A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of travelling to see my friend Randy Smith in Northallerton (that’s the north of England) for all those who are unsure. Randy called me and asked if I was up for a night out with a few guys from internet marketing backgrounds. The list comprised of Dave Nicholson, Randy Smith. Terry Dollard, Simon Hodgkinson and myself of course.
From left to right: Me, Terry Dollard, Rachel Tombling, Randy Smith, Kimberly Nicole Smith, Simon Hodgkinson and Dave Nicholson.
Now I knew that there was not going to be a great deal of business discussed at this social gathering (beer drinking session) but there would be a lot of internet marketing talk and good information to remember.
Ok so what did I learn?
Aside the drinking and Randy and Simons magic tricks I learned so pretty cool stuff from Simon regarding sales pages and how to convert more visitors just by using a few simple tweaks using Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques. These techniques which can be written into the sales pages or used within the style of the sales page to help conversions are most certainly worth a try. I do need to conduct a little more research before I pass anything on, but I will let you know how it goes.
I also learned that Yahoo are no longer white flagging Aweber emails. Every broadcast email sent out results in all of your Yahoo subscribers being automatically unsubscribed. This is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Terry Dean gave me some good traffic tips and let me into his back linking strategy. I had actually created a similar strategy for the Simple Success System which I am involved in with Dave Nicholson and John Thornhill. I will post more about that strategy soon as it will make up quite a lengthy post.
I also learned not to drink with Simon. Dave tried to drink with him and well…. Let’s just leave it at that.
Simon also gave me some nice swipe files. He made me promise not to reveal the source or where he got them, so I do have to leave this a little open as to what they are. Sorry.
Social networking sites are just not enough
Maybe I am wrong here (please comment if you think so) but in my opinion social networking is just not enough. You see, how could I have possibly asked Simon for the information he gave me just for being on his Twitter follower list or Facebook friend? I couldn’t unless we had actually met and gained some face to face trust.
Try to make it to a meeting or an event
Attending events and meetings will enhance your online profile. Other people then get to see the real guy behind the blog or products you create. They get to know the person rather than just the Facebook profile, Twitter profile or the person behind the broadcast email.
I have met, been introduced to and still stay in contact with a lot of guys who I have met at events, nights out or via other marketers. And trust me when I say, this gives you a distinct advantage when it comes to review copies of products, affiliate promotions and advice. We are all on a learning journey and it’s always great to get some good advice and tips from your peers.
In the future if you can make it to an event try and get to it as you will find you will learn a lot.
Do you think meeting face to face allows you to connect more than just using social networking sites? Do you think you will learn more? I would like to know your thoughts.
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