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Creating the Elusive Worktopia to Increase Growth

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Fri, Oct, 31, 2014 @ 15:10 PM

Change to be Better

Change to be better is a methodical business practice of ever-changing strategies and innovation. A core belief of this method is that success is in learning and creating and passion. Most people don’t change their business practices because they believe that what they are doing is the best way. Unfortunately, the reasoning behind this is because it is how they were taught and, in some cases, tweaked by the individual based on their own strengths and abilities. It is what they are comfortable with, and many fear the unknown.

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Topics: strategies, michigan consultant, improve efficiency, workflows, change, Efficiency Improvements, profit growth, information value, strategic work, task list, successful strategies, business systems, change management, coaching, innovation, tasks

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

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

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 Information Value be your Added Advantage?

Posted by gary holt on Wed, Nov, 28, 2012 @ 09:11 AM

Information value 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 value information to their services and products.

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Topics: information value

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

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