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On Being Creative - A 53 Second Spark of Creativity from Gershik

Is creativity something that only right brained people own or can it be developed and nurtured?  Creativity is an odd, evasive trait that most people say they have, but few can practice with regularity. 

Steve Gershik, as a successful sales and marketing pro, understands the value of improv training in sparking creativity and he talks about it in this 53 second tip you can apply immediately to ensure your creative success. We have titled it, “Start with the YES.”  We think it is 53 seconds of…being creative.

600x600-SLMAnugget-gershik-startwithyesThis SLMA Gold Nugget tip came from outtakes of a recent interview on CRM Radio, "Where have all the risk takers gone?

 In the interview on CRM Radio, Gershilk slides into one of his favorite subjects of how to spark creativity in yourself and your staff.  Steve (of Koyne Marketing) thinks creativity can be turned on and developed with some subtle nudges.

The full interview is here:

 More:  Where have all the Risk Takers gone?

  

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You Can Estimate the Number of Leads Needed to Make Forecast

Forecasting requires marketing to estimate the number of inquiries your salespeople will need to make quota in 2018.   It is one of the CMO’s most important functions. 

IStock_000028410392LargeCompared to most companies that just try to deliver as many leads as possible, this precise method is based on data.  It will be your data that you can point to and use as a base for your predictions.

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The price of being a bad client

6a0147e05adc32970b01b7c91d7013970b-320wiIt sounds funny, but there is, or should be, a price to pay when we are less than pleasant, respectful, kind toward those we have hired to do a job. Just because we pay people doesn't give us the right to be rude, irritable, condescending or mean. I am reminded of this by my children when the seventh junk call of the day comes through and interrupts my day because it has a spoofed area code that "may be someone I want to talk to." They remind me that people don't typically set out to take terrible jobs because they get joy from it. They do it to put food on the table. Take that up to professionals we hire for accounting, our legal needs, sales training. They welcome you into their office in hopes that they can help you solve a problem, help make you more money and lessen your burdens. This is difficult when you arrive in attack mode carrying the weight of your day or week, misunderstandings, or even fear. Stop. Breathe.

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Does Learned Helplessness Stalk Marketing Management?

220px-Flickr_-_The_U.S._Army_-_Comprehensive_Soldiers_Fitness_(1)croppedPsychologist Martin Seligman popularized the condition called Learned Helplessness

Seligman realized that when he placed dogs into an inescapable environment and administered electric shocks the dog eventually stopped trying to escape. If the dog was placed into an environment where it could escape and given shocks it would still not try to escape.  It learned to give-up. This has had a major impact on human psychology.

Learned helplessness stalks the lives of marketing managers (and the CFOs CEOs and presidents).  In most instances marketers have been placed into an environment where they have been taught it is futile to prove the ROI for lead generating activities.  After time passes they quit trying to prove an ROI and suffer the consequences of Learned Marketing Helplessness. 

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George Patton’s Lessons: You Have no Choice But to Attack, Attack and Attack.

During difficult times,  from CEOs and presidents to sales and marketing managers each is confronted with one of two choices. 

  1. Will we defend, therefore shrink, possibly survive but in the process risk the death of the enterprise?
  2. Will we fight and take market share from those who choose defense and cannot manage their business?

If the company chooses defense it takes the chance it will save itself into a corporate graveyard. 

If it survives it will most likely give up a large chunk of its market share to a more aggressive competitor. Those who took the option to simply survive by cutting back on sales and marketing and shrink the company may die a bankrupt death or barely survive to compete.  They must rebuild the marketing and sales departments and their credit lines.  Their future is bleak, but they may have a future if nothing else than to sell to a competitor who understands the meaning of the word attack.  

PattonphotoWhy this matters:

"Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more."

George S. Patton

 

But we don't have to pay too much attention to the"defender."   We should pay all of our attention to those who used their wits and their cunning marketing and sales departments to attack. 

 If the company makes the crucial decision to avo

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How to Erase Wrinkles Caused by Salespeople

This simple solution also solves gas, bloat, & high blood pressure while in a salesperson’s presence.

IStock-147272160It’s a proven fact that salespeople can cause premature aging in marketing people.  Wrinkles are just the most visible indication that salespeople are stressing out the marketing department.

Doctors tell me that another symptom of premature aging in marketing people is increased blood pressure (usually within 25 feet of anyone from Sales, including sales management).   Other health issues may be gas and bloating; severe snoring and lack of sleep; heart palpitations and migraine headaches between the eyes.  Stomach ailments are also reported when salespeople fail to make quota and complain to Marketing.

The treatment for these common symptoms is to give every salesperson a qualified sales lead each morning, with or without food.  Avoid giving salespeople qualified leads if they are likely to consume alcohol within four hours.   Alcohol is known to put them to sleep and they will easily forget they received a qualified lead from you.  

Why it's Important

"If all salespeople are given at least one qualified lead a day, within 30 days marketing managements blood pressure will begin to return to normal when they are in the presence of anyone from Sales.   Within 45 days gas and bloat should subside to once or twice a week.   Snoring diminishes and lack of sleep is resolved within 60 days.  Heart palpitations and migraines might take as long as 90 days to subside."

Jim Obermayer

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9 Answers for Salespeople’s Stupid Questions

IStock_000018770059SmallWell, maybe ‘stupid’ is too strong a word, but these are common questions and as a marketer or sales manager you should have the answers.

  1. “Half of these leads are no good.”

Answer:  True - half are no good because slightly less than half will buy in one year.  The problem is, only YOU can determine which half will buy.

  1. “It takes too much of my time to use the CRM system.”

Answer:  Once information is entered into the CRM system, it saves you time -    time spent on manual forecasting; time spent looking for names and numbers to call when you promised to call; time spent following up on leads pumped into the system automatically from the web, the marketing automation system, trade shows, etc.   CRM is a time saver. 

  1. “Do I have to call all of the leads you give me?”

Answer:  Yes, you have to call all of the leads we give you because we spent money on your behalf to find these people. Only you can separate out the 50% who will buy from the 50% who won’t.   

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How Marketing Gets A Blank Check! Matt Heinz tells how on SalesPipeline Radio

                                           

                                    

Matt Heinz and Sales Pipeline Radio producer, Paul Roberts talk about Profit Center Marketing. Here's how you know if you are doing it right.

IF you can related to any of the next three points, it's time to make a change:

  1. If your marketing team is more focused on picking the right t-shirts for an event, rather than driving opportunities into the sales organization.
  2. If your marketing department resembles an arts and crafts department.
  3. When you report on operational metrics as opposed to business metrics.

Why it Matters!

"What do we have to do to get a blank check from the CFO of marketing? 'Give me a dollar and I'll make you three'   THAT will gain their interest and they will then ask, ' How long can you do that? Can you do it every month?'   THIS is how you get the blank check".

Matt Heinz,  CEO Heinz Marketing

CEOs don't care about clicks and retweets, about your open rates and probably don't care about your qualified leads. So changing the thinking to become a profit center requires this question:  What do we have to do to get a blank check from the CFO of marketing? "Give me a dollar and I'll make you three." THAT will gain their interest and they will then ask, "How long can you do that? Can you do it every month?" THIS is how you get the blank check.

Keep listening. Matt will give you a to-do list to head toward this goal.

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