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My Promise: I Didn’t Write This Article While Driving

Do you know the difference between a Rolls Royce Phantom and a Maserati Quattroporte?

I do.

Show me a glimpse of the sleek, artfully sculpted flowing lines and evocative curves of an exotic automobile.

I will tell you the name, make and model instantly. And whether the engine under the hood is a 453 horsepower V8 or 460 horsepower V10. And that the seats are decorated with hand-stitched saddle tan leather trim. And how the interior door handles are made entirely from bamboo.

Allow me to confess: I’m a self-diagnosed car addict.

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Keeping Business Hot When It’s Cold

It’s been a very long winter season, right?

Snow. Rain. Wind. Ice. Followed by more snow. The United States has experienced one of the most coldest, harshest winters in recent memory. An intense cold front – which meteorologists are calling the “Polar Vortex” – has sent icy an Arctic air jet streaming downwards into Canada, the USA, and even Northeastern Mexico.

But just because the weather is freezing doesn’t mean your business has to go the same route. Stores need to stay open; companies must produce real work; and the business marketplace will go on as usual, snow or no snow.

The analogy here is very relevant. If your business experiences a cold snap, don’t close up shop and blame the weather. Here are some timely Ptex Pointers you can use to keep your business hot, regardless of what the economic forecast calls for that day.

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Forget UPS, Forget FedEx: You Need A USP

I like to ask lots of questions. Especially when meeting with new clients and learning about their business challenges. My inquiries are always direct, to the point and easy to understand.

Well, almost always.

There’s one particular question I ask that often confuses the client sitting across from me. Here it is: “Can you tell me your company’s USP?”

For those working in the marketing world it’s a simple inquiry. But to the unacquainted, it can sound downright perplexing. The client will generally stare at me for a few moments with a bewildered expression and finally respond: “Are you asking if we deliver with UPS?”

And that’s when the fun really begins.

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