If sales and marketing is about finding out what a person needs and a sales person finds out that what that person needs isn't something that they can supply, it is a rare sales and marketing person that will say so. They do exist. I speak to maybe one a year...
This is true. I work for a company that sells and installs luxury residential electronics. Any Sales 101 that is actually effective would have you first identify any problems that your potential customer is having. If you have a product or service that can help them out, then you can identify why your product or service solves their particular problem better than other products or services they may be familiar with. Some clients are perfectly willing to hand over a bucket with $30K in it for a Kaleidescape movie server system or a Lexicon audio processor, and I have actively discouraged them from doing so because it doesn't actually help them. I would much rather put that money towards something that they actually need/want because it encourages FUTURE sales and a trusting relationship. That's why I've never really understood the "cold call." It sounds cliche but a good sales guy is more of an adviser than a pusher. If you have no interest in my advice, then that's great I don't have to waste any more of our time.
Live sports are the only thing these days that you can't get online or over-the-air.
If you're trying to follow the team in your local market you should have no problem getting it over the air assuming they sold enough tickets. Even MNF is simulcast locally if a team from your market is playing.
So send in all the junk you can, then give the gift cards to an Apple fanboy
Per Apple's terms, you will get no gift cards for anything worth $0 resale. So Apple will get no fanboy money as a result of this transaction.
they will raise the caps at the same time introducing a new pricing structure that just happens to be the equivalent to buying internet and cable TV from them.
What sucks doubly about this is that the quality of the content from your average cable/DSS provider is less than that of most Netflix HD content and certainly most of the content from higher-quality providers such as Vudu. I refuse on principle to pay any extra VOD fees to my cable provider and will *always* opt for Vudu if it's not available on Netflix. If you want to vote with your dollars I think step 1 is to not support cable more than necessary.
if the plane went down, the company would probably be dead within a week.
This is a real concern especially for smaller companies. At my company we don't do anything particularly noble, just fun (high-end residential audio/video integration), but whenever a number of us go to a convention or training, boss-man insists that we travel separately (1-2 per flight). It seemed a little self-important considering the field we're in, but if we lost half of our engineering or installation or management staff to a plane crash or similar, that would be extremely tough to recover from.
The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.