It is Friday Again!!
More bad news from around the globe, more rumors of wars and hurricanes and earthquakes and refugees and ethnic cleansing! Where will this all end?
It is more and more apparent that we cannot trust our governments to look after our well being, we need to look to ourselves and we need to make our own paths straight.
My question to you: are you taking responsibility for your life? what about your kids and their futures?
Let this be a pensive weekend to all....
Lets talk again about sales leads. Without a steady supply of sales leads the business will not grow. How are you managing?
There are many ways in which to generate sales leads and this is by far the most difficult part of network marketing. It is in the failure to generate sales leads that people feel cheated and this is what gives network marketing in general, a bad name.
Let’s look at some of the sales leads generation tactics that we are taught:
Family and friends
Network marketers love to tell us that we must try and sell our products to family and friends. Our family and friends love us and trust us and therefore they will buy from us. Really? I don’t know of too many people who have been successful here. I have heard many a testimony of family friends who ignore those crazy network marketing cousin or uncle! From where I am looking, the family and friends option is always open, when they ask me, how I can afford my lifestyle…
Bump into 100 people a day
Then we get taught to get out there and make sure that you meet 100 people per day, who you can talk to about your product. Many people start out part time and don’t have time to “bump” into 100 strangers a day. Thus not viable either…
I like the idea of blogging and have been blogging myself personally and as a Independent Karatbar Affiliate. For this to be successful, you need to blog almost daily and your content must be so unique that google puts it in front of hungry buyers. In my experience, this is a useful, but very long and tedious way to do it.
I am talking about paid adverts on Facebook, twitter, newspapers, Instagram and wherever else… If you are not a marketing savvy person, you are wasting your money. End of story… So be prepared to pay the right people to help you here if you do not have the knowledge.
Then off course, it never hurts to have accounts on as many social media platforms as possible to create awareness of the company. But, social media is by far a much better influencing tool than a selling platform. This is just my personal experience, maybe you know more about how to manage your social medial accounts than me, and maybe you will be successful..
I use social media differently, I go to the network marketing pages and groups and find people who already know what network marketing is all about, then I email my website link and presentation to them so that they can have a look. This has proven to be successful and the first battle is not fought, because these people are looking for network marketing opportunities already, so I don’t have to convince them that network marketing is a great business!
Buying sales leads
I read an interesting article written by a veteran network marketer. He is of the opinion that generating sales leads do not form part of a network marketer’s core job. I like this guy already!!
He clearly says that he knows how to generate quality sales leads and he will do that for you, you just need to buy the leads from him. His prices are reasonable and I have had great success with sign-ups and customers actually purchasing the merchandise and packages.
This is not an exhaustive list! Please feel free to add to it and send me your suggestions so that I can I can have a more complete list… Also, share those sales leads generation techniques that work for you, I would like to test it and if I benefit, we all benefit. Also share those techniques that do not work, so that we can all stay away!
I ask myself this question often. Starting your own home based business is not easy. When you stop being a slave to your salary or wage, you will find yourself in a place where you feel you can do anything! and when you open your eyes you see that you have done nothing....
It s very important to sit down and write down why you decided to do what you are doing... You should actually print it out and laminate it and put it up where you can read it daily..
Without the why, you are simply aimless and the urge to do the right things to earn money may not be there.
Don't become aimless, stay the course, be self-disciplined and do what needs to be done to go forward.
Did you know that the greatest enemy to success is inaction? Human nature dictates that when we are scared, we find ways not to take the leap and do the things that can change our lives.
My question to you: Can you afford not to take this opportunity?
With Karatbars, there is no initial investment, no monthly membership fee, you can start making money without spending a cent of your own money. What do you have to lose?
Time? And the time not spent at building your own business? That is also time wasted and results in financial loss as you could have used it to make money doing something!
Engage today and let's talk about what it is that is holding you back?
I do hope that your weekend was one of reflection and that you looked at day 1 to 3 and where active! Today, i am going to get practical with you... As I said on a number of occasions, you have to keep yourself busy with some activities on a daily basis to ensure that you make money...
1. You need to build an email list. Research showed us that it takes about 4 connections with customers before they buy online.
2. Do not SPAM!!!! You can email people once to find out if they are interested, after that they need to opt-in, give you permission to email them regularly for you to keep on communicating with them. and people also should be able to opt-out, tell you that they do not want to hear from you again.
3. Once you have registered you need to find people who are interested in network marketing and present Karatbars to them.
4. Karatbars has made great videos, explaining the product and need for the product on youtube. All you have to do is refer people to these and then let the video to the talking.
5. Daily you need to find people to refer - this is your main job.
You will find people on IBOToolbox.com, network marketing forums, chat groups, facebook and twitter. You need to search out people who requested information and email them once to present the opportunity. Then you need to leave it up to them to contact you for more information.
Remember this is a numbers game, the more people you contact, the greater your response will be. so do not become despondent! Your goal is to get at least 3 people per week to commit to watch the video, one person in about 50 will sign up and from those who sign up 1 in 10 will go on and actually implement the plan and make money.
6. No you need to keep into contact with those people who opted-in and did not buy anything yet! Karatbars makes that easy through their Karatbars Academy, They provide you with automated emails that you can send to your list for about 3 months, so you just plug that in and let it run. My experience, if some one did not buy in 3 months, delete, they probably won't buy...
If you do not want to use the Karatbars academy, you can write your own emails and send it, The general rule is to send out an email once every 3 days. You also do not want to irritate your list with too much correspondence. Remember to always give your list a way to opt-out of receiving your e-mails.
This is lots of work! Start today, don't wait!
Have you been following the news this week? There is so much going on at present in the world. Airstrikes in Syria, threats against Israel, elections annulled in Kenya, Angola opposition parties also disputing the elections, North Korea testing hydrogen and nuclear bombs, Hurricane Irma destroying Caribbean Islands and is on her way to Florida, USA... and as if this is not enough, Hurricane Jose is also on it's way and already classified as a category three hurricane... As if this is not enough, an earthquake of magnitude 8.1 hit Mexico and they are now also expecting a tsunami. In Paris arrests were made in connection with future terror attacks... I am sure I missed a number of breaking news headlines, please comment below and tell me what I missed.
Where will all of this end?
Are you affected by any of this? What about your family? If you are a salaried employee or receive weekly wages, how will these disasters affect you? We need to prepare ourselves to be able to recover from such disasters, and I want to tell you today, that as long as you work for a salary you will be in a difficult situation to recover. You will be dependent on the mercy of government and relief organizations and we all read the newspapers, we know that corruption is rife and the funds are not always appropriated on ground level where most needed.
With Karatbars, you can start selling gold without paying any membership fees, you do not need buy anything to start. Thus you do not have any excuse, the only excuse you have is that you do not want to put in the hard work to succeed. Karatbars also gives you free tools to assist you to succeed, all you need is ambition and time to sit down in front of your computer and search out like minded people.
Earlier this week we talked about decisions... you have a decision to make, make it today... do not wait any longer.
If Karatbars is not for you, find the business that is, but do not do nothing.
I do hope that you have decided to embark on the journey to self-reflection and learning! If you did, Your next step is to make sure that you have a business plan.
Most network marketing companies will give you a business plan that you can follow step by step and this will help you to reach financial freedom.
it is very important that you also sit down and write your own business. You need to make sure that you start off with your personal values and mission statement.
What are those values that defines you and sums up who you are what you believe in?
Integrity is what describes me - I want to be known for doing the right thing in every situation regardless of the consequences.
From your values you need to think about what you want to achieve with your own business and with your personal connection to people. This is normally one sentence like a slogan. Once you have that drilled down you need to write your vision. Your vision a short list of goals that you would like to achieve.
Once you have done this it is easy to download a sample business plan and then to populate the necessary fields. Then you need to implement it to a tee.
The difference between success and failure in network marketing is all about "doing". You must be consistent in your activities. There are things that you MUST do daily to be successful. I will discuss these activities in the next blog...
But for now, begin to think about your values and mission and vision...
I hope you made the decision yesterday to trust yourself and decide to change your future. It all begins with a decision, however, we can make a decision and not know what to do next.
That is why I am here... through the next couple of days I am going to help you go from decision to action...
The most important change that needs to be made is in the way you think. We are taught to think in a certain way by our school systems, our parents and our circumstances, then we are also taught by mentors, these we either choose ourselves or they are prominent people in our lives. We must always remember that inaction is also action, if we do nothing, we will most certainly still learning or relearning something.
Research has shown us that people learn in two ways
1. through pain - extreme pain or difficult circumstances change the way we think and thus our habits and then the way we act.
2. Intense self reflection also changes the way we think, but few people have the self-discipline to actually go through this process to learn to think differently, and act differently.
How do we start this process?
1. You need to learn how to journal. Every day, we encounter people and events and processes that challenge us and evokes certain emotions and subsequent actions. These event are called critical leadership event. Once a week sit down, choose an event and summarize it in your journal, then also summarize your action. Think for a moment why you acted the way you did? The ask yourself, was that warranted? If yes, then there is nothing to learn, however, if you think you should have acted differently, write down how you should have acted and begin the process of retraining your brain. The next time you get yourself into a similar situation, you will most certainly think before you act and then act differently.
2. The main reason you are reading my blog, is because you actually want to change your financial future. We have entrenched thoughts about money and what it means and how we need to earn it. my suggestion to you is that you should enroll on two youtube feeds immediately: Eric Worre and Robert Kiyosaki. Watch their videos and journal on what they say and what feelings it evokes in you. Then ask yourself the same question - are my feelings warranted? if not, what should it be? Retrain our brain.