16 episodes

Hosted by Maria Sparagis, president of DirectPayNet, and payment solutions expert for entrepreneurs in the high risk industries of supplements, dating, business opportunities, gambling and more. On this podcast, Maria shares her knowledge on how to reduce decline ratios, add thousands of dollars to your bottom line with a few simple conversion hacks, and maximize revenue while keeping your high-risk merchant accounts happy and healthy. As a cryptocurrency advocate since 2012, Maria will also share her knowledge on the digital currency markets.
Maria has worked with several high level entrepreneurs in Direct Marketing including Christian Hudson, Julian Reyes, Jeremy Schoemaker “ShoeMoney”, Mike Chang and many more.
She has been featured in American Banker, Vice, Inside Bitcoins, Coindesk, and Yahoo.
Connect with Maria mariasparagis.com or directpaynet.com

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Hosted by Maria Sparagis, president of DirectPayNet, and payment solutions expert for entrepreneurs in the high risk industries of supplements, dating, business opportunities, gambling and more. On this podcast, Maria shares her knowledge on how to reduce decline ratios, add thousands of dollars to your bottom line with a few simple conversion hacks, and maximize revenue while keeping your high-risk merchant accounts happy and healthy. As a cryptocurrency advocate since 2012, Maria will also share her knowledge on the digital currency markets.
Maria has worked with several high level entrepreneurs in Direct Marketing including Christian Hudson, Julian Reyes, Jeremy Schoemaker “ShoeMoney”, Mike Chang and many more.
She has been featured in American Banker, Vice, Inside Bitcoins, Coindesk, and Yahoo.
Connect with Maria mariasparagis.com or directpaynet.com

    The Present and Future of BTC, NFTs, and Other Digital Assets

    The Present and Future of BTC, NFTs, and Other Digital Assets

    Even if you’re new to the world of cryptocurrency, you’ve probably heard about Bitcoin (BTC). But what is it exactly? Could cryptocurrencies allow you to buy goods or services, and can they be traded for profit? Tune in to today’s episode and get ready to pick up exciting information about cryptocurrency; how to buy it, invest in it, use it as a form of payment, and how to protect yourself financially. As with previous episodes, Maria touches on relevant and fascinating topics, so let’s dive in.
    “I’m a big believer that it’s very important to have as many payment modes as possible on your website so you can convert every sale.”
    - Maria Sparagis
    In This Episode:
    - How much do you know about cryptocurrency
    - Is BTC a good investment
    - Get informed by following influencers and experts
    - What are NFTs
    - How do you choose which coins to invest in
    - The role of blockchain technology in the digital economy
    - Crypto as a payment option and B2B remittances
    - Why you should consider using open-source platforms


    If you’re interested to learn more, listen to two previous episodes on the same topic:
    -https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/uncensored-direct/shaking-the-digital-economy-EnKAVmtglFj/ ( Shaking the Digital Economy: Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Tech Explained with Marc Hochstein)
    - https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/uncensored-direct/look-into-the-future-ai-9yMoOvDeL6A/ (Look Into the Future: AI, Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies with Dr. Daniel Diemers)


    Connect with Maria:


    - Maria Sparagis Website: http://mariasparagis.com/ (http://mariasparagis.com)
    - DirectPayNet Website: https://directpaynet.com/ (https://directpaynet.com)
    - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariasparagis (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariasparagis)
    - Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/directpaynet (https://web.facebook.com/directpaynet)
    - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/directpaynet (https://www.instagram.com/directpaynet)
    - Twitter: https://twitter.com/mariasparagis (https://twitter.com/mariasparagis)
    - Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/directpaynet (https://www.pinterest.ph/directpaynet)

    • 33 min
    Discover Your Next Revenue Opportunity Using Native Advertising with Eli Cohen

    Discover Your Next Revenue Opportunity Using Native Advertising with Eli Cohen

    Consumer behavior is constantly evolving, and people are getting smarter. With more than 10,000 ads running per day, getting a share of buyer attention is more challenging. How can a marketer generate conversions? Tune in to this informative and value-packed conversation between Maria and her guest, Eli Cohen, an expert media buyer specializing in native advertising. Eli learned about native advertising from James Van Elswyk, the founder of Purple Leads. Whether you're an online business owner, media buyer, copywriter, or affiliate who wants to know how to run profitable ads with native advertising this episode is for you.
    “Anything that you sell can convert; it’s just going to take more steps to do so.” - Eli Cohen


    In This Episode:
    - Who is Eli Cohen
    - What is native advertising
    - The strategy and approach behind native advertising
    - What exactly does a media buyer do
    - The relationship between media buying and copywriting
    - How long should you run a campaign on a limited budget
    - The core competencies of a media buyer
    - What is a Grey hat offer
    - How ad blockers impact media buying


    Connect with Eli:
    - Connect with Maria and she can connect you with Eli


    Connect with Maria:
    - Maria Sparagis Website: http://mariasparagis.com/ (http://mariasparagis.com)
    - DirectPayNet Website: https://directpaynet.com/ (https://directpaynet.com)
    - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariasparagis (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariasparagis)
    - Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/directpaynet (https://web.facebook.com/directpaynet)
    - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/directpaynet (https://www.instagram.com/directpaynet)
    - Twitter: https://twitter.com/mariasparagis (https://twitter.com/mariasparagis)
    - Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/directpaynet (https://www.pinterest.ph/directpaynet)

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Simple Ways to Save Up to 3% in Merchant Account Fees Overnight

    Simple Ways to Save Up to 3% in Merchant Account Fees Overnight

    Have you taken a close look at your merchant account statements? Merchant account fees can seem overwhelming, but they don’t have to be. In today’s episode, Maria will discuss how you can optimize your merchant account, get the best rates possible, and how and when to negotiate with your payment processor. Knowing your numbers and understanding the variables you have control over can save you thousands of dollars. So grab your most recent account statement and listen up. With Maria’s simple tips, your business can begin saving money today.
    “You have to know your numbers; you have to know what you’re being charged. It’s important for you to know that reconciliation is key.”
    ~ Maria Sparagis




    In This Episode:
    - Why it’s good to scrutinize your monthly statements
    - Understanding the discount rate
    - Why Interchange Plus pricing model is beneficial for you
    - Transaction fees you should look out for
    - PCI Compliance fee and non-compliance fee
    - How your MCC code significantly impacts your Interchange fees
    - Integrating anti-fraud measures can save you lots of money
    - How much in reserves should you pay
    - Why you should do a thorough reconciliation


    Connect with Maria:
    - Maria Sparagis Website: http://mariasparagis.com/ (http://mariasparagis.com)
    - DirectPayNet Website: https://directpaynet.com/ (https://directpaynet.com)
    - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariasparagis (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariasparagis)
    - Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/directpaynet (https://web.facebook.com/directpaynet)
    - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/directpaynet (https://www.instagram.com/directpaynet)
    - Twitter: https://twitter.com/mariasparagis (https://twitter.com/mariasparagis)
    - Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/directpaynet (https://www.pinterest.ph/directpaynet)

    • 32 min
    How Andrew Contreras Went From Zero to $20 Million in a Year

    How Andrew Contreras Went From Zero to $20 Million in a Year

    Want to get actionable tips to increase your bottom line? On today’s episode, Maria talks to Andrew Contreras about copywriting offers, trends in direct marketing, and more. Andrew is one of the biggest influencers in the direct response industry. He wrote the most successful Christian offer, The Shepherds Diet. He is also one of the managing partners and the CEO of https://redcrescentmedia.com/ (New Crescent Media), a company that is transforming the supplement industry. Whether you’re a copywriter, an offer owner, or an entrepreneur, you won’t want to miss this!
    If you liked this episode, head on to https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/uncensored-direct/copywriting-tips-and-trends-YiMmg0aP7c4/ (Copywriting Tips and Trends with Julian Reyes). Julian is Andrew’s business partner at https://redcrescentmedia.com/ (New Crescent Media).
    “In order to grow something bigger, you have to leverage other people, their minds, their hours of work, and their skill sets.”
    - Andrew Contreras


    In This Episode:
    - How Andrew discovered copywriting
    - Finding a business partner to scale your business
    - Why you need a coach and where to find the right one
    - The Pros and Cons of having a business partner
    - What’s unique about the Christian niche
    - Andrew’s best tips for driving traffic
    - Upcoming direct marketing trends
    - Exploring TikTok and new platforms


    Resources:
    Breakthrough Advertising by Eugene M. Schwartz, the most important book ever written about persuasion, copywriting, marketing, and human behavior - https://breakthroughadvertisingbook.com/ (https://breakthroughadvertisingbook.com)


    Connect with Andrew:
    - New Crescent Media Website: https://redcrescentmedia.com/ (https://redcrescentmedia.com)


    Connect with Maria:
    - Maria Sparagis Website: http://mariasparagis.com/ (http://mariasparagis.com)
    - DirectPayNet Website: https://directpaynet.com/ (https://directpaynet.com)
    - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariasparagis (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariasparagis)
    - Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/directpaynet (https://web.facebook.com/directpaynet)
    - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/directpaynet (https://www.instagram.com/directpaynet)
    - Twitter: https://twitter.com/mariasparagis (https://twitter.com/mariasparagis)
    - Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/directpaynet (https://www.pinterest.ph/directpaynet)

    • 52 min
    Shaking the Digital Economy: Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Tech Explained with Marc Hochstein

    Shaking the Digital Economy: Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Tech Explained with Marc Hochstein

    Today’s episode is an interesting conversation with https://www.coindesk.com/author/mhochstein (Marc Hochstein), the Executive Editor of https://www.coindesk.com/ (CoinDesk), a news site specializing in bitcoin and digital currencies. Marc has more than 20 years of business journalism experience, including 17 years at https://www.americanbanker.com/ (American Banker), covering banking, technology, capital markets, real estate, and other industries. You don’t have to be a tech-nerd to enjoy this conversation. If you’re interested in what the future holds, stay tuned and expect an intense exchange of ideas between Maira and Marc around cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and how money transforms in the digital economy.
    “Don’t put in more than you can afford to lose. Even Bitcoin with its track record is not something you bet the whole farm on.”
    - Marc Hochstein


    In This Episode:
    - The narrative of the early Bitcoin community
    - Mastercard now accepting crypto transactions
    - Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin SV
    - The Lightning Network protocol
    - Crypto as a payment method
    - Crypto vs. the US dollar
    - What you need to know about Stablecoins
    - What exactly is DeFi
    - Marc’s 5-year outlook for crypto


    Connect with Marc:
    - CoinDesk Website: https://www.coindesk.com/author/mhochstein (https://www.coindesk.com/author/mhochstein)
    - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marchochstein/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/marchochstein)
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarcHochstein (https://twitter.com/MarcHochstein)


    Connect with Maria:
    - Maria Sparagis Website: http://mariasparagis.com/ (http://mariasparagis.com)
    - DirectPayNet Website: https://directpaynet.com/ (https://directpaynet.com)
    - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariasparagis (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariasparagis)
    - Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/directpaynet (https://web.facebook.com/directpaynet)
    - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/directpaynet (https://www.instagram.com/directpaynet)
    - Twitter: https://twitter.com/mariasparagis (https://twitter.com/mariasparagis)
    - Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/directpaynet (https://www.pinterest.ph/directpaynet)

    • 58 min
    How to Write Better Copy and Be 99% Ahead of the Competition with Stefan Georgi

    How to Write Better Copy and Be 99% Ahead of the Competition with Stefan Georgi

    Are you an entrepreneur who’s looking for an amazing copywriter or a freelance copywriter who wants to level up your skill? Whichever side you may be, you will benefit enormously from listening to this podcast. Today, Maria gets on a conversation with Stefan Georgi, a direct response copywriter whose words have grossed over $700MM. He’s the inventor of the RMBC method, a systematic approach to writing better sales copy more consistently in less time. Stefan is the co-founder of https://www.copyandfunnelaccelerator.com/info (Copy Accelerator), a high-end copywriting mastermind whose 170 members generate over 1.5 billion dollars in annual sales. As with her other episodes, Maria’s aim is to provide quick, actionable steps to help you succeed in your online marketing journey.
    If you liked this episode, go ahead and listen to https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/uncensored-direct/direct-response-marketing-in-ik23t4XVUAZ/ (Direct Response Marketing in the New Reality with Justin Goff). Justin is Stefan’s business partner and co-founder of https://www.copyandfunnelaccelerator.com/info (Copy Accelerator).
    “We’re all in the service business so you need to WOW people, over deliver, and be the best at customer service.”
    - Stefan Georgi


    In This Episode:
    - Who is Stefan Georgi
    - How to write a sales copy with integrity
    - Tips to kickstart your copywriting career
    - Not all copywriters are created equal
    - How to establish yourself as a copywriting expert
    - Customer service is paramount
    - Live selling and the changing landscape of marketing
    - What does the future look like
    - Cryptocurrencies and the gig economy


    Connect with Stefan:
    - Stefan Georgi Website: https://www.stefanpaulgeorgi.com/ (https://www.stefanpaulgeorgi.com)
    - Copy Accelerator Website: https://www.copyandfunnelaccelerator.com/info (https://www.copyandfunnelaccelerator.com)


    Connect with Maria:
    - Maria Sparagis Website: http://mariasparagis.com/ (http://mariasparagis.com)
    - DirectPayNet Website: https://directpaynet.com/ (https://directpaynet.com)
    - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariasparagis (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariasparagis)
    - Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/directpaynet (https://web.facebook.com/directpaynet)
    - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/directpaynet (https://www.instagram.com/directpaynet)
    - Twitter: https://twitter.com/mariasparagis (https://twitter.com/mariasparagis)
    - Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/directpaynet (https://www.pinterest.ph/directpaynet)

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Doua27 ,

Must listen podcast

Loving this new podcast
Every episode is filled with so many great tips and amazing take aways
Especially loved the most recent episode taking chances
Loved hearing about Maria’s experiences and journey
Looking forward to the next episode
Great job Maria

Spar1026 ,

A must listen to podcast!

Love the show, keep up the great work! Just finished listening to your latest episode Taking chances- truly inspiring. Can’t wait for new episodes!

facesbyeileen ,

Entertaining and info packed!

Maria is so easy to listen to. I absolutely love her energy. Her questions help clarify and really dig into the roots of copywriting. Together they made a dynamic and engaging conversation. You’re getting top information for free! Maria - I’d love to hear more about how to save on processing fees. Looking forward to new episodes.

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