How to Keep a New Initiative Alive

Jun 06, 2014

Bell Telephone developed the first automatic switchboard in 1910 after projections indicated that by 1925 every adult woman in America would be needed to staff the manual switchboards that were in place. Do you think the new innovative automatic system was an immediate hit with telephone customers and the industry experts? Well, probably not with everyone:

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Tags: Blog, risk, marketing, resources, the innovator's dilemma, customers, companies, persistence, culture, learning, innovation, organizations, growth, balance, conflict

Lake Wobegon Marketing Strategies

May 01, 2014

“Where all the solutions are best-in-class, the ROI is proven, and customers are engaged.”

Sounds great, doesn’t it? If you are a fan of Garrison Keillor who reports the news from Lake Wobegon – a fictional town in Minnesota – on the radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” you probably recognized my spin on his tag line; “Reporting from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.” It’s a fun show, and I’m sure you would enjoy listening.

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Tags: Blog, ROI, marketing strategy, solutions, capabilities, customers, proven solution, radio show, achievements, business, news, garrison keillor, leading provider, lake wobegon, organization

Create Your Own Formula for Success

Feb 28, 2014

I grew up in Grinnell, Iowa, a small town in the rural Midwest. It’s not exactly the place you would expect to find the most prolific scoring basketball team in the nation. Grinnell College’s run-and-gun offense is considered unorthodox, even chaotic, but it is fun to watch. Grinnell’s record as of February 22nd is 18 wins and 5 losses. In the second game of this season, senior guard Jack Taylor scored 109 points, the third highest in NCAA history in a 173-123 victory over Crossroads College. According to Head Coach David Arseneault’s book titled “The Running Game: A Formula for Success,” his strategy is based on five basic principles:

The team must take at least 100 shots in a game. The goal is to attempt a shot every 12 seconds and try to get the ball back within 10 seconds.

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Tags: branding, Blog, marketing, social media, Customer Acquisition, service, customers, audience, creative, strategy, organizations, relationship-building, loyalty

Traditional Sales Techniques are Obsolete

Feb 25, 2014

In a world where people spend most of their day (including their spare time) using their cell phones and computers, companies have to use different techniques to reach their target market. It’s not about going door-to-door or making 50 calls a day anymore.

Cold calling is outdated. Social media websites have changed the landscape of sales and are becoming a quick replacement for connecting over the phone. Communication via email and social media channels like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter (which have millions of user available to connect with) make it easier to reach out to customers. Instead of making multiple calls in one day, it’s much more common for a company to send a message to a company they consider a prospect.

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Tags: Blog, facebook, google, Twitter, sales, LinkedIn, marketing, social media, WebEx, customers, internet, pinterest, Google Hangouts, connecting, digital, Dropbox

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