Q & A: Do you ever take apprentices… What's wrong with my marketing?

I want to answer some questions that have been sent in for my Ask Me, Baby videos. I’m out of the office so I don’t have the ability to make a video today, but this’ll still be good.

First question comes from Joanna Beresford: “Just found your site yesterday, wow, double awesome!! Do you ever take interns or apprentices?”


In a nutshell, no. The truth is, I don’t even take on many client projects simply because my personal publishing and consulting schedule is pretty full and quite lucrative, by design.

And besides, the few people who can afford to hire me, hire me because they want “me.” I’d never cheapen what I do by letting someone else do the work and then sort of “putting my finishing touches” on it. That’s just bad business ethics, and it’s not how I roll.

Taking on loads of client projects and having a team of “little Craigs” working on them, excites me about as much as a blistering hemorrhoid. On the surface (not to put a pun on words), this might look like it would make me more money, but it would actually cost me money.

The time it would take for me to manage all these projects, and all these copy cubs, is time I can otherwise be spending on my own projects. Not to mention, I don’t enjoy managing people — I like doing my own thing and that’s it.

The best thing I can advise you to do, if you’re interested in becoming an apprentice of mine, is to invest in my products, and do two things: One, watch what I do… and two, take the advice I’m giving in this material, and apply it to your own business. And three, watch your sales explode as a result.

The best “continuing education” you can get, comes straight into your mailbox once a month. It’s my Seductive Selling Newsletter, which is now read in 13 countries world-wide. And the best thing is, now you can test-drive it for free at http://www.kingofcopy.com/ssnl

This next question comes from Amanda Browning, from the UK. Very unusual for me to have two questions from women — 90% of my base is men. Maybe this is changing, who knows?

Anyway, here’s her question: I market 2 conferences a year using email marketing. The recession has made this difficult over the past few months. To make it worse, our lead speaker is speaking at (and endorsing!) a competitive event. How can my next marketing campaign fight back? Many thanks indeed for considering my question, Amanda


You’re welcome Amanda, but you’re not going to like my answer.

The truth is, in today’s day and age where your prospects have more things demanding more of their attention than ever before… if all you’re using to promote anything (especially a conference) is e-mail, than you’re very unlikely to consistently succeed, unless you have a specific list of literally several hundred thousand names.

The key to your success, and frankly anyone’s success when it comes to marketing, is first of all, making sure you’re talking to the right people.

And the right people, of course, are those people who are interested in listening to what you have to sell them, and who can afford to pay for it.

Second, you then have to show them why, above all the choices they have, they should be tickled pink to pick YOU. How are you different?

What are you offering that makes you better, and why should they accept and be THRILLED with the value proposition you’re making?

And lastly, why should they do anything about it, right now?

Make sense?

See, the reason why you probably aren’t going to like this answer is because when someone genuinely believes the answer to their question lies inside an e-mail they can send out, it’s like thinking the answer to your health lies solely in drinking 8 glasses of water a day.

Marketing, like life, has many moving parts. Those who can identify them and manage them, thrive. And those who can’t, will always struggle.

Not necessarily a pleasant thought, but there again, it’s a lot more pleasant than being broke, ain’t it?

Thanks for your question and hope this helps.

See, I told you that would be good.

Now go sell something, Craig

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About the Author

Craig GarberAuthor of "How To Make Maximum Money With Minimum Customers, " and publisher of Seductive Selling - an offline marketing newsletter currently read in 15 countries, world-wide. In a nutshell, I do two things: 1. I show you how to attract a reliable, steady stream of pre-qualified leads who are ready to do business with you NOW... 2. And I increase your net profits and cash-flow, by increasing your customer, client, or patient value -- often, dramatically. How do I do this? By developing, and helping you implement, unique, personalized lead generation and marketing strategies... using compelling sales messages that push your customers emotional buy-buttons. I've worked with over 300 clients in more than 104 different industries, since March of 2000, and I really enjoy what I do. I'm a stable, reliable, happily married family guy with three kids who loves life and always follows through on my commitments and promises. I love to listen to music, workout, read, travel with my family, take pictures, and go bass fishing. I always say "Yes," when it comes to good cigars, good books, and good coffee :-)