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Get Clients Now!(TM): A 28-Day Marketing Program for Professionals, Consultants, and Coaches [Kindle Edition]

C. J. Hayden
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Book Description

"Get Clients Now" empowers readers with practical, proven strategies for choosing the right marketing tactics for their situation and personality, diagnosing exactly what's missing in their marketing and fixing it, and replacing unproductive cold calling with the power of relationship marketing. Filled with hundreds of tool and techniques, as well as a powerful 28-day plan that enables readers to energise their marketing efforts and dramatically increase their client base, the second edition contains up-to-the-minute strategies for relationship-based marketing in the Internet age.

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Get Clients Now: A 28-Day Marketing Program for Professionals and Consultants, by business coach C.J. Hayden, lays out a very precise marketing and sales system actually designed to be completely customized for optimal effectiveness by anyone in the service industry. Employing a "cookbook model" to help readers create this individualized action plan, it first shows how to determine which ingredients are missing from current marketing and sales activities and then suggests the specific tools and tactics that will immediately get a successful effort underway. The truly unique part of this book, however, begins in chapter 6, which breaks down Hayden's explicit four-week system into 28 separate sections that are meant to be read and acted upon one day at a time. The volume's final part, called "The Strategies," then outlines a collection of practical "marketing recipes" that correspond to various plans of attack determined earlier in the process. Each offers realistic tips (on topics such as direct contact and follow-up, networking and referral building, and writing and publicity) that directly correspond to the personal goals, strengths, and weaknesses readers already have identified. Further advice and inspirational anecdotes from recognized experts, along with additional resources, are also interspersed throughout the text. --Howard Rothman


...a brilliant and effective 28-day marketing program... readers can inject into their marketing efforts... and dramatically increase their client base... -- Bookwatch, June 1999

...a step-by-step action plan for getting clients...a true cookbook approach that helps structure thinking and action. -- Stern's Management Review, Feb. 20, 2001

...helps readers discover what is missing from their current marketing... activities and how to choose the best course of action. -- Accounting Today, April 25, 1999

...provides readers with the inspiration and instruction necessary to attract new clients... a complete marketing and sales system... -- Business to Business, May 1999

Many professionals and consultants have no idea how to market... This book spells out a 28-day marketing program for them. -- Orange County Register Santa Ana, CA, April 12, 1999

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  • File Size: 1905 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 2nd edition (January 30, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
If you have recently started your own small business and are wondering how you can ramp up on your knowledge of sales & marketing, this book gives you a fantastic start. Most entrepreneurs are experts at something that has a need in the market (and hence they start a company to fill that need profitably), but are typically beginners at everything else that a successful startup business demands. After struggling for more than two years trying to make my own startup business successful, I hired a business coach to help me fill the void in knowledge with regards to sales & marketing. She recommended this book right off the bat.
The book starts by explaining the 6 different marketing strategies that are available to most businesses and their effectiveness. These six strategies are - 1. Direct contact and follow up, 2. Networking and referral building, 3. Public Speaking, 4. Writing and Publicity, 5. Promotional Events, and 6. Advertising in that order. The next two chapters focus on the marketing/sales cycle and setting your own goals. The book then launches into outlining 'The System' - their 28 day marketing program that is geared towards increasing your bottom line. The last part of the book focuses on strategies for specific problems you may be running into with implementing the system. The whole book is just 10 chapters in about 200 pages. Very efficient and effective in getting results.
There are a lot of worksheets throughout the book that the reader can use. This book is most effective when you use it with the help of a business coach. There is a lot more to becoming successful in sales & marketing than just understanding the basic theory.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Create an action plan that gets results! November 29, 2003
By Zossima
I hate marketing. I can write a marketing plan that is as good as they come, but when it comes to doing the marketing, I absolutely can't stand it. It scares me. This book avoids all the fluff of the marketing plans that the MBA books teach you to write. Instead, Hayden gets down to the basics of creating an action plan that will take you from where you are right now to one giant step closer to closing a big sale in 30 days.
The process is simple: 1) Decide where you are stuck. You may be stuck getting prospects or following up, for example. 2) Decide which marketing strategies you will use. THE STRATEGIES YOU CHOOSE WILL DEPEND ON WHERE YOU ARE STUCK IN YOUR MARKETING PROCESS AND ON YOUR OWN TALENTS AND INTERESTS. You may, for instance, pursue a strategy of public speaking, if your goal is to build your contact list. 3) Set your long-term and 30-day goals. 4) Create a list of daily actions for the 30 days.
I was so enthused to have something so simple (1 page) yet more concrete than any 20-page plan I'd ever written that I couldn't help but dive in.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than Just a Formula July 11, 2001
I like models and charts but I shy away from set formulas or programs.  So, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Get Clients Now! offers something for everyone. It seems a little bit like the new Weight Watchers Program with the concept of arranging your points in a manner that best suits your current goals. In fact, C. J. Haden uses the concept of a daily meal plan as part of the 280 day marketing plan.
First, Hayden identifies the six key strategies for marketing and then lists about 20 specific actions under each of the six strategies. These actions represent the various activities you select to develop your own marketing plan. The plan itself has three sections: Appetizers - one or two activities to help create success. Main Course - seven or eight activities to focus on getting business. Dessert - one activity to take care of yourself.
Is this a simplistic formula? Perhaps. But you get to pick what you want to do and accomplish in a straight forward way. It is easy to track by using the worksheets. What I really like is that when you complete the cycle, you can go back, set new targets or areas to work on and begin the 28 day program again.
Am I going to do it? Well, I borrowed this book and then ordered it on-line. By the time you are reading this, I am filling in the worksheets and beginning my own program.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
C.J. Hayden provides an efficient, user-friendly, step-by-step program that anyone can customize and follow. It leaves postulating and theorizing to those who want to simply talk about self-promotion and marketing, and pragmatically zeros in on creating the action plan needed to materialize success. I know, because I tried the program to increase my own client base and it worked. I also introduced the program to a number of my small business clients, and we all want to thank C.J. for this significant contribution to courageous entrepreneurs everywhere!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great motivator November 18, 2006
I'm not fan of business and marketing books, but I picked this one up and started reading it this weekend. It immediately has inspired me to begin the program. Hayden doesn't introduce any radically different marketing strategies. If you've been trying to build a business and if you've read other books or articles on marketing, you know how important it is to gain prospects, do follow-up, network, and advertise. She covers all those traditional marketing strategies. But what makes this book different is that she provides a program approach that will help you get focused and measure your growth and results.

Get Clients Now! is very accessiable and useful for those who don't like marketing their business but know they need to in order for their business to survive. Her 28-day plan puts in you control. It's not about doing things her way, but about doing things that are unique to your particular strengths and needs for marketing your business.

I'm just starting the program today, but already I can see that I will reach my goals or part of them by the end of the program. And even if I don't reach my ultimate goals, I know that I'll be doing 75% dmore for my business in terms of marketing than I've done in the past year or so. Get Clients Now! is about getting focused and getting results.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for freelance service industry providers
A great book for freelance service industry providers. A concise, very well-organized, realistic, comprehensive system to plan, promote, and carry out your business. Read more
Published 2 months ago by BuyerOfManyBooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Dan Kennedy recommendation
If Dan likes it, that's all I needed to know...
Published 4 months ago by Wireshark
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Well written.
Published 6 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic
An all-time classic I've taught many groups from this. The book I would have liked to have written.
Published 7 months ago by Anthony Warren
3.0 out of 5 stars a little gimicky
this was a little... gimicky... but overall, it was a good read and if I could actually follow the plans useful.
Published 9 months ago by georgina
3.0 out of 5 stars Recommended by my life coach
When I was in business for myself, this gave a very step by step way to get my marketing started. The hard part was just having the discipline to do it!
Published 14 months ago by Tigardchick
4.0 out of 5 stars It works, but...
I started this book back in February at a virtual assistant retreat. We had a facilitator there and, to be honest, I really don't think I would have done it without her. Read more
Published 20 months ago by CandysRaves (and Rants)
Sadly, they don't mention on this page that there's a newer edition of this book out, and it's available for the Kindle at the same price. Don't pay twice for this, like I did!
Published 20 months ago by Stone Mirror
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, Practical Techniques
It provides a framework for looking at your marketing and sales strategy, a template for action, and an easy to apply strategy to make dramatic improvements in your marketing and... Read more
Published 22 months ago by John Hadley
3.0 out of 5 stars More of a primer
This is a basic book that does not have much new to say. Most of these techniques are common sense. If you are a beginner freelancer, this could be right for you.
Published 22 months ago by Stuart Sweetow
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More About the Author

C.J. Hayden is the author of four books and over 400 articles on marketing, entrepreneurship, and living on purpose. Her bestselling book Get Clients Now! A 28-Day Marketing Program for Professionals, Consultants and Coaches has become the marketing bible for thousands of independent professionals. C.J. is also the author of The One-Person Marketing Plan Workbook and 50 Ways Coaches Can Change the World, co-author of Get Hired Now! A 28-Day Program for Finding the Job You Want, and a contributing author to Guerrilla Marketing on the Front Lines.

Since 1992, C.J. has helped thousands of entrepreneurs and self-employed professionals launch and sustain successful enterprises, serving as a business coach, teacher, and advisor. Helping entrepreneurs get clients, get strategic, and get things done, she blends business coaching with mentoring and practical advice to help her clients thrive. C.J. has over 30 years of business management experience and holds the credentials Master Certified Coach, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, and has completed advanced coach training with the Arbinger Institute.

C.J.'s articles have appeared in Home Business, Selling Power, SOHO Business Report, Choice, CareerSource, California Job Journal, The Globe, Bay Area BusinessWoman, and dozens of online magazines, including, Principled Profit, RainToday, and SalesDog.

A popular speaker and workshop leader, C.J. has presented hundreds of learning programs to corporate clients, professional associations, community groups, and small businesses. She has taught for John F. Kennedy University, Mills College, The Coaches Training Institute, Social Enterprise Alliance, Federal Express, Marriott, SCORE, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

As a citizen activist, C.J. is a co-founder of the women's giving circle A Good Deed Tea.

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I've bought the book but not read it yet. From skimming it, I think it will help. You might want to look at "Self-Promotion for the Creative Person: Get the Word Out About Who You Are and What You Do" by Lee Silber.
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