The Biggest Marketing Secret I Learned Over The Last Decade
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The Biggest Marketing Secret I Learned Over The Last Decade

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The Biggest Marketing Secret I Learned Over The Last Decade


Over the last ten years working in the affiliate marketing industry, I’ve had the chance to gather extraordinary insights. But the number one thing that I discovered which gave me a consistent competitive edge was how to convert cold leads into customers using surveys.

The ingenuity of using surveys to convert cold leads is in its simplicity – I ask you what you want and then I give you exactly that.

“Surveys provide information about the customer and allow me to segment and target relevant messages to these people. By doing so, I get a much higher response rate and a much higher return on my investment.” Eric Beer



Never Change Your Core Offer


In order for a product to be successful, it needs to satisfy the needs of the customers. But as you start narrowing down the market, you discover that each of these niches has specific requirements, desires and wants – all of which you need to respond to. And one of the biggest mistakes today’s marketers make is trying to customize their core product when targeting different sections of the market in an attempt to meet these needs. It requires a lot of time and effort, it’s incredibly difficult to pull off, but most of all – it’s completely unnecessary!

You can get amazing results by simply adjusting the message and tailoring it in a way that explains how your product responds to the specific needs of that niche. By doing that, you’re making your customers feel special. As if you were talking directly to them. All while still not wasting a ton of resources on altering the product. Never change your core offer, only customize the message. And relying on surveys to do that will get you the best possible results.


The Three Steps for Using Surveys to Convert Cold Leads Into Customers


1)Ask the Right Questions


The first thing you need to do is to ask the questions that will help you figure out the specific characteristics of your target audience. Using surveys, you can determine their skillset as well as their concerns, objections or insecurities regarding your product. Acquiring this info gives you the upper hand. You can now tailor your message in a way that eases their fears and disproves their insecurities about your product while highlighting its benefits.


2) Split Your Market into Smaller Groups


The next step is to divide and conquer. Now that you’ve gathered valuable insights about the characteristics of your audience, you need to create niche segments based on their similarities. This will allow you to customize a message that resonates with larger sections of your audience. It will sound very specific but still cover a sizable segment of the market.


3) Target Each Segment With a Custom Tailored Message


By customizing your message to different segments, your message can now be very specific and personal. The person that you’re targeting now is going to feel like you’re talking to them directly which is why this approach is very impactful.

I’ve used this approach time and time again and the effects are always astoundingly similar.

“When I do this, my effective CPMs skyrocket, I spend less money because I’m marketing to fewer people and I make a much higher return rate. Not to mention that the response rates are off the hook!” Eric Beer


Case Study 01: How Nike Discovered a New Niche Using Surveys

 In November of 2019, Nike launched the campaign for what they presented as “the shoe specifically designed for nurses, doctors, home health providers.” During a charity event in Portland, they used surveys to gather relevant information from the people who are working with patients every day and explored their daily challenges. The result was the Nike Air Zoom Pulse, a shoe that’s durable, comfortable, easy to get on and off and simple to clean. 

Nike recognized a potential niche. They used surveys to determine the specific characteristics, requirements, and concerns of the people from that niche. Finally, they presented them with a product using a custom-tailored message that answers all of their demands concerning footwear. And the results were astounding. These shoes are almost impossible to get and are, at the time of writing, sold out!

“It’s the same sneaker but they’re niching down. The messaging is very, very different. At the end of the day, the core offer – it’s still a Nike sneaker.Eric Beer


Case Study 02: How Surveys Helped Me Pick the Perfect Name for My Product

For a while now, I’ve known how important surveys are for cracking the code that turns cold leads into customers. That is why I recently decided to build a survey platform that will allow entrepreneurs to easily build survey funnels, with no experience or tech skills required. I’ve been working with my team on it for the last 4 months and we’re currently testing our MVP. If you’d like to see what it’s all about – you can request an invite here! 

When it came to naming the platform, I once again turned to surveys in an effort to pinpoint the perfect solution. I narrowed down a list of top ideas and I reached out to potential users to see how they feel about these suggestions. And using the power of surveys, we got the name for our platform! I’m proud to present, a platform designed to help you understand what your audience wants. We still have a lot of work to do but it’s going to be one heck of a ride, so stay tuned.


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00:00 Hey guys, what's up Eric here, and this is the first episode of performance marketer in the year 2020 of a new decade that's starting. And I'm pretty excited about today's episode because we're going to kick it off with one of the marketing secrets that I learned in the last 10 years that I feel is pretty, pretty important that you should know and you're gonna learn about that in one second.

00:30 I spent the last 17 years building my eight-figure performance business without using any of my own money working with some of the most brilliant direct response marketers in the world today. Now I'm looking for entrepreneurs to join my affiliate army built on ethics, transparency, and good old hard work. Join me to change the perception of how people view the greatest business in the world, affiliate marketing and follow along as I learn, apply and share performance marketing strategies for working with some of the brightest people on the planet. My name is Eric Beer and welcome to the performance marketer podcast.

01:12 One of the biggest marketing secrets I discovered over the last 10 years is how to convert cold leads into customers and I do this by using surveys. Yup. I ask you what you want and I give it to you. Surveys provide information about the customer and allows me to segment and target relevant messages to these people and by doing so I get a much higher response rate and a much higher return on my investment. Now, this is what I've learned. One of the biggest mistakes marketers make is they think they need to customize their core product offering to different target markets when all you really need to do is customize the message and position your core product differently based on all of the objections each of those target markets have. And you never change your core offer. The mistake is you do not change your core offer.

02:16 You just change the messaging to make it seem as if you're customizing the product, you tailor the messaging, you never change the core offer. So here's how you would do it. You start by serving your audience, asking the right questions that allow your audience to self declare their skillsets and they tell you what their objections are, what their fears are and the insecurities about your vehicle, your product, your service. Based on the results of that survey, you're going to split your market into smaller groups of people who have similar needs and identifiable characteristics. You then target each of those groups with a custom-tailored marketing message. You're positioning your offer differently for each of the segments. This makes the person feel as if you're customizing it just for them. You speak to them in a way that you can relate. However, you're not changing your core offer and when I do this, my effective CPMs skyrocket.

03:25 I spend less money because I'm marketing to less people and I make a much higher return rate. Not to mention that the response rates are off the hook because it's relevant. I know the objection that each of those groups have and I solve that objection with the messaging and the stories that I'm going to tell to this different target market to position the product in different ways. Now, a good example of this is Nike. You can go to Nike's website today and you'll see they sell clothes and they sell shoes, but they sell to all different groups or segments broken out into men, women, kids, et cetera. However, Nike as large of a company as they are, they even niche down more. I'll give you an example. With shoes. They make the Jordans. They have many, many, many, many different brands that they promote through Nike.

04:22 Jordan is one of them. Michael Jordan, he's a still living in, he'll live on forever and it's unbelievable what they've done. Now. He creates all these different sneakers and he has this one sneaker called Jordan React Havoc and it's a running shoe and this Jordan React Havoc. They have six different options, different colors that you can choose from. Click cool shoe, right? However, this is the cool part. They also make the Jordan React Havoc knickers for a few colleges. They have one for Florida and they have one for Oklahoma that I found. Now the sneaker, the sneaker looks exactly the same as the other one. They just customize it with the colors of Florida, the logo Florida for the Oklahoma one, they have the Oklahoma logo and the Oklahoma colors guys, it's the same exact product there. Jordan React Havocs but they're positioning the product very different in a way that they can target to different segments, different messaging.

05:27 And they actually charge differently for each sneaker. It's the same product. I'll give you another example with Nike. They recently got into a new niche where they specialize sneakers for nurses and doctors. They went down to Portland, Oregon. They worked and surveyed a bunch of medical workers and they got a lot of feedback on the issues that these medical workers have with these rubber clocks. So what Nike did was they took all of the feedback that they got and what they did is they then customize this so that they can now solve those solutions for these doctors, for these nurses. So some of the examples are they made a, they made this slip-on shoe that has no laces. It's terrible. It's comfortable, uh, blue. There's rubber on the outside where you can clean it cause these people are up running around all day long on their feet.

06:30 And um, from what I understand with the few questions I asked from people I know with, within the nursing industry, they can't even get their hands on these sneakers. They're sold out. So all of a sudden, Nike, they sell sneakers. It's the same sneaker, but they're niching down. The messaging is very, very different. At the end of the day, the core offer, it's still a Nike sneaker. So I think it's important for you guys to understand that. Okay. When you're out in the marketplace, you want to try to create different groups and niche down as much as you can. I'll tell you a really cool way you can do this. Go to Google and type in whatever industry you're in, and then look at what Google shows when you do this. So if you go in and say fishing for right, and I'm going to do it right now.

07:26 Fishing for... Fishing for Blackfish, spearfishing for striped bass, fishing for beginners, fishing for catfish. Food photography for beginners, photography for dummies, photography for kids, photography for sale, photography for real estate, photography for weddings and photography of your teens. So Google just gave, just gave me multiple market segments by me just typing in two words and it shows some of the highest searchable terms in that industry. Okay. There's ways to do this now. I did a survey for one of my partners a while back, and when I was in Russell's inner circle meeting earlier this year, I showed it to the group. I walked him through it, I showed him how I did it, people loved it, and he said something to me, he suggested I find a way to bridge the gap between what I do with surveys and converting cold leads for people in his tribe.

08:32 Because from what I understand, a lot of people are great with people that are warm and they know who you are and they're consuming your content. But when you want to step outside that circle to generate a cold lead, it's a lot harder. But when you can crack that code, you can scale your business dramatically. And the way to do that is through surveys. So when I went home, I started to think about it. I spoke with a bunch of guys on my team and I made a decision that I am going to build my very own survey platform. We've been building this platform for the last four months or so, and we've gotten to a point now where it's in its MVP mood. MVP stands for most viable product. And typically when you're building software, what you want to do is you want to create a product where the functionalities there enough that you can prove out the concept.

09:26 And then when you prove out the concept and it's working, then you start to add all the bells and whistles and do all the other stuff, right? So we're at the point where the functionality is there and we're using it and it's pretty cool. So recently I just uh, came up with a bunch of different names and what I did was I posted a survey on my Facebook account on some of the groups I'm in, some of the pages just to get some feedback on who likes certain names. And I had a bunch of different names that I found. I liked the ".io" because of a lot of tech software platforms use it. Um, IO in, in the tech world is input-output. So I found a bunch of cool names that I personally liked. SurveyRewards, SurveyPanel, SurveyDetective, a few others. So when I asked everybody what they thought and what they wanted, some people just answered, other people asked me what it was all about and I'm pleased to announce that the winning name is SurveyDetective.

10:32 So now I have a platform that is called SurveyDetective that ultimately you act as a detective with your audience to understand them, to understand what they want and then you give it to them. Now we built this platform to make it super simple for anyone. Even if you don't have tech skills to literally create your own surveys in less than 15 minutes. We're creating templates and a process that I just described to you earlier where you're using these surveys, a market survey for the research, then a survey for you to segment your data, allowing you to now create a followup marketing message where you're targeting these different markets and you're positioning your brands to take them from being a cold customer all the way into becoming your customer, buying your products, right? So these cold leads who'd never heard of you are now turning into your customers.

11:42 It's pretty powerful. And another functionality that I'm adding is giving people the ability to have their own rewards program. So SurveyDetective has its own rewards program for each and the concept there is that when you are creating these surveys, you have the ability to create a loyalty rewards program with anybody that's coming through your surveys and you can reward them points. And then same as you accumulating miles for an airline or getting points for one of your credit cards, you'll then have the ability to customize your awards for your users however you want, and your users then can come and redeem their points for some perceived value. It could be a gift card or it could be your course or it could be your products where you're giving percentages off for them being loyal to you and consuming your content. By you getting them to want to get points.

12:43 They will continue to be giving you more and more information and opinions about your product and services that allow you to understand your customer and grow your business. So right now we're being tested with uh, some of my partners, some friends, and we've been giving it to some students who are taking my challenge. If you're interested, you can go and check it out. It's If you go there, you can request an invite to be one of my testers on the platform. If you're selected, we'll notify you and we'll reach out and get in contact with you in some way. But at the same time, we'll also keep you abreast of any of the releases that we have on the product. And we plan to launch this in the second quarter of this year, is the hopes. So what I'm doing now is I'm trying to document the process as we build this as we collaborate internally.

13:44 Today, I had a meeting for over four hours with my team and it was a really good meeting and it's really, I could talk about this for hours. It gets very, very exciting. But at the end of the day, it's an amazing, amazing platform that will ultimately allow you to take a cold lead and turn them into a customer. Something that a lot of people haven't been able to do. So lookout for this. It's going to be killer. So I hope I served you in some way today. I hope this was helpful. I hope you guys got some value out of understanding how to ask your tribe, what they want to ask them, their opinions and then to divide them into these different segments, allowing you to target differently, customizing in a way that they feel special and you position your brand in a way that now answers all of their objections and it's a win-win.

14:49 But at the end of the day, don't forget, you do not change your core offer. You change the messaging, you customize the messaging, you don't create a completely new business. So I hope that was helpful and if you have any questions, reach out. If you guys want to give me a review, I'd appreciate that. That goes a long way. If anybody's out there and wants me to come on their podcast, just reach out to my team. Happy to do so. I love getting feedback from you people. So I appreciate everybody that's listening here and uh, I hope you guys take what I just gave you and turn that into some gold. Good luck and I'll speak to you guys soon. All right. Bye. Bye.

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