Executives from Dallas, Denver, DC, and beyond gathered at CLIC ’19 to address a perennial concern: creating innovative marketing cultures. Here are six takeaways from our CMO conference that may help you grow and thrive in the coming year.

In times of crisis, you must understand that you have to reacquire your clients and rebuild trust in your brand.

For example, I am a diehard Orange Theory Fitness (OTF) fanatic. Now, my membership is on hold because of the recommendation to close all gyms by the CDC. But, once the gym is reopened, I have to be convinced to once again invest my time, money and sweat in OTF.

For marketers, it’s the same train of thought….

Susan Weber, founding member of the Marketing Leaders of DC, was recently promoted to EVP and CMO of Walker & Dunlop. Here are her secrets to modern marketing success.

We’re hosting a complimentary CEO-CMO breakfast on April 16 in Washington, DC from 8-10 am. Join leaders from prominent organizations for a confidential discussion on how CEOs and CMOs can partner in order to accelerate sustainable growth.

This topic is very timely. We have been working with hundreds of
CMOs over the past 7 years—and, in spite of AI, MarTech, and other
technological advances, CMOs remain unsure of how to align their priorities
with the CEO’s vision and board expectations….

Last
September, I moved to a new townhome community. The real estate developer has
not yet completed the walking path surrounding the property. The first phase of
the path meanders along a roaring creek and the Kincaid Forest. At one point,
the path ends, awaiting new asphalt.

While
walking the trail with my friend, I invited her to continue on the dirt path.
It hugs the creek and takes us to a quiet patch of forest where I’ve spotted
hawks, foxes, turkeys, and deer….

We are pleased to announce that the 6th annual CMOs Leading Innovation Conference will be
held June 18-19 in Charleston, SC. The content for this year’s conference will be
focusing on “Innovating on Purpose.”

We are
looking for a few passionate marketing and leadership practitioners who are
willing to share their experiences with our C-Suite participants.

Do you
know a senior marketing leader or CEO who might be interested?

Here is
some background:

As 2020 unfolds, innovating on
purpose
is squarely part of every progressive organization’s growth
blueprint….

As marketing leaders, you know that a strong company culture cultivates a workforce of powerful brand advocates who enhance marketing efforts. What can marketing do to navigate the culture war that ensues in the face of increased M&A activity? Here are three rules of thumb to consider as you evaluate an M&A deal on the horizon, and when you are in the throes of a post-deal journey.

With the holidays approaching, it’s easy to let things slip. A cookie here, a late weeknight there. That extra shot of bourbon over dinner. Before you know it, ten pounds and ten percent more body fat surreptitiously appear.
Several of my clients have asked what life habits I’ve accumulated over the past decade—a decade that has proven to be transformational for me.
Without healthy leadership habits, I simply don’t know how I would have transitioned to a new home and adapted to living on my own for the first time in 30 years.
I sincerely hope you find solace and an extra shot of productivity from my list.

Lisa & Jamie hike the Acropolis, Athens Sept. 2019

Jamie Gorski, a Founding Member of
the Marketing Leaders of DC™ and former CMO of
Bozzuto, recently accepted a new CMO role with GID/Windsor in Boston MA.

Founded in 1960, GID
provides fully integrated real estate development services. They develop, own
and operate properties valued at over $17 billion and manage and own 124
investment properties.

 Jamie reports “My 10 -year journey with Bozzuto has been extraordinary….

Remember that old adage: “Loose lips sink ships?” Well, the word
is out: the high seas battles between the trading ships known as Schwab, E*Trade
Financial and TD Ameritrade have begun. And if you are a strategic marketer,
your periscope is watching this duel closely.

Last week, these three online trading juggernauts announced commission-free trading. For some online firms, this created a single-digit hit to revenue projections. For others, double-digit dips are underway. In fact, TD Ameritrade’s stock price plummeted more than 25% in response to this bold pricing strategy….