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. But for most of these organizations, there comes a time somewhere along the way where growth becomes unsustainable without a marketing engine in place to create early-stage interest and pipeline. That's usually when Authentic Brand enters the conversation. Building a healthy business is a lot like building a healthy body: Needs change over time. I'm a prime example. When I was in my twenties, I took up running. In my thirties (and after three babies), my body started sending me…
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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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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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Everything Marketing Automation: A Virtual Panel of Expert Perspectives

Everything Marketing Automation: A Virtual Panel of Expert Perspectives

Brand, Content, Digital, Intelligent, Leadership, Marketing, Messaging, Strategy, Virtual Panel
What do you get when you pick the brains of five digital marketing experts, representing partnerships with some of the most popular martech platforms on the market? You get everything marketing automation: the good, the bad, the ugly, and a whole lot of wisdom gleaned from the trenches. Welcome to Authentic Brand's first "virtual panel": a Q&A exchange with five leaders in the Twin Cities digital community. (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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Beyond Buzzphrases: How emerging tech could actually change everything for marketers

Beyond Buzzphrases: How emerging tech could actually change everything for marketers

Content, Data, Digital, Intelligent, Marketing, Strategy
For the past several years, there's been plenty of buzzphrase mania around topics such as IoT (internet of things), connected devices, big data / deep data, artificial intelligence, cognitive computing, machine learning, and virtual / augmented reality. And while many of these concepts may still feel abstract and fuzzy, these emerging technologies are taking tangible shape right now in many businesses. In fact, new research just released by Forbes today, based on Salesforce's Fourth Annual State-of-Marketing Report, shows that: (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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