Combining Outsourced Sales and Internet Marketing

logos for CruxBridge Media and OmniSolusWhy we’ve changed …

… (more or less) from CruxBridge Media (CBM) to OmniSolus, and combine outbound sales and Internet marketing?

If you don’t mind, this is going to be what’s called a “we we” post, or one where I talk more about the company, than about the reader. In other words, I’m breaking the cardinal rule of blogging. I feel, though, that a full explanation is needed. I hope you’ll see why I’ve made this change, and how it can help your company. [Read more...]

Is Facebook Bad for Business?

"Find us on Facebook" graphic with "or .. maybe not" in scriptFacebook: Business and Sales Lead Generation …

Ahh, Facebook. The main topic of talk, when it comes to social networking. Still bigger than Twitter. MySpace slayer. A significant threat to Google for future advertising revenues, if this article is to be believed.

Two headlines this week revolved around FB and its apparent woes. One may seem like bad news on the surface, but may actually be good news for business looking to acquire leads and prospects. The other is decent in a “kinda, sorta” way for smaller businesses, and not so good for larger companies and brands.

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Google Page Ranking

Google Page Ranking, and Content… and the content you need to get high search engine results …

“How do I get a high Google page ranking for my Website?”

I get that question a lot when I’m out and about, after people discover what I do for a living. They think there’s some kind of simple “secret sauce” they can add to their sites to make them rank higher in Google.

The short answer is … yes, there is a secret sauce. But with most secret sauces you see made on Food Network shows, there’s some work and a few ingredients that go into this search engine optimization, or SEO oriented sauce. Unlike most Food Network shows, though, giving the recipe won’t take me a half hour, a ton of commercials, and incessant reminders of what the show is about.

First, you might need to change the way you think about search engine results. Then we can talk about Google-magnet content, and the SEO secret sauce you need to add to get your content into that vaunted first page of Google.

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My Site Looks Great, but Doesn’t Work!

Website Relaunches and DesignWebsite Relaunches, Design and Content …

When I’m out and about doing business networking, I’ve heard all kinds of variations on the following complaint:

My Website doesn’t work, and I don’t know why! I’ve invested all kinds of money in it, but something’s still wrong with it.

At that point, the person in question will go on to tell me that the site has been redesigned a dozen times in the past couple of years by great designers … but nothing happens. The business owner or marketing manager with whom I’m speaking is seeing zero return-on-investment (ROI) from the site, and they’re frustrated.

The problem behind a Website not “working” generally doesn’t have much to do with the design or with the actual operation of the site. A site is generally viewed as being “broken” because of one of three items, or a combination of them … which you’ll discover immediately after the jump.

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The Last Mile

Salesforce.com, Sales and Marketing …

When I attended last week’s Cloudforce 2011 expo in Washington, DC by Salesforce.com, I came away impressed by not only their base customer-relationship management (CRM) solution, but their extended functionality. Salesforce.com isn’t the same CRM system that your older sibling or maybe even your father used a couple of years back.

It impressed me so much, I’ve started to incorporate Salesforce.com into CruxBridge Media’s (CBM) own sales and marketing process. I also signed up CBM in the Salesforce Partner Program.

Through this new alliance, we have now filled in “the last mile” of the marketing and sales process for our clients: Taking a qualified lead and ushering it to a close.

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