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Creating a Personal Brand: Too Late! You Already Have One

Aug 3, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Advertising, Business, Marketing  //  No Comments

 

Like it or not, you’ve already branded yourself in the minds of your customers. That can be a good thing or a bad thing…

When we think about commercial brands, we tend to think of a name, logo, or slogan … anything that is used to identify and distinguish a specific product, service, or business. But on a more basic level, a brand is an identification mark … like when a rancher or farmer uses a branding iron to mark an animal to indicate ownership. A mark can also be a symbol of disgrace or infamy …

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Prospects from Heaven; Clients from Hell

Jul 31, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  No Comments


Sometimes that “client from hell” is of our own making. Here’s two things you can do to prevent miscommunication and misunderstandings.

If prospects are the honeymoon, then clients are the marriage. And wherever fallible human beings are involved, assumptions and misunderstandings are sure to follow. So how do you prevent the relationship, much less the design, from going “straight to hell”?

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Cheap at Twice the Price: Can Raising Prices Really Bring in More Business?

Jul 5, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  No Comments

Do higher prices mean less business? Or can increasing your rates actually bring in more business?

Last week, I explored the idea that raising prices can actually increase business. To many business owners, this is counter-intuitive. Most believe higher prices means less people will do business with them. But is that really the case? Some people have too much business because they charge too little. Others don’t have enough for the exact same reason.

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More Business than You Can Handle?

Jun 27, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  No Comments

Do you have more business than you can handle? If so, is that a good thing? Here’s how to keep from being overwhelmed by too many customers.

“I already have more business than I can handle” is one of the most common blow-offs you’ll hear when prospecting. The trouble is discerning if it’s really a blow-off or whether it’s true. Some businesses do have more business than they can handle. But why?

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Best Business Entity: Sole Proprietor or Corporation?

May 2, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business  //  No Comments

Is sole proprietor or sole trader the best business entity when first starting out? When should you consider incorporating, if ever?

Everyone who starts a business is faced with the challenge of deciding what type of business entity to be. Most default to sole proprietor or sole trader. But is that always the best option? When my partners and I set up shop, I talked extensively to my accountant and did my research. Here’s what we found out.

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Why Prospects Aren’t Looking for You: The Myth of the Self-Directed Buyer

Apr 19, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Advertising, Business, Internet Marketing, Marketing, Sales  //  1 Comment


In my latest SitePoint article, I talked about inbound vs. outbound marketing. In case the difference isn’t clear to you, here’s a quick definition of inbound marketing:

A marketing strategy that focuses on getting found by customers, where the customers find you through various search engine marketing efforts, social media, or word-of-mouth referrals.

Outbound or traditional marketing would be things like print advertising, direct mail, cold-calling, and television and radio advertising—essentially, anything a company does to find customers, as opposed to “being found.”

It’s become quite vogue to characterize outbound marketing as “old school.” But is traditional marketing really as dead or ineffective as inbound marketers claim?

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What Will You Do for a Living when the Web Is Dead?

Mar 29, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business  //  No Comments

Whew! This SitePoint post of mine certainly generated a lot of controversy, comments, and tweets.

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Quoting a Ballpark: Home Run or Strikeout?

Mar 20, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  No Comments

Is quoting a ballpark price always a losing proposition? Here’s how to turn a potential losing situation into a win.

It has all the markings of a lose-lose situation. Quote too high a price and you probably won’t ever hear back from him. But if you under-estimate the cost, you’ll look shady if you actually bid for the job and your proposal comes in higher. So what’s a poor web designer to do? Bite the bullet and throw out a number? Or tell him you can’t quote a price without knowing exactly what he needs? Here are a couple of approaches you can try…

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Finally Revealed! What Stapling Bacon to Your Face has to Do with Cold-Calling

Mar 16, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  1 Comment

In my latest SitePoint blog post, I finally reveal what stapling bacon to your face has to do with cold-calling, and I explain how to overcome the single biggest obstacle you’ll face when it comes to actually doing it.

Several years ago, the company I worked for held its international sales meeting, and reps from all over the globe came to our corporate headquarters in Los Angeles. I was asked to stand up in front of the group and make a presentation. Two of the reps from Australia approached afterwards to tell me they thought I’d done a good job. One of them expressed his fear of public speaking with this statement…

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More on Cold-Calling and Bacon Stapling

Mar 9, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  No Comments

In my last SitePoint article, I promised to show you if and how cold-calling can generate new clients. In this article, I’ll tell you why it works so well and reveal a deep, dark secret behind it (hint: it stinks).

In my last post, I promised to show you if and how cold-calling can generate new clients. As I mentioned in that post, the company I work for uses cold-calling and cold-canvassing as its primary means of getting business. That doesn’t mean we ignore other marketing methods. It’s just that we don’t just sit around waiting for people to respond to our mailers. We have a sales force on the street and a telemarketing team on the phones actively looking for new business.

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