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Sales Teams Thrive on Trust

I once heard Duke Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski tell a story about the importance of trust in team-building. Perhaps more than any other endeavor, sales requires pushing through despite failure. Sales people and sales teams that have very high closing ratios could probably increase sales by approaching more prospects and lowering their win-rate. But criticism of failure reduces the risk-taking that is necessary for success.


Need for Digital Media Auditing: Fraud is Rampant   Recently updated !

The solution of preventing advertising fraud by creating an approved list for advertisers to limit their advertising to will only solve 1/2 of the problem.  Advertising on known sites is a start.  But the traffic to those known sites must be verified to be real.  This is where auditing comes in.  


Why Can’t Ad-Sales Execs Close Big Deals?

Sales people lose sales when they are not trusted and respected, and they can’t communicate effectively with senior executives who have the final say. That is why tops ad-sales people need to bring value to the call;  not about their media, but new information or new perspective about the prospects market.


Don’t Let Goals Get in the Way of Success

Many senior managers, without experience in sales, try to increase sales by setting deadlines and adding bonuses that hurt sales and hurt business. According to Ken Krogue, writing in the Harvard Business Review, “It is a vicious cycle. And companies know it. Yet they continue the practice, month after month and year after year, perhaps unaware of how much it’s really costing them.”  


The Secret Digital Publishing Strategy Hiding in Plain Sight

Email is 1) the strongest consumer connection on the internet short of a paid relationship, and 2) a fantastic way to deliver content and advertising, and 3) by far a bigger opportunity for publishers than social media because everyone has email…it’s required to register for social media.


What is Challenger Selling? And How Does it Help Sell Advertising?

Challenger Selling is simply the re-booted and re-packaged Structured Selling process that made Ziff-Davis famous.  By presenting a “challenge” that the customer is facing, like losing market share or missing sales, providing important information about that challenge, the sales person can better capture the attention of any prospect to engage them in a sales conversation that leads from the challenge — read their needs — to the solution being sold.


Brand Safety and Digital Marketing Success: Auditing Needed

The time has come for the legitimate digital press and advertisers who want to maximize their ROI on advertising to organize the 21st century’s digital version of the Alliance for Audited Media.


Relationship Math — 7 Touches to Do Business

You might think that a super-star like Heismen Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers would just go to a meeting and clients would through money at him. But as the group discussed how to break new accounts and build the relationships and trust that leads to business, Johnny pointed out that in his experience it takes 7 “touches” to build a relationship to be ready to do business.


What Is An Ideal PMP?

When it comes to publisher ad-sales strategy for programmatic, the objective is to realize the greatest portion of the “value” of an impression that it can. For programmatic ad-buyers their goal is to pay the lowest price they can for a higher “value” impression. Lets keep in mind that if the impression isn’t worth more than an advertiser pays, they wouldn’t buy it.