Are mindfulness programs a leadership fad?

This is the time of year when leadership teams announce new professional development programs and formulate their offsite planning agendas. Many companies are jumping on the bandwagon with Target, McKinsey, Royal Bank of Canada, and Google to incorporate mindfulness programs into their curriculum.

Sadly, mindfulness is dangerously close to joining the ranks of “corporate buzzword bingo.” Think back to the early days of LEAN, Six Sigma, Solution Selling, and the Total Quality Movement….

By Guest Blogger Billee Howard, Founder and Chief Engagement Officer of Brandthropologie

Here are the top 9 emerging trends CMOs must watch for in the year ahead that will impact innovation and the customer landscape. As we know, the CMO function is currently among the most vital, while also the most volatile.

These 9 emerging trends are designed to enhance your agility in the year ahead:

1) Sound will continue to emerge as the new word, with the audio headphone industry surpassing the $13 billion mark by 2016….

Follow me back 45 years ago, when my Mom invited me to skip school and visit Dad’s office at Litton Industries.

This represented a BIG adventure to me. I knew Dad was a mechanical engineer, but I never truly understood what his job entailed. This was my chance to get answers.

We pulled up to the four story, steel gray industrial building in West Hartford, Connecticut. As we exited the elevator, I spotted Dad in the conference room….

Are you a CMO, VP of Marketing, or CEO interested in innovation? Will you be in the Atlanta area on December 14th?

I’d like to invite you to my private CMO breakfast at The Commerce Club of Atlanta on Monday, December 14 from 8:15-10 am. This complimentary session is entitled “From Order Taker to Innovator: How CMOs Will Thrive in a Modern Marketing World.”

Today’s marketing leaders are doing their best to adapt to unprecedented changes in customer behaviors, pricing models, and digital landscapes….

A few weeks ago, a doe-eyed workshop volunteer stopped me at the entrance to the crowded meditation room.

“Has anyone talked to you about our dress code?” she asked. “You see, we require you to wear white clothing from head to toe. Our teacher said that if you don’t have anything light to wear, you will have to sit out the next session and go home to change clothes. Another option is that you can buy some of our clothing in our upstairs room.”

Truthfully, I had no idea about any dress code….

By Guest Blogger Deanna Zaucha, Senior Specialist of Content Marketing for Webs and Pagemodo

Independence Day will come and go, but it never fails to set the momentum for the holiday season to come. For marketers, holidays are a great time of the year to drive traffic and encourage engagement with customers. However, we’re often faced with outdated and stagnant social media campaigns.

For your marketing campaign to stay ahead of the curve and stand out in a crowd, it should be memorable, unique and most importantly, engaging….

We just completed our first annual CMOs Leading Innovation Conference (CLIC ’15) in Tyson’s Corner,  Virginia. Although this full day session deserves more reflection than a David Letterman-style Top Ten List, I wanted to pass along my initial thoughts.

Twenty-five CMOs and CEOs gathered from cool companies such as Twitter, Informatica, H&R Block, SageWater, Gannett/USAToday, Decision Lens, XO Communications, Celerity, and DestinationDC. Adobe’s CMO.com, a globally reknown publication reaching over 22,000 marketing leaders, partnered with us to cover the event….

 

Let’s talk about how we design our marketing communities. In Buddhism, we have a term called sangha. This has to do with surrounding yourself with like-minded people who support you in whatever you’re doing.

We need to find our sangha as mindful marketers. In this video, Jamie Gorski, CMO of The Bozzuto Group, and I discuss what’s worked for us over the years. Some of the points we cover include:

The importance and benefits of a peer group (for example, our Marketing Leaders of DC™  community)
Guidelines and ideas for designing your own peer communities
How surrounding yourself with champions can also make you a champion

I invite you to take four minutes to enjoy the video….

What does the term “customer data” mean to you?

Many tech-savvy marketers will imagine a magical dashboard showing customer churn rates, pipeline velocity, lifetime customer value and the cost to acquire a customer. And the topic of customer data is top of mind for many CMOs in my community. Let’s examine why a frenetic level of focus on technology-generated customer data is often a waste of marketing resources.

We just completed our third annual CMO Innovation Trends study….

As a gift, I’m sharing a preview into what Daina Middleton will be sharing at the CMOs Leading Innovation Conference (CLIC ’15), September 23, in Tysons Corner VA (a DC suburb). She’s the Head of Global Marketing at Twitter.

Daina’s session is entitled “The Nurturist Organization: 5 Values for Innovative Companies Who Want to Thrive In the Participation Age.”

Marketing touches so many departments across companies today that adopting singular values that only operate under the CMO are not enough….