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B2B Pulse: Content Library

The ISBM Pulse content library contains archived copies of previous member meeting presentations, webinars, courses, articles/reports, and a multitude of other knowledge. This material is freely available for our ISBM members.

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Increasing Board Diversity

This article discusses a study that discerns between demographic diversity and cognitive diversity in the context of boardroom composition. It discusses the benefits and drawbacks of both types of diversity for board compositions, and offers recommendations on how to go about recruiting cognitively diverse board members. A key aspect discussed in this article is the difficulty of offering dissenting opinions in discussions in less diverse boards. Cognitive diversity helps to break that pattern. 

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CMO Survey: Special Edition on COVID-19 Impact

The CMO Survey is a tool to collect and disseminate the opinions of top marketers on a variety of topics. This Special Edition, published in June, focuses on understanding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on marketing in companies, including marketing spending, performance, jobs, and expectations for the next year. The added value of the CMO Survey is the longitudinal nature of the research, which allows tracking of opinions, evaluations, and expectations over time. Especially facing a pandemic, the ‘breaks’ in the trends are notable. 

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Technical Note: Quantitative Analysis in Marketing (Gupta)

Effective marketing decision making often requires both qualitative and quantitative analysis. Many marketing analyses across the 4Ps can be supported by quantitative analyses, for example market size estimation, determining economic value to customers, demand generation and customer acquisition with the help of customer lifetime value analysis, channel economics, product cannibalization, market share analysis, and pricing. In this technical Harvard Business School note, Sunil Gupta summarizes how these core metrics are calculated and applied.

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McKinsey: Diversity Wins: How Inclusion Matters

A report published by McKinsey (in May) on inclusion is highly relevant right now. In this report, McKinsey discusses the business case for inclusion and diversity. This report discussed concrete steps companies should take in order to increase diversity among their talent. In this report, four short case studies are included as well (Citigroup, Pentair, Target, and Lockheed Martin).

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AIM Institute: Guessing at B2B Customer Needs

The AIM Institute studied 50 new product development teams from 20 B2B companies that had conducted B2B customer interviews. Five in six teams reported that these customer interviews impacted their product design. This means that if you don’t interview B2B customers to formulate new product objectives, your customer insight is probably lacking. Most new product development teams would develop substantially different products if they truly understood their B2B customer needs. In the report ‘Guessing at B2B Customer Needs’, the AIMS Institute discussed the method of interviewing customers.

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McKinsey: The COVID-19 Recovery Will Be Digital

McKinsey has published a report on the recovery following the COVID-19 crisis. According to the consultancy company, digital technologies will be on the forefront. The report discusses digitalization trends emerging from the COVID=19 crisis, and offers guidelines for preparing for recovery – taking into account digital transformation – for the first 90 days.

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Ten Guidelines for Creating Opportunities in a Time of Crisis

Crises offer opportunity. In this opinion piece from Knowledge at Wharton by Jerry Wind, emeritus professor of marketing at Wharton, and Nitin Rakesh, CEO of Mphasis, an IT firm headquartered in Bangalore, India, ten guidelines are discussed that can help organizations to effectively create opportunities in times of crisis. 

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Sustainability Focus after the COVID-19 Crisis

In this article, several insights that may inspire marketers in considering sustainability opportunities and challenges are covered. Examples are offered on how marketers innovate at hyperspeed and demonstrate agility in rethinking products and business models. Even though this article is written based on many B2C examples, changing consumer preferences will ultimately affect B2B processes as well.

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Current Financial Economic Outlooks

This report composed by by the Chief Investment Office by Merrill Lynch describes how a double exogenous shock from the coronavirus and the oil price war led to historic volatility and liquidity concerns. In this report, economic developments are covered, including the economic recovery in China as well as American trade with Asia, consumer spending developments, demographic developments, and industry developments.

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