One of the great things about utilising Business to business direct marketing strategies is the money. You make more of it, it’s that simple. And you get to track every single cent so you know exactly how much each new customer is costing you and how much money you’ll eventually make. So it’s all good.

But there’s something else about this kind of marketing that’s really cool. And that is, you get to choose who you do business with.

Yes, you have a choice.

You can get highly qualified leads seeking you out, instead of rushing around trying to drum up business. And when prospects are attracted to you like this, it positions you and your product or service in a powerful way. Your marketing positions you as the best and your leads are pre-disposed to doing business with you. Done right, your prospects sell themselves on you. This gives you the freedom of doing business on your own terms with your own agenda.

And I’ll talk more about this attraction marketing in coming months.

But understand one thing. It’s your business. You get to make the rules. And you get to choose who you do business with.

These days, I set up strict guidelines with my clients so they know from day one how I do business. Those who do not wish to play by my rules are replaced with better clients.

The point is, people treat you how you treat yourself. I demand respect from my clients and in return they get my very best work. It’s not a democracy, it’s Pete’s world, no one else’s, and I make the rules.

It should be the same in your business. Don’t put up with tight-fisted customers, go out and attract those customers who are happy to give you the money. There are plenty out there. And by using our kinda marketing they’re easy to find. Life is far too short to put up with poisonous people… get rid of them and move on.


Last night after a good meal and some pleasant family time I found myself with a spare and very rare hour to myself. As I debated between taking a nice aromatic bath or reading my backlog of industry newsletters, my thirst for knowledge won out.

For someone who has spent more than twenty years in marketing and client services, I never turn away the chance to find out more about direct marketing. It never ceases to amaze me how companies and advertisers are able to find new and unique marketing methods to directly market to both businesses and consumers. That is why spending time reading industry news is part of my daily job.

Industry articles, newsletters and whitepapers are wonderful tools. Anyone in business can benefit from reading them. Remaining stagnant with your industry knowledge only serves to allow your clients to look elsewhere for the help they need. And you would have only yourself to blame. You expect your doctor to constantly keep abreast of new and cutting edge procedures and medicines. Why not do the same yourself?

Recently I was reading a paper by Robert Bly entitled “Secrets of Successful Business to Business Direct Marketing”. He makes some interesting and thought provoking testaments thanks to his many years in marketing. In one section he expounds:

“The business buyer is an information seeker, constantly on the lookout for information and advice that can help the buyer do the job better, increase profits, or advance his career.”

I cannot disagree with that. Direct marketing business to business is very different from direct marketing business to consumer. Drip marketing is very effective when marketing to a business as most will purchase a product or service after a long period of research. Consumers however are impulse buyers and one offer is all they need to see before whipping out the credit card. Where we disagree however is when he states:

“Don’t be afraid to write long copy in mailers, ads, and fulfillment brochures. Prospects will read your message – if it is interesting, important, and relevant to their needs.”

Sorry Robert, but most purchasing agents and company owners that I have dealt with over the years are consumers at heart. They purchase needed materials and services the same way a consumer would: what gives me the best value for my money. Directly marketing to them with an overload of information will have them tossing that mailer in the trash or deleting your email with the click of a button.

Whether a company uses direct marketing to attract another business or a consumer, always make sure your advertising makes the recipient want to know more. Show them where they can find out by directing them to a website, opting in through an email or responding with a return reply card. THEN send your brochure or booklet full of information.

When using direct marketing to a business, always be professional, knowledgeable and concise. Grab the buyer’s attention and lure them into finding out more. Your bottom line will thank you for it.

There are many more pieces of information in Robert’s report that have me thinking. Direct marketing experts like him are a wealth of knowledge. I have many more articles yet to read too. Who knows what I might still learn. If I do I will be sure to share.


If you’re looking for a lucrative homebased business, direct marketing may be just what you’ve been looking for — offering you the possibilities of making your dreams come true.

WHAT IS DIRECT MARKETING?

Direct marketing is offering a product or service directly to the consumer via mail order, Internet sales, personal sales, etc., with no middleman involved. Many direct marketing companies are now being operated right out of the home. Home based business is the waive of the future and can offer you a wonderful opportunity to actually be able to compete with the large, well established companies with large bank accounts. That’s what is so wonderful about the Internet. You don’t have to have a large bank account to succeed. You just have to have a little “know how.”

* 10 Steps to insure your success

1. SET YOUR GOALS

What do you want to accomplish? Do you want a new home? Do you want to save for your children’s college education? A new car? You can have whatever you want, but you must want it enough to do the things that have to be done in order to get it.

Set your goals, write them down and set a target date for reaching them. Set short term reachable goals and long term higher goals, yet don’t set them too high. This will cause you to become discouraged if you don’t achieve them. Work consistently towards accomplishing your goals each day, each week and each month until you reach your short term goals. When you have attained your short term goals, set them a little higher each time. Ultimately you will achieve your long term goals. Goal-setting is a must in every area of life.

2. BE SELF DISCIPLINED

Get up early each day. Get ready for your job as if you were working outside your home. Have a list of all the things you want to accomplish during the day. This will give you an organized approach to each day. It’s amazing how much you can get done using a “To Do” list.

3. BE SELF MOTIVATED

Set up a schedule and stick to it. Be Enthusiastic. Enthusiasm generates its own energy. Energy and good health are synonymous with motivated, happy people — achievers.

4. BE ENTHUSIASTIC

Positive thinking will literally be your key to success. You have to convince yourself that you can succeed at whatever you desire, because you can.

5. DO NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO BECOME DISCOURAGED

Remember… The more “NO’s” you get, the closer to a “YES” you become.

6. SCHEDULE YOUR TIME WISELY

A schedule is your roadmap to success. If you have no direction, you’ll travel in circles and ultimately never reach your goals. Plan your work then work your plan.

7. HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE

Success is 90 percent attitude and 10 percent aptitude. Learn the art of positive thinking. You can do whatever you put your mind to. It’s mind over matter. Your attitude will either guarantee your success or guarantee your failure. Remember … you’re only a failure if you give up.

8. SET UP AN OFFICE AREA

Most direct marketers work from their own homes, but it is still essential to set up a specified work area. Take pride in your business to ensure your success.

9. HANDLE YOUR MONEY WISELY

Set up a written budget. Set aside a percentage of your business income to put back into your business. This is a must. Failure to reinvest your money will result in the failure of your business.

10. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Get plenty of sleep, eat right and take some time to stop and smell the roses… Be Persistent… Persistence Pays Off… Don’t Give Up… Most Businesses fail Just At The Moment They Are About To Succeed…

Sales is one of the highest paid of all professions. “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime.”