Steelcase

Microsoft and Steelcase join forces to demonstrate the most creative workspaces imaginable

Start in the “Maker Commons,” where you can hang out on slim sofa-type benches and manipulate white board sketches on a large screen. Then, when it’s time to hunker down and work on your own, head for “the Brody” — a self-contained pod that looks similar to what you might get in first class on […]

nDash

nDash opens up content marketing ideation by letting creators pitch entire industries

A content creation company called nDash is seeking to set itself apart from competitors by encouraging its stable of freelance writers to pitch to an entire industry rather than individual B2B brands on its platform. Based in Boston, nDash works much like Contently, Skyword and other startups in the content marketing space by helping brands […]

blockchain experts

Blockchain experts predict customer-driven use cases across health care, finance, real estate and government

Companies have been talking about being “customer first” for years, but blockchain experts say the distributed ledger technology behind blockchain may soon turn everyday people into micro-businesses who lead the way in selling access and use to their financial, medical and other data. Speaking at an event Monday night in Toronto organized by consulting firm […]

Deloitte

Editor’s Note: Don’t let Deloitte’s most persuasive 2018 prediction get you down

Earlier this week in Toronto, consulting firm Deloitte hosted an annual event where its research team predicted the biggest trends to come in technology, media and communications. Unlike years past, however, this year’s next big thing was a set of massively lowered expectations. According to Duncan Stewart, who leads the research practice at Deloitte Canada, there are plenty of […]

iExec

iExec uses blockchain to build a market for renting out cloud services and creating decentralized apps

Blockchain may be the biggest trend in IT since cloud computing, and a French startup called iExec is creating a way to bring the two closer together by using the distributed ledger technology to create a market for renting out processing power as an alternative to Amazon, Google or or Microsoft. In November, iExec released the […]

B2B Influencers

Meet the top 21 B2B influencers to watch in 2018

The past year might have been full of talk about “influencer marketing” to consumers, but it takes a particular kind of person to influence marketers themselves.  What follows is a list of B2B influencers based on what our editorial team has observed amid on our coverage of major industry conferences, activity on social media and submissions from our […]

Toyota

Toyota unveils e-Palette at CES 2018 to show its future direction in mobile business applications

Autonomous driving might create major waves among consumers, but Toyota Motor Corp. used CES 2018 to show off a concept that would take it firmly into the business of serving other companies in retail, classified sales and even faciliating government service delivery. In a keynote presentation that was livestreamed from CES in Las Vegas, Toyota […]

Dalio

Editor’s Note: Why the B2B hero’s journey starts with human-centred leadership

I’ve decided I need to get to know Ray Dalio after all. Although he’s unlikely to take a personal meeting with me, the founder of Bridgewater Associates is too intriguing to ignore. For starters, Bridgewater is sort like the ultimate B2B company, managing wealth for a number of large institutional investors. More specifically, however, Dalio […]

Apple enterprise IT

Why Apple is making a bigger effort to meet enterprise IT expectations

It probably won’t be among the themes of its annual developers’ conference or mentioned at the next iPhone launch, but 2018 could be the year Apple technologies become an even larger presence in enterprise environments. Last Fall, Apple quietly began forming close relationships with IT services firms and resellers who could bring not only its […]

Spotify

5 Spotify playlists to help sales and marketing teams create the perfect soundtrack for 2018

The day after New Year’s is typically when the music stops and the back-to-work monotony begins.  Hopefully you’re coming back to your desk feeling refreshed after at least a few days off from work, but even then, getting back into the groove, so to speak, can be difficult. That’s where Spotify’s playlists come in.  If you […]

Stories

Best of B2BNN 2017: Why these 10 stories resonated with senior business leaders

Assessing the performance of stories on B2B News Network is probably a little different than most other online publications.  First, there’s the nature of the audience, which spans everyone from CMOs and CIOs to heads of sales and even company owners or CEOs. Although some of what we publish would be of interest to all of them, there are […]

Destination Canada

Destination Canada pioneers industry-wide UGC network to address content marketing needs

Destination Canada has launched a network to collect, manage and share user-generated photos and videos with other travel and tourism marketing organizations, offering an example of how non-competitive firms in the same industry can work together to solve content marketing challenges. Based on technology from Toronto-based CrowdRiff, the user generated content (UGC) network pulls in […]

SDRs

Sales development research: SDRs using 4.9 tools but struggle to reach enterprise buyers

Companies are spending nearly $4,000 on each of their sales development reps (SDRs) every year to give them CRM, social prospecting and other tools — even though they still spend nearly 40 per cent of their time working the phones, according to a study released Wednesday. The State Of Sales Development was launched in tandem […]

ClearSlide

Corel draws closer to enterprise sales teams with the acquisition of ClearSlide

Corel may be sketching out a new corporate direction in the sales enablement space with the acquisition of San Francisco-based ClearSlide Inc. on Tuesday. Ottawa-based Corel did not disclose how much it paid for ClearSlide, which was founded in 2009 and has offices across the U.S. In a public statement, Corel said its investment would […]

G2 Crowd

G2 Crowd CMO’s content strategy aims to stay one step ahead of business software buyers

The new chief marketing officer for business software and review comparison site G2 Crowd plans to elevate its content market strategy by targeting buyers who don’t even know they’re going to want applications and services. Chicago-based G2 Crowd brought on Ryan Bonnici, most recently the senior director of global marketing at Hubspot, as its CMO […]

e-commerce

CloudCraze research forecasts growing shift towards e-commerce in B2B sales

Nearly 90 per cent of those making B2B purchases believe they’ll be offering products by 2022 that customers will mainly buy through e-commerce rather than a traditional sales rep, according to a research report from CloudCraze. In a look at how e-commerce will drive revenue growth outside of the consumer segment, Chicago-based CloudCraze, which offers […]