MARKETING AND SALES STRATEGIES

Join Me In Panama At The Nature of Business Executive Program 2019

Back in 2011, I visited Panama for the first time and it was a life changing adventure. Since then, I’ve been back every year. Not only that, I invested in an eco-preserve in order to protect over 10,000 acres of rainforest and I co-founded Geoversity and its annual conference called The Nature of Business. We’re hard at work planning the next installment of this annual conference and this is your opportunity to be first in line for consideration to join us as one of just a few dozen global leaders in Panama February 5 - 10, 2019.

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Most Salespeople’s LinkedIn Profiles Are Terrible. Here’s How To Improve.

These days, when a potential customer begins the buying journey, he or she usually wants to learn more about their sales representative and the first place they are likely to go is LinkedIn. What will they find?

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Maybe Your Sales VP Is The Problem

We are now going through the biggest communications revolution in human history. Nearly every single person on the planet has a smartphone in their pocket and your potential customers are instantly engaged 24/7 to the companies they want to do business with.  The problem is that sales VPs and sales managers typically learned how to sell before the revolution and many insist on managing their teams based on the old rules that worked for them. 

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Expert Witnesses Find New Business By Newsjacking

Newsjacking – the art and science of injecting your ideas into a breaking news story to generate tons of media coverage, get sales leads, and grow business – is all about providing value. The content you create via a blog post, video, or tweet with a hashtag must have a direct tie to the news story, it must be timely, and it should provide a take on the story that helps journalists and others to put the story in context. Newsjacking is powerful when done right.

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The Salesperson Expert versus the Web-Educated Buyer

Prior to the ability for consumers to research products, services, people, and companies on the web and social media, salespeople needed to be the expert. The buyer didn’t have the ability to go online and conduct independent research; an important aspect of the sales process was the buyer’s education by the seller.

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Becoming the Buyer Expert in Your Company

In my days as vice president of marketing at several technology companies, I distinctly remember how difficult it was for my team of marketing professionals to command the respect of the salespeople in the company. No matter how much product knowledge we had, that wasn’t enough. We were finally successful in doing so, but only by becoming the company experts on our buyers.

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Las Vegas Fountains of Bellagio as an Awesome Marketing Asset

I was in Las Vegas last week speaking on New Marketing Mastery at Tony Robbins Business Mastery and as always when I’m in town I take in the Fountains of Bellagio multiple times. The free show happens many times per day and is one of the top attractions in the city, driving people into the luxury hotel’s high-end shops, restaurants, and casino tables. I was thinking about how the Fountains of Bellagio are a perfect bricks and mortar metaphor for giving away content on the web to drive people to your virtual storefront.

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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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How to Use Snapchat for Business and Finance

In the past year or so, live-streaming and short-form video applications for smartphones have become exciting new ways to share interesting aspects of life and business and gain new followers and customers as a result. The most popular applications include Instagram video, Twitter video, Snapchat Stories, and Facebook Live. In this excerpt from new 6th edition of my book The New Rules of Marketing and PR released July 31, I share how Rebecca Korn, a financial advisor and business strategist with Northwestern Mutual, uses Snapchat to generate new business.

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IKEA Back to College 2017 Microsite Includes Great Content for Both Students and Parents

I love the Back to College 2017 microsite from IKEA. It’s a wonderful example of the concept of buyer persona based content marketing. “An empty nest shouldn’t empty your wallet. For parents and students alike, college moving day is bittersweet. But sharing the experience together is a chance to make memories.”

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David Meerman Scott

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