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.

We have many stories from CLIC ’18 to pass along, and they would consume pages!  That’s why we plan to send you these stories in small bites in the coming months.

In the meantime, here’s one announcement that is worth shouting about.

Each year, we celebrate members who model our core values and raise the performance bar within our profession. This year, we selected someone who has taken their marketing leadership role to a whole new level: Jennifer Groese of List Partners….

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.

We spend much of our work hours (and some great meals) with senior marketing leaders. One thing is certain and constant: we collectively strive to improve our craft, and to overcome the isolation that often comes with our chosen career.

That’s why we conduct this CMO Innovation Trends survey each year. We want to see what has changed. What technologies are your peers pursuing? Who are their key allies? What marketing innovation roadblocks are holding them back?…

I’m pleased to invite you to our private CMO breakfast on September 25 to help you accelerate your career. This is an exclusive gathering in Bethesda, Maryland, hosted by Walker & Dunlop.

You’ll meet Chip Conley, my good friend and fellow author. He is joining us from San Francisco, CA. Chip will share his career and life lessons from his Airbnb experiences. We will also celebrate the launch of his newest book, Wisdom@Work….

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?