How a Corporate Messaging Update Can Break Your SEO Machine

Corporate messaging updates are common occurrence for a marketing team. Usually driven by the need to adjust to market dynamics, corporate messaging updates have the potential to impact site conversion in a negative manner. I once badly messed up a company because I redid the website to make it “on message”. The temptation to makeContinue reading “How a Corporate Messaging Update Can Break Your SEO Machine”

SDR Staffing Metrics – Start with Lead Quality and Volume

My last post dealt with five successful ways to deploy BDRs/SDRs for an organization. Use case #3 was inbound lead catcher. With this strategy, a BDR processes inbound leads and moves them to the next stage in the buyers journey. This post deals with understanding the capacity requirements to successfully implement this approach. When BDRsContinue reading “SDR Staffing Metrics – Start with Lead Quality and Volume”

BDRs – Five Use Cases for Success

(How not to build then dissolve your BDR team) There are a couple of flip flopping decisions that companies make on a routine base. Product marketing, for example, flips between marketing and product management. Product management is sometimes its own function, but other times it gets stuffed into engineering. Customer success teams can come andContinue reading “BDRs – Five Use Cases for Success”

Shifting to Product-led Growth

A common theme in a lot of CMO searches is the desire to find someone who knows how to do product-led growth models. The story for the hiring companies is somewhat similar – a company is looking to drive more volume sales with freemium models, or more e-commerce from what is today a classic MQL/SQLContinue reading “Shifting to Product-led Growth”

7 Reasons Not To Modify Your CRM

A LinkedIn post the other week from someone who got HubSpot for Christmas got me thinking back to the simplicity and efficiency of having a fresh CRM without modifications. After working 20+ years with CRMs as a CMO, COO and VP of Sales, the modifications we do to our CRMs rarely provide the value weContinue reading “7 Reasons Not To Modify Your CRM”

Five Ways to Be the cMo – chief Mentoring officer

One of the best parts of being a CMO is mentoring sales and marketing talent. Mentoring shouldn’t just be 1:1, however. The key is to build an entire culture and organization that supports mentorship and career growth. Here is my list of 5 ways to create a mentoring culture in marketing and to become theContinue reading “Five Ways to Be the cMo – chief Mentoring officer”

Ignoring the Sales Forecast and 5 Other Revenue Tips for a CMO’s First 90 Days

I have had a bunch of exits in my career. But all has not been smooth sailing.  From talking with other marketing leaders about their failures, and also thinking through the issues I have had over my career, a lot of the issues have come about when as a new marketing leader, you fail toContinue reading “Ignoring the Sales Forecast and 5 Other Revenue Tips for a CMO’s First 90 Days”

9 Considerations for Becoming a Multi-Channel Revenue Machine

At some point in a company’s growth, the inbound only, USA only, inside sales only revenue model starts to run out of gas.  I have seen this a few times, and it is a function of: size of the market growth rate of the market your revenue relative to the size and market growth marketContinue reading “9 Considerations for Becoming a Multi-Channel Revenue Machine”

Demos and Meetings – The Pre-Opportunity Cohort

In prior posts, we looked at lead cohorts. In this post, we look at the next cohort down, the pre-opportunity cohort. Many sales processes include an intermediary stage between marketing generating what is considered a hot lead, and the sales team generating an opportunity. Many times this process involves a business development team that mightContinue reading “Demos and Meetings – The Pre-Opportunity Cohort”