My work with Harley dealers

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“The swirl” is one of the things we talk about with Harley-Davidson dealers when we are coaching them to improve the profitability of their dealerships. At any given time in a dealership, there are customers considering buying motorcycles, trying on clothes or waiting for their motorcycles to be serviced; service techs working on motorcycles; parts orders arriving via UPS; and a parade of salespeople walking through the showroom. There are a hundred things the dealer would like to pay attention to, and at the end of the day, he’s exhausted. He works hard every day, but he can’t find time for the things that are most important because he is too busy. That’s the swirl. Perhaps you have it in your own business. So many different urgencies crop up that you aren’t able to work on what’s most important. It’s like one of those shooting galleries at the fair. Targets … Continued

Launching Your Tribe Quickly With an Industry Event

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An in-person event can be a powerful way to launch a new tribe. The marketing for your event generates a list of opt-ins.Registration fees can fund marketing expenses. And, at the event itself, you can invite attendees to join your new coaching program to build your tribe. Tribe member Dr. Darold Opp turned to Jerry Jones, an expert copywriter within the dental profession, to create the marketing for his in-person event. I’m currently working with Dr. Opp to

Getting Your New Members Engaged Quickly So They Retain Their Membership

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Too many info-marketers assume the sales process is complete when they get a new customer. They immediately flip to fulfillment and training mode. However, after he sale is when you need to ramp-up the sale. Michael Rozbruch recorded a sales video to get his clients excited after purchasing his program. It resells his new member on the program, reminds them why they invested in the program, and shows them exactly how to

Go for the kill!

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The mother lion slowly creeps closer to the edge of the prairie where a family of gazelles grazes nearby. The gazelles are always skittish. Ever watchful to protect the herd. Yet as they graze, the lioness creeps closer. The lioness has a pack of cubs in her den. She’s been hunting for hours, ranging from one prairie to the next, looking for something to bring back to feed her cubs. There has been only one opportunity so far today, just after sunrise, and it got away. Now, well past mid-day, here is a second. If she misses this one, her cubs will go hungry another night. The lioness is careful not to spook the gazelles. If they run, she’ll never catch up. As she creeps closer, she stays hidden in the brush at the edge of the prairie. The gazelles are too far away for a full surprise attack. She’ll … Continued

Turning Your Customers’ Unrealistic Expectations into Long-term Tribal Members

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“Your program didn’t work for me.” What?!? You have the gall to tell me that my program doesn’t work? Wouldn’t it be more accurate to say you didn’t work? One of the top frustrations I hear from tribal leaders is new members who join and quit without trying. In the beginning they have all the hopes and dreams of accomplishing great things. Then, after they become a member, they don’t do anything. Then, they drop out and complain that they didn’t get any results from the program.

How to act to attract customers

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“Don’t I know you from somewhere?” he asked me. “No, I don’t think so.” I was shopping for clothes at the mall. I’d recently gotten a new job, I was 22 years old and I knew few people in town. “Where do you work?” He asked. I answered and asked him where he worked. He told me he owned his own business, and we struck up a conversation. We’d never met, but within a minute or two, Steve and I had a good conversation going. About the time I was ready to return to my shopping, Steve told me that he often looks to work with sharp people in his business and asked if I would be open to new opportunities to make money. Flattered as I was, I said, “Sure,” and we set a date and time to get together. At our meeting, about an hour into his presentation, … Continued

Eliminating Systemized Member Irritation

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If there is a serious weakness within most continuity programs I’m asked to evaluate it’s that the marketer stops selling after a customer buys and joins his continuity program. Look, I understand, it’s a lot of work to ship out the product purchased together with delivering on all of our commitments within the monthly continuity programs. It’s easy to forget about selling in addition to everything else you have to get done. Am I suggesting that you have to do more? No, not more. Just different. Associations recognize that they are always selling. This can make them frustrating to deal with because they are so risk adverse. They don’t want to do anything to anger even a single member.

Tending to your relationships

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It was so frustrating. It was like everyone else was from a different planet. There wasn’t a single person who “got it.” My first info-marketing business targeted the association industry. I promoted a product teaching associations how they could recruit and retain more members. For 10 years I attended events where association executives got together. I spoke at many events, and I became known within the community. While some of them wanted to understand, few of them had any idea what direct marketing was all about. I started to get frustrated easily. After what seemed to be the thousandth time explaining long copy versus short copy or writing with a conversational tone versus a corporate institutional voice, I got fed up. I made the ultimate mistake. I didn’t make this mistake once. No, I repeated it over and over again for years. The first time was innocent enough. The association … Continued

How To Double Your Continuity Membership Retention in Half the Time

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While a lot of continuity marketers struggle with growing their lower priced, large number of member programs, I also hear frustration with retention within high-priced continuity programs. Coaching members get a big head, think they know everything, and drop out. Often, the coaching member is even resentful even though everything was delivered exactly as promised. The key to long-term retention is recognizing that your members’ needs change as they grow within your program. One of the key leadership strategies is to have a common mission together with values. For years within the association world I knew it was important to create a set of shared values among the members. When members embraced the mission of the organization and the values, they put that way above the money to renew their memberships. In fact, it never occurred to them that they would ever not be a member of an organization that … Continued

Unpredictable every time

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McDonald’s is the leading franchise in the world because of its consistency and predictability. You can be on the other side of the country or around the world and when you see the Golden Arches, you know exactly what the food will taste like. There might be an independent restaurant with better food next door, but most people will never know because they’ll choose McDonald’s. McDonald’s is the safe choice. It became that way through consistency, delivering a similar experience every time. McDonald’s spends millions of dollars a year taste testing individual restaurants to ensure the food tastes the same way in California as it does in New York as it does in England. All new suppliers are put through a rigorous process to ensure the products they produce conform to McDonald’s exacting specifications. That food is going to be consistent, something Burger King has never figured out. How do … Continued