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  • by Jeff Thull
    The way most companies are selling solutions just doesn't work in today's business world. Things have gotten so complex that most customers can't even comprehend what their problems are, let alone distinguish between you and your competitors. The answer is to quit selling your solution as you would sell any other ... more
  • by Lisa Wehr
    One way to increase your conversion ratio is to make sure your Web site is easy to navigate and information is easy to find. In other words, ensure its "usability." Often, search engine optimization and marketing principles benefit a site's usability with people as well as search engines. Here are some ... more
  • by M.L. Hartman
    Generating leads is easy. There, we've said it. Pick a decent list, say something meaningful, toss in an offer, and plenty of folks will respond. Plenty. If you want more, do it again. But if you want qualified leads—people that can can progress from being prospects to becoming customers and ... more
  • by J. Brent Frost
    The truth is that most company interactions with customers take place via phone or email, so a single event may be your one critical shot. It may determine 99% of the perception that a customer or prospect holds about a company. Despite the importance of events, many companies waste ... 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 Manoj Aravindakshan
    If there has been one constant in the ever-transient paradigm of marketing on the Internet, it is that "content" is the key to attract a steady stream of the uninitiated as well the converts. Good white papers serve to generate awareness about a product/service/organization, and more importantly, cause people to ... more
  • by Barbara Bix
    If your company sells complex products or services, you may want to take a page from the high-tech marketers' book. Continue to use conventional collateral to differentiate your solution and demonstrate value. Then, see if you can create independent demand for your unique methodology or business processes. Like with white ... more
  • by Peter Majarich
    Most people's concept of advertising is limited to the (sometimes woeful) ads they see on TV, or the billboards they drive past. Seeing these, they automatically assume that effective advertising is out of their reach. This couldn't be farther from the truth. Pound for pound, Google AdWords offers everyone, from ... more
  • by Paul Epstein
    Marketers who choose not to devote significant time and effort to the Hispanic population are missing out on a vital consumer segment that is growing faster than any other minority group in the United States. In fact, businesses should consider implementing new approaches and strategies to target Hispanics. Perhaps the most ... 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 Barbara Bix
    There are many reasons for not closing a sale. In today's climate of information and work overload, an increasingly common reason is that prospects don't think of you when they are ready to buy. A critical challenge faced by any company marketing in this environment is how to elevate its ... more
  • by Chris Scott
    Whether distributed via email or printed and snail-mailed, newsletters are a cost-effective way for businesses or organizations to keep in touch with employees, customers, prospects or association members. The trick, however, is to come up with a strategy to keep readers engaged and the publication's production and editorial adjustments in ... more
  • by Peter Cohan
    How much of our company's corporate overview presentation should you include in a demo meeting? The answer: as little as possible! Many salespeople and technical staff feel comfortable opening a demonstration meeting with a "brief" overview of their company. Most customers refer to this as "Death by PowerPoint." Instead, ... more
  • by Sean D'Souza
    Clients come to you every single day asking you to give them a choice. A choice between yes and yes. Instead, all you're giving them is a choice between yes and no. Your bank account would see far better days if only you'd step back and use the immense power ... more
  • by Ernest Nicastro
    Any salesperson worth his or her commission check will tell you that landing worthwhile new business takes a repeated and concerted effort—and lots of contact with the decision maker. This is all the more true with salesmanship in print (or across the airwaves, phone lines and other forms of modern ... more
  • by Bob DeStefano
    Sure your Web site looks great, but are you turning enough Web visitors into leads that your sales force can target? Your answer can be the difference between a site that is a moneymaker and one that is nothing more than a glorified brochure. Your Web site can offer your ... more
  • by Mike McLaughlin
    Many wonder how a rainmaker reels in so much business while others can only shake their heads in amazement. Some suggest that rainmaking is a genetic predisposition and therefore beyond reach for all but a select few. Nothing could be further from the truth. Rainmaking is part skill and part ... more
  • by Michel Néray
    Regardless of whether you are in the service business or sell a tangible product, everyone needs to establish credibility, especially with prospective clients. But if you're a consultant, adviser or coach, then it's harder for your clients to evaluate the value of your advice and recommendations. more
  • by Len Gingerella
    Marketing management is often relegated to communication, advertising and promotion efforts. It's hard to convince senior management that Marketing can produce moneymaking results. But that's what marketing managers need to do if they want to be recognized. more
  • by Tom Kuegler
    Web site performance is a critical and underappreciated component of Web marketing and e-commerce. In other words: it doesn't matter how well you design and market your site unless it delivers. more
  • by Rob Engelman
    As we enter the early stages of the New Year, it is natural to think about and plan our marketing and business development activities for 2005. Whether you are a independent consultant, corporate executive or entrepreneur, consistent application of the following seven core marketing best practices will enable you to ... more
  • by Stephan Pretorius
    Co-registration (or co-reg, as it is commonly known) is rapidly gaining ground as a media tactic. In the age of CAN-SPAM, and with an increased understanding in the market about the importance of user permission for effective email communication, co-reg is an attractive option for building a house list. This ... more
  • by Mike McLaughlin
    The consulting proposal is a necessary evil. A great proposal can be decisive in winning a project; a poor one can cause you to lose a project, even if everything else in the sales process has gone flawlessly. Use these guidelines to a write a killer proposal every time. more
  • by Jared McCarthy
    Creating tradeshow displays is one of the toughest challenges that creative firms face. But if done right, they can be showstoppers. Here's why they are so tough—and what you can do to make them work. more
  • by Richard Banfield
    Here's a disturbing little secret: almost 70% of the people you do face-to-face business with will never speak to you again. It's not that they didn't like you or get value from your services. It's simply that they just don't care. They haven't thought about you since you last spoke ... more

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