Lifecycle of a Brand: Building Stories that Start, Scale, Sustain, and Sell Businesses

Lifecycle of a Brand: Building Stories that Start, Scale, Sustain, and Sell Businesses

Brand & Messaging, Marketing, Virtual Panel
These Minnesota business owners have years of experience building businesses and building brands. They have perspectives from the "been there done that" side and the "still there, doing that" side. Learn how these entrepreneurs have shaped and reshaped their go-to-market strategies and stories through stages of growth and evolution. Get a founder’s perspective on marketing, brand, and maintaining focus and alignment through change. Gain real-world insights that will help you activate for today and plan for tomorrow. (more…)
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What’s the Difference? Strategic Marketing Consultants and Agencies vs. Fractional CMOs

What’s the Difference? Strategic Marketing Consultants and Agencies vs. Fractional CMOs

EOS / Traction, Fractional CMO, Marketing
Marketing can feel like the world’s biggest experiment. The corner store doesn’t have the same marketing needs as a mid-sized business, and isn’t even playing the same game as enterprise-level companies. What does this mean for your marketing? It means that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, magic pill, or easy button. To succeed you need a custom plan tailored to your business with an expert guide to back it. But, finding the right marketing expertise is often the first challenge. (more…)
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Welcome to the Gig Economy: Talent strategies for today’s growing businesses

Welcome to the Gig Economy: Talent strategies for today’s growing businesses

EOS / Traction, Fractional CMO, Marketing, Virtual Panel
Finding top notch leaders for your growing business is critical. Having the right people in the right seats is key to the health and sustainability of your organization. But finding ideal candidates can be challenging in our current economy. Unemployment is at an all-time low, and candidates can afford to be selective. Many are choosing to forsake full-time employment for the chance to do meaningful work on a part-time, flexible, contract basis. We're now living in a gig economy, defined by Google as "a labor market characterized by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs". This new talent environment poses new challenges for employers, but can also offer tremendous benefit, both for the business and for its team members. (more…)
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Rethinking the CMO Role for Growing Businesses

Rethinking the CMO Role for Growing Businesses

Fractional CMO, Marketing, Strategy & Coaching
What’s the difference between a sinking building and a stable building? It comes down to the foundation. How a foundation is laid, and the materials used to do so will have a considerable impact on the durability of a building. In the same way, your marketing foundation will affect your business’s growth, sustainability, and lifespan. The most crucial part of this foundation is having a strong marketing leader in-house. But, when is the best time to bring in a marketing leader? (more…)
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Messaging Matters: Meet the leaders who are revitalizing their brands through buyer-centric messaging

Messaging Matters: Meet the leaders who are revitalizing their brands through buyer-centric messaging

Brand & Messaging, Marketing, Virtual Panel
There are any number of reasons that a company may revisit its brand and messaging approach, including: Changes to the business strategy, market focus, product or services mix, buyer demographics, leadership, and merger / acquisition activity. Whatever the motivation, the process of reshaping the brand narrative and supporting messaging can be a hefty undertaking. (more…)
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Marketing For Good: A Conversation with Amanda Brinkman

Marketing For Good: A Conversation with Amanda Brinkman

Community, Marketing, Two Or More
If you've been a member of the marketing community for any amount of time, you likely know the name Amanda Brinkman: Chief Brand and Communications Officer for Deluxe Corporation, and creator of The Small Business Revolution - Main Street. What a surprise and honor to be asked by Amanda - who I have admired for years - to be the inaugural subject of her series featuring interviews with strong female leaders. (more…)
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AI & The Future of Marketing: Four experts share their insight on artificial intelligence and its potential impact

AI & The Future of Marketing: Four experts share their insight on artificial intelligence and its potential impact

Digital, Marketing, Virtual Panel
In the marketing world Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a popular "buzz word". If you haven't spent much time researching AI, consider this blog your introduction to a topic you'll be hearing more about in the future. If you are like us, you don't want to be left behind when it comes to new technology and innovation. (more…)
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Jennifer Zick featured on Fjorge Podcast: Mind Your Own Marketing Business

Jennifer Zick featured on Fjorge Podcast: Mind Your Own Marketing Business

Brand & Messaging, EOS / Traction, Event, Marketing
I recently had the pleasure of being a guest on Fjorge's podcast series, where I chatted with Tim Barsness about Authentic Brand's origins, our Fractional Marketing Leadership offering, our approach to creating "So What" Messaging, and why Authentic Brand is uniquely well-equipped to partner with organizations who are powered by EOS® / Traction®  to help build strong marketing muscle. Take a listen! (more…)
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Is Your Marketing Muscle Weak? Five indications that you need to pump some serious marketing iron

Is Your Marketing Muscle Weak? Five indications that you need to pump some serious marketing iron

Brand & Messaging, Fractional CMO, Marketing, Strategy & Coaching
It's a common situation for growing businesses: marketing is one of the last roles in the company to be prioritized. And it makes sense, to a certain point. Many businesses reach their first $5M, $10M, or even $50M through a focused sales-led effort, building relationships and expanding accounts and referrals. (more…)
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