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Now you know that you need a list and have started to build one. The next step is to build the relationship that will make the list profitable. Below are 9 tips to help you get that process started.1. Unsubscribes are good.The only way that you will not get unsubscribes to your list is to never send to them. Not everyone will like your personality or writing style. Those that dont will never follow your recommendations so it is not a great loss when they unsubscribe....

9 Tips To Building A Relationship With Your List

9 Tips To Building A Relationship With Your ListNow you know that you need a list and have started to build one. The next step is to build the relationship that will make the list profitable. Below are 9 tips to help you get that process started.1. Unsubscribes are good.The only way that you will not get unsubscribes to your list is to never send to them. Not everyone will like your personality or writing style. Those that dont will never follow your recommendations so it is not a great loss when they unsubscribe.2. Be yourself.Let your personality come through to your list. People will buy from you because they trust you. Try to be something you are not and it will come through to your list and you will never develop that trust.3. Be informative.Make sure that you are supplying quality information to your list. Even if you are presenting a product for sale make sure that you are also supplying information. Create the problem and your product as a solution but also let your subscribers learn something about the topic even if they arent interested in the product.4. Stay on topic.If your list is about desserts that should be the topic of your email. Now dont send marketing tips to your dessert list or desserts to your marketing tips list. Yes, there may be a few that have interests in both (I am one and have both types of lists), but the person signed up for a specific topic and you are violating that trust you have worked so hard to create.5. Only send one item per email unless it is a newsletter.Sending multiple items to your list can be extremely confusing to them and never get you the action you are looking to get. Make sure that you have a call to action in every email. Never leave your subscriber wondering what you wanted them to do.6. Always have a reasonThis tends to go with number 5. Make sure that there is a reason for the email that you sent. If you have a purpose then people will tend to keep reading. If they have no idea what your reason is for your email then they will quickly stop reading all of your emails.7. Track what works.Tracking is the only way you will know which of your emails works and which dont. This will allow you to improve your emails to your list. Do remember that the only purpose of your email is to create the click through to a sales page. If it does that it is successful whether you sell a product or not. The sale of the product is dependent on the sales page.8. Use contact information.You are building a relationship and that is based on trust. Let people know who you are and how to reach you.9. Be responsive.If you receive an email from a subscriber answer it. That goes a long way to building the trust that is necessary to create a customer. People buy from those that they trust.These tips will go a long way towards helping you to build the relationship that is necessary to build a profitable list.

Will You Be an Internet Success Story

Will You Be an Internet Success Story

The internet has completely changed the business world. It has changed the whole concept of how to be successful in a home business. It has also provided the opportunity for many to give up the 9 to 5 world and seek their dream on the internet. Some have made this transition seem easy and others continue to struggle. Have you been thinking about making this change? Do you have what it takes to make this a successful move? Let's take a look at a few of the things that ultimately decide who makes the grade and who goes down with the ship. 1. Work at something you enjoy. There is nothing quite like enjoying your job. It puts a whole new perspective on the world. If you like what you do, working becomes a pleasure instead of a chore. Some of you are probably thinking, yeah right, work is not something to enjoy but rather just a pain that we have to endure. If you decide to work from home, pick out something that you will enjoy. If you don't enjoy what you are doing, it will become the same pain as the job you have now. You may enjoy it at first, just because you are home or just because it is new. That will wear off and when it does, you had better be doing something that you enjoy or you will be one of the passengers on the sinking ship. 2. You must be disciplined. It is very easy to start wandering when you are working on the net. The internet is full of fun and interesting things and it is very easy to find yourself surfing or looking at something totally unrelated to your work. An email arrives that looks interesting and you decide to go check it out. Fifteen or twenty minutes later, you all at once realize that you were working. When I first started working on the internet, I found that it was taking hours to do a forty-five minute job. Use your work time wisely. I have interests that I like to explore but I have learned to do that at other times. When I go to work, I concentrate on working. I have cut my work time down tremendously since I impimented this technique. 3. Don't expect to be successful overnight. So many people have heard the internet success stories and think wealth will come fast and easy. You are starting a business and building a successful business takes time and effort. I would not discourage anyone from seeking their dream on the internet. I never enjoyed going to work for someone else every morning. Be realistic when you start out, don't expect success to just fall in your lap. If you go in with the expectations of making a big income your first few months, you are most likely going to be disappointed. 4. Be prepared for change. The internet is ever changing and to be a successful business person on the net, you have to be willing to change as well. You will find techniques that worked last week are antique this week. If you want to be successful working on the internet, you must keep up with the times. There is a lot of great information out there and I suggest that you devote some time each week to looking to find these new ideas. Check out other businesses in your field and see what they are doing. Initiate contact with other business owners in your field. You may not only learn something new but joint ventures are one of the most succesful means of doing business on the net. The internet is a great place to work. If you make that decision to venture out into cyberspace as a means of earning an income, take some time and find something you like. Create good work habits, don't have unreasonable expectations and be willing to change. These things alone are no guarentee you will be a success but it is at least a good road to start down.

To Use or Not To Use Posters

To Use or Not To Use Posters

Posters have been used since the 19th century to advertise new products. Since then the use of posters as promotional materials for opera shows and any major events have been widespread. Today, aside from being great advertising materials they are also used to communicate messages or announce any upcoming events. For any business enterprise, posters are a great help in marketing a product or service. Aside from offering large visual image, posters are also an excellent means of information that is apt for introducing your products and services. The different formats available in poster printing allow them to be used in large or small scale and for indoor or outdoor campaigns.But increasing profit means increasing sales through less spending. But you are probably wondering, doesnt poster printing cost much? They used to. But with the combination of hardware and software automation, the previously time consuming and costly method of printing has made it possible to get quality prints completed in less time and for less money. These days modern printing technologies allows you to get even more information onto your document making it an especially good choice for important presentations. Additionally, with these advancements and the introduction of the digital printing process, there are endless possibilities when it comes to what you could put on your posters. Printers can now reproduce digital pictures and print them in large format without having to sacrifice original quality. Nevertheless, technology is not the only thing important in creating a captivating poster. You have to make sure that the design is distinct and striking to make it stand among the rest. A good thing to do to make it more unique and charming is to include your photo in it. You can flaunt your friendly, warm and professionally taken photos in your posters because they can help build trust with those less than familiar with you and your products or services. Your photos can also help in name recognition. Isnt it a great feeling when the people you meet in the street come to you and tell you they recognize you and have tried your products or services? Well, this sure is a hint that your marketing strategy works. And when strategies work this means bigger sale and profits for you. So the question now is, will you or will you not use posters? The answer is up to you. Choose wisely!

For Homebuyers, Pictures Tell a Thousand Words

For Homebuyers, Pictures Tell a Thousand Words

Homebuyers are using the Internet as their primary means to search for homes. How have real estate agents responded? By providing low quality photography of the houses they are selling. Wrong! Realtors still don't seem to understand that marketing a home properly always includes first rate photography. High quality digital photography should be a major component of every "real estate" agents marketing efforts. An agents goal in photo marketing is to provide a quality collection of photos showing home exteriors and interiors for both buyers and sellers. These photos are used for listing presentations, flyers, emails, multiple listing services and agent web sites.There are many excellent cameras on the market. It's important to choose one that takes quality photos in almost any kind of interior lighting. Visit a quality photography store and talk with a knowledgeable salesperson. At a minimum, the camera must take wide-angle photos and work with an external flash or "slave flash." Another useful accessory is an easily adjusted tripod.Once you have purchased your camera, here are a few simple tips to get you started: Wide-angle, wide-angle, wide-angle. Use a wide-angle lens. For most interiors, you'll want to take in the largest possible area of the room. Decide what part of the room is most interesting from a visual standpoint and make that your focus. You want to photograph the most appealing areas of the room and compose your photo so that these key areas are emphasized in your photograph. Eliminate excessive clutter. A famous photographer observed that photography is "ten percent creativity and ninety percent moving furniture." Keep vertical lines vertical. It confuses your viewer when vertical lines are tilted. Also try to keep horizontal lines parallel to the top and bottom of the frame. Finally, keep your camera level and don't tilt it up or down. The main problem in indoor photography is lighting. The built-in flash of the digital cameras simply isn't bright enough light up an entire room. However, there is an easy solution called a "slave flash." A slave flash has an electric eye that senses when your built-in flash fires, and then the slave flash fires at the same time. These flash units are usually battery powered, and run from about $75 up depending on the brightness and features. You can find them at your local camera store, or do a search on the Web for "slave flash" and "digital camera." Another potential problem is the red-eye reduction feature. You'll either need to turn this feature off or purchase a flash unit that can work with it. Some of the slave flash units are designed specifically to work with cameras having red-eye reduction and will fire at the right time, but it's usually easier to turn the feature off on the camera. There are a number of other things that you can do to improve the lighting of your indoor photography. Turn on all of the lights in the room. A low cost solution that you may want to consider is buying one or two clamp-on flood light units from a home improvement store and bouncing their light off the ceiling in darker rooms. Be sure to open all curtains to allow as much natural lighting as possible, but try to avoid shooting directly into a window where glare may overexpose your photograph.After you have taken your photos, a mistake often made by agents is sending photos to clients via email that, in terms of file size, are much larger than need be. Your client is not going to be happy if they use a modem to connect to the internet and you send them twenty megabytes of photos! There is an easy solution to this problem. Microsoft has a free program named Image Resizer that is included in PowerToys for Windows XP. Image Resizer enables you to resize one or many image files with a right-click and reduce the file size to one tenth its original size and still provide an excellent image. You may download this program by going to the Microsoft download web site at:http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspxRather than send photos directly to clients, you may also choose a photo sharing service like Shutterfy.com to create an online album. To share photos, go to Shutterfly and open an account. The various screens will guide you through uploading your pictures to its web site. Then you can send an email to your client with a link to the online Shutterfly album. If you follow these simple suggestions, you'll be amazed at how much improvement you'll see in your interior photos. A well-taken picture is worth a thousand words.

Easy & Unique Corporate Gift Ideas Guide For All Occasions

Corporate Gift Ideas Guide is set up to help you foster and seal that business relationship that you have established or perhaps take it to a whole new order. The benefits with gift giving can never be understated. These days I can't help but yawn whenever I see the market flooded with tons of the same old gifts and more often than not, it looks cheap and you could tell how much effort or the lack of it has been put into the making of these gifts. With the invention of Internet, shopping for that special and unique corporate gift is just a mouse click away! However, the portals on the World Wide Web( WWW ) have grown at such enormous speed that it often difficult but possible to locate that prized gift for the customers.Over here, we are constantly seeking for unique, uncommon and creative gift to woo your customers so that you can focus on what you do best, serve your recipient! I will stop here for now...Is there really a perfect corporate gift idea? Well, maybe not. But some ideas are certainly better than others, and your creativity is the only limit when it comes to your options. Many gift ideas center around things that can actually be used in the office. Still others are things that can be used at home. Some corporate gift is of a more personal nature. Which is the right way to go for your gift idea? Here are my thought.Gifts For The OfficeSome of the best gift ideas are items that can be used at the office. This includes a nice desk organizer, an executive pen set, picture frames, clocks, mouse pad, thumbdrive etc. The virtue of a gift idea for the office is that it strengthens the relationship you have with the person you're giving it to. Each day at work, your recipient will have a reminder of you close by, and this will make the gift more valuable to him or her. Apart from that, people just love gifts they can use! A good corporate gift idea for the office is one that relates to work you and your recipients are familiar. If you are yearning for a promotion, give the boss a portrait drawing of him! Choose something that is specific to that if possible, but if not, any of the corporate gift ideas for the office mentioned above are usually a hit. Gifts For The HomeSome gift ideas are perfect for home use, but it's important that you choose something that your recipients are likely to actually use at his or her home. It's not always easy to know what a fellow individual's lifestyle is like at home, so this is a corporate gift idea that takes a little more careful selection. If they like to cook, there is excellent food baskets with ingredients ready to cook you might try. But what if they don't like to cook? Chocolate and candy basket will be a great choice if the recipient has children in the house. Unless you know the person you're giving your corporate gift well, stick with corporate gift ideas for the office. That way you know what they can use and what would be acceptable on their desk or around their work area.Personal "Corporate Gift" sIt's nice when you know your recipient well, and maybe even know each other socially outside of the office setting. In these instances, you might come up with some corporate gift ideas that are of a more personal nature. Of course, if you know them personally, something for the home shouldn't be too difficult to think of either. Just think of them as much as your friend and proceed from there. Believe it or not, gift certificate can be send via an email or snail mail if you need a gift fast ! Your imagination is the limit.Whatever the occasion may be, Corporate Gift Ideas will have a corporate gift giving idea to share!

How to Find Those Niche Markets Your Business Can't Afford to Overlook

How many niche markets are perched right under your nose? ...markets you've been overlooking? Hey, take a look at the customers you have right now. Are there any groups that stick out in your mind? Now let me ask you this...Do your advertisements and sales cater to any of these groups? When I say "niche markets" , if small businesses, nurses, or homeowners comes to mind... you're thinking too broadly. Exactly what is a niche market?Niche Markets Are:1. Individuals within a group that you can identify by the same interests and needs.2. Individuals who are looking for your product.3. Individuals you have the ability to compel to do business with you, rather than your competitor.4. Individuals that you can easily reach5. A group that is large enough to do the amount of business you need.6. A group that is small enough to be overlooked by your competition.The greatest value of niche markets is that they enable you to target your sales messages precisely. And yes, the more narrowly you define your market, the easier it is going to be to address the needs within the niche.How Do You Find Niche Markets?Of course, the first place to start is with a list of the customers you already have! Dig around. Are there any similarities that seem to stand out to you?Another method involves listing the benefits of your product or service. Think about it... which prospects would benefit the most from this list of benefits? A narrow group of people should begin to emerge. That is your niche market.How Do You Reach Niche Markets?Get to know them! First you've got to understand the language of each segment of your clientelle. Yeah, they may all be speaking English, but they have their own vocabulary and style that only an insider is privy to. Get inside the circle...it's the only way to really gain insight to their special needs.Insiders get the real scoop on things that outsiders never even know exist. When your customers see you as "one of us" you'll be way ahead of the competition. Your customers will have a loyalty toward you that your competitor will not be able to break through...even with lower prices...because you are the one who understands their needs!Marketers are always looking for low-cost ways to boost sales volume and profits...it's in their blood...part of who they are. They can't resist the urge to find, explore or invent another method to increase the value of their business...and most of them know that there are niche markets all around - just waiting to be discovered.

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Now you know that you need a list and have started to build one. The next step is to build the relationship that will make the list profitable. Below are 9 tips to help you get that process started.1. Unsubscribes are good.The only way that you will not get unsubscribes to your list is to never send to them. Not everyone will like your personality or writing style. Those that dont will never follow your recommendations so it is not a great loss when they unsubscribe....