How To Be (and not be) Innovative in Business

Your clients like what you offer. And you want to keep it that way.  But then, suddenly, your competitor metaphorically drives by in a shiny new vehicle with apps and features you had never considered. And now you also want that metaphorical new car.  How not to be innovative So you start developing your product…

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Where do you get your best ideas?

A global pandemic is a rare and unusual form of disruption.  Although the whole point is that we never see it coming. Disruption comes from unexpected places, and even hindsight is often short-sighted on learning its lessons. Let’s walk through three lessons from three highly disruptive episodes of recent business generations.  Disruption story one: Uber…

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Features Or Benefits

What is the difference? Which is more important? How much does it matter? At some point - maybe working on your website, or hiring your first marketing agency, or responding to a client request - you have been confronted with the battle between features and benefits.  And perhaps a debate about which one is more…

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The Reviewing Buyer

Each buyer is inspired in a different way.  When buyers come to you, they will talk to you about your own services and try to use your language. But by asking the right questions, you can understand what has really brought them to your door.  Understanding their journey to get to you will allow you…

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Five Sales Truths To Have Loyal Clients

We are all sales people.  Not according to our job titles or our job descriptions. But the reality is: we all have to be finding and bringing new clients to our businesses.  Whether you are the business owner or sales person specifically, if you play any role in developing new business, these five truths apply…

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The Number One Rule of Product Descriptions

The first thing we know about our business is what we sell. As we develop our strategic plans, we also define the problem that we solve. Once we go to market, we are tasked with describing this in a way to attract the right attention, and in only a few sentences. Follow this rule to…

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Resource Audit – A Story

To close out this content series about resource audits, how about a mini case study… a story, if you will, about a resource audit applied? The client A software business with an established product in its chosen market. The management board had a development plan for a new product, and data to prove a market…

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Professional Patois – Next Generation

A return to the Professional Patois series examining popular buzzwords brings us to address the term: Next Generation New. Improved. This 2010s version of calling something “2.0”. Actual Meaning And, of course, that is the actual meaning. The problem arises with the term’s over-use. Suddenly everything is “next generation”, sometimes when what it really is…

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Problem Solving Sales

This is where we are now. Selling is about buying, and the solution is about the problem. A solid sales approach is about more than matching the customer to the product. We now look at sales process, implementation, delivery, use and all touch points as part of the problem solving. A Subtle Change What is…

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How Objections Are Good For You

In last week’s post we established that objections – far from being conversation-killers – are opportunities to further conversations and relationships. When a prospect raises a particular objection to doing business with you, it is an invitation to further discussion. The Sales Benefit The principle thing an objection does is allow you to continue the…

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