Free Lunch: The Power of Segmentation by Rob Ristagno, founder and CEO of the Sterling Woods Group

I remember a business school professor proclaiming, “diversification is the only free lunch.” He meant that diversification is the only technique in finance that simultaneously lowers risk and increases returns (click here if you don’t believe me). I’d argue that there’s another free lunch in the business world: segmentation. Segmentation allows companies to simultaneously lower marketing costs and increase sales. […]

13 ways to squeeze value out of one article

The editors, freelancers, research and reporting it takes to produce top-notch content is likely your number one cost. You owe it to your organization to maximize the ROI from that investment. How many ways can you use and reuse an article to get more bang for your buck? You’ll recognize most of these options, but how many have you actually incorporated into your […]

Has COVID Killed Relationship Selling?

What do the years 1990, 2001, 2007 and, 2019 all have in common?  These years represent bad times in the American economy.  Technical recessions in America.  Times when we had to reinvent our sales game and adjust for the circumstance.  So, why does the era of selling amidst COVID feel so different?  Because unlike other times of economic turmoil, this […]

Does Your Print Magazine Earn Its Keep? (Part Two)

Many niche publishers are assessing their print magazines as media budgets and ad dollars shrink this year. But you may be missing out on revenue opportunities by cutting issues or closing up entirely. Read on for five evaluation tactics from Erin Peterson, owner at Capstone Communications. This article was first published in Pages magazine, published by Lane Press. See Part One here. – […]

Does Your Print Magazine Earn Its Keep? (Part One)

Many niche publishers are assessing their print magazines as media budgets and ad dollars shrink this year. But you may be missing out on revenue opportunities by cutting issues or closing up entirely. Read on for five evaluation tactics from Erin Peterson, owner at Capstone Communications. This article was first published in Pages magazine, published by Lane Press. – Editors ***** […]

Are Customer Needs Assessments Dead? Part One

As we navigate the changes in our world right now, I think it’s important to focus on the Customer Needs Assessment (CNA.) We’re living in a world where people are limited in cash, limited on funds, and certainly limited on patience. So how do we expect someone we’re selling to to actually understand what they need vs. what they want? Think about your […]