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In Advertising, Marketing, and Sales, Numbers Rule

By Donovan Baldwin

Let's talk about some numbers and how they relate to advertising, marketing, and sales. They are equally applicable to internet marketing or to offline marketing.

Specifically, we are going to talk about the 80/20 rule, the rule of 2, the rule of 7, and location, location, location.

Huh? That last one isn't about numbers!

Well, it sorta is. We'll get there in a while.

In the meantime, let's start with the 80/20 rule.

Several years ago, a major financial services institution conducted a study to determine WHY its top sales people WERE top sales people. Once they waded through all the data, and threw out the immaterial items, they were left with one fact glaring in their faces. The top sales people were the top sales people BECAUSE they made the most calls and contacts, and handed out the most brochures and business cards. As a result, they gave the most presentations guessed it...made the most sales.

Other studies throughout the years, as well as some of our own experiences seem to bear this out. Ever been in an organization where 20% of the people seemed to do 80% of the work? Oddly enough, that's roughly the percentages the study I mentioned came up with.

Not only were 20% of the sales force generating 80% of the sales, it seemed that, in general, out of 100 contacts, they got to do about 20 presentations. Out of 100 presentations, they got about 20 sales.

Now these figures are not gospel, and merely indicate a trend, but they can be used to our profit. In the area of statistics, it is known that it is difficult to get an accurate analysis or prediction from a small sample. The larger the sample, the more accurate the results!

Okay, so if the 80/20 rule is true, and if I have a decent product and presentation, and if I remember to brush my teeth and put on clean underwear before making my pitch, I should nail 20 out of 100?

Well, again, this figure is merely indicative of a trend, but if you make a large number of, presentations, you should expect to see some of them translate into sales, hence the "location, location, location" crack. Or maybe I should have said, "locations, locations, locations"?

Lots of locations

The more ads you place, the more brochures you hand out, the more links you provide to your offer, etc., the more inquiries, presentations, and sales you can hope to make. Remember, by the way, on the internet, your website is probably your presentation.

What we are talking about is volume, or bigger numbers. Volume is measured by numbers. See, I made it fit into the numbers thing.

Just to make my point, I had two friends become millionaires in two different network marketing programs. In both instances, they were nice but ordinary persons, and neither was by any stretch of the imagination a sales whiz. However, for over 3 years, each of them handed a brochure to everyone they met and answered questions as best they could. For 4 years, I worked on some websites when and where I could find a few minutes, and eventually, though I was working a 60 hour work week elsewhere, I began receiving WEEKLY commission checks in excess of $2,000.00.

What my two friends also found, as did I and most other network marketers, was that the 80/20 rule also applies to our downlines. Most will do nothing. Some will do a little. A rare few will be winners, but usually not by their own innate genius or greatness, but simply by a willingness to put in the necessary effort for the required length of time.

Now, the rule of 7.

While you are making all these presentations, handing out brochures, buying ads, etc., be aware that many people will not respond until they have seen that ad, or received that information 7 times. While there will be a few early adopters who see the info once or twice and buy in, most of your potential sales will come from those who have seen your ad several times. So don't assume that simply because you sent someone a great ad and they didn't respond, therefore all is lost. Send them the info again, or post the ad again.

Finally the rule of 2.

This applies mainly to ventures with a multi-level marketing program. You and I are each only one, and if we work very hard, we can only make a limited number of sales. If our income depends only on our personal sales, we are likely to make what is quaintly referred to as a pittance!

However, as is often pointed out in multi-level marketing literature, if I recruit 2 people, and they recruit 2 people, and they....on thru 5 levels, let's say, I will have a downline of 62 people producing income for me. Depending on the program, this could be a lucrative proposition! Many multi-level organizations go much deeper than 5 levels. Our goal IS to build as large a downline as possible, so getting 3 on each level does even more. In fact, if each of us gets 3 in our downline instead of 2, our downline changes from 62 to 363!

Also, the type of program and its payouts will also influence your income. For example, one program with which I am affiliated would pay me $490 if each of my 2 members each made only one sale. In this particular program, however, my downline makes that and more each week, and those are only NEW sales. A program with residual income provided by re-orders can increase those figures immensely.

Just remember, however, to get those 2 GOOD producers, I will probably have to have a field of 10 or more recruits from which they can rise. In most network marketing ventures, the unfortunate truth is that I will probably need a few more than 10 recruits to get 2 GOOD ones!

But! Once I have those two good ones, and they have their two good ones, etc., there is no stopping me.

About the Author
Donovan Baldwin is a Dallas area writer, a member of Mensa, and a University of West Florida alumnus. He offers free online advertising at

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