simple search and filter options to help organize all the emails you receive, etc. Of course it’s free and you can easily setup your own custom email (i.e. firstname@mybusiness.com) right through Gmail in minutes. You can also purchase for $20 an application called Mailplane which is great as a desktop client of Gmail and seems to be a bit quicker and easier to navigate than having to use the Gmail website in a web browser.


Google Calendar

This calendar application is the best. Easy to use and setup – and allows you to efficiently and effectively share your calendar with members of your team and grant permission based access depending on what they need (read access, read/write access, etc.) Color coding helps manage tons of different calendars and all the essential elements are there in terms of recurring appointments, inviting members to appointments, various reminders as well as a simple daily agenda email that is really helpful.

That’s a good start for now! I will share more applications and tools in the next article as well as some of the best mobile applications out there to help you stay connected and delivering great content to your network!

Until Next Time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

What tools and applications from the my list above can you start to apply to your online business? They will help you create more content and connect with your prospects more so you can build your list and get more clients. Consider implementing some (if not all of these) before 2011 to help you start the new year off right!

Interested in finding out more about my internet marketing secrets and other authentic Internet marketing strategies to help grow your online business? The Authentic List Building Coaching program can show you exactly how you can authentically add up to 1,000 new qualified prospects to your business each month. People who really “get” your message and are eager and ready to become your client or buy your products. And, you could do this authentically, quickly and consistently, without being spammy or icky, but just by being you. How would that make a difference in your life? I created this one-of-a-kind program to personally walk you through the same secrets we used (and continue to use daily) to add over 1,000 highly targeted and qualified leads to our list each month for the last 12 months. To see the presentation I created for you about authentic list building principles [IMPORTANT VIDEO], go here.

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Want to use this article on your website or your own ezine? No problem! But here is what you MUST include:

Derek Fredrickson, Authentic Internet Marketing Specialist, is founder of the Authentic Internet Marketing System, the proven step-by-step program that shows you exactly how to authentically market your business online, in record time…guaranteed. To get your F.R.E.E. videos and receive his authentic internet marketing articles on attracting more leads and converting more sales online to multiply your current revenues, visit www.derekfredrickson.com.

Tweet Your Way To New Clients

I did a call this week for a Social Media Telesummit that is launching soon and it was about Twitter Marketing. As you probably have seen by now, I’m a Twitter (and social media) fanatic and a huge proponent of Twitter to help build your business. In fact, my success in building my email list to well over 500 people in just a few months is comprised of nothing more than article marketing and social media. People who discount the value of Twitter as an authentic Internet marketing strategy are probably not doing it correctly.

In this article, I reveal 5 Twitter strategies to authentically build your list, connect with prospects, and ultimately get new clients.

  1. Have a plan. Most people jump into Twitter and think the quickest and most effective way to market is by following a bunch of random people and send out a series pre-canned tweets hoping their message will convince someone to opt-in or buy. I like to call it the “spray and pray” method using Twitter. After a few weeks when they hardly anyone clicks their tweets and nobody opted-in, they discount Twitter by saying this doesn’t work. You must have a strategy and a plan in place for Twitter. Think about who you want to follow and why. Ideas: Prospects? Potential leads? Clients? JV partners? Don’t follow people purely with the intent to get followed back. One of the best ways to find people in your niche is to simply use serarch.twitter.com and type in some keywords or phrases for your market and see who’s talking about it on Twitter. Follow with the intent to engage them. Once a plan is in place and you’re strategically following the right people for the right reasons, have an end goal in sight. One of the best goals is to ultimately drive your Twitter followers back to your site or blog where they can access more of what you have offer by joining your list!
  2. Twitter is a conversation. Twitter is the like the modern day networking group, but online. You need to engage with people on Twitter the same you would engage with people at a networking event. You show up, you contribute to the conversation by engaging your audience and provide good content and add value. Remember the lifetime of a tweet is often just seconds. The conversation is always happening whether you’re in it or not. So, show up and participate in the conversation! So, you need to do the work on Twitter. Expecting Twitter to be the magic bullet for building your list or getting clients is like showing up at networking event and leaving all your business cards around the room and then going back home – hoping for a prospect to ask you if they can work with you. Where is the engagement in that relationship? If you’re using a Twitter system to blast 10 tweets a day with nothing but your own promotional stuff, I say shame on you. Yes, systems are good (but in moderation.) Yes, you can promote your stuff (but in addition to other high value content you provide. It’s got to be more about them then you.
  3. Implement tools and systems. I’m a huge fan of combining automation and your own efforts so that marketing on Twitter works for you. This is where you might want to think about hiring a social media VA. Not for the purposes of doing your tweets for you, but to assist in the setup and some of the automation in using Twitter. It cannot be outsourced 100%. But, hiring someone to help setup Twitter so are following the right people, responding to DM messages in a timely manner, and most importantly, setting up the automation aspect of feeding select tweets to other social media outlets like Facebook. You can auto-post your blog articles to Twitter (and Facebook) as well as auto-post photos (say from your iPhone) to both Twitter and Facewbook. Yes, you could take time to try and figure all this out and set it up but there are people out there that are highly skilled and willing to do this setup work for you. It will take a fraction of the time. Be sure to use services like Tweetdeck and Ping.fm to assist you in multi-tasking your Twitter and social media efforts. Then you can focus on the most important aspects of Twitter marketing (i.e. see points #1 and #2 above).
  4. Measure your ROI. I’m a huge fan of making sure whatever it is you do to market your business you measure the results and ensure it’s actually providing value for your business. A lot of people spend hours a day on Twitter and get no leads and no sales. In my book, that’s a surefire way to go out of business pretty soon. I like to measure ROI by using “hard” analytics and “soft” analytics. Hard analytics are using tools like bit.ly as a URL shortener so you can track the number of clicks on the links included in your tweets. It’s like measuring the click-through-rate of your emails. Are you sending tweets but nobody is clicking on them? You need to change and improve what you’re sending. Again, a social media VA can help set this up and measure the ROI for your Twitter efforts. Soft analytics does not use numbers or stats, but the feedback and comments you get from people you connect with through Twitter. I love to hear when people say “I love following you on Twitter because you put out such good content!” You can’t put a number on that to measure the return on investment. My favorite? Hearing from clients who work with us that tell us they found us through Twitter. How cool is that? A 5-figure coaching client originated from Twitter and not from any other lead source. In my book, Twitter pays off BIG time.
  5. You can expect to get clients FROM Twitter, not ON Twitter. Twitter is a relationship-marketing tool. You can’t just provide content and value on Twitter and expect them to immediately want to work with you. It often will take time to build the know-like-trust factor in the same way it takes time with the articles and emails you’re providing. This is how relationship-marketing works! You need to first establish that connection with your prospects by providing value and then over time establish goodwill by serving them above and beyond what they’re expecting. People want to feel a sense of connection these days as we’re constantly trying to be high-touch in a high-tech world. Eventually, those prospects will perhaps read more of your articles or perhaps join your list by ordering your irresistible free offer. From there, you can give more content and value so they will want to work with you.

So, get out there and tweet your way to new clients! You can connect with me on Twitter at twitter.com/derekfred.

Until Next Time… Learn It, Love It, Live It!

Your Assignment:

Are you using a “spray and pray” approach to connecting with followers on Twitter? If so, we’ve got to change that. Spend some time to see who you’re following – and why. Who else could you connect with perhaps outside of your current list? JV’s? Prospects? Competitors? How are you sourcing your content for your tweets? I like people to use a 5 minute three times a day rule where they spend 5 minutes each time to provide content and connect with people on Twitter. Where are you not engaging with people and spend the time to be more pro-active and see results!

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