Amazon tries to recreate Prime Day magic with the first-ever Digital Day sales event

Amazon is known for creating its own, exclusive sales holidays and events to boost its bottom line, as it has done with Prime Day – a day of sales which even tops Black Friday and Cyber Monday,

Artificial intelligence finds its way into business through sales

Artificial intelligence (AI) had a coming out party of sorts in 2016. Even though it has been in development for decades, this year, with the perfect combination of cheap computing power and access

PayPal says mobile shopping accounted for a third of Thanksgiving & Black Friday sales

New data from PayPal further confirms mobile’s contribution to e-commerce retailers’ bottom lines over Thanksgiving and Black Friday. According to data from its network, mobile devices ac

Black Friday online sales to hit a record-breaking $3 billion, over $1 billion from mobile

Black Friday online shopping is continuing to grow, and this Friday was another record-breaking day. According to a new report out this evening from Adobe, which has been tracking e-commerce transacti

Mobile shopping hits record numbers over Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Black Friday has only just begun, but already mobile traffic and sales are breaking records compared with years prior, according to third-party reports and those from major retailers, out this mornin

More people than ever will shop online over the holidays, spending to rise by 18%

The fourth quarter is always the busiest for e-commerce businesses, with the biggest sales and more consumers than the year prior turning to the web and mobile devices to complete their holiday shopp

Crunch Report | GoPro Seriously Botches Earnings

GoPro's earnings report is pretty bad, Yelp to lay off 4% of workforce, YouTube upgrades its comments system, Ford has ideas for last-mile tech and the Obama administration looks to create 48 national

Propeller launches new CRM tool that puts sales workflow front and center

After two years in development Propeller CRM launched today with a CRM tool its founders say puts salespeople at the center of the workflow. One of the founders, Eric Bouck, says he has seen his f

Saleswhale is a software platform to help sales teams run more efficiently

Hiring and training sales staff gets repetitive and, given the often high churn, it can be a real time suck. That's why Saleswhale, a Singapore-based company that is part of Y Combinator's current bat

Sales startup Immediately will shut down as team members join New Relic

Immediately, a startup that built mobile sales tools, will be shutting down at the end of the month, while part of the team will move on to cloud-monitoring company New Relic. According to the offic

Legion Analytics is building bots to automate your sales pitch

Legion Analytics is looking to make your sales team more productive with the help of artificial intelligence. We covered the startup last year when it was part of Y Combinator’s fellowship progr

The 3 biggest sales mistakes enterprise software companies make

For early- to mid-stage B2B software and SaaS companies, selling in to the enterprise is hard. Getting enterprise customers to pay for your solution on a repeated and long-term basis without seeing yo

Prime Day 2016 was Amazon’s biggest day ever

Yesterday’s checkout glitches didn’t impact Amazon’s ability to pull off another successful Prime Day sales event, as it turns out. The online retailer announced this morning, withou

Walmart takes on Amazon Prime Day with week-long free shipping deal

Walmart today announced its plan for taking on Amazon’s Prime Day. Amazon’s annual sales holiday kicks off tomorrow, promising a host of online deals and discounts across a variety of ca

Microsoft makes some moves to lift Dynamics CRM marketshare

Microsoft has been searching for ways to strengthen its flagging Dynamics customer relationship management (CRM) tool, and it made a couple of moves this week (one quite significant) with an eye to

Showpad closes $50M Series C to keep growing its SaaS sales productivity platform

SaaS startup Showpad which has built a platform designed to improve other businesses' sales productivity has closed a $50 million Series C funding round, led by Insight Venture Partners -- with Insigh

Engagio launches PlayMaker to turn B2B marketing insights into action items

Engagio, the B2B marketing platform built by Marketo founder Jon Miller, is about a year old and performing well. The company has 36 clients and is operating at $675,000 in recurring annual revenue. B

Immediately’s Branko Cerny on the rise of bottom up sales and the importance of branding

In contrast to the more traditional top down, generally involving the sale to a CIO or VP, the bottoms up sales approach enable each employee to be a credit card carrying decision maker.

Partnering With 76ers, StubHub Moves Into Direct Ticketing Sales

StubHub, long considered to be the leader in secondary ticket sales for events, is getting into direct sales of primary tickets through a new partnership with the Philadelphia 76ers. They may have one

More Money Into The Cloud As NewVoiceMedia Gets $30M For Its Contact Center Solutions

As more businesses move their IT from on-premise solutions and into networked, cloud-based services, startups that are building products for them to do this are raking in yet more funding as they gro
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