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amp0193

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First Step - Have a Productacracy

Have an amazing product that "pulls" people to it, not one that you have to "push" people to via tons of advertising. Something unique. Something cool. Something attractive. Something innovative. I.e. what @MJ DeMarco calls a Productacracy.

If you're selling "me-too" products on Amazon, i.e. silicone wedding rings, then forget it.

Option 1 - Use Instagram to get a direct contact with someone who knows someone on TV.

I wanted to get on a news show on one of the biggest local news stations in the country. I went on the TV station's website and made a list of all businesses that had been featured on this news show in the last 6 months.

Then, I sent a DM to each of these businesses' Instagrams, saying I saw they were on the X news show, and asking them who they contacted to get on. Nearly all messaged me back. One gave me the direct email for one of the 3 anchors on the show, and then introduced me in an email chain.

I had already prepared an angle for what made my product a good fit (it tied in perfectly with a current on-going news item). The anchors loved my product(see step 1), and my angle, and asked me to be on the show a week later.

This plan worked amazingly well, because most of the businesses I contacted were smaller local businesses, who probably only received one DM that day... mine. It was easy to get their attention.

Total time input - 4 hours. Total cost - FREE


Option 2 - Use Instagram to get in direct contact with someone on TV

This plan has a larger hurdle. If they are on TV, they have 6-8 figures in numbers of followers. They get an onslaught of messages daily from social media. There is so much noise. Even if you product is awesome (see step 1), they won't ever know it if they don't read your message.

Step 1 - Pick a target

This is the hardest part of the whole process. You need to find celebrities or influencers who would be a good fit for your product. Just being famous isn't enough. It needs to be someone who is pre-disposed to loving your product. Someone who's audience would love to see your product. So much so, that producers will easily be convinced that this product should be on the show.

I targeted a reality TV show in my niche, so inserting my product in there wouldn't be at all weird, especially since it is so interesting!

I also could have used this approach to directly target the news anchor I mentioned in the section above.


Step 2 - Get their attention

Be unorthodox. Do something different. Make your message stand out in a sea of other messages. Grab their attention from the instant they open your message. This could look like any number of different things. You're only limited to your imagination. The only thing it CAN NOT be, is a sales pitch. Here's what it looked like for me:

I spent 2 hours and made a funny-a$$ photoshop pic of the cast of the show using my products. It is hilarious. I laugh every time I look at it. If I were the celebrity I was sending this too, I would laugh my a$$ off.

Step 3 - Be Relentless

No matter how awesome and attention grabbing your message is, odds are, it will not be opened.

So, you have to be relentless in your follow up.

I had planned to message this celebrity every 3 days, until I got a response. In this case, it only took two times.

He thought the photo was hilarious, and that opened the door to a conversation. Several times along the way, the conversation was waiting for his response, so I just kept following up until he got back to me. One lull in the convo lasted 3 months, and I messaged him 7 times during that time before he finally messaged me back. YOU CAN'T GIVE UP IF THEY'RE INTERESTED.

Eventually, I offered to give him free product in exchange for some shares on social media. This alone would've been worth the effort, because of reaching his millions of followers.

However, I had a bigger goal in mind. I wanted on the show.

Turns out, he loved the product so much, and his producers loved it so much, that the producers reached out to me to get my approval to show the product's logo before they filmed some segments with it. I never asked to be on the show... they asked me!

As of yesterday, they have filmed multiple segments, and are writing some more script with the product that will be filmed soon. Assuming I don't end up on the chopping room floor, it will air sometime next year.

Total time input - 6 hours. Total cost - Some free product.

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Lessons Learned

First, Instagram is amazing. You can directly reach just about anybody. You should be using it and posting great content to it. Don't waste your time with follow/unfollow shit. Use it right and network with influencers. Leverage the audiences of others.

Second, How many hours did you spend tweaking a sub-headline on your website this week? How many hours did you spend on stupid action-fake shit, like re-organizing your file cabinet? How many hours did you spend doing something you could've paid someone $4/hr to do?

What if you spent 4-6 hours of your time, landed a TV deal, and got paid $1000s an hour for your time. Not to mention other high-leverage activities that are impactful for your business . Your time on your business needs to be spent on growth.

Now honestly, the traffic from a big media exposure is huge, but it quickly dies away. However, it does start a domino effect of other influencers who see it, and want to collaborate with you. But this eventually dies away as well.

More importantly that these, is getting to put "AS SEEN ON ____" all over your website. Also, you get to name-drop to any future high-profile contact... "oh, BTW, did you see us on ____?" The immense power of social proof that that adds... you just can't put a price on it.

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What other "outside of the box" marketing have you had success with? I seem to remember @IceCreamKid posting about some crazy stunts back in the day.
 
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Thomas Tri-Ty

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First Step - Have a Productacracy

Have an amazing product that "pulls" people to it, not one that you have to "push" people to via tons of advertising. Something unique. Something cool. Something attractive. Something innovative. I.e. what @MJ DeMarco calls a Productacracy.

If you're selling "me-too" products on Amazon, i.e. silicone wedding rings, then forget it.

Option 1 - Use Instagram to get a direct contact with someone who knows someone on TV.

I wanted to get on a news show on one of the biggest local news stations in the country. I went on the TV station's website and made a list of all businesses that had been featured on this news show in the last 6 months.

Then, I sent a DM to each of these businesses' Instagrams, saying I saw they were on the X news show, and asking them who they contacted to get on. Nearly all messaged me back. One gave me the direct email for one of the 3 anchors on the show, and then introduced me in an email chain.

I had already prepared an angle for what made my product a good fit (it tied in perfectly with a current on-going news item). The anchors loved my product(see step 1), and my angle, and asked me to be on the show a week later.

This plan worked amazingly well, because most of the businesses I contacted were smaller local businesses, who probably only received one DM that day... mine. It was easy to get their attention.

Total time input - 4 hours. Total cost - FREE


Option 2 - Use Instagram to get in direct contact with someone on TV

This plan has a larger hurdle. If they are on TV, they have 6-8 figures in numbers of followers. They get an onslaught of messages daily from social media. There is so much noise. Even if you product is awesome (see step 1), they won't ever know it if they don't read your message.

Step 1 - Pick a target

This is the hardest part of the whole process. You need to find celebrities or influencers who would be a good fit for your product. Just being famous isn't enough. It needs to be someone who is pre-disposed to loving your product. Someone who's audience would love to see your product. So much so, that producers will easily be convinced that this product should be on the show.

I targeted a reality TV show in my niche, so inserting my product in there wouldn't be at all weird, especially since it is so interesting!

I also could have used this approach to directly target the news anchor I mentioned in the section above.


Step 2 - Get their attention

Be unorthodox. Do something different. Make your message stand out in a sea of other messages. Grab their attention from the instant they open your message. This could look like any number of different things. You're only limited to your imagination. The only thing it CAN NOT be, is a sales pitch. Here's what it looked like for me:

I spent 2 hours and made a funny-a$$ photoshop pic of the cast of the show using my products. It is hilarious. I laugh every time I look at it. If I were the celebrity I was sending this too, I would laugh my a$$ off.

Step 3 - Be Relentless

No matter how awesome and attention grabbing your message is, odds are, it will not be opened.

So, you have to be relentless in your follow up.

I had planned to message this celebrity every 3 days, until I got a response. In this case, it only took two times.

He thought the photo was hilarious, and that opened the door to a conversation. Several times along the way, the conversation was waiting for his response, so I just kept following up until he got back to me. One lull in the convo lasted 3 months, and I messaged him 7 times during that time before he finally messaged me back. YOU CAN'T GIVE UP IF THEY'RE INTERESTED.

Eventually, I offered to give him free product in exchange for some shares on social media. This alone would've been worth the effort, because of reaching his millions of followers.

However, I had a bigger goal in mind. I wanted on the show.

Turns out, he loved the product so much, and his producers loved it so much, that the producers reached out to me to get my approval to show the product's logo before they filmed some segments with it. I never asked to be on the show... they asked me!

As of yesterday, they have filmed multiple segments, and are writing some more script with the product that will be filmed soon. Assuming I don't end up on the chopping room floor, it will air sometime next year.

Total time input - 6 hours. Total cost - Some free product.

--------------------

Lessons Learned

First, Instagram is amazing. You can directly reach just about anybody. You should be using it and posting great content to it. Don't waste your time with follow/unfollow shit. Use it right and network with influencers. Leverage the audiences of others.

Second, How many hours did you spend tweaking a sub-headline on your website this week? How many hours did you spend on stupid action-fake shit, like re-organizing your file cabinet? How many hours did you spend doing something you could've paid someone $4/hr to do?

What if you spent 4-6 hours of your time, landed a TV deal, and got paid $1000s an hour for your time. Not to mention other high-leverage activities that are impactful for your business . Your time on your business needs to be spent on growth.

Now honestly, the traffic from a big media exposure is huge, but it quickly dies away. However, it does start a domino effect of other influencers who see it, and want to collaborate with you. But this eventually dies away as well.

More importantly that these, is getting to put "AS SEEN ON ____" all over your website. Also, you get to name-drop to any future high-profile contact... "oh, BTW, did you see us on ____?" The immense power of social proof that that adds... you just can't put a price on it.

------------

What other "outside of the box" marketing have you had success with? I seem to remember @IceCreamKid posting about some crazy stunts back in the day.
Thanks for sharing the post about Instagram and how you were able to get your product on a TV Show. I would love to see your product shown on the the Show.
 

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Thanks for sharing the post about Instagram and how you were able to get your product on a TV Show. I would love to see your product shown on the the Show.

Not sharing specifics, unfortunately.


But tell you what, if I get on shark tank one of these years... I'll let you guys know.
 

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Not sharing specifics, unfortunately.


But tell you what, if I get on shark tank one of these years... I'll let you guys know.
You shared enough of the process to let us know it is possible. I appreciate the time you spent to share the process. I look forward to seeing you on Shark Tank.
 
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Thank you for typing all of that out.

I think it's a win/win situation for both of you. They are getting free content, and you are getting free exposure. And what have you got to lose? The worst they can do is say "No Thanks", and you move on to messaging the next news guy.

If you've got a kickass product, this could make it go viral if the segment is good enough.
 

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I think it's a win/win situation for both of you. They are getting free content, and you are getting free exposure. And what have you got to lose? The worst they can do is say "No Thanks", and you move on to messaging the next news guy.

What I like the most about this is how little time I put in. Very little opportunity cost lost by trying to GO BIG and spend your time on things that really move the dial on your progress meter.

If you've got a kickass product, this could make it go viral if the segment is good enough.

That's what I'm counting on. I think the product is made for video/tv, and it has viral potential, especially when linked with this celebrity. The content will be gold.
 

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It's got almost unlimited potential. You can continue mining that vein with other news guys as well.

All of our local news stations (Los Angeles area) have a "Tech Guy" that does a little segment every night. They are constantly looking for new stuff to feature.

Example: Rich DeMuro

This guy does tech and "gadgets" all the time.

His direct email is even on the bottom of that page.
 
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