Control vs. Chaos: A Day In the Life of a Sales Rep

Posted by Brian Doyle on Feb 12, 2019 2:10:12 PM

If you’re a fan of the 1960s television show, Get Smart (or saw the 2008 movie with Steve Carrell), you know that the good guys work for Control and the bad guys work for an organization called KAOS (pronounced, “Chaos”). As a pricing or finance leader, it sometimes feels like this reflects your life as well: you're trying to maintain control over your pricing and profit, but too many times when a negotiation is left in the hands of your sales rep, it turns into chaos.

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Topics: Negotiating with Backbone

Nice Job, Netflix: Lessons from the price increase

Posted by Pete Morelli on Jan 24, 2019 11:54:19 AM

Hear Pete Morelli talk about what we can learn from the price increase that Netflix rolled out last week.

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Topics: Uncovering your Value, Negotiating with Backbone, Pricing with Confidence

Warning: If You Compete Based on Price, Don’t Read This Blog

Posted by Tim Mullane on Jan 10, 2019 10:41:11 AM

If you made it past the headline, you are likely not an importer of knock-off goods or the Walmart-wannabe of your industry. You hopefully compete on something other than price, which means you have superior products, services, quality, coverage or something else unique. Simply said, you offer something of business value to your target customers.

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The Top 5 Blog Posts of 2018

Posted by Patrick McCullough on Jan 3, 2019 2:02:31 PM

2018 was an exciting year for Holden Advisors, filled with thought-provoking and timely content shared in our weekly blog as our experts summarized their key takeaways and outlined key strategies for B2B's most relevant pricing and selling challenges.

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Service Value as a Negotiation Tool

Posted by Brian Doyle on Jan 3, 2019 2:01:17 PM

As we enter the holiday season and life becomes more hectic, great service becomes even more important. If you’re like me and your holiday shopping tends to skew toward the end of December, getting a retailer to deliver the gift you purchased before the 25th is almost as important as the gift itself.  It reminds me that great service – throughout the year – is an important part of a business’ value prop and shouldn’t be forgotten when buyers try to negotiate.

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Holiday Giving Teaches Lessons on Price, Value and Sales

Posted by Pete Morelli on Dec 13, 2018 11:29:59 AM

The holiday season is here. A time for decorations, family, vacations and charity. Over the past few weeks, I’ve observed several holiday giving anecdotes that were great reminders of pricing, value and sales tactics that can apply to any time of year whether you’re a non-profit or for-profit organization. Enjoy!

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Topics: Negotiating with Backbone

Winning the Negotiation Game

Posted by Mayuresh Saravanakumar on Dec 6, 2018 5:45:00 AM

Recently, one of our clients—a sales executive at a leading chemical manufacturer—was facing a problem that we see time and time again in negotiations.  Our sales executive, let’s call him Bob, had submitted an RFP response for a contract renewal.  Bob’s customer came back and stated that a competitor had offered a significantly lower price.  To make matters worse, Bob was informed that if he didn’t reduce his price, all the business would go to his competitor.  Unfortunately, Bob’s feet were being held to the fire internally, as the customer in question contributed a significant amount of revenue.

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The Balancing Act Between Customer Experience & Price

Posted by Brian Doyle on Nov 29, 2018 10:26:11 AM

81% of companies say they will compete mostly or completely based on customer experience (CX) (Gartner). At the same time, 72% of CX professionals do not feel their programs are very successful at driving business outcomes (MaritzCX). Does that mean those 81% of companies that plan to differentiate themselves are going to fail? It does if they’re using the same approach as the 72% doing it now.

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Advice: Don't Assume All Industry Sectors Behave the Same Way

Posted by Tim Mullane on Nov 21, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Building off our recent video blog on the difference between use cases and personas, watch below as Tim Mullane explains how to go deeper to find actionable use cases within the same industry sector. The obvious use cases exist between application and industry. The trick is to look beyond the apparent applications to the use cases that support them. 

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Topics: Negotiating with Backbone

Amazon's Tale of Two Cities and Saying Goodbye to the Rabbits

Posted by Richard Harrington on Nov 15, 2018 6:00:00 AM

So there it is. Amazon’s year long quest for its second headquarters has finally ended with an announcement that the will be shared by two cities, Long Island City, New York and Arlington, Virginia. When Jeff Bezos first announced the plan for HQ2, he promised to scour the nation for the right candidate, soliciting bids from cities across that nation outlining their plans on infrastructure, education and, of course, the tax breaks they were willing to give to have the honor of hosting Amazon’s second home and the jobs and prosperity that would bring.

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Topics: Negotiating with Backbone