The Lifework of Christine Marek

April 6, 2010

LeadZSmart Meeting occurs every Wednesday morning!

LeadZSmart Business Meeting occurs at the Ahwatukee Chamber each Wednesday!

There is a LeadZSmart Leads Group meeting every Wednesday at the Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce located at 10235 S. 51st Street, Ste. 185, Phoenix, AZ 85044 

Meet and greet everyone at 7:30 am, then this leads meeting starts at 8 am and ends at 9 am.

We’ll have 60 seconds intros for ALL who attend at the beginning of the meeting.

 

After the introductions, there will be a 10 minute member presentation.

The meeting will also include a helpful lead referral lesson and group discussion.

For more information contact Christine Marek (info@PhoenixMarketingLtd.com)  or Judy Young (judyyounghomes@cox.net).  

Pass on the word. First Come First to Secure your Professions Seat.  Guests are welcome to visits and Ahwatukee chamber members are always welcome.

 

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       Christine

Christine Marek, MBA  
Christine@ChristineMarek.com 

Phoenix Marketing, Ltd.
www.FirstPageOnGoogle.com  

Direct Line: 480.491.9551
Office: 480.456.4700
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Health and Wellness Class this Saturday, 4.10, covers Allergies

Understanding Allergies! My next Ahwatukee Heath and Wellness Class

Every second Saturday of the month a “Health & Wellness” education class is organized which highlights local experts. These experts explain how various beneficial choices can make a positive difference in our lives.
On Saturday, April 10th, from Noon to 1:30 p.m., the class is going to focus understanding the nature of Allergies.

Attendees will learn about food and environmental allergies. We’ll also discuss how what we think is an allergy is something entirely different. Bring your favorite tips for this class and help us all be insightful into this topic.
The class will also explore whole food nutrition and lifestyles. In addition to this, we will have a special guest speaker; Dr. Betsy Yurgel, RN, NMD from the Phoenix Holistic Center. Dr. Yurgel explains and demonstrates how her holistic mind, body and spirit approach to health care assists others in achieving and maintaining a healthy heart and more!
The class is located in the Ironwood Library at 4333 E. Chandler Boulevard, Phoenix, 85048.
There is no cost. Prizes and Demonstrations will be provided. A RSVP is appreciated due to limited seating.

Call Christine at 480-491-9551 or send an email to Christine@ChristineMarek.com

December 28, 2009

Christine’s First Page on Google Marketing Services

Discover how you can get on “First Page on Google” quickly.

 This is important to know because it is a MUST to be on “First page on Google” to attact new customers.

Or for that matter the first page on ANY search engine site, i.e. Bing, Yahoo, etc.

Is your website at this premium placement organically or by pay per click, neither or both? If not, consider this…

In a recent business study analyzed this November 2009, eight out of ten business owners created websites without a marketing direction or consultation.

Incredibly, the study goes on to show that website developers do not perform marketing analysis or even ask the client what specific markets they want to communicate to for lead generation purposes.

What happens in the 8 out of 10 cases is that graphic design is discussed, copy for general information is created and images are considered during the creation process.  Hours, days, weeks, months and even years are spent on these details but the sales focus is not included.

Lead generation sales tools are rarely a priority. As a matter of fact, most websigners have no clue how to get your site located on premium placements with Google or any other search engines.

The general website is made for the client to their liking and approval. The websites are not made for the prospect or the client. Is that how you created your website?

I write a song, paint a picture because I love it.  But most never know about it. This is the case of most websites. They don’t know how to find it and if they do see it, they may not like the subject for them or the right color. I made it for myself so I don’t care. Is that how you feel about your website? Or do you want the right message to market match that brings you new clients?

You may like looking at your website but do you find that you get much traffic from it? Does it bring you in qualified leads? If it’s not making sales for you then it’s not a marketing website and if you don’t want a marketing website than that’s your choice.

There are plenty of people, without a need for a business to make money. Even the richest people I know prefer to make money when they invest time and money into someting but some just do things for the shear pleasure of it. But a website???? That makes no sense.

If you want a website that brings in traffic even while you are sleeping and creates sales and profits for your business than I strongly urge you to hire an online marketing consultant that has a website development team behind them.

Make marketing your first priority in website development. Then add the pretty pictures and copy to it’s function and design.

It takes a team of technicians that knows what they are doing to create a home. You need a concrete layer, a mason, a framer, a roofer, an HVAC pro, etc… to make this home.

A website, in these modern times, is a crucially important marketing tool that you can consider your online business home. Don’t build, remodel or make improvements to it until you find a qualified marketing consultant to make that site ROCK with sales appeal.

That would be like building a home and not having a reason to live in it. What a waste that is.

Look at your website truthfully, with marketing intensive purposes.  Track the traffic and sales and make a new year’s goal to include “smart” marketing.

Being “first page on Google” is your business’s lifeline. It’s not a hobby anymore because the newspapers are going away, yellow pages are dwindling, too. Websites need to perform for sales reasons. Is yours?

Best to you!
Christine Marek
“FirstPageonGoogle.com”
p. 480-491-9551

August 10, 2009

How Important are Leads to Business Owners?

LeadzSmart Meeting Takes Serious Review

That headline, “how important are leads to business owners” has to be answered obviously with this word- CRUCIAL.

Leads are the lifeblood of any business.

The big questions in our “new economy” are how do we get qualified leads and at what cost?

To clarify even more you have to know how do you generate the lead and convert them effectively.

The first “LeadzSmart” education class addressed this lead generation issue head on.

Today (8.5.09) twenty-three people attended in Chandler at 7:30 a.m., armed with their marketing pieces on a quest to find better and proven ways to generate more leads. They came from Phoenix, Gilbert, Chandler and even Scottsdale because for them there just is no room for error especially when resources for the business owner are so very precious.

Dr. Ron Marek, facilitated the group, and threw at them hard hitting, thought provoking facts about what’s proven to work and what’s nice and fuzzy but not a big performer.

Everyone including me realized I had to clean out the clutter from my marketing messages. It was time to get down to the unique selling proposition with every prospect message I create and send out.

Next week the attendees and any new comers will be encouraged to face the same music with their marketing plans. Leads are not a dime a dozen and need to be cultivated and treated like gold. How well are you doing in that area? If you dare to know more, come and visit this LeadZSmart class next Wednesday.

I can definitely say, it’s worth my while. As a side note, I met a new business owner- Kathy Kelly. Kathy is a very cool artist and certified teacher with an up and coming Art Academy.

I find it especially nice to meet business owners that are artists, too.

For more details email me- Christine@christinemarek.com

Christine Marek, MBA
Christine@ChristineMarek.com /twitter @PrNewsBroker

Marketing and Publicity
Direct Line | 480.491.9551 | ChristineMarek.com

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July 28, 2009

Easily Set Up Your Own PR Campaign

This year business has been slower for my manufacturer client, Sal, so when I asked him to consider bumping the sales up by using PR tools he told he didn’t have that marketing priority in his budget right now.

Yes, this statement came from the man who I know as a shameless promoter. He loves PR, he even saw how well it had worked for him in the past, but times had changed and many bills were beckoning him to pay them first.

The one extra thing he had with sales slower was time. So I customized a “Do It Yourself” EZ PR Planner for Sal and his company. This way they could affordably get back to publicizing his products.

An EZ PR Planner helps you to do it yourselves quickly and efficiently. It’s not brain surgery to do your own publicity. What you need to do is start with a PLAN.

Next choose some special PR tools and a great deal of persistent attention to achieve a desirable end result which is  media attention that ultimately funnel into consumer sales!

To do this yourself your EZ PR “Yourself” Planner needs to include the following;
- Customized Current Media Contact list- per region/city
- Key Editorial Calendars – ten to shoot for
- @ 5-10 media pitches and 2 - 4 press releases to use
- A 12 month media plan with an electronic link for instructions.

Then stick with the timeline by making so many contacts a day, week or month. Not too many just steady contacts and updates. This is the same contact strategy need to be doing with your current/past clients and prospects.

Another “Do IT Yourself” PR Tool is Article and Blog Writing.

A press release goes to traditional media contacts.

Now with Article Writing and Blogs you can reach your potential consumer with your own social media outlets.

Take out the pen and get started with these two new publicity tools. But remember to use the following;

  • Write compelling, emotionally-charged headlines.
  • Break up the text with short paragraphs and white space.
  • Use Subheadings to keep the readers interest.
  • Check your content for errors. Your errors will reflect your business so proof your writing.
  • End your articles with a call to action. What’s the point if you don’t make an offer?

Whether it’s an interesting article or a thought-provoking blog, your pen and information can be helpful and self-promoting. It just takes a little time and if things are slow then take advantage of some “Do It Yourself” Power.

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July 23, 2009

What Makes You Newsworthy?

 

   Have you just robbed a bank or set the newest Guinness Book of Records? 

  
   This year did you receive a Pulitzer Prize for “the” greatest invention?
  
   Short of achieving these dramatic examples, what have you done that is newsworthy? And better yet, who cares?
  
When you think about, what IS making the news?
  
   These 10 essential newsworthy topics are important to remember when you want to know how to become a news magnet. Enjoy and go get those headlines!
  
   Explain how your product or service is UNIQUE.
  
   Don’t get hung up on the fact that it may be “ordinary”. That’s OK. Just make sure people understand what you have is something they’ve never quite seen before.
  
   Attach yourself to a TREND.
  
   Here’s a simple but always helpful proven example - Right now it’s summer so relate what you have to the season. That’s what the masses are thinking about so go with it.
  
   Make HOLIDAYS work for you because holidays are always, yes.. always in the news.
  
   If you can figure out how to align events, product specials, etc.,  with a holiday you will see how attention comes your way.
  
   Be the EXPERT. News producers need them all the time and the social media content also needs nice beefy, concise facts and statistics with your expertise.
  
   SPIN one news story to flow into your story. That what the news is about; it is a flow of one story to another. So when you hear that the local grocery store caught on fire you call the media and tell them how your story relates to that incident…
 
   Example- “For the neighborhoods convenience, Tim’s Grill is offering extra discounts on take out food orders and donating a percentage of the sales to the local fire department that saved lives putting out the recent fire at the Smith’s Grocery Store on 2266 E. Mulberry Lane.”
  
   Brag about your ACCOMPLISHMENTS!
  
   Don’t be shy when you receive an award, are recognized by peers, hit record sales, all these examples are attention getters and worth reporting.
  
   ANTICIPATE the news. If you know that something is going to happen in your industry before it becomes news be the one to tell others. 

   Have a favorite news personality you feed tips to on a regular basis or share this tip with all your followers online. Don’t keep the news a secret, be the first to tell as many people as possible.
 

   Go with the UNUSUAL. If you have something that is funky, not unique - there’s a difference here, then get the word out. Unusual can also be controversial.
  
   Madonna the singer/ entertainer built her career on this one principle. It’s not for everyone, but done with authenticity it works like a charm, a news magnetic squared.
  
   GOOD NEWS can have just as much a “viral” impact as bad news but so many times we don’t think its NOT news. That’s wrong, especially today.
  
   Your good news is needed. Share it and see what happens. The best part of good news is that it leads a wonderful example for others to do “good” too. Now that’s GREAT news.
  
   I bet at the beginning of time cavemen thought events were important. Do you agree? So have an event and be in the news. 
 

  

     
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Email: christine@christinemarek.com
 
 

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Create a Class and See Who Comes

I love experts of all kinds, don’t you?

There is just so many interesting topics that leave me curious and wanting to know more and I bet I’m not alone.

You probably have a list of experts you like to listen to and so do your clients and prospects.

Learning something is helpful and can be shared. This is an opportunity to empower your clients and prospects with new cutting edge information while you gain new knowledge, too.

Just last weekend I created a class for two people I work with. One is a “master” gardner” the other is a naturopathic doctor.

The education class was held at a local library, so the cost was low, $10 for two hours. Because it was held at the library the validation was high. We focused the class on nutrition, from garden to table to body.

A few weeks before the class I sent out invites to the local media, more invitations went out to my peers in the area and a geographic email database was sent out by Dr. Ron (Marek).

People did come. Nice people, grateful for the information shared. The class was PACKED.

The gardner had leads, the naturopathic doctor added new clients to her business and since I hosted the event I also generated new leads as well.

Not only did we all gain leads, but we had our name in the media for free several times before the event. Total strangers, who had never heard about us before, are now familiar with what we do and so our service branding begins.

Now, over my 15+ years of public relations I have created and held hundreds of classes like this. I’ve never regretted one.

It has always produced win-win results and it doesn’t cost much to do.

Just remember to do it with authenticity. You’re doing this because you want to share VALUABLE information with your attendees.

And don’t forget to follow-up with anyone who comes to the class.

Have you been thinking about using ”class” marketing to generate more easy sales?

If you need help putting it together let me know. I know you can do this and make us all a little more informed. Thank goodness for experts!

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July 22, 2009

Know How to Save on Pay Per Click Advertising

I sold display ads in newspapers for 15 plus years. Now I’m learning about a whole new kind of advertising that can be quickly more expensive without a payoff than any ad I’ve ever sold before. That kind of gambling advertsing tool is the Pay-Per-Click (PPC).

For those of you who don’t know what this is here’s my take on it, thanks to learning things from my partner, Dr. Ron Marek. The Pay-Per-Click advertising consists of ads (when you do a Google search, they show up on the right hand side of the page) that are written by advertisers to be triggered when certain keywords or phrases are searched on.

   Each time a person clicks on the ad, they are sent to the advertiser’s website, and the advertiser is charged for that “click”.

   Pay per click advertising can be a VERY profitable way to increase sales and leads or they can be a HUGE waste of your money, if you don’t know what you are doing.

   One of the benefits of Google’s PPC marketing is that it’s fast – you can have a campaign up and running in less than 30 minutes.

   On the other hand, getting your site into the search engine listings with SEO (Search Engine Optimization) can take weeks or even months depending on the level of competition.

   If you understand how to manage a pay per click campaign, you can have immediate feedback and determine the return on your investment.

   You can see exactly how much money you’re spending, what your potential customers are doing online, and how many sales you’ve made.

   If you compare that with advertising in the Yellow pages, it’s the exact opposite…with the Yellow pages, you never knew who saw your ad!

   One of the biggest challenges with PPC is to figure out what keywords or search terms to use to drive relevant traffic to your website.

   How do you know what search terms your prospects are using?

   There are several soft wares that you can use to find the best search terms or keywords.

   Once you have a set of keywords, then you can test them quickly and easily with a PPC campaign.

   Pay per click advertising HAS to be a part of every business owners’ Internet advertising strategy.

    Unfortunately, managing even a small PPC campaign can be extremely time consuming and requires very specialized knowledge and experience.

    Here are several problems that the novice advertiser runs into.

   Google’s has many ’secret rules’ that makes PPC a very treacherous environment – Google doesn’t make it easy to advertise on their search engine.

   There are lots of unwritten rules for how Google likes campaigns to be set up and run.

   These rules have a direct impact on how much you’ll have to pay for your ‘Per Click’ advertising.

   If you do not understand how to use the right keywords with a properly structured landing page, the your campaign is doomed to be unprofitable and could cost your thousands of dollars.

   Some of these rules are:

  • Keyword grouping
  • Quality score
  • Ad relevancy
  • Click through rate management
  • Bid pricing
  • And many more…

  “5 Deadly Mistakes That KILL Your Google PPC …”

   Keyword grouping - If you currently have 10-30 keywords, then you should most likely be expanding that to 1,000-3,000.

   It’s THAT big of a difference when you know how to access to the right tools and strategies.

   Ad testing – If you’re not split testing (comparing a control to a candidate, or a different ad to see which is better), you’re most likely getting only half the visitors to your site that you should be.

   Conversion tracking – Most business owners don’t know how to track whether a dollar spent on advertising generated any sales. Obviously, without this information, you’re flying blind.

   Tools – There are several very important tools in the market to help create and manage pay per click campaigns. The problem is that they are expensive, and don’t make financial sense for one business owner managing one campaign.

   Sending visitors to your home page – There are probably many different types of prospects for your products and services, you should NEVER send them all to a generic home page.

   As part of your PPC campaign it is best if you have a special landing page for each specific product or service the you provide in conjunction with your targeted keywords.

   Google will in turn reward you by improving your ad ranking while charging you SIGNIFICANTLY less money when a prospect clicks on your ad.

   Many time you can literally save 80-90% off the regular per click fee, when you everything works in unison.

   I just finished writing a small (5 page) Special Report that shows you my “Top 10 Pay-Per-Click Tips” for spending less (a lot less) on your Google PPC while increasing your visitor traffic up to 300%.

   To get your FREE copy via email, simply send me a message or  DrRon@DrRonMarek.com  and I’ll instantly send it to you.

   Or you can call us at 480-456-4700 and we’ll mail it to you via snail mail.

Sincerely,

Christine Marek/ Bushido Marketing


Landing Pages Mega Affordable: They can be leased!

You wont’ believe what my partner, Ron Marek, just figured out. It happened just a few days ago.

We love lead generation and we have been working on perfecting Landing Pages.  

Well, I have some fantastic news for you. (more on that in a minute)

While talking to some of our valuable clients and prospects we kept hearing the same thing,

“Yes, I want a landing page …”
“I know I need a landing page …”

BUT … (and there always is a BUT), they’d say, “I can’t afford to pay $1,997.00 or more. I just don’t have it in my budget.”

So, I put on my thinking cap on last night and came up with the PERFECT solution to this problem.

You see being found on the Internet is CRITICAL to your business’s survival.

So, here is what Ron has come up with to help you out.

We will give you a FREE semi-custom Landing Page, complete with an Opt-in tool and an Autoresponder that automatically delivers your messages to your prospects.

You get all of that when you lease your Landing Page for just $97.00/mo.

Please contact us for all of the details. You must hurry though, because we can only so so much this week and will take on 5 new clients this week.

If you are the slightest bit interested in getting more steaming-hot leads for your business let us know. Then call me at 480-456-4700 RIGHT NOW while it still fresh in your mind and before the last slot is taken.

You can now get the total lead capture package for just $97/mo. Incredible!

Call me right away at 480-456-4700 or check us out on www.BushidoMarketing.com .

Happy to bring more business to YOU!

Christine Marek

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