Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Great Marketing Info: Tune Up Your YouTube Channel!

Starts Thursday. FREE to Small Biz Thoughts Community members.
Only $99 for others.

Introducing the all new
Tune Up Your YouTube Channel – 3-Week Mini Class.

Following up on the very popular mini-course on maximizing your Client Roadmap Process, this class is focused entirely on using YouTube effectively.

If you don’t have a YouTube channel, we’ll show you how to set it up right. We’ll talk about the graphic sizes you need for background images, how to set up playlists, and much more.

Most people don’t take advantage of all the features of YouTube, and therefore don’t get the great results they should. We’ll walk you through the process of posting your videos so you maximize visual appeal, keywords, and links back to your web site or other social media. With a checklist, of course!

If you don’t post a lot of videos, that’s okay. I'll give you a checklist for posting so you don’t forget to take advantage of all the options.

We will also walk you through the process of telling Google (YouTube’s owner) which Internet properties are yours so that you can link to them from your YouTube channel.

Finally, we’ll walk you through the process of using a video in your Google advertising. This boosts your video performance dramatically at almost no cost. And of course we’ll answer all your questions.

Three Days. All classes start a 9:00 AM Pacific
  • December 6
  • December 13
  • December 20

This class is FREE for Small Biz Thoughts Community members. Members: Go to the Classes section and check out the Tune Up Your YouTube mini-class. Follow instructions to register for the webinar portion of the class.


Free Webinar: Five Greatest Challenges of Larger MSPs and Growing MSPs

Please check out my next FREE Webinar:

The Five Greatest Challenges of Larger MSPs and Growing MSPs

Wednesday, December 19th
9:00 AM Pacific / Noon Eastern

Most small business start out with one or two people and often stay at the one-two-three level for many years. But we've seen a great deal of growth among IT providers in the last few years.

As more and more MSPs grow their revenues to $1 million, $2 million, $5 million, and more, they also face some major challenges.

Join me for a look at the Five Greatest Challenges faced by growing MSPs. December 19th.

I've worked directly with dozens of IT companies, and indirectly with hundreds more. I've managed teams with millions in payroll. And I've seen the problems, challenges, and mistakes that keep them from achieving their best results. Plus, I've collected data on the challenges of thousands of MSPs worldwide.

I grew my first MSP business to just about one million ($960,000 revenue to be exact) with twelve employees before I sold it.

The largest team I've worked with was at HP's Roseville, CA plant. I managed the internal software support team there. I had 25 technicians on my team. We supported 5,000 desktops with a total of about 7,000 machines.

And as a coach I've worked with companies ranging from very small to just over fifty employees. I've helped companies grow significantly. And I've refused to work with a lot of companies that don't have what it takes to grow their businesses they way they say they want to.

The point is: I have experience working with IT consulting businesses of all sizes. And I can tell you, there are some challenges common to businesses that start to grow. You are familiar with your own challenges, but might be wondering whether everyone else goes through the same thing - And how to get through to the other side.

Join me for a look at the challenges of growing your IT company beyond the invisible (psychological) barriers at $1 million, $2 million, $5 million, $10 million, and beyond.

Most companies above $1 million/year in revenue are a lot less profitable than they should be. But that's not one of the five big challenges! It's just a result.

Join me to learn the five biggest challenges of growing your business - and the five changes that will get you un-stuck.

Sign up today and join me live on December 19th.

Note: Let me fast-forward to the last slide. I'm not trying to sell you coaching. I probably don't want to be your coach. I only take 1-2 coaching clients per year. I can refer you to a coach. But it's not me.

I just want to help you to become even more successful so you'll tell everyone else to buy all my books, take all my classes, and join my community.

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Wednesday, December 19th
9:00 AM Pacific / Noon Eastern

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Sunday, December 02, 2018

ALL Managed Services Operations Manual Books Now Available in the Community


It's finally done. I just posted Volume Four of the Managed Services Operations Manual in the Small Biz Thoughts Community. This is the audio book version.

That means you can download the entire 4-volume set in the SOP series as audio books.

. . . And that takes us to more than a dozen books you can download as audio programs or PDFs.

The audio programs each include the related checklists, SOPs, and other downloads that you would get if you purchased the books separately.

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Please Note: I really want people to join the Community so they can interact, ask questions, attend classes, etc. But I know that some people just want to make sure they will get their money's worth.

Well . . . downloads in the Community now exceed $4,500 . . . and will soon top $5,000.

And we're not stopping. The web site is growing and growing. Traffic is skyrocketing. And Ruben and I are monitoring to make sure it all keeps working. So far, things are smooth.

If you're still unsure about the SBT Community, click this button to watch the intro videos:

I also have a bunch of Community videos on my YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/smallbizthoughts.

Membership has really started to grow. Stay tuned for announcements about some major changes coming soon. I'll be launching a quick monthly newsletter in the next week. There you can learn about the special Community Members Only deals for 2019.

Most of the "deals" really consist of "Available to members at no additional charge." As membership grows, we can afford to shift the business model to be more and more focused on providing additional benefits.

Note to Members:

Within the Karl's Korner forum, there are codes to get 20% off anything you need at SMB Books. And a code to get a massive discount on the 5-week classes.

But remember that 100% of everything you find in the Community can be downloaded at no additional charge.

Dig in and grow your business today!


Saturday, December 01, 2018

Make Someone's Life Healthier - Join Small Biz Thoughts

For just over a year now, we have been making regular contributions to provide clean drinking water to families in Cambodia. It's amazing what you can do for a few pennies here and there. We provide these contributions through a program called B1G1 - Buy One Give One.

As of December, we are adding another "giving" option. Whenever someone joins the Small Biz Thoughts Community, we are donating money to feed orphaned children in Thailand. Specifically, we'll donate enough for 50 meals.

We also commit to a minimum of 60 meals per month. You can see our giving stories at B1G1 by clicking in on the image. We also display them to the right on our blog site. As you can see, we have over 100,000 giving "impacts" in the last 15 months or so.

In the big picture, we are all one world. And I think we need to make it better in the ways we can.

If you want to contribute more to these causes, or see how you can get involved with B1G1, please follow that link.

. . . And if you want to join the Small Biz Thoughts Community - we'd love to have you!