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Boost Sales with a Good Presentation

Hi Fellow StartupNation Entrepreneurs, Speaking in front of potential customers is a great way to generate new business. Plus, this is a hot marketing activity now since it doesn’t cost a lost of money to give a presentation. But before you hit the stage, you’ll want to prepare accordingly. To avoid boring your audience to [...]

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Got a last minute interview? What to do next…

It’s 6:00 a.m., and I just finished responding to a fellow, StartupNation entrepreneur who needed some help. She has a wonderful opportunity to show her products on a local television program and asked me what to do next. Since many of you may run into this same “happiness problem,” here are a few suggestions I [...]

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7 Must-Ask Questions When Seeking New Career Training

On Tuesday, Katie Yeakle, executive director of American Writers & Artists, Inc., shared her small-business wisdom with us. Today, she provides valuable advice on seeking legitimate training for a new career.   Katie Yeakle, American Writers & Artists, Inc. Executive Director       What are some things to be aware of when looking for the [...]

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Cool Work for Yourself Tips from AWAI’s Katie Yeakle

If you are struggling to start a business and work for yourself, check out these tips from Katie Yeakle. As the executive director of American Writers & Artists, Inc., Katie has helped people successfully develop new skills to purse their dream lifestyles since 1997. Katie Yeakle, American Writers & Artists, Inc. Executive Director     [...]

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The Big Idea Asks for Help

The producers at The Big Idea called asking if I’d make myself available to help out one of their viewers in need. His name was Tony, and here was his situation: He’s a dad of four kids, got let go from one job accepted a new one and that company went bankrupt right before his [...]

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Franchise Organizations Secret Shop Employees

It’s travel season … last week Washington, DC for Franchise Appreciation Day and this week Franchise Update’s annual Franchise Development Conference at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, IL. The conference agenda is helping owners of franchise organizations (in a peer to peer environment) understand the present franchise sales environment and gain valuable insight for improving [...]

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Nobody Wants New?

I just returned from the ABC Kids Expo in Vegas this past week.  The show is a children’s industry tradeshow that connects children’s manufacturers with buyers from specialty boutiques, department stores, and chains.  Buyer traffic was down as the case with most shows; however, I couldn’t help but notice a reoccurring theme throughout the five [...]

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What story are you telling?

In a recent blog post Drew McLellan tells the story of a 1989 campaign from Crowley Webb for Garcia’s Irish Pub in Buffalo, New York. “[This] most brilliant outdoor campaign broke every one of these rules,” he says. “Every single one.”   For nine weeks in a row a new billboard would appear in the same [...]

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Helping Cedric and Kymberly on The Big Idea

On a recent appearance on The Big Idea with Donny, I was one of three people on a panel. It was our role to help people fed into the show via satellite and phone. It’s a huge challenge to be in the hot seat and be ready to fire away with valuable advice. But it’s [...]

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eBay : Cry Havoc! And Let Slip The Dogs Of War!

Hi gang, “Ohhhhhh,  the sun’s not so hot in the sky today.” “And I can feel summertime slipping on away, yes I can.” -September Grass,  James Taylor Believe it or not,  the title of this post and my man James’ quote are actually related.  You see,  I hate summer.  For my business, and I suspect [...]

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Creating Incentive to Spend

Yes, I too am going to add to the many blogs of how to keep people spending in a downturned economy.  I recently had the opportunity to listen to a trend forecast by David Wolfe of The Doneger Group, one of the premier trend forecasting and creative service providers in the Fashion Industry.  Mr. Wolfe [...]

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Sustaining Great Customer Relationships

Creating strong relationships with customers through your email marketing campaign is critical for maintaining true customer retention. Getting to know your audience, defining your purpose, and providing incentives to turn prospects into customers will encourage a higher return in investment and overall, a better quality campaign. As a starting point, you must find what format [...]

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Did I Just Tell a Big Box Retailer No?

Sounds a little unbelievable, but yeah- I did. I won’t name names, but I can tell you that this big box retailer has everything for ‘US Moms. It all started exactly a year ago at a tradeshow in Vegas. Their buyer walked by my booth, smiled, and took off in a flash. I was writing [...]

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4 Quick Changes to Boost Web Sales Fast

Did you know that you can boost sales for your small business fast by making a few small changes to your website copy? And the best part is…it won’t cost any money! To start, here are 4 changes you can make right away:   1.     Review and set specific business goals for your website. Take [...]

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Getting on QVC!

How do I get on QVC? This is the most frequently asked question I get from everyone, everyday. My answer! Pray, hire a good agent and make sure you and the product are ready. Being a QVC vendor for over 8 years now, I see new products come and go every day. The things that [...]

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How to Price a New Product

Many people ask me for pricing advice when first launching a new product.  I can only speak from experience from being in the fashion/ accessory market.  Wholesale mark up for the fashion/ accessory business is usually in the range of : “your cost + 40-50 %” Then retail prices would be: “wholesale cost + 40-60%”, [...]

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I drew pictures at a sales meeting, and it worked

I made a public promise on this week’s telechat with Dan Roam, author of The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures. The promise was to use the techniques that Dan recommends at a very high-powered sales presentation that I was to give yesterday to a big potential partner. Well, I [...]

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