MARKETING AND SALES STRATEGIES

Grain Surfboards Builds Success by Following the Grateful Dead

Several days ago I wrote about how Grain Surfboards turned their products into an experience. Besides selling wooden surfboards, Grain Surfboards also offers classes in how to build your own board. I took the 4-day class this past long weekend.

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How to Turn your Products into Experiences

Posted by David Meerman Scott 12:36 PM on October 20, 2014

In recent years, I’ve enjoyed a number of amazing experiences – many shared here on my blog - like when my wife and I went on an Antarctic Expedition.

I’ve got most everything I need product wise.  Sure, I got the new iPhone 6 plus because I wanted the larger size screen and better camera. But I normally don’t spend a lot of money on “stuff”.

But I do spend money on experiences!

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Cold Calling is Dead

My first sales job required me to make cold calls to bond traders and convince them to buy our economic consulting services. We had lists of names and numbers to contact that came from directories of people who worked in banks, securities companies, savings and loan associations, fund managers, and government agencies.

My sales colleagues and I would psych ourselves into the right frame of mind each morning by drinking a few cups of coffee, maybe telling each other a few off-color jokes (common in the 1980s testosterone-fueled Wall Street markets portrayed in the recent Wolf of Wall Street book and film), and discussing the latest stories in the Wall Street Journal. On a typical day we might set a goal to contact every person overseeing trading at all the savings and loan associations headquartered in Arizona.

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WaterField Designs great products and great web content

Posted by David Meerman Scott 05:17 PM on October 02, 2014

Michael Kane alerted me to a company called WaterField Designs, saying: “I know you like to write about interesting companies. You should check out WaterField Designs. They make all kinds of bags and sleeves for just about any device. I own several of their products and the workmanship and quality is outstanding. The coolest thing about their products is that they all made in the United States – in San Francisco!”

Mike was right to turn me on to WaterField Designs.

The moment I reached the WaterField Designs site I was hooked

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The power of SlideShare for social sharing

Less than a month ago, I released a presentation on SlideShare titled The New Rules of Selling.  Because many of you viewed the presentation and shared it on social networks, the presentation has been viewed more than 107,000 views as I write this. Thank you

In this article, I’ll provide some thoughts on why I think the SlideShare has been viewed so often in such a short time, and provide lessons learned so you can achieve similar results for your business.

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How OPEN Cycle communicates relentless simplicity to customers

OPEN Cycle, a company building an extremely lightweight and strong mountain bike, was founded in 2011 as a completely open company taking advantage of the new communication tools that I frequently write and speak about. As a brand-new company, the founders were able to create an organization completely around their vision of the company’s character and then set a goal to communicate that directly to the marketplace.

OPEN’s greatest assets are the fantastic engineering that goes into creating the best mountain bikes in the world, and the stories they convey to their customers about the bikes and the company they created. Everything they do is shared with customers, retailers, and vendors on social networks and via email in real time—it helps them build better products, keep existing customers happy, and grow their business.

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Blog redesign on the HubSpot marketing platform

One of the great things about Web content is that you can constantly change and improve it. I’ve just redesigned my blog, focusing on a cleaner and easier to read look.

HubSpot marketing platform

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My Best Business Advice for College Students

Posted by David Meerman Scott 09:43 PM on September 10, 2014

It is the beginning of another academic year in the USA and many other parts of the world. University students who are entering their third or fourth years are planning for that first job out of school.

So I thought it a perfect time to share a video interview I did last year on Behind the Brand TV with Bryan Elliott.

Bryan and I discussed what university students can do now to stand out in the future job market. This advice isn’t just for those in their final year. In fact it is more important for those starting their university education.

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Creating Ridiculously Good Content the Ann Handley way

Posted by David Meerman Scott 09:42 PM on September 10, 2014

The very clever Ann Handley has a new book due out in the next few days. I’ve seen an early copy and it is terrific.

Everybody Writes is your go-to guide to creating ridiculously good content to market you and your business.

With wisdom and an infective wittiness, Ann shows you how to take your writing from awkward or awful to electric or elegant. She’s your favorite teacher, cracking you up while her tough love gets you to do the work to improve.

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Video Interview with HubSpot CEO Brian Halligan about Inbound Marketing 2.0

Posted by David Meerman Scott 09:22 AM on September 04, 2014

The revised and updated second edition of the modern marketing classic Inbound Marketing: Attract, Engage, and Delight Customers Online by HubSpot co-founders Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah releases this week.

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