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Joe Prospect is a composite of how a typical prospect looks at the world and how they react to our marketing efforts.  Even though every prospect is unique in some ways—all of our prospects regardless of what business we are in, share many common characteristics. Dear Joe is an advice column written by your prospect to help you better understand them.

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Joe Prospect is a composite of how a typical prospect looks at the world and how they react to our marketing efforts. Even though every prospect is unique in some ways—all of our prospects regardless of what business we are in, share many common characteristics. Dear Joe is an advice column written by your prospect to help you better understand them.

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TOP 3 EXCUSES TO STOP MARKETING

1. The Economy is Down:

 

OK so when was the last time the economy was up? Can you even remember when the economy was up? By the way, it is a big myth that advertising in a down economy doesn’t pay.

Published in Joe Prospect
Monday, 06 February 2017 14:17

Do prospects see you as one of the herd?

From the Desk of Joe Prospect

The Battle for Your Prospect’s Mind

 

A couple of brilliant advertising guys named Al Ries and Jack Trout wrote a book in 1981 called Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind. They explained that all products and services end up occupying a  position in our minds. We put a label on everything. Smart companies  position themselves exactly how they want to be thought of by their  prospects.


Whatever your business is, if you do not create a unique position in my mind, I will think of you as an accountant, or insurance broker, or printer or whatever profession you are part of. I will see you as being the same as everyone else in your group. Whatever associations I have already formed about your group, I will attach automatically to you. If you  are an accountant and I think of accountants as expensive, confusing or  interchangeable, that is who you will be to me. Unless you create a unique  position for your company in my mind. If you are a janitorial company and I  think that all janitorial companies do a great job in the beginning then start  to get sloppy, that is what I will think of you. Unless you do something in  your marketing to establish yourself as being different from your competitors.

 

You have to create the position you want for your company or your prospects will do it for you and you may not like where they choose to slot you. You don’t want to be stuck with the impressions formed on your prospects by the rest of your herd I have fixed ideas about everything. If you were to ask me about any type  of business, I will tell you what I think of them. You must be aware of  the impressions, good and bad, already made on me by your competitors –the other members of your herd. And then you have to rise above them and  set your company apart from your crowd.

 

Choosing your position is tricky because you have to decide which  segment of your prospects you are creating the position for and how you are going to establish your position in your marketing.

 

Your position must be short and simple. If it is confusing or complicated  I will not work to get it, I will just forget it.

 

Another critical thing about a position is that you have to stick to the  same position or you will lose all the marketing points you have scored with your original position.  If you vary your positioning in your marketing messages, you will leave me thinking “Who are these guys anyway?”   Stray from your position and perish.

 

In order to gain the position you want in the minds of your prospects, you will need to plant that message firmly in all of your marketing communication. Then repeat it, over and over and over again. Never move away from your core position. You can vary the content of your marketing messages but your main positioning must remain absolutely consistent.

 

Think very carefully about what you want your position to be and how  you are going to express it in your marketing.

 

Don’t let me just lump you in with the rest of your herd!

 

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Published in Cold Calling

FROM THE DESK OF JOE PROSPECT

 

Trust in sales is critical and it is made up of several things. Previously I mentioned “consistency” as being one of the key components you need in your marketing to get your prospects to trust you.   You have to be in front of your prospects on a regular basis so they come to trust that you are a stable long-term company.  And your marketing message has to be consistent so you don’t confuse your prospects about what you stand for.

Published in Joe Prospect
Monday, 02 January 2017 13:59

Earning your prospects trust: Tip #3 Proof

FROM THE DESK OF JOE PROSPECT

 

If you say you perform better than your competitors, attach some numbers to that claim please. How long do you retain your average client relative to your industry? Do you calculate ROI on your service? What percentage of your business comes from referrals? How fast is your company growing?

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FROM THE DESK OF JOE PROSPECT

“The world is full of fancy claims and puffed up promises. Are you willing to stand behind yours?”
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WHAT ARE THE KEY FACTORS THAT DETERMINE HOW WELL TELEMARKETING WILL WORK FOR YOUR COMPANY?

Virtually every time we are talking to a company that is considering using our b2b prospecting service, we get these questions.

Will this work for us?  How fast will it work?

Published in Value Propositions
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 19:25

Are You Abandoning Your Prospects?

EVERY TIME YOU TOUCH YOUR PROSPECTS BY CALLING THEM, EMAILING OR MAILING THEM SOMETHING, YOU ARE SCORING POINTS WITH THEM. JUST BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT JUMPED UP AND THROWN THEIR ARMS AROUND YOU YET, DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOUR MESSAGE HAS NOT PENETRATED THEIR CONSCIOUSNESS TO SOME DEGREE. EACH CONTACT SCORES A CERTAIN NUMBER OF POINTS WITH YOUR PROSPECTS AND MOVES THEM CLOSER TO THE POINT WHERE ONE DAY THEY WILL BE READY TO DO BUSINESS WITH YOU.

Published in Cold Calling