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The 4Ps - What They Mean in Today's Logistics Marketplace

By Jason Ickert of Energy Transportation Group where he is involved in integrating logistics solutions across the organization and their commercial partners. Ickert is also Co-Chair of the TMSA Membership Committee and serves on the TMSA Board of Directors.

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Are You Creating Content Or Communication?

By Robert Rose, Chief Strategy Officer of The Content Advisory, the Consulting & Education Group of Content Marketing InstituteFor more than 20 years, Rose has been helping marketers to tell their story more effectively and build passionate audiences and powerful customer experiences. Rose will be the opening and closing keynote speaker for the 2019 TMSA Logistics Marketing & Sales Conference

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Developing Your Sales Function for Lasting Success

By Holly LaBoda, Partner and Founder at Luminaries Consulting, LLC, an Affiliate member of TMSA. She has 10+ years experience in strategy facilitation, talent management, sales development, change management, leadership development and custom learning content with leading companies such as C.H. Robinson and Emirates Group.

Picture it: An executive team is reviewing their quarterly results when the CEO asks, “why are we not hitting our revenue targets?” and all eyes turn to the sales leader. If results are struggling, some sales leaders will naturally jump to a few places. Perhaps the issue is their team not having the right talent or skills to achieve their goals. Maybe it’s a tool or resource gap, they need a CRM to better manage sales activity. These things may be needed, but a successful and sustainable sales function can’t be built by solving singular issues. Whether your sales function is thousands strong or a few key players, there are four key elements required to create lasting success.

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Print Magazines Dead? Bite Your Tongue (6 Reasons to Rethink Print)

By Joe Pulizzi, Content Marketing Expert, Keynote Speaker and former Consultant to TMSA, and Entrepreneur. Founder of the Content Marketing Institute and the Orange Effect Foundation.

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A 4-Step Cycle for Strengthening Your Company Culture

By Nathan Sanfaçon of thinkPARALLAX. Nathan’s natural interest in sustainability and CSR gravitated him to thinkPARALLAX, where he helps to evolve the agency’s brand and works with clients on high-level strategy. He is passionate about empowering organizations to discover and celebrate their impact, in turn creating meaningful change and catalyzing long-term success.

An organization’s culture is arguably its greatest asset. Culture attracts and retains top talent, rallies employees to find innovative solutions to problems, protects the company from outside threats, and is the key driver for pushing the organization forward. So it is no surprise that instilling, nurturing, and continually strengthening a healthy and thriving culture sits at the top of the list for organizational leaders. At thinkPARALLAX, we work with our clients to strengthen their culture through extensive employee engagement, training, and professional development. The engagement tactics and communication strategies that we offer are derived from a core philosophy dissecting what a strong culture looks like, and how to go about strengthening it. We break down that philosophy here:

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The Value of Self-Awareness at Work

By Caliper, a human capital analytics company leveraging decades of data and validated assessment results to predict and select high-quality candidates. Caliper is a TMSA Affiliate member.

Great leaders often have several traits in common. We tend to see characteristics like strong communication, a positive attitude and a sense of integrity on the short list. But, where does self-awareness come into play? This attribute is often overlooked in leaders, but here at Caliper, we argue that this characteristic can make or break a work environment.

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What is Personal?

By Robert Rose, Chief Strategy Officer of The Content Advisory, the Consulting & Education Group of Content Marketing InstituteFor more than 20 years, Rose has been helping marketers to tell their story more effectively and build passionate audiences and powerful customer experiences. Rose will be the opening and closing keynote speaker for the 2019 TMSA Logistics Marketing & Sales Conference

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Fuel Productivity and Motivate Your Team through Communication

By Hilary Jane Grosskopf, author of Awake Leadership: A System for Leading with Clarity and Creativity and Awake Ethic: A System for Aligning Your Action with Your Core Intentions. She is a leadership guide, strategist and writer and founder of Awake Leadership Solutions.

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TMSA Seeks Chief Strategy Officer

As TMSA expands its value proposition and service offerings to members, the association's Board of Directors has approved the decision to expand staff resources that will support the growth of the association.

This newly created position, Chief Strategy Officer, will be responsible for assisting TMSA CEO Brian Everett with developing, executing, communicating and sustaining strategic initiatives of the organization. This individual also will work closely with Everett and the Board of Directors to develop the organization’s vision and strategic focus and overseeing implementation of initiatives through committee engagement and staff resources.

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The First One to Commit to the Experience Wins

By Robert Rose, Chief Strategy Officer of The Content Advisory, the Consulting & Education Group of Content Marketing Institute. For more than 20 years, Rose has been helping marketers to tell their story more effectively and build passionate audiences and powerful customer experiences. Rose will be the opening and closing keynote speaker for the 2019 TMSA Logistics Marketing & Sales Conference

When I was visiting a client in Hartford, Connecticut, I needed a taxi from my hotel to the client’s location. Easy enough. The hotel bellman grabs a taxi from the street and I’m on my way. As we drive, the cabbie makes small talk: where are you from, how long are you staying, the weather, all that. Then he asks, “Do you have a ride to the airport tomorrow?”

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Award-Winning Strategy: New Penn Millennial Landing Page

More than one-in-three American labor force participants (35%) are Millennials, making them the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Trucking companies today are facing the challenge, how do we recruit the largest workforce-eligible generation, who are unemployed, underemployed or looking for a career upgrade?

It's no secret that the trucking industry needs a rebrand. In order for companies to be able to attract a more diverse talent pool and tap into the millennial generation workforce, preconceived notions of who belongs behind the wheel need to be changed. 

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Promoting Employee Happiness

By Caliper, a human capital analytics company leveraging decades of data and validated assessment results to predict and select high-quality candidates. Caliper is a TMSA Affiliate member.

Everyone has seen the statistics about employee happiness and how it’ll change the way your workplace operates. Companies with happy employees outperform their competitors by 20%. Some companies have even gone as far as hiring an employee experience officer. One of the most notable companies to hire someone dedicated to employee experience was Airbnb back in 2015 when they transitioned their Chief Human Resources Officer to the Head of Employee Experience. The duties of the new role include shared HR functions as well as responsibilities that focus on their new “workplace as an experience” vision. To achieve this vision, most offices included a group of employees called “ground control” that focus on bringing AirBnb’s culture to life.

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5 Steps to Successful Sales in Transportation and Logistics

In the 2017 TMSA Sales & Marketing Metrics Study, outside sales employees with transportation- and logistics-related companies contributed on average about 51% of the revenue for respondent companies that had outside sales teams. 

In contrast, it’s interesting to note that Inside Sales contributed an average of 41% of revenue for those companies that had inside sales, a slight decrease from 2015.

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Product Alert: Transportation's First RFP and Bid Management Application

By Brian Everett, CEO of the Transportation Marketing & Sales Association

Here at TMSA Headquarters near Minneapolis it's uncommon to host visits by TMSA members in the dead of winter, so I was pleased to learn John Golob, Winmore’s Chief Marketing Officer, was stopping by to share the details of its recent software release — the transportation industry’s first RFP and bid management application. 

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How the Flywheel Approach & Digital Communications Can Improve Your Overall Customer Experience

By Nadine Nocero-Tye, Director of Client Services for SyncShow, a TMSA Affiliate Member

Customer experience can be defined as any interaction that your organization has with your customer. Thanks to industry disruptors like Amazon, what was once considered the best experience is now the expected experience. It’s not just from the likes of Amazon, but from every experience with every company whether you are a consumer or a buyer of business services or a product. In fact, because of this, customer experience has become one of the top strategic priorities within the C-suite.

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5 Key Elements of a Successful B2B Website

By Chris Peer, Owner & CEO of SyncShow, a TMSA Affiliate member

Studies on buying behaviors for the B2B industry continue to show that for the majority of buyers, their first stop in finding a solution to their pain points is an internet search. This means that your website is most likely the first touchpoint a prospect is having with your company, and like any other salesperson, your website should be properly armed to sell your products and/or services.

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Top 5 Trade Show Design Trends

By exhibitpro, a TMSA Affiliate member

Exhibit design trends strive to engage people on different levels. The demand for visually stunning, interactive designs are transforming trade shows. There are several elements that exhibitors can take advantage of to ensure that they are being remembered on the show floor. These elements range from architectural to color trends, and use of material and technology.

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When Personality Assessment Results Disappoint

By Caliper, a TMSA Affiliate Member

With the number of jobs and applicants increasing, many professionals are turning to advanced tools such as personality assessments to aid them in the hiring process to determine if potential candidates are the right fit for their company. But what is a personality assessment?

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Fortune’s Most Admired Companies: Transportation and Logistics Companies Lead List

Transportation and logistics-related companies comprise one of the leading categories among the Most Admired Companies in the World, according to FORTUNE magazine.

FORTUNE collaborates with partner Korn Ferry Hay Group on this corporate reputation survey, which evaluates approximately 1,500 companies, including the 1,000 largest U.S. companies ranked by revenue and non-U.S. companies in the FORTUNE Global 500® database with revenues of $10 billion or more. Korn Ferry Hay Group surveys 680 companies from 29 countries to select the 15 largest for each international industry and the 10 largest for each U.S. industry. Executives, directors and analysts are then asked to rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value to social responsibility, and this vote results in the 52 industry lists. A company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed.

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2019 Is Likely to Start Clean and Finish Messy

By Dan North, North America Chief Economist via TMSA Affiliate Member Euler Hermes North America 

The economy performed very well in 2018.

GDP growth, expected to be 2.9% for the year, tied 2015 for the strongest of the nine year recovery. Recent growth was particularly impressive in Q2 at 4.2% q/q annualized and 3.5% in Q3. The all-important consumer sector flexed its muscles at 3.8% and 3.6% in Q2 and Q3. Manufacturing was strong. Wages grew at the fastest in nine years. Job creation was vigorous. Inflation and interest rates remained low, and corporate profits set records. It was as good as it’s going to get.

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