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Methods for Conducting Early Market Research
Markham Stephen K
4/1/2007
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By understanding customers' needs, a product can be developed to meet these needs. This author outlines three quick and inexpensive methods to help: Be Your Own Customer, Critically Observe the Customer, and Listen to the Voice of the Customer.

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Marketing One-to-One
Buksbaum Lisa
10/1/1999
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Never underestimate the power of a strong and authentic personal connection with another person, especially in the context of business. Why is a one-to-one relationship so gripping and powerful? Precisely because it is unexpected, it is very welcome.

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Marketing Evaluation
FastTrac
1/18/2007
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This article provides ideas on how to track the effectiveness of your marketing activities.

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Market Research Informs a Business Idea
Smith Sally E
4/1/2007
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This entrepreneur and former banking executive shows how she used market research to discover the opportunity for an unexpected new venture. She researched ways around obstacles, identified solutions, and stayed creative--until one day, she found herself at the helm of a very successful business.

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Managing Complex Sales Compensation Plans
Bonelli Robert A
3/30/2006
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This expert in sales and finance writes about how technology has helped meet the needs of his increasingly complex sales compensation structures as his company continues to grow and diversify. He shares how specialized automation software has simplified accounting, enhanced reporting capabilities, and provided management and sales reps effective tools for tracking production, revenues, commissions, and payouts.

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Make Someone Happy -- Your Customer
Vernon Lillian
7/1/1998
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Making customers happy is the key to an entrepreneur's single most important job--identifying, finding, and keeping customers, says the founder of one of the country's premier direct-mail businesses. Company owners must devise a system for maintaining rapport with buyers even as the business grows, the author advises. Included are suggestions for doing so, such as selecting the right products for the right customers and offering money-back guarantees.

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Low Cost Marketing Tactics for Small Businesses
Kupper Bruce
1/8/2005
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A small business with a limited budget can set up a Web site, promote, and even advertise to keep marketing affordable, says the founder of a publicly traded communications agency.

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Listen, Probe, Touch: When Entrepreneurs Sell to Customers as Individuals
Corlett Scott
10/1/1999
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As what is known as one-to-one marketing takes hold, entrepreneurs must take the measure of customers as individuals and provide precisely what each customer craves--or risk extinction. The author advises consumer-oriented businesses to listen, probe, and touch, gathering information about each potential buyer, asking open-ended questions, and keeping in contact on a regular basis.

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Leveraging Entrepreneurial Talent to Build Distribution
Goncalves Gabriel
8/1/2004
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The founder of a software company explains that turning to independent entrepreneurial talent to sell products enables faster growth at a more reasonable cost.

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Lessons from Failure :: Renting High-end Jewelry
Kander Diana
11/15/2012
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At age 25, Laura Sanko was a founding member of a startup that raised $3.5 Million from some world-famous investors and the Founder’s Fund.  The business model was simple: a website that rented high-end jewelry for special occasions for a fraction of the retail value of each piece.  Three years later, the investment money was all gone and while the site continued to operate, it had failed to meet the investors’ expectations.

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