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Forum: Copywriting 31st July 2016, 11:12 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 386
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: What's the single vital skill every copywriter must master?

The single vital skill is the ability to sell.

I always think the problem with the term 'copywriter' is that it has the word 'writer' in it! Therefore the profession attracts writers rather than...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 31st July 2016, 10:55 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 465
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Is It Possible To Set Up And Run An Internet Business Using Just A Smartphone?

I'd like to thank everyone who has taken the time to respond here, it's very much appreciated.

In fact I do already own decent laptop and desktop computers but tend to find phones and tablets so...
Forum: Copywriting 31st July 2016, 10:12 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 54
Posted By Tim Bazley
Twenty Twenty Vision?

In a little under 3.5 years it will be the year 2020.

I wonder which individual or company will be the first to come up with the utterly predictable, corny and boring tag / strap line...
...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 10th July 2016, 08:33 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 465
Posted By Tim Bazley
Is It Possible To Set Up And Run An Internet Business Using Just A Smartphone?

Could I really run an Internet marketing biz with a smartphone (maybe with the occasional help from an iPad?

It would certainly be very easy and convenient to operate and the model would be by...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 25th February 2016, 01:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 439
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Can Anyone Recommend A Top Video Marketing Course?

Many thanks for the tip, I'll check that course out now.
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 24th February 2016, 01:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 439
Posted By Tim Bazley
Can Anyone Recommend A Top Video Marketing Course?

Hi Everybody...

I'm really getting into video currently and would love to learn much more about it.

I'd particularly like to know how to drive traffic using YouTube, both in regards to my own...
Forum: Offline Marketing 15th February 2015, 04:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,823
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Local Biz Themes/ Sites

I can also recommend Smallbiz. It's easy to use, gives you everything you need and and produces nice looking sites that generate leads and customers.
Forum: Copywriting 10th January 2015, 11:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,493
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Did Copywriting Take Off in 384 BCE?

When did BC (before Christ) become BCE? And what does the 'E' stand for??
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 28th December 2014, 01:03 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 8,600
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: EU marketers, are you aware of this?

To think the EU (or the fore-runner of it) was originally set up to make international trade easier!

Just another example of 'Big' Governments introducing their ever increasingly draconian laws...
Forum: Offline Marketing 15th December 2014, 11:55 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,826
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Is this a good high converting offer?

Following on from my last post, make sure your insurance covers you for inspections. Here in the UK you need professional indemnity (as well as public liability) insurance which covers you if they...
Forum: Offline Marketing 15th December 2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,826
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Is this a good high converting offer?

Hi Electrical...

I'm a qualified electrician here in the UK so I'm enjoying this thread. Personally I wouldn't be happy getting homeowners to start testing dodgy electrics themselves, but...

I...
Forum: Copywriting 21st October 2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,032
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: What Words Do You Hate Seeing in Copy?

Oh dear...it's back to copywriting school for me then.

You lot have just robbed me of all the words I normally use!

On a more serious note, it's not so much words that irritate me but...
Forum: Offline Marketing 3rd August 2014, 03:04 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,289
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: What do you guys believe is the #1 service THE MAJORITY of businesses need?

The question should be What is the number 1 service the majority of businesses WANT? (Not need).

This would then be a much easier sell.

I'd love to know the answer to this myself!
Forum: Copywriting 23rd July 2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,021
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Your All Time Favourite...

I should have clarified...

The Ate my hamster headline was just a news article headline, not a sales one. It was from The Sun newspaper and is probably the most memorable newspaper headline of all...
Forum: Copywriting 20th July 2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,021
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Your All Time Favourite...

"Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster"

I wonder how many of you will end up Google-ing that one?
Forum: Offline Marketing 23rd January 2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,394
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: What Business Would You Start If You Were Down To Your Last $4??

I'd also add that the best kinds of opportunities are what I call 'shooting fish in a barrel' businesses.

I mean ones with almost infinite demand, so much so that if you step out of your front...
Forum: Offline Marketing 23rd January 2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,394
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: What Business Would You Start If You Were Down To Your Last $4??

Wow guys!

It's nice to see how this thread seems to have captured your imaginations!

That said, I guess I should say how I'd do it, or rather how I did it 9 years ago, so...

Step 1

I sold...
Forum: Offline Marketing 20th January 2014, 02:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,033
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: What Resources Do I Need For My New Web Design Business?

Great advice, thanks guys.

Yes I am over complicating things. I already know how to put one of these sites together and know they get results. I just need to get a couple of clients now and worry...
Forum: Offline Marketing 19th January 2014, 05:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,033
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: What Resources Do I Need For My New Web Design Business?

Thanks, TeamBringIt.

To be honest, delegating all the 'techie' stuff and concentrating on the sales and marketing is my eventual aim.

However, as I'm just starting out with this, I feel that I...
Forum: Offline Marketing 18th January 2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,033
Posted By Tim Bazley
What Resources Do I Need For My New Web Design Business?

Hi

I recently set up a new site for my own offline business (handyman services) and despite being pretty basic and doing minimum seo, it's generating lots of leads and business for me.

If you...
Forum: Offline Marketing 17th January 2014, 12:44 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,768
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Sadly... A Homeless Guy and his Girlfriend Put 99% Of You TO SHAME!

Great thread, thanks!

It inspired me to begin a new thread of my own. I wonder what you'd do if you were down to your last $4??
Forum: Offline Marketing 17th January 2014, 12:40 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,394
Posted By Tim Bazley
What Business Would You Start If You Were Down To Your Last $4??

This is inspired by another thread by 'I am nameless', about a homeless guy and his girlfriend who being down to their last $4, started a scrap metal recycling business.

So my question to you is,...
Forum: Offline Marketing 16th January 2014, 01:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 632
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: "Print ads are so old school, but they still get clients..."

I've seen the power of printed ads first hand. I wrote one for a local business that's doing very well indeed with a huge R.O.I.

Make sure the ad is written in the advertorial style though. Don't...
Forum: Offline Marketing 21st December 2013, 03:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 655
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: UK Roofing Leads

It just so happens that I've been in a position to pass on a few leads / jobs to a local flat roofer here in Sussex. He gladly gave me 10% of the job totals.

Hope that helps.
Forum: Offline Marketing 4th December 2013, 01:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 541
Posted By Tim Bazley
Forum: Offline Marketing 4th December 2013, 01:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 541
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Help...I Have Lots Of Rocket Fuel But No Rocket!

Thanks Aaron,

Yes I know my post comes across a little like I'm looking for the perfect career which doesn't exist.

Really I'm hoping to get some ideas I haven't considered myself.

Thanks...
Forum: Copywriting 4th December 2013, 01:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 726
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Help! I Have Plenty Of Rocket Fuel, But No Rocket To Put It In!

Thanks guys, you've given me some great things to look into and work with.
Forum: Offline Marketing 3rd December 2013, 12:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 541
Posted By Tim Bazley
Help...I Have Lots Of Rocket Fuel But No Rocket!

Can anyone help me wit a rather unique problem?

You see, I now feel confident in my copywriting plus my sales and marketing skills generally. Enough to make a big difference to any project I work...
Forum: Copywriting 3rd December 2013, 12:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 726
Posted By Tim Bazley
Help! I Have Plenty Of Rocket Fuel, But No Rocket To Put It In!

Can anyone help me wit a rather unique problem?

You see, I now feel confident in my copywriting plus my sales and marketing skills generally. Enough to make a big difference to any project I work...
Forum: Copywriting 1st December 2013, 04:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 710
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: How can I test my copywriting skills?

You can test by simply finding an unwanted item around your home and listing it on eBay.

Write your listing using your copywriting skills and see how much it sells for. If you also look in...
Forum: Offline Marketing 19th March 2013, 12:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 745
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Help With Creating An Effective 'Risk Reversal Strategy' For Paving/Landscaping Contractor

The risk reversal strategy / guarantee I've seen service businesses like yours offer before is something like this...

"You must be completely satisfied with our work. If you aren't, we'll come...
Forum: Copywriting 19th March 2013, 11:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,042
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: One Of The Big Secrets Of Freelance Success

Great post and I totally agree. One of the biggest secrets of selling anything is just to act like you're not fussed whether you do the deal or not.

Easy when you've got lots on and the gig's...
Forum: Offline Marketing 7th March 2013, 08:30 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,849
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Brokering export deals - JD's method

Thanks John for your very detailed reply to my last question.

Just one more thing...how do you protect yourself and your sellers from scamming / theiving buyers?

I presume no manufacturer...
Forum: Offline Marketing 4th March 2013, 05:14 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,893
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: What's a good Wordpress theme for creating starter websites?

Smallbiz Theme by Expand2Web is pretty good - nice looking templates, or you can add your own headers etc, easy to use and has a developers option too.
Forum: Offline Marketing 4th March 2013, 12:59 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,421
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Go where the rich people live

I understand many wealthy people are often cash rich, time poor. Therefore any product or service that helps them save time would be good.

As an example...I once heard of a lady who earnt £200 a...
Forum: Copywriting 1st March 2013, 01:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 538
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Sales Letter for Help Organisation, Help!

The usual rules DO apply, even when applied to charitable causes.

The thing to remember is that nobody does anything unless there's something in it for them.

But here that something isn't in...
Forum: Offline Marketing 26th February 2013, 07:04 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,849
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Brokering export deals - JD's method

Hi John

Can you PM me when it's ready too.

By the way, when doing these brokering deals, who deals with the shipping, inport/export legalities, Waybills and all that stuff?

Thanks

Tim
Forum: Offline Marketing 26th February 2013, 06:48 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,440
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: What is the #1 Reason Brick and Mortar Small Businesses Struggle?

Yes poor sales and marketing is one big reason.

But here in the U.K., I'd also say poor customer service. (Not sure about the USA, I suspect things are better there).

Try this little...
Forum: Offline Marketing 26th February 2013, 06:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,396
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Possible to run an offline business without a physical office?

Like many here, I think it's perfectly acceptable to run a business with no office (apart from a desk in a spare room of your house).

I've done this with several businesses over the last 15...
Forum: Offline Marketing 26th February 2013, 06:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 849
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: When is the best time to email businesses?

Hi

I've heard that you should avoid Mondays and Fridays. Too many people using those days for long weekends and for the rest, these are busy times. (Catching up from the weekend / trying to get...
Forum: Offline Marketing 26th February 2013, 05:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,207
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Money From Past Customers...

I'm not sure who the guy was, but got the impression he was an older semi-retired person.

Thanks BizmanRobert, I'll be checking out those recommendations.
Forum: Offline Marketing 24th February 2013, 11:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,207
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Money From Past Customers...

I've not done this apart from a tiny test for one of my own businesses.

Not sure what the guy I was talking about did about the printing / mailing costs, he probably got the dentists to pick that...
Forum: Offline Marketing 24th February 2013, 05:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,207
Posted By Tim Bazley
Money From Past Customers...

I once heard an interesting story about a man who made a great living while touring all round the USA.

He used to drive around with his wife in one of those huge motor homes. Every time he got to...
Forum: Offline Marketing 23rd February 2013, 11:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,731
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: I Need Your Advice For My Web design and Web Development Business Plan

You know, these days I've got myself a little motto...

"If you really want to do something, then don't let a little thing like not knowing how to do it stop you"!

OK, you may have to be a...
Forum: Offline Marketing 23rd February 2013, 10:52 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,581
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: I think I am going to start an offline business cleaning garages.

Cleaning's a great biz to get into. "Where's there's muck, there's brass" as they say up North (England). There's always money to be had from cleaning, in good times and bad!

Go for it.
Forum: Offline Marketing 19th February 2013, 10:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,875
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Sending Cover Letter to local businesses (sales letter)...Please critique

I take the point that you don't want your copy to look like an average sales letter, but you still need to sell the benefits of what you do to your prospects.

The letter should be much less about...
Forum: Offline Marketing 19th February 2013, 10:04 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,573
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Cold Calling Problem.Help!

Hi Mark,

Perhaps you can send your prospects a personalised email, or better yet a sales letter or postcard through the post.

Make your offer enticing and tell them you'll be in touch by...
Forum: Offline Marketing 18th February 2013, 05:17 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,762
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Your #1 Favorite Way To Generate Offline Leads Is.....

Hi John

I like your business model you've been describing in the last few posts.

I was just wondering...who does all the import / export stuff. Paperwork, shipping etc.

Is that you or do...
Forum: Copywriting 18th February 2013, 12:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 614
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: New Member Hello + Critique my offer

Oops!

I didn't see your 90 day free returns guarantee so disregard what I said in my last post about that!

I think your guarantee will cover two of your prospects' main concerns. You'll need...
Forum: Copywriting 18th February 2013, 11:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 614
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: New Member Hello + Critique my offer

Yes I agree with BudaBrit...

Focus on the benefits which will be largely the same as your higher priced competitor and the additional benefit of your lower price.

'Same benefits...at a...
Forum: Copywriting 18th February 2013, 11:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 953
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: What Job Did You Say Cheerio To...

I'm doing a bit of painting and decorating to supplement my copywriting income until it really takes off.

It might not be such a good thing when I give up the painting though, as it's keeping the...
Forum: Copywriting 15th February 2013, 07:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 820
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Which Headline works best...in your opinion?

Personally I'd combine 4 and 5 to make...

"Who Else Wants To Stop Writing And Still Make Money"
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th February 2013, 04:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 423
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Any Good Resources On Storytelling?

Go to the 'Stickys' section on the Copywriting Forum (5th Sticky down I think).

It has all you need, and more!
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th February 2013, 04:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 527
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Best Way to Email Established Customers

Yes, I agree with other posts that it won't be spamming as they are past customers.

Use a good autoresponder service like Aweber which always puts an 'unsubscribe' link at the bottom of all...
Forum: Main Internet Marketing Discussion Forum 13th February 2013, 04:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 787
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: Where's your wordpress.org site hosted?

Another vote for Hostgator here. They seem to be very easy to use and come back quickly if you have any issues.
Forum: Copywriting 12th February 2013, 11:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 977
Posted By Tim Bazley
Re: How does a Copywriter-for-hire learn the market he is hired for?

I suppose that's the advantage of becoming a specialist rather than a generalist. You only have to learn about a target market and the related industry once, rather than a hundred times!
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