Friday, April 11, 2014

Incredible Sales Techniques are Highlighted in Telesales Secrets: A Guide To Selling On The Phone by Claes Simonsen

Those that follow my sites, (all 13 of them), know that I’m always looking at gaining more sales through my affiliate marketing ventures. In a recent search, I ran into a book that has given me a whole new set of tools for working with the affiliate sales idea, and it’s impressive to say the least. In the book Telesales Secrets: A Guide To Selling On The Phone by Claes Simonsen is a book about making sales on the phone. I tried my hand at telemarketing once, and failed miserably. I didn’t make it past my first week, and the manager didn’t give me a fraction of the advice that this book has.

When you start to read through the book that Simonsen has put together, you will get a whole new perspective on sales. More specifically, you are going to get help with overcoming the initial blocks that come up when you call someone. Whether you’re in a call center or you have a list of leads that you need to call and sell, you will get tips and tricks that will move you past that initial gatekeeper. I found that component to be very good, because in affiliate marketing, you sometimes have to reach beyond the persuasion and build trust.

The pitches that are talked about, and the templates that are shown definitely showcase a great deal of versatility. If you’re sales-minded, you are going to enjoy this book. It really does have a great deal of information that you are not going to find anywhere else. Working through the pages, you will not only have a different mindset, but you will see what a typical call center pitch and how to narrow down the script to gain leverage when on the phone. I highly recommend Telesales Secrets: A Guide To Selling On The Phone by Claes Simonsen as a book on sales, even if you’re not on the phone. Yes, it’s a good guide for cold calling and even inbound leads, but it transcends that, at least from my perspective on affiliate marketing etc.

You can pick up Telesales Secrets: A Guide To Selling On The Phone by Claes Simonsen via amazon by clicking here.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

American Blogger (The Movie) Is BS

I ran into a digg article about a movie coming out called "American Blogger". It's very fascinating in that it only features women that blog, and they are all young and attractive.

I'm calling BS on this one.

I've been blogging for 15 years, I'm a professional blogger now, and can testify to the marginalization and stupidity of this film. I won't even link it, it's not worth calling out attention other than this quick rant of a post.

What a crock.

Just when I think blogging is getting some semblance of respect, this piece of junk trailer hits Digg. Oh well, back to the writing, you see, not all of us are attractive young things that get featured in movies. Some of us actually write for a living.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Danny Odato Combines Spirituality and Horror in The Witch’s Revenge

I’ve always found that authors have a hard job combining horror and spiritually, especially with so many options that need to be considered and how to establish proper framework. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it’s laughable. In the case of “The Witch’s Revenge” you get a balancing act from the author that really is compelling on a lot of levels. From the opening characterizations of the family in a small village in India to the compelling fight against an outside force with dark motives, you really get a sense for danger, in the course of this very good book.

What really impresses me about this narrative is the simplicity in which Odato’s characters live, mixed with the horror that comes through. It really is a good horror scenario, pushing the boundaries in a fast paced and easy to read story. The family and characters surrounding them are quite fascinating, and are well written, alongside the evil that manifests, there is a clear line of good and bad, and you’ll find yourself rooting for the chaos to become nullified properly.

“The Witch’s Revenge” most certainly provides for an incredible balance. One where you get a sense of the Hindu religion, the small community atmosphere, and the power shift that comes with the evil that comes through from a villain that sets sights on the community. There’s so much more to this story than just a fight between good and evil. It’s a shorter book, nothing like Stephen King’s last epics, but it’s well done and finds a way to scare, without becoming laborious to read. I liked it, and think Odato has struck a good nerve with this one. Check it out via amazon here. Also check out more from the author on his official page here.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Randy Ichinose Provides Modern Rock Prowess on Iblis and So We Drowned

Randy Ichinose is able to provide listeners with a musical journey through modern rock. With just two songs, he has done more with the genre than most mainstream bands right now. In fact, I found that the tracks proved to be quite eclectic, mixing electronics, and hard rock with compelling vocals and authority.

I listened to IblÄ«s first, and was definitely enjoying the slow introduction and eventual build to a powerful chorus and verse that was to follow. Fans of Chevelle will definitely enjoy this one, especially with the tracking similar to “Point #1” which was my first introduction to their work. Randy Ichinose definitely does well with the rock sound on this track, and just showcases how good he is at positioning the sound design to maximum effect.

The next track So We drowned is also compelling as it features some epic electronics mixed into the rock sound. You get a feeling for the power of modern hard rock with a twist, and it’s definitely welcomed. You’ll find that the mix doesn’t feel out of place, and definitely does the same type of juxtaposition that Korn’s single has from their latest record. The vocals of course are more fluid, and less metal than the latter, but that’s fine, the vocal style lends itself well to the rock infusion.

Even with two songs, you get a clear picture of Randy Ichinose’s work. I found it to be a breath of fresh air into the rock genre that has gone stale. It’s an infusion of cool that is missing, and hopefully gains more attention.

Check out the music of Randy Ichinose via his official soundcloud page here, or bandcamp page here, for more information. It’s well worth your time, I definitely recommend it.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Thomas Brunkard Delivers A Never Ending Album of Beautiful Sound Design

Thomas Brunkard is a name you’re going to want to remember, because the musician delivers an incredible flow of music that you are not going to want to forget. I found myself completely enthralled with the way the music flowed with “A Never Ending Album”, which is the title of Brunkard’s sound cloud page. At first listen, you think you have this one down to a science, and it’s easy to dismiss this as just an instrumental album. However, when you listen to it on a deeper level, you are taken to a different place and time. I for one was immediately taken to the many pages of my books. My best loved novels have this type of sound to them, music that flows through a generation of iconography, and an easy presentation for the cinema that goes on in my head when I read.

“1967 – Closing Credits” opens up to a very swift manner, and moves through a collection of songs that you could easily place into award winning movies, and documentaries. The sounds are that compelling, and have that type of life. “GBH – Ghetto Baroque Hymn”, “Chain Gang Blues – A Soundtrack to A Western That Never Was” , and even “sad Pavan in C Minor” compels the heart, and one must clothes eyes to fully grasp the details of the note structure.

Thomas Brunkard does something so incredible here, it makes you stop wanting to do anything else, and let the notes play on, and give you a full scale of visualization. Just hearing the tonality, the total recordings is enough to take you to another place and time. I found that compelling, as music doesn’t always hit so hard, especially in this format.

The surprise that you get with “Sentient Beings Dance” is one standout that will not go away from memory. It’s the perfect oddity amidst more orchestral sounds, but works so well. It’s similar to what Kavinsky did with “Outrun” and it’s well done and balanced amidst otherwise deeper, orchestral leanings.

In the end, Thomas Brunkard creates a lavish soundscape, which should not be ignored. Why it’s not more famous is beyond me, as the music speaks volumes. Listen to the soundcloud page here, and take the time to listen to an incredible voice done through instrumental promise.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Lourdes Duque Baron Time Travels in Me & Mr. Jones

Click play on the video, and close your eyes for a moment. You will be taken back to a simpler time, one where pure song structure and voices made the most compelling sounds, and not flash and pop. Lourdes Duque Baron completely transforms the musical landscape of the past into the present and creates a lavish sound that you will fall in love with. The vocals on this cover of “Me & Mr. Jones” is a complete throwback, but done in such a beautiful manner. It’s not presented in a way that loses the momentum of the original, in fact, it creates a compelling nuance that is just lavish to say the least.

It’s funny to hear a lot of people talk about soul artists, but when you hear what is being touted as “soul” today, you get mostly awful quality. That’s not what you get here, you get a proverbial genius of sound, and it’s just amazing. You hear the heart and soul of the vocals here, and Baron knkows how to encapsulate the feelings and emotions that come alongside with the music and lyrics in this song.

AKNU doing back up is perfect, with a true orchestral feel, and just incredible tone quality amidst Andrew Lane’s production. Sometimes with covers you don’t really get that tonality and vocal distinction, but wow, Lourdes Duque Baron completely shatters the notion with serious talent. You’ll hear and feel the words coming through and that’s what makes soul music so grand sometimes. You owe it to yourself to listen closely, as this is a perfect example of taking the past and truly presenting it brand new in the present.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Marty McKay Takes On Multiple Genres and Smashes Them To Pieces on Sin’s Disciple

It’s not common for artists to be able to do so many different genres in one album and still make a huge impact. Some have tried, and they have failed miserably. When you listen to the latest from Marty McKay, you will be in agreement with me, it’s one of the best mixes of musical genres that you’ve ever heard. Well, that I’ve ever heard. I know, this is a bold claim from a guy that has written a lot of negative reviews before, but I’m impressed by McKay. It took me a minute to realize that this guy out of Zurich is inspiring a great deal of momentum on the record.

It’s not just rap, rock, pop, or hip hop, it’s everything blown into one tangible piece of art. I say this because the album’s concept is not just about listening, which is a great thing alone, it’s about reading, and looking at the artwork that is involved. The concept album isn’t always promoted well, but on “Sin’s Disciple” we get everything you could possibly want from a musician and artist. You get songs, you get visuals, and you get literature as well. It’s an all-encompassing work that deserves a lot more attention.

As for the music itself, you will find that McKay can easily transition from singing, rapping, and musical interludes. There is a lot of things that melt together here, and it’s interesting to see how they all work well together. Songs like “Emptiness Returns” and “Sunder City” stand out to me, but the whole record is meant to be heard as a whole. This is not one of those records that you just pick 1 song you like and that’s it. It’s broader than that, which is why I personally love it.

Fans of music, not just one genre, will love this, as you will find the talent of this artist is immense and definitely worth exploring as a whole. You can listen to “Sin’s Disciple” here, and check out more information on the official website for Marty McKay, here. Great work, I highly recommend it.