Are free stock photos a good idea?

Having good photos in your website is very important.
Good stock photos go beyond looking nice.

It’s actually a psychological reason to use good images in your website.

Remember the last time you saw a good picture; a picture that make you feel good about something in specific; maybe the picture that make you hungry.

The same applies when you use stock photos in your website.
Having access to good stock photos can help you and your business get better results.

Good Stock Photos Resources

I love istockphoto.com. It got the best stock photos at a modest price. Is where I get most of my websites pictures. Ocasionally I buy pictures from http://photodune.net. The are good and cheap.

Here are a few more:

You can also take screen shots or use personal photos if you don’t have time to search a good stock photo online. If you decide to use screenshots, add a bit of “flavor” using free tools like Pixlr or Skitch by Evernote. This tools allows you to manipulate images anywhere from any computer and even your smart phone.

What you think about the resources mention above? and please let me know in the comments area below if you have use a different website to download your stock photos.

How I add rss feed updates to Facebook automatically

I don’t know about you but doing the same thing over and over again sometimes it drives me crazy.

That’s why you should let technology help you automate a lot of your daily task. One task you can automate today is posting to your Facebook fan page.

There are a few different ways you can do this task, but watch the video below to see one way I have used to add articles to Facebook via RSS feed
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Go and see what is actually happening versus what should be happening

Typically rely too much on our personal experiences and insights to solve problems. That is a BIG problem.

Because your solutions are a reflection of your personal point of view, biases, and filters. The same applies with someone (like a customer) tries to tell you what is happening.

Without actually laying eyes on what is happening, you can only accept the points of view of others and make the best determination you can with the available information.

Ultimately, this can lead to identifying the wrong problem and institute ineffective countermeasures

go and see

Instead, you should go and see the actual place or source of the problem and observe first-hand what is taking place. If you have a team of individuals working with you, take them with you… Go and see the problem the same way at the same time.

As a result everyone on the team will be able to agree to what they are seeing and have the same fundamental understanding about the problem at-hand.

By going to the actual place of the abnormality you will be able to operate on facts and not on assumptions.

  • You will have accurate identification of the real problem.
  • Meeting and talking first hand to anyone experiencing the problem.
  • Seeing the abnormality.
  • Witnessing the impact of the problem.
  • Trying to see what is causing the problem.
“When solving problems we should be like a scientist and be as objective as possible.”

Problem solving is a logical, common sense, fact-based, step-by-step approach based upon a “go and see” philosophy capturing what is actually happening versus what “should” be happening and requires a dissection of the problem into smaller problems or steps.

Large, vague, and complicated problems must be clarified and fully understood before the real problem can be identified and properly addressed.

In order to master this type of problem solving, it is necessary to first understand the problem at-hand.

When you first begin using this problem solving approach, you must not lean too heavily on your personal experiences or perspectives. The reason for this is simple: we typically rely too much on our personal experiences/insights to solve problems.

  • Set aside pre-conceived ideas.
  • See the abnormal occurrences and point of causes first hand.
  • Delay cause analysis until you have a thorough grasp of what is actually happening.
  • Prioritize causes in order to discover the High Value Targets.
  • Establish a cause and effect relationship based on fact and not assumption.
  • Continue asking ‘Why?’ until you can prevent the recurrence of the problem by addressing the root cause.

Do you really have a business plan?

Two years ago I moved to the United Kingdom.

One night while trying to get back to my hotel room I got lost but eventually found my way back to the hotel. It was dark, late and I only had a vague idea of where I had to go.

What normally is a 20 minute trip, it took me about an hour and a half to get back to my hotel room.

The next day I looked where exactly I wanted to go and I planned the route to get back to the hotel. Guess how long it took me? Around 20 minutes.

Way faster by just knowing where I wanted to go and planning it out.
Solving your business problems is exactly like that.
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A Business Plan to Make More Sales

Let’s say you want to improve your sales.
Now the question is, what you have to-do to make more sales?

I know what I am going to do. I am going to sell 12 Rapid Improvement Events in the next 12 weeks.

Just like I ask you, what you have to do?

What would I have to-do to make 12 Rapid Improvement Event Sales?

  1. I will need to know, who is the ideal client
  2. Where the potential clients spend most of their time
  3. What can be done to capture their attention

Who is the ideal customer?

For a lot of people, this question is boring.
Is boring because they don’t have a clue who their customer is.

Most business owners want to sell to everyone and that’s one of the reasons their sales are so low.

Don’t’ be like that, be specific.

Narrow it down to age group, how many cars they have, are they married, do they use specific language when they communicate?

Where they spend most of their time?

Next you want to list all the places you can think your customers hangout and how many potential customers will potentially see your information.

Let’s use my numbers for this example.

Facebook – If I post to my Facebook page and personal profile potentially 6,088 people will see it.

Twitter – is a very responsive community (at least for me) and if the right message is posted, it gets retweet. In Twitter I have 14,680 followers.

One blog post – Every Monday the newest blog post gets email to 1,328 people.

YouTube – Videos are a good and easy way to convey your message. While my YouTube number are not big, 160 will get notified every time I upload a new video to my YouTube channel.

List ALL possible places you can go to find your potential customers.

Then add all your numbers and the result is the total number of possible people viewing what you have to offer if you convert at 100%.

When you add the numbers above you get 22,256. If you convert 3% of your visitors 667 people will view your product. It’s simple math.

What to-do next

Now is your turn, what is the one specific goal you want to achieve in the next 12 weeks.

  • Think hard
  • Pick only one goal
  • Be specific

Pick 1 exact thing you want to achieve in 12 weeks (1,000 email subscribers, 1,000 website visitors, sell $1,000 of my product, etc)

Using the example above here is what I am going to do.

  1. Publish one blog post per week solving one specific problem. At the end of the post, have a call to action for the reader to go to a strategy session, a 15 minute phone consultation, or to take a survey for you to know what problem they want to solve next.
  2. Share the post in Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.
  3. Upload a video to YouTube solving one specific problem. At the end of the video add a call to action to either take a survey, get in your newsletter or to place a comment.
  4. Personally contact anyone fitting the ideal client profile and see how I can help.
  5. Submit one press release teaching the framework
  6. Use Facebook ads to drive interested people to a survey.
Know where you want to go and work backwards to figure out the best way to get there.

Once you have completed this task, leave me a comment below, where you want to be in the next 12 weeks, your route to get there.

Have a better day with these Inspirational quotes

Reading the right quote can be life changing.
You can get inspire, regain your focus, it call help you to move forward.

Below you’ll find some of my favorite inspirational quotes and some quotes submitted readers, and other quotes from yours truly.

“Nothing is worth more than this day.” – Goethe

Productivity

“Begin with the End in Mind” – Dr. Stephen Covey

Do not work on things that are not part of your project

“you don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.” – Les Brown

“Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.” – Peter Drucker

“If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.” – David Allen

Life

“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own” – Bruce Lee

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford

“Don’t be afraid to fail”

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

No matter how hard you may try, you cannot go back and change the past.

“You cannot move forward successfully if your head is turned looking backwards.”

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Life is too complicated not to be orderly.” – Martha Stewart

Communication

“Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.” William Butler Yeats

Business

“Success is really about being ready for the good opportunities that come before you. It’s not to have a detailed plan of everything that you’re going to do. You can’t plan innovation or inspiration, but you can be ready for it, and when you see it, you can jump on it.” – Eric Schmidt

“In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield” – Warren Buffet

“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” – Richard Branson

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates

Leadership

“Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching.” – George Van Valkenburg

What is your favorite quote?