The Track

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What is Web3 (and why should I care)?

Everything you need to know to talk about Web3 at your next cocktail hour.

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Greg Shove
Section4 Staff
5 mins
For students
Web3
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Free trial vs. freemium: Which product-led growth tactic is right for you? ‍

Have you ever set up a free trial to test drive a product before you bought it? We bet you have (and you might have even forgotten to cancel it after the week was up – oops).

In our workshop Driving Product-Led Growth, industry guru Wes Bush teaches you to use “try before you buy” tactics – like free trials, freemium, and demo modes – to capture customers long before they swipe their credit card.

Here, with Wes’ help, we share an easy-to-use framework for picking the tactic that’s right for your business.

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Greg Shove
Section4 Staff
7 mins
For students
Product
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3 steps to uncover your real competitors (hint: they may not be who you think)

April Dunford is a product positioning expert who helps executives zero in on the real competitive alternatives to their product.

In this post, we’ll share some of her tips.

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Greg Shove
Section4 Staff
3 mins
For students
Product positioning
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4 proven business strategies from NYU Stern Prof. Scott Galloway

Growing a business can be rough. Even after you’ve drafted a masterful business plan and secured enough capital to see it to fruition, you’re still facing an uphill battle.

In fact, 65 percent of businesses fail within their first 10 years.

So how do you beat the odds? You can start by leveraging these four winning concepts NYU Stern Professor Scott Galloway lays out in his upcoming Business Strategy Sprint.

We’ll break them down.

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Greg Shove
Section4 Staff
3 mins
For students
business

How to know if NFTs are right for your business

Pop quiz. When you hear the word NFT, do you think:

💪 I know exactly what an NFT is and how to use it for my business

🤔 I think I understand what NFTs are, but I have no clue if they’re relevant to me

🤢 Argh! I should know what NFTs are, but thinking about them makes my head hurt

If you answered the latter two options, you’re not alone. Don’t worry – we sat down with NYU Stern Professor Sabrina Howell to simplify it for you.

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Section4 Staff
7 min
For students
NFTs

Can't stop checking your favorite app? Here's why.

Have you ever been bored and caught yourself checking Instagram just seconds after you closed it?

I’m sure you didn’t reopen it because you had an overwhelming urge to see more pics of your college roommate's lunch. You did it without thinking, like it was second nature.

If that sounds familiar, then I hate to break it to you: You have a habit.

And what’s more, that habit was built intentionally – by the people who designed your app.

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Section4 Staff
3 mins
For students
product

Self-assessment: Does your team trust you?

I’m sure you’ve had a manager you didn’t trust. 

Maybe that manager said she valued your time – but then canceled your 1:1 at the last minute because she just had to run out and get a smoothie. 

Maybe he called you out in front of the team for a mistake he made. (Truly an unforgivable offense). 

Whatever it was, you know that once trust is lost, it’s hard to get back...

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Section4 Staff
5 mins
For students
Management

The science-based secret to being more productive at work

Have you ever sat in a 9 a.m. meeting with your team and wondered why one person is jacked up on coffee and firing off ideas, and another person looks like they just woke up from a 100-year sleep?

You might think, “Well, the first person is just more productive. They’re good at their job, whereas Steve is a useless lump. Duh.” 

But actually, it’s not that simple. These two people probably have different chronotypes – meaning they’re inclined to sleep, work, and recover at different times. 

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Section4 Staff
7 mins
For students

3 proven ways to get customers to share your product

Here’s a simple fact about human nature: The better something makes someone look, the more likely they are to share it.

You probably noticed this on your Instagram feed at the end of last year, when a metric ton of your friends shared their Spotify Wrapped playlist.

What makes sharing the Spotify Wrapped playlist so irresistible? 

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Section4 Staff
10 mins
For students

7 steps to writing a powerful sales pitch

In life, great stories can have a profound impact. Hence why you (we) wept like a baby at the end of Titanic.

But great stories don’t just belong on the big screen. Their power belongs in the business world too. The key to a sales pitch that wins clients, gets business, and drives results? You guessed it. Storytelling. 

In this post, we’re going to walk you through positioning master April Dunford’s sales story framework. This is the narrative that helps you easily communicate the unique value of your product to customers.

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Section4 Staff
8 mins
For students

The three skills that actually matter to business growth

Do you ever look at a company like Google or Netflix and think, “I know we could be that successful – if only we had their people on our team”? 

The bad news: It’s impossibly expensive to recruit talent from the top tech companies.

The good news: You can develop this type of talent in-house, if you zero in on the skills that actually matter to drive business growth.

To help you, our research team looked at 100 of today’s top-performing organizations and identified the business skills that matter. 

These are the skills that should be your top priority in talent development. So let’s get started.

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Greg Shove
Greg Shove, CEO
4 minutes
For companies

Why most corporate learning offerings suck (and how to fix it)

What percentage of employees actually use the skills they learn in L&D programs at their jobs?

Twelve percent.

If these numbers sound rough, that’s because they are...

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Greg Shove
Section4 Staff
5 mins
For companies

Why we’re opening up unlimited access to sprints

I was talking recently with a Section4 student, and I let him know that we would soon be giving members access to all our sprints for $995, about 1% the annual tuition of an MBA. 

“That’s incredible,” he said. “I’m so excited – my mind is blown.”

Then he paused.

“Why are you doing that?”, which is a polite way of asking “What’s the catch?”

There isn’t one. And here’s the answer as to why.

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Greg Shove
Greg Shove, CEO
5 mins
For students
For companies
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