Windows for Self Improvement / Online Marketing

Windows for Self Improvement / Online Marketing

How Clear Are Mine?

On the Road of Life there are basically three types of people. The first is the DRIVER, whose purpose and objective is to control the movement and direction of the vehicle. They are in charge of the situation as they have access to the gas pedal, the steering wheel, and the brake pedal. The second is the PASSENGER, whose choice is to be the person being taken somewhere. They basically sit there and hope the driver gets them where they wanted to go. The third is the BACK SEAT DRIVER, whose purpose is to let everyone in the vehicle know when to turn, to stop, and even to turn. Because they are not in control of the vehicle, they are basically a passenger, although their constant stream of directions would have you think that they are the one driving the vehicle.

Which of these three are you? On the road of life, once you know where you want to go it is a lot easier if you are the driver. The other two are passengers at best, with no real control of the vehicle. Use these online business ideas to add more impact to what you are working on as an online marketer.

The following list of Windows of Opportunity is designed to challenge your mind into evaluating the total picture; where you are today, with a bird’s eye view of where you want to go. The objective of the presentation is to give you a checklist of items that may be holding you back; in your career, your relationships, and general happiness in life. Look and evaluate each one objectively. This is a self-evaluation tool for your use in determining what needs to be done for a stronger self-image and easier approach to reaching all of your set goals. This list allows you to understand what works well for you and of course your shortcomings. The final evaluation should give you a good objective look at your strong and weaker areas of development, with the opportunity to become the DRIVER on your road of life. Visualization creates Realization. What you see, in your mind’s eye, is what you get.

You create your own reality. Take charge and march off. It doesn’t matter who you are, what line of work you are in, or what phase of life you are currently in. These windows apply to anyone and in particular the DRIVERS in life who are always looking to become better at who they are.

RESPONSIBILITY

Question to ask yourself: Am I willing to accept total control of my life? Many of us say we have control, but the fact is that it is always easier to point the finger at someone else. It’s their fault, not mine. You know people that think this way. They are in both our personal as well as business life. The only person staring back at you when looking in a mirror is yourself. This ultimately is the only person you are responsible for. You as well as everyone on the face of the planet are uniquely different. Our unique set of life experiences is completely different then others. Your world is unique to you, and everyone has one. Even identical twins, with some separate life experiences, will ultimately look at life differently. Once you understand how unique and different a person you are compared to the other multi billion humans on the planet, then change starts to take place. You are uniquely different. Be proud of it, and in doing so accept the responsibility for who you with the understanding that you can be whomever you want to be. If you are unhappy with your life, you are the only one that can change the status quo. Take the first step and take over the driving. It is your vehicle.

VISION

Question to ask yourself: Where am I going? Where are you going? Do you know or is someone else driving you there? Vision is a long-range view of where the road is going. Unlike bifocals that allow you to see things close up, you need binoculars to see the long view. Large companies look at their business up to ten years out. To see where they will be with the changing trends etc. You should be the same way, wanting to know how the end result will be, based on knowing what is down the road. When setting goals, they should be set one year out, three years out, and even five years out. Remember the old clich̩ Fail to Plan РPlan to Fail. Without the use of vision, we are working with the smaller picture. Great at the moment, but not useful long term because of the broader view needed of the bigger picture. With vision the road of life becomes straighter and easier to maneuver.

COMMITMENT

Question to ask yourself: What am I willing to do to get there? Stand for nothing, fall for anything. Is this you, or do you really believe in yourself so much that no challenge is too big to handle? Commitment is an internal mechanism that drives us to higher levels of performance. It is built on the principle that we understand and support what we believe in. Whatever the challenge, there is always a way to achieve the goal. The key words are Find A Way! The road of life is not always straight and smooth. We know that only too well, but once this is understood, we can reduce the bumps and potholes to minor inconveniences. Life is not a destination, but rather a journey. The journey has its ups and downs. The point being made is that once this information has made us aware of the road conditions, nothing will hold us back from preparing for the worst case scenario, and taking off for our destination.

ATTITUDE

Question to ask yourself: Do I have the disposition to achieve happiness? The disposition is the condition of your subconscious mind, approximately 88% of the total capacity, and a storehouse of life experiences. Compare this area of the mind to a file room of information that holds every bit of information that has come into your mind since birth. The other mind, the conscious mind is what critically analyses and makes our waking decisions. It is only approximately 12% of your capacity and clearly the minority when life decisions are made. If there is conflict between the conscious and sub conscious minds, the subconscious will always rule. That is why many times as an adult you question why you made the same decision numerous times, even though consciously it made no sense. The reason is that the subconscious mind with its strong file room of beliefs, emotions, and values over rides it. Your attitude is a direct reflection of the state of your file room. A long life of praise, admiration, and support will have given you a positive outlook on life. A long life of criticism, put down, and sometimes abuse will have shaped a negative view of life and your place in it. See the difference? The positive person is the optimist; the negative person is the pessimist. Can you change these factors? Of course you can. It takes a lot of the first window, Responsibility, with a commitment to change. Learn about hypnosis and in particular self-hypnosis. These tools allow you to change behavioral patterns or habits. Your tomorrow starts today. Become whom ever you want to be.

SELF IMAGE

Question to ask yourself: Do I feel, look, and act the part? I always say you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. People in general will create an opinion of another on a first meeting in less then ten seconds. If you are in sales, do you believe in yourself enough to create the impression physically as well as mentally? It is amazing how many people do not believe in themselves and lose credibility when involved with others. Your self-image many times is a direct reflection of your attitude. If you are the positive person we described earlier, you probably project that feeling outwardly with your personality, conduct, and even the way you dress. Work on mating the two, your attitude and self-image, as these are what people see as the person – you.

PRIORITIES

Question to ask yourself: Do I have a map to follow for the rest of my life? It is sad to say but many people on the road of life only plan one day at a time. Ask your friends, associates etc., where they will be in ten years and I am willing to bet that many of them will tell you, “How do I know?” I am not even sure of where I’ll be next week. Without a roadmap, how can you possibly find the shortest and most convenient route to follow from point A to point G.? A map makes a world of difference? This map should be looked at as your set of short, medium, and long range goals. Without setting goals or objectives, you are going out with less than a full set of directions and probably will get lost in the process. Learn to work with goals even if you start with short term ones. Get the feel for them; see that they do help in reaching the objective easier and faster. Then move into setting longer ones. Learn to break dreams down into specific goals that can be measured and evaluated. This is the key to driving on the road of life with less stress and heartache. Before setting goals, set your priorities. The road of life changes as we move down it. As teens our mantra was “Party”, as more seasoned drivers – education, families, and other developed experiences become the priority, and in our mature years it is security. Our drive on the road of life changes as we age and season. Priorities at different points in life change. Change is the only constant. Become more aware of where you are today and where you want to go tomorrow. Don’t forget; plan for it – the way you want the outcome to be. You will be surprised at what your mind can achieve.

NETWORKING

Question to ask yourself: Am I sharing my experience with others? It is said that no man is an island. The point drawn from this old cliché is that we are always in contact with others. Whether in business or social life, we interact with other humans, sometimes daily. Remember from an earlier statement, we are all unique individuals. Our individuality stems from our life script or full life experiences. What we bring to the table in any relationship is that unique application and world full of our experience, that when coupled with another’s can create synergy and dynamic performance. Never sell yourself short. You bring a lot to the table. At the same time become aware that the other person has the same, yet different qualities. You can benefit from them as well as they can benefit from you. It now becomes a dance, following a rhythm that both of you create. Life progression is about sharing life experiences for maximum benefit. It happens in business as well as in our ordinary social lives. Become a networker, challenging yourself to meet new and interesting people on a regular basis for a broader view of life and your specific place in it.

EVALUATION

Question to ask yourself: Am I willing to constructively criticize myself for continued growth? In reality the two most important windows of opportunity on this list are the widows of Responsibility and the window of Evaluation. If you have accepted total responsibility for yourself, then it makes sense that on a regular basis you look at the big picture and challenge yourself to change. Change brought about by your growing life experience, circle of friends and associates, career path, etc. Remember you are the only one that talks to yourself on a regular basis. Even while reading this report your mind is wandering and sometimes chattering to you. No one really knows your world well enough to make constructive evaluations but yourself. If you are going to grow as a person, as an active member of society, then it falls upon your shoulders to constructively evaluate your life performance on a frequent basis. This might be done quarterly, semi-annually or worst-case scenario, at least once a year. I recommend that you do it monthly for best effect.

How to Reel in the Dough in Internet Marketing

There Are many reasons why individuals today choose to use internet marketing as the method to make a living online from the comfort of their homes. The main reason however is the many different methods that one can use to “reel in the dough” in internet marketing, in other words the variety of ways there are to make money online. Are you one of those interested in finding out what some of the top methods for reeling in the dough in internet marketing are? If so you will find the following techniques of value.Affiliate MarketingOne of the first and by far most popular methods of making money in internet marketing is affiliate marketing. What makes this method so popular is you really don’t need to have any specialized business skills, knowledge, or product to get started making money.Basically, it is you getting paid a commission (usually a percentage of the product cost) for promoting and selling other peoples products online. In most cases you won’t need any money to get started because all of the needed promotional tools as well as the product is supplied to you by the product creator or owner. What you will need to bring to the table is determination, the willingness to work, in some cases a little patience, and the ability to learn this method and how it works. A website is a great asset to have although not necessary to start.Network MarketingNetwork marketing is another choice of many for making money on the internet, you may have heard it called by other names such as Multi-level marketing (MLM), (also called network marketing, direct selling, referral marketing, and pyramid selling) it is a phrase which identifies any marketing system utilized by a number of businesses as a part of their general promotional technique. This system is developed in order to produce a internet marketing as well as product sales force through paying promoters of company products and services not always solely for sales and profits they individually bring in, but additionally for the sales and profits of additional promoters that they bring in to the business, developing a network of marketers and a structure of a number of levels of payment in the style of a pyramid. The products and company are usually marketed directly to consumers and potential business partners by means of relationship referrals and word of mouth marketing.Because network marketing can now be one over the internet it has done some changing in the last decade or so. You can now use this method of internet marketing to make a good living by selling products or services as well as bring in new promoters or distributors with out even leaving the comfort of your home.It is now possible for anyone who has the inclination to develop a global internet business relatively quickly as a network marketer. If you have a flare for getting along well with people or making friends online this could be just the internet business for you.Email MarketingEmail marketing is another way for you to reel in the dough on the internet. For this method to work successfully for you will have to develop a list of prospective buyers for your product or service. This is done by using a variety of ways from starting and building your own list to buying already made list or leads from companies that sell them for a fee.One of the most important aspects of running successful email campaigns is to be sure to build a good relationship with the individuals in your list. It can take some time to cultivate a list of prospective customers that are interested in your product or services. Once you have your list you will be able to make very good money. Imagine making at least $1 per month per customer from a list of 30-50,000 or more of your own subscribers, pretty impressive income wouldn’t you say.Niche MarketingA internet marketing technique that is relatively recent compared to the many other income generating methods on the internet is Niche marketing. This method works very well because you only promote or sell your product or service to a smaller more specific group of a larger market. This works very effectively because of the more competitive nature of the larger markets online these days. If you are looking for a excellent method to make a good income consider niche affiliate marketing.BloggingBlogging can prove to be one of the most enjoyable ways to make money on the internet. By designing your blog around a subject that interest you or that you may have expertise you are able to connect to others online with that same interest or passion.The way you get your blog to make a income for you is to add Google AdSense ads or your other affiliate products or services that your blog readers will have a definite interest. Once your blog begins to grow and pick up more readers you may even think of selling ad space on your blog site as an income option.There are of course more ways to make money online. Above I have just touched on a few of them. The thing is to find one or even more that work for you, then you will be set up to “reel in the dough” in internet marketing.

Direct Marketing Support Services and Lettershop Services: A Key Role in Your Marketing Campaign

Most marketing firms do a lot of direct marketing. One might even suggest it’s traditionally the bread and butter of a marketing firm’s income. However, in order to properly manage a direct marketing campaign your firm will need to have adequate direct marketing support services, including lettershop services. These support elements will do the grunt work in your direct marketing campaign.

Direct marketing support services many involve such things as printing, mailings database management, and campaign management. While lettershop services handle issues tied to the distribution of your direct marketing campaign. This includes many mundane tasks such as labeling, presorting, folding, tracking and so on. However, as mundane as these tasks may be they are critical to the completion of a successful direct marketing campaign.
In most direct marketing campaigns, direct marketing support services, and lettershop services are handled by an outside vendor. As with the selection of any outside vendor, we suggest you do your research. But there’s a problem with this. Obviously, competitive marketing firms may be loathing giving you any information about the companies they use for direct marketing support services, and lettershop services. But we have found a way around that one, and it may sound silly but it actually works.

Call your congressman.

Stop laughing. We are serious.

Why, you may ask, we are not trying to get a bill passed? We are just looking for some good vendors for direct marketing support services and lettershop services, how could our congressmen help with that? Well, it is quite simple, political candidate do a lot of direct mailings, and they usually use local companies. Also, you are a small business in your congressman’s district; he will have a reason to help you.

Okay, so now you have found a good company to handing your direct marketing support services and lettershop services. Are there any other pitfalls? Of course there are. As with many other outside vendors, those dealing with direct marketing support services and lettershop services make money on volume. Meaning that quality control, though a priority, may not be their top priority. So you need to be especially carefully that all printed material, databases and instructions are given both verbally and in writing.

In our experience, if you have never worked with the vendor, we suggest you do this in person. Although thanks to digital printing a lot may be done via phone, FTP and email, we still feel that these initial contacts should be done in person. And do not give this job to a new hire or an intern. That is just asking for trouble. This needs to be done by someone who has been at your firm for at least a year. Someone who can think on his or her feet.

Another important thing about vendors who offer direct marketing supports services and lettershop services is that they see direct marketing campaigns every day. They have a sense of what works and what does not. If they question some aspect of your campaign, listen to them. They probably know what they are talking about. And, as you and vendor build trust; you may find them giving you pointers that they only share with valued customers. We might add that the referral from you congressman, might also help grease the early client vendor relations. And you thought that was a crazy suggestion, right?