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The Ultimate Guide to Getting More Sales Referrals

We all love sales referrals. They make the easiest sales, the most successful customers, and generally make everyone happy. Last week, we talked about how to make it easy to track referrals not just quantity, but the dollar value of … Read More

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Referrals in the Internet Age… Let Me Introduce You

Referrals are the best leads. That’s why some of our favorite words to hear as business owners are, “let me introduce you to someone who might need your help.” Depending on who you ask, they are 2x, 5x, or infinitely … Read More

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Use Pictures to Improve Your Proposals

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and that can certainly be true when it comes to proposals. Don’t add pictures for the sake of adding pictures, but if you can use illustrations to advance the story, that … Read More

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My best productivity hack

Is anyone’s life slowing down? Work isn’t slowing down. Life isn’t slowing down. How do you handle it all? I’ll share a few things I do, including the simple, most useful, best productivity hack I’ve discovered recently. Get Control of … Read More

The Hero’s Journey

I spend a lot of time here on the 2 most important rules for proposals, which is really a version of The Hero’s Journey in short form: A proposal is a story, not a brochure. The hero of the story … Read More

Language Traps

I’ve spent a lot of time on this blog talking about how storytelling is important for sales (and marketing), and particularly the way language helps construct our reality, which means it can also lead us into traps. For example, how … Read More

ROI Calculators

Now you can embed ROI calculators in your lead magnets (or proposals). ROI Calculators are popular online because they promise to help your prospects discover just how valuable your offerings are. However, this promise is often unrealized because: Online calculators … Read More

Canyons and Bridges

When you’re selling, you want to close the deal quickly. But when you’re buying, you want to make sure you’re doing what’s right for you, which can be particularly hard if you don’t have a lot of expertise in the … Read More

Will the end of the movie business end your business?

In my last post, I made the seemingly preposterous claim that every business is a media business. Some people agreed, some people disagreed, but the hypothesis definitely caught people’s attention. So, it might be worth asking, what’s happening with the … Read More

Every Company Is a Media Company

Congratulations! In addition to your regular job, you also run a media company because every company is a media company. “That’s ridiculous!” We’re a consulting company, or a software company, or a law firm. Or we manufacture widgets. “We’re the … Read More