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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

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

How not to connect on LinkedIn

Here’s a recent screenshot of my LinkedIn connection request screen: They’re both using the same spam template. Without accepting either request, I asked who was running their LinkedIn campaigns. (No response yet.) I get a lot of connection requests like … Read More

The Reconnection Challenge

I’ve been thinking (and writing, and coding, and acting) a lot about the importance of connections. Not just social media connections, but actual social connections, which take time to nurture. Social media should (and can) facilitate real connection, but often … Read More

Mimiran Call Mode

Call Mode: An easier way to make sales calls

Most people don’t really enjoy making sales calls. I’ve found that if I’m doing a good job helping prospects, not just selling them, the conversations are easier, more fun, and more productive. But knowing who to call next can be … Read More

Making Sales Call Easier

If there’s one overriding theme beyond the Mimiran product, it’s: “automate around Reuben’s weaknesses.” One of those weaknesses is calling people. I’m getting much, much better, but it’s still not my favorite thing, and I’m still behind where I should … Read More

Creating the Right Lead Magnets for each Stage in the Buyer’s Journey

Your buyers’ journey will determine how you should offer Lead Magnets (pieces of content offered in exchange for email and/or other contact information) to lay out stepping stones to make the journey easier. Put the wrong stone in the wrong … Read More

2018 Pipeline Planning

2019 Sales and Marketing Pipeline Planning

We’ve all done our sales planning for 2019? If you’re a bit behind, like some people I’ve heard about, you can use this quick pipeline planner to get a sense of how many leads you need, what your close rate … Read More

Nail Your Marketing Message

Who do you help? What’s different about your approach? How can you get this message to resonate with your audience? Try this simple “Mad Libs” style marketing message generator. Just plug in values in the blanks. Play around. See if … Read More

Word of Mouth Marketing Michael Katz Blue Penguin Development

Are you maximizing word of mouth and referrals?

Referrals are awesome, right? Just because I’m a big fan of “growing beyond word of mouth”, doesn’t mean I hate referrals. On the contrary, I love referral business. When I did consulting, all my business was word of mouth. (And … Read More