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The Mixed Bag Continues for Retail and Food Services Sales Numbers

Posted August 21, 2020 by Bill Walker

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released their July 2020 Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services report. Adjusted for seasonal variation, July sales totaled $536.0 billion, which represents a 1.2 percent increase over June’s numbers ($529.4 billion). This marks the third consecutive month with increases in U.S. consumer...

Protecting Bank Assets by Identifying and Managing Risks

Successful commercial bankers protect their bank’s assets while driving business growth. To accomplish this difficult task, they must easily identify and manage credit risks. However, finding great tools to assist in this process has been very difficult...until now!

Keep it Real: Initiating More Meaningful Client Conversations

Posted August 14, 2020 by Susan Bell

This is the fourth in a series of five blog posts about how to create and implement a “SMART” strategy to manage client relationships — one that incorporates personalization and industry expertise into every client interaction. By using this tailored approach, your team will boost your organization’s sales conversion success and...

How Industry Intelligence Helps Build Better Marketing Initiatives

Posted August 12, 2020 by Ian Peddicord

You’ve heard of industry information, industry insights, and industry research, but what exactly is “Industry Intelligence”? At Vertical IQ, we like to say that Industry Intelligence means using specific, timely industry data sources to help companies build relationships and increase sales.

Add Value to SBDC Client Meetings with Industry Intelligence

Posted August 06, 2020 by Courtney Farfour

As a small business development center (SBDC) counselor, you see a wide range of entrepreneurs looking to you for guidance on how to make their dream of starting a business come true. But having in-depth knowledge on a multitude of industries can be time-consuming.

Outside the Box: Using Industry Intelligence to Offer Alternative Ideas

Posted August 04, 2020 by Bobby Martin

This is the third in a series of five blog posts about how to create and implement a “SMART” strategy to manage client relationships — one that incorporates personalization and industry expertise into every client interaction. By using this tailored approach, your team will boost your organization’s sales conversion success and deepen...

Webinar Recap: Local Economies and Why You Should Know Them

Posted July 31, 2020 by Laura Stidham

Vertical IQ recently hosted a webinar on how advisors of small businesses can become experts on local economies. It featured our CEO and cofounder, Bobby Martin, as well as our partner, Jack Hubbard, chief experience officer at St. Meyer and Hubbard, Inc., a leading bank sales and coaching firm.

Making More Informed Recommendations with Industry Intelligence

Posted July 28, 2020 by Susan Bell

This is the second in a series of five blog posts about how to create and implement a “SMART” strategy to manage client relationships — one that incorporates personalization and industry expertise into every client interaction. By using this tailored approach, your team will boost your organization’s sales conversion success and...

Building Confidence: Residential Construction Shows Signs of Hope

Posted July 23, 2020 by Bill Walker

On Friday, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released their Monthly New Residential Construction Report for June, and it reveals some hopeful data. All of the report’s top-level numbers were moving in the right direction, up over May’s stats — some substantially. But as a reality check on...

Using a Strategic Mindset to Build Trust with Clients and Prospects

Posted July 21, 2020 by Bobby Martin

This is the first in a series of five blog posts about how to create and implement a “SMART” strategy to manage client relationships — one that incorporates personalization and industry expertise into every client interaction. By using this tailored approach, your team will boost your organization’s sales conversion success and deepen...

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