201 posts in two months…

The e1evation, llc blog is taking shape and by now it has a personality all its own. What do you think? Does it have value? Have you learned anything from it? Have the tools saved you money? What have I done right? What could I do better? Leave me a comment, please…

Soon, very soon — as soon as I finish a few other projects I’ll be moving this blog to WordPress and consolidating both the website and blog in one ‘blogsite‘. Stay tuned! There’s more on the way…

Lather, rinse, repeat…

The key to success is selling more is to have a systematic process that is trackable and repeatable. Business owners should always be in the process of generating leads, managing leads and serving leads. Note; customers ARE still leads and many times we forget that simple fact. Stop thinking about sales & marketing and start thinking about marketingandsales – all one word on purpose! Brian Carroll has some interesting thoughts on how to tear down the barriers…

Good advice for staying sharp…

What do fitness and weight loss have to do with being more effective in your business? EVERYTHING. How to go about it is a different story. Last year this time I was fifty pounds heavier. What changed? Fewer carbs and more bike riding. Simple, but not easy! It does help that I multitask by listening to podcasts and audiobooks on my iPod while I work out but at the end of the day my success depended upon commitment to a change in lifestyle more than anything else. Bad habits do die, but only if they are replaced with more positive ones. This article by Jodie Clements might help give you some ideas you can live with — you and your business will be better off if you adopt some or all of these changes!

Superior Alternatives to Crappy Windows Software

“It may be the year 2008, but a whole lot of sucktacular software still rears its ugly head on PC’s everywhere, even when better-behaved options are freely available. Whether it’s molasses-slow bloatware, shameless adware, anemic default apps, or ‘Your trial period has expired!’ nagware, it’s time to replace stinky Windows software with its superior (but lesser-known) alternative. Last week we asked what software you should never install on your PC, and over 200 comments later, you compiled quite a list. Today we’re going to take a walk down the Crapware Hall of Shame, point and laugh at the worst offenders, and highlight some better choices.” Click the title to read more…

Does a New Website Hold the Secret to Great Customer Service? | Fast Company

“Can online networking deliver us from the evil of bad customer service? Thor Muller is betting that ‘people-powered customer service’ will trump outsourcing and the impersonal call center. Muller is CEO and co-founder of getsatisfaction.com, a user-driven customer service community. Launched in September, 2007, the site provides forums where customers discuss problems with products and services of 2,500 companies from Apple to Zappos — whether the company participates or not. It also provides tools for companies to adopt getsatisfaction.com as their official customer service resource. So far, the site has drawn more than a million unique visitors. Here, Muller discusses why customer service is the new marketing, why you should bring edge users into the core of your business, and how a company you might expect to get it (Facebook) and one you might not (Comcast) are taking very different approaches.” Click the title to read more…

The Art of Closing the Sale in 10 Easy Steps | Business solutions from AllBusiness.com

“Retired Hall-of-Fame Dodger Manager Tommy Lasorda once said, ‘There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen and those who wonder what happens.’ In the world of franchising, only those willing to make it happen find the type of success Lasorda and his players always sought. The question is how does one make it happen, remain effective and close the deal?

The essence of success can be culled into 10 easy steps that are shared here. By following this simple guide, one can avoid getting bogged down and keep his head in the game.” Click the title to read more…

Day One Review: Garmin Forerunner 405 watch, GPS fitness done right | DVICE

“The Garmin Forerunner line of GPS-enabled watches just took a giant leap in techno-goodness. If you’re a runner or walker, you’re going to like the way this new Forerunner 405 ($300) measures and records your speed, distance, elevation and even heart rate.” How cool is this? Click the title to read more…