Bucket List

I was having lunch recently with a close friend, and we began talking about his recently formed bucket list. He shared with me some of the items on his bucket list… ranging from things that are daring and fun, to more serious notes, and potentially life changing.

While I think some people view bucket lists as a silly list that will never be attained, that is certainly not the case.

A bucket list is a valuable list to have.

It creates a list of goals to work towards – a list of dreams to strive for. It provides you something to plan for, both physically, mentally, and even financially. It helps you build fun activities and accomplishments into your life.

And then, when you accomplish something on your bucket list, you get the opportunity to cross it off, and add another.

What all does your bucket list contain?

The Importance Of Setting Goals

Dreams. We all have them.
And I am not talking about the dreams that we have at night while sleeping. I mean, the dreams of our future – where we will be in 6 months, 1 year, 5 years, and so on.

The dreams of success.
Of starting a business.
Of getting married.
Of having children.
Of retiring.
Of making $250,000 a year.

What are your dreams?
And, more importantly, how will you reach them?

Reaching those dreams is a personal success, but in order to attain that success, you need to be able to measure that success.

Setting Goals

This is where setting goals comes into play. Think of goals as drawing a map. You know where you and are you know where you want to be. At the same time, realize that traveling across country cannot happen overnight. You need to plan you journey and set goals of how far you are going to get each day to reach your destination.

The same course of action is needed for reaching your dreams.

Success in reaching your dreams does not happen overnight.
Set attainable goals for the path to help you reach your dream.

You will feel little bits of success for each goal you set, continually building until you reach your dream.

I challenge you to take 30 minutes and write out 25 goals you have. Write it out. Keep it in a place of constant reminder. And, as you reach them, mark them complete, but build new ones.

Justin Wise recently posted an article with 46 of his goals. Take a look for some inspiration.

I am setting a goal to take 30 minutes and write out personal goals for myself, and I will post those here for you to see.

Will you take the challenge?

Imagine & Create A New World

I recently read a quote that sparked this post, “Legos. The toy that teaches we can imagine and create entirely new worlds.”

I grew up with legos. I love legos. I wish I could still find the time everyday to play with legos.

Why?

Legos let us leave this world for a brief period of time and travel into a world that we created. A perfect world. One that we control everything and everyone. There is no world hunger. No poverty. No sex or child slaves. It is perfect.

Imagine what you can do with legos.

Creativity, at its best.

As a new world focused on creativity and innovation, it may be time to bring legos back. This time, not just for kids, but into everyones daily lives.

It is time to imagine. Time to create. Time to dream.

Yet, lets not stop there. Lets actually do something with the ideas, dreams, and creativity.

The world will appreciate it.

What will you do?

Four Steps To Inbound Marketing Success

Many recent conversations I have partaken in revolve around inbound marketing and the differences between push (interruptive) marketing and pull (inbound) marketing. Out of those conversations, I have realized that people struggle to fully grasp inbound marketing, and often over complicate the process.

The inbound marketing methodology is a simple four step process.

Attract

Attract your potential customers to your website by generating quality content that is of interest to them. We live in the world of information, and people constantly turn to the internet to get answers. By generating content that helps educate your potential customers, you are building a level of trust with them that will cause them to return to you over and over. Promote this content to them within social media and email marketing.

Convert

With traffic coming to your website due to your content generation, it is time to capture leads by offering premium content to your viewers. Premium content tends to be slightly more advanced than what you publicly offer on your blog, and can be in the form of ebooks, whitepapers, infographics, checksheets, or videos. Throughout your blog, implement calls-to-action that attract viewers to the premium content and drives them to landing pages, where the offer is given to the viewer in exchange for simple information. Once they complete the form, they are directed to a thank you page where they gain access to the premium content, and a new lead was input into your system. Congrats!

Close

As time progresses, prospective customers in your system continue to interact with your content and digital marketing efforts. The more interaction that happens, the warmer the lead becomes. Oftentimes, a warm lead who has show continued interest in your company becomes an easy sell.

Delight

While gaining new customers is important, once someone becomes a customer does not mean the process is complete. It is now time to delight the customer and keep them happy. A happy customer means a loyal customer and a long relationship. Make sure to focus heavily on customer support and customer happiness. Evaluate every contact point with your company that a customer may have. Is it the best experience possible? If not, make it.

To learn more about inbound marketing, check out PayProMedia and HubSpot.

Inbound Marketing: No Need For Cold Calling

We’ve all experienced it. Answering your phone to an unknown voice trying to sell you on a product or service that you have zero interest in.

But wait, technology has advanced.  Now, we have caller ID to scan the call before we even answer.  Minutes after ignoring the call, we get a voicemail with the salesperson stating they will try back later.  Sure enough, they keep calling and calling, and we keep getting more frustrated.

Cold calling has been a large sales tactic for many years. With call centers located all over the world, people are paid to sit and call unknown numbers and try to sell them on the latest and greatest.

While this technique was previously effective, it is quickly becoming a way of the past.

It has come time to forget cold calling, and start calling warm leads.  With inbound marketing, generating content that people desire and find useful attracts potential customers to your website.  Once there, draw them into premium content through landing pages and calls-to-action, while providing the premium content for some simple information in return.  This lead generation technique starts to build a contact database of leads who have shown interest in your company.

As time progresses, and prospective customers continue to interact with your digital marketing, your leads become warmer and warmer, without even picking up the phone. When a prospective customer becomes a warm enough lead, it is then time to follow up with the lead via phone or email, but have a connection and starting point with that lead already.  They know you.  They know your company.  They have shown interest in you.

Does it get better than that?

People are no longer frustrated at your brand because you kept annoying them with consistent phone calls, but rather, they reached out to you first because they need you.

Stop being interruptive, and start pulling.

To learn more about inbound marketing, check out PayProMedia and HubSpot.

Inbound Marketing Using Social Media

The introduction of social media into the digital world changed how people use the internet. Prior to social media, people went online for short periods of time to do research and gather the information they were looking for. With social media, people spend a considerable amount more time ‘connected’ to the digital world. They are constantly refreshing their feeds to get the latest scoop, often spending hours every day online.

This change has brought about an interesting twist in marketing over the past several years. Companies started changing their mindsets to think, “Where does our target audience spend their time?” The answer for many, social media.

At PayProMedia, we view social media marketing as an integral part of our inbound marketing strategies. Inbound marketing centers on the idea of generating relevant content that is helpful to your target audience and using that content to attract prospective leads.

So, where does social media fit with inbound marketing?

Social media is a critical avenue in promoting and sharing the content you have generated. Remember earlier when we talked about going to where your audience spends their time? Take your relevant content to them, and promote it on the platforms where they are spending their time.

Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when promoting content on social media:

Optimize for the platform

It is important to optimize your posts for each platform. The way you promote content on Facebook will be different than how you promote it on Twitter. Each platform is unique, and draws users for different reasons. Appease those different reason by tweaking your content to fit appropriately.

Use a platform to track your link click rates

There are many tools available that allow you to track clicks on a URL you promote. This allows you to review analytics of your content promotions and to tweak your content and methods to see what may get a better click-through rate. Oftentimes, the tool also shortens the URL, making it more user friendly.

If relevant marketing is important to you and your business, take the time to develop a solid inbound marketing strategy and use social media marketing effectively. It may seem like a large increase in work, but it will help your business succeed in the long run.

If you are interested in learning more about inbound marketing and social media marketing, please check out PayProMedia.

FREE Mobile Marketing Solution – Give it a try!

PayProMedia is doing great things! I am always excited to walk into the office every day and see new ideas coming into action.

One of the latest items is TxtConnect! TxtConnect is a mobile marketing SMS platform that allows you to connect with your customers in an avenue that is close to them – their pockets! Mobile marketing with TxtConnect allows for marketing to your audience through SMS text messages that are sent directly to their cell phone…

The best part, its free!
Check it out now at mytxtconnect.com and let me know your thoughts!

6 Time Management Tips to Increase Productivity

Yesterday, I watched a short video that I wanted to share with you. It shares 6 simple management tips to increase productivity.

Enjoy.

What is your reputation?

Whether you will accept it or not, every brand has one – a reputation.

Your reputation is a valuable asset, or it can be a huge turnoff. It all depends on how well you care for your reputation. Is it something you think about, or do you just brush it off?

Truth is, that should be one of the largest concerns of any company. The best form of marketing is Word of Mouth Marketing. What your customers say to their friends and family, who then talk to their friends and family, is your reputation. It spreads. And fast.

A bad experience.
A poor attitude.
A broken product.
A messed up drink.
People dont forget. In fact – they share.

So what are you doing to improve your reputation? How are you treating your customers differently than everyone else?

Stand out. Be different. Put that strong memory in your client’s minds that they will share with their networks and bring you future customers.

Word of Mouth Marketing is the best form of marketing – because it does the work itself. Take advantage of it. Use it.

You won’t regret it.

Test Your Fears

“Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.”
– Japanese Proverb

This past week, I spent some time in Las Vegas for a conference with work. There was a lot of work spent preparing for this past week, and once the day had finally come, I felt ready. The displays were setup. The flyers printed. The promo material arrived and displayed. Lets get this show on the road!

Yet – little did I know, the plans would not go as fully planned.

When it came time to present the new services of PayProMedia, CEO Matt Hoskins began to move towards the stage, and stopped to turn around, look at me and say, “Get up here.”

Someone slam the brakes! This was not the plan. I am not a public speaker. I am supposed to be the person in the back holding the wall up and smiling.

With no time for preparation – I was put on the spot. I join Matt up on stage to assist with half of the presentation in front of a full room of people.

One hour later, we were done. I was relieved. Get me out of here.

24 hours later, I sat on a plane staring out the window thinking back through that event. How could I have lived through that? I am not a public speaker. But I realized while on the plane, that it really wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Actually, it wasn’t bad at all – and I wouldn’t mind doing it again!

Long story short, the lesson learned is to test your fears. You will never overcome them if you dont test them.

What fears are you living behind?