Do you do public speaking? Then you've got an automatic list machine!
Remember that in business, your fortune is in your follow-up. And publishing an ezine is the easiest, most automatic, and least expensive way to do this for you. The key is getting as many prospects on your list as possible - ethically.
Whenever I'm the featured speaker at an event, I make sure to give the audience members an easy way to sign up for my ezine. There are generally three ways to do this:
1. The Signup Sheet
It's amazing what peer pressure will do - it's rare you'll see someone pass on your sheet without adding their name and e-mail! I even had someone who was already on my list sign up on the sheet at an event. She told me later she didn't want to look like she was the only one holding out. :)
2. The Presentation Notes
I've seen many speakers who use PowerPoint announce to the audience that they can get a free copy of the entire presentation if they simply hand in their business card. Then as an aside, they mention that you'll also get a free subscription to their ezine.
Sounds like a slam dunk, right?
However, when I've seen this in action, I notice that not everyone hands their card in, so this will ONLY work well if you give a dynamite presentation and the audience really wants a copy of it.
3. The Prize Drawing!
This one's my favorite.
It's amazing how grown adults go nuts when the speaker announces she/he is going to give away something for FREE. I swear you could raffle off toenail clippings, and people will climb all over each other to get their business card in the bowl!
When I speak, I'm usually selling my Boost Business With Your Own EZINE System, so what I do is first explain what that includes. Then, I'll throw in a bonus program, such as my Secret, Simple Formula to Writing a WEB PAGE That Sells.
After I review all the benefits these programs bring, I pause, smile, and say, “Who here would like to get this all right now. . . for FREE?"
This is when people jump up and go "Ooo, ooo, me! Me me me!"
I say, “Great, because I'm going to give away one now! Please get out your business cards, and my assistant Liz will come around and collect them. Make sure you have a chance to win! You'll also get a free subscription to my award-winning Straight Shooter Marketing ezine, which will give you tips on marketing your business online and offline. "
(NOTE: I want you to actually rehearse saying this so it's extremely smooth and confident. Remember, they'll see your offer as YOU see your offer. You want them clamoring to get on your list!)
If it makes you more comfortable, you can tell the audience that if they do NOT want to be subscribed to your ezine, they can put a “NO" on their card. I did this for over a year, but I found that during that entire time of speaking to thousands of people, only ONE person had ever written “no"! So I don't even bother anymore.
My rule now is if you want the chance to win, you get signed up. Hey, it's tough love, but it's good for them. My ezine could change their life! :)
Remember, people you meet in person will be your MOST valuable subscribers, because they've already met you. And we're all more likely to buy from others whom we know, like, and trust.
© 2003-2005 Alexandria K. Brown
Online entrepreneur Alexandria K. Brown, “The E-zine Queen, " is creator of the award-winning ‘Boost Business With Your Own E-zine’ system. To learn more about this step-by-step program, and to sign up for her FREE how-to articles and FREE audio class, visit http://www.EzineQueen.com