“Times won’t always be this rich, so how can we plan ahead for recession?” This question sparks the conversation between Jennifer Zick and Megan Effertz, host of The Business Gist podcast, as they discuss ways that business leaders can plan ahead for the next recession. Because it’s not a matter of whether it will hit, but when. “When times are good, sales and marketing budgets flourish. When times are tough, marketing is generally the first team to get hit [with cuts]. …But sales without marketing is not a formula that works in today’s modern buyer’s journey. Cutting off the life-blood of what drives brand and ongoing awareness – not just for pre-sales, but throughout the lifecycle of the customer with your business – shouldn’t even be an option on the…
What an honor to be invited as the debut guest on Josh Fedie’s new SalesReach podcast / vlog: The Founders Mentality. In Episode 1, Josh and I discuss the struggles that exist in getting your company started, imposter syndrome, knowing when to launch, and the importance of giving back.
This was our first time serving with The Sheridan Story and we all enjoyed it. Our Two Or More community of volunteers gathered at their warehouse in Roseville to pack, organize, and box bags of food for kids that are facing food insecurity. This team of volunteers packed 1,650 bags which equals 6,325 meals for families! (more…)
Our first ever signature service event during Twin Cities Startup Week was a blast. Our Two Or More community of volunteers gathered at the Free Bikes 4 Kidz warehouse in Brooklyn Park to clean, prep, move and fix bikes for kids in need. This team of volunteers worked on 312 bikes in three hours! (more…)
We kicked off Twin Cities Startup Week (#TCSW18), early this Monday morning with a room full of entrepreneurs, marketers and four brilliant panelists. Our very own Jennifer Zick moderated the conversation and helped weave together the experiences these veteran business leaders have in building businesses and building brands. (more…)
These Minnesota business owners have years of experience building businesses and building brands. They have perspectives from the "been there done that" side and the "still there, doing that" side. Learn how these entrepreneurs have shaped and reshaped their go-to-market strategies and stories through stages of growth and evolution. Get a founder’s perspective on marketing, brand, and maintaining focus and alignment through change. Gain real-world insights that will help you activate for today and plan for tomorrow. (more…)
If you recall, the first Marketers' Community event was such a huge hit! This second event didn't disappoint either. Earlier this week, we had the opportunity to participate as a cheerleader and partner in the second Marketers' Community Event. It was held at the new Impact Hub at Finnegans. If you aren't familiar, Marketers' Community is a new educational event series and networking group spearheaded by Laura King, the Twin Cities' most dynamic modern marketing recruiter. (more…)
Finding top notch leaders for your growing business is critical. Having the right people in the right seats is key to the health and sustainability of your organization. But finding ideal candidates can be challenging in our current economy. Unemployment is at an all-time low, and candidates can afford to be selective. Many are choosing to forsake full-time employment for the chance to do meaningful work on a part-time, flexible, contract basis. We're now living in a gig economy, defined by Google as "a labor market characterized by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs". This new talent environment poses new challenges for employers, but can also offer tremendous benefit, both for the business and for its team members. (more…)