Planning to Fail: 3 Mistakes Derailing Your Annual Plan

Planning to Fail: 3 Mistakes Derailing Your Annual Plan

Q4 is known for the frenetic pace that inevitably comes with the final push to meet (and exceed!) annual goals. Amidst the frenzy, we need to pull ourselves out of the weeds of the current plan to focus on creating next year’s plan. Short on time, many leaders short-change the planning process, committing a few cardinal sins that perpetuate the planning-to-scrambling cycle.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Growth Strategy, Sales Strategy

Five Tips for Maximizing Conferences and Events

Posted by Kristin Luck

Five Tips for Maximizing Conferences and Events

September marks the beginning of the Q3/4 trade show season. Even if you’ve already read our previous post on this subject, it deserves revisiting before you hit the road with a big event investment.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Growth Strategy

Why ResearchTech is the Next Big Thing in Your MarTech Stack

Posted by Kristin Luck

Why ResearchTech is the Next Big Thing in Your MarTech Stack

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of co-presenting with Steve Mast, the Chief Innovation Officer of Methodify, on the subject of ResearchTech and how it fits into the MarTech stack. If you're looking for ways to future proof (and recession proof!) your business, this is a can't miss. Why?

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Topics: Market Research, Marketing Strategy

Recession Proofing Your Business: Hope For the Best, Prepare for the Worst

Posted by Kristin Luck

Recession Proofing Your Business: Hope For the Best, Prepare for the Worst

I launched my first business, OTX, in June of 2000. As it turns out, nearly the worst time to start a business, as in 2001 the “dot com” bubble burst. Fortunately, we had a diverse client base and a technology platform that was literally revolutionizing the way movie studios and CPG firms conducted research, and we not only survived the recession, we thrived. In 2003, OTX was ranked the fastest growing research company in the world. But it wasn’t just a strong product and good fortune.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Thought Leadership

Marketing is Like Sex: Everyone Thinks They're Good at It

Posted by Kristin Luck

Marketing is Like Sex: Everyone Thinks They're Good at It

So it’s been said that marketing is like sex… everyone thinks they’re good at it. I can assure you, at least when it comes to marketing, everyone is not.

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Topics: Market Research, Marketing Strategy

Ensuring Your Leadership Team is Aligned on Strategy

Posted by Kristin Luck

Ensuring Your Leadership Team is Aligned on Strategy

A recent MIT Sloan School survey of more than 4,000 managers found that only 28% could correctly list three of their firm's top strategic priorities. Only 28%! Given that, it’s no wonder that even the best laid strategic plans fall flat mid-year and victim to a strategy-execution gap.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Thought Leadership

3 Things to Start (and 3 Things to Stop) to Grow Your Business in 2019

Posted by Kristin Luck

3 Things to Start (and 3 Things to Stop) to Grow Your Business in 2019

I’ve read a fair number of articles on growth over the course of my career and I can tell you, firsthand, how easy it is to get distracted by the newest, shiniest bauble of advice. Just like the latest tech device or a cool new app, it’s easy to grab on to new ideas and hope for the best— without really having an understanding of how impactful a new strategy or tip or trick might truly be.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Thought Leadership

A 5-Step Framework for Reinvention

Posted by Kristin Luck

A 5 Step Framework for Reinvention

So... you feel like you have a new business idea, product or service you want to pursue. Now what? You need a framework so you’re not going at a reinvention or pivot willy-nilly.

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Topics: Market Research, Marketing Strategy

Four Tips for Maximizing Conferences and Events

Posted by Kristin Luck

Four Tips for Maximizing Conferences and Events

Trade shows and events are typically one of the largest marketing expenses for B2B firms. They can be magical from a brand awareness and PR perspective or, on the downside, a total boondoggle for sales and marketing teams. I often hear sales folk enthusiastically evangelize an event without being able to quantify the number of sales qualified leads generated or demonstrate conversions to sales after their return to an office.

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Lead Generation, Thought Leadership

Building a Customer-Centric Marketing Practice

Posted by Kristin Luck

Building a Customer-Centric Marketing Practice

Most growth-focused businesses have processes in place for ensuring customer satisfaction and loyalty, but what does it mean to have a truly customer-centric business, particularly as it relates to marketing?

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Topics: Brand Strategy, Marketing Strategy, Thought Leadership

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