Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Don't Build a List, Build a Community

To ensure that you never miss an issue, please whitelist our email.
If you would like to unsubscribe, please click here.
Early to Rise
Issue No. 3126 - $1.00 Home Archives Contact Us Privacy Policy
Tuesday November 9, 2010

"Next to doing the right thing, the most important thing is to let people know you are doing the right thing."

John D. Rockefeller

Don't Build a List, Build a Community
By MaryEllen Tribby

"Mom, Mikaela has Bieber Fever!" Connor yelled across the family room.

Without thinking I asked, "Is it contagious?"

Without missing a beat he said, "Not for me -- but I think Delanie has caught it as well. Look in Mikaela's room and see for yourself."

The minute I entered the hallway and heard the angelic sounds of teen pop sensation Justin Bieber pleading with me to "never say never," I knew exactly what Connor was talking about.

I opened the door to Mikaela's bedroom and peered in. My beautiful five-year-old Delanie was dancing on her sister's bed, a brush "microphone" in hand, singing every syllable along with Justin. And Mikaela -- my soon-to-be-12-year-old -- gazed into the mirror with a smile so big you could practically see her dreaming of becoming Mrs. Bieber.

As I stood there watching my girls, I counted no fewer than 57 pictures of JB around the room. Mikaela is not just on the list of Justin's fans. She is part of the "I love Justin Bieber" community!

Later, reflecting on the experience, I could not help but note the correlation to business. In fact, Mikaela's "Bieber Fever" reminded me of one of the biggest mistakes online businesses make.

Bigger Isn't ALWAYS Better

  • "List Building on Steroids"

  • "Massive List Growth"

  • "Mega List Building"

  • "Build a List of 100,000 Names While You Sleep"

Statements like these are bandied about all the time in the Internet marketing world. But what the gurus doing the bandying often forget to tell you is that the number of names you have shouldn't be your top priority.

The fact is, you can have a list of ten million names... but if they aren't responding to your offers, they are worth nothing to you.

So how do you get your list to be responsive?

First of all, you need to stop seeing your list members as e-mail addresses... and realize that behind each name is a real live person.

Then you must focus your attention on engaging, enlightening, entertaining, and educating them.

When you manage to do all four, you'll have the makings of a "community" that you can effectively market to -- a group of like-minded people with similar challenges, wants, needs, likes, and dislikes.

Until you understand this, all the PPC ads, joint ventures, search engine marketing, media buys, direct-mail messages, banner ads, and dedicated e-mails in the world will not do you one bit of good.

The Wealth-Building and Success Advice ETR Is Known For -- Plus A LOT More...

We've come up with a way to let you in on Michael Masterson's private communications -- the ones he normally reserves for his paying clients, business associates, family, and close friends.

These messages contain the greatest wealth-creating secrets Michael has ever conjured up... and have been directly responsible for one of his client's meteoric success as a $300-million-a-year global operation.

And now, you can have unrestricted access to them.

The 10 Core Principles of Building a Community

1. Decide on Your Distribution Channel(s): Before people can join your community, they need to hear from you. You can create a blog, a newsletter, videos, webinars, teleconferences, and/or membership websites to get your message out to the people you are trying to connect with.

2. Give Value: Too many Internet entrepreneurs are afraid to give away valuable information. Instead, they give away useless fluff. Then they don't understand why "their community" will not buy their products! Show that you are a "giver" first and the sales will follow.

3. Say It Loud/Say It Proud: When you communicate with your community, always take a stand. Don't vacillate on issues. Make your heroes and enemies well-known.

4. Be Authentic: I know "authenticity" has become such a buzzword lately... but you have to be true to who you are. Don't try to be your competitor, your best friend, or the person your mother wants you to be. Be you. If your message is not coming from your heart, your community will sense that you're being insincere.

5. Create Disciples: A little TLC goes a long way. When you see someone in your community who needs special attention, give it to her. Over-deliver on EVERY promise you make. And always be willing to refund someone's money -- even if he asks for it after the "official" refund period has ended.

6. R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Do not send any promotions or editorial content that you don't believe in. Make sure you have checked out every product and person BEFORE you introduce them to your community.

7. Repetition: Communicating with your community once every four months just doesn't cut it. I'm not saying you have to send them an e-newsletter every day. But keep in mind that the more value you give your community, the more committed to you they will be.

8. Walk the Walk: Your commitment to your community and your message should show with every step you take. Don't say one thing and do another.

9. Perfection Is Overrated (and in most cases unobtainable): Don't be afraid to show your flaws. We are all human. We all have the same 24 hours in a day. Sometimes things don't get done. Sometimes things fall through the cracks. Sometimes we make mistakes. When those things happen, don't try to hide it. Explain... and move on.

10. Connect Others Freely: Two heads are better than one, and three are better than two. If you realize that one of your connections will make a huge difference in someone else's life, make the introduction without expecting anything in return.

Adhere to these principles and you won't just have a list of "names" to market to. You'll have hordes of fans screaming to get their hands on everything you have to offer.

Seth Godin calls it a "tribe." Dan Kennedy calls it a "herd." I like the good old-fashioned term "community." Whatever you chose to call it, realize how powerful it is to have this collective of like-minded people all devoted to YOU and YOUR message. Never forget that your group invests their time, money, and faith in you. A "list" of "e-mail addresses" can't do that. But real live people can.

If you are ready to start building your community and you're looking for specific, actionable advice from someone who has been successfully building communities for more than a quarter of a century (hint: me!)... check out my presentation at Early to Rise's Info-Marketing Bootcamp, going on right now in beautiful Delray Beach. If you weren't able to make it to the live event, you can still get the recordings -- not just of me, but a dozen of my fellow expert marketers and business builders in action.

[Ed. Note: MaryEllen Tribby, ETR's former publisher and CEO, followed her lifelong dream and started a new company, Working Moms Only, to help women balance work and family life. Keep an eye out for her columns in ETR on the challenges facing working moms, on marketing, business building, and more. And check out the Working Moms Only website and sign up for MaryEllen's free e-letter, here.]

"Info-Marketing Bootcamp topped them all."

"I have been to many seminars over the years, but ETR's Info-Marketing Bootcamp topped them all. It was equivalent to earning a master's degree in Internet Marketing in four days. I refer to my Bootcamp notes every week, and continue to get great marketing ideas from them."

"One example: We had no idea videos were so important in driving traffic to our website. We added videos to our website immediately after Bootcamp, and saw traffic increase significantly. We are now producing our own videos to go on YouTube and also on our website."

Bob Rubenstein

Just One Secret Could Be Worth $10,000 To You (or More)

Whether you're wanting to start your own online business or already have one that's up and running, ETR's "All-In-One" Home Business Kit has everything you need to take things to the next level.

You'll be learning cutting-edge secrets at strategies from leading experts like:

  • Michael Masterson
  • Perry Marshall
  • Andrew Lock Rich Schefren
  • Joshua Boswell
  • Drayton Bird
  • And more!

Just one secret... one tip... one insight... could easily put an extra $10,000 in your pocket.

Because everything you'll be learning from them is geared to making you and your business far more profitable.

To get started go here.

Today's Words That Work: Postprandial

Postprandial  (post-PRAN-dee-ul) -- from the Latin for a late breakfast or lunch -- describes something that happens or is done after a meal.

Example (as used by Sylvan Fox in Newsday): "When I wake up in the morning, I can have my usual breakfast -- a slightly bizarre concoction of three kinds of cold cereal topped with grapes and a cup of decaf -- and then stagger back to bed for a postprandial snooze."

Whitelist Our Email   |   Click Here to Unsubscribe   |   Customer Service

We want your feedback! Let us know your thoughts on today's issue. Email us at: AskETR@ETRFeedback.com

Copyright © 2010 Early to Rise, LLC.

NOTE: If URLs do not appear as live links in your e-mail program, please cut and paste the full URL into the location or address field of your browser. Disclaimer: Early to Rise only recommends products that we've either personally checked out ourselves, or that come from people we know and trust. For doing so, we receive a commission. We will never recommend any product that does not have a 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee.

Nothing in this e-mail should be considered personalized Financial Advice. Although our employees may answer your general customer service questions, they are not licensed under securities laws to address your particular investment situation. No communication by our employees to you should be deemed as personalized Financial Advice. We expressly forbid our writers from having a financial interest in any security recommended to our readers. All of our employees and agents must wait 24 hours after on-line publication or 72 hours after the mailing of printed-only publication prior to following an initial recommendation. Any investments recommended in this letter should be made only after consulting with your investment advisor and only after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

To unsubscribe from Early to Rise and any associated external offers, Click here.

To contact us, please visit... http://www.supportatetr.com/helpdesk To cancel or for any other subscription issues, write us at:

Order Processing Center
Attn: Customer Service
PO Box 7835
Delray Beach, Florida 33482


  1. There is an amazing new opportunity that is gaining rapid popularity online.

    Large companies are paying people for giving their opinions!

    You can earn up to $75 per each survey!

    And it's available to anybody from any country!

  2. If you need your ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend to come crawling back to you on their knees (even if they're dating somebody else now) you have to watch this video
    right away...

    (VIDEO) Have your ex CRAWLING back to you...?