7 Secrets of a Winning Landing Page

Online marketing has become the marketing strategy of choice for many businesses over the last decade, yet a lot of businesses still struggle to implement best practices.  Today we’re going to give you some training on the subject of landing pages.

Landing pages are a vital part of your online marketing strategy.  Designed to get prospects to opt-in and provide targeted information, these web pages need to be optimized to entice your prospects to respond.

So how can you create a winning Landing page for your business?

7 Secrets of a Winning Landing Page

#1 No exit links. Make it so the prospect can do only one thing on your squeeze page: give you their email address–or bail.

#2 Privacy Statement. People are smart and don’t like to give their information away freely, especially when it means getting hounded and spammed later. Let your prospects know that you respect their time and will not sell their information.

#3 Super awesome offer. Give them something they want. A free ebook, educational report, or video series are common options that work well. Be sure to let your prospects know why what you’re giving away will benefit them–or even better, what specific problem it will help them solve. If it feels like a high-pressure sales tactic with little to gain in terms of actionable content, people will click away.

#4 An eyeball-grabbing headline. Make sure your prospects keep their eyes on your page by using an eyeball-grabbing headline. It needs to be specific and curiosity-invoking while promising an important benefit. The stronger your headline is, the more opt-ins you’ll get.

#5 Use psychology when designing. Think about your prospective client and their mindset when designing your squeeze page. All the elements of design like color, button placement, and graphics should be based on knowledge of your prospects’ thinking. Make it desirable for them to opt-in. The easiest way is to use a done-for-you source like LeadPages for drag-and-drop, winning designs.

#7 Make your opt-in easy. When choosing fields for your opt-in box–particularly if it’s their first contact with you–ask for less information to lower the risk. Make it easy for them to use and you will have squeeze page success!

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To Your Success!

Don Vanpool




Gather the Troops

Today I’d like to chat about the different types of support staff you need and what makes them so important.

There are essentially three key roles that need to be filled to set your business up for success:

  • The Technician
  • The Manager
  • The Entrepreneur


All of these roles need to be played simultaneously by different people with the right talents. It’s all about balance.

The Technician

This person represents the present and all that needs to be done for the physical aspects of the business building process. They are the “doer”. This is usually the most visible person in the entire operation.

The Manager

This person represents the past and works to fix problems through learning from past mistakes. They are the practical side of the business and is in charge of putting together the business and overseeing the planning.

The Entrepreneur

This person represents the future and the vision for the business. They are responsible for the creative side of the business and are always considering ways to enhance products/service, business image, branding and more.

All three of these characters are essential to the success of any business and to build a solid foundation from the start, you need to work harder to find the right people to put in these roles. Obviously, you need to be one of these key people, but ensure you find the role that fits your skills and talents, not necessarily what you THINK you should be doing.

This may be a hard process for you as you will need to relinquish some control over the business and instill trust in people to allow them to do their jobs.

Remember, our business coaches can help you through this entire process and teach you how to avoid falling victim to e-myths when you try our FREE test drive.

How Economic Trends Will Impact Your Business in 2018

As we move into a more expansionary environment hiring practices will become more important to business owners. The economy is growing. The corporate income tax rate has been slashed substantially. Many of you will begin to see gains–which makes putting the right team in place mission-critical as you manage growth.

So how do you do it?

Jim Collins says that in order to build a winning team, you have to get the right people on the bus.

He’s right, of course. But more than that, you need to get the right people, in the right seats, exhibiting the right behavior.

One of the most powerful tools for getting a clear sense for the make-up of your team is the team dimension profile. It identifies five key roles that people perform in group settings in order to make a unique contribution to the team. No role is better or worse than any other. In fact, a balanced team will have all the roles represented.

The 5 Key Roles

The Creator. Creators generate new ideas and fresh concepts. They prefer to live in the world of possibilities. They look for activities that are unstructured or abstract, and they thrive on innovation and unique ideas.

The Advancer. Advancers communicate new ideas and carry them forward. They focus on the personal, interactive world of feelings and relationships. Advancers manage the human component of any solution and enjoy whipping up enthusiasm for a project.

The Refiner. Refiners analyze solutions for flaws and revise projects systematically. They focus on the objective, analytical world of facts or theories. Refiners use logic and a systematic approach to redesign the solution, and they make sure that ideas are sound before moving them on to the next level.

The Executor. Executors deliver concrete results and seek successful implementations. They make sure that important activities get accomplished and they pay attention to details and the bottom line.

The Flexer. Flexers are a combination of the other four roles because they have an equal preference for most or all of the roles. They can adapt their styles to fit the needs of the team, and they probably view different issues from different perspectives.

How This Helps You Create Winning Teams

The Team Dimensions Profile does more than just help team members identify where they fall–it provides insights into each key role’s strengths, challenges, and working style. This will help you gain a concrete understanding of your current team composition and identify where you might have gaps. It will also empower you to put your top talent in positions that will naturally create the most success.

The Team Dimensions Profile does more than just help team members identify where they fall–it provides insights into each key role’s strengths, challenges, and working style.

When team members are in roles that allow them to operate within their strengths, everything will function more cohesively and efficiently–allowing the business owner to develop organizations that are more nimble, responsive, innovative, and effective.

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Are You Aiding & Abetting E-Myths?

We are going to embark upon a journey through the world of e-myths and debunk them to help you avoid falling into the e-myth trap.

First, let’s take a minute to talk about what an e-myth is. An entrepreneurial myth, or e-myth, is an assumption that anyone can succeed at business with:

  • Desire
  • Some capital
  • A projected targeted profit


This sounds great, but it just not realistic. Think of starting a business as a marathon. Sure, everyone starts out of the gate at a record pace, but after a few miles, people start slowing and some drop out entirely. Building a successful business takes stamina and agility.

The reality is that there are many different facets to a successful business and none of them can be ignored if you plan to find success.

Let’s take a minute to talk about the entrepreneurial seizure. This defines the roller coaster of emotions that comes with starting, nurturing and the potential failure of a business.

The emotions that occur, in order, are:

  • Exhilaration
  • Exhaustion
  • Despair
  • Sense of self-loss


This is usually caused by the e-myths and assumptions we talked about. You can get your hopes so high on instant success that even the smallest lag and you are sent into an emotional tailspin. This is also brought on by the stark realization that you can’t do it all and will need help in the areas where you don’t have the knowledge. Now, faced with limited choices you may feel like you need to back out and hide, but don’t do this.

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Put Them in a Trance

We’re going to go through the 5 essential keys to a successful and reusable marketing campaign launch. Once you have these basics down, you can use them over and over again.

The 5 essential keys are:

  • Define your Unique Selling Proposition (USP)
  • Put an effective sales offer to work
  • Avoid the marketing pitfalls
  • Use a world-class marketing perspective
  • Get results!


We’ll go through each one of these, so you can see exactly how to use them and how they all affect the overall outcome of your marketing campaign.

Define your Unique Selling Proposition (USP)

Take the time to ask yourself some questions from the perspective of the customers/clients. What would it take to get your attention? What needs do you have that need to be met? What are the promises you want fulfilled?

Once you know the answers to these questions you can start putting together a plan to meet these needs. Then take a look at what USP your competitors are using to help you develop your own USP. Your USP is what you are “promising” your customers/clients. This is what’s going to set you apart from your competition.


Put an effective sales offer to work

To develop an effective sales plan, you need to:

  1. Put together a headline that gets immediate attention.
  2. Share benefits of your products/services speaking from the customers’ perspective.
  3. Identify the specific needs met by your products/services.
  4. Make it easy to do business with you by offering guarantees.
  5. Share your specific sales proposition.
  6. Walk your customers/clients through how they should respond and act.
  7. Motivate with a call to action.

What this all means is, you need to put together what makes your products/services special and compel customers to buy. If they don’t feel like they NEED your product, they won’t buy. You need to answer a question, solve a problem or feed an obsession.

You need to provide them with all the information they need to make an informed and confident decision. Buyer’s remorse is one of the worst things that can happen.


Avoid the marketing pitfalls

There are 5 major marketing pitfalls many businesses fall into and you should avoid:

  • Ignore market testing and push on with an inaccurate plan.
  • Offer an incomplete case, or reasons, throughout their marketing plan.
  • Fail to notice the needs of their prospective customers/clients.
  • Fail to diversify their marketing options.
  • Fail to get market opinions on their offers.

These are all areas to avoid. If you’ve been working through these lessons, avoiding these pitfalls should be easy and natural.


Use a world-class marketing perspective

World-Class marketing perspective is important, especially if you want to attract customers/clients from all over the world. You can do this a number of different techniques and activities:

  1. Keep a marketing journal and scribble down anything innovative you see.
  2. Keep encouraging your marketing department, or yourself, to try new things and dump the ones that aren’t working.
  3. Order from your own company under a different name and analyze the process of ordering, shipping, online store, customer service and the product itself. This will show you where the areas for improvement are in the customer experience.
  4. Read every quality ad you can find and keep a file for future ideas to consider.
  5. When out in public, watch how consumers behave in different situations and how they consider their purchases.
  6. Step down a notch or two and work on the front lines with your sales and customer service staff.
  7. Continuously acknowledge your staff, vendors and customers. Everyone works and shops better when they feel appreciated.
  8. Always listen to feedback from employees and customers.
  9. Continuously test markets, ads, and marketing techniques. This is the only way to stay successful and know what’s working and, more importantly, what’s not.
  10. Offer more information in your marketing than anyone else. The more information you offer, the more products/services you’ll sell.
  11. A great marketing plan can only get better. Continue to fine-tune and refine your marketing plan based on testing results and feedback.
  12. Be classy in your marketing. Make sure your marketing and advertising fit your company image, products/service and quality.
  13. Improve your best marketing areas and drop those that aren’t working.
  14. Focus on what you say, not how you say it. The best marketing ideas turn into the best marketing naturally.
  15. Develop all your ads, campaigns and sales materials with an attention to compelling and factual information.

By using these techniques you can put your name out there to the world and become one of the top brands in your industry.


Get results!

The last area we are going to talk about is the best-satisfied customers. If your customers aren’t satisfied, you’ve wasted all your marketing resources and all chance of positive word-of-mouth advertising. You can satisfy your customers by:

  • Providing quality products/services
  • Providing high-quality customer service
  • Providing a low-pressure, highly informative sales experience
  • Taking all the risk away with a great guarantee


To generate more business there are a couple of simple techniques that work every time:

  • Build your database with a contest.
  • Do regular mailings with sales, discounts, or other incentives.
  • Find other creative ways to keep your current customers coming back for more.


As long as the reward is directly related to your product or service, you can’t lose. Why not get started today? It’s so simple, it’s so seldom done, and it’s so profitable. And that’s the bottom line.” Jay Abraham

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Do It Like the Big Dawgs!

Today we’ll take a look at how the kings of industry wine, dine and otherwise cajole prospects.

Most successful professionals use a series of information based ads that build emotion and a call to action. These are much more effective than a standard company branding advertisements. The same principles that go into putting together a high impact (and, often, high priced) ad campaign can be adapted to fit your needs with similar results.

Here are some ways to put together and execute a professional, effective ad campaign:

  1. Put together a short report that’ll you’ll automatically send to prospects when they contact you. This should include a short description of your business and what you specialize in. Don’t forget to include case studies, samples or other proof of your success.
  2. Develop value-oriented yellow page ads.
  3. Consider newsletters as a way of educating and informing customers about your industry and services offered.
  4. Offer a free seminar, webinar or other lecture to build awareness of your business, but make sure you make the information pertinent to your target market and find speakers who are respected and known in the industry.
  5. Buy an existing business, introduce better marketing and grow this new business faster than a “from scratch” business.
  6. Always test different versions of your ads to find the most effective ones.
  7. Use direct mail marketing to grow your business.
  8. Put together a database of previous customers and send them new information.
  9. Offer incentives such as frequent purchasing benefits, loyalty programs, referral programs or others.
  10. Approach large firms who may need your services and negotiate a deal to be their exclusive expert in your field.
  11. Offer a 24-hour information line with a regularly updated recorded message. Make this available to all past and future customers/clients.
  12. Donate time or materials to local charities to show support in your area.
  13. Offer public clinics for the general public to come along and discuss what they need that’s free and approachable.
  14. Organize seminars your customers/clients can pay to attend by putting together a high-perception value package.
  15. Approach local newspaper by offering to write a weekly column about your area of expertise. Don’t ask for money, just a byline and bio.
  16. Develop a weekend or other destination seminar for customers/clients, not only does this give you an action-packed weekend with the most important people, it gives them a tax-deductible business adventure.
  17. Take a good seminar and turn it into written form as a home study, member site program, audio or video program.
  18. Approach large companies and offer to give seminars to their employees, investors or management.
  19. Be proactive with your marketing plan.
  20. Barter for your marketing. Offer products or services in lieu of payment.
  21. Be willing to bring in new clients, even if at an initial loss because it will likely pay off later.
  22. Regulate your marketing budget to maximize the potential income from them to hit the next year and try to push back advertising costs for the next year to offset your expenses.
  23. Make offers to target markets or target market businesses to pay them for referrals or shared databases.
  24. Offer loaner products to replace equipment that’s be repaired or refurbished.
  25. Give away something free to everyone who brings in a print version of your advertisement. This is a great way to see which ads are giving you the most bang for your buck.
  26. Continually consider what new products/services you can offer to current customers/clients.
  27. Develop a mail order division of your company.
  28. Offer a proposition to your competitors to trade customers/clients you were both unsuccessful in selling to.
  29. Use different marketing tactics as an excuse to attract new customers/clients with new offers and goodies.
  30. Offer a “you-choose-the-price” program. This is especially good for the product you just can’t seem to sell.

So, there are 30 great ways to market to other professional and businesses. Some other great ways to get your name out there for little or no cost are:

  • Get involved you in your community-volunteer, donate to local events, etc.
  • Join your local Chamber of Commerce and attend the networking and other activities throughout the year.
  • Join a local, state or regional professional associates for further networking opportunities.
  • Become a board member of a local organization.


Advertising should never be your only method of marketing, there are a myriad of ways to get your name out there in a way that feels personal to potential customers/clients.

“Effective advertising…must be used to get your name out to the public. If your name is not familiar to people, they will not come to you.” Jay Abraham

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PR Equals Free Publicity

There are three key areas of public relations you can use to boost your advertising results ten-fold over your paid advertising.

The key to public relations lies in:

  • Public relations or publicity
  • Merchandising
  • Promotions

With a solid plan in place that encompasses all these areas, you’ll have a great approach to use public relations in the best way possible.

Public relations include all that is the media. Don’t limit yourself. The attention of newspapers, television, radio, magazines, bloggers, ezines and more are all equally powerful. Online marketing is just as, if not more, important as conventional media.

Here are the steps to get noticed by the media:

  1. Put together a press release for your company. The press release should be relevant to your target market and address consumer interest, not just announce your business.
  2. Compact your press release to include one hook and one angle. Choose the most attention-getting to make sure the media person you are sending it to is interested in reading it.
  3. Put your press release in professional formatting. With press releases, you need a dateline, the most important information at the top, facts, figures and wrap it up with contact details including who and how. Print the press release on your letterhead.
  4. Send your press release to all television and radio stations, local and metro newspapers, national newspapers, industry magazines, and any other form of media that reaches your target market. Don’t forget to include relevant blogs, ezines, press release submission sites and industry professionals.

More important than a perfect press release is to make sure you have addressed the needs of your target market in the products/services you offer and made that clear in the press release. If you are providing people a solution to a problem, a way to avoid a problem and an opportunity to enhance their life the media and public will be interested.

If you have a connection (or the ability to get a connection) with a celebrity, this can practically guarantee you’ll get attention. Make sure you are offered newsworthy information and then follow up with media outlets to make sure they are publicizing that information.

“One of the most powerful techniques every business should use is free publicity. As the name implies, there is no cost, just the time and effort required to attract attention to your business.” Jay Abraham

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How to Spend Time on What Really Matters


I find a recurring theme as I work with business owners is their lack of time to focus on strategic plans and have a reasonable balance with other interests. These executives are often overloaded with tasks that are meant for lower level employees and in an endless cycle of tactical follow-up.

There are three simple steps that any business owner like you can take to begin changing their business and their life.


A simple time analysis of your weekly activities. The first step is developing and implementing a simple time analysis of your weekly activities.  Spend a few moments throughout the day listing what you do and how much time these activities occupy.  Next, write down very specific goals to change your behavior over a specific time period and start delegating those tasks better suited for others. Part of this plan could include writing specific procedures on how to perform the tasks to be delegated to others, hiring additional staff members to perform the delegated tasks, or training existing staff to perform the delegated tasks. The key is a clearly written delegation plan that you can both execute and measure. It is also important to have an accountability partner in the form of a coach, mentor or trusted staff member who can help track your progress.


Develop an apprentice plan.  The next step is to develop an apprenticeship plan or a plan to train others to execute those tasks you determined more suitable for others. A business that scores high in this category will actively coach team members to execute responsibilities with increasing competence, has a system is in place to develop team members and a culture of apprenticeship in place. A business with a low score will have leaders working in isolation from their direct reports with no culture to develop employees. There are really two reasons most leaders never escape the time drain of lower-level tasks: 1) They believe only they can properly execute the tasks and 2) they have tried to empower others but did it improperly, making the situation worse. Your goal should be to identify tasks that do not contribute to your business growth or that you do not enjoy and create a plan to delegate those tasks after an appropriate amount of training is complete. Your apprentice plan should be tracked and documented with an accountability partner until completion to ensure progress.


Design a leadership development plan. The third step is to design a leadership development plan.  Specifically, this is a plan to develop your high-potential leaders and incentivize their long-term commitment to your business. An example of a highly developed leadership plan will be one that identifies and develops your high-potential talent and managers and includes a succession plan.


Two other plans that should be designed concurrently with your apprentice plan are your organizational plan and a comprehensive exit strategy


Finally, there are some great tools to help develop your leaders.  One of my personal favorites is the Flippen Profile developed by the Flippen Group which can identify leadership constraints such as over-confidence, an inability to nurture, and low self-control. This developmental roadmap should be combined with a performance incentive plan that compensates key leaders in areas such as sales growth and gross profit margins.


Another great resource is John C. Maxwell’s “Developing the Leader in You – 5 Levels of Leadership” This approach fits nicely with the Flippen Profile and can be used to develop a top-tier leadership team to free your time and help you focus on activities that ultimately generate revenue.


To conclude, effective time management for a business owner is a function of delegating, developing and incentivizing. Often the busy entrepreneur has worked hard to develop a successful firm and now should focus on a plan to free time for either growing the business, creating a passive income stream or selling their firm to free them to enjoy the next stage in life.

How Well Do You Know Your Vendors?

It’s extremely important to build relationships with your vendors and those around you that can bring in new customers/clients increasing awareness of your company branding.

The people you work directly with on your products and services are really the ones with the most to gain when you find success. By taking the time to get to know them, you’ll find a whole host of opportunities you didn’t realize were there.

Look for great ways to offer your vendors rewards for helping grow your business and everyone wins. One of ways you can do this is by offering performance-based incentives that are much larger than their normal charges.

Here’s the step-by-step process of putting together a partnership with a vendor:

  1. Approach all the vendors you work with and offer an incentive based on performance.
  2. Put the generous incentive plan together from their perspective, even take suggestions.
  3. Develop a clear, concise and easy to track incentive plan, this will increase competition between vendors and therefore higher performance levels.
  4. Encourage subsequent sales instead of focusing only on the initial sale. By doing this you can give away more of the profit from the initial sale to your vendors and make higher profits off the back end products. Encourage:
  • Future sales
  • Upsell better and more profitable products/services
  • Cross-sell to additional products

5. Create an incentive plan that’s irresistible to your vendors by offering generous, exclusive compensation.

Think of all the vendors you work with and the creative ways you can put together an incentive plan that entices them to be part of your business. Use their talents, capabilities and connections and you’ll both be winners.

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Telemarketing is NOT the Anti-Christ

Today you’ll learn how to use direct mail marketing and, yes, telemarketing to your full advantage. I know, the word “telemarketing” might as well be four letters, but there is a way to help customers feel like they are getting personal attention and keep them from blocking your number!

With the success direct mail marketing has had and the availability of computers, these can be used as a powerful marketing tool for your success. Telemarketing is best for high priced, high margin products/services.

Here are the key steps to putting together a highly effective direct mail marketing program:

  1. List all benefits customers will get from the purchase of your products and services.
  2. Pick the single most powerful benefit out of that list.
  3. Build an attention-getting headline around that benefit. Remember to use emotion-fulfill the desire to be young, wealthy, desired, popular or successful.
  4. Develop a sales letter using the headline you created to grab attention, provide information and motivate customers to act.
  5. Put together supplementary items, such as a brochure, order form, reply envelope or note that encourages them to read the letter.
  6. Rent or purchase a mailing list.
  7. Compare the cost of mailing vs. cost per order.
  8. Continue to test and refine your direct mail marketing plan.

You can see how direct mail marketing can help you find a local or even country-wide target market to send letters or postcards to and draw in new clientele and customers. Fine-tuning your marketing campaign will bring better results and therefore lower the overall cost of the campaign.

To be successful in telemarketing you need to:

  • Put together a plan, so you know exactly what you want to accomplish during the call.
  • Develop a list of topics to discuss and the questions you want to present around these topics.
  • Input verbiage checking to see if you are calling at a good time.
  • Include enough questions to keep the conversation interesting, but not too many to sound like you are interrogating.
  • Start with broad questions and narrow your focus as the conversation continues.
  • Offer feedback to show them you are paying attention and appreciate their time.
  • Don’t insult their intelligence or manipulate them.
  • Listen first, talk second.
  • Be relaxed and conversational.

Telemarketing doesn’t have to be the trauma it’s made out to be. You can put together an honest, personal and effective telemarketing campaign that is endearing, informative and gets the job done. Think of how you would want to be treated on a marketing call. Ask your friends and family what they hate most about the telemarketing calls they get and work hard to craft your plan in a better way.

When selling by telephone, you have approximately thirty seconds to convince the customer to listen to you. You need an opening statement that captures their attention, conveys who you are, what you want and why the prospect should listen.” Jay Abraham

It’s easy to see how direct mail marketing and telemarketing can positively affect your business by bringing in new customers and increasing the level of awareness about your products, services and company branding. Our FREE test drive offers the resources and tools you need to work through these processes and put together the best marketing plan you can.