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SAS offers advisory services to assist marketers and others to overcome analytics challenges

SAS Inc. is offering to help marketers and other lines of business frustrated by the results of analytics projects with a set of advisory services and a “health check” to optimize applications before they’re deployed. Although Cary, N.C.-based SAS already offers a product called SAS Model Manager to help brands streamline the way analytics tools […]

Forrester VP shows how machine learning lets B2B firms treat customers like royalty

Most B2B organizations probably treat their customers as slightly more mature than the recently-born Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, but Forrester VP and principal analyst Mike Gualtieri suggests they should hold just as much of an interest as “Baby Sussex.” Speaking at an event focused on digital decision-making hosted by analytics firm FICO in Toronto on Wednesday, […]

Oribi

Oribi video ad portrays social media channels as uncontrollable, spandex bodysuit-wearing employees

B2B CMOs may occasionally have challenges wrangling the staff on their marketing teams, but that’s nothing compared to the way a firm called Oribi has portrayed the various social media channels used to communicate with customers. Based in San Francisco, Oribi offers a dashboard-like tool that is designed to track content from a company blog […]

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Google Cloud TV spot shows how student developers can make sense of March Madness

As basketball fans tune in for some intense competition during the 2019 NCAA Tournament, Google is using the commercial breaks to show how its Google Cloud infrastructure is running data analytics applications to help developers better understand the game and even predict what might happen. Produced by its creative agency Eleven Inc., the 30-second TV […]

Miller Heiman Group 2019 sales data

Miller Heiman Group stats show B2B sales execs lean on renewals vs. improving team performance

B2B sales people are closing less than half of the deals they forecast and firms are relying on renewals from existing accounts to make up average of 70 per cent of revenues, according to a survey from Miller Heiman Group. The Chicago-based training firm’s CSO Insights team recently released its annual report, Selling in a […]

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How B2B firms can avoid big data, analytics and AI failures in 2019

The data-driven insight is clear: if you watch a film starring Nicholas Cage, you face a high risk of falling into a swimming pool and drowning. Andy Pulkstenis was clearly trying for a laugh, and he got one. The director of advanced analytics at State Farm Insurance in Bloomington, Ill, was leading a breakout session […]

INFORMS analytics ethics guidelines

Ethics guidelines from INFORMS focus on analytics and operations research

As more enterprise firms and their customers start to question the use of data in analytics, research and artificial intelligence tools, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) is offering an 18-point set of guidelines to ensure ethics in quantitative decision-making. Based in Catonsville, Md., INFORMS was established in 1995 following a […]

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Zoho brings Siri-like features to Zia tool as CRM Plus expands to serve customer support teams

Zoho on Thursday expanded its CRM Plus collection of software applications to include tools for customer service teams such as Zia, an intelligent assistant that uses voice recognition features much like Apple’s Siri to address critical questions or complaints. Although Zia (which stands for “Zoho intelligent assistant”) has been available to CRM Plus customers for […]

Showpad Voicefox

Showpad adds ability to transcribe and analyze sales meetings with AI via Voicefox acquisition

Showpad on Wednesday will announce an acquisition that will bring artificial intelligence-based voice recording and transcription analysis to its customer base of sales professionals as a way of boosting their productivity and effectiveness. The Chicago-based firm, whose software offers a range of sales enablement capabilities to B2B firms, said it has purchased Voicefox, a two-year […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Western Digital analytics

Western Digital brings analytics to R&D processes as it reinvents the hard disk drive

Most organizations use analytics software to better understand their customers or refine their sales strategy. Western Digital is using it build the next generation of hard drives that will be used in businesses all over the world. Based in San Jose, Calif., Western Digital has already managed to achieve a number of world firsts, including […]

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 […]

SAS CMO Randy Guard

SAS CMO Randy Guard is weaving AI (and a reality check) into enterprise analytics conversations

A few days ago, Randy Guard was sitting in a quiet boardroom in San Diego’s Grand Hyatt where, only steps away, some of his biggest and most marquee customers were discussing their IT and business strategies as part of his firm’s Analytics Experience. The SAS CMO didn’t need any software, however, to know what was […]

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How Not Impossible Labs is financing a ‘revolution against the absurd’ by pairing technology with storytelling

A pair of smart glasses using duct tape and zip wires that allowed an artist with Lou Gehrig’s disease to draw again. An artificial arm made via 3D printing that brought mobility back to bombing victims in Sudan. A vibrating wristbrand that may be able to stop those with Parkinson’s from trembling. If you have […]

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Next Pathway says it can fast-track the process of preparing business data for analytics and AI applications

A firm called Next Pathway is offering marketers, sales leaders and other business a short cut to taking advantage of big data and artificial intelligence by alleviating the manual and onerous process of having developers create code to meet their requirements. Headquartered in Toronto and with a recent sales office opened in New York, Next […]