MARKETING AND SALES STRATEGIES

“Benefits, Not Features” Is the Wrong Way to Market

As a young marketer, I was always taught: “Write about the benefits of your product, not the features.”

This dusty old marketing approach is wrong.

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Marketing Basics: Nobody Cares About Your Products (Except You)

The biggest mistake I see with marketing (and I see it all the time) is when companies focus too much on their own products and services.

Many marketers steeped in the tradition of product advertising naturally feel drawn to prattle on and on about their products and services. But I have news for you. Nobody cares.

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Dear Twitter: Please Don’t Do It

Posted by David Meerman Scott 06:16 AM on January 06, 2016

Various media reports suggest Twitter is considering expanding it’s 140-character limit to possibly be as long as 10,000 characters.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded by talking about the history of the 140-character limitation (it fit into an SMS message) and how people engage with Twitter. But he also said the company will not be shy about exploring how to “build more utility into the product”.

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Don’t Tell Me to Share

Posted by David Meerman Scott 10:08 AM on December 15, 2015

Every day people email me things they want me to share on my social networks.

I get that. I’m on a bunch of lists as an “influencer” or as a journalist and it is very easy to find my contact details.

Just don't tell me to share!

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Obsessing Over Sales Forecasts Does Nothing for your Buyers

Recently I’ve been asked several times about my thoughts on sales forecasting.

Many companies spend a huge amount of resource micro-managing each salesperson’s pipeline so they can come up with forecasts of how many deals might close in a given month or quarter.

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Boston Olympic Bid Squashed by Social Media

Posted by David Meerman Scott 07:12 PM on July 27, 2015

Today, the U.S. Olympic Committee pulled Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games after Boston mayor Marty Walsh said he would not sign the bid documents if they left city taxpayers vulnerable to cost overruns.

The fascinating story behind the failed bid is of the importance of social media and how corporate entities and their big budget consultants frequently underestimate the power of a few people with keyboards to create a movement.

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Advertising Agencies Just Want to Make Ads

Yesterday morning as I normally do, I checked my Twitter feed first thing while enjoying a cup of black coffee. I noticed the following tweet from @petermccormack: @dmscott would love your thoughts on my article about the failings of online advertising. Peter included a link to the article.

Peter was advertising his product - a report called Online advertising does not work using traditional online advertising techniques! I gotta dig deeper on this one! So I grabbed a second cup of coffee.

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Safe is Too Risky

After nearly every talk I deliver I get questions and pushback about the idea of real-time communications. Sometimes it’s in the post-speech Q&A and other times people approach me privately.

What they say is very similar and more or less goes like this: “It’s very risky to communicate in real-time because in your haste you might say the wrong thing so I’m not comfortable with your ideas.”

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How's that working for you?

Posted by David Meerman Scott 03:53 PM on March 06, 2015

Because my books cover the new rules of reaching buyers directly in today’s real-time world, many people assume that I am against any and all traditional sales and marketing tools and techniques.

That’s not the case at all. I don’t think it is an either / or proposition. If something is working for you, by all means keep going! 

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When Venture Capitalists Are Worth Much More Than Their Money

In the VC world, there are people who are forward thinking, providing valuable advice to the management teams of portfolio companies. These are the VCs that you want to be associated with your start up.

And then there are VCs who are living the past who who therefore deliver terrible advice. If you’re looking for funding, beware of this latter group.

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