How to Become a Really Smart Marketer

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This is so simple you're going to wonder why it's even worth mentioning.

It's not about mindset, formal education, taking massive action, or paying huge sums to be mentored by a guru.

Before I tell you in very simple terms how to become a really smart marketer, you need to know why you should consider becoming one. Really smart marketers earn more money than their counterparts and they do it working fewer hours, making fewer mistakes, with much less personal stress, and with a sense of accomplishing something worthwhile, valuable, and even fun. Sound like something you'd be interested in?

Here we go:

Chances are extremely high that you've come to this forum looking for a way to make money . . . but honestly, you don't know what you're doing just yet and you're hoping for some guidance, some instruction, some validation that you can do this. You want help and advice even though you may have a very rough idea of what you plan to do. Is that you?

New members here crave Internet marketing advice. They want it so badly, they beg for it, bare their souls for it, and sometimes even spend large sums of money for it. They want advice right now, today, and some don't even take the time to consider the source or veracity of that advice. They especially crave advice that they want to hear.

Then they fail to follow the advice they've been given. Sometimes they question the advice, argue about it, dismiss it abruptly, and even fail to return (to their thread) to read what they had asked for! At times, if the advice seems uncomfortable, or difficult, or if it hints at some actual work, the seeker will simply couch his request for advice in a different way and ask again in a new thread - probably hoping for answers that are more to his liking.

Here are three easy steps to becoming a really smart marketer:
  1. Seek out the very best advice you can find by observing and evaluating the experience/performance of the giver of the advice.
  2. Implement and follow the advice as closely as possible while taking full responsibility for all results and outcomes.
  3. Learn from your mistakes or do more of what you're doing right (which is just another way of saying either "dump your failures then try again" or "build upon your successes").

I have learned:
  • Warriors hire mentors to give them sound advice - to tell them what to do. The mentor does his job. Do people do what he tells them? No, not usually.
  • Warriors purchase all kinds of courses, ebooks, guides, training, and make-money products. Do they follow what they are told in order to see the results promised? No, not usually.
  • People ask advice from doctors to tell them how to become healthy and fit. Do people listen to and follow his advice? No, not usually.
  • Members of this forum start threads and ask for advice. Many skilled marketers are willing to share with them what they have learned. Really smart marketers follow their advice.
What good is the advice of others if your own opinion is the only one that matters?

To your online business success!

Steve
#marketer #smart
  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

    Learn from your mistakes or do more of what you're doing right (which is just another way of saying either "dump your failures then try again" or "build upon your successes").
    Very true.

    This week I'm working a video showing my mistakes / failures compared to my successes. The number of mistakes far outweigh the number of successes that they've lead to.

    I hope I never stop making mistakes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

    New members here crave Internet marketing advice. They want it so badly, they beg for it, bare their souls for it, and sometimes even spend large sums of money for it. They want advice right now, today, and some don't even take the time to consider the source or veracity of that advice. They especially crave advice that they want to hear.
    Then they fail to follow the advice they've been given. Sometimes they question the advice, argue about it, dismiss it abruptly, and even fail to return (to their thread) to read what they had asked for! At times, if the advice seems uncomfortable, or difficult, or if it hints at some actual work, the seeker will simply couch his request for advice in a different way and ask again in a new thread - probably hoping for answers that are more to his liking.
    So much truth in those words. ^^^^

    Learning to pick out the few spots of signal from the ever-increasing blanket of noise is probably one of the most important skills to master in this age of information overkill.

    You can see by the questions on this forum how so many newcomers to the market are overwhelmed - and confused - by mountains of conflicting advice. No matter what the topic or field, everyone seems to have an opinion; even though those opinions might be second or third-hand, or simply regurgitated pieces of nonsense posing as received wisdom.

    The first rule of acquiring any useful knowledge is not to take a piece of advice at face value just because it's what you want to hear, or suits your purpose. Ask yourself whether there could be any ulterior motive behind the person or organisation offering that advice. What evidence is being given in support? Are the opposing viewpoints just as valid? What other questions does the advice prompt?

    If you approach the process of learning with an open mind and a healthy skepticism, you'll soon get better at recognizing good advice when you come across it.

    Super stuff, Steve.
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  • Profile picture of the author megamind22
    Very refreshing post as always Steve nice one mate.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    If you really want to become a smart marketer, you have to play customer. Find a guru, purchase their product, and watch how they promote their backend products to you. Keep note of the price of the backend products, the timing of it, and the subject matter. And also watch how long they promote their stuff to you before they decide not to do anymore marketing to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    the most practical and valuable info isn't shared for obvious reasons.
    You don't have a clue what you're talking about.

    People regularly post all the "secrets."

    But that's not what people want to hear because they generally require effort.

    Brent
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    • Profile picture of the author anaybose
      Originally Posted by Brent Stangel View Post

      You don't have a clue what you're talking about.

      People regularly post all the "secrets."

      But that's not what people want to hear because they generally require effort.

      Brent

      Every biz, big or small, got some forms of TRADE SECRETS: competitive advantages, which distinguish their products and services from the pack. I'm talking about those skills, valuable and practical knowledge.

      Successful people have no patience for those who tell them how things should be done. They do things their way.

      Most people are easily influenced by the lousy quality of user-generated content including WF. They receive very generic replies to their questions, which aren't going to lead them anywhere.

      Here is an example Trade Secret exists:

      Former H-P vice president of engineering Scott McClellan foolishly shared previously unreleased details of the company's cloud-computing strategy on his public LinkedIn profile, tipping off competitors to confidential information that should have remained under wraps.

      Result: McClellan later took a demotion to work for Red Hat, a much smaller company.

      Now, ask yourself do I got any skills other than driving shitty traffic to your equally shitty squeeze page?
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  • 100% true. If you don't act on what you learn you won't get anywhere.
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  • Profile picture of the author cyang910501
    Thanks for Steve's sharing. I am newbie in this internet marketing career. I really appreciate that here have lots of experienced internet marketer willing to share their experiences and advice to us. After viewing the Steve's statement, I have a basic direction of what should focus in this forum.

    Really Appreciate!!!
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  • I would not wanna presoom no immediate fyooture whereby smack 'pon synapse outweighs thrusto fromma, but for sure we gotta balance out all kindsa smarts we got gowin' on tweensy us.

    Thing is, most noo members ain't even so naive as to be blind to the kinda ditz I am, which is why I endeavor always to be superspecific regardin' their clearly undirected aspirational ass.

    Sooooo ... should Professionals Bypass Your ... uhm .. "Expertise", O Princess?

    f*ck 'em they do that tbh
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  • Profile picture of the author Mabu Map
    For me. This is how:

    Constant and neverending development

    That's my key!
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  • Profile picture of the author mikerichardson
    Being a smart marketer is a continuous process, learning doesn't stop at any point. when you learn new tricks, do's and don'ts continue to look for other methods that you can use for better marketing strategies.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesjennifer
    Yes, Nowadays everybody facing these type of problem, what to do or what to don't do ?
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  • Profile picture of the author DM Wizard
    Carry out a study on marketing and learn from any leading Digital Marketing training centre.
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  • Profile picture of the author policyneed
    great post..
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  • Profile picture of the author hnrindani
    Practicing the tricks and tips is the only way to be a smart marketer. It depends on how well you evaluate the market, understand the trends or identify the future trends, what are the competitors doing and not looking at the best practices alone. You need to experiment a lot and be very very pro-active.
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  • Profile picture of the author DM Wizard
    In this business environment it is very important to stay a head of competitor. But one must have their own marketing strategy for his own business or service. Experience is one of the best thing you needed. But as a fresher it is very difficult to know how to become a digital marketer. When it comes to Digital Marketing, there are lots of area to expertise. It is important to start with a Digital Marketing course from a reputed institution.
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  • Profile picture of the author gracesophia83
    wow thank you so much for this idea
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  • Profile picture of the author TonyRoberts
    A really pleasant article and a pleasure to read.

    Well done Steve.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikeram17
    If all the experts are saying the same things,and they usually are, then it is a fair bet that these things are true across the board. After all you can't reinvent the wheel,to quote a truism.
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  • Profile picture of the author zahavi
    You are seriously deluded, mate (Steve B), if you actually think and believe that doctors know what is good for your health. Even less for your fitness.

    Though using mainstream medicine is a good analogy as doctors work to line the pockets of their industry, just as IM "experts" do. (With a few exceptions as always).

    What has always been missing in IM and WF is psychologically profiled advice (or even skills-profiled advice). These days aptitude tests are fairly widely used. It is amazing that in a huge industry like IM this has not come in yet .... which can mean only one thing, the level of service is low and newcomers are treated as "low hanging fruit" in terms of easy profit.

    Of course, the addictive buying of courses and reports is a real phenomenon. But the gap between implementing and getting a real profit also varies widely in the various IM niches. So the opportunity cost multiplied by the uncertainty of whether particular approach suits the person, gives you your answer. Nobody is addressing this in the IM world ....

    Overall your argument suffers from the common in the West "blame the student" paradigm. The obvious flaw would be along the lines of "they were thrown a life buoy, why did not they learn to swim".

    As well as common trust issues ..........

    Also, not everybody is a bottom-up learner. So the whole "I've broken it down for you so that you do not have to think, just follow what I did" does not make sense to top-down learners ... though this brings us to profiling and personal strengths again.

    etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author King Maker
    Awesome Post buddy, Me too a marketer
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