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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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pricing in a crisis playbook

Book: Pricing in a Crisis Playbook

We are heading towards a recession that may be worse than the Great Recession following the 9/11 attacks. Depending on scientific progress, we may be in a downturn for many months to come. Price pressure is inevitable in a downturn. Joanne Smith, who lead the corporate pricing organization of Dupont in the five years before and during the 2009 recession, has written a very timely book on how to price in a recession: “Pricing in a Crisis Playbook: A Practical B2B Guide for Pricing with Confidence in a Crisis or Recession”.

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An ISBM Reading List for These Uncertain Times

Earlier this month, during one of the town hall meetings on ‘Marketing in Uncertain Times’, ISBM’s Ralph Oliva shared he was working on a reading list for B2B marketing managers. The reading list, curated by Ralph, is split up into brand new readings, thought-provoking reads, and classics, and includes links to marketplaces. Ralph’s advice: “Many of us collecting a “stack of books” that we are going to “get around to reading”… but the time to do so is always a challenge. Perhaps, you have some additional time now, and maybe you can add some good reading to your current “stay in place” routine.”  

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Impact of COVID-19 on B2B Spending and Customer Interactions

The economic effects of the current COVID-19 pandemic are affecting B2B companies worldwide. In an effort to take the temperature in B2B, McKinsey is surveying B2B decision makers on changes in customers’ expectations, spending, and behaviors. The global surveys are part of an ongoing effort. At the time of writing, the results of the April edition are published.

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Business Cycles Research in Marketing (Dekimpe and Deleersnyder) (open access)

Facing the economic consequences of the current COVID-19 pandemic, a recession seems inevitable. In the light of a likely downturn in the economy, academic research on business cycles is more relevant than ever before. For this purpose, we selected a review article by Marnik Dekimpe and Barbara Deleersnyder (Tilburg University), published in 2018, that synergizes the evidence presented in 31 post-2000 marketing studies focusing on the impact of business cycles.

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Addressing Society’s Sustainability Challenges

Just over a week ago, the Yale School of Management organized their Business Sustainability Summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The conference was held virtually as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Several business leaders shared details on the sustainability initiatives deployed at their organizations.

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Marketing in Uncertain Times – Managing Communications in Crisis (Andrea Coville and Tom Kramer)

“There are many crisis environments where “laying low” is a sound strategy. This is not one of them.” – Andrea Coville, CEO of Brodeur Partners as part of ISBM’s Marketing in Uncertain Times Town Hall Series. Andrea joined with B2B and B2C marketing expert Tom Kramer, founder and CEO of Essex Digital Platform, to show how businesses are still under-communicating to both customers and employees, why this high risk strategy needs to change, and how to leverage effective communications now and in the future.

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Partnering with Nonprofits to Confront a Crisis (Ballesteros and Gatignon)

The private sector cannot wait and see until the COVID-19 storm is over. They need to act, and be part of the solution. Helping out now may regain the trust that the private sector has lost recently, by demonstrating its ability of mobilizing resources, generating innovations, and scaling them up fast. However, in doing so, firms should consider the unique abilities of the nonprofit sector in times of disaster and crises.

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