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Launch: An Internet Millionaire's Secret Formula to Sell Almost Anything Online, Build a Business You Love and Live the Life of Your Dreams Kindle Edition
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The title of this book, LAUNCH, is uniquely appropriate because Jeff Walker is the pioneer innovator of online marketing launches, as well as the online marketing industry's foremost teacher. The careers of thousands of successful online entrepreneurs have already been launched by Jeff's extraordinarily practical concepts, structures, strategies, tools, and processes. LAUNCH is a must read for all marketers---the go-to handbook for making money selling anything on the Internet. --Dan Sullivan, President and Founder of The Strategic Coach
It took me four years to grow my first business to $5 million. Using Jeff Walker's product launch model, I was able to hit $5 million in sales---in a brand- new business niche---my first year. Jeff has created one of the most important innovations in marketing in the last 100 years. --Eben Pagan, Founder of Hot Topic Media and Serial Online Entrepreneur
Business is a succession of launches---new products, projects, promotions, incentives, partnerships, etc. To succeed you'll need to master the launch. To do so you'll want to study the master of the launch---Jeff Walker. Ten thousand hours and millions of dollars later, he has figured it out. Read this book and shorten your path to profits dramatically. --Darren Hardy, Publisher and Founding Editor of SUCCESS and New York Times Bestselling Author of "The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success."
This book is a must read for everyone trying to influence and change people's lives in a positive way. It's a GREAT business book, but it's also much more than a business book. I plan to get a copy for every Hay House author. --Reid Tracy, CEO, Hay House, Inc.
Even though I am a 30+ year veteran in direct marketing, this book made me realize how much there is still to learn about being an excellent marketer . . . and a human being as well. As one of the heroes among heart-based entrepreneurs on the planet, Jeff has written possibly the most important book about both direct response marketing and entrepreneurship in the last decade.
Anyone who thinks the word "launch" refers only to online marketing hasn't been paying attention to direct response marketing over the last five decades (or more). And anyone who thinks that Jeff Walker hasn't earned the right to own the word "launch" in today's marketing landscape also hasn't been paying attention.
LAUNCH is a must read for anyone in business today---experienced or novice--who needs to get their product or service out to the world . . . and wants to do it with integrity and power. --Brian Kurz, Executive Vice President, Boardroom, Inc.
The first day of launching a new business has always been a stressful, nerve-racking time. But since applying Jeff Walker's ideas, we've turned these "launch days" into moments of celebration, success, and amazing cash flow as our businesses have managed to pull in incredible customer demand on day one. This has added millions to our bottom line and raised the valuation of our company immensely as day-one sales trumped all expectation. --Vishen Lakhiani, Founder and CEO, Mindvalley
This isn't a book as much as it is a recipe and a blueprint for changing you and your family's financial fortune. It breaks down everything from the Seed Launch, where you start completely from scratch, all the way up to the mega JV Launches that can bring in millions in a matter of days. The process definitely takes some work, but if you get the process down and use it, then you can have nearly instant sales and momentum in your business. Not only will following Jeff's formula make your success more possible, it will make it more probable. So buy Jeff's book---after all, he's the guy who sold a million dollars of his product in a single hour! LAUNCH has both of our full endorsements, and it can change your business and your life. --Joe Polish and Dean Jackson, ILoveMarketing.com
When it comes to Internet marketing, Jeff Walker is a bonafide genius. Now with LAUNCH, he maps out exactly how you can successfully market any product or service online. A must read for all serious entrepreneurs. --Randy Gage, Author of the New York Times Bestseller, "Risky Is the New Safe."
This book isn't just for people who want to make a lot of money in their businesses really fast. This is for people who want to live their best life, doing what they were born to do, and serving the world. I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to make a bigger impact along with a much bigger income. --Christian Mickelson, CEO of CoachesWithClients.com
If I could say one word about Jeff Walker and LAUNCH, it would be: IMPACT. If you are looking for a huge positive impact on your business, your family, or in life, then LAUNCH is a must read. Don't walk to get a copy . . . run, and let Jeff Walker help you create a great legacy for those around you. --JB Glossinger, Founder of MorningCoach.com
In the early days of Web marketing, it was complete freaking chaos online. We knew we had unprecedented access to vast global audiences, but we lacked a simple, elegant way of introducing new products and closing sales.
Enter Jeff Walker . . . who arrived well-versed in old-school direct marketing, coupled with a unique early-adopter's grasp of the potential online. He explained his idea to me, early on, as simply turning a damn good sales letter on its side . . . and using every aspect of this powerful new technology to attract prospects, build their desire to the breaking point, and then transform their lives by fulfilling on the promises that drove them nuts over an extended process of education, sharing, and giving away teasingly good samples.
The launch formula he perfected produced results for us far beyond any of our other online marketing efforts . . . time after time after time. It was stunning. And fun. And elegant in its simplicity. Jeff codified the way online launches will be conducted for generations to come. --John Carlton, Legendary Copywriter and Author of "The Simple Writing System" and "The Entrepreneur's Guide to Getting Your Shit Together ."
I've known Jeff Walker for several years---I've watched the way he does business. It's 100% based on building value, and that's exactly what this book does. In LAUNCH he gives you the proven recipe for launching your product or business. Jeff teaches from experience, and he teaches with huge heart and great humility. His strategies are both revolutionary and incredibly effective. --Janet Bray Attwood, New York Times Bestselling Coauthor of "The Passion Test."
I was lucky enough to spend a day in a small room with just a few dozen people listening to Jeff Walker teach his heart out. Every person in the room was riveted to their chair as he taught for nine straight hours. The strategies I learned that day completely transformed my business and my idea of what was possible. In LAUNCH, you get the strategies Jeff taught that day, and more. This is the business book of the year, and I'm personally buying a copy for all my top coaching students. --JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFS, New York Times Bestselling Author of "The Virgin Diet" and "The Virgin Diet Cookbook."
People trust Jeff Walker because Walker has consistently for years been on the forefront of producing results online with his Product Launch Formula. Now he has distilled his system into LAUNCH so anyone can learn it, implement it, and launch it! It's almost unfair, how easy he just made it for you. I won't launch another book without using LAUNCH. Jeff Walker created the road map, and I plan to use it. --David Bach, Nine-time New York Times Bestselling Author and Creator of the "FinishRich" Book Series
I've read a lot of marketing and business books . . . and most of them spend 300 pages to get to one worthwhile idea. This is a serious, practical, comprehensive guide for the real world business owner. If you've ever wondered how to start your business or find more customers online, LAUNCH will help get you where you want to go. --Sonia Simone, Cofounder of Copyblogger Media
What Jeff Walker teaches in LAUNCH is vital for modern marketing success. You don't need more tactics or tools; you need smart strategy, and that's exactly what this book delivers. --Marie Forleo, Founder of B-School, Award-Winning Host of MarieTV, MarieForleo.com
This is the most important book ever written on online marketing. LAUNCH will become the source document and sole blueprint used by millions of businesses and entrepreneurs to promote their brands and products in the digital age. I've personally used Jeff Walker's methodologies to start from scratch and launch five brands, each of which hit one million dollars in revenue in less than 12 months. This book is invaluable, and Jeff is the modern marketing savant the world has been waiting for. --Brendon Burchard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Millionaire Messenger --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Now to see if I can get this method to work for me.
Would have liked more detail on list building but that is a minor gripe in a otherwise excellent book. Looking forward to implementing this formula!
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Since then allegations that the product launch process was being abused as a way to bleed Internet newbies of their money has caused a number of these gurus to withdraw.
The book introduces you to the Product Launch Formula (PLF), which while drawing on old style direct marketing, brand building and the influence and persuasion tactics of Robert Cialdini is a brilliant innovation that can benefit new and old businesses, in both online and off-line markets.
You can see similarities between it and how Apple launch new products with little leaks, a big public launch announcement and then long queues outside the stores on launch day. Big Hollywood blockbuster films are similar. Think of how anticipation builds up into a crescendo for the latest James Bond film and how the news is everywhere and everyone is talking about the film, the girls, the cars and the gadgets.
The Product Launch Formula theory is so powerful and effective that it will force you to confront the issue of where great marketing stops and customer manipulation starts. For me, the difference depends on whether you are hoping to use these potentially astonishingly effective tactics to primarily help customers solve their frustrations or mainly to make more money for you and your business?
In my opinion, there's nothing wrong with you getting rich from genuinely helping others. Taking but not really giving back to customers is another matter.
The PLF ideas are both admired and hated in the "make money online" niche of Internet marketing. Another guru Dan Kennedy admits that only about 20% of the people who buy expensive training programs will do enough to recoup their money and only about 4% (20% of the 20%) will do really well. Basic human nature means the rest get sucked into buying hope and doing next to nothing about it. He spent years trying to improve the ratios but, in the end accepted them. The brutal truth is that there are doers and dreamers.
The dreamers buy the opportunity but they don't act on it.
Where does "buyer beware" end for responsible sellers? It's often said that many more business books are bought than read or acted upon but paying (and wasting) £10 for a book is very different from wasting 100 or more times that investment on training. It's a problem for tangible products too. An expensive garden barbecue grill may be sold through hard sell tactics and hardly ever used so the buyer wastes his money.
The PLF builds up anticipation, desire and want before a launch by pressing hard on emotional triggers told through a three part story and then forces the interested buyer to make a decision under time and/or quantity pressure. The choice is simple. Take advantage of this great opportunity now or miss out, potentially for ever.
The book tells the story of how Jeff used the idea to earn six figures (i.e. over $100,000) in seven days by selling a stock market newsletter and how, with him advising, another Internet guru used the process to create a million dollars of sales in just one 24 hour day. Since then it has gone on to many more successes in many different markets.
Used for good, it is terrific marketing but it can also be used for self enrichment at the expense of the customers.
It is not a simple, easy get rich quick scheme. Anyone who has gone through a big product launch will tell you that it's very demanding in logical and emotional energy.
In some senses, a business is a series of launches but experience has shown that businesses based on the pure PLF theory of now you see it, now you don't product launches are not as stable as businesses that launch a product, leave it available in the market and then launch another. A PLF business has a surge of revenue that quickly falls away and then another surge with the next all-important launch.
There is danger that, if your competitors are also using the PLF process, the entire market becomes numb and sceptical about everything going on. I feel that's been the situation with the make money online niche for some years.
The book is a very good introduction to the product launch process and it includes links to get more resources from the author's website. That's both good and bad since it tells you that the book doesn't have the entire detailed process. It will make some readers want to know everything. I disagree with some other reviews that I've read, this book is subtly selling and buyers of the more advanced and expensive products risk going into that 80/16/4% ratio.
For that reason, I've knocked a star off because it's a start rather than a definitive guide.
Should you read the book? Yes, as both a buyer and a selling, you should understand the product launch process. Should you take up some of the principles for your next launch? Yes. Should you watch other product launches and analyse the use of the tactics? Yes.
However, I am conflicted because I've seen the process used to manipulate people. Jeff Walker talks about ending hope marketing (where you design or build a product or service first and then hope it will sell) but in its place I've seen the process create too much hope buying as people are swept along by the drama and excitement of the launch.
This really is very powerful marketing voodoo but its strengths can be abused.
About my book reviews - I aim to be a tough reviewer because the main cost of a book is not the money to buy it but the time needed to read it and absorb the key messages. 4 stars means this is a good to very good book.
Paul Simister, a business coach who helps business owners who are stuck, get unstuck.
I'll definitely be reading it again...
Chris Kent MSc
Author of "21st Century Marketing: What it is, why it matters, and how to do it"
I have launched a product using Jeff's formula recently. Since I didn't try launching with and without the formula, I can't give a figure on the increased sales, but what I can say is that following a process gave me confidence and peace of mind during the launch.
And because you deliver value during your launch, the principle of reciprocity does encourage more sales so I've got good confidence that launch made a difference.
Launch is a pleasant and quick read and a book you can come back to every time you're launching a new product.
After reading the book, you won't be launching a product without the launch formula again.
I definitely recommend "Launch".
There are some stories that some may interpret as 'get rich quick' - but Jeff emphasises the importance of giving great value for free, of working to build to authority over the long term and the multi-6 figure launches are generally after years of work.