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Marketing Innovation in the Age of Resistance

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Marketing leaders are swimming in a sea of innovation resistance from customers, assertive shareholders, Glassdoor-savvy employees, and fierce competitors. Some of us are embracing it; others are ignoring it and hoping the resistance shall pass; and some are engulfed in it. In all three scenarios, the movement is forcing many marketing leaders to re-evaluate our […]

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5 Key Skills to Build Better Board Communications

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Board communications and relationships can make or break your success as a marketing leader.  ForbesCMO just published my article on five CMO competencies to help you communicate effectively with your board, and gain commitment to your key initiatives. This post on improving board communications comes at an important time for our community of marketing leaders. Soon […]

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New Podcast: Building a Strong Brand

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Are you committed to building a strong brand? Or, are you on the path to rebuilding an existing brand? If you answered “yes” to either question, you need to listen to this recent podcast (23 min. MP3) It features one of our Marketing Leaders of DC members, Stuart Foster. He’s the VP of Global Marketing at Hilton […]

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Marketing Transformation Insights: New Videos

Marketing transformation is no longer a luxury. It’s an imperative. We define marketing transformation as the strategy for designing a new, exciting, unfamiliar, and improved future for your customers and stakeholders. Innovation is the activity required to realize that transformation (applied creativity). Transformation, unlike incremental process, program, or product improvement, requires significant behavioral, cultural, and operational change. […]

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Deconstructing the White House: Election Leadership Lessons

How do we deconstruct what happened in last night’s US elections? Start by imagining a bucolic Connecticut childhood home. I grew up in a white shingled house with black ersatz shutters and a well-manicured, expansive lawn. Inside the modest abode, our true colors flew. My Dad, a World War II veteran, spent most nights at the […]

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Report: CMOs Facing “Colony Collapse” in 2017?

We have just completed our 4th annual CMO Innovation Trends report (now available for free download here). 103 CMOs and Marketing VPs from 9 countries participated in the study. Much like we are witnessing the frightening impact of bee colony collapse in the natural world, we believe the decline in focused attention on marketing innovation will […]

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4 Causes of Mobile Marketing Strategy Triage

Have you ever worked on a triage team? I have. Today’s seismic mobile strategy shifts remind me of the lessons I learned under pressure. Here’s the story…

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How to Avoid Moving from Crisis to Crisis

It takes a leap of faith to unplug and stop moving from crisis to crisis. Yet the rewards are many, especially when you bring that mindset to work. Yes, work. Many senior marketing leaders and CEOs whom I’ve met think of their lives as an “either/or” proposition. They are either relaxed and unplugged, OR overworked and hyper-connected. […]

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Marketing “Pura Vida” in Costa Rica

Blue Spirit Retreat Center embodies “pura vida.” The mantra – meaning “pure life” — has a deep meaning to the Costa Ricans. Marketing “pura vida” happens effortlessly at the Center. Your only method to reach Blue Spirit is a bumpy 3 hour shuttle crawl from Liberia Airport. As you arrive at the Center, you are greeted by […]

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HubSpot INBOUND14 Conference Highlights and Insights with Shama Hyder

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I just returned from HubSpot’s gigantic annual marketing conference in Boston, where 10, 500 fans and customers gathered to learn the latest trends in inbound and digital marketing. One of my longtime friends, MarketingZen CEO Shama Hyder, also attended. Sadly, neither of us were able to get together and compare notes. We did the next […]

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