Last night I decided to take a second look at a link that was sent from a bunch of marketers in regards to a fundraiser benefit webinar for a young girl with bone cancer named Sophie. I had first looked with my smartphone and was not able to get the full details as my phone was acting up and not loading pages quick enough.
I wanted to check it out again for two different reasons. The first was to see of course what they were doing to raise funds, while the second was to see how I could help. I have three small girls and know I would be at a loss of words if such a large group of marketers got together for a fundraiser.
Over 100 marketers donated their products and efforts to this cause. Everything from WordPress plugins to Facebook apps, coaching videos and more was provided in a membership website to anyone willing to put up a donation of a mere $99.
I was fortunate enough to get back on the live training that they were providing for about 12 hours, when legendary marketer Matt Bacak was on. I was fortunate enough to be on (and stay away enough) to be able to take advantage of donating and joining while he was on because he was also providing a major bonus with a physical product he has rights to with the Glazer-Kennedy group.
How could I pass this up. A small donation of $99 to help a small girl with cancer and in return, thanks to all these great marketers, I now have in my hands what will turn out to be well over $20,000 in physical and digital products that will allow me to become a better marketer and person, as not all products were related to IM.
I was also able to see my IM buddy Laura Betterly, who I have taken a couse with and from in the past as she spoke about local media marketing! There were others of course that I missed and the live facebook comment feeds were going to fast at times to keep up with them as over 300 guests were watching as well.
The goal of course as I build my business is to be able to give more back, just like these marketers are doing to. Giving of their time and products to help others out may seem like a small gesture, but it carries a lot of weight with them.
These marketers are able to build their lists as well which is a bonus for them giving away products they normally charge anywhere from $47-thousands of dollars for. Their goal as always is to help others and this is just what they are doing here and in their offerings.
So not only are hundreds of marketers helping out this small child, they are also helping to develop their community as well. internet marketing is often looked down upon, as though it is a scam or a scheme. The truth though is that there are real people carrying out successful full time businesses online and helping many people meet their needs.
In the end, this little girl now has a better chance to beat her disease. Her parents most likely would not have been able to afford the bills they are going to face and this is going to help them as 100% of the $99 was going to her cause.
Whether you were able to experience this and help out or help out in another way, you make a difference in others lives. It is easy to make that difference a positive one, while negative ones can exist if you do not put a little thought into your efforts before hand.
Just like a small child, you need to handle your actions with care and it usually works out for you in the end. Your goal to should to make more and give back more. When you can provide that solution to someone's problem, success will always be behind.
Here's wishing to Sophie's success and the success of everyone reading this in 2012 and beyond.
You can still help by donating at Marketers for a Cause.