For a few years, until I moved out of London, I ran a monthly Internet Marketing evening event that was free to attend for absolutely anyone.
I remember we started off in a room in a pub called The Shooting Star near Liverpool street station, and then via a few other venues we finished up in a bar near London Bridge station, and then we ran the last few at the Strand Palace hotel.
I am re-starting it !
The first meeting is being held on Monday the 8th May 2017 at the Strand Palace Hotel, starts 8 o clock..
The format is pretty much the same as before, a format that saw us grow to about 100 people per event and outgrow 3 venues !
It starts with a brief introduction, then either myself or a guest speaker will speak on a topic of relevance to the Internet Marketing community for between 30 and 45 minutes
Followed by Questions and Answers…
And then Networking….
Its free of charge, and no sales pitches or anything.
Everyone is welcome, from Newbie to Professional…
And There is More….
I know not everyone lives in London and can make a Monday evening…
I am going to be holding Meetups in other parts of the country as well…
So anyone interested in a monthly meetup in those cities, please please let me know.
And There is Still More….
About 60% of my customers (that’s you !) live outside the UK.
So I am making both an offer and a challenge.
If you set up a monthly meetup in your city with a decent number of people attending each and every month, then I will visit you at least once a year.
So Australia, West coast USA, East coast USA, South Africa, here I am, call me….
But There is Facebook ……
Yes there is.
Now I know it’s a bit old fashioned of me but I believe that Facebook only works if you have already met somebody.
Because when you talk to them on Facebook you have the real person in your mind’s eye when you pop a message to them.
If you think about the “Know, Like, Trust” process for a moment then communicating with a real person who you have never met via Facebook is lacking something
And that’s why I believe in meeting people face-to-face.
So I better know who you are.
And you better know who I am.
And that’s why I am prepared to put a lot of time and travel into meeting you.
It’s all about the quality of the experience.
Traffic Technique no-one Teaches – But Me
This weekend I was running a 100 club workshop for my coaching students, and then later on I was speaking at a little seminar in the same hotel laid on by Ben Fathers.
And it reminded me of one of the first Internet Marketing events I went to.
I think it was a Mark Anastasi pitch-fest event in Earls Court – London.
You know, one of those events where a succession of people speak for 90 minutes and try to sell a £2000 product.
And there were about 500 people in the audience,I remember thinking, “wow, there are so many buyers here, how can I contact them with a free offer to get on my mailing list”.
Being an upright and honest person I asked Mark if i could issue a flyer.
He said “NO, but you can give out business cards”
So I went back home, found a local printer who would give me fast turnround, and had 500 business cards printed, with the business name on the front, and a free offer on the back.
I went back to the event in the afternoon next day, and gave out something like around 400 business cards.
And you know what ?
About 300 of those people joined my list and took advantage of the free offer that weekend ! And many of those are still with me, almost a decade later…
And I tell people to do that even now. But no-one was doing it at Ben’s event..
I still do it. This what my current business card looks like.
My first free meet up is planned for Monday evening, 8 May.
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A great suggestion by Nick who recommended this tool to me at Ben’s workshop this weekend.
Any tool which helps with spelling and grammar I’m always interested in.
I’m currently using the free version which seems to work very well, I think I might try the paid version later this week…
Movies (Burt Reynolds week?)
I’ve got Almost 1500 movies In my movie collection at home.
Sometimes I like to watch the old movies that I grew up with. So this week I’ve been watching some Burt Reynolds movies.
You forget how good some of these films actually were, Deliverance for instance is still a fantastic movie even in 2017.
Burt Reynolds movies I’ve watched this week,
Deliverance is still a powerful well-made film that doesn’t look out of date even today. Definitely worth watching this film if you haven’t seen it before.
Smokey And The Bandit
Okay I must admit this is a bit of a cheesy movie, but it’s actually a film I’ve never seen from start to finish. I’ve only ever seen bits of it on TV. So this week I decided to sit down and watch the entire movie from start to finish and I have to say this film had me in fits of laughter which is always a good sign.
Any Burt Reynolds marathon wouldn’t be complete without probably the best film Burt Reynolds ever made – Boogie Nights. I just love this film and the amazing soundtrack, an amazing performance by Burt Reynolds and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
All the best,
Last Sunday Dave and I were counting out and checking £23,000 on my Mums dining table, this is the story of how that came about…….
As you may know, dear reader, I am a bit of a fan of electric cars – quieter, faster, and self driving, and especially since my road trip to Scotland and back in a Tesla last year.
So I am afraid it was time to say goodbye to the trusty Evoque, the car that featured in countless sales videos !
My first thought was Land Rover would surely give me a good price for my car?
A local dealer offered me just £20,000 in November (yes 4 months ago !!) which was, frankly, something of an insult.
Okay, so my second thought was I would simply trade my Range Rover in when I collected my new car (a new Tesla Model S).
Tesla were very upfront with me and told me that they would only give me what the car would fetch at auction – which would probably be around £20,000.
So I decided to sell my car privately and listed it on eBay and AutoTrader.
After two weeks, I didn’t have one single enquiry from AutoTrader – however, I had lots of interest from eBay, but still no bids..
And then I started to notice lots of negative stuff in the news about diesel cars….
(The Evoque was diesel engined)
– UK Pollution problems
– VW diesel gate
– Deaths caused by Diesel fumes – nitrogen oxide, on today’s tv
– Should there be a UK diesel scrappage scheme, on today’s tv
– Pollution outside schools
There are talks about banning diesel cars from some cities, or at least bringing in a very expensive tax if you drive your diesel vehicle in the centre of town.
This made me incredibly worried about selling my car, would it affect the value?
Could I sell the car at a sensible price?
Had I left it too late to sell my diesel Evoque?
Then finally last weekend I got a phone call from somebody who said they would like to view my car and if it was OK they would buy it on the spot !! RESULT !!
So Sunday evening at 6 PM, Dave, my mother, and I, were all sitting around the kitchen table wondering who was going to turn up to view my car.
Then my mother asked, thoughtfully, how are they going to pay for the car?
So I replied, “with a bank transfer of course, how else would they pay for the car?”
To which Mum responded “what if they want to pay with cash?”
And my comment was “Nah, who on earth these days would turn up with £23,000 in cash ?”
Well I think I spoke too soon. This young couple turned up to view the car, they took a quick look at the car, didn’t even do a test drive, and said they would take it.
And they said they would pay for it with cash…….
The husband pulled out 2 supermarket carrier bags full of money…….
And then we realised it was all in £20 notes !
(UK banks restrict £50 notes because of money-laundering regulations)
We all spent the next two hours counting £23,000 in cash! I had to check every single note with a security pen! Good thing I had one lying around…
Strange isn’t it ? We are all so used to Internet banking and the cashless card-based economy it really throws you when someone reverts to cash…..
Large amounts of it….
In small denomination notes…..
And the twist in the tale is………
It turns out this couple had recently sold their Chinese restaurant.
I asked them what they do now and they said they had a YouTube channel which they make an income from advertising.
It’s quite an interesting YouTube channel, it’s a channel which shows you how to make Chinese cakes and sweets.
We then proceeded to have a lengthy conversation all about YouTube marketing, funny how things turn out…
I’m looking for 10 more people to beta test my new product
I just finished putting together a brand-new product called Video Hacker Pro.
Video Hacker Pro shows you how to generate high quality traffic for as little as three cents per click.
I’m really just looking for a few beta testers. If you want to get video hacker pro before everybody else have a look at the video below.
London Workshop (Laptop Lifestyle Bootcamp)
I want you to set aside 2 days at the end of March.
Because I am speaking at a 2 day workshop in London run by a friend of mine Ben.
The speaker list is pretty good, with a bunch of people that deliver great content and are really interesting.
When I started out I went to a lot of workshops, and the bit I really enjoyed was talking to all the other people that were there, because they were at the same level I was.
Its called networking !
Its also a great opportunity to get away from the computer, lift your head up, and find out what other people are doing.
And refresh your thinking, shift your horizons.
And while it’s not a holiday, don’t you deserve to give yourself a bit of a break from the daily grind.
And of course you can get to ask questions of the speakers.
I am going to be there and this is your opportunity to come and see me face-to-face and ask me any questions you have buzzing around.
And for those of you who remember my business card strategy……
Here is your opportunity !
See you on the 24th – 26 March.
A Street Cat Named Bob
This is a real feel good movie, a must see, and it’s a true story!!
This is a story about a recovering drug addict living on the streets of London. After a chance encounter with a ginger cat who he decides to name Bob, the busker begins to turn his life around largely thanks to this new feline friendship.
The two soon become a hit with tourists and onlookers due to the extraordinary trust shown between one another, with videos of the pair going viral on the YouTube.
I got the book and the film is really good !
All the best,
Yesterday a large chunk of the Internet stopped working!
As you’re probably aware a lot of things we do online and on our phones uses something called cloud computing and cloud storage.
One of the largest companies on the Internet that handles cloud computing is Amazon S3. Yesterday one of Amazon’s major data centres unexpectedly shut down causing chaos across the Internet!!
Everything from entire websites to tracking programs, mobile apps, email servers and loads more stuff stopped working for around six hours yesterday.
Some of the companies that were affected were:
And the “outage” also affected several people doing product launches yesterday…
Hmmm.. glad I wasn’t one of those…
The stupid thing is this could have all been avoided….
When you upload content to Amazon S3 you have two choices, you can either upload your content to a single server, or you can use their CDN service.
The CDN service replicates your content to multiple locations around the world, so if one data centre fails your content will still work.
Whenever I have something that absolutely has to work I always use Amazon CDN, Amazon calls this Amazon Cloud Front.
Whenever you upload content to Amazon they give you this option however for some reason very few people use it. I guess things might change now…
I’m actually quite shocked that companies like ClickfFunnels and Wickedreports don’t use the Amazon CDN Cloud Front.
I think I am going to write a letter to Clickfunnels and Wickedreports next week about this!!
After all, ClickFunnels is sort of “mission critical”, not just to me but to other people as well and for them to risk hitting their clients businesses like that is.. Well.. at least negligent if not downright careless.
So the simple moral of the story is if you’re using Amazon S3 always create an Amazon cloud front bucket. This will protect you from any data centre outages in the future….
New video on blog – 5K Per Month Case Study
I’ve just uploaded a brand-new video to my blog – 5K Per Month Case Study – Creating videos and getting free traffic.
This is the second video in the series about video marketing. In the first video I shared with you how I get traffic using YouTube advertising and how I made $30,000 using YouTube advertising.
Below is a link to Mondays video.
And a big “thanks” for those of you made all the positive comments and feedback about Mondays video. It was a pleasure making the video for you.
Please let me know if you’d like me to make more videos like this…..
Movies – Snowden
Yesterday I settled down to watch a movie I have been wanting to see for a long time – Snowden.
In case you had forgotten Snowden is the guy that copied loads of secret documents from the NSA in America and released them via Wikipedia to the world.
This is an absolutely brilliant film by Oliver Stone.
This movie is about The NSA’s illegal surveillance techniques, Prism, and if you’ve ever seen the TV show Persons of Interest there are some very interesting parallels, a case of fiction unknowingly parallelling real life !
It’s incredibly gripping and a massive eye-opener. As an Internet entrepreneur this is a must watch!
According to how you see things, Snowden is either a defender of democracy or an out and out traitor..
I suggest you watch it and make your own mind up !
Must go now as I have loads of stuff to do before my road trip to London tomorrow.
Tomorrow I’m heading off to the Broadcast Expo in London, BVE. On the way I am going to stop by the Tesla garage to find out what the ETA is on my new car.
All the best,