Category: Sales and Marketing

September 2021, Expert Advice, Marketing

Value Proposition Units – the Value Behind Your Value

How often do you talk about “quality” at your organization? What about “customer service”? How many times do you talk about the importance of “trust,” “technology” or “value”? All important things. I bet many of you have these words in your mission statement, your core values and in your sales and marketing communications. But there’s a problem with things like quality, customer service, trust, technology and value: THEY DON’T EXIST.…

September 2021, Expert Advice, Marketing

Brand Persona: Why You Should Create a Dating Profile for Your Business

Candle-lit dinners, long walks on the beach, social media marketing strategies … what do these three things have in common?  Well, on the surface, not much. But when you start getting into the nitty-gritty of dating and marketing, you begin to realize they’re pretty similar: Both are all about getting someone to choose you (pick you, love you — Grey’s Anatomy, anyone?) over the rest of the fish in the…

August 2021, Expert Advice, Marketing

Your Wimpy Brand Needs to Pick a Fight

Think about your three biggest competitors … got ‘em? Now, what do you say when potential customers ask you why they should do business with you instead of those competitors? More often than not your response contains subjective and ineffective language. You say things like “x years in business, trusted leader, great customer service, quality, value, blah, blah, blah.” Ever stop to think why they ask you that question? The…

August 2021, Expert Advice, Sales

Is Your Social Networking Not-Working?

Many sales folks I visit with consider social media just another “mouth to feed.” What I am about to share with our readers is the “sales side” of social media. I’ll start with a true story. From 2008 to 2010, I was part of a prestigious Top 10 group comprised of 12 like-minded business owners and sales professionals who met once a month at my training center.  Our homework each…

August 2021, Expert Advice, Marketing

Why You Need to Start Thinking Strategically (& How to Actually Do It)

Four ways to overcome the most common roadblocks to strategic thinking With a title like director of client strategy, creating well-thought-out approaches is pretty much what I do. But in the slew of meetings and emails (an average of 126 emails per day says Radicati Group) and a whole host of “other duties as assigned,” it can be nearly impossible to think strategically on a daily basis. Because contrary to…