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

Updates to Facebook that will boost Your Brand Awareness Strategy!

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Tue, Feb, 03, 2015 @ 16:02 PM

Facebook has had a lot of buzz lately with changes they are making that will supposedly make it nearly impossible to promote your business, especially without paying. They want to keep the site more social than business so that people won’t get tired of all of the sales pitches and go hang out somewhere else. This is actually a great thing for your Company! If the users are happy with their experience, then when they do notice a reference to your Business, they will respond more favorably to it.

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Topics: customer satisfaction strategies, marketing strategy, branding, brand awareness, marketing strategies, customer service, business strategy, strategies, increasing traffic, website analytics, seo, business success, brand, Facebook reveal, internet marketing, internet marketing strategy, website analysis, inbound marketing plans, successful strategies, analysis, social media, internet marketing strategies, facebook marketing strategy, inbound marketing, marketingholt.com, innovation

Find your Synergy Factor in Finance and Increase Profits Dramatically

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Tue, Jan, 06, 2015 @ 13:01 PM

I’m finding that many of my clients are benefitting the most from Finance plans. Because I’m seeing a real need for this, I decided to include an excerpt from Chapter Six of my book The Synergy Factor on The Finance and Information Team:

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Topics: systems, profitability, profits, business strategy, strategies, Efficiency, improve efficiency, gross margins, make more money, business success, increase profits, Efficiency Improvements, profit growth, successful strategies, business systems, innovation, system, finance

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

How I Improved My LinkedIn Profile Ranking 52% in 30 Days

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Wed, Oct, 08, 2014 @ 15:10 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 marketing, identity, strategies, michigan consultant, unique selling, new customers, business success, optimization, happy customers, internet marketing strategy, successful strategies, social media, internet marketing strategies, marketingholt.com, innovation, linkedin

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

Big Problems Solved: Be Better at Brand Awareness Strategy

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Wed, Oct, 01, 2014 @ 14:10 PM

The Big Change!

The United States was doing great through most of the late 80’s and 90’s but in the year 2000 things started to change.

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Topics: marketing strategy, branding, brand awareness, marketing strategies, marketing, business strategy, marketing management, corporate branding, strategies, business success, change, brand, strategic marketing, successful strategies, company branding, analysis, change management, marketingholt.com

Struggling to Find and Keep Top Talent? Best Recruiting Strategies...

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Fri, Sep, 26, 2014 @ 12:09 PM

Do you have a need to expand your workforce?

Do you stuggle to find and keep top talent for your important positions?

Do you have a recurring need to hire large volumes of employees?

Do you need to enhance, replace or institute a consistent recruitment process?

Great employees can make a big difference. Good, committed people that can deliver goals and build capacity are essential to a business. There are a lot of good people looking for good jobs, or wishing they had better jobs. But good or not, how do you if know they are right for your company? The best practice is to follow the key components of the hiring process. Whether you are looking for white collar, blue collar, or no collar; the key components of the hiring process is the same:

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Topics: time management, planning, recruiting, strategies, business success, strategic partnership, strategic work, recruitement strategies, recruiter, recruiters, finding good employees, finding great employees, successful strategies, business systems, recruiting strategies, recruitment, how to find good employees, hiring, looking for new hires

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

You Can’t Manage Time but You Can Manage Priorities!

Posted by Andrea Hewett on Fri, Jul, 25, 2014 @ 14:07 PM

"I don’t have enough time to get everything done!"

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Topics: Saginaw, time management, planning, strategies, Efficiency, michigan consultant, improve efficiency, Michigan, workflows, Efficiency Improvements, strategic work, strategic, task list, marketingholt.com, tasks

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 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

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

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

Can you predict the future?

Posted by gary holt on Wed, Jan, 01, 2014 @ 15:01 PM

Organizations succeed because of good planning. When your organization started years ago, someone had a plan to present to those who would invest their time and/or money into this new venture. That planning allowed the organization to get up and running. It was the basis from which people began working towards the future, to get your organization to the point it's at today- preparing to transition the organization to another set of hands or to ensure that the organization will continue on requires a new type of planning process.

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Topics: sales, branding, marketing strategies, profits, strategies, optimization, Investing for retirement, successful strategies, clients, new business, business systems, retirement

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

Social Media- the 24/7 Friendly Face of Your Business

Posted by gary holt on Tue, Nov, 27, 2012 @ 16:11 PM

You won’t find too many businesses who adamantly profess that they don't need a website. A website is the equivalent of a Yellow Pages ad of yesteryear. To coordinate the efforts to bring people to your business via the web, telephone, or in person, the modern business now has to move past just having a website; they must move into social media. Social media tools involve having presences on Facebook, Twitter, or just a friendly newsletter or blog update to clients in a manner that drives their attention back to you and your business when they, or one of their friends, needs your product and services.

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Topics: branding, brand awareness, marketing strategies, corporate branding, e-commerce marketing, invest in website, strategies, increasing traffic, outbound marketing, website analytics, make more money, Facebook reveal, content developers, increase profits, successful strategies, company branding, trademark, social media, internet marketing strategies, B2B prospecting, facebook marketing strategy

Let Old Friends Not Be Forgotten- Starting up Your Social Media

Posted by Martin Hilger on Tue, Nov, 27, 2012 @ 16:11 PM

As stated in Gary Holt’s The Perpetual Money Machine, one of the best ways of generating new business is to resell to existing customers. Most businesses that have been around for a few years will have a pretty sizeable customer list or database that they may not be doing much with except having a gut feel that there has to be something useful to do with that aging list.

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Topics: branding, e-commerce marketing, strategies, inbound and outbound marketing, brand, increase profits, internet marketing strategy, adrift in the internet, call centers, prospecting, customer database, successful strategies, blogs, social media, facebook marketing strategy, blogging strategy, telemarketing, customer list

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

3 Phases to Growing a business with New Product Development Strategy

Posted by gary holt on Tue, Nov, 20, 2012 @ 14:11 PM

One of the best way to keep customers interested is by creating New Products and Services that are innovative to your industry.

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Topics: strategies, new product development, more sales