4 Content Marketers Experimenting Their Way to Engagement

4 Content Marketers Experimenting Their Way to Engagement

With more and more organizations jumping onto the content marketing bandwagon we face a question: How do we make our content marketing stand out from the crowd?  One approach is to experiment. We could adapt the lean startup methodology for building products to our content marketing approach.  Lean employs an Ideas —> Code —> Data loop to ship code, then …

Why Recognition Is A Leaders Number One Tool For Boosting Results

Why Recognition Is A Leaders Number One Tool For Boosting Results

I was working with a new coaching client, and we were discussing how she could look to move her leadership to the next level to get more out of her team and get them to be inspired. I suggested that she should look to use recognitionmore. To thank her team for the work they did, tell them a good job. …

4 Reasons Why B2B Marketers Should Use LinkedIn

4 Reasons Why B2B Marketers Should Use LinkedIn

B2B social media isn’t the easiest of tasks. LinkedIn has become one of the most popularly used and important social networks to reach out to business buyers and build connections with other professionals. With its niche advantage and increase of content marketing, it’s increasingly becoming an outlet for B2B marketers with several advantages. LinkedIn is a platform that enables you …

10 Things Smart People Do to Master Business Conversations

10 Things Smart People Do to Master Business Conversations

I’ve been writing a lot lately about how to improve communication skills, especially if you’re in a leadership role. The irony of it all is that it’s a skill not enough leaders have. I know this because it still tops the list for clients requesting communication coaching or training. Last week, I called a lot of people to the carpet …

How to Build Your Network (When You Don't Know Anyone)

How to Build Your Network (When You Don’t Know Anyone)

Before my wife and I settled in Austin, TX last year, we lived in 12 apartments in nine cities over the last 10 years. And while the digital nature of my work means that much of my network is only a mouse-click away, it was definitely challenging to move to new cities like Minneapolis and Austin without knowing many people …

Social media and leadership: 7 ways the world is changing

Social media and leadership: 7 ways the world is changing

When I was in graduate school, I took what I thought was going to be a “filler” type of class in Business Leadership. It turned out to be one of the most interesting classes I have ever taken and it set in motion a life-long study of what it means to be a leader. The shrill, noisy, and extemporaneous nature …

Use Your Personal Brand to Strengthen Your Leadership Identity

Use Your Personal Brand to Strengthen Your Leadership Identity

So defining your leadership identity starts by defining your personal brand. You can’t turn around your business until you turn around yourself. Understanding who you are and what you solve for is how your leadership will define the evolution of the business in the new normal. The concept of personal branding — the idea that success comes from how you …

In B2B industries

In B2B industries, investment in customer marketing will grow in 2017

Business-to-business ‘customer marketers’ may be the new rising stars in the marketing department, with 93% of organizations expecting to build up their customer marketing efforts this year, while 62% will increase their staff or budgets in this area in 2017. According toThe State of Customer Marketing 2017, out of over 200 marketing leaders primarily from B2B companies surveyed, companies identified …

6 Key Leadership Habits Required For Entrepreneurs

6 Key Leadership Habits Required For Entrepreneurs

Starting and building a company is all about leadership – formulating an idea, building a unique plan based on vision and experience, and forging a path over and through all obstacles. Yet the image of leadership in business is at an all-time low, according to national leadership experts, considering the political debacles, record business bankruptcies, and executive fraud cases. If …