CMOs Make The Best CEOs

Has there always been a secret (or maybe not so secret) assumption that CMOs aren’t suited for the CEO role? Think about, I can name COOs, CTOs, and CFOs who have all gone on to become CEO but not too many CMOs in recent years.

Maybe that’s because there wasn’t much proof as to what marketers did? And then came the assumption that people who could make great products could also become great CEOs. Think about Facebook, Square, Paypal, Apple, and Twitter. The creators of these products and technology often rewarded themselves with the CEO title and that is kind of what we got used to. But a transition is once again underway. Where businesses are realizing the importance of marketing, how essential is to sales and that maybe in order to have a great product you have to know the people who are going to buy it. Continue reading “CMOs Make The Best CEOs”

How Digital Advertising Became The New TV For Brands

It’s a trend we have seen coming for a long time. This prediction started nearly a decade ago and every year since has been deemed the year digital takes over. Whether it’s because of mobile, social platforms or cord cutting, digital is always going after something or someone- desktops, real-life interactions and now the television.

PwC predicts that online advertising spending will exceed $75 billion next year, surpassing the $74.7 billion projected for TV. Online advertising is expected to grow 9.4% through 2020, compared to TV’s 3.2% rate.

So what does this actually mean for TV? Will brands cut their advertising budgets? Can advertisers make TV advertising relevant? Is this a conversation worth having yet?

We think so! Below are five punches digital has thrown at TV advertising… Continue reading “How Digital Advertising Became The New TV For Brands”

How Marketers Can Help CMOs Overcome These 3 Common Worries

With tight budgets, seemingly endless lists of goals and not to mention the mountain of expectations, CMOs are looking to balance the art of creativity and data-driven marketing. And you, as marketers, can help.

With the rise of measurement marketing technologies, the increased use of digital marketing and the availability of data, it is (or should be) easier than ever to track results and help deliver on those expectations.

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What Is The Agency Of The Future?

Among several other agency and brand breakups this summer McDonald’s decision to part ways with their 35-year-old agency in the U.S., Publicis Groupe’s Leo Burnett shows that times are changing.

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In an effort to modernize and consolidate their nearly 1 billion dollar advertising budget McDonalds conducted an agency review earlier this year in an effort to find “the agency of the future”. Continue reading “What Is The Agency Of The Future?”

Taking Your Analytics & Reporting Beyond Social

The marketing technology landscape has exploded. Just take a look at Scott Brinker’s supergraphic where he lists nearly 4,000 companies providing some sort of marketing technology solution in 2016.

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Being in the space ourselves (you can find Converge under Dashboards & Data Visualizations in the blue column) we understand there are a lot of options depending on what problems you are trying to solve. But what we have also realized is that so much of this marketing technology is now only focused on social analytics.

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Let’s Get Personal: A Digital Marketing Experience

According to The Content Wrangler, personalization is the process of targeting content to individuals based on one or more of the following: who they are; where they are; when, why, and how they access to content; and what device they use to access it.

Marketers have learned a lot about the personalization process over the past several years and so have consumers. Consumers have been exposed to different experiences of personalization through various mediums that produce various qualities- it seems like they too now understand the value that personalization can deliver. Continue reading “Let’s Get Personal: A Digital Marketing Experience”

3 Questions You Need To Ask When Measuring Social Data

Before you start setting goals and plugging data into an excel sheet you first need to understand how and what to measure when it comes to social media and that can be confusing.

Nearly every social platform has an analytics tool and almost every social platform seems to give you something different to measure. However, if you can look past the terminology, settle for the information you do get and stop wishing for more, you will discover that most channels can not only be measured but also be compared. Continue reading “3 Questions You Need To Ask When Measuring Social Data”