Are you a digital entrepreneur?
I’M GOING TO TELL YOU HOW TO CONFIDENTLY SCALE YOUR BUSINESS, BUILD RELATIONSHIPS, AND TRAVEL TO YOUR DREAM DESTINATIONS
If you’re ready to take your digital business to the next level, travel and work with brands in exchange for accommodations, meals, tours, products, and activities then read on to learn how you can incorporate sponsored travel into your digital business.
Having engaged social media channels is the key tipping point that will allow you to leverage your digital business, market to your social media followers, and attract sponsors to build your brand. It’s likely that you’re already doing the work to bring attention to them.
Digital entrepreneurs with engaged social media networks are who travel brands turn to for advertising. They understand the “global stage” we stand on when it comes to exposing their services and products to the world.
Here’s what you might not know
If you’re lucky enough to have a great social media following:
YOU CAN COMMAND SPECIFIC SPONSORSHIPS
Even if you’re happy with a small stay at a hotel/resort, an appetizer at a restaurant, or a tour in a particular destination, once you know exactly what sponsors are looking for you can customize a sponsorship instead of settling for just “what you get”.
YOU CAN SIGNIFICANTLY BOOST YOUR BUSINESS AND SOCIAL MEDIA STATUS
Offering exciting and valuable coverage to your sponsors makes you the no-brainer digital entrepreneur to work with. (Doubly so when sponsors are considering dozens of others)
YOU CAN INSTANTLY RAISE YOUR NICHE CELEBRITY & AUTHORITY
This can lead to valuable partnerships, paying clients, marketing connections, and all sorts of exciting and unexpected opportunities that add new revenue streams to your digital business.
YOU CAN GENERATE CONSISTENT, RELIABLE SPONSORSHIPS
Understanding your sponsor’s needs puts you in complete control of your travel. You’ll no longer have to rely on hustling for your sponsorships, giving more than you get, or receiving more no’s than yeses.
Instead, you’ll bring in predictable and sustainable sponsorships that give you the freedom to monetize your digital business and social media channels and confidently capitalize on new opportunities for growth.
Even though the reasons to pursue sponsored travel are obvious, the path to doing it successfully is anything but.
GET SPONSORS TO WORK WITH ME? AWESOME!
But where the heck do I start?
Maybe you’ve looked through your social media feeds and seen other digital entrepreneurs and bloggers bragging about the beautiful destinations they are enjoying on sponsorship.
You’ve made a list of places that you want to travel to, restaurants you want to try, gotten all excited about the safari that you added to your bucket list, and maybe even researched how to get sponsorships.
If you’re super determined, you might have even found out who to send a pitch letter to assure yourself that you’d use it in the mystical, yet allusive, someday.
But, even with the best intentions, most digital entrepreneurs end up abandoning their desire to travel in exchange for their expertise allowing other digital nomads to swoop in and grab those coveted sponsorships while they remain sidelined.
Here’s why most digital entrepreneurs abandon their desires.
Without a super clear, step-by-step project plan, most digital entrepreneurs get completely lost.
They fall victim to paralyzing business and social media hang-ups (the experts make it sound so easy!) time-sucking sticking points, or lack of clarity over exactly what they need to do next to get sponsorships.
Here’s why this is irreversibly crippling.
As an already busy digital entrepreneur with new content to come up with, social media channels to keep fresh and interesting, and maybe even a day job to get to, you literally can’t afford to veer off course.
And the moment you get lost in the research of how to get sponsors, it’s almost impossible to recover.
Therefore, getting sponsorships is one of the few things in your digital career that you NEED to get right the first time.
And luckily for you, there are actually VERY FEW people out there doing it right.
In all likelihood, your competitors have either failed in attaining sponsorships or been ineffective in sustaining their travels through sponsorship.
Even if you’re late to the party, there’s still a golden opportunity for you to jump in, clean up the mess, and convert your efforts into a life of traveling longer and farther.
That is…if you can avoid the same deadly entrepreneur mistakes that your competitors are making.
The 3 Reasons Most Digital Entrepreneurs Fail At Getting Sponsorships
Getting sponsorships isn’t particularly hard or complicated. But there are MANY moving pieces and potential failure points along the way.
How to build an organic following? How to find the right people to pitch to? How to pitch and get noticed?
These are just some of the MANY questions you’ll have to answer along the way.
Most digital entrepreneurs approach their sponsorships as just another “thing to learn”. But the thing is you can’t treat your sponsorship acquisition as just another “strategy, “tactic” or “system”. It’s an immensely valuable (and fragile) project that, when done right, can earn you travel opportunities over the course of your digital lifetime.
Time to respect it for what it is – a PROJECT – and approach it accordingly.
HERE’S AN INTERESTING LITTLE SECRET…
Even though online marketing for sponsors is a MASSIVE and quickly growing industry – it’s not an evenly distributed one.
A few people will get a HUGE piece of the pie, while many others fizzle out.
And the main reason for this, as you’ve likely seen by now, is that while the barriers to entry are relatively LOW…
…the barriers towards EFFECTIVE EXECUTION are fairly high.
But as long as you can avoid the biggest blunders that sink most digital entrepreneurs, the path is paved for you and your first sponsorship.
One that allows you to achieve bigger sponsorships, create more travel, and offer you the opportunities to monetize your business.
The key ingredient to all of this is getting those multiple sponsorships.
And with your permission, that’s what I’d LOVE to show you how to get.
Mastering Sponsored Travel
With Marie Hernandez
The Complete A-Z LIVE Coaching Program for Confidently Receiving Your First and Multiple Sponsorships
I’ve taken everything I’ve learned from my 10 years of traveling on sponsorship (with over $500 THOUSAND + DOLLARS in sponsorships) and channeled it into a comprehensive, step-by-step implementation program that not only teaches you the high-level theory but the actual EXECUTION of how you can do the same.
MASTERING SPONSORED TRAVEL ISN’T SO MUCH A TRAINING PROGRAM AS IT IS AN IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAM.
Yes, you’ll learn the strategies behind everything you do, but more importantly, you’ll have a meticulous, step-by-step, project plan that leaves nothing out and takes nothing for granted as you implement it.
The end result: The valuable knowledge and confidence to pitch and receive almost every sponsorship you desire and even profit from for the rest of your digital entrepreneur career.
TEACHES YOU HOW TO ATTRACT SPONSORS
The exact process to take to attract sponsors that sets you apart from the other digital entrepreneurs in your niche
MASTERING SPONSORED TRAVEL
Is the first program of it’s kind that…
IS BUILT WITH FOCUSED, RAPID IMPLEMENTATION IN MIND
No filler. No unnecessary modules, and no extraneous or premature strategies that look sexy on the surface, but do nothing but overwhelm you and sabotage your progress.
FOCUSES ON THE “NITTY GRITTY”
Since Mastering Sponsored Travel is an implementation program, you WILL be getting your hands dirty with marketing. Not only do I make it dead simple, but I take nothing for granted, and really go step-by-step to make sure you build your brand and pitch to sponsors with confidence.
Here’s How It All Breaks Down
In our first month together I go into detail about exactly what sponsored travel is, the benefits of sponsored travel, who sponsored travel is for and the importance of mindset.
You’ll get a deep understanding of the many companies that you can work with. The many benefits of sponsorships and how they can go on to build your brand.
As with any endeavor, mindset is part of learning and achieving and I dive deep into how that mindset can set you up for success.
Now that you have a full understanding of what sponsorship is, who sponsors are, and what will be expected of you as a digital entrepreneur representing a sponsor, it’s time to dive deep into getting the attention that sponsors seek.
We’ll dive into your social media presence, debunk myths about numbers, followers, and influencers and concnetrate on consistent messaging that will make you stand out from the crowd.
I’ll also discuss the importance of networking; where and how to network like a champ and how it can open doors for you to monetize your business.
I’ll also provide you with several bonuses and templates that will shortcut you to local, regional, and international guest posting opportunities and widen your reach getting you noticed in the digital world.
This is one of the most important months of the Mastermind. During our time together, I give away my secrets for researching and pitching to sponsors, how to get guaranteed acceptance, and how to create and present a media kit.
As the first line of communication, knowing the who, what, where, when, and why is the difference between getting a yes and not being taken seriously.
You’ll learn the exact method I’ve used for years to travel to more than 54 countries and gain 221 sponsorships worth more than $500 thousand dollars + in sponsorships and how I leverage your social media presence and business audience for luxury accommodations, delicious cuisine, extraordinary experiences like private tours, yachts, excursions, and personalized activities.
I’ve also provided you with the secret sauce – all my pitch letter templates we will customize together for your audience, business, and sponsors.
We’ll spend this month implementing the strategies I’ve taught you. You’ll look for and find your ideal sponsorship, research their most needed marketing “pain points”, connect with them, contact them, and start building the relationships that will allow you to stand out from your competitors.
You’ve done all the right things now what? By now, if you haven’t already secured a sponsorship, we’ll continue to work together to make it happen. Once you have your yes from a sponsor we’ll start designing your agreement, set up meetings and site tours, and create your before, during, and after marketing, you’ll discover every aspect of how to handle and drive a successful trip that your sponsor will love.
I’ll go into why it’s important to schedule downtime and how to incorporate it into your sponsorship.
I’ve even made it stress-free by providing you with my professionally designed media visit agreement template and examples of what to post on your blog and social media channels.
Your job doesn’t end after you return from a sponsored trip. In fact, it’s often just begun.
In this final month, I take you through step-by-step how to produce the perfect marketing materials for your sponsors. Whether it be videos, photos, reviews in high end publications, retreat advertising, or marketing packages, knowing what your sponsors need to attract clients is the key tipping point in your offer.
I go into detail about following up with your sponsors by providing important analytics that will prove your reach for their ROI, and how to develop a relationship that will provide you with future connections and opportunities to monetize your digital business.
We’ll discuss the various ways to find opportunities to monetize your digital business and sponsorships and I provide you with my eBook, “16 Ways To Monetize Your Blog” as well as example reviews for inspiration.
Our journey together after you get your sponsorships. My support and those of the mastermind members continues no matter how many sponsorships you want or get. Lifetime access means a lifetime of updates, support, and celebrations.
Here is what our past and current members have to say…
As a travel lover, I knew it was time to take my photography business online.
What I wasn’t sure of was how to bring in the “right” clients and leverage my business to bring in the kind of money I wanted so I could work and travel from anywhere.
Enter, Marie! Her unique approach to attracting my ideal clients, building an eager audience, and creating offers was exactly what I needed. She met me where I was and helped me catapult my business.
Within just a few weeks of working with her, I was able to make back my investment and then some. Now I work less and make more!
At the beginning of 2020, I knew it was time to take my photography business online. After joining one of Marie’s Masterclasses, I knew her Mastermind was right for me. Fear set in when the pandemic hit, but I showed up for myself and my business.
Even with all that has happened this year, I grew my business online, up-leveled it, and made my investment back in 3 months!
I am consistently bringing in business and have some amazing projects set up for 2021. I can’t recommend this Mastermind enough!
I wanted to uplevel my digital business. I had tons of ideas, but I didn’t know where to start or what strategies to use to get where I wanted to go.
Marie met me right where I was. Nothing about Marie’s Mastermind is cookie cutter. She customizes everything for your niche and business and finds the “money on the table” so you can start making money immediately.
I’ve made back my investment quickly, and then some!
I’m a travel blogger and photographer. I am also realizing my dream of building a sailboat and sailing around the world.
My dream was to monetize my blog and create a digital business to sustain my travel plans. I found Marie on Facebook and took some of her many free trainings. I knew, almost immediately, I wanted to work with her.
I signed up first for her Sponsored Travel Mastermind and then for her Digital Business Mastermind. Within a few short months, I was able to get a clear strategy on what I needed to do to create relationships online, I started connecting with the right people, and continue to grow an engaged audience and attract sponsors.
Marie’s unique coaching style and genuine passion to help her clients, students, and mastermind participants realize their dreams is what stands out from other coaches. I can’t recommend her masteminds enough.
I was brand new to the online business world. I had an idea for a passion project and was inspired to cultivate it after I attended one of Marie’s free Masterclasses. After implementing some of her suggestions, I was hooked.
I signed up for both of Marie’s Masterminds and have since created my digital business, built an engaged social media following, have created and organized my first retreat, and gotten sponsorships for 2021.
To say that Marie’s Masterminds are priceless is an understatement.
Marie has the incredible gift of drawing out greatness in everyone she works with. I have always wanted to be a digital entrepreneur but fear kept me stuck. I had tons of ideas but didn’t have the ability to get them out of my head and implement them.
Marie’s Mastermind was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time. I have had the pleasure of meeting Marie in person and she is as genuine as she appears.
Working with her and the mastermind group has changed me and helped make my dreams everything I wanted them to be.
Let me say this upfront…
Mastering Sponsored Travel is the most comprehensive, step-by-step implementation program for digital entrepreneurs who are excited and COMMITTED to incorporating this unique aspect into their digital business.
Our community is highly curated and filled with helpful, motivated, and super-supportive members who are working towards their sponsored travel goals. When you join, you will be part of this special group.
Here’s what you’re getting when you enroll in the Mastermind:
√ Monthly 1 hour live group session
√ Unlimited 20-minute 1:1 coaching sessions with Marie
√ Unlimited Voxer access (a walkie talkie app with instant access to Marie)
√ Two 60 minute 1:1 coaching sessions with Marie
√ Done for you swipe files (pitch letters, sponsor agreement, legal disclaimers, marketing materials and dozens more!)
√ Lifetime Access to the live coaching program and the private Student Facebook group
Investment: $6,600.00 one time payment
12 monthly payments of $633.00
Mastering Sponsored Travel is PERFECT for you if…
You are a new digital entrepreneur and want to make sure you absolutely NAIL IT right out of the gates by using only the most powerful, easy-to-follow, “what’s working now” strategies to get sponsorship
You’ve been a digital entrepreneur for months or even years, but you haven’t attracted the sponsors you were hoping for.
You have no problem investing an hour a week as long as you know that every bit of energy you invest in a strategic and meaningful step forward in getting the sponsorships you want.
You’re ALREADY investing time and energy doing things like research, engaging on social media, writing epic blog posts, and other things you keep hearing you “need” to be doing. Only problem is, without a clear strategy that ties them all together, you’ve experienced nothing but discouraging “why the heck do I even bother” results, followed by crippling overwhelm around what to do next.
You care about what’s working in 2021, 2022, 2023, and beyond: you get skeptical when others start dishing out advice about sponsorships that may have worked for them 3 years ago when the rules of the game were different and the world was less noisy. That’s why you appreciate that Mastering Sponsored Travel teaches you how to use the most current strategies that the experts use (hello Facebook Live, Instagram Stories, Pixels, Retargeting, LinkedIn, Public Relation Experts, etc.) without getting too ninja too fast, or making things inaccessible or confusing for folks doing it all for the first time.
You’re aware of all the profitable doors that will open up once you have an engaged and constantly growing business and social media following. You know…profitable marketing partners, connections to other digital businesses, and opportunities to monetize your blog.