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The Right Budget for Marketing: 2017 Data Results

April 10, 2018 - Gartner recently published its findings on what percentage of revenues companies spent on marketing in 2017.  The figure may surprise some of you. If you’re in marketing, sales or senior management, you are smart to wonder how much your company...


Quicken & Amazon Mortgage: Key Lessons in Growth & Marketing

March 15, 2018 - In February 2018, Quicken Loans announced it had become the nation’s largest retail lender, surpassing Wells Fargo.  And now it appears that Amazon, the nation’s largest online retailer, is starting up a mortgage lending division. With such m...


7 Must-Have Attributes of a Great Public Relations Agency

February 26, 2018 - It’s surprising how many people come to me to share their regrets about a public relations agency they hired.  More often than not, they hired the agency with the goal of increasing their company’s name recognition and incoming sales leads.  Ye...


Rethink How to Increase Sales in 2018

December 18, 2017 - At the end of the year, it’s wise to be thinking about how to increase sales in the coming 12 months.  Whether you’re in marketing, business development or management, you’re in the business of increasing sales. The challenge is that we onl...


6 Psychology Tactics to Persuade Anyone

November 15, 2017 - In our everyday business and personal lives, one of the most valuable things we can do is persuade people to take the action we wish them to take.  After all, the ability to influence others, to change their minds and have them support our goals, is...