Recommended Tools You Can Use

The following is what we’ve been using for a few years in our business.  We’ll be adding to this list to keep you updated. Bookmark this page so you can use reference it as often as you need to.

Getting Your Site Online:

List Building/Autoresponder:

Depending on your setup we’d recommend a few options for you…

First, are you using a shopping cart that includes an Autoresponder? If yes – then we’d automatically recommend that you use that versus adding another system and additional expense into the mix. If you’d like an all-in-one system, highly recommend KickStartCart.

Secondly, if you are just looking for an autoresponder system with no shopping cart, then we’d recommend Aweber which you can send your emails and ezine through as you wish.

Personally we’ve been established with WAHMCart since 2009 and use that for our shopping cart and autoresponder system, so you will see my email delivered through WAHMCart’s system.

Ecommerce Shopping Cart Systems:

Selling your Book on Kindle:

  • Kindle Formatter – Affordable online software that allows you to turn your Word Documents into digital books you can publish on the Kindle [self-publishing option!]

Communicating with Team Members and Clients

  1. Skype – Use often for coaching, strategy calls and training with clients and team members.
  2. Google Voice – Helpful if you are calling when we’re not in the office or use Pamela for Skype (works with Skype to record all calls).

Keeping my Business Safe and Protected

  1. Mozy – Backs up my computer twice daily
  2. Roboform Everywhere – Securely stores all logins, usernames and passwords – for easy access when we need to log in.

Blog Plugins and Helpful Tools that I Love

  • Convert Your Blog Post Keywords Into Money Making Links with Ninja Affiliate Plugin [WP Plugin]
  • Duplicate Content Percentage Checker & Examiner Tool [WP Plugin]
  • Keyword Analysis Tool – Market Samurai
  • Building Landing Pages for Facebook Business Pages
  • Create Questionnaires, Checkout Forms and more with Gravity Forms
  • Create your LLC with CorpNet
  • Need Stock Images? Use Dreamstime.com or iStockPhoto.com
  • Need Disclaimers on your website? AutoWebLaw has everything you’d need.
  • Need disclaimers just for your digital book or ebook? eBookLegalese
  • Display videos on your website with ease using FLV Video [WP Plugin]
  • Create, Record or Edit Video and Audio with Camtasia
  • Need a Logo or Professional Graphic – highly recommend LOGONERDS

DISCLOSURE: We may be an affiliate for the products we recommend. Meaning, if you purchase from our link we earn a commission.

Recommended Tools We Use In Our Business

The following is what we’ve been using for a few years in our business.  We’ll be adding to this list to keep you updated. Bookmark this page so you can use reference it as often as you need to.

Getting Your Site Online:

List Building/Autoresponder:

Depending on your setup we’d recommend a few options for you…

First, are you using a shopping cart that includes an Autoresponder? If yes – then we’d automatically recommend that you use that versus adding another system and additional expense into the mix. If you’d like an all-in-one system, highly recommend KickStartCart.

Secondly, if you are just looking for an autoresponder system with no shopping cart, then we’d recommend Aweber which you can send your emails and ezine through as you wish.

Personally we’ve been established with WAHMCart since 2009 and use that for our shopping cart and autoresponder system, so you will see my email delivered through WAHMCart’s system.

Ecommerce Shopping Cart Systems:

Selling your Book on Kindle:

  • Kindle Formatter – Affordable online software that allows you to turn your Word Documents into digital books you can publish on the Kindle [self-publishing option!]

Communicating with Team Members and Clients

  1. Skype – Use often for coaching, strategy calls and training with clients and team members.
  2. Google Voice – Helpful if you are calling when we’re not in the office or use Pamela for Skype (works with Skype to record all calls).

Keeping my Business Safe and Protected

  1. Mozy – Backs up my computer twice daily
  2. Roboform Everywhere – Securely stores all logins, usernames and passwords – for easy access when we need to log in.

Blog Plugins and Helpful Tools that I Love

  • Convert Your Blog Post Keywords Into Money Making Links with Ninja Affiliate Plugin [WP Plugin]
  • Duplicate Content Percentage Checker & Examiner Tool [WP Plugin]
  • Keyword Analysis Tool – Market Samurai
  • Building Landing Pages for Facebook Business Pages
  • Create Questionnaires, Checkout Forms and more with Gravity Forms
  • Create your LLC with CorpNet
  • Need Stock Images? Use Dreamstime.com or iStockPhoto.com
  • Need Disclaimers on your website? AutoWebLaw has everything you’d need.
  • Need disclaimers just for your digital book or ebook? eBookLegalese
  • Display videos on your website with ease using FLV Video [WP Plugin]
  • Create, Record or Edit Video and Audio with Camtasia
  • Need a Logo or Professional Graphic – highly recommend LOGONERDS

DISCLOSURE: We may be an affiliate for the products we recommend. Meaning, if you purchase from our link we earn a commission.

Latest Blog Tips from Aweber…

Putting The “Service” Back In “Customer Service” by Sean Cohen (Aweber)

The future of customer service is here. Technology has made seeking out support faster and easier than ever. But, has your digital age company sacrificed true service in the name of automation?

Today, finding customer support is as simple as writing an e-mail or picking up the phone. But, even though you’re not face-to-face with your customers, you still leave a lasting impression. Do you come across as caring and competent, or menacing and mechanical?

Offering stand-out service on the Internet isn’t as hard as it is rare. Take these simple steps towards old-style service in the digital age:

  1. Give Each Customer a Personal Response
  2. Be Clear, But Sincere
  3. Offer Live Customer Support
  4. Make Sure Your Support Reps Have All the Answers

Give Each Customer a Personal Response

When a customer sits down to e-mail your company, it’s because he needs help. He chooses e-mail because it’s quick, but his request still warrants a satisfying and personal response!

Companies eager to save time and money often take automation too far in their customer support. Each customer has a unique question, and deserves a unique answer. Even if you save time by copying and pasting stock replies, change the opening and closing to make the message sound less robotic.

Be Clear, But Sincere

When responding to customers’ e-mail, be sincere and to the point. Before sending a message, try turning the tables. Ask yourself, “Would this answer satisfy me if I were the customer?”

Take that extra moment to give your customer the help he deserves. It might mean the difference between a satisfied customer and a credit card chargeback!

Offer Live Customer Support

E-mail has become an acceptable form of communication. But, live customer support is still necessary. The plethora of information available online can be overwhelming to customers, especially those new to the Internet!

Single your company out from the crowd by providing customers with a real person to talk to. Live phone support is an invaluable way to foster trust. When your customer has reached the end of his Internet rope, and just needs help, your toll free number is the answer he’s looking for.

Make Sure Your Support Reps Have All The Answers

The presence of phone support will do no good if your staff doesn’t know your product! Customer support reps should be warm and friendly, and willing to help with any aspect of your product.

What a good feeling it is to talk to someone who feels confident in his product. It’s even better if he’s knowledgeable enough to solve your problem without transferring you all around the company!

Provide Stand-Out Service; Gain Lifelong Customers

Too many e-businesses skimp on customer service, hiding behind web sites and message boards. Customer support is an integral part of every company, even those operating solely online. Be one of the few to offer stellar service, and gain customers for life!

More Email Marketing Tips from Aweber:

Do Your Potential Customers Forget About You? by Tom Kulzer (AWeber CEO)

Your web business probably gets product inquiries from potential customers around the globe. Inquiries come via e-mail and your web site, and you try to send information to each hot prospect as quickly as you can. You know that you can drastically increase the likelihood of making a sale by satisfying each person’s need for information quickly!

But, after you’ve delivered that first bit of information to your prospect, do you send him any further information?

If you are like most Internet marketers, you don’t.

When you don’t follow that initial message with additional information later on, you let a valuable prospect slip from your grasp! This is a potential customer who may have been very interested in your products, but who lost your contact information, or was too busy to make a purchase when your first message reached him.

Often, a prospect will purposely put off making a purchase, to see if you find him important enough to follow up with later. When he doesn’t receive a follow up message from you, he will take his business elsewhere.

Are you losing profits due to inconsistent and ineffective follow up?

Following up with leads is more than just a process – it’s an art. In order to be effective, you need to design a follow up system, and stick to it, EVERY DAY! If you don’t follow up with your prospects consistently, INDIVIDUALLY, and in a timely fashion, then you might as well forget the whole follow up process.
Consistent follow up gets results!

When I first started marketing and following up with prospects, I used a follow up method that I now call the “List Technique.” I had a large database containing the names and e-mail addresses of people who had specifically requested information about my products and services. These prospects had already received my first letter by the time they requested more information, so I used the company’s latest news as a follow up piece.

I would write follow up newsletters every now and then, and send them, in one mass mailing, to everyone who had previously requested information from me. While this probably did help me win a few additional orders, it wasn’t a very good follow up method. Why isn’t the “List Technique” very effective?

  • The List Technique isn’t consistent. Proponents of the List Technique tend to only send out follow up messages when their companies have “big news”.
  • List Technique messages don’t give the potential customer any additional information about the product or service in question. He can’t make a more informed buying decision after receiving a newsletter! If someone is wondering whether your company sells the best knick-knacks, what does he care that you’ve just moved your headquarters?
  • List Technique messages convey a “big list” mentality to your potential customers. When I used to write follow up messages using the List Technique, I was writing news bulletins to everyone I knew! I should have been sending a personal message to each individual who wanted to know more about my products.

What follow up method really works?

Following up with each lead individually, multiple times, but at set intervals, and with pre-written messages, will dramatically increase sales! Others who use this same technique confirm that they have all at least doubled the sales of various products! In order to set this system up, though, you need to do some planning.

First, you’ll need to develop your follow up messages. If you’ve been marketing on the Internet for any length of time, then you should already have a first informative letter. Your second letter marks the beginning of the follow up process, and should go into more detail than the first letter. Fill this letter with details that you didn’t have the space to add to the first letter. Stress the BENEFITS of your products or services!

Your next 2-3 follow up messages should be rather short. Include lists of the benefits and potential uses of your products and services. Write each letter so that your prospects can skim the contents, and still see the full force of your message.

The next couple of follow up messages should create a sense of urgency in your prospect’s mind. Make a special offer, giving him a reason to order NOW instead of waiting any longer. After reading these follow up messages, your prospect should want to order immediately!

Phrase each of your final 1 or 2 follow up messages in the form of a question. Ask your prospect why he hasn’t yet placed an order? Try to get him to actually respond. Ask if the price is to high, the product isn’t the right color or doesn’t have the right features, or if he is looking for something else entirely. (By this time, it’s unlikely that this person will order from you. However, his feedback can help you modify your follow up letters or products, so that other prospects will order from you.)

The timing of your follow up letters is just as important as their content. You don’t want one prospect to receive a follow up the day after he gets your initial informative letter, while another prospect waits weeks for a follow up!

Always send an initial, informative letter as soon as it is requested, and send the first follow up 24 hours afterwards. You want your hot prospects to have information quickly, so that they can make informed buying decisions!

Send the next 2-3 follow up messages between 1 and 3 days apart. Your prospect is still hot, and is probably still shopping around! Tell him about the benefits of your products and services, as opposed to your competitors’. You will make the sale!

Send the final follow up messages later on. You certainly don’t want to annoy your prospect! Make sure that these last letters are at least 4 days apart.

Following up effectively seems complicated, but it doesn’t have to be! So many potential customers are lost because of poor follow up – don’t you want to be one of the few to get it right?

More Email Marketing Tips from Aweber:

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