Tag: sales


Apr

04

2016
Nothing Happens Without Engagement

K-12 Marketing Rules of Engagement

K-12 marketing strategy sets the direction that aligns with business goals. Marketing tactics creates the roadmap to achieve those objectives. But nothing, nada, happens without educator engagement. Engagement is multilayered, and has to satisfy a myriad of requirements. Here are some of the notables: Be a Storyteller  The best marketing tells stories. Those stories are most effective when they tell how educators’ lives are improved...

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Nov

14

2014
K-12 Marketers:  How to Keep Productive Nov thru Jan

K-12 Marketers: How to Keep Productive Nov thru Jan

When marketing to K-12, the timeframe from Thanksgiving through New Years can be a challenging time to get the attention of educators. So what do K-12 marketers do when our outbound calendars are lean? Retool the website.   Your website is the living, breathing, and very public billboard for your company. Lift up the hood and take a good long look at it, and adjust...

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Sep

15

2014
Get your leads out of the cold.

Your List: Your Business Lifeline

Hopefully your company has well-defined processes to develop and collect qualified contacts, leads, customers, and anyone in your target market with whom you want to communicate. If not, now’s the time. Prospect and customer list development and management goes right up among the most important business development projects you can undertake. Just as with social media, your outbound communications will be wasted if the network...

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Jul

14

2014
A top-down, bottom-up market approach.

Outbound Marketing to K-12 Education: Top-Down, Bottom-Up

For those of you who are veterans of selling and marketing to K-12 education, you already know what a challenging market it is. It’s a place where purchasers, influencers, and users are a tangled and confusing jumble of business office staff, administrators in district offices and at the school site, and classroom educators. It’s a market that differs from state-to-state, and each district may have...

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Jan

26

2014
You can win here.

K-12 Education Marketers: Arm Your Reps with a Winning Sales Presentation

It’s marketing’s responsibility to make sure the sales team is fully on message, so provide them with a top-notch, killer sales presentation. With one at their disposal, one that they can used in nearly all selling situations, then you’ve made important strides to maximize your sales potential. So what are some attributes of a really great, highly effective presentation? Adaptibility. If you design your presentation...

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Jan

09

2014
So where did all my customers go?

The K-12 Marketing “End Zone”: January through April

January is the “beginning of the end” for all of us who market to K-12 and rely on funding from school budgets. It’s the start of what can be termed the K-12 marketing “end zone.” January through April. It’s during that period of time when we aggressively market our wares to align to an incredibly and at times intolerably rigid purchasing cycle. If tapping school...

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Sep

02

2013
Success!  Now let's go to the beach!*

Tell Your Success Stories

Without a doubt, success stories sell. A number of years back at an educational technology company where I handled marketing, a very bright, very ambitious young sales rep closed a single, multi-million dollar megadeal that catapulted the company’s expected revenue into another sphere. When I asked him what the secret weapon was that he used to secure the fantastic deal he crafted, he summed it up...

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Aug

20

2013
Note to sales: You are not alone.

Let Marketing Help Unleash Your Sales Force

If your sales force isn’t focusing their time on building great relationships with decision-makers and influencers, then they’re not performing to potential. And your organization isn’t getting the results it needs to thrive. Sales organizations can get bogged down with writing emails, creating their own collateral, deploying invitations, devising their own custom presentations, and activities that have more to do with message preparation and delivery...

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