It’s impossible to sugarcoat; things are unsteady for so many of our fellow neighbors, friends, colleagues, communities, and peers right now. The current Coronavirus pandemic is uncharted territory leaving many individuals and businesses in fear for what’s to come and weary of what the future looks like.
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You don't need me to tell you that things are changing quickly these days. We're all seeing trade events get canceled and new business meetings moved to video conferences. But one thing hasn't changed: the need to reach coworkers, customers and prospects with specific, meaningful communication, regardless of the channel.
Last week, in my previous blog, I talked about the WHY of Making Your Marketing Count. This week, we’ll dive into the WHAT, and next week we'll look at the HOW.
In my career, I learned a few lessons the hard way:
- Understanding the magnitude of the growth challenge
- Focusing quickly on what I could influence, and
- Developing and executing on SMART objectives.
Below, we'll take an in-depth look at each of those factors.
About seven years ago, at a previous employer, my team and I were leading one of the most significant programs launched in the industry. It was disruptive, utterly different than any other competitor's offering, and aimed at an emerging demographic we weren't used to communicating with at the time.
Growing in slow to uncertain market conditions calls for a balanced approach
Throughout my career, I had the privilege to interact with many leaders in the Industrial/Manufacturing sector. Our discussions on business conditions netted one common theme: We need more growth. The underlying question was: "How do we break away?"
As marketers, we work tirelessly to move the needle on what often seems like a laundry list of metrics. We look at website visits, conversion rates, generated leads per channel, engagement on social media platforms, blog post shares, email click-through rates… and the list goes on and on. When the time comes to present the impact of your marketing efforts to your boss, you can’t present him or her with everything you measure.
Why it's crucial to get your marketing and sales teams rowing in the same direction and how to do it.
The relationship between marketing and sales departments is often wrought with competition, disputes over credit and finger pointing. Who isn't pulling their weight? Who gets to claim what sale and when? Who is taking priority in decisions and, most importantly, budget?
Here we are, already in the second month of 2020 and it feels like January was a blur. Anyone else feel the same? Some of you are only now thinking through your goals for the year now that you've settled in after a nice holiday break and annual meetings galore that filled your calendars. Goal setting can mean a variety of different things, whether it's a personal goal or professional goal. In this article, I'll be covering the strategy for your professional goals, but the same theory can apply to you personally as well.