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DeAnna Troupe is a technology coach and a freelance writer. She helps small business owners use the technology they currently own to be more productive in their business.. In her free time she likes to spend time with her family. She enjoys watching basketball and American football, crocheting, reading, writing, singing, and playing cards.

Email Frequency – When Should You Mail

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a number or a schedule you could follow? While it would be great if there was research that suggested that mailing exactly every 5 days gets you the best results every time, there is no such thing. And there’s a very good reason for it.

Every market, every niche, every audience and every person is different. While you’ll never make everyone on your list happy, there is a lot you can do to make just about any email frequency work.

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What You Need To Know About Email Deliverability

You’re spending a lot of time each week crafting emails to your subscribers, but none of that will do you any good if you don’t have a decent delivery rate. If those emails land in your potential customers’ spam folders, you don’t have much of a chance of making a sale or building a relationship with them. Here are three tips that will help insure that your emails make it to your subscribers’ inboxes.

Use A Reputable Auto Responder Service

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5 Tips For Creating Compelling Subject Lines

email marketingThe first thing you need to get right when it comes to email marketing is the subject line. If you can’t get your subscribers to open your emails, it really doesn’t matter how good the actual email is.

It’s easy to spend a lot of time crafting a great message and then just slap a subject line on it at the end. Spend some time writing them and see what type of headline gets you good open rates. Here are five tips to get you started.

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Update on Don’t Pick My Brain (or Why I Don’t Do Business By Phone)

So you may remember a while back I did a review of my friend Adrienne Graham’s book, No You Can’t Pick My Brain It Costs Too Much. Well, I just wanted to give you an update on how that is going for me.

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Why Your Funnels Leak—And What To Do About It

For a writer with a solid funnel in place, it’s easy to take a look at the number of subscribers at each level of the funnel and predict pretty accurately what the sales are going to be from day to day or week to week.

If you’ve got a funnel in place, though, and your numbers aren’t looking great, chances are you have a leak somewhere. Your funnel has a hole (or two or three) where subscribers are falling through. There are four common causes for funnel leaks, and once you spot them, they’re pretty easy to fix.

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What the Heck is a Sales Funnel, Anyway?

For writers, a sales funnel is probably the most important marketing tool you have. And yet many entrepreneurs – both new and established – have no clear understanding of what a funnel is or how it works.

As you can imagine, failing to fully understand this critical part of your business means fewer sales, lower profits, and ultimately, an unstable business.

A Simple Sales Funnel

At its most basic, a sales funnel consists of free content, which typically requires nothing of your readers. Many sales funnels begin with blog posts, YouTube videos, Facebook content, and other information readers can access at no cost. This is the “top” of your funnel.

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Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Wonder Woman

I am usually not a first run movie goer. I like to wait a couple of weeks to go see a movie because the movie theaters are usually too crowded during the first weekend it is in theaters. However, for this movie, I had to make an exception. Wonder Woman has been one of my favorite superheroes since I was a kid. So quite naturally, I have been anticipating this movie. I was absolutely thrilled that they were finally giving a female superhero her own movie. As usual, I noticed some business applications. So here are some things entrepreneurs can learn from Wonder Woman. (Spoiler alert: I may give away some scenes, but nothing too integral to the story)

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Got a long weekend coming up? Take some time out for yourself.

This is a little different from the normal type of post I make. This is for my fellow workaholics that may be reading this post. This is a holiday weekend for most people in the US. Take some time for yourself this weekend. Even if it’s just an hour. Find some time to pause. It’s easy to fall into the trap of, “Oh I have to work  on my business every free minute that I have.” While it is true that you do have to invest time in your business, if you don’t take care of yourself, you will burn out.

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No More ROI: The Real Way to Sell High-Priced Writing Packages

Want to know what keeps a lot of writers from charging what they’re really worth?
It’s that all-too-common belief that ‘I am not a sales person.’ Combine that with a healthy dose of ‘It’s rude to discuss money’, and you can see why it’s just easier to keep your rates low.
It’s time to think of your services from a different angle. Not only will you see things in a clearer light, but selling suddenly won’t feel so salesy.
Here’s how traditional pricing discussions go:
You talk to a potential client, and you explain what you can offer, how your coaching or service works, what he or she can expect (how many calls/emails, phases of work, length of contract), etc. And then you say, ‘My rate is $XXX.00.’
Your client either says yes, no or (the kiss of death) maybe. Here’s how you can make this conversation turn into a yes more often.
Focus On Your Potential Client’s Goals.
Your client is looking for a writer for a reason. Ask your potential client what she plans to accomplish as a result of using your services. Once you know this information, focus on what they will achieve as a result of using your services.

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Easy Pricing Strategies to Determine Your Rates For Your Writing Business


It might just be the most stressful decision you ever have to make: how to set your rates.
You’ve got the competition to consider, your own skill set, what you perceive to be your skills (yes, this is different from the former for most of us), what your market will pay, your location, and a host of other variables. Working it out can feel like a hurdle you can’t quite get past.
Of course, there are some strategies you can employ. You can just pick a random price that you like. You could also decide what you want to make per month and then figure out how much you need to charge per piece to get to that number. I have a calculator that can help with this on my site at www.writerresourcesite.com.
But what about all those other questions? Creating a solid pricing structure requires you to do a little more digging. So with your starting number in line, take a look at:

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