AI recruiting

My robot said you’ve got great leadership credentials: recruiting in the age of AI

Recruiting is hard. Recruiting great leaders is even harder. Managers are arguably one of, if not the most integral function within an enterprise, and therefore investing the time and resources into finding the right talent is essential. According to a Deloitte survey, 81 percent of respondents named talent acquisition the most important challenge last year. […]

Affinity Alliances CRM LinkedIn

Affinity offers AI-based Alliances tool to scan e-mail and calendar data for top sales referrals

Customer relationship management provider Affinity is using artificial intelligence technology to sift through employees’ e-mail and calendar data in hopes of easing the search for “warm” introductions to prospects and customers. San Francisco-based Affinity described Alliances, which was released on Monday, as a tool that will create a “relationship graph” to help those in sales […]

Workday business caddie

Workday TV spot turns Phil Mickelson into a caddie-cum-CEO whisperer

His nickname on the golf course may be “Lefty,” but in a TV commercial for cloud-based financial and HR application provider Workday, Phil Mickelson has been cast as a busy CEO’s right-hand man. ‘Business Caddie’ also includes Andy Buckley, known for his work on The Office and Jurassic World, in which the leader of a […]

researching products and services B2B

B2B buyer survey respondents say they take 40-plus hours researching products and services

B2B buyers spend the equivalent of a full-time work week researching products and services worth more than $100,000, but 86 per cent feel overwhelmed when they’re presented with more than 10 pieces of content, according to a research study from Showpad. The Belgium-headquartered firm on Tuesday released The New B2B Buyer Experience, which drew upon […]

WeWork Julie Rice

A WeWork exec explains the little stores popping up in its spaces

WeWork has already disrupted the traditional approach to setting up office as a startup or small company by offering a series of spaces where people can get things done together. Now Julie Rice wants them to become spaces where they buy from each other, too. The pioneering coworking provider has recently launched WeMRKT, a series […]

Mind the gap

Mind the gap: Building a bridge between marketing and sales with predictive analytics

The success of account-based marketing depends on collaboration and alignment between marketing and sales. Both teams must agree on goals, metrics and methods before they can implement an impactful account-based marketing strategy. Collaboration is imperative to success but difficult to accomplish considering the already labor-intensive and process-detailed workplans for each department. The good news is […]

FedEx Dream 2.0

FedEx offers a dream-like look at what happens while its B2B customers are sleeping

A TV commercial from FedEx suggests that business professionals who track the delivery of items online aren’t even seeing half of what really going in to getting their orders fulfilled. In ‘Dream 2.0,’ an animated series of commonly-shipped items — including a data center server, a medical monitoring device and a wind turbine — move […]

LinkedIn Sales Navigator Deals feature

LinkedIn tries to solve one of the oldest CRM challenges by adding Deals feature to Sales Navigator

LinkedIn says the addition of a Deals feature to its Sales Navigator tool will pull pipeline data directly from customer relationship management systems and make it easier to find additional contacts before a potential purchase decision goes awry. The Deals feature was one of several additions to Sales Navigator LinkedIn announced in a blog post […]

TimeTrade

84% of B2B buyers tell TimeTrade they don’t hear back when they ask vendors questions

B2B firms may talk a lot about account-based marketing and developing a more one-to-one relationship with customers, but a recent survey from appointment-setting software firm TimeTrade suggests many of them are ignoring direct outreach from potential buyers. In ‘What Buyers Want: The State Of The B2B Buying Experience,’ TimeTrade surveyed approximately 300 business professionals during […]

AR e-commerce Showpad

Showpad launches AR e-commerce as a way for sales people to offer a more immersive buying experience

Sales enablement software firm Showpad has released what it describes as an AR e-commerce tool that will let B2B buyers get a closer look and feel at what they’re purchasing and how it might work in their organization. Using Apple’s ARKit, the AR e-commerce tool allows sales people to develop models that are projected through […]

RBC Reach

RBC Reach accelerator program offers commercialization opportunities to B2B startups in its first cohort

The Royal Bank of Canada will be starting with a focus on B2B startups with an accelerator program called RBC Reach that will offer $100,000 in funding to entrepreneurs from around the world. RBC Reach, which is accepting applications until the end of the month, is being launched in partnership with Highline BETA, a company […]

startup sector

The stakes are high to build a startup sector that becomes a pillar of the future

Watching two heavyweights in the Canadian startup sector wage war in the media should not go unnoticed, as there are major implications for the sector in general, especially in a newly uncertain and volatile provincial political environment. On one side is a MaRS-led contingent that is startup-focused, largely apolitical, (despite promoting a we’re- not-Trump-based new […]

Kudos peer recognition

Kudos uses social applications to extend mindfulness across employee peer groups

Employers may be encouraging staff to develop mindfulness on an individual level, but a startup called Kudos is offering a more communal approach with software to let peers recognize each other’s accomplishments and drive employee engagement. Kudos offers an application where employees, managers and business leaders can send thank-you notifications, celebrate notable events with awards, […]

Harmony@Work diversity inclusion

Harmony@Work wants to help companies pay better attention to (and change) the way they tackle diversity, equity and inclusion

B2B organizations are used to segmenting customers and personalizing their messaging, but a new organization called Harmony@Work is offering a way to ensure they are also recognizing differences in terms of diversity, equity and inclusion in how they communicate both internally and externally. A division of Toronto-based training provider Harmony Movement, Harmony@Work will offer workshops […]