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  • For B2B Marketing Professionals

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    Report B2B Consultant Sellers Reign In The 21st Century

    Empower Your Sellers With Strategic Tooling
    May 22, 2017 | Mary Shea, Jacob Milender

    B2B sellers face buyers who increasingly prefer a self-guided journey. While simple commodity transactions can largely occur without direct sales interaction, for more highly considered purchases,...

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    Report Build A Seller Development Framework To Improve The Buying Experience

    Apply The Practice Of Customer Obsession To Sellers
    May 17, 2017 | Steven Wright

    Buyers command more power in the marketplace than ever before and consequently have different expectations of their sales reps. B2B marketers need to support sales' customer obsession by revamping...

  • For CIO Professionals

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    Report C-Suite Tech Purchasing Patterns

    CIOs Need To Adapt To Businesses' Increasing Power In Tech Buying
    May 15, 2017 | Andrew Bartels

    Business execs are playing a bigger role in buying technologies to help their firms win, serve, and retain customers. CIOs still play a major role, but they operate in a new world of shifting...

  • For B2B Marketing Professionals

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    Report Making Content Customizable Helps Both Sales And Marketing

    Get Off The Ad Hoc Content Treadmill And Embrace Bespoke Content
    April 26, 2017 | Steven Wright

    B2B marketers have a lack of visibility into methods for customizing content and manners in which sellers use it. By leveraging sales enablement automation (SEA) capabilities, sales enablement...

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

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    Report Five Ways To Cut The Risk Of Going All In With A Salesforce Customer Platform

    Salesforce Is Now A Major Platform For Digital Business — Don't Let Complexity Cut Its Value
    April 3, 2017 | John R. Rymer, Liz Herbert

    Salesforce is the most prominent choice for enterprises seeking a single platform for all things customer. The growing number of enterprises signing up to go all in with Salesforce as their...

  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

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    Report Death Of A (B2B) Salesman: Two Years Later

    Vision: The B2B eCommerce Playbook
    March 29, 2017 | Andy Hoar

    Two years after forecasting that 1 million B2B salespeople would be displaced by 2020, Forrester sees B2B buyers both accelerating their shift to self-serve and demanding higher-quality...

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    Report Millennial B2B Buyers Come Of Age

    Update Your Sales Approach To Succeed With The Heads-Down Generation
    March 28, 2017 | Mary Shea, Shanta Samlal-Fadelle

    Demographics prove the heads-down generation is well on its way to becoming a dominant force within and outside their firms. While recent research indicates that 73% of Millennials are involved in...

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    Report Q&A: 10 ABM FAQs — And Five More That B2B Marketers Should Ask More Often

    March 15, 2017 | Laura Ramos

    Business-to-business (B2B) marketers are aggressively moving to implement account-based marketing (ABM) and drive successful engagement at the account level. But the hype still confuses many, and...

  • For B2B Marketing Professionals

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    Report Empathetic Content: The Key To Engaging B2B Buyers

    Benchmarks Show That B2B Marketers Must Humanize Website Content To Captivate Customers
    March 13, 2017 | Laura Ramos, Jacob Milender

    Engaging content can catalyze new business opportunities as well as cross-sell and upsell conversations. Nowhere does the struggle to produce compelling business-to-business (B2B) content continue...

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    Report Applying Sales Enablement Best Practices

    Reference Customers For The Sales Enablement Automation Systems Forrester Wave™ Reveal Lessons That They've Learned
    March 8, 2017 | Steven Wright, Jacob Milender

    In the first Forrester Wave on sales enablement automation (SEA) systems, we used 33 criteria to evaluate nine vendors. This report compiles the best practices, use cases, and struggles that SEA...

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

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    Report Prescriptive Advice: The Salesperson's Crystal Ball

    March 7, 2017 | John Bruno

    As B2B buyers continue to self-serve and conduct more research on their own, their expectations of salespeople continue to rise. To increase seller effectiveness and close the gap between buyers'...

  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

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    Report Realign B2B Channels For A Post-Disruption World

    Buyer Journeys Dictate Dismantling And Reconstructing B2B Channel Ecosystems
    March 7, 2017 | Andy Hoar

    As B2B customers demand frictionless buy flows, global competition erodes margins, and manufacturers crave direct customer engagement, layers of middlemen are under pressure to evolve — or die....

  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

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    Report A Brand New Day In B2B Commerce

    The Time Has Come For Brands To Rethink Their Deference To The Traditional Channel
    March 7, 2017 | Andy Hoar

    B2B brands that do not sell direct are disappointing customers and leaving money on the table. New research shows that B2B buyers want to engage directly with brands, which is calling into question...

  • For Analyst Relations Professionals

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    Report Forrester's Scorecard For AR And Direct Sales

    February 28, 2017 | Kevin Lucas

    This self-assessment tool helps you review your current ability to support your company’s direct sales operation via your industry analyst relations (AR) program, analyze its weaknesses, and...

  • For Analyst Relations Professionals

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    Report Industry Analyst Relations And Sales Support

    Sales Support: The Industry Analyst Relations Playbook
    February 28, 2017 | Kevin Lucas

    Industry analyst relations (AR) teams struggle to create and demonstrate their value to sales. Forrester has distilled AR best practices for support of a vendor's direct sales processes and...

  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

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    Report Preparing For A Salesforce Negotiation

    Plan Ahead To Manage With This Fast-Growing, Strategic SaaS Partner
    February 15, 2017 | Liz Herbert, Mark Bartrick

    Salesforce is now a giant in the enterprise software space — with nearly 200,000 customers. The software-as-a-service (SaaS) behemoth now offers a comprehensive suite of solutions for the...

  • For B2B Marketing Professionals

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    Report Global Business Technographics Marketing Survey, 2016: Overview

    A Business Technographics Presentation
    February 10, 2017 | Tyler McDaniel

    This report is our overview of marketers’ priorities, challenges, use of technology, and budgets, based on Forrester's Global Business Technographics Marketing Survey, 2016. We analyzed the...

  • For B2B Marketing Professionals

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    Report Add Social Selling To Your B2B Marketing Repertoire

    It's Time For B2B Sellers To Fully Embrace The Channel
    February 7, 2017 | Mary Shea, Jacob Milender

    We are beginning to see business-to-business (B2B) social programs deliver on their early promise, with B2B marketers identifying social as a top-three demand generation tactic for building...

  • For B2B Marketing Professionals

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    Report Take L2RM To The Next Level With A Pivot To Lifetime Customer Engagement

    Vision: The Lead-To-Revenue Playbook
    January 19, 2017 | Lori Wizdo

    Savvy marketers are re-engineering their lead-to-revenue (L2R) process to transform marketing from a top-notch supplier of leads for the load-bearing sales channel to the architect of customer...

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    Report Digital Forces Catalyze A Tectonic Shift In B2B Channels

    Buyer Journeys Dictate Dismantling And Reconstructing B2B Channel Ecosystems
    January 13, 2017 | Tim Harmon

    In the age of the customer, customers are in charge of not only their interactions with suppliers and providers but also their sourcing choices. When designing and equipping their ecosystems,...

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    Report B2B Buyers Mandate A New Charter For Marketing And Sales

    Accelerate Alignment Or Get Left Behind
    January 10, 2017 | Mary Shea, Shanta Samlal-Fadelle

    This report is a call to action for business-to-business (B2B) marketing and sales leaders to infuse new and creative ideas into their plans. A status quo approach no longer works in this...

  • For B2B Marketing Professionals

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    Report Key Tools For The Customer-Obsessed B2B Marketer

    Build Your Competence With Buyer Personas And Journey Maps
    December 30, 2016 | Lori Wizdo

    B2B marketing leaders are taking up the gauntlet for more personalized, valuable engagement, which their empowered customers have thrown down. They are using tools from B2C marketers to help make...

  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

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    Report 2016 US Bank Digital Sales Functionality Benchmark

    Bank Of America And Wells Fargo Continue To Lead The Pack
    December 9, 2016 | Alyson Clarke

    We used our Digital Sales Functionality Benchmark methodology to evaluate the public websites of the five largest retail banks in the US. As they did last year, Bank of America and Wells Fargo lead...

  • For B2B Marketing Professionals

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    Report The Forrester Wave™: Sales Enablement Automation Systems, Q4 2016

    The Nine Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up
    December 6, 2016 | Steven Wright, Jacob Milender

    In our 33-criteria evaluation of sales enablement automation (SEA) systems providers, we identified the nine most significant ones — Brainshark, CallidusCloud, ClearSlide, KnowledgeTree, Mediafly,...

  • For eBusiness & Channel Strategy Professionals

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    Report 2016 US Life Insurance Digital Sales Functionality Benchmark

    PolicyGenius Leads Our First Review Of US Life Insurer Digital Sales Functionality
    November 30, 2016 | Ellen Carney

    Digital touchpoints are changing how Americans are researching and buying life insurance. We used our life insurance Digital Sales Functionality Benchmark methodology to evaluate the digital...

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