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Symposium of Success: Business Development Tips from Industry Leaders

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Thu, Oct, 23, 2014 @ 11:10 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: Risk Aversion, business strategy, strategies, business success, information value, Entrepreneur, strategic work, strategic, successful strategies, coaching, innovation, information

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 can business information give you a competitive advantage?

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

Business Systems Information is defined here as anything that can be digitized. Web pages, videos and articles are all examples of information used by people and businesses to add the value of information to their services and products.

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Topics: profits, michigan consultant, inbound and outbound marketing, internet marketing strategy, go to meeting, michigan marketing, new business, inbound marketing, information

Coaching- Putting the Power into Leadership

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

The last series of articles has talked about Change Management and how important it is to have employees on board with your businesses plan. Unfortunately, that can sometimes not be the case and how you implement your change management through the use of your leadership team’s abilities and the vision of the future state of your business are critical keys to the success of your change management. There is one more aspect to successful change management that is important to having success and also to ensure that you and your business follow appropriate work steps in order to discipline or remove workers who will not comply- that aspect is Coaching.

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Topics: sales, marketing strategy, marketing strategies, metrics, customer service, business strategy, marketing management, process development, unique selling, Liability, more business, optimization, happy customers, change, strategic, clients, new business, more sales, Process Mapping, flowcharting, workflow mapping, change management, workflow diagrams, coaching, customer issues, innovation, information

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

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,, customer issues, information

Small Business Strategic Alliances

Posted by gary holt on Mon, Nov, 26, 2012 @ 12:11 PM

In the market over the next five years, small companies will have to create strategic alliances to grow because the Pace of Change will not allow them, by themselves, to accumulate all the skills and resources required to leverage opportunities before their competitors do. I’m talking about two or more organizations collaborating for mutual economic gain.

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Topics: business strategy, marketing plan, corporate branding, strategies, increasing traffic, michigan consultant, Michigan, strategic alliance, increasing sales, make more money, more business, business success, happy customers, increase profits, internet marketing, adrift in the internet, information value, b2b marketing, strategic marketing, strategic partnership, strategic, market share, prospecting, allianace, business systems, partnership, trademark, B2B prospecting, increase sales, customer issues, information

What will I Gain with Process Mapping and Measuable Results?

Posted by gary holt on Mon, Nov, 26, 2012 @ 11:11 AM
Now you are ready to process map your business and gather data on how the processes are performing. What will you attain by doing this? Well, it depends on where you are at in the transitioning out of your business’ operations. If you are in the early stages or just thinking about selling or handing over the reins then this work can give you:
  • Increased profits

  • Having more time off (how often do you hear that getting ready to retire gives you more time off?)

  • Being debt-free

  • Having others run the business for you (exactly what you were wanting)

  • Creating a world-class, international company

  • Having total security and freedom

  • Increasing your income and net worth

  • Building residual income

If you are further along, then you may want to hold on to the business a little longer to reap your new efficiency profits. Or you may want to use the new documentation and examples of new growth to increase the value of your business to the new prospective owners. Either way, it can be quite the ‘WIN-WIN’ for you!

By being able to look at data on how your business processes are operating, you or the new owners can look at the questions below and know that no one may ever have to face these issues again or that there will be data at hand to make an informed decision when they do appear. Questions such as: 

  • Are you frustrated because your sales aren’t growing like you know they could be?

  • Are you disappointed because your people didn’t get the job done on time, and you lost a customer because of it?

  • Are you wondering why your profit margins aren’t growing like you want (and need) them to?

  • Are you wondering why your employees don’t do what you ask?

  • Where the cash is at year-end after taxes?

So by process mapping and collecting data to make decisions to improve operations, you have made your business more valuable, enabling you ask more for your company. This also gives valid working documentation to the new owner or prospective owners on how to run the business. They can use this information tomake successful decisions just like you have all these years; decisions that have allowed you to be in the top 4% of all businesses.

Of course, we at Holt Marketing and Management Services would be happy to work with you and discuss helping you process map your business functions to help capture data to make better decisions, bring in more sales, and harness the Synergy Factor. Contact us today.


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Topics: profits, increasing sales, make more money, more business, business success, increase profits, Gary Holt, information value, Investing for retirement, market share, successful strategies, business systems, Process Mapping, analysis, increase sales, retirement, information

The Productivity Mandate

Posted by gary holt on Mon, Nov, 26, 2012 @ 09:11 AM

Why all organizations need to develop strategies that increase productivity faster than before?

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Topics: marketing strategy, profitability, business strategy, process development, inbound and outbound marketing, make more money, business success, change, increase profits, b2b marketing, marketplace, company branding, business systems, Process Mapping, change management, information