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Creating Value Propositions That Sell

Nov 12, 2010   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Marketing  //  No Comments


In a SpongeBob SquarePants episode, Mr. Krabs sees a group of tourists outside his restaurant, the Krusty Krab. With dollar signs in his eyes, he hurries out to entice them inside. As they scurry past, he shouts:

“Don’t you want to give me your money?”

Needless to say, they continue on without giving him so much as a moment’s notice.

Whether it’s busy tourists or busy decision makers, no one cares about what you want or what you’re selling. That’s where a strong value proposition comes to the rescue. Jill Konrath, author of Selling to Big Companies, defines a value proposition as:

…a clear statement about the tangible business results customers get from using your product, service or solution.

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What Every Business Owner Can Learn From Apple

Aug 27, 2010   //   by John Tabita   //   Advertising, Business, Marketing  //  No Comments

I just read an interesting analysis [pdf] of the “Get a Mac” ad campaign… you know, the ones with the nerdy businessman (“I’m a PC”) and the cool hipster (“I’m a Mac”) politely bantering about which is superior.

The long-running commercials have won advertising awards, been praised by Mac users, denegrated by PC loyalists, and parodied numerous times on sites like YouTube. There’s even a website where you can watch all 60+ commercials.

But the ultimate success of any advertising campaign is, How much did it affect sales? Here are the results:

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“It Works!”

Jul 9, 2010   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  No Comments

Any good salesperson worth his salt knows that no one buys anything on the basis of a product’s features, that to communicate value you must translate the feature into a benefit.

“Features versus benefits” is Marketing 101. Yet, even if you master the basic skill of effectively translating features into benefits, you’ll may still fail in the final and most crucial step of the buying process – triggering the need or desire that causes your prospect to act.

You see, it’s not the benefit per se that motivates a person to buy. It’s power-packed words describing those benefits that trigger the emotions which motivate us to spend our money, time or energy. In other words, people buy because of the emotions associated with the benefits, not the benefits themselves.

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What Not to Do in a Sales Call

Jun 5, 2010   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  No Comments

Too little product knowledge is a dangerous thing …

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Facts tell, but stories sell… well, most of the time

Apr 17, 2010   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  No Comments

Storytelling is a great way to involve your client and close a sale … unless you get too involved, that is.

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Is Cold Calling Really Dead? (Part 2)

Apr 13, 2010   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  No Comments


In my last post, I took issue with a particular sales consultant on what I considered to be blanket statements he made regarding the so-called ineffectiveness of cold calling.

In all fairness to his expertise, the author did outline an effective alternative to cold calling:

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Is Cold Calling Really Dead?

Apr 9, 2010   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  No Comments


In case you didn’t get the memo, it appears that cold calling is offically “dead” – at least according to one expert. In an article entitled No, You Don’t Have to Cold Call – Ever, sales consultant Paul McCord had this to say about cold calling:

In my opinion, there is hardly a more worthless use of time and energy than cold calling.

Cold calling is time consuming for the salesperson and it immediately signifies to the recipient of the call that the person making the call isn’t an expert in their field because most prospects assume that true experts aren’t sitting at a desk pounding the phone.

Really, Paul?

He goes on to suggest that, while cold calling may generate some business, it’s not the most effective way to find prospects.

There’s just one problem with his statement: My department generated nearly half-million dollars in revenue last year… strictly by cold calling.

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John Tabita

Marketing Evangelist and Blogger at SitePoint.com. Digital Strategy Director at HainesLocalSearch.com. Passionate about helping people and businesses reach their fullest potential and become wildly successful.

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