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It’s about Profit, Stupid

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

Unless you follow tech news, you probably don’t know about the Apple vs. Android debate raging over who is really winning the smartphone wars. Android fans claim that Google, with over 50 percent of the market, is the clear winner; while Apple proponents point out that comparing the two is comparing apples (no pun intended) to oranges because the iPhone is a hardware device and Android is software—an operating system installed on multiple third-party devices.

But both sides of the debate are apparently moot, because it turns out that Apple only needs 4.2 percent of the market share to win.

That’s because Google doesn’t make anything when an Android phone is sold—they didn’t make the device and the OS is open source, meaning free. Apple, on the other hand, makes a hefty profit on each iPhone.

So while Android has captured over 50 percent of the smartphone market, Apple has captured over 50 percent of the smartphone profits.

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Make Your Print Ads Interactive with QR Code Marketing

Oct 27, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Advertising, Business, Marketing  //  No Comments

You may have seen these bizarre-looking symbols on a store front or Realtor sign and wondered what it was. These are QR Codes—scannable bar codes that act like web hyperlinks. A cell phone users scans it and is directed to a website, video, or a URL on the Internet.

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One-Year-Old Thinks Magazine is an iPad

Oct 16, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business  //  No Comments

Behold the consumer of the future.

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Marketing in a Post-Recession Economy

Oct 9, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Marketing  //  No Comments

Is the recession officially over? Most economists are saying that the recession ended somewhere between July and September of 2009. Maybe I missed something. Or maybe economists just make good money. How does that saying go…? “It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose yours.”

Just in case we didn’t get the memo and the recession really is over, here’s the first item on the post-recession agenda.

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Are You Hot or Not? Local Search is on Fire

Oct 1, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Marketing  //  2 Comments

Predicting the future is always risky business. But a recent article, Four Mega Trends Shaping the Future of Commerce, gives an insightful look into what that future might hold.

In the next decade, we’ll see more change in the commerce landscape than in the past 100 years combined.The reason? Four mega trends being driven by consumers are dramatically changing buying and selling habits as we know them. Merchants of all types—from brick-and-mortar retail outlets to non-profits, to manufacturers and even those selling online—need to ensure they’re keeping pace or risk going the way of Blockbuster, Borders and the dinosaurs.

One of those trends is the merging of mobile and local search which, according to the article, “is leading to the creation of entirely new business models and opportunities for merchants and consumers alike.”

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Outbound Marketing is Dead! All Hail Inbound Marketing

Sep 29, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Marketing, Sales  //  No Comments

The following was a guest post at TMR’s Direct Mail and Marketing Blog.

In their book, Waiting for Your Cat to Bark?: Persuading Customers When They Ignore Marketing, Bryan and Jeffrey Eisenberg say that …

…customers want to enter into dialogs with businesses, to establish relationships, participate in the conversations, and be more in control of the exchange. They expect a level of personal communication tailored to their needs and wants—relevance and context are their top priorities. (p 41)

That sums up the philosophy behind inbound marketing in a nutshell. Customers are in control. They TiVo past commercials, subscribe to commercial-free satellite radio, circumvent pop-up ads with pop-up blockers, opt out of receiving phone books, and use caller ID or the “do not call” registry to avoid telemarketers.

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Don’t Just “Propose”… Sell!

Aug 9, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Marketing, Sales  //  No Comments

Sometimes, “selling” is a dirty word to the those of us in the professional services industry, and we do everything we can to avoid appearing like that’s what we’re doing.

… I would do anything to avoid directly asking for the sale—especially if it meant I had to quote a price. Instead, I took the softer, gentler approach and buried the cost somewhere on page nine of my 10-page proposal. But after a few years, I began to grow weary of the “prepare a proposal and hope” strategy.

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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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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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Put Your Marketing Machine in Motion

Feb 8, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Advertising, Business, Marketing, Sales  //  No Comments

I’m conducting some intensive training for the lead generators I manage and oversee, based on curriculum from appointment setting expert Scott Channell. I’ve broken the training into four distinct phases. Although this is specifically geared towards cold-calling, the steps in this process apply to any type of marketing you do.

The first step in the process is What to Say when you have a decision-maker’s attention. Whether that’s over the phone or on your web site, you’re going to have to plan in advance what you’re going to say. If you don’t have something very compelling to tell them, you will lose them. Without the right message, even the person who has a need for your product or service will tell you ‘no.’

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