“If you went to Vegas and stood at a slot machine and every time you put $5 in, it spit $20 back out, how long would you stand at that slot machine?”
That was one of my favorite images from this past weekend at Info-SUMMIT 2014 and it was a good description of the kind of tips, systems, and tools that were delivered there. Tips that when implemented will pay you big dividends…reliably and consistently.
If you weren’t there, you definitely missed out. And while I obviously can’t cram three days of material (five days if you count the pre-day event with Dan Kennedy and the Traffic 2.0 Bonus day), I can give you some highlights and big pieces of advice that were handed out.
- “If you’re only in one medium, you’re an idiot.” Even though he’s a really nice guy, Brian Kurtz of Boardroom, one of the giants and established leaders of state-of-the art direct marketing, announced this to the packed room. Brian says if you are only doing one kind of advertising, you risk being shut down. You need to be doing multi-channel marketing, according to Brian, and because there is a lot less clutter in your offline mailbox, if you aren’t using direct mail, it’s an excellent channel to add.
During his state of the union address, Dan Kennedy warned about the trends in the industry, and how the rules keep changing especially when it comes to Google. There are things happening that if you rely on online only it could spell big trouble for you.
- “Model what works, then be creative.” Russell Brunson who started his first online company while in college and within a year of graduation had sold over a million dollars gave this advice.
But he wasn’t alone.
Multiple speakers made the case for starting with the results you want and reverse engineering how to get them.
In Dr. Dustin Burleson’s presentation of “The Right Prescription for Info-Business Success” where he shared 12 things working extremely well in his business, he said most people do it backwards. They start with their thoughts and emotions when what you really need to start with is the results you want and then look at what actions you need to take to get those results. In other words, look at who is successful and what is working, then model that in your business.
- “Content is NOT king. Emotional bonds are king.” (Tweet this!) I think Dan Kennedy shocked some people when they heard him say the first part of this during his presentation, “What Would Walt Do? The 17 Success Principles of Walt Disney.” Dan says you can’t protect content, so don’t try to be like someone else, be you. He says your customers should know your back story, philosophy and what you are about.
Our celebrity guest speaker, Peter Guber echoed this sentiment in his talk about “Telling Purposeful Stories for Business Success.” Peter says that it’s how you interact and capture your audience’s emotion that makes them want to connect with you.
During his presentation, “List Hacks: Unique Ways to Add 1,000 People A Day To Your List Or More (Without Spending A Fortune On Ads),” Russell Brunson also talked about the importance of creating an emotional bond with your prospects and clients. He took us through the elements of building an attractive character, how to get people to identify with you, and some story lines you could use. (These—along with other tips from Info-SUMMIT—are listed on our Facebook Page here.) Russell also revealed that the way he learned to develop his character was from Dan Kennedy’s Personality in Copy when Russell said, “If you don’t own Personality In Copy, you’re crazy.”
- “Over delivering must be our mantra.” This is what Brian Kurtz said during his presentation, “Light Bulb Moments from 33 Years in the Trenches of Direct Marketing.” And Dan Kennedy asked the question, “What are you doing to reinvest in your customer?” You should always be investing more in your customers than anything else.
Robin Robins says using strategic partnerships and sponsors helps her to be able to do just that. By over-delivering and using sponsors to help you with this, you can cut down marketplace clutter and marketing incest while creating more loyal customers and cutting down your costs at the same time.
- “You don’t need a catastrophe to tell you that you have something to share with the world.”
After describing (during his presentation of How to Create and Promote the 12 most Lucrative Information Products and Programs) his near death experience that became his ‘wake-up call’ Brendon Burchard laid the above gem on the audience.
While it isn’t uncommon to hear a speaker reveal a bad experience that drove them to build the business and life of their dreams, Brendon so aptly pointed out that you don’t need something bad to happen to you to get started creating your dream business and life. Don’t wait to make your business what you want. Do it now.
Take these five pieces of advice to heart and put them into action and you can’t help but grow your business.
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