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Big Picture Promo

By Matt Kaspari, CAS

About Matt

Kaspo CEO, Matt Kaspari CAS, will elaborate on the big picture of branding and the role of promotional products in creating empowered brands.
 

Compliance Chat

Jeff Jacobs
Promotional Products: If It Ain’t Broke, Leave It Be
Apr 18, 2014

I wrote recently in this space about swag that went wrong for Goldman Sachs at a conference for women in...



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....



Beyond Words

Rebecca Kollmann, MAS+
Adapting Your Style
Apr 14, 2014

Many of us have taken a behavioral style inventory at some point in our careers. While the intent of these...



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...



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...



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...



Relationship Advice

 

Well it's Valentine's Day and there is no escaping it, so Happy Valentine's Day! While I am not the best one to ask for romantic advice, I do have a few tips when it come to building relationships with your clients, like the the ABC's of a solution's based sales cycle. In case you missed it, the ABC's are Always Be Connecting.

Relationships these days are so much more complicated. There are so many different channels of communication and so many rules around how to leverage each one. I mean, why is it inappropriate to poke someone you know on Facebook? (Just kidding, but seriously?)

All joking aside, it is inappropriate to poke someone you know on Facebook because you haven't built up report with that person. There has to be some level of courting and the same goes for building relationships with clients.

Now before we go much further I want to make it clear that when I talk about social channels I am not just talking about the online channels. I am talking about all channels, online and offline. Everything from phone calls to tweets, "thank you" notes to blogs and even face-to-face meetings.

The reason I am talking about all these seemingly different channels is that the key to building strong and loyal relationships with your clients is to broadcast a consistent message across multiple touchpoints.

What's a touchpoint, you ask?

A touchpoint is any opportunity you have to reach out to your client, whether it be online or offline. The more touchpoints you are able to have with a client, the stronger your relationship will be. At Kaspo we have a touchpoint goal of 5 touchpoints per client who enters our solutions-based sales cycle and here is how it works.

The Kaspo Courting Process
New Client Meeting
Touchpoint 1: Phone call to set meeting
Touchpoint 2: Connect on LinkedIn and confirm details of the meeting
Touchpoint 3: Face-to-face meeting
Defining Solutions
Touchpoint 4: Email to set up second meeting to present solutions
Touchpoint 5: Connect with brand on Twitter
Presenting Soultions
Touchpoint 5: Face-to-face meeting confirming objectives
Touchpoint 6: Order processing (order confirmation email with expected ship date, email with tracking)
Follow Up
Touchpoint 7: Confirmation phone call
Touchpoint 8: Thank you note

By striving to connect with our clients on at least 5 different channels we are building a rapport that shows we care. Just like in any relationship, the other person wants to know you are thinking of them and that they are your top priority. By committing to consistent connection with your clients throughout every stage of the sales cycle, you are sure to earn their life long brand loyalty. Hey, and who knows, maybe this advice can also help you land the Valentine of your dream!

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