Big events are a powerful way to build relationships and differentiate your brand. Macpek stood out by organizing a relay-race marathon from Mont Tremblant to Quebec City in May. They had over 650 people cross the finish line, and it created a powerful event to build relationships and connect people with people.
The best sales pitch is delivered by your customers. There is no one who can convey value better than the people already working with your products. David Tremblay, CEO of Simard Suspensions says, "The best argument to sell your products comes from your customers. You can build the best sales pitch that you can imagine, but let the customer talk about your products and it's much more credible than anything else."
When your customers don’t understand the words you say, they don’t buy. Convey and communicate your expertise in the language of your customers. Simple, clear communication demonstrates expertise. And simple, clear communication drives sales.
Generating leads for your business has two fundamental components: attraction and engagement. Each on its own is not enough. You’ve got to put them together in creative ways to make your brand more findable, referable, memorable and desirable.
Walter Gretzky coached his son to "Skate where the puck is going, not where it's been." The same advice can be used in business. Set your business up to go where your customers are going, not where they’ve been. Let your competitors chase after the obvious. How can you innovate in your industry to find a new niche or category that hasn't been served before?