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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

Uncensored Direct Marketing Maria Sparagis

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 11 Ratings

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

    How to Choose THE BEST Fulfillment Center for Your Supplements

    How to Choose THE BEST Fulfillment Center for Your Supplements

    Looking for a fulfillment center can be overwhelming. How do you choose the right one? And how can you be sure they're going to provide the level of service you need? In this interview, Malcolm McKinnons walks us through what to look for when choosing a fulfillment center, and provides some great tips on how to prevent chargebacks for supplement merchants.
    The 4 things you should look for include:
    1 - Experience — The fulfillment house for your supplements business should have experience in the supplements industry.
    2 - Integration — Fulfillment centers are also digital services, not just physical ones. The right center will be able to integrate into the systems you currently use.
    3 - Cost — You need to find the Goldilocks of fulfillment centers. One that's not too costly but also one that's not too cheap, in terms of budget and service offerings.
    4 - Scale — A corporate fulfillment house doesn't quite help an SMB that sells supplements, and vice versa. The size of the center should match the size of your business, and the size you intend your business to grow to.

    Chargebacks:
    Malcolm gives us some great tips on how to use your supplements fulfillment center to avoid chargebacks. Simple things like weighing your products can have an incredible impact on your chargeback ratio.

    Check out the full interview with Malcolm McKinnons here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CihC2jXzqKg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CihC2jXzqKg)

    00:00 4 Things to Look for in a Fulfillment Provider
    02:14 Telltale Sign of a Bad Fulfillment House
    04:26 Do a Quality Check Walkthrough
    05:23 Shipment Weight Can Prevent Chargebacks
    06:03 Investigate Your Fulfillment Issues


    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://www.facebook.com/mariasparagis.directpaynet ( https://www.facebook.com/mariasparagis.directpaynet)
    Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/directpaynet_paymentsolutions/ ( https://www.instagram.com/directpaynet_paymentsolutions/)
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/directpaynet ( https://twitter.com/directpaynet)

    • 8 min
    How to Sell by Not Selling with Brandon Fredrickson

    How to Sell by Not Selling with Brandon Fredrickson

    Is your business okay? Are you finding your sales tactics no longer perform? Conversions are dropping, customers are leaving, and your business seems…bland.
    We know the feeling. You need a fresh start


    In this episode of Uncensored Direct Marketing, we're talking with Brandon Fredrickson, a direct response industry veteran, who shares his secrets for selling to prospects—by not selling to them at all. We'll also be discussing how you can use podcasts as a your next level VSL, and how following industries that aren't your own can help you bring something new to the table.


    Brandon is a high-energy expert with tons of valuable info and insight into what should be your next steps. Listen and follow for more.

    • 28 min
    The BEST TIME TO SELL Your Crypto Business

    The BEST TIME TO SELL Your Crypto Business

    When you're ready to sell your crypto business, don't wait until it's too late. When you sell at the right time, you can walk away with profits that will take your next project to new levels of success.
    But what is the right time? How do you know when to sell? That's what Lane Gordon is here to answer.


    Whether it's because your interest in crypto is waning or because life has taken a turn and you need to put your focus elsewhere, selling your business will always be a good option. But if you want to get the most out of your sale in terms of profit, timing is everything.


    When your crypto business is on a steady rise, that's the perfect time to look for buyers or, at the very least, get a valuation of your company.


    If you're curious to learn more about buying, selling, and valuations, check out our full-length episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz8EVs2ZWJE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz8EVs2ZWJE)


    We hope this video gave you some insight into planning for the future of your entrepreneurial endeavors. For more information about running your business, securing it, and saving money, subscribe to the channel.




    00:00 When Is It a Good Time to Sell
    01:09 Look at the Long-term Trend
    02:06 What's Your Driving Force for Selling
    03:35 Take the Unknown into Consideration


    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://www.facebook.com/mariasparagis.directpaynet ( https://www.facebook.com/mariasparagis.directpaynet)
    Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/directpaynet_paymentsolutions/ ( https://www.instagram.com/directpaynet_paymentsolutions/)
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/directpaynet ( https://twitter.com/directpaynet)

    • 5 min
    5 Seconds to Grab Their Attention — YouTube Ad Strategies

    5 Seconds to Grab Their Attention — YouTube Ad Strategies

    Today we're talking all about how to grab your audience's attention in the first 5 seconds of your video. KEY TAKEAWAY: the first 5 seconds of your ad is what matters most.
    That's because if you can't convince them in that time, they'll just click away without giving your video a chance. You need to write an ad hook that grabs their attention, holds their gaze, and doesn’t let go until they’re ready to click “buy”.


    So how do you write a good ad hook? Well, it depends on what type of content you're making and what audience you're trying to reach. But the most important thing you can do is test your hooks. Do this in brainstorming sessions, split-testing, and—the easiest and cheapest way—learning from ads that grab your own attention.


    View the full episode with Johnson Li:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnj6tngIB0Uandt=1635s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnj6tngIB0Uandt=1635s)


    00:00 First 5 Seconds of Your YT Ad Matters Most
    01:17 Rework Your Hook Again and Again
    03:08 Testing Which Hooks Work




    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://www.facebook.com/mariasparagis.directpaynet ( https://www.facebook.com/mariasparagis.directpaynet)
    Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/directpaynet_paymentsolutions/ ( https://www.instagram.com/directpaynet_paymentsolutions/)
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/directpaynet ( https://twitter.com/directpaynet)

    • 5 min
    4 Ways to Make More Money in 24 Hours with NO ADDITIONAL SPENDING #declined transactions

    4 Ways to Make More Money in 24 Hours with NO ADDITIONAL SPENDING #declined transactions

    Are declined transactions harming your conversion rate? Here are 4 tips you can implement right now that will boost your approval rate overnight at no cost to you.
    Declined transactions suck. No matter if it's because the customer entered their details wrong or their bank thinks the payment is suspicious, it harms your merchant account, relationship with your processor, and your bottom line. So here are the best no-cost ways to cancel out declined transactions.

    1 - Use a domestic merchant account — Use an account where your customers are. Foreign transactions are always flagged as higher risk (even if you're in Canada selling to US customers).

    More info on that here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTXl-XlgaREandab_channel=UncensoredDirectMarketingwithMariaSparagis ( 6 - What You Need to Know About Declined Transactions and How to Increase Your Conversion Rate by 5%)

    2) Lower the ticket size to less than $1000 — Banks flag high-ticket transactions above $1000. You should aim to lower each transactions to something less than $1k (like $997) and charge the customer once per month, if possible.

    3) Check your MCC — Your MCC is your Merchant Category Code and it represents your business. You may be operating under a high-risk MCC (direct response is high-risk). The good news is that you can change your MCC or open another merchant account with a new MCC that matches your business as most businesses will fall under multiple MCCs.

    More info on MCCs here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5aYquX0uiQ ( 13 - Simple Ways to Save Up to 3% in Merchant Account Fees Overnight)

    4) Scrub your merchant account — Clean it up. All of those declined transactions that get sent to your merchant account and payment processor are bad. The more negative things you send, the more likely transactions will get declined. Place limits on your gateway to stop declines from passing through.

    Those are easiest, no-cost ways to prevent declined transactions from happening. Let me know in the comments your first-hand experiences with declines and how you managed to stop them.


    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://www.facebook.com/mariasparagis.directpaynet ( https://www.facebook.com/mariasparagis.directpaynet)
    Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/directpaynet_paymentsolutions/ ( https://www.instagram.com/directpaynet_paymentsolutions/)
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/directpaynet ( https://twitter.com/directpaynet)

    • 9 min
    Get Your MONEY BACK After Stripe Holding Funds

    Get Your MONEY BACK After Stripe Holding Funds

    Is Stripe holding funds from you? If they are, this is the video for you. And if they aren’t, pay attention so you can avoid it from happening.
    We know how convenient Stripe is. We also know how often Stripe users get their funds frozen, accounts shut down, and money vanished. We receive at least 20 emails PER WEEK from burnt Stripe customers looking for help. You did everything right—you followed all the rules, but still ended up getting your account shut down for no reason.


    Stripe holds funds for 90 days. Period. How can your business run when you can’t withdraw your money? This video gives you all the tips you need to keep your business afloat.


    1 - Open a backup account (another Stripe account, PayPal, or real merchant account)
    2 - Write to Stripe via email or send a direct letter
    3 - Request your money back in portions starting with 50%


    We know you haven’t done anything wrong, and you know you haven’t done anything wrong. Stripe runs on an algorithm that flags, freezes, and terminates accounts based on monthly transaction volume and chargebacks. So if you start processing too much too fast or you get even 1 chargeback, that could be it for your account.


    Follow our guide and don’t hesitate to ask us for advice directly.


    Email Stripe:
    legal@stripe.com

    Videos on Stripe:
    Stripe Account Suspended https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6eWhaIyyzc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6eWhaIyyzc)
    Stripe Account Banned https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqwgSceME7A (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqwgSceME7A)
    Stripe Alternatives https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hChptl-Xig (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hChptl-Xig)




    00:00 Stripe Holding Funds Intro
    01:07 1 Chargeback Leads to Shut Down
    01:52 Open a Backup Account
    02:41 Contact Stripe
    04:49 Getting Your Money Back




    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://www.facebook.com/mariasparagis.directpaynet ( https://www.facebook.com/mariasparagis.directpaynet)
    Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/directpaynet_paymentsolutions/ ( https://www.instagram.com/directpaynet_paymentsolutions/)
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/directpaynet ( https://twitter.com/directpaynet)

    • 7 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!

eileentsatsakis ,

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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