Ask any small business owner what they would most like to have in their business and they more than likely will respond with, “more business!” We all want clients calling and walking in the door with orders in hand. That’s why we engage in the game of sales and marketing.
So, the question is: Are your sales and marketing efforts working? Have you dumped thousands into a website, social media, and print advertising over the years with little return on investment? If so, what…
Options to Foreclosure – Consider a Short Sale – The Government will help you
The Federal Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 (HR 3648) has been extended through 2012 through the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. Is this program for you? If you’re facing foreclosure, Federal Law HR 3648 makes the short sale a preferred alternative. .
Double dip recession, consumer dissatisfaction, high gas prices, jittery Wall Street, job creation concerns, lack of growth, real estate concerns, and the voluminous federal debt ceiling; what is a small business to do with the challenges of 2011 all over the news and the web?
When it comes to Facebook ads, you'll get wildly varying comments and results reported in your favorite business, SEO or marketing forums. Some people are up-front about stating that Facebook ads are the greatest thing since the iPhone; others give it a total thumbs down.
That being the case, how do you get at the truth?
What makes it work for some, and not for others?
First, make sure you have a niche that suits Facebook.… Read More
Added by Dave Park on November 23, 2010 at 10:00am —
Imitation is not only the sincerest form of flattery; it’s also a powerful way to learn new business skills and elevate your game.
The author Mark Twain learned how to write by imitating other writers. As a youth he set newspaper stories in type, tedious work, but it gave him the chance to imitate writers. He learned the fundamentals of great writing by copying.
I hear the skepticism, “Mark Twain was a great author.”
Below is an article that was written by Dr. Michael Rodriguez; Assistant Professor of Marketing and Professional Selling at Elon University in North Carolina. The article was written for The Carolina Business Connection. (www.carolinabusinessconnection.com…
I love listening to sales pitches on TV and Radio. It’s fun to be able to identify exactly what type of persuasive strategy the product marketer is using to get their listeners to bite. It amazes me that they work, but they do—most people are very easy to persuade.
Here are a few examples …
This Product is NOT for you... There is a radio ad…Read More
Got you! As you begin to read this you might have guessed I wanted to talk commercials... In fact, there are a couple of pretty good ones on TV. I still enjoy the insurance ones the best... You have the world's greatest salesperson and Mr. Mayhem out there; and there is that little green reptile. But my focus and thoughts center on the true meaning of commercial. The small and larger businesses who make our local economy move.… Read More
I think I am beginning to see the signs of spring this week. Basketball tournaments are happening for all the colleges, the sound of the ball hitting a bat can be heard in the parks, the walkers and joggers have reappeared on the sidewalks and roads again and this morning I was reminded that we will be setting our clocks forward this Saturday night as we move to Daylight Savings Time again.
I don’t know about you, but I am ready for some spring weather. I am ready for warm…
InSide919.com partners with Dancing Elephants to support Final Friday Forum - Dancing Elephants’ monthly event series for small business owners and sales professionals.
RALEIGH, NC (Jan. 18, 2010) – Dancing Elephants Achievement Group, dedicated to the education of ethical salespeople, is pleased a partnership with InSide919.com to support their Final Friday Forum business series. Final Friday Forum is held on the last Friday of every month and currently located at the Business… Read More
The first decade of the cinema's second century
was one of technological triumph.
The spectacle of Avatar helped lead the 2009 box office
to a record 10.6 billion dollar year, even in an economic
recession and many fans illegally downloading films such
as Star Trek off the internet.
The mainstream commercial theaters have moved past the
art house cinema as the rush of… Read More
Added by Dave Park on January 13, 2010 at 1:54pm —
I was driving recently listening as my radio played holiday Christmas carols. One of the songs that stuck in my mind was the song that John Lennon wrote in 1971 called “Happy Christmas” the song begins something like this:
So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The road is so long
The dog days of summer have settled in and with it the hot, humid heat we have grown to love in North Carolina. Recently my daughter and I spent time on a Sunday afternoon washing her car in the driveway. There is something very therapeutic about cleaning a car. All the past month’s dirt grime and pollen, were cleaned away in a few short hours.
Maybe this is a good time of the year for us all of us to stop for a moment, reevaluate and do a little washing of… Read More
Added by Tim Moore on August 10, 2009 at 9:39pm —
I was at a networking event this month and a small business owner was telling me about a sales trainer he had seen recently and all the “tricks” the trainer revealed about how to get through to a prospect and close the sale. I asked if he thought these “techniques” were ethical. What he said next surprised me. He said “I don’t care how my salespeople get the order, as long as they get the order”. I was stunned.
In my opinion, that is a real problem. If the management and business… Read More
Well, when you think about it, some of us believe in magic and some of us don’t. Right now the NBA Finals are under way, and the announcers are discussing what team has had a “magical” season, or what team might be the Cinderella story in 2009. Magical is a very interesting word. But when you think about it, the magic in our career might be in the planning and in the technique.
Opportunities come along every day that could… Read More
Added by Jim Vogel on June 9, 2009 at 5:40pm —
I am busy. I mean really, really busy! I was making this statement to someone recently and they asked what was it that was doing that was keeping me busy.
WELL, just let me tell you, I am taking mandolin lessons and practicing, I am planning my trip to Europe in September, I’m working on my our website, I’m setting up several webinars, I’m learning about these government grant programs, I am landscaping my yard, I am watching the college baseball post season tournament, I went to see… Read More
2-25-09 Apex, NC... HEY PEOPLE!!! It is the end of the month. For the customer this is a no brainer. The deals always get a little edge on them at month-end. And the edge is to the customer. The big problem for salespeople today is getting these customers in and getting them to buy or lease. Today let's focus on getting them in.
"Man, I have NO traffic!" Yep. Hear it all the time. Try the TRIO METHOD...Business cards, a great attitude, and a HUGE SMILE get you customers who are not… Read More
Added by Jim Vogel on May 30, 2009 at 7:32am —
The past few days have been special at our house. My two college age children are in town and the rhythm and order of life for my wife and I has been totally turned upside-down. My son is home for one week before he heads out to Ohio for a summer internship and my daughter returned from a week in Europe and starts summer school today.
The end of last week through the weekend has been as if our house was launched to another planet. What we eat, what we watch on TV, what time we go to… Read More