Tag: success

Pandemic Power Play

By investing $4 billion of operating profit into its COVID-19 plan, Amazon is setting itself up for spectacular success that will last far beyond the current coronavirus crisis. The funds will simultaneously improve internal weaknesses and counter external threats to address issues with consumers, critics and competitors. What do you think of Amazon’s approach? Related […]

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B2B strategic communications plan to help marketing and communication teams align with their organization's big picture for superior ROI

B2B Strategic Communications Plan

Match your message to your big picture.

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Win Big and Fast: 5 Strategic Sales Tips

Winning makes us euphoric. Just as the 2016 Rio Olympics will be the proudest moment of some elite athletes’ careers, winning a major new business deal could be the most exhilarating thing to happen to your company. Business development wins can give your company bigger accounts, new direction and greater credibility – and effective sales […]

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Strategic Communications 101

With the back-to-school season underway, let’s review how to achieve your business goals by applying reading, writing and ‘rithmatic to develop a strategic communications plan. An effective communications plan acts as your company’s results-oriented roadmap, helping you get where you want to go — using minimal time, money and effort. Use the following steps to […]

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Position Yourself as an Expert

Think about it: Right this minute you’re already a goldmine of valuable industry insights. With more than a decade of progressive experience in your industry, you’ve seen it all. You understand consumer and market trends better than most. People look to you for answers and you feel energized when you share your wisdom with others. […]

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Strut! Self-promotion tips from business leaders

To get ahead, you need to promote yourself. Research proves that business and career success is highest among people who feel comfortable with selling themselves and their strengths. How self-promotion can help you These findings on self-promotion apply to entrepreneurs and executives alike. If you’re an entrepreneur, you’re the face of your brand; to boost […]

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Nail Your Elevator Pitch

Successful professionals and business owners know how to toot their own horn – fast – to turn strangers into customers, investors or part of their network. To learn from their best practices, remember that your audience is busy, so you have less than a minute to make meaningful connections, establish credibility and showcase your talent. Use […]

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Negotiate With Ease: 5 Tips

Do negotiations make your heart pound and your mind race? You’re not alone. Whether you’re trying to close a sale with a customer, win over an investor or sign a business contract, negotiation consultant Fotini Iconomopoulos (pictured above) can help you negotiate more successfully. After more than a decade of sales and negotiation experience, Fotini […]

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Case Study: Measuring Marketing Success

Situation One of my clients serving pharmaceutical companies relies on email campaigns to communicate with clients. However, the company did not measure the performance of  three potentially lucrative email campaigns. Approach To understand the client’s process, I analyzed the three campaigns and considered: Who received each email? What is the call to action? Did the […]

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Start 2014 With a Bang

This week is when it all begins: Our goals for 2014 come alive, moving off the pages of a business plan and into action. To achieve your business goals this year, make sure your communications plan revolves around them. Start 2014 with a bang with these strategic communication plan best practices: Tie communications to business […]

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Pinpoint Your Target Audience

Tired of playing hide and seek with your target market? To identify a suitable target, successful entrepreneurs recommend these tips: 1. Pick an audience you can relate to. Choose and audience you understand and admire — then tailor your product to their pain points. 2. Consider long-term potential. Among customers that will adopt early, which […]

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Objective Clarifier Tool

Aligning your communications with your corporate strategy makes the best business sense. To make sure your communications are effective, you need clear objectives. Use these questions to create results-oriented communications: Briefly describe the business challenge/opportunity What does success look like? List your corporate objectives (e.g. vision, strategic objectives) List your communication objectives (ensure they are […]

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First Things First: Communications Basics

It’s no coincidence that the most successful companies communicate effectively. Clear communication saves time, effort and headaches. Market leaders know that before they can achieve their business goals, they need strong relationships with their employees, customers and the public. To build those strong relationships, an organization must first apply these communication fundamentals: Know your subject: […]

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