Beehive Strategic Communication: Marketing Traction Success Story

Beehive Strategic Communication: Marketing Traction Success Story

Brand & Messaging, Client Story, Community, Fractional CMO, Marketing, Strategy & Coaching
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 do." - Lisa Hannum, CEO, Beehive Strategic Communication Continue reading
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Coherent Solutions: Marketing Traction Success Story

Coherent Solutions: Marketing Traction Success Story

Brand & Messaging, Client Story, Community, Fractional CMO, Marketing, Strategy & Coaching
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, to hire someone at a lower allocation...but still get access to great leadership, great talent that we could use to structure the function and get some momentum. They were a great catalyst to get us pointed in the right direction." - Rob…
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Boundary Waters Bank: Marketing Traction Success Story

Boundary Waters Bank: Marketing Traction Success Story

Brand & Messaging, Client Story, Community, Fractional CMO, Marketing, Strategy & Coaching
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, and we needed somebody with the expertise to bring this bank into the market. ...The beauty of Authentic Brand is: you bring them on, they bring you the ideas, and they help you get to your goal." - Sarah Kolek, President &…
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Fueled Collective: Marketing Traction Success Story

Fueled Collective: Marketing Traction Success Story

Brand & Messaging, Client Story, Community, Fractional CMO, Marketing, Strategy & Coaching
Marketing fuel for growing co-working and event brand. We were suddenly facing a lot of competition at the same time. Originally, we had no marketing. Then we moved to "Random Acts of Marketing", and we finally had to really professionalize that whole area, and that's when we sought out Authentic Brand. [Since] that initial engagement, we’re headed towards being even more than just marketing focused, we’re headed towards being sales focused." - Don Ball, Co-Founder, Fueled Collective Continue reading
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GoKart Labs: Marketing Traction Success Story

GoKart Labs: Marketing Traction Success Story

Brand & Messaging, Client Story, Community, Fractional CMO, Marketing, Strategy & Coaching
Digital innovation firm drives awareness for a national audience. The Authentic Brand team has been really instrumental in helping us organize and focus in on a really specific strategy. We have a tendency to want to do everything all at once, and they helped us pick out the most important things to focus on, drive the right metrics around that, and to tackle things in sequential order and gain a lot of confidence in what we’re doing in our marketing efforts." - Elli Rader, Vice President of Client Services, GoKart Labs Continue reading
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Pro-Tec Design: Marketing Traction Success Story

Pro-Tec Design: Marketing Traction Success Story

Brand & Messaging, Client Story, Fractional CMO, Marketing, Strategy & Coaching
Growing ESOP levels up marketing strategy and leadership. Random Acts of Marketing: That would have been Pro-Tec prior to us associating with Authentic Brand. We decided last year that we needed to focus, we needed a roadmap, we needed somebody to help us to create a real marketing program at Pro-Tec. That’s how we engaged the Fractional CMO program.The biggest benefit was getting people onboard and understanding how important it is to tell our story, and how important it is to build our brand. Hiring a professional (Fractional CMO) who can actually sit at the table with the management team and lead us down the path of building a marketing roadmap is money very well spent.” - Eva Mach, President & CEO, Pro-Tec Design Continue reading
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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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