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Dave Brown
At the beginning of each New Year comes a rash of articles listing the essential tools, talents and resources needed to be successful in the coming year. This year was no different. One of the “prepare yourself for 2018” pieces I read outlined the 8 essential skills that every sales person should possess in order...
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A few decades back (yes, I’ve been in this business a while) the sales execs at SAP (where I worked) talked about their “golf course lead” – which usually arrived on Monday morning. Way before the days of social media and internet marketing, one of the top tactics for filling sales funnel was the cold...
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I’m often asked to give talks on digital marketing. At the beginning of each session I ask the audience to raise hands if they are delighted with their digital marketing programs. A hand or two may be seen, but not always – there are times when all hands stay down. So, I then ask for...
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buyer persona development
A while ago I ran a marketing program for a disaster recovery solution provider. These are the people who ensure your servers are up and running and your data remains secure. It was a multi-channel marketing strategy launched with a publication and promotion of an ebook. We had set a target of 150 downloads of...
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email marketing
Thinking about a Japanese garden brings images of simplicity, order and calm – a well-placed rock, a pool, a small grove of bamboo focuses the mind. To quote one authority on Japanese gardens, “The minimalist approach applies to all aspects of gardening. The overall design should have smooth, clean lines and no unnecessary flourishes… with...
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what is new in website design
“We want to redesign our website to make it look up to date. Can you help?” I’m sure that many marketing agencies hear this from time to time. We certainly do. Just like fashion, what’s considered “cool” in website design changes frequently. Apple and Salesforce were once considered trend setters with their slick, engaging sites....
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go-to-market messages
“All the great inspiring leaders and organizations in the world … all think, act and communicate in the exact same way, and it’s the complete opposite to everyone else.” So, starts a remarkable and thought-provoking TED talk given by Simon Sinek. As Sinek points out, most organizations can describe WHAT they do – the familiar...
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great marketing content
By nature we are lazy creatures – there’s really not much we can do about that. The gravitational pull of the couch and the remote control on a Saturday afternoon comes from eons of evolutionary forces that led us to conserve energy when we weren’t engaged in searching for food, finding a mate or protecting...
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We craft ourselves a nice piece of content, do proof reading, add graphics, and we’re ready to go – perhaps not knowing that inside every piece of content are little “bombs” waiting to explode.  Well, not bombs exactly, but “signals” that directly impact the ways readers respond. Consider signals as components of content – with...
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marketing message be familiar
We are bombarded by thousands of marketing messages every day – to survive the daily onslaught of information we selectively process and recall just a handful.  It’s estimated that of the thousands of messages we see and hear on a daily basis, we remember just four.[1] For content marketers, that’s a huge wall of noise...
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