Online training for ambitious entrepreneurs

Why 8% of sales people get 80% of the sales

Isn’t it amazing how often you express interest in a product or service, but never hear from the person or company again? It happens all the time. Research shows, amazingly, that only 20% of sales leads are ever followed up … in other words 80% of potential opportunities are lost without trace simply due to lack of follow-up. Interestingly, only 2% of sales occur when two parties meet for the first time. And 80% of sales occur only after at least five continuous follow-ups. You therefore must follow-up at least five times.

What is effective selling?

People sometimes say “There’s a born salesman!” But have you ever read or heard in the news of someone who gave birth to a sales person, or for that matter a lawyer, a doctor, or a criminal? Birth is given to boys and girls; everything after that is down to choices that are made and skills that are learned. And sales skills are life skills. Many people would never view themselves as a sales person. Yet There isn’t a single area of your life where you cannot benefit from sales skills. Teachers use sales skills every day. Preachers use sales skills. Police officers use sales skills. Mother Teresa used sales skills. And sales people use sales skills […]

How I created 3 great websites in 2 days

We put out the following message on Twitter one afternoon: “Have created 3 stunning websites in 2 days. Used to use vastly expensive web design co who took 6 months to achieve fraction of the same result.” That immediately excited massive interest. People clamoured to know how we did it. A professional web designer responded “Impossible … send URL’s please,” so we did. This popular post explains how it came about, what we did, and how you could do something similar yourself […]

What’s your definition of marketing?

What’s your definition of marketing? To a lot of people marketing is marketing is about running an ad tomorrow so you can have sales the next day. If only it were that simple! On one level effective marketing is about seeing everything from your customers’ perspective. On a deeper level it impacts every area of your business from identifying and attracting customers to getting and keeping customers, the only sustaining force in any business. In fact every single role in your business falls within the deeper marketing definition. Marketing should therefore be at the epicentre of your business.

Marketing your business in our age of mass empowerment

This is a large post, but also an important one if you haven’t fully embraced or adapted your marketing approach to today’s vastly changed business landscape. For 150 years mass marketing was about the ONLY economical way to get your message out there. But today we’re living in a new age of mass empowerment fuelled by commercial clutter, the rise of internet, sophisticated online search, social media, broadband, wi-fi and smartphones. It spells the end of mass marketing as we’ve known it for most businesses […]

Why bookstores have coffee shops and what that means for your website

Can you imagine trying to persuade Lady Gaga of anything? She is, after all, a clearly determined and opinionated individual. You would be facing up to a fairly formidable personality – you don’t get to be an international superstar by being quiet and open to persuasion. Maybe the reason that Lady Gaga is successful is she prefers tea to coffee. Lady Gaga is one of several […]

The Power of Persuasion

The ability to influence and persuade others is a critical skill if you’re in business. Some people seem to have an inborn ability to influence others. Those lucky few, who appear able to very skilfully and elegantly engage others are often unable to explain how they have come to possess such an important and essential business skill. But if we consider influence as a science, something else happens: something much more empowering and efficient.

Create an avalanche of qualified leads

Identifying prime prospects for your product, service or expertise can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. But that’s an easy challenge to overcome when you employ “Packaged information offers” in an effective manner, writes Robert Clay of Marketing Wizdom. Packaged information offers are one of my all-time favourite low-risk/high-return strategies for generating

How to be credible when you connect on LinkedIn

Do you automatically accept every connection request you receive on LinkedIn? I hope not because the value of LinkedIn comes from the quality of the connections you establish, NOT from accepting every connection request that comes your way. In a world full of potential spammers, there are several things you should look for whenever someone tries to connect with you. It should start with a personalised connection request that gives a good reason for connecting […]

How I use Twitter

After many requests I’ve finally written this article on how I use Twitter. It covers such things using Twitter to add to my knowledge and learn from people; the tools I use constantly; the topics I tweet about; how I plan my content sharing; who I follow and why; how I follow; and how I deal with spammers. So here goes … I use Twitter as a news source, to add to my knowledge, to maintain cutting edge awareness in my areas of expertise and to discover, learn from and engage with people globally who share similar interests. I also use Twitter as a publishing tool to share knowledge and information I come across which I believe will be useful to any aspiring market leader, entrepreneur, or anyone involved in […]

11 easy steps to a best-selling podcast on iTunes

Every day, your customers, prospects, and employees are inundated with information from e-mail, voicemails, spam and memos. So how do you get your important messages across to them in a way that doesn’t get lost in all of that noise? The answer is podcasts. Podcasts are the new way of distributing audio content. They are audio or video recordings that your prospects and customers can subscribe to, receive, download, listen to, or watch using a computer, iPod, M3 player, iPhone, iPad or smartphone […]

Is Relationship Selling Dead?

This excellent guest post by Jill Konrath, author of SNAP Selling and Selling to Big Companies, hits the nail on the head. She perfectly describes the challenges you face when trying to sell to businesses in today’s pressured world. And she kindly agreed to share the piece with you here. So is relationship selling dead? It sure