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We are Living in a Technology World and I am a Technology

Posted by Jay Sapirman on Sep 5, 2018 2:26:10 PM

We are living in a technology world and I am a technology…. Boy…. (sorry Madonna, but when the words fit wear them).

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Topics: sales tips, selling, sales, office equipment channel, Office Equipment Dealers, office equipment, Business Tips

You Down With SBB - (Yeah You Know Me) - But Do You Really?

Posted by Tawnya Stone on Aug 29, 2018 9:28:58 AM

When thinking about Seat Based Billing, you probably fit into one of three buckets:

1. Someone who doesn’t know much about it and has questions
2. Someone who has heard a little bit about it but still has questions, or
3. Someone who has had extensive conversations about it but still has questions

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Topics: seat based billing, SBB Road Show, SBB, print management, Managed Print Services, managed print, Cost Per Page

XaaS (Everything As A Service) and the Office Equipment Dealer: 4 Reasons You Don’t Want To Get Left Behind

Posted by West McDonald on Aug 21, 2018 12:01:43 PM

One thing I have absolutely loved about being in the Office Equipment Channel for the last 15 years or so is just how innovative the people in this channel can be.  When I started out in this channel, MPS (Managed Print Services) was just being born. Today, around 30% of every page printed is under an MPS contract. When our channel wants to change the way people do business nothing can get in our way.

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Topics: XaaS, Managed Print Services, managed print, office equipment channel, Office Equipment Dealers, selling, sales tips, seat based billing, SBB Road Show, SBB

The Ugly Truth About Value

Posted by West McDonald on Aug 14, 2018 2:13:25 PM

As we move through our sales careers there is usually a strong correlation between the complexity of a sales cycle and our earnings. We might start out as an inside sales representative responding to requests. We may then progress to outside sales with a limited subset of products to sell. If we’re good, we’ll probably end up as a National accounts manager selling more bundled solution offerings. The ugly truth, however, is that like all ascensions, not everybody will make the cut and most people will burn out before they really start enjoying the fruits of a senior sales role.

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Topics: sales tips, selling, sales cycle, sales, Office Equipment Dealers, office equipment channel, office equipment, value, value proposition, sales value

Kill the Quarterly Business Review

Posted by Paul Giorgi on Jul 31, 2018 10:18:23 AM

What is a QBR? A common definition on the internet is:  “A Quarterly Business Review is, as the name suggests, a meeting with your client on a quarterly basis where you discuss their business and how you can support them.”

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Topics: business review, business success, Business Tips, business growth, business strategy, QBR, premier members

Moving the Digital Transformation Dial - Structured vs. Unstructured Work

Posted by Sean Halliday on Jul 25, 2018 9:36:26 AM

Work moves fast these days. Not only has technology sped up how we work, but it’s enabled people to oversee approximately twice as much work (projects, people, issues and events) vs. only a few years ago. But not all work is created equal – there are different kinds of activities, and as such, different tools to meet various needs. With the incredible clutter of technology solutions available to make us more efficient, it’s important to understand what kind of work you’re doing before you load up on tools.

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Topics: digital transformation, Document Management, content management, placepoint, business growth, Business Tips, Workflow, process management

Convergence Radio Episode 12: The GDPR is Live, Are You Ready?

Posted by West McDonald on Jul 24, 2018 9:59:22 AM

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) went live in May of 2018 and it has the entire planet in a stir.  Why? Because no matter where you live, if you do business with a company in the European Union and you’re not compliant, you could face massive fines and lawsuits if you breach one of its tenants.

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Topics: convergence radio, convergence, GDPR, General Data Protection Regulation, business growth, Business Tips, business strategy, office equipment channel, Office Equipment Dealers

I’m Now A Published Author And You Should Care Less

Posted by West McDonald on Jul 16, 2018 9:54:59 AM

One of my dreams (and one a lot of you might share) was to be a published author.  Not blogs or articles, but published in a book. A book with a hard cover and pages and a forward by somebody who is a big deal.  That dream, for me, came true last week. You should care less about that. Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t care about the book.  I am one of fifty-two contributing authors in this book and the stories within are highly personal and inspiring.

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Topics: something new, something good, mentorship, print audit, launch, standing o, Growth, business growth, Business Tips

2015, 2016, & 2017 User and Device Printing Statistics

Posted by West McDonald on Jul 10, 2018 10:39:18 AM

We’ve just compiled the 2017 User and Device Printer BI Dashboard and one thing's for sure: Print behaviors are changing in dramatic ways compared to any previous year that we’ve studied.  This is the 3rd year we’ve run the numbers and some trends are becoming clear. In this blog we’ll explore those trends and share what some of the most telling differences are between the 2017, 2016 and 2015 data sets.

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Topics: device monitoring, bi dashboard, business intelligence, infinite device management, print industry, printing statistics, statistics

5 Reasons Not Tracking Every Device Could Cost You A Fortune

Posted by West McDonald on Jun 25, 2018 10:42:07 AM

I’ve worked with a ton of dealers over the years helping them with their managed print programs. One of the cornerstones of any good managed print program is a good remote monitoring and management platform. Compared to other expenses in the business, remote monitoring is extremely inexpensive yet many dealers insist on only monitoring and paying for the devices they are managing. As soon as the assessment is over, they “clean” out the unmanaged devices and only continue to pay to monitor the devices under contract. Here are 5 reasons that decision could be costing you a lot of business:

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Topics: selling, sales tips, sales, premier members, Managed Print Services, managed print, assessment, intel, device monitoring, infinite device management

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