Kent Huffman, Brand Builder & Published Author, Joins Authentic Brand as Fractional CMO & Consultant

Kent Huffman, Brand Builder & Published Author, Joins Authentic Brand as Fractional CMO & Consultant

Huffman, an experienced growth driver and fractional executive, ushers in Authentic Brand's national expansion of regional and remote CMO solutions. MINNEAPOLIS, MN - April 27, 2021 Authentic Brand announces the expansion of its fractional CMO team with the addition of Kent Huffman, a veteran fractional CMO, brand builder, growth driver, customer advocate, change agent, and published book author. Based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas, Huffman joins Authentic Brand at a time when the fractional CMO firm is actively shifting gears from its origin as a regional…
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How remote collaboration in marketing has changed — and why it’s here to stay

How remote collaboration in marketing has changed — and why it’s here to stay

In a matter of days, the COVID-19 pandemic altered where marketing teams got their work done and how they collaborated with colleagues. Research suggests that the remote work environment is here to stay in some form, with less than one in five executives saying they want to return to the office as it was pre-pandemic. Employees are eager for hybrid office and remote options, but some executives express concern over the impacts these hybrid work environments could have on company culture. (more…)
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Marketing budget allocation: Why there’s no silver bullet

Marketing budget allocation: Why there’s no silver bullet

At Authentic Brand, we work primarily with small to mid-size growing businesses that have started to invest in marketing activities but aren’t sure if they are allocating resources in the best way to support their business growth goals. One of the most common questions we get from clients is, “How much should I spend on marketing?” It seems like a simple question, but unfortunately, the answer isn’t. The not-so-satisfying answer we often give to questions about marketing budget allocation is, “It depends.” (more…)
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Daneen Kiger, Global Marketing and Brand Leader, Joins Authentic Brand as Fractional CMO & Consultant

Daneen Kiger, Global Marketing and Brand Leader, Joins Authentic Brand as Fractional CMO & Consultant

Kiger’s leadership experience spans healthcare, medical devices, education, retail, eCommerce, and technology sectors. MINNEAPOLIS, MN - October 13, 2020 Authentic Brand announces the expansion of its Authentic Fractional CMO™ team with the addition of Daneen Kiger, an experienced global marketing and brand leader whose background includes scaling teams, growing channels, and developing international product strategies for businesses $20M - $1B+ in annual revenue in over 40 countries. (more…)
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How to strike a balance between innovation and perfection in marketing

How to strike a balance between innovation and perfection in marketing

There’s a delicate balance between progress and perfection in marketing. When businesses strive for perfection, decision-by-consensus slows or stalls efforts. Innovative products, campaigns, and services never make it to market, or a competitor launches their offering first, diluting your offering and investments. On the flip side, there’s a risk of moving too quickly and promising something that the business can’t deliver on or launching something that doesn’t meet customers’ needs. Failing to deliver on a promise erodes stakeholder confidence and trust.  (more…)
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Focus, fear, and flexibility — why they matter to business growth

Focus, fear, and flexibility — why they matter to business growth

Focus is the act of choosing where to invest and, more importantly, where not to. It recognizes that every business, no matter its size or type, has limited resources (time, money, energy). If you spray these limited resources in many directions, you dilute your efforts. If you point all of your available resources to 3-5 focus areas, you’re going to move further, faster — with a clearer understanding of how each investment impacts your business.  (more…)
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Agility: an essential ingredient for brand relevance in a changing world

Agility: an essential ingredient for brand relevance in a changing world

We are quickly approaching mid-year, and business leaders everywhere are thinking about how they move forward in an undefined new world. Whether a business has been booming, shuttered, or stalled, the second half of 2020 is going to be monumental in separating companies that will thrive from those that will merely survive. (more…)
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Ruth Glaser joins Authentic Brand as Fractional CMO & Consultant, extending firm’s B2C, retail, franchise, and e-commerce expertise

Ruth Glaser joins Authentic Brand as Fractional CMO & Consultant, extending firm’s B2C, retail, franchise, and e-commerce expertise

Co-Founder & Former Co-CEO of Let’s Dish! brings consumer marketing depth and entrepreneurial growth chops to Authentic Brand’s SMB clients MINNEAPOLIS, MN - May 18, 2020 Authentic Brand is delighted to announce the addition of Ruth Glaser as Fractional CMO and valuable member of our growing marketing mindshare and team. A seasoned entrepreneur and marketing executive, Glaser is the co-founder and former co-CEO of Let's Dish! - an innovative retail meal preparation business with a blended bricks-and-mortar and e-commerce model. Under Glaser's leadership, Let's Dish! raised $4M in…
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Kelly Klopotek Joins Authentic Brand as Fractional CMO, Bringing Marketing and Business Development Expertise to Partner-Led Services Firms

Kelly Klopotek Joins Authentic Brand as Fractional CMO, Bringing Marketing and Business Development Expertise to Partner-Led Services Firms

Klopotek brings proven leadership to professional services firms who are ready to stand out from the crowd. MINNEAPOLIS, MN - April 20, 2020 Authentic Brand is pleased to welcome Kelly Klopotek as the newest member of its growing Fractional Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) team. For the past 25 years, Klopotek has successfully led both marketing and business development efforts for several prestigious law firms, has held sales and leadership positions for multiple global companies, and has served in key leadership positions for the Legal Marketing Association (LMA). (more…)
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