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Fun and mind blowing conversations with the smartest, most badass marketers out there. Combine 20 years of Marketing experience with a United States Marine Corps Veteran and you get this show.

The Hard Corps Marketing Show Casey Cheshire

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 18 Ratings

Fun and mind blowing conversations with the smartest, most badass marketers out there. Combine 20 years of Marketing experience with a United States Marine Corps Veteran and you get this show.

    Breaking the Marketing Bubble - Brian Zaslow - Hard Corps Marketing Show - Episode #262

    Breaking the Marketing Bubble - Brian Zaslow - Hard Corps Marketing Show - Episode #262

    So many marketers today get stuck in the marketing silo and don’t dare to venture out to see the wide world of other wonderful things that go on in their businesses. If you’re doing this, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Here to help you break out of the marketing vacuum is Brian Zaslow, a well-tenured marketer and entrepreneur. Learn five ways to avoid staying in your own bubble, how to develop lifetime customers, and even some of the joys of owning a donut franchise!


     


    Busted Myths:


    Good marketing alone will not solve your revenue and growth problems. You can’t expect success from working in a vacuum; you have to work with the rest of your business or your client’s business. 


     


    Takeaways:


    There is much more to marketing than just marketing strategy or tactics. Marketing has to work within the larger framework of a business so that the customer has a great experience and the company can be profitable.

    It’s important to get a deep understanding of what the rest of your business does and how that integrates with marketing.

    The best way to learn and break out from the marketing silo is to get in the field and experience your business hands-on. This helps you see how consumers interact with your product, promotional materials, and sales efforts.

    Track your customer experience and the journey of your product. See how it both literally and figuratively touches people and learn all the steps of the process so you can know what problems and opportunities may be present.

    When making any changes to your business, it’s critical to get advanced buy-in from your team and customers by portraying it as a win-win for every party involved. 

    Using warmth and competence together is a great way for companies to develop someone as a lifetime customer. These should be present in every way a customer interacts with your company.

    Marketers need to be both skilled technical marketers and practical and realistic about business. 


     


    Quote of the Show:


    “You don’t take margins to the bank, you take dollars to the bank” - Brian Zaslow

    “Tell people what they need to know, not what they want to hear” - Brian Zaslow


     


    Book Recommendation:


    The Human Brand: How We Relate to People, Products, and Companies by Chris Malone and Susan Fiske


     


    Links:


    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianzaslow/

    Twitter: @bzaslow

    Company website: zaslowmarketing.com


     


    Ways to Tune In


    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hard-corps-marketing-show/id1338838763

    Amazon Music/Audible: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/37228621-2f9c-4905-a223-1844effb49dd

    Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/show/1vVLpNI1LssMTiL6Kdsamn

    Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-hard-corps-marketing-show

    Google Podcasts: https://play.google.com/music/m/Im7mytmu2wa2mekhoeixlja5hpe?t=The_Hard_Corps_Marketing_Show

    YouTube: https://youtu.be/w3WszYxIAvE

    • 53 min
    Climbing the Marketing Career Cliff - Erica Seidel - Hard Corps Marketing Show - Episode #261

    Climbing the Marketing Career Cliff - Erica Seidel - Hard Corps Marketing Show - Episode #261

    The hiring world has changed drastically for both employers and candidates, but many companies are still trying to hire the same old way and interview with the same old questions. Recruiting industry extraordinaire, Erica Seidel, founder of The Connective Good, joins host Casey Cheshire to discuss the best questions to ask candidates and the answers that tell you they’re the right fit. Throughout this great conversation, Erica illuminates how to talk to recruiters, how to interview better, and why the company should be pitching the candidate and not vice-versa.


     


    Busted Myths:


    It is a misperception that a recruiter’s job is to help a candidate find a job. The recruiter’s job is to help their client, a company, make the right decision and find the right person.

    For recruiters, the market has changed dramatically from a market of abundance to a market of scarcity, and the approach recruiters take should reflect that.

    What candidates want is different from what companies are pitching them. Candidates are looking for a company with good work, a good culture, and a good team. They also want a company that values diversity, that values marketing, and won’t make them travel as much as some CEOs think they do.


     


    Takeaways:


    For candidates, remember that there is no casual meeting with a recruiter. Make sure you have a clear idea of who you are and what you want to do before meeting with a recruiter.

    Candidates should work on developing a “From>To” story. This provides an example of how you impacted a company and helped them get from point A to point B. 

    Every candidate wants to work somewhere with a good culture, don’t waste the recruiter’s time by telling them this. Ask instead if it is a “get it right” environment or a “get it done” environment.

    For interviewers, it is better to have the mindset going into an interview of both parties being on the same side of the table, rather than on opposite sides which is the way it has been.

    Marketers specifically get stuck in the Peacemaker/Changemaker Paradox. This is when a marketer is hired to be a changemaker but they are told to do it in a diplomatic way, making it feel like they are punching jello. They’re stuck between a culture focused on “taking care of survivors” and a culture focused on “advancing”.

    Employers are often afraid of airing out their dirty laundry during interviews, but when you make your problems known in an interview, that attracts problems solvers who want to solve those problems.

    Stop asking “why do you want to work here?”. A much better question to ask candidates is “What are the problems that you want to solve?” This gets you closer to understanding how that person ticks and what they can really bring to the table.


     


    Quote of the Show:


    “There’s no casual meeting with a recruiter” - Erica Seidel


     


    Shout Outs:


    The Rare Find: How Great Talent Stands Out Book by George Anders

    Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success Book by Adam Grant


     


    Links


    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ericaseidel

    Twitter: @erica_seidel

    Company website: https://theconnectivegood.com/blog/

    Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/b2b-saas-marketing-talent-podcast-get-to-know-the-get/id1495008122?i=1000462552890


     


    Ways to Tune In


    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hard-corps-marketing-show/id1338838763

    Amazon Music/Audible: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/37228621-2f9c-4905-a223-1844effb49dd

    Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/show/1vVLpNI1LssMTiL6Kdsamn

    Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-hard-corps-marketing-show

    Google Podcasts: https://play.google.com/music/m/Im7mytmu2wa2mekhoeixlja5hpe?t=The_Hard_Corps_Marketing_Show

    YouTube: https://youtu.be/ECQDXNe-bkQ

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Properly Adopting Product-led Growth - Fred Melanson - Hard Corps Marketing Show - Episode #260

    Properly Adopting Product-led Growth - Fred Melanson - Hard Corps Marketing Show - Episode #260

    There is an ongoing conceptual tug-of-war occurring between the traditional Sales-led Growth and the relatively new Product-led Growth. The sides both think that there can only be one and are therefore averse to the adoption of any ideas from the other side. Guest Fred Melanson, a visionary entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Bliinx is here to tell businesses that they can have it both ways! Learn the benefits of Product-led Growth and how to adopt some of its principles to make your sales team more effective in a hybrid approach. 


     


    Busted Myths:


    The concept of Product-led Sales does not mean you don’t need a sales team. In the B2B world, it’s important, and very effective, to adopt a hybrid model that is built on Product-led Sales ideas but still uses a sales team and introduces the sales team at the right time.


     


    Takeaways


    Product-led Growth is the idea of using your product itself as the main driver of acquisitions for your business. 

    For software companies, having a product demo is a way to use Product-led Growth without giving your product away for free. 

    Consumers want to experience your product before they talk to a sales rep. Companies have to find the contextual clues that tell them the right time to introduce a sales rep into a particular consumer’s buying process.

    Companies should be trying to deliver as much value to potential customers as possible, even before the sale. This helps the customer to experience and understand the value  of the product better and gets them closer to the “aha moment.”

    Companies can deliver value to the consumer by creating content about the product, offering free versions of the product, or providing consultative sessions.

    Part of Product-led Growth is prioritizing potential customers based on who is engaging the most with your marketing, the free version of your product, or sending you the most buying intent signals.

    Power is shifting from the seller to the buyer and a lot of the awareness process is done online without a sales rep. The customer is in the driver’s seat and the sales rep is in the passenger seat as the co-pilot/ navigator, doing whatever they can to help the driver get where they want to go.


     


    Quote of the Show:


    “You didn’t hear about Netflix from a sales rep” - Fred Melanson


     


    Links


    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/fred-melanson-bliinx

    Twitter: @FredMelanson

    Company Twitter: @BliinxApp

    Company website: https://bliinx.com


     


    Ways to Tune In


    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hard-corps-marketing-show/id1338838763

    Amazon Music/Audible: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/37228621-2f9c-4905-a223-1844effb49dd

    Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/show/1vVLpNI1LssMTiL6Kdsamn

    Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-hard-corps-marketing-show

    Google Podcasts: https://play.google.com/music/m/Im7mytmu2wa2mekhoeixlja5hpe?t=The_Hard_Corps_Marketing_Show

    YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZvDjT-h14Bw

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Deciphering the SEO Enigma - Kevin Roy - Hard Corps Marketing Show - Episode #259

    Deciphering the SEO Enigma - Kevin Roy - Hard Corps Marketing Show - Episode #259

    Many businesses struggle with understanding SEO and trying to implement the right measures to gain value from it. Don’t respond to that sketchy email telling you how bad your site’s SEO is, listen to this episode with our amazing guest, Kevin Roy, an SEO master! Learn how to properly assess your site’s SEO, understand the principles behind SEO, and what to do to get the most out of SEO and get your site to the top of the SERP!


     


    Busted Myths:


    Unsolicited frightening emails that you get about how bad your SEO rank is are complete crap. These reports, if even accurate, are only a small part of the picture. It’s more important to look at your website’s results than its SEO rank.


     


    Takeaways:


    Latent Semantic Indexing is one of the ways that Google decides the relevance of a keyword phrase. Google looks for other keywords on a website that support the keyword phrase searched for and considers it when ranking.

    Google has two jobs, keeping a person using google and satisfying the user, which in turn keeps them using Google. This guides everything that Google does when it comes to SEO.

    SEO ranking can be broken down into two buckets, the Technical Bucket and the Relevance Bucket. These two buckets are what Google regards when ranking websites.

    The Technical Bucket includes a site’s speed, mobile compatibility, security, etc. These are all things that improve a user’s experience and Google rewards sites for having a better user experience by ranking them higher.

    The Relevance Bucket is focused on the instances of the keyword phrase, keywords that support the keyword phrase, and links pertaining to the keyword phrase and its supporting keywords.

    Some companies panic when they hear that google updates or changes its SEO algorithm every year. About 80% of these updates are just to find fake websites and auto-generated content, so companies don’t have to worry about them.

    It is important to understand that “buying links” or trying to cheat the system using auto-generated fake content and backlinks doesn’t actually provide relevance or real results and by engaging in this you run the risk of getting caught by Google. 

    An interesting trend to watch is how apps like Zillow, Truly, etc., not Google, are where people are actually searching for real estate. The same idea can be seen in the world of dating apps, Airbnb, Boat Trader, etc.


     


    Quote of the Show:


    “If you understand the principles behind SEO, then the methods will start to make sense, but a lot of people try to learn the methods without understanding the principles. So understanding the principle allows you to call b******t on a lot of the methods” -Kevin Roy 


     


    Links:


    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/kevincharlesroy

    Twitter: @greenbananaseo

    Ijustmetkevin.com

    Company website: https://www.greenbananaseo.com/


     


    Ways to Tune In:


    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hard-corps-marketing-show/id1338838763

    Amazon Music/Audible: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/37228621-2f9c-4905-a223-1844effb49dd

    Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/show/1vVLpNI1LssMTiL6Kdsamn

    Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-hard-corps-marketing-show

    Google Podcasts: https://play.google.com/music/m/Im7mytmu2wa2mekhoeixlja5hpe?t=The_Hard_Corps_Marketing_Show

    YouTube: https://youtu.be/8AGOmEYoMVI

    • 42 min
    Winning Sales with Process - Valerie Cobb - Hard Corps Marketing Show - Episode #258

    Winning Sales with Process - Valerie Cobb - Hard Corps Marketing Show - Episode #258

    The widespread idea of what sales is is broken. Salespeople today keep trying to spew the same ‘feature-benefit vomit’ at every customer hoping something sticks. Sales extraordinaire, Valerie Cobb, a Fractional Chief Sales Officer, is here to reshape how companies think about sales. Learn how to revamp your company’s sales culture, the importance of creating good sales processes, and the best mindset for approaching sales. 


     


    Busted Myths:


    Sales is a noble profession, not a sucky job on the bottom rung of the proverbial ladder. Many people fail at sales because of poor company sales culture and training. Of all salespeople, 50% shouldn’t be in sales because their personality and or interests clash with what good sales actually is.


     


    Takeaways 


    Sales as a profession should be helpful, even if the customer does not buy on that occasion. The salesperson should be genuine in trying to actually help the customer find what they need, even if this means walking them to a competitor whose offerings better fit that customer’s needs.

    If you are doing sales well, you don’t have to ever ask to close a deal. A good sales approach should be genuine and human and never feel pushy. 

    When training for sales, you must check your ego and preconceived notions of people at the door. Salespeople’s first instinct should be to listen to the customer instead of assuming things about the customer and giving everyone the same ‘feature-benefit vomit’.

    To actually make strides towards success, companies have to create better sales cultures and integrate a ‘win as one team’ mentality across the revenue, finance, and operations teams of the business.

    To create a better sales culture, everyone must be willing to check their ego, remove obstacles so sales can sell more to create more jobs, and then continually repeat the process. 

    No matter the size of the business, clear and defined sales processes are crucial to have in place even before going and hiring a large sales force. Sales processes provide the salespeople with the right, on brand, responses to customer questions and objections.

    Sales Processes are how salespeople learn and embody the vision and reputation of the founder, CEO, etc.

    Unless someone wants training and asks to be trained, the training they receive will be a waste of time, effort, and resources. When training, don’t just tell people the answers, ask them questions, let them ask their own questions, and let them search within themselves and find their own answers. 


     


    Quote of the Show:


    “Sales, as a profession, should be helpful, period, even if you don’t sell them anything.”


     


    Shout Outs:


    Catherine Brown - Author of How Good Humans Sell: The Proven Path to B2B Sales Success

    Jim Collins - Co-Author of BE 2.0 (Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0): Turning Your Business into an Enduring Great Company


     


    Links


    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/valeriecobb

    Twitter: ValerieLURY

    Company Website: https://www.salesqb.com/valerie-cobb/

    Business Cellphone: (208) 425-7542


     


    Ways to Tune In


    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hard-corps-marketing-show/id1338838763

    Amazon Music/Audible: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/37228621-2f9c-4905-a223-1844effb49dd

    Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/show/1vVLpNI1LssMTiL6Kdsamn

    Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-hard-corps-marketing-show

    Google Podcasts: https://play.google.com/music/m/Im7mytmu2wa2mekhoeixlja5hpe?t=The_Hard_Corps_Marketing_Show

    YouTube: https://youtu.be/ykCebVIKSQE

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Busting “Best Practices” - Brian Coles - Hard Corps Marketing Show - Episode #257

    Busting “Best Practices” - Brian Coles - Hard Corps Marketing Show - Episode #257

    Companies often use the term “best practice” to describe an industry standard that employees are expected to replicate. This week’s guest, Brian Coles, SMASHES this myth entirely! Industry leaders are the best at what they do because they are constantly trying new things. Testing, researching, and innovating new strategies allow you to grow past competitors who essentially follow the shadow of another. 


     


     


    Takeaways:


    Stop following other people’s “best practices”

    Company executives can hide behind the term “best practice”. It does not apply to your own unique company just because it’s someone else’s favorite strategy.

    When a “best practice” fails, companies don’t hold the employee or team accountable because they instead blame the originator of the “best practice”

    It’s all about testing.Test the crap out of everything and make your own “best practice”!

    Stories and experiences are the best form of guidance.

    Keep an eye on competitors or similar companies in your industry for inspiration. Don’t copy their strategy, learn from it!

    It's really not about the tool at all. It's about the people you've got around you that can make things happen. Surround yourself with the right people and communicate with those people effectively.

    Stay true to your company’s messaging. Be consistent. Perform yearly audits of the messaging that is going out.

    Email marketing is the best performing channel out there and has one of the lowest ROIs.

    Marketing automation is a disruptive force.

    Think about people in your life and what they mean to you. Remind them of how they have impacted your life and how you appreciate them.

    Be careful what you tolerate.Your reactions, or lack thereof, teach people how to treat you.


     


     


    Shout Outs:


    BombBomb: www.bombbomb.com

    Thinking, Fast and Slow Book by Daniel Kahneman: https://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Fast-Slow-Daniel-Kahneman/dp/0374533555

    The Social Dilemma on Netflix

    Tim Hoffman @ 48:20

    Matthew McConaughey


     


     


    Links


    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bcoles/

    Website: https://www.brian-coles.com

    Book Link: https://www.brian-coles.com/shop

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/briancoles


     


     


    Ways to Tune In


    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hard-corps-marketing-show/id1338838763

    Amazon Music/Audible: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/37228621-2f9c-4905-a223-1844effb49dd

    Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/show/1vVLpNI1LssMTiL6Kdsamn

    Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-hard-corps-marketing-show

    Google Podcasts: https://play.google.com/music/m/Im7mytmu2wa2mekhoeixlja5hpe?t=The_Hard_Corps_Marketing_Show

    YouTube: 

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

GalConnect ,

Just keep learning!

Casey delightfully engages his guests with entertaining questions about marketing. Love how he busts marketing myths. It’s great to keep learning from Marketing super stars!

ethanbeute ,

Great Host, Smart Guests

Casey brings in great guests and hosts a real conversation. You're going to take something useful away from the conversation whether you're in sales, marketing, leadership, or another role - and you're going to be entertained in the process.

lschilds ,

Great Content - Awesome Guests

The content has been great since the early episodes. The ABM discussion with the Founder of Terminus ABM software really shines a tone of insight into what business should focus on while they're dicussing Account Based Marketing.

The last few episodes have stepped up the level even more. I really enjoyed listening to The Context Revolution and to have Matthew Sweezey as your guest was an amazing grab!!

I'm subscribed and awaiting the next episode. (Dr. Dre voice)

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