Okay, here we go again. Another Giveaway event. I am pretty sure they will have some good stuff. There could be a lot you might not know about internet marketing, you feel you really need to get inside that Giveaway and start downloading as much as possible. Besides, everything in there is free!
That could be one way to think about it. Let’s look at another…
We have another Giveaway event. You can’t possibly have time for it and then you will be on all those marketers’ lists. Then you might spend the day downloading all of those products and you can’t get anything done. You get so overloaded with all that information that you feel your brain is going to explode. Then there is that guilt feeling because you know you can’t read everything and it could bug you to have loose ends. But, then again, it is free.
Most of the time we as marketers look at giveaways in a positive light, especially in the beginning, but then with something close to dread. I think there is a way to handle Giveaways that don’t lead you to feel like you have to check into a psychiatric ward from all the information overload and allow you to get extreme benefit from them.
What are you currently working on?
What are you missing from your current project- could it be knowledge of your subject, graphics, scripts, a backend product, a bonus or something else?
Start by writing down what you specifically need right now for that current project, tape it to your computer where you can see it. Then go ahead and join that Giveaway and then go on your search for only those things on your list. Come on now, you can do it! Just look over those titles and descriptions and don’t look at the squeeze pages unless you have decided that you can use it.
Try signing up for the Giveaway with an alias.
Maybe you could use the name of your current project. For instance, if you have an awesome project you are getting together about blogging, fill in your name on any opt-in form as blog. This will serve a couple of purposes; one it will help keep you honest and it will also remind you why you are at this Giveaway and two it will help you identify the source of the emails that are going to be hitting your inbox fairly soon after.
By being able to identify where the email is coming from, you don’t have to wonder who the heck this marketer is and why is he sending you stuff. You might actually be checking out the value of what is being sent instead of reaching for the spam or delete button.
Be sure to put the downloads somewhere you will remember them.
Be sure to create a new folder for your downloads on your computer. Maybe you can call it something like “blogging resources” or something you will remember what it actually is. Then you can put all of these downloads you collect from the Giveaway.
When you download the product, don’t feel you have to name it whatever the creator had named it. You might want to give it a new name that shows you the subject, source name and rights. You just want to make sure you will give it a name you will remember. For example, blogtipsTiffDowPLR lets me know, roughly, what’s in the file.
You can be sure that a Giveaway can actually be beneficial if you go about it the right way. Be sure to take a look at what you might need for that current project and then go on a hunting expedition throughout the Giveaway and download only what you really need. Remember, there will always be another Giveaway right around the corner that will have more items that you might be able to use if not now then for some future project you may have in mind.