Getting real about demand generation: Expectation vs. reality

Getting real about demand generation: Expectation vs. reality

Demand generation. These two words often cause anxiety for B2B marketers because they frequently come attached to unrealistic expectations. Business leaders tend to think that creating demand is solved by executing a few digital marketing tactics or implementing a marketing automation tool. In reality, demand generation is much more complex. (more…)
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The value of a fractional CMO: Quick impact and low risk

The value of a fractional CMO: Quick impact and low risk

There's a point in a company growth cycle when businesses recognize that they need to invest in marketing for continued growth. Often these companies have been sales-driven until they realize they need a marketing leader dedicated to building brand awareness and driving meaningful engagement to support business objectives.  It's at this point that executives start considering how to fill this marketing role effectively. They’re often choosing between one of four options:  (more…)
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What is Marketing Traction?

What is Marketing Traction?

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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Twin Cities Startup Week: Smart Smarketing [a virtual panel & preview]

Twin Cities Startup Week: Smart Smarketing [a virtual panel & preview]

It’s coming! Twin Cities Startup Week is right around the corner: October 9-16, 2019, with hundreds of events taking place across Minneapolis and St. Paul metro communities. Authentic Brand is pleased to be back for our third year as an event host – and we’ve got another blockbuster lineup ready to talk Smarketing – aligning marketing and sales for healthy growth! Register here now! (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

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…
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Have a Rising Star On Your Marketing Team?

Have a Rising Star On Your Marketing 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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Marketing and Sales: Getting to Alignment

Marketing and Sales: Getting to Alignment

Building an aligned marketing and sales strategy that can weather the ups-and-downs of a growing business is tough. We know it’s essential, yet alignment continues to be a significant challenge for many companies.  (more…)
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Jennifer Zick Makes Guest Appearance on The Schmidt List Podcast

Jennifer Zick Makes Guest Appearance on The Schmidt List Podcast

This week, Jennifer Zick joined Kurt Schmidt, host of The Schmidt List Podcast, to discuss Jennifer's entrepreneurial journey and how Authentic Brand helps organizations grow with Fractional CMO leadership and Marketing Traction: a proven methodology for strategic planning, alignment, and accountability. (more…)
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Beehive Strategic Communication: Marketing Traction Success Story

Beehive Strategic Communication: Marketing Traction Success Story

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…
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