9 Free Tools I Cannot Do Without

There’s nothing quite like getting something you want, need, or can make good use of. That’s especially true when the item is free, absolutely free.

I mean no out-of-pocket cost. Nada bucks. It costs you nothing. That’s free. You don’t have to sit through a boring, lengthy webinar. Or give up your email address and go through numerous up-sell pages. Free is best when you go to a website and get the goods.

Well, here’s my gift to you today. These free tools serve me well. They are useful and I use them often. You can upgrade to paid versions if you wish. I’ve done that when absolutely necessary. Otherwise I go with the free version. Click on the name and go directly to the web site.

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EASY TRAINING TO INCREASE SALES REVENUE

 

It’s easy to get your sales people beyond product bullet points.  Here’s a simple method I used when Director of Marketing and Sales at a networking division of a major aerospace company.

When creating a telemarketing center with out call people very skilled in selling by phone we quickly learned, the sales prompt sheets did not cover information the customer wanted.  Many businesses fall prey to this trap.  That is telling the customer what we think is important rather than share what the customer wants to know.

We solved the problem and elevated in house-sales morale by having staff record questions they could not answer.  Our engineering Read the rest of this entry

How to Create Content That Works

 

I read an article about creating content ‘people will love’. It’s great if people love your content. But I’d rather have content that works.
 
Content that works for me is content that achieves its purpose. Make sure you understand what you want to achieve with your content. What’s the purpose?
 
Does the content match your ideal customer’s expectations? Are you solving a problem? Does the content solidify your relationship with your ideal customer?
 
I once managed marketing for a technology company driven by an engineering mindset. We tried to sell whatever the engineers dreamed up. Rather than making what we could sell the company tried to sell what it could make.
 
One product was exceptional and spectacular.  We launched at a major trade show and prospective users jammed our booth. Everyone immediately  understood the product and wanted to play with it. They loved it.
 
Very few bought it. It didn’t solve a real problem. The investment in creating and launching a very innovative product was a total waste.

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Why People Don’t Make Money Online

start a business I help people make money online. I prefer helping people wanting to start and run an Internet-based business. Sure, I offer assistance to those chasing “the dream” of fast riches and quick returns with little work. However, my goal is developing a sustainable business I can operate anywhere I have an Internet connection.

The wife and I enjoy travel and spend as much time as possible away from our California home base. Wherever we go I have my laptop along and usually put in a few hours a day working online. It’s easy to do because I enjoy working at my online business. I usually awaken earlier than most and put in a couple of productive hours before others are up and about.  There’s always something to do to advance my business position.

The number one reason many people don’t make money online is they don’t ask for the order.

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3 Types of Twitter Ads Getting Blog Traffic

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Never forget: Traffic is the fuel running your Internet business engine.

Your primary business goal is to create customers. I should say ‘create repeat customers’.  That is how you build a business paying you week after week, month after month, year after year. The key to selling online is traffic. Twitter ads generate good traffic and should be part of your marketing mix.

Anyone can sell something online. I have a revenue stream selling on Amazon and eBay. You can sell something online easily. Try it today. Look around your home or apartment for something of value that you no longer need. Put it on Craig’s List and I bet you sell it in a few days.

I mention Craig’s list because that is the easiest method. Run your ad. Then buyers contact you.  You meet and exchange the item for cash. No checks, please. Cash only.  

Although I and others make money selling on Amazon and other e-commerce sites, my sustainable business takes another direction. However, the process is similar.

In all my Internet businesses I seek to optimize and automate the processes. I use Buffer, a free utility, to post many times a day on social media. That’s automation.

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