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We’ve collected the best Sales Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: Andy Jassy, Fred DeLuca, Daymond John, Chris Sununu, Ken Xie. Use them as an inspiration.

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Re: Invent is different from the typical technology-industry conference in that it’s not a sales and marketing event, but about learning and education.
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Profit or perish… There are only two ways to make money: increase sales and decrease costs.
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I like to look at things that have been developed and re-developed over the course of time so I know the bugs are worked out of it. And in the business itself, I like to look at sales, by far. I want to see that there is a vetted track record of sales to show the price point has worked.
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We are a no sales tax state. That applies across the board, to our citizens and those in other states. Period.
5
We talk a lot in Silicon Valley about product pipelines and sales pipelines, but what about talent pipelines? It is, after all, talent – people – who give us products to sell.
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The enhanced features of our ad products would require sufficient understanding from our sales force, advertisers, and agencies. To facilitate this, we have held multiple training sessions internally and road show events externally.
7
I just wish we knew a little less about his urethra and a little more about his arms sales to Iran.
8
Your agent should be invested in the success of your book past the contract stage. After all, if it sells well, she‘s going to be getting 15 percent of every dime you make. She can be your best advocate in fighting for your book – not just with editing and the cover, but with marketing and sales as well.
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Many newly public companies are able to post a year or two of strong sales growth off a small base, but their growth almost always slows over time, thanks to what investment professionals call ‘the law of large numbers.’
10
Every time the good giants try to cut back on salt, sugar, fat calories, inevitably Wall Street raises its hand and is looking at the sales figures and the revenue and saying, ‘Thou shalt not result in any loss of profit.’ There’s huge continuing pressure on the food companies.
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We initially targeted pager networks, which have been suffering for the last decade due to cell phone sales.
David Rose
12
Where do these arms come from, these Saturday night specials that constitute the instrument of threats in bank robberies, or the hand grenades used by terrorists? How can their sales and their import be permitted?
13
Canada Day comes and goes modestly every year. Sure, there are retail sales promotions and a long weekend. But there isn’t bluster or commodity in Canadian celebration. Canada isn’t big on bunting. Or jet flyovers, fireworks, marching bands or military pomp.
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Our economy works really well without an income or a sales tax.
15
At St. Francis de Sales in Atlanta, we do not have an organ. We do not have rehearsals during the week. We do not have a professional choir.
Richard Morris
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With my adult books, for the first six weeks or so, it’s about 60 percent ebooks in terms of sales. The kids‘ books, it’s like 5 percent. Which means that the parents, the ones that aren’t going into stores now, they’re no longer buying books for their kids, which is not great.
17
You fight for certain roles, and you realise they’re being filled by television and film actors, because theatre is constantly fighting for survival and they need names and faces and ticket sales.
18
If I invest in a CEO, I need him or her to have experience in sales.
19
In the past the publishers I’ve worked with have been extremely generous. And in almost every case, have been people who believed in the work rather than the sales and marketing.
Peter Sotos
20
Following an extended boom in housing, the demand for homes began to weaken in mid-2005. By the middle of 2006, sales of both new and existing homes had fallen about 15 percent below their peak levels. Homebuilders responded to the fall in demand by sharply curtailing construction.
21
We hired a CSR person at Twitter, years before we hired our first sales person, to make sure we had a culture and impact of doing good.
22
Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make me feel important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.
Mary Kay Ash
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Success has a lot to do with luck, but it also involves a lot of real hard work. The thing about success is you really can’t gauge things by album sales.
Jerry Cantrell
24
Sales teams use social media to generate leads and track clients as they move through the sales funnel. Operations and distribution teams forecast supply chains, while research and development squads brainstorm product ideas.
25
Madam Speaker, before being elected to Congress, I ran a manufacturing business that did a significant percentage of our sales outside the United States.
26
Most of my friends from college became dental hygienists or went into retail, a lot went into sales. They all started getting married and having kids and buying homes and I was still living like a college student.
27
If there is going to be any meaningful sales, it’s going to be through word of mouth and people recommending it to their book club and then a thousand more book clubs do it, and then you get into real sales numbers.
28
People ask me, ‘What’s it like to leave ESPN?’ and I say, ‘I’m not leaving ESPN. I’m leaving ESPNU.’ That’s what I was on. That network doesn’t even have a sales staff.
29
In business, the market gives you feedback in real time. Your sales figures tell you what’s working, what isn’t, and how you need to change. If you don’t listen to the feedback, you go belly up. In philanthropy, there is no market.
Jeff Raikes
30
You know, I’m the 1st black solo MC from Detroit. I didn’t do the 50 Cent sales but hey… I got a long career, I’m still young and I’m trying to bring really good music.
Obie Trice
31
I had Dell for four and a half years, and its sales are still phenomenal, but their operating margins started to contract, so I sold it in early 1999. There’s nothing wrong with Dell! It’s a fine company. It’s just the business risk they took.
32
I’m good at sales. I enjoy it.
33
Most Fortune 500 companies began as small start-ups whose entrepreneurial founders slowly developed the infrastructure, hired the staff, sourced manufacturers or built their own factory, and created distribution, sales, and marketing plans.
34
Look at ‘Avatar:’ the foreign ticket sales were over twice the domestic returns. The mind boggles at those kinds of numbers, but that’s what you get when you effectively reach out to a global audience. If that kind of thing came to comics, it would undoubtedly change how people perceive the mainstream industry.
35
In the late 19th century there was a major union organization, Knights of Labor, and also a radical populist movement based on farmers. It’s hard to believe, but it was based in Texas, and it was quite radical. They wanted their own banks, their own cooperatives, their own control over sales and commerce.
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So long as new ideas are created, sales will continue to reach new highs.
Dorothea Brande
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Why do we have to pretend we’re not in the sales game? I didn’t sign on to be a salesman. I signed on to be an actor.
38
If you make converting a lead into a sale harder than a trip to the local DMV, then you lose sales to someone else – with an inferior product – who can make it painless. Don’t do that!
39
Both of my parents were college-educated within the curriculum in Haiti. When they came to the United States, both had to learn English. My mother worked in retail and continues to do so today, working as the lead sales representative in a fine-jewelry store. My father became a machinist.
40
I don’t do this for the money, I don’t do it for record sales, I don’t really care about that, I just want to make beats.
41
Someone told me that each equation I included in the book would halve the sales.
42
I’ve only experienced it a few times where you get to have a thing that simultaneously gets some critical respect, some critical success, while also having sales success. Sometimes you get one or the other if you’re lucky.
43
Rural technology is moving from kind of the back office to where everything, every company – sales, marketing, customer acquisition, new product development, media – all industries are becoming technology industries. And it’s not information technology: it’s business technology.
44
In my experience, most small businesses are worried about the client fulfillment – ‘getting the Job done‘ – and lead generation far more than they are in how the sales process flows.
45
I saw my potential as artistic director, which is very different from designer. Fashion companies might have $200 million to $300 million in annual sales – Hugo Boss has €2.5 billion. I have to create a world that is believable and also relevant in 7,000 sales points around the world.
46
If you could taste words, most corporate websites, brochures, and sales materials would remind you of stale, soggy rice cakes: nearly calorie free, devoid of nutrition, and completely unsatisfying.
47
Comics publishers are used to looking in a very, very narrow focused prism. It’s like when I started writing ‘X-Men.’ Our ‘meat and potatoes‘ money was made of newsstand sales, while anything that came through the Direct Market was considered gravy.
48
When I started losing business to salespeople who were using used-car salesmen kind of tactics, I realized I can’t ignore the EQ thing; it’s going to kill sales.
49
Even institutions of State, such as the judiciary, were seriously weakened, to the extent that the citizenry justifiably feared a breakdown in law and order. The business community was hit by a slump in sales and confidence, leading to reduced earnings and loss of jobs.
Kamisese Mara
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I have two curiosity cabinets at home filled with finds from jumble sales, markets and my travels. My favourite piece is a voodoo mask from just outside Cape Town.
51
We have reduced sales tax on food. Now we want it eliminated.
52
It’s becoming increasingly harder and harder; there’s no such thing as independent film anymore. There aren’t any, they don’t exist. In the old days you could go and get a certain amount of the budget with foreign sales, now everybody wants a marketable angle.
53
Most attractive males talk to most attractive women as if they were Rotarians comparing sales percentages in Des Moines.
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There is no prize in sales for second place. It’s win or nothing. The masters know this and strive for – they fight for – that winning edge.
55
We like scalable companies that we think we can grow – because of our expertise, operational is consumer-facing. For the most part, consumer-facing, technology-driven process, driven sometimes if they’re call center or into the sales type of stuff associated with it.
56
The 9-9-9 plan would resuscitate this economy because it replaces the outdated tax code that allows politicians to pick winners and losers, and to provide favors in the form of tax breaks, special exemptions and loopholes. It simplifies the code dramatically: 9% business flat tax, 9% personal flat tax, 9% sales tax.
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Above all, a query letter is a sales pitch and it is the single most important page an unpublished writer will ever write. It’s the first impression and will either open the door or close it. It’s that important, so don’t mess it up. Mine took 17 drafts and two weeks to write.
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I spend way too much time watching television, going to sports games, going to movies. It struck me that there’s an awful lot of data in the public domain for these sectors. The movie industry publishes weekly sales numbers – not many industries do.
59
Big screens helped propel Samsung to top-tier prominence and helped iPhone sales explode a few years later. But for many, including myself, the biggest-screen models just weren’t practical, because their overall size made them too large, too bulky, and too heavy.
60
Look at the scope of writers who sell stuff. I’m at the very top of the power curve in terms of sales.
61
Kids are taking music for free all the time. They have Spotify, Pandora… The record companies aren’t making the kind of music that they used to make. Artists make their money on tours, not from album sales.
Malcolm D. Lee
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We have a relationship with our customer, and that relationship translates into sales.
63
Opening Ceremony is my number one favorite place to shop here. It’s the only place I’ll shop in New York with my son. All of the sales people are so cool; the music is great; it’s just like a big fun house, so he stays entertained.
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Uncertainty about sales impedes business planning and could harm capital formation just as much as uncertainty about inflation can create uncertainty about relative prices and harm business planning.
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Connecticut has an incredible mix of tourism offerings – from arts and cultural venues and restaurants, to lodging properties and outdoor recreation areas – all of which help generate business sales, tax revenues, and statewide jobs benefitting our communities.
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Tariffs that save jobs in the steel industry mean higher steel prices, which in turn means fewer sales of American steel products around the world and losses of far more jobs than are saved.
67
I don’t know why the word ‘solopreneur’ is in our lexicon. Nobody can physically do it all by themselves, and more importantly, why would they want to? Being the sales team, the HR department, management, and production all by yourself is terrible. Period.
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Authors will make far more on those ebooks through direct sales than publishers are offering. There is no incentive for authors to sell those rights to traditional publishers which means, in the fairly short term, publishers run out of material to sell.
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Higher productivity enables companies to increase sales without adding workers. Even if job markets tighten and wages rise, corporate profits can continue to climb as long as worker productivity is growing faster than overall wages.
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I know how hard authors work on their books and how far out of their element many are when it comes to doing the sales and marketing. So when I see someone doing it wrong and giving bad advice, I do my best to help – even when they’re not my clients.
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I have always loved westernssupernatural westerns in particular. One of my first professional short story sales was a horror/western story. It wasn’t so great, though, so I’m glad the magazine folded before it saw print.
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Chances are that neither the client nor the agency will ever know very much about what role the ad has played in sales or profits of the client, either short-term or long-term.
Michael Schudson
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I was a woman and younger. I started spending a lot of time in the mall doing a lot of qualitative research and really watching what consumers were doing. Were they gravitating towards the sales racks, or were they looking at the new fashions? Were they there to shop, or were they there to socialize?
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If you go out there and start making noise and making sales – people will find you. Sales cure all. You can talk about how great your business plan is and how well you are going to do. You can make up your own opinions, but you cannot make up your own facts. Sales cure all.
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Walmart is so huge that a wage boost at Walmart would ripple through the entire economy, putting more money in the pockets of low-wage workers. This would help boost the entire economy – including Walmart’s own sales.
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There is no everlasting power in the music of today. Everyone is running after record sales.
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Minimum sales prices for alcohol are a startlingly bad idea. As with excise duties, the effects are regressive.
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For me, it’s not about quick grabs and quick sales; it’s about having a sound that will last and sustain.
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My mum worked in a grocery shop and played football, and my dad worked with cars, a sales director, and he played to almost a professional level. His dad played as well.
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At many companies, business development is treated as a sales tool for incremental growth, but I believe that business development can bend our growth curve in a big way. It should accelerate our ability to grow, helping us quickly close gaps or leap ahead of competitors.
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Trade sales are the bulk of exits, and there’s no shame in that. Sometimes, it’s exactly the right thing to do.
82
I’m a musichead. My favorite Gaga song of all time is ‘You & I’ – it might not be the popular vote in terms of charts or sales, but it’s my favorite.
83
When you’re in something as successful as ‘Transformers,’ you can’t use it as a sales piece for your ability as an actress because it’s all about the special effects.
Megan Fox
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Basically all the art we know in history books, the business model for that art was not unit sales. It was patronage. It was a person who made great stuff. And then an institution, a religious institution, a government, a wealthy individual, would pay that person to go make more of that.
85
Starting at 11, I was a movie-theater popcorn girl, a babysitter, a sales clerk – in the Midwest, they start them early!
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Unlike other professionsdoctor, lawyer, teacher, journalist, sales clerk, stock broker – when a cop makes a bad mistake, it could mean someone is dead. They take home mental baggage unlike anything carried in almost every other job.
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eBay started with a core focus on the collector. At the time of its S-1, six or seven percent of its total sales were Beanie Babies.
Jeff Jordan
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Most large media firms make outsized investments to acquire and market a small number of titles with strong hit potential, and bank on their sales to make up for middling performance in the rest of their catalogs.
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If you want to sell the most records, duet with me. If you need someone to come in and bless your record sales, I’m your man.
90
In 1958, my father invested everything he had in a business venture and became the largest automobile dealership in Chicago for Ford‘s new Edsel line. But Edsel sales plummeted and my father fell into bankruptcy. I watched him struggle; working long hours to protect us from poverty.
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So right off, I’m going to have to say that a lot of people have been comparing Life Is Killing Me to World Coming Down, and I think a lot of those people equate art and sales figures, and I don’t do that.
Josh Silver
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Literary life used to be quite different in Britain in the years I lived there, from 1971 to 1989, because money was not a factor – no one made very much except from U.S. sales and the occasional windfall.
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Restaurant industry sales in 2011 are estimated to have reached a record high of $604 billion, up 3.6 percent from 2010. Restaurant employment grew 1.9 percent in 2011, with some 230,000 jobs added, the strongest gain in five years.
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I was accepted into Cornell in 1979 and went there to follow a finance and business path. I ended up pursuing marketing and sales because I was selected by Procter & Gamble as an undergraduate candidate to go into its brand management program, which is typically available only to M.B.A. candidates.
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How do you convince somebody to host a stranger for the weekend? That’s not a trivial thing. It’s not something I think you can throw technology at, marketing at, or sales at. We threw design at it because that’s all we knew, and in doing so, I feel like we brought a human touch to it, which is so needed.
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Regardless of the magnitude, the crowd, or the pay-per-view sales, the goal is to beat the guy in front of me.
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One of the best predictors of ultimate success in either sales or non-sales selling isn’t natural talent or even industry expertise, but how you explain your failures and rejections.
98
One of my favorite indicators of the near-term trend for the economy is auto sales, since folks tend to buy a car when they are feeling optimistic about their financial circumstances.
99
I used to be a retailer, and I find it discouraging when somebody comes in and they pick something up and they say, ‘Now if you’ll sell it to me without the sales tax, I’ll buy it.’
Michael Enzi
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For most of our young lives, my family was baffled by elementary school bake sales, to which we were told to bring in goodies to sell. While other kids arrived bearing brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and apple pies, Chinese families didn’t bake.
101
If you think the job of a CEO is to increase sales, then Ballmer did a spectacular job.
102
I was a VP of marketing, I was regional sales manager in fashion, and marketing director in communications and product development. I was always a corporate Fortune 500 girl.
103
In 2006, I left my job in sales and marketing to go full-time as a comedian, and I started off doing panto at the Lowry in Manchester.
104
Well, the sales of our products clearly demonstrate their value to businesses and to individuals.
105
If I had to have my druthers – the best technology, the best cloud… if I had to choose between that and building out a sales force and building out customer support… I would pick the latter.
106
Eastern Washington families and businesses should be able to deduct every penny of state and local sales tax they pay throughout the year from their federal tax bill, especially when people in most states are deducting their state income taxes.
107
Bacon has been a staple of the American diet since the first European settlers, but until recently, it was consumed in a predictable, seasonal pattern. The bulk of sales came from home consumers, diners, and pancake houses, which fried it up along with eggs for breakfast.
108
With its imagination and large sales, Apple has become the world’s most valuable IT company. However people are starting to have doubts regarding Apple’s silence on heavy metal pollution problems.
109
While Google no longer has a search engine operation inside China, it has maintained a large presence in Beijing and Shanghai focused on research and development, advertising sales, and mobile platform development.
110
The very quick and high sales of the book caught us off guard, but fortunately we got the second edition from the printers at the end of last week and the shops should now be stocked again.
Hansie Cronje
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I don’t pay that much attention to sales figures or awards. To me, the big question is: ‘Did you influence the next generation?’ That’s my goal.
112
You can’t come in and value your company at $10 billion if you don’t have any sales, or you don’t have anything to justify why your company is worth that much.
113
Beijing is on the move in Africa – using aid, diplomacy, weapons sales and Chinese ex pats in a bid to become the preeminent power in the region.
114
Distressed properties are often vacant and in disrepair, and thus sold at significant discounts. As the share of distressed sales grows, home prices fall.
115
Every sandwich I sold, the city got more sales tax, the state got more. But they came in and they would want to give me a ticket because I have a sign outside trying to get more business, right?
116
We don’t go around the world counting ticket and record sales, nor do we glue our ears to the radio to hear what’s trendy at the moment – we’re not that type of band.
117
Before my book, ‘California,’ came out, I had modest hopes for it. Or, let’s put it this way – I had the same hopes that every literary fiction writer in America has: I wanted the novel to be well-received, critically. As for sales? I didn’t want it to disappoint, but I didn’t expect it to be a best-seller, either.
Edan Lepucki
118
Everything that works in sales has been done already. Just keep track of the crap that you buy, or the awesome stuff that you buy, and decide what was the trigger, and then just sell to people like you. It’s really that easy – and that’s what I do.
119
We are addressing duplication and complexity. At the same time, we are investing more in research and development, speeding up the time to market of new innovations, and expanding our sales force in markets where growth is to be found, like Turkey, Russia, the Mideast, China, and southeast Asia.
120
You got some artists who want street credit. Like, they market street credit. They take certain incidents and turn it into marketing to try and boost the sales. You don’t never see me speaking on that. I’m trying to stay away from it.
121
Auto executives have shunned the limits-of-growth issues and concentrated nearly all their energies on the next quarter‘s sales and next year‘s models.
122
Operational risk is the risk of loss resulting from bank operational failures, such as rogue traders, fraudulent sales practices, and cyber risks. Operational risk capital is money or assets that banks have to hold to shield the economy from the consequences of these kinds of failures.
123
Russia’s a small country. It’s really poor. It has nothing other than oil and weapons sales.
124
Texas has no income tax, which is a big draw for corporate executives who do business there. But it’s hardly tax-free. The property taxes are high for a Southern state. The sales taxes are high. One study found that the bottom 20 percent of the Texas population pays 12 percent of its income in state and local taxes.
125
A picture of me as this super affable sales guy gets painted, but in actuality, I’m pretty driven by hard work and love working with teams. What people discount is, I grew up in a very small blue-collar town in Massachusetts and have basically scrapped my way career wise.
Tim Armstrong
126
Trust-me companies are companies whose financial results gallop ahead of their businesses, companies with seemingly perfect control over their quarterly sales and profits. Companies whose financial statements are loaded with footnotes: companies that short-sellers often attack but rarely dent.
127
Cosmopolitan‘ used to publish five covers across the U.S. so that if one was unpopular, it wouldn’t tank their entire sales.
128
In general, the hedge funds were clobbered by the 1969 bear market, ending up in many cases with records that were worse than those put together by aggressive mutual funds denied the luxury of short sales.
129
The success of this album is very much in question. Who knows where it’s going to go? My being a Spice Girl is no guarantee of anything, although I hope it’ll benefit the sales.
Melanie Chisholm
130
It is hard for me to understand why we tolerate so many barriers to agriculture trade when America is the No. 1 producer of agriculture products. I think opening up markets – more markets for agricultural sales is a very high priority for us.
Robert Lighthizer
131
You can be in the Bay and sell 10,000 copies of independent records and make 50 grand and that’s your job for the year. The shows you do off of that and them 10,000 sales is gonna feed you and your homies.
132
What happened in the past can help you know what’s going to happen in the future. That insight brings a next level of intelligence not just to sales and marketing but to ERP, where you can save more money in procurement or figure out whether the people you recruit are going to be successful in your organization.
133
I’ve never made a dime from a record sale in the history of my record deal. I’ve been very happy with my sales, and certainly my audience has been very supportive. I make a living going out and playing shows.
134
Getting a reward for reaching certain sales targets is certainly attractive.
135
I’m a fan of the hand-me-down recipes – friends, family, bake sales, community cookbooks – those are the recipes that have withstood the test of time and fed many hungry fans.
136
We need a comprehensive strategy that includes expanding criminal background checks for all commercial gun sales, dedicated federal law to combat gun trafficking, and a strong commitment to mental health services.
137
Hotmail went from zero to 12 million users with zero marketing steps. Not a penny was spent on sales and marketing, which was astounding. It showed us the power of the network effect.
138
I think each film I do has less and less dialogue. It really helps a lot for foreign sales, because when I go to Europe, there’s very little problem with communication. All the gags are visual. The music they can understand, and it helps communicate a lot better.
139
The payroll tax is affecting sales. It’s causing sales declines.
140
Community groups contend that door-to-door loan sales are often followed by foreclosures.
141
But either way you cannot deny the sales and what we did.
Steve Brown
142
I will not let my sales figures dictate what I say on the blog, because the blog is what I want to say.
143
However, if I can expand this to Top Cow or Avatar I’m helping the sales, however small, on my Marvel books because I’m almost certain to pick up some new readers.
Mark Millar
144
I showed what I can do with butter, right? Eighty-five percent increase in sales. I’m very proud of them Country Life ads. They were funny and clever and classy like the Toblerone ads I grew up with.
145
The top salesperson in the organization probably missed more sales than 90% of the sales people on the team, but they also made more calls than the others made.
146
You want women to think of you in a sexy manner. It’s all part of the business. It drives ticket sales. It’s all a part of it.
147
Fashion brands looking for explosive growth go the wholesale route, to get their products into stores, but then they end up relying on those sales.
148
Some stars can make five or six failures in a row and continue to work – with a raise. I can’t figure how that works. Maybe foreign sales or a smart agent.
149
Sex education classes are like in-home sales parties for abortions.
150
When it went on the air, the sales department hated it. It was the highest advertising pullout show in the history of NBC. At the early focus groups, people were saying, ‘Who are these people? Why should we watch them?
151
More than half of all the hip hop record sales are white people, and I think that might be a result of my record helping people to accept hip hop.
152
In sales, it’s not what you say; it’s how they perceive what you say.
153
We got to know the competition very well. In the ’50s popcorn made a big growth in sales. Our main push was to produce the best quality and sell in quality retail outlets.
Orville Redenbacher
154
Michaels is probably the most respected craft retailer on the planet so to be working with them is a fantastic honour, and it will go a long way in helping us boost U.S. sales.
155
The first sales meeting I made was for the television movie ‘Farrell for the People.’ I walked into a conference room at NBC that I had built. It was my memorial conference room. There were 10 people at the meeting, and by habit, I sat at the head of the table.
Fred Silverman
156
I think that some people get wrapped up in their own egos. They need to see certain album sales and certain monuments.
157
I shop online mostly. I like to shop from the comfort of my own home without a sales person bugging me.
158
By monitoring the activity taking place on social networks, retailers can amplify successful marketing and sales strategies and avoid weak tactics which can later be tied back to organizational objectives.
159
Social media has shaken up the world of sales, with Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter offering new ways to hound leads and unprecedented insights into clients.
160
The income tax is a twentieth-century socialist experiment that has failed. Before the income tax was imposed on us just 80 years ago, government had no claim to our income. Only sales, excise, and tariff taxes were allowed.
Alan Keyes
161
If I see one of my sales assistants neglecting someone because he doesn’t look like a good client, he’s fired immediately.
162
Increasingly prices are set by sellers to raise their prices without a loss of sales sufficient to wipe out the gain.
William Vickrey
163
Big companies are looking closer term, and even the most technological companies spend less than 1% of sales on research. Startups have suffered the burst bubble.
164
In the South, we tell stories. We tell stories if you’re in a sales position, if you’re in a retail position, you lure your customer by telling a story. You just do.
Tate Taylor
165
Apple doesn’t need to maximize book sales. It simply needs to keep publishers happy enough to maintain an impressive-sounding inventory of titles while waiting for entirely new forms of publishing to develop.
166
Housing has led our nation‘s economic expansion over the past few years, accounting for 16 percent of our Gross Domestic Product. New housing starts and home sales hit record levels from 2003 through 2005.
167
I’ve had two IPOs: with Etsy in 2015 and Cloudera in 2016. There have also been a ton of trade sales in my portfolio.
168
The two words, in the American lexicon, are never good. Pink slip. The first time I ever heard it when I was young was when Kaiser Steel handed out pink slips to many of my neighbors and relatives. Layoffs were about efficiency, sales figures for raw materials or refrigerators.
169
My first sales assessment, they tell you your strong points, and they told me I was the emotional salesman, the one who could really connect with people by making them feel comfortable. Once someone told me that, I couldn’t get past how manipulative it made me feel.
170
My book sales make ‘real writers’ possible.
171
I have an unusual hobby: I collect pictures of people I don’t know. It started when I was a kid growing up in South Florida, the land of junk stores, garage sales, and flea markets, as a kind of coping mechanism.
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This is my one beef with Hollywood: It’s great for movie sales, but they’ve created this fiction for us that, when you have a hard thing in your life, it’s going to get fixed, and then your life will be awesome! Forever!
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It is not just disposable income but whether people feel good about their immediate future that drives sales. It is this feel-good factor that drives the purchases more and more than mere economic wealth.
Johann Rupert
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Like many entrepreneurs, I started out in sales. I began at 14, when I got a job selling shoes and tennis rackets at a pro shop, and I’ve been selling one thing or another ever since.
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Since the decline of record companies and music sales, I’ve always played live.
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I sat down and collected all of our eleven sales for the past six months and I added them all together and divided by eleven. I then took that average and presented it as the average price for a Manhattan apartment. The media ate it up.
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Although housing sales and starts have cooled to more typical levels, the housing market remains strong and sound. Without the expansion of homeownership and the strength of our housing market, our nation would not have the economic growth we are experiencing today.
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We need to differentiate between commercial piracy – where criminal organisations produce illicit DVDs on a huge scale – and domestic, unauthorised filesharing, which may or may not be detrimental to overall sales.
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In 1990, if I wanted a pair of Calvin Klein jeans I had seen in a magazine, I’d head to the mall, sift through piles of inventory to find my size, try them on, ask the opinion of the often inexperienced sales associate, wait in line to check out, pay, and head home. The process was linear and ripe for improvement.
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McDonald‘s is almost 50 years old. For 47 years we had a pretty consistent track record of being able to deliver admirable sales.
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I can ask for a £25,000 advance, but then you spend a year writing the book, and £25,000 is a loan against sales, and you can easily spend five years earning out. So that’s £25,000 for six years.
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I ask people what they do in sales, how much money they made last year, what their cost of sales is, and they don’t even know. If you don’t know your numbers, you’re going out of business. I don’t care how good your product is.
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We wanted to preserve as many jobs as possible, so when our sales continued to decline in August 2008, we did about a 5 percent reduction of our global staff. But in order not to cut any more jobs, we froze everybody’s pay and put a hiring freeze on.
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Socialized medicine allows a nation to exclude a U.S. product from its market if the U.S. firm does not make generous enough price concessions. Accordingly, what has developed is a system within which U.S. firms make large profits on new drugs in the U.S. market, but very low profits on sales everywhere else.
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You can’t be admitted to the ranks of writers of importance unless you have sales.
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My grandfather was a very successful businessman. He started off as an engineer, but moved to sales to management to executive over a long career. For a while, before I was born, he was the CEO of an oil and gas exploration company.
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Very rarely is there a spike in news-stand sales.
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I think it is serious to have good sales. As I learned belatedly, the more you sell, the more publishers pay attention to you, and it took me a very long time to figure that out because I never thought that way.
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Californians devised a system of electricity sales that ignored every dimension of the free market.
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We shop a lot at garage sales, thrift stores.
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I have always said that everyone is in sales. Maybe you don’t hold the title of salesperson, but if the business you are in requires you to deal with people, you, my friend, are in sales.
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From 1971 onwards, the Memorial Day holiday was officially observed on the last Monday in May and became the unofficial start of the summer, with barbecues, blockbuster movie openings and mattress sales.
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Hire sales people who are really smart problem solvers, but lack courage, hunger and competitiveness, and your company will go out of business.
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All companies incur expenses, some of which are fixed and bear no relation to sales volumes. In this way, profits can grow at a faster rate than sales.
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Americans are fed up with how things are going in the country right now. They see more job losses, rising debt and plummeting home sales. They feel let down by a government that passes one 2,000-page, trillion-dollar law after another instead of focusing on addressing the problems Americans worry about every day.
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Jazz was a bomb. That was also the low point of Mac sales. People had just written it off.
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I believe passionately in preemptive pessimism, especially before a book comes out. I expect the worst both from reviewers and sales, and then, with any luck, I may be proved wrong.
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The key to house prices is the share of foreclosure or short sales in the total housing market. When that share rises, house prices will fall, because distressed properties sell for significantly less – currently around 25 percent below non-distressed houses.
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There is no filmmaking legislation because distributors are not interested in sharing their money with the film industry – for instance, by giving a percentage of ticket sales back to filmmakers.
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I support both a Fair Tax and a Flat Tax plan that would dramatically streamline the tax system. A Fair Tax would replace all federal taxes on personal and corporate income with a single national tax on retail sales, while a Flat Tax would apply the same tax rate to all income with few if any deductions or exemptions.
Ralph Hall
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I think the average citizen is going to see no less than a $1,500 or more increase in what it’s going to cost for basic living next year,… Taking sales tax off food isn’t going to take care of all of that, but I think it’s a way that we can help.
Ann Robinson
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Hitman does well and it certainly does well enough to survive, but at the same time I don’t want to involve the character into the DC Universe even if it meant more sales, to the point where we sort of upset the balance that we have at the moment.
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It ought to be self-evident common sense that service is important to sales. But it’s not.
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In the real world, I see conservatives volunteering at adoption agencies, at churches, at bake sales and the local American Legion Post while the only charity a progressive sends is a smug sermon on fair share and what fairness is.
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Leaving a book is hard – ‘Secret Six’ was a book that people cared about. Even years later, the digital sales are great; the trades and single issues are expensive and highly sought after. It was meaningful to a lot of readers, which is endlessly gratifying.
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Cadila, India‘s sixth-largest drugmaker by sales, spent $250 million developing Lipaglyn, a new chemical entity or new discovery, and aims to spend another $150 million to $200 million to launch the drug outside India.
Pankaj Patel
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I’ve been really fortunate with touring and sales and all those things because I have such a loyal fan base.
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My dad’s an ex-policeman, and my mum is a sales representative, and they haven‘t got the acting bug. Bless them.
Olivia Cooke
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To succeed at selling a losing product, you must develop seriously superior sales techniques. In addition, you have to be massively competitive and incredibly hungry to survive in that environment.
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I think ‘pop’ can be a bit of a dirty word. People are very cool in Australia. They don’t like to admit that they like pop. There are people who listen to Triple J and cool stuff like that, but commercial radio is massive, and if you look at the sales of the pop songs every week, people love pop music.
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Most of my memories are of softball games in Falls Church with my sister, yard sales across town on the weekends with my grandma, grocery-shopping and errand-running with my mom, learning to drive an old Volkswagen bug down Old Keene Mill Road with my dad.
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Your customers are the lifeblood of your business. Their needs and wants impact every aspect of your business, from product development to content marketing to sales to customer service.
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Big Brother is on the march. A plan to subject all children to mental health screening is underway, and the pharmaceuticals are gearing up for bigger sales of psychotropic drugs.
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Given the volume of PC sales and the way McAfee runs its operation, I imagine there must be thousands of phantom subscribers – folks who signed up once upon a time and left the software behind two or three computers ago.
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I knew nothing about sales, marketing or how to run a company. Nor did I have a desire to do any of those things.
Brian Behlendorf
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If you increase the sales tax… everybody would be taxed.
Robert Strauss
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If eighty percent of your sales come from twenty percent of all of your items, just carry those twenty percent.
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I’ve really fired a lot of managers that had that mindset or publicists that had that mindset of, ‘Oh, you need to go on a date with this person because it’s going to help album sales.’ No thank you. That’s not my flow.
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The income from sales now covers the expense of materials but I expect this to improve.
Mike Thompson
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It’s strange how ‘Fawlty’ has become a perennial. I keep meeting new generations of schoolboys who know the lines better than I did when I said them. The program has sensational sales in video. I’m mercifully on a small percentage.
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Whether your dream is a $100,000 in sales or a million, the amount of work is likely the same – you’ll still have 86,400 seconds each day, so why couldn’t you imagine creating the company and enterprise that can fulfill every aspect of any dream you wish to have?
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It takes a while for executives to understand that every company is a spatial company, fundamentally: where are our assets, where are our customers, where are our sales. But when they get it, they light up and say, ‘I want to get the geographic advantage.’
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I don’t quite know how the urban music category came about, but I suspect it had something to do with trying to maximise sales.
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Each piece of content you create should lead your readers further down the path to purchase. Typically, sales and leads won‘t happen until a prospect has had multiple points of contact with you, so don’t expect sales after a single blog post.
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My readers and my audiences have turned into my followers. They are more than interested in what I have to say in the subjects of sales, loyalty, attitude, networking, business social media, and becoming a trusted advisor.
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If I’d just been interested in record sales, I would have taken one of the deals I was offered after ‘Soapstar Superstar,’ made a quick covers album and probably had some success for five minutes. I decided that wasn’t for me.
Richard Fleeshman
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Book sales and teens reading is always a fantastic thing, but we should also be celebrating and consuming the huge wealth of U.K. and U.K.-based writing and illustrating talent. Authors such as Charlie Higson, Darren Shan, Holly Smale, Tanya Byrne, Catherine Johnson, Sophie Mckenzie, to name but a few.
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Any time there is an economic downturn or political strife, lipstick sales skyrocket. If you have a hard day, it’s this $14 thing that lifts your day. I think drag has that same lipstick effect.
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People have debated both sides of the Liefeld influence, good and bad, and I maintain the sales and the results of that time bear out that people love that stuff.
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We need to change the focus from celebrating sales at the mall to celebrating the significance of President Washington’s birth to the birth of our nation.
Frank Wolf
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I think as working actors, it’s like sales. You’re only as good as your last sale, so you put your all into something and you just hope that from that you can get your next job.
Josh Peck
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I could care less about the radio or the TV or album sales. I want that connection with people because when I’m able to walk down the street, I want them to feel like I’ve done something for them and helped their life because I’ve never felt that way about a musician.
Vince Staples
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Japanese tend to put sales and market share first. They make many products with the aim of raising sales. But then profits decline, and companies find themselves falling into debt… I changed the mindset at Canon by getting people to realize that profits come first.
Fujio Mitarai
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The people that are running the bulk of the comic shops in North America aren’t business people and they don’t understand sales. They don’t understand good product.
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When they put out the sales brochure when we eventually went to series, they carefully rounded Spock‘s ears and made him look human so he wouldn’t scare off potential advertisers.
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Most of my career has been in sales. I spend 50% or more of my time with customers and employees, and I can’t wait for it to be more than 50%.
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A lot of companies make diversity a part of the performance goals against which an executive gets paid. Just as you have to make a certain sales number, you have to make a diversity number to get your bonus.
Vernon Jordan
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In an extreme credit crunch, leveraged purchases of gold cause forced sales, because any price correction triggers margin calls. As a result, gold can be very volatileupward and downward – at the peak of a crisis.
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A successful entrepreneur is one who recognizes her blind spots. You may be the world’s best engineer, but you probably have never run a 10-person sales force. You may be a brilliant marketer, but how do you structure a cap table?
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A lot of my work is about sales. And it was about being independent from the art market.