How to Pitch Anything in 15 Seconds with a Message Map

Forbes contributing writer and author of “Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top MindsCarmine Gallo posted this super quick video (it’s actually a little over 4 minutes long but it only feels like 2 minutes – the information is THAT compelling) on how to craft a completely custom 15-second pitch for a corporate or personal brand in just a couple minutes.

If you hate the word “pitch” call it a personal commercial, elevator speech, or whatever — Gallo’s formula is simple to learn, easy to execute, and might even provide a bit of extra help for those of us who tend to think a little more visually than others.  Check it out in the video below (and then go try it out for yourself!)


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Fund your next project with CrowdT

Everyone how historically important t-shirts have been as relatively inexpensive advertising vehicles to designed to turn wearers into walking billboards promoting a company’s logo and message to the general public. I actually consider t-shirts one of the very first expressions of “social media”.  But anyone printing t-shirts and giving them away for promotional use also knows that t-shirt rates have increased and promotional budgets have decreased – but the need for engaging promotional ideas has not dwindled.

That’s why I am sharing a website called CrowdT with you. It is a twist on the traditional “crowdfunding” site that puts shirt designs in the hands of people who like the graphic or message so much that they are willing to fund their creation by financially supporting the production of the printed t-shirts out of their own pockets. Think of it as a or exclusively for t-shirts.

CrowdT allows anyone to create a free account and design a shirt imprint using the site’s online tools or by uploading an image of their own creation.  Set your goal of the number of shirts you want to sell to successfully fund the project (a minimum of 50 shirts is required) and the website tells you how much money you’ll earn if you reach your goal.

Rather than just posting a simple shirt design and hoping the public funds it, some ideas worth consider are having multiple representatives within your company each design a shirt for charity and have CrowdT supporters vote (with their wallets) to choose the best design while raising donations.  Design shirts featuring images of local landmarks, or colorful local catch phrases and vernacular to create a limited edition “Locals” series. Or get really creative and goal-focused by featuring song titles or lyrics or names of bands members to raise enough from the sale of shirts to bring them to your town for a private concert – attended exclusively by the shirt-funders.

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Refresh Your Customer Insights

In a past article I shared a client information tool called Rapportive that works within your Gmail inbox. It’s a great tool and functions wonderfully on your desktop or laptop while sending and receiving email – but it’s not as useful when you’re on the go and meeting people at business events, sales calls, or even social gatherings.

This is where you need Refresh.

Refresh easily syncs with your iPhone’s calendar to find people you’re meeting with and provides tailored insights in the form of a personal dossier collected by filtering that individual’s public profiles on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Foursquare, and even their personal and business blogs.

You can even schedule just-in-time alerts and have Refresh send you information to review about the people you’ll be meeting in your next appointment, or simply type a new name into the search bar to have Refresh deliver a profile on-demand.

You can also add meeting notes into the Refresh profile for future reference, or link it to your Evernote account to see any notes you have about the company or the person saved from past projects in your Evernote notebooks.

Never talk about the weather again!

Is it more valuable to talk about the latest sports scandal or to let them know you read their latest white paper on the changes happening in their industry? How about knowing where to hold your next lunch meeting because you can see they have a favorite restaurant on Foursquare?

Refresh does just aggregate social data, it adds context to those facts – revealing rich insights into the person you’re meeting and suggesting actionable talking points.

Refresh is free to download and use on your iPhone right now, and you can sign-up to receive an alert as soon as the Android version is released.


Rapportive – The Customer Data Dashboard

How would like to have up to date client information accessible and in view everytime you send them an email, or they send an email to you?

Rapportive is an information aggregation tool that gathers information about your contacts directly from inside your Gmail account. Not everybody uses Gmail for their daily communication, but most everybody HAS a Gmail account simply because they use so many of Google’s tools that require a Gmail account for log-in.

Rapportive is a free extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari web browsers. Once installed, the information Rapportive gathers will display inside Gmail whenever you are reading or composing a message. It doesn’t take up any additional screen space as it replaces the AdWords that normally appear on the right-side of the window (you weren’t looking at those ads anyway!)

Once you open an email Rapportive begins combing the web for information and links related to the sender’s email address and displaying it to the right of the message. If you’re composing a message, the search begins when you enter the email of your intended recipient. There is even a technique you can use within Rapportive to effectively guess the email of someone you’re trying to connect with (perfect for finding that prospect’s email you haven’t been able to uncover!)

Rapportive gathers the information from public profile sources like Facebook, Flickr, Google Profiles, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. and then displays the data within the email window. You’ll usually see their social network links and latest updates along with a profile photo.

Your entire sales team should be using this!


 Right now Rapportive only works inside of Gmail, but even if you simply use it to find info on your clients and then flip back to your preferred email service to send the actual message, I think you’ll find Rapportive a powerful research tool.

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