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Lead Management Fundamentals:   How to close more leads?  Part II

Lead Management Fundamentals: How to close more leads? Part II

The latest lead management technologies offer viable solutions to bridge the marketing-sales gap. A good Drip Marketing Automation program can ...

Lead Management Fundamentals:   How to close more leads?  Part 1

Lead Management Fundamentals: How to close more leads? Part 1

This sales-marketing gap causes the greatest amount of friction and frustration between sales and marketing. (It does not matter whether ...

The Mount Everest of Google Ranking is Gone Forever

The Mount Everest of Google Ranking is Gone Forever

If you company is spending alot of money on SEO, stop. It's a waste. You might as well send ...

Stop Losing Deals over Poor Lead Management

Stop Losing Deals over Poor Lead Management

You would be amazed by how many leads are simply dropped a week or two after being generated. The sales ...

3 Things You Need to Know for Your Small Business Today

3 Things You Need to Know for Your Small Business Today

What are the 3 things you need to know today for your small business? Find them all right here. We ...

3 Things You Need to Know for Your Small Business Today

3 Things You Need to Know for Your Small Business Today

How to upsell your customers - Restaurants are particular good at this.  I still don't understand restaurants that don't offer appetizers and desserts.    But you can increase your revenues by seeming to offer so much more for just a little increase in price. 

Barbara Corcoran on Risk Taking, Failure, and How to get back up - Barbara Corcoran is from Shark Tank Fame.  She made her money in real estate.   This is a great video about how she grew her company.  I'll give you the cliff notes.  She continued to expand.  She never accepted, it's never a good ...


Escape from Social Media

Escape from Social Media

Go to any restaurant or coffee shop today and what do you see?  People like pigeons looking down and pecking at their mobile devices.  Are you standing in line for Starbucks?  Invariably, you will whip out your phone, check your emails, twitter and facebook feeds, and twirl away with some game app, maybe angry birds.  You will look up occasionally to see that the line has progressed.   Even when the clerk asks for your order, you are stunned out of your daze and mumble something coherently and promise to get back to him as soon as you finish that least ...


3 Things You Need to Know for Your Small Business Today

3 Things You Need to Know for Your Small Business Today

Which currency can get to the bottom the fastest?   It looks like Japan's Yen is yenning or yearning for this distinction.  Wasn't long ago when Japanese cars and electronics dominated the world market?  Now, its Apple and the Koreans are coming on strong.  Of course, Bernanke is doing his best to inflate the US currency.  Maybe he stabilized the economy.  I don't think so.  GDP growth in the US has been sluggish at 2.2%.  This is bad news because we've been printing so much money.  Typically, you get a boom, and then spiraling inflation.  The ...


3 Things You Need to Know for Your Small Business Today

3 Things You Need to Know for Your Small Business Today

Keep your clients happy to maximize your profits - kind of obvious don't you think.  The author offers insights.  Customers are fickle, capricious.  they are constantly being bombarded.  It is not always easy to keep them happy.  Communication is one key.

The new trend in advertising is taking on your competitors.  Direct aim is the key.  No hold bars.  Show your audience what a bunch of fat, slimy slobs your competition is.   

What converts better: a free trial or a 30 day guarantee?   I've always wondered about this.  I think a free 30 day trial. That's the best ...


3 Things You Need to Know for Your Small Business Today

3 Things You Need to Know for Your Small Business Today

Gold price is dropping - Time to Buy

The Supreme Court Rulings in your favor Harder for employees to sue for workplace discrimination

26 Tactic to build an effective social media strategy - yes, you need social media. 


3 Things You Need to Know for Your Small Business Today

3 Things You Need to Know for Your Small Business Today

Q1 GDP numbers are artificially inflated.   

The government inflates GDP and deflates unemployment.  They must have hired former Soviet Bloc economists.  Most people just don't believe the numbers coming out of D.C.  Small Business owners are shaking their heads around the country because they aren't seeing the sales traffic and they are certainly aren't doing the hiring.  

http://www.businessinsider.com/ubs-predicts-major-q1-gdp-revision-2013-6

Capital acquisition, the fancy term for getting funding is hard these days.  Why not tap into your future retirement funds?  If your business takes off, well, you don't need to worry.  If not ...


Book Review: The Crowdfunding Bible: How to Raise Money for Any Start Up

Book Review: The Crowdfunding Bible:  How to Raise Money for Any Start Up

The Crowdfunding Bible: How to Raise Money for any Startup is written by Scott Steinberg.  A secular definition of a “Bible” is “a publication that is preeminent especially in authoritativeness.”  The Crowdfunding Bible is anything but authoritative.  The title is misleading because it doesn’t explain the “how” of crowdfunding, which renders the book practically useless for the aspiring crowdfunder.   

The secular “bible” is only 80 pages long. Those pages contain mostly a collection of platitudes that might encourage any neophyte, but reveals very little insight into the inner workings of crowdfunding that the more advance crowdfunder wants.  This makes ...


Durbin: Let’s Nationalize Card Processing Under the "FRAC" Act

Durbin: Let’s Nationalize Card Processing Under the "FRAC" Act

Senator Dick Durbin is at the forefront of the crackdown on the outrageous credit card processing rates.  He is proposing new legislation to curb the rising cost of credit card processing.  Durbin’s chief of staff said, “Everyday our office gets countless complaints from small merchants about their high rates.  They demand something be done.  Durbin apparently has solution.   We’ll just nationalize card processing under the FRAC Act.” 

Apparently,  the Durbin Amendment was not enough.    What would a full scale nationalization of the credit card processing industry look like?   “We’re looking at a 1% fee to cover the ...


Why Every Small Business needs an Alternative Funding Action Plan?

Why Every Small Business needs an Alternative Funding Action Plan?

Why do you need an alternative funding action plan for your small business?  Credit is tight on main street.   Those too big to fail banks and corporations are swimming in cash.  Most of the money is held with a stronger grip than scrooge or is stashed away offshore to avoid the punitive 39% corporate tax, the highest in the world.   What is a small business to do when it needs working capital?   

Blindbid always advises to start with your bank.   Even if you don’t need money right now, pretend that you do.  The economic  situation will not change much ...


Crowdfunding Legal by 2020?

Crowdfunding Legal by 2020?

The US government passed the Jobs Act in the Spring of 2012.   Equity Based Crowdfunding was supposed to be legal by the Spring of 2013.  By rule, the SEC was required to issue the equity based crowd funding regulations by the beginning of 2013.     The SEC has been dragging its feet.  It is not really clear when crowdfunding for shares will be legalized.

A recent Forbes article outlined a ten point scenario that the earliest would be by January 2014.   That is if the SEC were actively working on getting crowdfunding regulations and policies done.  The SEC has other priorities ...


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