The Henry Ford and Thomas Edison Guide to Marketing Automation

Yesterday I said there's one thing you should automate first… and one thing you shouldn't automate at all.

Yes, I know I shattered dreams of a push button client making system for many of you around the globe.

But you're not here for pipe-dream non-sense…you want the truth.

Here it is:

First, be like Ford.

Create an assembly line.

Use it to turn known prospects into fully assembled clients.

(Watch my Clients On Autopilot webinar…pay attention to the bit about the "Pool of Prospects"…this is your assembly line.)

Build a small, but reliable line at first…

The important thing is to have somewhere to put leads/prospects, where you know they won't be forgotten…because you designed a *system* to make sure they're not forgotten.

Lots of businesses attract lots of leads, but have no client assembly line. The assembly line makes the money. Get one.

But before you get too carried away building an elaborate automated assembly line, remember you've got to supply it with leads.

To get leads you've got to be like Edison.

In the process of inventing the incandescent light bulb, Edison famously said "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

And he found ONE that did.

And so goes the process of lead generation.

You've got to be willing to experiment, like Edison. Every campaign is a test. Many times your test will show you how not to get a lead.

Test enough, and you'll find one way that works. Then another…the more the better.

But you can't automate experimentation.

When you find a way to generate leads that works you CAN automate the operation of that method. (When Edison figured out how to make the light bulb, he quickly automated the manufacture of them.)

But not the experimentation.

There's always lots of debate over which to attack first…follow-up (on autopilot) or lead generation (experimentation).

My recommendation…

Build your "client assembly line" first (even if it's quick and dirty).

Use the time you've freed to work in the lab.

Steve

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