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Marketing Planning for 2020 (and the 2020s)

All set with your marketing planning for next year? (And since we’re rolling into a new decade, for the 20s, as well?) No? Here are some links to get you started: Understand that you run a media company, whether you … Read More

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Finding the Soul of Your Brand with Justin Foster

What does your brand mean? Does it have a soul? And how does finding the soul of your brand improve your results, in business and in life? Planning your sales and marketing for 2020? Don’t miss the forest for the … Read More

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Red Yellow Green Copy Critique Technique

The red/yellow/green copy critique: improve your copy in 15 minutes

Writing copy can be hard and frustrating. Like anything else, getting good takes practice. But here’s a simple exercise you can do in 15 minutes that will have a dramatic impact on your copywriting. I call it the “red-yellow-green” copy … Read More

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Why Sales Training Doesn’t Work (for You)

What do you do when you start your own business and realize that you have actually do sales (and marketing)? That being invited on technical sales calls or the occasional account review is not the same thing as running the … Read More

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Client Intake Forms

Client Intake Forms let you bring on new clients and (dis)qualify prospects faster. The traditional client intake form is a printed PDF on a clipboard– think doctor’s office. This works, but it’s slow, requires lots of data reentry, it’s often … Read More

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Sales for Nerds Signed Bookshelf winners

Congrats to the winners. (See if you won.) Put the books in boxes and shipped via UPS this afternoon. And many, many thanks to the authors who generously donated the books and some time (and for sharing their wisdom on … Read More

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Reasons you don’t have a Lead Magnet on your site

After I published a 3,000 word article on using a Lead Magnet to generate leads for your professional services business, responses ranged from “hey, this is exactly what I needed”, to “this would never work for me.” Within the “never … Read More

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How to Generate More Leads from Your Professional Services Website

When Bob Davis started his sales consulting business, Simple Sales Strategy, his business came from word-of-mouth. That’s great, but it’s not predictable. Naturally, Bob looked to his website to generate leads. He even invested in SEO to get better rankings … Read More

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Should You Narrow Your Niche? Here’s the One Question to Ask

Should you narrow your niche? And what’s all this talk about niching, anyway? And if you’ve got a niche, how do you know if you should make it wider or narrower? Let’s dig in. What’s a Niche? Think of your … Read More

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Real and imaginary barriers

Running a business is hard. There are so many barriers to success. Sales, financing, delivery, marketing, recruiting, just balancing everything, knowing what to focus on next, etc. Yet we often make it harder on ourselves by creating imaginary barriers in … Read More

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