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  • Insight: The Business of Risk

    Insight: The Business of Risk

    What if something goes wrong? Most people are not keen on taking risks. A small faction of people are definitely risk–takers. Whether you are one or the other, the decisions you make often boil down to one ratio: The Risk-return equation. We spend a lot of time on Return, and [More]

  • Pricing strategy

    Pricing strategy

    If you are a service provider, how do you set your price? And if you are a buyer, how do you know whether the price that you are given is reasonable? Beyond the obvious, price itself is an indicator of a number of factors: value, credibility of the service provider, [More]

  • Commodities, Academics, Golfers, and Stars

    Commodities, Academics, Golfers, and Stars

    It isn't hard to understand why so many refer to themselves in this way: it helps the ego, helps marketing, and shines a patina of professionalism and respectability on their activities. But just because these terms are used, doesn't make them true. A more useful approach is to consider that [More]

  • Price, Expertise, and Trust – revisited

    Price, Expertise, and Trust – revisited

    Most service-based organizations compete based on Price/Expertise/Trust. But do these dimensions by themselves generate sustainable competitive advantage?  Not necessarily: to develop competitive advantage requires taking each of these items to their logical conclusion. From price to value:  Not only is competing on price usually not economically sustainable, most organizations do not want their brand to [More]

  • Ten webinar utilization strategies

    Ten webinar utilization strategies

    Many marketers use webinars as an important strategy, but given the large investment developing the content, finding (and registering) attendees, and the logistics of production, how can you maximize the return on your webinar investment? Here are ten ideas that can help: Include a clear and easy call to action near the end [More]

  • Monetizing IP: Online Learning

    Monetizing IP: Online Learning

    "The Internet wants to be free": has been the internet anthem for decades. It has been sung by the academic world in the spirit of sharing knowledge, in the anti-spirit of corporate greed by anarchists, and by the "inbound marketing" crowd as a magnet to attract prospective clients. But at [More]

  • Testimonials and References

    Testimonials and References

    When you make a purchase decision, what is the one thing, more than anything else, that gives you confidence that the other party can (and will) do what they promise? Yes, statements of work, contracts, and case studies all play a role.  But what about references and testimonials? References are those conversations [More]

  • Insight: How not to sell

    Insight: How not to sell

    Marketing and sales are at the core of almost every organization. Whether it is writing a proposal for a prospect, encouraging a person to join your organization, or selling an internal team on a concept, the act of gaining alignment and commitment is critical. More evidence of the importance of [More]

  • Marketing Insight: Big Data and Lead Scores

    Marketing Insight: Big Data and Lead Scores

    Often times, the greatest insights happen at the intersection of two areas, and this is certainly true of the intersection between marketing and business development. Typically, what lives here are leads. Marketers develop initiatives that build leads. Then sales "works" the leads, hopefully converting them into clients. This is true, [More]

  • Airplane-mode networking

    Airplane-mode networking

    After arriving at an event and noticing a few people you know - and hundreds that you don't - what is your first inclination? a) To make a bee-line to those you know? b) To introduce yourself to those you don't? c) None of the above? Sadly, more people are [More]

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