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Let the Shopping Season Begin: Internet, TV & Mail-Order Retailers

Posted November 13, 2020 by Laura Stidham

You know the big guys — Amazon, eBay, QVC, L.L. Bean — but there are a lot more players in the internet, TV, and mail-order retailer space who are gearing up for the holiday shopping season. In fact, the niche consists of 40,000 companies that generate $705 billion annually.

How Banks and Bankers Can Prepare for An Impending Crisis

Posted November 10, 2020 by Nicolle Bouffard

We may be in the lull before the storm. I really like to think optimistically, but looking at the cold hard facts, it seems like things are going better than they should be both for banks and their business banking clients.

I’d Like to Live in a Fisher-Price Town

Posted November 02, 2020 by David Buffaloe

2020 has been a year packed full of crazy, and this week’s elections are likely to serve up more chaos. I’m not much for conflict. I am certainly not going to dive into a passionate political discussion in a blog or even conversation this week. But I will likely reach out to friends, co-workers, and clients to touch base and let them...

Relationships Still Matter in Business Banking

Posted October 20, 2020 by Bobby Martin

Barlow Research Associates is probably the most well-known, and certainly the most accomplished, banking research company, especially with regard to gathering insights on how businesses view their banks.

Welcome to Prospectville

Posted October 08, 2020 by David Buffaloe

September saw NFL and college football starting to come back to life, bringing a much-needed boost to many people’s spirits as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Along with many other Americans, I spent last weekend cheering on the guys from my fantasy football team. 

Honing the Human Element

Posted March 05, 2020 by Bobby Martin

We’ve all heard the phrase, “I’m only human.” There was even a hit song from ‘80s pop stars The Human League with that catchphrase as its chorus. While the expression implies that human beings are prone to failure or somehow less-than, I have to disagree. Especially when it comes to facing down the financial technology and banking...

Battle of the Century: Banking Bots vs. Human Business Bankers

Posted February 27, 2020 by Bobby Martin

I’m continually amazed by what you can do with new technology, applications, digital solutions, and system integrations in banking and beyond. But I’ve discovered that, for some business bankers, high-tech is becoming problematic. Today, next-gen business customers want high-tech banking options, and it’s time to get on board unless...

Hit the Mark with These Arrows in Your Quiver of Prospecting Tools

Posted February 20, 2020 by Ian Peddicord

As a client success manager, I love talking with people about ways to get the most out of Vertical IQ. Earlier this week, I was speaking with one of my banking clients, who mentioned that they view Vertical IQ as an “arrow” in the quiver of tools they use to be successful in their pursuit of small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). 

Adding Industry Knowledge into Your Contact Strategy

Posted September 26, 2019 by Vertical IQ

When it comes to gaining trust with small to mid-sized business (SMB) owners, absence definitely does not make the heart grow fonder. In fact, it’s much more likely that if you’re out of sight, you’re also out of mind. Not a good situation if you want business owners to come to you when they have a need for your services.

Upgrade Your Prospect Presentations with These 3 Tips

Posted September 19, 2019 by Vertical IQ

You’re pulling together a presentation for a new small to mid-size business (SMB) prospect. You have checked it again and again to be sure your i’s are dotted and your t’s are crossed. Your high school English teacher would be so proud! But perfect grammar likely won’t be enough to convince a prospect that you are the right fit for...

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