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What Can You Do With a Worthless August?

Outside it’s warm, but muggy, sunny, but hazy and beautiful, but buggy. It’s summer in all its glory, but let’s face it, August is tough. It creates tension while promising relaxation. Even those of us lucky enough to go on vacation can’t escape feeling a little anxious. It’s like we’re 13 again and know school is just around the corner.  

In this month, people can behave rashly—even erratically. As slow as August can be, one should never underestimate it. The eighth month is notorious for market swings, changes in work roles and responsibilities, vendor shifts, territory grabs and relationship changes.  

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How to Build High-Performing Teams by Developing Mental Toughness

We’ve been talking a lot lately about mental toughness in athletes; what it is and how to spot it. While some people are more naturally inclined to possess the traits that suggest mental toughness, it’s also a skill that can be developed. Not everyone needs to be a North Carolina point guard to understand mental toughness or learn how to leverage those qualities in their professional careers, you can also cultivate mental toughness on your own teams.

Applying mental toughness to the workplace

Before approaching a strategy for mental toughness, you should consider what it means to value mental toughness in the workplace. Why should you prioritize building these skills in your team if they aren’t naturally inclined to do so on their own? If these are skills typically associated with athletics, how can they apply to the workplace?

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6 Personality Traits That Make an Impact on Top Performing Teams

Building mentally tough teams requires mentally tough employees. In our latest whitepaper,our research team defines the psychological advantage of six essential personality traits that make up mental toughness. And while some people are more naturally inclined to possess these traits, mental toughness is also a skill that can be developed by honing in on these key characteristics and building upon them over time.

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Sales Incentives to Drive Effective Revenue Generation

During a recent TMSA conference, we participated in working lunches where several contemporary sales and marketing topics were discussed including a discussion on sales incentives and how an organization can use incentives to drive more effective revenue generation. Over two days of discussion, we had participants who held a range of roles, from individual producers to sales managers and commercial leaders; representing small logistics organizations to major publicly traded transportation companies. 

In our discussions, we came to a common agreement, across the board, that incentive drives behavior. Each of our organizations were commonly bound by their membership in the transportation and logistics industry, however, each had a different strategy relative to how they motivated their sales team to reach the organizations independent revenue or sales goal.

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Best Practices for a Successful Sales and Marketing Outsourcing Strategy

Hubtek had the pleasure of Hosting a Roundtable at TMSA’s Marketing and Sales Conference last month. The topic for our table was “Best Practices in Outsourcing Sales.” Below are a few of the key takeaways that came from their discussion. 

Culture 

Work culture is a concept which deals in the study of: Beliefs, thought processes, attitudes of the employees. Ideologies and principles of the organization.

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Leveraging Sales Feedback with Marketing to Drive Results

At TMSA’s Annual Conference last month, I had the pleasure of hosting a discussion group of sales and marketing practitioners on the topic of “Leveraging Sales Feedback with Marketing to Drive Results.” At first, I was fearful that it might evolve into more of the same old ‘sales wants more leads from marketing’ type of discussion. However, I was delightfully surprised at the level of interest in collaboration and openness across both functions sitting around the table! I was also surprised that the same challenges were present across multiple participating companies.    

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Expanding Minds and Experiences at the 2019 TMSA Annual Conference

At this year’s Compass Awards, a direct mail campaign by VantagePoint Logistics took some of the top honors. Yes, a 147-year-old medium (or 537 or 3019-year-old medium depending on who you ask) bested video, VR, social and digital everything. 

Make no mistake, the work was excellent. It was a luscious, high budget, multiple-piece highly-personalized campaign to a very limited, high-value audience of 150 people. It worked; recipients loved it. When the company called to request a meeting, the prospects were excited, it was as if they already knew them. They couldn’t wait to make it real, to move to the next piece in the sequence: the meeting. 

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Food Logistics Recognizes 2019 Top Green Providers

Food Logistics magazine, a TMSA Affiliate member and Media Friend, recently announced its annual Food Logistics’ 2019 Top Green Providers. According to Jolene Gulley, Group Publisher at AC Business Media (the publisher of Food Logistics): “This initiative showcases companies that have found new ways to promote sustainability throughout their operations and for their customers. This year’s list consists of 3PLs, technology companies, transportation providers, cold storage providers and many more that have upped their game to become leaders in the sustainable global food supply chain.”

Congratulations to these TMSA member companies for their accomplishments that have allowed them to be named to Food Logistics’ 2019 Top Green Providers.

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Transport Topics Says Economic Expansion Drives Robust Gains for Top 100 Motor Carriers

There were big financial gains in 2018 for most motor carriers, driven by the strongest economy in decades. According to Daniel Bearth, Senior Features Writer at Transport Topics, mergers and acquisitions continued to rearrange the business landscape – with the most notable one recently being XPO Logistics and Daseke Inc. Transport Topics, a TMSA Affiliate member and Media Friend, recently announced its annual 2019 Top 100 For-Hire Companies, which is based upon financial standing of motor carriers.

The Transportation Marketing & Sales Association boasts approximately 25% of those making the 2019 list as members.  Congratulations to these TMSA member companies for their accomplishments that have allowed them to be named to Transport Topics’ 2019 Top 100 For-Hire Companies!

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Lead Generation and Conversion Strategies through Digital

2 Roundtable Discussions. 15 Participants.

I had the opportunity to facilitate two roundtable discussions on lead generation and conversion strategies through digital, and while both roundtable discussions were with different groups, on different days, the key takeaways were very similar. Discussion participants varied in their levels of experience in digital marketing. Some participants were very seasoned and some were more novice. Our conversations focused on the basic tenets of developing a lead generation and conversion strategy. Here is what we discovered.

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Set Your Compass to True North

What’s the next job, folks? Internal newsletter? Customer portal on a website? Driver recruitment campaign? Whatever it is, make sure you know WHY. A solid WHY points everyone involved in the same direction toward a stronger organization. 

Likewise, a nebulous WHY has nebulous results. Here are some nebulous WHYs:

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More Transportation Companies Are Looking at Sales Holistically

Sales strategy and operations are becoming more sophisticated among companies in the transportation and logistics industry. At least that’s the findings from the 2019 TMSA Marketing & Sales Metrics Study.

This year marks TMSA’s fourth annual sales and marketing metrics study. The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA), and Transport Topics magazine promoted participation in this study. At the 2019 TMSA Logistics Marketing & Sales Conference last week, TMSA’s CEO Brian Everett made the observation that many companies are looking more holistically at their sales strategy and operations.

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TMSA Conference Insights on Shipper of Choice

Customer Experience (CX) was the theme of the 2019 TMSA Logistics Marketing & Sales Conference at Amelia Island, Florida. As marketers and sales professionals within transportation and logistics, creating a delightful experience for our shippers is often the first “Customer” we think of when we look to improve. One peer-to-peer conversation during a working lunch roundtable session with leaders from carriers, brokers, technology firms, transportation media and shippers confirmed that holding shippers accountable to providing a first-rate experience for truck drivers is an equally compelling priority.

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Customer Experience (CX): Myth or Reality in Transportation and Logistics?

So what do my customers want? The savviest executives in the transportation and logistics industry are now asking this question, as evidenced at the annual TMSA Logistics Marketing & Sales Conference last week at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort near Jacksonville, Florida.

“Companies in this space understand that they are in the customer experience business, and they understand that how an organization delivers for customers is beginning to be as important as what it delivers,” said keynote Robert Rose, Chief Troublemaker of The Content Advisory, a strategy, advisory and education group for The Content Marketing Institute.

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4 Stages of Inbound Marketing

By Brian Everett, CEO, Transportation Marketing & Sales Association

There’s no question that the transportation and logistics industry is in a current state of rapid change, thanks to a large degree to to the evolution of technology. Shipment tracking and tracing, GPS, blockchain, and electronic messaging with customers, providers and drivers are just a few examples that are greatly impacting transportation operations.

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How Copywriting Contributes to a Great Customer Experience

By Conrad Winter, a campaign and content copywriter for the transportation and logistics industry. He is a TMSA member and will be exhibiting at the upcoming TMSA Logistics Marketing & Sales Conference, which has a theme focused on the Customer Experience (CX). For more information, visit conradwinter.com.

No one wants to do business with a computer, or have a relationship with a robot. It’s creepy. 

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Why Marketing Should Always Be Spelled with a Capital “M”

By Laura Patterson, president of VisionEdge Marketing, a recognized pioneer in the Marketing Performance Management (MPM) space. She is a past presenter and thought leader at the TMSA Logistics Marketing & Sales Conference and specializes in marketing accountability, marketing analytics, and marketing operations.

Quite a few years ago we had an intense debate over my insistence on capitalizing the word “Marketing.” You’re probably laughing right now thinking what a waste of energy and effort. Maybe you’re thinking what’s in the water in Texas? In looking back however, this turned out to be an extremely important conversation for us. I hope it will spark a similar conversation around your table. Let me share a bit more about our discussion.

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Is a Customer Experience Strategy Critical for Transportation Companies?

By Brian Everett, ABC, Chief Executive Officer of TMSA and Senior Partner with MindShare Strategies, Inc., an association management company specializing in the management and marketing of associations in the transportation and logistics industry.

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The 4Ps - What They Mean in Today's Logistics Marketplace

By Jason Ickert of Energy Transportation Group where he is involved in integrating logistics solutions across the organization and their commercial partners. Ickert is also Co-Chair of the TMSA Membership Committee and serves on the TMSA Board of Directors.

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Are You Creating Content Or Communication?

By Robert Rose, Chief Strategy Officer of The Content Advisory, the Consulting & Education Group of Content Marketing InstituteFor more than 20 years, Rose has been helping marketers to tell their story more effectively and build passionate audiences and powerful customer experiences. Rose will be the opening and closing keynote speaker for the 2019 TMSA Logistics Marketing & Sales Conference

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