John Crestani – Internet Jetset – Review
I’ve seen John Crestani popping up quite a bit on Youtube and Facebook, so I thought I’d check out what he had to say, and signup for his webinar.
First thing I noticed was that the signup page pretty much told you zero about what you were signing up to, but it’s free, so not too much of a biggie. Also what info there was on the page was poorly formatted so the text under the video pitch was almost unreadable against the background it was sitting on: I had to copy&paste it to notepad in order to read it.
The video pitch by Crestani was pretty vague too, but standard fare including expensive cars and giving the impression of living an effortless life of leisure and freedom – which is exactly what it meant to convey. Beyond creating some sort of business, that does something to enable this lifestyle, we’re given no further details. Which is why you need to signup.
So I did.
Wondering if Crestani had permission to use that piece of pop music that prefaced his pitch?
The Webinar Signup
Upon selecting my time zone, I wasn’t too surprised to find that I had the good luck to have a webinar starting in a few minutes…
That suited me. If it was truly live, I’d probably have had a couple days to wait, and then it would’ve been at some awkward time I couldn’t make. Anyway, I’ll give Crestani the benefit of the doubt and say the original webinar was probably live.
This one most certainly wasn’t, despite the intro on signup from Crestani imploring you not to miss it and forget the date & start time, because there’s only limited spaces and not everyone gets in…
Maybe I’m getting softer on these folks, but again I’ll give Crestani the benefit of the doubt and say that was maybe the case on the live event, but beyond some mass signup that blows the host’s bandwidth, you can be assured everyone who signups to this prerecording is getting in.
And that video tells you nothing too
The signup page didn’t say it was live, but the intro kinda gives that impression. For all the time it’d take to redo and upload a new sixty second video to preface the webinar, it’d be worthwhile, as it’d aid in starting to building trust.
A lot of these guys front a webinar, pretending it’s live, and never change it again, leaving it up for years. I mean, come on, this is your job, put a bit of effort in! Like you tell everyone else to do with your programs in order to get results.
So, from signup to webinar start, was about three minutes with me on this occasion, and as I say, I was fine with that. I just wish they’d be a little more transparent these dudes, it wouldn’t do them any harm.
That meant that despite being invited to say “Hi” in the comments, it would’ve been a waste of time to write anything – unless there’s a couple ‘assistants’ in the Philippines being paid to sit round the clock, manning the comments and replying to whoever live does stop in.
The attendance bounced from 0 to over 1,000 in a second once the recording started, and not very convincingly. Needless to say, I didn’t announce myself.
The Internet Jetset Webinar
So, we kick off, and John Crestani is in what looks to be a Vegas hotel suite or apartment or some such. He later says he’s having a party there, and maybe he does, maybe it’s not just rented for two hours to do this pitch in, a la Tai Lopez.
It looks a nice place anyway, and a nice backdrop of Vegas he has, as he sits at his desk.
Marketing under the influence of ZZ Top
One thing I noticed throughout, is unlike some guys giving a webinar, Crestani seems to be auto-cuing off his own slide set, and rarely looks up to camera from his screen to address his audience while being recorded: he’s sticking to the script and not riffing on this.
Which is okay. I’ve sat through a lot of webinars where all you see is just the slides and voiceover from the presenter, so Crestani at least breaks things up a bit with various cut aways.
Which highlights the suddenly darkening sky behind him each time we see him. I assume this presentation was originally live, but if it was, then it was filmed as dusk approached, and night sure comes down fast in Vegas at whatever time of year that was filmed.
Either that, or it was never live, and that quick nightfall is the result of a lot of editing.
There’s as much a format to these webinars, as there is to a long form sales copy page, and Crestani follows it.
Thus we start with the back story, which always has to follow that Dick Whittington fairy tale arc of rags to riches, and the webinar presenter always has to have been even more down on his luck, and even more in financial dire straits than anyone else watching may be.
Whereas sleeping on a couch is standard, Crestani goes one better and slept on a couch in an apartment he shared with a drug addict. To paraphrase Rooster Cogburn, “If I meet one of you internet marketing wadies than ain’t slept on someone’s couch, I think I’ll shake his hand and buy him a Daniel Webster cigar.”
And he hated his job, and wasted money chasing his dreams of financial freedom which all his friends and family tried to talk him out of pursuing – like every other time I’ve heard this story.
Life was bad – worse than yours – before he discovered how to make it good.
Then we get told about his life now and his students, all of which seem to be living the frat-boy, perpetually twenty-one years-old and on never-ending holiday, dream.
One was ordered to stop making so much money by his wife, as it was “greedy,” such was the success he was enjoying with Crestani’s method.
The obligatory laptop lifestyle, this is my ‘office’ photo
And after thirty minutes of these tales, we still don’t know what the business is that’s providing all this?
But we’re getting closer as now we have to consider what we’re good at, or enjoy, and how to make a buck from that, marketing it; we have to choose our ‘niche.’
Then we have to ask ourselves what the potential customer of that niche may have as a ‘pain point’ – and then figure out how to prick it some more.
None of that is revelatory unless you’ve never looked into affiliate marketing until that very moment.
What we’re taken through, at pretty much high school level, is a variation of define the problem and state your value proposition in a single sentence.
Which, okay, isn’t bad advice, and I’ll concede essential if you’re new to all this.
Crestani tells us now is the perfect time to have a marketing business, and I’ve heard that one before… oh, yeah, Timothy Marc. Like I said, there’s a format and tick list to these things.
But Crestani isn’t pitching being a business consultant in a field you’ve no experience of like Marc, but affiliate marketing: you find a product, review it, and either recommend it or recommend an alternative.
So pretty much what I do on my blogs.
Except this isn’t affiliate marketing delivered via the written word, but via Youtube with you as the presenter.
The rationale is sound: vids get as much, if not more, hits as written articles, and expend even less ‘effort’ to tune into. Plus, if you think of creating more than a Tweet as “writing” then it holds the appeal of being easier to do as well.
If you like the idea of being on screen that is… but you don’t even need to do that I suppose, you could just voiceover.
In this day and age of the reality show, who isn’t a star on their social media? For many this is the perfect medium, and doesn’t even have to seem like ‘work,’ as many might consider writing, with all its associations to school and essay writing etc.
Instead, just sit in front of your webcam, or even iPhone, set it recording and just let riff with your wisdom to the world; just a stream of consciousness.
Crestani advises using the Amazon affiliate program, as they basically host anything you might want to buy.
However, he does advise selecting only those products that will give you at least a 40% commission.
What he doesn’t say, is whether your ‘review’ won’t be somewhat undermined if you’re not actually featuring the subject of it somewhere in your Youtube piece, be that the background, foreground or in your hand.
Just a thought.
Crestani then gives a breakdown on potential traffic and expected click throughs:
As simple as that.
It took over half hour to get to the method above, and maybe ten or fifteen minutes to explain it.
So it’s around forty-five minutes before Crestani asks how much you’d be willing to pay for a method like this, that pays off $2,400 a month, all generated from recording your musings on an Amazon product page – and remember those figures above are from just ONE campaign – what if you were doing ten a month? Well, you do the math…
I noted an attendee called Edward got a bit overexcited here: “IF I HAD ENOUGH I WOULD PAY 500 BUCKS ITS PRICELESS IF YOU ASK ME.”
So, this is where we get to pitching Internet Jetset.
You’ve got a choice we’re told: you could waste years and thousands of dollars trying to figure this all out for yourself, or you could learn a proven system from someone who’s mastered it.
I think I heard Jason Hornung make a similar case, but he used the example of hiring sherpas if you’re going to scale Mount Everest.
As I say, there seems to be a certain script to these things – and you’ll certainly find someone offering a course on how to do webinar pitches!
It’s not that it’s bad advice or that I’m getting at these guys, but just noting how all these pitches are of a sameness – and it doesn’t help. Maybe these are all proven sales techniques, but I wish someone would step out of the box every now and again. For folks who’ve sat through scores of these things, it’d help to make you look a bit more original and genuine.
Where Crestani is original, is that he doesn’t want five thousand dollars for his program – though he could charge that and claims he has – he just wants forty-seven bucks!
At least that’s not a piss-take price like most of these internet marketers try to sell their stuff for, looking the “big ticket” sale.
Crestani then goes through what all you get from the course, the content and all the bonuses, which are only available at the price offered if you signup right here and now.
Don’t think about it, do it!
And as soon as the link to purchase the product popped up the screen was continuously, and annoyingly, pinging with purchase claims.
Yeah… a bit much that bit, like Edward above, over-egging the pitch a little too much.
Anyway, there’s a Facebook group and an actual separate forum. A lot of programs never bother with that, only the free Facebook group, and given how cheap hosting is, and getting a forum, it says a lot that they’re too cheap to do it.
Crestani rounds off the webinar with a Q&A, which wasn’t that informative, but it’s the standard finale, then with a final dire warning of the consequences of not taking advantage of the offered price right now, he bids us farewell…
Thoughts on the Webinar
What did I make of it, the program and John Crestani?
I thought the webinar was okay, if not exactly original or wowing.
You maybe have to overlook the sameness of it all, like Crestani claiming he’s making this available at the price he is because he wants to make Internet Jetset as accessible as possible and change as many lives as possible. He assures us that he doesn’t need our money – so the obvious question then, is why not do a Gary Vaynerchuk and just give it away for free if that’s the case?
Something else I picked up on was that while Crestani claims he’s created multiple millionaires, and he’s transparent, I didn’t see any proof given for that, and noted the testimonials, while displaying day and date, had year removed – presumably so this pitch could roll for however long with no clue to the viewer as to how old it is.
Crestani spoke of his method, of using Youtube to publish affiliate articles, that he’s spent five hundred thousand dollars by his own estimation on his training, and has run hundreds if not thousands of marketing campaigns.
If that’s the case he must have a catalogue of hundreds of such videos as his program promotes, for all sorts of products: so where are they to be found?
If that’s an honest interview, then John Crestani is probably what he says he is, and thus qualified to head up the course he offers.
That the interview is repeated almost verbatim elsewhere says it’s something of a wire story, and I wouldn’t imagine anyone’s done any real investigation on the content.
But I’m prepared to take it at face value. Even after following through on the links to Crestani’s company in the article, and somewhat disconcertingly found Nutryst to be a dead link – after being reported how successful the business is.
That didn’t look so good in my opinion, not given the fanfare for this company and its success. I looked up their Twitter as well and discovered that account hasn’t been active since the end of 2015.
That just struck me as odd, given the publish date of the Forbes article was 20th July 2016.
Super Affiliate System
Internet Jetset isn’t Crestani’s first internet offering, he had Super Affiliate System prior to this.
Whether that was a forerunner of the same system or something completely different, I don’t know. All the links on the page promote and point to Internet Jetset now.
I did note, that several links don’t lead to further information, but a WordPress login page.
Also that the pricing page is not found after clicking on the menu item.
That doesn’t really instil confidence it has to be said: what looks like a half finished business website.
The main site for Internet Jetset has its own foibles too. I found that the pricing link listed in the footer, leads to a page with price tables listing Silver, Gold and Platinum upgrades… but clicking on the upgrade buttons, nothing happens?
It’s a simple page, no bells and whistles, and its function is simply to funnel the visitor to the webinar I’ve described above.
So, there’s a few kinks in the public facing business pages that need to be ironed out.
I don’t know if it’s sloppiness or underdevelopment or whatever, but it’s not a good look for any site hyping a product, and seeking your buy-in, to have dead links.
Given all that, you’re probably thinking I wouldn’t recommend John Crestani and his Internet Jetset system…
… but like I said earlier, and maybe I am getting softer, but I would.
For $47 I’d give him the benefit of the doubt, and agree with him that you could spend hours researching all the info you need, and being distracted by numerous shiny objects (again a phrase I’ve heard repeated in many a webinar).
I’m prepared to believe Crestani’s back story – well the success bit anyway. I always think the rags before the riches story is hammed up too much. If it’s true enough that he learned CPC and copywriting while working for an ad agency, and did good things for his clients as claimed in the Forbes article (I hesitate to say “reported” as like I said earlier, the piece doesn’t strike me as fact checked), then he’s got more of a pedigree and qualifications to be teaching this stuff than most.
Despite the dead link to Nutryst, it sounds like it was a viable and successful business (whatever happened to it) at least at some point, and I can’t find anything negative on it to be dredged up on the Web (but if I haven’t looked hard enough then please enlighten me in comments below).
Now, there is an upsell with Internet Jetset, a rolling monthly fee for the JetsetLive Webinars, so I’d advise watching out lest you find yourself enrolled in that when you didn’t wish to to purchase it. A lot of programs will ‘helpfully’ tick these additional boxes for you, or fail to direct you to the small print that advises how you can go about cancelling such add ins. I don’t know if Internet Jetset does that, I’m just saying…
I don’t think Crestani’s system will include some SEO-boosting secret-sauce, or any info that circumvents having to build an organic audience or by-passes paid traffic, but from what I’ve seen, I think it will be realistic and value for money.
And for members there’s an affiliate program to promote the product – and unlike the MLMs, the product is reasonably priced and the focus isn’t on recruitment, but selling the program.
So yeah, for forty-seven bucks ($47), I’d say put a bet on John Crestani’s Internet Jetset.
For the same monthly subscription, you can become a member of my preferred program Wealthy Affiliate. Unlike the info products it also includes all the tools to actually undertake affiliate marketing, in addition to the most up to date training.
It won’t give you a camera to film your Youtube vids with(!), but it will supply you with a website platform and a keyword planning tool like Crestani mentions in his webinar; and more.
It’s free to join, no “credit card required for verification” BS, and you get a week’s worth of free membership which is ample time to check the place out and see if it’s for you, thereafter your membership simply reverts to the basic level – but that still allows you to build a couple of databases on their SiteRubix system.
Read my review here, and take a look for yourself.
Recommended further reading:
I wouldn’t promise it’ll make you a millionaire, but it contains more workable information than many programs out there looking for $$$$ for the same sort of info.
How Anyone Can Escape the 9 to 5 and Make Money Online
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