The Story Behind the Q Platform™Eric Blumthal, count5 CEO

message from Eric Blumthal, count5 co-founder and CEO

I started count5 because I was a salesperson who never read his email. Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about email from a customer or prospect - I treated those with urgency. I'm talking about that sea of email I got from my boss and from dozens of other resources from within my company. I was always well-intended, but I never read them.


In fact, I cannot remember a job where I didn't have over 1,000 unread emails from my company.


I was always "that guy"; the guy who didn't take notes in salesforce.com; the guy who called marketing for collateral instead of looking in the sales portal; the guy who paid little attention to changes in strategy and process because I knew it was likely a policy of the month that wouldn't stick. Luckily, for over 20 years I was also the guy who knew his products better than anyone else in the company; I was the guy who crushed his numbers every year; I was the guy who always empowered and helped other sales reps; and I was the guy with the most loyal customers - so I guess in the end I delighted management more than I frustrated them.


Email OverloadMy "maverick" behavior as a rep influenced my management style tremendously when I became a senior Sales/Marketing VP. Realizing that "status quo" methods of communicating, collaborating and directing often fell into the tick the box category, I made sure we always used innovative communication / reinforcement methods for the really important things. While very effective, these methods were also high maintenance, hard to scale and resource-intensive. So I continued my journey to find a better (and easier) way.


count5's introduction of the Q platform in June 2006 was the beginning of that better way, and to date has been used by over 40,000 sales people by leading companies in multiple markets.


I encourage you to give Q a chance - it's shockingly easy to try. If you believe a triple digit improvement in sales communications effectiveness can have an impact on results, then you owe it to yourself to pick up the phone and talk to us.


Thank you again for your interest in count5. Good selling!
Eric Blumthal - CEO count5
Eric G. Blumthal, CEO