Who To Learn Marketing Online From

Entrepreneurs Bootcamp

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Continuing my quest to learn marketing online, last weekend I went on an amazing Entrepreneurs Bootcamp in London’s Excel Centre in Docklands arranged by Andrew Reynolds. The event was promoted as “The Big Favour”, because Andrew called in a favour from many top Internet Marketers and other entrepreneurs to share their expertise so he could continue his tradition of supporting charities.

This year, the price for attending was a contribution to the charity: Children With Cancer UK, a leading children’s cancer charity based in Great Ormond Street. The weekend raised over £130,000 (going directly to the charity). What a fabulous gesture by Andrew, to “give back” some of what he has earned in Internet Marketing over the last few years.

There were many speakers, all with their own irresistible offer LOL, but all added value with their information packed talks. Whether you liked the “offers”, or not, it was a massive over-delivery from Andrew, because at the end he gave us free access to eight 50/50 JV special offers to promote, PLUS five free courses and a webinar to help us learn how to promote them.

What Did I Learn?

What I gained from the event (on top of feeling good about contributing to the charity) included:

  • A motivational session to re-inspire me.
  • Some new ideas and tools for promoting my existing businesses.
  • Thoughts about learning a new skill completely outside the Internet Marketing marketplace. Last night I bought a book to research it further.

Of course not everyone appreciated the fact that “offers” were presented at the end of all the speakers' presentations. And yes, the offers were very tempting, almost overwhelmingly so LOL.

It's been my experience over the last few years that trying to learn everything by myself has been an expensive waste of time, but when I have invested in a new tool or training, it has usually moved me closer to my ultimate goal of financial security.

Not always, I confess – there have been a few mistakes, but I've learned from those mistake!

Sometimes this was my own fault, for not taking action. Other times it was because I listened to the wrong people – and maybe suspended common sense, if I'm totally honest.

Who To Learn Marketing Online From?

So who should you take your Internet Marketing training from? At the risk of being obvious, it's best to learn from those who know better than you do.

But sometimes, people have preconceived options and find it hard to admit they still have plenty to learn and haven't quite grasped who to learn Internet Marketing from.

For example, let me share my experience of making friends at the Entrepreneurs' Bootcamp last weekend.

Between the trainings, I hooked up with various people over a coffee.

There was a great couple who are planning webinars in a real life application – nothing to do with the Internet Marketing niche. They'll just be applying the online marketing lessons learned at the conference to selling something “in the real world”.

One lady produces fabulous physical products that she sells online. We really clicked, and are working together to promote her products on my ecommerce store, as mentioned above. Again, these aren't Internet Marketing products – they're gifts I want to buy for family and friends, while I get paid to shop online.

Another guy was equally nice and had a really interesting idea/product in the complementary therapy niche. Unfortunately his approach to the offers that were made in the conference was that all the information was “out there” for free, so why pay for it?

He felt he didn't need their social media and traffic training, as he told us he could just buy traffic on Fiverr 🙂 In the spirit of being helpful I couldn't let this pass and spoke up to say that was one thing I'd never do. However, he disagreed and felt I shouldn't “dismiss the idea” without having bought traffic on Fiverr and tested several different suppliers for myself.

He seemed surprised that instead of trying it out, I would rather take the advice of people who I feel know better than me, and who have advised me never to do this. He's a great guy and I wish him every success, but personally I'm done with testing my own theories. I now prefer to listen to advice from people who have demonstrably “made it” and are recognised by their peers in the industry, for instance, by being invited to speak at events such as the one last weekend.

Of course, keeping an open mind, if any of the readers I know and respect here can tell me they have successfully bought quality traffic on Fiverr, and made a profit from visitors to your site, I'll be interested to hear from you in the comments.

Social Media For Business TrainingSocial Media Online Trainin

We all sat through the fascinating presentations, many of which emphasised the role that social media marketing now plays in starting a business online.

On the right, you can listen to one of the social media online classes. (There's over an hour's worth of free value, so grab a coffee and a notepad and pen.)

At the end of the weekend when we parted, we exchanged contact details. The lady and I have already been in touch about getting her products onto the westernized global shopping rewards platform, Incentibuys.com.

As for our gentleman friend, he gave us his gmail address because he said he would not be using Facebook or any other social media. That's a shame, as I tend to communicate for business mostly through Facebook now rather than through email.

I'm not quite sure how he could sit through three days of presentations and come to the conclusion that marketing on social media was NOT the way to go! Perhaps he'll reflect over the next few days as he watches some of free training. If not, I'll hope to hear that his very interesting idea has gone to market some other way.

What else did I learn ?

Online Marketing Certificate

Well, one thing I learned that surprised me was that one of the trainers runs a Nationally Recognised & CPD Accredited Centre and his course has been recognised as an official Internet Business School NCFE IIQ Approved - Logoqualification in the UK.

So, you can actually qualify for digital marketing certification at Simon Coulson's Internet Business School. << Affiliate link for a free trial of one of Simon's courses.

InterPreneur Free CopySo that you learn more about his journey online, Simon Coulson is giving away a copy of his book ‘INTERPRENEUR' that shares valuable insight about how today anyone can become an Internet Entrepreneur and start a Multi Million £ Business.

Going Forward

Applying the training from the Entrepreneurs Bootcamp is moving me closer to my ultimate aim of financial security. Because behind the scenes, I'm now working hard on the westernized version of our ecommerce business. The concept was fully proven by the Chinese company, and now we're bringing it to the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.

How You Can Help

We pay our members to shop online, and we're currently looking to find new suppliers. So if you know any small business that needs more customers, please contact me with their website link.  Sorry,NO multi-level-marketing companies, please. The person contacting me must be the business owner.

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I left it too late to plan for a financially secure retirement. Don't make my mistake. Start building an extra income with a part-time (or full-time) business online. Think you don't have time? Can't afford the start-up cost? Can't meet sales targets? Contact me for free advice (no obligation) on the best fit for your circumstances.

Manish Kumar - July 17, 2017

Hi Joy,

Nice Informative Post!

Internet marketing is a necessary part of most business models. If you don’t sell directly online, you want to encourage consumers to come to your website and see examples of what you can do, or sign up for a consultation.

Whether you own your own business and need to learn Internet marketing strategies or you are looking to pursue a career in marketing, there are a number of ways you can collect the skills needed to be an Internet marketing professional. You can choose to sign up for classes, or learn and research the basics of Internet marketing for free.

I will tweet your post.

Thanks a lot for sharing.

    Joy - July 26, 2017

    Hi Manish,

    There’s a difference between those who want to learn Internet Marketing to make it their profession, and those who just want to use it as part of their business marketing mix. However, I agree that both types of people need the skills, and think that they would probably be best served by taking courses from specialists who have the skills they want to learn, rather than taking a DIY approach.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Shantanu Sinha - July 17, 2017

Hello Joy,

Great shout here 🙂

Things you mentioned here, I am learning these tips for the first time. The tactics are pretty cool.

The Bootcamp looks very interesting, hope you had a great time there.

Thanks for the share

Have a great week ahead.


AmberJane - July 17, 2017

Sounds like an amazing event, I am a with you I am not into buying followers I want people that are truly interested in my blog. I hope we get one of these events in Ireland.

    Joy - July 28, 2017

    I’m glad you agree with me about not buying followers – of course I haven’t found anyone I respect who IS!

    It was a great event, not sure if he does them in Ireland, but request your free book and I’m pretty sure you’ll get on the mailing list 🙂

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Marquita Herald - July 18, 2017

Thanks for sharing your experiences Joy. I certainly burned up a fair amount of time and money when I first began blogging just trying to learn the basics. While I always enjoy learning about new thing ideas and meeting new people, there are half a dozen pros who I tend to rely on for various aspects of blogging. I look forward to following your journey!

    Joy - July 18, 2017

    Hi Marquita,

    Yes, I think we all did, if truth be told. However, unlike my friend at the conference, we learned that we have to invest in our businesses. I wish I had spent more money on some things, and less on others!

    But luckily – like you – I’ve now refined my list of “trusted” experts, to …. err experts I trust! It’s a lot simpler.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Elise Cohen Ho - July 18, 2017

This post is full of great resources and information. I do hope that your negotiation works well for you. Best of luck.

    Joy - July 18, 2017

    Thanks Elise,

    The lady and I have chatted several times on Skype since the weekend, and I’m sure something good will come of it. A great friendship if nothing else!

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Chery Schmidt - July 18, 2017

Hello Joy! Sounds like an awesome bootcamp! I to have been to a few and know how exciting it is to meet new people as well as new tips and tricks to help grow our businesses! I am so happy for you and will be keeping a close eye on your progress! Thank you so much for sharing and do keep up the great work..
Chery :))

    Joy - July 18, 2017

    Hi Chery,

    It was a great experience, and Andrew Reynolds used it to raise a lot of money for the charity too.

    Now back down to earth and to put those tips and tricks into practice after the excitement.

    You can keep me accountable LOL

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Sonal Talwar - July 19, 2017

Hi Joy

A very informational and useful post!

thanks for sharing your experience. all the best for your future progress!

    Joy - July 28, 2017

    Thanks Sonal,

    Now just to put all that learning into practice 🙂

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Rachel Lavern - July 22, 2017

Sounds like the bootcamp was a wonderful investment for you Joy. I love attending conferences such as this for both the training and new connections. Now to implement what you learned and prosper!

    Joy - July 26, 2017

    Hi Rachel,

    Yes, I really enjoyed the experience and met some lovely people, as well as learned and updated my knowledge. It’s surprising how online marketing can change within a few short months.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Sue Bride - July 22, 2017

Hi Joy, it’s clear from how you write this that the bootcamp inspired and motivated you, as well as increasing your knowledge. I felt your enthusiasm. It must have been rewarding just being among like-minded people who share your online goals.

Now I’m off to have a look at the links you mention.

    Joy - July 28, 2017

    Thanks Sue,

    Yes, going to something like this really does give your motivation a boost, sharing goals with others who feel the same.

    I hope you found something useful in the links.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Saurabh tiwari - July 22, 2017

Very cool, thank you for putting in the effort to curate this for us Joy. It is very much appreciated.

    Joy - July 28, 2017

    Thanks Saurabh,

    I hope you found some useful contacts.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

William Earl Amis Jr III - July 22, 2017

Joy, wonderful to hear great insight once again.

That is right to the point. People must interact with live people. The belief to just sit in front of a computer is a myth. yet, to be proven.

I agree with Chery, she is an empowering woman I learn to love. There are lots of reasons to explore in the beginning. Then, times comes when you must venture by faith.

Hey, love to see good thing for you, Joy.

    Joy - July 28, 2017

    Thanks for your words of encouragement, and YES – it is good every so often to get out from behind the computer and meet real people.

    Although having said that, my friends in PAC (Like Chery and others here) seem very much real life friends.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Lesly Federici - July 24, 2017

Hi Joy …
Oh there are so many programs out there. Your feedback is so helpful when learning about what courses to take. I’ve spent lots of money.. learning … for me, learning is good, and then using what makes sense for you to accomplish your goals.. thank you for an informative post .. 🙂

    Joy - July 26, 2017

    Hi Lesly,

    It’s so easy to waste time and money choosing online marketing course – and so easy to make mistake. That’s part of the reason I only go for trusted information recommended by trates sources now.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Nishant - July 27, 2017

Hello, Joy.

It’s great to hear your experience. When we run an enterprise (regardless of online/ offline) its important that we look out for information that can add value to the business, and elevate our cognitive ideas to a higher level. Learning from people who have tasted the bitterness of failure and joy of success helps us not to make the same and resolve better setbacks.

Learning is always good, but implementing what we learned and improvising it to ameliorate the outcome gives higher value in terms of achieving the business goals.

    Joy - July 28, 2017

    Hi Nishant,

    Yes – that’s the trick that most people fail at, they should be as good at implementing as they are at finding new things to learn.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Stan Stranex - July 27, 2017

Hi Joy
Great article and I have just received Simons book. Thanks so much for the link
I was unable to attend
Was wondering about Andrews big favour as I am getting e-mails from him, offering the system and video to the whole event for £495. I’m very tempted to find out about this system and was wanting to know what you thought of it ?
Thanks in advance

    Joy - July 28, 2017

    Hi Stan,

    I hope you enjoy Simon’s book.

    I enjoyed the Big Favour event and learned a lot from the presentations. Personally, I would pick one of the tools / trainings that will follow and invest in whichever most suits your existing business. If you buy the videos to the whole event you will probably still find yourself wanting to buy one of the tools / trainings they cover.

    As to his “system”, I think you may find that YOU are already doing it… but of course there were many at the event to whom the whole concept was new.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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