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  1. Sean Marshall

    INTRO Getting a new start - Starting My Digital Agency

    The more you sell the more your confidence will grow. This concerns me just a bit. In TMF, MJ talks about being monogamous to your first business. I 100% agree. I feel that my own success came from being all-in with my business until I grew it to the point where I could literally afford to do...
  2. Sean Marshall

    GOLD! CHECKLIST: How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency & Hit $5K in Less than 90 Days

    Who knows? Some students tell me and I love hearing their success stories and I should probably feature more. But the sad fact is that you can give people step-by-step instructions on how to do something and they still won't do it. I've even debated taking my course down because that whole...
  3. Sean Marshall

    GOLD! CHECKLIST: How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency & Hit $5K in Less than 90 Days

    Exactly. It's all I did in my first month and I made money in that very first month. It wasn't much ($2450) but it was proof I had something.
  4. Sean Marshall

    GOLD! CHECKLIST: How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency & Hit $5K in Less than 90 Days

    Not hosting. Just updating the site and keeping it clean and safe.
  5. Sean Marshall

    GOLD! CHECKLIST: How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency & Hit $5K in Less than 90 Days

    Do that then. Just keep moving forward. I'm not a fan of networking but I did it and it worked. Especially this kind of business because every single business owner you speak with is a possible client. Change it up. Do what works for you. Most importantly, just try to speak with real...
  6. Sean Marshall

    GOLD! CHECKLIST: How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency & Hit $5K in Less than 90 Days

    1. At the beginning, I spoke to every business owner that breathed. If you want to target 2nd page businesses, that's fine but lead with value (see what I mean by throughout this thread). Don't just spam. 2. I don't go deep into what we do. I go high level with the benefits that they'll get...
  7. Sean Marshall

    GOLD! CHECKLIST: How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency & Hit $5K in Less than 90 Days

    I've interviewed everyone via Skype. After that, all work is done/managed through Asana. Everything is listed out there with further links to articles/videos if they need. I have a general manager that takes care of most stuff for me including managing the monthly work.
  8. Sean Marshall

    GOLD! CHECKLIST: How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency & Hit $5K in Less than 90 Days

    This entire thread has more info than I ever had. And yes, I'm somewhat introverted and I think business networking is horrible. But I did it. And I kept doing it. And then eventually I moved to an island in the Caribbean... Just take the checklist and go through it and don't look up until...
  9. Sean Marshall

    GOLD! CHECKLIST: How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency & Hit $5K in Less than 90 Days

    Show them the results you get for other clients. Example: If a roofing company lands a new customer for a $30,000 roof as a direct result of something you did, then they have no problem paying you $1000/mo (or whatever you charge). It's simple math. Results sell. And they justify the cost...
  10. Sean Marshall

    GOLD! CHECKLIST: How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency & Hit $5K in Less than 90 Days

    Many people find it's best to start with a Per-Project basis. Then move to part-time and then to full time as the work justifies it. It gives you a chance to know your VA's and make sure they're doing a good job. All communication is done via email and Asana. Upwork is a good place to...
  11. Sean Marshall

    GOLD! CHECKLIST: How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency & Hit $5K in Less than 90 Days

    Yes. It's why they pay me month after month. Because the work we do gets their phone ringing more. They make more money as a result of what we do. Period. That's why I have clients that I've had since 2010.
  12. Sean Marshall

    GOLD! CHECKLIST: How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency & Hit $5K in Less than 90 Days

    Thanks. And sure, I get that. I get all of my new business from referrals. All of our clients are on a month-to-month basis. They stay with us because they want to stay on - because of the results we get them. Because of that, I'm not too concerned about my own SEO - not trying to rank for...
  13. Sean Marshall

    GOLD! CHECKLIST: How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency & Hit $5K in Less than 90 Days

    I target local businesses but live internationally. I have students from El Salvador, Brazil, and other places all with successful businesses. If they can do it, anyone from anywhere in Europe or N. America can do it.
  14. Sean Marshall

    GOLD! CHECKLIST: How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency & Hit $5K in Less than 90 Days

    That looks like every other email out there. Yes! I would only change the wording to "...a few improvements YOU can make right away..." and then a benefit like...."a few improvements you can make right away to your website to boost the amount of leads coming through your contact form..." Or...
  15. Sean Marshall

    GOLD! CHECKLIST: How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency & Hit $5K in Less than 90 Days

    Increase your prices and/or find more affordable contractors. My entire team is in the Philippines. Very cost effective.
  16. Sean Marshall

    GOLD! CHECKLIST: How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency & Hit $5K in Less than 90 Days

    Both! In Spain, you'll have to evaluate if they: 1. See the need to market their business online 2. Have the budget to do so Everything depends on that.
  17. Sean Marshall

    GOLD! CHECKLIST: How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency & Hit $5K in Less than 90 Days

    If email is your only source of new leads, you're going to be exactly like the millions of other agencies (especially those based in India). Business owners delete these. I know. My clients tell me. I even get them! Provide value right out of the gate. Side note - chiropractors are not...
  18. Sean Marshall

    GOLD! CHECKLIST: How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency & Hit $5K in Less than 90 Days

    Just start selling. The answers to all of these questions will take care of themselves as you speak with real business owners. Make a sale and you'll get it all sorted fast.
  19. Sean Marshall

    GOLD! CHECKLIST: How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency & Hit $5K in Less than 90 Days

    Anything that makes their lives easier or shows them how to make more money, easier. Period. Make it a no-brainer for them.
  20. Sean Marshall

    GOLD! CHECKLIST: How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency & Hit $5K in Less than 90 Days

    I've said this before but Google (& YouTube) knows everything. Not sure how to do on-page SEO? There's about a million step-by-step articles/videos that show you how. Then you just turn around and stick that in Asana/Basecamp/whatever for your team. It's all already been done. You find it...
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