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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.
This article suggests you think of your business plan as a production line. You have to document what goes into the success of your production line - talent, capital, market position, and more.
A survey by the Computing Technology Industry Association found that users of managed IT services are increasing spending in storage, backup, and disaster recovery services. One reason: a U.S. Supreme Court ruling demands businesses store and be able to retrieve documents connected to a case in litigation.
This article explains how CEOs can be more efficient in their personal organization of time, providing specific approaches to specific challenges. It also outlines the broader responsibilities CEOs have of effecting change and coaching employees through the change process. TEC is now known as Vistage.
This "best practices" article explains, from the entrepreneur's point of view, the finer points of retaining customers, a practice that costs one-fifth as much as acquiring new ones. The article provides specific, practical suggestions for retaining external customers and ensuring positive relationships with internal customers (your employees.)
Companies that prioritize development of managers gain a real edge in the marketplace according to this overview. Underlying principles and practices for consistently building capable managers are provided and explained. Among the advantages are getting and keeping talent, more value from the CEO's time, more corporate flexibility, and a sustainable competitive edge.
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.
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.
A productive strategic alliance occurs when two enterprises come together with talents, skills, and resources neither posssesses on its own to create profit neither could have achieved on its own. Benefits can include more effective access to markets, better technology, faster and better new product development, and wider distribution. This article provides a practical overview of the process.
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