16 June 2015 ~ 4 Comments

Twitter is…

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There was an interesting article published over on LinkedIn from Alan Wolk, a consultant to the television (traditional broadcast) industry. I added my own perspective to his article which asserted that Twitter isn’t a social network, but instead a broadcast network. In the post Alan likened Twitter to standing up in front of a crowd and giving a speech, […]

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29 April 2015 ~ 4 Comments

The Awesome Door

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Last week I saw the really cool video Dove released about their experiment in several parts of the world where they gave woman the choice to enter a store through two doors; one labeled “Average” and one labeled “Beautiful”.  It was an interesting (and somewhat sad) choice to watch women make for themselves, without any obvious outside influence. Was […]

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31 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Eiffel’s Guide to Towering Success

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March 31, 2015 is the 126th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower opening to the public. You might think of it as a stellar achievement of engineering and tourism now, but back in 1889 when it opened it was just another project that a small group of people believed in — but had just as much chance of […]

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18 February 2015 ~ 1 Comment

Talent Relies on Techniques Not Tools

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Is having the tool more important to your success, or is knowing the technique more important? A lot of people obsess over the latest social media sites (or the latest changes to social media sites) instead of obsessing over the content they develop and post to those sites. Having a solid knowledge of even the very […]

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08 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The “So Now What?” Manual

The So Now What Manual

Are you providing support materials to your new clients? I don’t mean Sales support materials, I mean doing-business-with-us-after-you-buy support materials. Smart salespeople in the world of traditional Media (Radio, TV, Print) will sometimes warn their clients (especially clients who are first-time advertisers) that as soon as their ads begin to run, they should expect to get […]

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06 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Breaking Trust and Losing Permission

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The number of holiday sales emails this year is ridiculous! In past years I received one or two extra emails per list. Three was “aggressive”. But this year I’m getting three per day from some retailers and they simply don’t seem to care that their practice is annoying their list members and current customers. After all — we can just […]

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25 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The Disintermediation Uber Straw

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Have you seen the movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis called “There Will Be Blood“? It’s an incredible film with lots of great actors in winning performances. Even if you’ve seen it before, the movie is worth a second look, if only for the infamous “I drink your milkshake” scene. Spoilers here, so if you haven’t seen […]

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27 May 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Are You Earning or Burning?

Everything you do Earns a sale (earns a conversation, a returned email, another phone call, a visit to the showroom, a positive online review), or Burns a sale (they never want to hear from you again, they tell 10 friends about their terrible experience with your company, they tell 10 million people on the internet […]

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02 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Super Bowl Fadvertising

It used to be that you’d have to wait for the Super Bowl to see Super Bowl ads, now they are released weeks before the actual game. There are websites and on-demand channels dedicated to collecting them and rating them, as well as television news programs and print publications dedicated to covering them as if […]

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30 January 2014 ~ 1 Comment

The reason I called is…

The primary reason salespeople have a problem making cold calls (or reaching out to someone that don’t yet know) is fear of rejection.  That expectation of rejection comes from not having a true sense of purpose in regard to making the call. The salesperson doesn’t have the value they bring to the prospect specifically defined […]

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