7 Marketing Links You’d Be Crazy to Ignore

7 Marketing Links You’d Be Crazy to Ignore

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  1. Thanks Robert for share this list. I wont ignore (of course) – I think I will learn so much from all marketing link above. I go to read all right now.

  2. These r stuffs we have heard said overtime but we just seem to ignore them unconciously,This post is really a food for thought,Thank You so much for sharing.

  3. What a worthless piece of advice from Seth. I seriously doubt he uses his own advice that he spouts off so freely here to get publicity for himself, and his books. Sure, if you sell ten people your product and they like it and they tell ten more and they tell ten more it’s great… but don’t be the ranch on this as your marketing plan.

    I like my car and showed it to everyone I know when I bought it – few others went out and purchased one. Same with my tennis racquet. I get rave reviews for my book How To Market A Product For Under $500 and have sold over 25,000 printed copies (30,000 downloads) but I still follow my own advice in my book for my own marketing plan: send press release each month, send sample copies to reviewers, to book clubs and to premium buyers for businesses to use as a business giveaway – just to name a few. Marketing is real work, and the plan of selling your product to ten people and calling it a day… and waiting for success is incredibly poor advice no matter who it comes from. I can’t imagine going into a client and offering that as “Here’s your marketing plan.” Absurd. What exactly were you thinking, Robert, when you offered this link to your readers…

    • Jeffrey,

      Note the word “First” in the title of Seth’s post.

      I was thinking that his advice is extremely good as a beginning (not as an entire marketing plan), when I offered this link.

      • Thanks, Robert…
        Nice to know that when you ask someone to speak their mind, you listen – and allow posts of all natures, both good and bad. I enjoy your writing and lots of great tips – so thanks. But, call me cranky – I didn’t like this one.

        I certainly agree that starting a viral marketing campaign is awesome – tell a friend, they tell two friends, they tell four friends… but as a professional marketer I also don’t think this is a realistic part of a real marketing plan or that it happens in this simplistic path. We all hope our products and services are good enough for clients to tell others – and I do believe this is the highest level of trust you can establish and probably the most effective of all marketing methods: referrals. No doubt.

        When I approach a client who needs marketing, in the sense as we seem to be using it here—sales, he needs sales and his phone to ring right now! Or in the near future. Not in 3 years. I don’t have years to build on this kind of platform of OK, you tell one person and they’ll tell another. They need stuff to happen now – not building to climax in 3 years, 5 years… Rent, phone, employees all these expenses start at day one…

        Can we get lucky and can the viral happen? Possibly. But… not likely. Please don’t take the one or two examples of success and say “Look! That it happened here.” That’s like pointing at your child and saying sure – you can be President – it happened to Obama! Or when you kid plays piano knowing how he’ll be successful just like Billy Joel. Sure, it can happen. But, that’s not the way to bet. How about pointing to the hundreds of thousands of failed businesses that started on the same “tell a friend” campaign.

        Look at all the underlying hours and manpower it takes even large well-known company campaigns to move from a dead start. Hundreds, thousands of hours gearing up to get Facebook “likes,” and now the same with getting Google +1. Everyone is clamoring for you to “follow them” or “link” to them, “vote” for them, “like” them. It’s work and effort. Do you think Pepsi put two hundred dollars into the kitty and said let’s go viral – it’ll happen because a lot of people like our product!” I don’t think so.

        I’m not saying the “tell a friend and they’ll tell two friends” isn’t a good start to any campaign, heck it certainly seems to happen fast when I create a piece of work with a typo in it. I’m just saying it’s lousy advice to a new firm who needs to hit the ground at speed, or a guy with 6,000 surf boards in his garage hoping to sell them before the winter. Thanks for posting this.

    • I think it’s exactly how Seth started out when he started out as a public figure. He doesn’t take out a superbowl ad to sell his books, he uses the authority platform that he created years ago and has been building on steadily ever since.

      Seth’s audience, and Copyblogger’s and many others, are what the result looks like some years into the game.

    • I agree. I went to the how to get 7,000 twitter followers one. I didn’t find what I was looking for, but I wasn’t disappointed either. The title sucked me in.

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