Confessions of Shameless Self-Promotion: Great Marketing Gurus Share Their Innovative, Proven, and Low-Cost Marketing Strategies to Maximize Your Success

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Breakthrough techniques that will maximize your business success!

To be a successful entrepreneur or small business owner, you must continuously promote your product, your service, and yourself. But do you know the most effective strategies for self-promotion that will take your business to a higher level? In Confessions of Shameless Self-Promoters, international marketing and self-promotion expert Debbie Allen along with dozens of other innovative marketing gurus confess their ...

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Overview

Breakthrough techniques that will maximize your business success!

To be a successful entrepreneur or small business owner, you must continuously promote your product, your service, and yourself. But do you know the most effective strategies for self-promotion that will take your business to a higher level? In Confessions of Shameless Self-Promoters, international marketing and self-promotion expert Debbie Allen along with dozens of other innovative marketing gurus confess their success strategies that are guaranteed to maximize your potential success in your business.

You'll discover the super-selling secrets of Mark Victor Hanson, Jim Cathcart, Dan Kennedy, and many other top entrepreneurs. Their advice includes a wealth of low-cost, step-by-step strategies you can use to:

  • Create a powerful brand identity
  • Build a strong referral base of shameless fans
  • Showcase your expertise
  • Get tons of media attention
  • Market yourself shamelessly online
  • Stand out from the crowd and expose your business to the world

"To be leading edge, you must be shameless. This book will show you how."

—Mark Victor Hansen, co-creator of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series

"If you want to do better at marketing yourself, I highly recommend this book. It is filled with great marketing techniques that have worked for me!"

—Joe Girard, bestselling author of How To Sell Anything To Anybody

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071462020
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/23/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Debbie Allen is one of the world's leading authorities on marketing and self-promotion. The president of Allen & Associates Consulting, Inc., she is an internationally acclaimed speaker who has appeared in publications such as Entrepreneur, Selling Power, and Sales & Marketing Excellence.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 An Introduction to Effective Self-Promotion 1
Step #1 Develop a Positive Belief about Self-Promotion 2
The Science of Self-Promotion 8
Contrarian Success Strategy 11
Shamelessly Making a Difference in People's Lives 12
Ten Power Principles of Shameless Self-Promotion 14
Never Show Them You're Shameless 21
Chapter 2 You Cannot Not Market 23
Step #2 Share Your Goals in the Form of Affirmations 24
Self-Promote or Disappear! 27
Not Marketing Can Be Disastrous 30
Using Cold Calls to Make Contacts 32
Fun Ways to Turn Hidden Moments into Marketing Miracles 35
Wearing Self-Promotion Shamelessly Well 37
Chapter 3 Gutsy Marketing for the Shameless 39
Step #3 Develop Gutsy Goals that Make You Stretch 40
Crappy to Happy 43
Come to the Edge: Self Promoter from Within 48
Hustle if You Want to Be Great 50
Happy Birthday to Me 52
The RV Adventure Book Tour 55
Shameless Marketing Gets into the Act 58
Don't Miss an Opportunity to Be Shameless 60
Redirecting Shameless Marketing Energies 62
Thank Heaven for Little Girls 64
Chapter 4 Shameless Friends and Associates 67
Step #4 Seek Out and Act on Opportunities 68
I Am Not A Self Promoter ... Or Am I??? 71
Let Your Fans Do the Talking 73
Building Success on Referrals and Testimonials 76
The Humor Advantage 77
Dad's Lesson in Never Giving Up 79
Chapter 5 Give It Away 81
Step #5 Stay Active in Your Community 82
Time to Give Back 84
Sell More by Giving Things Away 86
Reverse Shoplifting 88
Giving It Away to Attract Buyers 89
Chapter 6 Your Expertise Is Showing 91
Step #6 Take Your Expertise to a Higher Level 92
Secrets of a Modest Success 97
Starting Over 99
Reaching Emerging Markets 103
Sell Yourself and the $$$ Come Easy 106
Market Yourself as the "Expert" 108
A Steady Approach 109
Chapter 7 Get Out There and Work It 113
Step #7 Build Strong Business Alliances 114
Networking Is an Attitude 117
A Network Is Mandatory for Making It 121
Don't Leave Home Without Your Business Cards 124
Have I Told You What I've Done Lately? 126
A Niche and a Network 128
If the Hat Fits, Wear It 131
Chapter 8 Build a Unique Brand to Get Recognized 133
Step #8 Break the Mold and Promote Your Uniqueness 134
Capitalize on Your Uniqueness 137
The BITCH with Style 140
Discovering Your Core Essence 143
Seven Step Action Plan to Create a Marketing Brand 146
A Spy Is Born 148
Finding Your Specialization 150
A Brand New You with a Big Brand Bank Account! 152
Dare to Be Different 154
Chapter 9 Delivering Shamelessly Through the Mail 157
Step #9 Stay in Touch with Your Database Often 158
Bug 'Em 'Til They Buy or Die 161
Leave Breadcrumbs 164
Risk Reversal 166
One of My Biggest Losers 168
When You Hate to Cold Call 171
Postcards Carry a Big Message 173
Outrageous Advertising That's Outrageously Successful 174
Get Immediate Attention with Unique Direct Mail 178
Chapter 10 Get Noticed with Newsletters 181
Step #10 Publish a Newsletter 182
Shameless Self Promotion and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 184
Creatively Building a Mailing List 186
Direct Mail without Stamps 189
Chapter 11 Shameless Marketing on the Web 191
Step #11 Embrace Technology and Market Shamelessly Online 192
Simplify! Give Up Expensive, Ineffective Marketing Tactics! 195
Shameless Promotion Internet-Style 200
Saved by the Internet 203
You Have to Give in Order to Receive 206
Golf Guru Goes for the Gold 208
Sales Horror Stories 209
Chapter 12 Lights, Camera, Action-You're ON! 213
Step #12 Apply For and Win Awards 214
Woman of the Year 218
How I Sold the World-Famous Brooklyn Bridge 220
Much More than Your 15 Minutes of Fame 225
Magic Phrases to Use with the Media and What to Avoid 227
The Astonishing True Story of the Elvis Mermaid 229
Applause! Applause! 232
The Luckiest Unlucky Man Alive 235
My Time to Shine 237
Media Shock Jock vs. Shameless Diva 239
Chapter 13 Fame, Fortune, and Your Name in Print 243
Step #13 Write a Book to Showcase Your Expertise 244
How to Create Viral Shameless Promotion for Pennies 246
Five Promotions a Day 252
Never Let Them See You Sweat 254
Shameless Turnabout Is Fair Play 256
Promoting Principled Profit 258
Fit to Cook 260
An Authentic Hawaiian Luau 262
Polite Persistence 264
Shameless Santa 267
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