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Building Relationships of Trust: From the Office to the Classroom

Trust; What an important noun that is in many aspects of life. Certainly in the...Read more >

A Direct Line to Decision Makers: 5 Things to Make Your Telesales More Effective

Telephone outreach has been part of the sales process when selling to schools for many,...Read more >

Landmines Every New K-12 Sales Rep Must Avoid

The K-12 public school market is highly competitive and getting more so. So many companies...Read more >

Building a “Model” Education Marketing Program That Keeps Pace with Educators

Having worked for education technology companies for 15 years, I’ve had the good fortune to...Read more >

Does “Traditional” Teaching Still Have a Place in Our Classrooms?

There is a push across the country to flood our schools with technology. Along with the devices and additional connectivity...

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This Summer’s Data Changes Could Affect Next Spring’s Sales

For the past four or so months, schools have been quiet. Classroom doors are shut. Laptops are closed. Hallways and...

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An Inside Look at How Teachers REALLY Spend Their Summer Break

There is a common misconception that teachers have three months of carefree, paid, summer vacation. You may picture teachers spending...

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Build Trust & Strong Relationships with Teacher PD

Those outside of the educational field often have questions regarding professional development. Most people think teachers don’t work in the...

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Principal’s Perspective: My Back-to-School Wish List for Education Vendors

At this time of year, school’s are buzzing with preparation for the new school year. Principals have a lot on...

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3 Truths About the Education Market

The education market is exciting and opportunities abound. But it takes some time to really understand the ins and out...

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Sales Secrets Revealed: How K-12 School Districts Make Buying Decisions

What is it about a secret that intrigues us? I think we all hunger for some hidden information whispered in...

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Schools Are About to Close, Now What? 2018 School Close Dates & a Guide to Summer Marketing

Schools will be closing for summer over the next couple of months. But just because they’re going on break, that...

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To Influence the Biggest Decisions, Reach Out to the Ones Not Making Them

If you’re selling to schools or districts, you should spend the bulk of your marketing efforts targeting the senior-most decision...

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Teachers Have the Purchasing Power (More Than You May Realize)

Although school and district leaders often are the ones with the final say on large edtech and curriculum purchases, teachers...

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Who Does What in Schools and Districts?

When considering the best ways to sell to schools, it’s easy to understand why the proposition can seem bewilderingly complex...

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3 Reasons Why Successful Product Implementation is Critical to Your K-12 Sales Success

Now that cloud-based products and services have become the dominate educational technology solutions, successful implementation has moved from important to...

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Is Email an Effective Sales Tool in Education?

You may think that generating leads through email is a responsibility reserved for the marketing team. Think again. These days,...

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More Than a Handshake: How to Really Connect with Educators at Conferences

January kicks off another conference season for educators. School and district leaders, teachers, and other educators are all busy making...

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7 Strategies for Reaching School Decision Makers It's Not Easy to Gain Access to Decision Makers

Ask anyone who sells to schools and they’ll tell you that it’s never been more challenging to gain access to...

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K-12 Sales Manifesto: Good-Bye Transactions. Hello Lifetime Value!

How much do you value your customers? It's a timely question that requires a specific answer. Why? The education industry...

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How to Get a Meeting with District Administrators

We hear frequently from sales reps and managers who have questions about how to get a phone conversation or set...

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What You Need To Know About Selling Services to School Administrators: Part 2

Part Two:  Tapping the Future: Creating Your New Value Proposition Four Characteristics Distinguish Selling Services from Selling Products Part one of...

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What You Need To Know About Selling Services to School Administrators

The "F" Word is Being Used Right Now to Steal Your K-12 Customers It's no secret that the education market...

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Selling to School Districts: the Unhittable Pinata?

You may have seen an episode of America's Funniest Home Videos called the "Unhittable Pinata." It was a LOL moment for me...

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5 Ways to Recruit K-12 Education Sales Reps

“How do I find and hire great people to sell my product to schools?” It’s the question I get asked...

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Money-Back Guarantees: Do They Work for Marketing to Schools?

Have you tried a money-back guarantee to convince prospects to purchase your products? The "risk-free" promise is popular with sellers...

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Education Market Leadership Series: Part 6 of 6

How to Help K-12 Decision Makers Shift Their Perspectives (and Boost Your School Sales!) We've been exploring the Four Rules...

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K-12 Sales Strategy: The 10 Deadly Sins You Must Avoid

How to Deploy a High-Impact School Sales Channel Understanding how to build and successfully deploy field-based school sales channels has...

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Discover School Sales Success with Independent Reps

Establishing an effective sales model in the K-12 school market presents many challenges and is a frequent topic of discussion...

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Education Market Leadership Series: Part 5 of 6

How to Really Move the Needle in the K-12 School Market We've been exploring the Four Rules of Engagement, which...

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K-12 Sales: From Pilot to Adoption

A Proven Process Turns Pilots into Adoptions Let's set the scenario before we get going.  Let’s assume you're a manager...

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Education Market Leadership Series: Part 4 of 6

In article three of my six-part Education Leadership Series, I introduced the concept of the Four Rules of Engagement. “Everyone’s greatest desire...

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5 Ways an Advisory Group Can Accelerate Your K-12 Sales

Building an advisory group is a proven strategy for companies that sell to teachers and school administrators. Advisory groups can...

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Education Market Leadership Series: Part 3 of 6

How to Make Your Product Demo (and Your Sales Process) Really Get Results With all the competition and dynamics in...

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Education Market Leadership Series: Part 2 of 6

How to Reassess Education Marketing and Sales Processes in a Changing K-12 Market Companies are consolidating. Publishers are re-strategizing and...

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Education Market Leadership Series: Part 1 of 6

As you know, today’s education market is a sea of change. It may seem as if you are being tossed...

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7 Ways to Build Rapport with School Administrators

Everyone who works in the school market agrees that educators are more relational than other professionals. It makes sense then...

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How to Get Ahead Of Your School Market Competition

Educators make a living by communicating information and ideas to their students. You would think that people who want to sell...

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What to Say When Your Prospects Say, "Sorry, No Budget."

Make No Mistake: Funds Are Available for Educators to Purchase Your Products It’s a common obstacle facing every company that...

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Five Keys to RFP Success in the K-12 School Market

Dealing with RFPs (Request for Proposals) is a given if you sell to the education market. Hence this article and...

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6 Steps to Plan for Success in the K-12 Education Market

Most K-12 sales managers agree – it’s important to have a sales plan. In every situation a sales manager is...

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How to Get a Bigger Slice of the K-12 Sales Pie

You have aggressive goals ahead. Your company needs more K-12 business, but your voice messages to school administrators are not...

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EdTech Field of Dreams: If You Build It, Will They Come?

You may be old enough to remember the award-winning movie starring Kevin Costner, Field of Dreams. The plot centers around a...

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Tips for Successful Software Demos in Schools

Technology in Schools May Not Be What You Expect When your school sales team is asked to demonstrate software or...

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The Hidden Challenge Facing Education Industry Managers

Help Your Customers Manage Change Are you a senior manager of a company that develops and sells instructional solutions, especially...

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An Advisory Council: Make It Part of Your Education Marketing Plan

What is an advisory council? Why spend your energy and education marketing budget to organize and support one? Simply put,...

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A Fantastic Education Marketing Program: An Army of Students Selling Your Product

Can you imagine being able to implement selling on a grand scale with a highly scalable channel? Keep reading and...

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A New View of Win-Loss for Education Marketing

Win-loss analysis isn't a new concept. Most managers want to understand why prospective customers make buying decisions — or don't....

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Trainer Certification Is a Proven Strategy for Selling to Schools

Training Certification Might Be the Ideal Solution to Meet Growing Demand for Professional Development Recently a client that manufactures and...

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2 Timely Tips for Improving Your Lead Conversion Rate

Everyone I speak to about K-12 sales and marketing this shares my opinion — lead conversion is the Holy Grail....

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Education Sales Promotions or Education Marketing Programs - Which Work Better?

The Debate About School Marketing and Education Sales Strategies Is Heating Up Are your school marketing and sales initiatives as...

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Education Sales Conundrum: How to Handle the High-Price Objection

Is Price the Key Factor in a School Administrator's Buying Decision? "Lower the price, lower the price, lower the price."...

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How Effectiveness Research Impacts K-12 Education Marketing

Educators expect many types of educational technology to improve learning. This expectation sets the educational technology market apart from other...

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A Close Look at How Education-Market Companies Can Build Profitable Relationships with Independent Contractors

Boost Your Organization’s Productivity When the highly visible founder of an organization selling professional development to schools retired sooner than...

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Positioning Your Company for Ed-Tech Platform Leadership

Does your company offer a product you refer to as a platform? If so, you are part of a growing...

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Education Sales Forecasting: How to Use Your CRM to Deliver Revenue During Tough Economic Times

All signals point to tough school-budget times ahead. You may be wondering: Is the tax base enough to stabilize our...

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Make No Mistake: Funds Are Available for Educators to Purchase Your Products

It’s a common obstacle facing every company that sells to schools — they simply do not have enough discretionary funds...

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How to Sell Your Annual Renewal Service to Schools

A pioneer in the area of subscription-based software services for schools, Dan Meyer, CEO of Atomic Learning, offered his perspective...

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How to Really Sell at Educator Conferences

Are Conference Exhibits Key to Your Education Marketing Plan? Speaking at a recent K-12 education-industry meeting on how to succeed...

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PTOs and PTAs: Could They Ignite Your Education Marketing Plan?

Think fast and say the first thing that comes to mind when I mention the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) or...

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