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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.
Tag Archives: new business development
I had one of those moments last week, what you may call an ‘a-ha’ moment. And I am still not sure if I am 100% right to be frank. I think some people in agencies literally can’t see the God’s honest … Continue reading
Being persuasive is a pretty handy skill to have. Useful in business for obvious reasons but in life in general. How do you persuade someone? How do you get people to make a decision in your favour? Is it … Continue reading
I love the phrase ‘The Reluctant Consultant.’ Let me explain what it means to me. To begin with we need to look at the word ‘Consultant’ – what’s one of them? It seems like everyone is a Consultant of some … Continue reading
Death of the salesman? It is amazing the amount of things you can buy today without meeting a sales rep / new business person. I bought conveyancing online and it was great and it was dead cheap. I bought it … Continue reading
Column Thinking – is a lead qualifying tool. A way of thinking really, to determine whether you are likely to win a piece of new business or not. You’re attempting to imagine what the buyer is most likely doing behind … Continue reading
This is a response to an article I recently read in PR Week – see here My point is you’ll never understand selling unless you understand buying. How people buy (creative services) is where you should take the majority of … Continue reading
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
To Pitch or Not to Pitch published in The Drum – misses a key piece of evidence on whether an agency should pitch or not. Maybe your own evidence will confirm this. Of course what an agency is (should be) really deciding … Continue reading
Have you ever had a well planned out idea? One where you feel organised and in charge from the very beginning? Well, here’s mine. I recently bought Bob Hoffman’s book ‘Marketers are from Mars Consumers are from New Jersey‘. Buy … Continue reading