Category Archives: Business Development

Getting Ready for the Business Development Race

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A difficult economy means that your customers are taking longer to decide if they want to spend money with your printing company. This “wait and see” game may go on for months, perhaps years. In the meantime, your business has its own objectives to meet, and bills to pay. Reducing expenses can only take an… Read More »

Space and Time

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What lessons can a 19th-century astronomer and aviator teach us about finding new business opportunities? Back in the late 1990s, when I was working full time for Micro Publishing News magazine, one of our sales guys told me of a conversation he had with a cab driver. When the cabbie asked him what he did… Read More »

Revamp Your Sales Model

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Your business ebbs and flows. Good months followed by an ‘OK’ or a not so good month. How do these results compare to your plan, what’s working and where is either the plan or the execution falling short. We could be talking about a few of your reps or the entire business. Too often the… Read More »

Will Your Google Analytics Dashboard Shock You?

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These days, all the buzz is about content marketing. Whether you’re a commercial printer, digital printer, or a marketing firm, gaining new customers is about drawing people in rather than pushing your information out. When customers are ready, they will find you. Effective content marketing requires more than just having good content on your website… Read More »

More Data Follies: Who’s Minding the Store?

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My penchant for publishing direct mail and data bloopers continues to win me great stories to share here on Digital Nirvana. This one came in this morning and left me scratching my head. My question for readers is this: Do you have processes in place to catch these mistakes before they get mailed? Or are… Read More »

This Press Release Did Everything Right

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Many organizations are rediscovering the role of public relations in content marketing. As an editor, I get over a dozen press releases every day. The four most common failures I see are: Not understanding the difference between “news” and “promotion.” Taking too long to get to the point. Failing to help me see/intuit/perceive a potential… Read More »