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Lead Story

Non-payment mobile options popular this holiday season

Patti Murphy


Industry Update

Holiday season brings tidings of CNP fraud

Tripwire, Verizon advocate cyber-readiness

California vote bumps pot toward legitimatization

Vantiv growth plans to include Moneris USA


2016 ISV study

Smartphone ecommerce on the rise

Daria Rippingale


Payments are live

Dale S. Laszig
DSL Direct LLC

Biometrics hot at Money20/20

Peggy Bekavac Olson
Strategic Marketing


Street SmartsSM:
Sales as a healing profession

John Tucker
1st Capital Loans LLC

Gateways rising

Adam Atlas
Attorney at Law

The friendly fraudster: Your merchants' worst frenemy

Evi Triantafyllides

Expand your time

Steven Feldshuh
Merchants' Choice Solution East

Company Profile

Digitzs Solutions Inc.

New Products

Personalized, mobile, in-store shopping

Contextual Commerce Platform
OmnyPay Inc.

EMV-certified reader for smartphones, tablets, PCs

Walker C2X


Boundless creativity


Letter from the editors

Readers Speak

Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

November 28, 2016  •  Issue 16:11:02

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Boundless creativity

It not uncommon for merchant level salespeople (MLSs) to complain periodically of not having enough good leads. In Good Selling!SM: The Basics, Paul H. Green stated that this kind of complaint "often indicates more of a lack of creativity on the part of the salesperson, than a true limitation on the marketplace."

He mentioned one enterprising sales rep with a severely limited market for his product: locomotives. His only customer was Union Pacific Railroad. If anyone could have used the excuse that he didn't have enough leads, this individual could have. "But he didn't," Green said. "He first found his way to small logging companies and eventually to the Santa Fe Railroad."

Green's primary point was that today's business world is teeming with opportunities. The success or failure of an MLS will normally rest on realizing that changes are occurring constantly in personnel, situations and individual sales reps. He elaborated as follows:

You've likely considered lead generation ideas that you haven't yet tried. There's no better time than now to experiment. In "9 Proven Ways to Generate Sales Leads," published on in August 2013, Jennifer Lonoff Schiff wrote that when it comes to lead generation, "one method does not fit all."

She suggested a variety of methods for gaining new sales leads, including customer referrals; online pay-per-click advertising and search engine optimization; cross-promotions and co-marketing; providing useful content; speaking at tradeshows, conferences and industry events; using social media such as LinkedIn and Twitter; providing contact information on all pages of your website; and offering live chat.

Another solid source for lead generation ideas is to peruse The Green Sheet's archives. Using the Search function in the left-hand column of our home page,, try terms like "lead generation," "sales leads," "prospecting" and others that occur to you. You'll find a wealth of advice at your command. Apply it, and your creativity will soar.

Notice to readers: These are archived articles. Contact names or information may be out of date. We regret any inconvenience.

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