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Email Marketing
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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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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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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don't call them email blasts
A few days ago, I was reading a blog where the term “email blast” was used – without irony! I’ve heard the expression many times in my career and shudder each time. To me a blast recalls an uncoordinated explosion – or to quote one dictionary, “a mass of hot air that moves quickly and...
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People often tell me they’re disappointed with a marketing program they’ve run – a telemarketing campaign, an email blast, or a booth at a trade show, for example. They’ve launched a single activity and hoped for an inflow of fresh, new leads. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. To run a telemarketing program this month,...
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Did the leads come in yet? I used to work in sales for one of the world’s largest consulting companies. Every year we participated in several large trade shows, such as Oracle World, SAP Sapphire, and NRF. Preparing for these events took incredible time and energy. The business case for participating in these events was...
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In her book, ‘eMarketing Strategies for the Complex Sale’, Ardath Albee describes a persona as: “a composite sketch representative of the customer you serve”. It’s a method of focusing on a prospect or client – bringing them into the mind’s eye – when creating content or building up an e-dialogue for lead generation and inbound...
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