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Marching to the Add Value Beat for Small Businesses

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Isn’t your life crazy enough without having to worry about the “add value” beating of the drums by small business coaches to strategic business growth consultants? Seems like everyone has some idea of how you can add value to win more business.

Egos Run Amok in the Small Business Quest to Increase Sales

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Yesterday in speaking with a small business owner over lunch (this was a social media Facebook friend that I had yet to meet in person), I realized egos running amok are probably one of the major reasons for the inability to increase sales.

Is Your Small Business Online Presence Your Achilles’ Heel?

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Yesterday I received a LinkedIn invite from a second degree connection who said she was a social media and online business consultant. Today, any small business (defined by under 20 employees) must have a viable online presence.

Forward Thinking Small Business Owners Make Time For…

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“Got no time” is not a statement you will hear from any forward thinking small business owners. No, these small business leaders will make time for: Answering the phone. Continual education. Working ON the business.

Sales CRM for Small Businesses with BIG Ambition

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Small business expert Rieva Lesonsky recently wrote that 2013 will be a year that small businesses “go for it” with small business optimism rising. If you are a small business with BIG ambition, Leads360 Express is for you.

Sustainability Is Small Business Common Sense

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Sustainability is a popular word in today’s small business climate. What we do not hear as frequently is that sustainability is small business common sense. These smart small business folks recycled paper, recycled adding machine tape and recycled carbon paper.

Baldrige A Small Business Bridge to Increase Sales

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Mention Baldrige to some small business leaders and receive one of these responses: What’s that? Yet this relatively inexpensive business process improvement resource is a bridge to not only increase sales, but to create that coveted culture of high performance.

True Leadership Goes Beyond Education

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Yesterday I was listening to a visitor to a monthly mastermind group of small business owners talk about himself and how he became involved in this one, multi-level marketing leadership program. Leadership and really sustainable, true leadership goes beyond education.

The Answer to the Madness of Myopia for Sales and Small Businesses – Part 1

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How many small business owners and even sales professionals eventually succumb to this ever increasing disease, the madness of myopia? Triage Business Planning provides clarity and addresses these critical, sometimes forgotten key elements for sustainable business growth.

The Best Ways to Promote Your Small Business Event

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From ribbon-cuttings to charity auctions, every small business wants to draw a customer-friendly crowd to its event. Pick a charity that fits your business. The post The Best Ways to Promote Your Small Business Event appeared first on VR Marketing Blog.

Walk Softly When Marketing Your Small Business

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Social media has exploded the marketing possibilities for any small business. Maybe this is because of all the now “LinkedIn experts” who are providing advice as how to increase sales leads through this very popular business to business site.

Talent Management The Best Biggest Change in 2013 for Small Business Leadership

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Keeping the best and the brightest has always been part of talent management for small business owners. Yet, today this role will soon become the front seat driver if not the driver for any small business. 4 – Failure of Public Education. #5

Hearing Is Believing through Education Based Marketing

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Would you believe consumers, customers or clients need to hear about your small business more than twice to believe your marketing message? And what better way to accomplish this believability or trust factor than through education based marketing?

Why Is Sales Training Important for Small Business?

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Why is sales training important for small business? The first general answer is that everything is important to small business. This is not the economic climate where any organization, small or large, can afford to stress one or two areas and let another slide.

Exceptions in Small Business Sales Are the Rule Not the Exception

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A recent Twitter response to a posting about relationship selling in small business sales revealed a buyer had bought an expensive new car without any relationship. small business increase sales relationship selling Sales sales pitch Sales Training small business sales

Hiring Efficient Salespeople for Your Small Business

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I think that a lot of us in the business world take sales for granted far more than our predecessors did. Unfortunately, not all businesses and products will be able to take off this way. So when you run a small business, should you hire someone to do sales for you?

When Big Business Helps Small Business to Succeed

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Surviving in today''s turbulent business world is tough. According to Wells Fargo and the National Federation of Independent Business'' Education Foundation, about half of small businesses disappear within five years. In some cases, small business failures are the result of a lack of access to capital. Other contributors to small business failures include non-payment of taxes, lack of strategic planning, and a lack of management experience.

March Madness: 5 Small Business Lessons to Take Away

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Are you wondering if your small business can benefit from March Madness? It can, and you don’t have to run a popular sports bar; nearly any business can learn some valuable lessons from the month of madness, some even as simple as the power of simplifying your sales.

The Big Lie About Social Selling

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Unfortunately a lot of small businesses are buying into this lie and spending their hard earn profits. Business to business networking. Social media sites provide new marketing channels and thus new opportunities to educate and better qualify the ideal customer.

How Marketing Awards Are Like Coaching Certifications

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These folks remind me of executive coaches, small business coaches and life coaches who shout out about their coaching certifications. After 10 plus years as a small business coach, I have only been asked that question by other certified coaches.

What ‘The What’s It Cost?” Question Reveals

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Small business owners want to grow. And I shared with the qualified prospect that I did not have enough knowledge about where his small business was, where the small business wanted to go and what was getting in the way to this growth.

The Problem with Marketing, It’s an Ongoing Decision Making Process

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Marketing continues to be the number one barrier to strategic business growth. To avoid the problem with marketing requires a consistent decision making process to ensure strategic business growth. Send another thank you or even a small gift to the person who made the referral.

Benefits of Sales Training for Small Business

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In order for any small business to thrive, its products must sell in the right way. The amount of sales will determine the revenue or profit your business will earn. Sales training also helps place your business above your competitors.

4 Tips for Small Business to Attract New Customers - Think.

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Topic: 4 Tips for Small Business to Attract New Customers. 4 Tips for Small Business to Attract New Customers. Perhaps unknowingly, he also highlighted the benefits of shopping from small stores. Two decades later American Express is making the same emphasis, urging customers to shop small during the holiday season, and dedicating the Saturday after Thanksgiving to small businesses. 4 Tips for Small Business to Attract New Customers.

Is The Next Generation in Sales Stewardship?

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Given a large household or estate is truly a small business or organization, then a salesperson is truly a steward of keeping the accounts (customers) and within the sales process does actively direct affairs.

29 Ways to Collect Email Addresses for Your Business

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Create a “sign up” call to action on your Facebook business page. Do the same for any business cards you may receive. Have your employees mention the newsletter and emphasize the benefits (exclusive discounts, events, educational info, reminders, etc.).

Are You the Hare or the Tortoise in Your Marketing Approach?

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This little story exemplifies the marketing approach embraced by many small businesses. Again, he raced to the sales pitch and wrote: “That’s fine… Our products work for individuals, families and businesses. Do you remember the Hare and the Tortoise fable?

Whiners Are Scarcity Thinkers

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Between elected officials to small business owners to every day people there are a lot of leaders whining about this or that. For employees, business partners and even family members, it is hard to follow whiners as leaders. What we need here in the business world, the U.S.

Small Business Innovators – Back to the Roots

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Editor’s Note: We’re constantly amazed at the innovations we see happening in small businesses every day. Their ultimate goal with Back to the Roots is to build a sustainable business that is profitable, while helping both the environment and their community.

What’s In Your Marketing Action Plan?

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All small businesses and sales professionals should have their own marketing action plan. Small Business Coaching Tip: The keyword here is ACTION. Small Business Coaching Tip: If you cannot measure the result of your marketing activities, you cannot manage them.

Crafting a Powerful LinkedIn Introduction Message

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LinkedIn is one of the most powerful marketing tools that small business owners, entrepreneurs and sales professionals have at the touch of their finger tips.

Really, Sales Has Changed? Poppycock!

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Today’s buyers are better educated (for the most part). All these now better educated buyers can be viewed as an competitive advantage or disadvantage. Better Educated – A Competitive Advantage. Better Educated – A Competitive Disadvantage.

When Is the Time for No Free Consulting?

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Time is something many small business owners and sales professionals have in vast or short quantities depending upon their current sales and business growth.

Are Salespeople Really Expensive?

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First glance at this headline many mid-size to small business owners to even sales managers probably internally believe “heck yes, my salespeople are expensive.” I wondered if something is happening in the mid-size to small business world?

Sawbucks Are Better than Free

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In education based marketing, many small business owners to savvy entrepreneurs engage in free offerings from assessments to actual consulting time to marketing webinars to sales training coaching workshops.

Curiosity and Discontent: Words to Live—and Sell—By

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Read the speech that helped to shape my perspective on education, sales, and life in general. This young girl chose a speech entitled “Curiosity and Discontent: The Value of a College Education.” Curiosity and Discontent: The Value of a College Education.

Simply Speaking an Elevator Pitch Is a Short Story

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In the small business world much emphasis is placed around what is called the elevator pitch or 30 second elevator speech. From our early education years, we know that a short story has a beginning, a middle and an end. Each elevator pitch also has 3 parts: Introduction such as person’s name, role and the name of the small business. The small business focus from an emotionally engaging value or results driven perspective.

Why Words Matter More than Ever in Business to Business Sales

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” That’s why the words you use matter and why business to business sales “pitches” fall flat. The lesson for business to business sales leaders is loud and clear: Choose your words carefully.

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Are You Shooting Yourself Before You Open Your Marketing Mouth?

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Within the first 10-20 seconds, others have considered your education, your economic, social levels and if you are trust worthy. This is especially true in business to business networking events. I recognized her and knew her small business to be one of business coaching.

7 Tips to Real Estate Agents’ Success

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1 Tip – You Are a Business. First and Foremost YOU are a business. This means that you are a small business and must run your practice as a business. Again, remember you are a small business owner. #2 Building a small business is not easy.