2018 Pipeline Planning

2018 Sales and Marketing Pipeline Planning

We’ve all done our 2018 sales and marketing pipeline planning already, right? He he. 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 … Read More

Mimiran Robot and MeetEdgar Octopus

How to Exponentially Increase the Value of Your Content (With a Robot and an Octopus)

“Content Marketing” is all the rage these days, and with good reason. Rather than the traditional approach of filling web pages with meaningless corporate jargon about how awesome you are, why not provide some actual value to the visitor, right? … Read More

All the customer cares about is price!

Have you spent months carefully developing an opportunity, invested hours in creating a polished proposal, only to have the prospect tell you that they went with a cheaper option? We’ve all been there. It’s frustrating and we might gripe, “they … Read More

The Answer’s Easy, but What’s the Question?

When I was a kid, we had to learn to use the encyclopedia to look up information. The school library had a couple of sets and it seemed like a vast world of knowledge. Of course, sometimes I’d want to … Read More

Mimiran Referring Contact Sales Referral

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

whiteboard picture to improve proposal

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

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

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