Shine a light on your marketing planning to deliver better performance

Written 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

It is time to trade up from personal productivity to organizational productivity.

Written by: Bruce Brien on 4/11/19 2:57 PM

The spreadsheet can be a very powerful tool, especially for personal productivity, problem solving and modeling scenarios. It is where most organizations first develop their marketing plan. Four or five marketers sharing the same room determine that it is time to write down the plan, share it with others, use it to meet with finance, assign ownership to tasks, and generally feel good that the plan is in one place.

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Topics: Marketing Planning, Revenue Attribution, Integrated Marketing, Campaigns, ABM, Marketing Performance

Marketing teams: Stop using spreadsheets for planning & collaboration

Written by: Bruce Brien on 3/7/19 9:37 AM

Spreadsheets were developed to manipulate numbers, not to juggle marketing campaigns, sales leads, the demand center, teams divided by region or country, or conflicts between digital campaigns and events. In fact, the more information crammed in to a spreadsheet the more unwieldy it becomes. The harder it is to use, the more the data becomes siloed. And when the data is siloed, it might as well not even exist.

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Topics: Marketing Planning, Marketing Analytics, Effective Planning

Why You Need a Living Marketing Plan

Written by: Patrick Kilgore on 5/26/17 10:38 AM

You worked hard on your marketing plan. You sat down with your team, analyzed last year’s data, clarified your goals, and turned it all into a clear strategy to guide your campaigns and actions for the coming year. But once you left that room, what happened to the plan?

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Topics: Marketing Planning, Hive9, B2B, marketing strategy

Press Release: Trio of CMOs Discuss Success with Hive9

Written by: Patrick Kilgore on 5/15/17 11:40 AM

Hive9, the Marketing Performance Management (MPM) company, today announced continued customer momentum driven by creating living marketing plans tied to financials, goals and strategy.

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Topics: Marketing Planning, Hive9, B2B, marketing strategy

The Planning Disconnect: Building an Integrated Marketing Strategy

Written by: Patrick Kilgore on 5/2/17 1:44 PM

In theory, a marketing department is one entity, with each part working for the good of the whole. In practice, the different parts of the marketing team are often largely disconnected from one another and focused on their own work and goals – whether or not they line up with those of their team.

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Topics: Marketing Planning, Hive9, B2B, marketing strategy

Workfront LEAP 2017 Conference Wrap-up

Written by: Patrick Kilgore on 4/21/17 1:30 PM

Our team had the chance to take part in the third-annual Workfront Leap User Conference last week in Salt Lake. The event was a great opportunity to connect with the Workfront community and discuss improving workplace collaboration and efficiency.

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Topics: Marketing Planning, Hive9, B2B, Workfront

Webinar Recap: Planning & Performance in an ABM World

Written by: Patrick Kilgore on 4/11/17 10:00 AM

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Our recent webinar on Marketing Planning and Performance in an ABM World covered a lot of territory. With three experts in the field each bringing insights from their particular background and specialty, attendees got a heaping dose of knowledge in exchange for the hour they spent.

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Topics: Marketing Planning, Webinars, Hive9, ABM, B2B, Marketing Performance

Agility in Marketing Planning

Written by: Jackie Gonzalez on 3/31/17 9:14 AM

Think back on particular plans you’ve made in your life – both in business and in your personal life. How often do they play out exactly as you intended?

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Topics: Marketing Planning, Hive9, B2B

Benefits of Marketing Planning Across the Organization

Written by: Patrick Kilgore on 2/23/17 2:35 PM

You’ve seen it happen over and over again. Your marketing organization sits down and really does the work of outlining their goals and creating a marketing plan. Then, as the organization’s different departments get mired in the day to day of doing their jobs, the plan is deviated from and ultimately forgotten.

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Topics: Marketing Planning, Hive9

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