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Start-ups face special marketing challenges, not the least of which can be the founder's ego. This article is an excellent in-depth review of the big sales problems startups can experience--and how to solve them.
Sales forecasts made by salespeople are usually overoptimistic and often inaccurate. This article offers the basic processes and thinking behind successful forecasting systems that rely on history instead of hope.
Using barbers to promote prostate cancer treatments? Giving cabbies free rooms to boost occupancy rates at a hotel? These ideas are word-of-mouth marketing at its best. And there are plenty more, including ones you dream up for your company.
Understanding market competition is an integral part of establishing a viable business strategy. Used for both short- and long-term purposes, business intelligence can inform decisions related to pricing, advertising, marketing, and branding. Public and private resources, as well as professional research services, are profiled here. And there are several additional links for you to gather competitive intelligence on competitive intelligence.
Dominic Orr was named President and CEO of Aruba Networks in April 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Orr served as the company's Chairman of the Board. Previously, Dominic Orr was the president of Nortel Networks, Intelligent
Internet Web Systems. He previously served as the president and chief executive of Alteon WebSystems which was merged with Nortel Networks in Oct. 2000. Mr. Orr has more than 20 years of experience in the computer systems and communication
networking industry and has held senior positions at Bay Networks, Hewlett-Packard and Hughes Aircraft. Mr. Orr. is a member of the Sciences Board of Visitors at UCLA. He holds a BS in physics from City University of New York and a MS and
PhD from California Institute of Technology.
Small companies are especially bedeviled by long sales cycles. Taking more control of the process will help. What can you do? Do a better job of tracking each step in the sales pipeline, developing a more efficient training program for new salespeople (a refresher for veterans), and more effectively identifying prospects. This article offers additional ways, compelling examples, and expert sources.
"Going green" is a strategy many organizations are trying to implement, but the marketing processes and language associated with this trend can be elusive. Marketing expert and blogger John Dodds shares his Top 10 list of marketing insights the societally responsible entrepreneur should keep in mind.
Though perhaps not as exciting as a blockbuster launch like Amazon, more and more, technology-enabled business services will be integrated into the world of entrepreneurial ventures. Cost-laden process inefficiencies that can be addressed with software-driven solutions can become the hallmark of new business growth.
Effectively customizing your sales presentations is pivotal in engaging your audience and closing the deal. Author and marketing expert Barry Farber shares several tips on how to make your next pitch memorable for all the right reasons.
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