Guerilla Sales & Marketing by Lori Turner-Wilson http://www.stategazette.com/blogs/1736/ en-us Business survival lessons from Palm http://www.stategazette.com/blogs/1736/entry/68606 ~Editor’s Note: This is part two in a two-part series. When Palm Computing was in its heyday, many analysts thought they couldn’t be beaten. They had technology coveted by the market and an internal culture – dubbed Zen of Palm – which employees described as the best they’d ever experienced. It was a culture oozing with camaraderie, respect, collaboration and support. The biggest fear of leadership wasn’t that they’d lose their position in the... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:35:44 -0500 What is your team's conversational capacity? http://www.stategazette.com/blogs/1736/entry/68548 ~Editor's Note: This is part one in a two-part series. The secret to a successful sales team -- or any type of team for that matter -- is in their ability to perform when the pressure is on. That can only happen when the team is able to have open, non-defensive dialogue about tough issues. It makes all the difference between success or failure, and there are numerous examples of it in corporate America that prove just that. Craig Weber, in his book Conversational Capacity, defines a... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:08:00 -0500 Change-receptive cultures are winning http://www.stategazette.com/blogs/1736/entry/68496 As I reflect over the companies large and small that I have had the privilege to partner with over the past decade, there is a consistent theme across those who have consistently improved and grown. That common thread is a culture of receptivity to change that permeates from senior most leadership to the front line. Recruiting strategies are focused on it, and reward systems are based on it. These nimble companies realize that the ability for a company to adapt quickly to the rapidly changing... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 00:36:58 -0600 The art and science of E-commerce sales http://www.stategazette.com/blogs/1736/entry/68446 The secret to inspiring visitors to purchase from your e-commerce platform is equal parts art and science. The science is your technology – how the e-commerce platform functions. Continuous improvements in functionality on your site are necessary to meet the growing demands of consumers. Beyond an e-commerce platform that works, consumers expect real-time inventory updates of available products. They count on the ability to filter products by several user-friendly criteria. If... Sat, 04 Mar 2017 01:04:16 -0600 Why ‘no comment’ is no good http://www.stategazette.com/blogs/1736/entry/68388 How can two words speak volumes? Think of the words “I do.” Say those two words, and you enter a lifelong contract. Say “no comment” during a media interview, and you catapult your company into crisis mode. Why is that? How can silence cause a multitude of havoc and send your company into immediate damage control? Oh, but you weren’t silent, and you did say something. In fact, the phrase "no comment" has many unintentional meanings. What does your... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Crisis planning could save your company http://www.stategazette.com/blogs/1736/entry/68338 Natural disasters, bankruptcy, insider trading, bad social media reviews, product recalls and the like are certainly what comes to mind when you think of a crisis that could devastate your business. Most business owners don’t stop and ask themselves “Could this happen to me?” And even if they do, the answer is typically, “No. Surely not.” You may be correct. But what if you aren't? Are you willing to take that gamble? What if you join the 59 percent of business... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:03:38 -0600 JT returns and Mr. Clean channels Magic Mike http://www.stategazette.com/blogs/1736/entry/68229 Buzz is building around this year's Super Bowl ads, which will feature Justin Timberlake, political controversy, Mr. Clean as Magic Mike, and the first-ever live ad. In another record-breaking year, with ad costs exceeding last year’s $5 million per 30-second spot, big brands are, once again, putting it all on the line. Some will score big and others will be nursing a multi-million-dollar headache Monday morning. Here's what we know so far. Memphis native Justin Timberlake is... Sat, 04 Feb 2017 01:34:17 -0600 Super Bowl ad sales slow going http://www.stategazette.com/blogs/1736/entry/68171 Super Bowl advertising sales have been slow going this season, with only 90 percent sold by December of last year. While that may sound like solid performance given the big game isn't until February, consider that Super Bowl ads usually sell out in September or October given how long it takes advertisers to produce their big-game spots. These are the primary factors driving this slow-down in ad-sale performance. NFL ratings are down notably this season. While NFL executives cite the... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 00:19:21 -0600 How to raise prices and keep customers http://www.stategazette.com/blogs/1736/entry/68116 When planning your price increase, you probably thought about it all: The appropriate increase amount based on competitive standards; which products or services will be affected; and, the amount of business your company can afford to lose as a result of the change. But too often companies forget their customers when they outline a price increase strategy. A communication plan is a key part of implementation and should never be an afterthought. Price increases are a necessary part of business.... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:45:54 -0600 How sales promotions lose business http://www.stategazette.com/blogs/1736/entry/68062 It’s a common practice in business to set up a booth at the same trade show every year out of habit as part of your sales promotion strategy. Businesses show up, set up the same table display, and use the same fishbowl to collect many of the same business cards as they did in prior years. But what happens after the show? Sales teams often characterize a successful trade show based on the number of interactions with existing and prospective customers. But, without collecting and... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Crafting the right launch http://www.stategazette.com/blogs/1736/entry/68022 The launch of a new product is just about as important as the actual product itself. As good as the product may be, if the launch is lackluster, the good product may sit on the shelf until it one day lands in a clearance bin. This isn’t what any business wants when debuting its latest and greatest idea. Research shows that only 35 percent of product launches are successful post launch. Yet, companies only get one shot at crafting the right launch. According to the 2017 State of Small... Fri, 06 Jan 2017 23:43:51 -0600 Marketers ratcheting up Instagram investment http://www.stategazette.com/blogs/1736/entry/67963 In a study by eMarketer, marketing professionals have spoken with gusto about their intended 2017 investments in Instagram. It was just September of 2015 when Instagram opened up advertising opportunities. However, the company is on track to bring in more than $1.85 billion in ad revenue this year, and that revenue is predicted to rise to $2.73 billion in 2017. Similarly, a poll of US marketers conducted by Advertising Age and RBC Capital Markets found that 30 percent of respondents were... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 03:01:25 -0600 New business ideas for the new year http://www.stategazette.com/blogs/1736/entry/67926 It won’t be long before the ball will be dropping in Times Square, signaling a new year and a new start. While people everywhere vow to make changes in their personal lives, businesses should be no different. Take this time to take stock of the past year by examining what worked well and what didn’t go as planned. Once you have realized your successes and your disappointments, make a resolution to continue and improve upon what worked, while fixing what didn’t. Don’t... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 03:15:21 -0600 Brand dissonance boosts marketing performance http://www.stategazette.com/blogs/1736/entry/67886 The primary reason that most advertising fails is that the message sounds remarkably similar to most competitors in the marketplace. With all the advertising noise competing for consumer attention these days, it’s becoming increasingly challenging for the market to differentiate one brand from another. This translates to a waste of precious advertising dollars. It’s the equivalent of flushing your marketing budget down the drain. Why do so many brands struggle with “me... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 01:42:12 -0600 Five fresh ways to add value http://www.stategazette.com/blogs/1736/entry/67835 Any salesperson who’s been in the game for more than a day knows that products and services aren’t sold based on price. Top sales pros first focus on the value of what they are selling and how it can best meet the customer’s needs. But today’s consumers are more informed than ever. According to a recent Accenture survey, 88 percent of customers research products online before making a purchase in a store. The numbers only go up for business-to-business sales. An... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:00:36 -0600 5 killer sales call missteps http://www.stategazette.com/blogs/1736/entry/67773 Good old-fashioned sales calls are making a reprisal given how few salespeople are leveraging them anymore. With digital communication now serving as the preferred form of initial outreach to new prospects, there is a sizable opportunity for sales reps skilled at making a truly impactful sales call. The resurgence of this timeworn sales technique is like the opportunity that now exists in the direct mail space, given how dependent brands have become on email and social communication. When you... Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:48:37 -0600 Bring your social content to life http://www.stategazette.com/blogs/1736/entry/67720 Most business owners have been advised about the importance social media plays in the success of a company. It is the new-age version of word-of-mouth referrals, and it’s more dynamic than any marketing channel that preceded it. Because social media is essential to your business, conversations about it often take on a tone of seriousness. However, this mindset is the antithesis of social media’s purpose. There is a way to treat social media as fun and innovative while still... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 23:47:56 -0600 Get a competitive advantage with a marketing map http://www.stategazette.com/blogs/1736/entry/67672 It sometimes seems like marketing campaigns are an escalating game of chase. When your closest competition takes out an advertisement in the newspaper emphasizing their clients’ successes, you might feel like you need to make your presence known with a two-page spread doing the same. When your competition puts up a billboard about the efficiency of a product or service, you wonder if you need one, too. When they start advertising with client testimonials on television, you consider... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 02:05:29 -0600 10 offline marketing strategies that work http://www.stategazette.com/blogs/1736/entry/67558 We’re so knee-deep in the digital age that the phrase “digital marketing” is now synonymous with “marketing.” As such, there is so much digital noise competing for the attention of consumers, your message can be easily lost. That’s why now, more than ever, a combination of offline and online strategies are your best bet. Consider these old-school, offline strategies as a way to break-through the digital clutter and win the hearts and minds of your... Sat, 05 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 How planning wins the war on mediocrity http://www.stategazette.com/blogs/1736/entry/67485 It's a scenario many sales leaders know too well: You hire talented people with stellar track records and are left bewildered when they struggle to make their numbers week after week. You coach them. You put them on performance improvement plans. You remind your team of minimum targets and echo their bonus incentives at every sales meeting. Yet your team's performance continues to decline and motivation nosedives as a result. But why would a team of professionals who should be soaring high... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 01:28:57 -0500