Radical Relevance in Turbulent Times with Bill Cates


April 20, 2020

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“It’s a time to double down on your value—your why.” During Bill Cates’s storied career as an entrepreneur and relationship marketing expert, he’s helped countless businesses achieve exponential growth. Now he’s back with a new book on Radical Relevance and why we need it today more than ever. We discussed all of this and more on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.

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About Bill Cates

Bill Cates has been an entrepreneur for almost 40 years. He has started, built, and sold two successful book publishing companies. After the sale of his second publishing company, Bill devoted the last 25 years to the art and science of relationship marketing. He has three books on the topic of referrals: Get More Referrals Now, Don’t Keep Me a Secret, and Beyond Referrals.

Bill is widely recognized as an international expert in helping businesses create exponential growth through strategic networking, referrals, and personal introductions. Bill has now turned his attention to helping businesses and professionals develop and communicate more relevant and compelling value propositions to win more ideal clients or customers.  His newest book is Radical Relevance – Sharpen Your Marketing Message, Cut Through the Noise, Win More Ideal Clients.

Episode Highlights

What is Radical Relevance all about? “Well, it’s the right message, to the right person, at the right time—that’s relevance.” Bill went on to explain the radical part. Tools like Google, Amazon, and even digitally powered billboards have created more urgent expectations from modern consumers.

What does Radical Relevance mean in the face of COVID-19? “Some are saying that helping is the new selling. But it’s a bit over-saturated. It’s almost too late. It’s a time to double-down on your unique value and what it means to your clients. You have to accentuate your why.”

How can we build a relationship marketing system? Bill walked through why relationship marketing is more than just social proof like testimonials (FYI – “Written are okay, written with a photo and even video are better”) to a complete system. “You have to create engaged clients.” He then shared each and every step including how you “onboard the client into your world” and create word of mouth.

What brand has made Bill smile recently? “You’re gonna laugh at this but it’s Corona beer.” Bill shared why he’s a loyal fan and how he’s going to have a big post-lockdown gathering serving Corona to celebrate.

To learn more about Bill, get his free guide on exponential growth at ExponentialGrowthGuide.com, check out his Referral Coach website, and, of course, his latest book Radical Relevance.

As We Wrap …

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Nick Westergaard
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is a strategist, speaker, educator, and author of Brand Now: How to Stand Out in a Crowded, Distracted World and Get Scrappy: Smarter Digital Marketing for Businesses Big and Small. He is the Chief Brand Strategist at Brand Driven Digital, an educator at the University of Iowa, and host of the On Brand podcast. More about Nick.




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