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Tom Schwab's Discussions

Ideas for summer reading list.

Started this discussion. Last reply by DOUGLAS COLLIER Jun 24. 7 Replies

Leaders are readers.  Since there are so many diverse and well read people in this group, together let's make suggestions for a summer reading list.Continue

Tags: reading, books

How can we transform worthless ideas into Acres of Diamonds?

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Divine Jun 23. 10 Replies

"Ideas are worthless without execution"  Derek Sivers shared this painful truth in a post and…Continue

Leveraging technology to be more personal.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Schwab May 19. 5 Replies

A recurring theme I've heard this week at the Imagine eCommerce conference has been "how can we leverage technology to be more personal?" The online retail space has become easier, more efficient and…Continue

New Group: Online Selling and eCommerce

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Schwab May 8. 2 Replies

The difference between and hobby and a business is often a way to monetize what you do.  This typically entails selling a product or service.  Doing so online expand your market to customers far…Continue

Tags: amazon, ebay, selling, ecommerce

 

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Tom Schwab replied to Brian Grow's discussion Website Development in the group Online Selling and Ecommerce
"Brian, I love this question "what's the best shopping cart?  It's one where everyone has an opinion and they are all right.  It's like asking "what is the best breakfast cereal?"  More important than the…"
Sunday

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Tom Schwab replied to Dominique Saldana's discussion I am off and running and looking for others to work with! in the group Online Selling and Ecommerce
"Dominique, That is great.  I'm working on a product now.  The working title is "How to do Inbound Marketing with Free Tools".  It teaches how I hacked together a system to drive ecommerce traffic before my business…"
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Online Selling and Ecommerce

Offering products and services for sale is how we can serve others while turning our hobby into a real business. Join us to start selling online and end up building a brand.See More
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Online Selling and Ecommerce

Offering products and services for sale is how we can serve others while turning our hobby into a real business. Join us to start selling online and end up building a brand.See More
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Online Selling and Ecommerce

Offering products and services for sale is how we can serve others while turning our hobby into a real business. Join us to start selling online and end up building a brand.See More
Aug 26

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Tom Schwab replied to Dale Sellers's discussion question on follow up calls
"I defer to Dan on the hiring process, but your comment made me think of a story one of my early customers loved to tell.  As this orthopedic surgeon told it "he didn't know if I was the most persistent sales rep he'd ever saw, or…"
Aug 19

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Tom Schwab replied to Jodey Smith's discussion Need Feedback from Bloggers
"Sounds like a neat idea.  One of my concerns would be the SEO value.  I use a blog on our ecommerce site as part of an inbound strategy.  Since the search engines crawl the sites looking for keywords and links, we get the majority of…"
Aug 19

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Tom Schwab replied to Tom Schwab's discussion What product or service do you sell online? in the group Online Selling and Ecommerce
"Rich, I just checked your site out.  Your products are AMAZING,  I've never seen a site on Storenvy but your is clean and very well presented.  Since your bird feeders are so unique and visual, I might suggest posting images on…"
Aug 18
Richard Meyer replied to Tom Schwab's discussion What product or service do you sell online? in the group Online Selling and Ecommerce
"My name is Rich Meyer. I build bird feeders that you put fruit or suet in. I also make bird houses that have animal and people shapes and faces. My site is abirdthing.com and abirdthing.etsy.com. This year has been really slow for sales. I…"
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Online Selling and Ecommerce

Offering products and services for sale is how we can serve others while turning our hobby into a real business. Join us to start selling online and end up building a brand.See More
Aug 17
Erin Leosz left a comment for Tom Schwab
"Hi Tom, thank you for your welcome to the community a while back and your helpful comments. Sorry for my very late reply. Yes, the Boston/Cambridge area is chock-full of technology companies. I am hoping to learn a lot from 48days.net community…"
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Offering products and services for sale is how we can serve others while turning our hobby into a real business. Join us to start selling online and end up building a brand.See More
Aug 14

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Tom Schwab replied to P.J. DePalma's discussion Contact Resource Management (CRM) suggestions?
"Salesforce can get very expensive.  We've used Highrise, by 37 Signals ($49/mos).  It's easy to use and learn.  While it doenst have all the bells and whistles as Salesforce, it's a huge step up from Apple's…"
Aug 12

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Tom Schwab replied to Tom Schwab's discussion What product or service do you sell online? in the group Online Selling and Ecommerce
"Josh,  Sounds like an interesting niche.  I think there as almost as many ways to sell online as their are products to sell. Do you do sell any informational products.  I've always been amazed at offering digital products…"
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Aug 11

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Tom Schwab commented on Tom Schwab's group Online Selling and Ecommerce
"Content is a great way to attract visitor.  Look at how Dan Miller got us all here. It wasn't the PPC or coupon sites many eCommerce sites use. Content is King and Here is My List of the First 12 Blogs any eCommerce Site should…"
Aug 8

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How did you hear about 48Days.NET, and what do you hope to get out of being a part of this community?
Heard about through Dan's Podcast

Hope to connect with other like minded professionals to share resources and ideas. There are enough forces working against us, we need to work together.
What is your current work situation? Employee, self-employed, generating any income on your own?
Self employed, owner of a direct to patient, B2C eCommerce company that helps people as they recover on one foot . GoodbyeCrutches.com Also coach and mentor on how to use content to drive online sales and buile an eCommerce brand.
And then...what is your goal/dream for your work life?
To build this and other companies so that I can serve ever more people: customers and team members. Ultimately being rewarded with long term wealth for me and my family.
How about your personal life? Any specific goals or achievements or dreams you are pursuing (or want to pursue)?
I used to dream of retiring, but the older I get the more I am enjoying my business life (can't call it work). My dream is to use my talents to do creative things with friends until the Lord call me home. My proudest accomplishment and most cherished thing is my family, including my first Granddaughter due in June 2014.
What would you say are your strongest talents? How are you 'wired' and what can you offer to the world (it's OK if you don't know yet, but knowing is key to pursuing your dreams!)?
Type A overachiever. Gallup says I'm a Maximizer, Activator, Achiever, Individualist and a Mentor. DISC says I'm a a high D, I. I continue to learn and build on a diverse background that only makes sense in the rear view mirror: Naval Officer (yes I ran nuclear reactors on the largest ship), corporate world, sales, management, entrepreneur.
Do you have a website presence anywhere?
http://www.GoodbyeCrutches.com
More than one website?
http://www.inboundforecommerce.com/
If you have a product or service to promote (now or in the near future) this is your shot to state it! Say all you'd like:
Hate Crutches? We Can Help!
Feel free to share your Twitter name, Facebook page, and any other social media way to connect with you!
@TMSchwab
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@GoodbyeCrutches

Tom Schwab's Blog

FIRE FOR EFFECT: What the Navy taught me about being an Entrepreneur

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 9:30am 1 Comment

One of the classic images of the Navy is the Battleship firing all guns broadside.  You can see the flames and the shock wave.  You can imagine the impact of the 16 inch shells.  Nine projectiles, each weighing as much as your car, simultaneously hit a target over 10 miles.

This iconic image taught me more about marketing than I learned in my MBA.  Since you paid for my college education…

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Why April 11th is not Independence Day

Posted on July 4, 2014 at 12:00pm 4 Comments

Have you ever considered that we mark our nation's Independence Day on the day we declared it, not the day someone else acknowledged it?

  • On July 4, 1776 we declared independence
  • On April 11, 1783 Great Britain acknowledged it.

When our founding fathers decided the only thing they were certain was that the following days were going to be tough....very tough.  Yet we remember being free when we decided, not when someone else…

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If you're not a salesman, then artist don't exist

Posted on June 22, 2014 at 5:30am 3 Comments

Recently I met a friend who proudly and definitively declared "I am not a salesman"  While he had successfully sold in the past, certain areas of sales clashed with his very being.  Things like cold calling and high pressure sales made him so uncomfortable that he concluded he was not, and could never be a salesman.

What if we used his same criteria to define artists.  Was Picasso an artist?  Sure he could paint and sculpt, but what about the other areas of art.  Could he create art…

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What is the best product to sell online?

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 2:06pm 2 Comments

One of the most common questions I get asked especially when people are just starting into the wonderful world of eCommerce is "What is the best thing to sell online?"    The answers is easy and obvious, but being an old salesman at heart I have to answer a questions with a questions.  "What's the best car, restaurant, movie and vacation spot?".  With a puzzled look most…

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At 12:21pm on August 17, 2014, Erin Leosz said…

Hi Tom, thank you for your welcome to the community a while back and your helpful comments. Sorry for my very late reply. Yes, the Boston/Cambridge area is chock-full of technology companies. I am hoping to learn a lot from 48days.net community members regardless of their location, and am looking forward to that experience. Thanks again! 

At 8:46pm on August 1, 2014, Josh Waltzing said…

Hi Tom,

I know I sent you a message previously but I also wanted to do so on your wall.  I am highly looking forward to learning more in your group.  I have a website currently that does not function well for ecommerce but it is all I have at the moment.  It will get better and I believe your group can help with that site and the other one that I want to build soon.

Josh

At 6:31pm on July 17, 2014, Dave Arnold said…

Hey Tom - would love to share with you about my EOFire interview. Feel free to email me at davejarnold16@gmail.com. BTW: I know Lawton, MI. I worked at Miracle Camp for 2 summers while in college. I love that camp and have great memories! Do you know Miracle Camp?

At 5:48pm on June 25, 2014, Joanne Miller said…

Great to meet you, Tom! And so glad your daughter is enjoying the books.  Blessings, Joanne

At 7:55am on June 5, 2014, Bryan Robinson said…

Thanks for the welcoming comments Tom. I look forward to lending a hand in the eCommerce sector and gleaning from you guys as well. 

Bryan 

At 4:57pm on May 24, 2014, Ron Russell said…

Tom,

Thanks for the nice welcome and the link - definitely looks interesting.  My website is not much to speak about - yet.  I guess its a shoemaker's children type of thing...  Anyway I am looking forward to exploring and learning here.

Best,
Ron

At 8:33pm on May 22, 2014, Josh Brown said…

Hey Tom: I am just now seeing your comment that you left quite some time ago.  Thanks for mentioning my podcast to a couple of others.  I will actually be presenting at a conference during the 48 days get together in June, but I will be there in September.  Look forward to meeting you then.  

At 4:20pm on May 22, 2014, Michael White said…

Tom,

Thank you for your kind words. I am working on a podcast that I hope to be able to use my knowledge to establish authority, then to give away basic information and make more advanced information available for a modest price. I also plan on suggesting products which I will have an affiliate relationships with. I would also like to explore possibly offering classes and/or coaching. I have taught classes in the past at the extension office, so I do have experience teaching and or speaking to a group. I welcome any advise or insights you  may have. Thank you for your time and advise. ~ Michael

At 12:30pm on June 25, 2011, Carolyn Guyton said…
Thanks Tom.  I'll have to check that out.
At 12:19pm on October 20, 2010, Mike Bau said…
Hi Tom,
An eagles group sounds great....let me know what you have in mind.
Mike
 
 
 

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