3 Keys to Combating "Pandemic Paralysis"

Posted by Kristin Luck

3 Keys to Combating Pandemic Paralysis

This month we’re pivoting our focus to help those of you who are suffering from what is clearly “pandemic paralysis.” We are collectively in a time of “business unusual” which is causing a lot of uncertainty and business volatility.

Having helmed businesses that survived the dot com crash of 2001, and the massive economic downturn from 2007 - 2009, here are my three best pieces of advice to help you weather this pandemic storm.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Growth Strategy

3 Things to Start (and 3 Things to Stop) to Grow Your Business in 2019

Posted by Kristin Luck

3 Things to Start (and 3 Things to Stop) to Grow Your Business in 2019

I’ve read a fair number of articles on growth over the course of my career and I can tell you, firsthand, how easy it is to get distracted by the newest, shiniest bauble of advice. Just like the latest tech device or a cool new app, it’s easy to grab on to new ideas and hope for the best— without really having an understanding of how impactful a new strategy or tip or trick might truly be.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Thought Leadership

7 Events / 4 Continents / 3 Key Takeaways

Posted by Kristin Luck

7 Events / 4 Continents / 3 Key Takeaways

In the past 60 days I’ve spoken at events in Edinburgh, Denver, Mexico City, London, Bucharest. Lisbon and Los Angeles. As with every conference, the days are filled with networking opportunities and endless vendor pitches for new products and services. So how to cut through the clutter? 

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Sales Strategy

Qualtrics Master Session: The Marriage of Information and Inspiration

Posted by Kristin Luck

Qualtrics Master Session: The Marriage of Information and Inspiration

Last month I was lucky enough to spend the day with the Qualtrics team in Provo, Utah, videotaping a Master Session on optimizing brand experience.

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Topics: Market Research, Marketing Strategy, Growth Strategy

The Conference Season Hangover Cure

The Conference Season Hangover Cure

After leaving a recent major industry event, I had multiple conversations with attendees who marveled at the number of vendors and foot traffic in the exhibit hall but then confided that, off the floor and away from the bustle, they really couldn’t differentiate them. One attendee summarized it well, “Even after listening to the pitches, I walked away unable to really tell what they could do and unable to tell how they were different from the five other vendors that seemed like them.”

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Topics: Market Research, Marketing Strategy, Sales Strategy

Motivating for Commercial Success in Q4

Motivating for Commercial Success in Q4

If you touch any part of the commercial side of a business, you are intimately familiar with the promise and pressure that is Q4. Whether you’ve been planning for this the whole year and are working a solid pipeline, or it’s snuck up on you and you’re clawing your way to the finish line, it takes a special mix of endurance and focused drive to make it to the end... successfully.  We asked some of the experts who’ve motivated (and sometimes carried!) teams over the finish line to share their tips for inspiring teams to their best performance.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Sales Strategy

Planning to Fail: 3 Mistakes Derailing Your Annual Plan

Planning to Fail: 3 Mistakes Derailing Your Annual Plan

Q4 is known for the frenetic pace that inevitably comes with the final push to meet (and exceed!) annual goals. Amidst the frenzy, we need to pull ourselves out of the weeds of the current plan to focus on creating next year’s plan. Short on time, many leaders short-change the planning process, committing a few cardinal sins that perpetuate the planning-to-scrambling cycle.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Growth Strategy, Sales Strategy

Five Tips for Maximizing Conferences and Events

Posted by Kristin Luck

Five Tips for Maximizing Conferences and Events

September marks the beginning of the Q3/4 trade show season. Even if you’ve already read our previous post on this subject, it deserves revisiting before you hit the road with a big event investment.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Growth Strategy

Why ResearchTech is the Next Big Thing in Your MarTech Stack

Posted by Kristin Luck

Why ResearchTech is the Next Big Thing in Your MarTech Stack

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of co-presenting with Steve Mast, the Chief Innovation Officer of Methodify, on the subject of ResearchTech and how it fits into the MarTech stack. If you're looking for ways to future proof (and recession proof!) your business, this is a can't miss. Why?

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Topics: Market Research, Marketing Strategy

Recession Proofing Your Business: Hope For the Best, Prepare for the Worst

Posted by Kristin Luck

Recession Proofing Your Business: Hope For the Best, Prepare for the Worst

I launched my first business, OTX, in June of 2000. As it turns out, nearly the worst time to start a business, as in 2001 the “dot com” bubble burst. Fortunately, we had a diverse client base and a technology platform that was literally revolutionizing the way movie studios and CPG firms conducted research, and we not only survived the recession, we thrived. In 2003, OTX was ranked the fastest growing research company in the world. But it wasn’t just a strong product and good fortune.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Thought Leadership

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