The benefits of crowdfunding a lost cause

  • Global Exposure
  • the opportunity to demonstrate your talents on a global stage
  • Associate your company with a cause
  • Create a worthy company culture that empowers your tribe
  • Teach and train your team the strategies and tactics involved in a product launch that has a positive impact on solving real world problems.
  • Build show case content that puts your team on the world stage.
  • Make a difference

Watch this video on crowd funding. It’s one of four in a series that explain the process.  These are excellent presentations to learn from. Then look for a worthy cause someone was trying to fund through crowd funding but lacked the knowledge, creativity or reach to make happen.

Take over the campaign.

Put your team on it. Figure out what they did poorly that you can improve on and go to town.

How to get a five star rating on Google in the sign business

Having a Five Star Reputation in the sign industry was never more important than it is today both online and on the street.

A quick scan of the sign industry in my area tells me most of the players have figured out how to get a five star rating on Google but keeping that rating is all together another thing.

I can relate because I spent seven years in the sign business to discover you are only one bad review away from disaster.

Consumers are scrutinizing your online reviews more closely than ever before. They don’t just look at the stars, they pass judgement and share it with their friends.

Smart business owners know customer reviews can make or brake their business but equally important is the feedback reviews provide.

We provide online tools that generate insights on the customer experience, as well as leverage customer feedback to drive sales and performance.

You can check out one of the systems right here. (IfiveU.com)

Imagine there was a way to “10X” the number of Five Star Reviews you get every day. Imagine a simple system that only required your sales or service team to take another 90 seconds with each customer and enter their name and phone number into a form on their phone. That’s it. The rest is automated. Every customer get’s a text with a link to a feed back form and the appropriate follow up sequence of emails and text messages that will turn them into raving fans happy to do your advertising for you.

Imagine what that would do for your business.

Now imagine I can set it up for you, write the campaigns, design the forms and deal with the technology so it is one button easy for you, works like a charm and builds your Five Star reputation on auto pilot.

Check it out right here: (IfiveU.com)

Now give me a call.

I’m Bob Polan.
My business is helping you build yours.

Call me at 905 954 5622

The first person you need to convince

The first person you need to convince that you provide a five star product, service or performance is you.

If the product you sell or the service you provide is second rate then get rid of it, replace it or improve on it until it is worthy of  a five star rating. Trying to build a five star rating for something even you don’t believe in is a fools errand. It will twist you up inside and only bring you disappointment.

A lot of people don’t realize just how important it is to have confidence before you ever begin to work on any important  project. You need to begin with the end in mind. If you doubt yourself, your decisions will be poor, your timing will be off and your ability to step up to the task severely impaired.   If you don’t believe in yourself and you lack the confidence that you need to get up after a setback, then it is likely that you are going to give up before you even make significant progress. Setbacks happen early and often in any worthwhile endeavor. You need to be prepared for that.

The way you deal with challenges and how quickly you move forward is what determines how far you can go.

The first thing that you can do for yourself to begin gaining more confidence is to start thinking kinder thoughts. There is a common belief, that we are each, our own worst critic, and most of the time that is very true. When you find yourself overwhelmed by the perception you have of yourself as being not good enough or failure, then you have already sabotaged yourself before you begin working on anything.

In many cases building a five star reputation needs to begin with building a five star self-image.

Take some time to think about who you want to become. Imagine what it would be like to be, do and have all of the things that go along with being that person. Now simply decide to become that person. It really is as simple as that.

So now the journey begins. Begin where you stand with what you have at hand and start building the new you.

Start by keeping track of the negative things that come to mind about the old you. Keep in mind from this day forward that’s the old you we are talking about.

I was chatting with a young fellow today, a high school student, and I couldn’t help but laugh even though it’s a little sad. He told me he had hit himself in the head with a sledge hammer twice, by mistake. Once at home working with his Dad and once while out with friends. He went on to tell me he was always getting hurt. Hart break and pain were his lot in life. And this is a true story. I’m not making this up. This young fellow needs to change his thinking and you do to if you keep hitting yourself in the head with a hammer.

He didn’t care what he was saying about himself. You need to care if you want to outgrow the skin you are in.

Listen to yourself. Once you have a good idea of what things you don’t want to continue to hear, begin interrupting those negative thoughts with “but that was the old me” now it’s going to be different!. Think about all of the great things that you are capable of doing and the things that you have accomplished rather than dwelling on the negative events of the past. Forgive yourself your indiscretions and know you are moving on.

You can overcome the negativity. All you have to do is work hard to catch yourself when you’re having negative thoughts about yourself or your process or your progress and force yourself to think of the person you are becoming. You may not be there yet but you are moving in the right direction.

Gaining confidence can be a lot harder if you are around negative people who love to criticize everyone. What they are doing is building themselves up by beating others down. Don’t be like them. Try doing everything that you can to surround yourself with positive people who believe that you can do anything that you set your mind to.

Toxic people will try to bring you down and doubt yourself, but there is no law saying that you have to believe them or hang out with them.

Instead of spending time with people who drain your energy, get out and get charged up by people who love and laugh and compliment and encourage others.

 

Imagine a system that will 10 X your five star reviews

Having a Five Star Reputation was never more important than it is today both online and on the street. I provide strategies, tools and tactics that will get you there.

Consumers are scrutinizing your online reviews more closely than ever before. They don’t just look at the stars, they pass judgement and share it with their friends.

Smart business owners look beyond star ratings and pay close attention to the actual content of their reviews. They know customer reviews can make or brake their business but equally important is the feedback reviews provide.

We provide online tools that generate insights on the customer experience, as well as leverage customer feedback to drive sales and performance. (IfiveU.com)

Imagine there was a way to “10X” the number of Five Star Reviews you get every day. Imagine a simple system that only required your sales or service team to take another 90 seconds with each customer and enter their name and phone number into a form on their phone. That’s it. The rest is automated. Every customer get’s a text with a link to a feed back form and the appropriate follow up sequence of emails and text messages that will turn them into raving fans happy to do your advertising for you.

Imagine what that would do for your business.

Now imagine I can set it up for you, write the campaigns, design the forms and deal with the technology so it is one button easy for you, works like a charm and builds your Five Star reputation on auto pilot.

Now give me a call.

I’m Bob Polan.
My business is helping you build yours.

Call me at 905 954 5622

The Socratic method of coaching

According to Wikipedia:

” The Socratic method is a style of education involving a conversation in which a student is asked to question their assumptions. It is a forum for open-ended inquiry, one in which both student and teacher can use probing questions to develop a deeper understanding of the topic.”

Socrates was more than just a teacher. He was a coach and mentor as well. I like to think I coach in a way that Socrates would approve of.

Coaching local business people in building a five star reputation is challenging on a number of levels.

For starters most business people figure they don’t need a coach. They don’t want advice and if they did want advice they would hate to pay for it.  No one wants to get advice from some smarty pants know it all.

So I don’t give advice or not very often anyway. I ask questions and make suggestions.

I don’t coach people through the “ya but’s”. If everything that is suggested is going to receive a “ya but …” I’m going to run the other way.

But if you are the kind of person who understands they could use some help with their marketing, I’m here for you.

 I don’t know everything about anything but I know something about marketing most people are confused about. That’s how to build a five star reputation online and promote it around the corner or around the world.

I’m Bob Polan
My business is helping you build yours.
Call me. 905 954 5622