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Beyond Words

By Rebecca Kollmann, MAS+

About Rebecca

Rebecca Kollmann, MAS+, director of business development for AIA Corporation, offers up marketing tips for everyday life.
 

Jeff's Rant

Jeff Solomon, MAS
A "Condemned" Supplier Shares the Truth!
Apr 17, 2014

There clearly are companies who operate in ways that are contrary to the traditional supplier/distributor model we are comfortable with....



Selling Smarter

Rosalie Marcus
Speak Now and Sell More!
Apr 15, 2014

How would you like a powerful marketing strategy that can position you as a leader in your field, put you...



Promotional Fashionista

Colleen McKenna
3 Ways to Style an Imprinted Tee
Apr 15, 2014

Imprinted T-shirts are in with the fashion elite. Here's how they are styling the tees....



Guest Blogs

Guest Contributor
The Anatomy of Emotional Marketing
Apr 11, 2014

You've probably heard the old adage: "It's the thought that counts." This could not be any truer, especially in business. When...



Kiwi's Coaching Corner

Paul  Kiewiet
Without People, Brands Have No Meaning
Apr 10, 2014

Brands are built over time but can be destroyed in an instant. This is why is it critically important to...



The Hot Button

Mary Ellen Sokalski, MAS
Even Retirees Are Doing It
Apr 9, 2014

Even older clients who grew up with the "one-size-fits-all" adult T-shirt as their world are choosing to buy FASHION TEES....



Not So Technically Speaking

Dale Denham
Go Mobile or Go Home
Apr 8, 2014

I am, without a doubt, the most mobile CIO in the USA. Name one other CIO that is so committed...



Million Dollar Mindset with Greg Muzzillo

Greg Muzzillo
"Free Crab Tomorrow"
Apr 7, 2014

Joe's Crab Shack offers free crab tomorrow. That's because it's never tomorrow. All we have is today. I've talked to...



Compliance Chat

Jeff Jacobs
Promotional Products: When Swag Goes Wrong
Apr 4, 2014

We all love swag. From T-shirts to stress balls, free stuff is fun except when it goes awry. Goldman Sachs...



Quick Thoughts by Cliff Quicksell, MAS

Cliff Quicksell, MAS
6 Reasons Why Marketing Fails and How to Prevent It
Mar 31, 2014

When it comes to marketing, there are no guarantees. A great marketing idea that is poorly implemented or incorrectly presented...



Be Dazzled

Elise Hacking Carr
Go Green or Go Home
Mar 26, 2014

Earth Day is right around the corner. Need ideas for upcoming promotions? Here are three products that scream "I <3...



Be Bold, Be Different, Be Memorable

Rick Greene, MAS
5 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Land New Business
Feb 26, 2014

LinkedIn is a happening place. It is the unsung hero of social platforms and it can indeed be used to...



Mike's Blog

Michael Cornnell
Ads on NBA Jerseys: An Inevitability?
Feb 24, 2014

The NBA may be stating that they're no closer to on-uniform ads than they were in 2011, but that doesn't...



Embellished

Kyle Richardson
New Year, New Site, New Magazine
Jan 31, 2014

This week, we announced the redesign of our home page and magazine. Let us know what you think about the...



Big Picture Promo

Matt Kaspari, CAS
Meeting Clients Where They Are
Oct 24, 2013

Promotional marketing is at its best when it empowers a client’s brand, meets his or her objectives and fits within...



My Two Cents

Rick Brenner
For Promotional Product Sales, Protect Your Client's Brand
Jun 3, 2013

Whether you are selling to a global brand like Nike or to your local YMCA, no single asset is more...



Friday Sales-thought of the Week!

Dale Limes, MAS
Reverse Engineer Your Sales Success
Mar 18, 2013

Steven Covey reminds us that when setting goals ... "Start with the end in mind." That is to visualize the...



Editor's Notes

Nichole Stella
The Perfect Match
Mar 5, 2013

The Super Bowl has also become the Ad Bowl, where brands duke it out to see who has the funniest,...



The Sales Challenge

Bill Farquharson
Think and Succeed
May 29, 2012

What would happen if you woke up in the morning and your first thought was, "I am never going to...



Creating More Purposeful Sales Conversations

Lisa Leitch, CSP, MAS
Under 100 Days to Achieve 2011 Goals
Oct 20, 2011

It's hard to believe, but there are fewer than 100 days left to achieve 2011 goals! Are you on track...



Communication Lessons from a Teenager

 

I've always loved using a variety of communication methods with people, and adapting to what they use—and what the situation calls for. We are warned about the Gen Y buyer who is telephone-adverse and wants the quick, non-personal communication found digitally. Every day, customers have decisions to make. These decisions vary in magnitude. When spending a large amount of money and hoping for a strong return on investment, it's tough for the buyer to make a confident, informed decision when left to nothing but their mobile devices.

Enter my daughter, Emily. She's a typical 15-year-old whose favorite communication method is texting. She is also a quietly competitive athlete. A volleyball player, she recently tried out for two programs in our area. Good news: she received offers from both volleyball clubs. Bad news: she had to decide between the two within a 48-hour deadline. The offers were communicated differently. Club A's coach called her, telling Emily they'd love to have her play on their team, and provided her phone number for a call back with questions and, hopefully, an acceptance. Club B's coach sent an email of congratulations, offer and instructions on what she needed to do to accept or decline, which was to go online and complete a confirmation.

The emailed information from Club B was clear and efficient, and had that been her only offer, she would have been happy to accept. However, Emily had a choice between two suppliers offering a similar product: a reputable team to play on with coaches to help her develop as a player and a person. Time and physical investment would be high—the ideal ROI equaled fun, new friendships and perhaps catching the eye of a college scout in the future.

After a day of consideration, Emily picked up the phone and called the Club A coach, asking questions to better understand why she should "buy" from them, and how their product (program) could benefit her. After a brief conversation, Emily was sold and promptly accepted Club A's offer. In her online response to Club B, declining their offer, she relayed that she'd had the opportunity to speak on the phone with the coach of another club and felt that they would be right for her. While Club B's process was efficient and clean for seller and buyer, had they encouraged a simple conversation with their prospect, the outcome may have been different.

Picking up the phone to connect with a vendor, or a customer, isn't dying. For a maintenance purchase or low value/low return product, never having a human touch the buying process—including the buyer, sometimes—is easy. For anything with a larger investment and needed (or hoped) return, inserting a human voice with its upbeat yet reassuring tone, can result in a confident customer and sale.

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