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Before Generating Sales Leads, Get Your Ducks In A Row

Marketing In Real Life

Most sales and marketing pros focus on generating sales leads. Just get people to the Website!” or “Just make the phones ring and our sales people can take it from there,” are common demands of marketing teams.

Are these outdated advertising techniques killing your response?

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Material Handling & Logistics magazine recently posted this gallery of full-page ads from the 1960s and three key differences from today’s advertising immediately jumped out. See what they are and how you can use the design elements of the 60s to develop effective creative today. Advertising

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Businesses that Support Customers Through Coronavirus Disruptions to Earn Long-Term Loyalty

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The business disruptions, closures, cancellations and postponements triggered by the coronavirus, along with the rampant fear, instantly cost companies billions of dollars.

Beware Your E-Commerce Return Policy

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Big companies like Amazon.com can absorb returned items without much consequence. But for small businesses on Shopify, Squarespace, Wix or another e-commerce platform, every sale calls for a celebration and every return a funeral.

The Retailer’s Guide to Marketing Data

Retailers are faced with extraordinary challenges – from changing consumer needs to unpredictable twists & turns in the economy. Learn how innovative retailers use zero-, first-, second-, and third-party data to find their best customers and drive repeat purchases.

How to adjust B2B advertising for viewing on phones

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Digital magazines are getting more views than ever so the value of the B2B advertising space has increased accordingly but it hardly matters if the ad's look and message fail to translate to the phone.

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Tradeshows Reach Same People as Trademags, Btw

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Tradeshows were thought to be dead circa 2002 yet nobody told the thousands of manufacturers and distributors that continue to invest in exhibit space. In fact, tradeshow attendance has been impressively strong for years.

How to B2B marketing like top retailer

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Manufacturers that deliver sales messages via multiple channels at the same time, all the time, enjoy higher name brand awareness, more leads and Website traffic, and greater sales opportunities than competitors. Retailer Tahoe Dave's serves a potent lesson in how to launch an integrated marketing program. Marketing

How to determine marketing budget for B2B

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I'm often asked how much money to budget for B2B marketing - usually towards the end of the year when annual budgets are being developed. Most people already have a ballpark number in mind. And they wonder what other people with companies of a similar size are budgeting – isn't there a basic starting point? As a starting point or rule of thumb, budgeting two percent of sales has a long tradition but from a review of several different companies, it doesn't really work for many companies at all.

How to take advantage of your trade show marketing profile page

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A review of exhibitor trade show profile pages and corresponding Google Analytics accounts for several manufacturers reveals companies uploading news, articles, spec sheets and other content marketing to their trade show profile pages attract more Website traffic and sales leads from show attendees than those that do not stock their profile pages with quality content. What a shocking surprise!

Going to Market Smarter in the New Economy

In 2021, as companies continue to move more functions online, employees will take a more virtual -- and flexible -- mindset and lifestyle in parallel to the digitization of businesses. To succeed, you must change the way you conceive and build new products as a digital business. Download the report today to discover more!

10 Ways to Write Stronger Personnel News and Get Free Publicity

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Nearly everyone reads, or at least skims, the personnel moves sections in magazines and email newsletters to see what competitors are up to, what long lost colleagues are doing and to find new prospects.

Beware Industry Lingo in Search for B2B SEO, PPC Advertising

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Words people commonly use in everyday life have very different, often twisted, meanings in industry. In the chemical industry, you don't need cucumbers for pickling. In the laundry industry, you may take the cake from one machine to another but you don't want to eat the cake. Using these words properly in advertising, Websites, articles and other marketing materials establishes a connection with the target audience and demonstrates you're a member of that audience.

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Best Advertising in Powder Bulk Solids August 2018

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For our latest advertising spotlight, these ads earn applause for standing out in the August 2018 issue of Powder/Bulk Solids. Since it reaches 37,040 print subscribers plus thousands more digital edition subscribers and costs several thousand dollars per page, advertisers would be wise to pay attention to what drives response, consider the needs of the target audience, minimize techno-speak and avoid being too cute and clever. Advertising

Outstanding Classified Advertising Must Stand Out

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Classified advertising and directory advertising offer an alternative that reaches the same target audience as more costly display advertising. While large, display ads can command attention simply by dominating the page, small classified advertising needs to work much, much harder to get noticed. Often sized at a mere 1/16 of a page or at one column by a couple of inches, these ads face a number of factors working against their success - and ad size is just one factor.

The Definitive Guide to Remote Sales Coaching

Have you struggled to onboard, train, and provide continuous learning opportunities to your salespeople due to the abrupt shift to remote work? If so, you’re not alone. Sellers are relying on virtual selling more than ever. With in-person sessions no longer feasible, many organizations are looking for alternative methods to support their salespeople.

Best and Worst Advertising in Packaging World July 2018

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Advertising in Packaging World reaches nearly 60,000 print subscribers plus thousands more digital edition subscribers and costs several thousand dollars per page so advertisers would be wise to take full advantage of the exposure and work hard to ensure a healthy return on the investment. Some companies failed. Here are the best ads in the July 2018 issue. Advertising

Twitter Multiplies Impact of Publicity

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Placing press releases, articles and other content in magazines and Websites reaches thousands upon thousands of prospects and customers but do you realize just how much more exposure your publicity can generate with Twitter? Social Media

Niagara Falls Destination Marketing with a Smile

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Visitors bureaus and destinations invest huge amounts of money to get visitors to spend their precious little vacation time at their attractions. Yet they often overlook or fail to understand it’s the little interactions with front line employees that make people smile, return, and tell their friends and family to visit, too. Here's what one employee did for our family at Niagara Falls, New York. Business Life

Video Boosts Impact of Publicity

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Several magazines that already republish your news on their Websites are now also embedding videos from your YouTube channel to add value for their readers. Video

The Forrester Wave™: B2B Marketing Data Providers, Q2 2021

In our 24-criterion evaluation of B2B marketing data providers, we identified the 11 most significant vendors — Data Axle, Dun & Bradstreet, Enlyft, Global Database, InsideView, Leadspace, Oracle, SMARTe, Spiceworks Ziff Davis, TechTarget, and ZoomInfo Technologies — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps B2B marketing professionals select the right one for their needs.

Direct Mail Scores 21% Percent Response, Wins Election

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When it came time for me to run for local office in a write-in campaign, I took my own recommendation and turned to direct mail. Yes, I won. Find out by how many votes. Direct Mail

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How Customer Service Fails Infuriate Marketing Managers

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Customer service fails infuriate marketing managers and waste precious marketing dollars. On this anniversary dinner in a restaurant overlooking Lake Tahoe, one, surly waitress turned an otherwise perfect evening into an experience worthy of a training course for the hospitality industry. Business Life

Customer Service Wins = Marketing Wins

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The closer we got to the Sierra-at-Tahoe ski area, the more crowded it looked, and the more tension I could feel building from all sides. When finally directed to turn around and park on the access road without even getting close enough to see the mountain, the uncertainty grew. It could have been a customer service fail but this quick article reveals what the parking lot attendant did to save the day and turn a fail into customer service win that also won one for the marketing team.

What people think when the intern designs your advertising

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You think you saved a few dollars having the intern design your advertising. Here's what everyone else thinks about your decision-making. Advertising

11 Email Deliverability Strategies to Reach the Inbox

With nearly 1 in 5 emails from U.S. senders failing to reach the inbox, deliverability challenges still plague senders and prevent email campaign success. Check out this deliverability guide for actionable strategies and real-world examples of companies applying smart inboxing tactics.

Are these outdated advertising techniques killing your response?

Marketing In Real Life

Material Handling & Logistics magazine recently posted this gallery of full-page ads from the 1960s and three key differences from today’s advertising immediately jumped out. See what they are and how you can use the design elements of the 60s to develop effective creative today. Advertising

How to generate B2B leads with PR for content marketing

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Industrial companies relying on high profile public relations programs for lead generation already understand the power of PR in commanding visibility and driving their sales efforts. But thanks to the Internet, these savvy marketers are enjoying access to ever larger numbers of prospects and generating ever larger numbers of highly qualified sales leads. Their PR has become immortal as online content.

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Paul Entin in the News! Comments for CNBC, NY Times, Internet Retailer

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An effective public relations program integrating feature articles, press releases, videos and other content delivers quantifiable returns as sales leads, clicks and social media engagement. But its more powerful abilities have a hard time fitting into a metric that can be neatly measured like clicks. Among these abilities are buzz, brand recognition, positioning for leadership and more. Public Relations

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New York Times: Business plans relics of the past?

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When I was contacted by a New York Times reporter writing an article about whether startups still need to write a business plan, I was happy to offer what I'd learned after writing two business plans for two, different companies that secured two microloans - and helped get them paid in full.

The Ultimate Sales Coaching Guide

Sales coaching is a training format that allows the leaders in your organization to share their valuable experience with the rest of your sales teams. It’s an interactive approach to sales training where sellers get to practice what they’re taught and use information in real-life scenarios.

Writer admits images more powerful than words

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As a writer, it's hard to write this but while images and words working together deliver far more impact in advertising than either working alone, if I'm forced to choose either images or words to convey a message, I'll choose the image almost every time. Advertising

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Sales Training Is Practice, Do It Before the Game

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Ready to sign the advertising contract, I called the sales rep to verify the numbers and get a premium ad position but the rep was out of the office for sales training. How ironic! Unavailable to close the sale to attend training to learn how to sell? Business Life

Customer service: really worth going the extra mile?

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It was the clear, cold, windy prelude to the next day's blizzard and our firewood pile wasn't going to last through the storm. I tried to call the guy around the corner with the gigantic firewood pile but could not remember the name of the company. Finally, he showed up, then this customer service lesson happened. Business Life

We didn't have to pay, but I'm grateful we did

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We'd agreed to sell our company with the expectation that the parent company would go public within the year. Then the dot com bubble burst. Here's what happened when the parent company refused to pay our staff. Business Life

4 AI Hacks to Make Sales Teams More Efficient

Over the last two years, there’s been a 76 percent increase in AI adoption across sales organizations. For sales teams, AI opens up a world of new possibilities, including automating outreach, identifying best-fit buyers, and keeping CRMs flush with fresh data. Read on to learn the four AI hacks sales teams need to improve their performance. Download the eBook today!

Airlines and oil prices – is media anti-biz or really that dumb?

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Newscasters on CNBC, Fox, CNN, Bloomberg and other stations have asked their guests in recent weeks why airlines won’t cut their prices since the price of oil and, therefore, jet fuel, has dropped. Framing the discussion in this way implies the price of a ticket is determined based on the input costs. Of course, it is not, and to even imply that reveals a stunning lack of business acumen from journalists who claim to be experts in the field. The price of a ticket is based on: Economics