You need to be future-oriented to create greater value

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You have to be future-oriented.

A sales position requires that you do more than sell your client what they need right now. To be a strategic partner and own that position, you have to be future-oriented. You have to help your dream client build a platform that helps them deliver the results they need now and in the future.

 

 

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Marketing isn’t really marketing anymore

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The role of a CMO today isn’t what it used to be.

When it comes time to hire a head of marketing, many tech entrepreneurs imagine bringing on someone who’s a master of SEO and A/B testing, who will drive millions of new visitors to their website. They may see a role for the CMO beyond this — perhaps they’ll ask their job candidates “How will your marketing take advantage of big data?”

 

 

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Amazon vs. Indie self-publishing sales platforms

With an indie, as soon as you upload the file, you can sell it. With KDP, you’ve got to wait until it appears on Amazon.

Web designer and writer, Paul Jarvis has self-published three books and has sold close to a total of 10,000 copies. With two of the books he used Gumroad and Sellfy which are indie sales platforms (digital goods e-commerce services). His latest book was on Amazon’s KDP Select platform.

 

 

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Only 1% of online Black Friday sales were driven by social media

Only 1% of orders on shopping sites came from people who visited a social network immediately before.

Online sales on Black Friday hit another record this year. Social media only played a relatively small role — at least when measured directly, according to the latest data from IBM.

 

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Fallout from NSA leaks hurting U.S. tech sales in China

Beijing has long mistrusted foreign technology companies and the Snowden revelations have exacerbated those concerns.

The fallout from the U.S. spying scandal is starting to take its toll as U.S. technology companies including Cisco Systems Inc and IBM Corp are facing unprecedented difficulties selling their goods and services in China.

 

 

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Taobao breaks mobile shopping record in less than an hour with over $100 million in sales

China’s leading e-commerce marketplace.

Taobao, China’s leading e-commerce marketplace, racked up RMB 1 billion ($164 million) in mobile purchases from over 14 million user accounts one hour into China’s annual Single’s Day shopping blitz,

 

 

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Bike sales have outpaced car sales in almost every European country

A bicyclist in Pescara, Italy.

Bicycle are outsold new-cars last year in every one of the European countries, except Belgium and Luxembourg. Car sales reached a low point earlier this year. Recent data shows car sales were recovering. The Millennial generation is more interested in bikes than in cars.

 

 

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Europe’s biggest loss-making cars

Europe’s car makers are facing a rough ride. Their sales are at a 17-year low region-wide. It may seem cruel of the brokerage, Sanford C. Bernstein, to remind them of their biggest commercial wrecks. Most major makers suffered billions in losses. Yet not all cars failed by accidents of poor design, ill-judged technological leaps or wildly optimistic production forecasts.

 

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Tesla Model S outsells Mercedes, BMW and Audi

Tesla Model S

More people bought a Tesla Model S, the $70,000 (and up) electric car, in the first quarter of 2013 than bought any of the similarly priced gasoline-powered cars from the top three German luxury brands, according to data from LMC Automotive. About 4,750 buyers bought a Model S while just over 3,000 people bought Mercedes’ top-level sedan. (Video)

 

 

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Book sales are on the rise even though booksellers are in turmoil

Bookstores are in crisis. Books aren’t.

There has been an upheaval in bookselling over the past ten years. With the surge in online ordering, the challenges faced by brick and mortar booksellers, and the arguing over ebook pricing you would think the book industry was in crisis. But sales figures suggest otherwise. Increasingly, this churning appears to be an integral feature of a steady process of transformation in the digital age.

 

 

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Electric vehicle sales could be up 25% by 2020: Ford COO Mark Fields

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

At this year’s Detroit North American International Auto Show Auto Blog Green had the opportunity to interview Ford’s newly-promoted chief operating officer Mark Fields. He will most likely be the most likely successor to CEO Alan Mulally.

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