Gary Holt Blog

How to Sell People What They Want to Increase Market Share

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Wed, Apr, 06, 2016 @ 10:04 AM

If an idea is perceived by a person’s sensory input as compatible with its expectations, the unconscious mind says yes. If the idea is perceived by the unconscious mind as not compatible, it says no. The decision is made instantly. Research has shown that a visual message has 3 or 4 seconds, a written message is determined in just the headline (or within 1 minute), and a sales presentation is made or lost in the first 3 minutes; so beginning decisions are not made irrationally but emotionally.

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Topics: customer satisfaction strategies, systems, increase profitability, sales, research and development, profitability, customer service, business strategy, strategies, buyer persona, increasing sales, more business, increase profits, profit growth, competitive strategy, market share, buyer personas, call centers, customer database, research, successful strategies, business systems, more sales, increase sales, system, systemize, sales strategy, customer list, increase market share, increasing market share

Think, and Grow Richer: Smart Strategies to Increase Sales

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Wed, Apr, 06, 2016 @ 10:04 AM

What Cognitive Therapy Says About Human Behavior

Cognitive Therapy (CT) states that our behavior is determined by how we think about things. Perhaps even more important, CT states that our emotions are often driven by our perceptions.

As sales professionals, our goal isn’t necessarily to get the prospect to express emotions. Instead, we should look for how to discover things that are important to him – perhaps some things that he didn’t even realize until the salesperson uncovered them. For instance, maybe you helped him see his problems or his condition from a new perspective; and maybe this caused some doubt in his mind about how he should proceed. Maybe you helped him see his problems at a deeper level, and he realized things were different than what he originally thought. That’s a form of cognitive therapy.

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Topics: increase profitability, sales, profitability, business strategy, increasing sales, make more money, more business, new customers, increase profits, profit growth, competitive strategy, new business, more sales, increase sales, sales strategy, sales growth formula

6 Steps to Increase Your Sales through the Consultative Sales Process

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Fri, Jun, 12, 2015 @ 09:06 AM

It’s not what you sell, it’s how you sell


The #1 way to increase price and therefore profit is to sell on differentiation. Differentiation is accomplished by offering the customers valuable unique perspectives over and above the commodity. Using insight to reduce risks, reducing expenses, or increasing their sales if it’s a business customer; gives customers the perception that you are more valuable.

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Topics: sales, increased lead generation, increase sales leads, increasing sales, increase leads, how to increase sales, sales tips, more sales, increase sales, sales strategy, sales leads, increase lead generation, consultative sales process, sales process, sales process steps, sales strategies, ways to increase sales

Inbound Marketing Strategy: Improve Brand Awareness 50% in 90 days

Posted by gary holt on Wed, Mar, 11, 2015 @ 16:03 PM

Increase Traffic....Build Brand Awareness....and they will come...

The best way to increase brand awareness is by increasing traffic to your website.

Most websites are just fancy digital brochures that never produce leads.

In today's online world, internet presence is paramount to marketing successfully.

Building traffic to your website will build your BRAND. Follow the steps below to improve your brand awareness 50% in 90 days.

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Topics: branding, brand awareness, increasing traffic, increasing sales, internet marketing strategies, inbound marketing

How to Expand Your Market Share through Lead Generation

Posted by Rich Droste on Tue, Feb, 17, 2015 @ 13:02 PM


Lead Generation is the only method that works to achieve the #1 spot in market share for every industry.
Lead Generation is a non-stop process. A company that stops lead generation will die a slow death. Once you know you have the right product, the right target markets, the right client fulfillment; then you can launch your lead generation engine and never stop.

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Topics: increase profitability, sales, increased lead generation, increase sales leads, profitability, profits, increasing sales, make more money, more business, increase profits, profit growth, increase leads, market share, market expansion, more sales, increase sales, sales strategy, sales leads, increase lead generation, leads, sales growth formula, increase market share, increasing market share, expand your market, lead generation

5 Steps to Increase Profitability with the RAISE Approach

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Thu, Jan, 08, 2015 @ 16:01 PM

Due to the positive response I received from my Finance plan blog, I decided to focus this blog on an overview of the RAISE approach that all businesses need to have in place in order to find and keep happy customers, employees, suppliers and investors. I have included excerpts from Chapter 10 of my book: The Perpetual Money Machine to illustrate this method.

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Topics: customer satisfaction strategies, systems, increase profitability, innovation and integration, Saginaw, recruiting, business plan outline, research and development, strategy for recruiting, profitability, profits, metrics, customer service, business strategy, marketing management, process development, michigan consultant, increasing sales, business success, happy customers, increase profits, Gary Holt, profit growth, business process management, competitive strategy, recruitement strategies, key business functions, research, industry structure, finance and information technology, operations, marketplace, business systems, analysis, increase sales, marketingholt.com, innovation, systemize, recruiting strategies, asset accumulation, research methods, sales growth formula, earnings growth rate, finance

Be the Perpetual Entrepreneur - Propel Your Business into the Future!

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Tue, Dec, 23, 2014 @ 11:12 AM

The Situation

Organizations have concerns about the following:

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Topics: Saginaw, marketing strategy, marketing strategies, marketing, saginaw marketing, profitability, profits, business strategy, marketing management, process development, Efficiency, michigan consultant, improve efficiency, increasing sales, make more money, more business, business success, optimization, change, increase profits, Efficiency Improvements, Gary Holt, profit growth, strategic marketing, Entrepreneur, successful strategies, michigan marketing, business systems, more sales, Process Mapping, change management, increase sales, productivity, marketingholt.com, innovation

Modern Day Superman: How this Mentality is Hurting Your Gross Margins

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Fri, Nov, 07, 2014 @ 12:11 PM

This is a guest blog post written by Andrea Hewett, Social Media Business Director
for Holt Marketing and Management Services, Inc.

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Topics: Saginaw, Efficiency, michigan consultant, improve efficiency, gross margins, increasing sales, make more money, more business, business success, increase profits, Efficiency Improvements, profit growth, increase sales, marketingholt.com, coaching

Sales Advice: How NOT to Sell to a Business!

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Wed, Oct, 29, 2014 @ 08:10 AM

This is a guest blog post written by Andrea Hewett, Social Media Business Director
for Holt Marketing and Management Services, Inc.

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Topics: sales, customer service, business strategy, strategies, increasing sales, business success, gatekeeper, oblivious, successful strategies, more sales, increase sales, direct marketing, gate keeper

The Vital Marketing Rules for Development and Expansion

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Mon, Oct, 20, 2014 @ 16:10 PM


We have reached part 5 of our Marketing Rules series, the final installment of “
The 10 Most Important Rules of Smart Marketing in the New Economy.” Once more, if you want to read the first 4 blogs in the series you can read them all on our blog page here:

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Topics: marketing strategy, marketing strategies, marketing, profits, business strategy, how to launch a product, marketing plan, marketing management, strategies, strategic alliance, increasing sales, new customers, business success, new product development, increase profits, profit growth, strategic marketing, strategic, market share, marketplace, successful strategies, increase sales, marketingholt.com

The Cause and Effect of Marketing Rules

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Tue, Oct, 14, 2014 @ 16:10 PM
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Topics: sales, marketing strategy, marketing strategies, marketing, customer service, business strategy, marketing plan, outbound marketing, inbound and outbound marketing, increasing sales, more business, new customers, business success, happy customers, internet marketing strategy, profit growth, strategic marketing, strategic, new business, more sales, analysis, internet marketing strategies, inbound marketing, increase sales, marketingholt.com

Big Problems Solved: Be Better at Marketing Your Business

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Thu, Oct, 02, 2014 @ 14:10 PM

This is our follow up blog to Big Problems Solved: Be Better at Brand Awareness Strategy, click here to read.

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Topics: sales, marketing strategy, marketing strategies, marketing, marketing plan, strategies, inbound and outbound marketing, increasing sales, make more money, increase profits, internet marketing strategy, inbound marketing plans, market share, marketplace, successful strategies, michigan marketing, more sales, internet marketing strategies, inbound marketing, increase sales, marketingholt.com, direct marketing

How Posting the Right Content Increases Your Gross Margins

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Fri, Sep, 19, 2014 @ 16:09 PM

This is a guest blog post written by Andrea Hewett, Social Media Business Director
for Holt Marketing and Management Services, Inc. 

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Topics: branding, brand awareness, e-commerce marketing, increasing traffic, website analytics, increasing sales, brand, content developers, internet marketing, internet marketing strategy, website analysis, adrift in the internet, social media, internet marketing strategies, facebook marketing strategy, inbound marketing, increase sales, low search volume

Click Here to Make Your Job Easier!

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Thu, Sep, 11, 2014 @ 15:09 PM

Your job is harder than mine. Although I am a CEO, responsible for daily operations for both my own business and that of my clients, this statement still has the potential for truth due to the systems and processes I have put in place.

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Topics: marketing strategies, marketing, customer service, diagrams, increasing sales, business success, content developers, increase profits, successful strategies, company branding, business systems, Process Mapping, workflow mapping, increase sales, workflow diagrams

What Cartoons Teach Us about Process Improvement

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Mon, Sep, 08, 2014 @ 13:09 PM

Walt Disney once said, “Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends.”

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Topics: business strategy, process development, strategies, Efficiency, michigan consultant, improve efficiency, Michigan, Proprietary Systemic Differentiation, increasing sales, business success, workflows, increase profits, Efficiency Improvements, successful strategies, business systems, more sales, Process Mapping, increase sales, system failure

Help Your Customer Cut Costs and Increase Your Profits

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Fri, Aug, 22, 2014 @ 17:08 PM

What is your single most important profit point? The answer comes from understanding customer priorities. This is accomplished by talking to customers and understanding their problems based on their perception, not yours. Today you have to reverse the traditional approach in which priorities are: core competencies, what we sell, and then the customer. The new approach becomes customer priorities, system solutions, required competencies, and assets. A good way to do this is to uncover the customer’s systems economics such as costs, time, hassles, errors, and re-dos. In other words; the big picture of what the customer lives with…not just the small picture of your service and productivity.

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Topics: sales, profitability, profits, customer service, unique selling, increasing sales, make more money, more business, business success, increase profits, profit growth, successful strategies, clients, more sales, increase sales

How to Increase Your Gross Margins

Posted by gary holt on Wed, Aug, 20, 2014 @ 12:08 PM

In today’s economic climate a business cannot simply sell its way out of a profit problem. The economy has caused demand to decline and competition is responding by cutting prices in an effort to increase their sales.  Unfortunately, excessive price cutting can be disastrous to everyone’s profits.

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Topics: brand awareness, marketing strategies, customer service, business strategy, marketing plan, marketing management, process development, increasing traffic, gross margins, unique selling, gross margin calculation, increasing sales, business success, happy customers, increase profits, information value, profit margin, gross margin ration, calculate gross margin, gross margin percentage, gross margin calculator, gross profit percentage, increase gross margins, ebook, company branding, business systems, analysis, direct marketing, customer issues, gross margin, gross profit, gross margin formula, what is gross margin, how to calculate gross margin, gross profit margin, increase gross profit, gross margin matrix

Turn Business Around by Moving Your Website Traffic to the Fast Lane

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Tue, Aug, 19, 2014 @ 13:08 PM

Do you feel like you are stuck in the slow lane?

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Topics: websites, sales, branding, brand awareness, re-branding, invest in website, increasing traffic, website analytics, seo, traffic, increasing sales, optimization, brand, content developers, internet marketing, internet marketing strategy, website analysis, b2b marketing, blogs, social media, internet marketing strategies, B2B prospecting, facebook marketing strategy, inbound marketing, increase sales, blogging strategy, leads

The Gross Margin Matrix – Avoiding System Failure

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Fri, Jul, 18, 2014 @ 08:07 AM

In today’s economy, businesses are often having trouble with sales and, most often, with increased sales they are still having profit problems. Why is this? Due to the current economic crises, demand has declined and more often than not, the competition responds by slashing prices to boost sales. What they don't realize is that excessive price cuts are usually harmful to not only their profits, but to everyone's.

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Topics: marketing strategy, brand awareness, marketing strategies, marketing, profitability, profits, customer service, business strategy, marketing plan, marketing management, process development, corporate branding, strategies, improve efficiency, gross margins, Michigan, increasing sales, make more money, business success, happy customers, increase profits, Efficiency Improvements, profit growth, information value, inbound marketing plans, company branding, business systems, analysis, inbound marketing, increase sales, direct marketing, customer issues, innovation, information, system failure

How We Increased our Lead Generation by 28%

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Fri, Jul, 11, 2014 @ 14:07 PM

In many parts of the country, we have been hit hard with high unemployment rates. This has resulted in a serious need to better communicate with both current and potential new customers.

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Topics: websites, sales, marketing strategy, marketing strategies, business strategy, how to launch a product, e-commerce marketing, invest in website, strategies, unique selling, Michigan unemployment rate, increasing sales, business success, optimization, change, Facebook reveal, increase profits, internet marketing, internet marketing strategy, Gary Holt, The Perpetual Money Machine, b2b marketing, Ford Motor Company, 2011 Ford Explorer, more sales, social media, internet marketing strategies, facebook marketing strategy, increase sales, leads

How Social Media Shifts the Way You Communicate with Your Customers

Posted by Rich Droste on Fri, Jun, 20, 2014 @ 14:06 PM

Facebook is not just for socializing anymore.

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Topics: websites, Saginaw, sales, marketing strategy, marketing strategies, marketing, saginaw marketing, profitability, profits, identity, marketing management, increasing traffic, outbound marketing, michigan consultant, Michigan, unique selling, traffic, inbound and outbound marketing, increasing sales, more business, new customers, business success, optimization, Facebook reveal, increase profits, internet marketing, internet marketing strategy, adrift in the internet, Gary Holt, profit growth, b2b marketing, videos, michigan marketing, new business, more sales, blogs, social media, internet marketing strategies, facebook marketing strategy, inbound marketing, increase sales, marketingholt.com, blogging strategy

Super Sales Teams: Think Like an Entrepreneur, Sell like a Pro part 3

Posted by Rich Droste on Tue, Jun, 17, 2014 @ 14:06 PM

Superstar Sales

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Topics: Saginaw, sales, brand awareness, saginaw marketing, profitability, profits, strategies, gross margins, Michigan, unique selling, ebooks, inbound and outbound marketing, increasing sales, make more money, business success, brand, increase profits, Gary Holt, profit growth, The Perpetual Money Machine, Entrepreneur, prospecting, successful strategies, ebook, more sales, inbound marketing, increase sales, leads

Super Sales Teams: Think like an Entrepreneur, Sell like a Pro part 2

Posted by Rich Droste on Fri, Jun, 13, 2014 @ 08:06 AM

Market Size and Behavior 

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Topics: sales, marketing strategy, marketing strategies, marketing, customer service, inbound and outbound marketing, increasing sales, happy customers, Entrepreneur, more sales, blogs, social media, increase sales, marketingholt.com, direct marketing, customer issues, innovation

Super Sales Teams: Think like an Entrepreneur, Sell like a Pro

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Tue, Jun, 10, 2014 @ 11:06 AM

The Main Reasons Products Fail 

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Topics: Saginaw, sales, marketing strategy, marketing strategies, marketing, saginaw marketing, marketing plan, marketing management, outbound marketing, Michigan, unique selling, increasing sales, new product development, b2b marketing, inbound marketing plans, strategic marketing, Entrepreneur, michigan marketing, inbound marketing, increase sales, marketingholt.com, direct marketing

Who Wants to Innovate like Apple?

Posted by gary holt on Fri, Dec, 27, 2013 @ 10:12 AM

*Editors note: This blog is from almost three years ago and yet, the company is still going strong as they get ready to unveil possibly the most largely anticipated product yet. Take a look at what we wrote in December of 2013 and how it still rings true today...

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Topics: sales, marketing strategy, branding, brand awareness, marketing, profits, customer service, business strategy, how to launch a product, marketing plan, marketing management, process development, corporate branding, e-commerce marketing, strategies, increasing sales, make more money, business success, optimization, new product development, happy customers, internet marketing, market share, successful strategies, business systems, Process Mapping, analysis, increase sales, long tail keywords, direct marketing

Does Increasing Your Traffic Increase Your Sales?

Posted by gary holt on Wed, Nov, 28, 2012 @ 11:11 AM

Have you ever wondered if it’s worth the time and money to increase the traffic to your website? Just because a lot of people visit your site doesn’t mean they’re going to buy something. So, what’s the point? I bring this up because it’s a lot of work to blog, design, write e-books and make videos not just once, but weekly if not daily!

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Topics: websites, sales, invest in website, increasing traffic, ebooks, traffic, increasing sales, new customers, content developers, website analysis, videos, blogs

Call Centers- We Make the Calls, You Make the Sales!

Posted by gary holt on Tue, Nov, 27, 2012 @ 13:11 PM

While many companies are straining to reach existing and new customers with their usual marketing campaigns and tactics in this economy, they may be missing out on a cost effective way to reach their customers and make new business- outbound telemarketing such as Holt Marketing’s Outbound Call Center.

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Topics: branding, brand awareness, marketing strategies, marketing, customer service, unique selling, inbound and outbound marketing, increasing sales, make more money, new customers, business success, b2b marketing, market share, customer database, new business, B2B prospecting, increase sales, marketingholt.com, telemarketing

Documenting Workflows and Procedures = Time Off

Posted by gary holt on Tue, Nov, 27, 2012 @ 12:11 PM

In the previous chapters we have discussed what documenting workflows and processes are about and why they are used by various sizes and types of companies. We discussed one of the best positive reasons for documenting workflows- growth and profitability and we also looked at reasons to have documented workflow processes from a risk aversion standpoint. There is another sizeable reason for having your processes documented so employees have clear workflows and expectations- time off.

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Topics: brand awareness, profits, metrics, identity, customer service, diagrams, customer complaints, increasing sales, make more money, more business, business success, increase profits, Investing for retirement, successful strategies, company branding, new business, business systems, Process Mapping, flowcharting, analysis, workflow mapping, increase sales, workflow diagrams, customer issues, information

Risk Aversion- Preventing Loss by Having Workflows Documented

Posted by gary holt on Tue, Nov, 27, 2012 @ 09:11 AM

Another benefit of having your workflows documented and committed to being followed is more than just profitability it's peace of mind. Knowing that the day when a client or government agency comes in to audit you for safety or quality you can produce examples of employees following your documented processes and that the critical processes have been documented to save you and your company from financial risk, potential liability and ruin.

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Topics: Risk Aversion, marketing strategies, marketing, profitability, metrics, strategies, diagrams, Liability, customer complaints, increasing sales, business success, optimization, workflows, information value, business systems, Process Mapping, flowcharting, workflow mapping, workflow diagrams, customer issues

The Personal Side of Change Influence

Posted by gary holt on Mon, Nov, 26, 2012 @ 13:11 PM

One often finds that even after successfully implementing process maps and workflows that there are still obstacles in the way of their operations. Since the work already done was a systematic analysis of how the process should be done, it may not mirror how people who operate the process think and behave. This difference in how they view the changes and implementation of a standardized ‘method of thinking’ may be enough to cause them to resist the changes that have been implemented by the efforts of the process mapping.

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Topics: marketing strategies, customer service, business strategy, marketing plan, process development, michigan consultant, diagrams, customer complaints, increasing sales, business success, workflows, happy customers, change, successful strategies, new business, business systems, more sales, Process Mapping, flowcharting, workflow mapping, change management, workflow diagrams, marketingholt.com, customer issues, information