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 […]

NLP voice of the customer

How natural language processing can help marketers hear the voice of the customer

The Six Sigma methodology of improving processes includes, as a first step, capturing the voice of the customer (VOC) and using it as a guideline to provide the best experience and quality. The VOC is essential since it includes both stated and implied requirements. It varies continuously and requires frequent updating. With the rise of […]

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 […]

image analysis manufacturing

Why image analysis could create a breakthrough in manufacturing automation

The manufacturing environment has always been one in which people often perform tedious, repetitive tasks. If you ask any manufacturing operative about the monotony of quality inspection, sorting or grading, and moving materials or components from A to B, you’ll soon know why these tasks are eminently suitable for automation. However, the reason these activities […]

SAP Clive Owen TV spot

‘You’re kind of bumming me out, Clive Owen,’ character tells actor in latest SAP TV spot

His suit is immaculate and his delivery is pitch-perfect, but beyond that, Clive Owen is surrounded by problems in his latest TV commercial for software giant SAP. The star of Croupier, Closer and many other films spends his most recent outing for the enterprise application vendor’s marketing campaign walking through a litany of business and […]

DemandBase Demand Metric GDPR

DemandBase and Demand Metric research the state of GDPR compliance so far (and the results aren’t good)

Despite considerable attention from a variety of vendors before it came into effect this past May, a survey by DemandBase and Demand Metric shows only 32 per cent of B2B marketers are fully compliant with GDPR and 80 per cent worry that a lack of compliance among their vendors will put their firm at risk. […]

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, […]

Avionos procurement research

Avionos research shows most procurement officers are bypassing supplier portals in favor of some consumer-friendly search options

Even though they work in B2B firms, 78 per cent of procurement managers begin looking for product searches on Amazon or Google rather than a vendor’s own site, and most are disappointed by what they find, according to a new report from Avionos. Avionos, a digital marketing firm based in Chicago, surveyed 160 U.S. B2B […]

Siemens OpenText supply chain

How Siemens is moving 100,000 trading partners from phone calls and faxed invoices to a digitally-driven supply chain

Siemens is in the process of rolling out new technology and services from OpenText that will try and encourage more than 100,000 firms connected in its supply chain to move to a more digitally-driven way of making payments and completing other business processes. The Berlin-based industrial manufacturing company was among those represented at Enterprise World, […]

Unyte meditation VR

Unyte builds a B2B clientele for meditation tools that make use of VR and gaming elements

For Jason Tafler, the road to mindfulness  began with a near-death experience, but the company he created afterwards, Unyte, is breathing new life into meditation practice with digital technology and even virtual reality experiences. Using a biofeedback device known as the iom2 developed through the acquisition of a technology firm called Wild Divine, Unyte monitors an […]

EverString AI B2B marketing

EverString and Heinz research exposes the gaps between AI hype and B2B marketers’ reality

Despite the introduction of natural language processing, machine learning and other technologies into major software packages, nearly half of B2B marketers say artificial intelligence plays no role in their current strategy, according to research from EverString and Heinz Marketing. In ‘The State of Artificial Intelligence in B2B Marketing,’ EverString and Heinz surveyed 300 marketers, mostly […]

AT&T Edge-to-Edge

AT&T commercial shows how technology can address everything except food-stealing coworkers

In some manufacturing organizations it’s easier for people to get along with robots than other employees, based on one of A&T’s most recent TV spots. Though it is still the world’s largest telephone company based on total revenue, AT&T wants enterprise customers to be aware of the wide range of IT services it can offer […]

TreamSupport IBM Watson

TeamSupport brings an emotional layer to customer service engagement with AI-based sentiment analysis

B2B companies that offer customer service primarily through e-mail and chat can get a better sense of their emotional state through a sentiment analysis feature TeamSupport is introducing to enterprise versions of its software. Dallas-based TeamSupport said the sentiment analysis functionality will be based on the natural language processing (NLP) technology used by IBM’s Watson […]

Magento e-commerce tools

Magento Commerce discovers why many B2B firms aren’t completely sold on the capabilities of e-commerce tools

More than half of B2B organizations said integration with legacy technologies is hampering their adoption of e-commerce tools and 37 per cent say they lack the ability to support various sales channels, according to a research study from Magento Commerce. While 85 per cent of organizations said they were interested in offering customers ways to […]

IBM blockchain ad

IBM TV ad boils down the value of blockchain to a critical question about your morning coffee

Supply chain processes rarely make for prime-time TV viewing, but a new commercial from IBM tells a story that connects blockchain and coffee to show what it can bring to accurate inventory tracking. In a clip called “Smart Supply Chain,” Big Blue takes viewers on a whirlwind tour of single-origin Kenyon coffee from its original […]

Snowflake Computing

Snowflake Computing uses creative OOH and online education to market the power of cloud-based data warehousing

There are lots of consumer-oriented companies celebrating Pride Month in their marketing right now, but those driving along Highway 101 in the Bay Area of California recently have seen how a B2B technology company like Snowflake Computing can offer a unique take on a powerful message. “THE DATA IS IN: LOVE WINS,” proclaims the billboard, […]

Rackspace CMO Mark Bunting

The new Rackspace CMO is ready to elevate the brand’s ‘fanatical support’ messaging

The concept of ‘fanatical support’ may be one of the best known brand attributes at Rackspace, but its new chief marketing officer wants to make the managed service provider equally known for providing an overall more radical experience with cloud computing. Earlier this month Rackspace, which is headquartered in San Antonio, Tex., announced Mark Bunting […]

Unbounce machine learning

Unbounce uses ‘Machine Vs. Marketer’ game to demonstrate potential for AI in boosting landing page conversions

Unbounce has been helping marketing teams develop and generate better performance from landing pages since its inception, but now the firm is using comparative data to show customers how machine learning could improve their results even further. In a series of event appearances starting last Fall, Vancouver-based Unbounce has been staging “Machine vs. Marketer,” where […]