Automated Lead Generation Systems Versus Social Network Marketing

I am always amazed at how fast things change in this world of technology we live in. Lately I have been thinking about all these lead generation programs one could join and if perhaps they are about to go the way of the dinosaur. I can't believe the people in this type of home business are doing that well and if they are I don't believe it will be for much longer.

I guess the question is to me is why do I need some lead capture page (or youtube video) bragging about how I generate leads? Then I'm supposed to advertise all over the net in the hope of attracting some poor deluded soul just because he happens to be bored and gullible enough one day to fill out his name and email and hand it over to me. Now I'm hoping he comes on board with me and my automated system. Why? So I can teach him to email people to death extolling the virtues of my automated lead generation system and how it is working for me generating me 100's of leads a week and making me rich.

There is only one problem with pushing a lead generation program.

What if my new sign up happens to watch the news? There has been countless stories lately on social network marketing.

What if he learns that face book has some 150,000,000 users or My Space an estimated 240,000,000 at last count. Then you got Friendsters, Direct Matches, Twitter..the list goes on.

What if he figures out he can open an account for free and establish a profile in either My Space or Face Book (or wherever) and even put links to his home business right on his page.

What if he could learn things about other people simply by looking at their profiles?

Then there is the chance that he might just figure out how to add friends to his friend list to the tune of 30 or 40 a day. All he would have to do is punch in the type of people he wants to add in the search bar and bang thousands at his fingertips just a click away. Then of course his friends will have friends who may want to add him. Suddenly his list is going upwards daily.

Then of course he may just notice the chat thing at the bottom of the page. Oh my goodness all my friends are online right now he discovers. What if he starts a conversation with them and starts talking about their businesses and a little about his.

Suddenly he can figure out who may want to look at his business and concentrate his efforts. He can even go to his friends profile and see the business they have or lack of one. Talk about who you may want to target or not target!

OK I am being a bit of a comedian here. My point is obvious or at least it should be to everyone.

Why do I need some insensitive system to generate leads for me when I have millions on Face Book or My Space that I can actually see what they are about before I ever even mention my business to them.

To me and a lot of people it is just far a superior way to bring people into your home business. No doubt some people are going to dislike me for saying all this and exposing that their thinking is most likely obsolete. I think they need a new business because leads are simply not a problem any more. At least to me. I hope you can see the writing on the wall.

Anyone who thinks that social network marketing doesn't work for business is just silly and I hope I have explained why.

Wow..Amazing New Home Business In 2009. 4 Things to Consider Before You Join!

Well here we are in the new year and no doubt you have the opportunity to join the latest online business in Pre-Launch. How about becoming a founding member so you can make $10,000 a month to start. How about never having to sign up anyone or do anything and still make a huge income. Could it be true?

I want to give you a bit of a heads up before you lose money because you didn't really think it through. Just in case you thought the internet was some sort of parallel universe where only sugar coated things can happen.

Of course I am having a bit of fun here making light of some of the catch phrases out there. The truth is the internet is a breeding ground for every scam imaginable. I hate to say it I have been suckered in more than a few times in my day. As a measuring stick if you write articles and you haven't lost at least 500 bucks to some program you are a rookie and don't have my respect yet. I dare not read your article because your turn is probably coming to be taken. Seeing how I have I am now qualified to speak on this.

Enough rambling! Without getting too negative here what should one do if one is pretty much new to the internet. Let's say you want to start a good online business but don't know what to look for.

Here are a few good common sense pointers before you join any program.

#1) Who is the CEO of the company you want to go into business with?

This is obvious but you would be surprised how often this gets overlooked. I actually joined a program once and then I googled the guy who owned the company and found out he was a major scam artist with a trail of angry people following him. Needless to say I dropped that business opportunity quickly and ran like a scalded dog.

It only takes a second to do a little background check on the person at the head of the program. If you can't email the guy and talk to him, or get an idea where he lives on the planet chances are he is trying to be elusive and is not someone who is capable of caring about your success in his company . You should be able to see and talk to the CEO of the company if they are worth your time and money.

2)Research the company goals and direction first.

How creative is the concept and timely for these economic times. Do they have a winning track record. Any past success you can look at as a benchmark. If they have a website click on "about us" or the "compensation plan". Reading the fine print can be enlightening. What looked like a lucrative pay plan may have a few qualifiers before they let you make any money.

3)What is their marketing strategy?

How do they plan to attract clients or affiliates. What is the target market? Do they have leads for you or are you on your own there? What does your back office look like and what kind of tools are there? What is your role and what do you do to keep business coming in?

It has been my experience that if they tell you that no work is involved for you to earn money then you'd be better off to stab yourself in the eye with a fork than join up. That's how it's going to feel anyway after you march along paying your monthly fees only to find out there is no "magic spillover" from the sponsors above you and you end up hundreds of dollars in the hole.

4)Who is the person introducing you?

How much experience do they have and can you talk to them. What interest do they have in your success. Can you pick up a phone and get help from them if you needed it? Maybe they just wanted to sign you up and are too busy to care about you. Getting to know your sponsor is never a bad idea ahead of time before you join.

So there you have it. Don't say I didn't warn you. If you can't be bothered to do these then there is a good chance you will lose money. Make a good choice with your new amazing online business.