Tuesday, June 10, 2014

page 3 – Exclusive Interview with Deaun1

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How did you first start promoting your gigs on Fiverr? How do these methods differ from what you do now? 
When I first started promoting myself on Fiverr I used twitter to post links to my own gigs and I also had a YouTube channel to show samples of my work.  I didn’t check out my competition to see how what I was offering and how my gigs were being presented compared to other successful sellers offering a similar service.
I don’t think I have really made any serious mistakes but now I focus more on helping others rather than just getting orders.  If I make a sale, I made a few bucks and that’s great but if I build relationships with buyers and sellers, I make multiple sales over and over.  When you have a relationship with another seller by getting to know them and maybe even promoting their gigs on your social networks, your blog, or your “Collections,” they are likely to refer you to their buyers when a situation arises that someone is looking for a service you offer.  When you build a relationship with your buyers by going out of your way to help them when needed, referring other trusted sellers for other services they may need, and even giving discounts or including some kind of bonus on occasion for return customers, you can establish yourself as the “GO TO Fiverr Seller” for that buyer.
How has promoting other people’s gigs provided an opportunity for you to promote your own gigs? 
There are several ways that promoting others works to promote yourself.  It builds relationships with other sellers which as I already mentioned, is a good way to get your gigs promoted by them as well.  Remember too, that more often than not, Sellers are also Buyers.
When promoting and engaging a variety of other sellers as well as yourself on Social networks, you are more likely to draw interest than you would be if all you promoted were your own gigs.
When you refer other people do they end up referring you when the time comes? 
Not always, in fact some of the sellers I promote don’t even know I’m doing it.  What I am really trying to do is to promote gigs that are outstanding and offer some value to my subscribers so that people will be interested in what I have to say and keep coming back.  Other people promoting me in the same way, is just a natural result of building those relationships but that’s not the main reason for doing it.
Do you ever ask your buyers to promote your gigs on their Facebook profile, Twitter, etc? Do you think doing that is a good idea in general? 
I have never asked buyers to promote my gigs but I have had many buyers who do.  I’m not sure it would be appropriate to just ask your buyers to promote you but I’m sure there are some cases where it might be an ok thing to do.  Personally, I think that if you provide an excellent service and deliver above the buyers expectations, they are likely to tell someone else about you. 
What would you say to someone who is interested in promoting their gigs, but they haven’t even uploaded a video to their description or enabled live portfolio?
 I would suggest that they take advantages of those promotion tools that Fiverr provides for us.  The goal of outside promotion is to get potential buyers to your gig page where they can see exactly what it is you do.  If they get there and can’t see any kind of example of what you do, your outside promotion efforts have been wasted.  They are not likely to place a blind order and even if they do, they may not completely understand what it is you are offering and end up being disappointed with the finished product.
I wouldn’t suggest anyone try to list a gig without at least taking advantage of the highly affective promotion tools already provided right on Fiverr.
How important are Fiverr collections and how do you recommend sellers use them? [Also how do you personally use gig collections?]  
I think Fiverr collections are a great way to promote yourself while promoting others.
If you have Great Collections filled with highly rated and trusted sellers in lots of categories other people will follow your collections when they see value in them.  If you have some of your gigs listed in that collection, they may order from you at another time even if they choose a different seller the first time.  The more people that FOLLOW your collection, the more exposure your collection gets.  You are now listed amongst a variety of other great sellers in a particular search category.  More exposure means more orders.  Yes some people will order from other sellers in the collection instead of you but when they also follow that collection it is seen by lots of other people.  Some of who WILL order your gigs.  Even if you don’t have any gigs of your own in all of your collections, a link to your Fiverr profile is still shown as the creator of each collection you create.
I also love to use collections as a referral tool.  Let’s say I am making a video for someone and they decide they would like to add a voice over.  I would send them a link to my “Great Voices of Fiverr” Collection.  I may suggest a couple sellers by name that I think would be suitable for that particular project as a place to start on their search.  This again, helps to establish myself as their “Fiverr GO TO person”
I see many people collecting ONLY their own gigs.  Nobody wants to follow those kinds of collections because they don’t offer any kind of variety or choice so in my opinion, they are useless to both the buyer and the seller.

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