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Alright, what's going on here....

Did one of the gurus just release a product about interviewing other marketers from the Warrior Forum?

I'm getting about 5 interview requests per week, for the past 2 weeks. LOL

I'm betting others are experiencing this too coz it can't just be me.

Nothing against the requesters nor the strategy. It's actually a solid way to create a product, quickly n easily.

Just wonderin' about the recent surge in numbers! It's weirding me out a little. lol

Oh btw, a few quick tips for those requesting interviews...

- Get the name of the person right (VERY important)
- Reveal YOUR name so they know who you are
- Make your letter/request personal (and unique) in some way
- Target marketers that you personally like or follow, or at least know something about. It makes a huge difference.

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  • Profile picture of the author Alfred Shelver
    I know Michael Oksa had a great WSO about product creation .... and I think of him as a Guru so blame him.

    Kidding, his had very little of that in it, but in a far more detailed way with other golden nuggets of the correct use of this forum, would definatly not lead to this surge you have found.

    P.S. Bryan could I interview you so I can create a product.... Just kidding.



    Originally Posted by Bryan Kumar View Post

    Alright, what's going on here....

    Did one of the gurus just release a product about interviewing other marketers from the Warrior Forum?

    I'm getting about 5 interview requests per week, for the past 2 weeks. LOL

    I'm betting others are experiencing this too coz it can't just be me.

    Nothing against the requesters nor the strategy. It's actually a solid way to create a product, quickly n easily.

    Just wonderin' about the recent surge in numbers! It's weirding me out a little. lol

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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      It's not just you. I'm finding it increasingly annoying, since these folks have no clue even what to ask, and they think, "You provide the content and promote it, and I'll 'give' you 50%" is some kind of deal...

      That's still not nearly as bad as some I've been getting. 3 this week alone that didn't even bother to tell me what the product was about, much less why I should promote it instead of something else.


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      • Profile picture of the author Bryan Kumar
        Phew...

        Okay, that's good to know. For a moment, I even considered the possibility that 'someone' (who shall remain nameless) decided to prank me by posting somewhere about sending a barrage of fake interview requests. lol

        Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

        It's not just you. I'm finding it increasingly annoying, since these folks have no clue even what to ask, and they think, "You provide the content and promote it, and I'll 'give' you 50%" is some kind of deal...

        That's still not nearly as bad as some I've been getting. 3 this week alone that didn't even bother to tell me what the product was about, much less why I should promote it instead of something else.
        I didn't even wanna imagine how many requests you, Allen, and a few others here may be getting, Paul. LOL

        A few of the ones I got seemed to have some idea of what they were doing. But the rest (majority) of them have been very similar to what you describe above.

        I don't think they know what it is they're supposed to be doing, and also don't realize that the process involves a little bit of selling the idea. ;-)

        You are essentially making an offer and you want to set it up as something attractive to your potential interviewee. (And you gotta have some understanding of who your potential interviewee is.)

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  • Profile picture of the author Caleb Spilchen
    Jason Fladlien showed us how to do this
    live on ProductEclass his latest class....

    It cost $500 to attend, even I got interview
    requests, and issued a couple as well, but
    yes an assignment was to go to the warrior
    forum, and to find experts to interview.

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  • Profile picture of the author James Foster
    Ya, there's a few of us... Even I recommend people do phone or video interviews to quickly create products, and I know Fladlien has a few products that mention it as well.... let's blame him. Darn you Jason Fladlien!
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    • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
      Hey can I please interview you on the topic of list building. I will sell it to my list and you will get free exposure. Think about it

      LOL J/K



      Hey it's all Michael Oksa's fault. I'm telling you (....Thinks Michael will be pissed.... shruggs it off)
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    Yes, one of my products does cover that, in part.

    However, I make it very clear that they should do ALL of things Bryan mentions, and tell them what NOT to do as well. If they are following the system (and I do lay it out VERY simply), then it doesn't sound the requests are coming from my customers.

    BUT...if they are...then I would humbly ask them to re-view the videos and PDF and make sure they get this step right. It's very important that you contact people the right way, and for the right reason.

    Also, I do not suggest they offer to split profits 50/50 as the main way of getting interviews, and the "you provide the content" line definitely isn't from me.

    But $500?? Dang it! I'm letting my info go dirt cheap then.

    Oh...and while I still get sales, my system was released in August, so I would have expected there to be a noted increase at that time.

    All the best,
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    I've agreed to two interviews this week (not via WF), and I'm sending both finished "products" to mine and my friends lists - if the dudes who asked me wanna sell it that's up to them but it'll be online for free either way.
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    • Profile picture of the author bitriot
      I viewed part of one of those online free seminars where the guru was pushing a program to create products by interviewing domain experts.
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  • Profile picture of the author mad.hat
    Jason Fladlien was the reason for the surge.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
    James,

    There's a difference between telling people to do interview products and telling them "Go to this specific site and hassle the high-visibility people there."

    I did a rather large issue (or two) of my newsletter explaining why the usual approach sucks, and how to do it right. If you (speaking generically) don't give your students the approach they need to get a yes, you're just adding to their frustration and their learning curve. That's especially true when you're teaching very inexperienced people. They won't even have a clue what to ask or any way to evaluate what they're told or follow up on the important points.

    You (James) may teach that. I can't say. I do know that the folks who've been approaching me never learned it.


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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan Even
    I too have been receiving a ton of interview requests lately.

    A couple of people that approached me did mention that got the idea from Jason Fladlien.
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    They are all copycats...

    Caliban Darklock did it, and suddenly everyone else started playing the "me too" game... LOL

    I blame Caliban...



    p.s. I have been asked three times since I did Caliban's, so I must be perceived as some kind of expert...

    One wanted me to write all the questions so they can ask intelligent questions.

    Another kept talking about "how he would benefit from it". LOL
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
      Originally Posted by tpw View Post

      They are all copycats...

      Caliban Darklock did it, and suddenly everyone else started playing the "me too" game... LOL

      I blame Caliban...



      p.s. I have been asked three times since I did Caliban's, so I must be perceived as some kind of expert...

      One wanted me to write all the questions so they can ask intelligent questions.

      Another kept talking about "how he would benefit from it". LOL
      I didn't even know C had such a product. I based mine on a method I've taught people over the years.

      Either way, if we can blame Caliban, then I'm all for it! Good call, Bill.

      LOL

      ~Michael

      p.s Wanted YOU to write all the questions? Now THAT'S rich! BAHAHAHA! LOL!
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      • Profile picture of the author Jim Hallmark
        Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

        Either way, if we can blame Caliban, then I'm all for it! Good call, Bill.
        Good strategy. He'll probably be too sauced to notice..............or care for that matter!
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      • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
        Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

        I didn't even know C had such a product. I based mine on a method I've taught people over the years.

        Either way, if we can blame Caliban, then I'm all for it! Good call, Bill.

        LOL

        ~Michael

        p.s Wanted YOU to write all the questions? Now THAT'S rich! BAHAHAHA! LOL!

        I was taught that when I'm SEEKING an interview, I should
        provide the interviewer with a bio and a Q&A sheet (a list of
        suggested questions)

        This is of course different since it's "the expert" seeking an
        interview rather than being pursued. However, that would
        cause me to consider someone asking me to provide the
        suggested questions as a pro because they understood that
        part of the process.

        When seeking media interviews, you DO provide the interviewer
        with suggested questions rather than forcing them to research
        your topic in order to ask intelligent questions.

        I have done so many interviews over the years that VERY
        little was done with, that now my main question is what are
        you going to do with the interview and how is this going
        to help me.

        I sort of expect someone interviewing me to ask me to
        consider becoming an affiliates. I DON'T feel an obligation
        to promote the interview product since I have trouble
        even promoting all of my OWN products. However, if the
        product is very, very good, naturally I will consider it.

        One thing that strikes me a VERY bogus is being asked
        to provide testimonials for the sales page to sell the
        product that I am interviewed in. I don't think those
        testimonials have any credibility.

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        • Profile picture of the author Kudosman
          Hi Willie

          Thank you for sparing your valuable time to join in on this debate, hopfully l have address some of your points by giving set questions above. Plus you have added great value as a real inside perspective of a high end person interviewee side of the process/protocol.

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  • Profile picture of the author Defunct
    This is an old/common method except the Warrior forum seems to be the target.

    I mean if you find a good niche online that hasn't been dominated and you want QUALITY content, you might just have to try interview some experts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tsnyder
    What am I, chopped liver? I haven't had a single request... lol

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    • Profile picture of the author OpticalOut
      I'm also thinking that it is Anik Singal. His formula in his free training webinar was basically...
      1. Pick main niche
      2. Pick usp
      3. Pick 6-8 experts
      4. Pick a topic for each one
      5. Create a list of questions for each
      6. Interview them/record it
      7. Done

      Just a heads up
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      • Profile picture of the author Kudosman
        Hi Guys

        l first go on the trail of this via Anik Singal Empire launch (learnt what l was doing wrong at seminars - big takeaway for me) , then stumbled on simalr model via Lee McIntyre "Upside Downside workshop" and finaly the crazy monk Jason Fladien.

        And yes l do have series of short interviews with high level marketers lined up, because from what read on FB posting l contact Mr X about good manners, respect and protocol that should be adhered to and he agreed with that was really required

        ok..here is an invite to all posters here, if want put the record straight and say how it should be done. Either do 10 mins with me or 200 to 500 words for the book version.

        It will be shared right basis and when approached if it bad just send them copy and say read then come back.

        So, over to you guys

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    • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
      Originally Posted by Tsnyder View Post

      What am I, chopped liver? I haven't had a single request... lol

      Tsnyder
      Tsnyder, can I interview you? I just know an interview with you will build my credibillity in the niche, put money in my pocket, and give me an awesome product, fast. Gosh, you doing an interview with me sure would be beneficial... to me.

      I'll await your reply.

      cheers,
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      • Profile picture of the author Tsnyder
        Originally Posted by R Hagel View Post

        Tsnyder, can I interview you? I just know an interview with you will build my credibillity in the niche, put money in my pocket, and give me an awesome product, fast. Gosh, you doing an interview with me sure would be beneficial... to me.

        I'll await your reply.

        cheers,
        Becky
        Of course, Becky... I'll get right to
        work writing the questions for you

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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
    Yes me too - I get at least 1 per day - sometimes more.They all say Jason Fladlien told them to. LOL

    I am just turning them all down for now with a cookie cutter statement about how all of his students have been coming to me with the request....
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    • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
      So anyone care to share the RIGHT way to approach someone? I had an idea recently for a product that I believe would be a unique approach and be both fun to do and informative for the readers.

      I got stuck when trying to figure out WHY anyone beyond my personal friends would participate. I can't quite see how doing it would benefit the people that I would like to approach. It's not even a full interview - I just want to get one question answered.

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      • Profile picture of the author Robert Puddy
        Originally Posted by TMG Enterprises View Post

        So anyone care to share the RIGHT way to approach someone? I had an idea recently for a product that I believe would be a unique approach and be both fun to do and informative for the readers.

        I got stuck when trying to figure out WHY anyone beyond my personal friends would participate. I can't quite see how doing it would benefit the people that I would like to approach. It's not even a full interview - I just want to get one question answered.

        Tina
        Not neccassarily for you Tina...But as a general strategy

        Offer the interviewee 100% commissions on the sale of the product, and add a link back to one of their main products in the product (with your affliate link attached) so they make all the money on the main product but you get a nice list and some sales from the affiliate links in the product

        If you have 5 to 6 interviews in the product thats 5 or 6 affiliate links to the experts products you could earn from

        The upside for the people being interviewed is they get the 100% plus being associated with the other people in the product

        The upside for you is the list you build from it, plus you also get some credibility by association

        You could also throw in another bone

        Tell each one that their site will be included in one or of the follow up emails to the list, as a PS
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      • Profile picture of the author Ken Strong
        Originally Posted by TMG Enterprises View Post

        So anyone care to share the RIGHT way to approach someone?
        There was a great thread a few months ago about this very topic. I thought Paul M started it, but I'm not finding in his profile -- maybe it was deleted? If someone has the link, please post it.
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        • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
          There was a great thread a few months ago about this very topic. I thought Paul M started it, but I'm not finding in his profile -- maybe it was deleted? If someone has the link, please post it.
          http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...-jv-email.html
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        • Profile picture of the author Justin Jordan
          One of the things I did when I decided to offer writing services here was approach people I respected and are respected and offered to do some work for them in exchange for, if they liked my work, a quote.

          Nobody seemed bothered by it, I got the quotes I wanted and I know for a fact that they've made me a bunch of money.

          But I'm really, really hesitant, whenever people ask me for advice about getting started writing, to suggest this. Because I am absolutely sure that if it would end up causing a flood of really irritating PMs and emails. Likewise, putting it into a product.

          I have to wonder if people who suggest the interview thing are taking in to account the fact that they're going to inconvenience people. It doesn't really matter if you take the time to give them an exact method so that they won't spam people, some of the people are going to do just that.

          So I dunno if I'd include anything like that in a product.
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        • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
          Originally Posted by Ken Strong View Post

          There was a great thread a few months ago about this very topic. I thought Paul M started it, but I'm not finding in his profile -- maybe it was deleted? If someone has the link, please post it.
          I turned that one into a PDF, Ken. And thanks for the reminder, as I will definitely re-read it now. I didn't word my post very well. I'm not stuck so much on how to approach so much as I couldn't see how to really make it worth their time to bother. Robert's answer was very helpful, though, and definitely gives me some ideas.

          I wrote several different emails and in the end, scrapped them all. All because I'm thinking that it wouldn't be worth the people's time...but what the heck, I'm going to give it a try. I really think it's a new twist that people will enjoy.

          Thanks,
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          • Profile picture of the author tpw
            Originally Posted by TMG Enterprises View Post

            So anyone care to share the RIGHT way to approach someone? I had an idea recently for a product that I believe would be a unique approach and be both fun to do and informative for the readers.

            I got stuck when trying to figure out WHY anyone beyond my personal friends would participate. I can't quite see how doing it would benefit the people that I would like to approach. It's not even a full interview - I just want to get one question answered.

            Tina
            Originally Posted by Robert Puddy View Post

            Not neccassarily for you Tina...But as a general strategy

            Offer the interviewee 100% commissions on the sale of the product, and add a link back to one of their main products in the product (with your affliate link attached) so they make all the money on the main product but you get a nice list and some sales from the affiliate links in the product

            If you have 5 to 6 interviews in the product thats 5 or 6 affiliate links to the experts products you could earn from

            The upside for the people being interviewed is they get the 100% plus being associated with the other people in the product

            The upside for you is the list you build from it, plus you also get some credibility by association

            You could also throw in another bone

            Tell each one that their site will be included in one or of the follow up emails to the list, as a PS
            Originally Posted by TMG Enterprises View Post

            I turned that one into a PDF, Ken. And thanks for the reminder, as I will definitely re-read it now. I didn't word my post very well. I'm not stuck so much on how to approach so much as I couldn't see how to really make it worth their time to bother. Robert's answer was very helpful, though, and definitely gives me some ideas.

            I wrote several different emails and in the end, scrapped them all. All because I'm thinking that it wouldn't be worth the people's time...but what the heck, I'm going to give it a try. I really think it's a new twist that people will enjoy.

            Thanks,
            Tina


            Tina: I agree with Robert in principle, but I would like to add something to that...

            I have done five of them over the last five years, before the newest set of requests started coming in on a weekly basis.


            I believe there were three things that happened to influence my decision to say yes:

            1. From the outset, the people who had asked me showed a real interest in developing a relationship with me, above and beyond what we might be able to do together.

            In fact, in all five cases, they led with a phone call that asked questions relative to my expertise. (Looking back, it was like a pre-interview for the real interview... LOL But I did not realize I was being pre-interviewed.)

            They also discussed something about themselves, so I had a real understanding of the people I was talking to. And I understood their target audiences.


            2. In two cases, I was asked if I would like to do an interview after a 30-minute discussion by phone.

            In two more cases, I was not asked until the 2nd or 3rd phone conversation.

            And in the case of Caliban, he did not even ask. He merely told me that he had done this thing and he was one interview short of completing his product. I volunteered to help him out, because I like him.


            3. In all five cases, there was never a mention of how the interviewer might be able to benefit from my participation. It was always presented as an opportunity for me to reach new audiences -- Always!!

            They appealed to my desire to get new exposure for myself, my products and services.

            I never knew how they would benefit from having me participate.



            Honestly, I believe the relationship building was the most important factor used to convince me to agree to participate in every case.
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          • Profile picture of the author Robert Puddy
            Originally Posted by TMG Enterprises View Post

            I turned that one into a PDF, Ken. And thanks for the reminder, as I will definitely re-read it now. I didn't word my post very well. I'm not stuck so much on how to approach so much as I couldn't see how to really make it worth their time to bother. Robert's answer was very helpful, though, and definitely gives me some ideas.

            I wrote several different emails and in the end, scrapped them all. All because I'm thinking that it wouldn't be worth the people's time...but what the heck, I'm going to give it a try. I really think it's a new twist that people will enjoy.

            Thanks,
            Tina
            Glad i helped

            As a general rule, you have to concentrate on whats in it for them, and its never the 50%

            They can get 50% of any product they promote and they dont have to produce part of the content. There has to be another hook other than the money

            And generally if they are worth interviewing they dont need the exposure, there probably allready exposed

            For instance if you ask Armand Morin for an interview and he asks whats in it for him dont say the exposure... his reply will be i dont need the exposure google my name

            And that would be my answer too...

            Dont think of the product as the end result either, work out a plan for where its going after the product is produced.

            Tell them your plans for the future, hook them in with whats in it for them further down the line.

            Convince them your not just a one shot marketer with no plan, convince them your going to be usefull to them in the future
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      One wanted me to write all the questions so they can ask intelligent questions.
      And just think - they'll probably all be offered as WSOs....
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  • Profile picture of the author Nicola Lane
    It is not just Jason or Caliban – I’m sure I’ve seen it in many other place.

    I’ve also read that one way to be seen as an expert is to give interviews!
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    • Profile picture of the author Kudosman
      Hi
      l see some senior members are replying, now you gals and guys have done lot of posts & much respect for it..you proably tried a lot "silver bullets " before you found that little niche in the ditial world which works for you.

      These peoples are just trying to find theirs and yes this model has been touted by other great marketers before (besides the ones l mention). l am just saying remember your first baby steps into this vast on line world.

      These guys look up you as leaders

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      • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
        Originally Posted by Kudosman View Post

        Hi
        l see some senior members are replying, now you gals and guys have done lot of posts & much respect for it..you proably tried a lot "silver bullets " before you found that little niche in the ditial world which works for you.

        These peoples are just trying to find theirs and yes this model has been touted by other great marketers before (besides the ones l mention). l am just saying remember your first baby steps into this vast on line world.

        These guys look up you as leaders

        Martin
        No one is saying it's a bad thing to do or putting newbies down here. But it doesn't take much common sense to figure out that there are ways of approaching someone that will turn them off from doing any kind of project with you.

        Why is it that whenever a post like this comes up, someone always takes the stance that it's looking down on newbies in general?

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        • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
          Originally Posted by TMG Enterprises View Post

          No one is saying it's a bad thing to do or putting newbies down here. But it doesn't take much common sense to figure out that there are ways of approaching someone that will turn them off from doing any kind of project with you.

          Why is it that whenever a post like this comes up, someone always takes the stance that it's looking down on newbies in general?

          Tina
          Agreed. I think it's a great method of creating a product quickly, establishing yourself in a niche and making some money. But as Tina said, there's a right way and a wrong way to do it.

          BTW, for those who're thinking of doing this...

          Look outside the IM market. There are gazillions of niches... and many of these experts in these niches have never (or rarely) had interview requests. They'll be flattered and they'll probably accept, even if your approach isn't 100% perfect. But do learn the proper approach before trying it.

          Cheers,
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  • Profile picture of the author JOHN_RODRIGUEZ
    OK, I just sent Jason a PM requesting an interview.

    As soon as he replies, I'll start writing the copy for the WSO.

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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    I have wanted to interview Bryan K for years. Maybe now is not the best time to ask him though........
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  • Profile picture of the author Caleb Spilchen
    Guys, Jason's hurt enough. Yesterday I did an
    interview with him, and my phone died out
    twice, so we got screwed up in the middle
    of the call twice lol... So yeah!
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    5 requests that fast is pretty hilarious
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  • Quite a few gurus have recommended this, but the recent surge is definitely through Jason Fladlien's Product EClass (of which I was proud to be a participant). The fact is, it's an excellent opportunity for both the interviewer (to get good content) and the interviewee (to get publicity and promote a product).

    However, the real reason for the viral nature of this wasn't the Product EClass webinar itself. It was Interview Cash Machine, a product on conduction interviews which covered 90% of what was in the paid webinar for a much lower price (around $17.95 from memory). Plus class members purchased resell rights as part of this product, and so this is now on sale to a large number of people, and has been promoted to a lot of different lists.

    I suspect this product is the real reason for the strategy going viral, not the paid class itself. And, it's an incredibly smart marketing strategy from Jason, which I'm sure many people reading this can immediately understand the reason for.

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  • Profile picture of the author Joshua Rigley
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    I've got it.

    I'm going to interview the experts on how to get experts to agree to an interview.

    Joshua
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    • Profile picture of the author rrm
      Originally Posted by Joshua Rigley View Post

      I've got it.

      I'm going to interview the experts on how to get experts to agree to an interview.

      Joshua

      Then I will interview Joshua about the interviews he will have done on the "experts on how to get experts to agree to an interview." And offer up some convoluted WSO.

      Then someone can interview me about my interview with Joshua... oh forget it.

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    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
      I started getting requests about 5-6 weeks ago, so it's been going on awhile. It's tapered off for me though, probably because I haven't been here much in the last month.

      Originally Posted by tpw View Post

      They are all copycats...
      Caliban Darklock did it, and suddenly everyone else started playing the "me too" game.
      Was that the video product? If so, Caliban, where's my copy? I didn't go to all that trouble for nothing!

      Originally Posted by TMG Enterprises View Post

      So anyone care to share the RIGHT way to approach someone?
      Do your homework first to get to know your target interviewee so you can mention some specifics about them when you contact them. This shows them you're not just pulling names out of a hat. When you're ready to contact them, a phone call is usually more impressive than an email if they make their contact number readily available. If they don't make it easily available, they may not welcome phone calls so stick to email.

      Identify yourself and why you want to interview them. Let them know about your relevant experience, and what the thrust of the interview will be about. Explain how you interviewing them will benefit them. If it's for a commercial product, offer them all or most of the commissions for any sales they make, or full resale rights.

      If the interview is going to be recorded, consider offering to give them the questions in advance so they can be prepared. You want it to turn out as well as possible for both your sakes, and letting them prepare ahead of time can help.

      Some of the things that don't impress: lack of professionalism (misspellings, typos, lack of contact details, etc.), not giving enough information about the project, not telling enough about who you are or talking about yourself too much (stick to what is relevant to the subject matter), talking too much about what YOU want as opposed to what you're offering me, submitting an obvious form mail that you sent to who knows how many others. I'm not going to be impressed by your carbon copy list, in fact, that's a ticket to being deleted without a reply.

      Originally Posted by Joshua Rigley View Post

      I've got it.
      I'm going to interview the experts on how to get experts to agree to an interview.
      Joshua
      That would actually be a salable product.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kudosman
        Hi Dennis

        Broadly speaking that is what l do, make list of the "thought leaders" in the choosen niche. Find their digital foot print of FB, Twitter, Linkedin & Youtube.

        Read past postings and find interesting points that l can relate to or add to, weather being some tip or software to solve solution. Some back inof and offer my labour if they have issues in their biz ie offer to find/research stuff, offer to host webinars, manage product launches etc.
        Offer acces to my done for social media service at heavy discount what ever they need..

        Just give some back here going to give 2 of 3 set questions that l found else where which l use

        For short one these are good
        Alex Mandossian – BeProductive.com

        What Questions should you ask via Public Interview?
        In sequence
        1)”why? Is this topic so important?
        2)”What is the definition of this?”
        3)”How (to) does it work?”
        4)”What if?” You turn something around
        5)”Ok! What are the road blocks? Give 3 examples
        6)”What strategies unlock these road blocks?”
        7)”What is the first Visible Action Step?
        Physical action ->grab a mouse, call to action, sign up etc.

        And for longer 30 to 45 mins

        Brett McFall’s Interview Maximiser

        1. What is so good about _____________________________ ?
        2. Can you give us a little bit of background about how you got involved in
        _____________________ and what led you to become such an expert?
        3 What are the top 3 things that someone should know in order to be successful in
        ________________________?
        5. What's the best way to get started?
        6. How long does it take to really become proficient at _____________________?
        7. Will your methods or advice work in any area and for anyone?
        8. How much experience does a person need to ______________________?
        9. Can you provide some real‐life examples of other people who have followed your advice?
        10. If you had one secret to give about__________________________, what would it be?
        11. What are some of the common problems that people experience in ______________?
        12. Some people might think that it all sounds too good to be true. Is there a catch?
        13. What sort of things can someone do to stay on top?
        14. Where can people find more information about _________________________ ?
        15. How can people contact you?

        These questions are taken from the book by Brett McFall,
        “How To Make Money While You Sleep!”
        Available from Brett McFall | How To Make Money While You Sleep | "how to start a business from home"

        Hope this help few of you.


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      • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
        Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

        Was that the video product? If so, Caliban, where's my copy? I didn't go to all that trouble for nothing!
        Haven't finished it yet. Setback after setback on the way to the finish line.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        Bryan, I have been getting these by the bushel full for years. Where people
        get the idea that I'm some kind of authority on anything is beyond me. If
        they actually DID their research on me, they'd know that I got to where I
        am from a lot of hard work and not from a lot of smarts.

        I don't recommend my "methods" to just anybody unless you don't want to
        have a life for about 6 months.

        Tina, as far as the best way to approach a person, I wrote a book about
        this subject a year or so ago. Most people don't have a clue to approach
        people for anything, which is why I ignore most requests I get.

        In a nutshell, you want to find out as much about the person and his
        products, service, expertise, etc., as possible. When you write to them,
        you need to show them that you cared enough to do your homework.

        When you make your pitch, you explain EXACTLY what it is you're doing
        and WHY you think they are a good fit. For example, if the person is
        known to be good at the art of article marketing and has made it very
        clear that they don't touch PPC, don't approach them with a seminar on
        how to do PPC. For one thing, they probably don't even have a list
        targeted to this niche. For another, they probably don't know beans
        about it.

        You want as good a match as possible.

        Then there is the incentive.

        Why should the person do it? What's in it for them?

        What can YOU do for that person?

        If you can't come up with some very good answers to that question, you
        are either going to get shot down or flat out ignored.

        Caleb, I haven't forgotten about your request. Sorry, I've been busy with
        stupid annoying stuff, but I did look over your slides and they're excellent.

        Caleb knew just the right buttons to push to get me to say yes. I won't
        get into the details here, but he got me to do something that I say no to
        99% of the time.

        Make it worth the person's time or don't bother.

        Remember, these people are probably getting these requests all the time.

        Why should they say yes to you?

        If you can't come up with a good answer to that question, your chances
        of getting that yes are slim to none.
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        • Profile picture of the author Jason Fladlien
          Hehe. I'm partly to blame. The reason why is we had 3-4 people in my product eclass to my interview model directly to a T and they each had some really good success from it... (Willie, for example you know Jay Boyer - he did an interview with you. He was on of the first I trained on the interview model!)

          But after everyone in the class saw the success of the first few, that really motivated them to go out there and start contacting people for interviews. I see no big deal in it. Just say no if you don't feel like doing an interview. OR, better yet take it as an opportunity. Say, "I can't do an interview right now, but I do have a few free gifts you can include in your package when you sell it..."

          That way you run the chance for exposure without using up much of your time.

          I did explain that the warrior forum was ONE way to find potential people to contact. Of course I mentioned that it helps immensely if you have some sort of previous relationship with the person you're contacting... even if it's just that you've bought a lot of their products.

          But there are many methods we went into... and some students did better at following them than others... but hey - better to take some action and do it imperfectly than to take no action at all?

          But yeah, in our recent training we had over 6 people in the class I know of personally who made several thousand dollars putting together an interview series. So it works, plain and simple.

          While I can't take ALL the credit for it, I can take some of it for the recent surge in popularity.

          On the flip side, let me ask those who are "established" and get interview requests. How many do you do? I'm pretty busy but I myself do 5-6 interviews a week. I get great benefit out of doing them. Plus, a lot of times I get permission later to include those interviews in other products of mine, so it works out well.
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          • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
            Originally Posted by Jason Fladlien View Post

            Hehe. I'm partly to blame. The reason why is we had 3-4 people in my product eclass to my interview model directly to a T and they each had some really good success from it... (Willie, for example you know Jay Boyer - he did an interview with you. He was on of the first I trained on the interview model!)
            Yes, I even got a little gift out of it. Nice touch that I use too.

            But after everyone in the class saw the success of the first few, that really motivated them to go out there and start contacting people for interviews. I see no big deal in it. Just say no if you don't feel like doing an interview. OR, better yet take it as an opportunity. Say, "I can't do an interview right now, but I do have a few free gifts you can include in your package when you sell it..."

            Great ideas.

            I still liked you better when you did really great articles both
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        • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
          Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

          Bryan, I have been getting these by the bushel full for years. Where people
          get the idea that I'm some kind of authority on anything is beyond me.
          It must be those slick videos :-)

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      • Profile picture of the author StewShaw
        Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

        If the interview is going to be recorded, consider offering to give them the questions in advance so they can be prepared. You want it to turn out as well as possible for both your sakes, and letting them prepare ahead of time can help.
        Why not go up a notch, guys/gals? In early Sept Mike Koenigs released a free video specifically about on-camera interviewing skills. (Camtasia'd myself a copy). I presume it is a far more comprehensive offering than young JFlad's "go get 'em" AudioInterview-a-Guru version. Among other things, Mike stressed the importance of what you said Dennis as the foundation of turning out a professional product.
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      • Profile picture of the author mish_h
        It's a "new" ... old strategy that seems to have popped up again. Interview 5 experts, transcribe the interview and offer it as a "product" with audio and an e-book. I really think it works better for niche products like health for example rather than another IM product
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Domino
    I haven't read the last handful of posts so sorry if this has been mentionned.

    It will come as a massive shocker but the people sending you these requests are clueless.

    One of the basics of business relationships is the good old WIIFM: What's in it for me?

    If you want people to give you their time, and they don't even know the first thing about you, you must offer something first or give something that is clearly beneficial to them. And no, extra exposure doesn't qualify unless you're already known.

    If Oprah invites you on her set, you go no questions asked. If Joe Sixpack (never heard of him uh?) sends you a cold message asking for an interview, chances are you won't even read the whole thing.

    Either pay the person or make them an offer they really can't refuse. I'm sure a lot of you who declined an interview would have accepted if the person offered some money or arbitraged a service, like 10 articles or something like that.

    I thought the rule of reciprocity was well known but I guess not.

    In this 500$ call, did the guy talk about any of this or he just said go out there and ask ask ask?
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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    I got a couple of requests... but bein a low profile type guy I only did one for caleb, and he's probably the only one I will ever do it for. Like Paul I find it quite irritating when people aproach you like that.

    Its not so much an "honor" to get a request... It's usually from people who want to leach off of your successful wso or whatever... not to be rude... In calebs case it was a kid who deserves a damn break or two because he really puts his heart in it. To invest $500 in a business idea at his age is amazing! I appreciate that because most kids would want to buy a mini bike or something... this one is going somewhere one way or another and who wouldnt want to be a part of that?

    Dont know if I made any money on it or not, but I hope you did Caleb... BTW I would almost be willing to pay you to destroy it because I sounded like crap that day! Lol

    No more interviews for John Boy...
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by Bryan Kumar View Post

    Did one of the gurus just release a product about interviewing other marketers from the Warrior Forum?
    Jason Fladlien's "Interview Cash Machine."
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  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
    What I would like to know for the interviewee's is, what do you want out of it?

    Suppose someone comes to you and you like how they approach you, etc. etc.

    What do you want out of it? Exposure for all those who buy or opt-in? If someone builds their list with the interview, just as a freebie, you want a certain number of emails sent out to that list on your behalf?

    If it's a sold product, cut of the profits? How much?

    Yeah, I've noticed this going around a lot too and I've thought of it, myself, but the problem is I want it to be worth it for the interviewee and I'm not always sure what they're getting out of the deal besides exposure and links to their site in the interview final product, etc. Or is that enough for most of you?

    I imagine each interviewee may have a different take and opinion on this part of it.
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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by redicelander View Post

      What I would like to know for the interviewee's is, what do you want out of it?

      Suppose someone comes to you and you like how they approach you, etc. etc.

      What do you want out of it? Exposure for all those who buy or opt-in? If someone builds their list with the interview, just as a freebie, you want a certain number of emails sent out to that list on your behalf?

      If it's a sold product, cut of the profits? How much?

      Yeah, I've noticed this going around a lot too and I've thought of it, myself, but the problem is I want it to be worth it for the interviewee and I'm not always sure what they're getting out of the deal besides exposure and links to their site in the interview final product, etc. Or is that enough for most of you?

      I imagine each interviewee may have a different take and opinion on this part of it.

      In my case, if you have a real audience, I want access to them. So I am willing to do it for free if you can guarantee me an audience.

      If you are doing it to build a product to sell, I am not quite as interested. You can promise me an audience, but you have to convince me how talented you are as a marketer before I would consider it.

      See, just because you build a product does not mean that you have the ability to sell that product.

      If you can only give me an audience of a dozen or 100 people, it is likely not worth my investment of time.

      But if I can be reasonably sure that you can give me an audience of 2k or 10k people, my ears perk up and so does my interest.

      I don't need the 50% or 100% commission, but I won't turn down either. It is extra incentive for me to play.

      But 50% or 100% of nothing is still nothing.

      You had better be able to market yourself out of a paper bag, or I am not up for helping you build your product.



      p.s. As to the OP who thought my 5 interviews in 5 years was a funny number, I am in this conversation, because I have turned down 3 people in 3 weeks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
    Jason,
    On the flip side, let me ask those who are "established" and get interview requests. How many do you do?
    Almost none, for the better part of 6 years. I used to do at least one a week.

    I don't object to the idea at all. I used to enjoy them. It would be nice, though, to see one that didn't leap over the line into casual rudeness. Most of the people who send them don't even have a clue what I do, much less what to ask.

    If they're at least pleasant, I try to make my replies helpful. The "boilerplate" approach doesn't work with me.


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    • Profile picture of the author Tom B
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      Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

      Jason,Almost none, for the better part of 6 years. I used to do at least one a week.

      I don't object to the idea at all. I used to enjoy them. It would be nice, though, to see one that didn't leap over the line into casual rudeness. Most of the people who send them don't even have a clue what I do, much less what to ask.

      If they're at least pleasant, I try to make my replies helpful. The "boilerplate" approach doesn't work with me.


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      Dear [Insert Name Here] Paul,


      I would like to include you in a great opportunity to increase your exposure (to woman). I am conducting several interviews and will be packaging it together. I will even allow you to make 20% of each sale if you promote it to your list.

      I know this may sound too good to be true. I assure you, it is too good to be true. So that will mean I need some complimentary products from you as well as testimonials. Heck, why don't you throw in some sales copy while you're at it.

      Please let me know what you know so I can come up with questions so other people will know.


      All the best,


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      P.S. Please don't send me many emails thanking me. I am a very busy man.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan Sorensen
    Whew! Man it's good I read this thread because I just sent out about 7 interview requests and didn't even blink twice about my approach. Let's just say no wonder I wasn't getting any responses.

    Thanks for the tips everyone.
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  • Profile picture of the author Greg D
    I have been watching who in this thread has been asked. You all have a few things in common.

    Longevity on the forum.
    Hundreds if not thousands of posts.

    It must be the 'sign' to look for and then just 'blast away' the requests hoping one will strike.

    A much better approach would be to find 'off-the forum' people of interest to interview.

    Nothing wrong with everyone hear, but all of these 'students' are chasing the same group of people.

    How many WSO's will come out next month with a mixed up combination of the same group of WF resident guru's interviews.

    lol


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