A funny thing is happening with the proliferation of social media, it is making way too many people LESS social. Walk down almost any high school hallway and you will see. The kids’ text each other rather than converse. Or they Snap Chat, Tweet or use Instagram.
In business circles we seem to prefer email to voice messages and rarely seem to talk to each other, conducting a lot of business electronically via chat, email, webinars and/or, sometimes, conference calls. What about meeting face-to-face?
This may further divide the role of sales and marketing. It’s curious why so many firms still put the two together in one job title. From my experience, they are two different types of thinkers. Most great sales people are not great marketers and most great marketers are not stellar sales people.
It is true that marketing needs to sell today, and input is crucial from both parties. However, when it comes down to it, especially in bigger, considered purchases like in the B2B space, a great sales person can make all the difference in closing the deal.
But it is not limited to B2B. A great retail sales person can turn you into a loyal customer faster than most marketing... Read more
When I was a kid, I spent a good deal of my time building a tree house. I collected all of the scrap material from around the neighborhood, brought it to my tree, and nailed it in place. I didn’t have a plan, but I had a grand vision, and that vision drove me to collect more pieces of scrap regardless of how they fit or didn’t fit into the structure. Eventually the tree house was more reflective of the scraps I had collected than of the original vision. I had a grand time in that tree house, but I don’t think it qualified as a dwelling. It wasn’t very safe, and I had to constantly patch it back together as the poorly fitted joints and connections failed. Of course, that is the point of a tree house. It is a pastime. The constant need for maintenance and complete lack of utility are part of the charm. Not so with a media platform.
I am reminded of my tree house when I read that so-and-so holding company has made another acquisition that “further extends their platform.” Those kinds of platforms are not the ones I want to base my business on.... Read more
It's a losing battle.
At 360Connext, our Customer Experience Investigators™ have been working hard to gather evidence to build a case against showrooming. What we have found may surprise you.
Showrooming is here to stay. Here's why:
Instead of truthfully working to understand the way customers behave, many retailers are trying to combat showrooming in ways that are not truly customer-centric. Customers are not afraid to use the technology that brings more information to their fingertips. The ability to quickly and easily do some comparison shopping right from their smartphones is now commonplace.
What does this really mean for retailers? If you're going to try and battle showrooming, you are going to lose. Customers will most certainly, now more than ever, shop on their own terms.
Embracing showrooming for a win/win experience
Personal care and cosmetics retailer Sephora is winning the loyalty of milions of customers simply by offering a world of choices and encouraging them to shop on their own terms- from mobile, desktop, in real life, or a combination of any of the above.
It goes to show you, if you offer customers the shopping experience THEY want, and embrace their habits and preferences instead of trying to change their behavior, it may take some... Read more
Imagine this: sales people that never get tired, never need vacations and happily work 24/7; they don’t need commissions and you always know where they are and what they’re doing. Best of all, every one of them is as good as your best salesperson.
Believe it or not, that is exactly what your company website can and should be.
Too often, brand or company websites are just glorified brochures or worse, repositories for tens of thousands of documents. Enormous amounts of time and money go into expensive content management systems and complex technology that make these sites function, but nobody really seems to answer the most important question: how is our website going to drive sales?
First, you should recognize that your website has become pretty important to your prospects. As the 2013 “Trust in Advertising” study from Nielsen revealed, brand websites are now the second most trusted form of advertising, second only to personal recommendations. This is important because it means that brand sites have become the preferred way that prospects explore a purchase. It’s where they form opinions about your company and about the only place (short of a face-to-face pitch) where you can completely control the story that you tell.
That’s... Read more
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, scraping has to be right up there.
Last week, we discovered a website hosted in the Bahamas called www.iqadvertisingagency.com. Some delightful individual, who was clearly not raised right, decided to scrape (or steal in the old vernacular) our website for some nefarious purpose. They changed the contact info to the address of an internet café in Toronto and replaced our telephone number with theirs. Worse, they seem to have persuaded my entire team of executives to go and work for them…traitors.
I can’t help but wonder what they think they can achieve. Opinions in the office range from they are trying to get a loan and needed a cool site to show their banker to they are trying to sell themselves as us to get business. Clearly they have never been in any competitive pitches. Most clients today not only want to meet and grill the entire team before they hire you, but many actually want the agency to do the work in advance to see how good you are. Good luck with that.
We sent off the necessary communications to the hosting provider and requested that the site be be removed from Google... Read more