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“I’ve followed Ann for a long time. Her insight to what it takes to successfully sell as a business is spot on. She constantly reminds me in reading her blogs of the things that make the difference in customers wanting to and remembering to buy from you, and that is invaluable.”

Steve Edrington, CEO, Founder, Service Solutions,  Louisville, KY

“Ann’s weekly newsletters are a great resource for our sales team. Her insight helps us to go to the next level to provide our customers with what they need and are looking for in our company. Thanks Ann for your dedication.”

Michele McHenry, President,
Laser Lab, Inc, Ephrata, Pennsylvania

“Ann Barr’s Weekly Sales Tips e-newsletter is one that I always pass along to co-workers and it is a newsletter that I never delete. Excellent and very useful information.”

Tim Werking, Graphic Supplies Specialist,
Resource Imaging Supply,
Cincinnati, Ohio

“Ann’s weekly tips are helping me to help my sales staff. The helpful information she sends, for example, “what to do in the case of a stalled sale” is invaluable.”

Daniel Bombard, IT Director
Yuma Office Equipment
Yuma, Arizona

“Ann, thanks for your very helpful and informative newsletter which I eagerly await each week – and I keep them!”

Kevin Keane
Consulting Pty Ltd
Sydney, Australia

“There are 12 people in my agency and all of them deal with the public one way or another. I have purchased several of Ann Barr’s e books and I do not know how we managed without them. The marketing, sales letters and sales motivational ebooks we use daily. I also receive the weekly sales tips and pass them on to everyone in the office. I would recommend Ann Barr to everyone in the business field, her information touches everyone.”

Jill Whelton, Office Manager
American Insurance Brokers
Greater New Orleans area

“Ann, I distribute your “Weekly Sales Tips” to my sales reps every week. I ask that for just one day that week that they focus on the “tip” and try to use it on every call that day. What’s fun to hear is the feedback I get from them on how the tips have worked – so they really see the benefits and continue to utilize the techniques for more than just one day.”

Melinda Bonfig,
Savin Corporation.
Minneapolis, MN

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Florida Time Clock, Inc.
St. Petersburg, FL



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Why a Car Wrap Beats Social Media

popcorn-tinyWhat is the difference between popcorn and a casserole?


Fast and slow.  Flash and substance.

Simple and complex.


NOTE: Today’s guest post is by Marcia Coffey, a communications maven + full-time web
, who believes that design and marketing are equal partners on this digital platform.
Find Marcia at and on Google+

American small business owners are turning up on the social web in droves, but seeing little return on investment.

So maybe a flash and dash car wrap is a better ad vehicle . . .car-wrap-tn

. . . because social is a patience game and that can be a bitter pill.


If you think that setting up a Facebook page or Twitter handle (or even a LinkedIn company page) will open the floodgates to an Internet’s worth of sales leads, think again.

But social actually can be a powerful lead generator, just not in the way you think.

It’s really a place to build loyalty, answer customer service questions and to build a community.

Revenue will come.


Through trust and loyalty.  The best kind.  Not popcorn.

Above all, social media is a brand builder on whatever level you do it, expending how much or how little time you can afford to develop your company’s presence on select platforms.

Visitors to your website EXPECT to see those little social icons in the footer or header. They automatically make your small business look bigger, they automatically showcase your expertise and establish your authority.

Small business owners also need to think of their  social presence as an extension of what’s happening in their physical locations whether it’s a storefront or service business.

Facebook is a great place to extend your personality online so that customers existing and new feel connected.

With a few subtle shifts in priorities and an adoption of the long view, small business owners can put themselves back on the path towards success … and sales.

3 Best Marketing Tips from the Budweiser Puppy Love commercial

Budweiser did it again. Golden-retriever-puppy-and-clydesdale

Following up on its 2013 mega-hit Super Bowl ad about the bond between horse and owner, the media-savvy beer company delivered one of this year’s most memorable Super Bowl commercials.

This time, the ad was a tear-jerking montage of an adorable friendship between a Golden Retriever puppy and a Clydesdale.

Talk about a marketing touchdown. The commercial aims straight for the heart of the audience and hits the sweet spot.

Not only is it a fantastic ad, but it’s also highly instructive for the rest of us looking to market our organizations

If you did not see this heart-warming commercial, you can view it on this page.

What lessons can we learn from this popular Budweiser commercial that we can use in our own marketing efforts?

1.)  Be distinct.

Super Bowl commercials have historically used pretty girls, keg parties and slapstick comedy to get through to the football-watching audience.

The funniest Super Bowl commercial was considered the most memorable and effective. However, the marketing masterminds at Anheuser-Busch have recently begun to carve out their own slice of the commercial arena.

Instead of making us laugh, they’re actually trying to make us cry — happy tears, of course.

When marketing your organization, think about all of the other marketing messages that are bombarding your target customers.

Then ask yourself what you can do to make your approach distinct, so your message will be the most memorable.

2.) It’s not about you.

Organizations often talk about themselves and their products when marketing to customers. The reality is that prospective customers do not care about you or your product — they care about themselves.

How much time does Budweiser’s commercial spend focusing on beer?

Absolutely none.

Instead, the ad focuses on portraying a heart-warming relationship that every single viewer can connect with. Budweiser makes itself relevant to those watching the commercial simply by creating that experience.

So stop focusing your marketing strategy on your company, product, service or yourself. Instead, develop a message that highlights what you are offering means to the targeted customer’s life.

3.) Get emotional.

Humans are emotional buyers. They buy something because they feel a certain way, and then later justify the decision with logic.

Budweiser’s commercial is all about eliciting an emotional response. The psychology behind this marketing strategy is simple:

A potential customer will view the “Puppy Love” commercial and have a positive emotional reaction to it, which will inform his or her beer-buying decisions in the future — either subconsciously or consciously.

In your own marketing initiatives, rather than trying to appeal to your target customers’ logic, think about how you can appeal to their emotions.

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