Why an economic downturn is the perfect time for…..

Posted by Kristin Luck

An Econominc Downturn is the Perfect Time For

Whether you’re thriving or just focused on surviving in business in these tumultuous times, there are a few key activities you should consider:

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Thought Leadership, Growth Strategy

Profitability Lessons From the Pandemic

Profitability Lessons From the Pandemic

For many, the pandemic brought business impacts we’d rather forget. Lost revenue streams; shrinking teams; postponed projects and product launches and cancelled events, coupled with the reality of illness and loss, left permanent scars. However, as businesses start to reemerge, some more bruised than others, we need to pause and be honest about what we still need to and can fix. The cracks that presented themselves over the last few months point to near and long term areas of profitability improvement. Strong leaders will look across industries to identify strategies that can be applied to their own businesses. Luckily for you, we’ve done that leg work.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Thought Leadership

Survival of the….Craftiest? 5 Behaviors of Firms That are Thriving

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survival of the...craftiest?

For every story we hear about firms struggling to stay afloat during recessionary times, there’s a firm that is managing to survive and, in many cases, thrive. What’s their secret?

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Topics: Product Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Growth Strategy

3 Keys to Combating "Pandemic Paralysis"

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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

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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

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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

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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

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