The Competitive Advantage
September 4, 2012
After attending a conference this fall… don’t let the flame go out. Nurture those leads!
Our industry offers up some great conferences, particularly in the fall of the year – CASRO, QRCA, ESOMAR, MRA, TMRE and so on. They are all great places to learn and (wait for it…) network.
That’s right… these conferences provide you with the chance to meet with prospective clients in a non-threatening environment. Whether it’s during a conference session, at a cocktail reception or on the exhibit floor, conferences give you the opportunity to shake hands, swap business cards, do a little personal “selling” and lay the groundwork for future business conversations.
But then you head home from the conference… return to your back-to-normal business routine… and before you know it, that pocketful of business cards representing a number of warm leads now has a thin layer of frost on it.Continue Reading
August 14, 2012
A Checklist for Conducting your own Sales Audit
Last week, we discussed ways to step back and take a look at your marketing with a fresh set of eyes. This week, let’s apply that same philosophy to your sales effort…Continue Reading
July 18, 2012
Exhibiting at a conference this fall? Get your event marketing plan in place!
You’ve committed thousands (maybe tens of thousands) of dollars and several days of several people’s time to exhibit at a conference this fall. The worst thing you can do is just show up and hope it goes well. As the popular business book is titled, “Hope is not a strategy!”Continue Reading
July 10, 2012
Webinar – Creating a Winning Marketing & Sales Plan: 40 Tips in 40 Minutes
When: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 1:00 pm Eastern Time / 10:00am Pacific Time
Who: Sponsored by Quirks, presented by Harpeth Marketing
What: Developed for the owners, managers and hands-on marketers at research firms, this free webinar provides an overview of the process for creating a clear, functional marketing and sales plan, along with tips and tricks for implementing each phase of the process. In this fast-paced session, you’ll explore:
- The basic structure of a marketing and sales plan
- A simple way to develop a profile of your best clients
- The keys to setting effective marketing strategy
- Why your success is in the details
- Easy ways to manage your marketing and sales efforts
- Why a lot of money is NOT necessary for successful business development
- And much more
Where: For details and to register online, click here.Continue Reading
July 5, 2012
Hiring your first sales rep? Consider these 7 “must-dos” first…
If you’re about to hire your firm’s first sales rep, then let me congratulate you on taking a very big – and vitally important – step for your firm. Having someone other than the principal(s) of the firm do your selling is an important and often scary thing to do. You’re letting go and relying on “an outsider” to help make you successful. But until you do, you’ll never be able to realize your firm’s full potential.Continue Reading
June 27, 2012
Dramatically Improve your Marketing with A-B Testing… it’s Easy and Free!
There’s an old saying that I really like… “That which is easy to do is also easy not to do!” Evidently, that sentiment applies to A-B testing in marketing, because almost no one does it.Continue Reading
June 21, 2012
If You’ve Got it, Flaunt it… using Case Studies
Do you do good work? Have some completed successful projects? Have you helped your clients find insights in new and unique ways?
No doubt, you have. But are you using those success stories to help build your brand and enhance your credibility? If not, you should be… through the use of Case Studies.
A Case Study is a fact-based, somewhat ‘clinical’ way to tell a success story. In fact, it’s a “proof source.” And it’s because of this approach that Case Studies have a high level of acceptance in our industry. Do great work… tell the facts of the project… improve the perception of your firm.Continue Reading
June 18, 2012
Do you KPI? 3 Steps for Enhancing your Marketing & Sales Measurement.
One of the great business truisms of all time… “You can’t manage what you don’t measure!”
If you haven’t defined the most important marketing & sales KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for your firm and monitored them consistently, here are 3 simple steps for getting started.Continue Reading