Litening to Rusty Shelton from Advantage was enlightening. While most of things he discussed in authority marketing and content marketing is considered common sense to savvy digital marketers and hubspot users, his take on exactly how to develop your content strategy and the mechanics of messaging was very interesting.
Before you embark on your journey at eLaunchers, I wanted to share my story with you first. Hopefully my experience will help you make the decision to include eLaunchers in your future or at least get a feel for the heart of this company.
Events are key and come in various shapes and sizes. They are a great way to connect with new people, offer lead magnets, and get more customers. They key is knowing HOW to do this when every event is different, when the people who attend the events are different, and when you play various roles at the events.
Becoming a keynote speaker at events is part of an integral step to grow one's authority. There are many successful business owners who want to expand into the speaking arena but are not able to book speaking gigs. This is because they are not well-positioned as speakers on the internet. Their website does not make them out to be an authority on a specific subject area. This is a big problem.
Referrals are a glorious gift to the world of marketing. It requires no extra effort on your part other than ensuring that your customers are having good experience with you. Having a lot of referrals is a really good thing but relying solely on referrals is a dangerous game to play.
When you want something, the most logical thing to do is pitch yourself. Whether it is to get exposure on a talkshow or be featured in a newspaper article, your first instinct is to tell people why you deserve the spot. The only problem is that there are usually a hundred other people vying for the spot too. How do you stand out when your pitch is just a baby drop in the ocean?
20 years ago, there was no Snapchat, Instagram, or Facebook. People didn't get their news from Twitter; they got information from nightly talkshows or newspapers. Times are a-changin' and they are a-changin' fast. The key is to ensure that no matter the platform, you are delivering valuable and captivating content. You're moving away from merely generating a list of random people who opt in to something...to creating quality leads using Inbound Marketing concepts.
Every person has a book in their heart. When the book comes out, you feel liberated. You don't carry it, it carries you. It is your anthem; it is your message to the world. Your book is everything you want to leave behind. Even if you die, your book will outlive you. If you become famous, your book will become famous with you. If your book becomes famous, so will you. Frankly, I think every business owner should write one.
Lead generation is most likely the thing that people want to get most out of authority marketing. Media is the key method of getting a message out to an audience. In this day and age, it is important to realize that owning media is a lot easier. Before, you had to buy ad space in the newspaper or wait for a tv host to ask you for an interview in order to get space on the media. Now you can buy a website domain for cheap and control everything that gets put on it.