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A Straightforward 10 Question Marketing Plan

Posted by Krista Moon on November 15, 2018

Business and marketing leaders often struggle to find time to step back from the daily grind and create comprehensive sales and marketing plans. Sometimes the pressure to get things done as fast as possible leads to throwing tactics out there just to keep up the pretense of forward motion.

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Building Blocks of a Strong Marketing Foundation

Posted by Krista Moon on November 11, 2018

One of the biggest challenges businesses face is that finding and engaging potential customers is becoming increasingly technical and complex, and it’s all too easy to waste money on strategies that don’t get the desired results.

The best way to consistently meet your business growth objectives is to make sure you have a solid foundation from which to build. Things like a dated website, unorganized contact database, inadequate messaging, inefficient technology and processes, or inability to measure results can prevent an organization from ever reaching its full potential.

In this article, I outlined 16 building blocks of a strong sales and marketing foundation. Do you have the skills, resources, budget, and plan ready to drive growth in 2019?

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Resources for Creating a Marketing Strategy for Your Organization

Posted by Krista Moon on September 17, 2018

Every company has a sales and marketing plan, but more often than not there are gaps, missing pieces, and weak spots. Here are some articles and resources that can help you deepen your understanding of sales & marketing strategy development and determine if your current plan is working to its full potential to meet your business growth objectives.

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How to Create Content That Helps Salespeople Sell

Posted by Krista Moon on July 24, 2018

One of the biggest problems businesses face is figuring out what to say to take a prospect from “Who the heck are you?” to “I want to do business with you!”

How do you get on your prospects’ radar and capture their interest? The first step is to clearly understand your buyer journey. The second step is to create and promote the type of information prospects need at each stage.

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Sales and Marketing Processes That'll Make Your Business Great Again

Posted by Krista Moon on June 12, 2018

When I first started doing marketing and lead generation, I used to worry about being able to drive leads for my clients. I've since learned that that's the easy part! As long as I'm doing enough activity, like blogging, email marketing, and social media, I'll get people to the website. And if I'm creating the right content, I'll be driving the right people to the site. Cool! Job done, right? Wrong.

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Core Values: Fluffy B.S. or Competitive Advantage?

Posted by Krista Moon on April 14, 2018

Most small businesses don’t spend much time thinking about their core values. It’s a concept that can frankly seem like fluffy B.S., especially when everyone and their brother talks about the same things: great customer service, team player, integrity, etc.

If not done right, they can easily end up sounding like familiar platitudes.

I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about core values myself, actually, until I started reading some popular business books – they all talk about them. It got me wondering if I was missing a key element in the development of Moon Marketing.

Daniel Cable’s description of core values in his book, Change to Strange, Create a Great Organization by Building a Strange Workforce, really got my wheels turning. He starts off by saying:

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4 Strategies for Defining Your Competitive Advantage

Posted by Krista Moon on February 19, 2018

This may sound crazy, but one of the hardest things to do from a business perspective is figuring out…what you actually do.

Oh sure, you know in general what you do – you offer some products or services, yada, yada, yada. That’s nice, but you’re normally not the only gig in town offering similar – or the same – products and services. What it really comes down to is this: why would someone want to buy from you vs. someone else?

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How to Effectively Onboard a New Marketing Hire

Posted by Krista Moon on November 14, 2017

You're ready to take the leap and hire an outsourced marketing agency or internal hire to help advance your business growth to the next level. It's kind of a scary endeavor because if you're like most of the other companies I've talked to, you've been burned in the past. There is something about this new hire that intrigues you, but the last thing you want to do is waste more time and money. How can you ensure this time things will be different?

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[Video] Business Impact of a Bad Contact Database

Posted by Krista Moon on October 19, 2017

There’s one thing that often holds companies back from effective selling and marketing, but it’s not talked about very much: their contact database.

Your contact database is your most precious asset because it contains (or should contain!) the people you’re currently doing business with or with whom you would like to do business with. But unfortunately, it often gets neglected. It requires time, effort and dedication to keep your database clean and organized, or else it will quickly become a mess. Here are a few common database problems and how they can be negatively impacting your business.

If any of these issues sound familiar, it’s time to take a deep dive into defining the strategies and processes that will transform your database from just random "contacts" into people you want to do business with.

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[Video] What is Growth Driven Website Design?

Posted by Krista Moon on October 10, 2017

It's safe to assume that the majority of your target prospects will go to your website well before they have any other interaction with your organization. It's their first impression, and they'll be sizing you up immediately upon walking through the virtual door. The traditional website design process is quickly becoming antiquated because it doesn't address the growing needs of the online buyer.

If a website project is on the horizon (which it should be - it should always be on the agenda), watch this video to learn more about an approach that will ensure your site is a high-value marketing asset that continually drives business growth.

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