What is Marketing Traction?

What is Marketing Traction?

If you've been following Authentic Brand for a while, you've likely heard us talk about Marketing Traction™. Marketing Traction is a methodology we developed to help small, growth-focused businesses build strategic marketing departments and create alignment between sales and marketing. It uses simple tools and a structured process to establish alignment, accountability, and focus.  (more…)
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Twin Cities Startup Week: Smart Smarketing [a virtual panel & preview]

Twin Cities Startup Week: Smart Smarketing [a virtual panel & preview]

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. Authentic Brand is pleased to be back for our third year as an event host – and we’ve got another blockbuster lineup ready to talk Smarketing – aligning marketing and sales for healthy growth! Register here now! (more…)
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Guide: Building a Strong Marketing Program

Guide: Building a Strong Marketing Program

 “Vision without traction is merely hallucination.” ― Gino Wickman, Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business What does it take to go from a hot dog cart to a $459 million dollar a year restaurant chain? It takes a clear vision, backed by systematic process, led by experience. (more…)
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Four Myths of VOC Research

Four Myths of VOC Research

We talk to many executives who are interested in incorporating voice-of-customer research into their marketing program. Often their interest coincides with plans to enter a new market or introduce a new product or service. Other businesses simply want to use research to validate their approach with an external perspective. (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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Beehive Strategic Communication: Marketing Traction Success Story

Beehive Strategic Communication: Marketing Traction Success Story

Strategic communication firm invests in a Fractional CMO to support next-level growth. We knew that something had to change to drive our own consistent growth. That's when we turned to Authentic Brand for a Fractional CMO partner, and that's been game-changing. [...] In order to grow and be competitive in environments that are transforming faster than any of us can predict, we have to invest in our own businesses. There’s no choice. Those investments have to be smart, focused, and strategic. And that’s what Authentic Brand helps us…
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Coherent Solutions: Marketing Traction Success Story

Coherent Solutions: Marketing Traction Success Story

A large software development company engages a Fractional CMO to accelerate growth. We knew we needed [marketing] leadership... but to hire a full-time marketing leader, we didn't really have the function structured, we didn't have any momentum in it, we didn't even have a common vision among our leadership team as to what the marketing leader would do and how the function would integrate with the rest of the company. Authentic Brand introduced the idea of Fractional CMO as an alternative solution. That was very appealing to us,…
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Boundary Waters Bank: Marketing Traction Success Story

Boundary Waters Bank: Marketing Traction Success Story

Expanding community bank matures in their marketing efforts. As bankers, we like to think we know a lot about [marketing], but in all actuality, we don’t. We know nothing about marketing or advertising. And what we tend to do - and what this bank has done in the past - is waste dollars on different types of advertising or marketing, thinking we were getting our name out or the product out to the people. What brought us to Authentic Brand: We were getting nowhere, we needed some traction,…
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