Internet Marketing – Fall In-Love With It!
Put that website up, and they will come… NOT! And even if they were to come looking for you, standing on the street corner, shouting your name, will you be ready to respond? You better fall in love with Internet Marketing.
Bill Gates has been quoted in 2000 saying “There are 2 kinds of businesses going forward: Those who have an internet presence and those who are out of business.”
Let’s face it, you must become knowledgeable about the internet. In fact, unless you already enjoy having marketing experts on your team, you will need to make marketing your new love.
Marketing is more than advertising. Marketing is much more. It’s who you are in the marketplace. It’s what you represent. It’s what folks think when they think of you. Marketing is the way you compete for brain space. It’s your message.
Most important, marketing is your road to wealth. If you are waiting for folks to find you, you will go broke. If you get in front of the people who are looking for you, and you communicate in a way that is compelling, you win.
Marketing is the art of getting in front of those people who are looking for you and communicating in the language that they want to hear.
So here is the deal: Fall in-love with marketing. Make it a game. Keep score. Develop the marketing skills that will take you where you want your business to go.
I believe strongly in finding a mentor in whatever area I want to master. I find the best for my current education level and my ability to afford them and study. I do what they do. And I make a point of learning from multiple sources. If you can’t afford to study personally with a mentor, read their books, listen to their programs, get on their email list and get busy.
The great thing about internet marketing is the tons of free information and strategies available. You can begin by searching out every marketing guru out there reading the free materials they offer.
By starting with the free education, you learn the vocabulary and strategies that are currently available on the internet. I don’t recommend buying anything initially. Take a look at all the offerings and work to get your head on straight about what is available vs. what you need in your business.
I make a point of subscribing to a number of internet marketing newsletters. I download Podcasts, those audio shows that are free for the download. I watch videos.
While I don’t do everything that is suggested, I find that the constant exposure to new marketing ideas keeps me fresh. I understand that marketing doesn’t come naturally to me: I must learn my game. This is a free and gentle way to keep myself thinking about marketing.