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

Five Tips for Maximizing Conferences and Events

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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

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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

Marketing is Like Sex: Everyone Thinks They're Good at It

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Marketing is Like Sex: Everyone Thinks They're Good at It

So it’s been said that marketing is like sex… everyone thinks they’re good at it. I can assure you, at least when it comes to marketing, everyone is not.

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Topics: Market Research, Marketing Strategy

Ensuring Your Leadership Team is Aligned on Strategy

Posted by Kristin Luck

Ensuring Your Leadership Team is Aligned on Strategy

A recent MIT Sloan School survey of more than 4,000 managers found that only 28% could correctly list three of their firm's top strategic priorities. Only 28%! Given that, it’s no wonder that even the best laid strategic plans fall flat mid-year and victim to a strategy-execution gap.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Thought Leadership

A 5-Step Framework for Reinvention

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A 5 Step Framework for Reinvention

So... you feel like you have a new business idea, product or service you want to pursue. Now what? You need a framework so you’re not going at a reinvention or pivot willy-nilly.

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Topics: Market Research, Marketing Strategy

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