I want to corrupt you

I’ll admit:

I get my jollies seeing these social media guru types and their shenanigans.

So when one of this bizarre breed posted in my LinkedIn feed about “transparency” and “authenticity”, I got to thinking…

First, I fear those are becoming buzz words and rapidly losing all meaning.  Second, it’s ridiculous that anyone would need help on how to be authentic.  Third, he claims he’s the same guy whether he’s on social media, or with friends, or with the in-laws, or with clients.

Newsflash: that’s not transparency.

That’s insanity.

I’m no shrink but that might even make you a bit of a sociopath.

(Yes I realize a few emails ago I encouraged transparency.  I never meant TOTAL transparency.  Please…for all of our sakes, keep some mystery.  Go here if you want the gist of that lovely message: The Howard Stern method of dealing with critics)

Psychologists know well we all wear different personas.

It’s healthy.  It’s called being socially aware.  It’s true that as I get older, I’m less inhibited and more likely to speak my mind (and not give a crap about it either)…but there’s still work Conor, Dad Conor, spending time with buddies Conor, on a date Conor, etc.

If they were identical it would lead to some interesting outcomes I bet.

Besides that, what he’s pushing is patently false.

All of the big social media types are doing some kind of persona.

Marketing gurus, celebrities, well-known business people – all have deliberate and well-managed public images (and they often pay consultants big bucks to help them with this).   It’s not that they’re not being themselves; it’s that they’re amplifying certain aspects of their personality to suit the brand or image they’ve – key word – strategically chosen to create.

Teach that.

Not this other garbage.

Thus, let it be said The Muscle is not an “influencer”.  Don’t be influenced.  I’m a corruptor.  Be corrupted.  It’s much more profitable, let me assure you.  Mindless gurus like this – if you let them influence you – will have you spinning your wheels faster than a sports car in a blizzard.

Instead, create a persona people enjoy.

(So says, ahem…The Muscle.)

This is naught more complicated than putting the spotlight on selected parts of you (which are yet true to you…just maybe pumped up a bit for dramatic effect) and weave this thread throughout the narrative of your marketing.  Your personal uniqueness then becomes like a trademark that stamps all of your messaging and helps you stand out.

Besides, if you have to keep reminding everyone you’re authentic, is that still authentic?

Alright, rant over.

Bottom line:

Never email while under the “influence”.

If you’d like to profit from my corrupt ways…

And get done-for-you emails that feel authentic to you but nevertheless sell you better than “having-beers-with-friends” you…

Let’s start with a “no-fuss” Free Brainstorm Call.

Come over to the Dark Side here:

http://calendly.com/conorkel/emailincome

Note that I’m not available to start projects right away (as I’m busy with my other clients’ projects), so the sooner we figure out if it’s a fit, the sooner we can get your awesomeness into the queue.

That’s my bit for today.

Happy Influence-Resisting,

Conor Kelly

a.k.a. The Muscle @ Marketing Muscle

How to tell a wannabe from a badass email marketing motherf*cker

My email two weeks ago Is The Muscle Kitschy? prompted this reply from subscriber and best-selling author John “Coach Bru” Brubaker:

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Dear Real Estate Agent,

The Muscle is NOT kitschy.

The Muscle is a bad ass email marketing mother f*cker.

The end.

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My name is The Muscle.

And I approved this message.

Btw, John’s book Stadium Status is damn near one of the best business books I’ve ever read.  I honestly think ANY business owner would have to be either a bit slow or mad as a bag of ferrets to not buy it, read it, dog-ear it, underline it, and put its principles into action today.  Grab your copy here: https://coachbru.com/product/stadium-status-taking-business-big-time/ .

That’s not an affiliate link.  Just a sincere recommendation.

Also, if you can stomach the occasional f-bomb (it’s only when he gets excited…which is a lot) I’d get involved with everything Coach Bru has to offer.  It’s bang on.

In a moment I’ll tell you why John’s statement is apt, and what it means for you.

But first, an observation.

As someone who’s been involved in the fitness industry for 20 years, here’s something I’ve noticed: trainers who give their clients one type of program (usually based on whatever’s getting the most hype these days), and train themselves completely differently.

This always struck me as odd.

Especially when you consider that the goals in themselves aren’t that different.  Be healthy.  Gain strength.  Burn fat.  Build muscle.  Why are trainers bogarting their best secrets, leaving their clients to toil in mediocrity?

Now my clients aren’t as strong as me.

And they’ll typically need more foundational work (which is stability, flexibility, activation of weak or underperforming muscles).  They’ll likely be on a dialed down version and never train on my full blown “beast mode” program.  But I’ve long thought the PRINCIPLES should be the same.

The best trainers preach what they practice.

So it is with copywriters.

One of my “insider tips” on how to find and hire a good copywriter is to study how they market themselves.

To my point:

When I sing the sweet praises of email, I’m not just blowing smoke up your backside.  Not only am I teaching and demonstrating my chops each week with these messages…I’m using email myself to grow my business.  And it consistently delivers me new clients.

I wouldn’t tell you to do it otherwise, just like I wouldn’t base your workout program on some weird exercises I would never do myself.

It’s not at all hard to figure out what a marketer is about by checking out their blog, emails, opt-in bribes, etc.  And if they don’t have those things I’d question why.

Alright, that concludes this PSA.

If you’d like done-for-you emails written by someone once described as a “badass email marketing mother*cker”, get your Free Brainstorm Call easier than sliding down a greased up pole here:

http://calendly.com/conorkel/emailincome

Be sure to book today as my calendar is quickly filling up.

Happy Emailing,

Conor Kelly

a.k.a. The Muscle @ Marketing Muscle

My new dating strategy for 2019

Dating’s changed in the last decade.

There’s online dating, tindering, bumbling…

But what is there for the discerning gentleman who’s ready to consider, shall we say, a more strategic approach?

Here’s the idea in a nutshell:

You place a personal ad in the classified section of a local magazine.  Do a bit of research before selecting which one.  For instance, if you’re looking for an executive or a professional you might try a board of trade newsletter.  You’ll catch a different type of fish in that pond than in the local dailies.

In your ad, describe your value proposition.

What are YOU bringing to the table?

What features and benefits?

Are you a successful lawyer?  Six-foot-two and built like a Greek God?

Put that in there, along with a one-liner about your ideal mate:

“Seeks erudite, worldly, fun and sporty woman for general dating and romance.”

Using words like erudite, worldly, and sporty helps qualify your prospect.  Any woman that self-identifies with these traits is likely to be educated, well-established and into some form of physical activity.

Then, you need a call-to-action, eee gee:

“Visit this website for more info: eligiblebachelor.com.”

The website is your landing page.  Here again, you want to reassure her she’s in the right place.  Restate your value.  Maybe upload a couple of well-chosen pics of you, and maybe with other people who look like they’re having fun.

That’s your “social proof”.

Next, you need to fill in the blanks about your target market.  Is she a single mother, or a career woman with no kids?  Be specific.  The more it resonates, the more she’ll become interested.  Less compatible candidates will disqualify themselves.  This saves you the trouble of doing it.

And the final test?

Another CTA:

“If you’d like to start a chat, fill out the form on the right.”

This form might ask her to provide a picture, a brief bio, and what she’s interested in.

Finally, you look over all your web submissions.  You’re now in a position to pick and choose who you want to learn more about.  And with your landing page (which is really a sales letter) you’ve made her jump through so many hoops that when you do finally make “first contact”, she’s excited to hear from you.

What say you?

I might be on to something here.

Either that, or I’ve been working too much and it’s encroaching on my personal life…

The ways of love may be mysterious, but the ways of marketing, thankfully, are not.

To effortlessly make new love connections with a steady stream of your best clients, request your Free Brainstorm Call with Yours Muscularly over yonder:

http://calendly.com/conorkel/emailincome

Happy Dating,

Conor Kelly
a.k.a. “The Muscle” @ Marketing Muscle

P.S.  I’m clearly having fun with the above but it’s also one of the most succinct explanations of direct-response marketing you’ll ever come across.  Word to the wise: I’d print this out, read it over 10 times, and put aside 30 minutes to brainstorm how you can apply this to your business.

P.P.S. As the late, great marketing genius and hall-of-fame copywriter Gary Halbert once said:

“There are very few problems in life that can’t be solved with a good sales letter.”

Tell The Muscle your problems:

http://calendly.com/conorkel/emailincome 

Is The Muscle “kitschy”?

“Would you jump into a pool without water?  No.  The splash is what keeps you alive.  Splash is life.”

– Gina Linetti, Brooklyn 99

Here’s the story:

When I first hung up my shingle as an email specialist, I was doing some cold calls to drum up clients.  One real estate agent in my area had mailed out a booklet with coupons to some of the neighborhood businesses, which I thought was a great idea.

So I called him up.

I said, “You seem like a guy who’s open to some new ideas about marketing…”

I asked him if he used email, and he did.  But he was more or less doing what every real estate agent does which is to send yawningly dry market updates or only email when they have a new listing.

I suggested we try something different to help him stand out.

Even add some (gasp!) entertainment to spice things up.

His reply?

“I don’t know…that can be kitschy.”

Based on the reaction of my mastermind group when I told this story (it sent them rushing to the Googletionary to look up “kitschy”) I should probably help you out:

Kitschy adj considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality.

“Cheesy” might be a good synonym.

Now…

By no means am I proposing you become the email equivalent of a monkey that plays the accordion.

And you do not need to bowl folks over with your charisma as The Muscle is wont to do (you try keeping a lid on all this animal magnetism).  However, adding “splashes” of personality is one of the key ways we attract interest.

A lot of business owners are scared to death of looking “unprofessional”.  That’s not what we’re talking about here.  Just be a person.  That’s the essence of personality.  Don’t be plain icing.  Add sprinkles of “you” on top.

Retail Marketing Institute recently wrote that 70.9% of customers would STOP doing business with someone and go somewhere else if it was more FUN.

You see, people will say they want to be informed but the truth is they’d rather be entertained.  There’s no amount of information that will make a video go viral.  That’s why your best case scenario is to “infotain” your list with a smattering of both info and fun.

(This is also how you “get away with” emailing more often and “selling” in every email, btw.)

And what of our real estate agent who so wantonly spurned my muscular ways?

I guarantee he’s costing himself sales (and probably a lot of notoriety too).

In the words of advertising legend and original “mad man” David Ogilvy (who the character of Don Draper in Mad Men was based on):

Tell the truth but make truth fascinating.  You know, you can’t bore people into buying your product.  You can only interest them in buying it.

Splash is life.

To add a little sumthin’-sumthin’ to your email campaigns, request your Free Brainstorm Call and dive in here:

http://calendly.com/conorkel/emailincome

Alright, that’s enough pounding the pulpit for one day.

Let’s put an end to this before it gets too “garish”.

Happy Entertaining,

Conor Kelly

a.k.a. The Muscle @ Marketing Muscle

P.S. People sometimes worry I’ll make them sound like “muscle-lite”.  Not so.  It’s about (a) knowing your market and (b) sharing your personality.  And I use a proven system for both.  Here’s a recent comment from a client:

“I am INCREDIBLY impressed with your content…it’s in MY voice, and ACCURATE!!!”

— Stephen Bach, The Digital Docs, thedigitaldocs.com

Mirror selfies and the end of civilization

Meet Lazar Angelov.

He’s Facebook’s premier Bulgarian fitness model/personal trainer.  I’ve never met him, but coincidentally he trains at the same gym I sometimes frequent when I’m in Sofia.

In “Fakebook” terms, his following is HUGE.

His marketing basically consists of posting wax ‘n tan shirtless pics of himself in various locales.   This daily ab-check garners hundreds of thousands of likes, and thousands of comments.

(Isn’t that one of the signs of the apocalypse?)

Besides foreshadowing our impending doom as a species, it’s a pretty good racket.   He’s got a great physique and a photogenic look which seems to be enough for him to build a fan base he can besiege with his online personal training programs.

So one day I thought, “I can do that,” and figured I’d try the whole ab-domination routine.

‘Twas a mere two mirror-selfies later that I elected to scrap the idea.

Why?

It just ain’t me.

The Muscle don’t play that.

Heck, I never even wear tank-tops in public.

So instead I recommitted to doing it like Sinatra, my way, by flexing my digits against the keyboard of my laptop.  And aren’t you glad I do…

(Newsflash: no one really wants to see gym change room selfies anyway – unless you’re 1. a Jersey Shore reject, 2. a major creeper, or 3. Mark Zuckerberg…see #2).

Not hashing Lazar’s gig.  It works for him.  And the audience he appeals to would rather watch his body talk than read his emails – which I can vouch for having read his emails.

Here’s the point:

Prize poodle though he be on social media’s hierarchy of “hotness”, he still needs to pull people off Facebook (and get their email addy) to sell to them.  And he does.  His posts often include a link to his free report with a call to action.

Unless I miss my guess, based on the size of his following he’s doing a pretty penny selling e-books with badly written emails.  Now if he had good copy…

Here’s point #2:

If you’ve got any kind of consistent traffic, whether it’s a social media following or a physical location that gets foot traffic, it’s quick and easy to build an email list you can nurture to create more loyal customers and a near instant surge in cash flow.  A list that can’t be de-platformed, de-ranked, banished or otherwise taken away from you.

For help with the above, sail the cyber seas to request your Free Brainstorm Call here:

http://calendly.com/conorkel/emailincome

I have but one rule…

No mirror-selfies allowed.

Happy Ab-Checking-In-Private,

Conor Kelly

a.k.a  The Muscle @ Marketing Muscle

The MYTH of hard work

Maybe you needed to hear this today:

It’s a video I made in 2017 about how all these social media gurus hype “hustle” and “grind” as though they were the be-all and end-all of entrepreneurship.  Yeah you need a certain amount of persistence.  No question.

But you also need vision.

And smart systems.

One of my early mentors liked to say that when you motivate someone who’s going downhill all you’re doing is speeding them up.   Instead, stop them.  And educate them.

On that note, here’s a little chicken soup for the slacker’s soul:

There’s a secret 9-word email being used by the world’s most elite marketers that is cashing in BIG for a few lucky list owners.  The best story I heard so far is one of my colleagues used it to sell a $50M super yacht.

Yes I know how weird that sounds.

But it’s also true.

There was a bit more back and forth required to close the deal, but that simple 9-word message initiated it.

Here’s the catch:

I’ve seen this work like gangbusters in some markets, and utterly flop in others.

What those “magic” 9 words are…

Whether your industry is a fit…

And literally dozens more high-level email tactics and strategies…

All are to be found “inside” your Free Brainstorm Call with Yours Muscularly:

http://calendly.com/conorkel/emailincome

The levers we need are all around us.  They’re the tiny marketing hinges that swing open big doors through which profits flood in.  Smart email and smart copy are two of the best examples in my battle-tested experience.

Less “hustle”…

More leverage.

Happy Slacking,

Conor Kelly

The Muscle @ Marketing Muscle

P.S. I’ve been rocking the Celtic red beard for a while but watching this video I’m wondering if it’s not time to go back to clean-shaven…decisions, decisions.

5 reasons why every author should market themselves with email

Dear Fellow Writer,

If you’re an author who’d like to build a following, sell more books, and be seen as the go-to person in your industry, then this article will show you how – by using simple emails.

Without further ado, here are 5 reasons why every author should market themselves using email:

 

REASON #1: Publishing has changed.

The Internet (and Amazon) have changed the publishing game.  Gone are the days of big advances or publishers putting major marketing bucks behind a book launch.  In fact, unless you’re already a celebrity of some kind, the expectation is you’ll market your own books, whether you choose to self-publish or not.

So why would you choose to market yourself with email?

Everything’s moving online.  Heck, people are even ordering groceries from Amazon now.  And online, email is king.  No other medium on the World Wide Web is putting more sales into spreadsheets than email.  As Forbes reported in June 2018, email marketing is not dead at all.

Not everybody checks Facebook every day, but the average person checks their email five times per day.  Email is pervasive, global, and foundational to way we communicate as a culture.  And it will be for the foreseeable future.

Email has the highest ROI of any form of marketing (4300% according to The Direct Marketing Association).  Fully 60% of business owners say email is their most profitable marketing channel.  And according to McKinsey, a consultancy, you’re about 40% more likely to get a customer from email than from social media.

So the real question is what is it costing you not to market yourself with email?

 

 

REASON #2: Build your audience.

There is simply no better way to build a rabid following than with email.  While Facebook claims 2 Billion accounts…a full 25% of those are fake.  Email, on the other hand, boasts a hefty 6.32 Billion active accounts, making it 5x bigger than Facebook.

But the #1 reason to build a thriving email list?  You OWN your list.  It’s yours.  You can download that sucker and re-upload it somewhere else.  You can communicate with your list in the manner of your choosing.  There’s no one who can tell you otherwise.  And there’s no one who can take your list away from you.

You don’t own your social media followers.

An email list, especially a responsive one, is an asset.  Arguably the best asset you can have.

If you want to establish yourself as a leader, and the go-to person in your niche, the fastest way to do that is by regularly publishing high-quality content to a loyal legion of “fans”.  It becomes your “platform” for getting published and selling books, or whatever else you want to sell.

 

REASON #3: Sell more books.

You can engage, motivate, inspire, and SELL in ways you never could using social media.  All of this as a welcome guest in their inbox.

The best analogy I’ve heard for how to do this comes from email marketing great, Matt Furey.  He said to think of talk radio hosts like Howard Stern and how they’ve built they’re audiences.  Every day (or every week) your subscribers tune in to your “show” because they want the latest.  They want to read what you have to say.

Bottom line, your readers become more loyal to you with every email you send.

Imagine your favorite food is chocolate chip cookies. And every day I show up to your house in the afternoon with one freshly baked, chocolate chip cookie, just how you like it. How quickly are you going to love seeing me and hearing from me? The answer is almost immediately. When you do email marketing the right way, the result for your customers is the same.

 

REASON #4: Sell more other stuff.

Are you ready for the best part?  Once you have a throng of loyal subscribers, you can pretty much sell them anything.  They’re already sold on you.  In addition to your books you can offer events, courses, and high-ticket coaching programs.  Whatever you’re passionate about that you also know your followers want.

In this way, you mine the “acres of diamonds” in your backyard. You build out your suite of products and services to dramatically grow your income.  And your marketing dollars stretch further with email.  That’s because the relentless “drip marketing” effect nurtures the relationship and improves sales on the “back end”.

 

REASON #5: Attract other marketing opportunities.

Finally, email done well attracts other marketing opportunities.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received referrals, requests for speaking engagements, or created joint venture partnerships, simply because someone on my list forwarded one of my emails.

The key is to be interesting.  If you’re interesting, you’ll get noticed.  When you get noticed, this will attract opportunities that were never even on your radar.  That’s when the journey gets really fun!

 

“But won’t I annoy people with too many emails?”

If your current emails are simply telling your customers and prospects about promotions and things going in your business, you shouldn’t be sending 1-2x per month, you should never be sending.

Why?

Because the best email marketing programs make the emails about the customer, not the business. They speak to their interests, attracting their attention and then gently compel them to buy more of your products and services. It’s a win-win. The customers love reading the emails, and your business wins because every email you send increases profits and revenue.

More than 60% of customers (those 25 or older in particular) would prefer to be contacted by brands via email (Adobe “Email Use 2017 – US Report“, 2018).  It is possible to get people “hooked” on your particular brand of emails.  Why not give them their regular dopamine rush?

 

CONCLUSION

If you want to grow your status as an author, email is the way to do it.  It establishes your positioning, and lets you sell more based on the credibility you’re building.  But here’s the catch:  Copywriting – i.e. writing to sell and persuade – and email marketing are different skill sets than most authors who write content, possess.

I know plenty of authors who’ll email their list a weekly article or something, but they’re not making many sales.  If you have a passion for learning copywriting, I encourage you to pursue it.  If not, it’s easier than you think to hire a professional copywriter like me.  Sure, the best of us aren’t cheap.  But the results are astronomical.  Having great copy in your emails and on your sales pages can literally transform your business overnight.

You’re a writer.  You get it.  Words matter.  And high-converting words make all the difference.

Good luck on your email marketing journey.  It’s a rewarding one, I promise you.

And if there’s anything I can do to help, it would be my pleasure.  Simply book your no-stress, Free Brainstorm Call here:

http://calendly.com/conorkel/emailincome

 

ABOUT CONOR KELLY

Conor Kelly is a leading copywriter, email marketing specialist, and publisher of the “Small Business Marketing” Newsletter.  He also publishes daily email marketing tips on his website at http://www.ConorKelly.com .  He specializes in helping authors, speakers, and coaches sell more books, courses, and high-ticket coaching programs.  His emails are read by people all over Canada, The U.S.A., Europe, and Africa.