Proven ways to increase customers and take your small business to the next level

Proven ways to increase customers and take your small business to the next level

I created question-and-answered marketing modules that are closely connected to accomplish overall goals for your company and customers.

I ask many questions. Share examples. Ideas are shared. It is a conversation. We both learn and understand about each other.
What is in it for you? A FREE E-book? Better business? Organization? Leadership? Success?You need to answer as many questions as possible. Why? My goal is to help you.

As I see how your questions are answered, I can provide content to you which can lead to solving a problem or two...

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How about building a Grade A marketing and/or selling model?

In the following four panels below are eighteen brief questions and twelve questions that will need a paragraph or two of your answers from each question. The more company info you can add to any of the questions is entirely up to you, but highly recommended. When we meet and discuss the questions, we both will pass on other information back and forward. This has always been one of the major successes of helping companies like yours.

The questions are also on a landing page.

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  1. Define your product or service. Corporate marketing mission statement. Company goals.
  2. Did you use marketing research and analysis of your marketplace?
  3. What is the how and why customers buy?
  4. Do you have customer segments based on their buying habits?
  5. Your development of strategies, planning and advertising programs to profitability meets the needs of different segments.

What do you know and wish to

know about your marketplace?

  • Why do customers come to you and not competitors?
  • What common characteristics do they have?
  • List the benefits of importance to your customers.
  • Examine the marketplace’s wants and needs. What is a fit? Not a fit?
  • Examine your own strengths and compare these to your customer needs and wants.
  • Analyze the strengths of various competitors?
  • Do you try to be on the ground-breaking of industry trends consistently?

List advertising tools and tactics that you use.

If so, send samples. Such as;

  • Sales letters.
  • Sales visits.
  • Qualifying prospects.
  • Sales presentation.
  • Handling objections.
  • Closing the sale.
  • Follow up scripts to close a sale.
  • Customer databases or CRM.

What channels of distribution are you

using for marketing, advertising, and sales?

  1. Email.                     7. Brochures.
  2. Post cards.             8.Newsletters.
  3. Landing pages.      9. Blog
  4. Website.                 10.Digital.
  5. Social media.
  6. Posts.

Marketing and Sales Innovation

Small Businesses Served

Marketing and Sales Solution Providers Created

Years Of Experience

Custom-Made Marketing E-book

All the requested information above is from our Custom-Made Marketing E-book. It is a program I started building shortly after I started writing my small business and marketing plan in the Mid-eighties.

The book has a unique set of questions and facts for equipping your marketing tools to help you build a better business. I call it a custom company marketing and sales plan. All is based on your vision, teamwork, and your best customer experience. We’ll provide the fuel.

I created a tour of the E-book, so you can learn more about each module, and how Kristen, a small business marketing manager, got on board to help her boss get more business. Just follow the purple arrows on the left of the page, pointing downward after clicking on this page link.

The slide presentation reads like a walk-through on how to increase your efficiency of marketing, advertising, and selling using the first Module, A Situation Analysis, with thought-provoking questions, to get a better understanding of a company like yours in marketing, selling and other business operations. Check out the E-book table of contents on the second slide in the presentation.

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The slide presentation is a conversation between Kristen, an agitated marketer, and the MarketingDoc, the author of the E-book, who will help her get answers from the questions in the “Custom-Made Marketing and Sales” E-book, A Situation Analysis.

Kristen’s goal is trying to find the right combination of promotions and advertising tools to increase audience response and creating more sales. In this back and forward learning experience we both understand more about the company and management team and ideas generated and discussed. These are questions that make people think while using examples and thought-provoking ideas from both sides.

There are 18 modules, and 75 pages in our E-book. I invite you to read each slide in the presentation. Each slide is less than 30 seconds reading time.

Module number one, Your Situation Analysis, is available in a free download in the slide presentation. I will give a FREE question and answer session of the Situation Analysis module with recommendations to improve your marketing and sales. Plus, I’ll toss in a free copy of Custom-Made Marketing E-book, a $79.00 value, upon completion of the module.


Here’s how to enter our free e-book, Custom-Made Marketing drawing.

Send your name, email, with “Module One Drawing” to If you are in the top 10, we will send you an email if successful.

If you are successful, here’s what happens.

I’ll interview the 10 companies to complete Module One.

This is a FREE question-and-answered session of the Situation Analysis module.

Once the Situation Analysis are completed and you were in the requested top ten, we’ll send you a copy of my E-book, Custom-Made Marketing.


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Direct marketing copy is like a puzzle.

Sharing my time with you is not over at the end of a post. There are many ideas I experienced in owning a small business. My ideas about using and writing direct marketing and customer-centric copy are from my experience as a small business owner and a marketing entrepreneur in marketing, advertising, and selling content, articles, reports based on my philosophy of people learn by reading, then learn by doing.

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How To Tune-up Your Most Important Marketing Tools…

How To Tune-up Your Most Important Marketing Tools…

create a regular maintenance schedule to get and keep customers buying.

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Square Up For The Challenge

In years past, I came across various marketing programs, mostly in business-to-business companies which were openly disgusted with their sales force. Conversely, their sales force thought that marketing could not tie their shoes and chew gum at the same time. Or so they said.

Eventually it became the norm, not only in business-to-business but other types of small business. Mostly, people were looking for someone to blame. For example, a key marketing attribute in B2B is to differentiate customers from one to another using targeted personalization. Building segments with personalization was the usual starting point in their marketing campaigns.

The big problem still exists.

Databases lead to customer relationship management software to store collected data to lump prospects and customers with similar traits. Sounds reasonable, but to keep this article short, read the quote by Mr. Thomas Wieberneit.

“CRM is over 30+ years on and salespersons still hate it.” 

Thomas Wieberneit,

Customer Think, July 9, 2019

It pays to get along!

I was always intrigued by the dislike between the two departments. Marketing is everything management can do to increase income using attention and attraction for salespeople to sell more goods and services.

For example, advertising is a tactical tool of marketing to announce products and services are available for sale. The sales team works with advertising promotions to gather interest and sell goods and services.

Sales is a tactical tool under the umbrella of marketing.

Advertising and sales, in small business marketing, must be in unison with marketing.

1). Here is another definition of advertising to think about – an audio (podcast or video) or a visual form of marketing communication that employs a sponsored message (on social media, webinars, websites) to promote and sell a product or service using skillful ideas by a variety of businesses or organizations. This is a channel marketing tool based on reaching your customer.

How do you know it will reach a prospect, let alone a customer?

2). What are sales classified? An exchange of a commodity or service, at a one-to-one encounter, at a price to obtain a good or a service.

Yes, it is another marketing channel not for everyone.

You have options.

Looking at combining sales and marketing, servicing a small business may work when having:

  • All advertising and sales have a shared vision.
  • Facing the challenges together.
  • Improving communication and learning from each other.
  • Meeting goals and improving efficiency.

In most cases, company leadership tries using a band aid to close a much deeper wound. Never hesitate to increase sales with advertising in a small company. Usually, there are a variety of ideas that will help you build realistic goals when moving forward.

Most people agree that marketing, advertising, and sales are undergoing a makeover. If marketing and of sales collaborate, this will help a company become better marketers.

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Now is the time to do the talking-STOP-then listen

While searching for a particular B2B article, I uncovered an important acronym from the past. No, I do not misinterpret it for the carrier UPS or United States Postal.

I commonly refer the letters USP to a Unique Selling Proposition. A USP answers the questionBuy our product and you’ll get this humongous benefit.”

How do you get one? They are not available in stores. I recommend you talk to your customers.

But, before you do that, put yourself in your customer’s shoes. They buy your products. What do they like about your products or services?

Go ahead, take a few minutes and jot down a couple of reasons. Then go ask your marketing and sales teams. Customer Service. Ask a few employees that correspond with your customers. Ask a few of your suppliers.

Over the years, I’ve seen many companies achieve success by learning more about how customers use a company’s products and services. Yes, everyone in a company has some knowledge about your market, and your marketing and sales teams know it best.

However, when is the last time you asked? Considering the slowdown of the pandemic and people returning or leaving work, there are new challenges that a company like yours may solve. Plus, your customers’ needs and wants may also have changed.


Is now the time?

This is an extraordinary time to check out the benefits of building a customer-centric marketing strategy. Great customer service is the tie that bonds future growth, and sales leads to new products and services.

Companies have already taken the time to learn from their customers what makes their product or service better than the competition. Listening to and working with customers, and by providing them solutions from your products and services, give your company that “uniqueness” to be remembered by.

“And a competitive service advantage is fact-based around unique reasons for someone to buy from you.”

For example, it’s rare for a company that can make fact based unique service statements about it –

  • “Quality service;
  • “Quality people;
  • “Low fees;
  • “Guaranteed results!.

“A unique service is one that is, without serious question or doubt, singular to your company.”

What are you waiting for? Don’t wait for the competition to read this blog.

Now, get out there and start talking with your customers. As soon as the customers experience your concern for their needs, it will lead to a better relationship and even more business collaboration.

Be patient. You may not immediately have the answer (s), but when you do, you will be in a much better place.


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Are Today’s Customers Harder to Reach?

Are Today’s Customers Harder to Reach?

The competition today is humongous!

In our history as a nation, for example in the 1800s, all selling was face-to-face. Store owners studied customer purchases to determine their likes and not so likes of goods and services. Sounds simple, because it was, then.

Now fast forward to the present. It is difficult to get a grasp on why and what a potential customer would buy. There is a loss of useful, outmoded communication channels seceded by the internet and all things technology.

Further, the competition today is humongous. Customers shopping at stores is low, B2B company industry shows are trying to make a comeback, trade publications are disappearing or bought out, and a small business is erratic with selling goods or closed for good.

The timing is right getting back to the basics.

When I put my thoughts together for this post, I realized how much has changed since the pandemic reached our shores in the first quarter of 2020. Companies, big and small, had a very difficult time on how to communicate with prospects and customers. Try this, do that, or even maybe this will work.

Hopefully, the time is right for a change. The pandemic may wind down as we approach the summer of 2021. Fresh cases of Covid-19 are at their low and in single digits of deaths in Illinois. People vaccinated twice are slightly over 50%.

Selling to people in the 1800s.

The biggest takeaway from the 19th Century was face-to-face selling. In the B2B industry, a person may sell a high-cost product or service. The salesperson usually receives a lot of objections. A good salesperson studies his customers and their company. He must know how to react to the objections.

With negotiations, both people must know as much as possible about each other. Each person wants to walk away as a winner.

So, what is different today? We have the technology to meet face-to-face. For example, any good salesperson would say, “I need to set the table on why my product or service is better.” A small ticket price salesperson must also set a table to get a sale. It is not what you know or who you know, it is what you know about the person you are selling to. What does he know about you?

Look at what other companies are doing.

To become a useful tool, you must transform data into information that can help drive strategic direct marketing and selling programs, financial decisions, and product development. To minimize manual data collection and conserve resources, a company should focus on metrics for readily available data.

In today’s direct and digital marketing, data will capture information needed to drive decisions. The idea of having a good marketing automation tool to capture more data at a reasonable price is a worthwhile investment. The Pareto Principal comes into play when you collect data. Twenty percent of your customers usually provide eighty percent of your revenue. Buy a CRM or database and build one today.

Adding value-oriented work habits.

When you summarize feedback in charts, graphs, or simple to understand language, you’ll always know the score. You know if you’re winning or losing–and to what degree. 

Go get’em slugger!

Useful methods of setting a table for a sale.

  1. Printed Materials. If you have not printed marketing materials in sometime, there are many knowledgeable printers to help you with paper ideas, paper types, color, black and white, sizes, postal requirement and so forth. Look up a direct mail company who process mail for delivery is a logical choice.
  2. Contact List. Every business needs a customer and prospect list. The average list may lose 20% of contacts each year. You can count on over 20% based on the present pandemic. Before you do any mailing, search your current customers from accounting. Compare each list and update your mailing customer list. That is just a start. See #5.
  3. Direct Marketing Mail. Whether a large or small business direct mail can deliver. For example, get creative with printed materials. Get creative with the envelope or other size package, so when it reaches the person’s hand and eyes, they have creative printed material, such as a call-to-action.
  4. Communication Channels. Besides mail you should add additional communication channels such as email, landing pages, your website, telephone, zoom, video such as You Tube and other digital marketing techniques. Your choices are many, but it all depends on what your contacts prefer.
  5. Data Management. Personalization assumes that you know something about the people to whom you are mailing, emailing, or sending to a landing page and so on. It is an effective way to keep customers spending their money on your products and services.


Yes, there are more. However, without having a good contact list, your results are not always what they could be. The key point in any of the communication channels is personalization. You need to collect customer data, such as what channel (email, mail, etc) is the best revenue channel.

A database, such as a CRM, will disclose more about your customers and prospects. Think about using segments in your CRM. Start simple. For example, what buyers are in the top 20% of revenue. They may have different copy than the other 80%.

Here is a collection of articles and posts for each of the five tactical tools from the list above.

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Direct marketing copy is like a puzzle.

Sharing my time with you is not over at the end of a post. There are many ideas I experienced in owning a small business. My ideas about using and writing direct marketing and customer-centric copy are intertwined in the marketing, advertising, and selling content, articles, reports based on my philosophy of people learn by reading, then learn by doing.

Please join our Direct2Customers Marketing Community today!

Learning by reading and doing, marketing, and selling ideas, is what you will find in your Direct2Customer Community. Join us today by clicking on the button.

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Pick A Marketing Communication Channel, But Not Just Any Channel

Pick A Marketing Communication Channel, But Not Just Any Channel

Then share the most important ideas with the ones that make you money. 

There are numerous tools of the trade you’ll find when using direct marketing and mail. If you have read a few of my posts on using both within a direct to customer strategy, there are an incredible amount of tactical tools to help you reach your end game. 

Considering your customers can be challenging to determine what makes them buy, because one day this, another day that, but sending the same marketing message again latter, you get a different result. Who would of thunk it? 

These are just a few ways the pandemic has uprooted our daily lives to earn a living. Unemployed people and empty company locations will leave your marketing message unread, unseen, or unheard. 

Marketing, advertising, and selling professionals, must remain vigilant to stay connected. For instance, build a customer list of recent purchasers and even others who have not recently made a purchase. Do not be salesly with your conversation but show concern about your contact and their company. Offer to help by stretching out customer payments, free shipping or whatever benefit people love about your product and service. Saving money never goes out of style. 

Small businesses restaurants or a fitness center, and many other companies, are under siege via mask mandates, times or days allowed to be open, losing quality employees or letting them go because of the lack of funds. I am sure you get that point. This is not a good situation.

 So what do you want to do? Stay on the same path and hope for           better results?

 Now is the time to plan your attack but first, read on for other ideas. But   while you study all channels of communication to reach your   audience, write personalized messages n your blog like there is no   tomorrow about on what is to come down.

There’s so many channel preferences people have at their disposal, but the most important ones are what communication channels your desired audience may use. Unless you are one of the few waiting to determine peoples desired channels of choice, I am sorry to inform you, it is up to you to make that happen. 

In the past 25 years or so, I preached to many audiences everywhere to spend time to learn your customer’s habits, needs and wants, and to enter your results in a customer-contact management system. Or, if you sell a product or service, then into your busy book. When the information you collected is entered in a database, you first move is to develop customer segments. Start small and add on what else you learn. The knowledge you get from studying this data will make your marketing messages more relevant.

I created a lot of marketing and sales tools to help a business like yours learn how to analyze the data you collect. For example, how to segment your customers and prospects, start by building an easy form to help you see the big picture for achieving marketing and selling success.

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The choice is theirs. 

Clients have more choices to buy than just your company. If your business is in everyone’s busy book, how do you stand out? So for instance, a direct marketing strategy is one of the more valuable tools in building an offer. An offer is vital for success. Still, many businesses assume their product is good enough to sell as is without an offer. Guess what? Wrong. 

Why? In one quick answer, the offer causes a person to stop and give your message a second look, a second thought. Is that the way your mind is rolling?

Now, many of you reading this may consider an offer of lower prices. But, if you took the time to learn more about your customers, you may have found a certain percentage of customers and prospects have other values when making a purchase. At the heart of any direct marketing message will always be an offering, whether you’re selling a product, promoting a service, driving traffic to a Website, or taking people to a retail location.

What is an “offer”?  

It is not to love and cherish a product for the rest of your life, but it can be. And no, it is not a discount, but it can be. It could be any number of other things as well.  

On the simplest level, an offer is the “terms of the deal.” It is you saying, “Here’s what you can get. And here’s what you have to do or pay to get it.” It’s the combination of several elements that make up the “deal.” 

Individuals who operate in the direct marketing and mail business understand the importance of creating a sense of urgency in a marketing offer. The value of having the sale happen now is that if it does not, it may not happen at all.  Condition that the sale happens now, it increases the likelihood that another sale will happen later. 

These are just a few tried-and-true strategies to help your customers and prospects overcome the dreaded disease of delay! 

Want to learn more about direct marketing?  For a limited time only, I have placed our most requested white paper, “The Right Notes in Your Direct Marketing, Make Beautiful Music for Your Customer’s Ears and Your Accounting Department”, on our report sending website free for the asking.  

This powerful report can change your opinion on your direct marketing strategy and realize, there is a better way to communicate with your audience – when you spend some time to get to know them! Your messages become more relevant and your customers feel more appreciated. And we both know what that means! 

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