Huge DEBUT for Marketer’s Community: Martech & Lessons Learned From the Trenches

Huge DEBUT for Marketer’s Community: Martech & Lessons Learned From the Trenches

Brand, Community, Digital, Event, Marketers' Community, Marketing, Messaging, Strategy
Well, that was fun! Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to participate as a panelist in the debut event for Marketers' Community - a new educational event series and networking group spearheaded by Laura King, the Twin Cities' most dynamic modern marketing recruiter. (more…)
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Celebrating Authentic Brand’s 1-Year Bizversary!

Celebrating Authentic Brand’s 1-Year Bizversary!

Authentic, Brand, Community, EOS / Traction, Marketing
Wow. Authentic Brand is one year old. Already? Only? [All the feels.] A year ago today, I sat at my kitchen table, officially filing my business name with the State of Minnesota, and buying my authenticbrand.com domain. The domain was an investment. I literally held my breath when I pressed the "buy now" button. Every day since that thrilling and scary start, I have been telling myself to breathe. (more…)
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Is Your Marketing Muscle Weak? Five indications that you need to pump some serious marketing iron

Is Your Marketing Muscle Weak? Five indications that you need to pump some serious marketing iron

Brand, Intelligent, Leadership, Marketing, Messaging, Sales, Strategy
It's a common situation for growing businesses: marketing is one of the last roles in the company to be prioritized. And it makes sense, to a certain point. Many businesses reach their first $5M, $10M, or even $50M through a focused sales-led effort, building relationships and expanding accounts and referrals. (more…)
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Building Your Strongest Team: Five experts weigh in on what it takes to attract, retain and grow high-performing talent

Building Your Strongest Team: Five experts weigh in on what it takes to attract, retain and grow high-performing talent

Brand, EOS / Traction, Leadership, Strategy, Virtual Panel
No business leader sets out to build a losing team, and yet, many organizations suffer from low productivity, poor morale and high turn-over. The fact is, strong teams don't happen by accident, nor as a product of good intentions. Building and maintaining a strong team takes vision, discipline, systems, consistency, and the willingness to make hard decisions that impact real people. (more…)
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From “What” to “So What”: Building a Messaging Foundation for Modern Marketing

From “What” to “So What”: Building a Messaging Foundation for Modern Marketing

Authentic, Brand, Intelligent, Marketing, Messaging, Strategy
By the time I'm meeting with a business leader, it's because he or she is ready to invest in strategic, proactive marketing. Most often, the business has grown steadily through a sales focus and a bit of marketing "here and there" (with no clarity on what works or drives ROI). But now the business is at a point where sustained growth will require new approaches to pipeline development. It's time to invest in building a modern marketing team and program, focused on demand generation and expanded engagement. (more…)
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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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