Brent Hodgson shares in this SystemHUB workshop what million dollar businesses were doing to make their money. Some of them later struggled to the point of near bankruptcy. What were they doing to cause this?
How do I do this so I don’t have to do it again? It has served me really well when it comes to marketing especially. I had a really frustrating conversation with a client recently. I said, I can keep carrying your buckets for you, or I can build you your pipeline. Which would you prefer I do?
These other colored areas are little promotions that they’re running throughout the year. Those little promotions are for related products, third parties that offer similar services and so forth. They pick these up and they run a little bit of a promotion, they do a bit of a seminar tour and they make hundreds of thousands of dollars for each of these promotions.
The problem for what theyre doing here though is, every time they do one of these promotions, its single use only. They pick it up, they create the marketing materials and then they throw that marketing material away.
What I do with my marketing is build pipelines versus carrying these buckets. Carrying the buckets, you fill them up, you use them and you can dump bucket loads of cash on your desk. But if you’ve got a pipeline, it’s something that flows consistently. It is something where a customer will go from one step to the next and to the next. It is something that can be automated and systemised. The customer gets poured into the top and the money gets poured out on to your desk consistently.
Back in about 2003, I saw a promotions company that was making a huge amount of money. This company was doing promotions for seminars. It was promoting all of these get rich quick speakers. They were making hundreds of thousands of dollars per month from each of these get rich quick speakers.
They nearly went to the wall. The reason they nearly went to the wall was they were carrying buckets. Every one of those buckets was hugely profitable as a promotion, but there was no consistency. So when things went wrong, there was no baseline income for them. They were constantly on the treadmill.
One particular promotion did’nt do too well and suddenly they had to promote Peter to pay Paul. Then Peters promotion did’nt go well and now they had to get someone else so they could pay both of those two other speakers. They nearly went bankrupt. They were so close to it.
You also look at some of these internet marketing experts who are doing a lot of affiliate marketing. If youre able to have a chat with them and find out more about their business more intimately, you’ll find a lot of them are’nt doing as well as they may seem on the outside. They’re going from affiliate promotion to affiliate promotion and they have to do a new promotion every week or every month. That is just to keep that income coming in. Some of those promotions go really well and some of them don’t. But they don’t have that baseline income.
So if you’re able to set up all of your marketing as a pipeline, rather than doing it as promotions, then you end up making a lot more money over the lifetime of your customer. It also means that you can pay more to bring customers into the top of your funnel. It means you can also build that baseline income so that you dont need to rely on the next promotion to keep money coming in.
One particular client that we’ve been working with recently, this lifetime value of the customer at the moment is sitting at around $700 per lead. This means these guys can pay $600 for an individual lead to bring them into the business and still make money out of them. Can you think of too many ways you could get a customer for more than $700? There are’nt too many marketing opportunities that are off limits for them now.