The Only Business Growth Tool
Dear Business Owner,
This letter may be one of the most valuable and profit producing letters you will ever read – and that’s being modest. I could have used a variety of tricks, tactics and “click bait” to try and capture your attention, but let’s face it, most of those don’t work anymore, and you deserve better. I’m writing this in the most direct of means because I ethically believe you need to read this and I won’t insult you with gimmicks.
My name is Alain Blais, and I am the Head Marketing Maestro at RYS Marketing, a results based full service marketing agency housed here in Sudbury.
I know what you’re thinking… another marketing yahoo pitching his crap.
I can assure you, I have no interest in pitching crap. My goal here is to introduce myself and show you, without a doubt in your mind, that I am not like anyone you’ve ever met before – and in all honesty, will ever meet again. This letter is about education, it’s about total transparency, it’s about telling you all my little dirty secrets, it’s about doing your due-diligence, it’s about wearing my heart on my sleeve and giving you all I’ve got.
By the end of this letter, you will know how to take your business to the next level, and you’ll understand exactly why it’s vital to your business success in 2017 to be part of the Sudbury Marketing Mastermind group.
It’s Dating Time
To get started, before I divulge the many philosophies, strategies and tactics I will use to not only grow your bottom line and increase profits, but convert that new-found wealth into systematized, ongoing streams of predictable wealth, I feel it’s only fair you get to “know” me a bit.
Recently, I was head hunted by a large national company, and prior to presenting me with a partnership offer, they wanted to date me – and I thought that was a perfect analogy. They courted me, we wined and dined and they wanted to make sure I was a good “fit” before getting married. (In a business sense, of course.)
I believe our relationship is the same, and you should know who I am.
There’s no way to be sure, but I believe I was born to be an entrepreneur, born to build businesses, and have a natural, keen sense for finding opportunities, staying results focused and I have a knack for being able to spot the money through the clutter.
When I was 12, I bugged my father to finally let me cut the lawn on my own, and from there I printed out my very first business cards – offering landscaping services – and hit the road. When I got my first client, my father insisted he came with me to meet the home owner. He introduced himself as my dad and told the owner that should I ever “mess up” in any way, to call him personally and he’ll take care of it.
This was my first lesson in Risk Reversal, and the true power of a guarantee.
I was a hard worker, and never once needed to use that guarantee, but I always guaranteed my work regardless.
By the end of the summer, I had dozens of clients, working from the moment I got home from school until dark, and sun up to sun down on weekends, and was known as the lawn kid that pulled his green lawn cart up and down the block all day long.
By 15, I was cutting 3 out of 5 houses in the surrounding 3 blocks, and I had it made. Soon, I was renting a lawn aerator for $60/day from Home Depot, and I’d have 30-40 homes prebooked back to back all in one day at 20 bucks a pop – let’s just say it was a good day. At 15, a few days in the spring and a few days in the fall (when lawn aerating happens) I’d pull in anywhere from 600 to 900 a day. Not bad for a kid.
I “retired” from the lawn work at 16 and thought I’d venture into this whole “being an employee” thing…
I put my name in at a staffing agency, and got a call for a weekend job at Rainbow Concrete. By lunch, seeing my work ethic, my supervisor offered me a full-time job on the spot, and I started on Monday. I worked there for a year or so before realizing that labor-work wasn’t going to reach my goals and quit.
I saw a lot of potential at Maslack Supply, so I applied for a position there and got a call right away. During my interview, which was for a simple warehouse position, my interviewer saw my potential and gave me two full time positions. Yes, I was working an average of 80 hours a week – and I loved every second of it. Within a few months, I was working hand in hand with the big man himself and made drastic changes in their warehouse systems that really optimized the sales process and inventory management.
The Start in Real Business
While all of this was going on, my father had opened Family Kickboxing in Sudbury, and he was running it as a pastime. After seeing him dabble in it for 3 years, I decided to come into the picture, and by the end of that 4th year I had more than doubled sales. In year 5, we double again and expanded our location twice.
At the end of year 5, he sold me the company and I ran it full time, doubling the student base again, and expanding the location two more times.
I then sold that business, dabbled in a few other small enterprises before finding my calling – consulting. Just like in the weight loss industry, where I could take someone who’s just about giving up on themselves and completely transform their lives, I was able to take business clients who were at the end of their ropes, stuck, feeling the pressures of payroll and financial demands, and lead them to victory.
School of Hard Knocks
Throughout these various businesses and jobs, I learned a lot. But more importantly, I’ve retained, I apply, I test, I fine tune and improve, and I continually learn and challenge what I know to reach new heights.
- I learned the true meaning of customer service. That most companies claim to have great customer service but rarely, back it by explaining it in such a way that leaves a lasting impression to the client or prospect.
- I learned that listening to the client is more powerful than talking.
- I learned that new blood is the life blood of a B2C business, and that if you invest most of your time focusing on new clients, on prospecting and lead generation, you can really have a great thing going.
- I learned that many businesses have great lead gen, but are bleeding out the back door and having to bring in new customers constantly just to break even.
- I learned that data is priceless, and capturing that data is important but being able to USE that data is where the money really lies.
- I learned that having priorities and doing a minutes study of every employee is key to ensuring they are spending as much time on their priorities as they think they are.
- I learned that although being face to face with a prospect is the most important thing a salesperson can do, most spend 90% of their day warming up, preparing, making notes, driving around, cooling down, pumping themselves up, and basically NOT selling.
- I learned the value in staying top-of-mind, and making sure that when a prospect realizes they have a need in which you have a solution, you come to mind and not your competitors.
- I learned the value in press releases, and how with a bit of effort one could acquire loads of free media without paying a dime.
- I learned that most business people get fooled by media salespeople claiming to know and understand marketing, when they truthfully don’t.
- I learned that markets change, and staying on top of the game is vital to long term success.
- I learned that being an active part of the community matters, but it doesn’t compensate for poor service or products.
- I learned that branding doesn’t just mean your website needs to match your business card and flyer, but that every single part of your business needs to be in line.
- I learned that if you preach friendly service, and are seen getting irate with a service employee elsewhere, you have a branding problem.
- I learned that if you’re website claims that your business is state of the art, but your location is falling apart, you have a branding problem.
- I learned that the very first phrase or word you utter to a prospect at a trade-show booth or when someone walks into your store is the equivalent of a headline and can produce changes in results in the high multiples.
- I learned that how you answer the phone can make or break that sale or future sale.
- I learned that features don’t sell. People don’t buy a drill, they buy a hole. They don’t buy 8 megapixels, they buy the vibrant color that takes you right back to the moment the photo was taken. They don’t buy weight loss, they buy the confidence to wear what they want or be free in the bedroom.
- I learned that people buy from people, and they want to see people with your products/service.
- I learned that people buy based on emotion, and justify with logic.
- I learned that knowing your market, who your prospects are can greatly lower your cost of acquisition and substantially increase your conversion rate.
- I learned that choosing who you should market to directly can transform your business.
- I learned that some clients aren’t worth acquiring, they cost too much, take too much of your time, give you the most headaches, etc.
- I learned that following up on leads is vital, and that most salespeople don’t follow up past the first time.
- I learned that a follow up without a value add on is a waste of time.
- I learned that systematizing is key to scaling, and removing human error where ever it’s possible makes predictable success possible.
- I learned that if you don’t know who your ideal prospect is, you can blow massive amounts of money on marketing mediums that don’t work.
- I learned that most take the social out of social media and completely destroy any chance of forming a loyal online following.
- I learned that poor staff management is a major cause to client dissatisfaction.
- I learned that details matter. The garbage needs to be empty. The toilet clean. The shelves dusted. The floor mopped. The staff presentable. The booth organized. The staff engaged. Etc.
- I learned that if you don’t know the lifetime value of a client, you don’t know how much you can spend to get them.
- I learned that most put too many words on street side mediums such as billboards and posters.
- I learned that up-selling is key to getting more out of each sale, and that it needs to be systematized to assure it actually happens.
- I learned that by simply getting a client to purchase twice as often, you can effectively double your revenue with only minimal increase in overhead.
- I learned that the by simply following up a marketing campaign you can see many times better results.
- I learned that most are spending a fortune on display advertising, often encouraged by media salespeople because of its lack of trackability (proof that it works) rather than focusing on direct response marketing which allows you to track specifically if it worked or not – which is vital when you’re small and every dollar matters.
- I learned that your best source of knowledge on what you should offer next comes from your current clients.
- I learned that the only limit to your businesses potential is your resourcefulness.
- I learned that utilizing joint ventures is one of the quickest ways to grow – and the cheapest.
- I learned that by running a simple test before a campaign you can establish enormous changes in results before putting big money into it.
- I learned that most people have no idea how to write a headline and spend more time working the copy yet without a good headline the copy will never be read.
- I learned that bounce-back offers can give a great instant boost in revenue.
- I learned that many will send a catalogue in the mail (or send via email) and not include a sales pitch.
- I learned that speed matters, and when often a prospect will do business with the one who responds first.
- I learned that competing on price rarely works and when someone enters the market and undercuts them they realize they never learned how to sell any other way other than price.
- I learned that most aren’t optimizing their websites.
- I learned that many companies do have some form of lead capture yet never do anything with it.
- I learned that although many businesses rely heavily, as much as 80%, on word of mouth they have zero systems in place to track or at the very least ensure that those numbers don’t change.
- I learned that often what you think you sell isn’t what your prospect is buying.
- I learned that when a client leaves or decides to stop doing business with you provides you with an excellent opportunity to discover why and improve your faults.
- I learned that when a sale is lost, a salesperson can often save it, or improve future sales, by starting to pack up and leave, then emphatically turn and say “Listen, I know you’re not interested, but I’m learning, and I want to truthfully know how I could improve my skills and learn where I went wrong?”
- I learned that non-converted leads can be a gold mine.
- I learned that often we get in the way of our own sales.
- I learned that most businesses don’t have a strategy and are running blind year after year.
- I learned that holding your prospects hand and telling them exactly what to do is key.
- I learned the secret power of the word “because” and its substantial increase in action.
- I learned that most salespeople can’t close and don’t ever ask for the sale.
- I learned that most direct mail lands in the recycling bin because of poor or no strategy was put into it.
- I learned that in advertising, both print and digital, most are going for aesthetic over effective and thus substantially decrease their returns.
- I learned that most don’t have a USP and aren’t differentiating their business from everyone else’s.
- I learned that educating your prospects is better than selling.
- I learned that most don’t understand how to optimize not for profit opportunities.
- I learned the power of a loss leader.
- I learned the power of an irresistible offer.
- I learned that anytime a prospect walks in you should be doing cartwheels.
- I learned that if you have a strong moral and ethical code it shows it your marketing.
- I learned there are many barter options available out there.
- I learned that many use the spaghetti marketing strategy where they throw a variety of things at the wall and hope some sticks.
- I learned that at any given time, 3% of the market is looking to “buy right now”, and to gear some of your marketing to them, but it’s equally as important to focus on the 97% that isn’t.
- I learned that it’s important to take your customers by the hand.
- I learned that there’s more to a guarantee than simply saying “guaranteed”.
Honestly, I could go on for another couple of pages, but I think you get the point.
You might be asking yourself why I never bothered to take a marketing or business course in College. The truth is, I was going to. I spent several months looking over their courses and even read over a few of the program textbooks, and my conclusion was very clear: These courses are excellent if your goal is to be an employee following direction from the entrepreneur, but in no way teach real-world marketing and business strategy.
My experience, lessons and keen observation of real world marketing – and feeling the results in my pocketbook – offered me far more valuable, in fact priceless, lessons.
In the end, the school of hard knocks is where true entrepreneurs are made – or broken.
Like in the stock industry, paper trading holds very little weight.
Now, I can assure you, in addition to my extensive real world education, I’ve taken more true marketing courses then anyone I’ve ever met.
Actually, let’s go over a few of them…
Most notably is my education through Jay Abraham, the 9 Billion Dollar Man. Jay Abarham is the marketer’s marketer. He’s the guy business leaders around the world call upon and attribute their success to. In addition to Jay, I’ve taken courses, seminars, coaching and action packed training with the likes of Grant Cardone, Chet Holmes, Anthony Robbins, Brian Tracy, Jim Rohn, T. Harv Eker, Zig Ziglar, Gary Vaynerchuk, Jeff Walker, Frank Kern, Eben Pagen, and the list goes on.
Over the years, I’ve spent upwards of 50 grand on education, but more importantly, I’ve retained and applied more than most have ever learned.
I don’t say all this to impress you. Accolades and experience mean very little in the real world – results are all that matter. But I hope this impresses upon you the wealth of knowledge that will be found at the Sudbury Marketing Mastermind.
What Is The SMM?
In a nutshell, it’s going to be the most information rich marketing and business growth meeting you’ve ever attended – and I don’t say that lightly. We’re going to be meeting once a month, typically the first Thursday of every month, starting Thursday, February the 2nd, starting at 6pm, for roughly 2-3 hours. Yes, some days we might get caught up in money-producing conversations and run late, but you’re welcome to pack it in any time.
Please be warned… If you’re looking for a seminar style set up where you can just hide in the back row, this is not for you. This is real business, and action speaks louder than words! This is a LIMITED ATTENDANCE mastermind, we’ll be circled around a conference table and each and every one of you will have a chance to discuss your current business challenges and you’ll be leaving that meeting with a solid action plan to overcome that obstacle.
This will not be some theoretical, pie in the sky, social gathering without purpose and a complete waste of time. This is going to be the most field tested, information dense, solution providing, skill enhancing, profit inducing mastermind you’ll ever have the privilege of participating in. Each meeting will also be recorded and provided to you, as well as all handouts and materials used during each presentation.
This is for you if…
- You have a current business and you’ve hit a plateau.
- You have a current business and are looking to take it to new heights.
- You’re a startup and need direction.
- You have a business and want to leave your competition in the dust.
- You understand that marketing and innovation are the two primary duties of any business. Don’t be Blockbuster. Staying ahead of the pack matters.
- You are new to social media and don’t know where to start. (Question: could you name each of the icons above?)
- You are running your business “by the seat of your pants” and understand that to reach your goals you need strategy, planning and tactics all integrated seamlessly together.
- You’re great at what you do, but have no idea how to market and need help.
- You’re facing obstacles and need solutions.
This is NOT for you if…
- You think you know all the answers. The world is in a constant state of change and you should always be open.
- You’re looking for a quick fix. Although we’ve been known to produce tens of thousands of dollars in just a few short days (true story), that’s not what we’re about. What we teach works, and when you fire on all pistons, the results can be drastic and quick, BUT this is still a long-term plan. We believe that strategy beats tactics 7 days a week. Focus on the long-term play and the results will come.
- You’re hoping I’ll do all the work for you, or that it won’t take any effort. Real business takes hard work, dedication, commitment and relentless desire to bring your goals to fruition. If you’re looking to hire the agency to do all your work, you can contact us HERE, but the purpose of this mastermind is not that.
RYS Group, the parent company for RYS Marketing, focuses on raising the standards of every business they get into. RYS is an acronym for Raise Your Standards, and it’s the mantra we live by. We believe that in all areas of life, from health, relationships, fitness, education and business, if you want to improve you need to raise your standards. We all have standards, we all have that “baseline”, in health and fitness they call it your “weight set point”, it’s the weight you always tend to hang around at, and if you want to drop 20 pounds, you need to change your standards, your set point. RYS is also a play on the word rise, in terms of rising to new heights.
The same is true in business. Everything you’re currently doing is giving you what you have right now. Life is about sowing and reaping, we are the product of our thoughts and actions – and if you want different results you need to change your standards and step it up.
At RYS, we pride ourselves on being a results focused marketing based full service agency. What does that mean? Let’s just say that…
When businesses get sick – they call RYS.
There are dozens, heck hundreds, of agencies in Ontario. Yes, that’s right. Do a quick search online and you’ll be blown away by the results. Like photography, we went through a phase where everyone with a computer and camera was jumping into the agency industry, and a bunch of so called “marketers and branding experts” appeared overnight.
But don’t be fooled… There’s a significant difference between a beautiful, visually pleasing website, and one that sells, carries its weight, and makes you a bloody fortune. Pardon the language.
Sign Me Up!
If you’re still reading this, if you’ve gone through this page and something has been tugging at you and you’re thinking “I need this”, then we might be a god fit – and you’re exactly who I’m looking for. You see, I don’t want to mastermind with just anyone… (no offense…) I want to mastermind with not only go-getters, but go-doers. With those that’ll roll up their sleeves and put in the work. With those that understand goal setting, and have high aspirations for themselves and their company.
We’re going to be starting Thursday, February the 2nd at 6pm. We’ll be meeting once a month, typically the first Thursday of every month unless we, as a group, decide on a better time. Here’s the thing… I’ll bend over backwards for you, but never forward. That means I match commitment with commitment. I’ll pour out my heart and soul into this mastermind, but I expect the same from you. Set aside disbelief, put your mind to it, dive into your business and I’ll hold your hand every step of the way.
Oh, one last thing…
I’m starting it at $99 per month, but this won’t last long. I typically charge many multiples more per hour, and never discount. But like I said, I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is. We’re limiting this to 15 people MAX.
Here’s my promise to you:
If by the end of the first mastermind you don’t feel like you’ve received at least $1 000 worth of information that you can directly apply to your business and turn into profits, I’ll refund you 100%, no questions asked, no hard feelings, and I’ll allow you to keep all the material I’ve provided.
Sudbury Marketing Masterming
Monthly meetings start Thursday, February 2nd at 6pm.
Meetings will take place at the RYS boardroom, located inside the “Workplace” suite of offices.
1191 Lansing Ave, Unit 1
(Grey building behind Food Basics on Lasalle)