Marketing Planning

Your Business is a System

In this week’s Moment of Clarity I share my thoughts on how seeing your business as a system can help you improve and grow your business.

About fifteen years ago I completely disassembled an old Corvette I bought in a fit of bad judgment at a swap meet. Every bolt. Every washer. Every piece of wire.

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Eat Your Vegetables.

My friend Matt Shultz sums up marketing strategy thusly. Companies want to eat their dessert first. We all love the sexy stuff of marketing dessert – web sites, brochures, videos, etc. But nobody wants to eat their vegetables first. Marketing strategy is the vegetables.

And if you want a healthy sales program, you have to eat your vegetables.

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Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

When it comes to creating a sustainable funnel of customers, throwing more money at the problem isn’t the answer. A wise man said “That’s like giving a bicycle to a fish.” That wise man may have been slightly drunk but I think he was on to something.

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It’s Not the Plan. It’s the Journey.

Forget about those binders full of data. Focus on the journey to get the real value of planning. In this video I talk about the real reason you need a marketing execution plan. This week’s Moment of Clarity is a humdinger if I do say so myself.

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Nobody cares about you.

In this Smash Podcast I tell you the cold hard truth about prospects that you need to accept so you can start reaching them with more relevant messages and calls to action that actually work.

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What kind of car are you? And Other Stupid Questions You Should Never Ask Clients.

I’m a huge believer in polling your customers to uncover key insights into how they buy, what they think, how they evaluate similar suppliers, etc. In fact, most of my assignments start with customer phone interviews, because the information uncovered during these conversations is priceless when it comes to developing a strategy that is truly relevant to the people who actually buy your products or services. Fundamental marketing. I get it.

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The Consultant’s Dirty Little Secret

A wise man by the name of Ed Schwarzkopf once said “People view consultants as guys that know fifty different ways to make love but don’t have a girlfriend”. I’m going to use bad language in this video. Specifically the word “Consultant”.

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