Posts tagged American Express

7 Things You Should Probably Know About Your Competition

  1. Their revenue and threat level to your company
  2. Who their top salesperson is
  3. Their best customers
  4. What new products and services they’re offering
  5. How satisfied customers are with their offerings
  6. The latest in their company and industry news
  7. Top keywords people search to find them

Small-business expert Mike Michalowicz tells open what savvy business owners should do with that information.

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Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, select, start… Controlling your life doesn’t need to be that complicated and it doesn’t need a secret code. 
Think through your actions and decisions, and make sure they are aligned with your goals and passions. 
Click here to share your passions with us for a chance to win 
American Express Passion Project Photo Contest Official Rules

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Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, select, start… Controlling your life doesn’t need to be that complicated and it doesn’t need a secret code. 

Think through your actions and decisions, and make sure they are aligned with your goals and passions. 

Click here to share your passions with us for a chance to win 

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This infographic from American Express Open Business acknowledges the fears and anxieties many small business owners experience when they think about tackling social media— then presents tips and strategies to overcome them. 
Check out the full infographic at the link below, or by clicking through on the image section.  
Social Media Fears, Tips, and Strategies for Small Businesses | Soshable 

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This infographic from American Express Open Business acknowledges the fears and anxieties many small business owners experience when they think about tackling social media— then presents tips and strategies to overcome them. 

Check out the full infographic at the link below, or by clicking through on the image section.  

Social Media Fears, Tips, and Strategies for Small Businesses | Soshable 

How To Write Emails That Lead To “Yes”

One of the golden rules of writing is: Respect the reader’s intelligence. This rule gets magnified by a factor of 10 when it comes to composing unsolicited emails. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind when composing an email “ask”:

Step 1: Make it easy to say, “Yes.”

Step 2: Write an intriguing subject line.

Step 3: Establish your credibility.

Step 4: Be concise and get to the point.

Step 5: Give a deadline if you can.

Step 6: Be interesting and interested.

Step 7: Never ever ever use the word “synergy.”

Step 8: Preview your email on a phone.

Most people who receive any significant quantity of email in a day have developed extremely refined B.S. detectors. So use these tips to get your potential prospects to click “open” — and actually read what you have to say.

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Are you hesitant to ask people in your network for a favor? Don’t be! These 6 tips will help you learn to ask for what you want.

1. Trust In People’s Generosity

2. Become a Great Connector

3. Ask Twice

4. Know When Not To Ask Twice

5. Don’t Be Attached To The Answer

6. Ask A Question In Return

"If you don’t ask," novelist Nora Roberts says, “the answer is always no.” Use these techniques to help you push past the fear of rejection and strengthen your courage to just ask. What have you got to lose?

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16 Weaknesses to Turn into Strengths 
Every weakness has a corresponding strength
Find your weakness (left) and turn it into a strength (right)
By Dave Kerpen, CEO, Likeable Local, NY Times Bestselling Author & Keynote Speaker
Click here to read the full article

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16 Weaknesses to Turn into Strengths 

Every weakness has a corresponding strength

Find your weakness (left) and turn it into a strength (right)

By Dave Kerpen, CEO, Likeable Local, NY Times Bestselling Author & Keynote Speaker

Click here to read the full article

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It’s normal for small-business owners to fall out of love with what they do. But you can get that spark back. These 5 tips will help.

1. Get back to your purpose.

2. Reconnect with your immutable laws.

3. Look beyond the money.

4. Look at the impact you’re having on your community.

5. Get to know the impact you have on your employees.

To a large degree, these tactics are about adjusting your perspective—re-centering your mindset to reflect on the reasons you fell in love with your business in the first place

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6 Simple Tricks To A Winning Sales Proposal

Got a big proposal to present? Make sure you utilize the following 6 tricks, and you’ll soon be hearing ‘Yes!’ instead of ‘I’ll get back to you.’

1. Put your pricing options in the descending order.

2. Offer three options.

3. Provide a contract that’s partially completed.

4. Use the power of font size.

5. Personalize your proposal.

6. Use good quality paper.

The point of a written proposal is to allow a client to make a reasoned decision based on accumulated information. You may crank out a dozen proposals a day, or you may rely on them only occasionally, but when your sales depend on the strength of your proposal, you’ll benefit from making that proposal compelling.