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Authors: 10 Solid Tips for Selling More of Your Books on Amazon

May 27th, 2010

Hi All!

I’m a bit behind on by blogging because I’ve been on a much needed vacation, enjoying some sun, ocean and fun. While on vacation I read Brent Sampson’s book “Sell Your Book On Amazon“. And I will tell you it’s worth the $15 (you may even be able to get a used one for less on Amazon). Not only does he list all the strategies to be aware of, but he goes into details about “how” to implement them and provides real world examples (so that you get “why” they are important).

There are TONS of strategies to get more exposure for yourself and your book(s) on Amazon, yet most authors I know only know of a few…heck, I’ve written 2 books, and they are on Amazon, and I didn’t even know about many of these tips. OR, I was aware of them but didn’t totally get the “benefit” or the strategy around them. And I will say that Brent states several times in his book that Amazon doesn’t make it easy on authors to find or execute these strategies. That’s why I liked his book! It gives step-by-step instructions for each tip he shares.

I won’t go into all the “how and why to execute these ideas” here, because that’s what a book like Brent’s is for (and I don’t want to rewrite his book on my blog). But here are 10 tips (out of MANY) that he suggests, and you can research how and why they are important for marketing and selling more of your books on Amazon.

You can also see my video about selling more of your books on Amazon. Click here to view it!

And, please note, whether you self-published your book, or published through a traditional publisher, these tips apply.

1. Start and AmazonConnect account

2. Create an Author Profile Page

3. Make sure you upload a professional photo on your Profile Page and make sure you add a caption under it. You can include your name, book name, web address, etc. Use it for marketing!

4. Complete the About Me info on the Author Profile Page, and make sure to write a good “signature”. Your signature will show-up on all the posts you do on Amazon (e.g. reviews of other peoples’ books) so it will help market you.

5. Write “So You’d Like to…” Guides (a feature on Amazon)

6. Make sure you implement the Search Inside feature on your book’s page

7. Check out Amapedia: This is Amazon’s version of a wiki. You can post factual info pertaining to your book and info related to your topic.

8. Write as many reviews for other peoples’ books as possible…even for your competition. But don’t write one to “trash” them! If their book was good, give them a 5 star rating and a good review. And everyone who reads it will see your signature and book title in your review, and this can drive traffic to your book page. Why? Because if someone is reading that author’s reviews, they are interested in his/her topics and may want more books pertaining to that topic! Plus, the more reviews your write, the higher your Amazon reviewer ranking climbs. This all gives you more exposure.

9. Use the Tag This Product feature on your book’s Detail Page.

10. Look into, and participate in, the Listmania feature.

OKAY! Those are the quick tips. So do some research on the ones that are new to you and start implementing! Or, if you are like me, and you don’t want to spend tons of time researching, just pick up a copy of “Sell Your Book on Amazon“.

Cheers & Happy Marketing!

Lisa

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I’m Conducting a Teleseminar Series in June: Branding, PR/Publicity and Social Media

May 08th, 2010

Hi All!

This is a blog post for a bit of self-promotion. Hey! I gotta spread the word, right??

Here’s info about the really cool teleseminar series I’m doing in June…pulled from a Press Release I’m sending out to promote them:

Lisa Orrell, The Promote U Guru, is conducting three teleseminars in June for small business owners, entrepreneurs, speakers, industry experts, and authors who want to build their brand awareness and increase sales. The three teleseminar topics are: Brand Building, PR & Publicity, and Social Media. Each one will provide attendees with tips, strategies and advice they can implement immediately, even on a tight budget.

The Promote U Business Building Teleseminar Series will be conducted in June 2010, and the dates are: Promote U Through Brand Building, June 8th; Promote U Thru PR & Publicity, June 11th; and Promote U Thru Social Media, June 16th. Each teleseminar is from 10:00 am to 11:00 am PST. And, because these are teleseminars, attendees can attend from anywhere from their phone. Internet and computer access are not required.

The event website with details of each teleseminar: PromoteUGuru.com/teleseminars

“Lisa knows her stuff and so much fun to work with! I can’t believe how much she has improved my brand positioning, sales, marketing and social media strategies, and PR efforts,” shares one Orrell client, Karin Piper, Author of Charter Schools: The Ultimate Handbook for Parents. “So I can tell you the content she’ll offer in these teleseminars is going to be very helpful…no fluff!”

The upcoming teleseminar series is being sponsored by: PersonalBrandingBlog.com, WeMeUs.com and 428Designs.com. And the cost to attend individual teleseminars is $29, or people can choose to attend all 3 for a special package price of $69.

“Prior to launching my Promote U Guru business, I ran an award-winning ad agency in Silicon Valley for 20 years. So I have been helping larger companies with branding, marketing, PR and social media for a long time. But now I focus on working with small business owners and individuals, and my vast experience benefits them immensely,” explains Lisa Orrell, a Branding Expert, Marketing Consultant and Business Coach. “Plus, aside from being a business owner for over 20 years, I’m the author of 2 books and a professional speaker myself. So I understand the challenges of those individuals who are trying to promote their books, build a brand platform for speaking, and/or who are trying to grow their small business (in any industry).”

Based on her 2 decades of business and marketing experience, Orrell has been interviewed by, or written articles for, a wide variety of media, including: ABC, MSNBC, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, NY Times, WomenEntrepreneur.com, U.S. News & World Report, The Silicon Valley Business Journal, China’s Her World magazine (for professional business women), PersonalBrandingBlog.com, BNET.com, and countless others.

I hope to see you in my “virtual” classroom for 1, 2 or all 3 of my teleseminars!

Cheers & Happy Marketing!

Lisa

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2010 Social Media Marketing Report Answers How Companies Are Using Social Media to Increase Business

April 21st, 2010

Hi All,

An in-depth (free!) Special Report was just released by Michael A. Stelzner, Executive Editor of Social Media Examiner. It’s entitled: 2010 Social Media Marketing Industry Report: How Marketers Are Using Social Media to Grow Their Businesses”.

But don’t let the word “marketers” deter you! In this context it simply means ANYONE responsible for the branding and marketing of their business. So whether you’re a speaker, author, small business owner with ANY type of company, or entrepreneur, you will benefit from the info in this Special Report. AGAIN…this is NOT a document just for marketing experts seeking recent statistics and strategies!

Here is a brief overview about it and why you should check out this FREE Special Report:

Have any of these questions crossed your mind? “How much time do my peers invest in social media marketing? What benefits are they achieving? Where will they focus their efforts in the future?

If you’ve pondered any of these thoughts, look no further.  All the answers are right here in this free report.

To understand how marketers are using social media, Social Media Examiner commissioned the 2010 Social Media Marketing Industry Report. We set out to uncover the “who, what, where, when and why” of social media marketing with this report.

A significant 1900 of your peers provided the type of valuable insight you won’t find elsewhere. In this free report you’ll discover:

  • The top 10 social media questions marketers want answered
  • How much time marketers invest with social media activities
  • The top benefits of social media and how time invested impacts results
  • The most used social media tools
  • Marketers future social media plans
  • And much more!

If you’re in charge of marketing for your business, you’ll want to closely analyze the pages of this report and use it to persuade others.

This is FREE and filled with 33-pages of great info!

Enjoy!

Lisa

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How Do I Find My Target Audience on Twitter & Get Them to Follow Me?

April 18th, 2010

Hi All!

Many of my clients, and audience members in my seminars and workshops, ask this question: How do I find and get the target audience that I WANT to attract to follow ME on Twitter?

As business owners, professional speakers, authors, consultants, coaches, etc. (whatever your business is), it doesn’t do you much good to have thousands of followers if most of them are people who would never have interest in your services, products, etc. I’m a firm believer that it’s all about quality and NOT quantity.

But that’s a very hard concept for many people to grasp…everyone gets so hung up on “how many” Fan Page fans they have, how many Twitter followers they have, etc. But I can tell you that Twitter benefited me in many ways even when I only had around 100 followers…why? Because I had the “right” followers. I started building relationships with other experts (who followed me) who I am now doing strategic partnering with, online events with, etc. So even though some of my followers are not potential clients of mine, they will refer clients to me and we’ll generate revenue together by doing paid events together.

And this may shock you, but a recent marketing report answered this question: How many Twitter Followers does it take to affect lead generation? Answer: At least 100. NOT 1,000! NOT 10,000! NOT 1 million! 100. Read the article with details by clicking here.

However, as I was saying before that tangent, is that it IS possible to find the people you want to target for business on Twitter…the people who CAN become your clients or buy your products!

Here are (3) ways that will enable you to find them:

1.) http://search.twitter.com : Type in keywords that describe the people you’d like to reach (example: Event Planners) and search results will come up.

2.) http://www.twellow.com: Twellow describes its service as a “directory of public Twitter accounts, with hundreds of categories and search features to help you find people who matter to you”. And it’s FREE!

3.) http://listorious.com: Listorious describes its service as “…makes it easy to find who matters on any topic with the best Twitter people search on the web. We empower thousands of people to curate Twitter by allowing them to tag their list in our Twitter list directory.” And here’s the basic benefit: You can find lists that other Tweeps have created that are of your target audience.

So you may be asking yourself, “Great. I’ll find a ton of people to follow who I really want to follow me. But how do I get them to follow ME?”

Short answer: Begin to follow them, and over time (if you retweet them a lot and send good content vs random junk), you have a good chance of them following you. And if they post questions or comments, reply to them. It’s all about being “social”!

And I’d like to say “Thanks!” to Mirna Bard, Social Media Expert, for sharing the Listorious.com tip with me 🙂

OKAY! You have 3 ways to get you started on finding YOUR target audience on Twitter. Get movin’!

Cheers & Happy Marketing!

Lisa

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Do You Know How to Pitch the Media Your Ideas? These Tips Can Help!

March 09th, 2010

Hi All!

I work with my clients (small business owners, entrepreneurs, speaker and authors) a lot on formulating “story” ideas to pitch the media (radio, tv, magazines, newspaper, blogs) as part of our PR and brand building strategies. Prior to working with me, many of them have either never done media pitching, OR they have sent general info out like: “I’m a small business owner who owns a flower shop, interview me!” (and they wonder why they never get call backs).

The key to pitching the media for publicity is giving them easy-to-digest “nuggets” that will benefit their target audience. GIVE THEM the article/segment idea, don’t give them “general” info and hope they’ll think of a reason to interview you.

Even on a tight marketing budget, here are 3 solid tips that can get you publicity:

TIP ONE: Make sure the media you pitch actually reaches the target audience YOU want to reach! Sounds like common sense, but…I have one client who spent tons of time issuing press releases and ideas to media contacts and when I looked at his list, only about 50% were even worthwhile. If you’re a corporate Executive Coach, don’t waste your time pitching ideas to the “morning zoo” Top 40 radio stations that primarily reach young people between 14-21 years old!

TIP TWO: Create a compelling segment/story idea. Let’s say you’re a divorce attorney who wants to get media coverage for yourself and your practice. An angle could be: Is your wife cheating on you? 4 ways to tell.

Or if you’re a financial advisor, an angle could be: Is your current retirement strategy really working? 3 ways to tell.

The media loves “quick hit tips” segments and articles, so approach them with this type of strategy. And the “posing a question” will grab a producer’s or guest booker’s attention.

TIP THREE: FOLLOW UP! Sure, if you have a media contact’s email, you can start by sending your idea that way. But you’ll typically have to follow up with a phone call because producer’s or (editor’s of mags and newspapers) get swamped with media pitches. HOWEVER, if you have a decent (or great!) idea, the squeaky wheel approach helps.

Don’t just send one email or make on phone call and let it go. Sometimes 3-4 follow ups are required to get the yes/no answer you are seeking.

Okay! Start thinking of your media pitch ideas and start pitching!! These tips have gotten me interviews on ABC, MSNBC, TIME, WSJ, NPR and many others!

Cheers & Happy Marketing!

Lisa

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Why Doing Your Own Small Biz PR Can Hurt Your Company

February 17th, 2010

Hi All!

I know that budget is an issue for most small business owners, so it forces them to assume the role of Director of Marketing for their own companies. But, and I can say this with authority after having worked with hundreds of companies, their results are normally dismal.

Why? Because! Unless you have a strong marketing background, you won’t do it well. And ultimately the time, effort and money you spend will be more than if you had hired a seasoned professional to help you.

The speakers, authors, small business owners, and entrepreneurs who come to me, have typically spent endless amounts of their valuable time and money trying to market themselves effectively…and they are totally frustrated by the time I hear from them. It’s at that point that they “get it”, and see the value in what a 20-year professional like me (and others) offers.

To that point, I came across this great article today on American Express’s OpenForum.com website, entitled “Think Twice Before Doing Your Own Small Biz PR”, written by Steve Viuker.

Here’s an excerpt:

Should you be your own PR person? Many small businesses might think that doing their own PR is a good cost-cutting decision; however, the real cost might be to your business’s success. To a degree, you can do it yourself — but amidst all the demands of running your own company, hiring someone else with real experience to take care of your publicity might be the better option.

While saving money by doing it yourself is appealing, Linda Alexander of Alexander Marketing. says, “Most people are too busy running their companies to spend the hours required for research, pitching and follow up.”

“When you’re sick do you go on the Internet to cure yourself, or do you see a doctor?” asks David Grant of LVM group. “PR is not as simple as it looks, and we know journalists and their deadlines. That is vital in promoting a client.” (Grant was a former journalist, as are many people in the PR business).

Click here to read the whole article!

Cheers & Happy Marketing!

Lisa

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Blog for Entrepreneurs Seeking Branding, Marketing, and PR Tips

January 26th, 2010

Hi All!

Welcome to my blog. For 20 years I owned an award-winning marketing agency in Silicon Valley where I developed brand platforms and marketing strategies for some of the biggest names in technology (Sony, SanDisk, HP and many others).

Now, as the Promote U Guru, I offer all my knowledge and expertise to small business owners, entrepreneurs, authors and speakers. As a Publicist, Marketing Consultant, and Business Coach, I offer a unique blend of real-world experience to my clients. Have I written books? yes, I’ve written 2. Have I owned a business? Yes, I have been self employed for over 20 years. Have I had to launch and create a brand platform for myself? Yes, on several ocassions.

So, I know what it takes. I’ve been in the trenches. And my clients benefit because of it.

I encourage you to follow my blog…I’ll post guest blogs from other marketing experts, as well as offer helpful info about book writing, brand building, social media and much more.

You can also follow me on Twitter for great tips and resources: @PromoteUGuru.

I look forward to meeting you online or in-person…and helping you achieve the success you want.

No hype. Just results.

Cheers!

Lisa

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