For many companies, 2008 has been a challenging year. The new realities of our current market and economy have impacted many sectors, and even more expect to feel the effects in 2009. This makes it even more important than ever to plan smarter, more effective ways to market to industrial and technical buyers in the year ahead. Based on research into market trends, here are strategic recommendations to achieve marketing success in 2009. All of these recommendations have something in common: better decision making when it comes to marketing choices.

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With the growing unemployment and the change in the employment dynamics, maybe downsized, right-sized, laid-ff and fired employees now are looking toward starting their own businesses. As one knows, some 90 percent of new venture fail primarily from lack of knowledge, start-up capital, working capital and lack of discipline. There are some other things that entrepreneurs must account for.

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Templeton would go into the customer’s negotiating room with a metaphorical gun on the table. Customers would force him to place the gun against his head and ask him to drop prices or pull the trigger. Templeton didn’t know if the gun was loaded or not. For four years, Templeton managed this challenge, and the bullet never fired. Templeton’s method of managing this struggle over prices reveals a key to pricing in opaque business markets.

(True story account.)

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The Leprechauns are Coming … Spring FORWARD. “Short term gains can destroy long-term goals.  Evaluate the risks of price manipulation prior to execution. All is not gold at the end of the rainbow.  Watch out for more rain. Salespeople must thrust forward into undefined territory, but make sure you have your boss’s support to see…

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