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More Business Than You Can Handle?

Dec 22, 2010   //   by John Tabita   //   Business  //  No Comments


Even during prosperous times, it’s suprising to hear this. Yet, even in an economic downturn, some customers will tell us, “I have more business than I can handle.” Some think that’s a good thing… while others are overwhelmed by it. When we tell them that they ought to “raise their prices,” we often receive a puzzled stare back in response.

The website FreelanceSwitch has posted a list of the “Top Ten Signs You May Be Charging Too Little.”

10. Your clients mistake your daily rate for an hourly one.

9. You’ve won every job you’ve ever bid on.

8. Even though you work 80-hour weeks, your income level qualifies you for welfare payments.

7. New clients are always asking what “the catch” is.

6. Clients pay your invoices in cash from their wallet.

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The Marketing Blogspot has an interesting and informative post on the concept behind how raising prices can actually bring you more business. The author says that most people believe that raising prices equals less business because fewer people will want to do business with them – when the exact opposite is actually true.

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Innovate or Die

Dec 8, 2010   //   by John Tabita   //   Business, Marketing  //  No Comments

I read a great definition of capitalism recently:

A system in which there are winners and losers, in which someone with a brilliant idea gets rich, while most of us get by.

I think of Apple CEO Steve Jobs when I read that. He had several brilliant ideas (like the Macintosh, the iPod and Pixar, to name a few). He’s rich while I’m getting by.

Then there’s Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. I should have been Mark Zuckerberg. I was a web designer and my partner was a web developer. We could have created Facebook… we had the technology. But Mark Zuckerberg had the brilliant idea. He’s rich while I’m getting by.

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Using Your Voice for Maximum Impact

Nov 20, 2010   //   by John Tabita   //   Business  //  No Comments

You’ve probably heard the saying, “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” As a telemarketing manager, it used to baffle me how two telemarketers could deliver the exact same pitch and yet one would set five times more appointments than the other. I’ve come to believe that how we say it is at least as important as what we say.

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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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Yellow Page Advertising, Part 5: Google Search vs. Internet Yellow Pages

Oct 4, 2010   //   by John Tabita   //   Advertising, Business, Internet Marketing  //  No Comments

I always find it interesting (and refreshing) when a search marketing company has something positive to say about the Yellow Pages. As someone who ran a web development business for over 5 years, I can certainly understand their bias. But it seems that the folks over at Search Engine People have decided to go with the facts rather than anecdotal evidence regarding the effectiveness of Yellow Page advertising.

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“I’ll Start Advertising Again when Business Picks Up…”

Sep 14, 2010   //   by John Tabita   //   Advertising, Business  //  No Comments


That was an actual response heard by one of my appointment setters.

Why is it that no one says things like, “I’ll pay my phone bill again when business picks up,” or “I’ll pay my electric bill once business picks up”? How do you expect business to “pick up” if you don’t advertise?

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Yellow Page Advertising, Part 4: Return on Investment

Sep 10, 2010   //   by John Tabita   //   Advertising, Business  //  No Comments

Anyone who’s read a business book or gone to college should know ROI is a number derived from a simple mathematical formula.

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Yellow Page Advertising, Part 3: Too Expensive?

Sep 2, 2010   //   by John Tabita   //   Advertising, Business  //  No Comments

I’ve been told by older reps how sweet it was to sell Yellow Page advertising “back in the day” (that being when phone companies had a monopoly on Yellow Pages). They tell me the typical sales pitch went something like this:

I’m here to sell you Yellow Page advertising. Oh, youre not interested? Well, you will be. Here’s my card; call me when you change your mind. Oh… and the book’s closing in 2 weeks.

That’s how first half of their day was spent. The second half usually involved golf…

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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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Yellow Page Advertising, Part 2: Yellow Page Consumers—Ready to Buy

Aug 23, 2010   //   by John Tabita   //   Advertising, Business  //  No Comments


As the image above illustrates, consumer behavior towards any particular medium is what makes it a valuable advertising channel. For newspaper and magazines, it’s the number of people who have subscribed to the publication. For outdoor advertising, it’s the number of cars driving past a particular location each day. For television and radio, it’s their ratings. For a website, it’s the number of visits, or unique visits, each month.

Yellow Pages are no different. Yellow Page publishers create directories with useful content in order to get consumers to use it. The more people who use the directory, the better it is for its advertisers. Why advertise in a book that only 5 percent of shoppers use, verses one that 30, 50, or even 75 percent use?

Yet, there is one critical difference that distinguishes Yellow Pages from nearly all other forms of advertising.

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