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Marketing of self... where's the handbook?

Discussion in 'General Forum' started by Chris Nowak, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. Chris Nowak

    Chris Nowak New Member

    Ok, so your designs are great but your marketing skills are mediocre. How are you going to conquer the world as a freelance?

    Inventing a better mousetrap doesn't mean the world will beat a path to your door if they don't get to hear about it.

    I want to know whereabouts on the library shelves I'll find the necessary handbook.
  2. DCC

    DCC New Member

    'How to win friends and influence people' by Dale Carnegie.
  3. threelancer

    threelancer Member

    "Free Prize Inside"

    Seth Godin

    Definitely recommend.
  4. Chris Nowak

    Chris Nowak New Member

    Otherwise known these days as networking... which can take up an enormous amount of time, sadly.
  5. rickjonesmedia

    rickjonesmedia New Member

    on your bike :)


    I have been cold calling new business for 27 years using the knowledge I gained through Dale Carnegie (how to win friends and influence people). It enables you to take control but in essence Honesty and Directness is the key that works for me (and the 56 sales people I am responsible for). I have read endless material on selling most of them reiterate Carnegies work.

    (I work freelance as well as being employed as head of R&D at Reach Global Group of Companies I also head premier client services for Adrac Internet Marketing & Online Advertising - SEO, Pay per Click & Search Engine Optimisation Services)

    To quote a forgettable MP "get on your bike and ask for the business" the law of averages means if you make enough calls you will get some business in, as you develop your selling skills you will be able to target clients better and spend more time doing your job not prospecting.

    I can put a basic script together for you that will allow you to at least start a conversation with prospective clients, if you let me know your strengths and the market you intend to sell to and I can put a little strategy together for you.

    The only thing I would ask in return is that if my guidance proves successful that you recommend me for marketing projects to your clients.
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 9, 2008
  6. Chris Nowak

    Chris Nowak New Member

    Very kind of you to offer but 'cold calling' and the dreadful world which has grown up around it in recent years leaves me... cold. Having this day been plagued by endless such calls, I have little but contempt for anyone engaged in the business of unsolicited personal approaches.

    It is a 'profession' which owes its existence, self avowedly, to 'the law of averages' rather than any actual use of intelligent thought and which should be eradicated or, as a more charitable 'little strategy', consigned to the Golgafrincham 'B' Ark...
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2008
  7. glebe digital

    glebe digital Member

    well I don't know anything about goldfingers ark, but if your work is good them people will find YOU.

    I'm with Bill Hicks when it comes to marketing... :cool2.........spawn of the devil.
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2008
  8. GTFC

    GTFC New Member

    Hi Chris,

    Have a look at this section of this site:

    Marketing: How to find work :: Freelance UK

    It's actually in the marketing section not the design section but it talks about how to find work as a freelancer and much of the advice is transferable! The rest of the marketing section might be useful in places too.



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