The Screwtape Emails: Much About Nothing

The Screwtape Emails: Much About Nothing

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There are right and wrong ways to go about marketing, and the pitfalls are many. A lot can be learned by seeing how not to manage your marketing. This original blog series weaves together an entertaining story that will help you navigate 21st-Century marketing with a view from “the dark side,” as “Screwtape” teaches his apprentice “Wormwood” via email how to sabotage your marketing. Enjoy…

PART FIVE:
To: Wormwood
From: Screwtape
Subject: Much About Nothing

My dear Wormwood,

Alright…I couldn’t resist following up my last email about wrecking the home page with tips on making the about page dry, boring and disjointed. It’s too tasty to pass up and, besides, I do not fully trust your amateur skills to thwart the Enemy’s plans to help the Patient write a good home page.

Call this Plan B…and just know that Plan C is pain and suffering for you (I say that with all due affection).

Should your efforts to geld the home page fail, you can target the ever-present about page. Here are a few tactics to employ:

  • Break the joints

The best about pages are “team” pages. They weave together the personalities of the office, with a thread that ties everyone together as a mosaic of the brand (under no circumstances allow the Patient to write as elegantly as this!). Instead, influence each staff member to write their own bio, about themselves instead of their role on the team and their relationships with co-workers. Under no circumstances allow humor or personality to make these disparate bios a joy to read.

  • Take the pictures…

…as in, take control of the pictures. Make sure some people on the team submits a clipped and grainy picture from a family picnic, or at the amusement park with awkward background props; put these next to stiff, formal suit-and-tie photos, and you’ve got a recipe for a cake frosted with suck. Do not allow the Patient to think, ‘hmmm. What if we hired a photographer to do a photoshoot where all our photos are consistent and professional quality?’ Extra points if you influence stiff, cardboard poses instead of letting each person’s genuine personality come through.

  • Keep it stale

The about page is “done.” If we add new staff at all, or remove past employees, it will be “one of these days.” And, we already paid the photographer, so that photo of you eating a corn dog on the beach will be fine. This is the usual entropy of the about page. Even if it starts high class and interesting—human nature being what it is—it’s likely to descend into mediocrity.

Mediocre is our favorite color.

Your affectionate uncle,

Screwtape

P.S. Get it? Medi-ochre…Oh, forget it.


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Content vs. Connection

Content vs. Connection

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For years now, we’ve heard “Content is King,” with the result that myriad businesses have dumped considerable time and money into “Content Marketing.” Indeed, good content is key to a successful marketing strategy; the problem is that now, “everyone” is doing it! The marketplace is cluttered with a dizzying, ubiquitous cloud of great content, diluting the efficacy of any particular business’s efforts to be noticed.

Content may be king, but without engagement, there is no kingdom to rule! What is engagement, you may ask? It is what the “Wizard of Ads,” Roy H. Williams refers to as being more interesting than the thought currently occupying someone’s mind. Engaging your audience means, first of all, being impossible to ignore so that you can get their attention above all the competing voices, and then most importantly, making an impact on their emotions. All decisions are emotional, and the logical mind justifies the decision.

Here are three steps to engaging your audience so that your awesome content (a given these days) has a chance of leading you to sales conversions:

  • Get Attention: No, we’re not talking about the “sad little attention getters,” as Williams calls them—all caps, bright colors, loud noises; we’re not talking about cheap interrupters most people will despise. What you need are relevant messages communicated in a way that’s very different than how your competitors are communicating. Geico brought slapstick humor into car insurance, Old Spice upped the ante ad ridiculum to catapult a musty old brand to dominance. To break the cognitive filters every human being’s mind on the planet puts up to protect them from information overload, you absolutely have to stand out. Go against the grain—and, by the way, avoid clichés like, “go against the grain!”
  • Inspire: Not every ad has to be a tearjerker, or a goose-bump generator; you can also inspire laughter, anger—any number of emotions. The important thing is that you do inspire emotion in your audience. If you can cultivate the right response, you’re 75% of the way to the sale.
  • Engage with your audience: Know your audience, speak their language, and then interact with them. It is essential for any business to make their audience feel important, listened to, understood. All politics aside, Gillette reported an $8 billion loss, mainly due to their recent “toxic masculinity” ads. Without taking sides on the issue, and from a purely marketing standpoint, offending your base (mainly men) is not a good idea. Uphold your principles and beliefs privately; when it comes to your company, serve your audience as a trusted brand that accepts them for who they are. Gillette has tried to foist change upon their audience, but the result was that their audience changed brands!

Is Content Marketing still relevant? Is content still king? Yes to both. However, making your content engaging gains devoted followers for the king!

Call SalesFish today and our high-touch, dedicated team will assist you in assessing your strategic sales goals, and the marketing and sales tactics best suited to your specific needs. And, yes, we will also advise you on the best A.I. tools that actually work and complement the real people in your business!


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Marketing Lessons From Winston Churchill

Marketing Lessons From Winston Churchill

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“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat…We have before us many long months of toil and struggle. Our policy is to wage war with all our might, with all the strength that God can give us…however long and hard the road may be.” Winston Churchill

Our man, Winston, aka “Winnie” was no pushover Pooh looking for easy honey. Sure, Hitler totally rocked the reverse alley-oop Shaquille O’Neal slam dunks with his “Blitzkrieg” Shock and Awe warfare, but Churchill was a team player who consistently toed up to the line and hit the free throws.

Adolf Hitler put his trust in industry and technology—Even with the war all but lost, the Nazis resorted to the V-Rocket as a tenuous last hope “miracle weapon.” Winston, by contrast, depended on the fortitude of the stalwart British and her allies; he was a master content marketer, a wordsmith who knew how to motivate with powerful language. The pen, it seems, was mightier than the Panzer.

This is an object lesson for the business owner. There is no angle, gimmick or technological silver bullet that will bring easy money.

According to the “Wizard of Ads,” Roy H. Williams, “Vision, passion, faith, tenacity, perseverance, sacrifice…are part of a time-tested formula for success that’s difficult to teach and painful to learn…If you simply want someone to walk into your world and say a few magic words and make everything better, you need a friend to pinch you, slap you, or shake you by the shoulders, because you’re dreaming.”

The only power we have as ad consultants,” says Williams, “is the ability to help the client tell his story as convincingly as possible…we must have the client’s cooperation in helping us define his unique selling proposition. Too often, though, the client simply says, ‘Just bring more customers through the door. If you bring ‘em in, we can sell ‘em. What we need is more traffic.’ Gee, what a great idea. Why didn’t I think of that?”

“No matter how dramatic the end result, the good-to-great transformations never happened in one fell swoop,” says Good to Great author, Jim Collins. “There was no single defining action, no grand program, no one killer innovation, no solitary lucky break, no miracle moment.”

Maybe you have been going from one marketing tactic to another, hoping to find the one that will finally propel your business forward. Stop it, old chap. Think bulldog: Long-term strategy, consistent and powerful messaging and an unwavering belief in your mission.

Call SalesFish today and our high-touch, dedicated team will assist you in assessing your strategic sales goals, and the marketing and sales tactics best suited to your specific needs. And, yes, we will also advise you on the best A.I. tools that actually work and complement the real people in your business!


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  • B2B Direct Sales, Channel Sales and Marketing Strategies
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  • Online Presentations and Webinars
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  • Primary Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Surveys
  • Experiential Event Marketing
  • Pre and Post-Event Calls
  • Audience Acquisition, Exhibit Sales and Sponsorship Sales
Can Outsourced Sales Help My Business?

Can Outsourced Sales Help My Business?

Businesses around the world continually look to streamline their operations, with the ultimate goal of saving money on overhead costs. Cost-effective strategies can improve profitability, and nowhere is this more important than in sales. Outsourced sales operations are being adopted by companies of every size and type, allowing them to reach new audiences, reduce risk, and generate leads.

With this cost-saving opportunity, an outsourced sales team can transform sales operations, leading to improved revenue streams and new customers by leveraging the power of a dedicated, full-time staff.

In this guide, we’ll explore the concept of sales outsourcing, including outsourced telemarketing services, Then, and how this practice can save money, improve efficiency, and stimulate business growth.

How Outsourced Sales Companies Help

In simple terms, sales outsourcing or “outsourced sales” is turning over the sales process operations (or a part of them) to an outside agency or individual. There are many outsourcing service providers, each with their own unique way of conducting these operations. Such providers have extensive training and protocols, and many employ advanced technologies to track customer engagements, providing detailed data to the clients they are working for.  

Can Third-Party Resources Really Improve Sales Processes?

When one thinks of using a third-party sales team to improve the operation, many companies tend to misunderstand the value inherent in this type of arrangement. Trying to revamp the sales model without farming out to a third party can often lead to trouble. Examples of potential pitfalls companies may experience when trying to save money on costs include:

    • Utilizing indirect providers and services, such as product/service resellers or so-called “solution partners”.
    • Handing over sales to employees not qualified or experienced enough to handle the unique tasks. Imagine what would happen if your product engineers also handled sales functions , including reaching out to potential customers – doing so could be a recipe for disaster.
    • Trying to create new opportunities by adding commission-only professionals or agents to the mix. In a loose sense, the above examples are forms of outsourced sales, but the reality is that these three examples are situations a smart company will avoid whenever possible. Effective providers have the experience, the tools, and the tactics needed to handle the most critical aspects of operating a business: Engaging with potential customers.

Challenges in Sales 

Many small business operations struggle with the challenges of reaching new customers. The process of sales – attracting new customers and converting contacts into transactions – is already challenging enough. Small companies can face significant hurdles in this department. These hurdles may stem from a lack of experience on the sales team, especially in lead generation and marketing techniques, or may require expenditures a company and its staff are unprepared for.

Advancing Technologies and Sales Verticals

Advances and shifts in technology can also create complications in the sales and marketing arena. New technologies and ever-changing practices become available on a constant basis, and these new features may force a company to adapt its selling approaches quickly. For example, changes in communications tools or evolution of customer preferences may necessitate a revised sales practice to leverage successfully, and many companies do not have the flexibility or experience needed to do so. Social media marketing is an illustration of shifting consumer preferences; using social media platforms effectively has been difficult for many business operations unfamiliar with the tools and techniques needed to succeed in this arena.

In-House Sales Team Costs

Costs represent significant challenges companies face in selling. Overhead costs are always a concern, regardless of the size of the business in question. Having a rep or two in the office is not cheap. Doing more with less has become the mantra in the modern business world, and this has dramatically altered the sales process.

Unfortunately, without careful evaluation and overview of practices, costs can run out of control. The direct costs associated with in-house sales efforts, particularly the cost per lead generated, can harm a company’s profitability, especially as these costs increase over time through inefficiency. It is clear that a solution is needed to rein in costs and to improve efficiency. That solution is the outsourcing of inside sales.

Which Companies Can Benefit from Sales Outsourcing?

It can be argued that any business can benefit from sales outsourcing. This system tends to help improve efficiency, reduce costs, and leverages sales expertise and sales development. Still, there are certain business categories that receive greater value from the outsourced model than others. These include:

  • Emerging growth and start-up companies
  • Technology firms
  • Medical device
  • B2B business ventures
  • Financial Services etc.

Each of these business types do not typically have a focus on sales. For smaller ventures, a lack of experienced sales staff or staff focused on daily operations can sometimes get in the way of business growth. Taking on sales initiatives can prove overwhelming. For these companies, outsource sales makes a lot of sense and can help produce the desired results at a fraction of the costs of an in-house sales team.

Lead Generation: The Key to Success in Outsourced Sales

The generation of leads is a critical component and end-goal of any sales team. Locating and targeting potential new customers is always the goal for businesses that wish to enjoy continued growth. The process of lead generation, unfortunately, can be expensive in terms of funding as well as in time, and that is where outsourced sales partners can provide distinct benefits.

3 ways outsourced sales initiatives can help lead generation

According to HubSpot, 85% of top B2B marketers say that lead generation is the most important goal. Over 60% of all business owners indicate that generating traffic and leads is the biggest challenge they face in their work operations. How can sales outsourcing produce the leads needed for companies to thrive in competitive marketplaces? There are three factors that influence lead generation:

  • Outsourced sales providers are adept at cold-calling and appointment booking initiatives.
  • Sales providers typically have proven strategies for producing leads, and these strategies have been honed to produce the best possible results time and again. The best service providers and sales partner will share their results and histories with potential clients.
  • Many companies simply do not have the resources to establish an in-house team. Outsourcing sales takes the headaches out of the equation, providing the expertise needed to identify and reach new customer bases in the most efficient manner possible.

Benefits of Outsourcing Sales & Marketing 

b2b outsourcing sales Boosting Efficiency While Reducing ExpensesSales and marketing outsourcing can improve both lead generation and execution for businesses. Highly-trained professionals use the latest tools and technologies to improve efficiency. An outside sales team is just that: a team of people working for a company that manages these practices all day, every day. With that kind of focus and that blend of training, tools, and results-driven performance, handing over sales to a third-party provider begins to make a lot of sense and can make a significant improvement in achieving your sales and marketing goals.

Convert Sooner

The first cost-saving advantage lies in this capability; while sales units in a given business may need to experiment with techniques or strategies as a marketing campaign begins and before the desired goals are achieved, an outsourced provider is ready to produce results right away. This slashes overhead costs, particularly when ramping up a new initiative for a company.

Tracking & Tools

Leading service providers also use rigorous tracking and reporting tools as a means of providing detailed information to their clients. This is a tremendous advantage in terms of direct costs such as cost per lead. In-house teams sometimes suffer from an inability to pinpoint leaks in the sales funnel, or may not be able to understand why certain leads are lost at different points of the campaign.

The outsourced team, such as an outbound telemarketing team, collects and analyzes data to improve customer touches and generate leads efficiently. A related advantage is the safety net of responsibility: in order to succeed, an outsourced sales provider must produce results, and that means bringing in new customers and closing deals. To achieve these results, the provider takes on a significant portion of the risks involved in outsourcing sales and marketing and is thus responsible for delivering results.

Other Advantages of Third-Party Sales

There are many more advantages companies can enjoy when choosing to farm out sales to a third-party provider. To summarize the many advantages of outsourced marketing and sales practices, the benefits include:

  • Time and Cost Savings – outsourcing teams are equipped with the tools and knowledge to get campaigns up and running quickly, ultimately saving money over in-house operations.
  • Reduced Risk – by outsourcing some or all of its sales, it is also outsourcing some of the responsibility to a third-party provider. This can be an effective risk management strategy, especially for smaller businesses in competitive market sectors.
  • Improved Performance – outsourced telemarketing professionals and teams have the experience, the focus, and the training to deliver results.
  • Market Expertise – there are many third-party providers that have unique insights into specific markets, giving them an advantage for specialty sales. These insights can spur new ideas and new ways of connecting with customers in a given market niche.
  • Safe Business Growth – many smaller firms do not have the budget or the resources for a dedicated in-house sales and marketing team. By engaging with an outside provider, they can gain the advantages of a dedicated team without the overhead and training costs associated with creating their own department. This can help the business grow safely, without unnecessary risks or expenses.

Should I Outsource Sales or Not? Potential Drawbacks

In any sales venture, there are advantages and drawbacks to be aware of. The same applies to the concept of outsourced sales and marketing. It is important to note that the advantages of outsourcing greatly outweigh the potential drawbacks, but business owners need to understand that certain pitfalls may negatively impact business prospects.

(Most) outsourced sales teams are not a full-time resource

The first drawback is that *most* outsourced sales resources are not dedicated. Larger, more established businesses typically have their own sales departments and processes that have been refined over time. It may not make sense for these companies to use sales outsourcing models but still may provide benefits. Smaller companies, particularly startups, do not have this drawback and are not typically equipped with experienced sales professionals.

Sales methodologies

Sales outsourcing service providers, then, provide great value for these ventures and can help advance their marketing effort. Another drawback lies in the methodologies used. In-house sales teams may have developed marketing tactics and strategies over time, and these strategies produce the desired results. An outsourced sales team may apply different tactics, and sometimes these do not mesh well with the methodologies the company already has in place. To help overcome this potential drawback, it can be beneficial for the two entities to meet and to learn each other’s sales and marketing methods to ensure continuity.

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Choosing the Right Outsourced Sales Services

Now that we understand sales outsourcing and have explored a few of the many advantages of adopting this model, the question becomes: How does one choose a provider?

Different companies have different needs and varying goals. Some companies may find a benefit from outbound telemarketing options, while others need a full suite of inside sales services. Many companies can benefit from a dedicated customer service department tied to the sales operation, such as a call center.

Identifying Sales & Marketing Needs

The first step in evaluating a service provider is to take a close look at the specific services the outsourced sales companies offer to their clients. Some may offer customized sales solutions, while others may incorporate a range of services into one package including email marketing strategies. Make sure that whichever provider you choose for your company’s growth has the services you need to make the sales development as efficient and as effective as possible.

Specialty Providers

Some outsourced companies specialize in specific fields, such as healthcare, technology, agriculture, or defense contracting. These providers can be invaluable in taking sales to an entirely new level and have industry knowledge that is critical in connecting with customers. If your company occupies a unique niche in your market, it is a good idea to seek out specialty providers to help do the work for you, if available.

Capabilities

Capabilities are the most important consideration, yet too many companies focus solely on the costs associated with outsourcing sales work. While settling on the lowest-cost provider sounds like it makes sense, the reality is that budget-oriented service providers rarely have the technology, the experience, or the mastery to achieve the desired results. Remember: it is more important to partner with a provider that can deliver the work product.

Create A Partnership

Finally, understand that in order to achieve the results you want from your sales services provider, it is important that the provider is able to create an active partnership built for the long-term. Demand interaction from your provider, especially in terms of regular data collection and reporting practices. The stronger the business relationship, the more capable and successful the partnership between business external providers. Many will ensure customer success if the agreement is done properly.

Contact SalesFish today to speak to a sales expert.

Have an Advertising Revolution

Have an Advertising Revolution

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Is your marketing still in the Dark Ages?

In the last decade or so, the world of marketing and media has undergone absolutely seismic shifts. TV’s share of total media-watching time shrunk by 10.75 percent over a five-year period, and it continues to fall. More and more viewers are watching streaming TV, which does not even have ads. Digital devices take up more than half of all media viewing time. The future of advertising has been here for a while now, but many companies are struggling to adapt to the pace of rapid evolution—and that even goes for marketing agencies!

The rules of advertising have forever changed because of digital media. Ads that interrupt the viewing experience—so called “push” ads—often get tuned out or turned off. The public now has so many choices and vast control over which media they patronize on a regular basis. In such an environment, advertising must present content that naturally attracts the audience and holds their attention for a sufficient length of time. This includes gripping stories that engage and hold attention. “Storyselling” creates genuine value for a brand audience. If the value is not there, viewers will soon move on to more interesting narratives.

Audiences also are now viewing media according to their own schedules, rather than waiting for pre-scheduled programming. That means brand stories must be transmitted 24/7, and across a wide variety of media to be effective. A major key now is to have brand stories that are so compelling that they are eagerly shared across the various social media channels, maybe even gaining viral movement. Since there is so much content on the Web, it is critical that a brand effectively differentiates itself as unique and outstanding from the many competing voices—and that starts with a fresh and compelling message.

Marketing agencies need the vision and breadth of skills required to innovate advertising content and will produce returns for their clients. What is necessary is an integrated agency that fully understands brand management across a wide variety of media. Strategy and storytelling must integrate media efforts into a seamless whole, always keeping the audience’s needs and interests at the forefront of attention. This seamless integration of storytelling is what ultimately leads to content being shared on various social media platforms, moving a brand forward.

Advertising, Web design, and content marketing over the various platforms are challenging. Not only do they require great storytelling, they must be based on solid market research data. Technology has to measure itself and adjust to realistic feedback. The audience must be targeted with great accuracy, the message adapted to their behavior. In your efforts to grow, SalesFish is here to help you as a full-service agency—one that is always working hard to help you stay ahead of the crowd!

Call SalesFish today and our high-touch, dedicated team will assist you in assessing your strategic sales goals, and the marketing and sales tactics best suited to your specific needs. And, yes, we will also advise you on the best A.I. tools that actually work and complement the real people in your business!


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Call today and our “high-touch” dedicated team will assist you in assessing your strategic sales goals to tailor our marketing and sales tactics to your specific needs.

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SalesFish Net of Sales Services:

  • B2B Direct Sales, Channel Sales and Marketing Strategies
  • On-Site B2B Presentation, Negotiation and Sales
  • B2B Telemarketing and B2B Telesales Services
  • Cold Calls and Appointment Setting
  • Online Presentations and Webinars
  • Product Awareness and Announcement Calls
  • Primary Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Surveys
  • Experiential Event Marketing
  • Pre and Post-Event Calls
  • Audience Acquisition, Exhibit Sales and Sponsorship Sales
The Screwtape Emails VI – Value of Good Enough

The Screwtape Emails VI – Value of Good Enough

Welcome to SalesFish Brand Marketing & Sales, the most strategically biased B2B Marketing Agency, telemarketing services, telemarketing companies (sales agency) and digital marketing companies, serving Orange County, Los Angeles, San Jose, Sacramento and the Pacific Northwest (Bend, Portland, Seattle). We gladly serve California and all 50 United States!

There are right and wrong ways to go about marketing, and the pitfalls are many. A lot can be learned by seeing how not to manage your marketing. This original blog series weaves together an entertaining story that will help you navigate 21st-Century marketing with a view from “the dark side,” as “Screwtape” teaches his apprentice “Wormwood” via email how to sabotage your marketing. Enjoy…

PART SIX:
To: Wormwood
From: Screwtape
Subject: Why We Love “Good Enough”

My dear Wormwood,

Our mission to destroy the success of the aspiring businessperson continues, as do your lessons on the most effective tactics. I call this next one the “Good Enough Deception.”

You see, my dear Wormwood, to many, marketing is akin to going to the dentist—painful but necessary. Many a CEO winces at the marketing budget line item because they see marketing as a “soft” area of operations. Creativity, to them is “fluff”; operations and finances are the important things. So, when it comes to getting their marketing done, they are only interested in good enough to get by. They don’t get it, and that give our cause a real boost!

The following are some ways we can use the Good Enough Deception to hasten your Patient’s downfall:

  • Cut off creativity: In today’s “attention economy,” being different and radically creative to stand apart from all the other competitive voices is crucial. But convince your patient that creative strategy is a waste of time. Have him cut short the creative process and stifle creativity with the CEO’s get-to-the point view of life. (Skip the gift wrapping, the card and flowers. How romantic.)
  • Give impossible deadlines: Have the Patient want it, and want it now. That will ensure that the creative “right brain”—from whence comes the level of creativity that catapults brands and sells out products—has no chance to develop true brilliance. The left brain sucks at creativity, and unrealistic deadlines put it in the driver’s seat to Mediocrity City.
  • Hire Low: Advertising legend David Ogilvy gave this advice: “If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants.” Tempt your Patient into the disastrous decision to hire based on cost, rather than quality. Why get a senior marketing professional, when you can hand the work off to an amateur, a family member, or even a student.
  • Micromanage: Ogilvy also said to, “Hire people who are better than you are, then leave them to get on with it. Look for people who will aim for the remarkable, who will not settle for the routine.” True creatives worth their salt do best with a long leash, so convince your patient to control the process. It will feel like the safe thing to do, but of course it’s the worst way to manage.

I could go on, and perhaps we will discuss more tactics in the future. But we can sum up the beauty of the Good Enough Deception with one simple sentence: “We got our marketing done.”

You and I know, Wormwood, that marketing is never “done,” but let’s just keep that our little secret, shall we?

Your affectionate uncle,

Screwtape


Stay tuned for more relevant content on creating world-class digital marketing strategies and B2B telemarketing sales strategies. We at SalesFish Brand Marketing & Sales thank you for joining us in our commitment to unwavering strategic planning, B2B brand marketing and B2B sales execution.

Call today and our “high-touch” dedicated team will assist you in assessing your strategic sales goals to tailor our marketing and sales tactics to your specific needs.

SalesFish B2B Telemarketing Services

SalesFish Net of Sales Services:

  • B2B Direct Sales, Channel Sales and Marketing Strategies
  • On-Site B2B Presentation, Negotiation and Sales
  • B2B Telemarketing and B2B Telesales Services
  • Cold Calls and Appointment Setting
  • Online Presentations and Webinars
  • Product Awareness and Announcement Calls
  • Primary Research: Quantitative and Qualitative Surveys
  • Experiential Event Marketing
  • Pre and Post-Event Calls
  • Audience Acquisition, Exhibit Sales and Sponsorship Sales