Why Success hinges on an offensive strategy. Despite shrinking marketing budgets, CMOs are still optimistic about their ability to achieve their goals in 2020 according to Gartner’s annual 2019-2020 CMO Spend Survey. But optimism without action is counterproductive and many CMOs may be failing to plan for tough times ahead. CMOs are more agile now than they were during the last economic recession, but that doesn’t mean they can hunker down to ride out a challenging
Over the last several months, I’ve been assisting Salesforce customers with developing a strategy on how to best utilize their licensed platforms. It’s an interesting opportunity and one that’s actually surprised me. Having been an early employee of ExactTarget, I’m a huge fan of the infinite capabilities of Salesforce and all of their available products. This opportunity came to me through a Salesforce partner that has an outstanding reputation for implementing, developing, and integrating the
This week has been quite exciting as I’ve been working with some enterprise consultants from Salesforce and another company to see how I can improve strategy sessions for their customers. A huge gap in our industry right now is that companies often have the budget and resources, sometimes have the tools, but often lack the strategy to kick off an appropriate execution plan. One application that they take on the road to virtually every customer
My friends love to give me a hard time for being such an Apple fanboy. I can honestly blame it all on a good friend, Bill Dawson, who bought me my first Apple device – an AppleTV… and then worked with me at a company where we were the first product managers to use MacBook Pros. I’ve been a fan ever since and now, outside of the Homepod and Airport, I have every single device.
All too often, technology becomes the personification of success. I’ve been guilty of it, too. Tech is easy to buy and therefore, feels like an instant upgrade! The first decade of the 2000s was all about inbound, so we raced toward marketing automation with open arms, in a dust of purchase orders and definitive guides – we were off and running with our newfound platform. We slapped on the blinders on when it came to
One of my surprises in launching our agency 7 years ago was that I figured out the agency industry built more on relationships than it is the value of the services. I’d even go so far as to say it’s also largely contingent on benefits of the relationship as well. Has your client trusted you and have you been working with them for years? Well, that will lead to referrals and a continued healthy relationship.
From building buildings to building software. In the 1950’s the Waterfall Development Model was introduced into software design and development. The system is a relic of the manufacturing industry where, by necessity, the right answer had to be devised before work started. And, in that world, the right answer makes sense! Could you imagine a scenario where you decided to build a skyscraper differently half way through the build? That said, the byproduct of the
We’ve been having some incredible meetings with an enterprise company recently. They have all the challenges you can think of – a small team, enterprise structure, franchises, ecommerce… the works. Over time, they’ve evolved with their small team to a hodge-podge of technology that’s becoming more and more difficult to manage. Our job is to map out their strategy and drive their costs down by centralizing and investing in flexible solutions. It’s not a task