How to Start a Marketing Agency | Ep. #267, Neil Patel and Eric Siu

 

In Episode #267, Eric and Neil discuss how to start a marketing agency. Tune in to learn how to scale yourself up from zero to a million as well as how to create an effective marketing tactic when you’re just starting out. It’ll get you those clients and perhaps a date on Tinder, too!

Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:27 – Today’s topic: How to Start a Marketing Agency 00:40 – Neil shares why he named his first agency ACS00:44 – ACS stands for Advantage Consulting Services 00:47 – Neil and his co-founder thought of the name 01:07 – ACS was created 16 years ago 01:30 – Neil is starting a new marketing agency 02:03 – Neil wanted a website like iProspect’s, which is one of the biggest marketing agencies 02:14 – When starting a website, have your own unique angle 02:20 – Keep it simple 02:22 – Go on Crunchbase, find companies that are recently funded, email them their flaws in a full detailed document 02:49 – From there, you can get clients and start having your own agency03:05 – If you want to start a marketing agency, you have to be confident in marketing 03:11 – You have to do business development 03:28 – If you’re starting out, use Mixmax’s sequences 03:30 – Set up sequences and reach out to people like a cold outreach 03:57 – Going from 0 to 1M, it all starts with you 04:12 – Eric got a client from Quora by answering a question for SEO 04:21 – Think about where your people are hanging out 04:30 – Eric has a friend who currently makes money from Instagram 04:50 – Neil asks Eric the one thing he would do if he’s just starting 04:59 – “Give free advice every single day” 05:24 – People will eventually respond to you 05:33 – Eric even sent Neil a couple of emails before responding to Neil’s blog 05:45 – “You got to show value first and then, from there, you can scale up” 05:50 – Neil will also do the same thing as Eric if he’s just starting out 06:00 – Neil will send an email with the name and a catchy sentence about the person’s business 06:39 – Use tools like Mixmax, Outreach and ZenProspect to make sure you have a CSV of the company names for the outreach 06:47 – Marketing is a numbers game 07:02 – Eric used to take videos to get clients 07:22 – Start to build up your portfolio and do some work for free to get referrals07:33 – It’s going to be tough at first 07:39 – Neil has a reader who used his marketing funnels to get dates on Tinder 07:50 – Funnels is compared to the act of swiping 07:58 – The more people you email, the more opens you’re going to get 08:20 – In Tinder, there’s a feature called “super like” 08:49 – A “super like” is when a person made you a favorite 09:00 – If you have a good headline, people will click through 09:20 – Make sure you have a good image, just like in Tinder 10:00 – “Do good work and then things will start to happen” 10:05 – That’s it for today’s episode! 3 Key Points: Confidence is important, but being an excellent marketer is fundamental—people will know if you are an expert or are just trying to be one. There’s no elevator to success. Reach out to people as often as possible and offer free work if needed. Create a plan and research how you will develop your business

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Dan Henry, How To Get People To Register For Your Webinar For Free

This guy has came out of no where and he is so bad ass!!!

Pizza boy to 7 figures. Dan shows you how the ups and downs of his entrepreneurial experience that led him into the business of doing webinars. He shows how he took a $15,000 sales presentation to a Million Dollars in 6 months. He reveals his secrets of using testimonials to retarget to quickly build his business and how you can too.

Show Notes

[2:00] Dan shares his story.

[15:00] How Dan drove traffic to his webinar by the results of others.

[19:00] Why Dan spends money to gain time.

[21:00] How Dan drives traffic to his webinar for free.

Caleb Maddix, Secrets to Edu-Tainment Webinars To Captivate Your Audience

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Caleb Maddix is the 15 year old CEO of Maddix Bookclub. He reveals his secrets to getting kids AND their parents on a webinar and staying engaged the entire time. He also discusses the 3 tips he shares with parents to get their kids more engaged in learning and giving back.

Show Notes

[1:50] How Caleb started to make money at age 7.

[6:00] How Caleb adjusts his funnels to fit his age market.

[11:50] Caleb walks through his funnel.

[16:30] The impact Caleb wants to make.

[20:00] Advice to parents.

Should You Become A ClickFunnels Affiliate? Truth or Fantasy?

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There are many Affiliate Programs out there. ClickBank is one of the best total affiliate providers. After sign up (I’ll write about ClickBank soon) with just a few clicks, you will have your affiliate links.  The major problem with ClickBank is, even though their products may be top notch, there is never that true connection with the product. For instance, I recently started promoting a Jump Training program on one of my Volleyball Training membership sites and even though I feel this product is great I just don’t have a passion for promoting it if you know what I mean. I am sure to have experienced this before you may have a product to promote as an affiliate and it is good but when you promote it there just is no passion, and unfortunately, your emails and copy reflect that. It is very rarely a product come along that I say “where have you been all my life!”.  I have used many landing page software in the past but ClickFunnels is head and shoulders above the competition.  It is so easy to use and just makes sense.

I originally saw this post at https://blog.clickfunnels.com/everything-need-know-100-day-affiliate-bootcamp/ and thought about the awesome earning potential.  It seems like it is very rare that when you promote a product that you actually LOVE it.  Usually, I like a product, I would never promote a product I don’t believe in or think is falsely advertised or harmful.  With that said there are few products that I LOVE.  Usually, I love these products because I truly think they can change your life(they have changed mine)

The 100 Day Affiliate Bootcamp is a 100-day strategy where you can follow for just one hour per day which will allow you to retire and have enough residual income coming in from being a ClickFunnels affiliate alone. Russell and his team will take you by the hand, step by step on how to acquire enough ClickFunnels customers as an affiliate to make it your full-time income and even have them handle all your car payments.

The Goal?

It’s simple, to start all you need to do is give away 1 trial a day, every day.

After going through the funnel BootCamp, your ultimate goal is to giveaway 100 ClickFunnel accounts which will lead to $4,000 in recurring revenue every month. After achieving your 100 member goal, not only do you qualify for your weekly commissions, but you also qualify for your dream car!

How Does It Work?

If you’ve ever thought about becoming a ClickFunnels affiliate and want to learn about how to promote ClickFunnels and hit that 100 affiliate account goal, then this is the best time to do it.

The 100 Day Affiliate Bootcamp is $997 RRP worth of content being emailed to you across 100 days, training you on how to become a super affiliate and retire simply by promoting ClickFunnels.

The team at ClickFunnels will be teaching you completely free, every single day for 100 days on how to do things like drive traffic, build landing pages, acquire customers and lots lots more!

What Are Some Of The Strategies You’ll Learn?

  • How To Build A Landing Page
  • How To Setup Facebook Ads
  • How To Setup An Action Sequence
  • How To Write & Email High Converting Emails
  • And lots more…

FAQ

Q: How do I get started?

A: You can head straight over to the Affiliate Bootcamp website and sign up free there. Once you sign up, you’ll submit your email which will go through the plan for the next 100 days and the strategies you’ll learn to grow your affiliate account to 100 people.

Q: I have another question, who can I ask?

A: Start a message with support using the icon on the right-hand side of the screen. This will allow you to ask them any questions that you may have.

What To Do Now?

We’ve already got people sharing small successes as you can see below:

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To register just head straight over here, and you’ll be able to enter your details to join the BootCamp!

 

I have only been an affiliate for 18 days. With absolutely NO MONEY spent on ads. I have already made just over $800.  The funny thing is I did this by just talking to people about this awesome product and truthfully answering questions about them.  It is so easy to “Yell From The Mountain Tops” as they say about a product when it kicks ass!

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This is the screen shot of my affiliate page.  Now I know this is not millions, but I have not even started paying for ads.

This Monday the 10th of April 2017 I will start advertising for CF products on Facebook and will really start promoting CF a lot harder. Don’t worry this book will not become inundated with CF ads from me.  I will give reviews of DotCom Secrets the book, Expert Secrets the book (due out April 18th), Funnel Scripts, Funnel University and all the Free plus shipping products ClickFunnels has, which are 108 Split Test, Marketing In Your Car podcast mp3 player, Funnel Graffiti, and The Perfect Webinar in upcoming blogs.

 

The other really cool thing about being a ClickFunnels affiliate is that when you get 100 people to sign up for ClickFunnels they will pay for your DREAM CAR.  Yes, I did say DREAM CAR. Learn more about it here (too much to put in this blog maybe next time)

 

 

Marketing In Your Car: Episode 337

Episode #337

This is when, what we do, becomes a really fun game.

On today’s episode, Russell talks about how many copies of the book have sold in the first 6 days and what his goal is. He also talks about how making tweaks to your funnel after it’s up and running can help you beat the control.

Here are some cool things in this episode:

* Find out how many sales Expert Secrets got in the first 6 days and how it compares to Dotcom Secrets.

* Find out how Russell cleared his head in order to come up with new ideas of how to tweak the funnel and increase sales.

* And hear what Russell recommends to beat your control.

So listen below to find out how you can make a good funnel even better after it’s been up and running for a few days.

—Transcript—

Hey, everyone, this is Russell. Welcome to a rainy, very rainy Marketing In Your Car. I just dropped off Dallin, my oldest twin who is my son who loves extracurricular activities, at dance class, early morning. So heading back into the office now and excited.

So the book launch has been live for I think, almost 6 days now. And in 6 days we sold a little over 20 thousand books. What? Crazy. Last year it took us the entire month to sell 20 thousand. I don’t even think we got to 20 thousand, we were close to 20 thousand. I can’t remember exact numbers back then.

It was pretty exciting for us and we haven’t even pulled out the big guns yet. Those who are watching, some crazy stuff’s happening. At 20 thousand and I think we should hit at least 50 or 60 thousand books sold, which is really cool. So I’m really proud and excited for that.

So I’m heading into the office right now because a bunch of things is happening. In fact, the number one thing, well it’s interesting, I don’t know about you but when you’re in the middle of a book launch, launching a million things at once, which we’ve obviously been doing. So my stress levels are a little higher than typical, not stress levels but you know what I mean. Just a lot of stuff happening. It’s been interesting, I think it’s almost like you’re so close to something that you can’t, you don’t know what to do.

So the book launch has been going really well, in fact, our average cart value right now is about $34. So for everyone who buys the book, on average we make about $34 in the funnel, which is great. We keep thinking, how do we make it better, how do we make it better? There’s got to be a way to make it better. I’ve been blank. I don’t even know what to do. I look at it like, ahh I got nothing.

So anyway, I bought a thing called a float tank a while ago, it’s in my house and I hardly ever use it. I feel bad. In fact, I clean it more often than I use it, it’s kind of a pain to keep. Looking back now, I definitely would not get a float tank in my house. But they are cool. I promise you, somewhere in your hometown, there’s probably a float tank place. If you Google float tank and your city I bet you’ll find one. But basically, it’s a huge salt sensory deprivation tank. It’s like a thousand pounds of salt, so you lay and float on the top and sit there. Typically I do my float tank, I go in there and listen to music or listen to CD’s or talks or whatever. But this time for some reason the music thing wasn’t playing, and this is Saturday night, yes Saturday night. Went in there and music thing wasn’t going to work. I was like, ahhh whatever, I’ll just try to focus and do my whole meditation thing. And I’m not a very good meditate-er at all, by any stretch.

But I sat there and laid there and tried to focus on my breathing, and tried to think about the major things. And it was cool because the first time, I think I had time to reset and not be in the motion of everything. I just sat there for like an hour. I sat there for 45 minutes, and I passed out and woke up when my alarm went off. But I didn’t get any great ideas while I was sitting in there, but I feel like it was a flush. Like a cleanse or something because then when I went back …

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8 Traffic Sources for Your Sales Funnel You Should Know About

I was reading through the ClickFunnels blog the other day and stumbled across this little gem. This is a great blog about traffic sources for your sales funnels. Great read.

 

 

8 Traffic Sources for Your Sales Funnel You Should Know About

8 Traffic Sources for Your Sales Funnel You Should Know About

The beauty of Internet marketing comes in the fact that you never tied down to a single source of revenue.

With so many potential options when it comes to putting your product out there, there’s no need to restrict yourself.

By exploring these eight traffic sources, you can expand your bottom line and make sure you’re making the most of your marketing dollars.

Businesses have options galore when it comes to building their sales funnels online.

This begs the question: why do some marketers get caught up on establishing a sole stream of revenue?

It’s definitely a thought worth pondering, especially since establishing multiple revenue streams is all the rage for modern online businesses.

Perhaps companies are hesitant to diversify because it just sounds too good to be true; however, the following means of building your sales funnel are tried and tested, with real potential to jive with just about any product or service online.

1. Email Lists

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The mumblings of the Internet marketing rumor mill might lead you to believe email marketing is dead. False.

Internet marketing is very much alive and kicking, especially in a mobile marketplace where users are glued to smartphones.

We live in a world of notifications and alerts, in which sitting quite literally in the pockets of our users has never been easier.

Building an email list is a proven means of establishing a dedicated base of buyers.

Let’s take some modern email marketing statistics into consideration, including the fact that…

 

In short, the concept of email marketing representing spam is bogus, especially if you’re the one getting users into your own funnel.

Don’t stress about “spamming” your base; instead, focus on providing them with legitimate products and content that meet their particular needs.

The sales will come naturally.

2. Facebook Ads

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The unlikely success of Facebook has proven inspirational for Internet marketers and users alike. Mark Zuckerberg’s wildly successful social network boasts over one billion daily active users and has become a cornerstone of the modern web.

Given the site’s reputation and reach, it should come as no surprise that Facebook sports a robust advertising system for businesses.

Due to the massive nature of Facebook, their ad system has to be laser-focused and targeted for small businesses looking to convert sales from the platform’s massive user base.

Considering that Facebook ad convert approximately 25% of social media referrals versus platforms such as Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube, such ads have become to the go-to for marketers looking to break through the often tumultuous social media ad-space.

Much like brands such as Amazon or Apple, Facebook has become a trustworthy, household name.

By hosting ads on their platform, you establish yourself as a likewise trusted brand. With their flexible budget and numerous, high-performing call-to-action options, there’s no reason not to get your feet wet with Facebook’s platform.

3. Google Ads

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With over $50 billion (yes, billion) in global net ad revenue last year, it’s clear to see why Google ads have been the bread and butter of marketers for quite some time.

Many businesses are wary of entering the world of paid search due to the risk-reward balancing act involved.

Considering the astronomically high click-through rates of ads in the top Google position, however, we can understand why perhaps it’s a more than worthy investment.

True, there is some risk involved due to the potentially high cost of keywords (depending on your industry).

However, consider some of the benefits of delving into Google’s ad platform, including:

Gaining a Better Understanding of Your Competitors – Targeting keywords can be a difficult, laborious process; however, it’s absolutely crucial for a successful SEO strategy. Getting your feet wet with Google Ads can help you better understand what your competitors are targeting and lead you into finding your niche, or better yet…

Understanding the Keywords You Can Dominate – “Niche” is, after all, the name of the game for many of today’s marketers and business. Which niche do you have the potential to dominate? What keywords belong to your business? Through AdWords, you can better understand not only where you stand versus your competitors, but which keywords convert and ultimately…

Test the Merits of Your Site and its Product – Are you getting clicks? Are those clicks converting into sales? The traffic obtained from Google ads is perhaps one of the best means of testing your site regarding user behavior and how your site’s content plays a role in the buying process. Google ads are a great way to find out what’s influencing your users and to A/B test means of improving sales through your site in the future.

4. Instagram Ads

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Instagram is one of the younger guns regarding social media ad space; however, it’s 400 million active users and 40 billion photos shared to date perhaps speak for themselves.

When we think of Instagram, we perhaps think of celebrity images and viral photos, ignoring the ad potential projected to grow to approximately $2.81 billion by next year.

As more and more businesses hop onto Instagram, noted to be one of the fastest growing platforms for SMBs, you might ask whether it’s not worth taking the leap as well.

With a similar CTR and CPM as Facebook (who own Instagram, by the way), coupled with the revenue above of the platform, Instagram may offer a snapshot into the future of photo marketers looking to engage users on a more visual level.

5. Solo Ads

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Although perhaps not as “sexy” as your Facebook or Instagram ads, solo ads represent a numbers game which can provide big returns if executed properly.

In the same wheelhouse as email lists, solo ads allow you to blast a single offer to an opted-in email list.

Since the list is opt-in only, there’s less concern for being perceived as spam (assuming that the company providing the list is reputable).

When it comes to solo ads, we’re primarily playing with click-through rates and conversions.

For this reason, before considering a solo ad one should ensure that…

  • The company selling the ad has a track record regarding their list and click-through rates (check ratings, reviews, and testimonials)
  • The product of service being offered through the solo ad stresses urgency (one-time deal, strong call to action, time-sensitive offers)
  • Strong marketing copy, both regarding subject line and the email copy itself (keep it short and sweet, include a compelling call to action alongside a trackable email link)

Perhaps the road less traveled these days, solo ads can be powerful tools for generating new leads.

Much of your success, however, depends on your own research, effort, and execution.

6. Podcasts

 

While radio advertising is dead in the water for most modern industries, podcasts remain a viable advertising option for those looking to build their sales funnel.

With 20% of Americans listening to at least one podcast per month and 63% of those users purchasing something a host promoted on the show, podcast advertising provides a truly unique opportunity for brands looking to break through to more buyers.

The key for successful podcast advertising is, yet again, understanding your product, its niche and the buyers within that niche.

For example, it wouldn’t make much sense for a website selling organic cloth diapers to advertise on a podcast for motorcycle enthusiasts (nor would it make sure to sell Harley Davidsons on a parenting podcast).

If you can find the right fit within your industry, advertising on a podcast can not only drive sales but also build your brand in the eyes (or ears, rather) of curious new buyers.

7. Blogs

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Advertising on a blog may seem like a no-brainer; however, some marketers may cling to one method rather than explore what blogging has to offer.

For many marketers, seeing the ROI of blogging and subsequent content creation is often the hang-up.

How do I know this is going to work? How do I know it’s going to result in sales?

Guest blogging (along with other means advertising of blogs, including paid ads) is not just a way to get your product in front of more eyes.

It’s a means of building your brand, appearing like an authority and, this is perhaps the hidden gem, building backlinks to drive future traffic to your site.

Seeking out blogs which operate within your niche might very well be the secret weapon of the modern marketer.

Is a blog creating content surrounding your niche or product? Are their users hungry for more?

Blogger outreach is more than likely worth your time and attention.

8. Banner Ads

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Last but not least, let’s talk about banner ads.

We could discuss ad-nauseum the phenomenon of ad blindness and question whether or not such advertising is worth it; however, let’s consider instead the reasons why people don’t click on banner ads.

Such reasons include the ad representing a distraction (annoying pop-ups), providing irrelevant content or appearing just plain spammy.

The solution, then, is to provide creative ads which provide legitimate value to users.

Perhaps what’s more important than the ads themselves is the format.

That is, where they are placed, how they appear and whether or not they are targeting the right users.

Are your ads professionally designed?

Are you offering a legitimate product or deal that can help your users? Are your ads in the right place?

Banner ads do have a place in the modern marketing world, granted they are utilized correctly. Build banners that spark interest and drive users to buy rather than spam that scares buyers away. If you follow such principles, clicks will come your way.

The Bottom Line

The possibilities are seemingly endless when it comes to bringing streams into your sales funnel.

By breaking the dam and establishing new streams for users, you increase your chances of sales while also establishing your brand online.

Which of the above sources do you think has the most potential for the modern business?

Jason and Amanda, What does it mean to go “ALL IN”?

Another great podcast from #Funnelhacker Radio

http://funnelhackerradio.com – Funnel Hacker Radio Podcast

Jason, Amanda and Dave discuss the benefits of going “All IN” and how your business can grow from it. How to migrate from Infusionsoft, Active Capaign and other Auto Responders to marketing automation tools that communicate in with your clients the way they want to hear from you.

Show Notes

[3:30] What does it mean to go “All In”

[6:30] How FunnelKitchen helps people who are “All In” take advantage of it.

[9:30] Why you need to make your funnels as simple as possible.

[14:00] How FunnelKitchen can help someone who has just gone “All In”

[17:00] Why you need to provide content to your users.