On Selling Contract Manufacturing Services

Contract manufacturing is a service not a product. As CEMs, we are actually building someone else’s product, someone else’s baby. Our customers are putting the fate of their companies in our hands. If we build the product incorrectly our customers will be the ones to pay. In the end they are the ones who have their name […]


Let me tell you about my good friend Marty Petersen. He was one of the most intriguing people I have ever met, and had the pleasure to work with. Marty was always all in whatever task he undertook. When I met him, he was handling the purchasing for us at Automated Systems, the PCB shop […]

Selling On Price Is How You Lose

If you prospect for price you are going to get price oriented customers. You are only going to “buy” your way into an account and yes, you are going to set the precedent for the life of that account. So says Mark Hunter in his great new book High-Profit Prospecting published by Amacom. And allow me to […]

Open-Minded Selling

Great sales people will try anything. There is a theory that goes, “Look at the way a person dresses today, and you can tell when he went to high school” Try it out, and you’ll see that most of the time it’s true. Khakis and button-down oxford cloth shirts?  Pre-hippie days sixties. Gray haired ponytails? […]