Ya wanna make a milyun in 2013?

by midasman09 Banned
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I'm sorry fellow WFers....what I'm about to reveal is NOT for you who have NO interest in "Face-To-Face" sales!

However....I'm posting this to "give you "KeyBoarders" an inkling as to how US "Inklers" get their ideas. So...bear with me as I relate 2 projects I "think" will put a Milyun in my coffers in 2013.

1) A few yrs ago, one of my sons gave me a "MOUSE-PAD" with a Photo of my NEW GRAND BABY! I LOVE it and have continued to use it for the last 10 yrs. Well, a few days ago I noticed the Mouse Pad getting somewhat shabby around the edges...so....I thought, "Hey! I should look into getting a New Mouse Pad. I called me son and told him to send me a NEW Mouse Pad with my TWO Grand-Daughters photos on it.

That's when I got my HOT FLASH! Hey! A "Photo" on a Mouse Pad? Instead of a Photo of my "BeeYouTeeFull"" grand-daughters on a Mouse Pad....why couldn't there be a Photo of a House (that was sold by a RE Agent)....ON the Mouse Pad (along with a Photo of the RE Agent who sold the house) and...offered as a GIFT to the folks who bought the house?

THIS Mouse Pad would be a "Well-Appreiated" GIFT....AND....a "Reminder" of WHO sold them the house!!!!!!

Nowadays....the "average" RE Agent spends about $50 for a "House-Warming" GIFT (House Plant, Bottle of Wine, etc) BUT....a Gift with a PHOTO of their New Home, on a Mouse-Pad....WOW....not only would that be GREATLY APPRECIATED....it would be USED!

And....everytime the Home-Buyer sat down to their Puter, they'd not only see a Picture of their House AND....a picture of the Agent who sold it to them. Resulting in DAILY CONTACT with their RE Agent!

You Kiddin' ME! THIS would result in BOO-Coo Exposure AND....Referral Value!

OK...let's step this UP a few. What about "New Car Buyers"?

2) Some years ago I made "FOTO CALENDARS FOR CAR DEALERS". The dealership would have someone take a Photo of the Car Buyers WHEN THEY WERE DELIVERING THE CAR. The dealer would send me the "Roll of 35 mm Film" every Monday morn and I'd develop the film and enlarge the photos to 5 x 7 and place the photos on a 11x17 piece of card-stock.

I'd then laminate the sheet and staple a Calendar Pad to it and bring it back to the dealership for them to GIVE to their Car Buyers as a MUCH-APPRECIATED GIFT.

This "Gift" would be received and hung in the home or office of their Car Buyers and....EVERYONE who came into the Car Buyers office or home... woudl see the Calendar AND....the Photo of the Car Buyer standing next to their Purchase (an "EGO" thing)....AND....at the Top of this WALL Calendar would be the LOGO and Info of the DEALER who sold the car!

WHALA! A terrific "REFERRAL TOOL" for the Dealer!

Well....fast forward to 2012. I UP-Dated my "Foto-Cal" Car Buyer Calendars to a "FRIDGE MAGNET"; One-Sheet that has;
Dealer Logo and contact info at top
Photo of Car Buyer
2 year Calendar (boxes of Months, 6 across and 4 down)

Thus....the past 2 days, I showed BOTH of these programs to 2 Realtors and 2 Car Dealers and....they ALL WENT GAGA when they saw my Demos.

With the result being;

I BELIEVE I can sell BOTH....the Mouse-Pads and Fridge Magnets....to Realtors AND Car Dealers for a NICE chunk o change AND....

Option: Provide these 2 items at NO CHARGE to Realtors and Car Dealers! (Would that get accepted by Realtors and Car Dealers? A FREE product that could help them get Referrals and....at NOT Charge?)

So....you're asking HOW can I provide FREE "Personalised Mouse-Pads and Fridge Magnets to these 2 "BIG-MONEY" Niche Markets?

Well....I know of many businesses that would LOVE to have an Ad on a Mouse Pad or Fridge Magnet of .....New Home Buyers or New Car Buyers!

So....I'd sell ADS on these items for GOOD money and provide them for Freebies to Realtors and Car Dealers!!!!!

How many Car Dealers or Realtors would turn down a FREE program that could ....KEEP their names in front of their customers and....bring them REFERRALS....for the next 2 yrs?

You Kiddin' me?

This is awesome! IMHO! So....if a Realtor or Car Dealer turns me down for what I'm charging....and as I'm "packing out the door and turn around and say, "WHAT IF THIS WAS FREE....TO YOUR?"

Do ya think a few would take me up on a NO-Cost deal that could bring them Referrals for the next few yrs?

Yes indeedy!

So....again, this is NOT for the majority of folks reading this here on the WF. I posted this as an Example of how US "Belly-To-Belly" sales people think get our product ideas....that MAYBE....a few of you could understand how "WE" come up with our "products"!

Don Alm...thanks for reading

P.S. the 2 Car Dealers and 2 Realtor I showed these to went GA-GA.

So....with thousands of Car Dealers and Realtors in the country I feel SURE I can get 50 or 60 sending me a few thousand a month.

Average Car Dealer sales = 80 units/mo $50 per unit (Car or Truck) - $4,000 per mo per Dealer. Hey! I can live on $80,000 a Month from just 20 Car Dealers. And....what comes in from Realtors is "Extra"
#2013 #believ #make #milyun #wanna
  • Profile picture of the author facetofacesales
    Like the idea..... how would you be making 50 a car deal?
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    • Profile picture of the author Eddie Spangler
      Originally Posted by facetofacesales View Post

      Like the idea..... how would you be making 50 a car deal?
      Send him $500 and he will tell you all about it. Its a bargain when you consider the results....

      "Average Car Dealer sales = 80 units/mo $50 per unit (Car or Truck) - $4,000 per mo per Dealer. Hey! I can live on $80,000 a Month from just 20 Car Dealers."

      Go get them Don, you are a helluva salesman cuz Im pretty sure no one else on WF can sell 1 Million worth of mouse pads per year to car dealers of all people.

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      • Profile picture of the author mak25
        Seriously, does anybody really still use a mouse pad?????
        Do they even sell them???

        If your mouse has a roller ball in it, then you are either cheap or stuck in the 90's.

        I got an idea Don, why not put pictures on the middle of a 45 record. Yeah!
        Maybe all those crazy cats would dig that as they're spinning their favorite platters
        on their record player.

        Jitterbug anyone?
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      • Profile picture of the author mak25
        Originally Posted by Eddie Spangler View Post


        Say hallelujah. Say amen. Go get 'em Don.
        Belly to belly. Face to face. Mouse pads for everyone!

        As the kids with their iphones, droids and tablets are saying: what the hell is a mouse pad?
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        • Profile picture of the author jakesy
          $500..is that what you really gonna charge me for that idea Don?
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanJ
    I am pretty sure he is just joking. Maybe just some satire about some of the ridiculous ideas that run across this forum.
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    • Profile picture of the author Vikuna2009+
      Plastic shelf liners, custom printed with the Realtor's name appearing every 9.5 inches, inter-twined with pictures of the property, 3 rolls laying on the counter waiting for the proud home owner to install, that would do it. Yep, who wouldn't want to have those?

      Custom-printed toilet paper alternating ads from car dealers and other businesses catering to new home owners. Just tear off the ad before use and bring in your coupons, that would do it.

      I can see my milyons stacking up in 2013,

      Eva
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      • Profile picture of the author bob ross
        Originally Posted by Vikuna2009+ View Post

        Plastic shelf liners, custom printed with the Realtor's name appearing every 9.5 inches, inter-twined with pictures of the property, 3 rolls laying on the counter waiting for the proud home owner to install, that would do it. Yep, who wouldn't want to have those?

        Custom-printed toilet paper alternating ads from car dealers and other businesses catering to new home owners. Just tear off the ad before use and bring in your coupons, that would do it.

        I can see my milyons stacking up in 2013,

        Eva
        LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      • Profile picture of the author sociallid
        Actually the toilet paper ads just got voted entrepreneur magazine biz of the year.
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        • Profile picture of the author Eddie Spangler
          [QUOTE=sociallid;7882207]Actually the toilet paper ads just got voted entrepreneur magazine biz of the year.[/QUOTE

          First , lets clean this crap up,
          The actual award they won is College Entrepreneur of 2012.
          College Entrepreneur of 2012: Bryan Silverman | Entrepreneur.com

          I can see people reading these because its so novel BUT
          do I really want to advertise my business and be associated
          with toilet paper and what it does.

          Here are some businesses that might benefit.

          Those wet wipes like cottonelle sells
          "Can't seem to get it clean with ordinary toilet paper
          then consider cottonelle wet wipes"

          Maybe something in health

          "Do coworkers accuse you of being a toilet terrorist
          becasue you keep blowing up bathrooms?"
          See the new line of colon cleaners at Healthy Ed's

          "Warning-if your stool is red you may have cancer"
          Get a free screening at Charmin Clinic

          "Think your shit doesnt stink..it does"
          Try the new "freshen your poop" vegan diet
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  • Profile picture of the author Eddie Spangler
    Here is an even better idea.

    Lets put that house picture on a custom dust jacket that will fit
    over a copy of the yellow pages... then the realtor gets exposure
    every time a phone# has to be looked up:rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author Big Rob
    Phew! Tough Crowd!

    My interpretation of the OP, and many of Dons threads, is the point of getting out from behind the keyboard and (gasp!) talking to people.

    I think its rather rude just to bash him when these are viable, albeit slightly dated,
    promotional ideas for businesses.
    I appreciate his old school ideas, and I'd bet many of his prospects do as well.
    After all, not every Mom and Pop needs a website for their clientele, and hold-in-your-hand,put-it-on-the-wall promotional items has been working for a long time.

    Thanks, Don. Keep 'Em coming. I like it!
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    • Profile picture of the author midasman09
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      "Make a Millyun" to "old-fashioned" me with the "old-fashioned Promo Ideas" means, "It's a GREAT Idea!"

      If photos of new car buyers placed on a Mouse Pad are so "Old-Fashioned", why are a few hundred (or even a thousand) Car Dealers (including one Group of 152 New Car Dealers;
      1) Taking TIME to snap a Photo of their New Car Buyers...at Time of Delivery?
      and...
      2) WHY are these New Car Dealers PAYING to have them made AND Given to their customers....as a GIFT?

      Are they "Old-Fashioned" too?

      See photo below of a Mouse Pad that one "Old-Fashioned" New Car Dealer is provding to his customers.

      Must be some kinda "Nut"...wasting money like that!

      I'm ADDING TO this by placing Ads of LOCAL Biznesses around the photo. Anyone buying a New Car these days have PROVEN they;
      1) Have Money
      and...
      2) Are Willing to SPEND IT!

      Thus....these new car buyers probably have money to spend on OTHER THINGS!....and....OTHER biz might be SOLD on buying an AD on these "Old-Fashioned" pieces of material.....would ya think?

      Don Alm...."Beam Me Up Scotty"....too much "Modern-Thinking" here!
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  • Profile picture of the author Yildiz
    hehe, this is pretty brilliant when considering that you're planning on making "milyuns" from selling mouse pads...
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Ignore the negative comments. They are obvious being made by people who either have all the money in the world or are afraid of a little hard work that will pay off big time. I say great idea! Go for it...just spell millions right so people will take you more seriously.
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    • Profile picture of the author midasman09
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      QUOTE...."The problem is people could put their efforts towards something else that will most likely produce better results. To each their own though, if you can get that to work great but I don't see much happening out of it."

      Ya..."Sir" Nathan...in ALL your "WiseNess & Wisdom"....you are Right ON as to a Forum that caters to NON-Personal Contact members.

      I'm from the "old-school" where.....I take an Idea and RUN WITH IT!

      I see a Company called "Cal-Pro" selling a program to a "Niche" of "New Car Dealers"....and I wonder, "Hey! There are 24,000 New Car Dealers in the country....ONE Co CAN'T cover them ALL!

      So....I made up MY OWN Samples of what I WANT TO SELL TO CAR DEALERS....and I GO OUT AND contact them!

      Most people would look at Cal-Pro's Very Professional program and product and say, "Hey! Dat program wid Calendars fer New Car Buyers is ALREADY COVERED by dis Co called Cal-Pro....up dere in UTAH. Since DEY already have DIS Niche covered, I better take a gander at some other NICHE where dere's NO Competition"!

      Ya...whoopee Fiz! That kind of thinking has permeated our culture for many yrs and....nowadays....it's getting to be the "Norm"! (I'll just sit home and collect my "Obama-Stash")

      When people like little ol' ME look at a niche of "New Car Dealers" of 24,000 biznesses....I think, "Hey! Cal-Pro has a great program BUT, no way Jose can they cover ALL 24,000 New Car Dealers. Which means, "Great! Someone has found a Niche Market to present their program to.

      HOWEVER....does that mean that little ol' ME could NOT come up with something CLOSE to what they're doing?....to try and reach the REST OF THE NICHE that Cal-Pro doesn't reach?

      So....whala....I make up MY Sample with MY kinda stuff and take it and go out and "Knock On Doors" of New Car Dealers to show them MY thingee"!

      And....sure nuff! I get knocked from pillar to post by da BIG Boys, THEN, I happen to "connect" with ONE Car Dealer and.....HE BUYS MY PROGRAM!

      I then use HIM as a "Launch-Pad" to other Dealers and....before I know it, I've go 22 New Car Dealers PAYING LITTLE OL' ME....for MY Program!

      So....Sir Nathan....as I said previously, THIS is NOT a forum for MY KINDA STUFF (although I HAVE made a "bundle" with my "Business Valuation" software" and "Mobile Site for Restaurants in 2 Tourist towns thus far")

      AND....yesterday afternoon (Friday Dec 7, 2012) I DID get "verbal OKs" from 2 GSMs (General Sales Managers of 2 local dealerships) for my "Fridge Magnets for Car Dealers"....and...granted.....THIS kinda thing is NOT for "Warriors".

      Stay with tour "KeyBoard-Stuff" while US Belly-To-Belly guys have at it!

      Don Alm....Old-Fashioned "Belly-To-Belly" guy
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      • Profile picture of the author Edwards WOrld
        Leave the man alone... Just an idea he posted I'm sure it helped or gave ideas to someone.

        If you don't like the Thread its pretty simple... to the top left there is an ARROW pointing Well.. Left click an your on your way too choose a different Thread.

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  • Reflective surfaces like glass desk tops benefit from mouse pads. Same thing with some wood surfaces that are slightly rough. In both cases the surface sometimes messes with optical mice.
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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    Ok "Sir" Don Alm, in all your "wiseness and wisdom".

    I'm going to pose a fairly logical question. Perhaps the most logical question a person could ask at this point and time.

    Since this forum so obviously dislikes "belly to belly" sales, then what gave you the bright idea, that you should promote belly to belly sales concepts to a bunch of non belly to belly marketers?

    If you ARE a great salesmen, like you need to remind us of 10,000 times a year, shouldn't you focus on a market that actually cares about your ideas?

    Rather than a market full of lazy minded, capitalistic, technology educated thinkers?

    -Red

    "the common sense guy"
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew H
    midasman09 - I know this is a forum, but for god sakes. I can't even read your posts because it just sounds like a conversation with a two year old. Is it possible for you to format your posts in a readable way? (ie: 'And.... sure nuff!').

    If this is how you choose to converse with people you will be lucky to make 0.0001% of a 'milyun' in 2013.
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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    When logic becomes unbearable, shift blame to everyone but yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author takeactionIM
    Op's writing style make him out to be a true poet and a scholar.
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  • Profile picture of the author NewParadigm
    Mobile phone cases could be a modern day mouse pad. Plenty of room on the back for logos and advertising. Not many would turn down a free case.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Lafuddy
    Right on Don!

    Been following your ideas since the early sowpub days.

    Have taken several over the years and made them work in my market.

    In fact, I'm working a version of your "Keeper Kards" currently.
    It's become an annual gig and a spendid little moneymaker, which
    I won't get into here as obviously, these kinds of ideas aren't
    welcome on the forum.

    Merry Christmas Donaldo, to You & Yours. I owe ya!


    Ron
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    • Profile picture of the author Big Rob
      Originally Posted by Ron Lafuddy View Post

      Right on Don!
      In fact, I'm working a version of your "Keeper Kards" currently.
      It's become an annual gig and a spendid little moneymaker, which
      I won't get into here as obviously, these kinds of ideas aren't
      welcome on the forum.
      Please DO TELL!

      I, for one, absolutely appreciate any and all ideas.
      I believe others will as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author KyleG1461
    Why are random words being put in inverted commas throughout this thread?
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  • Profile picture of the author Mach1Marketing
    Just keep throwing me ideas...don't stop...I like your mojo Don.
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  • Profile picture of the author DianaHeuser
    Don,

    I actually love your ideas and the fact that you have not let this group of nay-sayers that always shout you down stop you impresses me even more.

    The problem is that we as internet savvy people, forget that a HUGE majority of people out there are not as 'educated' as we are so we automatically assume that an idea this basic has no merit. And there are so many variations you could apply. Instead of a mouse pad it could be printed cups, calendars, t-shirts etc.

    There are dozens of companies that will allow you to upload a graphic onto their site or software and then get it printed and delivered without leaving your pc.

    The 'mouse pad' idea is a foot in the door. Now you have the client's attention. He will wonder what else you can do for him.

    Di
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  • Profile picture of the author ikan_sith
    As i was reading how this system wont make money i went to the kitchen to get something to drink. low and behold on the fridge. a picture of me, the wife, and my daughter standing by our 2012 car. on a calender. a 2 year calender. FROM THE DEALER!
    Naw this won't work! Back to the lab i guess.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Doud
    I would never buy anything advertised on TP.

    In fact it might make me not buy something I would have otherwise purchased.
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    • Profile picture of the author misterme
      Originally Posted by Big Rob View Post

      Phew! Tough Crowd!

      My interpretation of the OP, and many of Dons threads, is the point of getting out from behind the keyboard and (gasp!) talking to people.
      If that's so, then you've just done the job for him in that one sentence.

      I get the sense he's really all about selling his plans.

      Originally Posted by Nathan Robinson View Post

      lol I don't even know how I got through that entire response with all the quotation marks, capitalizations, periods, and bold.
      It does reek of old man sales hype smell. I wrote to that point in some thread of his last year and got summarily dismissed by a number of people. I was pointing out that the style of writing is salesy and that so many people today are turned off by anything like that. I thought I was giving a heads up. But you see how your reaction to his wriiting validates my point?

      In that thread he also mentioned his idea of distributing CDs if memory serves, and I mentioned why not downloads, as CDs are moving toward extinction as technology changes. But again, dismissed. Whatever. What does it have to be for people to get the point?

      Originally Posted by Aaron Doud View Post

      I would never buy anything advertised on TP.
      I agree. Eventually everything on toilet paper is nothing but crap.
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