Research on Changing Consumer Perceptions in Financial Services

This blog is based on an interview conducted by Bill Hortz, Founder of the Institute for Innovation Development with Bill Sheldon, SVP at MarketBridge Disruption breeds change, but the right kind of change is driven by building from your customers’ needs and perceptions. In a business environment of accelerating change, it is especially important to […]

Six Go-to-Market Themes for 2021 Success

With 2021 underway, and the world appearing to be transitioning from the pandemic, we took a look at how certain market trends are crystallizing going forward. We identified 6 key market trends and themes for revenue leaders to understand and react to…

Executing on Your Immediate Response to FinTech Disruption

This blog is based on an interview conducted by Bill Hortz, Founder of the Institute for Innovation Development with Steven Lewis, SVP at MarketBridge. In any important endeavor, the proverbial rubber hits the road in its attempted execution. While “execution” per the dictionary has a primary definition of carrying out or putting into effect a plan […]

Digital Advertising 2020: A Lot More Quality Digital Eyeballs

Of all of the emergent phenomena that have occurred over the past nine months, one that hasn’t gotten much press is the dramatic increase in the supply of quality digital impressions. There isn’t a published source measuring this very real metric—it has to be triangulated between total impressions, e-commerce sales, click-through rates, and prices—but marketers across many categories know that digital marketing is killing it right now…

Developing Your Immediate Response to FinTech Disruption

This blog is based on an interview conducted by Bill Hortz, Founder of the Institute for Innovation Development with Steven Lewis, SVP at MarketBridge Fintech entrants are creating financial services industry disruption by changing the customer value equation and causing a major impact on consumers’ behavior. Fortunately, the history of innovation and the design thinking […]

Levers for Disruption: How Incumbents Can Compete Against Fintech

The history of fintech (financial technologies) may be rightfully traced to 1915 with the advent of wire funds transfer via telegraph and Morse code. The ensuing confluence of technology, digitization, and globalization throughout the twentieth century revolutionized all aspects of global financial systems…

Be Bold and Innovate Your Sales Enablement

When it comes to the impact of COVID-19 on sales channels, we’ve seen startling data on the short-term shift in channel usage by both sellers and buyers. Traditional FTF and inside sales channels have taken steep hits in usage — dropping by over 30 percentage points in some instances — which has affected direct and indirect sellers alike. For Sales Enablement teams, this presents an immediate challenge and frankly a mad scramble to upskill 1,000s of sellers on digital selling capabilities…

The COVID-19 Catalyst: Brick-and-Mortar Retail’s Future 

(Part II of the Hammer and the Dance Series)   I started writing this post as a sequel to the “Hammer and the Dance” post about health care. This one is focused on retail. As soon as I started writing it, the scope expanded significantly. I’ve been doing a lot of work on retail strategy for the past […]

Partners in Peril: 5 Strategies for Channel Adaptation

In 2019, Forrester stated that the indirect channel was transformed more in the previous 18 months than the almost 40 years preceding – combined.  And according to a recent Accenture survey of channel professionals, 76% think the channel will be unrecognizable in the next 5 years. We have identified 5 key actions channel leaders must consider now to ensure the health and success of their partner ecosystems in the coming years…

Are Geographic Sales Territories Dying?

As the COVID impact increases remote working, virtual conference calls, and online purchasing, sales leaders need to be asking a simple question: Should we actually eliminate geographic territories? The simple answer is “No, but…..”.  We all must recognize that for >100 years the entire DNA of the sales profession has been based on geography.  Whether business-to-business selling, wholesale distribution…