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Stellar Platforms Newsletter

by Caelan Huntress

For experts and entrepreneurs who want smart marketing systems that increase their influence, income, and impact. Written by an 🇺🇸 American digital nomad living in 🇳🇿 New Zealand, Caelan started his career as an acrobat in the circus. 🎪 He wrote the book on Marketing Yourself 📙 and is on a mission to help one million people develop a playful attitude about life. ✨

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What most marketing gets wrong

Hello Reader, When it's time to market yourself, promote your products, and sell your services, most marketing tells a story about the business. This is a common mistake. "When you're going to the market with what you're selling, everybody doesn't care." - Seth Godin The story your customer wants to hear is not your story. It's boring, and it's irrelevant, and it won't cut through the noise to get their attention. But if you tell your customer their own story, you earn their attention. In the...

about 14 hours ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, Recently I taught an improv workshop at the local repertory theatre. We played many fun games, rapid games which sharpened our wits and made us laugh. What made this workshop work so well was the bell. Whenever the bell sounded, two things happened: Everyone onstage took a bow and went offstage, and Everyone in the audience clapped. This gave a positive, uplifting, and successful finish to each game. Every skit was an intellectually and emotionally demanding experience. The...

7 days ago • 2 min read

Hello Reader, Does your marketing suck too much? Your marketing can suck less - less of your time, your money, and your emotions. Marketing Automation is the process of articulating, standardizing, and automating every step in the Customer Journey - the path from stranger to customer. Automation keeps you from repeating yourself. The time you spend making systems earns you exponentially more time in the future. Let the robots do the grunt work, and your marketing will stop sucking so much...

15 days ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, A good power-up is easy to start & easy to select. When Mario is running through Bowser's kingdom, stomping on turtles and dodging fireballs, he needs to see his power-up clearly. Seeing such an obvious (and visible) power-up makes his choice easy, and fast, and simple. Grabbing the magic mushroom turns him into Super Mario, and that's what your power-ups can do for you - if they are easily accessible. The Personal Power-Up List Take a few minutes and write down a list of...

21 days ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, What’s the difference between a Sales Funnel and a Marketing Funnel? People can get easily confused about these two terms, and that confusion is at least partly my fault. See, I’ve been writing about digital marketing for more than a decade online. I even wrote a book about Marketing Yourself. Despite being an 'expert,' I have been very sloppy about how I use those two phrases. During a recent workshop I was teaching, somebody asked me the question that had me shook: What’s the...

about 1 month ago • 3 min read

Hello Reader, Many people think stress is always bad. The real question is: does the stress damage you, or force you to grow? I get stressed every day. The cold plunge is part of my morning routine. Almost every morning, I immerse myself in freezing cold water for six minutes. The health benefits include: decreased inflammation, release of dopamine, increased metabolism, lower anxiety, shocking away depression, and activation of the parasympathetic nervous system. As far back as Hippocrates,...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Hello Reader, Impostor syndrome is a natural consequence of growth. Growth creates a gap, between who you are now, and who you used to be. We often interpret this gap, internally, as impostor syndrome. Image from iStock The only qualified experts in any subject are those who have collected a volume of failures in their field. That’s how you earn expertise - by learning all of the possible ways that you can fail. The Irony of Expertise is that positive feedback is easy to ignore. Others may...

3 months ago • 4 min read

Hello Reader, Creating a whitepaper accomplishes two important goals: Positions yourself as an authority on a topic Builds your email list with a Lead Magnet Making a whitepaper doesn't have to be hard. You already know a bunch of valuable information. All you have to do is package it up as a Lead Magnet: This is the first trick of a good whitepaper: solve a problem of low difficulty, that requires a lot of expertise. The second trick: close it with a compelling Call-to-Action. (You can use...

3 months ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, Spoiler alert: A PDF by any other name wouldn’t smell as sweet. There’s an air of gravitas around saying you have a whitepaper. It's more than just a PDF download. A whitepaper is an instrument of thought leadership. You claim your stance in the marketplace of ideas by publishing a whitepaper for anyone to read. It represents your foray into the realm of your own expertise, and it can feel like your own little dent in the universe. Some whitepapers are highly technical, full of...

3 months ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, People feel life is meaningless when they don’t have goals, rules, and feedback. (These are the 3 attributes of games, according to Dr Jason Fox, that I describe in-depth in my short ebook Gamify Your Work.) Playing the game of life, and doing work that supports your lifestyle, is only made meaningful if we have goals to achieve, rules for how to play, and feedback on how we are doing. image prompt: someone with lots of games deciding what to play We often decide which game to...

4 months ago • 3 min read
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