Love is in the air this month, and Valentine’s Day, of course, is likely responsible. Much about the genesis of the holiday, and even who this St. Valentine was, is lost in the fog of time. One legend has it he was a priest in third century Rome who helped soldiers get married. Another tells the tale of the imprisoned Valentine who, having fallen in love with his jailer’s daughter, sent her a letter signed, “From your Valentine,” a phrase used to this day….
February 19, 2016
February 11, 2016
Featuring Stuart Foster, VP of Marketing of Luxury and Lifestyle Brands at Hilton Worldwide
In his presentation at our recent CLIC’ 15 CMOs Leading Innovation Conference, Stuart Foster described his fresh new vision of targeting consumers based on mindsets, and the results this “mindful marketing” has generated at Hilton. You can watch the first part of his presentation below.
Finding your ideal customers’ state of mind is essential for today’s brands to position themselves effectively….
January 24, 2016
When working with clients, I consistently find that they are stellar at setting goals and making resolutions. Some of us even revel in our ability to multi-task and complete two goals at once. Before we know it, our calendars are completely filled with tasks and meetings.
Here’s the downside: there’s little time left to step back and observe anything.…
January 18, 2016
Yet I’m certain you haven’t considered all 7 of my latest marketing plan boosters.
Some of my clients have and are moving forward with greater confidence. In fact, one CMO is on track to creating at least $15M in new business as a result of working with me on their marketing innovation framework.
In the 28-minute bonus MP3 program, you will hear some of my clients’ secrets, including:…
Why customer communication vehicles are changing, and what you need to do about it
The pitfalls of chasing unicorn growth fantasies
My take on marketers who are gorging on the millennials craze
Which “friendly ghosts of marketing past”
January 14, 2016
What are the innovation opportunities and challenges today’s marketing leaders face?
I was honored to be asked back for a second interview with Spiral Marketing, a podcast that helps current and future business leaders, marketers and entrepreneurs elevate their brand. (Their first return guest!)
Host Karl Boehm and I discussed the recently released 3rd Annual Energize Growth CMO Report, From Fledgling to Falcon: How CMOs Make the Leap from Order Taker to Innovator….
December 20, 2015
What a whirlwind year! Our dynamic CMO community continues to thrive and doubled in size since 2014.
Many members celebrated professional milestones which have propelled them forward. I’m proud to share ten highlights here, proving that there’s power in numbers:…
Jen Kern dazzles modern marketers at Inbound15. Over 850 attendees learned what it takes to build lasting bridges with your Sales organization. Using jazz as the underlying inbound marketing metaphor, Jen’s audience rated her session one of the most pragmatic and valuable at the HubSpot conference.
December 9, 2015
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….
December 3, 2015
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….
November 19, 2015
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….
November 3, 2015
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….