MARKETING AND SALES STRATEGIES

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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Better, Faster, Cheaper!

Posted by David Meerman Scott 04:30 PM on February 14, 2018

Many marketers obsess over the competitors and their work reflects that obsession. But this isn’t the best approach to communicating to existing and potential customers. Advertising frequently includes comparison with the competition: Better, faster, cheaper!

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As a Top Producing Agent

Posted by David Meerman Scott 02:23 PM on January 23, 2018

real estate agentToday I got a direct mail advertisement from the local office of Sotheby’s International Realty. Normally I just throw my junk mail into the recycle bin, but the headline of this particular piece struck me as missing the mark. “As a Top Producing Agent” is what it said.

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In 2018, Success Will Come From Telling The Truth

Posted by David Meerman Scott 10:03 AM on December 27, 2017

In a world of increasing scandal, with institutions playing fast and loose with the truth and people slapping “fake news” labels on content with increasing frequency, I predict success in 2018 will come from telling the truth. Always.

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Optimizing Annual Conference And Event Websites

I notice that most event planners who have a site promoting their annual conference delete the prior year’s pages, only displaying the current year’s conference information. That’s a mistake for many reasons.

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Content Neutrality From Amazon, Apple, Facebook, & Google More Important Than Net Neutrality

Net neutrality is in the news, but an even bigger problem is looming, the increasing lack of content neutrality.

The island mentality of the world’s largest technology companies including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google isn’t getting nearly the debate that it should. These companies seem to be so focused on keeping users locked into their own content technology gardens that they threaten the easy use of their products and services. 

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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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David Meerman Scott

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