January 13, 2004
Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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"Brand Building" Through Corporate Barter
Today, many new products are becoming obsolete even before they reach the consumer. And no one cares to wait around in the hopes that time will cure such marketing failures.
But as American business moves forward, what is probably the oldest form of commerce in the world—barter—has become a widely accepted solution to vexing financial and marketing challenges.
Nowhere is that clearer than in the "brand building" arena, where smart marketing people know they have to make every dollar count and maximize the marketplace exposure of their lucrative core brands.
Barter, more specifically corporate barter, can be an important weapon in the marketing executive's arsenal.
Almost everyone knows what barter is in its simplest terms: the exchange of products or services for other products or services. However, corporate barter is somewhat different. It's a process by which a manufacturer or provider of services can take unwanted products or underutilized capacity and turn it into valuable trade credits, by selling to a corporate barter company.
Corporate barter offers a great value to businesses...an attractive alternative to the "pennies on the dollar" that liquidators offer for their unwanted goods. (A list of barter companies worldwide is found on the BarterNews.com web site, under "Barter Contacts.")
What does the company do with the trade credits? It uses them to acquire things normally purchased with cash. In most cases these trade credits are equal to the regular wholesale price of goods, helping conserve cash.
Virtually every corporation
has products or services that seemed like great idea when they were conceived,
but failed to pay out quickly in the real-world marketplace. And the trouble
is that most companies can't afford the cost of owning products of offering
services that "aren't quite right,
That's a luxury that is growing increasingly scarce—and expensive—as marketers seek to expand the reach and sales of their most important items. Corporate barter is a solution for clearing out what's not working, while allowing a company's top-notch marketing and sales people to concentrate on what is working.
Instead of reverting to discounting and incentives on lines with good profit margins, and diverting time and attention from the core business, corporate barter can help...by stanching the hemorrhaging and cleaning out the non-profitable products before they put a further drain on a company's cash flow.
To be continued
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Looking To Help Others This Year? Barter Your Time And Skills
There are almost 1,000 organizations worldwide that welcome volunteers, where you can trade your time and skills to help others in exchange for room and board. For professionals with special expertise—technical, financial or medical—there are numerous opportunities.
The Financial Services Corps, which can be reached at (212) 771-1400, sends qualified executives to help advise public or private sector agencies, primarily in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union on capital-markets development and central and commercial banking.
Retired businesspeople may want to check out the International Executive Service Corps at (202) 326-0280 or www.iesc.org, which sends volunteers to work as consultants in developing countries. And those in the health profession can contact Health Volunteers Overseas at (202) 296-0928 or www.hvousa.org.
Many groups require no special skills such as Global Volunteers at (800) 487-1074 or www.GlobalVolunteers.org, which takes interested workers to developing regions of Europe to help on projects ranging from natural-resource development to teaching English.
Caribbean Volunteer Expeditions at (607) 962-7846 or www.cvexp.org, teams up with local museums and national parks on historic-preservation projects. Volunteers—who don't have to be architects—help measure drawings and document building surveys.
Check Out The 29 Informative Articles Listed In Our "Trade Exchange" Section
Learn how to use barter to reward and motivate your employees, or to assist your most valued customers. See why your company's team of professional advisors should include a barter expert. And check out the ten ways barter can help you build greater assets, plus much, much more!
To read any one or all of these interesting articles see "Barter Categories" listed on the horizontal navigational bar at the top of our web site, and then click "Trade Exchange" on the drop-down menu.
"Barter, as practiced today by corporations, is probably the smartest, most cost-effective form of corporate networking there is. Corporations understand that, as a form of networking, barter can get you what you need for what you don't want. And that's as close to something for nothing as you're ever going to find in this life."
Mackay, author and recent recipient of the Horatio Alger
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