This community has helped me out a lot when i was just getting started out
internet marketing, so I wanted to give back a little.
Here is a 7 step guide to get business owners to contact you instead of wasting a lot of time, money, energy, and effort chasing down business owners.
Find a Local Charity in your Area.
It could be a variety of charities: animal shelter, a homeless shelter, a soup kitchen, a church, any type of kid's organizations.
Go online and do a search of your local area.
Assist the Charity. The key is you are not going to charge a consulting fee.
You will simply offer your marketing expertise. You are going to make a lot
more after you get the owner's business cards.
Say this to your Charity: "Look, I want to help raise money. I
want to do some fundraising with the charity, and here's what I do. I'm an
internet marketing expert. I help businesses understand the power of the
internet and how they can utilize the internet to better market their business."
Setup a 2 hour internet marketing work shop. Just the "Basics."
Cover the different ways local business owners can harness the power
of the internet: Social Media, SEO,Blogs, Forums, Videos, Podcasts, Autoresponders, Craigslist, Groupon, etc...
The charity will invite local business owners and charge either $47 or $97 dollars for the work shop.
Collect The business owners business cards:
Put a bowl in front of the room and say you are going to give away a
grand prize at the end of the presentation. At the end of the presentation there's going to be a $1000 giveaway, or whatever the price is, a $250 giveaway", so what they do is they all put their business cards in. You gather all their business cards and then you have a grand prize. Let's say you're going to give a one hour consultation. Your time is worth, let's say $250 an hour. So you're going to give a one hour consultation of $250 value, that's the grand prize. Somebody's going to win that in the crowd. It's only an hour of your time, it's not like you're physically handing somebody $250, but you're attracting people to want to put their business card in.
Create an envelope for the Grand Prize and say that you want everybody to leave here with a prize,so you will be having a free 15 minute consultation with you the expert. This plants the seed that allows you to call them in a couple of days.
Collect all the data and statistic and get a press release written for how much money you helped a charity raise.
Collect checks and be happy that you dont have to work a 9-5 job
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