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Pipeline Management
10/4/2007
Summary:

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.

Go To Source (www.vcconfidential.com)
Book Preview: Word of Mouth Marketing by Andy Sernovitz
10/4/2007
Summary:

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.

Go To Source (blog.guykawasaki.com)
Staying On Top Of Your Game
10/18/2007
Summary:

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.

Go To Source (www.businessweek.com)
Staying On Top Of Your Game
10/18/2007
Summary:

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.

Go To Source (www.businessweek.com)
Promoting Your Business
5/17/2007
Summary:

Every marketing plan starts the same way: by defining the target customer. Only then can an entrepreneur figure out the best way to reach them. Naturally, different types of target customers, or audiences, require different media and campaigns -- referred to as a promotional mix -- to reach them most effectively and efficiently. This tool takes a look at some different types of promotional media, and discusses the pros and cons of effectively reaching a target audience through each.

Go To Source (www.regions.com)
Competing for Market Share--Maybe
5/24/2007
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Winning a bigger slice of the market is a good thing. Right? Maybe yes, maybe no. Geoffrey Moore shares his thoughts on how to evaluate your strategy.

Go To Source (geoffmoore.blogs.com)
Doing Business in Other Countries
5/24/2007
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Thinking about hiring in Canada, registering property in Armenia, or enforcing a contract in Denmark? This tool provides comparisons across 175 different economies.

Go To Source (www.doingbusiness.org)
How to Suck Up to a Blogger
7/12/2007
Summary:

Bloggers and their blogs have rapidly become an important--and demanding--outlet for finding and distributing focused information. Author and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki offers practical, to-the-point insights for tapping blogs as a channel to get the news out about your product or company.

Go To Source (blog.guykawasaki.com)
Guy Kawasaki: Top Ten Lies of Marketers (with bonus)
7/12/2007
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Guy Kawasaki can't stop with ten, he goes to twelve and then two more. However, at the end he provides the user with a link to a good counter balance, "The Top Ten Truths of Real Marketers."

Go To Source (blog.guykawasaki.com)
Bringing the Value Back Into Value Propositions
7/12/2007
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Vendors who present a large menu of features in an attempt to differentiate their products would do better to emphasize two or three proven points of difference in the value each product delivers. This article is based on research published in the Harvard Business Review.

Go To Source (www.ecommercetimes.com)

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