December 12, 2019
Without a plan and process of how to get things done, marketing can seem like a puzzle that you cannot solve.
A marketing leader, an official member of Forbes Communications Council, and the VP Demand Generation at CipherHealth, Alyssa Kleinman, presents agile marketing to help solve the marketing puzzle.
If you have ever wanted to know more about implementing an agile process for your team or are just looking for a way to have your team get aligned in the coming year, then listen to this episode!
- Agile marketing is a process designed to help your team operate in a fluid manner. It allows your team to adapt when something is not working or when a change needs to happen.
- Two-week sprints are planning meetings where the individual team members share what they have learned from the past two weeks, then the whole group collaborates to scope the next two weeks, then individual duties and tasks are decided.
- Two-week sprint meetings are about prioritization. What tasks need to be prioritized in the next two weeks to contribute towards the next stage of your project, or epic?
- Often times, marketers receive ideas or requests from other departments. Rather than responding urgently every time, unless warranted, consider taking that idea or request to the next sprint meeting to discuss with the rest of your team before jumping in.
- Agile teams have a Scrum Master that is in charge of understanding the pulse of the team and allowing for others to address challenges. The Scrum Master keeps track of the tasks of focus for each two-week sprint and if a task is taking longer than normal, they reach out to see if something needs to change to help task completion.
- When scoping your tasks for two-weeks, do not book 100% of your time. Meetings, conferences, and interruptions need be accounted for. On the other side, if 100% of your tasks get accomplished in the two-week sprint, there was probably not enough to accomplish. The best ball-park to aim for is 75-85% completion of your sprint tasks in a two-week span.
- A daily stand-up meeting is from about 10-15 minutes and serves as a check-in for the team so that when the two-week sprint comes, there are no surprises.
- With agile, every quarter there is an epic or project planning meeting where all of senior leadership comes together and discusses the goals to accomplish each quarter. The epics for the quarter are then planned around the strategic priorities of the company to which the goals of marketing are aligned.
- Stay open to opportunities and make sure that you do not silo yourself if there is a bigger goal you want to achieve in your career.
- Implementing agile marketing is hard. - This is NOT the case, with a little bit of practice and dedication, it can be done.
- There is often a war between marketing and sales. - There does not have to be a war between marketing and sales. If your leadership is aligned and marketing and sales have the same goals, then there does not need to be a war. How are the actions of marketing contributing to the shared goals of sales?
- 39:13 - Jason Yuhas
- 39:20 - Eric Kunz
December 5, 2019
After a marketer puts in the work to send a lead over to sales, is there job finished, so they can move onto generating more leads?
A Marketer, Podcast Host, named one of the Top Sales Women to Watch in 2019, and the VP, Sales and Marketing at SmartBug Media, Jen Spencer, challenges marketers to continue to nurture their buyers along every step of the buyer’s journey. A marketer’s job is never done.
This episode is full of strategy for marketing to partner with sales, takeaways on podcasts in marketing, and career advice for every marketer. Check it out!
- If you are supporting people where they are in their buyer's journey with your content, you should never stop nurturing them.
- “Just because you have lead nurture campaigns set up does not mean they are good.” - Jen Spencer
- Set goals for your nurture campaigns then analyze them, for what’s working and what you can improve.
- Marketers, listen to what sales tells you. Are you sending too much of one message or too little of another?
- Take the time to target your messaging, what works for one segment of your database, may not work for the next.
- Have a strong arsenal of valuable content and tools that the client can use to do their job better.
- If you’re offering an incentive, make sure that it is relevant to your buyer.
- Marketing should work with sales to create nurture campaigns catered to each opportunity stage. For example, if an opportunity is stalled, what can marketing do to help that deal move through the pipeline?
- Podcasts help build relationships at scale, with people that listen to them and with the people interviewed on the show.
- Using the download data from a podcast can be an indicator for what content is valuable and popular to your audience.
- Sales is harder than most people think.
- Jen’s advice to marketers for working with sales: “Think about how you can make it easier for sales to be effective in helping that person transition from being in the hands of marketing into the hands of sales.” - Jen Spencer
- You are worth more than you think you are and you know more than you think you do. Do not create non-existent barriers for yourself.
- Marketers need to sit on more sales calls, especially in their early career, they will learn so much.
- Marketing should stop nurturing leads when they become an opportunity. - This is NOT the case, marketing should be nurturing buyers throughout the entire journey. The messaging and content should be purposed specifically to match each stage of the buyer’s journey.
November 27, 2019
If your marketing and sales teams are constantly focusing on attribution and who gets credit for each deal, how are they going to work together to drive revenue for your company?
A Sales and Marketing Strategist, Speaker, Thought Leader, and the Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at Agile Frameworks, Alan Littman, delivers a call to action to get rid of the chasm between marketing and sales and align their focus to the same goal, revenue.
Littman describes the danger of the chasm, discusses the strategy for how to partner with the right vendors, and gives career advice for every marketer, this is one episode you do not want to miss!
- A great way to have your sales reps update their managers on their opportunities is to use a next steps field for the rep to log the next action item, the owner of the action item, and if this action will affect the close date of the deal. Then managers can go in and check this field, without having extra administrative work.
- Simplify your deal logging process to empower sales reps to do less administrative tasks.
- Use vendors that will constantly come to your business with information and proactively suggest creative ways to solve problems.
- Show your customers you care, by investing the time and effort to ensure their success with your product or service.
- Using partner vendors can help your businesses’ team members only focus on actions that drive revenue. The vendors can build out processes, workflow, and solve problems that may otherwise distract your team from other revenue advancing steps.
- If you need to justify getting a vendor for your company, show your boss the actionable workflows as an execution engine. Show them the work that needs to be done to achieve the company’s goals.
- A chasm is created between marketing and sales of who should get credit for the revenue generated, when attribution is the sole focus. Attribution should be used for marketing to see what campaigns are working.
- Marketing and Sales need to be focused on the same goal of driving revenue. When one department loses, everyone does.
- Part of the job of a sales rep is to help companies understand your business’ differentiation, value, and to develop relationships.
- Career advice: Don’t be afraid to innovate, think outside the box, and do things differently.
- Sales needs to be using the customer relationship management system regularly. - This is NOT the case. Sales should not have to be spending all their time logging information into the CRM, because it is administrative work. Sales needs to be focused on building relationships and closing deals.
November 21, 2019
In marketing it can be easy to be comfortable and become stagnant in your efforts. It’s acceptable for your boss, it’s acceptable for you, so you don’t step out of your comfort zone.
A Marketing Leader and the Social Media & Marketing Campaign Manager of TeleTracking Technologies, Kayleigh Fontana, delivers a call to action to marketers to get out of their comfort zone and take a risk.
If you need some marketing inspiration, listen to this episode!
- The fear keeping you from taking a risk and getting out of your comfort zone, could just be all in your head.
- Put in the time to clean out your database in your marketing automation and CRM systems. Dirty data will lessen the credibility of your reports.
- Integrate your marketing automation and CRM systems, so that you have all of your information updating in real time.
- Be diligent in your reporting. Without reporting, there is no way to measure the impact that marketing is having on the business.
- Ask for help, it does not make you weak.
- Take a risk! The fear of being uncomfortable and screwing up could be holding you back. The experience will help you grow.
- You should always keep doing what you are doing because it is comfortable. - This is not the case, you could be holding yourself back from reaching your full potential. Get out of your comfort zone because you are going to learn from the experience.
- You do not have the time to organize and clean your database. - Yes, you do. Schedule sessions on your calendar, be diligent, and make the time. It will be well worth it.
- You can do everything on your own. - This is NOT the case. Collaborate and use your resources, do not be afraid to ask for help. You are stronger as a team and when working with a partner.
November 14, 2019
There are times in a B2B marketer’s life when they need to be reminded of what matters. Even though we are marketing to companies, we are still marketing to people, so what matters, are the people.
An Award-winning Marketer, Strategist, Entertainer, that has worked for brands like Radian6, Billboard, and Nielsen, Katie Morse, delivers the human element in B2B marketing, while providing her expertise on chat, and marketing career advancement. Check it out!
- Keep the human element in your B2B marketing by getting to know your buyers. You can collect consumer insights and find out what drives them, their pain points, and what problems they are trying to solve. You then find out how your product or service will improve their lives.
- Changes in the market can happen in very sizeable measures, so if you only ever take small steps of change, then you could fall behind. Be strategic and take risks! Execute testing and see what your buyers are responding to.
- Be sure to allow recipients the ability to unsubscribe from your emails. If not, you seem desperate and no one wants to interact with someone that is desperate.
- Pro-tip from Kate Morse: If you want to learn how to be a better marketer, talk to other marketers. Learn from them and see how they carry out initiatives.
- If you are using chat, consider giving the user the option to select whether or not they want to chat in that moment, rather than having an automatic pop up chat box.
- When trying something new in marketing, consider doing it manually first before automating the process, so that when you automate the process, you have a firm understanding of what needs to happen.
- Be a life-long learner. If you stop learning, you start to fall out of relevance, you are not as powerful as a person as you could be, and you minimize your seat at the table.
- Trust your gut, don’t always rely on your pros and cons list when making a big decision.
- Always be learning and curious, develop yourself.
- B2B is not like B2C because you are marketing to companies. - B2B is still marketing to people! The companies are made up of several people, so B2B marketers need to keep the human element in their efforts and campaigns.
- Social media is new and trending. - Social media is NOT new. If you are not using social media in your everyday marketing, if it is an afterthought, you could be behind. Social media is constantly evolving and people are using it everyday, so it needs to be prioritized.
- Marketers should be fearful to try new things. - Marketers should NOT be fearful, but rather strategic. Fear holds marketers back from taking their outreach to the next level or trying new things. You cannot have incremental improvements if you only ever try the same thing.
- 52:00 Nielsen and the team that does the podcast
- 1:09:15 North Carolina State University, the Wolf Pack
- 1:15:15 Developers
November 11, 2019
Have you ever been at a cocktail party and met someone that only wants to talk about themselves? They are doing all the talking and they never ask about you and what you care about.
When a marketer focuses all their attention on the product rather than the buyer, the buyer is having the same unpleasant cocktail party experience.
A Marketing Leader, Best-selling Author, Keynote Speaker, and the CMO of Marketing at Gong.io, Udi Ledergor, reminds marketers to start with the buyer’s needs rather than focusing all their attention on their product or service. Delivering the magic of learning from the collection of data that revenue intelligence brings, Udi challenges marketers to make sure their focus is on their customers and to prioritize what matters. Check it out!
- When designing your marketing strategy and content, start by asking yourself, what are your buyer’s needs? What problems does the buyer have that your product or service is trying to solve?
- Give before you ask. Prove that you are helpful to your customers first, before asking them to purchase your product or service. Build that trust and focus on their needs.
- Let the data show you where to prioritize your time. Gong.io did a study on sales calls which showed that the use of filler words in conversation had no effect on closing the deal, yet sales leaders spend a lot of time stressing over the percentage of filler words used.
- Find out how customers talk about your product or service. What do they say is your business’ differentiator from the competition? Then use their language in your messaging.
- Buyers are expecting the same B2C personalized buying experiences in their B2B buyer’s journey. Even though you are selling to a business, you are still selling to people at that business.
- Decide what kind of experience you want to provide for your customers first and then the tech stack and process should align with that.
- “People really love that magical experience, of seeing something they can’t explain, being delighted, and knowing that they’re being tricked, but in a way that creates a wonderful experience.” - Udi Ledergor describing the delight of magic.
- Do what you can to be an expert on your buyer, product, and market, no matter what role you are in the company, because it will help you execute your tasks that much better.
- Give your all in the position that you are in. Always be thinking about how you can go to the next level and take initiative.
- If you do not have the passion to give your all in your current position, then go to another place where you will have that passion. Merge something you have a passion for, with something that you are good at, and find a company that needs an individual to do that one thing.
- Marketers should start with their product and place their strategy around it. - This is NOT the case. Marketers should start with their customers. What are their buyers’ needs? What problems are they trying to solve? Without starting with the customer first, marketers are asking people to try their product without knowing if it will help the buyer solve their problems.
November 7, 2019
For marketers in a small team, you may look at businesses with marketing teams of 10 or more and think, if you only had a bigger team, or only had a bigger budget, you could make a greater impact.
A Marketing Leader and the CMO of Agio, Kate Wood, delivers marketing inspiration to all of the small marketing teams out there that a lot can be accomplished with just a few people. If you are a manager looking to build your marketing team or are just starting out in your career, then listen to this episode to be challenged and encouraged!
- Take initiative and be reflective to learn from your mistakes and try something else.
- Align your marketing strategy and execution to what the business needs are. Treat the business like a client.
- Operating in an agile manner means being reactive to the market. If something is not working, agile behavior would mean shifting with the way the market is changing, not staying steadfast on the path to unresponsiveness.
- Brand is the sum of the customer experience. A brand is like a personality that your customers are interacting with.
- Build your marketing team with people that are going to develop themselves professionally. What inputs are they taking in outside their day-to-day?
- “If a caveman comes to your website and cannot regurgitate what you do, you are doing something wrong.” - Kate Wood
- When defining your brand upfront consider, what is the problem you are trying to solve for your customer? What is your contribution to human society?
- Gather a team of individuals that each have the reputation that they are going to get things done. You want team members that are going to figure out how to execute.
- Marketing is an experiment, if you create something, and it fails, don’t take it personally. Learn from it and improve.
- Hire a team that you like, but that is different from you. Let their individual strengths shine and come through.
- People often figure out what they like to do, by doing what they don’t like to do, through the process of elimination.
- Don’t be afraid to try new things and experiment more. Don’t always worry about the outcome, you will learn so much along the way.
- “If you’re not failing in your experiments enough, you’re probably not experimenting enough.” - Kate Wood
- A marketing department needs a big team and budget to make a difference. - You DON’T need a big marketing team nor a big budget to accomplish a lot. Surround yourself with people of different strengths and allow them to stretch their creative muscles.
October 31, 2019
Are you about to redesign your website or implement chat? When is the last time you did a focus group to learn more about what people think of your marketing? When is the last time you did research to find out more about your target market and what makes them want to buy your product?
Before changing your marketing, listen to this episode and study up on your buyers.
A Marketing Leader and the Marketing Manager at Allen Edwin Homes, Rachel White, shares her journey of a website makeover, mastering chat, and how to provide excellent customer care that increases customer referrals.
- When you are about to make a redesign to your website or to a part of your marketing, consider using focus groups. Ask the focus groups all the questions that you have ever wanted to know. Get to know your industry and your targeted buyers.
- Your prospects may not be as likely to unsubscribe if you provide them with real value when you connect with them. Find out what their needs are and provide information that can help them in their journey.
- Targeted brand ads are important and effective as it helps to put your brand in front of your target market. Can people recognize your brand? It takes several touch points for that recognition to happen.
- Put in the work and do the research. What does the research say about your target market? How can you use this information to better target your ads and messaging?
- Chat on a website makes the visitor experience instantaneous. Customize the chat experience by providing different options that the user can select. If you sync your chat with your marketing automation platform, you can then know who returning visitors are and their engagement history with your marketing materials.
- Nurture your current customers and treat them well. When someone feels good from your product or services they are more likely to refer you to a friend. A customer referral results in someone coming to you that already has a good impression of your brand.
- If sales are low, it could be because your product or service offerings need to change with a shift in the market.
- To be successful in marketing, be a life-long learner. Trends are shifting and new technology is always coming out and the more you learn, the more you can do!
- Prioritize your efforts instead of getting burnt out. If you are not sure what the top priority is, ask. Think, what needs to get done right now?
- If you have more leads, you will have more sales. - This is NOT the case. The question is not the quantity but the quality. You can send a lot of leads to sales, but they could be wasting their time following up on people that are not ready to buy, nor may they be interested in being contacted.
- 17:20 - Ethan Beute, BombBomb
October 24, 2019
When you think of conversational marketing, do you think of bots? Do you think that bots will replace sales development reps? As a potential customer, would you want to only be able to talk to a bot when you arrive on a website?
A Serial Entrepreneur, a Leader in Conversational Marketing, and Co-Founder at Qualified.com, Sean Whiteley, sets the record straight about bots and humans with conversational marketing! How can bots assist humans with getting qualified leads? Listen and find out!
- People may be expensive, but they are still your most valuable commodity.
- Think about it, do you actually want to talk to a bot yourself? Should you ask your customers to do the same?
- If someone is a good fit for your business and they are on your site, you should not have them fill out a form and then leave your site, you should talk to them in the moment when they are on your site.
- Bots are great for finding out qualifying information and for booking meetings with your team, when your team is out of the office.
- Lines are blurring between the revenue team and the marketing team. If the two are not aligned, then operations will not perform.
- You can make a small change in your initial response time and it directly correlates to the amount of pipeline you are generating.
- Bots help to make sure that the human interaction will be meaningful for both the potential buyer and the seller.
- The B2C world has set a very high bar in terms of delivering personalized and instantaneous customer experiences. B2B has to adapt to provide a similar level of customer experience that people today are expecting.
- For businesses just starting out, be careful of how much you chase after a revenue model and certain finance goals. You can miss out on taking a moment to find your product market fit.
- Be sure to enjoy the time in your career journey.
- Bots will replace SDR’s. - This is NOT the case. People are a company’s most valuable asset and they are still the best option to have conversations about your business, your products, and services. The shift is that a human’s time is valuable, so bots can be used to ask lower level qualifying questions to ensure that the human is still having their time maximized and talking to an ideal customer.
- Bots drive pipeline. - This is incorrect. Bots do not drive pipeline, but rather build the data behind the pipeline.
October 21, 2019
Is your company creating content based on what they like? Who are you creating your content for? Do you know your buyers? Are you basing your buyer personas on data alone?
An Author, Speaker, and the CEO and B2B Marketing Strategist of Marketing Interactions, Ardath Albee, challenges marketers to put in the hard work of creating buyer personas. Do you not have the resources for multiple personas? Then start with one. Listen to this episode and find out how just the one makes a difference.
- A persona cannot be based on the goals of a whole company. When you are selling to a company, you are selling to the people at that company. How does a company’s goals impact the individual’s goals and perspective that you are selling to?
- If you do not know where your buyers are spending their time, how do you know where to place your marketing?
- You need to put in the hard work. How do you become more relevant to your customers without having conversations with them?
- If you do not have the resources to create five personas, then do not create five. Start with one, or two, or three. A big difference can be made with just one.
- Sales could be asking marketing for more leads, but they may really mean more leads of higher quality.
- Challenger sell - When the seller brings insights to the buyer they did not have before, to challenge their status quo.
- Sense making - When the seller simplifies all the information the buyer has been given. The seller helps make sense of all the different facts for the buyer helping to ease the buyer’s frustrations and mitigate the risk they are weighing.
- Marketers make the mistake of equating titles to personas. It really comes down to the individual’s roles and responsibilities.
- Personas can change over time based on perspective and trend shifts. You have to stay in tune with your customers as technology and industries change.
- How can you create a content strategy when you do not know what your buyers care about?
- Persona - a fictional characterization of a person in your target segment. The persona is based on the commonalities that you find of that particular segment. For example, is the buyer willing to take risks or have they been around a long time and want to leave behind a legacy?
- Find out your buyer’s objectives, what they are responsible for, their obstacles, and what questions they ask during the buying process?
- When starting buyer persona interviews, start with your point of contact at that company and then interview the other people that were involved in the buying process.
- “If you write content that is not true to that persona, it won’t engage them.” - Ardath Albee
- Take risks, if there is something you want to do, go do it. You do not know how much time you have.
- Personas can be created just from data. - This is NOT the case. Data only tells you the what, not the why. A marketer needs to understand the perspective of the buyer, why they made certain decisions, and what they care about. Data does not tell you all of that.