The report identifies many best practices across two areas:
Building a client-oriented mindset. Organizations have a natural tendency to operate from an internal perspective, focusing on the needs of their functional silos more than on their clients. To offset this tendency, B2B firms need to build repeatable and systematic processes for gathering, analyzing, and taking action on customer insights.
Building client-centric relationship management. Today, account management functions tend to be oriented around sales generation and firefighting. To build stronger, longer-term ties with clients, Temkin Group expects that B2B firms will head towards a more client-centric model of account management that uses client insights throughout the relationship management continuum.
The report provides a plethora of specific practices in these areas from companies such as Becker and Poliakoff, CDW, Cisco, Citrix, Dell, Enterasys, Equinix, Genworth Financial, Lithium, Lynden, Philadelphia Insurance Companies, Oracle, Salesforce.com, SanDisk, Stream Global, Verint, and VMware.$195 Buy Now