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Adobe Summit 2019 offers digital transformation advice from Microsoft, Ersi and . . . Reese Witherspoon

“I had this siloed-off experience. I wasn’t engaging with them . . . there wasn’t empirical data. (Social media) has expanded my idea of storytelling and the ability to reach a larger, but more specific audience.” The comments above were not made by one of the many B2B CMOs attending Adobe Summit in Las Vegas […]

Showpad CPO

Showpad CPO promises to bring better coaching and a unified experience to sales managers

Showpad CPO Louis Jonckheere says the launch of the firm’s unified Sales Enablement Platform will help one of the least-supported in the enterprise to offer “coaching at scale” with training tools, easier administration and more. The Chicago-based firm’s release comes only nine months after it spent $50 million to acquire LearnCore, a provider of coaching […]

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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 […]

InsideSales AI B2B sales 2019

90% of B2B sellers tell InsideSales they expect AI to improve their performance in 2019

While the overwhelming majority of B2B sales professionals have high hopes for the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to help them do their jobs, less than half have actually started to implement such tools, according to the results of a recent survey released by InsideSales. Based on a set of questions fielded to more […]

Sprinklr Grad Conn

Sprinklr marketing leader Grad Conn is looking for (enterprise) love

Most martech CMOs would be satisfied if their company’s products and services were seen as innovative, easy to use or at least useful. Grad Conn’s mission? To make Sprinklr “the most beloved enterprise software company, ever.” The former CMO of Microsoft, Conn took on the role of chief marketing and experience officer at Sprinklr, a […]

How to bring a predictive element into a data-first B2B sales and marketing strategy

To succeed and stay ahead of the curve in today’s business environment, organizations need seamless ways of compiling, organizing and operationalizing data across multiple systems. The past decade has witnessed sales and marketing technology proliferate throughout organizations. Each piece of sales and marketing technology houses critical signals about target accounts and their buyer journey, but […]

CommercialTribe CT Coach

CommercialTribe offers CT Coach to help B2B sales managers improve their reps’ performance

As B2B sales reps go through their annual performance reviews with managers, a startup called CommercialTribe has created a software-as-a-service tool that will grade them across 24 behaviors based on an analysis of more than 40,000 recorded sales interactions. Based in Denver, CommercialTribe formally launched CT Coach earlier this week, boasting HubSpot as an early […]

HubSpot Sam Hirbod

HubSpot’s inbound agency strategist points out some of the biggest (and most common) CX failures

A friend of Sam Hirbod, the principal inbound agency strategist at HubSpot, was waiting on hold with his online bank — for 20 minutes. This is a long time to leave anyone in limbo, especially in 2018, and in the course of that time, Hirbod friend’s started conducting searches on Google for a banks with […]

Forrester SiriusDecisions acquisition

Forrester’s CMO offers an inside look at its $245M SiriusDecisions acquisition

This week’s SiriusDecisions acquisition for $245 million by fellow research and adivsory firm Forrester will mean many more line-of-business executives learn about “the Sirius Way,” according to its CMO. Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester announced its SiriusDecisions acquisition on Tuesday, citing opportunities to expand further into vertical markets such as finance and utilities, as well as geographies […]

Mark Opauszky

PathFactory CEO Mark Opauszky predicts two big trends influencing customer adoption as a growth metric

PathFactory’s CEO is betting the future of growth in B2B will come from adding more value through post-sale data and taking a more granular approach to customer advocacy programs. The Toronto-based company, which rebranded from its original LookBookHQ moniker earlier this year, recently landed on the Deloitte Canada Fast 50, a list of companies the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Microsoft chief data scientist Ozge Yeloglu

Microsoft’s chief data scientist on ethics, bias and other enterprise AI considerations

As Microsoft’s chief data scientist, Ozge Yeloglu’s job is not to develop specific products but simply help further customer success with tools like artificial intelligence. There are some occasions, however, when she just has to say no. Speaking at last week’s Elevate Tech Fest in Toronto, Yeloglu — who works for the software giant’s Canadian […]

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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 […]

Adobe Stoke Pulse

How Adobe’s social team tied ‘Hack The Bracket’ to sales wins with Stoke Pulse

Adobe says it has been able to tie the results of enterprise social media activity like its recent ‘Hack The Bracket’ campaign directly to revenue for the first time thanks to a system designed by content marketing agency, Stoke. Speaking at Content Marketing World in Cleveland last week, Adobe’s head of social media for its […]

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A VC asks the uncomfortable blockchain questions that break through the hype

There are startups marketing themselves as blockchain innovators, and there are established enterprises trying to innovate with blockchain. Vic Pascucci has a stock response to most of them: “Just use an f***n VPN.” The managing director of venture capital firm Lightbank was positioned as the resident contrarian at the recent Voice of Blockchain conference in […]