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  • by Barbara Bix
    If your sales cycles seem to be dragging, it may be time to revamp your communications plan. Done well, your communications programs can generate demand for your solutions, create a sense of urgency, attract prospective buyers' attention, and keep you high on their radar—all without sales intervention. Your communications ... more
  • by Ted Mininni
    While business executives quite correctly view that innovation built into new products and services is important, few have understood that the cornerstone of groundbreaking innovation is design. And even more importantly, design encompasses far more than the development of innovative features to products. more
  • by Hank Stroll
    Turning online lookers into buyers takes work. You have to ensure the site is intuitive, in that visitors can find what they want and there's a clear path of for them to follow. more
  • by Mary Brown
    Never before in history has such a large demographic group as the Baby Boom generation experienced major life-stage transitions en masse. Now in their 40s and 50s, Boomer women are grappling with one of the most challenging stages they have faced to date: the empty nest. A critical juncture in a ... more
  • by Jay Bower
    Acquiring new customers is the "show biz" side of direct marketing: The budgets are much larger, and you get to be more creative and perhaps use a broader variety of media. There's this problem, though: It costs five times as much to find a new customer as it does to ... more
  • by Jim Sterne
    Aside from server logs, clickstream tracking and a host of analytics tools, it's necessary to consider customer experience and customer satisfaction. This is the art of peering into the hearts and minds of visitors rather than simply following them around. It's time to ask them for their opinion. more
  • by Leigh Duncan-Durst
    Evangelizing customer experience is easy; in fact, it's almost impossible to argue against. Preaching sermons on how to improve customer experience is also relatively easy. Engaging in case studies and brainstorming with clients about future possibilities is often a charismatic experience. But the biggest challenge for companies is making innovative, integrated ... more
  • by Kelly Goto
    What do companies like Nordstrom, Jet Blue, Amazon and Dell have in common? They have built their brand value on providing a positive experience for their customers on- and offline. Successful companies match business objectives with customer needs. They combine ongoing testing, feedback and improvement cycles into their daily practices and ... more
  • by Neil Davidson
    Marketers often delegate responsibility for thinking and decision-making to research companies. Yet much of the customer intelligence in these research debriefs already exists within organizations—and in a format that is easier to understand and remember, and is far more engaging, than PowerPoint presentations or documents. It also encourages innovative solutions. Such ... more
  • by Lisa Johnson
    Pets are the new people. We've all seen celebrities prancing around with tiny dogs in tutus, or we've read a magazine spread featuring actors and their four-legged companions. Pets are an increasingly important part of the family, and giving them treats, services or special gifts is a fun way to ... more
  • by Richard Arkle
    A case study provides the opportunity to communicate the benefits that your product or service delivers, in the form of practical experiences of a user organization. This is so much more powerful and persuasive than any theoretical arguments you can muster. So why isn't every organization churning out case studies? ... more
  • by Helen Ching
    Customer acquisition directly contributes to your bottom line. Use the following five strategies to help you improve subscriptions to your content—print or online. more
  • by Gerry McGovern
    Simple is a lot harder than it looks. Indeed, to achieve simplicity, an organization needs to be genuinely customer-focused. Extra investment will be required, as well as a special commitment from designers and management. Is it worth it? Certainly, organizations such as Apple and Google are showing that simplicity can become ... more
  • by Andrea Learned
    Are all the consumer options available today actually serving customers better, or does the exhaustive selection overwhelm (and ultimately discourage) potential buyers? What if all the great new products and models lining the shelves were actually inspiring would-be buyers to decide...well, not to decide? That's where doing your homework of ... more
  • by Chris Maher
    This is an open letter to major advertisers and marketers from one of your own ranks who is also (like us all) a consumer. The author is unhappy, worn out, and ill-tempered. When you think of him from this point forward, he says, hear the words "diminishing returns." more
  • by Jonathan Kranz
    You can think of the case study as a cross between the testimonial and the business article. Like the testimonial, the case study features a satisfied customer who "speaks" on your behalf. Like the article, it's structured dramatically, with a clear beginning, middle and end, and holds your audience's attention ... more
  • by Hank Stroll
    Read your ideas to solve this week's marketing challenge: What's the best way to educate clients about the sales process? Also this week, what strategies do you take to bring a new product to the marketplace? Add your own two cents. more
  • by Robbie Baxter
    Imagine a world where video, photography, text and music are all available from any device that can connect to the Internet at any time. Whether you're using your computer, iPod, television or mobile phone, you will have the information you need and the diversion you want. Such a fantasy world ... more
  • by Kathleen McBride, Steven Nicks
    From Sales: "We need a robust set of customers for references!" From an executive: "I've got to have a customer join me for this speaking engagement!" From the new head of Marketing: "We've got to have higher-impact customer content!" Sound familiar? In the day-to-day scramble to satisfy tactical stakeholder demands, ... more
  • by Chris Maher
    How can marketers write "human" email messages, that truly speak to the hearts and souls of your clients? The first step is to figure out a way, by hook or by crook, to say something. Get the full story. more
  • by Suzanne Taylor
    Useful and sticky Web sites find out what's most important and relevant to their customers--and then customize their experiences in a meaningful way. By giving customers more of what they want (and when they want it), Web companies can use the power of personalization to increase customer engagement and retention. ... more
  • by Promise Phelon
    Speak any language long enough, and you'll become fluent; take on the mindset of a strategist and you'll start to see things through a strategist's eyes. And others will notice the change in you--you'll find yourself more and more being called on to act as counsel on all matters customer. ... more
  • by Sherri Dorfman
    Most businesses these days are under pressure to differentiate their products and services to attract new business. Although customers can play an important role in helping companies define their differentiation, a surprising number of businesses decide to skip this important customer research and launch offerings based on what “we think ... more
  • by John Doerr
    The client relationship built on a strong foundation of constant, varied, and sincere communication has less of a chance of being pushed aside when someone new comes along or happens to be the last one in the door. Follow these five guidelines and the chances of your phone ringing the ... more
  • by Lisa Johnson
    Two years ago, Maytag created an innovative experiential marketing strategy, whereby prospective customers would take their new, top-of-the-line appliances for an interactive "test-drive." Successful retail spaces create a full sensory experience. Consumers want to see, feel, touch, taste and interact with your products before they buy. Here are some strategies that ... more

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