Category: Marketing innovation

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….

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….

We are currently putting the finishing touches on our 2015 CMO Innovation Trends study. (Thanks a million to all who contributed.) I thought you’d like a sneak peek into what we learned.

If you are one of our many readers who care greatly about innovation, please set aside 2-3 minutes to review these findings:…

Over 100 senior marketing leaders responded, representing a wide range of industries. They include academic, software, hospitality, manufacturing, trade associations, real estate, cyber-security, media, banking, pharma, legal, consulting, insurance, nonprofit, and health care.

By Guest Blogger Juliana Smith Holterhaus, Head of Strategic Alliances for Your Eye
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More than 10 years after the debut of Dove’s “Real Beauty” program, it remains an advertising icon and source of controversy. It’s impossible to deny the program’s success in terms of brand exposure: The viral popularity of specific program elements significantly outperformed paid placements….

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There are many different strategies involved in mindful marketing, from using intentional language to designing our customer communities in a new way. It can be hard to implement all of these things in our companies at once. Where to begin?

In this video, I offer guidance in setting your mindful marketer priorities….

Today’s marketing leaders can recite the ABCs of social media: content marketing, revenue performance management, and branding. Yet when it comes to conversations with their C-suite peers, they often speak in another language.

In 2014, the Project Management Institute revealed that 44% of strategic initiatives are unsuccessful. Why? They discovered the main reason is a lack of organization alignment at around 58%. In other words, unsuccessful projects are not highly aligned to a company’s strategic goals.

If you are an executive responsible for driving growth, it’s tempting to be distracted by the myriad new marketing automation tools and marketing cloud applications at the expense of strategic priorities….

Summer brings opportunity for rejuvenation—to escape our ordinary routines, unplug, and discover our next big idea.

“Active adventure travel” is one of my core values and sources of inspiration. Some of my best business ideas were born alongside Central Oregon’s pristine lakes, Bermuda’s Harrington Sound, and the protected waters of La Jolla Cove.

Many senior marketing leaders return to a favorite summer destination for the same reason. Here’s what I’ve discovered about designing “innovation vacations,” from five marketing leaders who share their experiences….

Marketers face more career choices and growth opportunities than they have in decades, and marketing compared to other departments, is perceived as a hotbed for innovation. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that we’re focusing on one small slice of innovation and learning: marketing technology. If we focus most of our energy on technology, what growth opportunities will we miss?

It is easy for marketers to be seduced—and feel downright deluged—by the number of new technology offerings and providers….

 

I recently met with IN Live! network host Limor Schafman to discuss The Mindful Marketer. We discussed how mindfulness is playing an increasingly important role in corporations—both in personal practice and in regards to marketing strategy. I shared how these new trends in mindfulness can help marketing leaders be more effective, and create deeper connections with customers.

Check out the video to learn:…

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