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Don't wait for Supply to improve-take advantage now

Andrew Penny, November 23 2021

Almost all our clients are running at maximum capacity at the moment. And likely you are too (if not – we must talk…). At times like these, the natural inclination is to keep your head down and try to keep up with demand. But maybe that’s not the best thing to do. Hear me out. We all know that the current business cycle is going to end when demand...

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Going to a New Market? Do these 3 things:

Andrew Penny, April 13 2021

ONE:You need to obtain a high-level view of the market. This needs to be from your perspective, not a distributor or potential agent who will have inherent bias. Think of it as a 30,000-foot flyover to understand how the market works today. This will give you an indication of your potential revenue from this market. And it will give you a sense of...

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Why Most Exporters Fail or Die a Slow Death

Andrew Penny, April 6 2021

Imagine you are running your country’s summer Olympics team. You have athletes in almost every discipline – swimming, water polo, skateboarding, volleyball, boxing, rugby, fencing and so on. As head of the team, your mandate is to win medals. In the next Olympics, your athletes will be competing against the best in the world. This is no longer loca...

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Problems and Opportunities as we Lurch into the Roaring 20s

Andrew Penny, March 30 2021

Everyone I speak to and everything I read is pointing to a tremendous surge in demand for almost everything. Canada is sitting on about $100 billion of excess savings, which is looking for somewhere to go, and the US is spending trillions on recovery. It also has a huge personal savings stash that's going to go somewhere. We have got people locked...

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Inflection Points

Andrew Penny, March 16 2021

Sherlock used powers of observation to understand causation. Here's how to apply that power of observation to determine what causes people to buy. If you can identify that 'inflection point' you can be there at the right time with the right messages. Homeostasis is a biological system's ability to maintain an internal equilibrium in response to ch...

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The First Sell

Andrew Penny, February 16 2021

Many companies (products and services companies) focus all their efforts on designing the end-customer experience. They think about the discovery, the buying experience, the user-experience, support and so on. And then, after all of that is ‘designed-in’ they think about getting to market.

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Money for Nothing - But Not for Free

Andrew Penny, February 18 2020

Subscribe to our Next Level Thinking for CEOS and Business Owners podcast. Click to listen to today's 'Money for Nothing – But Not for Free' Podcast. For more than 40 years I’ve paid a retainer fee to my life insurance company – and I’ve yet to make a claim! I retain an unused membership with the CAA who will rush to my rescue if my 1967 MGB expire...

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Hot Towels & New Markets

Andrew Penny, January 28 2020

Click to listen to Hot Towels & New Markets podcast. There is nothing quite like wrapping yourself in a nice warm towel after stepping out of a long hot shower. It feels so good that I am surprised that towel warmers are not a standard fixture in bathrooms everywhere. They are, in fact, a rather scarce niche product. You might think that this subse...

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Two Big Take-Aways From 2019

Andrew Penny, December 31 2019

Over the last year we have been very fortunate and thank all of those who have trusted us to help them grow their businesses. We are working with a world leader in dam safety. They design systems that prevent millions of tons of ice and debris from shutting down power generation.

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4 - Bring ‘em Back From the Dead

Andrew Penny, December 3 2019

Please excuse the title, I’m writing this just after Halloween... Most companies have lots of old customers – not they are actually ‘old’, but simply companies that haven’t done business with you for a very long time. Why they stopped doing business with you is in most cases a mystery. Perhaps a sales rep annoyed them at some [point, or an order wa...

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