From Bootstrap to Big League: Brand lessons from tech startups, for all startups

From Bootstrap to Big League: Brand lessons from tech startups, for all startups

Authentic, Brand, Community, Event, Leadership, Marketing, Strategy
Confession: I expected to have to work harder to build this panel for Twin Cities Startup Week. I had a target list of 20 really smart and experienced technology leaders, all of whom have built and scaled really admirable brands and businesses. I was hopeful that, of the 20, I might secure 3-4 who would be willing to carve time out from their very full calendars to participate in this event. (more…)
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Podcast with Jennifer Zick: Marketing Second Shift

Podcast with Jennifer Zick: Marketing Second Shift

Authentic, Brand, Content, Digital, EOS / Traction, Marketing, Messaging, Sales, Strategy
I recently had the privilege of being featured on the Marketing Second Shift podcast. Chaunce Stanton, CEO Co-Founder of Chronicals Digital - and producer of the podcast - covered a huge range of topics with me, including: EOS / Traction, Marketing Automation, Sales, Work-Life Balance (or lack thereof), and my love of family, yoga, and trips up north. Trust me...it all fits together in the Authentic Brand story. :)  These excerpts from my interview with Chaunce are republished here with his permission.  (more…)
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We fed 50 kids for a year!

We fed 50 kids for a year!

Authentic, Community, Event, Leadership
What an awesome feeling. Serving side-by-side with 30 business professionals, representing brands from all across the Twin Cities, gathered together for one reason: to do good work. Yesterday, Authentic Brand had the opportunity to host a second event for Two Or More: a community service movement. And the movement is building! Even on a summertime afternoon in Minnesota, when calendars are jammed with vacations and back-to-school activities, this crew showed up. They served with big hearts, and had a ton of fun in the process. (more…)
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There’s no such thing as balance. How life and EOS showed me a better path.

There’s no such thing as balance. How life and EOS showed me a better path.

Authentic, Brand, EOS / Traction, Leadership, Marketing, Sales, Strategy
Balance. I once thought it was possible. Until I hit the proverbial wall. My career wasn't moving in the direction I had planned. I had just had my second child. I was spending too much time commuting, not enough time sleeping, and was nowhere near living up to the expectations I'd set for myself as a wife, mother, friend, community member, and business leader. In short, I felt like I was half-assing every category in my life. (more…)
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two or more Service Event: Feed My Starving Children

two or more Service Event: Feed My Starving Children

Authentic, Community, Event, Leadership
Join us for the two or more LAUNCH event on June 29th, 2017! (Updated) The first two or more service event is coming up, and we are now at capacity and taking registrations only on a wait-list basis. If you haven't done a meal-packing event with this organization before, you're in for a treat. And if you have done this before, you know just what a great experience it is - so grab a friend, colleague, or customer and let's do this. (more…)
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Let’s be friends: How sales and marketing can help each other

Let’s be friends: How sales and marketing can help each other

Authentic, Brand, Content, Marketing, Messaging, Sales
What can salespeople do to help marketers? And conversely, what can marketers do to support sales? I love this question because I've been on both sides. I cut my professional teeth in B2B sales before shifting my focus to marketing, and then marketing team leadership. I've experienced the tension between these departments, and the reality is that it doesn't have to be that way. So, here's a little bit of advice for both sides, from someone who gets it. (more…)
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Event Recap: DenamiCON17

Event Recap: DenamiCON17

Authentic, Brand, Content, Data, Design, Digital, Event, Intelligent, Strategy
Earlier this week, I had the privilege of being included in the speaker lineup for DenamiCON17, an inbound growth-focused event, hosted by Denamico (Hubspot-certified partner) and MentorMate (software development firm). Missed the event? Watch the recorded live stream here, and follow along with my mini blog series below that provides my expanded perspective on the topics discussed. (more…)
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My Goal: Grace

My Goal: Grace

Authentic
This post is not about B2B marketing, brand, content, data, or digital. This is just about me, being authentic with you. Because that's my brand, after all. And I'd like for you to know me. And my journey toward embracing grace. While I was still working as a corporate marketing leader, earlier this year, a younger female colleague approached me with a sincere question: "What are your big personal goals this year? What is driving you?" (more…)
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