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 […]

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 […]

Pilot PMR

Pilot PMR builds ‘Stack’ to automate and beautify earned media reporting

The challenge of quantifying and communicating the results of earned media campaigns has led strategy and design agency Pilot PMR to create its own reporting software tool. A 13-year-old firm based in Toronto, Pilot PMR has given the product its own brand, Stack, and offered a detailed look at the process of developing it from […]

pwc

How PwC fosters creative problem-solving in its growing number of Digital Experience Centres

PwC will be spending the next several months continuing to open a series of Digital Experience Centres in the U.S. and the U.K. that bring together interdisciplinary groups of experts to solve corporate challenges using virtual reality, the Internet of Things and more. The consulting firm officially opened its Toronto Digital Experience Centre on Tuesday, […]

why businesses succeed

Why Businesses Succeed and Grow in Some Cases — and Why Others Fail

For the great majority of professional services firms, growth is on-again, off-again. It’s often unclear what exactly drives the periods of growth, and it’s even less clear how to trigger similar growth in the future. But there is a smaller group of firms that don’t follow this rule. Unlike their peers, they seem to keep […]

CRM experience

How to curate a better CRM experience with an actionable gallery of B2B data

Have you ever been to the Guggenheim? An art museum of impressive architectural proportions in New York City, its ever-evolving collections have served a range of artistic pallets for decades. To put it simply, the museum is a visual feast; and if you like art, you’ll like the Guggenheim. Similarly, your CRM solution, like Salesforce, […]

design thinking

How design thinking can help sales teams: Advice from the authors of ‘Naked Sales’

We in design haven’t been very good to sales for some time now. Over the last few years the leading methodology for innovation, design thinking, has changed the way people manage daily communications (mobile devices and applications), access health care (medical devices and care practices), travel (autonomous driving) and manage their lives at home (via […]

Salesforce-Google

Dreamforce 2017: A debrief on what the Salesforce-Google partnership really means

It will be well into next year before the fruits of a Salesforce-Google partnership will be realized, but the company used its annual Dreamforce conference last week to show how working with Google will create a dynamic marriage between its customer relationship management tools and the search engine giant’s strength in online advertising analytics. Google has […]

employee productivity

7 Ways to Accurately Measure Employee Productivity

If you haven’t checked your employees’ productivity yet, you could be seriously damaging your business. Measuring employee productivity is just as important as measuring your finances. If you fail to keep track of your employees’ ability to meet goals and tasks, there’s a good chance your business can go downhill fast. Admit it. It’s the […]

ZoomInfo

ZoomInfo promises to accelerate sales with data-as-a-service suite

ZoomInfo is getting a jump on next week’s Dreamforce conference by launching a data-as-a-service suite that integrates its B2B database tools into Salesforce’s flagship customer relationship management system. The Waltham, Mass.-based company said its ZoomInfo Salesforce Suite would include access to more than 88 million professional e-mail addresses, 47 million direct-dial phone numbers and nearly […]

AngelList

Former AngelList exec explains what startups could teach enterprises about AI

There are plenty of people betting big on how technologies like artificial intelligence will change consumers’ lives, but Ash Fontana is strictly putting his money on line-of-business applications. Fontana, managing director at Silicon Valley VC firm Zetta Venture Partners, was in Toronto last week as part of the CDO Summit. The former head of fundraising projects at […]

GM

GM’s head of open innovation shares what he learned as an UberX driver

Long before he started to explore the future of connected, electric and autonomous vehicles, Ted Graham was picking up drunks in his family’s minivan, trying to find ways to help accountants. The head of open innovation at General Motors recounted his last role, as an innovation leader at accounting firm PwC, in his closing keynote […]

gail bergman

Inside the Mind Of… Gail Bergman

Gail Bergman, head of Toronto-based public relations firm Gail Bergman PR, has helped hundreds of organizations raise brand awareness, increase sales, and connect with customers, stakeholders and employees for more than two decades. Since launching the firm in 1994, Bergman and her team have developed and managed public relations campaigns for large and small companies […]

Jill Rowley

Social selling expert Jill Rowley shares her best advice for connecting with buyers

B2B sales professionals will be increasingly displaced by search engines and social networks unless they can demonstrate value to customers with empathy, storytelling mastery and a focus on advocacy, according to startup advisor Jill Rowley. Speaking at the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) in Toronto this week, the former sales leader at Eloqua urged her colleagues […]

ecommerce

How to Remain Competitive in eCommerce in 2018

2017 has proven to be a year of glittering advancements in the eCommerce scene. There is a direct correlation between these advancements and the needs of the predominant target markets of Gen X’ers and beyond. Being the driving force of the information age, coupled with their inherent need for instant gratification, AI, machine-learning, mobile, and […]

X-Prize

X-Prize founder wants companies to set up ‘crazy ideas’ departments

Faster and cheaper computing power, coupled with improved quality of life around the world, should have every business thinking about how they could improve their importance by a factor of 10, according to X-Prize founder Peter Diamandis. Speaking at the first-ever SingularityU Canada Summit on Wednesday, the entrepreneur — whose X-Prize foundation helps fund breakthrough […]