Category: Planning

5 ways to express appreciation, and retain your best people

As the Amazon HQ2 announcement descended like a drone in Northern Virginia, I sensed the anxiety levels rise among existing (and much smaller) regional employers. They have valid concerns about the level of employee poaching that could happen in the coming decade (yes, decade).

Gratitude is an often ignored method to address employee disengagement. These 5 methods of expressing gratitude might just be the solution to retaining your best people.

As we approach 2019, it’s the perfect time to invest time in these important planning stages. I developed 8 questions to kick-start the process and thrive in the new year.

Content strategies are more exciting and abundant than ever before.

But it’s not always easy to determine the best platforms to place your bets. Which content marketing strategies provide the highest return? In this 19 minute podcast, I sit down with Pete Winick and share my experiences, and reveal my favorite platforms.

We took a moment to reflect on our two fall 2018 CMO events in DC and Atlanta, GA: The CMO breakfast with Chip Conley, and our 4th annual CMOs Leading Innovation Conference. (CLIC ’18). This is the first in a series of conference recap posts to share key learnings.

CMOs continue to express their frustration and discontent with content strategies. In this post, we offer 4 suggestions to optimize your content investment. It is designed to ensure long-term growth and brand repute.

When the pace of work and end of year marketing demands intensify, we have a choice. We can either dive in, head first, and invoke high stress levels…or we can calm our mind and increase our efficacy.

I suggest you ease into fall by creating time to reflect. In this post, you will find five of my favorite quotes to help you achieve that–and, in the process, improve your decision-making.

High performing marketing leaders don’t rely on the school calendar to guide their learning experiences. They look for fresh ideas and perspectives throughout the year. Here are four of our innovation teachers from CLIC ‘18. They will provide high-impact insights that will fuel marketing innovation.

This is the second article of a two-part series. To read Part One, click here.

These trends will force us to communicate with external service providers in new ways. Here are my recommendations:…

Stop issuing RFPs to outside firms for your strategic initiatives. RFPs are sales prevention tactics to keep administrative people busy and dehumanize marketing. They may be great for buying coffee service, but not for building your digital presence. Are you going to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, maybe millions of dollars with an agency based on price?

As we witness some seismic shifts in the current marketing and agency landscape, I’m concerned about how CMOs are fostering commoditization. 

The Wall Street Journal recently published a special insert which analyzed digital advertising trends. They also shared key findings from the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The articles punctuated the tenuous relationship between CMOs and outside services firms. Here are four observations worth considering: …

The field is crowded. Big consulting firms now occupy traditional agency turf.

I recently learned a new term: liminality. It’s defined as a quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of rituals. In today’s working world, it’s common for people to change jobs over a dozen times in their lives. And some can be significant career shifts, not lateral career moves. Yet many of us rush to the next “new thing,” never allowing us to feel complete and whole with our past.

If each of us can expect to change jobs over a dozen times, and be truly present in our new role, we must embrace that temporary period of liminal life….

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