MARKETING AND SALES STRATEGIES

In Your Pocket Right Now

You have a printing press, television studio, photo lab, and radio station in your pocket right now. 

Your mobile device is an amazing sales and marketing tool and it is available to you 24x7. A few decades ago, such a thing was science fiction. Now it is science fact.

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12 Examples of How NOT to Use LinkedIn for Social Selling

Sales on social networking sites like LinkedIn can be tricky for people who are accustomed to the typically aggressive interruption style approach because online communities disdain overt commercial messages. Over the past several months, I’ve collected some of the ineffective ways people have used LinkedIn messaging to reach me and I include 12 of them here together with commentary on each.

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To Sell More, Behave Like a Friend, Not a Salesperson

“I’m fed up, and I won’t tolerate this anymore!” People just don’t want to be sold to. I’ve heard many variations on this theme from buyers in recent years.

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Successful Salespeople Are Content Curators

I see a convergence of sales and marketing via content to reach buyers. In my research of successful companies, marketing is using content to reach many people at once (targeted to buyer personas) while great salespeople use the very same content to reach one buyer at a time.

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Fearless Selling in 2017 and Beyond

As 2016 winds down, sales and marketing teams around the world start to plan for their 2017 calendar year. It’s going to be an exciting year because buyers are firmly in charge of how they do business with your company and once you understand the ramifications for this fundamental shift, you can reach them with a sales strategy that will drive success. Be fearless in 2017 and align your sales effort to influence them throughout the process.

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You Are What You Publish

Posted by David Meerman Scott 01:48 PM on September 22, 2016

As people evaluate products and services as well as the organizations they might want to work with, they often conduct independent research.

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Your Customers’ Buying Process Is Not Different

I am amazed at how many salespeople and their sales managers inherently understand the new buying process when they buy a product or service for themselves but insist that somehow the process is different for the business they run. They continue to sell using the old rules.

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The New Rules of Sales and Service Now Out in a Revised and Updated Paperback Edition

Today, the revised and expanded paperback edition of The New Rules of Sales and Service releases in bookstores and online in North America. It will be available in other parts of the world in the coming weeks.

I’m so excited that after a year of work, the new edition is out. Like the first edition published in 2014, in this updated work I show how to use agile selling, real-time customer engagement, big data, content, and storytelling to grow your business

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Is Angie’s List an Email Spammer?

I was researching contractors for a home improvement project and found myself on Angie’s List, a paid subscription website with crowdsourced reviews of businesses. In order to unlock the customer reviews, I purchased a membership for under ten dollars a year. That’s when the email started. No matter what I do, I cannot stop it.

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Sales & Marketing Basics: Align With The Way People Buy

The way people buy has changed.

We’re fed up with unwanted phone calls interrupting us at home and at work. We hate wading through hundreds of unsolicited emails. We’ve had it with intrusive social media messages. We’re tired of poor service from companies that don’t treat us with respect or that send us into a phone mail maze that wastes minutes of our time and never connects us with a living person.

At the same time, all of us — you, me, and all our existing and potential customers — turn to the web to solve problems.

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David Meerman Scott

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