Doing What it Takes to Win the NAMS7 Affiliate Contest
When David announced the affiliate contest at the opening session of NAMS7 I decided I would go ahead and make an effort to participate. The contest involved promoting the NAMS7 session recordings and a trial membership to MYNAMS.com to those who weren’t attending.
Knowing that I was surrounded by affiliate marketers, I didn’t have a lot of confidence in my chance of winning. Still, I knew I would be able to reach a certain number of people who would be interested in the recordings so I went ahead and emailed my list.
While writing the email I thought about offering some kind of bonus to those who bought through my link, but I couldn’t remember if that had been mentioned in the rules so I didn’t do it.
I got one sale.
Later that afternoon someone mentioned that another participant had offered a bonus, it wasn’t against the rules at all. I decided right then I’d send another email the next day with a bonus offer added in – and I did.
I got another sale.
Several people forwarded me their payment receipt to claim the bonus – far more than I had received affiliate notifications for. (These people were already ‘in the MYNAMS system’ so it didn’t count as a referral for me and didn’t count in the contest.)
I felt a little discouraged at this point.
I knew MYNAMS had been well promoted to my people so I wasn’t surprised to only have a few actual new referrals. At this point I sort of ‘let go’ of the contest.
On Sunday morning, David mentioned to me in the hall that I was in the lead in the contest. I was shocked to hear it. He published the affiliate leaderboard in the morning session and I was at the top of the student’s list with my measly three sales.
I knew I’d actually made quite a few more referrals than that – but that didn’t help me any.
David mentioned that he might have been smarter to put a minimum referrals threshold to win the contest – perhaps he should have required at least five referrals. “I’m not going to do that” he said – but maybe next time.
I sat there and thought to myself, ‘Ok, I have got to go get two more sales’ LOL!
Connie Ragen Green gave the keynote that morning. Her message was inspiring. The theme of ‘doing what it takes’ really got into my head.
I leaned over to my friend Angela Wills and told her I wasn’t going to go to a session – instead I was going to go to the lobby and email my list again.
When the morning sessin released, I ran up to my room to grab my chromebook. On the way down to the lobby I ran into a guy who asked me what session I was going to. I told him I was going to the lobby to win the affiliate contest – not to be cocky – I was already winning it. I just wanted to make sure I gave David his five.
(Later I found out this guy was one of the instructors, Gary Huff. That was embarrassing!)
I sat down in the lobby, cracked open the chrome book and crafted an email to my list.
I have to say it is not usual for me to email my list three days in a row. Especially not about the same thing. I knew I was ‘pushing it’ and I laid it all out for them. I re-emphasized that I was in an affiliate contest, the bonus offer’s value and personally asked for the sale – again!
I grabbed a cup of coffee and waited. Forwarded receipt with no sale. Forwarded receipt with no sale. GRRR. I was getting frustrated – would I be able to get five?
Then the affiliate leaderboard refreshed and someone else (Laurie Foley) was in the lead with 5 sales! Oh maaan!
Thinking about throwing in the towel, I just sat there.
Then it hit me – ‘do whatever it takes’.
Deciding the only way to make sure I was getting ‘real sales’ would be to go to people one by one and ask them if they had ever been part of the MYNAMS site – I went to work.
I hit my social networks and my email. One after another, if I felt someone would benefit from the audios – I contacted them directly and asked them to check it out.
Sales started coming in – some from my list, some from my one on one efforts.
Soon it was lunch time. I closed up shop so I could go have some precious time with my friend and business partner Nicole Dean. We chatted things up and I put the contest out of my mind.
After lunch I decided to go back to the lobby and keep up the effort.
The affiliate contest leaderboard wasn’t updated and this made me nervous. By my count, I was over five sales… but where was the other gal at? It was nerve racking!
Time ticked by, I kept up my efforts. One by one I promoted the heck (begged) out of my link. Five o’clock was drawing near. It was time to head in for the closing session and I had no idea where I was in the contest.
By my count I had ten qualifying sales. Would it be enough?
Then it happened, at the last minute the leaderboard updated and I stood in the lead with my ten sales – Laurie was still at five. (!!!)
I know I squealed out loud at that moment 😉
Sitting in the back at the closing session I was in a mix of excitement and trepidation. What if the leaderboard hadn’t been fully updated? What if someone else had really won?
Now I have to fill you in on a side story. My friend Karin Magar and I had been ribbing each other each day about who was going to win the Kindle Fire (daily feedback drawing). I would tell her ‘Sorry, Karin – it’s going to be me.’ and she would say ‘Oh no Kelly, I’m sorry you’re going to be disappointed.’, etc.
Neither of us won on Friday or Saturday. So as we all sat down on Sunday afternoon I told her, ‘Well, you can have it today Karin – I didn’t go to any session so I couldn’t leave feedback. It’s all yours.’ She laughed and agreed it was hers.
After David ran through details and feedback about the weekend he started in on the final giveaways – and imagine our laughter and excitement when Karin DID win the Kindle Fire! LOL! She jumped a foot and we all hollered for her.
Then Angela, who was sitting between us, won a book. Hurray!
Finally David got to the affiliate contest results and (YAY!) it was me!
I was so thrilled! I went forward to claim my prize, an Acer Aspire One 11 inch netbook with a memory upgrade. Nice! Fun to win, but I didn’t really need it. As I walked back to my seat I wondered if Karin would consider trading me for the Kindle Fire 😉 (Not a chance.)
Of course that wasn’t the end.
David called me back up along with all of the instructors who were still there. He lined them all up, gave me a microphone and told me to go to each one and say ‘I just won the affiliate contest, what do I get?’
Whoa… nobody said nothin’ about this! I took a deep breath and started down the line. One by one they gifted me with amazing resources, consulting, special skill services and so much more. It was overwhelming!
By the time it was all finished, I was as red as a tomato and my voice had climbed up three octaves. (Later, in the lobby, I actually had to sit down cuz I felt faint!)
If I had to figure out a value on what I received it would probably run up above $20,000 and I cannot wait to take advantage of ALL OF IT! I know these opportunities along with all I learned at NAMS7 is going to help me take my business to the next level before the year is out.
Thanks to David Perdew, thanks to all of the instructors and thanks to everyone who took action to help me win the contest. I WILL find a way to give back 🙂