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27
Jul 2014

If I had a nickel: Google Analytics, more than just pretty charts.

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If I had a nickel...your website stats, more than just pretty charts
When you log into +Google Analytics , what do you see? If it’s neat looking graphs and tables, well, we need to talk. There is some serious intel that you can get from your web stats, stuff that will help you make real business decisions about how to use your website and your online marketing strategy. And nobody knows how to get us set up and on the right track than +David Kutcher . 

In this episode, David covers topics such as:
  • What if you have more than one site? Should they be under one account or different accounts?
  • What about subdomains? One property or several properties with URL filters?
  • What are annotations in analytics? They are like your own diary of your website and the changes you make - David LOVES these and we cover them starting at about the 20 minute mark until the break.
  • Do you know how to view and edit your analytics? If it's your site or your company's site and you are responsible for the results - you need access!
  • David tells us his favorite charts.
  • His big take away tips include how to get people interested in reading analytics? HINT: It's not a lot different from when you were a kid at bedtime.


*******MEET DAVID KUTCHER******
David is the co-owner of +Confluent Forms LLC  a boutique firm providing branding, graphic design, web design, web development and custom software development services and has been in the business since '97 and incorporated his business in ‘02. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, major banks, large non-profits and universities, to small mom & pop businesses and charities. Probably over 200 sites and clients by now...

David started as a web designer, transitioned to a web developer, then to an information architect and online strategist.

David’s company also is the brains behind the RFP Database, one of the largest online marketplaces for requests for proposals in the world, with over 120,000 registered users and having hosted over 100,000 requests for proposals.

Web: http://www.confluentforms.com
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+davidkutcher
Google+ (page): https://plus.google.com/+confluentforms
Twitter:@confluentforms
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/davidkutcher/
Helpout: http://helpouts.google.com/+davidkutcher

Did you miss our previous discussions?
"If I had a nickel...Webmaster Transitions: Pleading Ignorance Doesn't Fly"  http://bit.ly/finchshovi1 
If I had a nickel... Detangling Your Business on da'Google http://bit.ly/finchshovi2 


========Your Series Hosts========
+Susan Finch  - Marketing, PR & Web Pro for DECADES! 
With a background in public relations and advertising since 1986, Susan is a "gentle guide for clients trying new venues online." She engages those skills as she helps create an online presence that will appeal to existing and future clients and/or investors. All these factors are considered before she constructs a suggested plan for clients. It goes way beyond an online presence.

Web: http://susanfinch.com
Google+: http://plus.google.com/+susanfinch
Twitter: http://twitter.com/susanfinchweb 
Shout-out:http://binkypatrol.org 

+Stephan Hovnanian  - Web strategy, Google+ for Business
Stephan Hovnanian is a web strategist and email marketer for Shovi Websites, author of the Google+ Pro Tips series of ebooks on Amazon, and host of a weekly webcast called Google+ Business Spotlight. Stephan distills the content and advice out there on the Web into useful and applicable ideas to help your business make the most of its online presence.

Web: http://www.websighthangouts.com
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+StephanHovnanian/about
Twitter: https://twitter.com/stephanhov 
4
Jul 2014

#B2C Google Local To Do List for Businesses and History

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Join +Stephan Hovnanian and I as we have an enlightening important conversation with our featured expert, +Mike Blumenthal to talk about a website's local presence and what business owners need to know. We'll also get into some unravel issues that come up.

This show will cover two parts. First, FINDING all versions of you and your business on Google... How do they search for that on Local, the new business pages, YouTube and G+.

When you find all versions, where is the best place to start the merge and/or delete?

What about when they have more than one location?

The verification process to identify ownership and take control.

As important as the new business page changes are, these first steps are critical to know the mess before you can focus and hit the local pages hard. 

Then we'll dive in with Mike about the new Places changes on Google. Here is his post http://bit.ly/finchshovi2l1 on the topic of Google Local:
GOOGLE STARTS PROMOTING MY BUSINESS WITH PERSONALIZED DIRECT EMAIL & HANGOUT

Mike Blumenthal IS Mr. Google Local - he is THE expert on all things Google Local. Please check out his blog category on the topic:
http://blumenthals.com/blog/category/google-plus/

I think I'll be hiring him for my own tangled mess.
or read the highlights first here:
Some highlights include:

02:59 How local search has evolved by +Mike Blumenthal 
04:38 Google Plus is an advertising environment, Maps is a directory environment
04:52 Mike talks about the bus ride to the current search results method.
06:50 +Stephan Hovnanian   asks what businesses need to feed Google, as far as correct information.
07:45 Top data providers:   #infousa     ,  #localeze  and  #acxiom  
09:00 Several ways to influence the data and results
09:40 NAP: Name, Address, Phone Number - must be consistent EVERYWHERE - not just Google.
11:00 Start with a NAP Audit to verify they have your right location and info.
12:20 step 2: Go to maps sites:   #navtech   #teleatlas and #openstreetmap   to see how your business address resolves.
13:15 do the same on Google maps. If they can't find you, you can't close the sale!
15:50 +Chad Russell   comment about citations.
17:15 Local prominence - such as the Chamber of Commerce.
18:15 Don't forget about local business guides and listing sites.
20:00 The coveted 7 Pins on page one of Google search an the map to the right.
22:40 - A fabulous profile image is critical.
23:35 Q from +Jennifer Mortensen   Do reviews factor into rankings?
5+ reviews will give you a ranking bump.
25:30 Google will use driving directions for results if there are no reviews to consider.
26:00 How frequently do people post reviews for local businesses? 
56% of 1000 surveyed in US said NEVER, 22% less than once per year.
27:54 Phone numbers are the KEY GLUE that hold a data cluster together. 
29:00 If Google calls you to confirm your business, you'd better be answering it with the name you have in your listing and not a variation!
31:30 Comment from +Linda Buquet   regarding location prominence and centroid - how it's changed over the years.
33:20 Q from +Christopher Vogelmann   - Does the Twitterverse affect our search rankings. Jump to here to find out.
35:44 - +Susan Finch  says the best advice she can give a business, "Be BETTER at what you do! Be the best." that's how you affect rankings, reviews and more.
37:00 plug for Mike's service, http://getfivestars.com

Here is the gift for today's show - a PDF checklist to get you started. I'll post it early so you can do some checking before the show:
The PDF gift is here: http://bit.ly/finchshovi2d/


 

13
Jun 2014

If I had a nickel - Webmaster Transitions: Pleading Ignorance Doesn’t Fly

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This is the first in a series with SLMA Director, Susan Finch along with her cohost, Stephan Hovnanian

If I had a Nickel: Webmaster Transitions - Pleading Ignorance Doesn't Fly
It used to be that you would have "the guy" and he would hold the keys. Uh, BAD IDEA. It's YOUR presence, YOUR domain, YOUR email, YOUR BRAND.

If you decide to part ways for whatever reason with "the guy" there are a lot of aspects of your web presence that you will want to get a copy of. 

We have been on both sides of this discussion, as providers helping our clients move to new providers, and as the new provider for a client who has dumped, been dumped or simply parted ways with a web services provider. Years of hard lessons are now coming to you, free of charge so you are prepared to make that switch when the time comes.

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========OUR FEATURED EXPERT========

+MaAnna Stephenson:
MaAnna is a geek who can still speak in plain English and helps solopreneurs, small businesses, and non-geeks create sites that gets noticed by search engines and readers. Whole-site setup, consultation and training including WordPress, SEO, content, conversion, security, performance, MailChimp, and memberships.

MaAnna's links:
Web: http://www.blogaid.net
Google+: http://plus.google.com/116816557257681654233
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BlogAid.net
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/BlogAid
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/maannastephenson
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlogAid

Show Highlights Include:

  • When someone takes over your site - what tips do you have to prevent this pain?
  • Big question that you need to know FIRST: WHO OWNS YOUR DOMAIN?
  • Who are the domain contacts? There are usually 4: Registrant, Admin, Billing, Technical. You need to be at least two of those - REGISTRANT (owner) and BILLING
  • While we're at it, who has the keys to your social media? Do you know the logins? Is it the webmaster you are firing?
  • Select a domain registrar that is easy to communicate with - a PHONE they pick up so you can TALK. If you are switching Webmasters, you may need to move your domain to another provider.

NUGGET: When you set up the contacts for your domain, after you ensure you do have access to that account, make sure the admin contact or owner of the domain is listed as an email of yours NOT associated with the domain so you can get in, get support and  notifications. If you have mydomain.com, make sure the email for notifications is something like you@gmail.com


Another security measure  in case your web server goes down, gets crashed into by a truck, etc., is to have the DOMAIN registered with ONE provider and your site hosted with ANOTHER provider. This was met with mixed reactions.
On one hand, it's nice to have ONE place where everything is to make managing easier - fewer logins, etc. 
On the other hand, it's a disaster when that one provider goes down.
Example, when Blue Host and GoDaddy had their systems hacked and brought down last year, people were stuck. There was no way to change the website location to a temporary page on another system because both the domains and the domains were in the same place. Now, if you have your domain registered and records at GoDaddy and your site hosted at BlueHost, this wouldn't be as bad. If bluehost went down, you could redirect the domain to a TEMPORARY page on Godaddy under you account to at least give folks your logo and contact information during the server issues and then switch it back when you got the all clear.

We'll talk about dual name servers in another show.


NUGGET: http://isup.me to see what sites are up and down.


What to look for when considering a new web services provider - this is not the hosting company, but the person, company or team that will take care of your website and online needs:


Check the references and ask around about any company you are considering. Don't just go by reviews. MaAnna talked about the "honeymoon phase" reviews - those within the first few months. Scroll to the older ones and check on those glowing reviews from a year or more ago. Are they still happy with the service?

Realize how rare it is to find one company that not only specializes in web development, but in social media and SEO too. They may do one or two pieces of the puzzle, but not all. This group strongly advises against a one-stop-shop because if anything goes awry with that ONE company, your entire online campaign, presence and branding can be lost or at least severely damaged. Even vetting these companies is no guarantee that something unexpected won't happen to them.

Things to check before transition - make sure you know the answers and the whereabouts, licenses and more to the following:

Do you have custom programming, scripts, carts, etc. Do you own it? 
You need to know this.
Clean up your online assets! URLs SQL (databases), files and more. You may not realize all that you have accumulated over the years and just have piles of items taking up space, confusing the search engines or even possibly conflicting with your current efforts.

========Your Series Hosts========

+Susan Finch - Marketing, PR & Web Pro for DECADES! 
With a background in public relations and advertising since 1986, Susan is a "gentle guide for clients trying new venues online." She engages those skills as she helps create an online presence that will appeal to existing and future clients and/or investors. All these factors are considered before she constructs a suggested plan for clients. It goes way beyond an online presence.

Web: http://susanfinch.com
Google+: http://plus.google.com/+susanfinch
Twitter: http://twitter.com/susanfinchweb
Shout-out
:http://binkypatrol.org 

+Stephan Hovnanian - Web strategy, Google+ for Business
Stephan Hovnanian is a web strategist and email marketer for Shovi Websites, author of the Google+ Pro Tips series of ebooks on Amazon, and host of a weekly webcast called Google+ Business Spotlight. Stephan distills the content and advice out there on the Web into useful and applicable ideas to help your business make the most of its online presence.

Web: http://www.websighthangouts.com
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+StephanHovnanian/about
Twitter: https://twitter.com/stephanhov Shout-out:http://gplusspotlight.com

 

7
Apr 2014

Why an Integrated Marketing Strategy is More Important Now Than Ever

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This week's guest was Shelly Kramer of V3 Integrated Marketing. This show is NECESSARY for any company that has a marketing and sales team, does advertising, is on social media and attends conferences or any combination of the above. Do not miss this priceless list of recommendations, ideas and strategies covered by Shelly with SLMARadio co-host, Susan Finch

Special thanks to Stephan Hovnanian for highlighting the show. 
Visit his site at http://websighthangouts.com/

1:03 - What is an integrated marketing strategy...it's more than just covering Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Breaking down the silos within an organization

3:19 - So you want to be a content marketer? Let's take a step back and look at channels, brands, and power...

6:45 - 96% of people who visit your website are not ready to buy.(KISSmetrics) What does your website need to do to make sure you don't lose those opportunities?

Is your marketing impacting the customer at every step of their journey?

If you're speaking at a trade show or conference, are you thinking about what your LinkedIn profile looks like? Are the topics you're speaking about present on your company blog? What's going to happen to the decks after the conference? This is integrated marketing.

Shelly covered so many instances of missed opportunities that are typical. You spend the money to get them to the trade show, to have beautiful cards, manicured hands to shake hands, allowance for schmoozing - yet what did they do to prepare?

Some ideas include:
Create lists, groups, circles that include all of the speakers for the event. Same with sponsors, exhibitors. If you are going through the trouble to send people there - have them pepper the key attendees with interest - "Hey, you're speaking - I can't wait to hear you..." + mention, @ mention them and their companies. You'd be surprised how much that can mean to people.

13:25 - Fantastic story about an enterprise-level client and the impact (or lack thereof) of decisions related to marketing spend, specifically display advertising.

What do you want to be known for in your market? Do you talk about it? If not, you're leaving opportunities on the table.

If you are speaking on a topic on behalf of your company, does your company profile include links to posts/articles that you have created on the same topic? Does your company site display that you have the expertise on this topic? How current are the posts? Check them out or create them FAST! Build that credibility.

17:59 - Are you gating your content? Bad idea (see 6:45 timestamp), you're alienating your prospects.

Keep watching for a mini-rant on LinkedIn, lead-gen marketing, social media automation, and a great story about doing "a lot of different things, a little bit right."

I don't care if you don't like Google+, get over it! Work with somebody who has proficiency in Google+. 

For that matter, find team members who are proficient in each of your four major online venues - could be one person, could be four. LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, Facebook. It's pretty even that this is where people hang out - 25% average for each. If you want to hit more prospects and expose them to your expertise, you have to be proficient in all of these venues. But this is just the online piece.

 - The fastest commercial break ever! Now let's talk about how to break down a piece of content into different presentations of that information for different audiences and platforms (tough to automate this, people).


GOLDEN NUGGET: 
Get over being paranoid about sharing things that your competition may find, just do it better!


34:58 - Shelly talks about the challenges that marketers face today to embrace all these channels and ideas in an effective fashion, and what to do about it.

38:12 - Who do you hire? Younger and savvy, or senior and seasoned? What will be most successful? How do we adapt and effect change?

43:18 - How to find and work with Shelly, info on the Integrated Marketing Summit and other conferences worth checking out, either IRL (in real life) or virtually...but IRL is better.

About Shelly Kramer

Founder and CEO of V3 Integrated Marketing, a full service integrated marketing agency headquartered in Kansas City, MO.located in Kansas City, Missouri, I'm known for my expertise with regard to brand strategy, integrated marketing, all things related to the web and the digital space, including lead generation, mobile marketing, content strategy and content marketing, website design and development, social media community building and management, business intelligence and social data gathering, analysis and integration into strategy, SEO + SEM, corporate communications, corporate social media training and a host of other things. 

I'm also a well-known speaker and present often at conferences all over world, on topics ranging from integrated marketing to digital strategy, to social media strategies to using your blog to drive leads and sales and the importance of the mobile space. 

When it comes to using the web as part of your integrated marketing strategy and helping you sell more stuff to more people--whether you're in the B2B or B2C space -- our team at V3 is pretty awesome. Oh, and did I mention we like results? And we're committed to showing our clients measurable results instead of asking them to take our word for it. We find they like that. 

I'm also kind of partial to quick wit, sarcasm, quick repartee and smart people. I like kids, good deeds, hard work, dogs, fun and frivolity. I've been known to do almost anything for food. Really good food. And, of course, beer. Beer is always good. So is wine. Red. Of course.

You can find me on the web without trying hard, but if you want easy buttons and don't want to look to the right an inch or two, you can find me here:

Shelly on LinkedIn
Shelly on Facebook
Shelly on Twitter

About our friend, Stephan Hovnanian:

Google Plus Training
If you need the expertise of not only an experienced, active Google Plus user, but also someone who understands marketing and web strategy, consider hiring me for some hands-on personal Google Plus training.

I am also the author of the Google+ Pro Tips series of ebooks, available on Kindle. You should check these out if you want to ramp up your Google+ return on investment.
17
Feb 2014

Why sales pitches and social media don’t mix!

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SLMA Host Jim Obermayer interviews Marge Bieler, CEO of RareAgent, as they tackle the subject of "Why sales pitches and social media don't mix!." We're led to believe that everyone loves social media, every company needs social media, and many people use social media, but are they using it the right way? 


About Marge Bieler


Marge Bieler is the CEO and founder of RareAgent, a company that helps businesses create cash conversations through embracing humanity, humor and social media. She has been an influential businesswoman since 1996 and strives to leave her mark on the business world through hard work, innovation and the ability to turn 'boring' into creative in a snap. Her work has always been honest and spiritual. Marge's spirituality and belie in prayer have gotten her where she is today and kept her level and smart about her decisions. She hopes to spread this knowledge and expertise to as many people as possible, as well as help others with the things she's dealt with, such as teenage addiction and how to become prayer warriors. 

About RareAgent 

RareAgent is a radically simple social marketing and training agency that drives cash conversations for businesses. Our mission is to help our clients achieve their business growth goals through conversational storytelling, social enabled programs, and social sales training. We've been in business since 2005 and in 2010 realized social media was going to be a significant driving force in creating conversations. Our Thoughtful Conversation Framework has helped our clients see a 5x uplift in opportunities entering their sales funnels, resulting in new logo business as well as closing millions of dollars in new revenue.
18
Jan 2014

Art of Social Selling and Realty’s Changing Face of Lead Generation

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Susan Finch will be be interviewing Shannon Belew about onilne marketing and her new book, The Art of Social Selling.

Our second guest is Wade Perry, Managing Broker, ABR, CNE,e-PRO, GRI, SFR

Susan's second guest is Wade Perry of Coldwell Banker, Devonshire in Colorado. He has been in this industry for over 20 years. The designations after his name begin to paint the picture of his dedication to continue to learn and do better in this industry. His success as a managing broker is living proof. 



A bit about Shannon, in her own words:
"I fit into almost all of the above categories. A specialist in online marketing and author of the best-selling book, "Starting an Online Business For Dummies All-in-One" 3rd edition, 2011 (Wiley Publishing), I have owned both offline and online businesses, written and blogged about online business, social media trends and tech for nearly two decades, and I am always up for learning more in this always-evolving industry. "

About the new book, The Art of Social Selling:

Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ (yes – even Google+) are changing the way consumers are buying.  Learning to tap into these online social media communities is now a must – and social selling should be another  necessary part of your sales strategy. That's because the traditional sales funnel has changed for both B2B and B2C companies, thanks in large part to the unlimited access consumers have to  information. In fact, consumers are often 70 percent or more through the buying process by the time they first contact a salesperson. And much of that information is made available through social media.

Conquering the modern sales process and reaching buyers through social selling means that a salesperson must become a trusted adviser – building meaningful relationships through social media.


Connect with Shannon: Google+ Twitter and LinkedIn

Our second guest is Wade Perry, Managing Broker, ABR, CNE,e-PRO, GRI, SFR

Susan's second guest is Wade Perry of Coldwell Banker, Devonshire in Colorado. He has been in this industry for over 20 years. The designations after his name begin to paint the picture of his dedication to continue to learn and do better in this industry. His success as a managing broker is living proof. 

He will be talking about how the Real Estate industry has gone through major overhauls and must continue to evolve with the changing way people think about purchasing homes and property. Door hanger days are long gone and more relationships are cemented within the communities (farms) these Realtors serve.

Wade spends some of his time on Channel 9 talking about the market and touring homes. His first love is his family and coaching his son's teams.

9
Dec 2013

How is Google+ Different Than LinkedIn for Business Users?

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Or: Why LinkedIn Users are Slow to Embrace Google+

We covered the reasons people are so comfortable on LinkedIn and why they find exploring Google+ uncomfortable, or unnerving, due to the fact it is organized differently with Circles, profiles and all of the other tools that are largely under utilized. We also discussed how when you dive into G+ it can be overwhelming due to all of the notifications that find you everywhere unless you go into settings and tone it way back.

REMEMBER:
Google+ profiles are about PEOPLE. If your profile is set up under your company name, you may want to change that RIGHT AWAY. Some "profiles" are being flagged when they are a company, rather than a person. PAGES in Google+ are for COMPANIES - similar to LinkedIn and Facebook - Profile - person, Page - company, brand or organization.



Mari Anne Vanella of the Vanella Group brought some very real examples of why she prefers LinkedIn and is hesitant to dive into Google Plus. She's had a successful, well formed group, Telesales 2.0, on LinkedIn for years. She is in the B2B arena exclusively.Greg Cooper covered additional scenarios of what may hold people back from dipping a toe into Google+; and Ronnie Bincer - The Hangout Helper as well as Mark Vang offered Mari Anne and the rest of you some great suggestions for getting started in Google+. It's not about bringing everyone over from LinkedIn, it's about finding some new connections through similar interests and areas of expertise.

We all acknowledged how powerful content is when posted to G+, YouTube through Hangouts on Air and using your authorship tags Google provides to build your reputation as an expert in your field and increase your rank in search engine results.

A wonderful post that goes with this is Mark Vang's article on Circle Management.

22
Oct 2013

Twitter’s Flash & Burn and Outbound Calling Success on the Rise

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Susan Finch and Jim Obermayer were joined by Trish Bertuzzi, President & Chief Strategist of The Bridge Group, Inc.

The first half of the show covers using Twitter for social selling. If you want to target buyers who are using Twitter and they post occasionally, do they really or is it mainly automated propaganda about companies?Before you attempt to become a thought leader on Twitter and invest the time you need to know:

  • Are they buying there.
  • How are they using Twitter?

The post, "Twitter for Sales Reps: Big Hat - No Cattle" is about engagement. Twitter is a GREAT tool for listening. But, when you tweet, it's a snapshot - like a lightbulb going off in a room. If no one is in the room, no one sees your flash.
Read the research in the post. Trish summed up that she could get better true engagement through LinkedIn, email, cold calling people. Testing big companies - same results. The question is, do you want to be POPULAR or do you want to be RICH? There are other ways to get people engaged with you that will give you a higher.
She continued with, "Only so many selling hours in a day. Before you assume Twitter will work, do your analysis. It may be only a listening tool for you. We are not really reaching out to people through Twitter with rare exception.
Twitter is a spam cannon when you think about it.If you are not following me, I can't have a one on one conversation with you. But on Linked In, I can send you an inmessage, I can contact you through a shared group. That's the key point. It's not one on one with Twitter."
Spam may be too harsh a word, but perhaps not.
"I even schedule my 5 tweets a day. Unless you are in the room when my scheduled tweet or your scheduled tweet goes out - we will miss each other's messages."

"I have a ball with those 142 characters!"
Trish Bertuzzi


Most of the blogs I read are because of some mention on Twitter. For me, it's a great news feed. Great place to find and share in other venues. We both find that more people engage thoroughly from LinkedIn and G+ where they read more, watch videos, make comments. Twitter was the opener for those conversations
The second half of the show Jim Obermayer and Trish talked about the increased effectiveness of outbound calling.

Outbound prospecting has improved dramatically - up by 35% Prospects are picking up the phones again. It isn't all about inbound, although inbound IS THE BOMB!  Referrals - absolutely the way to go. But if you are like most companies, you'll get 40-60% from inbound. Unless 40-60% of quota is good enough, you need to get on the outbound prospecting path.

The WHYS:

You have to have direct dial numbers to be effective. People are actually hiring staff to populate the database before it gets to the caller: name, title, direct number and email. Truly raising the positive results.

Two technologies Trish Bertuzzi is in love with:

  • Connect and Sell provides 5-6 conversations per hour for most of her team. For her, 8-11. That's HUGE. 
  • The other technology she loves is Insidesales.com. Use their dialer technology combined with local presence. For every call you make you show up as a local caller to the number. Aren't you more apt to pick up the phone from an unknown local number?

Jim asked her why it's working better, "I think we're getting better at understanding cadence and telling a story.

It takes 7-8 touches to get someone to respond. Those touches have to be in a fairly short period of time. Success comes from using a variety of mediums: video, email, voicemail. Cadence counts and you need to figure out what your cadence should be.

We've also gotten better at telling story via our touches. These are chapters in your story that you are trying to tell your potential buyer."

There seem to be two basic camps. Jim talked about increased success for one particular company using this approach: Send email, then call 20 minutes later - success rate went up, call back rate went up.

Trish disagrees with this method - not a fan of the double tap. Best for desk-bound targets. Not a great platitude. We could have two companies using the doubletap: great branding and recognition - works better; lesser known companies, doesn't work as well.

Jim asked about the misinterpreted and repeated stats from SiriusDecisions: "59% have already made up their minds..." Trish let SeriusDecisions off the hook. This was misquoted and twisted.  "It's like the game telephone, the more accurate quote is that '59% start their research online'."

Listen to the show to hear the full story.

About Trish Bertuzzi:
Over the last two decades, Trish has promoted Inside Sales as a community, profession and engine for revenue growth. In the process, The Bridge Group has worked with over 220 B2B technology clients to build, expand and optimize their inside sales efforts.

By a combination of hard work and timing, Trish and team's research & ideas have been featured on Inc.com, by associations like SLMA & AA-ISP and across more than 68 sites in the sales and marketing blogosphere.

13
Aug 2013

Twitter for Customer Service Discussed and Explained

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Susan Finch came across an article by Rachel Sprung about the effectiveness of using Twitter for customer service engagement. She approached Rachel about discussing the positives, negatives and to identify which businesses are best served using Twitter for customer service and which most likely need more detailed and complex interfaces since most of what they will ask will far exceed 140 characters.

They talked about how sometimes it takes a combo. Twitter for the public response, and then requesting either DM (direct message) or phone,email info for a more detailed solution for customers.

Tune in for steps to take to begin your transition to Twitter for customer service, listening to this expert on events, engagement and effective communication.

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About Rachel Sprung

Rachel Sprung is a Marketing Associate, Brand Experiences in the Marketing department at HubSpot. Her responsibilities include managing HubSpot's presence at external events including Dreamforce. Previously, Rachel managed all of the logistics for HubSpot's annual conference INBOUND 2012, formerly known as the HubSpot User Group Summit (HUGS). As part of the Brand & Buzz team, she also works on creating a distinct brand for HubSpot and writing for the inbound marketing blog. In the past, Rachel has worked on the HubSpot speaker program and media relations.

Before HubSpot, Rachel was a student at Boston University with a dual degree in public relations and business administration.  While at BU, she planned events on campus and around Boston including the nationwide TweetDrive, BU's PRAdvanced conferences and the annual MegaTweetUp.  As a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America's National Committee, she oversaw 11 regional conferences throughout the country.

In her free time, she enjoys photography, running and learning more about mobile technology.  You can find her blogging at Rachel Sprung On Marketing or on Twitter as @RSprung.

Rachel Sprung
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Apr 2013

5 Myths about Social Media and your online reputation.

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Why worry about your online reputation?

barry-lieberman.jpgHost Jim Obermayer interviews Barry Lieberman, On-Line Reputation Expert.  We will ask Barry about the 5 Myths about Social Media and your online reputation. Should anyone really care about odd-balls making stupid comments about you or your company on line; or are they stupid comments?   How can you learn about your on-line reputation?  Is it too costly today to create customer advocates? How do I maintain a reasonable customer support reputation online and afford to stay in business? 


Barry Lieberman – Interim CMO & CEO, Marketing & Customer Support Leader & Advisor

Senior executive with over 30 years’ experience enabling organizations to see a real return on their investments in marketing and sales. Lieberman is focused on improving an organization’s customer facing operations’ effectiveness, infrastructure & processes.  His goal is to empower companies to enjoy the rewards of a consistent, integrated approach to marketing & customer support.

His specialties include:

High technology, financial services, insurance, business services, and wellness products. Internet and online marketing, online reputation assessment and restoration, customer experience/support infrastructure effectiveness and enhancement, social media marketing, electronic and postal mail marketing, telephone marketing, database marketing.www.linkedin.com/in/barrylieberman



About Advantage Plus Marketing Group The goal of Advantage Plus Marketing Group is to empower companies to increase their value to the marketplace and investors while enjoying the rewards of a consistent, integrated approach to marketing, customer support and sales. Since 1992 Advantage Plus Marketing Group has implemented over 1800 programs for organizations ranging in size from multinational corporations to personal selling organizations. APMG creates programs that bridge the gap between marketing and sales and truly convert marketing programs to sales revenue by using the integration of new marketing tools with time-proven processes and techniques that enable sales channels to respond effectively.