Help Marketing Know Buyers Well Enough…
Monday, 8 Jun, 2015
Help Marketing Know Buyers Well Enough…

Hi Everyone: I’m sending you something quite different this week; I hope you don’t mind but I find this topic important. My good friend Ardath Albee sent me this note below, asking us to vote for her to receive a grant for something near and dear to my heart: to develop new capabilities for the field of marketing enter the buy path earlier. Please read her sweet note and see if you can get behind this by voting for her. If she wins the grant, I trust that she’ll use the funds to help us all be more successful.

Content Marketing that Converts
Monday, 1 Jun, 2015
Content Marketing that Converts

“Content is king”. I’ve heard that phrase for years. But what does it mean?

When Should a Seller Gather Information or Understand Needs?
Monday, 4 May, 2015
When Should a Seller Gather Information or Understand Needs?

PART 2: Do You want to sell? Or have someone buy? Part 1 redefines buying thus: The process a buyer goes through…

Questions: The Problems and the Possibilities
Monday, 30 Mar, 2015
Questions: The Problems and the Possibilities

I recently accepted a cold call from an insurance guy because I was thinking of switching providers.

Motivation Is An Inside Job
Monday, 9 Mar, 2015
Motivation Is An Inside Job

Why do we do what we do? What causes us to succeed, fail, procrastinate? Is it our environment? Our biology? Our New Year’s resolutions? There’s much debate why our motivation goals fail and how to resolve them. I believe we’re addressing the wrong issues.
WHY PROMOTING BEHAVIOR CHANGE CAUSES RESISTANCE
Everything I’ve read on resolving “motivation” issues focus on behaviors: why, how, when. Courses, keynote speakers, books, attempts to pump up, stimulate, and otherwise inspire. All trying to cause the ineffective behaviors to change to effective ones. But change doesn’t happen this way. Motivation involves both shifting beliefs, and creating new…Read more

Using Buyer Personas During Pre-Sales Stages
Monday, 2 Mar, 2015
Using Buyer Personas During Pre-Sales Stages

Buyer Personas do a great job targeting marketing and sales campaigns to reach the most probable buying audience. But it’s possible to make them even more efficient.
Here’s a question: Do you want to sell/market? Or have someone buy? The belief is that if you can sell/market appropriately – the right campaign to the right buyer with the right solution at the right time – buyers will buy. If that were true, you’d be closing a helluva lot more than you’re closing. Sure, Buyer Personas make a difference in your close rate. But it could be higher.