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Microsoft buy LinkedIn for $26 billion

LinkedIn Management

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Microsoft is buying the professional networking website LinkedIn for about $26bn (£18bn) to help boost sales of its business software.

That is all we know for now and we will keep you updated with further news and changes, as they emerge.

10 ways to increase your lead conversion rates

Quick Wins book Jpeg10 ways to improve your sales conversion rates

So you convert four prospects out of ten. Does a 40% success rate mean you are wasting 60% of your marketing budget? No, but maybe some sales training could increase your rate to 60% – and that would up your turnover by 50%!

Here are a few tips that may prove valuable

  1. Get yourself into the proper frame of mind. You can’t expect to do a good job if you are still fuming about the idiot who cut you up on your way to the appointment. Let go of the day’s frustrations and concentrate on the customer.
  2. Find some common ground. Sometimes this means talking about (or letting the customer talk about) last night’s football or the awful state of the country before getting down to business. Just don’t let it get out of hand!
  3. Clearly identify the customer’s need. It’s a cliché but don’t try to sell the drill bit – sell the hole!
  4. Use their words, not yours. Sometimes we get carried away with our own clever jargon. If the customer wants ‘plenty of loft space’, don’t turn it into ’30 square metres of unobtrusive storage solution’.
  5. Paint attractive word pictures. Ask the customer to ‘imagine yourself driving through the countryside in your new convertible on a sunny day’.
  6. Use positive reinforcement. When the customer himself talks about the benefits of ownership, don’t be tempted to add lots more features – (s)he knows what (s)he wants. So just agree and ask for the order.
  7. Put yourself in their shoes. Try to see things from the customer’s viewpoint; ask yourself, ‘Would I buy it from me?’ If you can’t convince yourself ….
  8. When they suggest a feature they want, ask questions. ‘Why is that important to you?’ The more you ask, the more you will understand what they are looking for and the better you will be able to match your product to their requirements.
  9. Always be credible. Don’t make outrageous claims. Most customers can spot them and the ones that don’t come back looking for refunds when they discover the truth.
  10. Be prepared to say no if you believe they are making a mistake. It’s awfully hard to turn down a sale but they will thank you and probably become your most loyal customer in the future.

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Prudent Marketing Academy Deluxe+ Programme

The Marketing Coaching Programme – The Deluxe Plus Programme

  • Production of a marketing plan
  • Weekly online mentoring session (every Thursday at 12.30 pm GMT
  • New website or landing pages
  • Blog built on blogger.com and writing of a weekly blog post
  • Monthly marketing meeting
  • Social media portal, with five posts daily
  • Access to all workshops
  • Monthly copy of Raise Your Game CDs
  • Association of Prudent Marketing membership
  • Prudent Marketing newsletter
  • PPC management
  • Monthly SEO
  • Copywriting
  • Social media management
  • Weekly members-only email
  • Smart numbers (to track your marketing success)
  • Grow Your Business With Referral CD programme
  • Marketing appraisals
  • Marketing audits and checklists
  • Business planning software
  • Business planning day
  • Website management service
  • Prudent Marketing folder
  • Branding review and production of brand guidelines
  • Weekly blogging
  • Infusionsoft CRM and email marketing system
  • Delivery of weekly digital marketing campaigns
  • Online Prudent Marketing programme
  • Monthly PR campaign

    Call for details

How to find marketing advice

Marketing support for small businessHow to find marketing advice

Finding marketing advice is easy.  There are literally thousands of people who can advise you.  That advice can come from friends, family, people in the pub, or from someone who works in marketing.  The trouble with 99% of marketing advisors is that they earn less than £50,000 per year and they are often not up to date with modern marketing methods.

One thing is sure: if you run a business, then you need marketing advice.  So, when looking for advice, ask the potential advisor:

  1. How much marketing training do they do?
  2. Where do they get marketing advice from?
  3. Where did they learn about marketing?
  4. What marketing system do they use?
  5. Ask to read the reports, books and white papers that they have written

Want to ask me any of those questions?  Call me on 01256 345 556.

What if what you knew about SEO was wrong?

Marketing Advice and tipsWhat if what you knew about SEO was wrong?

Knowing about SEO is so time sensitive because it changes at least every few months.  Keeping up to date is therefore a constant battle.  Even people who attended my Internet Mastery events six months ago need to update their skills and knowledge.

During the past week I learned several new key skills for Google SEO.  Each one is very new – only released in the last three weeks – and is centred around your use of Google tools including Google+, Google local and the search words ‘How to’ and ‘Where can’.

One thing that I can tell you is that it is now more important than ever to use Google’s tools and services including:

  • Google analytics
  • Google+
  • Google local
  • Blogger.com
  • YouTube
  • Google maps

The bottom line is:

Google likes websites and companies that like and use Google.

New workshop coming soon!  Something to consider?

Social Media Training Singapore

Prudent Marketing companySocial Media Training Singapore

I am currently in Singapore running a two day Social Media Training Workshop.  Singapore is a really interesting place to visit and I have a great team on the workshop from a very diverse background including:

  1. A football coaching business in Singapore
  2. Someone from The Maldives who works for Maldives Transport
  3. Another person is from The Oman and her role it to introduce children into public schools in The Oman
  4. Yet another from the Singapore Aviation Authority.

Looking for me to train your team in Singapore, Southampton, Sydney, South Decota, just drop me a line, or call me on 01256 345 556.

Watch Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn

Marketing workshop Hampshire

Marketing workshop Hampshire

Here are 7 reasons why you don’t want to miss my Prudent Marketing Training on 5th May

  1. In the first hour I am going to show you the five biggest online marketing mistakes that almost every business is making – and how to overcome these mistakes
  2. I am going to uncover the five most effective ways to add £100,000+ to your business from LinkedIn
  3. I going to help you to create multiple streams of proven income
  4. I am going to explain how to improve your return on investment from each element of your marketing
  5. I am going to help you to understand modern day permission based, in-bound marketing and why understanding the difference between that and conventional marketing will improve your marketing and your results
  6. I am also going to help you to turn the traffic that you get on your website into leads and sales
  7. And lastly, I am going to explain how to set up and implement a referral marketing and JV marketing system in your business.

Did I mention that attending this half day workshop is only £69?

We have just 20 places and our events always fill up, so please reserve your place now…

Click here

 

7 reasons why you don’t want to miss my Prudent Marketing Workshop on 5th May

Prudent Marketing companyHere are 7 reasons why you don’t want to miss my Prudent Marketing Workshop on 5th May

  1. In the first hour I am going to show you the five biggest online marketing mistakes that almost every business is making – and how to overcome these mistakes
  2. I am going to uncover the five most effective ways to add £100,000+ to your business from LinkedIn
  3. I going to help you to create multiple streams of proven income
  4. I am going to explain how to improve your return on investment from each element of your marketing
  5. I am going to help you to understand modern day permission based, in-bound marketing and why understanding the difference between that and conventional marketing will improve your marketing and your results
  6. I am also going to help you to turn the traffic that you get on your website into leads and sales
  7. And lastly, I am going to explain how to set up and implement a referral marketing and JV marketing system in your business.

Did I mention that attending this half day workshop is only £69?

We have just 20 places and our events always fill up, so please reserve your place now…

Click here

Your sales skills

Sales skills

I’ll be honest with you, creating leads is great, but it is also a nightmare if you don’t have the skills to convert them into sales.  However, most of the business owners I meet don’t consider themselves to be good at selling  and most have done little training; they try to workout everything themselves.

Do you think that it’s possible to gain those valuable sales skills?

I think it’s like putting your head in a hole in the ground like an ostrich does!  Wouldn’t it make sense to work on improving your sales and marketing skills on an ongoing basis?

Here is why …

Psychologists recognise that there are four stages of competence in any skill area. These are:

1) Unconscious Competence: You totally lack knowledge and skill and are totally unaware of the need for training – or the skill.

2) Conscious Incompetence: You discover there are skills you need and you may know that others are more competent than you.

3) Conscious Competence: You’ve acquired the new skills and knowledge. You actively put them into practice and gain confidence as a result .

4) Unconscious Competence: Your skills have now become habit and you perform tasks without conscious thought or effort. You’re on autopilot and your confidence is at a high level. 

So my question for you is: Where are you when it comes to sales and marketing skills?

If you’re better than most small business owners, then you’re at a Level 3 in some areas and Level 2 in others.  But even if you’re at the top of your game, there’s still a bit of Level 1 lurking around somewhere.  It could be on LinkedIn, or to do with SEO or defending price.

Let’s face it, no one gets 10 out of 10 for everything that they need to know and the skills they have in sales and marketing.  But the truth is – a lack of skills and knowledge is leaking money from your business each and every day.  

Here are just some of the leaks:

  1. Your website is not converting.  This is because you don’t understand CRO (Conversion Rate Optimisation).
  2. You’re leaking referrals.  You could be wining referrals from 40% of your clients, but you have no system in place and so your numbers are round the 10% mark.
  3. You don’t really understand LinkedIn and you are leaving a pot of gold sitting there, just waiting to be asked for.
  4. You are only converting 20% of your meeting into sales because you have never done any sales training; yet if you just got your conversions up to 40%, then you would double the size of your business over time.

So take action to improve your sales skills and conversion rates NOW!

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