How an Internet Marketer Should Go About Direct Mail

When you find yourself working online most of the time, it probably slips your mind that there are many other buyers that rarely if ever do so online, but would still be interested in your offerings. Remember, just because someone doesn’t use the internet is no reason to believe that they will not be interested in what you are selling. You need to keep in mind that you should utilize both online and offline marketing, especially now that competition is getting so stiff. Offline marketing has depended on direct mail for years as a way to reach potential buyers. Use this advice to create a successful direct mail campaign.

A surefire way to boost business, whether it is online or not, is by offering great promotional deals to your customers. It’s also a great idea to send out promotional codes or coupon codes so you can see exactly how well your marketing campaign is going. You want to make sure that every piece of direct mail that you send out will offer a special deal to the customer you have sent it to, providing them with a redemption code for your website. You may find that even the simplest of efforts, perhaps offering 10% off coupons with your web address posted on it, could bring in really big numbers in increased sales.

Don’t send out tons of mail to people, either. For one thing, sending mail through the post is expensive so if you send too much of it you could end up going through your marketing budget really fast. Another thing is when people get too much mail from the same person, they usually throw it in the garbage without even opening it. You want your customers to be excited when they receive your mail. The reason you sent it was for them to read it! This is your ambition. If you keep on spamming your customers with mail, you will achieve nothing other than filling up their recycling bin.

As with everything else you do with your marketing-make sure that all of your direct mail pieces have been checked for errors. Never allow a direct mail piece to be sent that has simple mistakes on it, like spelling or typos. This is especially true when you’re using direct mail to advertise your business, but also applies to any other content you produce. People are less tolerant when it comes to typos and the like in direct mail than they are with the same errors occurring in email. Check everything at least a few times before you send anything out!

Direct mail does not have to be intimidating or scary-especially once you start to make money from your efforts. Developing a good campaign of direct mail marketing can require a great amount of time. Once you learn the basics, however, the world is yours! You would be surprised at how much you can build your business up simply by using direct mail along with online marketing. All you have to do is run a test campaign. The proof will lie in your profit margins.

Trading Emotion-Driven E-Mini Markets

Any trader who has spent even a minimum amount of time reading about trading psychology has read, over and over, about the evils of allowing your emotions to influence your potential trading decisions. As an e-mini trader, it doubly difficult to control your emotions when the markets themselves take on a very emotional nature. It sometimes seems a doubly cruel joke when markets behave more emotionally than even the most emotional e-mini trader.

It is not particularly unusual for markets to trade in an illogical fashion; but there is generally some semi-rational explanation for moves that, at face value, don’t seem to make sense. On the other hand, we are in some unique times in the e-mini markets. In several decades of trading I have seen some dire circumstances in the United States economy: the 1987 market crash comes to mind; the meltdown of the dot.com stocks; or the sky-high inflation of the early 1980′s and Paul Volker’s dramatic inflation fighting antidote. But I have never seen a constellation of world-wide events with the potential for catastrophic consequences as we currently face. These events include problems like:

- The US housing crisis, which (in my opinion) has a good deal of correction left before we see any dramatic improvement

- The European Union is in desperate straits, with a collapse of the Euro currency a distinct possibility.

- The US employment problem, with unemployment rates hovering around an economically unsustainable level near 9%.

- Massive Central Bank intervention on a scale not seen since World War II.

In addition, there are a host of problems like wars, natural disasters, and regional conflict in the oil-producing Middle East which all contribute to an unparalleled level of economic instability.

How do trade the e-mini markets when the markets are locked into a news driven mode? The market seems to rocket upwards on the pontifications of politicians, even when the political statements make little sense and are, at times, laughable because they are unfeasible to accomplish even in the best of conditions.

The methodology, especially for the small retail trader, to trade these volatile markets is to realize the limitations of your trading style, and precise and methodical execution of your trading plan. For example:

- There have been several days in the past month that have been too volatile for the small trader to execute trades within prudent stop/loss parameters. Using the Average True Range (ATR), we have seen days when the 3-minute ATR has exceeded 25 points for extended periods of time. A smaller trader simply cannot expand his stops far enough to be economically feasible given the size of his or her account.

- In other situations, the market has reacted to news reports (often conflicting reports) to extent that any set-up is, at best, an educated guess. In e-mini trading, we like to think we are step above the educated guess style of trading. When the market pays no mind to support/resistance and moves randomly, it is unwise to trade aggressively, or even passively.

What is the answer to these problems? I turn the computer off. I am well aware of my limitations as a trader and wildly volatile, high emotion driven markets usually entail erratic and unpredictable movement. I can’t trade these markets with confidence, so I don’t.

On the other hand, we have seen volatile markets that are tradable because they tend to trend a bit, and retrace in broad strokes, but then resume the original trend.

For this type of market action, it is possible (though difficult) to execute your trading plan, but it must be done with precision.

- Take care to enter trades in the highest probability set-up configuration possible.

- Though this type of market can trend for extended periods of time. I generally set fairly modest profit targets and remain vigilant in watching for dramatic changes in market direction.

- If the trade does not begin in the fashion I had envisioned, I generally exit the trade immediately. This is not a good time to hope that Lady Luck will come to the rescue.

- Finally, my constant advice is to trade with the trend. I cannot count the number of times the trend has saved me in a mistimed trade entry.

In summary, news-driven markets are volatile and unpredictable. Know you limitations and don’t let your ego keep you trading in a market that is not conducive to your e-mini account size. If there is some order to the market, make solid entries and avoid being greedy in seeking profits. If a trade gets off to a bad start, I generally exit the trade before I get too deep into the trade. Finally, trade with the trend.

Network Marketing – Being Unique Instead of Competing

Today more than ever before there is quite a bit of competition in network marketing. According to the latest figures from the Direct Sales Association, there are over 15 million people involved in network marketing. That’s a lot of competition.

What I find amazing is that day after day I continue to find people who have never made a purchase from a network marketing consultant. So, maybe the competition is not as stiff as you thought it was?

My suggestion is to stop competing and instead become unique. I’ll share a story. Last week a woman emailed me. She wanted information. She told me right up front she was talking to someone else also. This other person lived locally. While I sent a few emails back and forth with her, I knew I could not compete. The new recruit wanted to work with someone local. I could’ve tried to convince her otherwise, but why? Instead I invested my time being unique and doing what I do best, which is sharing my words with others. Wouldn’t you know it, along came an email from someone who liked my words and was interested in joining. That’s where I invested my time.

Very often I see classified ads that are just one ad after the other. There is nothing special or unique about these ads. Every person is competing with every other person there. Try something different. Try being the unique person. Instead of the same headlines as everyone else, try a headline that offers a free eBook or free report. You can easily find these online. Sometimes these reports or ebooks will cost you $5 or so. Just think, for a $5 investment you can start saying “contact me for a free ebook.” You are no longer competing with every other ad out there as I almost never see offers for free reports or free ebooks.