Tag Archives: Sales

Soft Skills that Deliver Hard Assets

By Chuck Sink Sometimes this blog brings some hands-on marketing technique information to readers such as better SEO practices, how to use Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. But it focuses mostly on building skills that help business owners, marketing directors and salespeople do their jobs better. Let’s look at just a few key skills that will help… Read More »

B2B Sales is the New Retail

By Chuck Sink There are too many technology walls and filters against traditional sales calls for them to be effective today. Not only that, the buyer mindset has changed dramatically over the last 10 years. Cold calls were once respected, even appreciated by many buyers at a time when salespeople offered new product information and… Read More »

Social Media is overrated. Build your email list!

By Chuck Sink In keeping with the theme of real time and the tremendous value of the current moment, I offer you this idea. The reason I keep this newsletter going week after week, even when I scarcely have time to publish it is because it keeps my brand relevant. We all have built in forgetters.… Read More »

Who will take your call in 2014?

By Chuck Sink Think about your last five or ten new customers. Where did they come from and why did they come to you? I’m willing to bet they ordered from you or hired you because you established a relationship. If they came to you by referral, it was because you built a relationship with… Read More »

The Best Cliche in Business: Add Value

By Chuck Sink “When you care enough to send the very best…” Actually, in my opinion, most Hallmark greetings are downright cheesy. I’ve received my ration of cheese over the years during Christmas and New Years. How ’bout you. Most companies order from a catalog of stock cards, and have their names imprinted with a… Read More »

One salesperson = 2,000 more. Sound good?

By Chuck Sink This is important and serious business. Social Media – Facebook and Twitter in particular, have a bad rap in some business circles. Here’s why you need to consider some combination of Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, depending on what business you’re in. The holdouts still abound! There are many in small business… Read More »

Marketing is (Almost) Everything!

By Chuck Sink Executives and business owners will often call in a marketing company for ideas to help rejuvenate sluggish or declining sales. “We just need help attracting some fresh new leads for the sales team and we can handle it once we get them talking with us.” It’s a commonly expressed sentiment. My experience has… Read More »

Make them want to be there.

By Chuck Sink It occurs to me that marketing and sales have more parallels to teaching than people may realize. As an adjunct professor I’m learning a lot about audience engagement. Students sit though class because they have to, not because they want to. Their parents are paying good money for them to be there.… Read More »

Marketing Mistake: Focusing on Social Media

By Chuck Sink Clients and customers are just like you, me, our friends, neighbors and coworkers. We use social media to stay in touch and be informed about people, groups, organizations and causes that interest us. It’s mostly about the people. You and I don’t intentionally log on to Facebook to be wooed by a big… Read More »

Cheap Noise is Getting Out of Hand

By Chuck Sink I’m in the thicket of online media every day. I’ve studied and practiced all the best practices in social media, blogging, email and web content. I was a very early adopter of LinkedIn and Twitter, then Facebook. I’ve been doing email marketing successfully for about 7 years now. My educated opinion is… Read More »