Why Your Leads are Ticked Off At You (A Guide to Lead Nurturing)

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The odds of making contact with a lead increases 100x if called within 5 minutes.  (Source: Lead Response Management Study)

The chances of qualifying a lead are 21x better if called within 5 minutes.  (Source: Lead Response Management Study)

Research shows that 35-50% of sales go to the vendor that responds first.  (Source: InsideSales.com)

Only 1 in 50 deals are struck at a first meeting.  (Source: The Marketing Donut)

63% of people requesting information on your company today will not purchase for at least 3 months – and 20% will take more than 12 months to buy.  (Source: The Marketing Donut)

Companies that excel at lead nurturing generate 50% more sales-ready leads at 33% lower cost.  (Source: Forrester Research)

Nurtured leads make 47% larger purchases than non-nurtured leads. (Source: Aberdeen Research)

2% of sales are made on the first contact, 3% on the second, 5% on the third, & 10% on the fourth. (Source: The Marketing Donut)

80% of sales are made on the 5th to 12th contact after the first meeting. (Source: The Marketing Donut)

44% of salespeople give up after 1 follow up. (Source: The Marketing Donut)


Social Media

93% of businesses and marketers have profiles on social media.  (Source: Beta21)

On average, companies respond to only 30% of social media fans’ feedback.  (Source: Social Bakers)

Approximately 46% of online users rely on social media when making a purchase decision. (Source: Nielsen)

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So… do you treat your leads and prospects as carefully as you would a first date
with someone you really like?  Do you understand that this is a crucial part of lead nurturing?

Can you see why your leads are ticked off at you if you give up after the first or second or third try?

They like to be courted, just like you do.

They like to get to know you.  They like to buy when it’s their decision.

Try treating your lead generation system like a caring date scenario, with a great outcome in mind.

They’re not “leads”.  They’re people.

Treat them like someone you really want a relationship with.

It can make a huge difference to your income when you do.

5 More Amazing Techniques Showing How to Instantly Bond with VIPs

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Below are 5 more amazing stealth techniques to create an extraordinary bond in the first 5 minutes of meeting a V.I.P. you want to connect with.  These work great, not just for when you are speaking with a V.I.P.  These techniques are great, as they give you a blueprint that shows how to instantly bond with anyone.

1. Allow them to visualize working with you.  (“Let’s say you and I were working together, how would it help your process?”)

You are still keeping it as a potential.  If you have follow the script above, their defenses are lowered, and they are visualizing working with you, but not feeling sold.

2. Engage their thought process.  Do not ask a Yes or No question.

Only ask open-ended questions.  If you ask a Yes or NO question, it can shut down the conversation, or you have to dig yourself out of a conversational hole in order to keep building the relationship.  You are not going to be able to instantly bond with anyone, if they are suddenly made uncomfortable, and put under pressure to answer specific “yes” and “no” types of inquiries.

3.  Use defusion (schmoozing) and embedded commands: “I’m not saying that you and I will work together, I’m saying that if you and I were working together, for example, this is how it would go”… (establish relationship before you do this.)

What are embedded commands?
“you and I will work together”
“you and I were working together”

These are embedded commands.  They are not heard by the conscious mind, but the unconscious.  They are very effective.  And, of course, they will help you instantly bond with anyone.

You need to have a good conversation going, and a feeling of relationship, before you use embedded commands.

And defusion – we all know how to defuse.  Even if you schmooze to your dog, you’ve got schmoozing talent you probably don’t’ even know about.  Defusion is effective because you can switch to another topic, such as the room, the people, the food, the weather, what they like to do for fun, to ensure that the conversation is not salesy in any way, shape or form.


4.         Create a triple “yes” set:   You know a few secret things they were going to say yes to…

I see you as an informational resource, I know I can trust you and I know we can trust each other one this.  (You’re smart, good, and we can trust each other.)

This is a triple Yes set.


5.         Listen so that they feel listened to.  Nod, change your expression, and let them see the effect their information has on you.

Why?  Feeling listened to is so emotionally close to feeling loved that the average person can’t tell the difference.

And we’re not done!  Stay tuned for the 5 more 7 phenomenal tips on how to create an immediate and engaging relationship in the V.I.P. Series.  And remember, all of this information will help you instantly bond with anyone.

The #1 Reason You Don’t Charge What You’re Worth (And Why to Raise Your Rates)

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You and Elizabeth Taylor have a lot in common.

Fame meant nothing to her. “I’ve been famous all my life,” she said. “It never meant anything to me.”

Until her dear friend Rock Hudson died.

And she finally saw how useful her fame was.  And she used it to raise millions in his name. [Read more…]

4 Thoughts That Keep You in Struggle

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1. “The problem is..” 

This means you aren’t looking at possible solutions.

You’re focusing on the problem.

You may think:  “Of course I’m focusing on the problem!

How else can I solve it?!”

By focusing on solutions.

The problem seems impossible.  So side-step it.

What you focus on expands.

Think about it.

Successful people focus on solutions.

Start saying, “The best possible solution is…” instead.

(Full confession: This used to be one of my top phrases. I got rid of it.

The opportunities that have appeared in my life in the last 12 months are absolutely unbelievable.  Now I look only for solutions.)

2. “The reason why…”

Everyone has their own pet set of excuses.

What are yours?

Do you know your “reasons” define your life?

If Laura Hillenbrand could write “Seabiscuit” while she was so ill with chronic fatigue she could barely crawl to her desk…

If Steve Jobs could start a computer company out of his garage…

If Nelson Mandela could – you get the picture.

Find out what your pet reasons are for not having more of what you want.

Then watch how you stop yourself by believing in them.

3. “I know that.”

These are three of the most dangerous words in the English language.

Maggie was a highly gifted speaker and coach.

But she was miserable grinding out speech after speech with nothing to show for it – no clients, no fees.

She whined for years about how she “hated” speeches.

Not only did Maggie know exactly how to speak and sell from the stage, she actually taught it to others.  Successfully.

But in her mind, she “knew that” already, and it wouldn’t work. Besides, her meeting planners “didn’t allow her to sell.”

One day Maggie was hit upside the head by a tough-talking coach who dared her to follow her own formula at her next speech.

(Guess who that was?)

Just to prove the coach wrong, Maggie threw out her old speech, and followed every single speak to sell technique she knew.

She closed 40% of the room.

She used the right elevator pitch.

Whaddya know, it worked.

Maggie realized that she’d been spending years with her head up 6 her butt, so invested in knowing that it wouldn’t work that she never gave it a try.

What do you positively absolutely KNOW won’t work?

Bet you’re wrong.

4. “Impossible.”

Ellen wanted a business, but she had no idea how to start.

She was highly talented in a number of fields, but Ellen wanted the freedom of her own business.

“It’s impossible!  I don’t know how to sell,” she said. “I don’t know the first thing about how to begin.”

Ellen stewed in this bewildering swamp for a year. Then she bought a $29 program about how to sell.

She wrote an ad.

She was so swamped with calls – about 30 a week – that she hid from the phone.

So she took a course on selling, and found out how to sign up clients.  She had a full client load in a month.

But she still wanted the dream of free time.

So she invested in a coach.

Together they outlined a dream cash-flow business which would bring her $60K a year to start, while she worked for less than 15 hours a month.

When she wanted to double that income, she could hire another part-timer.

Today she is writing 3 hours a day and building a business that gives her the freedom she craves.

Nothing is impossible but the limits you set.

Do you have to see before you believe?

Or can you believe until you see it come true?