Let’s get strategic — Leveraging social media to advance your business

Let’s get strategic — Leveraging social media to advance your business

It’s hard to believe that YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram were all launched within the last 15 years. As consumers, we’ve quickly become accustomed to social media being the first place we turn to engage with the brands we love.  Given how embedded social media is within consumers’ day-to-today lives, these channels have also become one of the best ways for brands to reach their audiences. But savvy brands aren’t just using social media to push out content. They’re using it to connect with customers to build, sustain…
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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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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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The many dimensions of marketing

The many dimensions of marketing

Most business leaders understand that marketing should help get more “at bats” through lead generation efforts, but many organizations miss the opportunity to engage marketing to its full potential. Beyond lead generating programs, marketing can and should be instrumental in client retention, growth, loyalty, advocacy, as well as other business strategies in product or service innovation, employee recruitment / retention, change management communications, and more. (more…)
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Building a Marketing Team: What Comes First

Building a Marketing Team: What Comes First

We reached out to some colleagues who know a lot about marketing and marketing teams to get their thoughts on how leaders can lay the foundation for a successful business today - and in the future. (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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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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Building a Financially Resilient Business

Building a Financially Resilient Business

Building a successful business that weathers the ups-and-downs of economic cycles takes tremendous resilience. Leveraging boom times to prepare for leaner times is critical. Knowing when to save, and when to invest, can be the difference between success and failure. (more…)
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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

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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