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The World's Shortest Marketing Plan
8/23/2007
Summary:

Marketing plans don't have to be long to be effective; in fact just the opposite, says this international marketing VP. He's even provided a handy matrix-like template he invented when he realized the templates available were much too long.

Go To Source (kellyodell.blogspot.com)
The Entrepreneurial Mind: Short-cut to Trouble
8/9/2007
Summary:

Are your startup financials accurate? Odds are they are not, perhaps significantly so, because you have not spent the necessary time and effort forecasting revenues. This article explains why revenues, not expenses, are the most important--and difficult--numbers to get right.

Go To Source (forum.belmont.edu)
Competitive Intelligence Programs: An Overview
8/2/2007
Summary:

Although somewhat out of date, this article provides a useful overview of the purpose and principles of competitive intelligence gathering as well as tips and techniques that still apply.

Go To Source (www.brint.com)
How to Save Face in a Business Crisis
8/2/2007
Summary:

Sooner or later, your company will confront a crisis that requires a public response. How much communications planning you've done can determine how well you handle that crisis and how well your company weathers it.

Go To Source (www.entrepreneur.com)
How to Track Ad Results
8/2/2007
Summary:

Tracking advertising results is not always possible, but these three strategies from the "Wizard of Ads" can help. A great copywriter does, too.

Go To Source (www.entrepreneur.com)
Normal is a Commodity
6/8/2007
Summary:

Don't have the big marketing dollars to stand out the way your larger competitors do? Here's a marketing idea that might help: Make your message "a little weird." This small-business blog explains the concept in commonsense terms, acknowledging that it takes guts but emphasizing that the payoff may be well worth it.

Go To Source (www.ducttapemarketing.com)
TEC© Best Practices: Marketing Strategy
6/8/2007
Summary:

This article presents a concise and informative overview of the marketing process based on the entrepreneur's perspective. Topics include strategy, planning, focusing on the customer, the CEO's role, and direct marketing.

Go To Source (www.teconline.com)
TEC© Best Practices: Sales Training
6/8/2007
Summary:

What constitutes productive sales training? Is it motivation, product knowledge, great presentation skills--yes, it's all of these and more. But it is not one or two at the expense of others, the authors warn. The right mix is the key, and the entrepreneur's commitment and support are vital.

Go To Source (www.teconline.com)
Promoting Your Business
6/4/2007
Summary:

This tool takes a look at different types of promotional media and discuss the pros and cons of effectively reaching a target audience through each.

Go To Source (www.regions.com)
Targeting Your Market
6/4/2007
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This tool will help you choose a customer base that is appropriate for your business by identifying customer characteristics, conducting market research, choosing a target market, and compiling a customer profile.

Go To Source (www.regions.com)

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