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July 14, 2015
Issue No. 459
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ECi Announces e-automate PSN Integrations With Arlington Industries & Carolina Wholesale
ECi Software Solutions has announced two Private Supply Network (PSN) integrations with its e-automate software for dealers who provide technology services and office equipment.
KYOCERA Document Solutions America Introduces ECOSYS M6530cdn MFP
KYOCERA Document Solutions America has launched the ECOSYS M6530cdn MFP.
Continuum Launches Online Encyclopedia for Managed IT Services
Continuum has launched MSPedia, a collection of product-agnostic, educational articles packed with information relevant to managed IT services.
Square 9 Delivers New Browser-Based Environment
Square 9 Softworks has released SmartSearch 4.2, the latest and most innovative version of the company’s enterprise content management suite, built with enriched feature functionality to drive productivity via the Web.
Katun Expands Line of Toners For Use in Kyocera Applications
Katun Corp. has expanded its line of Katun toners for use in Kyocera applications.
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Building My Business Webinar: "Selling Strategies in the Internet Era"
Today, customers buy differently than in the past. In fact, changing buying habits and the Internet have changed everything. Regardless, there is little to no difference in the way many of your competitors position themselves; they essentially claim the same competitive advantages. That is, they often look and sound the same to prospective customers. In this webinar, led by Richard Farrell of Tangent Knowledge Systems, you will learn strategies for ensuring that you truly stand out from the crowd, gaining the attention you need in order to thrive in today's changing marketplace. You will learn: how to best communicate your value proposition from the position of the problems you can solve for your prospective customers; how to get more decision makers on the phone and, ultimately, interested in setting up meetings with you; and how to describe the hypothetical problems that your prospect will need to acknowledge in order to be interested in what your dealership has to offer. For more information or to register online, click here.
FIX: Cost Management for Service 2.0
Successful BTA dealers use their service departments to maintain profit margins as new equipment sales margins decline. FIX, BTA's popular service workshop, teaches you how to compute the cost of your service labor hour (service burden rate) and improve your overall service department profitability. Workshop instructors Ronelle Ingram and Rock Janecek will cover first-call completion and proven management and customer service programs to improve morale within your service department. Those struggling with MPS and IT issues can learn new management skills to help transition their staffs to the realities of solution-based servicing. This is a highly interactive, energetic classroom experience. Come prepared to learn in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Workshop attendees receive free registration to the Aug. 6-7 Capture the Magic district event, hosted by BTA West. For more information or to register online, click here.
6-7 Capture the Magic - A BTA district event hosted by BTA West - Las Vegas, Nevada
BTA West will host Capture the Magic, open to dealers from across the country, on Aug. 6-7, 2015, at the Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event will be a great setting to learn from industry leaders, gather new ideas and network with your peers. The event will feature a keynote session by Nate Booth, a panel discussion focused on the millennial mindset and five additional educational sessions presented by subject-matter experts. In addition, there will be time to visit with 30-plus exhibiting sponsors, many of which will hold drawings for great prizes during the event. Dealer attendees can also enter on-site for a chance to win one of five $100 American Express gift cards and be entered into the BTA District Event Sweepstakes. The event will wrap up with a Cirque du Soleil performance of the attendee's choice: Michael Jackson One or Zarkana. BTA member dealers receive 2-for-1 registration! For more information or to register online, click here.
20 Building My Business Webinar: "Proactive Prospecting — Turning an Interruption Into a Sales Conversation"
If you are in sales, you are also in prospecting. Getting in front of the right buyer is the single most crucial element in sales success, yet many sellers struggle to maintain and leverage a consistent prospecting regimen. This webinar, led by Tibor Shanto of Renbor Sales Solutions, will examine: why reps are reluctant to prospect; how to help them overcome this reluctance; a proven process for prospecting success; dealing with email and voicemail; and introducing a means of creating sustained change behaviors in your team. You will learn why looking for need and pain will limit prospecting success, and what you have to introduce into the call if you are going to overcome apathy and complacency in buyers. You will also learn how to deal with the most common objections you will face while prospecting. For more information or to register online, click here.
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The July issue of Office Technology, the monthly magazine of the Business Technology Association, is now posted on the BTA website. You will need your username and password to access the online magazine.
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