Some people think the biggest problem facing the trading industry today is the economy. Well that’s true, a lot of people are getting screwed by the economy! Unfortunately, there’s not much you or I can do about that, but I’m thinking about a problem affecting email marketing and it’s an issue I see on a regular basis!

The biggest problem affecting email marketers today is an issue that you can influence.

And here it is…You’re not a TRUSTED AUTHORITY.

There I said it! The secrets out. See, most of you THINK you’re a trusted authority, but you’re missing it. Let me explain…

Most emails aren’t opened, read, clicked, etc etc not because of spam filters or a person not having the time to read what you send them, they’re not taking action because they don’t feel like you really give a crap about them. They’re just a number on your list that now regrets signing up to watch that video, or opt-ing into your free report.

Over the years I’ve learned exactly what you need to do to be a Trusted Authority. I’ve watched from a distance as two people developed into Trusted Authorities (which leads to huge open rates, big conversions, and high revenues) and I’ve taken what they’ve done and applied it to BigTrends.com and TheGoldandOilguy.com, leading to outstanding sales, improved clicks, and higher opens.

When working with new clients on helping them with their email marketing and overall marketing approach these are the three questions that need to be addressed in order to build that trust AND authority…

Question 1: Have I ever told my list my biggest mistake?

This openness adds value to both your trust factor and authority. The trust is built by relating to your reader, as there’s a 99% chance they’ve made the same mistake and have probably purchased some course, newsletter, service etc etc trying to fix or avoid the mistake again! Showing them that you’re human builds the trust that you’re a real person with relateable life experiences. You can bond with ANYONE over a bad experience or mistake you’ve both shared. Doesn’t matter if you’re telling a story at the grocery store or in an email. The results are the same…you bond with that person.

How is your authority built? Easy, this opens the door for you to tell them WHY the bad experience was a good learning experience for you. They see that you not only make mistakes (just like them), but that you’re able to learn something that helps you become a better trader…and you can teach them! This isn’t a time to sell them anything, mind you. This is a time to build that trust and grow your own authority.

Need some help writing that email? Just ask. I’m more then happy to help!

Question 2: Have I ever asked for their questions, concerns, or comments…without a catch?

This is a big one as most of the time a question asked is something like “did you sign up for this yet” or “have you watched my latest video?”

Think about this for a second…most emails today have a ‘call to action.’ It’s normally ‘buy now’ or ‘sign-up’ or ‘read this,’ etc etc. But what if you had a call to action that said something like, “what’s the AH HA moment of your trading career?” That gives people a reason to respond and gives you another email interaction with them.

You share the selected ‘ah ha’ moment and then talk about your own and how it’s helped you blah blah blah. You’re smart; you can fill in the rest. But the point is this: interacting with your audience gives them a better sense of you, and responding with your insight and knowledge…thus rendering you smarter than them and AN AUTHORITY!

Is it a one and done sorta deal? NO! You’ve got to make this a consistent thing where you’re interacting and showing your knowledge.

Question 3: I’ll give this one to you when there are 10 comments, with a question that could get a response…

See what I did there?? Tricky eh?? HA!

So if you want question 3, and my answer, you’ve got to comment below with a question that you could (or should or did) use to get a response to interact with your readers AND put your knowledge on display?

This should be interesting…

All my best,
Brad

P.S. Need me to help you with an email or two, just ask! Would love to help!

**UPDATE**


**UPDATE**

After hitting 11 comments here’s question 3 and the answer…

Question 3: Have I told my list of my accomplishments without bragging?

This is one that you probably can say ‘yes I’ve told my list of my accomplishments’. But did you do it without bragging?? It’s better for you to share info about yourself in a humble way that allows people to look up to you in your field. Would you rather listen to, and buy from person A or person B in the following examples:

Person A: There are lots of services, but none give you access to me and my 10 million dollar methods! In 15  years of trading no one has come close to being able to trade like me, that’s why I created my service.

Person B: In 15 years the methods, that I’m going to share with you, helped me to trade my net worth into the 8 figure range. Keeping an eye on everyone else it was clear that I had something special as many of the traders I once looked upto, now came to me for advice.

Some might argue Person A, and they might be right…but what about over the long term? Person B has opened himself up more to advice and being able to sell over and over to that person again by coming across and developing themselves as a TRUSTED AUTHORITY .

If you’d like me to look at some copy for you, I’d LOVE to do it! Just email me and I’ll dive in and give you some advice!

Cheers,
Brad