Did you know that it’s simply not possible to build your business on your own?
Did you know that every business that becomes something of a success got that way, not because of one person doing it all, but because one person inspired a team and together they created a successful business.
The question for most of us in business, is just how do you go about building your team?
How do you get people to help you build your business?
Why would somebody want to help you?
And how do you incentives them to step up to the plate and put some real effort into helping to build your business?
There are a few stages of business growth and at each stage, the formula for attracting the help you need is going to be different.
In the mid 1990’s when a little start up with an odd name called Amazon.com got underway, they knew they needed to reach out to a lot of people, but that they didn’t have the resources to do much about it.
Never to be deterred, the founder, Jeff Bezos, literally invented the affiliate program. By incentivizing their customers to refer others to their web site, they created what would become an industry leading company in just a few short years.
In the earliest phases of your business, you can and should borrow this model and find as many ways as possible to offer incentives to people, businesses, and list owners that are different from the everyday.
For instance, most people who write to me make essentially the same offer. They say in effect, “promote my widget to your list and I’ll share a small percentage of the sales you generate with you.”
Can you see why I’m simply not excited by this kind of offer? Not only are they common, they completely fail to take into account the fact that there is real work and real risk involved in sending anything to a list I’ve worked really hard to build.
If you were to think outside of the box, you might make a better offer and get much better results too. What if you could offer a list owner a full 100% of the sales they generate for you on a front-end offer, and then you could keep 100% of any and all back-end offers and upsells?
I would respond to that kind of offer and so would many other list owners too.
What if you made that offer to past customers of yours? I’ll bet many of them would jump at the chance to tell their friends, especially if they have had a great experience with your company.
The idea that I want you to take away from this is simply that if you want bigger success, you’ve got to do things that other people are either unwilling or unable to do.
Thinking up new an innovative ways to interest people in promoting your web site, your offers, your products is what separates those that struggle from those that get to live the good life.
A great question to start asking right now is, “What would it take in order for you, Mr. Listowner, to jump at the chance to tell your list about my products?”
If you don’t know the answer, start asking some list owners, business owners, friends, and business associates for some ideas. And always, always, always be on the lookout for offers that catch your attention so that you can borrow those ideas to use in your own business too.
Personally, I watch companies like Amazon.com because they always seem to be coming up with many new an innovative ways to get more people to their web site.
And, I have borrowed many of their ideas and used them with my own business and those of many of my clients as well.
Now, go ahead and come up with something that you feel confident you can do to build your business and feel free to share it with me, if you want some honest feedback.