How To Finally Eliminate Telemarketers Once and For All

If you’ve ever had an annoying call come through from someone with a thick accent then you know the pains of someone TRYING to “market” to you. Obviously these people don’t know the first thing about marketing as evidence they are still stuck in the 90’s with their boiler room esk call centers…

I’m not saying that call centers aren’t profitable, but is it any wonder why all the call centers are moving overseas? Dwindling profits and more call screening applications then ever before may be a reason to finally give up the trade.

The question still begs to be asked, how does one avoid these pesky goons? I think I may have an answer my friends, and it comes in the form of a free call screening assistant.

Actually, I have 3 useful tools to help reduce the number of pesky “pill salesman” and unwanted insurance quote calls and here they are:

Number 1: Mr Number

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I just recently heard about this application and I think it may have been through an application search on the iPhone iOS store, I’m not certain to be honest. I will say though that since I downloaded Mr. Number, my number of fraud calls has declined by at least 20% I would say, and of the remaining spam and telemarketer calls that do come through, between Mr. Number and t-mobiles fraud screening I answer about 0% of spam calls now adays.

The caller id, again thanks to Mr. Number, shows up as either 1 of 3 options. (1) Potential Spoofing a little yellow triangle with exclamation point (2) Telemarketer with a little yellow triangle with exclamation point, or (3) Scam calls with a little red minus sign (not shown above).

And if you so choose you can even send these calls straight to voicemail without having to avoid the call.

Now another thing I really like that this app does is it allows you to copy the number of a call that “slipped through the cracks” into the app and you can add the number to the Mr. Number database of spoofy numbers and thus help out everyone else in the community too avoid the unwanted pill salesman from overseas…

For the link to itunes where you can download mr. Number for free click here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mr-number-call-block-lookup/id1047334922?mt=8

For where to download it on the Android Play store go here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mrnumber.blocker&hl=en

Number 2: Get Your Own Call Screening Assistant For Free

Now this second one is a little more old school and after mentioning the above resource I kind of feel like this is not really necessary; however, it is definitely good for anyone using android or another operating system if Mr. Number is in fact only on the iOS platform.

Google, back in 2009, launched google voice a free service through Grand Central. This program allowed it’s users to claim a telephone number with a local area code, have calls screened real time, sent to voicemail, then transcribed for the user to view through text and/or email. Now this was the bee’s knees (no kidding) back when it launched in 2009 and you had to jump on the opportunity to get a number in your local area code or you might miss out.

Since then though area codes that were previously unavailable have now become available, and my guess is that folks have dropped out of the program as now there are area codes which were formerly unavailable.

Either way this program is still a great program to use for call screening as most of the telemarketing calls and the spammy craigslist pyramid schemes go straight to voicemail where you get to read them in a convenient (fairly accurate) text format.

To start using google voice you need a google account and to follow their basic setup guide which you can find here: https://support.google.com/voice/answer/115061?hl=en&ref_topic=1707989

Number 3: Use Your Voicemail and Text Message

Last but certainly not least, good ol’ voicemail and text. If you are like me then you really dispise being bothered by unwanted calls of people trying to sell you junk you don’t need. Being in sales for so long, one can truly appreciate the time and effort going into crafting a quality message for an amazing product and have it reach clients whom are interested.

One can also begin to lothe all the amatures and the people out there trying to peddle cheaply made products and services that leave a customer desperately needing to fix the problem the “cheaper” option created… even though had they sought out the right help in the first place it would have cost them a fraction of the time and headache that they “discount” option did.

With that being said, I have now created a short message that I have on my voicemail that all folks whom are not saved in my phone contact list will get to hear. It goes something like this:

Hi, thank you for calling _______ phone. Due to the abnormally high number of telemarketing calls that I get on a daily and weekly basis I will be sending all calls to voicemail. I apologize in advanced if this has caused you inconvenience if you are someone that I do business with; however, in order to ensure that I am available to answer calls from you and from other welcomed business associates I have had to take measures into my own hands and stop relying on the national do not call registry (ha! What a joke). With that being said any friends or family that need to reach me you know how to get a hold, and if I don’t have your number saved in my phone and you got sent to voicemail, maybe there’s a reason why I didn’t take your call… I hope you all have a wonderful day and if you are still doing telemarketing please look for a real job in your spare time.”

With this message I get to weed out the last 5% of callers that still think they will some day get that last pack of overpriced sugar pills in my hands. My rational is that with these three systems in place, I’m only getting the calls that I truly am looking to get and I haven’t had any issues with receiving the calls that actually matter. Friends and family that I want to speak to are saved in my phone and can text me, email me, or hit me up on social media messengers. Business associates have my business email, and unwanted spammers are kept in their place (right in my voicemail box where I can add their number to Mr. Number and delete their message).

Now I also learned that often times telemarketers will not text, so when they don’t text back it’s an immediate sign that they are spammers. Likewise, if someone really needs to get a hold of you, they can send you a text message or an email to reach you.

Ultimately it leads back to one thing, as one of my mentors, Dan Kennedy, once said “you must go from unwanted pest to welcome guest”. I believe this is a great lesson for all the people out there desperately clinging to that call center job, Ditch the job! You’re better than that… As long as you randomly dial numbers for a living you are going to be an unwanted pest, and if you are reading this wondering how to keep the pests off your lawn, well I gave you the tools that I use to get rid of them critters. It’s up to you to use them.

 

 

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How To Getting Started Selling Online In 3 Easy Steps

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If you think that you have to have a bunch of capital to start up a business then you’re wrong. You can start with just a couple dollars and start flipping for a profit. If you get setup with a free craigslist account and a free facebook account you can start flipping products you find on craigslist to facebook for NOTHING, nothing but time that is…

STEP 1: Learn Where To Sell

If you aren’t already familiar with the different market places then selling online can be rather tricky as you won’t know where to sell what. The first step to selling online is to familiarize yourself with some of the common market places such as eBay, Facebook, craigslist, Etsy, and of course probably the biggest one Amazon.

Once you’ve become familiar with what is listed on these different market places and what is common to sell you will start to understand where you can offer different items. For example, craigslist is a good resource to find local sales, garage sales where you can find inexpensive near new items, and free stuff give aways. You can then turn and sell the garage sale items (such as used books and toys that are open box) on amazon and ebay, and the free stuff on facebook market place (usually items too big to ship like tv’s and speakers).

STEP 2: Learn How To Find Products That Are Already Selling

Next, you will need to find out what is already selling. The best way to do this is to download two free selling apps, ebay and amazon.

With Amazon, the sales rank will help you understand which items are selling best and which ones are flops. If a book has a sales rank under 500,000 then it is a solid book, but be careful of having too low of a sales rank because it can be too competitive and then become non-profitable. One of the best courses on selling books is the ProvenBookSourcingCourse.com. In that course Bryan goes over everything that you need to get started sourcing books and what to look for, how to scan, scanning technology, and some other common resources.

Really though, the trick is just to get started, and one of the easiest places to get started in my opinion is finding and listing stuff on eBay. I love going out to garage sales and using my ebay app to search for toys and for other items that I can flip on amazon or ebay just by checking the “sold” tab under filter.

The Ebay Garage Sale Research Method

  1. Open the ebay app and do a search with the text field or the camera app and select “filter” in upper right.

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2. Select “sold items”

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3. Go back to the search results

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Now you should be able to tell if an item is profitable while you are out and about at garage sales. You can use the recent sold prices to get an estimate as to what you can sell various items online for. Often times I find items that some people are selling for only a couple dollars but one person has sold for 5x as much within the last month and I end up selling it for that as well. So don’t go based on the low price go based on a blended average and look for the last time something sold.

The Amazon Research Method:

Now you can also go ahead and start listing stuff on Amazon as well, and here’s a video on how to get started doing that:

 

The best things that sell on Amazon from garage sales and thrift stores are opened box items that haven’t been used or damaged (you can close the box and send them in but check to make sure it has all the parts), brand-new items that are discounted at local stores, clearance items, and used books.

There are of course more advanced strategies out there but this is the basics, finding local inventory and listing it online for the whole world to be able to purchase.

STEP 3: If You Are Struggling, Get Help

Like most people, I struggled for a long time on my own before I decided to get help, but once I did everything got easier. If you prefer to work on your own, and learn from each and everyone of your own mistakes then by all means, do it on your own. It’s definitely a slower growth process than some would prefer, but if you are starting from 0 then this is the place to begin. Buying books for Pennys and flipping them for $100 bills is a great way to have some small wins and roll those back into the business.

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How to Get 80,000 Pairs of Eyeballs On Your Business For Free

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Recently I got a notice that one of my clients photos for their restaurant recently hit 80,000 all time views, which spells out about 3k eyeballs a week for the last 12 months, free on Google. It was a very nice thing to see it come into my mailbox to notify me that each photo that we posted was getting so many views. As we all know in the world of online marketing that eyeballs = sales and sales = revenue.

But, we want our customers hungry for what we have to offer. You may be thinking to yourself, “why do they have to be hungry customers though?”. Well, what good is trying to sell a burger to someone who is full? They’ve already eaten a meal and they are stumbling upon your site. You could have the best burger in town, but if they aren’t hungry, they aren’t buying. All too often though people try to sell others who aren’t hungry at all and they end up starving themselves and their business.

So to help prevent that, here are 3 steps you can take right now in your business to get infront of more hungry customers.

Step 1: Get Great Sharable Content

If you sell anything that is physical and you have any sort of background in photography then take some really nice photos of your food. If you don’t have a photography background get a family member who is a pro or semi pro with a nice camera or even an iPhone to help you out. If you really don’t know anyone who could do this walk, or drive, down to the local community college and ask for the photography class. Talk to the teacher after class and ask if you can offer them 3 free meals in exchange for some professionally done photos from the students, heck offer to give the teacher the meals in exchange for a “project”.

Step 2: Post the Professional Photos Online

This is the long and slow approach, you want to take the really nicely done photos and post them to anywhere that customers could shop for your stuff. Your Google business profile, your Facebook Page, an Instagram account, your website, and even use them on your menu and your fliers to hand out to folks. The more synonomous your photos become with your brand the more people will recognize your business with the photos and remember you.

Step 3: Link Your Photos to your Site

Link your photos back to your site and/or have a way to contact you. One of the best ways I know of for businesses to engage with their customers is through chat services such as facebook messenger or chat bots on their site.

Once a hungry customer raises their hand they won’t wait long to get fed, and having chat bots work for you to answer those initial inquiries can help you serve more folks better, which means more money in your pocket at the end of the day.

If they have to wait longer then they are comfortable with then they will just getup and leave, and with a sour taste in their mouth. Which is why it’s so important that if your customers are hungry you give them a way to get in contact with you and you give them a call to action: “Call us today”, “Message us now for more information”, “Book an appointment today”, “Reserve your table now”.

You’re goal in the first 90 days should be to stimulate sales and new business and over the next 5 years plan to build a brand loyalty. Brand loyalty is built through reputation, how you treat others and choose to to business, and repetition, the number of times someone chooses to do business with you.

In the short term, you need to stimulate sales, and the best way to do so is through exposure and offers that people cannot refuse. A free burger for the first 100 hungry customers will certainly, if shared through your different media channels, and put in front of the right hungry crowd (no vegetarians unless it’s a bean burger) can stimulate business in the short term. And of course having a factory full of workers on their lunch break would be ideal as well.

 

 

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