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In episode #538 of Marketing School, Eric and Neil discuss what you should do when your revenue tanks. Tune in to hear why you should have a plan of action for this eventuality and tips on how to overcome this hurdle.  Time-Stamped Show Notes: [00:27] Today’s Topic: What You Should Do When Your Revenue Tanks [00:37] Everyone has their ups and downs, no business keeps climbing forever. [00:53] Microsoft once invested in Apple, so that they wouldn’t go bankrupt and Microsoft wouldn’t end up facing antitrust lawsuits. [01:15] Revenue often tanks, because companies are distracted. You can’t lose focus on your main revenue source. [01:45] Revenue also drops, because companies stop innovating their core products. [02:15] Rocket Fuel is a great book about a visionary and an “integrator”. [02:45] You need to have preventative measures in place for when your revenue takes a dip. [02:55] Even consider short-term loans from places like Kabbage. [03:10] Someone from IBM once made a billion dollar mistake. The CEO simply called it a “billion dollar lesson”. [03:41] It’s important to have a plan for when your revenue tanks and learn from the mistakes that led you down this path. [04:45] Once everyone is on the same page with the same goal, you can get your company back on track. [05:00] Neil puts a person in charge of each aspect of the funnel or business process. [05:30] Once your revenue tanks, create your action plan. [05:52] Neil believes in firing the squeaky wheel, as opposed to considering it a lesson learned. [06:15] Survey your clients about their satisfaction levels. [07:04] Have a weekly sales meeting cadence, so it’s quick, informative, and concise. [08:10] Eric likes to use Ask Nicely for his surveys. [09:03] That’s it for today. [09:06] Go to Singlegrain.com/Giveway for a special edition of Crazy Egg, the heat mapping tool. Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu
In episode #812, Eric and Neil discuss how to grow your podcast. Tune in to hear what you need to do to make your podcast a success. Eric and Neil have committed to throwing a FREE Marketing School Live Event in Los Angeles, once Marketing School reaches 1M downloads in a 30 day period. Take action: Rate, review, subscribe, and SHARE. Check the progress here! TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES: [00:27] How We Grew Marketing School to Over 750,000 Monthly Listeners [01:10] They promoted the podcast through email blasts. [01:26] They begged others to promote through their lists, but you can pay people to promote through their email lists. [02:03] The content tilt was that their podcast is about two guys who love marketing. [02:25] They haven’t missed a show for two years. [02:40] Consider what your spin is, in order to set yourself apart. [02:54] Eric and Neil are picky about their titles. [03:05] They love to create clickbait-y titles. [03:15] Appealing titles help you. [03:35] They check out other ideas through BuzzSumo to see what is popular. [03:45] They also see what is popular on YouTube. [04:18] Before they even record, they start with the title. [05:22] They look at their Libsyn stats. This will show you which episodes do well. [05:51] Based on this, they know which topics to use in the future. [06:05] Apple Analytics is still in beta, but it’s starting to kick out info about podcast performance. [06:30] The live event is a great offer to get more listeners. [06:57] iTunes lists the last 300 episodes. It’s valuable to post as many as you can. [07:32] If you are interested in corporate training, tweet at Eric. [07:44] That’s all for today! [07:51] Go here to see how many downloads the show is getting. Also rate and review to help Eric and Neil meet their goal of 1 Million downloads per month. Hopefully, we’ll see you at the live event in L.A.! Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu  
In episode #851, we discuss why the majority of your customers won’t come from marketing. Tune in to hear where these customers are coming from. We have committed to throwing a FREE Marketing School Live Event in Los Angeles, once Marketing School reaches 1M downloads in a 30 day period. Take action: Rate, review, subscribe, and SHARE. Check the progress here! TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES: [00:27] Today’s Topic:  The Majority of Your Customers Won't Come From Marketing (It Will Come From This) [00:50] Create a good product or service and you will gain customers from word of mouth. [02:01] People talk about Tesla because it’s like driving a computer. It’s sleek, new, and exciting. This gives them great word of mouth advertising. [03:10] They recently announced a new product. [03:22] That was enough marketing for them. The buzz has already begun. [03:40] Surface advertises a ton, but They don't have to spend as much on marketing because people like them. [04:45] They love to use celebrity marketing to do the talking for them. [05:05] Be remarkable and people will talk about you. [05:20] That’s it for today! [05:25] Go here to see how many downloads the show is getting. Also rate and review to help us meet our goal of 1 Million downloads per month. Hopefully, we’ll see you at the live event in L.A.! Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu
In Episode #338, Eric and Neil discuss if Bing is worth your attention. Tune in to learn why you should hop on Bing if you’re reaching an older demographic and the benefits and tools offered by Bing that will drive your ROI. Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:27 – Today’s topic: Is Bing Worth Your Attention? 00:33 – Google search share is around 60% and Bing’s share growth is increasing faster 01:00 – Yahoo is at 12% which is next to Bing and the rest are just small share sites 01:12 – If you have things working out on Google, bring them to Bing 01:25 – Some of Eric’s clients that are using Google AdWords are on Bing as well 01:32 – Neil did tests with Bing and Bing has an older demographic 01:40 – If you’re targeting an older audience, Bing is a good channel for you 02:05 – Bing has some great SEO tools 02:11 – Search for Bing SEO Tools 02:48 – Bing is old, it works and drives positive ROI 02:55 – The cost of PPC (price per click) is cheaper 03:06 – Bing and Google don’t want to share the same top results 03:38 – Marketing School is giving away a free 1-year annual subscription to Drip which is an email service provider 04:10 – Rate, review and subscribe to Marketing School to win 04:13 – Text MARKETINGSCHOOL to 33444 to prove your subscription 04:30 – That’s it for today’s episode! 3 Key Points: Bing is similar to Google; therefore, what you have on Google will probably work on Bing as well. Bing has SEO tools that make it easier for you to track your ranking on Bing. Bing is cheaper, it works well, and drives positive ROI. Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu
In Episode #336, Eric and Neil discuss 7 tools to help you promote your content. Tune in to learn these standout, effective tools that can elevate your content promotion. You’ll also find out why contacting those who follow your competitors can help you boost your own content promotion. Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:27 – Today’s topic: 7 Tools to Help You Promote Your Content 00:46 – First is to use Facebook ads which has the boost post button 01:20 – Second is to use BuzzSumo where you can type in different keywords that relate to your article 01:27 – Click view shares and you’ll see the people who tweeted them, then email those people to promote yours 01:42 – Third is Meet Edgar which allows you to setup an automated queue of content in different channels 02:08 – Fourth is Ahrefs which will helps you find who’s linking your competitor’s content and you can message them to promote yours as well 02:29 – It doesn’t track traffic right away, but it will eventually 02:25 – Fifth is IFTTT or If This Then That or Zapier that automates certain workflows 03:14 – Sixth is going after broken links and using a broken link checker 03:36 – See who’s linking to the broken links and that has similar content to yours—and email them 04:11 – Last is Sniply which allows you to enhance every link that you share 04:50 – the link can be a link to a lead magnet 05:00 – Contact Eric and Neil for any tools you find valuable to the listeners of Marketing School 05:10 – That’s it for today’s episode! 3 Key Points: Go directly to those people who share your competitor’s links; it may take time, but it works. Create a smooth workflow so you can maximize content promotion with your team. Different channels are now updating to cater to content promotion and this makes it easier to cross-post. Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu
In Episode #329, Eric and Neil discuss what Alexa Skills are and how to leverage this. Tune in to find out how Alexa makes your life convenient and how Alexa Skills can help your customers access your product or podcast with ease. Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:27 – Today’s topic: What Are Alexa Skills (and How to Leverage This)? 00:46 – You can teach Alexa new skills and reach different types of customers 01:01 – You can ask Alexa to play specific podcasts for you 01:29 – “It makes your life really convenient” 01:35 – Alexa automates your whole life 02:28 – If you have an Echo, you can listen to Marketing School by adding the skill 02:46 – From Alexa skill, Marketing school has had 136 new customers, 309 new plays and 6 plays per hour 03:24 – Don’t expect amazing results from the Alexa yet, but it should work out well 03:40 – If you’re in the consumer space, you should be leveraging Alexa but it’s not as important for B2B 03:55 – When someone listens to something over and over, it will be on the top of their head 04:22 – Listening to podcasts is powerful 04:57 – Just search for Alexa Skills Kit 05:05 – That’s it for today’s episode! 3 Key Points: Alexa automates your whole life. Consumers can easily consume your product or podcasts through Alexa Skill. Alexa Skills can track the new customers’ behavior right on the platform. Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu
In Episode #324, Eric and Neil discuss why you should host marketing meetups. Tune in to learn how you can benefit by either attending or hosting meetups consistently and why the focus should be one what you can learn from a meetup—not how many deals you can make. Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:27 – Today’s topic: Why You Should Host Marketing Meetups 00:37 – Neil has never hosted a marketing meetup but has been to Eric’s 00:42 – Marketing meetups are an awesome place to learn from others 00:53 – You can grow your network through meetups 01:03 – You can accelerate your learning in meetups 01:17 – Eric tries to keep the meetups he organizes small and intimate 01:25 – Having just around 25 people makes connections easier and stronger 01:57 – A meetup doesn’t always have to be an entrepreneurial meetup 02:04 – Meetups are good for recruiting 02:27 – “It’s about being top of the line” 02:59 – Figure out how you can take your online stuff offline 03:08 – The best use of a meetup is to learn MORE 03:36 – Don’t have too many expectations, meeting one new person is enough 04:30 – Meeting people consistently will compound eventually 04:33 – That’s it for today’s episode! 3 Key Points: Meetups are great way to increase your network and learn more. Don’t go on a meetup thinking that you will go home with so many new deals, just enjoy the day. When organizing a meetup, try to keep it small and intimate so it’s easier to make those connections. Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu
In episode #793, Eric and Neil discuss some oft-ignored SEO strategies. Tune in to hear what techniques you should be leveraging. TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES: [00:27] Today’s Topic: Our Favorite SEO Strategy That You Aren't Leveraging! [00:39] International expansion is one of the largest sources of Neil’s traffic. [01:02] There is no competition on the internet outside of the English language. [01:22] Eric likes content expansion. [01:32] Convert your video ideas to a blog, then to a podcast, etc. [02:55] Neil gets a large percentage of his traffic from countries outside the United States. [03:20] Make sure you use Ahrefs Lang for international expansion. [03:45] Eric’s company has grown by 12% each month. [04:05] Once you have content that works for you, you can expand and grow your business. [04:12] That’s it for today! [04:20] Go here to see how many downloads the show is getting. Also rate and review to help Eric and Neil meet their goal of 1 Million downloads per month. They will throw a live event once they reach their goal. Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu  
In Episode #475, Eric and Neil talk about backlinks and provide insights which will help you decide how many backlinks you actually need. Eric and Neil provide strategies which will help you zero in on your backlink strategy which will ultimately help build a brand that connects with your target audience.  Time-Stamped Show Notes: 00:28 – Today’s topic: How Many Backlinks Do You Really Need? 00:40 – Look at your competitor’s backlinks profile as a part of your strategy – analyze their domain strength and domain authority 01:03 – The block chain industry is in the nascent stage and therefore, susceptible to someone who wants to go “all in” with their marketing 01:33 – You do not necessarily need more backlinks than your competitor to boost your profile 01:46 – If your brand is really huge, you do not need many backlinks to outsell the competition 02:06 – Build your brand through content marketing, podcasts or videos 02:17 – Content thoroughness will ensure that you outrank people with a greater number of backlinks 02:48 – Use Google Trends and BuzzSumo to monitor brand quality 03:26 – Focus on quality by adding backlinks that are relevant and contextual 03:49 – Marketing School is giving away 90-day FREE trial for Crazy Egg which is a visual analytics tool 03:54 – Go to SingleGrain.com/giveaway to get your FREE copy 04:04 – That’s it for today’s episode! 3 Key Points: If your brand is HUGE, you do not need more backlinks than your competitor to outrank them. Build your brand through content marketing, podcasts or videos. Content THOROUGHNESS will help you outrank people with a greater number of backlinks. Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu
In episode #533, Eric and Neil discuss how to manage clients who are never satisfied and ask for work above and beyond their contract. Tune in for some great advice on how to satisfy clients and remain profitable. Time-Stamped Show Notes:  [00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Handle Clients that Always Want More for Less [00:43] In the early days, Neil would give his clients whatever they asked for. [00:47] However, the moment you give in to unnecessarily demanding clients, you find that your margins decrease and it becomes a vicious cycle of rewarding complaints. [01:05] What he learned from this, was that it is of the utmost importance to structure your deal properly from the get-go. [01:18] When a company asks for something above and beyond the terms of the contract, tell them it won’t be possible, but that you can renegotiate/draw up a new proposal. It is important to set boundaries! [01:58] Once you do too much for free, you will lose money, and you will always have unhappy clients. [02:20] You have to track how much time you spend on each client to determine profitability. [02:40] You can always draw up a Zero-Dollar Change Order, just to have a written trail of the changes in terms. [03:15] The third of fourth time the client tries to adjust the terms, point to the free Change Orders, and tell them you will have to charge them in the future. This way, you are protecting yourself. [03:49] iProspect charges based on an hourly rate. They will do whatever the client wants, because they are still getting paid for their time. [04:41] The hourly rate model is simple and straightforward, which prevent confusion and hard feelings. [05:27] Neil still does flat-rate pricing, but internally they track client hours and the ensuing costs. [05:42] Hubstaff is an invasive time-tracker, but works well for Eric and his company. [06:02] Toggl and Harvest are other great time-tracker options. [06:17] Ogilvy will charge by the hour, but will charge additionally for face-to-face work. [06:56] That’s all for today! [06:58] Go to Singlegrain.com/Giveway for a special edition of Crazy Egg, the heat mapping tool. Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu
In episode #763, Eric and Neil discuss how you can reduce refund rates. Tune in to hear how you can provide better service to avoid refund rates. TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES: [00:27] Today’s Topic:  How to Reduce Your Refund Rates [00:35] First, understand why people are asking for refunds. [00:58] When someone wants a refund, ask them why. [01:11] Whether that is an email or a survey, the info will be helpful. [01:27] Once you have about 50 answers, you will probably start to see a pattern. [01:45] Jump Cut has an action-based guarantee. They will refund if the customer proves they went through the entire online course they offer. [02:20] Their refund rate dropped to 5%. [02:42] Expand your refund period. The longer it drags out, the fewer refunds you will have. [03:01] Adjust your pricing. [03:25] Offer to drop the price instead of refunding. [03:47] When you do that, customers like and respect you more. [04:10] Offer products and services for a limited or set period of time. [04:59] That’s it for today! [05:03] Go to Singlegrain.com/Giveway for a special marketing tool giveaway! Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu  
In episode #768, Eric and Neil discuss how you can launch a product like Apple does. Tune in to hear how you can create hype. TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES: [00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Launch Like Apple [00:44] Apple has a PLF: Product Launch Formula. [01:03] Jumpcut likes to take you through three or four videos over a few days. [01:20] The final one pumps you up to buy. [01:42] Apple creates early buzz. [01:50] There are leaks and rumors. [02:00] They always announce at conferences. [02:40] People always know that if they don't’ act fast, the product will sell out and it will take longer to get the product. [03:10] Apple creates scarcity. [03:50] They know how to manufacture a feeding frenzy [04:17] Even though there is no reason to camp out for products anymore, people still do it, because Apple knows how to create hype and manufacture urgency/scarcity. [05:00] Influencers will help you create buzz. [05:13] That's it for today! [05:16] Go to Singlegrain.com/Giveway for a special marketing tool giveaway! Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu  
In episode #771, Eric and Neil discuss whether you should build links using rich anchor text. Tune in to hear if you should be focusing your energy on anchor text. TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES: [00:27] Today’s Topic: Should You Build Rich Anchor Text Links Still? [00:54] If too many links are rich in anchor text and contain a keyword, search engines will know that you’re trying to manipulate them and you won’t rank as high. [01:10] Go to Ahrefs and type in the URLs that are at the top of page 1 for the terms for which you are trying to rank. [01:45] If you are building links naturally, you won’t be able to control the anchor text all the time. [02:25] Once the cup is overflowing, you will be hit with an algorithmic penalty. [02:55] Only focus about 5-10% of your energy on anchor text. [03:33] Links impact rankings, but so does the content on your page. [03:55] If you only focus on rich anchor text, your rankings are unsustainable. [04:30] That’s it for today! [04:33] Go to Singlegrain.com/Giveway for a special marketing tool giveaway! Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu  
In episode #766, Eric and Neil discuss how to hire solid SEOs. Tune in to hear how you find great SEOs that don’t suck. TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES: [00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Hire Full-Time SEOs That Don't Suck [00:35] Don’t just believe the resume. [01:00] The real test is to see what changes they would make to your website and if they can implement specific changes. [01:40] Test them out on a temp basis before you hire full-time. [02:05] Good SEOs have “burnt” their own websites. [03:10] The more seasoned you are with running experiments, the better a hire you will be. [03:35] Ask potential hires about their weaknesses and really get into the nitty gritty. [04:05] Make sure they know how to modify basic HTML code. [04:23] You want people who can take action. [04:32] Go to the Marketing School website and find our post about SEO interview questions. [04:40] Check out the potential hire’s website. [04:59] That's all for today! [05:01] Go to Singlegrain.com/Giveway for a special marketing tool giveaway! Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu  
In episode #572, Eric and Neil explain ways that you can easily make 6 figures as a marketer. Tune in to hear how to prove yourself to be a valuable asset. TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:  [00:27] Today’s Topic: The Simplest Way to Make 6 Figures as a Marketer [00:37] Go work for someone! [00:56] Working for someone was educational and lucrative for Eric. [01:45] Don’t switch jobs too frequently, because you will be seen as a job hopper. [02:10] However, switching companies can be more lucrative (raises, better benefits). [02:28] The easiest way to make 6 figures is to do a tear-down of a website. [02:52] Break down in Google Docs or Word where they can improve and how to fix it. [03:20] Email the document to the founder and CEO in separate chains. [04:29] There’s a good chance they will find you valuable and pay you just to solve the problems you outlined. [04:55] Eric used this method and emailed the CEO of Zynga. [05:19] It doesn’t matter if you’ve been marketing for 20 years or 1 year, identifying a problem and pointing out the solution is an easy way to prove yourself valuable and put you on the road to 6 figures. [05:52] Eric recommends chasing opportunity rather than salary, in most instances. [06:10] You don’t have to build a product, you could always do performance marketing. [06:35] That’s all for today! [06:39] Go to Singlegrain.com/Giveway for a special marketing tool giveaway! Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu
In episode #530, Eric and Neil tell you the real secret about how to raise your Google ranking. Tune in to hear the honest truth that other marketers won’t tell you. Time-Stamped Show Notes: [00:27] Today’s Topic: Learn the Real Secret to Ranking on Page 1 (and What Most Marketers Won't Tell You) [00:37] Eric and Neil rank for a number of keywords or terms. [01:08] When trying to rank for those terms, they did not create pages specifically for them. [01:25] Eric has created hundreds of pages for Single Grain, but the majority do not rank well; it’s a quantity game. [01:34] There was no difference between the pages that ranked and those that did not. [01:47] Neil and Eric create a massive amount of content, because it’s a hit or miss game.There is no guarantee that the content will be a hit. [02:31] For the posts that rank, they have a process that involves Google Search Console. [02:56] Step 1: Install Google Search Console. [03:08] Step 2: Go to the Search Analytics section. [03:17] Step 3: Click on three buttons/check boxes on the top left (“CTR”, “Impressions”, and “Clicks”). [03:36] Step 4: Click on the radio button for “Pages”. [03:47] You want to see the pages that have a high impression count, but a low click-through rate. [04:17] Low click-through rates are the low-hanging fruit you want to optimize. [04:26] By changing the titles of these, it can help you change your click-through rate. [04:50] So, create a lot of content, see what performs the best in Google Search Console, go in and fine-tune your content (make it super detailed and try to maximize the traffic you can get from them. [05:15] No one knows why some pages rank and others don’t. That’s the big secret! [05:33] If you want the most traffic, you need to focus on quantity. [05:42] Write at least one article per day and don’t overlap your topics. [06:02] They built ClickFlow to help you manage the Google Search Console process. [06:26] Focus on creating quality content in mass quantities; over time, Google will start to see your site as an authority, which will cause your domain authority rise, and whenever you write new content, it becomes easier to rank. [07:10] Make sure you go after keywords that monetize. [07:27] That’s it for today! [07:29] Go to singlegrain.com/giveaway if you want to get in on a special giveaway opportunity! Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu
In episode #580, Eric and Neil discuss what you must know about Amazon advertising before anyone else. Tune in to hear how you can leverage Amazon Advertising for your business. TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES: [00:27] Today’s Topic: What You Ought to Know About Amazon Advertising Before Everyone Else [00:35] Eric read a report that stated Amazon did $60 Billion in ad revenue and grew by possibly 60%. [01:12] Neil believes the stats are that Amazon ad revenue could reach $4.5 billion in 2018. [01:29] Eric and Neil suggest you start getting into the Amazon ad revenue game. [02:01] If you are doing America-based advertising, it’s time to pay attention. [02:09] Amazon Echo presents an advertising opportunity. [02:30] The profit margins on advertising are huge. [02:44] In another five to ten years, they may have wiped out brick and mortar retailers. [03:02] There are a lot more areas of advertising when you consider options with Amazon. [03:30] Make sure you jump on board, play with the advertising, and fine tune! [03:45] With the purchase of Whole Foods and the opening of the Amazon Go store in Seattle, they are taking over retail. [03:52] Eric and Neil saw a report that said Amazon is considering taking on FedEx. [04:25] It’s a new channel, whoever leverages it first will benefit the most. [04:55] That’s all for today! [05:01] Go to Singlegrain.com/Giveway for a special marketing tool giveaway! Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu
In episode #791, Eric and Neil discuss how you can figure out your messaging. Tune in to hear how you can create an irresistible hook. TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES: [00:27] Today’s Topic: How to Craft an Irresistible Hook [00:36] A Hook is something that draws people in. [01:10] If you think about Squatty Potty (the bathroom accessory), they did $20 Million in revenue. [01:36] They ran a commercial where a Unicorn was pooping rainbow ice cream and the spokesperson then ate said ice cream. [02:15] Neil is testing out a headline hook right now. [02:30] He also offers free resources. [02:45] BuzzSumo is a helpful tool to help you figure out what your hook could be. [03:20] A lot of it has to do with messaging. [03:30] Squatty Potty figured out their messaging. [03:52] Try using Survey Monkey or Qualaroo to figure out customers’ pay points. [04:20] Check out the Harmon Brothers’ ads. [05:30] You can hire people, but that is expensive. It’s better to figure out the messaging and hook on your own. [06:30] That’s it for Today! [06:35] Go here to see how many downloads the show is getting. Also rate and review to help Eric and Neil meet their goal of 1 Million downloads per month. They will throw a live event once they reach their goal. Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu  
In episode #615, Eric and Neil debate which marketing channel has the best ROI. Tune in to hear on which channel you should be focusing your energy. TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES: [00:27] Today’s Topic: Which Marketing Channels Have The Best ROI [00:35] Content marketing is one of the best options for good ROI. [00:40] On the other hand, Neil thinks using paid ads are the best. [01:06] You have to think of scalability and return on investment. [01:30] With content marketing, you could spend $1 Million and generate $10 Million, whereas with paid ads, you could spend $50 Million and generate $100. [01:40] If you combine those two channels, you could have a “monster” business. [02:00] One channel could work better than the other depending on the business. [02:25] A woman Neil met at a conference gets all her business through Facebook ads. [02:50] Another company grew solely off of social media paid ads, which proves this is a popular and successful method. [03:15] If you layer paid ads with content marketing, you will have twice as much business. [03:42] If you want to know which will produce the highest ROI for you, run some tests. [04:02] If you are not sure which channels to use, check out what is working for your competitors using SEMRush or BuzzSumo. [04:20] Think about where your audience is “hanging out” and tailor your approach. [04:42] If you need to need to go back to Marketing 101, read The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing. [04:46] That’s all for today! [04:49] Go to Singlegrain.com/Giveway for a special marketing tool giveaway! Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu
In episode #774, Eric and Neil discuss when it’s ok to prune your content. Tune in to hear if you should ever flush old content. TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES: [00:27] Today’s Topic: When to Keep, Cut, and Consolidate Your Content [00:54] You may find that some of your content is outdated. [01:22] Consolidate if you have five pages that discuss the same thing, combine them, because Google won’t know which one to rank first. [02:15] Search engines want to eliminate redundancy. [02:55] Removing old, outdated content can be a good idea, but often less content means less traffic. [03:05] People who prune content, prune the quality content that won’t affect traffic. [03:35] SuperMetrics or Screaming Frog are two great tools to use to crawl your website. [03:45] If these tools find pages that aren’t getting any traffic at all, it might be a good idea to prune those pages. [04:18] Use Google Analytics to look at your content that isn’t performing well. [04:35] When you cut those pages, you may lose more traffic than is being shown by GA. Remember you may be cutting out internal links when deleting content! [05:00] Before you cut, always try to improve the content. [05:25] Cross link all your content, as it will help boost rankings for all of your pages. [05:26] That’s all for today! [05:30] Eric and Neil are going to do a live event if they reach 1 Million downloads per month. So, please rate of review! [05:53] Go here to see how many downloads the show is getting. Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu
In episode #764, Eric and Neil Discuss whose advice you should follow. Tune in to hear how you know who to trust. TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES: [00:27] Today’s Topic: Which Marketers Should You Listen To [00:45] Take what most people say with a grain of salt, until you've tested out the tactics. [01:05] Until you run tests, you don’t know if a tactic will drive results. [01:40] Podcasts and books are great for ideas. [02:25] If someone gives you a tactic and it works, you can begin to trust his or her advice. [03:03] It’s not about the person, it is about the strategy. [03:24] A Canadian SEO gave Neil a 40% increase in search traffic. However, the other advice wasn’t helpful and didn’t work. [03:55] Neil knew there was a risk in working with this company, because only one piece of advice worked. [04:35] You have to be open-minded when listening to advice. [05:29] That’s it for today!! [05:33] Go to Singlegrain.com/Giveway for a special marketing tool giveaway! Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu  
In Episode #320, Eric and Neil discuss whether should you send gifts to your customers. Tune in to learn gift ideas for your clients, the benefits of being generous, and the importance of showing appreciation to your clients! Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:27 – Today’s topic: Should You Send Gifts to Your Customers? 00:34 – Neil is a big believer of sending gifts regardless of whether it is a high-paying or not 00:42 – It creates a ton of loyalty 00:48 – You can give your high-paying customer something more personalized 01:10 – Add a personal note to the gift 01:30 – For lower-paying customers, you can send them “Thank You” postcards 01:58 – For sending postcards, you can use Letter Friend 02:18 – Gemnote sends premium gifts to companies 02:26 – Giftology is a book that is packaged in a leather bag 03:12 – The lifetime value of customers in the consulting world is high 03:19 – Eric wants to give memorable gifts 03:26 – The most memorable gift Eric has received from a company is a battery pack from The RD Summit Brazilian Conference 04:04 – Eric has started looking at some of the best headphones and has sent them to their clients 04:24 – You’re creating goodwill and they will remember you 04:43 – Whatever you send, make sure it ties back to what you’re doing 05:27 – Do your research and look for what is relevant to your client and your business 05:40 – People like to do business at the end of the day so you have to know your client 05:48 – That’s it for today’s episode! 3 Key Points: Regardless of the amount a client is paying you, you should send them all a token gift of appreciation. Giving gifts to your clients creates loyalty. Whatever you send, make sure it is relevant to your business and to your client, so DO your research. Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu
In Episode #318, Eric and Neil discuss what SMS marketing is. Tune in to learn how you can optimize your SMS campaigns and increase those open rates! Eric and Neil also discuss what NOT to do when it comes to SMS. Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:27 – Today’s topic: What Is SMS Marketing (and How You Can Leverage It) 00:42 – SMS stands for Short Method Service 01:07 – If someone opts in to your email list and you’re able to get his number, send them a message 01:12 – Open rates for text messages are higher 01:47 – Neil uses SMS for reminders with their marketing campaigns 02:15 – Neil sends SMS reminders for his webinars 02:56 – Events should have people asking for attendees’ phone numbers 03:38 – When you’re closing a deal, send them a SMS and give them a little value 04:11 – When you have leads coming to your site or from WordPress, the details can push them through Zapier then Twilio 04:40 – You can do immediate action depending on the lead’s budget 05:24 – Call Loop can help you send SMS back and forth 06:03 – Tatango is what Neil uses, too 06:18 – Don’t be spammy in sending SMS; be respectful! 06:51 – That’s it for today’s episode! 3 Key Points: SMS can be sent out as a reminder for your customers for marketing campaigns or webinars. Be responsible and respectful in your SMS campaigns—do NOT be spammy. Leverage SMS marketing and provide value for your customers to increase those open rates. Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu
In Episode #312, Eric and Neil discuss how to create an experimental culture in your marketing department. Tune in to find out how Eric and Neil do experiments with their respective teams and how it boosted engagement and a sense of value and pride for team members to be a part of the experimentation. Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:27 – Today’s topic: How to Create an Experimental Culture in Your Marketing Department 00:38 – Twitter was running .2 tests per week when they were still struggling 01:02 – After that, their usual growth skyrocketed 01:12 – Jeff Bezos of Amazon also brought tons of experiments that helped them boost quickly 01:17 – Driving experiments for the company or marketing department is really important 01:26 – Treat your experiment as a product 01:37 – Eric runs experiment meetings with his company, Single Grain 01:49 – Every week, someone is required to bring in new ideas 02:33 – You can use Trello to write in your experiments 02:43 – There should be a well-thought idea and a plan as well as data to back up the plan 02:58 – Neil enforces the culture to everyone until they fully adapt to it 03:06 – Neil also believes that no opinions that are wrong or right 03:13 – Just because you are doing marketing longer, does NOT mean you have better ideas 03:33 – It is a weekly process for Neil’s team 03:49 – Neil encourages testing and gives a pat on the back to who has the best idea 04:04 – Once you start with testing, people will love it 04:15 – The team will feel good that they’re making progress 04:34 – Eric tried to incentivize the person with the best idea, but now they’re having a monthly celebration 05:07 – One of the mistakes that Eric made with the experiment was that people were voting just by raising their hands—they shifted this to automated voting 05:43 – That’s it for today’s episode! 3 Key Points: Engage everyone on the team in regards to the experiments and make sure that ideas are well-thought and planned. Your team will have a sense of engagement and responsibility when they are included in the experimental process. Incentivizing isn’t always beneficial for everyone—find what motivates your team. Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu
In Episode #289, Eric and Neil discuss how to use dropped domains to enhance your SEO. Tune in to learn how to maximize those dropped domains and why it is better to use an established website rather than dropped domains if you have the cash to spend. Time Stamped Show Notes: 00:27 – Today’s topic: How to Use Dropped Domains to Enhance Your SEO 00:48 – Dropped domains are abandoned or expired domains 01:07 – Eric has been buying domains that have worked well and has a good number on Ahrefs 01:12 – What Eric does is he takes the site, takes the top pages and redirects it over to his money site 01:22 – The site that Eric bought has keywords that they’re targeting, at the moment 01:30 – Neil also learned something from this 01:48 – If you already have a popular site, you will not gain from this doing this technique—it’s not for you 01:57 – The technique that Eric uses works, but the dropped domain must relate to what you are doing 02:05 – You can use Internet Archive to see what the site used to be 02:11 – You don’t want to have a dog website then get redirected to a marketing website 02:36 – You can buy dropped domains from GoDaddy 02:45 – You can go to GoDaddy.com and they have the list of auctioned domains 02:51 – You have to filter through the list to see the sites that have the most bids, offers, traffic and then take the site to Ahrefs to see if it is relevant to yours 03:13 – Go to Wayback Machine to see what the website used to be in the past 03:53 – There are website brokers like FE International and Flippa if you’re willing to buy a more established site 04:11 – Doing this with a more established website is way better than using dropped domains 04:15 – Most people buy dropped domains and put a website on there or they take the domain to redirect traffic to their site 04:36 – If you think of the black hat SEO that works, why not just do it in a white hat way? 05:11 – Marketing School is giving away a free 1 year subscription to Design Pickle, a design service where Eric gets unlimited designs for blog and ad images 05:33 – Subscribe, rate and review Marketing School 05:30 – Text MARKETINGSCHOOL to 33444 06:03 – That’s it for today’s episode! 3 Key Points: Choose a dropped domain that is relevant to your site. Don’t just buy a well performing website – make sure that it targets your market, is consistent and has the keywords that you’re needing. You can use black hat SEO in a white hat way. Leave some feedback: What should we talk about next? Please let us know in the comments below. Did you enjoy this episode? If so, please leave a short review. Connect with us: NeilPatel.com Quick Sprout Growth Everywhere Single Grain Twitter @neilpatel Twitter @ericosiu
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