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Monday, Aug. 24, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Increase Your Search Rankings by Shrinking Your Offering

August 24th, 2009

jigsaw_magnesium_toilet_paper2_3Anyone can sell nutritional supplements, and many do. However, what would you think would happen to a company that stripped everything away to focus on selling magnesium supplements?

Magnesium — not something you hear about everyday, huh? It’s not really the product with the most “sex appeal.” As Patrick Sullivan, co-founder of Jigsaw Health which focuses on selling these wonderful magnesium supplements, explains:

“Magnesium is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. It works in tandem with calcium — calcium…

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Friday, May. 23, 2008

How to Gain and Act on Customer Insights

May 23rd, 2008

gain customer insightTesting and optimization are a necessity in any marketing endeavor. I’ve gone deeper into the subject in several columns, such as “Conversion Folly Funnel” and “We Tried That Already.” Today, I want to focus on one aspect of optimization: customer insight.

Success in testing doesn’t necessarily indicate success in customer insight. For example, you can test landing pages, determine the best landing page, and enjoy an increase in conversion. But do you know why it converts better? Oftentimes marketers gain knowledge…

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Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008 at 12:18 pm

The Difference Between Knowledge and Understanding

January 17th, 2008

genchi genbutsuSeems everywhere I look there are articles about Toyota’s rise from small Japanese company to the largest car manufacturer in the world. There are several theories for Toyota’s success, including their much touted use of Karzai Kaizen, or continuous improvement. But another practice is equally, if not more important, is genchi genbutsu.

In a recent American Marketing Association article (“How Toyota Got So Smart“), Travis Adkins explains genchi genbutsu:

One of the most religiously followed of these practices is something that Toyota…

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Friday, Aug. 3, 2007 at 5:54 am

A Half Dozen Business Choices

August 3rd, 2007

Every company has to make choices when it comes to how it markets and sells and, in some cases, who it is and what it sells.

In an e-mail exchange, Tom Grimes, a great and brilliant friend, shared with me what he’s thinking about in terms of business choices. Based on his list, here’s my own list of many of the high-level choices businesses typically make every day. It may help you make some more conscience choices of your own:

Select or…

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Monday, Jul. 2, 2007

2 Ways to Get Started With Personas (Part 2)

July 2nd, 2007

persona non grata/gratisRegular readers of GrokDotCom, or any of our best-selling books, heartily agree: people do things according to their own motivations. And in this unprecedented day of empowered consumers,selling” to customers is 100% about facilitating their buying process. Any attempts to pitch (or push) products in ways that aren’t transparent, genuine, relevant or salient will be immediately blocked and discarded by our hyper-sensitive BS meters. Should you happen to try a high-pressure sales “trick” from yesteryear and succeed at fooling one…

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Thursday, Jun. 28, 2007 at 5:37 am

The 5 W’s of Purchase Behavior

June 28th, 2007

journalistIn expanding the question about relational-transactional purchasing by asking the question of WHAT makes people buy, a fellow deep thinker from the Wizard Academy shared that we should also add in the essential “reporter” questions:

I’d lump them into four categories: Who … Why … What … When-Where-How. Who, Why & What are big driving issues, while you can lump the other three (When, Where, How) together as the sort of mechanics of purchasing.

WHO we are (or think we are and desire to be) deeply…

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Monday, Jun. 25, 2007

What Makes People Buy

June 25th, 2007
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Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007

7 BIG Questions for Online Marketers

February 4th, 2007

Icon___Question_Mark.jpgWe hear the questions businesses ask: How do I increase my sales or leads? How do I get more traffic to my site? How do I get better search engine rankings? How do I get fewer customers to abandon their shopping carts? What do I do with all this data I’m getting from my analytics software?

These are important questions.

Ask a Bigger Question

What makes people buy? When you focus on this question, all the subsequent details fall much more easily…

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Monday, Jan. 1, 2007

Unspoken Assumptions

January 1st, 2007

Kick the habit of assuming who your customers are, what they should want and how should deliver it.

Remember this classic scene from the Odd Couple?

Felix Unger: [to woman on witness stand] Ah … you assumed. My dear, you should never assume. You see, when you assume… [Felix writes the word "assume" on a blackboard] … you make an ass out of u and me.

Want to know what really gets in the way of better conversion rates? All too often it…

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Monday, Jan. 1, 2007

Unspoken Assumptions in Action

January 1st, 2007

Unspoken assumptions in Apple’s conversion process undermine the online purchase of a 30GB iPod.

Poor Melissa. A dastardly somebody broke into my dear co-worker’s car and stole her video iPod!! *passes out tissues* This is a woman who lives the fully-integrated iPod life Apple imagines for its customers – podcasts, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music. She was devastated. And she knew, without question, she had to replace her iPod immediately.

So she started her search for a replacement iPod the way many…

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