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5 Worst Trade Show Blunders

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Without qualifying, the rep openly shares pricing, competitive information, and trade secrets.  . 5.  4 reps at more than one booth sit in chairs texting as 30 people walk right by…… The main theme around many of these blunders comes back to how the rep “feels” about the company they work for. On the flip side, I talked with many professional people that truly “bled” their company colors. Last week, I spent two full days walking the floor in Orlando at the International Builder Show (NAHB). ” 2. ” 3. ” 4. Filed under: strategy.

5 Secrets to a Successful CoTY Award Binder

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” Some companies are not wordsmiths, so they find someone to help them. According to Tim, this is where a lot of companies fall down. It’s that time again, the deadline for CoTY Award Binder Submissions is 1 PM Thursday, September 29, 2011. just got off the phone with Tim Chase from NARI-MN. Here are Tim’s Secrets to making your project a winner. 1. Tell your story. good story will stand out and is just as important as the photos. According to Tim, “The idea is to do this part really well.” Choose your words carefully. Choose Photos Carefully. script.

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How to add the neighbors to your database

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Last fall I was invited to an open house, hosted by a Minneapolis Design-Build company at my neighbor’s house down the block. The event was VERY well attended, and everyone who saw the project was impressed by  the quality of the work. Last week I learned that this same builder is hosting a cooking demonstration at a local showroom. But he had not sent me an invitation. Step 1. Step 2.

Do homeowners tweet about contractors?

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Katie is a marketer for a B2B technology company. Yes — not all but some — Like Katie Wolfe of St. Paul Minnesota. Like lots of young women she’s savvy about social media. Guess how many twitter followers she has? And she’s following 538. That’s a pretty decent social network! She tweets about stuff she likes, including High Road Heating and Cooling.

B2B Loyalty, The B2C Way

Find out how consumer loyalty principles can help B2B companies reward, recognize, and engage their customers

Word of Mouth Marketing

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Subtitle is “How Smart Companies Get People Talking&# It offers “simple, actionable things you can do.&# I was putting on my lipstick yesterday, when I happened to glance at my bookshelf. And spotted a book that belongs on everyone’s shelf: Word of Mouth Marketing , by Andy Sernovitz. There’s a website too: www.wordofmouthbook.com. Filed under: strategy.

If you are better, you should look better.

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The owner of GreatWay Roofing, Rod Menzel, was inspired to rebrand his company when he attended a conference and learned about Blue Ocean Strategy , a book by W. Menzel defines branding as a company’s effort to build lasting value by delighting customers. For Menzel, this was the reason he changed his company’s name and logo — at the time they were too similar to others in the market.

Keeping customers engaged takes communication

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rarely encounter companies or individuals — in any industry — who practice this level of discipline in their customer-interactions. Greg advises creating a system for keeping prospects engaged, but that gives you “time to cross your t’s and dot your i’s.&#. But what should the system look like? Doing so takes effort, practice, and training.

The Doing-Not-Doing Matrix

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This is an example of something that is very important – because it has a significant impact on closing rates and repeat business – but few companies have mastered. 3. I was recently invited to a talk by Phil Styrlund about adding value to B2B relationships, sponsored by Vistage. How the Doing-Not-Doing matrix works. Going clockwise starting at the top left, brainstorm: 1. Keep doing it. 2.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Collaborate with industry influencers: marketers must creatively build advocacy and content amplification outside the company as well. customer/stakeholder goals of my company, and what do I need to make. company sales rep, it becomes even more vital that both groups understand the buying process from. There will be more companies developing SLAs between sales and.

Help Customers find you on Google — it’s free.

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current listing can help drive traffic to your website, I noticed one company on this list has 20 reviews! If you Google “remodeling&# in Minneapolis, here’s what you’ll see: Is your business listed here? By now you’ve noticed the map – with local business results – that Google often displays at the the top of their search results.

Fertile vs. sterile customers

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Am I not more valuable to your company, than someone who spends twice as much, is also satisfied, but just isn’t the recommending type? Customer Referral Value (CRV) = Customer Lifetime Value (CLV) + the value of the referrals generated. An article in the August issue of Customer Relationship Management discusses a nifty metric: Customer Referral Value (CRV). Want to know more? Kumar

What is a marketing strategy, anyway?

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And it won’t change very much unless there is a major shift in the environment or company circumstances. While making final preparations for a Business Builders session on Marketing Plans, I went looking for a simple explanation of  “marketing strategy.” ” It’s a concept that gets thrown around — but without a clear definition. marketing strategy is the WAY you will create customers. Basically there are four things you need to keep in mind about marketing strategy. 1. Marketing strategy is shaped by business goals and strategy. Referral strategy).

NARI Minnesota CoTY awards

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The benefits of being an award-winning company are obvious: 1) Feels good — provides a much-needed morale boost for staff and owners. 2) Publicity — Award winning projects are “newsworthy&# and are more likely to capture the attention of editors. 3) Bragging rights — winning awards is hard evidence of your company’s prowess that you can use in your marketing. 4) Buyers DO notice — at a recent party, I asked a fellow who was doing his kitchen how he selected his remodeler. I heard through the grapevine that CoTY entries are down this year.

NARI Minnesota CoTY awards

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The benefits of being an award-winning company are obvious: 1) Feels good — provides a much-needed morale boost for staff and owners. 2) Publicity — Award winning projects are “newsworthy&# and are more likely to capture the attention of editors. 3) Bragging rights — winning awards is hard evidence of your company’s prowess that you can use in your marketing. 4) Buyers DO notice — at a recent party, I asked a fellow who was doing his kitchen how he selected his remodeler. I heard through the grapevine that CoTY entries are down this year.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Collaborate with industry influencers: marketers must creatively build advocacy and content amplification outside the company as well. customer/stakeholder goals of my company, and what do I need to make. company sales rep, it becomes even more vital that both groups understand the buying process from. There will be more companies developing SLAs between sales and.

Get a jump on link-building

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For example, if you are a company that specializes in green remodeling, you might look for blogs and websites written for consumers who are specifically interested in reducing the size of their carbon footprint, or in saving energy. It seems everyone in the building industry is buzzing about search engine optimization or SEO — the practice of  optimizing your website so that you will “be found&# by the search engines. Competition to top search engine results for long-tail search terms like “St Paul Remodeling&# and “minneapolis custom cabinets&# is intensifying.

How are you showing up?

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According to Ronn –  culture is your company’s personality — it’s how you and your staff show up everyday. It’s also the unwritten rules that everyone in your company lives by. Just returned from Southview Design Landscape Contractors business partner breakfast. One of the presenters was a fellow named Ronn Lehmann. Ronn is an “outside crackpot&# (some people call them consultants) who specializes in culture. For customers, for suppliers, and also for each other. Things that are critical to sustainability and growth. Where are you now?

I want to grow revenue in 2010. Should I hire a sales rep?

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First, instead of building a marketing program that works, many companies bounce from one activity to another – never sticking with a plan long enough to see and measure results. Second, most companies spend much less time, money and effort on marketing than they do on sales. Revenue was off in 2009, and you want to stabilize it, or increase it over the next few years. You have existing sales reps that sell, so why not hire an additional one to go out and beat the street for you? Before creating and posting the job description, keep reading: Are your expectations realistic?

Referral Tips for Home Improvement Pros

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Most are common sense, but few companies have truly mastered all of them, so there’s always room for improvement. While preparing for our presentation on Wednesday, Jan 20 – Nothing Left to Cut, Now What? – I came across these simple tips for creating more referrals. Make sure your clients understand your service. Keep them informed about your products and services, especially if you expand or improve your offering. Build referral time into your meetings. Let people know in advance you will be asking for ideas. Seek phrases and praises. Be worth talking about. Show appreciation.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

Collaborate with industry influencers: marketers must creatively build advocacy and content amplification outside the company as well. customer/stakeholder goals of my company, and what do I need to make. company sales rep, it becomes even more vital that both groups understand the buying process from. There will be more companies developing SLAs between sales and.

How to write a press release

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You can also include editors and writers on your direct mail list and send them newsletters and promotional literature, just to build general awareness of your company.). 2. I recently received a call from a friend who was planning a benefit concert: she wanted to know how to write a press release. pointed her to PRweb’s article, Tips, Guidelines and Templates for Writing an Effective Press Release , a very good how-to summary. Unfortunately, she’s a little late — her press release should have been sent three weeks ago. Pay attention to media calendars. No such thing.

You too could be a winner!

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Entering makes sense for a few reasons: 1) Feels good — provides a much-needed morale boost for staff and owners. 2) Publicity — Award winning projects are “newsworthy&# and are more likely to capture the attention of editors. 3) Bragging rights — winning awards is hard evidence of your company’s prowess that you can use in your marketing. 4) Buyers DO notice — at a recent party, I asked a fellow who was doing his kitchen how he selected his remodeler. Just received an email from NARI about the COTY Awards. The Power of Corporate Awards (About.com).

Is there a downside to Facebook?

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Last week a client called to ask a question: We’re thinking of creating a company Facebook page, but before we do… is there a downside? Make sure you have one or more people in your company who are willing to participate. 3. To become a “fan&# I have to really care about helping that company, or cause succeed. 6. Whoever you are – as a company, as a person – sites like Facebook and LinkedIn make it easy to put your stake in the ground, say what you believe, share what you know. Here’s some of what we talked about: 1. Don’t be dull.

Webinar for job seekers

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Companies still have needs. Most of us know someone who is looking for a job — sometimes because we’re ready for a change, sometimes because change has been forced on us. My good friend, Jill Konrath , is hosting a free webinar for job seekers. If you know someone who is looking for a job — perhaps a client, or former-employee — tell them about it. Jill knows her stuff! Complimentary Webinar for Job Seekers: Creating Opportunities Using Get Back to Work Faster Strategies. Date: Thursday, July 23 at 1 pm ET. Register now for this free session: [link]. FTAF 1.

12 Noteworthy Examples of B2B Companies on Instagram

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So, what does this mean for B2B companies? This is the key element I am referring to: Instagram allows companies to tell their story without any interruption. As I previously mentioned, Instagram is a key social media platform for B2B companies to start and/or strengthen their brand storytelling. Instagram is a social media platform unlike any other. Microsoft. HootSuite.

One Company | One City | One Lattice

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Let’s start from the beginning – I had five months to find an awesome city with an amazing venue to pull off this awesome event that our company had never experienced before. Every great company kick-off needs to have an inspirational theme. Not just any culinary challenge – this one involved marketing and selling your food to the rest of your company. San Diego – check! Check!

Five Videos Every Company Needs

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What comes to mind when you think about companies using video? Many companies also use video to sell. But video can do even more for your company. Here are five videos every company needs in 2016. The post Five Videos Every Company Needs appeared first on Act-On Marketing Blog. For many people, the Dollar Shave Club video is high on the list. Again, great!

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Email Marketing for Manufacturers and Industrial Companies

Industrial Marketing Today

He considered marketing emails to be nothing more than […] The post Email Marketing for Manufacturers and Industrial Companies by Achinta Mitra appeared first on Industrial Marketing Today. Email marketing often gets a bad rap because most people are fed up with the deluge of promotional emails they receive every day. This is only a content summary.

Three companies using IT for dramatic transformation

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I used to work for a big global company. ” We discussed the fact that in many companies, the IT Department is still a “cost center” and not strategically integrated into marketing and sales functions. Technology is kind of the blood coursing through our company’s veins these days. used to work for a big global company. It is a necessary evil.

How to change your company culture for marketing success

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I used to work for a big metals and mining company called Alcoa. It might make more sense if you knew that the company was the subject of the most famous lawsuit against a corporate monopoly in U.S. Alcoa actually lost the suit, leading to the break-up of the company into smaller parts that eventually grew into the company’s competitors. Company culture rules.

Five steps to establish a content-creating company culture

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I’ve worked with a number of large and small companies to help them develop a culture of content creation and there seems to be a few common themes that enable success. Here are some steps that launch a company toward a vibrant culture of content creation: 1. The first question many companies ask is, “Where is all of this content going to come from?”

How Your SMB Company Can Adopt ABM Tactics

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We keep hearing that ABM is recommended for mid-sized companies and above, or rising brands with high lead volume. You just need to be laser-focused on accounts that matter to your company. So, here is a breakdown of how you can use account-based marketing, no matter what size your company is. We want to be just like them. But, we’re afraid we won’t fit in. No, it doesn’t. That

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Is Marketing Automation Right for Every Company?

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Analyst David Raab reports that for companies under $5 Million in revenue, marketing automation penetration is a miserly 5 percent. Even at mid-size companies ($20 Million – $500 Million), the figure is only 10 percent. Which begs the question: is marketing automation right for every company? However, specific factors make certain companies better candidates than others.

5 Common Marketing Challenges Agencies (and Companies) Face

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Over the past 15 years in business we’ve encountered many obstacles that are common to most companies, and we’ve learned a few ways to overcome them. Note: This article is written from an agency perspective, but the issues apply to most companies at one time or another. So if you’re an in-house marketer, just replace “client” with “company” as you read.). Marketing is hard.

5 Reasons companies are bringing their marketing in house

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Here’s a significant trend described in a very fine digital marketing  research report from SoDA — in the past year there has been a dramatic spike in the number of companies who no longer work with outside marketing agencies — 27 percent, up from 13 percent in the previous year. The shift in North America is a little higher — 28 percent. have a few thoughts about it. One

Study shows social media usage surging at large companies

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The University of Massachusetts released its annual survey of social media usage at Fortune 500 companies and the trend continued to heat up, although these mega-companies continue to lag INC 500 companies, non-profits and universities in their application of social media to marketing efforts. Eight of the top 10 companies (Exxon and Berkshire Hathaway do not). Tweet.

Successful Companies Create Successful Customers

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Customer success is the hallmark of a great company. For a B2B software company like Lattice, success means our customers are improving the efficiencies of their sales and marketing organizations, and increasing revenue. The post Successful Companies Create Successful Customers appeared first on Lattice Engines. business customer service predictive analytics success stories

Why are America’s fastest-growing companies killing their blogs?

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Are America’s fastest-growing companies shifting away from blogging as a primary social media platform?  ”Maybe” could be a conclusion based on new research examining the INC 500 from The Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts. 500 is Facebook with 74% of companies using it. Only 24% of the companies have a formal social media policy.

Survey says: ANZ Companies use social media for business

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The results posted in this graphic show an important part of the study in relation to how it can help your company get increased press exposure and social mentions. The post Survey says: ANZ Companies use social media for business appeared first on Biznology. Influencer Marketing Social Media/PR ANZ companies influencer social media social media influencer Social Media Use.