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The Decision Institute – Coach Manny Nowak

Sales and Leadership Development

I grew up as a computer programmer. In the 80’s and 90’s, programmers’ function was the automation of manual processes.  We focused on how to get more done, better, faster and cheaper. 

But as I look at the sales and marketing automation process in most small to medium firms, I still don’t see this process happening at the rate it could. 

We have all kinds of reports that can tell you every thing you need to know, but they only work if the data is inputted.  We already had those reports in the 90s. In fact, my partners and I developed them for many large companies. 

 

 

I see people trying to manage email, prospects and marketing campaigns manually.  I see people trying to do social media, one post at a time, when they have time.

 

Today, a small/medium business can accomplish amazing things through marketing automation.

 

At the center of this additional accomplishment through automation is CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software, social medial and email lists.

 

Today I want to look at these 3 areas that you as a business owner/CEO/Sales Executive need to look at for automation and focus.  Combined correctly, these three will help your business excel and help you reach that level of sales that you want and know your company can achieve.

 

1/       Social Media

            Visibility

            Massive Posting

            Anyone who tells you that you can post 1-2 times a week, or even 1-2 times a day, and get results needs to think again.

            The social media window that allows someone to see your post runs at such a high speed that if you are not consistently putting stuff out there, no one will ever notice you or know who you are.

            Yes, this is where automation comes in.  Using a tool such as HootSuite, you can now set up posts for the entire day, week or even month.  You can set them to update 5-10 platforms, 8-10 times a day.  You do the math.

            Think, what happens when you post 50-100 times a day?  People begin to notice you. They see you everywhere, on all different platforms., and they will begin to check you out.

 

2/       Web Landing Pages.

            You need to build your email list, and you need to get prospects onto your list.  Sending them to your website will not do it.

            You need a landing page (a special page that is set up just for the offer) with an offer that people want.

            It can be:

                        A white paper you wrote about something your firm does or has done.

                        It can be a check list or “how to.”

                        It can be an ebook.

                        It can be a free gift that solves a problem or answers a question.   Something they want.

 

            Then, push this using social media on a regular basis.  Post about the offer.  Perhaps do some advertising on Facebook.  Get people to go to the page and give you their email.

 

3/       Email Campaigns

            Your email list is one of your greatest assets. Make sure you understand and take care of it that way.

 

            Once you populate the list with qualified people, you need to send them email.  Nothing is worse than working to get someone’s email on your list, but then failing to do anything with that opportunity.  As my friend Michele Scism said in an interview with me the other week, “once you get on my list, I am going to email you.”

 

            Educate them.

            Inform them.

            Make them offers.

            Segregate them by what actions they take and what they look at.

 

            All this can and should be done through automation, through campaigns, through the tools at your disposal.

            Email them again and again – keep them on your list.

 

            Never let them wonder about what happened to that list they subscribed to.  Yes, some will likely unsubscribe, but they were not buyers anyway.  Stop worrying about those that unsubscribe and start focusing on those that do open your messages and then act.  They are the buyers.

 

Wow!  This sales and marketing automation is amazing stuff – isn’t it?

 

If you are not yet using automation to its full potential, you need to check it out.

 

Want to learn more?

Let’s talk.

Set up a 15-30 minute call with me, and let’s learn about you, your organization and how sales and marketing automation can help you.

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What does it take to make your business successful?

Why do some businesses take off and others just go on without growth or worse, go away?

 

What does it take to make your business successful in the business world today?

 

Today, I will share what I believe to be the “Top 5.”

 

 

1/        Target Market – you must understand your customer.  Who are you going after with the product/service you supply?

           

So many businesses think everyone is their customer.

Wrong.

Perhaps everyone could potentially buy your product, but you do not have the time or resources to market to everyone.

Pick a niche and go after that and let the rest come if they choose to do so.

 

If you look at successful companies, many times, you will be amazed at the tightly defined niche they go after and the great success they experience.

 

 

2/        A Written Plan with priorities – you must have a roadmap on how you will get where you are going.

You must know how, when and where you are going to do things.

So many small business owners I know have it all in their heads.

It will never get you where you really want to go.

Plus, most people have no sense of priority.

What are the highest playback items I must focus on?

 

It need not be a complex plan; in fact, I recommend very simple 2-3 pages.

Make sure you define:

What you are selling.

To whom you are selling.

How you are selling.

How you are servicing.

How and when you are going to get paid.

And the most important priorities to close business.

 

 

3/        Money/Financial Backing

Don’t run out of money, because when you do, you are done.

This is regardless of how passionate you are or how good your product/service is.

The worse thing is that it usually happens when the process just starts to take off.

A good friend of mine once gave me a great tip, which I always follow when helping organizations deal with cash issues.

“Whatever you think you need, double it.” 

Then, go get the financing.  Better to ask for too much than not enough.

 

One option for financing is a company like Fundera.  They help small business owners get the funding they need by offering a variety of loan options.” 

 

 

Always have money in hand and access to additional funds when you need them.

Do not wait until you need it to ask for money – few will give it to you when you are on the fall.

Build those relationships and connections every day.

Get a line and use it, pay it off, and keep it current.

 

 

4/        Sales and Marketing

You have to know how to sell or have a trusted partner who does.

Today, you have to understand social media and you have to get involved with it.

You must know how to generate leads.

 

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You must have a follow-up process and have an effective CRM system to help you track prospects.

You have to know how to close.

Business is built and grown on the top line.

You cannot build a business by saving money.

Selling is a skill; it is worth every penny you pay for the good stuff.

 

 

5/        Relationships

You cannot do it without others, no matter how good you think you are.

You must have and build relationships with vendors, prospects, and others in the business world.

You have to know whom to go to when you need something.

You have to have people you can trust.

You must have a coach and a mastermind group.

You need strong personal relationships, both inside and outside your organization.

Never guess, instead, build relationships that will help you today, tomorrow and when you become big.

 

 

There you have it.

Some of you will argue, what about this or what about that.

 

These are what my years of coaching have taught me are the keys.  I simply want to share them with you because I know they work.

 

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