Business Strategy

At the 2013 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, I had the pleasure of presenting the results of our annual Sales & Marketing Pulse report with our partners, Shore Consulting. Jeff Shore and I presented the results to the crowd in Sales Central with standing room only. If you missed us at IBS, you’ve got […]

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The relationship the Internet has with the salesperson is a fascinating one. Some salespeople choose to ignore technology. Some fear it. Some choose to fight it. And some choose to work with it. Over the last 15 years, I’ve witnessed first hand the changing role of the traditional salesperson; How the Internet has impacted salespeople like robots impacted the […]

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I recognize the ever growing popularity of the Online Sales Counselor role. I first saw it nearly ten years ago, and it continues with a slow and steady climb. It has always been my feeling, albeit unpopular, that the Online Sales Counselor role is a short-term solution at best, and at worst, a dependency drug […]

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The Sales & Marketing Pulse 2012 Report and Video

| Dennis O'Neil

In early January, Jeff Shore and I began an ambitious project to survey nearly 300 new home sales and marketing leaders about what’s hot, what’s not, and what’s really happening in the marketplace. This in-depth survey asked leaders specific questions about topics including negotiating frequency, salesperson turnover, social media use, and online leads. Because of […]

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Packaged offerings benefit the buyer. Canned offerings benefit the seller. When an offering is packaged, it’s done so with the buyer in mind. The package is a combination of products or services that affords the buyer additional value, often trading a little bit of decision making freedom for simplicity and that increased value. The buyer […]

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Trying to Stand Out? Drop the Stock Photo Habit

| Dennis O'Neil

The first goal of any marketing effort is to gain someone’s attention. We can argue about whether or not this means the goal is to interupt someone, but no matter the direction, the goal is always to do something unique enough to get noticed, and then be heard. Let me be clear – stock photography […]

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