MARKETING AND SALES STRATEGIES

Transform Your Business With Buyer Personas (the new book)

Posted by David Meerman Scott 10:29 AM on March 09, 2015

This week marks the official publication of the new book Buyer Personas: How to Gain Insight into your Customer's Expectations, Align your Marketing Strategies, and Win More Business by Adele Revella.

It’s a book I’ve been waiting for because I’ve been talking about buyer personas for nearly ten years but have always wanted much more detail on this important strategy so I can share with people who want to transform their business.

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How Content Influences the Buying Process and Grows Business

Today when people want to buy something, the web is almost always the first stop on their shopping trip. In any market category, potential customers head online to conduct research. The moment of truth is when they reach your site: Will you draw them into your sales process or let them click away?

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Optimizing the Past: Content Lessons from the HubSpot Blog Team

Content drives action.

Content is the best way to reach buyers.

Content is King. (And President and Pope and Queen as well).

So how do you create great content? How do you understand your buyers, create compelling content that educates, informs, and entertains them, and then how does that content drive action and grow business? And what are the implications for ROI?

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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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The New Rules of Sales and Service - my new book - releasing soon!

I’m so excited I might pee in my pants!! (Don’t worry, I’ll be careful not to.)

My new book, The New Rules of Sales and Service: How to Use Agile Selling, Real-Time Customer Engagement, Big Data, Content, and Storytelling to Grow Your Business is nearly ready to ship.

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Silver Oak Cellars builds passionate fans through social media “bottle stories”

After I delivered a talk called “Business Lessons from the Grateful Dead” to a group of enthusiastic company leaders at YPO, I had a chance to spend some time with David Duncan CEO of Silver Oak Cellars, a producer of delicious and distinctive Cabernets from Napa Valley and Alexander Valley, California.

Duncan told me about the importance of social media for his winery and how they communicate with the passionate fans of his wines. Like other CEOs active on social networks who I wrote about in my recent post The #Social CEO Drives Business for their Company, Duncan is an enthusiastic supporter of content creation and social media engagement at his company.

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Sales Benchmark Index lists its competitors on its new site

Posted by David Meerman Scott 05:59 AM on July 22, 2014

Sales Benchmark Index, a sales and marketing consultancy focused on helping B2B companies make the number, recently updated their site.

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Gathering of the Vibes music festival drives success with family buyer persona

Posted by David Meerman Scott 12:21 PM on June 28, 2014

Last month my daughter Allison invited me to join her to see Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros at the Boston Calling music festival. It was an epic invitation because Allison, who is soon entering her final year of university, has become a live music fan based on my taking her to shows since she was seven years old. We’ve attended other festivals including Lollapalooza and Projekt Revolution and have seen close to 100 bands together since that first B-52s and Go-Go’s double bill when she was small.

Back then it was my musical taste that ruled. But now Allison is in charge, introducing me to new music! What a great way for a father and daughter to bond over a shared passion.

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Micro targeting with big data

This morning, my wife Yukari Watanabe Scott noticed a fascinating advertisement on her Facebook. The ad, for LendingTree, depicted a mixed-race family with one child.

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Three out of four customers annoyed

I have exercised in over 100 hotel gyms. Some are great, fully outfitted with the latest gear. Some are tired and broken down.

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David Meerman Scott

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