Working on the Business

2 May 2017

Change or Die: Thriving In Turbulent Times

By |2017-05-02T00:37:18+00:00May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Business Strategy, Doug's Blog, Oilfield Pulse, Working on the Business|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Innovation and Thriving in Turbulent Times - Movie Scene Clapper

The oil and gas industry is notorious for riding the boom and bust cycles inefficiently. When oil is over $80 a barrel, the profits are large enough companies choose to ignore innovation and spend on growth instead. The problems compound the faster you grow until you can’t survive below $70 per barrel.

When prices are low, there is a slash and burn reaction because the company was never set up to be efficient. Now, the money and resources are not there to support creating efficiencies. […]

24 Apr 2017

Small Potatoes, Time, and Inbound Marketing

By |2017-04-27T18:48:22+00:00April 24th, 2017|Categories: Doug's Blog, Marketing, Working on the Business|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Small Potatoes, Time, and Inbound Marketing

When you make mistakes, it is best to learn the lessons they teach you. Sometimes the lessons are about something else entirely – like time management and inbound marketing.

Counting Potatoes

It all started when I was making my supper. I was a bit hungry and grabbed some baby potatoes to roast. I would usually eat one large potato or two medium ones. Baby potatoes are much smaller. Obviously, one large potato is the equivalent of about 50 baby potatoes.

Having made this mistake before, and being considerate of […]

22 Feb 2017

To Win, Understand Your Buyers Better Than Anyone Else

By |2017-06-21T16:33:38+00:00February 22nd, 2017|Categories: Doug's Blog, Marketing, Oilfield Pulse, Sales|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Understanding the Buyer's Journey in Inbound Marketing

Ultimately buyers are responsible for making wise purchases. However, they usually need help. That is your opportunity to guide them through the buyer’s journey.

Buyer’s Perspective

When buyers don’t know how to differentiate their vendors or the solutions they provide, they focus on price.

It is easy to blame vendors for not making things clear in their marketing and sales literature. How many buyers know what questions to ask a supplier, so the important differences are evident?

To get […]

7 Jan 2015

Crossing The Bridge To Value

By |2017-05-30T19:20:41+00:00January 7th, 2015|Categories: Doug's Blog, Go-Giver Coach, Marketing, Sales|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Creating the Bridge to Value in Your Sales Process

In this guest post by Certified Go-Giver Coach and Business Growth Authority Doug Wagner, you’ll learn how to move the selling process from non-productive to very productive…through a simple crossing of the bridge to value. Powerful!!

Enjoy Doug’s wisdom! – Bob Burg

I was conducting some sales training over a period of 3 days this past fall and observed something happening repeatedly during the practice sessions. When I reflected on my own […]

24 Oct 2011

Start Your Engine of Growth

By |2017-05-31T12:26:32+00:00October 24th, 2011|Categories: Business Strategy, Doug's Blog, Manifast, Working on the Business|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Start Your Engine of Growth - Man on Starting Line

We are in the midst of launching our new Manifast product. In fact we are committing to launching our MVP in November 2011. This has gotten me to thinking about marketing, sales and most importantly our revenue model. Do we have our engine of growth defined?

In “The Lean Startup” Eric Ries talks about three engines of growth for startups:

  • The Sticky Engine of Growth (customer retention (churn) is key)
  • The Viral […]
19 Jul 2011

Are You Working on the Business?

By |2017-05-24T13:03:07+00:00July 19th, 2011|Categories: Business Strategy, Doug's Blog, Working on the Business|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Man On Roof - Working on the Business

What does working on the business really mean?

As a business owner (or entrepreneur) you spend a lot of time working to build your business. You are:

  • Finding new customers,
  • Keeping existing customers happy,
  • Providing your product or service to customers,
  • Hiring good people,
  • Retaining your employees,
  • Keeping on top of the finances,
  • Putting out fires,
  • And generally growing your business.

And many business owners can generate a lot of revenue and even profit doing the above. They may even significantly grow their businesses.

So isn’t that […]

21 Feb 2010

Business Strategy: What Do You Really Want to Optimize?

By |2017-06-21T15:53:41+00:00February 21st, 2010|Categories: Business Strategy, Doug's Blog, Leadership|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Man in Office - Business Performance - Business Strategy

Before you spend resources on improving your business performance, it is best to know where you want to go. This means getting clear on your business strategy.

Improving Business Performance

There are two main ways of improving business performance:

  • Optimization – Making things better, best practices, incremental improvements,
  • Innovation – Doing different things, doing things differently, leaping past the competition.

It is easy to think there is a magic bullet for optimizing your business’s performance. […]