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A Sailor’s Perspective on Research

Sailors carry charts to help them avoid the shallows and find the channels – or seek the counsel of local captains and fishermen when they enter new waters. Coaches and managers of professional sports teams spend countless hours reviewing videotapes of their next opponent. Generals need to know their opponents’ strength, their numbers, their locations and their political aims before waging battle. Read more

Good, Fast, and Cheap

Just last month, a colleague shared an old saw commonly cited by manufacturers. “I like to tell customers,” she said, “we can make it good, we can make it fast, and we can make it cheap – pick any two.”

Aphorisms, like this one, are memorable partly because they are pithy, partly because they are delightfully clever, and partly because they are true – or in this case, they were true when they were coined. Read more

Black Friday Infographic

Infographic – Black Friday and Cyber Monday – 2016 November

This infographic explores the economic impact of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Thanksgiving Day weekend sales, using the final statistics from 2015 (in forecast of 2016). The National Retail Federation had predicted a 3.6 percent increase for 2016 at the time of publication.

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Promoting Facebook Posts

A client recently asked us, “Are there really any good reasons to consider a Facebook promotion?” (They had owned Facebook page for quite some time, but until now, hadn’t ever advertised there.) I explained that, when the circumstances are right, a Facebook promotion can be an organization’s least expensive way to engage with its followers. And that for most organizations, it’s not a particularly good place to sell.

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Family-Owned Businesses Infographic

Infographic – Family-Owned Businesses – 2016 May

This MarketPoint infographic explores the impact of family-owned businesses on the U.S. and world economies. Colorful charts and tables help explain the distribution of businesses by size and by gender and the revenue contribution by gender of ownership, and list the top 10 family businesses in America, showing size and ownership. All sources cited.

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Brand Loyalty Infographic

Infographic – Brand Loyalty – 2016 March

This MarketPoint infographic on Brand Loyalty explores what it means to be loyal, what makes customers loyal, why customers switch brands, and the value of loyalty programs. All sources cited.

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Brand Loyalty Whitepaper

Whitepaper – Brand Loyalty – 2016 February

This MarketPoint whitepaper explores aspects of brand loyalty: what makes customers loyal, why customers switch brands, and the value of loyalty programs. All sources cited.

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Familiar Echoes

In business, the space between sales and marketing is often filled with familiar echoes and empty talk. On one side of the aisle, marketing “professionals” level scorn on sales folk, claiming they are pompous, overpaid, unable to uncover the simplest of client needs, and unreceptive to much-needed marketing advice. On the other side, sales “professionals” rail against their marketing counterparts, calling them naive, unaccountable myth-promoters, who should just shut up and do their job, generating leads. Read more

Outsourcing Infographic

Infographic – Outsourcing – 2015 October

Did you know that over 2 million U.S. jobs are outsourced each year (many of them overseas)? Would it surprise you to learn that EMEA outsources even more than the Americas? Find out who’s outsourcing how much, and why. And learn tips from the experts on how and what you could be outsourcing – for greater profits. All sources cited.

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Outsourcing Whitepaper

Whitepaper – Outsourcing – 2015 October

This MarketPoint whitepaper takes a close look at the fascinating world of business outsourcing, and the sheer volume of work sent out each year may surprise you. Did you know that over 2 million U.S. jobs are outsourced each year (many of them overseas)? And would it surprise you to learn that EMEA outsources even more than the Americas? Find out who’s doing how much, and why. And learn tips from the experts on how and what you could be sending out – for greater profits. All sources cited.

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