Hello from Ballroom A of the Atrium Suites at the Credit Millionaire Marathon in Las Vegas, NV!
Credit Millionaire Marathon Billboard Sign
As you may or may not know, I am in Las Vegas for the weekend to attend Donna Fox’s Credit Millionaire Marathon.
But what I never anticipated beyond my wildest imaginations is that in addition to being introduced and thoroughly educated on a completely new side of owning a business, this event would also become a tremendous milestone in my Internet Marketing career.
I mentioned this briefly on my blog post from Friday, but even at that time, I had no idea that it would be this monumental.
You know how they say, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas?”
Well, not this time, buster! Because what happened was just too good to be kept a secret. Everyone must know!
If you have some time and would like to know, please feel free to read the full story here…
On Friday afternoon, I was having lunch with Mike Filsaime and Tom Beal, and Mike was brainstorming on what type of content to deliver for his presentation the next day.
Since the audience mostly comprised of beginning real estate investors who are exploring different arenas online, I made the suggestion of speaking about keyword research.
Mike paused for a moment, nods his head and says, “Yes, YOU should…”
Haha, right? Very funny, so funny I forgot to laugh…
But to my surprise, after excusing himself to go to the restroom, Mike returns with Paulie and Donna, who approach our table and unanimously gave praise to the “great idea.”
“Wowserz!” I thought to myself. “Joke’s on me – I guess he was serious after all!”
And so, I went along my merry way, excited, to say the least, but thinking the whole time that I’d be poking into Mike’s talk for several minutes to explain briefly about the keyword research portion of his presentation.
Mike and I even hung out together for the rest of the day, spending some quality time at the tables, having a few drinks at the bars and grabbing a bite to eat, having a great time with great conversation along the way.
We ended the day after we picked up his wife and my girlfriend from the airport, and he dropped us off back at the Luxor hotel.
Right before we parted, Mike suggested that we go on stage and do something that has never been done before, but I was still thinking that I’d just be making a cameo appearance for several minutes – maybe 15 or 20, 30 max.
Lunchtime rolled around on Saturday, and we were scheduled to start right after lunch.
Unfortunately, Mike’s wife was not feeling too well, and he was busy taking care of her, which delayed him a bit for our lunch meeting.
He finally makes it to the table where Karen and I were sitting with about 30 minutes to spare and goes, “So, what are we gonna talk about for 90 minutes?”
At that moment, my jaw practically dropped all the way down to the table as I murmered, “90? I thought we were doing 30?”
You should have seen the look on Mike’s face as he laughed, “What?! 30? Of course not! We’re doing 90, but don’t worry, it’ll go by quick…”
Immediately, we scrambled to figure out what to talk about. Well, I was scrambling – Mike was super calm as he says, while simultaneously checking his PayDotCom account and chatting with his team back in Long Island…
“We’ll talk a little about keyword research, do 30 or so on Google AdWords, do another 30 or so on MySpace, and take some questions. Dude, it’ll go by just like that!”
My initial reaction to that was wow, this guy’s really good at what he does, and he knows what he’s talking about.
Mike knew that we were both obviously credible enough to speak on keyword research and Google AdWords, and was also really impressed when I told him about the type of results I was able to achieve with MySpace…
…So he combined this information along with the consideration of the audience we are speaking to, and figured out almost instantly our entire agenda!
And so we went along with it, and for the next 102 minutes (we went 12 minutes over, but no one was complaining), I had the tremendously huge honor of sharing the platform with the one, the only, the man, Mr. Butterfly Marketing himself – Mike Filsaime!
Mike and I at during our Introduction
Mike taking a quick audience poll
Me setting up the computer for our live demos
Mike finally letting me talk for once! Haha…
Room shot during one of the live demos
The audience listening attentively to Mike’s wisdom
During what can only be described as one of the most relaxed and interactive presentations I have ever witnessed, much less be a part of, Mike and I gave a very laid back presentation, doing live demos on the computer and had consistent dialogue with the audience and each other the entire time, all while sitting down on a couple of comfortable director chairs!
We walked through the basics of keyword research and Google AdWords, followed by some very fascinating strategies on optimizing your MySpace profile, including the same techniques I used that resulted in mine becoming my top 5 sources of traffic for all of my main websites, as well as SEO strategies that got my websites, including my MySpace profile, all the way to the top of the search engines!
What an exhilirating experience to share the stage with one of the greatest Internet Marketers of all time!
And Mike was absolutely right – the time indeed did fly right by, and our time was up before we knew it.
As mentioned earlier, Mike and I ended up going about 12 minutes over our 90 minute slot, but no one complained, not even the time keeper.
Because we did exactly what we had set out to do – we went up there and did something that had never been done before, and don’t know if we will ever do again!
In addition, we received so many rave reviews about our presentation, and the audience got so much out of what we had to say, that people were asking us afterwards about continued education opportunities that weren’t even offered on stage!
Man, it was a pretty wild experience for me, and I really owe a lot of the success of our duo debut to Mike’s awesome leadership and team player skills. He assessed the situation and knew exactly what we had to do in order to drive the information home for the attendees.
I’ve known of and looked up to Mike Filsaime for over 2 years now, and it’s still incredible to me that my opportunity to speak with Mike occurred in less than one year since meeting him in person.
So much has changed and so many things have happened since then, and it all started out because of all the little butterfly effects that resulted in me joining his list what feels like a lifetime ago.
I don’t remember the exact strategy that Mike used to attract me into his list initially, but he did teach me a lot about relationship building this weekend, and he strives to teach all his amazing strategies to as many people as he can, while making it as easy as possible for people to do so.
If you incorporate the right list and relationship building strategies into your marketing the right way, there’s no telling what new relationships you will be able to make that will become a tremendous influence to your business in the near future.
Up until recently, this concept has almost always been a long, manual and very tedious process…
Which is why Mike, with his continued devotion to his fellow marketers, gave me permission to introduce to you his latest piece of software, which has the capability to drive 300% more visitors to your website, and even helping you to build your list automatically!
I had the chance to check out Viral Friend Generator this past weekend, and was even able to talk directly with Mike himself about the product.
And the cool thing about it is that it blends right in with what we’ve been talking about all weekend in terms of list and relationship building…
With Viral Friend Generator, Mike makes it easy for you to hopefully make connections with not only a fresh list of new subscribers and customers, but potentially even people you will one day meet, build friendships, and have the opportunity to share the stage with one day.
Who knows, this could be the strategy for you that ultimately attracts you to an important associate in your future, just like Mike did with me.
Take action now – the next person your most admired Internet Marketer connects with may be you!