What do You Want, “Likes,” Followers and Connections or Paying Customers?

Are you collecting followers or developing mutually beneficial business relationships that convert into results for your customers and revenue for your company? Let’s face it, you don’t want countless followers. Who can manage all of that anyway? What you really want are gaggles of happy, paying loyal customers. Have you analyzed how many customers you need to achieve your revenue … [Read more...]

Marketing Creates Lousy Sales Presentations

Guest post By Mark Hunter Too many marketing departments are still living in the 1990s with how they feel salespeople should be making presentations. Marketing departments are notorious for making slick presentations that do nothing but extol the virtues of how wonderful their company is.  I call these “capabilities presentations.” Really they should be called “look at me – I think I’m … [Read more...]

Is Your Message a Painkiller?

The advent of summer meant baseball, beach, and crew-cuts. We sat inline in green leather chairs at the barbershop waiting for a promise that outweighed our disdain for the assembly line head shave. The insult was followed by the injury of a burning slap on the neck with the green tinted alcohol combs were cleaned in. … [Read more...]

Google+ Plus Uses The Studio 54 Effect

Studio 54’s Steven Rubell’s exclusive hand selection of guests from the waiting throngs was an old marketing ploy that he made it famous. First in were high-profile celebrities like Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Halston, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Salvador Dali. If you were lucky enough to win the beautiful people lottery and make the second round, it was a claim to fame. The unlucky hundreds or … [Read more...]

The Last Vendor Standing – A Heavyweight Sales Event

Five heavyweight vendors publically vying for the same customer is a rare, riveting event. Selling is a courtship of suitors with competitive sportsmanship that includes incidental contact and ends with only one vendor standing. Last weekend, someone researching marketing automation solutions for their marketing department served up round one. … [Read more...]