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Too often today we see new business people running around like blue arsed flies, chasing their own tails, wearing rose tinted spectacles about every single opportunity that hits their desk.
The more meetings they go on the worse it gets. The more spam that has to be mailed out to generate more unqualified opportunities that do little more that keep your hand in with PowerPoint. Spurred on often with a barrage of cliches, if at first you don't succeed and it's a numbers day, all the way up to your P45.
Most articles will look at the smartest ways of going about new business in today's competitive marketplace. Much emphasis will be on referral marketing; face to face skills (what we used to call sales skills); how to save time and money by qualifying opportunities properly and how to create solid, quantifiable client servicing programmes. So your business grows the way you'd like it to, like a flower not a sandcastle.
Your dreams, desire and expectations are yours to keep, don't let anyone take them away from you. Success is not perfection. You always have a choice. Have fun, nobody gets out alive.
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This is an updated blog post from June 2013. I love it so much for its clarity. I thought it well worth an update for 2015. I actually have a really fond memory of meeting an MD in 2013 and … Continue reading
Psychologists or Behavioural Economists as they now like to be called have used a logic task called the Wason Selection Task as a measure of people’s reasoning powers. It is one of those pesky little tests that ‘they’ use to prove we are not … Continue reading
I recently met up with an agency head. We’d met before, when he was looking for help with lead generation. Alas we didn’t win his business then. All water under the bridge. However, he did tell me what had happened … Continue reading
Somewhere there is a meeting going on. Shut the front door, no way! In a boardroom. Wow you’re so on it today Jim. What I am trying to say is that there is a meeting going on for sure, but … Continue reading
(Clip features – Mahan Khalsa – Let’s Get Real or Let’s Not Play: Transforming the Buyer/Seller Relationship) How do people make decisions? Okay, how do we make business decisions ? Okay, how do you get a marketer to choose your agency? It’s not a … Continue reading
In my piece about new business programmes being largely dysfunctional I mention that the problem is the unwritten rule that an agency must be proactive. Which is Steven Covey’s Rule #1. I wasn’t saying don’t be proactive but think about your proactive activities. Agencies … Continue reading
The art of conversation is becoming underrated in new business today – which is great news for some of you who still value it. I often sing this song in my head before a sales meeting. It reminds me I … Continue reading
(Click the pic to enlarge in) Is this what your new business programme looks like, give or take? Quite crammed isn’t it, wouldn’t you say like, quite crammed isn’t it? Quite crammed I say, what do you reckon now? … Continue reading
Do you know how physicists split an atom? No, me neither, That is why I have wisely used that analogy to talk about how agencies can find more clients. Of all the hundreds of agencies that I have worked with over the … Continue reading