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  1. The answer is simple: 1. Find more people who really need your stuff. 2. Get them to start and build relationships with you. 3. Convince them that your stuff will meet their needs, better than their other options. Doing these things effectively is a little more complex. Here's how: http://bit.ly/SdhSVu
  2. Hi Everybody, I'm impressed with the volume of entries mentioned above. Can't stop thinking about the direct mail offer a new employer made before I got there. He sent out 5,000 letters asking people to complete a computer survey, in exchange for a free Swiss Army Knife. He got 350 responses. Trouble was, the letter was sent to top executives. 50 employees were tasked with the follow-up. Not a single computer was sold. Turned out that the surveys were mostly completed by mail room clerks who just wanted Swiss Army Knives. To me that was a big lesson in making sure that whatever you offer, contest, freebie, etc., has some direct relevance to what you ultimately want to sell. Otherwise you hear mainly from people who want the prize, but could care less about what you're selling. If the administrative overhead to follow-up on 1,000 responses is not too great, then this might not be such a worry. If it is, however, then even 25 qualified responses would be much better 1,000; cost-wise, time-wise and sales-wise.
  3. Hello Everybody, I've found that offering free information, that is especially valuable to my target market, to be very effective; be it in written, downloadable pieces, webinars, web sites, and posting/commenting in social networks. Regards, Ray Cobel
  4. Hello Everybody, I agree with Traci about Amazon S3 and Dropbox. I would add Evernote.com to those. It lets you copy and save stuff, then access it from any computer or smart phone. gMail is a cloud service; also available from any computer or smart phone. BatchBook.com is a cloud based CRM system; it syncs with Google Contacts and mail. I'm starting to look real hard at Google Apps: Main URL: http://www.google.co...apps/business/ Learning URL: http://learn.googleapps.com I'm attracted to Google Apps because: There's a ton of them available Many are free; most are low priced making them very attractive to small businesses VAs could turn selected ones into real money makers Regards, Ray Cobel
  5. Hello Everybody, What a Community! So glad to be here. My name is Ray Cobel. I've been doing business virtually for over ten years, and have been an Entrepreneur for over 20 years. Prior to that I worked for 20 years as an employee, at an executive level, with extensive experience in: marketing, sales, planning, recruiting, training, writing and management; in a variety of industries. If you want more specifics you can see them at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/raycobel. Pretty impressive huh, for a guy who's still only 39. . .just kidding (about the age). Doing business virtually fascinates the heck out of me; especially now that free technology has proliferated and advanced so much. Huge logistical and financial barriers have fallen making it feasible for the masses to join in. Still, doing business means being able to attract, start, build and maintain RELATIONSHIPS. I've found that in spite of all the technological advancements, the elements of the natural human relationship building process haven't changed much at all. Virtual business success still depends on your ability to effectively engage in the relationship process, without actually being there. The good news is that it's most definitely do-able, and learnable. Just don't make the same marketing mistake that this guy does. When I first went virtual I focused on the real estate industry. I became an expert at a cloud based application called TopProducer. This, combined with my marketing/sales/technology knowledge and experience, enabled me to effectively do business with well over 100 virtual clients, located throughout the U.S. I believe that the long-term trend in work is toward Entrepreneuring, and doing business virtually; computerization, automation, outsourcing, globalization and ever accelerating change are driving it. . .hard. People in this VA Community are smart to be getting ahead of the curve. About two years ago I reached a point in my life where I wanted to share what I've learned throughout my career, in a way that would be especially helpful to Entry Level Entrepreneurs who want to do business virtually. It has taken me all of the last two years to put my concept together (online, of course), and I believe you're going find it to be quite valuable. You'll find comprehensive, free, Introductory Entrepreneur Training there to get you started. Check it out it at: http://DesignYourOwnJob.net. I'm very thankful that this Community exists, and I'm looking forward to participating in it with you, and getting to know you personally. Sincerely, Ray Cobel
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