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Creating your Unique Value Proposition to gain your Competitive Edge.
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How to Make a Proposal That Seals the Deal

How to Make a Proposal That Seals the Deal | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

The almighty proposal (or estimate) can be one of the most stressful and time-consuming chores of running your business. Yet it’s a necessary evil: Proposals seal the deal.

 

A well-constructed proposal will manage a client’s expectations, give you an opportunity to present your fee without having an awkward conversation, and serve as an official agreement in the relationship (however, it doesn’t replace a contract). In other words, it’s a sales tool that will win you business

Here are four steps to crafting a killer proposal. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Improve your #proposals.

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7 Steps to Simplify Social Media Strategy for Your Business

7 Steps to Simplify Social Media Strategy for Your Business | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Social media: learn how to successfully achieve your business objectives and reinforce your messaging and engagement with your audience.
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Great basic information about playing the Social Media.


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Why Offline Businesses Need Online Marketing - Search Engine Journal

Why Offline Businesses Need Online Marketing - Search Engine Journal | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
You have a local based brick and mortar business, so no reason to invest in online marketing, right? Location based businesses couldn’t be more wrong.
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Did you know about these percentages? '97% of consumers use online media before making local purchases' ? If you haven't done so, it may be time to put some attention in your online presence!


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Yahoo Redesigns Flickr to Make It 'Awesome Again'

Yahoo Redesigns Flickr to Make It 'Awesome Again' | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
At a press event, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer calls new design 'heart-stoppingly beautiful.'
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She really makes a difference transforming Yahoo. I like what she's doing.

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The great Facebook exodus has begun

The great Facebook exodus has begun | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Facebook is shedding users. What's happening to the world's biggest social network?
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Have you spent less time on Facebook lately? I have. I was expecting something like this. My precious time goes to more essential tasks.

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NEW YORK: Four in Ten Marketing Executives Unprepared to Meet Objectives Due to Lack of Funding and Internal Inefficiencies, Accenture Study Finds | Business Wire | Rock Hill Herald Online

NEW YORK: Four in Ten Marketing Executives Unprepared to Meet Objectives Due to Lack of Funding and Internal Inefficiencies, Accenture Study Finds | Business Wire | Rock Hill Herald Online | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Four in 10 top marketing executives say they are not well prepared to meet their objectives, citing a lack of funding and inefficient business practices as the main impediments to improved performance, according to global research by Accenture...
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Excellent analysis. Comments?


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20 words and phrases that will doom your pitch

20 words and phrases that will doom your pitch | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Use these 'cursed words,' and many reporters and bloggers will delete your email. So will your employees. Plus, civilization might end.
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Excellent article. As business plan reviewers, we see the same thing. Using this kind of words, or saying that your are "The next Google" will get your business plan sorted... on the 'not interested' pile.


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5 Techniques to Scare Competitors Out of the Market

5 Techniques to Scare Competitors Out of the Market | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
On many levels, competition is good.For example, when you start a business, you want there to be competition.
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16 reasons why your investment proposal won’t get read!

16 reasons why your investment proposal won’t get read! | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Increase your chances, improve your investment proposal or presentation to get business funding.

Check your business plan, executive summary or investment proposal for the following shortcomings.

These errors are made all the time and keep you guessing why you don't receive any responses. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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These common errors are some very real reasons why #funding sources do NOT look at your #businessplan

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7 Essential Social Media Tools To Stand Out Online

7 Essential Social Media Tools To Stand Out Online | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Amongst the many online conversations I have with people each day, one of the key questions I get asked is: How do you keep up? I'm on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Quora, Foursquare,
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The Social Media scene is getting increasingly complex. Here are some good tools that make sense.


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50 Top Tools for Social Media Monitoring, Analytics, and Management - Pamorama | Social Media Marketing Blog

50 Top Tools for Social Media Monitoring, Analytics, and Management - Pamorama | Social Media Marketing Blog | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
These 50 social media monitoring and management tools help you gather intelligence about your social media marketing efforts.


Some great new tools here.

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10 Things Every Customer Wants

10 Things Every Customer Wants | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Surprisingly, the best price and best value is at the bottom of the customer's priority list. See what's at the top.


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Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days (Includes Successful Templates, E-mails, etc.)

Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days (Includes Successful Templates, E-mails, etc.) | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Mike Del Ponte co-founded Soma, which raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter using virtual assistants and free apps. I first met Mike Del Ponte two years ago when he was running marketing at Bran...
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Fabulous advice from Tim Ferris. Check out this strategy if you're serious about a succesful crowdfunding campaign.


Some basics about crowdfunding: http://www.business-funding-insider.com/crowdfunding-startups.html


Use the Crowdfunding Pitch Formula from Dave Lavinsky to top it all off, watch the presentation video: https://growthink.infusionsoft.com/go/freemoney/gt4045/

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Exactly my point !

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5 Things Every Presenter Should Know About People, Animated

5 Things Every Presenter Should Know About People, Animated | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
On the art of moving words that move people.

"The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up t
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This is excellent. Ever been worried about public speaking or presenting? Watch this.



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7 Steps to Ensure Your Home Based Business Remains a Long-Term Asset, Not Just a Short One-Time Fluke - Home Based Business Success Unfiltered

7 Steps to Ensure Your Home Based Business Remains a Long-Term Asset, Not Just a Short One-Time Fluke - Home Based Business Success Unfiltered | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Why is it that 95% of home based businesses never survive after 5 years? I promise you it's not what they're doing, it's how they're doing it.
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Take your business up a couple of notches with Growthink's '8 figure Formula'. Only if you're serious about building a great business. https://growthink.infusionsoft.com/go/8ff/gt4045/

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