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Partnerships: Boon or Ruin for Your Business?

Nov 23, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business  //  No Comments

New businesses characteristically fail at an alarming rate. Between 2007 and 2010, the failure rate for U.S. small business rose by 40 percent. Yet, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, companies with multiple owners are more likely to survive longer than sole proprietorships. What’s more, a 2008 study showed that the average revenues for partnerships increased 157 percent since 1980, while revenues for the average sole proprietor decreased 51 percent during the same period. The study also reported that the average sole proprietor’s net income in 2008 was around $12,000.

The facts seem to make the case for partnerships, yet 72 percent of small businesses are sole proprietorships. Partnerships have their pros and cons, and at first glance, the pros might seem to outweigh the cons. Yet, a partnership gone bad can make you wish you’d never gone into business in the first place.

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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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Understanding the Sales Cycle: Step 1, How to Prepare

Oct 12, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  No Comments

The critical First Step in the sales process is being prepared.

… there’s no excuse for not learning as much as you can about the company and their products, services, and customer base beforehand. The most ignorant question you can ask when the two of you first sit down is, “So what exactly is it you do here?”

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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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Understanding the Sales Cycle: Your Client is Ready to Buy, but Are You Ready to Sell?

Oct 7, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  No Comments

 

What do you do when your prospect is ready to buy?

There’s a logical progression that occurs in every sale, whether it’s a 20-minute cell phone sale or an IT consulting gig that takes 10 months to close. It only makes sense to document that process and use it to your advantage.

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It’s a Sad Day, Indeed

Oct 5, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business  //  No Comments

From Apple’s website:

 

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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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What’s a Sales Cycle and Why Do I Need One?

Sep 28, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  No Comments

If you think a sales cycle is something you pedal to get to your next client meeting, think again. Having a step-by-step process will help you stay on track and keep control of the sales call.

Sales are won and lost on transitions. It’s the number one reason you need a clearly-defined sales process. It allows you to transition to the next logical step to bring the sale to a conclusion.

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What’s a Buying Cycle and Why Should I Care?

Sep 26, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  No Comments

Don’t be too quick to hop on your sales cycle and pedal over to meet with that “hot prospect.” Understanding the consumer buying process will save you time and energy.

Determining exactly where people are in the buying cycle can save you a lot of frustration and grief. It makes no sense to dress yourself in the appropriate business attire, then drive clear across town (or to an entirely different town) to meet with someone who’s merely “interested.” Ideally, you’ll want to meet with those who are in the “desire” or “action” stage of the buying process. But how can you tell?

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The Recession is Dead. Long Live the Recession

Sep 18, 2011   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Sales  //  No Comments

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, what’s been labeled “The Great Recession” officially ended in June 2009—at least in the U.S. Unfortunately, a lot of your clients and prospects may have missed that memo. To many, the recovery still feels like a recession.

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