NewtonX B2B influencers

NewtonX offers AI-based service to source B2B influencers faster and better than expert networks

A pair of former management consultants have created a company and service, NewtonX, that aims to address a problem they experienced first-hand: finding qualified B2B influencers to participate in market research projects. Based in New York, NewtonX was launched quietly in 2016 but is beginning to market itself more aggressively following a $3 million round […]

B2B marketing jargon

‘Disruption’ tops the list of jargon B2B marketers say hurts a company’s credibility

It may be pervasive among among industry analysts, keynote speakers and best-selling business book authors, but 32 per cent B2B marketers say the use of jargon like “disruption” could make them question or doubt a vendor. The survey of approximately 1,000 U.S. B2B marketers, which was conducted by Propeller Insights for San Francisco-based tech PR […]

Jeff Kratz AWS

An AWS exec uses a press release that took eight months to write as an example of customer obsession

Before you assume the world’s most disruptive and innovative companies move with lightning speed, ask Jeffrey Kratz about the press release that took nearly eight months to complete. The general manager of Latin America, Canada and Caribbean Regions for Amazon Web Services (AWS) was speaking at the Toronto Global Forum on Monday about how the […]

Smartsheet TV commercial

Smartsheet TV ad depicts a hellish existence for the few firms that don’t use its software

Most B2B TV commercials tend to focus on the amazing things customers are doing with the advertiser’s product, but a recent spot from Smartsheet puts the spotlight on the holdouts instead. In “Work Different,” the SaaS-based provider of project management and collaboration tools boasts that 96 per cent of the Fortune 500 use its product. […]

HubSpot Sam Hirbod

HubSpot’s inbound agency strategist points out some of the biggest (and most common) CX failures

A friend of Sam Hirbod, the principal inbound agency strategist at HubSpot, was waiting on hold with his online bank — for 20 minutes. This is a long time to leave anyone in limbo, especially in 2018, and in the course of that time, Hirbod friend’s started conducting searches on Google for a banks with […]

Forrester SiriusDecisions acquisition

Forrester’s CMO offers an inside look at its $245M SiriusDecisions acquisition

This week’s SiriusDecisions acquisition for $245 million by fellow research and adivsory firm Forrester will mean many more line-of-business executives learn about “the Sirius Way,” according to its CMO. Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester announced its SiriusDecisions acquisition on Tuesday, citing opportunities to expand further into vertical markets such as finance and utilities, as well as geographies […]

Deloitte TV spot Make Your Impact

Deloitte TV commercial urges B2B leaders to ‘take charge of the change’ unfolding before them

B2B firms pay consulting companies a lot of money for their advice, but the latest Deloitte TV spot boils its key insight into a single sentence: “take charge of the change.” Using a variety of growth-oriented imagery — from what appear to be atoms and molecules coalescing into shape, a flower’s petals exploding outward and […]

Mark Opauszky

PathFactory CEO Mark Opauszky predicts two big trends influencing customer adoption as a growth metric

PathFactory’s CEO is betting the future of growth in B2B will come from adding more value through post-sale data and taking a more granular approach to customer advocacy programs. The Toronto-based company, which rebranded from its original LookBookHQ moniker earlier this year, recently landed on the Deloitte Canada Fast 50, a list of companies the […]

Engineers IEEE GlobalSpec Trew Marketing

98% of engineers value data sheets, but that’s not the only content marketers should develop

Blog posts and white papers may reign supreme among many content marketers, but a survey of engineers shows data sheets and case studies rank highest among highly technical decision makers. In the 2019 Smart Marketing For Engineers report, produced by IEEE GlobalSpec and Trew Marketing based in Austin, 98 per cent of the more than […]

Infogroup CMO

Infogroup CMO argues for a more consumer-oriented approach in B2B marketing

Infogroup CMO Tony Marlow has some advice for his peers: the only way to effectively target B2B audiences is to mirror the seamless, personalized shopping experiences that consumers have grown to crave. A provider of data, analytics and marketing services based in Papillon, Nebraska, Infogroup announced the hiring of Marlow as well as four other […]

#movethedial

#movethedial Connect app aims to address mentorship and sponsorship needs where coffee dates fall short

Social movement #movethedial is furthering its mission of advancing female participation in the leadership of technology companies with a professional networking app that will match women with the best mentors and sponsors who can help them in their careers. Launched at the #movethedial Global Summit in Toronto on Wednesday, the app, called #movethedial Connect, allows […]

Cognizant

Cognizant TV spot destroys the cliché of banks as digital transformation laggards

Financial services firms such as banks and insurance companies often get criticized for failing to keep pace with customers’ digital expectations — including by their own employees, as Cognizant acknowledges in its latest TV commercial. The 30-second spot takes place in a theater where team members of a major institution have gathered for a rousing […]

SurveyMonkey Zander Lurie

SurveyMonkey CEO Zander Lurie answers questions about enterprise opportunities and post-IPO competition

It’s probably the one question SurveyMonkey CEO Zander Lurie doesn’t need his own product to answer: when he asks customers about their potential interest in a more collaborative, team-oriented version of the firm’s software, the reply is almost always the same. “They’ll say, ‘Wow, I didn’t realize you had that,” Lurie told B2B Network, speaking […]

Oracle OpenWorld 2018

Oracle OpenWorld 2018 brings FedEx, Juniper and others to discuss their progress in the cloud

Oracle this week is using its OpenWorld 2018 conference to showcase how some of its major B2B customers are moving to cloud-based applications that can use machine learning to streamline and speed up business processes. In a general session that was livestreamed from OpenWorld 2018 in San Francisco, Oracle executive vice-president of applications product development […]

KPMG TV spot The Entree

KPMG serves sushi and wine to discuss supply chains and capital spending with B2B firms

The road from uncertainty to opportunity could be a pretty daunting journey for a lot of companies, so in KPMG’s latest TV commercial, Joie Chen is making sure her guests have the kind of meal that will sustain them along the way. In ‘Food For Thought,” the consulting giant has the broadcast journalist convene a […]

Elastic Path e-commerce

Elastic Path CMO knows better than to use a hard sell to market ‘headless’ e-commerce

An Uber ride is an e-commerce transaction, but you don’t swipe your credit card before climbing out of the car. If you press an Amazon Dash button you get products delivered instantly. Now Elastic Path CMO Darin Archer is trying to help B2B organizations achieve a similarly quick, convenient and seamless way to conduct all […]

Rangle rebrand

Rangle begins rebrand that puts creative and strategic DX capabilities in the foreground

Rangle has begun a rebrand that aims to show how an organization that began as a technical consultancy has the creative and strategic capabilities to help enterprises achieve digital transformation faster and more successfully. Based in Toronto, Rangle launched several years ago specializing in helping businesses create mobile-first web sites and other digital challenges, with […]