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How to sell

I’m writing this for anyone who owns or runs a company. If that’s you, you weren’t “born” a company owner; you probably came into it after working in some other specialty. Finance, engineering, programming, plumbing, baking . . . whatever. Now you have to make sales. As the owner, you need to know how to sell and how to direct and manage others who sell for you.

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SEO for CEOs: What you need to know

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of the more mysterious aspects of digital marketing; difficult to understand or manage, driven by arcane rules, and dominated by “leave me alone in my cave and let me work my magic” vendors. But it’s important; you can’t claim to be successfully engaging in online marketing without doing a proper job on your SEO.

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How to increase sales without salespeople: A real-world use case

I need to share a Big Truth that I’ve learned as a revenue coach, helping hundreds of CEOs market and sell more successfully: The behavior of the business leader making decisions about marketing and sales makes an incredible difference to the success of the company. The proper behavior of a business manager can be summarized in these two concepts:

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Real-world branding strategy: Your brand is the promise that you keep.

I have a real-world definition of branding strategy, based on working as a revenue coach for hundreds of companies and interviewing thousands of customers. It is this: “Branding is the promise that you make; your brand is the promise that you keep.” To help company leaders put this truth to work to increase their own revenues, I explain that they keep (or break) their branding promise with five tools: products/services; people; processes; policies; and passion.

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