How to drive winning battery-electric-vehicle design: Lessons from benchmarking ten Chinese models


Our analysis of the Chinese battery-electric-vehicle market revealed important clues for OEMs that want to thrive in this sector. Automotive & Assembly Insights

How B2B Software Vendors Can Help Their Customers Benchmark

Harvard Business

Mainstream software companies are beginning to hold “ data mirrors ” up to their customers, allowing scoring and benchmarking of their customers’ strategies. One of its business units, Fieldglass, provides insights and benchmarks to customers on external workforce management.

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Latest NPS Benchmark Scores Reveal Customer Experience Shifts

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One of the most popular metrics used by marketers is Net Promoter Score (NPS), a simple loyalty measurement to gauge customer satisfaction and likelihood to recommend. Last week, I had a chance to speak with Satmetrix data scientist Brendan Rocks about the results from the company''s 2014 Net Promoter Industry Benchmarks reports. Business leaders use a variety of metrics to gauge the financial health and performance of a company.

Marketing is Not a Faucet

Joellyn Sargent

As we enter a new year, executives everywhere are hoping their marketing investments will pay off big this year. While the list of potential hiccups is long, the single largest contributor to marketing failures is not unresponsive customers or aggressive competitors.

2020 Database Strategies and Contact Acquisition Survey Report

As buyer expectations continue to heighten, marketing and sales teams are feeling pressured to deliver authentic messaging to buyers at every point of their customer journey. This report aims to highlight the current state of B2B database and contact acquisition strategies, and organizations’ goals to leverage data to fuel their go-to-market strategies in 2020 and beyond.

What Makes Family Businesses in Emerging Markets So Different?


In some emerging markets, more than half of the largest companies are family businesses. Yet, for decades, most of the research on family businesses has focused on benchmarks from developed markets. Emerging markets present a distinctive context for operating a family business.

4 Ways to Improve Your Content Marketing

Harvard Business

In the past decade, content marketing has become a widely established practice. Companies have hired writers and Chief Content Officers to run departments, create blogs and other materials, and, in the process, some have assured sales people that content marketing can mean the end of cold calling. An estimated 70% of the content generated by Marketing is never used by Sales reps and a similar percentage of the leads generated disappear into a “ sales lead black hole.”

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VIX "Too Disjointed to Calculate a Value"; Panic Grips Emerging Markets; Biggest VIX Jump on Record


As the equity rout gathers steam across all markets, the volatility measure VIX Didn’t Update for 30 Minutes. options market. Because of market conditions, the quoting in S&P 500 and S&P 500 options was erratic,” said Suzanne Cosgrove, a spokeswoman for the CBOE. “As

Venezuelan Bolivar Plunges to Record Low on Black Market; Bond Default Coming Up in October?


On the black market today, it takes 89 bolivars to buy 1 US dollar. Black Market Record Low Bloomberg reports Venezuela’s Black Market Bolivar Slides to Record Low. dollar on the black market today as the government tightens currency rationing to pay maturing debt.

Home Builders Optimistic Despite Decline in Traffic; Housing Market Index Declines


The National Association of Home Builders' Housing Market Index once again reveals positive builder sentiment even though new home sales are weak. The housing market index has long been signaling strength in the new home market that has yet to appear, but the signal is less strong in May.

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SuperBull Club: RBC Ups Morgan Stanley, Says Bull Market to Continue 6 Years; Sobering Alternative View from GMO


SuperBull Club RBC Capital Markets chief U.S. market strategist Jonathan Golub joined the SuperBull Club today. Golub says Years Left to Go in S&P 500 Bull Market. market strategist Jonathan Golub. We’re going to see a lot more upside to the stock market,” Golub said.

Quote Your Consulting Billing Rate with Confidence

Successful Independent Consulting

Benchmark so you know your rate is reasonable. Figure out your market rate. This is your market rate. If you plan to work for different types of companies, consider coming up with two rate scales ("market pricing") — one for large companies and one for small.

Another 5 Years to Bull Market? Plenty of Room for More Optimism


The bulls are attempting to outdo each other as often happens at or near market tops. equities market will be higher as low analyst earnings forecasts, a rising economy and muted investor sentiment paves the way for further gains, Parker wrote in a note to clients on Monday. “We We can’t forecast the market multiple, but we can guess at the next 10 percent move,” Parker wrote in a note to clients. He forecasts the benchmark index will end the year at 2,275.

Emerging Market Contagion Spreads; Argentina, Venezuela, Turkey Roundup; 50% Tax on Internet Purchases


Argentina Institutes 50% Tax on Internet Purchases; Emerging Market Contagion Spreads; Argentina, Venezuela, Turkey Roundup Yesterday, Argentina devalued the Peso hoping to halt further declines in its currency reserves.

Ruble Sinks to Record Low; Russia Intervenes in Currency Markets to Stabilize Ruble; Russia Denies Ultimatum


Russia Intervenes in Currency Markets to Stabilize Ruble Bloomberg reports Ruble Plunges to Record as Bank Rossii Seen Selling $10 Billion. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction.

$550 Billion Energy Junk Bond Bubble Busts; "Whac-A-Mole" Distortions in Multiple Markets


The Fed’s decision to keep benchmark interest rates at record lows for six years has encouraged investors to funnel cash into speculative-grade securities to generate returns, raising concern that risks were being overlooked. EXXI), an oil and gas explorer, which has raised more than $2 billion in the bond market in the past four years. markets as unprecedented Fed stimulus fuels a hunt for yield. The energy junk bond bubble has finally popped.

"Bond Girl" on Chicago and the Quality of Credit Analysis in the Municipal Bond Market


On May 13, Moody's shocked the municipal bond market by downgrading Chicago to junk. Kristi Culpepper, AKA "Bond Girl" comments on the event in What Chicago’s Fiscal Emergency says about the Quality of Credit Analysis in the Municipal Bond Market. In a sense, Moody’s was only validating the bond market’s opinion of the city’s creditworthiness — the bonds had already been trading at junk levels for several months. Rating actions tend to lag the market rather than lead it.

Taking Greater Risks to Enjoy Greater Rewards with David Baker: Podcast #14

Consulting Success

Description: David Baker is a consultant who has been working with marketing firms and advertising agencies since the late 1980s. David focuses on finances, benchmarking, performance, and positioning of firms, as well as PR, advertising, and more.

China Attempts to Prop Up Stock Market After Steep Declines; 1929 Flashback


The overheated Shanghai and Shenzhen markets have lost 29 and 32 per cent respectively over the past three weeks following 7-year highs reached on June 12. Instead of welcoming a much needed correction, Chinese brokerages and the Bank of China agreed to prop up the market. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index added 2.41 trillion from mainland Chinese stock markets in a three-week long rout. Trillion Market Rout. Steel at a price well above the current market.

How Consulting Firm Leaders Create a Dominant Market Position

Management and IT Consulting

Outperform your peers and establish a market-leading position with insights gleaned from the SPI Research 2018 Benchmark Report. Report and Infographic

Jeremy Grantham 1999, Jeremy Grantham Today: "Over Next Seven Years, Market Will have Negative Returns"


I have to admit (time and time again actually), that this market has gone further, faster, than I thought possible. Over Next Seven Years, Market Will have Negative Returns" I strongly encourage you to read an interview of Jeremy Grantham, by Stephen Gandel, senior editor of Fortune : The Fed is Killing the Recovery. Fortune : Are you putting your client''s money into the market? You asked me where the market is headed from here.

Fed a Creature of Financial Markets; The Draghi PUT; Global Crisis Coming Up


Creature of Financial Markets Stephen Roach, former Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia and the firm's chief economist, blasts the Greenspan Fed, the Bernanke Fed, and the Yellen Fed in his latest post The Perils of Fed Gradualism. It has now taken the first step toward returning its benchmark policy interest rate – the federal funds rate – to a level that imparts neither stimulus nor restraint to the US economy. A majority of financial market participants applaud this strategy.

Venture Capital Risk Taking and Cash Burn Rates Unprecedented Since 1999; 47% of Nasdaq in Bear Market


Bill Gurley, partner at Silicon Valley-based investor Benchmark, sounded the horn of doom on Monday warning that “Silicon Valley as a whole or that the venture-capital community or startup community is taking on an excessive amount of risk right now.” Record S&P 500 Masks 47% of Nasdaq Mired in Bear Market Speculation is running rampant. Sitka Pacific is an asset management firm whose goal is strong performance and low volatility, regardless of market direction.

Stop Chasing Likes: Social Media Success Start with Strategy

Joellyn Sargent

They crave “likes” as a benchmark for perceived success. As market environment evolves, the nature of your metrics will shift. ” Are you benchmarking against competitors, past performance or a desired future state? What’s going on in the market overall?

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How and When to Raise Your Consulting Rate

Successful Independent Consulting

Third, do some market-rate benchmarking to learn what other consultants are charging, or what clients are paying. The easiest time to raise your rate is on the cusp of something new — a new year, a new project, a new client.

Why CEOs Hate Trade Shows

Joellyn Sargent

Event marketing feels like a necessary evil, and a costly one. A few years ago I worked for a mid-market tech firm serving customers around the globe. Our trade show spend was over a million dollars a year, more than 20% of the entire marketing budget. You don’t spend that kind of money without being able to quantify results, so one of my first steps when taking on the marketing leadership role was to establish ROI tracking. Boondoggle or Necessary Evil?

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A Stunningly Simple Secret to Improve Sales Success

Joellyn Sargent

I’m not talking about your target markets or who the typical buyers are, but the person who is your ideal customer. As a result of this exercise, Mary developed a short checklist to benchmark prospects against her “ Ideal Client Profile.”

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TeBIT 2016 Executive Report: Drilling for Digital Gold


It’s just the type of question that TeBIT, a benchmarking study jointly developed by ETIS–The Community for Telecom Professionals and The Boston Consulting Group, was created to answer. They can also discuss their individual results with the TeBIT benchmarking team.

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Moving Beyond the “Milkman” Model in Medtech


Three years ago, BCG published the results of its landmark global benchmarking study that concluded that medical technology companies had been relying on an outdated commercial model, which we dubbed the “milkman” model.1 Focus Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Global Corporate Banking 2016: The Next-Generation Corporate Bank


In fact, BCG’s most recent Corporate Banking Performance Benchmarking survey—of 300 corporate banking divisions around the world serving the small, midmarket, and large business segments—found a dramatic split between the best and the rest. Report Monday, December 12, 2016.

Asset Management – Valuation (Part 2 of 4)

Tom Spencer

There are a couple of reasons for this: Asset managers can see cash flow and earnings fluctuate wildly with markets. If there is a financial crisis, the stock market falls by half and the asset manager’s performance is in line with the stock market, they now make $500 million.

How to Grow Your Consulting Business with Outstanding Client Relationships

Management and IT Consulting

Learn the top sales and marketing KPIs that drive growth and successful client relationships. Includes SPI Research 2018 Benchmark Report and Infographic

What Sales Teams Should Do to Prepare for the Next Recession

Harvard Business

Our recent benchmarking of nearly 900 B2B companies underscores the importance of these tools. Digital tools can also open new go-to-market approaches. A shift to inside sales usually requires better digital marketing capabilities. Photographer is my life./Getty Getty Images.

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B2B Salespeople Need to Act More Like Travel Agents

Harvard Business

According to the travel and leisure marketing firm MMGY, the use of travel agents increased by 50% from 2014 to 2015. By 2012, our research shows, nearly 60% of a typical B2B purchasing decision — researching solutions, ranking options, benchmarking pricing, and so on — was happening before the buyer even had a conversation with a supplier. The campaign has resulted in dramatic increases in marketing leads and sales. Sales & Marketing Sales Digital Article

Building a Digital Technology Foundation in Insurance


And we analyzed the main IT trends on the basis of four years of architecture benchmarking with top insurers in the German market. Article Monday, August 29, 2016. Insurers today face a host of digital to-dos if they want to stay competitive—much less gain an advantage on their peers.