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What does a marketing director do?

My firm is trying to decide whether to hire a marketing/sales director. I have been tasked with gathering information about marketing and sales in general and presenting that information to the team, so that we can make a decision. So, what are the key responsibilities and duties of a marketing/sales director? What will such a person bring to our team? What's a good way to go about finding the right person for the position? What qualities should we look for in the hiring process? I am particularly interested in service marketing, for small consulting firms. [more inside]
posted by faustessa on Jan 8, 2008 - 9 answers

Free web-based ticket sales?

What are some free web-based ticket sales applications? [more inside]
posted by jkoby on Dec 28, 2007 - 3 answers

Where can I find a media and planning chart for a sales promo?

For an assignment in college, I need to cough up a sales promotion strategy for a bogus product, complete with a media and planning chart to outline timing and integration. Since the prof has not supplied any chart templates for the class, and I don't have all day to wait for her email reply, where on the internets might I find said chart to coordinate all these activities in a sane manner? [more inside]
posted by survivorman on Dec 5, 2007 - 0 answers

Suggestions for easy ways to automate selling prints of my photos online?

Suggestions for easy ways to automate selling prints of my photos online? Websites/vendors that will do this? [more inside]
posted by gramcracker on Dec 3, 2007 - 6 answers

I need a 21 year old Sales Guru to guide me on my path to enlightenment!

How do I learn to optimize my website/sales approach to sell online to college kids? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM on Nov 23, 2007 - 12 answers

Sales for budget laptops?

Are there likely going to be holiday sales on budget laptops? [more inside]
posted by brett on Nov 20, 2007 - 14 answers

Selling data online -- how??

I have about 200 binary data files totalling about 60 GB that I want to sell online. How should I go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee on Nov 15, 2007 - 9 answers

Donde esta Ed Naylor: Pedal Steel Guitar Refurbisher?

I want to buy a pedal steel guitar, and preferably I would like to buy one from Ed Naylor. I visited his shop in Portsmouth, Ohio, a few years ago and almost got one for US$500. His shop isn't there any more. Anyone know where I can find him? If not, anyone know where I can get a basic beginner's pedal steel guitar for under $1000?
posted by billtron on Nov 11, 2007 - 5 answers

Radio sales person needed, but for a weekly show.

How do I find an advertising sales agent who can represent a weekly commercial radio show to advertisers in the San Francisco-Bay Area market. of course there's [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Nov 5, 2007 - 3 answers

Success with Affiliate Marketing?

I'm looking to make some extra income online. How viable is Affiliate Marketing? I currently have no websites, but I am reasonably conversant in web concepts and terms. Anyone have success in this area of online business? If so, how long did it take you to start earning a profit on your campaigns? What kind of input was necessary to achieve these profits? Basically I'm just wondering if this is a viable option for someone with no experience in online business and sales.
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb on Nov 4, 2007 - 9 answers

Accepting credit card (paypal) payments offline?

My singing group sells CDs online using paypal (accepting credit cards) on our website. We also sell CDs at shows where we perform, and so far have been accepting only cash and check. We would like to accept credit cards in hopes of getting even more sales. I'm having trouble finding/understanding the information on the paypal website. Basically, can we get peoples' credit card info (the chick chunk slider?) and manually enter the credit card info into paypal at a later time? (I don't mind doing this manually, it's 50 transactions at the most.) We are straying away from the automatic machines because 1) we won't always have access to power and phone lines 2)we don't want to sign up with another merchant account. Thanks for the help!
posted by cp7 on Oct 30, 2007 - 15 answers

How do I get rid of a dead car?

How do I get rid of a dead car? [more inside]
posted by rhizome on Oct 9, 2007 - 21 answers

Creating Healthy Agreements

I want to buy a friend's car. How can I ensure that we'll still be friends after? [more inside]
posted by RJ Reynolds on Oct 6, 2007 - 17 answers

High-End Furniture Sales Job - take it or leave it?

What are the job responsibilities of a high-end furniture sales rep? [more inside]
posted by maelanchai on Aug 29, 2007 - 1 answer

So... Do we have deal?

Sales Filter - What are some creative ways to communicate with and motivate an extremely mobile sales force? [more inside]
posted by LakesideOrion on Aug 2, 2007 - 10 answers

How do I market and sell cuteness?

I humbly and politely request your input on my forthcoming character-related logo wear apparel marketing. T-shirts, sweatshirts, keychains, hats, etc., featuring a character I created. [more inside]
posted by The Deej on Jul 20, 2007 - 13 answers

Work for Western-Southern Life?

Is Western-Southern Life a good company to start out selling life insurance with? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Jul 18, 2007 - 2 answers

Google Map Craigslists garage sales?

Looking for a little help building a Google Maps/Craigslist display applet. [more inside]
posted by Marky on Jul 17, 2007 - 3 answers

You can't put a price on love, but let's say that love has a 6 cylinder 225 in it...

How much do I charge for my lovingly restored 1970 Dodge Dart Swinger with a salvage title? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Jun 18, 2007 - 8 answers

Sales vs Advertising Illustration

Marketing vs. Sales vs. advertising vs. PR -- help me find a great illustration that breaks down the difference between mktg sales PR etc. by showing different perspectives of a guy saying he's a good lover (advertising) or women describing the guy as a good lover (PR)... it was featured in DIgg or Lifehacker or boingboing a while back but I can't find it!
posted by kaytrem on Jun 12, 2007 - 2 answers

Sell me on something to make selling easier

What's a solid OS X software package for managing small business sales? [more inside]
posted by paxton on Jun 6, 2007 - 7 answers

What is a good program for a travelling representative?

I am looking for a program that can take customer lists, output route maps and allow for record keeping of sales/customer history. [more inside]
posted by uri on May 24, 2007 - 3 answers

How can I crack the whip / get my realtor to move my property?

My realtor has gone from a proactive go-getter to a neglectful, smarmy do nothing. I need to sell my condo (I know the market is bad) but it's a nice place in great condition and priced in line with others in the market. How can I get it to move quicker? [more inside]
posted by jkl345 on Apr 30, 2007 - 17 answers

Sales help

How can I sell better when the interaction begins with a cold call and is transacted entirely over the phone? [more inside]
posted by josher71 on Apr 11, 2007 - 19 answers

wedding ring removed for sales pitch

Is it ethical for a women who is in sales to remove her wedding ring so that prospective clients will be more interested in hearing her pitch? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2007 - 63 answers

I need to look smart talking about CRM.

Web-based CRM. Give me something smart to ask the vendor. [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 on Apr 2, 2007 - 6 answers

Dear Devil, can I interest you in these spectacular ice sculptures?

I'd like to get into sales. What are the best methods by which to break into the industry without prior experience? [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli on Jan 17, 2007 - 5 answers

The prices I'm seeing now, they make me weep.

So what are the other common big sales events/times besides Black Friday? Specifically after next March. [more inside]
posted by empyrean on Nov 20, 2006 - 6 answers

Is there a way for my boss to screw me out of my $$

I work for a magazine publishing company, and I think I am making a lateral move to another company which offers more upside potential in the future. I get a base salary, but most of my income comes from commission. The company I work for is relatively small, a LLC, and I dont think there are any $$ problems. My boss however is somewhat of a tyrant. My concern in leaving is that he will try and find a way to stiff me out of any remaining due commission to me. It is currently and ranges around 20k, in which he owes me, and pays me off in increments per paycheck. When I started here, we had put the agreement down on paper...(more) [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Nov 9, 2006 - 2 answers

Know what it takes to sell real estate?

Where can I buy a pair of Brass Balls? [such as those seen in Glengarry Glen Ross] [more inside]
posted by rorycberger on Nov 3, 2006 - 2 answers

Save me from Job Hell.

How do I get relevant/fulfilling work experience while in grad school for my dream job? [more inside]
posted by mynameismandab on Oct 28, 2006 - 14 answers

Sale or No Sale?

What constitutes an agreement to sell on sites like Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze on Oct 26, 2006 - 17 answers

What stores are ranked directly below Wal-Mart?

In this NYT article, it says "...Wal-Mart's $312 billion in sales last year exceeded the sales of the next five biggest retailers combined." How can I find out who those five big retailers are and how much they made? Are these rankings based on U.S. sales, or worldwide + U.S.? Googling gives me data for 2004, but I can't find anything for 2005.
posted by invisible ink on Oct 2, 2006 - 6 answers

Business Systems

SAP / Oracle, these are the big expensive systems I want to avoid in a new business system. What other options are there for a small to medium sales comapany? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Aug 17, 2006 - 9 answers

When should I buy a car?

When's the best time to buy a (probably used) car? [more inside]
posted by fogster on Aug 8, 2006 - 7 answers

Pitchers! Purdy pitchers! Get yer pitchers here!

How do I get my photographs into galleries and/or sell prints? [more inside]
posted by polyglot on Jul 31, 2006 - 15 answers

Selling a picture for online use

How do I sell a photograph for online use? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Jul 27, 2006 - 4 answers

Clueless Co-Workers on Shopping Spree

Salesmen and clueless co-workers: how to cope? [more inside]
posted by gimonca on Jul 24, 2006 - 10 answers

And what exactly is my salary??

I am a full time college student right now and have just gotten a job at a bicycle shop. The problem is, I have no idea what I am being paid. When I inquired about employment I was initially turned down, saying that there was not any positions currently available. After some pleading and explaining my passion for bikes the manager entertained the idea. During the interview he asked me when I was looking to make. This question somewhat blind-sided me as I didn't want to give too high of a number and leave a bad taste in his mouth or worse, lose the job. I told him that pay was really not important to me and just working with bikes and learning was the most important aspect of the job. Long story short I got the job but we have yet to discuss salary [more inside]
posted by Evan Gaffney on Jul 24, 2006 - 18 answers

Is this site really the answer to our crushing real estate worries?

My wife and I bought a house shortly after we got married last year; due to various financial circumstance, we cannot afford the house, the homeowner's insurance or the property taxes this year-- heck we really can't afford to live there anymore, period. We're working with a realtor to try and sell our house, probably for even a short sale in hopes that we won't be foreclosed upon or declare bankruptcy. We just got an offer from a company that says they specialize in buying houses-- is this the answer to our prayers, or just another come-on? [more inside]
posted by ShawnStruck on Jun 27, 2006 - 21 answers

How to efficently set up a sales department?

What is the most efficient organizational structure for a sales department? [more inside]
posted by tundro on Jun 25, 2006 - 2 answers

Good styles for good business site design?

What website layouts work best for a site selling some books and/or software? Ideas? Examples? What about NOT-recommended ideas and examples? [more inside]
posted by zek on May 15, 2006 - 5 answers

Looking for more information on ClickBank and Ebook Selling...

OnlineSalesFilter: ClickBank | eBook selling; is anyone here in affiliate marketing for these ebooks? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister on May 15, 2006 - 1 answer

What is a reasonable offer for a new car?

What is a reasonable offer for a new car? [more inside]
posted by benjh on Apr 25, 2006 - 37 answers

Can I Trust These Folks?

Who can tell me anything about a company called Newstex? Are they legit? [more inside]
posted by mmahaffie on Apr 3, 2006 - 3 answers

One Widget Two Widget Red Widget Blue Widget

WidgetsFilter. What government (US) resource will tell me how many unique widgets are available for sale each year? [more inside]
posted by pants on Mar 29, 2006 - 4 answers

Paging Herbert Kornfeld - ecommerce with purchase orders

Is there an open-source ecommerce store system that has built-in support for purchase orders? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Mar 28, 2006 - 6 answers

1. Gather CDs, books, DVDs. 2. ????? 3. Profit!!!!

Are there any services or software to make it easier to sell a bunch of stuff on Amazon Marketplace? [more inside]
posted by Tallguy on Mar 21, 2006 - 2 answers

Non-location based job search

Non-location based job search [more inside]
posted by hokie409 on Feb 21, 2006 - 3 answers

What percentage for the salesperson?

Does anyone happen to know what an "industry standard" percentage might be for an independent salesperson in the media industry (commercials/animation/print/etc.)? [more inside]
posted by numlok on Feb 18, 2006 - 0 answers

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