It is clear that there is an epidemic of business “double talk” out there and it has got to stop.
A surprising large percentage of e-mail messages don’t make it to your target when you conduct a large e-mail campaign. Many are snared by spam filters, fire walls, and some are eliminated by the delete key without being opened. The reasons for this e-mail mortality rate are many.
A marketing mantra is three to five words that describes how your business or offering is
different. It must be easy to say and remember while being easily understood. If it is in writing, it should leap off the page with authenticity and integrity. It can be used internally or externally. It should say how you are different instead of how you are the same.
A Sustainable Competitive Advantage (SCA) is a unique offering that is valued by your customer and is not available from the competition. It is not what you think it is or want it to be. It is what your customer believes be true that really counts.
Advertising is tough for most small-to-medium size businesses since it is expensive, difficult to connect with your target customer, and hard to measure for effectiveness. However, there some tricks when setting up your advertising campaign to ensure that the campaign’s effectiveness can be measured. The simplest method for tracking advertising is to ask the customer how they heard about your business or product. Most of the time, your customers will tell you exactly how they found you; this could be because of advertising or not.
Based on my last article about blogging, it is obvious that I am a big believer in this exciting new method of communication; it is a great way to create a unique dialog with your customers and prospects (and whoever else reads it). The branding benefits can be extraordinary and a blog can dramatically impact on your website traffic.
When I wrote my book, First, Best, or Different, I included a chapter on the importance of blogging. Little did I know at the time that blogging would become the core of own book marketing effort. Indulge me as I tell you about my own blogging story.
Escalation is a dirty trick played when one party has leverage or when there is still money on the table. Essentially, escalation is when a deal is almost done and one of the parties reopens the negotiation with a demand for one more concession.
If you put your proposal or ideas in writing, people will find them to be more believable. A proposal or idea, when presented in a written document, demonstrates to the other party that you have carefully weighed the options and have come to a decision.
With increasing frequency, the technology crowd has liberally branded new products as
“disruptive technologies”. I think it fair to say that most of these new offerings are not disruptive or even interesting, for that matter. They are new products, short and simple.