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The Blessing of Complaints: How Rantings and Ravings Can Help You Succeed
Smilor Ray
3/26/2001
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When customers complain, you're getting market intelligence for free. Treat every gripe as a chance to fix the problem and build your company's reputation for good service.

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The Entrepreneurial Mind: Short-cut to Trouble
8/9/2007
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Are your startup financials accurate? Odds are they are not, perhaps significantly so, because you have not spent the necessary time and effort forecasting revenues. This article explains why revenues, not expenses, are the most important--and difficult--numbers to get right.

Go To Source (forum.belmont.edu)
The FUD Factor: How to Persuade Customers to Buy
Smilor Ray
10/30/2000
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Understanding your customers' state of mind is only the first step in the process of closing a sale. Fear, uncertainty and doubt can be increased or decreased, using a few simple techniques.

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The Two Faces of Niche Marketing
Lawton Jennifer
2/1/1999
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Niche businesses either start with specific offerings for a discreet audience or carve out specialities within a broader base. Either way, entrepreneurs who operate niche companies must understand themselves, their goals, and their customers, in order to deliver marketing campaigns that are simple and effective.

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The World's Shortest Marketing Plan
8/23/2007
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Marketing plans don't have to be long to be effective; in fact just the opposite, says this international marketing VP. He's even provided a handy matrix-like template he invented when he realized the templates available were much too long.

Go To Source (kellyodell.blogspot.com)
Three Universal Laws of Marketing: How to Get Customers to Beg for Your Product
Smilor Ray
11/27/2000
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Entrepreneurial success awaits companies that are not just better but different. If you keep your promises and sell more than just product, you'll be irresistible.

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Time for Some Buzz-Kill
9/6/2007
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A Business Week columnist argues for putting a cork in the mouths of marketing gurus who spout jargon that only complicates an already complicated task. It's a fun piece filled with interesting facts that drive a very sharp point home: Always keep it simple.

Go To Source (www.businessweek.com)
Trade Shows: A Key Tool For Marketers
Krotz Joanna L
1/4/2007
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Participating in trade shows is a significant way to earn press coverage and publicity for your company. This author provides a nine-step plan to execute a solid trade show presence, such as meet with media at the show and allow attendees to demo your product or service.

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True Believers
2/2/2007
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Transforming customers from passive buyers to active participants will likely require a shift in marketing strategy for most entrepreneurs. Yet building a community of passionate consumers can be an effective way to create long-term growth and competitive advantage.

Go To Source (www.businessweek.com)
Turning Sales Compensation On Its Head
Wardlaw Townsend
3/30/2006
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Rather than viewing compensation plans as a motivational tool, this entrepreneur believes they should be considered a means for managing risk and protecting the company's cash assets. He explains his firm's model, which is based on transferring more risk to sales associates, sharing resources across clients, and tying a portion of base salary to reaching certain revenue-related milestones.

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