Business Broker – Sales Consultant

Lou DeLone: Business Broker & Media Sales Consultant

Lou DeLone is Business Development Director if IBEX International Merger & Acquisition Advisors. IBEX is dedicated to the selling of businesses and has been helping entreprenuers in the central united states sell their businesses since 1977.  The IBEX team has handled transactions from $100,000 to $1.7 Billion dollars. Lou is available to talk on an exploratory basis with any business owner that is considering selling their business of any kind.  This discussion is free of charge and totally confidential.  The decision to sell your business and move on to the next chapter of your life is an exciting one but a serious one.  The process takes some time and involves complicated financial, legal and personal  issues.  Feel free to give Lou a call at 512-713-0310 to begin this process.

Lou’s media sales experience makes him an excellent partner to help a client secure the best possible valuation to sell their magazine, newpaper, website or broadcast media outlet, or agency for the best possible price.

Be honest with yourself about selling your business.  Will it be worth more or less a year from now.  How much energy do you have left to drive your business.  The economy is strong right now, who knows what it will be like in a year.  Most businesses take nine months to a year to sell.  The best time to take your business to market may be right now or you would not be reading this post.  Just call and we can discuss.

Lou DeLone is also a sales management consultant dedicated to helping publishers  establish a structured selling process that creates accountability and pushes salespeople from their comfort zone.

As The Fractional Publisher, LOU spends three to five days with your sales team including a 2 day sales workshop of in-person team training, followed by 2 days of one-on-one sales call participation and one day of review.

The Fractional Publisher’s positive, upbeat approach to ad sales helps magazine & newspaper owners, publishers, and CEO’s:

  • Avoid the expense of a group publisher
  • In need of an interim publisher
  • Provide their current publisher with some backup, support, and new ideas
  • Strengthen publications run by a CEO or editor & chief that never sold ads
  • That may just be worn out by the business

Publishing is not the hardest job in the world but it is definitely not the easiest.  Sometimes we all need some energy, some new ideas, and some sales structure & accountability.  And sometimes, we just need some reinforcements.



Success Stories

Press & Appearances


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The print business is never easy. However, as the media landscape becomes increasingly fragmented, print and conventional media remain essential to building client brands.

The competition and intensity of the publishing business demand that we pursue revenue from every possible client, prospect, agency, company, and individual. The Fractional Publisher program is specific to ad sales. He works with your salespeople on an individual and team basis applying a hands-on teaching, coaching and motivational approach.

No other media offers the intrusiveness, level of engagement, and efficiency of print. Most print readers would not buy their magazines or newspapers without the advertising. This point of difference is unique and powerful.

Print & digital advertising present ongoing revenue-building opportunities as long as the leadership team has:

  • The right salespeople
  • Enough salespeople
  • Hands-on training
  • A commission structure that maintains focus and engagement

This may sound simple, but it’s rare in the print industry and its absence creates significant angst and frustration for owners and investors.   According to Borrell’s Annual Survey of Local Advertisers, print advertising is decided on by gut feel more than any other media except outdoor. And outdoor has no publishers. That makes pubilshers, personally, more of a factor in the sales process than any other media.

There is a lot we can do to connect with prospects, clients,  your readers, and your community. Remember, the publisher is the face of the publication and just like Spider-Man:  “With great power comes great responsibility.”

Websites are discovering that if you want to make money, you have to come to print… Print is not dead.  People are starting to say, ‘Let’s pay attention to print.’….Politico was a little bit smarter than anyone else because they had a print component from the beginning.

– Samir Husni, University of Mississippi, School of Journalism

Next steps? Call or email today. We look forward to working together and selling some more advertising!

For immediate response and additional information, please call Lou DeLone at 713-839-5239, or send an email to