Quarterly Business Reviews: A CXO guide to Best Practices
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9m ago
Most companies run regular QBRs (Quarterly Business Reviews). Getting into QBR practice its benefits, like getting your broader team buy-in on your sales and marketing team issues, creating a sense of urgency on important cross-team action items, building a learning culture within your team, sharing new product initiatives in advance, collect and measure customer feedback (or NPS) regularly. Not to mention you get valuable team face time, undistracted by daily sales activities ..read more
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All In On AI? A Practical Approach To Leveraging AI
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5d ago
How Do You Eat An (AI) Elephant? A long-standing joke is “How do you eat an elephant? Answer: One bite at a time.” I feel the same holds for AI, especially for those organizations and individuals that might feel a little overwhelmed by all of the talk (hype) about AI and that if you are not leveraging all of the latest and greatest AI technology you are already behind and you will never catch up. Your approach may need to be “one bite at a time ..read more
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The Power of a Positioning Statement for Growth in Small and Mid-Sized Businesses
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1w ago
Many small and mid-market businesses find themselves at a growth impasse, not due to a lack of opportunity but because of misalignment across various functional areas. As a fractional Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), my role often involves diagnosing these misalignments and charting a course for renewed growth. One of the most effective tools I recommend is creating and utilizing a clear positioning statement ..read more
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The Art of the Proposal: Do’s & Don’ts
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1w ago
CEOs often struggle with why their sales team doesn’t close more deals. A common reason why deals don’t close is the proposal is not being presented in a way that communicates the most value to the prospect. Worse, the salesperson is having trouble getting feedback from the prospect regarding the proposal's status and, therefore, keeps it on their forecast for a ridiculous amount of time. This article will provide a way to ensure your team creates the most value for your product and service, enabling your company to win more deals and increase revenue ..read more
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5 Essential Tools for Frustrated C-Level Executives
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1w ago
Are you a C-level executive grappling with stagnant growth despite your best efforts and a talented marketing team? If so, you're not alone. Many businesses face this challenge, but the good news is that there are solutions. After over twenty years in the marketing industry, with the last two years as a fractional CMO, I’ve identified five essential elements that can reignite your growth engine ..read more
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Growth Gears: The Buyer's Journey
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2w ago
How Marketing and Sales Work Together Increase Your Brand’s ROI I’ve seen it before–a company’s sales department blaming the marketing department for ineffective marketing and the marketing department blaming sales for not properly incubating leads and getting potential customers to convert ..read more
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Analyzing Customer Data to Gain Actionable Insights
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2w ago
Customer data is crucial when creating a sales and marketing strategy. But humans are not made of data, so when considering the customer, you must acknowledge that the data itself doesn’t reveal the whole story. How marketers gain actionable insights – and drive growth – through data is a more important question to ask and answer ..read more
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5 Questions Every CEO Needs to Ask About AI
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2w ago
"66% of CEOs and the C-Suite are dissatisfied (or ambivalent) with their organization’s progress on AI..." Whether to employ AI as a business tool is no longer in question. A recent BCGX Radar Report cited that: 89% of CEOs and the C-Suite rank AI and Gen AI as a Top 3 Tech Priority with 51% ranking it as the #1 priority. 66% of CEOs and the C-Suite are dissatisfied (or ambivalent) with their organization’s progress on AI because of: A lack of talent/skills An Unclear AI and Gen AI roadmap and investment priorities No strategy for Gen AI and Responsible AI ..read more
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Earn the Right to be Heard as a Brand
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2w ago
How to Build Trust With Your Sales & Marketing Today’s business’ decision makers are savvy. They can sniff out inauthenticity a mile away. This means marketers have to put in the work to build rapport with a prospect and earn the right to be heard. So many brands jump into conversations and ask for something immediately. While you might get lucky now and then, more times than not, you will actually have to build trust and provide value before a true connection is even a consideration. Great marketing can help you do this ..read more
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The Benefits of a Unified Sales and Marketing Strategy
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3w ago
It used to be that companies could achieve growth by simply focusing on sales or having sales and advertising be complementary marketing tactics. But today, macro and micro pressures along with evolving landscapes across industries have resulted in a more competitive landscape. Tools like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) provide a level of sophistication, and these tools can help business leaders bridge strategies and tactics across different business units ..read more
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