Step Out of Your Comfort Zone – Give Marketing a Seat at the Leadership Table

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone – Give Marketing a Seat at the Leadership Table

Fractional CMO, Marketing, Team
Let’s go out on a limb and assume that your company has a leadership team meeting every week or so. Perhaps you lead it, perhaps you muddle through it, lay low or like to stir things up. Who gets invited? Finance, Operations, HR, IT, Sales, Compliance and Legal? What about Marketing? Some of the time or all the time? In all honesty, why are they really there? As company leaders, to elevate the marketing function, this is a question you should clarify so your Marketing leader is delivering what the business needs.  (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

Brand & Messaging, EOS / Traction, Event, Fractional CMO, Marketing, Strategy & Coaching
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 just how great it is; and (3) the elements of a successful marketing plan when you're doing it on your own. Listen to the podcast here, or via the recording embedded below. (more…)
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Have a Rising Star On Your Marketing Team?

Have a Rising Star On Your Marketing Team?

Fractional CMO, Marketing, Strategy & Coaching, 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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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!)

Digital, Fractional CMO, Marketing
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 marketing foundation for your company’s next-level growth. We already established (in part two) that this process will take time, but now let’s look at what is actually involved. Fasten your seatbelt and prepare for some bumps along the way! It will be…
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Hiring a Marketing Leader Part 1: Why It’s Hard

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

Digital, Fractional CMO, Marketing
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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