There’s an old saying, going back centuries: “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” One of my very smart clients said he had a mentor who quoted that old saying, but then added, “This is why I always look for thirsty horses.” I’ve been smiling about that ever since.
If you want to increase sales you need to gather and display something I’m calling “Peer Proof” in all of your communications to your prospective buyers. Doing so will mean you can finally compete effectively against all of the companies in your industry that have already figured this out. In other words, if you aren’t
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.
Branding strategy is usually an “inside” affair, created in windowless (or now virtual) conference rooms. “What do we want to be known for? What is our mission? What do we do better than competitors?” What’s missing from this conversation? Customers. Who buys your product or service? Customers. No wonder so much marketing doesn’t work. My
Lately we have been talking about the customer’s Mindset and the critical role it plays in your marketing. If you really want to know how to increase sales, that’s the factor that you need to focus on first. I’ve been defining the customer’s Mindset, at the start of their buying process, as the combination of
Most websites are brochures on a screen. Which is kind of silly, given that the visitor is more than happy to click around, take advantage of offers, and even answer a few questions, if you ask at the right time and in the right way. Website engagement is the new frontier.