Adopting an Agile Approach? Don't Forget a Few Key Things

Posted by Betsy Lillian on 10/6/20 11:24 AM

At the start of the year, we took a deep dive into the concept of agile marketing and what it takes to adopt the approach for your marketing team: proper planning and training and, crucially, a collaborative and centralized planning solution (among other things, of course).

In a newly released Gartner report, the research and advisory firm underscores the importance of centralization, as well as the continued growth of agile practices. According to a survey of more than 400 marketing leaders, almost two-thirds of marketing teams are either “fully or primarily” centralized.

“CMOs are evolving their teams through increased centralization, more functional alignment and continued exploration of agile marketing practices,” Gartner says. “These changes are helping build more scalable, flexible and resilient marketing organizations.”

So, what does it take for marketing leaders to achieve this centralized approach?

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Topics: Marketing Planning, Effective Planning, Marketers, Data Visualization, Marketing Insights, Campaigns

Revisiting 2020 Marketing Strategies: What’s New?

Posted by Betsy Lillian on 8/18/20 9:52 AM

When you look back at 2020 marketing predictions published prior to the pandemic, you might notice advice that ended up being pretty spot-on, a little inaccurate or maybe even more relevant than you anticipated in terms of its representation of our actual state of affairs this year.

Of course, any misrepresentation we discover now is understandably justified, but it’s interesting to look back and see where we thought we would be—as well as what, even through all the chaos, has still rung true.

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Topics: Martech, Marketing Technology, Marketing Insights, Best Practices, marketing measurement, Marketing performance management, Marketing Performance, marketing strategy

Happy New Year? A Marketing Strategy for 2020.5

Posted by Betsy Lillian on 6/30/20 9:45 AM


If you’re ready to leave the trials and tribulations of 2020 marketing in the dust, you might be excited to learn about a new concept that’s been floating around: 2020.5.

With the end of the first half of 2020 now at our doorstep, why not commemorate the milestone by rethinking your strategy for the second half? (Unless, of course, your year has been a breeze, marketing-wise – in that case, carry on as usual.)

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Topics: Marketing Planning, Effective Planning, Business Intelligence, Data Visualization, Marketing Technology, Marketing Insights, marketing measurement, marketing data, Marketing performance management, marketing strategy

The CRM “lead” conundrum: Why did they have to get it so wrong?

Posted by Bruce Brien on 5/27/20 1:30 PM

I am talking about the word “lead” with regard to marketing and CRM systems. We have gotten it completely wrong for decades, and it has caused a great deal of problems and unnecessary expense for many organizations. 

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Topics: Marketing Planning, Buyer's journey, Marketers, Marketing Technology, Marketing Insights, marketing measurement, marketing data, B2B, marketing strategy

The Foundation of a Successful Agile Marketing Team: Centralization

Posted by Betsy Lillian on 1/6/20 11:13 AM

In the fourth season of The Office, Michael Scott, laden with financial troubles, decided he needed to declare bankruptcy, leading him to announce to his colleagues, “I declare bankruptcy!”

Spoiler: His verbally declaring bankruptcy didn’t automatically launch the legal process. In the marketing world, the same can be said for deciding to adopt an entirely new approach for your team. For instance, agile marketing - becoming more popular in the B2B community in particular - can’t be implemented by waving a magic wand and assuming everyone is on board with the concept. Instead, it takes proper planning, training, and, importantly, a collaborative and centralized platform.

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Topics: Marketing Planning, Marketing Analytics, Marketing Insights, Marketing performance management, Marketing Performance, marketing strategy, agile marketing

What to Look for in Your Marketing Planning Solution

Posted by Scott Miraglia on 9/4/19 3:42 PM

One of the best quotes about planning ahead comes from that iconic Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” This is particularly apt in the world digital marketing, where a lack of specific strategies to achieving clear goals will sink any business, big or small. For that reason, we’ve listed five features every marketer needs to look for when selecting an effective marketing-planning software solution.

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Topics: Marketing Planning, Marketing Analytics, Financial Planning, Revenue Attribution, Marketing Budgeting, Marketing Insights, marketing measurement, alignment

Shine a light on your marketing planning to deliver better performance

Posted by Bruce Brien on 5/3/19 2:00 PM

Planning can be a dirty word in any aspect of business, especially marketing. Planning is difficult. It takes time and resources to be done right. It takes skills, tools and a solid process to execute. And it takes data, data that must be cleaned and aggregated into consumable insights for it to be usable for the planners.

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Topics: Marketing Planning, Financial Planning, Budgeting, Revenue Attribution, Marketing Budgeting, Hive9, Effective Planning, Marketing Insights, ABM, marketing data, Marketing Performance

Highlights from the 2017 Marketing Performance Management Benchmark Study

Posted by Patrick Kilgore on 6/6/17 11:45 AM

Every year, marketers work toward better solutions and better results. As the marketing arena becomes ever more complicated – both due to new tactics and channels, as well as new tech software available to help manage it all – figuring out the right approach to getting the best results is an ongoing challenge.

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Topics: Marketing Maturity, Marketing Insights, Marketing Performance

4 Steps to Prove Marketing's Value to the CEO

Posted by Patrick Kilgore on 3/24/17 9:26 AM

One of the biggest challenges that marketing has historically had is convincing the rest of the company of its worth. You know the work you do is valuable and helps the company make money, but it hasn’t always been easy to convince people in other departments and the c-Suite that’s the case

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Topics: Hive9, Marketing Insights, B2B, Marketing performance management

Building Demonstrable Marketing Results

Posted by Jason Andrade on 3/14/17 11:51 AM

Developing a marketing system that emphasizes measuring and demonstrating the results of your marketing efforts requires time, commitment, and proper technology. All of that is difficult, but sometimes the hardest part is embracing the change in mindset it requires.

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Topics: Hive9, Marketing Insights, B2B

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