Note from the Editor: Charles Fiaccabrino is a seasoned executive with 50+ years of sales management experience. Charles began his career at Hoffmann La Roche on April 1st, 1969 as the first diagnostics sales representative in the newly formed Diagnostics Division and helped grow the organization into a multi-billion dollar enterprise. During his career at […]
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Scores of manuscripts, books, periodicals, and assorted publications have been written about Sales and Sales Management–most of which are brilliantly conceived and well intentioned. The reader understands the basis of the information either theoretically, conceptually, and/or, as a practical matter, “gets” its significance. But, something might be missing and that something is: HOW do I do […]
One big challenge that most every consulting practice faces is the ability to differentiate. While it might seem like there are many similar consulting practices, you know that your practice is superior in many ways. But how as a consultant can you make sure your differences are clear to the interested outsider? It might be […]
Flevy recently collaborated with Charles Fiaccabrino to develop an exclusive business framework, the Fiaccabrino Selection Process. In most sales organizations, your top 20% sales performers generate 80% of the revenues. The question is, why are the other 80% hired? What would happen if sales managers hired sales people who were more like the top 20% […]
In the broadest sense, context is the sandwich board you wear around telling people how you are feeling before you ever open your mouth. Have you ever had a friend ask you “what’s wrong” just by looking at you? That’s context. Some genres of content are much easier to lend context to than others. For […]
According to Wikipedia, “A chief content officer (CCO) is a corporate executive responsible for the digital media creation and multi-channel publication of the organization’s content (text, video, audio, animation, etc.) and is generally the highest ranking creative member of the organization. The Chief Content Officer is responsible for developing the organization’s content strategy, choosing content […]
Successful Creative Campaigns Engage the Customer First. Period. Brand, Product, and Service will Follow. The growth rate for sharing and creating digital information is at an insane pace. According to Digital Trends, sharing data grew nine times larger from 2006-2011 and projections indicate that by 2015 people will be creating and sharing 8 zettabytes of information. […]
Product Adoption is a compelling and important topic. It affects every single business. There are numerous whitepapers, frameworks, and discussions focused on Product Adoption. They discuss various elements, from market conditions to product attributes to tactical engagement. The purpose of this article isn’t to present anything new. Rather, it’s an attempt to synthesize various established […]
The advent of social media has contributed significantly to the changing brand and company marketing paradigm. Marketing speak is quickly being replaced by thought leadership. A company or brands target audience is not interested in features and benefits of your products as much as they are interested in feeling that you are the expert in […]
Look around you. Messages are everywhere, they surround us when we drive, we’re at work, and at home — just about everywhere. Most of them involve some kind of advertising or marketing message. Increasingly, these messages are not in print, but in some form of video or motion graphics. Given that the preferred demographic of […]
It’s a common business problem faced by any size company, big and small. The situation is you’ve developed a brilliant product. Compared to the incumbent or existing way of doing things, your product is more feature-packed, is easier to use, and is more economical to the customer. The problem is your sales suck. Why aren’t […]
We usually divide Planning into three analytical levels with a strong military flavor: Operational, Tactical and Strategic (a clear example of a classical proverb that in the Military everything consists of three parts ). Despite the fact that all these levels are defined pretty clearly (Strategic – where are we going? Tactical – what are […]
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