What Dating Taught Me About Understanding Manufacturing Sales

I used to think that great deals started with a great product and closed with a Jedi salesperson that could mystically anticipate every customer objection and demonstrate product superiority in terms of benefits, features, and price. I realized that if I maintained this outlook, the customer starts to feel like the enemy. As I watched sales cycle after sales cycle, my perspective changed. Read More →

5 Ways to Shorten Your Manufacturing Sales Cycle

We spend much of our time thinking about how attractive our customers look to us. The secret to shortening manufacturing sales cycles is to understand how attractive we look to our potential customers. Think about it. In meeting after meeting and spreadsheet after spreadsheet we analyze customers based on their purchase volume, profit margin, and product mix—celebrating those customers that buy a lot, pay a lot, or buy what we want to sell. In the same breath, we grumble about customers that require gobs of TLC but then don’t buy very much, spend very much, or order what we would like to sell. Read More →

You Still Have Time! 8 New Releases to Read This Summer

It could be because of our academic roots. Or maybe it’s because we’re a research-driven company at heart. Either way, Vennli is full of book lovers. If a new book comes out related to our passions (business growth, decision-making, customer and market insights, and data analytics or visualization to name a few), we gobble it up.

If you’re feeling the mid-summer slump and need a little boost of inspiration, here are our top picks of new releases for your reading list. Grab a good book, brew, and enjoy the weather. Cheers! Read More →

8 Challenges for Retail Banking and What to Do Next

The entire financial services industry is undergoing drastic changes. New technology, increased regulation, and expansion of digital channels have come together to create a really interesting time for retail banks.

You know this already. Read More →

Shhh! Don’t Tell Our Customers We Have Competitors!

“I’m not sure about naming competitors in our customer survey. Isn’t it risky to name potential replacements for our products?”

This question has come up from not just one but multiple customers over the past year. At first, I was somewhat surprised and thought it may be a unique aspect of certain industries. But the more it came up, the more apparent it became that this was a fairly widespread concern. Read More →

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