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TCSW19 Smart Smarketing Panel

TCSW19 Smart Smarketing Panel

REGISTER HERE Smart Smarketing: Aligning marketing and sales to build healthy revenue at every stage of growth (A Twin Cities Startup Week Panel) It's coming! Twin Cities Startup Week is right around the corner: October 9-16, 2019, with hundreds of events taking place across Minneapolis and St. Paul metro communities. (more…)
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How to have a Marketing Strategy rather than “Random Acts of Marketing” – an interview with Jennifer Zick

How to have a Marketing Strategy rather than “Random Acts of Marketing” – an interview with Jennifer Zick

Jennifer Zick, Authentic Brand's Founder and CEO, was pleased to join Benjamin Wolf as a guest on his podcast: Win Win - An Entrepreneurial Community.  In this episode, Jennifer shares lessons learned in entrepreneurship (many shaped by experience in working with and for EOS-powered businesses), as well as advice for growing businesses on building a strategy-driven marketing program.  Listen in to learn:  (1) how to develop a marketing strategy and avoid “random acts of marketing;” (2) why you must sell what your product or service solves for your customer rather than…
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Have a Rising Star On Your Marketing Team?

Have a Rising Star On Your Marketing Team?

Defining the “right person for the right seat” in the marketing department can be challenging for any business, but staffing for the marketing leadership role requires additional nuance when you have a rising star already on the team. Should you elevate your marketing coordinator / manager to the leadership role? Or should you hire someone with “been there, done that” leadership experience? (more…)
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Marketing and Sales: Getting to Alignment

Marketing and Sales: Getting to Alignment

Building an aligned marketing and sales strategy that can weather the ups-and-downs of a growing business is tough. We know it’s essential, yet alignment continues to be a significant challenge for many companies.  (more…)
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Jennifer Zick Makes Guest Appearance on The Schmidt List Podcast

Jennifer Zick Makes Guest Appearance on The Schmidt List Podcast

This week, Jennifer Zick joined Kurt Schmidt, host of The Schmidt List Podcast, to discuss Jennifer's entrepreneurial journey and how Authentic Brand helps organizations grow with Fractional CMO leadership and Marketing Traction: a proven methodology for strategic planning, alignment, and accountability. (more…)
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What is this “Voice of the Customer” thing and why is it so important?

What is this “Voice of the Customer” thing and why is it so important?

There are several types of primary marketing research that businesses can use to help them gain valuable business insights.  Many companies are looking for opportunities to become more customer-centric in their offerings, messages, and brand experiences. In that process, Voice of Customer research is growing in popularity. (more…)
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Hiring a Marketing Leader Part 3: It’s Going to Get Messy (and that’s good!)

Hiring a Marketing Leader Part 3: It’s Going to Get Messy (and that’s good!)

In parts one and two of this series, we talked about how difficult — and risky — it is to hire a marketing leader. Turn-over is high and so are the expectations for this role. In the second article, I outlined a couple of expectations that will help you start strong as you bring on a new marketing leader. But fair warning: In this article, things are going to get messy. I want to shed some light on what will likely need to happen to build a strong…
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Hiring a Marketing Leader Part 2: Start Strong With Realistic Expectations

Hiring a Marketing Leader Part 2: Start Strong With Realistic Expectations

In part one of this three-article series, we established that it’s become increasingly difficult — and risky — to hire a marketing leader. Turn-over for CMOs is higher than any other role in the C-Suite, and the skills required from today’s marketing leaders are very different than they were a decade or two ago. (more…)
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Hiring a Marketing Leader Part 1: Why It’s Hard

Hiring a Marketing Leader Part 1: Why It’s Hard

Hiring the right marketing leader has become increasingly difficult. Growing businesses need experienced marketing direction, and they can't afford to get this hire wrong, as the fallout can be serious. A bad hire in the marketing leadership role is not only painful from a talent turn-over and expense perspective, but runs the risk of damaging the company’s overall brand reputation, culture, and revenue potential.  (more…)
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