How did you earn your first client?

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Hello everyone,

I've been occupied with the digital marketing lately and after learnt a lot of things - I'm stuck. I can't advertise myself as a digital marketing professional because I don't have anything to show off. What I lack are first clients.

What are your experiences? Should I offer myself to work for free, till I build up my practical skills or maybe start selling something online and get the feeling of actually doing it...

I'm still a rookie in this area, so every advice from more experienced digital marketers will be really valuable to me.

Thank you in advance!
#client #earn
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  • Profile picture of the author YourGoToWriter
    Being a digital marketing professional, you have to be a jack of all trades. If you think you lack the skills and experience, you can try signing up for digital marketing tutorials. Offering free trial services can be a good start. Gain the trust of your prospects. After all, it's difficult to turn down freebies -Micah
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  • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
    Originally Posted by mhimamovic View Post

    Hello everyone,

    I've been occupied with the digital marketing lately and after learnt a lot of things - I'm stuck. I can't advertise myself as a digital marketing professional because I don't have anything to show off. What I lack are first clients.

    What are your experiences? Should I offer myself to work for free, till I build up my practical skills or maybe start selling something online and get the feeling of actually doing it...

    I'm still a rookie in this area, so every advice from more experienced digital marketers will be really valuable to me.

    Thank you in advance!
    You want to stay true to the ethics of Marketing for gods sake drop the Digital BS in the name

    When I used to sell a webservice and had no clients , I would get some $1 domains and make my friends some website for there business that way instant portfolio

    I will tell you one thing the more wiz bang things you add are not worth it

    Clients want a functional site , has the about us, some images of products and a contact page very simple ,and you will always sell them opposed to the fancy sites don't get me wrong fancy are the whales that website will cost in 5K-15K range to make

    To many people over complicate work process , just do what you need to make a some good money

    Jason
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  • I made my first sales online as an affiliate marketer, promoting other peoples products while earning commission.

    Once you have mastered the art of marketing other peoples products, and earning affiliate commission, then you can create your first information product teaching your prospects how to make their first sales online.

    You then invest in more internet marketing courses, and you can create more courses that way, as you try and test other people's products in your niche
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    You won't get the prospects to believe in you until you believe in yourself.

    The idea of needing a portfolio is a lie. It's the kind of thing that is repeated like parrots by people who don't know any better and don't have any of their own experience--or they did it that way, so they assume everyone else has to as well.

    The truth is that the person who best describes the problem...who best listens to the prospect and finds out what that individual really needs...they're the person who gets the order.

    Being in the right place at the right time helps, too. My first serious writing gig, making $100 for an article (contrast with all the writers on here fighting for $5 and $10 articles), showed up on my plate because I had approached the company beforehand, and the writer they had been working with flaked. No samples, BTW. I talked about my engineering and electronics experience, which was directly relevant to their business. I was in the right place at the right time with the right goods, and bingo: I was handed the job.

    This anxiety you have about not having clients...it's what's causing you to not have clients. You keep projecting that out in to the world. Most of the time it keeps you from doing the things you need to be doing to get clients, and on the occasions you do take action, it's half-hearted. By the time you actually get to talk to somebody, they can smell the fear. "I sure hope they don't ask for references." When a prospect is sure you can solve their problem, they don't ask those kinds of cop-out questions.

    Search through the Offline subforum for help. Your problem has been discussed there many, many times over the past 6 years.
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    • Good morning you guys,

      I m kind a new on this and very excited all i want its to have the right process to make my very first sale.

      The diferents steps to follow?

      Thanks in advance.

      Claude
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    • Profile picture of the author ClickDirtie
      Originally Posted by Jason Kanigan View Post

      You won't get the prospects to believe in you until you believe in yourself.

      The idea of needing a portfolio is a lie. It's the kind of thing that is repeated like parrots by people who don't know any better and don't have any of their own experience--or they did it that way, so they assume everyone else has to as well.

      The truth is that the person who best describes the problem...who best listens to the prospect and finds out what that individual really needs...they're the person who gets the order.

      Being in the right place at the right time helps, too. My first serious writing gig, making $100 for an article (contrast with all the writers on here fighting for $5 and $10 articles), showed up on my plate because I had approached the company beforehand, and the writer they had been working with flaked. No samples, BTW. I talked about my engineering and electronics experience, which was directly relevant to their business. I was in the right place at the right time with the right goods, and bingo: I was handed the job.

      This anxiety you have about not having clients...it's what's causing you to not have clients. You keep projecting that out in to the world. Most of the time it keeps you from doing the things you need to be doing to get clients, and on the occasions you do take action, it's half-hearted. By the time you actually get to talk to somebody, they can smell the fear. "I sure hope they don't ask for references." When a prospect is sure you can solve their problem, they don't ask those kinds of cop-out questions.

      Search through the Offline subforum for help. Your problem has been discussed there many, many times over the past 6 years.
      Jason is 100% right. Get in the real world locally and talk to businesses owners or local meet-ups
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    No don't work for free. Not beneficial for anyone in the long run. Just keep promoting your services and believe in yourself when you get people who are younger AND older than you on the phone. And if people try to pull your credibility card, be upfront and remind them how you got THEM to fill out their information for you in the first place.
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    • Profile picture of the author DripRevenue
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      No don't work for free. Not beneficial for anyone in the long run. Just keep promoting your services and believe in yourself when you get people who are younger AND older than you on the phone. And if people try to pull your credibility card, be upfront and remind them how you got THEM to fill out their information for you in the first place.
      This. Never take work for free, even in exchange for a "testimonial/case study". It will hurt you in all possible outcomes.

      I learned to leverage free certifications when I was starting out. I'd recommend that you consider doing the same. It helped me quite a bit.
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  • Profile picture of the author winssol
    nice suggesion
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  • Profile picture of the author duypn
    Being a digital marketing professional, you have to be a jack of all trades.
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    • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
      Originally Posted by duypn View Post

      Being a digital marketing professional, you have to be a jack of all trades.
      Being a online marketing professional, you have to be a jack of all trades
      fix it for you
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    I created helpful content and promoted top bloggers to build my network. Create and connect, detach some from outcomes, and clients will arrive.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamel Hassell
    First and foremost you are the brand. You might feel as if you don't have much to offer if anything at all but you actually do. See I've learned to show vulnerabilities like you and on top of that build trust in the market place.When you publicly admit that you don't have experience or solution you open the door and build credibility. Sounds kind of foolish for me to say that but trust me it is beneficial.

    Keep learning and applying what you are being taught .Try not to consume too much infirmation at once .
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  • Profile picture of the author TheBigBee
    Very simple. Create content every single day and place that content before the eyes of your TARGET market. If you're targeting dentists, don't place the content in front of plumbers per se.

    This is how I got my first client(s). When you post content in areas where their COMPETITORS are watching, and you're posting PURE GOLD, they know their competitors are watching and will want to extract the best of you for fear of missing out. When they APPROACH YOU, you control the frame and will end up with larger deals.

    The era of chasing deals and begging people to come to you is over. Content creators are building businesses like you wouldn't believe.



    Originally Posted by mhimamovic View Post

    Hello everyone,

    I've been occupied with the digital marketing lately and after learnt a lot of things - I'm stuck. I can't advertise myself as a digital marketing professional because I don't have anything to show off. What I lack are first clients.

    What are your experiences? Should I offer myself to work for free, till I build up my practical skills or maybe start selling something online and get the feeling of actually doing it...

    I'm still a rookie in this area, so every advice from more experienced digital marketers will be really valuable to me.

    Thank you in advance!
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  • Profile picture of the author mhimamovic
    Thank you all for this great information you posted! I'm very thankful, and also, explored the old topics. Ready to go now!
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