Like many of you, our plans A, B, and C evaporated with the Coronavirus lockdown.
We have to adapt. The meteorite has hit the planet. Many people, families, and businesses will be devastated by the likely global recession. Millions more will die of COVID-19 and its variations. Millions more will be on the streets or succumb to depression and suicide.
The dinosaurs will go extinct, while other life forms will adapt and thrive.
The blessing in all of this is that humanity needs to figure this out and help each other through this.
And some people will survive and thrive with this. Some will succeed by serving and others will succeed through exploitation.
Why We Are In a Position to Help
Bonnie and I have been working to learn skills and acquire tools to help people and businesses.
And we have a natural instinct to help others, even when we need help.
I will give you a recent example. Bonnie got in the car and drove to a grocery store to get groceries for a friend who is shut-in due to the coronavirus.
We are not sure how we are going to put gas in the car or pay for insurance or buy food for ourselves next month. But today we can help.
There is a lot of need right here right now. Many of you are shut in afraid and need a helping hand.
Bonnie and I will do what we can to help. And we can help in a lot of ways.
What We Can Do To Help
People in Isolation
Shopping for the necessities and delivering to your home. We will practice social distancing and safe protocols.
Gardening. We can help put in a Victory Garden which could be a lifesaver for you.
One of our services is to create personal, family, and business story productions.
Now maybe the time before the opportunity passes.
Bonnie and I have a head start on many businesses in terms of being mobile and online.
Here is how we can help:
Transform your presentations from in-person to online with live streaming, social media, and webinars.
Video production. We teach people how to use video with what they have.
Adapt from in-person to online delivery of services through online courses, membership sites, and online delivery of services,
Help with copywriting and marketing to make the needed adjustment.
We have tools and expertise to take the right idea from start to generating hundreds of thousands of dollars to millions of dollars.
Maybe you have the right idea for this time?
Help Us Help You
We are prepared to do any and all of that according to need and means:
We will help individuals who need help on a donation basis. We will help if you can’t afford anything. If you can make a donation, great.
We will help businesses with free advice and resources.
We may also choose to help businesses with a contribution and joint venture agreement.
Contact Greg Dixon at email@example.com to request help.
Help Us Help Others
Here is your opportunity to pay it forward or pay it back.
Make a contribution to help us help others.
Offer services or supplies.
What can you offer to help?
Contact Greg Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org to offer help.
Join The Team
The need is much greater than what we can do ourselves.
Please let us know if you want to help with your time or expertise.
Contact Greg Dixon at email@example.com to join the team.
Kartra is now celebrating it’s One-Year Anniversary.
I was part of the beta program and have been using it for a year.
Here are the top 10 additions to Kartra in the last year:
Calendars: Kartra’s built-in Calendar functionality allows your clients to self-book and reschedule based on your availability, and even sends automated reminders, so no appointment is ever forgotten. And, since Kartra Calendars and Kartra Checkouts are part of the same family, you can charge for your sessions straight from within the Calendar App — ensuring your time is always worth something.
Marketplace: Want to score some extra income on the side? Kartra offers an awesome affiliate marketplace to both FIND affiliates to sell your products AND become one yourself! And if you really love Kartra and want to promote our product…well, we now offer you 40% commission on affiliate sales.
Sell/Share Your Campaigns: If you’re a seasoned marketer and other members could benefit from your expertise, Kartra now allows you to export your funnels and campaigns directly from your account to theirs. This means you can charge for your knowledge and sell your campaigns to other users. Or, if you don’t have time to put in the work, simply buy a campaign from one of your fellow marketers.
BAM: Since Kartra stores your contacts, sends your emails, and sells your products, Kartra Pages knows who your visitors are: their profile details, their tags, the mailing lists they’re subscribed to, etc. Our new BAM (behavioral adaptive marketing) technology allows you to use this profile intelligence to adapt the contents of your page dynamically for each particular visitor, creating the most unique and personalized experience yet.
Date-Based Sequences: The sequence update allows you to trigger a sequence, or a sequence step, based on a specific date and time. This means you can continue to funnel people into your sequence, without worrying about the timing being off. This update is especially powerful for launches, quarterly, semi-annual and annual campaigns. And, if you’ve got some extra time to spare, you can even pre-set holiday campaigns for the whole year, and not have to worry about remembering them.
Kartranaught Training: We know there’s a lot to learn with Kartra. Our new Kartranaut Training Program is designed to train our customers on every setting available inside Kartra — dripped out every week in the order they need to know it to be successful. Each lesson will build on knowledge learned in previous lessons. By the end of this course, you will have total knowledge of the Kartra-verse and what can be done inside it.
Internal Email Notifications: Your internal email notifications are now organized into three distinct categories — leads, affiliates, and team members — so you can quickly shift between the three without any confusion.
Lead segmentation by level of engagement: Thanks to Kartra’s “Level of Engagement” superpower, you can now pinpoint customers by very specific measures of how engaged they are with your marketing and content — and then custom-tailor your offers and messaging according to their level of interest. It’s the surest way to boost the likelihood of sales and increase the loyalty of your current customers!
Membership Progress Tracking To Set Expectations And Reward Activity: Progress bars are a powerful way to visually show your users what they’ve completed, and how much is left. Kartra now allows you to enable the progress tracking, to either force a linear progression for your users to follow, or for less structured programs, allow users to complete courses in any order they choose while still being able to visualize their progress. You can even choose to display a completion badge once a user has finished.
New Heatmap Tool Helps You Uncover What’s Engaging Your Visitors: Kartra’s new heatmap analytics tool lets you see at a glance the percentage of visitors that have stayed on your page for longer than 10 seconds, your visitor’s average time on a page, and (if you have a page that requires a bit of scrolling) you can see the average scroll percentage for all visitors and those who stayed past 10 seconds. To get a more in-depth idea of where on your page people are dropping off, check out the colored heat map bar on the side that shows you the percentage of visitors that viewed that section.
And those are just my 10 favorite, but there have been DOZENS of other additional, smaller upgrades to the platform.
Pretty cool, huh?
But I didn’t just post to TELL you about all the cool things you might have missed over the last year. I want to give you a chance to play around with these features…and for much longer than a few short weeks.
For a VERY LIMITED time, Kartra is having a one-year anniversary sale where they’ll be giving you 6 months of Kartra for the price of 3 — that’s 50% off.
Here how we will use Kartra to help our clients succeed:
Build membership sites on Kartra, including video, text, exercises, and illustrations.
Build mailing lists of people interested in the information products and other goods and services. Kartra maximizes and tracks delivery and open rates.
Build sales funnels and opt-in pages to build lists and sell information products and services.
Build pages to augment those of WordPress websites.
Host video on Kartra for use in marketing campaigns and information blogs. Kartra provides detailed analytics about who watches the videos and how far they watch. Offers and other marketing tags can be built into the videos.
Design and build sequences and automations. Say a person opts in to a seven part series on writing. Kartra can automatically send one part a day for seven days. Each mailing could include offers and other calls to action.
Integrate Kartra with WebinarJam to present information and marketing webinars.
Integrate Kartra with payment processors such as PayPal and Stripe to handle all payments.
Kartra integrates a suite of key services that would have taken many platforms such as InfusionSoft, MailChimp, LeadPages, ClickFunnels, Kajabi, and others to achieve.
If you have used or considered using any of these platforms, Kartra is absolutely for you.
The Genius of Kartra is that the platform integrates all of the essential tools in one easy to use and affordable platform.
Along the theme of not knowing what we want to do when we grow up, we have followed many inspiring people and often signed up for their training products. Each offers a roadmap to being healthy, wealthy, and happy.
Marie Forleo is based in New York and has a video blog called Marie TV. She puts out a new video blog most Tuesdays that include interviews with people like Gabrielle Bernstein, Tony Robbins, Ariana Huffington, Elizabeth Gilbert, Oprah Winfrey, Chris Carr, Danielle Laporte, and many many more.
She also has Q&A sessions where answers personal and business questions. Her advice is always insightful and often entertaining.
Her message is pitch perfect.
Every episode starts with,
“You are watching marieTV, the place to be to create a business and and life you love.”
Each episode ends with,
“Stay on your game and keep going for your dreams.
Because the world needs that special gift that only you have.”
I travelled to New York to meet her at a Kris Carr book launch that featured a speaking event by Kris Carr, Marie Forleo, and Gabrielle Bernstein.
I was one of around four men in the room and possibly the only one not coming with a partner.
I think Mario Forleo has helped improved the lives and businesses of hundreds of thousands of people around the world.
Check out a few episodes.
Marie Forleo B-School
Marie Forleo has very comprehensive online course called B-School. We have been a lifetime member for two years and I have run into two people in Vancouver who said that investing in B-School was the best thing they ever did.
I totally agree. This is possibly the only course you will ever need to create a thriving online business that you love.
Marie presents all of the modules with video, text, swipe files, exercises, and resources. There are bonus modules and it simply gets better and better.
Great Escape Publishing is also based in Delray Beach Florida. We met Lori Allen at the AWAI Copywriting Bootcamp.
They provide a huge range of live events, online courses, travel excursions, and podcasts aimed at people who want to make money with travel writing, video, and photography.
I have subscribed to many of the programs and am working towards a niche in travel writing, photography, and video, including:
ITWPA: International Travel Writers Professional Alliance
Travel Writer’s Café
Breaking Into In-Flight Magazines
Kyle Wagner’s Travel Writing Internship
The Ultimate Travel Writer’s Program (Full Course)
Power Hour: The $10K Plan For New Photographers
Great Escape Radio Podcasts
Lisa Sasevich is an inspiring mentor know for her Speak-To-Sell programs.
Her courses and books are amazing and you can hear echos of her teachings in other speaking coaches such as Karen McGregor. There could have been another mentor before them, though it looks like the main influence was Lisa Sasevich.
It is on our list to attend one of her live events in San Diego and become Sassys:-)
it is hard to imagine a more colorful frontman than Russell Brunson. He is outrageous and I am one of many that think of him as a marketing genius.
One of his insights is funnel hacking. Like Tony Robbins, he says study people and businesses that are successful and do what they do. His presentations and book have these fun cartoon illustrations that he creates live.
Dan Kennedy is a straight-talking, No B.S. marketing genius and writer.
I am tempted to say his is the Anti-Marie (Forleo, that is), though I think their advice differs mostly in style. I suspect Dan Kennedy and Jersey Marie (Marie Forleo‘s Jersey girl alter-ego) would get along hilariously.
Here is something of an unusual question and answer from the No B.S. Inner Circle Marketing Letter that gives an idea of his writing style.
Q&A…you’ve got questions, Dan’s got answers!
From Todd Squitieri: I’m curious. Has Dan ever written any NO BS books or articles on relationships and finding compatible partners. I know he has been married, divorced, re-married, so I’d like his perspective. If he doesn’t travel much, how did he find a significant other in the first place? I’ve found a couple clues in his books. But why hasn’t he written more about this? After all, relationships are a form of business and business deals.
DAN: Everybody’s a comedian. Asking me to explain marriage or domestic partnership or women or wives is like asking Roseanne Barr for a lecture on restraint and discretion about public vs. private thoughts. But on the off chance Todd’s not just yanking my chain for the fun of it, I have a few comments.
First, Napoleon Hill got this right, and I’d refer you to his writing on the importance of a reasonably stable, reasonably harmonious relationship and home life for the entrepreneur. If you want a completely stable relationship, get a horse. But managing two battlegrounds, one at home, one in business is, for almost everybody, one too many. I talk, mostly privately, with clients suffering with unsupportive and toxic spouses and emergent or chronic volatility and drama on the home front, and my advice is consistent: confront and fix fast and permanently or write whatever check you must to get out as quickly and cleanly as you can.
Hill had no great advice on finding the right person, nor do I, but you might start with clarity about what won’t do. Setting aside the brief disruption, I have been fortunate with my marriage and life with Carla. I rarely credit “fortunate” for good things because I believe accomplishments have explanations, but in this singular case, I cannot explain my good fortune.
To your point about the kinship of personal relationships to business relationships, a caution, since you indicate you are in search of mate: I would imagine most women won’t like the analogy. Probably not first date conversation. Yet I’d say you are right about certain fundamentals.
Anytime you move from transactional activity to long-term relationships, trust becomes a central issue, far more so than specific, micro accounted for quid pro quo. Had you asked me about sustaining long-term business relationships — a more appropriate question for my expertise — I would have told you that I observe relatively few people really good at this, many utterly inept at it and, in many cases, also pretty ignorant about its linkage to sustaining success. That does not suggest you sacrifice and compromise or allow dependence on everybody’s approval, but it does mean you need to invest to cultivate a quality reputation so that long-standing relationships with quality people are possible.
In The Renegade Millionaire System, I suggest a useful litmus test for business deals: can the individual you are contemplating doing a deal with cite at least three others that have done more than one deal with him? If not, odds are, you won’t be the first one to wind up happy. Anyway, thanks for the question.
Dan Kennedy has hundreds of books available on Amazon. The range of topics is phenomenal and each that I have read has been fabulous. Take a look.
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