One of the highlights of the Niche Affiliate Marketing System workshop is guess who can win sales contests
It’s always a surprise because the most creative thinkers seem to have the ability to win sales contests, at least at NAMS workshops.
Let’s look at the last two workshop winners…
At NAMS3, Rafael Sanchez won the contest even though he had a bit of a handicap.
- He was visiting from Venezuela.
- It was illegal to send money to the U.S. from Venezuela via credit card (or paypal).
- He had never made an online sale before.
- He had no website.
- And no list.
Yet Rafael won the sales contest with 26 sales. At $17 each, he finished the weekend with an extra $442. But he also won more than $20,000 in consulting and coaching services from the instructors in attendance. Watch his reaction here.
Okay, so how did he do it?
Being a very creative guy, Rafael sent all his friends back home a message that basically said: I’m in the U.S. in a workshop and we’re having a sales contest. Please forward this e-mail to your friends in other countries. They should take a look at the product and purchase because it’s really good.
And 26 people did. Think of that. Rafael used his friends in Venezuela to “endorse” him to their friends outside of Venezuela and they bought based on the recommendations of his friends.
That’s how powerful referrals (affiliate marketing) can be.
And of course, we see that Rafael has what it takes to win sales contests.
Last time, we found out that internet marketing newcomer Danielle Beauchemin also understands how to win sales contests.
Danielle cheated – just like all good marketers do 🙂
Okay, there was no cheating. There was good marketing and very creative thinking. Danielle had a small list. She also had some good connections. Her mother and NAMS instructor, Tawnya Sutherland, has a lot of connections in IM world and runs a popular site called VA Networking.
Danielle did three really smart things:
- Leverage her referral contacts similar to what Rafael did in the previous workshop contest
- And this is the kicker, she offered every person who purchased from her a $10 rebate on the $17 product. So, the final price for the customers was $7
- And the rebate was only good until the contest deadline (which created urgency and scarcity)
This year, we’re running the contest a little differently. Previously, we created the product at the workshop as a learning experience and used the Rapid Action Profits system as the ecommerce and affiliate management during the contest.
While I love RAP, and will have many, many products produced using that platform, this year we’re launching and selling the MyNAMS membership site during the workshop with a 90% discount off the monthly fee.
MyNAMS members will have access to their affiliate links when we do a pre-launch of the membership site on Wednesday.
More about that later.
Obviously, to win sales contests, you have to apply what you’ve learned at the workshop, but more importantly, you have to be creative.
Connie Regan Green, a NAMS instructor, addresses this point frequently too. And she should know. With a small list, she manages to win sales contests regularly.