3 Tips to Keep You Focused and Productive

I have seen it happen a million times. You are trucking along, and things are going well. Business is booming and you have a full day of great tasks and the daily grind doesn’t seem like such a grind.

But then, somewhere, somehow, things get out of hand.

Maybe you have a client doing a product launch, or entering their busiest time of the year.

Maybe it’s summertime and your family life is adding pressure with their demands.

Maybe you are stepping up your own marketing and trying to fit it in to your daily routine.

Whatever the reason, you wake up in the morning tired, you run all day long, and you drop into bed at night knowing that the next day will look much like today did. And you are tired…

Ack! What to do?

Well the first thing to do is identify that this is an existing issue for you.

The second is to get focused and productive.

Here are a few tips for you.

1. Step back and take a look at what you are doing through the day. If you aren’t writing every thing down, then you must start. It’s about identifying what is taking up your time, and then identifying how you can increase your productivity.

2. Identify how you are working – are you planning each part of your day, or are you running to keep up? Sometimes it’s not the workload that is the issue, but it’s how you are managing it. Look at the patterns you are creating. If you are not blocking time in your calendar – clear stop and start times for each block of time – then you might not be maximizing your work time.

3. How focused are you? Make notes during the day of what is distracting you from your task at hand. It’s easy to brush off distraction if you aren’t aware of it. Sometimes tasks take longer than they should, simply because you allow things to take your focus away from it. Identify what could be interrupting you and slowing you down.

Looking at how the day flows is really important to streamline your productivity.

Focus is essential in order to remain on the task at hand, so you can complete it in a timely fashion.

Blocking your tasks into groups of time can be a very effective way to plan and track what you are doing on a daily basis. This doesn’t mean that you need to schedule the minutia of your day, but if you block 45 minutes to work on Client A’s work, then make sure you are doing that. It’s solid billable time, and then you can move on to something else knowing that Client A’s work is done.

Too often I see people trying to multitask and getting less done efficiently as a result.

Minimizing distractions is also very important. In this age of instant communication, things like Skype, IM, email, social media, and cell phones all distract us, whether we know it or not. I just recently attended a conference and they told us that on average, individuals check their phones 1500 times a week. A week! Talk about distraction.

I just recently downloaded an app called Checky to monitor my phone checks. I also have the Calm app on my phone, to slow me down and relax and refocus me when things get busy. Both of those things help me to keep my level of activity (and stress!) in check!

Maybe you think this isn’t a problem for you because you aren’t full with client work. But let me ask you this – what IS filling your days right now?

The time to develop great habits of getting focused and productive is when you are not running around like a crazy person. Then when the busy times come (and they do!) you are better prepared to handle them.

Thing about it – you are doing some excellent networking and marketing. Suddenly you get three new clients. Wham. You are busy, and you are unprepared.

Strategy For Launching a Product and Creating Buzz

One very effective strategy you can use to launch your new product is to first do one massive launch for a tele-seminar. If you get enough word out and your product is in demand, you should have no problems getting enough people to attend your seminar and therefore making a lot of money in a very short space of time.

If you are working with JV partners, you can also choose to do several individual tele-seminars to launch your product. The advantage of doing it this way is that your partner can personally introduce you to their list and you can give them more personalized attention. This can build more trust, credibility and ultimately more sales. If you’re doing one big massive launch, yes, you’re going to make a lot of money at once, but you and your partners are not going to be able to give that personal touch. So you’ve got to make the decision. Both ways are going to work and make you a lot of money.

As for me personally, I prefer doing a major launch first to see which partners give me the best results. Then I will go back to those people individually and arrange a special encore presentation specifically for their list. The way they can frame it to their people is by saying, “Hey, listen, we just did this call and we had an amazing response. So I personally contacted Matt and I asked him if he can do a special private tele-seminar specifically for us, and he said yes! So go here right now and sign up before it’s too late because the last one got filled up really quickly and this one will, too.” I find this type of approach works really well too.

What are some attention-getting – buzz worthy strategies to get everyone excited about the tele-seminar? Well, one thing you’ve got to do is you’ve got to limit it. If you’re going to do a tele-seminar, I guarantee you’re probably only going to be able to secure a set number of lines. So, using scarcity and urgency is really going to help you out to get people’s attention really quickly. I know you’ll want to help everybody, but you’re not going to be able to get every single person on that call, and that’s one thing to let them know from the start.

Another ideal way to create buzz is by getting people to know you. Give away some tips and have people mail out a video for you. Then they will get to know you, like or love you and you can get them to sign up to see more videos. Communicate with those people and let them know what’s going on. You’ve got to do multiple hits to these people and videos are actually the best way to do it.

This is a great strategy because in reality, you’re going to be really lucky if you’re able to get your partners to mail for you more than once. If they do, consider yourself exceptionably blessed. Obviously, it would be ideal to have them mail for you as many times as possible, but you’ve got to realize that your JV partners are basically lazy.

So, you need to make it brain-dead simple for each and every one of them. You’ve got to lay things out so that all they’ve got to do is click the send button. You are going to want to write all the emails and put up all the pages for your partners so that it’s a simple click and send promotion. Do everything so they won’t have to lift a finger. You don’t want them to really do anything except for pushing the send button. If you can make it that brain-dead, drop-dead easy for them, they will be more likely to mail out to their list for you again in the future.

However, that’s just one aspect because you’ve still got to make sure that your stuff converts and people buy it. If you are successful doing that, you’re going to get more people to join you and create more buzz because there’s money to be made. Once that happens affiliates all over the world are going to be saying good things about you because they want to make a commission off of your product. However, if you cannot get your product to make money for people, then obviously nobody’s going to want to promote it. So you’ve got to work on making sure that the sales process as well as everything else is rock solid so that your partners are confident that you can deliver on the goods that you’re offering.

Promoting Your Products Through Pop Up Stands

Various companies use different promotional materials to promote their products and services in the market. Deciding the best promotional strategy according to the company’s needs and requirements is really hard. Choosing various types of pop up stands is one of the promotional strategies used by the companies to convey their message to the potential customers. The key motive behind using any marketing mechanisms is to launch new products, advertise the existing products and services and inducing the target audience to make a purchase. The main thing that you need to remember is that the overall look of the display stand should be attractive and appealing to the eyes of the customers.

You can use the pop up stands for various events at different locations like trade shows, exhibitions, marketing campaigns and many more. They can be used for indoor displays for the launch of a new product or service; different graphic panels can change the overall look of the stand and also can be used to make different promotions. The ultimate purpose of designing the stand with amazing graphics is to grab the attention of the target audience towards the booth.

The main thing is the representation skill to undergo the marketing campaign at the trade show or the exhibition. There are various other marketing materials that do not cost much, pop up stand is comparatively cheaper material for advertising the products and services of the company. Also, they give diverse reasons why you should consider using pop up stands over other display materials. They are visually appealing and attractively designed with the help of eye-catching graphics. Some of the companies use audio-visual display stand to magnetize the audience. The printing companies provide full set-up instructions and a carrying case along with the stands. These stands are easy to be assembled in maximum 5 minutes; a single employee can set up the stand on his own. Thus, it saves the extra labor cost involved in hiring an extra employee to assemble and dismantle the stand. The carrying case makes it easy to be carried from one event to the other. Also, they are light in weight and are made to available in different shapes and sizes to represent the business products and services creatively. Small business organizations make use of pop up stands as they are affordable and durable to be used for sale display of the company’s products and services. The graphic panels enable the display stands to be reused after one event to numerous events for different products of the company.