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Book Marketing Secrets!

Today I’m talking with author and book marketing expert Warren Whitlock. You can also find Warren’s stuff at BookMarketingStrategy.com. (Actually, this interview is long overdue to be aired, sorry Warren).

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I had the pleasure of meeting Warren at Blogworldexpo this year and even had lunch with him and Dave Taylor. Warren is a pro who knows his stuff and has the experience to back it up. If you’re going to write a book, you’re going to need to learn how to market it. Warren gives some good advice for how you’re going to get it done.

He’s a swell guy too! Here are the show notes:

How important is it for an author to be a marketer nowadays?
What’s the first thing I have to do to start my book?
After I start a blog and reserve my name, how much work is involved before I start the book?
You should have a blog or website for you name AND your book title, use both.
Become a thought-leader in the community of your niche.
Use feedback from readers to build your book.

Wine School with Gary Vaynerchuk

A few weeks ago I got to spend a day and a night hanging out with Gary Vaynerchuk of Winelibrary.tv as he was in town for a book signing. The full video experience of my time spent with him will come later, but for now, I have a video about a person I met who was in Gary’s entourage… Marianne Frantz of the Cleveland Wine School.

The video below is an interview I did with Marianne about the Cleveland Wine School, with a funny impromptu appearance from Gary V in a few places. Pretty funny. The video was shot at lunch after a live taping of the Thunder show with Gary in Cleveland Browns Stadium (personal video on that to come later). Go watch, great episode.

Why am I posting this video about a regional company when my blog is read by thousands of people who don’t live in Cleveland? Well, it’s a perfect example of how anyone can make a video commercial for their company with a simple inexpensive camera. Something I encourage all businesses to do. Tell me this isn’t a video you’d like to show to your customers to educate them about your business?

The whole thing took me 10 minutes to edit, and by using the Flip camera, easy to record. Why aren’t you doing video yet? Give me a ring so I can help you get on it, or sign up for my free Online Video Toolkit for some free advice.

Here’s the video on Youtube if you wish to view it there.

Niche Marketing: Your Product + “What’s Hot” = Success

Shmuly gets it. He’s taken a traditional piece of Jewish headdress called the Kippah and combined it with current trends, in this case the Presidential election here in the USA. Check out his product at VanityKippah.com. Pretty smart.

In this video I talk more about how smart marketers like Shmuly know to take their product or service and combine it with current events or trends to make more sales and get publicity. It works. You can do it too.

Take a moment and think about how your product or service relates to what’s hot right now. Sports (the Olympics?), entertainment, politics? You get the point. Now make the connection and do something creative. The press will eat it up.

Music on video from http://cantorgottesman.com/chazzan-first-cd.htm

Getting Attention Trick: Memory Sticks

Mike from 1115Media is pretty smart. At the Affiliate Summit he handed me my own little memory stick with my name written on it, and guess what, it has a special custom message for me in it. See the video below.

Guess what? He got my attention. I got so much stuff from the show and I don’t have time to go through it all. It’s things like this that stand out and get attention, and in today’s world, especially for guys like me, this is the way to go.

So nice job Mike! You got my attention. Couldn’t have been too expensive either?

How Do You Tune A Ukulele?

Last week I talked about being inspired. So much so in fact that I bought a Ukulele because it sounded like fun to try and learn it, and because I could learn to play it on camera.

So here’s my first video of the Ukulele out of the box and not tuned. Pretty bad. I will be filming myself learning how to play it and you can watch the progress over time. Maybe I’ll even get good enough to start playing some songs.

Why do this? Because it’s fun and I like music and well, it will make for good videos. I hope. Also, sometimes the best videos are those of you just trying something. When was the last time you took a risk and just tried something?

Watch Me Dance & Learn How To Make $50

Check out my fly dance moves in the video below. You just got served? Not quite. Anyway, the video is fun, and more importantly, the message is funner. Shawn and Missy own a site called WeViews.tv where they review products on video.

I did a few video reviews for them and they’re looking for more. Even better, they’re paying $50 for a review. That is one awesome deal. So look around your house for stuff you have and get reviewing for some cold hard cash! By the way, hats off to Slim-Sam Harrelson for the rap.

My Post-It Note Story, Attention = Success

The video below is all about getting attention to create opportunity, or revenue, or whatever it is that you’re looking to do. It’s a story about how I used a stack of yellow post-it notes to get offered a job. You should appreciate the middle part of this video where I post the notes all over my face for comedy effect.

The point is… you can get a lot in this world if you can get someone’s attention. Anyone can do it. You just have to not be afraid to try to do something unusual. There’s so many people doing the same thing out there; you have to stand out. Enjoy this video and I hope it inspires you to try to do something different to get what you want. Otherwise… you’re just going to be lumped in with everyone else, and that’s usually not a good thing.

Here’s the text version of this post-it note story I wrote about in 2007 here on this blog.

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Get Attention with SendaBall.com

Nowadays we all need to find new ways to get attention in order to stand out and get what we want. I review a unique business idea called SendaBall.com (affiliate link) that I think anyone can use to get attention in a cost-effective way. Use it to get the attention of a potential employer, or a big customer.

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How Does Jim Kukral Make Money? I Create Opportunities!

I get asked this question A LOT! Recently, I was asked this directly by Joel Comm on the Las Vegas tram ride to dinner after day 1 of the Blogworld Expo.

In my last post about how traffic is b.s., I stated that this blog has gotten me jobs, and that is part of the way I “monetize”. Yes, that’s true, but I wanted to explain that “job” doesn’t mean what you think it does.

Getting a “job” from my branding/blogging efforts is not “taking a job I hate because I have to.” I don’t take jobs to sit in a soul-sucking, fluorescent lighted, cubicle. In other words, I don’t “take” jobs… I “create” opportunities for myself.

Getting a “job” for me is…

1. Choosing an opportunity that I want to get paid for. That is fun and profitable.
2. Using my brand and expertise to create a paid consultancy or partnership that I want to do.

Far too many people “take” jobs because they think they have to. I’m here to tell you, you don’t have to take a job you don’t want. You need to create a job for yourself, and then go and get it. Here’s how.

Tip #1 – Decide What You Want
Very, very important. You must first decide what you want to do. If your dream job is to be the top banker at your local bank, you need to figure out how you’re going to do that. Now, if you don’t have the experience to get it done, you should choose a goal that is more realistic. If you don’t know what you want to do… what is going to make you happy going to work every day… then you’re never going to get what you want. I would stop right now and sit down and seriously think about this. You will get nothing you want until you realize this.

Tip #2 – Build Your Brand In Your Industry
Remember, creating an opportunity for yourself is all about selling yourself. There is probably not a better way to do this than to become the thought leader or expert in your industry by using a blog to achieve that goal. Again, if you want to be a banker, then guess what, you should probably be blogging about the world of banking and showing the world what you know, and building influence in banking circles.

Look at my friend Joel Cheezman. He blogs about online recruiting. Guess what? He sold a six-figure sponsorship to his blog just from blogging. Watch his video below.

Cheezhead Sells Out

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Tip #3 – Sell Your Brand
Now you need to tell the people who you want to work with that you are qualified. You first show them your blog and your expertise. Build your case. Show off your brand you’ve built.

Tip #4 – Tell Them What You Want
I haven’t gotten to where I am by “taking jobs” off the shelf. Once I decided what it was I wanted to do, I pitched myself to people in the industry and pretty much told them what I wanted.

Example: I want to build a new division of your company, and here’s why I can do it, and here’s the reasons why you should do it, and here’s how it’s going to be successful. I’ve already shown you my expertise, are you interested?

What could they possibly say that could be so bad? No? Big deal. Move on to the next company.

I’ve done this many, many times. Here’s an example of how I got my job at Kowabunga! years and years ago this way.

1. I contacted the CEO and told him I wanted to pitch him and his staff about ways to make their email marketing product and website better. He knew of me through a connection so he said “sure, come on up”.

2. I drove up to Detroit and presented myself and my ideas to him and his staff. I was prepared though. I had a full presentation with all of my ideas laid out. I gave reasons for why my ideas would work. I sold myself.

3. I told the CEO what I wanted. I created a position for myself (Brand director). I pitched a salary, plus I wanted to stay in Cleveland and work remote, benefits, etc… He was either going to agree or not.

4. I got the job offer the next day.

I’ve done this multiple times, and not just for “jobs”. I’ve done this for sweetheart affiliate deals. I’ve done this for equity in companies I’ve wanted to work with. I’ve done this for consultant gigs that pay nicely.

Summary
Decide what you want, and take it. I’ve shown you how I’ve done it. It’s actually pretty easy to do. You have to change the way you think though. “Jobs” aren’t want you want. You want “opportunities”. Make one for yourself, and be happier.