What is Marketing Traction?

What is Marketing Traction?

Brand & Messaging, Fractional CMO, Marketing, Strategy & Coaching
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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Marketing Support vs. Marketing Leadership. What does your business need to fuel growth?

Marketing Support vs. Marketing Leadership. What does your business need to fuel growth?

Fractional CMO, Marketing
It’s annual planning season! That time of year when businesses revisit their longer-term strategic plans to achieve the vision and goals they’ve set for themselves. The time when revenue targets and objectives are set for the coming year, and plans are developed to support and drive those objectives to successful outcomes. It’s also a time to look inward by examining whether you’ve got the right people in the right seats, and to `level up’ marketing to fuel growth. (more…)
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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, 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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