Category Archives: Business Development

Do you have marketing myopia?

Theodore Levitt coined this now famous phrase ‘marketing myopia’ which basically means tunnel vision. Often we are too busy keeping afloat to see the vastness of the ocean we are in.  Translated into business terms this simply means we sometimes … Continue reading

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Role playing really works

You might look and sound silly (in your opinion) but this really works. Whether its a presenation, a phone call or a networking event where you want to try out a new approach – record yourself doing this.  It will … Continue reading

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Cross-selling: the ace up your sleeve?

We all know that it takes a lot more time and costs more money to win new business than to look after the clients you already have.  On this basis, it should mean that cross-selling services in professional firms is … Continue reading

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Never underestimate the value of a contact

Regardless of how unlikely it may first appear to be, anyone could be a valuable business contact. The most obvious question being, ‘How can you know who they know?’ You can bet that the first time you make the mistake … Continue reading

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11 tips for customer acquisition

Acquiring new customers is all about opening up new relationships and that is all about how you present yourself and your company. Here are eleven tips for acquiring new customers:

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Give your customers a reason to listen to you

Often, your business’s greatest competition isn’t from other businesses who want your customers but rather from life and the hectic pace of things. As you may be able to relate to, your prospects are probably very busy – and constantly … Continue reading

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Get your prospect approach communication right

The key to writing an effective and compelling approach letter or email is to focus on good communication. Keep your letter specific – avoid being too vague or over-generalising as you may fail to engage your audience Make sure your letter is … Continue reading

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5 strategies to kick-start your lead generation process

We all know what we should be doing but sometimes a quick recap revitalises our focus. The best marketers channel their efforts at the front end of the sales and marketing process and here are 5 ways to revitalise lead … Continue reading

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The value of a good case study

Stories appeal to us, we like dramatic narratives. We can relate to them and generally find them interesting and sometimes entertaining. Since the time of the Greek playwrights of 2500 years ago we have shown an interest in stories – … Continue reading

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Are you an effective networker?

In order to be truly successful at networking it is absolutely critical that you keep your promises – be sure to do what you say you will do. Few things can be more damaging to your credibility as a reliable … Continue reading

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