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Conversion Is Still King
No matter how brilliant your marketing is, how pretty it is, how expensive it is…the only question that is worth addressing is this – Does it sell? Most businesses focus all of their marketing attention on advertising or lead generation. That’s fine, you’ve got to make the phone ring but, if you don’t turn a […]
You're Invited to the Referral Flood Launch Party!
On and off for the last year I have been working on the ultimate referral marketing tool. What I created is a 118-page workbook and manual, over 4 hours of audio CD training, 54 real-world referral systems, and a referral marketing toolbox containing example letters, postcards, business cards, door hangers, and other referral marketing tools. […]
The Plague of the Accidental Referral
Almost every business gets started this way. They do a good job for a client and they tell someone and the next thing you know, your business is growing by way of referral. Yet…I have asked now (and yes I am keeping track) somewhere just over 1731 small business owners this question. “Do you have […]
Will Work For Referrals
I may have mentioned that I am releasing an ebook and audio program in a few weeks titled Referral Flood – How to make it rain a flood of new business without spending one dime on advertising. So…I thought I would let one of my favorite referral strategies out of the bag today. Many small […]
What If Marketing Was A System?
Think about this one for a while. You have systems for accounting, making if, fixing it, shipping it, hiring…even for how to sort the mail. So, why the heck is marketing still an event. What if you began to analyze every markting function as though you needed to teach it to someone? How we answer […]
Educate Your Referral Sources
Do you know the number one reason that business owners don’t get enough high quality referrals? Fear. That’s it. Now, on one hand you might think that I mean that some business owners are just flat afraid to ask for referrals. There is no question that there is a great amount of truth to that […]

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Simplify! – Create a marketing strategy that IS the message
People tend to get things that can be boiled down to a really simple message. Buy this – get that. Hire us – Become famous. One of the most effective ways to create marketing that achieves this simple character is to come up with a marketing strategy that becomes your core marketing difference and core […]
Referrals Are A Matter Of Motivation
Most small business owners miss the boat when it comes to getting a constant flow of referrals because they start off in the wrong direction. If they seek referrals at all, most small business owners head straight to their clients. Now, your existing clients can be a good source of referrals. And when you think […]
Women Entrepreneurs Just Crack Me Up
Hey, I live with 5 women so I don’t wade into this swamp casually. The deal is that no matter how my liberated self tries to convince me that men and women business owners are the same and can be treated the same…the evidence before me is more obvious than a lipstick scrawl on the […]
So Many Toolbars, So Little Browser Room
I use the heck out of a couple of toolbars. A toolbar is a browser add-on program that add features to your surfing and these days almost every other website is offering them. For instance the Google toolbar allows you to view the Google assigned PageRank for a site you are visiting and the Alexa […]