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Is it OK for the Sales Team to Set your Strategy?

Of course it’s not OK, and most CEOs would bristle at the thought. Sales professionals, talented as they may be, don’t have the perspective to formulate and implement the company strategy, and likely have no experience doing so.

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The Art of the Sponsorship: 3 Ways Sponsorships Can Improve your Brand

Global sponsorship spending is a $60.2 billion business, according to IEG’s 31st annual year-end industry review and forecast, and is projected to grow 4.7% this year. What is it that draws CEOs and CMOs to sponsorships as a brand-building tool? One CEO explains how a niched, targeted sponsorship has been effective for his business, while the event director offers 3 ways CEOs can optimize their sponsorship spends.

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Could McDonald’s’ Zero-Margin Advertising Deal with Omnicom Completely Change the Ad Game?

When McDonald’s decided to consolidate its nearly $1 billion annual advertising business with Omnicom Group in late summer, severing its relationship with longtime incumbent Leo Burnett, the restaurant giant reportedly required Omnicom to sign a contract that went well beyond the usual agency concessions. Industry buzz was that Omnicom must now create a new agency dedicated to the account and move its headquarters to Chicago.

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3 Bad Pricing Strategies to Avoid and 3 Good Ones to Adopt

CEOs know the right pricing is critical to company performance. If you’re like most CEOs, you probably spend a lot to time discussing pricing with your team. Yet, time and again, CEOs and their teams get it wrong.

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