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Old September 21, 2019, 10:24 AM
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Default Just guessing, but maybe because of their TARGET markets?

Originally Posted by Dien Rice View Post
Hi Millard,

Thanks for sharing that story!

I agree... it can be hard to go from "free" to "pay", if it's not planned that way...

I think you have to plan it that way from the start. The "free" information should be an introduction, which can (and should) be very valuable. But if they want to get more advanced info, they can get the "paid" information...

If it's planned carefully from the start, of course, the "free" information marketing approach can work very well...

One business which uses it very well is Agora Financial...

They have a number of free newsletters. And if you want the deeper stuff, you have to pay... I believe they make hundreds of millions of bucks a year in profit (if not more)...

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Agora targets people with money, INVESTORS. They know ONE thing about these people, they want to Make money and KEEP what they have.

Probably targeting top 10% of income earners with a certain political slant too. I don't think it is the FREE as much as the CONTENT/FEAR they invoke, if not using FEAR, (or LOSS) they go heavy on greed.

It takes a little time to pry the bigger money out of their hands, but the FREE reports help narrow down which type of promotion, what the pachinko sequence is going to be, which freebie is going to get the next and next and next...and that sequence is maybe determined by their requests.

A lot of the time, their BONUS FREE stuff comes with a trial or very light subscription fee too. These guys are as slick as they get, and testing is one reason they do the volume they do.

I feel that FREE information, depends on the MARKET and as we see, it works or doesn't. I once worked in a magic store, SPELLBINDERS in Kent (and later also in Stow) Ohio, the owner was magician Paul Burdick and he tested several different promotions. Free vs paid.

What the result was, was knowing your market. Getting kids into magic (funnel) with FREE tricks, or cards, was good, but for those practicing magicians, getting them to pay even for a small new trick, seemed to work best.

SPELLBINDERS was one of the best magic shops, comic books stores, costume shop, gaming (big on D & D) trading cards shops ever.

With information, IF you can figure out what they want...magicians MORE gigs, Higher Paying gigs, new and bigger tricks, etc. Then you can custom tailor THAT information to match the market and reduce the tire kickers significantly.

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