Light a Fire Under your Prospects

Just the other day I saw a commercial for the movie, The Jungle Book. It’s out of the Disney vault and for a limited time you can buy it for your family. But hurry, because soon it’ll be going back in the vault for another 20 years. Whoa, the kids will be 25 years old by then! Better buy it … Read More »

The Most Effective Promotions Methods

I love baseball movies, particularly Field of Dreams. Remember the classic line? “If you build it, they will come.” Unfortunately, I speak with many entrepreneurs who act as though that were true in business. If they just hang out their shingle, advertise in the newspaper, or publish a paper, … Read More »

Be More Persuasive

I heard on the news that Oprah Winfrey’s school for girls in South Africa has an oratorium. Why? It’s because she feels that leaders and influencers need to have good speaking skills. Whether you’re speaking to 1 or 100, I couldn’t agree more. Public speaking is one of the quickest ways to … Read More »

Stop Insane Marketing

Perhaps you’ve heard the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. As an entrepreneur, it’s easy to fall into this trap. We stick with what we know and what feels comfortable. But, if we’re not breaking through to the next level of sales, odds are we … Read More »

SMART Marketing

Any marketing done well is smart marketing, right? Wrong! Even a great-looking campaign can fail. Here’s a simple method you can use to quickly determine the efficacy of your marketing program. You may have heard of SMART objectives before. The experts who design corporate objective-setting … Read More »

How to Leverage your Local Newspaper

This month, I’m turning the tables on the media. Rather than being the interviewer, I’ve asked Meg Dedolph, Business Editor of our local newspaper, the Naperville SUN, to be the interviewee. Why? Well, one of the many ways an entrepreneur can increase credibility and visibility is through the print … Read More »

Be First in your Prospects’ Minds

When you think of soda, what are the first couple of brands that come to mind? Odds are Coke or Pepsi are on your list. Why? After spending millions of dollars in advertising over the years they’ve managed to be at or near the top of your mind for their category. And, customers purchase from … Read More »

3 Steps to More Revenue

The last few days of every year,  I spend my time doing some strategic planning for the Price Group.  It gives me an opportunity to get creative and excited about the possibilities for the coming year.   But the real test of how successful any of us will be by the end of year lies in how well we … Read More »

Make Money with a System

I meet many business people who say they market in spurts.  In the beginning of the year they kick off their marketing initiatives and get going like gangbusters. And that lasts for a while.  But then they get busy or distracted by other needs of the business.  By around this time of year their … Read More »

Scarcity Increases Demand for Your Offer

Have you ever watched a home shopping network?  Admit it.  It’s easy to be drawn in by a great looking item.  As you’re watching the close-up of the jewelry, the model train, or the sports jersey, you can start to visualize yourself owning it.  But what makes their “pitch” more compelling than, for … Read More »

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