RocketRez: Client Story

RocketRez: Client Story

Ticketing software provider RocketRez hires Authentic to sharpen its go-to-market focus and strengthen the marketing team’s confidence and strategic impact. “Our fractional CMO came in and immediately started to look at areas of focus for maturity. We started to focus on how we put our best foot forward with marketing and really understand what the outputs were for the investments we were putting in.” John Pendergrast, CEO, RocketRez RocketRez at a glance Company size: 70 employeesBusiness type: Ticketing and operations softwareCategory: B2BHeadquarters: Steinbach, Manitoba, CanadaKey initiatives: Marketing fundamentals, go-to-market strategy, brand messaging, employee development, account-based marketing (ABM), metrics & reporting…
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Buyer beware: Is that fractional CMO really the executive they claim to be?

Buyer beware: Is that fractional CMO really the executive they claim to be?

The number of professionals who call themselves fractional CMOs has skyrocketed over the past few years. At Authentic, we see this rapid influx as a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it validates what we hoped would be true when our founder, Jennifer Zick, started the company in 2017: Small businesses can benefit tremendously from having access to experienced marketing leadership on a part-time, flexible basis. Broad adoption of the term “fractional CMO” indicates there is a market and need for these services. However, on the other hand, the fractional CMO space has become the Wild West. Everywhere we turn,…
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Nic Map Vision: Client Story 

Nic Map Vision: Client Story 

Data and analytics provider NIC MAP Vision hires Authentic to help it plan for strategic growth, round out its marketing team, and develop its in-house leader into executive-level talent. “We've gone from scrambling and being very reactive to taking a much more proactive approach to everything we do. That's trickled down to more demos and more meetings.” Kyle Gardner, COO, Nic Map Vision Nic Map Vision at a glance Company size: 75 employeesBusiness type: Data and analytics provider in the senior housing industryCategory: B2BHeadquarters: Raleigh, NCKey initiatives: Strategic advising, marketing resourcing, employee development, marketing fundamentals, metrics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1URzoS4EI-M&t=46s The Challenge NIC…
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Professional services marketing tips from experienced fractional CMOs

Professional services marketing tips from experienced fractional CMOs

Professional services organizations face unique challenges with marketing. When your product is your people or expertise, elevating that expertise in your marketing efforts is critical. Firms have to share their thought leadership in a way that captures prospects’ attention and cultivates trusted relationships — all while keeping pace with developments in the industry and strategically allocating resources for maximum marketing impact.  We invited three Authentic Fractional CMOs™, Dee Heffernan, Sherry Rothenberg, and Tracy Steeno, to share marketing insights and recommendations for professional services organizations facing growth hurdles today. The panelists dive into the biggest growth challenges these firms face today,…
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Closing Time podcast featuring Jennifer Zick

Closing Time podcast featuring Jennifer Zick

Random Acts of Marketing: Move Past it to Make Your B2B Marketing Strategy Work FOR You Our founder and CEO, Jennifer Zick, was recently the featured guest on the Closing Time podcast with host Chip House.  (more…)
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How Authentic Fractional CMOs™ build maturity in growing organizations

How Authentic Fractional CMOs™ build maturity in growing organizations

At Authentic, our clients span various industries and business types, and the challenges they face often depend on factors unique to each company. But what all of our clients do have in common is that they are looking to grow their businesses.  To support our clients in their growth, we developed our Authentic Growth™ Methodology. This methodology is our proprietary system that provides each of our Authentic Fractional CMOs™ with a set of tools and processes that they can strategically apply to the unique challenges of our client engagements — ultimately helping clients achieve marketing alignment, accountability, and aptitude. One such…
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Empyrean: Client Story 

Empyrean: Client Story 

HR technology and benefits administrator Empyrean hires Authentic to develop a channel strategy and amplify its marketing impact. “He [Authentic Fractional CMO™] was absolutely a key ingredient for us to set up a successful channel marketing effort. The team used to call him our marketing yoda.” James B. Stanton, VP of Go to Market, Empyrean Empyrean at a glance Company size: 900 employeesBusiness type: HR TechnologyCategory: B2B. B2B2CHeadquarters: Houston, TXKey initiatives: Strategic advising, channel marketing, co-marketing, communication strategy, marketing technology https://youtu.be/tiUUQ3t3boo The Challenge Empyrean, an HR technology company that helps some of the largest brands build better cultures through benefits,…
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The Berg Group: Client Story

The Berg Group: Client Story

Specialty contractor The Berg Group hired Authentic to solidify its marketing foundation and refocus its brand. "Our fractional CMO came in and laid a foundation of priorities that we needed to tackle before we could build on the components of marketing. Just like in construction, if you don’t start with a great foundation, anything you do above and beyond that is going to be weak." The Berg Group at a glance Company size: 70 employees + 400-600 field craftspeopleBusiness type: National specialty contractorCategory: B2BHeadquarters: Chaska, MinnesotaKey initiatives: Marketing fundamentals, brand messaging and design, digital strategy, metrics, employee development The Challenge…
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Pillar Bank: Client Story

Pillar Bank: Client Story

Regional community bank Pillar Bank hires Authentic™ to reinvigorate its brand and re-establish it as a powerful community presence. "For an organization our size to have access to a mindshare of fractional CMOs and vetted external resources is super powerful. I don’t know where else we’d get that kind of horsepower." Shane Bauer, President & CEO, Pillar Bank Pillar Bank at a glance Company size: 44 employeesBusiness type: Regional community bankCategory: D2C, B2BHeadquarters: Baldwin, WIKey initiatives: Brand strategy, messaging & design, new market launch, digital strategy, metrics & reporting, marketing resourcing, employee development, and agency management https://youtu.be/lsD_4iE8SmU The Challenge Pillar…
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Channels: From undefined to omnichannel

Channels: From undefined to omnichannel

A company’s first go-to-market channel usually emerges organically as the business finds its footing and tests its idea with the market. But as a company matures, it must thoughtfully choose new channels for growth and develop strategic integrations between them. Using our Authentic Growth™ Marketing Maturity Matrix, we demonstrate the stages a business moves through as its channel strategy matures. Before we dive into the six stages of channel maturity, let’s define what we mean by channels. (more…)
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