January 2011

Please note: Starting next month, we’ll be shifting our publishing schedule to on or about the 15th–so don’t panic when we don’t show up between the 5th and 8th as usual. It’ll be between the 15th and 18th from now on.

In This Issue…

Column Update: Like to Make $200 Per Sale?

Did you see in last month’s newsletter that I’m self-syndicating a monthly column called Green And Profitable? It’s off an running, and there’s quite a bit of news—including an opportunity for you to earn some significant bucks. Here’s a quick update:

  1. Along with the green business column, Green And Profitable, I’m introducing a companion column for consumers: Green And Practical.
  2. In addition to offering both columns to media (at $10 per column insertion, currently), and to individuals ($10 for a six-month subscription), I’ve decided to offer the columns to corporations and organizations who might want to “private-label” them: issue them as if they had published the columns, and distribute to their own subscribers, customers, or prospects. I’m charging these organizations just 25 cents per subscriber, per year, which works out to about two cents per reader per issue.
  3. This new model presents an income opportunity for you: if you connect me directly with a specific person who buys the right to private-label the columns ($1200 and up), you can earn a commission. Here are the specifics:
  • If you set me up directly with a client who buys column rights, I’ll pay you $200—that’s if you make the introduction.
  • If you don’t set me up, but give me the contact and I can use your name, I’ll pay you $100 if your contact makes the buy.
  • If you don’t give me a specific contact but are the first to suggest an organization that buys the rights, I’ll pay you $25.
  • Suggest either or both of the columns to a publication that you read or subscribe to, and if they agree, I’ll give you your choice of any of my e-books (sorry, but with total sale of only $60 for six months or $120 for a year, I can’t pay cash commission; there are costs in administering and writing the column).

Think about who you know. I’ll be here :-).  shel (at) principledprofit.com

Are You Throwing Away Your Opportunities? Shel Horowitz’s Clean and Green Marketing Tip, January 2011

Happy New Year! I love symmetrical dates like last Saturday’s 1/1/11. We’ll have three more dates with all 1s this year: one later this month and two in November.

Looking out over the fields of the farm I live on, I was reminded of our luscious organic garden. This year, we had a particularly bountiful harvest of hot peppers—to the point that I went down to the garden, picked five pounds of surplus, and brought the whole big bag to my neighbors’ farmstand. They sell produce from a bunch of local farms, usually labeled with the farm of origin and the town, and of course, the price.

So I was figuring mine would go out with something like “Grown right here on this farm by our neighbors, no pesticides or chemical fertilizers” and the price per pound (they can’t legally say organic, because for our home garden, we don’t go through any certification process.) With a sign like that, I would have expected my chiles to go flying out the door, and I would have had a steady market for the remaining two months of the season. But for some reason, they put my beautiful peppers in an out-of-the-way spot, with no sign at all. And there, they slowly shriveled over the next week or so. Needless to say, I didn’t bring them any more to sell.

A less personal example: I recently bought a box of crackers that had this message: “100% of the electricity used to manufacture these crackers and this container come from green power sources,” and has a nice little accompanying graphic of a windmill. Just above this is a Forest Stewardship Council certification logo denoting sustainably harvested timber sources for the box.

Unfortunately, both of these logos and statements are on the bottom panel of the box, where no one can see it unless they’ve already bought the crackers–or perhaps if the prospect accidentally knocks the package off the supermarket shelf, happens to land the bottom facing up, and somehow notices the small logos while picking up the box.

The lesson in both of these situations is that you have to be willing to talk about the advantages of dong business with you. Not in an obnoxious way, but sincerely, and in ways that show you’re proud of what you’ve created.

An additional lesson from the farmstand: make it easy for your customers to get the information they need. Failing to put a price on the display meant that anyone considering the peppers would have to go to the counter and ask—and that extra step is a disincentive.

After all, if your sets of benefits don’t convince yourself, why will they convince anyone else?

I have learned not to be shy about this. So let me remind you: If you’d like to know more about smart green marketing, pick up a copy of my award-winning and Environmental category bestselling eighth book, Guerrilla Marketing Goes Green: Winning Strategies to Improve Your Profits and Your Planet (co-authored with Jay Conrad Levinson)—and register your purchase (from anywhere) on the Bonus page to collect more than $2000 worth of extra goodies.

Hear & Meet

January

February
  • Yesterday, you should have gotten a mailing from me about a fantastic no-cost conference series that really focuses on my core values of social entrepreneurship: business as tool of social and environmental change, and of growing a conscious planetary  community. I taped a great call with host Ryan Eliason, and it will air February 16, 2011, 1 pm ET/10 am PST. But you should register for the whole series. It includes such wonderful people as tree activist Julia Butterfly Hill, former Obama green jobs czar Van Jones (I’ve heard both of them speak and they are superb), brain researcher/philosopher Dr. Bruce Lipton, the writer Marianne Williamson, Green America head Alisa Gravitz, Bioneers co-founder Nina Simons, and my eco-biz friends George Kao and Tad Hargrave, among others. Ryan should be charging big bucks for this–but you get this incredible education at no charge. (He will be charging for the replays, though.) http://shelhorowitz.com/go/RyanEliason
  • If I can work out some logistics, I’ll be a panelist (not the same thing as a speaker, in this case) at Ken McArthur’s next JV Alert, Orlando, February 18-20. I’ve heard amazing things about these conferences, including some legendary and very profitable deals and partnerships. I’m eager to experience it.  If you’d like to go too, click here for the very impressive speaker lineup and registration link http://shelhorowitz.com/go/JVAlert
March
  • Social Media for Terrified Authors: How to Turn Scary Into Success: Wednesday, March 30, 2 pm ET/11 a.m. PT, with Shel Horowitz and book coach/social media maven Judy Cullins.
    * Have an impact on the three major social media networks in just minutes a day: control social media and keep it from controlling you
    * Understand how to spread your content around the Internet with just a couple of clicks: more ROI for less work
    * Turn social media connections into website traffic, book sales, and client gigs without spending any money to do it.
    *Increase your credibility as a savvy expert.
    *Define and find your book’s target audience on the big 3 social media marketing sites–and market directly to the exact people who can benefit from your book.
    * Get your website or blog pages highly ranked on Google and other search engines.

Just $19.95, and includes several valuable bonuses. Click http://www.bookcoaching.com/shel-judy-teleseminar.php to get all the details.

April
  • April 8-10 I plan to attend the National Conference on Media Reform, in Boston. I’ve attended two previous conferences and am always blown away.
  • Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 10 AM-4 PM, my wife and I will exhibit again at Amherst Sustainability Festival in downtown Amherst, MA
May
  • Once again, I’ll be attending Book Expo America, May 24-26 in New York City, and probably IBPA University May 22- 23

Friends Who Want to Help

My co-author, Jay Conrad Levinson, “the Father of Guerilla Marketing,” has a few seats left in his next Guerrilla Marketing Intensive, at his Florida home (where I visited recently). 21 hours of training over three days, for $4997 (payable in up to four installments). Limited to just ten people, so this is pretty in-depth. http://shelhorowitz.com/go/rfHHY8Y

Another great no-cost teleseminar series, from Ken Foster, has invited many prominent social thinkers (like Stephen Covey (7 Habits of Highly Effective People) and Spencer Johnson (Who Moved My Cheese?), as well as a host of prominent Internet marketers like Lisa Sasevitch, Stefanie Hartman, Alex Mandossian, my good friend and book marketer extraordinare Penny Sanseveiri…a star-studded cast of 18 speakers. The URL isn’t live yet, so watch for a special mailing on or around February 1 giving all the details.

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