I’ve been writing proposals for over a decade, and it’s probably fair to say that I loathed the entire process for the longest time. I worried that I was just “making it all up.” I’d second guess every word I wrote, and of course, I was petrified of the inevitable rejection. Unfortunately, many creative folks feel the same: “If I’m not a veritable Shakespeare with the quill and ink, then I don’t stand a chance”.
Imagine yourself sitting across the table from a prospective client’s CEO at a coffee shop. She’s engaged, ready to listen, and apparently in a positive state of mind. This is a marketer’s dream situation; you feel that any question is fair game and honest answers will be forthcoming. If you could ask her just one question to qualify her business for your services, what would it be?
Every day, 112.4 billion business emails fly around the world. That’s 122 emails sent and received every day per person. Despite the growth of other online communication channels, email continues to multiply. Which means people (including client-type people) are searching for reasons to ignore emails that don’t need their attention so they can focus on messages and tasks that do.
Project management stems from a solid foundation of planning, time management, and good old-fashioned organization, but a lot can go wrong along the way. A study of 10,640 projects from 200 companies in various industries revealed that only 2.5% of the companies successfully completed 100% of their projects.
When an agency hears a client has a new CMO, their first thought is most likely, “Will we retain the business?” The new CMO will understandably want to make an impact in their new position. They’ll want to surround themselves with people they know and trust — and the agency they know and trust may not be the incumbent — you.
In 1955, a middle-aged milkshake machine salesmen came upon something odd.
At a time when his industry was taking a dive, one restaurant ordered enough machines to make 40 milkshakes at once. He was so curious that he bought a plane ticket and flew from Illinois to California to see what kind of restaurant would make such a purchase.
A firm handshake, a friendly tone of voice, a patient nod — all of these things can help make your client feel comfortable and understood in a face-to-face setting.
But how do you nurture positive client relationships when face-to-face contact is more often than not replaced by inbox-to-inbox exchanges?
Whether you’ve worked in the industry for 25 years or two years, it can be difficult to navigate the complexities of a career. This includes figuring out the internal politics, processes, and opportunities that drive growth within a company and the small steps and education that lead to defining the different stages of a person’s professional career.
Making decisions about both of these paths benefit from having a mentor: someone who can be a guide, a motivator, and an advocate. And it’s a smart investment for companies to make: According to a study by Jerry Wilbur, mentoring is a significant predictor of career success. Mentees earn more money and experience more satisfaction in their work.