MARKETING AND SALES STRATEGIES

Personalization Is The Enemy Of Serendipity

Posted by David Meerman Scott 12:08 PM on October 04, 2017

I’ve noticed that more and more of my online life involves either actual personalization (I make choices of the content I want to consume) or AI generated personalization (such as when Amazon shows me products that it thinks I will like based on my prior spending habits). The problem with more and more personalization is the loss serendipity. It’s important to encounter “happy accidents” and losing those opportunities is a growing problem for all of us.

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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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American Express “Respect Your Privacy”? Only For 3 or 5 Years.

Posted by David Meerman Scott 02:51 PM on July 20, 2017

I signed up for an American Express card when I started my first job after university and I am proudly “member since” 1983. About 15 years ago added a Business Platinum American Express Card account as well. I’ve had excellent service with Amex. But I was very surprised to receive communications from them telling me that they were changing my privacy selections to allow unwanted telemarketing and direct mail without my permission and against my stated wishes.

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Don't Blame Technology For Fear Of The New

Posted by David Meerman Scott 04:09 PM on May 17, 2017

Fake news is the fault of Facebook! Uber drivers are dangerous! Oh the horror! We’re yet again going through a paranoid cycle where people who should know better are blaming technology for what humans do with it.

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IRRESISTIBLE

I’m a “zero email” enthusiast. I’m obsessed with getting my email inbox down to zero emails. It turns our millions of us have this same addiction. The problem with those like me who suffer with email zero is that with 300 or so emails a day, we spend so much time focused on email that we are never in the productivity zone. 

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Own Your Marketing Assets Instead of Renting Them

Posted by David Meerman Scott 12:22 PM on January 26, 2017

In the past several months, many more people than usual have asked me about advertising on the popular online ad networks like Google AdWords, Facebook Advertising, and LinkedIn Ads. While a few people report that they are still having success by investing in these networks, most people say that this form of advertising isn’t working so well anymore. I ask each of these people the same question, “Can you afford to rent your marketing?”

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Your Content History Should Live Forever

Want to know an SEO secret that almost nobody will tell you? Do not delete old content! Nearly all of your web content should live forever. It’s free to save pages on your site, so why delete them? Yet so many people do.

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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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Ivanka Trump Newsjacks Her Own RNC Speech with Sales Pitch for her Dress

Just a few hours after introducing her father, Donald J. Trump, before his address to the delegates at the Republican National Convention last week, Ivanka Trump tweeted a photo of herself on stage with a link to a Macy's store listing of the Ivanka Trump brand Sleeveless Studded Sheath Dress like the one she was wearing. 

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My Name Is

Posted by David Meerman Scott 03:56 PM on June 21, 2016

I get hundreds of pitches from people each week, mostly via email.

They want to tell me about their product or service or they want to sell me something. I’m sure you get a bunch too. Read More
David Meerman Scott

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