Crowdy.ai Deal Maker

Crowdy.ai launches ‘social proof engine’ to show when site visitors convert into customers or leads

A startup called Crowdy.ai has created a widget it describes as a “social proof engine” that it hopes will change the way B2B companies sell online by providing visual evidence of prospects during into customers. Deal-Maker is a web site integration that provides real-time updates on how web site visitors are taking action on a […]

Public Relations PR

Stand out from the B2B competition with more powerful public relations and media buzz

Several years ago, you could make a phone call to one person at an organization, make your pitch and finalize a sale. Today, this happens less because buying committees consist of numerous people at various levels in an organization. For example, you may have an intern conducting online research for the latest products and services, […]

MDF reseller engine

MDF, Co-op and More: the State of Channel Partner Marketing Funds in 2018

Every year, technology vendors allocate billions of dollars to help their channel partners promote their businesses and offerings.    Every year, nearly half of these funds go unspent.    At a time when channel effectiveness is tilting heavily, reaching a 95/5 ratio in some industries (as n 5% of partners are generating 95% of sales) […]

Street Wisdom Curiosity Inc.

Curiosity Inc. helps companies move innovation forward by bringing Street Wisdom to North America

While the majority of organizations may pursue innovation by having teams brainstorm in windowless conference centers and boardrooms, Curiosity Inc. is bringing a form of facilitated workshops called Street Wisdom from its roots in the U.K. to organizations across North America. Curiosity Inc. will officially launch Street Wisdom through what it calls a “taster” session […]

SAP C/4HANA

SAP launches C/4HANA at CRM users taking a ‘Me2B’ approach to sales

SAP on Tuesday used its annual Sapphire Now user conference to announce a customer experience software suite dubbed C/4HANA that will include a what it called a “fourth generation” customer relationship management tool, along with the acquisition of a field service software firm called Coresystems. C/4HANA will include SAP’s Sales, Marketing, Commerce and Service Clouds, […]

e-commerce transparency

The importance of e-commerce transparency, explained

Throughout the supply chain – from manufacturer to distributor to retailer to end consumer – the connections between each party are increasingly remote. At a time when ingredients, manufacturers and end consumers may each be in a different continent, maintaining control and visibility throughout the entire network — or e-commerce transparency is more important now […]

Showpad

Showpad promises to accelerate account-based selling through personalized ‘Shared Spaces’

Showpad may have started as a way to arm sales people at conferences and events, but its latest tools are designed to extend their reach with branded microsites for specific customers and prospects. With a North American head office in Chicago, Showpad is based on the idea of salespeople using something other than a slide […]

hackathon

We may have reached peak hackathon — here’s how enterprise innovation gatherings must evolve

As a means to foster innovation by giving developers and other smart people a creative challenge, there has arguably been nothing as popular as a hackathon — in fact, research suggests they may almost have become too popular. In its most recent Developer Marketing survey report, Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Evans Data showed a 13 per […]

Slack's enterprise growth

Slack’s VP of engineering breaks down the message he’s using to convert e-mail holdouts

It’s already one of most talked-about startups innovating in workplace productivity and collaboration, but Slack’s Michael Lopp is working hard to respond to enterprise decision-makers who say they just can’t let go of traditional e-mail. Though it is based in San Francisco, the firm’s vice-president of engineering has been making a series of in-person appearances […]

NetApp

NetApp EVP offers an inside look at how a sales shift contributed to the storage firm’s turnaround

For Henri Richard, starting his job at NetApp during the enterprise storage technology firm’s annual sales kickoff was something of a double-edged sword. “It was my first exposure to the company, and on the one hand, it gave me a really good feel for the organization at large,” he told B2B News Network in a […]

Fision

Fision explores patenting the use of blockchain in its digital asset and sales enablement portfolio

Fision may soon build upon its track record of putting marketing and sales teams on the same page by obtaining a provisional patent for using blockchain to exchange critical business information. Based in Minneapolis, Fision Corp. offers a cloud-based sales enablement tool that manages digital assets like marketing materials as they are distributed to sales […]

Crowd Machine

Crowd Machine seeks to ‘democratize’ blockchain technology for non-developers who want to make decentralized applications

Marketing and sales teams might cringe at the thought of asking their IT department to help them with a blockchain project today, but a startup called Crowd Machine is promising an easy way to create decentralized applications without any technical skills. Based in San Jose, Calif., Crowd Machine has set up a system whereby everyday […]

InsideView

InsideView research reveals critical attitudes among Millennial sales and marketing professionals

Millennial-aged sales and marketing professionals have an even lower opinion of each other’s roles in the enterprise than the current generation, according to research conducted by CRM and marketing intelligence software maker InsideView. In its report, “The State of Sales & Marketing Alignment in 2018: How Leading B2B Companies Drive Growth by Aligning Go-to-Market Teams.” San […]

Conversocial

Conversocial CEO predicts customer service shift from phones to private messaging applications

We tend to think of social media services as public forums where everything we say or do is visible, but the CEO of Conversocial predicts a rise in the use of private messaging functions will soon change the way businesses solve some of the most sensitive customer service challenges they face today. Conversocial, which has […]

C-suite sale

The C-Suite sale: Keys to determining the relevant executive for a sales opportunity

Competitive salespeople don’t waste people’s time, least of all their own. They identify the relevant executive for each sales opportunity, and they take time to understand the dynamics of their customer’s organization to uncover where influence, power, and control over a particular project reside. “It doesn’t have to be the CEO of a corporation,” said […]

CapGemini

CapGemini, LinkedIn reveal the roadblocks to greater collaboration between fintechs and big banks

The increased willingness of fintech startups to work with banks and other traditional financial services firms may be hampered by attitudes about their agility and ability to execute on innovative ideas, according to a global survey from CapGemini and LinkedIn released Wednesday. World Fintech Report 2018 was originally released late last month, but executives from […]