Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

Gazing into the future

We look into our crystal ball to understand how technology is reshaping business and wider society via Industry 4.0. We recently sat down with Henrik von Scheel, a leading speaker on AI and an expert on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. As the originator of the term, he is highly regarded by businesses and governments for his insight into digital trends…. 

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

Electric superbike company appoints legendary CRO

Electric superbike manufacturer Verge Motorcycles has appointed business and retail visionary George Blankenship as its new Chief Revenue Officer. With a career spanning more than 40 years, Blankenship is known for developing acclaimed retail strategies for world renowned brands such as software and computer maker Apple and electric car manufacturer Tesla. “Motorcycles have been manufactured with the same underlying format… 

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

Trust unlocks online sales

A new report from “trust platform for digital commerce” Forter has found “alarming rates of false declines, cart abandonment, and trust issues” in online shopping. The 2023 Consumer Trust Premium Report explores the relationship between consumer shopping habits and brand trust. Over 73% of UK consumers have had a negative online shopping experience, with high rates of false declines (14%),… 

Wednesday, September 6th, 2023

The AI balance sheet

What will be the impact of artificial intelligence on business? There is a fierce debate (not to mention a lot of hype) surrounding the future impact of artificial intelligence, related both to its potential benefits and also to the not inconsiderable dangers of introducing AI into business and society. On the one hand, AI investment has been growing rapidly over… 

Tuesday, September 5th, 2023

Transform for the future

Anticipating the future puts you ahead of the game. Here is an innovative guide to driving change. Part I: We couldn’t possibly do that! How the “future readiness movement” began. It was the midst of the pandemic, and it was my first team meeting as I embarked in my new role as the Chief Operating Officer for SAP Asia Pacific… 

Monday, September 4th, 2023

Sales, media and marketing need three years to prepare for AI

A survey of 600 UK human resources managers and directors working in sales, media and marketing conducted in May 2023 indicates they will need three years to be ready for the impact of AI on the workplace. However, all of them believe it will deliver benefits. Fewer than one in five (18%) said they would be fully prepared for the… 

Monday, September 4th, 2023

Hybrid sales model can boost SaaS companies

Product-led growth seeks to place the product at the epicentre of customer acquisition, retention, and expansion to achieve “lower sales costs, greater product virality, and higher net retention”. As such, the product itself plays a critical role in acquiring, growing, and retaining customers. This approach has traditionally been seen as a more effective way to engage SME businesses, while a… 

Monday, July 10th, 2023

Mobile malware

The rising number of mobile malware attacks is in many cases attributable to people not protecting their smartphones, according to IT support specialists CloudTech24[NdC1] . What can you do? Here are five tips:  [NdC1]Please keep the link +

Monday, July 10th, 2023

How AI is disrupting sales and marketing

McKinsey research (published 11 May 2023) suggests… 

Wednesday, July 5th, 2023

Sales leaders should position technology as “teammate”

Analysts suggests that sales organizations which actively position technology as a “teammate” for sellers – rather than just another tool – will unlock seller productivity and enable highquality deals. Speakers at the Gartner CSO & Sales Leader Conference 2023, in Las Vegas on 16-17 May, explored how technology – particularly artificial intelligence – is key in augmenting the unique value… 

Wednesday, July 5th, 2023

A third of CROs to establish GenAI ops team within two years

Some 35% of chief revenue officers (CROs) will establish a generative AI operations team within their go-to market (GTM) organization by 2025, according to a June statement from Gartner. The focus on generative AI will democratize, accelerate and enable the production of buyer-centric messaging and content, the technology research and consulting firm claims. “There is a great burden on sellers… 

Wednesday, July 5th, 2023

Complexity will save salespeople

What are tomorrow’s most important sales competencies? We’re entering a “brave new world of sales”, fuelled by the convergence of evolving B2B buying behaviours and the availability of AI-based new technologies. Is change the only constant, or do some of the traditional attributes of a successful salesperson remain important? I think it’s clear that many relatively simple pre- and postsales… 

Thursday, April 20th, 2023

Sales AI in its own words

We’ve seen the hype, but what is the future of AI in sales? You were either asleep for the past few months or marooned on a desert island if you missed the hype surrounding ChatGPT, OpenAI’s artificial intelligence chatbot that was launched in November 2022. The system quickly became a social media sensation due to its detailed responses and articulate… 

Thursday, April 20th, 2023

Sales leadership and CRM

What role should sales leadership play in their organisation’s deployment of CRM? A CRM application lies at the centre of the technology stack of most sales organisations. It often represents one of the most significant investments made to support sales effectiveness. And yet both organisations and users often express frustration with both the user experience and the quality of the… 

Monday, February 13th, 2023

Ethical principles in AI-guided selling

As AI-guided selling takes hold, ethics remains an important foundational principle. Today, AI can do things that humans could never do before like finding the quickest route to a destination; personalising suggestions for books, films, music, and clothes; identifying new chemical compounds and medical treatments; predicting equipment failures and coordinating maintenance across complex supply chains; using quality-assurance data to improve… 

Monday, February 13th, 2023

Customers are demanding much more

As buyers become ever more demanding, companies… 

Monday, February 13th, 2023

3 key business technologies for 2023

3 key business technologies for 2023 1…. 

Friday, September 30th, 2022

Cranfield KAM Forum (Reports from Q2 2022)

“Putting the customer at the heart” by Mark Bailey Rolls-Royce plc is a company that deals with power and propulsion and should not be confused with the motor-car company, which is entirely separate. Rolls-Royce plc provides power and propulsion systems for land, sea, and air, including nuclear submarines, military and civil aircraft, and major data centres. All of its systems… 

Friday, September 30th, 2022

2022 8.5 Research Review – edited by Jeremy Noad

The research review aims to help readers keep up to date with recently published research on sales-related topics. The review highlights short abstracts of academically peer-reviewed research. This selection of published research is from a range of academic journals. In this edition, the abstracts include four themes that focus on sales performance, capability development, behavioural studies, and systems and tools…. 

Friday, September 30th, 2022

Get in the flow

SAP’s Experiential Sales Learning programs allow salespeople to learn in the flow of their work. To ensure that business continued to flow, in 2020 most companies worldwide responded to the pandemic by making the transition to remote working. More recently, as some businesses began to require employees to work onsite again, others have been cementing a hybrid working model as…