Mentalist As Business Strategy Expert

What Gives You The Edge?

Live performance.

Every show I do is an opportunity to get real-time feedback from real-live people on what works, what doesn’t work, and what I should work on.

Shows are composed of hundreds of experiments. I play with language, timing, positioning, tone of voice, physicality, scripting, lighting, information order, and thousands of details that make the show.

Every reaction (or lack thereof) is it’s own data point, Read More

Fire Triangle of Online Sales

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I love fire more than you do.

When I was 14 I almost got arrested for juggling fire. Well, not for juggling, per se, but for drawing a crowd big enough to block the sidewalk & forcing folks into the street who wanted to get by.

Fire & street performing taught me a lot of what I use every day in my business, nearly 20 years later.

It’s all about triangles

Triangles are everywhere, and for good reason. They’re simple, strong, and infinitely variable.

Once you see it, you’ll notice them everywhere.

3 legged stools are stable on any surface. Triangle chokes in martial arts are nearly infinite in number. Ever heard of the fire triangle?

Fire needs oxygen, fuel, and heat to exist. Remove any one from the equation, and it goes out.

Turns out there’s a “fire triangle” of doing business online. These are the 3 essential elements to successfully doing business on the internet. Get any single one wrong, and you’re not going to be toasting any success marshmallows. </mangled metaphor>

Website

You have to have a place where you can build your presence. Some people use Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I prefer having my own website.

Hey, look! You’re on one right now!

If you’re building on someone else’s platform, they can change the rules overnight, and you’ve lost all your hard work. (Ask me about my friend who lost his 40,000 YouTube followers due to their mixup, never to get them back.)

A website is always available. Multiple people from different places on Earth can visit the same website at the same time. That’s like being in 2 places at once.

You can’t do that.

Your website is your best tool for telling people who you are & what you’re about. When we do that in the real world we call that having a conversation & that builds trust.

Your website is your virtual handshake and trust builder with potential customers & clients.

Social Media Marketing

You have to tell people you exist.

I get it. You want people to find your organically. You want to feel like people are connecting with you based on the value of your work.

You want people to like your page because you’re just that wonderful and they should just know.

You feel like if you tell people about your work, you’re being sleazy.

Well, consider this.

What if you created the cure for cancer in a lab in Antarctica? What if you didn’t tell anyone you created the cure for cancer? What if you thought, “I’ve worked hard creating this cure. People should know how amazing it is. I shouldn’t have to explain it to them. I want them to come to me here in the frozen-ass wasteland where I live.”

For shame! How dare you hide the cure from the world like that! You have a moral obligation to tell as many people in as many different ways you’ve done this amazing thing.

Telling people you’ve cured cancer is marketing. Helping people understand how valuable the cure is, is sales.

Now, if your cure is just water, and you’re telling people it’s the cure for cancer, then you’re lying & that’s sleazy.

But, there’s nothing inherently wrong with telling people what you offer is valuable, and the best place to do that nowadays is online.

Email

Think about someone asking you to marry them on the first date.

Sure, there might be a situation where you’d say yes (Maybe it’s me: devastatingly handsome, charming, and successful. I get it, but my heart belongs to someone else.), but the chances are you wouldn’t have enough context to make a decision. You barely know the person.

If you ask too early it’s gonna be awkward. Too many people ask for the sale right away and they wonder why they get turned down.

Think of email as a way to court your customer. Help them understand how wonderful you are. You show them you can be a good conversationalist. They have a good time whenever you show up, and eventually they look forward to hearing from you.

That’s what email can do for your business.

Put It All Together

If you apply these three things in juuuuust the right way, you’ll have a successful business that you can run from anywhere in the world.

Don’t know what your fuel is? Tried it before but it didn’t work? Let’s chat about it. This is what I do for a living! I help people turn their experience into a successful business by helping them create their own holy trinity.

If you’ve read this far, let’s talk about how we can make this happen for you. Click the button and it’ll take you to a scheduling page where you can set up a 45 minute brain picking session where I’ll ask you a whole bunch of questions about what you want, and then if we’re a good fit I’ll offer a way we can work together. (You can marry me!)

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How I Got A Company $100,000 of New Business In A Week

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Case Study

Let me walk you through how I got a company more than $100,000+ in new business, and then show you exactly how you can use the same techniques for yourself (even if you’re not a big agency).

A while ago I was hired on at the company as a graphic designer, and over the months I realized I could bring a lot of other skills to the table. The main way I’d promoted my mind reading shows is through email, so I was excited to bring that skill to my job. It was was outside my job description, but it was actually really cool to be able to contribute to a big win that everyone pitched in on. The company I was working with is a social media company that manages accounts for some large brands you’d probably recognize. They had been trying email marketing to drum up business without much success, so I wanted to figure out what was going on.

They purchased a database of 39,000 emails, so the quality of the leads wasn’t exactly top notch. The emails were companies & entrepreneurs who had bought professional services before, but they hadn’t actively signed up to receive emails from the company.

So that was the first clue why it hadn’t been working.

Then I looked at the emails they were sending out. They were pretty, but well polished emails usually are sent from companies, so it gets filtered out by readers. Think about it, when was the last time you spent the time to create a 3 column layout with coordinated graphics & buttons in an email to a friend? Probably just typed something out, and sent it over, right? The numbers show that text-only promotional emails work the best, but it’s the least intuitive for business owners. They want the pretty stuff!

Another speed bump was they could only send the same message to everyone; customized messages weren’t possible because their database wasn’t segmented or categorized.

Solutions

I started out by asking what we were already good at. What were the industries we were already doing excellent work for, and what had they learned from it?

We listed 7 areas that we really knew how to handle, so I asked everyone at the company to pitch in and write informative blog posts that explained how clients had used their services & seen results. The community engagement coordinators also wrote articles around what social media platform was best suited for each industry, and the best way to engage with followers.

Then we created email campaigns for each of the 7 categories that would direct readers to the articles & blog posts. The tone of the emails was more conversational, more personal, and communicated a much more fun personality. My client is a social media company; be fun!

Now that we have the campaigns ready to go, how do we figure out who to send them to?

I’m kinda proud of this one.

I created a landing page on the website. The landing page had a simple form on it that asked them to tell us what industry they’re in so we could send them a report on the best social media practices for that industry. Instead of focusing on what they could do for us (give us their dollars!), we were offering something they would find valuable, first: how to make your own dollars through proper social media use!

When someone fills out the form, it would tag their contact information with the appropriate category which would then trigger the proper email campaign. This way we allowed the contacts in the database to organize themselves without us having to go through 1 by 1 and go looking for it.

Then we wrote the main email that was sent to all 39,000 contacts letting them know who we’d worked with previously (social proof), and then we told them we had unique insight on what works, what doesn’t, and on what platforms so they should click through and let us know what industry they were in so we could get that info to them.

And it worked like a charm.

We had massive open rates on the email, tons of click-throughs to the landing page, and most of the people who saw the landing page filled out the form.

Then they started getting the emails that pointed them to the blog posts that lived on the site. We saw big spikes in traffic, and people were spending time digesting the information.

And it worked.

Within a week there were tons of new, highly qualified leads pouring in. The sales team was now spending their time closing hot leads who were getting in touch with them; they weren’t going out trying to drum up business by cold calling businesses.

As a direct result of that campaign the company landed an alcohol company with more than 50 labels under their umbrella. They decided to sign up with one label to start, and signed another within 3 months. That initial contract was worth more than $100,000 by itself. without including any other client work that came through because of the campaign.

And that’s how I got the company I worked with more than $100,000 in new business! Since then I’ve gone back to performing full time, and I now have time to build this site, but it was a ton of fun working with awesome people who were excited to do good work.

Takeaways

  • Show some personality
  • Use technology to get the right information to the right people
  • Have a system in place that communicates value from multiple angles
  • Educate your potential customers on what you do, why it’s valuable, & how they could do it themselves (Then they’ll see how hard it is, and wind up just hiring you to do it for them!)

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