When Your Internet Company Is Not Working

internet company

I watched an Olivier Roland’s video  and I learned good stuff.

Here are some tips to improve your situation if you want to have an internet company or you already have an internet company. These principles are basically intended for infopreneurs, it means selling information products (ebook and online training) but over time all companies should use these principles to boost their reputations.

In an internet company, there are 3 pillars : traffic, authority and relation.

Traffic

This is the number of people who visit your website and your entire ecosystem (social media – instagram, youtube, facebook, snapchat, twitter, etc.).

Authorities

This is the way your audience sees you as an expert. You can be an excellent expert and not know how to communicate, so your audience sees your expertise at a level below your actual expertise. And it can also have the opposite situation where your audience sees your expertise at a level higher than your real expertise. In this case, you’re a crook !

Relation

This is the level where your audience appreciates you as a human being rather than a company.

Pillars check

What is interesting to do is to note where you think you are in the 3 pillars (traffic, authority and relation) from 1 to 10. « 1 » is the person who has just started and « 10 », is the person who is one of the best infopreneurs in the world like Gary Vaynerchuk  or Casey Neistat .

Don’t hesitate to ask people you know to have a more objective point of view. The ideal is a close friend who is really interested in your company and who understands what you’re doing. Ask this friend : « What rating would you give me between 1 and 10 ? Go ahead, be frank, you don’t need to spare my ego ! ». With an outside eye, it will help you find the problem.

Problems

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Perception

It’s possible that you have a huge traffic on your website but if people don’t perceive you as an expert who has enough experience to help them and they don’t like you (they perceive you more like a salesman as a human being), they will not buy your products and services.

Conversion rate

This concerns the conversion rate between your traffic and the people who sign up for your email list. People who sign up for your email list are people who are really interested in what you’re doing and who want receive the free gift you are offering (ebook or exclusive video). People who subscribe to your email list have given you permission to contact them through their email knowing they can unsubscribe at any time.

What it interesting to do is to note where you think to be in your conversion rate from 1 to 10 ? For example, when there are 100 people visiting your website, how many are subscribed to your email list ? If you rate is 0, you’re not offering any interesting gifts or you’re not making a call to action for your email list. In these cases, you have to work on it to offer a better free gift or tell people that they can sign up for your email list.

We must know that today, email remains the most effective way to contact people and it will remain so for a long time. Attention, that doesn’t mean that when you send an email thanking for the loyalty of your subscribers or a promotional email for a product/service, you shouldn’t also talk about that in your ecosystem (social media) with a video, a picture, a post on different platforms.

It’s important to know that if you’re doing content marketing and your company is based on the free content you create, you need at least a 5% conversion rate. If you do below that, you have work to do to improve your conversion rate.

Solutions

solution

Product/service

It’s possible that you don’t have a product or service to sell or like me at the beginning, I sold a product but there are only 5 people who bought it. In this case, you can do a survey with the people who are on your email list to find out what is the problem they would like to settle as quickly as possible. With this method, you’ll soon be able to create a profitable product because you solve the main problem of you audience. Attention, it’s necessary that you have 1000 people subscribed on your email list to make this survey.

Coaching

This is one of the simplest ways you can make money. It doesn’t matter if you have more than 1000 people on your email list. When we start an internet company, it’s the easiest thing to do. You offer your skills as a service to your audience. With a small audience, a good authority and a good relation, you’ll have people who will be interested to work with you by doing coaching sessions on Skype, for example.

Ebook

If you’re a person who likes to write (like me), you can create an ebook that you can sell between USD 17.- and 27.- to start earning some money.

Action

We could talk about this for hours because every situation is different. I don’t know your situation but by following these advices, you will be able to improve your company’s situation, so ACTION.

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-Steph

Automate Any Company

automate company

I watched an Olivier Roland’s video and I learned good stuff.

When I read Tim Ferriss’s book « 4 Hour Work Week » , I discovered what a muse business was. A muse business is an automated business.

In this book muse business is mainly on internet but it’s possible to have a traditional business that is largely automated. The most important thing in this concept is the automation of certain tasks by machines in a company. The traditional business can be almost completely automated by humans but it’s easier to do with machines.

You should know that it’s much easier on internet to have a business serving your life rather than your life serving your business (like you work 70 hours a week). The reason is that there are many things that are done by your audience and the machines. With internet, the machines are computers.

I wrote an article about this topic « An Army For Your Blog ». In this article, I explain that I have an army that works for me everyday. This army is simply composed of all my articles that I published on my blog. Which means that today, I have an army of more than 695 articles.

Each of my articles continues every day bringing people who are interested in the article’s subject. Some of these people subscribe to my newsletter (mailing list) and by giving their emails, they become prospects. Then some of these prospects become clients.

That’s what is excellent. It’s true that I take time to write these articles but once I published them, they work for me for years without my intervention.

Automatic

automatic

Look at this, if I stop creating content for 6 months or 1 year, the traffic of my blog will decrease but the decrease will not be catastrophic. My articles will always keep bringing people to my blog for a long time.

It’s the same principle if you have a product to sell on your blog. People who are interested will click on the link that will take them to the product’s sales page. They will read the description and if they want to have the product, they will buy it immediately.

As you can see in the product purchase process, there was no human intervention. The client did most of the work assisted by a machine (computer). That’s the concept of having a business serving your life. It’s perfectly possible to do that with humans but it’s more complicated and there are management constraints.

For years humanity has been trying to get rid of painful or repetitive tasks.

For example the norias. A noria is a wheel with pots that taking water from a river. All this only works with the strength of the river and the water from the pots is collected in an aqueduct that will fill a reservoir. With a machine like that, people in the village no longer need to go to the river every day to get water. This machine makes it possible to automate a repetitive and painful task. The only thing people in the village have to do is maintain the machine (noria).

There are also examples of traditional businesses that are automated to serve the life of their owners.

  • Automatic vending machine

    It’s a fully automated machine that is between the client and the company. Do you see the difference that there is between a person who is there 24h/24h permanently to serve drinks to clients (painful and repetitive task) and this machine ? The machine’s maintenance consists only in regularly looking for money, reloading food/drinks and repairing.

  • Automatic laundry

    It’s is a fully automated machine that is between the client and the company. It’s the same principle, it’s a repetitive and painful task that is replaced by a machine.

  • Others

    It’s the same for photo booths, impedance scales, automatic sphygmomanometers and the list is very long.

A company serving your life

life

Ok, I know there are people who will tell me that if companies only operate with machines, one day, there will be no more human relations. It’s true that human relations are necessary for to have a healthy life but for me, there will always have human-based companies with people who want human interactions.

Sometimes I want to go to a coffeehouse or a grocery store to buy a drink rather than buy it in a automatic vending machine because I want to talk to people.

What I mean is that it’s easier to have a business serving your life when it’s based on machines (computer or others).

I explain, it’s easier to entrust repetitive tasks to machines like cashing money and serving a drink or cashing money and washing clothes. These are not exciting jobs for employees and it’s not going to help them flourish. When a task is repetitive and painful, it’s necessary that this task be done by a machine so that a human being can concentrate on a creative and fulfilling task.

It’s always possible to have a traditional, complex, automated , human-based business serving your life. For that, you have to find people who manage your business for you. You can be the only person who deals with strategy and processes or another task that you like to add value, but other people manage your business every day for you.

The main thing is to have a business serving your life and not your life serving your business. You are the person who knows where your ship is going and you work so that people are efficient and the interactions in your ship are as effective as possible. You aim is that it’s not you who does the daily operations of your ship.

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-Steph

Social Media Icons For Your Blog

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In my blog (WordPress), I had installed a plugin to share my blog posts with social media. This plugin was Share This . Since I installed a plugin to display my lastest pictures from Instagram on my blog, I was wondering how I could do to have icons so that people could share my content and subscribe on my social networks.

After doing a Google search to know the best rated WordPress plugins, I discovered Ultimate Social Media Icons .

I just installed it and it’s really cool. Here is how it’s on my blog :

 

thestephaneandre screenshot

I installed this plugin with the « zip » file and I just discovered that they had added the function to install the plugin automatically in your blog. Well, I’ll show you how I did. If you installed the plugin automatically, go to the configuration phase.

Note : For the plugin works, it’s necessary that CURL is installed and activated on your server and a PHP version of 5.4 or above. If you don’t know, ask to your hosting provider or server admin.

Installation

  • I downloaded the « zip » file (compressed files) from WordPress website.

 

ultimate social media icons screenshot

  • Once I uncompressed the « zip » file, I have the directory « ultimate-social-media-icons »:

 

ultimate social media icons screenshot

I use FileZilla  (it’s free) to transfer files to my server.

  • I copy « ultimate-social-media-icons » in the « wp-content/plugins » directory of my server:

 

filezilla screenshot

  • Once it’s installed on your server, active the plugin in your WordPress plugins (extensions in french) page

 

wordpress plugin screenshot

Configuration

  • Now that you have activated the plugin, you should have the menu « Utimate Social Media Icons » in WordPress:

 

wordpress ultimate social media icons screenshot

  • This is how it’s :

 

ultimate social media icons screenshot

  • Select icons you want to show on your blog

 

ultimate social media icons screenshot

  • When a user click on a icon, what’s happening

 

ultimate social media icons screenshot

  • Select a icons design

 

ultimate social media icons screenshot

  • A little animation with icons

 

ultimate social media icons screenshot

  • Show counts with icons

 

ultimate social media icons screenshot

  • Customize icons order and others options

 

ultimate social media icons screenshot

  • Icons at the end of each post

 

ultimate social media icons screenshot

  • Add a pop-up

 

ultimate social media icons screenshot

  • Add a subscribe form

 

ultimate social media icons screenshot

Test

  • In WordPress, click on the menu « Appearence => Widgets » :

 

wordpress widget screenshot

  • Place the widget on the sidebar to make it appear on your blog

 

wordpress widget screenshot

Click on icons, adjust and let’s go.

-Steph

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Smartphone apps :

To track my calories, I use MyFitnessPal 

To track my training program, I use Jefit 

New Generation Of Marketing

next new generation

I watched an Olivier Roland’s video  and I learned good stuff.

When I was a child and I watched a movie on TV, there were advertisements during the movie. When I watched these advertisements I never told myself : « Wow, it’s too cool, I’ll buy it right now », I told myself : « No, again ! » and I took my smartphone. I think you do the same thing.

Interruption marketing

interruption marketing

This kind of advertising that interrupts what you’re doing is called interruption marketing. I’m happy, this kind of marketing is dying. It was a type of marketing that worked well in the years 1950-60 with TV. It was the first time we wached advertisements with a visual, sound and music, it was impressive. This advertisements format allowed to have access to more people than a advertisements in text format.

This interruption marketing has been successful and others companies have used this method. There are so many advertisements everywhere that we can find that on a supermarket receipt. I watched a TV report clip where people were paid to have advertisements on their own cars (it’s not normal, really !).

We are so harassed by advertismements that our brain developed a filter so that we can live our lives quietly. It’s cool because the interruption marketing is less and less effective and companies noticed it.

Permission marketing

permission marketing seth godin

It’s for this reason there is a new generation of marketing, it’s the marketing of permission.

The concept is to ask the permission from a group of people to contact them with informations and advertisements that are in their interests. We know that this will potentially interst them and if they don’t care, they will not give us permission.

The concept of interruption marketing is to have access to a maximum of people as possible. The permission marketing is the opposite because people give us permission. The audience is more listening because the brain’s advertising filter is disabled, simply because the theme of advertisements they’re interested in.

Use the 21st century marketing. Here’s how I use it :

  • I publish articles on my blog that attracts a group of people (bodybuilding and internet business). I create content that interests my future clients. It’s cool because I know my future clients share the same passion and same values than me.

  • To go to the next step, I offer free additional bonuses like digital books (eBook), free complet training program (on my other website) and link to effective smartphone apps

  • To have acces to these additional bonuses, you need to subscribe to receive my newsletters (mailing list). When people subscribe to receive my newsletters, they give me permission to contact them.

  • When people receive my newsletters, they unsubscribe at any time. In each email there is a link to unsubscribe by clicking, it’s very easy.

As soon as people subscribed to my newsletters, I know that these people are interested in products/service that are complementary to bonuses they used.

Exemple

Take an exemple with a blog about cats. You have a blog about cats and when person subscribes to your newsletters that person receives a free digital book (eBook) « 5 tips to keep your cat healthy and long live ». You’ll learn 2 things about that person who subscrided to your newsletters :

  1. This person is interestd in cats

  2. It’s possible that this person has a cat or wants to have a cat

It’s a specially targeted audience. Now, you know that this person will be interested by a book, a training or a physical product that will help this person to have a cat happy and healthy.

With this method, there is a audience’s screening. You don’t lose you time to try to sell your products/services to a person who is totally disinterested in what you do.

Fanbase

fanbase

This concept is perfect to build a group of people who are of what you do. This means that you build a fan-based internet company or based on a tribe.

I advise you to read this Seth Godin’s books about it.

This has nothing to do with interruption marketing that based on client’s amount. With permission marketing, there is a better profitability and a better human relationship. With this concept, we feel like helping friends because the entrepreneur and its audience share the same passion and same values.

The entrepreneur help its audience to accomplish a goal he/she has already achieved or the entrepreneur want accomplish a goal and its audience witnessed its evolution. Usually entrepreneurs do both. It’s obvious that it’s not possible to know all people of an audience but it’s easy to communicate with them. If there is a Meetup or a meeting with the community, everybody will be able to talk about cats for hours and it’s great to meet passionate people.

Marketing

Permission marketing works with everything. Interruption marketing will work for long time because campanies are putting a all lot of money into it.

Internet companies and startups therefore 21st century companies need to use permission marketing to adapt to the industrial revolution.

-Steph

P.S. Do you want free training program ? Click here 

Smartphone apps :

To track my calories, I use MyFitnessPal 

To track my training program, I use Jefit