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10 More Links You May Have Missed, But Shouldn’t!

1. # Who would you add? Young Entrepreneur‘s Adam Toren looks at the Top 10 most influential people online  (Thanks to BizSugar for the share)

2. # Have you checked out the 100 Voices SlideShare presentation? (from Krishna De). Tips from 100 International women in business to celebrate the centenary of International Women’s Day.

3. # Did you know that Ireland is now the fifth most popular country on Facebook? (Digital Times).

4. # Should you be taking advantage of coumminity in your business and marketing plans? Read this great post by Duct Tape Marketing‘s John Jantsch (at the American Express OPEN forum).

5. # Please help me to get businesses to stop using Facebook profiles.

6. # Speaking of which! Beatrice Whelan tells you how to easily migrate your business from a profile to a page.

7. # LOL! Love this striking advertising campaign for Pfizer’s famous blue pill that was launched in Korea a few years back.

8. # Effective blog commenting can raise your profile, establish your credibility and drive more traffic to your site. Here’s Marie Ennis O’Connor with 7 ways to make your comments stand out from the crowd.

9. # The assumption is that we listen to our friends, right! but do Facebook friends really influence advertising?

10. # Controversial perhaps? SEO is no longer a viable marketing strategy for startups.


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  • Hi Pawel, welcome to Bloggertone and as an ex salesperson and sales manager, I think is a really great first post. In fact, I would go so far as to say what you have described here is the difference between the average salesperson and a great sales person. Brilliant salespeople are brilliant prospectors – they spend the majority of their time dealing with prospects that are in a position to do business.   

  • Michael_Dineen

    Great post. Really like the tip on assessing the quality of their previous marketing materials. Great way to find eager prospects.

  • Niall, wow, thank you and great to be part of the community 🙂 I agree, the best sales people know exactly where to invest their time and efforts. Having said that, I am playing smart here but I was on the other side for a long time myself and it took me a while to figure out what I was doing wrong. 

  • Thank you Michael, it’s my own little invention 🙂 Work in almost every single case…

  • Swayne Hill

    Your point #4 is probably worth an entire post. Having a grading system will also help you identify ‘Risky’ deals in the sales pipeline. I separate ‘probability’ into two components – win probability and close probability. Close probability is subjective and tied to sales stage progress, win probability is based on how close the attributes do e deal are to our sweet spot. Swayne –

  • Thanks Swayne 🙂

  • Thanks for a great first post, Tom. I’m going to digest this later this evening.

  • Thanks Niall – feel like the new kid in among all the pros!!

  • Cheers for the help – don’t be drinking that cheap Welsh plonk – get yourself some nice French white!! 😉

  • Elish Bul

    Thanks for getting that useful summary out in such timely fashion- shared for all our SMES audience in the buidling sector and interiors sectors

  • Cheers Elish!

  • Thanks Niall – yeah the 25% R&D tax credit is a very useful tax break to consider and it’s not just test tubes in a lab type stuff that qualifies. The definition of what constitutes R&D is quiet wide ranging and could very easily apply to a lot of corporate businesses out there! Cheers 🙂

  • These are all excellent insights, Tom. Many thanks for sharing them! Best wishes, Fiona.

  • Cheers Fiona – hopefully it will help to save a few quid for someone. Have a good Xmas break. Chat again soon!

  • Tom,
    A huge welcome from me to TYB, this post is hugely informative and beneficial for all. Some really valid and accessible reliefs and refunds to be had.
    A great post – thanks for the timely share – pity for some, 2 weeks won’t be enough to avail of un-known or forgotten reliefs and claims. I hope people act with haste as you suggest 🙂

  • Thanks Elaine for the welcome – feel like the new kid!! Anyway glad you found the post useful and informative – hopefully it can save someone somewhere a few euros. Happy Christmas to you and hope you have a successful new year! 🙂

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