The 5 Keys To Successful B2b Marketing

Consumers are fickle. How do I know? I am one. I have chronicled my love-hate relationship with Home Depot. I was in love with them after my first experience with them buying a washer, dryer, and fridge. The salesperson was so educated and informative. When I went to Lowes (first) the salesperson took a while…

Seeing The World Through A Fresh Set Of I’s

I have had more than one person question, “Why would you leave an area, where you have 22 or 40 years of connections to start over?” I have asked myself that question a few times, too. The only answer I could give was, “It was time!” I have lived in the Chicago area since I…

Why “FREE” Is A Four Letter Word That’s Bad For B2b Businesses

Most of us have fallen victim to the allure of FREE stuff. I had a freezer full of big bags and boxes of frozen food from going to Sam’s Club and being a victim of the FREE sample person standing in the aisle. I have gotten a FREE phone and Airpods that raised my monthly…

My GREATEST Sales Success… (Selling My Wife On Moving)

Kim and I built the house we live in over 22 years ago. Over that time we have seen every house in our cul de sac sell at least once (most multiple times). We are the last original owners left. Back then we had two kids and multiple pets living here and it was more…

Networking Is All About Give And Take But Success Takes Giving

It’s been a long journey to get ready to sell our house and buy another. I have been in the Chicagoland area for almost 50 years. Over that period I have moved at least a dozen times. But, you never really move far from your network. You know what grocery stores have what. You know…

How To Document Success? What Gets Captured – Gets Updated (With A Nudge)

Life Happens This past weekend, I was attempting to clean out my basement. Loaded on shelves were tons of Bankers’ Boxes filled with personal and business records dating back to the 1990s. Loaded in there were memories and important things like the Title to my wife’s 2003 car and the original documents from when we…

Are Your Marketing Systems Not Working? Stop Gambling & Start Winning

Are your marketing systems working for you? Well, maybe you should stop gambling and start winning. Now, there is nothing absolute about any kind of marketing or advertising, or any kind of art in general. There’s no way to predict what’s going to happen, but there are ways to align concepts that are going to…

How Utilizing Consumer Marketing Methods May Undermine Your Business Sales

My wife and I have been watching a documentary series called America, the Story of Us. Two stories in the last episode really got my attention. The first was about Richard Warren Sears. Yep, that guy. He purchased a shipment of watches that never made it to a jeweler and then sold them at a…

Want To Improve Your Business? Here Is My Know-Like-Trust System!

Let me start off by asking you a question. Do you want to improve your business? Well if you do, I’m going to ask you to start thinking differently about know, like, and trust. Now, know, like and trust has been around for years. It’s been attributed to people like Mark Twain, Stephen Covey, and…

Dunbar’s Number… And Why It’s Better To Be Part Of A Tribe Than An Influencer

I was scrolling through Facebook, and one ad caught my eye. It said, “I didn’t think much of LinkedIn until I got 150 prospects.” And at the top, it says, “I completely stopped cold calling and got 150 prospects.” Well, common logic tells me that prospects are another way to say you are cold calling,…