Alan See CMO Temps, LLC - Rent a Chief Marketing Officer
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Will you survive the first 100 days?

Whenever a new president takes office talk turns to the vaunted first 100 days.  The phrase has been around since FDR and is now used by the media to measure the successes and accomplishments of a president during their initial leadership transition.  It’s interesting to note that this benchmark has rarely correlated with the subsequent success or failure of a president’s time in office.  After all, every president goes through ups and downs as they face the challenges that are unique to their particular time in history.

Why the phrase “mutual benefit” never works with an influencer

I’d like to connect and collaborate for mutual benefit.” Like many of you, I’m often approached with that line on many social platforms.  In truth, when that phrase is used within a LinkedIn connection request from someone I don’t know it makes me cringe because past experience has proven that they really mean one of two things:
 
1.       I’d like you to accept my connection request so I can immediately pitch you on the solution I’m peddling because I’m sure you are a qualified persona.

Three ways to boost your social media presence and be more engaging





Ha-ha, made you look!  When my kids were little they would sometimes taunt me with that phrase.  It was intended as a playful insult because they tricked me into looking at something that didn’t really exist.  With my marketing teams, that phrase is not said in jest.  Its code for marketing content and messaging that forms a favorable impression; it catches our target audiences’ attention and piques their interest.  Marketers want attention.  They want their audience to engage with their social profiles.

Why Your Sales “Follow Up” is Not Working



It happens all the time by email, telephone, and through social media, the fake“I just wanted to follow up”sales prospecting approach.

Large company or small, no decision-maker wants to have their time wasted.  So, they’re probably not going to visit your website to first “learn more about” your product.  In addition, executives generally don’t open their calendars for total strangers to talk to them about something they are ill-informed about, or couldn’t care less about.  In short, you are pushing a button that turns them off, so it’s no wonder they are not returning your call or replying to your digital contact.

Real-Time Talent Mismanagement in Action







“We’re looking for a lighter version of you.”  In a business recruiting situation, they probably don’t mean that you’re overweight.  Odds are they’re telling you that they think you’re “overqualified.”  And overqualified is usually code speak for the following:
 
1. You are too old.
2. You are too expensive.
3. The hiring manager would be uncomfortable with your credentials.  Perhaps even intimidated.
4. They don’t have the forward thinking vision to consider expanding the position, or to anticipate their future talent needs.

How to Bridge the Gap between Sales and Marketing

“On the Beach.” In the consulting world that expression means you are not involved in activity that is billable.  In other words, you are not directly creating revenue for your company.  And that is always a dangerous place to be if you want to stay employed.  An early mentor of mine told me to “never get removed from the real revenue stream.”  For several years I lived by that advice through a career in sales, but I knew there were also important positions within an organization that by design, were not directly revenue producing.

8 Ways to Create Emotional Bonds with Your Customers

People simply are not subject to the rigorous laws of logic or measurable with the precision that data-driven marketers would like.  In fact, most purchase decisions are made emotionally, and then justified, rather than the other way around.  That means it’s critical for organizations to create customer relationships through emotional bonds.  Here are eight ways your organization can help create emotional bonds that build deep customer relationships:
 
1. Brand:  You need to start with a strong brand identity that your customers can identify with.

Can Your Company Compete with Radical Trust?

Several years ago I heard a story about a shoe repair shop from one of their long-time customers.  It’s a small business tale about trust with a twist that might surprise you.  Like many businesses, this shoe repair shop was built on a self-service model.  That model was necessary because the sole proprietor did his cobbling at night; during the day he held down a full-time job as an employee of another company.  His customers left their shoes for repair in a converted newspaper vending machine located on his front porch.

We wish you the best of luck in your search!



Your company needs a marketing leader so your HR team is engaged to round up the best possible candidates.  This person will provide leadership for your entire marketing group, craft your strategic marketing plan, and report directly to your CEO as part of the executive management team.  Your notice in LinkedIn draws many qualified candidates; in fact, you suspect there are some who currently earn more than your budgeted reference range.  You can only hire one of them though and you have a small staff, so you tell yourself that you don’t have time for niceties.

Through the Eyes of the Customer






Beloit Collegereleased theirMindset Listfor the class of 2020.  This year’s list contains 60 items that provide a look at the cultural touchstones that have shaped the lives of this fall’s entering class.  Most of this year’s freshmen were born in 1998, just for fun; take a look at the world through their eyes:
 
  • There has always been a digital swap meet called eBay.
  • Grandpa has always been able to reach for the Celebrex.
  • They never heard Harry Caray try to sing during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field.