Can you make A Million Dollars in the next 12 months?

Not an easy task, but it’s certainly possible.

And if you only do 1/10th as good, that’s still

$100,000.

First, before anything else is even considered, you need to find yourself a very important reason WHY you want to make a million dollars in 12 months.

The stronger your reason, and the more often you play out that reason in your head, the better your odds of achieving your goal, regardless of which method you choose.

Now then:

Method 1: The Chris Sacca Method

Chris initially became a millionaire by leveraging

$10-20 thousand dollars into 12 million dollars by taking advantage of a flaw used by online trading brokers.

When the market crashed, Sacca found himself

$4 million in debt. He negotiated to have it reduced, and then paid off the balance in no time.

So how did he earn his next millions? That’s the method we’ll cover here.

Of course, if you do happen to find a flaw in online trading software that you can take advantage of, terrific. Otherwise, you might try copying Chris’ second method:

Sacca created a fake company, complete with a great looking website and business cards.

Frankly, your company doesn’t have to be fake, it can simply be new. Make sure you choose an impressive sounding name like the Sadlias Group.

Now get tickets to every networking event in your field. Go to these events and network like crazy, making contacts with entrepreneurs.

Look for people who want to change the world, and find ways to help them make that change.

Introduce yourself and – get this – offer to help them out for free.

That’s right, for free. Do you want to stand apart from everyone else at that event? Do you want them to remember you, contact you and work with you? Offer to help them for free.

Using this method, Sacca became one of

Twitter’s first four investors.

Even if this method doesn’t make a million in a year, it will make your life interesting, exciting and highly relevant. You’ll find outstanding mentors to help you along.

And you’ll make contact with investors who can back you when you decide to start your company for real.

Take notes along the way, so when you do make your first millions, you can write your tell-all book letting people know the inside story of how you did it.

 

Method 2: Day Trading

This is a great way to make money fast. And it’s

an even better method to lose money even faster.

You’ve got to be good. You’ve got to know what you’re doing. And you’ve got to leave all emotion and ‘gut instinct’ behind as you follow proven, trusted methods that work.

Frankly, it can take you 2-3 years of daily practice just to get good at this.

Then again, you might have the capability to make a million in the first year. It is completely possible, just not highly likely.

If you choose this method, invest in the best education and hundreds of hours of practice trading.

Your best shot: Start with $10,000, margin it to

$30,000, and find 180 trades that will return 2% or more in 1 to 2 days.

Easy? No. Doable? Possibly.

Method 3: Sales Funnel

Build the best sales funnel you can – everything from a free product to get subscribers onto your list, to a $10,000 product you sell to your best customers and everything in between.

Think about this: To earn a million dollars, you

can sell any of the following:

  • 1,000,000 products for $1 apiece
  • 100,000 products for $10 apiece
  • 10,000 product3 for $100 apiece
  • 1,000 products for $1,000 apiece
  • 100 products for $10,000 apiece
  • 10 products for $100,000 apiece
  • 1 product for $1,000,000

Look at Dollar Shave Club and you’ll see they’ve chosen the first option on this list – selling a $1 product to millions of guys.

But if you have an effective sales funnel, you can take those $1 customers and upsell them to your $10 offer, your $100 offer and so forth.

Once you start selling $1000 products, it no longer takes massive sales to reach that magical million dollar mark.

Things to remember – focus more on what people

WANT than what they need.

Sell them the way they want to be sold.

Make the entire experience fun and easy for the customer.

Whenever possible, find ways to make your messages go viral, even if there is no immediate pay off.

Your primary goal is to get as many qualified people onto your list as possible.

Your next goal is to move them up the sales funnel by always giving them great value for the money.

Do these two things and your final goal of making a million will take care of itself.

Method 4: Sales

If you’re already good at sales, or you can acquire sales skills fast enough, AND you have the right product to sell, then you can make a million dollars in a year.

Obviously you want to sell very high ticket items with lots of commission. And of course already having a sales background will be a tremendous help, if not a necessity.

If you want to take this route and you’re willing to wait two years, it becomes much more likely you will succeed.

Spend the first year becoming great at sales. Study sales techniques, get a great mentor, work in sales 10-12 hours a day.

And during your first year, find out what kinds of products pay the most in commissions. Make contacts in those industries and get yourself a job where you can make the most money.

Then spend your second year making that money.

It will take plenty of hard work, but it will be worth it.

Method 5 – ??

These first four methods should get you thinking.

And maybe, just maybe you’re got an even better idea.

Like creating the next social network, winning the lottery, doing one million dollar deal… there are plenty of ways to make lots of money.

The trick is to pick the one that works for you, and then work it tenaciously until you succeed.

12 Ways to Get Readers to Share Your Content on Social Media

Before they share it, readers have to love your content. So how do you write the next viral blogpost?

1. Offer a simple, practical way of accomplishing a task. According to the New York Times, 94 percent of people share content because they believe it will be helpful to others. That’s why articles such as “10 Ways to Save Money” are popular.

2. Write “how to” posts. These kinds of posts are always popular and tend to stay evergreen for a long time. For example, few can resist, “How to Make the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever.”

3. Give them what they want. Figure out what your readers want to learn and write about that.

4. Use the active voice as much as possible.

Instead of writing, “Donna is loved by Riche,” write “Richie loves Donna.” It’s easier, faster and more interesting to read.

5. Use present tense as much as possible.
Instead of writing, “Last week when we were going down the mountain…” Write, “Imagine this: We’re going down the mountain when a cougar leaps in front of our motorcycle…” It puts the reader right there in the scene with you and makes it more exciting to read.

6. Entertain the reader. If you can delight the reader, make your content irresistible and even bring humor to it, so much the better.

7. Be credible. If you can back up what you write, your readers will trust your content enough to share it.

8. Cut the fat. It’s not the length of your content that matters, it’s the conciseness. Tighten up your sentences, rewrite anything that confuses, eliminate words like “very” and “just” and basically tighten up your writing. Every word should count.

9. It’s not War and Peace. Use shorter lines
instead of longer sentences whenever possible.

10. Engage the reader emotionally. It’s not just about the facts, it’s also about grabbing the reader by the emotions and not letting them go until the end.

11. Tell stories. If you can illustrate your point through a story, do it.

12. Never, ever be boring. Have someone read your content before you post it. Ask them to watch for any place where their mind starts to wander.
These are the places you’ll need to work on, so you don’t lose your reader’s attention.

If you find yourself writing in a style your English professor would adore, try again. The best tip of all to getting your content shared is to write as though you’re talking to your best friend, sharing useful stuff s/he wants to know.

Formula For Approaching Social Influencers

Compared to even just a few years ago, the concept of asking niche influencers to help promote products in exchange for money or for free products/services from a company is a relatively new concept. Celebrity endorsements were once reserved for, well, celebrities!

Now, however, many people gain followings of increasing impressiveness in whatever their areas of passion are, and eventually look for a way to monetize that audience. Here, marketers have a golden opportunity to get a recommendation from someone with genuine influence and authority over their target market, but the approach has to be good, and it has to be sincere.

Step 1) Start as a fan

This is a step that many online marketers and business owners often skip right over, without giving any real thought to. In doing this, they immediately change the position from which they approach the influencer, and drastically reduce their chances of a positive response, especially if they’re reaching out to someone who is fairly new to this type of business interaction.

The best thing you can do is to engage with that person as an audience member first. Like and leave thoughtful comments on their Instagram posts, reply to them on twitter, religiously comment on every blog post they put out for a month and a half.

Step 2) Approach with a value proposition in mind

Many influencers get hit up for ‘freebies’ all the time, so a great way to stand out is to be clear that you will benefit, but that you want to make it worth their time as well. This often means having an idea of your budget in mind from the start and also being able to explain why your product or service might be genuinely useful and of interest to their audience. People work hard for their reputations, and they aren’t keen on throwing them away just because you want to pay them a few extra dollars.

Let them know that you like their work, have interacted with them consistently, and have determined that they’re a good fit for your brand, this makes it seem less like you’re insincerely hitting up everyone you can find for promotion (even if you sort of are!).

Step 3) Follow through

Even if it isn’t part of your original deal, it’s highly recommended that you continue to interact with your influencer after the promotion, and maybe even give them something extra/unexpected after the fact.

The idea here is to stand out and be gracious. Many of these influencers who start to get some traction have tons of people asking them to promote their things, and most will:

– Haggle/try to lowball them

– Be annoyingly picky about how the sponsored content/posts look

– Not say a word of thanks or keep in touch after the fact.

If you’re the only one who works with them and avoids doing all of these things, you’re going to have a great ally in your niche.

Influencer isn’t hard, but that doesn’t stop people from getting it wrong; hopefully, with these steps, you won’t have to ‘do it wrong’ ever again!

Social Media Trends to Skyrocket Your Business in 2017

You’re on social media, right? Of course you are. Everyone is, and with good reason. Imagine, for a second however, that you would have been among the first people to start creating great content for a certain platform: What if you’d taken it upon yourself to create some of the best early art of Instagram? What if you’d been one of the first to curate memes and funny images into a 1,000,000-strong Facebook page community?

There would be some serious leverage there, right? Of course there would be. So maybe the ship has sailed, so to speak, on things like Instagram and Facebook pages – but where else might you be able to shine in 2017? While the individual apps that make it big (and those who don’t) are hard to precisely predict, some of the technologies we might see gaining popularity can be determined with slightly more accuracy.

Let’s take a look at some of the social trends that are likely to continue to grow in 2017, and that you can take advantage of as an early mover.

Live Video – In 2016, live video saw an interesting evolution. Near the beginning of the year, the world was abuzz with talk of Meerkat and Periscope, two competitors in the space, going at it for marketshare.

Then, around the middle of the year, it seemed that Periscope had won out. A few months later, most people didn’t seem to care that much about either of them.

Fast forward even a bit more, and it seemed that anyone who was still interested in Live Streaming to their audience was probably just using Facebook Live – Facebook’s version previously reserved for celebrities – and that was that. Make no mistake, however, the format has been fully taken advantage of, and people are going to find very clever ways of making streaming an exciting and engaging community touchpoint in the coming year.

VR – Virtual reality may not be everywhere yet, but we all know it’s coming. In fact, it’s only a matter of time before a massive multiplayer online game and/or social media VR platform break out in a big way. We might be a few years off, but people who figure out how to captivate an audience within those things when they come are going to be set up very, very well.

Voice Messages – While companies like Anchor (which has often been referred to as “voice twitter”) have had some trouble finding their footing and cementing a longterm userbase, eyes – or rather ears – have been opened to the world of voice and how having this inflection, even in our short and off the cuff narrations of everyday life – can add something special to our social interactions. If you’re involved in a market where music, poetry, or spoken lessons make sense as content, these platforms could be exactly what you need.

But surely there are more platforms and technologies coming here that we can’t even foresee yet – what do you think they’ll be?

3 Things Your Business Can Tweet About

It’s no secret that those who crack the code of putting out consistently interesting content to the people in their target audiences end up being rewarded for it. In our modern age of communication, sometimes knowing how to correctly curate and create on social can be an even bigger advantage than a keen knowledge of traditional marketing techniques and metrics.

Twitter always has been and continues to be a game without a lot of middle ground. In general, you’re either an influencer, or you’re a follower. More accurately, there’s a third category for failing companies and brands who fail by over-promoting and ensuring no one ever gives them a second glance after their first encounter with a “buy my stuff!” type tweet.

So, what can you populate your twitter with to keep things interesting and attract genuine interest?

1. Memes and gifs. Don’t like the lack of seriousness social lends itself to? Tough. It’s 2016, and things that make people laugh and interact are king. Think about what you might share that will get a smile out of someone in your target market. A software startup targeting programmers might post funny jokes about bad coding practices, a sports tracking app might photoshop some popular sports figures into hilarious but less-than flattering scenarios. Plus, twitter now has a built-in GIF search, so your excuses are limited.

2. Current events and industry news. When something big happens that your target audience might enjoy, even if your product doesn’t exactly map to that current event, share it any way! People far too often think of twitter and other social platforms as another marketing space where you’re always on the attack, but social reach can be harnessed much more effectively when used as a tool for getting people into much higher stages of your funnel. Make your brand a curator of things they find important.

3. Share content from micro-influencers. This strategy is a favorite because it works from two angles simultaneously. Let’s say you find someone creating daily vlogs around your niche but notice they haven’t amassed a huge following yet. Sharing this person’s content and then tweeting at them that they did a nice job can be wildly beneficial for you.

Not only do you get interesting, unique content to share with your growing audience, the original creator will likely mention you and thank you publicly for being kind and making the first move.

Ultimately, what you share on social is up to you and you’ll want to make sure that it jives with your brand message and voice. That said, this may at least give you some jumping off points Now get out there and start scheduling those tweets!

Change How You Think About Social Media

Every single person for the last five years – or at least the last 2-3 – has been trying to crack some secret social media code that unlocks the floodgates to sales on command via tweet, facebook post, snap, or Instagram video.

The tough reality is that the code was already cracked years ago, and the people who did so have been reaping the benefits since. The only problem is that everyone is so caught up in trying to reinvent the wheel, they don’t take the time to slow down and take a look at the examples of great social practitioners right in front of them.

Why do fitness models do well when they post pictures of their abs on Instagram? Why do comedians do well when they think up hilarious plays on words and send them into the twitterverse? Why do Facebook marketers who caption their videos tend to do so much better than those who don’t?

All of these people are following the social rule that nearly every brand fails to follow: Give the people what they want.

Read that again, and remember that it does not say “give the people what you want.”

Therein lies the biggest distinguishing factor between people who are successful on social.

Social, at its core, is about finding content that has an interest audience which also overlaps with your target market for your product or service.

In this way, engaging content serves as a natural introduction to your ecosystem and positions you as a content creator, or at least a curator, that people in your niche can get behind.

Just this small transition in mindset when approaching your social media can take you from struggling and spinning your wheels to becoming massively popular in a relatively short window of time.

So the next time you go to plan a social content calendar, think about how you might create the most interesting array of content to make your target audience laugh and learn, and leave mention of your product or service completely by the wayside.

In fact, you’d be surprised how often people will actually come check out your profile and the links there when you genuinely interact with them.

But that curiosity has to be earned, and a tweet that just says “Sign up this week for 10% off boots!” isn’t going to do it.

Instead, post some seriously creative pictures of the boots you sell, but with no direct CTA to buy them. Find someone who tweeted about loving boots, and just tweet “hell yeah, we do too!” Find an article about how the leather industry is changing to be more efficient in its creation of tanned goods (not sure where we’re going with that one, but you get the idea!).

With any luck, you’ll have found that, before long, you have a regular dialogue with a group of people who are interest in the same types of things your brand represents. Nurture those relationships and continue to give interesting content without the expectation of getting something in return.

Ironically, being so non-demanding tends to skyrocket the number of people who actually will buy something from you or take a desired action down the road.

4 Reasons Brands Fail At Social Media

Social media isn’t new. It isn’t some unknown X factor or revolution that is freshly sweeping the world up and changing communication as we know it – it’s already done that. In fact, it’s been doing that for several years. So why, then, do so many people in the marketing world treat social media as some new, foreign thing that they just aren’t quite sure how to wrangle?

Put more bluntly: Why do so many marketers and businesses fail so miserably at social media?

1) Don’t view social media as an extension of advertising.

We get it, social media is ultimately another gateway to your product or service, but the reality is that treating these platforms like just another selling tool is setting you up for failure. Social media is all about paying attention to the places that interest you, and people are not interested in your ads and constant promotions.

2) They don’t think of themselves as a media company.

One of the big mistakes companies make is thinking that they are only as wide as their product when it comes to social media. Instead of thinking of social media as a way to sell product X, think of your channels as a way to create interesting content for people who happen to be a part of the audience that would also like product X, and worry about them actually making their purchase later on.

3) Their ratio is off.

There are a number of different formulas that different blogs and experts will recommend, but the general consensus is, that in one way or another, you diversify your content so that you are able to balance out what you bombard your communities with. For example, keeping your promotional, self-serving and “salesy” type posts to 10% of your total posting volume or less is generally a good rule of thumb. Feel the rest with engaging, funny, interesting, or educations posts, take your pick.

4) Their interaction game is week.

It’s called SOCIAL media for a reason. Brands used to be able to talk at consumers in a one-way interaction chain that involved them giving information and informing the thought of the consumer, and that consumer not having much direct feedback (since that wasn’t really possible through print, TV, etc.).

Now, however, it’s easy for customers to engage with brands instantly in any number of channels, and they expect to be listened to. The best marketers make sure to respond to every comment, good or bad, every re-tweet or share of their content, etc. when on social. The ROI from winning over a few regular social media guests and supporters can be more massive than you might think.

Ideas to get one new customer per day

It’s easy to get lost in the big picture, in the large, scalable planning that views customers as numbers and values and conversion rates rather than individual people. And, of course, there is a certain stage in every business where this becomes a necessary evil. Or, at least, it can be hard to put in that individual attention when you’re servicing thousands of individuals per day.

Even so, one of the best ways to grow early on is to focus on getting just one new customer per day; delighting some one person so much that they just can’t help but tell everyone they know about their wonderful experience with you. In fact, since word of mouth is so powerful, your efforts put into this kind of approach are usually amplified and end up reaching more people than you originally thought.

Here are just a few ways that you can win over a new customer every single day.

Twitter search

Go to search.twitter.com and start looking for conversations using keywords in your market. Think about the types of conversations people in your target market might be having and seek them out. Now, here’s the trick: engage with every conversation you see. Don’t advertise, just offer comments where you are qualified to, send a funny gif in response to someone describing a common struggle in the industry, etc.

Now, when you find someone who looks like a hot lead (for example, they’re asking the twitterverse if anyone knows of a company that offers exactly what you do), jump right in! Let them know you’d love to help, and that you would like to offer a discount for them as a first time customer. More often than not, they’ll take you up on it.

The unnecessary gift

So let’s say you find someone on twitter, or Instagram, or reddit, or some community talking about your topic and realize that they might like what you have to offer. Instead of asking for their business straight up, consider taking on the role of a (not creepy) internet stalking and finding out from their profiles or previous posts what they like, what their interests are.

Then, message them saying you’re a company offering what they’re looking for but that you would like to send them a small gift. Mail them a note with a small piece of memorabilia related to their interests, along with a note letting them know you’re there to help if they decide to order some day. Sure, spending $20-50 mailing gifts to a lead might seem excessive, but the potential for long term ROI is huge here.

Kill them with kindness

You know which customer service interactions people are most likely to remember? It’s not the ones they have with products that are fantastic from the beginning, it’s the interactions that start off with a problem, but which you or your company handle with poise and an unwavering commitment to making things right.

No matter what, being nice to people is the right move, and don’t underestimate the ripple effect this can have on people hearing that you are someone they want to give their business to.

Social Media Tools To Grab On The Cheap

Social media is an ever-increasing part of the way we as online
marketers build our audiences, customer base, personal brands, and more.

It makes sense then to look to ways to make our time on social media more efficient. While many tools exist that help companies manage their social media, they also come with a price tag on par with their enterprise sales status. But let’s take a look at a couple of handy tools you can grab for the classic less-than-a-coffee-a-day price point to boost your social efforts:

Post Planner:

Post Planner starts at a measly 10 bucks per month, and is probably the simplest scheduling software for your social platforms that you can find. Currently, it works with Facebook and Twitter (and FB pages), though they plan to add other services regularly. With Post Planner, you simply create a schedule of how many times per day you want a network to share something and at what time slots those shares will be made at. Then, their web app pulls the posts that have gotten the most engagement from other people’s pages and profiles and sorts them by type. So you can look for images related to business, or text posts that pose funny or engaging questions, etc. Next, you just add a piece of content you see has been used successfully elsewhere to your own profile or page. Post Planner automatically drops it in the next open slot.

So if you set your Facebook page to post twice per day, you can just click ‘add’ on 14 pieces of content you like from their library (or manually add your own) and bam, your social content is distributed easily for the week and ready to go.

Instapage:

Of all of the drag and drop landing page builders out there, Instapage seems to consistently take the cake. They allow you to create super easy landing pages that can be made on templates or built from scratch. Either way, they end up looking excellent and they even have a separate mobile builder where you can make the exact same page hide certain elements that don’t look as great on mobile, etc. Whether you use Instapage or not, having a way to quickly build good, customizable landing pages without hand coding them is a must to moving swiftly on your paid campaigns.

Just design in Instapage, point it at campaignname.yourwebsite.com and you’re ready to roll. They also, of course, let you easily forward your form entries to your email provider (Aweber, Mailchimp, etc.).

CoSchedule:

CoSchedule is marketed as a competitor to Post Planner, for scheduling up your social posts ahead of time. While it’s useful in that capacity, its real gem of a function lies in easily organizing tasks and schedules online.

Plus, unlike Google Calendars or Trello, you have the option to take the tasks you schedule and push them straight to a WordPress post or social media share if you so desire.

Social Media Marketing – Keeping Your Customers Engaged And Informed

Social media sites have become some of the most-used sites on the internet. If you have a business, and you are trying to attract visitors, there is a good chance that social media sites rank higher than you do. Use the power of these sites for your marketing plans. Here are some smart ways to do that.

Interact with others as you do in real life. Remember, it is “social” media. Don’t just post one-sided status updates about you and your business. Read others’ posts. Ask questions. Have conversations. Your contacts and friends will be more likely to trust (and buy!) from someone who they interact with, instead of someone who posts impersonal snippets all the time.

When using social media marketing to improve your business, you want to create a synergy between all the social media sites that are out there. As you know, there are many sites and each one has its own characteristic or style. Use each style to your advantage and make your online presence known.

Once you decide that social media marketing is the thing for you, be sure to post things regularly. By having this consistency, you will have people come and visit you on a regular basis. They will know to expect a new topic from you, and they will know that it will fit their interest.

Try to make lists when you make posts on social media. These are usually a big hit among people who pass on information to others through social media. Lists also highlight your main points, and make it easier to reference and remember the information that you are presenting to the reader.

If you are using WordPress for your site, be sure to put a Retweet button that is at the top of your posts for your readers to use. This will make it easy for them to pass on your information to others. WordPress has plugins for this, so it will be simple for you to do with huge benefits in the long run.

When using social media marketing, you cannot limit yourself to one area of the internet. Since there are many different social media sites in existence, there are many opportunities to reach potential customers. Join every social media option available and take full use of the resources they offer to get the best results.

To successfully market your business on social media, opening a twitter account can help attract new customers. Word on twitter travels fast, and many successful businesses have used twitter to spread the word on discounts or special events occurring at their businesses. You can gain followers by doing this, and news about your business will also be spread by word of mouth.

When you use the tips in this article, you are catapulting your business out of the dark ages and into the technological age. By making these popular sites work for you. Your marketing can be much more effective. Keep learning about the ways that social media can help you, and watch your profits rise.