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Business Development Cultivating Positive Relationships Customer Service Empowerment Techniques

Three quick tips to help build prospect confidence

Faced with uncertainty in the world-at-large, business prospects yearn even more for that stable, solid “piece of the rock” around which they can anchor their efforts. Be that rock. Take the initiative to show that you “mean business.” Develop business-like agreements and contracts that address both boilerplate issues and policies about ongoing use of work, […]

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Cultivating Positive Relationships Customer Service Empowerment Techniques

To keep your bottom line happy, make sure to keep your clients happy.

Getting new business is one thing. Keeping it is another. Currently, the US corporate model seems to run counter-intuitive to the fundamental concept of client/customer retention.

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Business Development Empowerment Techniques General Marketing

That ‘rocky’ marketing feeling

If marketing often feels like Sisyphus pushing the rock up the hill, only to have it crash down repeatedly upon you, you’re not alone. In fact, big as well as small companies—and everybody in between—are struggling. If you’re feeling like Sisyphus, and are unsure about where to go next marketing-wise, here are a couple of […]

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Cultivating Positive Relationships Customer Service Social Media

Tips for Being Proactive with Online Reviews

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Instead of just spreading the word in a specific community, as was the case hundreds of years ago, consumers in communities all over the world can become informed about favorable and unfavorable buying criteria in seconds through online reviews. In many ways, this continuing trend […]

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Social Media

Social media is a many-splendored thing to some, a necessary evil for others.

Social media fundamentally is traditional connecting, communicating, referring and sharing of opinions — on steroids. One way to address social media’s potential use is to quit viewing it as some monolithic monster waiting to gobble up all who don’t embrace it. Long before social media came upon the digital scene, a similar process flourished in […]

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Cultivating Positive Relationships Customer Service Empowerment Techniques

It’s the little things that add up big!

Often, in the heat of daily deadlines and stress, companies pay too little attention to a vitally important part of their operations: the little things. Because these seem to be small items that can disgruntle present customers or prospects, those offended may be less likely to express their discontent to you directly. They either decide […]

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Cultivating Positive Relationships Empowerment Techniques

How to cut down backstabbing in the workplace

Workplace backstabbing is a virulent affliction. It destroys productivity, creates employee strife and damages the bottom line. As with disease, prevention is the best medicine. Hire people by using objective, scientific assessments of personality, behavior and attitudes. Conduct regular, periodic workplace reviews to identify — and treat — early warning signs. And if a problem […]

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Customer Service Empowerment Techniques Leverage

Circumvent customer service to get real customer support

As major companies attempt to rein in expenses, small businesses and consumers often encounter a tightly woven customer service loop seemingly designed to deflect and deter, rather than resolve customer issues. To get action, it’s becoming ever more important to think outside that loop. When you need more than a routine response, reach up, out […]