What can we learn about sales and marketing from legendary sportsman Captain Blood?

For those of you who know me beyond my business pursuits, you will know that – like 100,000 other Australians – one of my passions is Australian Rules Football (to my American friends: no, this is not rugby) and one club in particular: The mighty Tigers – the Richmond football club. In our history, we’ve produced many great champions but probably the greatest of all is the legendary Captain Blood himself, Jack Dyer. Dyer was renowned for being one of the toughest men ever to play the game. Why Captain Blood, you ask? Well I answer you READ MORE

2020-10-21T16:08:17+11:00By |Sales|

Why you should fix your brand credibility before your visibility [video]

We marketers spend a lot of time making our brands visible. Before you do that though, make sure your brand is credible before you make it visible. Here are 4 ways to increase your brand credibility. What your brand stands for is important, but it's not important if you're not being considered. You need first to be in the considered set of companies or brands like yours, or as I like to say, 'positioned in the category'. In plain English, what people think about you doesn't matter if they're not thinking about you. We absolutely need to READ MORE

B2B marketing and the Black Swan [video]

I've just been reading Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book, The Black Swan. It is a fantastic book with some really important lessons for marketers. Essentially, a Black Swan is a rare, unpredictable and big impact event. Despite this, we try to retrospectively fit justification to explain why it occurred. If your forecasts are less than 100% accurate, then there are some great lessons in today's show. https://www.youtube.com/embed/qtmJMdgz7Cc What he said: Let me give you the theory of The Black Swan. Taleb makes appropriate apologies to West Australians, my fellow countrymen, about Black Swans, because over there they're READ MORE

Sales and marketing blogs [video]

Indexes of thousands marketing blogs are great for SEO. Make really sticky content. Today we're going to review five of those indexes and explain how, and why, the sites have created those indexes of thousands of marketing blogs. Let's start with I've concluded and then I'll explain why I've concluded that. Number one: find the best blogs that you personally enjoy reading. There's no point creating content that you're not personally interested in. That's inauthentic. Secondly, though edit that list with your audience in mind. Third, summarize the content and link fully. Don't steal copy. You're just READ MORE

How to position your brand in the category

We get this wrong all the time. Businesses seek "brand awareness" in order to position their brand prominently in a given category. Unfortunately, while this is all fine and dandy in theory, it is inevitably followed by salespeople complaining about the marketing departments feeble attempt at positioning the qualities of their products and services relative to competitors. Getting your image right sounds like the over-riding priority, but the issue for many businesses is having their brand considered by buyers at all.. In this blog, Hugh helps us think about positioning a little differently, and suggest two approaches and eight tactics we READ MORE

Connecting the Buyer’s Journey, Your Pipeline and Your Revenue Goals

The changing shape of the buyer's journey has introduced a raft of new issues for sales leaders who are trying to manage sales pipelines and generate accurate revenue forecasts. Prospects are leveraging the internet and business social media to do their research - and engaging sales people later in the decision making process. In fact, the latest research from the CEB suggests that the typical B2B buying-decision process is 57% complete before a salesperson is even actively involved. By that time, the prospect is a long way down the path of scoping their needs, establishing their priorities, READ MORE

How to earn more profit than your competitors

What do you do when a tough competitor enters your space? Many businesses cut their prices, starting a 'race to the bottom' as their previously unassailed niche becomes just another commodity product or service. This strategy carries the seeds of its own destruction. In his classic book, The Competitive Advantage of Nations, Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter outlines five forces that shape competition: New competitors enter the market Rivalry among existing competitors intensifies Substitute products arrive Buyers use their buying power to squeeze margins Suppliers assert greater bargaining power The classic case of a business READ MORE

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