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Convert Blog Posts to Video

The world seems to be moving to video (does this make me an old man for often preferring text?), but creating video content is harder and more time consuming. But if, as I’ve argued, every company is a media company, … 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

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

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

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

Language and the Pursuit of Happiness

Language and the Pursuit of Happiness (and Business)

Chalmers Brothers’ book, Language and the Pursuit of Happiness has a lot of interesting things to say about language and how it shapes our lives, both internally and our relationships. To start, he points out that we live in language … Read More

Zombie Deals

Zombie Deals: the obstacle to sales that you have hidden in plain sight

We have enough obstacles to sales but we often add big obstacles without meaning to. I’m talking about the undead, “zombie deals” in your pipeline. They never close and they never die, but you spend lots of time and energy … Read More

How to turn a sales conversation into a proposal

How many times have you had a great meeting with a prospect, had the prospect ask you for a proposal, think, “I’ve got this one”, and then sit down and realize the proposal isn’t going to be as easy as … Read More