Measuring Marketing Success: Where to Begin

Measuring Marketing Success: Where to Begin

Brand & Messaging, Marketing
I have a confession. I like to think that I’m a pretty hip guy but if I’m really honest, I’m pretty nerdy at my core. I like to read biographies of 19th century business leaders. The majority of my wardrobe is free corporate swag. I subscribe to This Old House magazine and am fascinated by genealogy research. These are not the activities of the “Cool Kids Club.” (more…)
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Hiring an effective marketing leader: Why a two-pronged approach makes all the difference

Hiring an effective marketing leader: Why a two-pronged approach makes all the difference

Brand & Messaging, Fractional CMO, Marketing, Strategy & Coaching
My job allows me the unique opportunity to speak with five to ten small business leaders per week. When you get the chance to connect with this many leaders you start to gain valuable insight into what concerns are top of mind for folks who are running successful businesses. As I ask questions about their business, we always get to the topic of marketing (probably because that’s what I’m there to discuss). Most of the time, the conversation about marketing goes something like this: “We don’t currently have anyone leading marketing. In the past we’ve tried some things, but I’ve never been very convinced that they worked very well.  We haven’t had a great way to measure impact. I believe our company could benefit from marketing, but we haven’t proven…
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ACTION19: Conference Recap – The Resilient Business

ACTION19: Conference Recap – The Resilient Business

Brand & Messaging, Community, EOS / Traction, Event, Fractional CMO, Marketing, Strategy & Coaching
The dust hasn’t even settled on ACTION19 and we’re already looking forward to ACTION20! Authentic Brand's first-year conference was a sell-out event, bringing together more than 150 local leaders for a half-day of content focused on building a resilient business. Topics included recruiting, retention, revenue-growth, and recession-planning. (more…)
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Marketing Metrics that Matter (and how to avoid Random Acts of Marketing)

Marketing Metrics that Matter (and how to avoid Random Acts of Marketing)

Digital, Fractional CMO, Marketing, Strategy & Coaching
I have the best job in the world. I get the privilege of talking with leaders of small and mid-size businesses about their growth plans and strategies. Each time I meet with someone, I learn something new. But I also notice a lot of recurring themes. One of those themes is metrics. Every time a conversation turns to marketing, it almost invariably, without fail, gets to the challenge of measuring marketing success.   (more…)
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