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

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

7 Methods to Jumpstart Your Business Plan in a Stagnated Economy

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Thu, Feb, 05, 2015 @ 10:02 AM

Market Research has shown that people are concerned about business growth in a slow economy. While economy can play a part in hindering sales, a good business plan includes methods of diversification that make this concern a non-issue. I wrote about this in my book The Perpetual Money Machine and I am going to share an excerpt with you regarding this challenge:

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Topics: a good profitability ratio, research and development, business growth rate, business growth, diversification, profitability, business strategy, more business, business success, new product development, profit growth, business process management, an industry leader, business plan, resell customers, mergers and acquisitions, developing a business model, business systems, more sales, analysis, sales strategy, earnings growth rate, accelerated business growth, new products, new market expansion, pricing and merchandising, developing a new business model

Plan 2015 to be the Best Year in Your Business Ever!

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Tue, Dec, 30, 2014 @ 08:12 AM

Most Success is Planning Success


Even if you have talented people, a team culture, good equipment, and so forth; without an accurate sales plan, nothing else matters. Without revenue of some sort; no Organization, Company, or even a Person can survive for long.

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Topics: systems, planning, business strategy, marketing management, process development, strategies, michigan consultant, improve efficiency, gross margins, more business, business success, increase profits, strategic work, marketplace, successful strategies, business systems, more sales, analysis, increase sales, system

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

Customer Service: How to Create Customers for Life!

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Tue, Dec, 16, 2014 @ 15:12 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: customer service, business strategy, strategies, customer complaints, buyer persona, more business, business success, happy customers, brand, finding good employees, finding great employees, strategic, buyer personas, successful strategies, clients, more sales, customer issues, how to find good employees

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 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

How You are Losing Out by Not Following These Marketing Rules

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Mon, Oct, 13, 2014 @ 10:10 AM


People don't like rules, I get that. I posted the start of this blog series: The 10 Most Important Rules of Smart Marketing in the New Economy to a luke warm reception that showed me that:

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Topics: websites, marketing strategy, marketing strategies, marketing, saginaw marketing, marketing plan, marketing management, invest in website, strategies, michigan consultant, unique selling, strategic alliance, make more money, business success, content developers, increase profits, internet marketing, internet marketing strategy, inbound marketing plans, strategic marketing, successful strategies, michigan marketing, more sales, social media, internet marketing strategies, increase sales, marketingholt.com

Big Problems Solved: Be Better at Powerful Branding

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Fri, Oct, 03, 2014 @ 09:10 AM

This is our third blog in our series Big Problems Solved... to read the first two, you can read blog #1 here: Big Problems Solved: Be Better at Brand Awareness Strategy or blog # 2 here: Big Problems Solved: Be Better at Marketing Your Business

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Topics: sales, marketing strategy, branding, brand awareness, marketing strategies, marketing, business strategy, corporate branding, strategies, business success, brand, successful strategies, michigan marketing, company branding, more sales, marketingholt.com, innovation

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

Is Your Manager an Entrepreneur or are they Sinking Your Ship?

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Mon, Sep, 15, 2014 @ 16:09 PM

For most of business history, management has meant management of a growing business. From now on, managers will not only manage existing business, they will have to be entrepreneurial innovators building new organizations as technology continues to change all markets and all organizations. This means to survive and grow, money and people must be invested in today to ensure the organization will be here in the next two or three years. Yes, it’s changing that quickly.

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Topics: marketing strategy, profitability, profits, marketing management, michigan consultant, make more money, more business, new customers, business success, new product development, profit growth, Entrepreneur, manager an entrepreneur, new business, more sales, change management, entrepreneurial management, entrepreneur management, marketingholt.com

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 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 To Cold Call Sales: Does Telephone Cold Calling Work?

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Wed, Jul, 09, 2014 @ 12:07 PM

Does Telephone Cold Calling Work?

The telephone is the fastest method for doing market research

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Topics: sales, strategies, Gary Holt, strategic, call centers, prospecting, successful strategies, more sales, social media, facebook marketing strategy, telemarketing, leads

The Merits of Facebook

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Tue, Jun, 24, 2014 @ 17:06 PM

Continuing with our theme of social media, we delve into the merits of Facebook

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Topics: websites, marketing strategy, marketing strategies, marketing, business strategy, marketing management, Michigan, inbound and outbound marketing, make more money, more business, business success, Facebook reveal, internet marketing, internet marketing strategy, adrift in the internet, Gary Holt, strategic marketing, michigan marketing, more sales, social media, internet marketing strategies, facebook marketing strategy, marketingholt.com

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

Does a Marketing Strategy Require Social Media?

Posted by gary holt on Tue, Feb, 11, 2014 @ 13:02 PM

More businesses don’t use social media than do. Most businesses still use conventional marketing the same way that it’s been done for the last 50 years. Most businesses still think that to succeed in marketing you just have to get your name out there.

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Topics: marketing, strategies, Gary Holt, more sales, social media

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

Process Mapping- Capturing the Value You Built into Your Business

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

In our previous chapter we have discussed the importance of process mapping or documenting workflows and how these help successful businesses large and small. This chapter looks at what process maps and workflows diagramming is all about. If you have further questions or would like assistance in mapping out your processes then feel free to contact Holt Marketing at the bottom of the page.

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Topics: profitability, profits, metrics, make more money, more business, new customers, business success, optimization, workflows, clients, new business, business systems, more sales, Process Mapping, flowcharting

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

How Measuring Systems is the Key to Success

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

The measuring of anything is not what most people want to do. When issues seem urgent the last thing our instincts tell us is to stop to measure, but our instincts could be wrong.

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Topics: marketing strategy, Risk Aversion, marketing strategies, profitability, profits, business strategy, marketing management, process development, increasing traffic, inbound and outbound marketing, increasing sales, happy customers, increase profits, strategic marketing, company branding, business systems, more sales, Process Mapping, analysis, workflow mapping, increase sales, blogging strategy, innovation

Leadership for Change

Posted by gary holt on Mon, Nov, 26, 2012 @ 10:11 AM

If dealing with change in your work force feels like a battle of wills then you need to step back and rethink the issue.  When changing any part of the structure in the workplace such as procedures, processes, or responsibilities, getting the employees ‘on board’ can be handled in two ways- a dictate from management passed down to be followed by fear of punishment or a change to be implemented through the leadership of your process.

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Topics: Risk Aversion, brand awareness, profitability, customer service, business strategy, corporate branding, increasing traffic, gross margins, Liability, customer complaints, increasing sales, more business, business success, optimization, workflows, happy customers, change, brand, increase profits, internet marketing strategy, successful strategies, business systems, more sales, Process Mapping, analysis, change management, internet marketing strategies, increase sales, customer issues

Six Sigma Process Improvements save big money!

Posted by gary holt on Mon, Nov, 26, 2012 @ 08:11 AM

Not too many businesses succeed without looking at how their processes perform. This starts by analyzing the numbers to see if you are on budget. But the businesses that really succeed and achieve this feat also measure those key performance indicators that cause variance. Then they act upon what they learn.

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Topics: marketing strategy, profitability, profits, metrics, customer service, business strategy, process development, Efficiency, increasing sales, new customers, business success, workflows, happy customers, change, increase profits, Efficiency Improvements, The Perpetual Money Machine, Six Sigma, successful strategies, new business, business systems, more sales, Process Mapping, analysis, workflow mapping, change management, increase sales, workflow diagrams, coaching

The 4 Step Method to Handle Customer Complaints

Posted by gary holt on Tue, Nov, 20, 2012 @ 14:11 PM
  • Treat people with respect. Don’t argue or yell.
  • Listen carefully before you answer.
  • Make every effort to keep promises you make.
  • If you can’t resolve the issue, say so politely and, with empathy, apologize.

When a customer feels they have been treated unfairly or that they did not receive what they expected, they will complain.

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Topics: branding, brand awareness, profitability, customer service, unique selling, customer complaints, increasing sales, more business, new customers, business success, optimization, happy customers, brand, increase profits, company branding, clients, new business, more sales, increase sales, customer issues