The best mistake I’ve ever made

worst business decisions

In 1998, I was working for a division of Duchossois Industries as an engineer working on new product development. I was occasionally invited to be part of a team that evaluated acquisition opportunities (I was the token geek that spoke business or something); and so I was a part of the team that

How to turn online connections into real world sales

make sales

If you've been following along with our blog posts, or if you listen to our podcast you know that we are big fans of social media and online marketing. There has never been a better time to be prospecting for new client leads--they are all right out there! You can search for them, reach out to them,

How to respond to random LinkedIn requests

responding to linkedin requests

If you are active on LinkedIn, your chances of "getting found" increase. You will get more inbound contacts from prospects, job seekers, potential partners and (unfortunately) random connection requests from people you don't know. While some of these requests can be kind of puzzling, ("Why would the

5 reasons why your small business needs a strong sales pipeline

sales pipeline

We all want to have a strong sales pipeline, right? Who wouldn't want to have a consistent flow of prospects interested in engaging their company? But the value of a strong sales pipeline goes beyond the marketing and sales team. It's like having a tailwind for your whole business. If there is one

5 ways your website can help you fill your sales pipeline

how to fill sales pipeline

Finding more qualified prospects to fill the top of your sales pipeline is the best way to accelerate the growth of your company. Any action I can take to bring in more leads on a consistent basis, well, that's action worth taking! You have a website. Everybody does. How hard is it working

How to build a company culture that invests in Millennials

investing into millenial employees

In Part II, Devan offered further advice on how to create a magnetic company culture. A significant part of building a strong, positive company culture is letting each worker know that they’re seen as not just a company employee, but first and foremost as a person. As Millennials cement their role

How to warm up cold leads (without being a pest)

cold leads into hot sales

Cold is not usually a positive association. Cold coffee. Cold weather. Cold attitudes. Not a lot of people will jump up and down with excitement when you're describing something cold...unless it's ice cream. The same goes for cold leads. They're not the easiest to work with--and you need to

How to increase sales (and make more money)

how to increase sales

What creates sales for your company? What is one thing can you do today that will increase sales in the future? What can you do that will move the needle on your top line? It's surprising how few of my clients have ever sat down and thought about the answers to these questions. If you need

5 Sales Prospecting Tools Every Entrepreneur Needs

5 sales prospecting tools

When you're working hard to build new relationships and network for your business, you're ultimately working to increase your sales pipeline. You're connecting with new people and getting your brand in front of new faces. Part of this happens in the form of in-person meetings, but other

What is a sales pipeline? Here’s everything you need to know

what is a sales pipeline

Getting a customer, for most of us, isn't a one step process. It's different for all types of businesses. So then, what is a sales pipeline? If you were to draw a map of the stages that your prospects go through -- from the time they first hear about your company through consideration,

Sending Price Increase Notices: 4 Best Practices

tips for sending price increase notices

When you finally decide it’s time to send your clients a price increase notice, there are a few best practices to follow to help ensure you and your customers are on the same page about what’s happening. The last thing you want to transpire when you’re making a request is to put them on the

Sales prospecting: 4 Ways to take control of your sales pipeline

sales prospecting

You all know what the sales pipeline stages are, right? As you market and sell, you are moving people from awareness ("Oh, look, they exist"); to consideration ("Hmm, they might be able to solve my problem"); to discovery ("Let's talk about how you might be able to solve my problem."); to engagement