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The Revenue-Driven CMO with Chris Mechanic helps B2B and B2C marketing leaders alike solve the new strategic issues they face in today's market. Through insight-filled interviews, we unpack the best marketing secrets of today's top Chief Marketing Officers and marketing experts. Learn how the best marketers in the business today are driving efficient revenue growth for their organizations.

Past guests have included CMOs from companies such as HubSpot, ZoomInfo, Gong, National Debt Relief, and more. Subscribe to get in-depth interviews with actionable takeaways delivered to your inbox every week.

The Revenue-Driven CMO Chris Mechanic

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The Revenue-Driven CMO with Chris Mechanic helps B2B and B2C marketing leaders alike solve the new strategic issues they face in today's market. Through insight-filled interviews, we unpack the best marketing secrets of today's top Chief Marketing Officers and marketing experts. Learn how the best marketers in the business today are driving efficient revenue growth for their organizations.

Past guests have included CMOs from companies such as HubSpot, ZoomInfo, Gong, National Debt Relief, and more. Subscribe to get in-depth interviews with actionable takeaways delivered to your inbox every week.

    Blending Tech & Human Elements in Marketing with Michael Bailey, SVP Global Marketing, CMO at Sirva

    Blending Tech & Human Elements in Marketing with Michael Bailey, SVP Global Marketing, CMO at Sirva

    In this episode of Revenue Driven CMO, host Chris Mechanic converses with Michael Bailey, SVP of Global Marketing and CMO at Sirva. Michael shares insights from his extensive marketing career, discussing the importance of merging brand storytelling with data-driven revenue strategies. The conversation covers his experiences at companies like Fleet Core and Sirva, highlighting successful campaigns, challenges in driving innovation, and the significance of humanizing brand narratives. Michael also delves into the practical aspects of utilizing ad tech and CRM data for optimization, offering a unique perspective on balancing technology with the human touch in marketing.
     
     
    Takeaways: 
    Optimize to Quality, Not Just Clicks:
    Ensure your marketing team is optimizing for quality interactions and not just superficial metrics like clicks. For instance, selectively fire conversion signals only when it's an engaged session, not just a form fill-up.
    Experiment When You’re Winning:
    Use periods of success to experiment and innovate. This counter-intuitive strategy can lead to more significant innovations and maintaining your competitive edge.
    Leverage Social Outreach for Amplification:
    Utilize social media effectively to amplify other initiatives like round table series or webinars. Recruit one-to-one for initial engagement and then use social platforms to broadcast insights and deepen engagement.
    Integrate Powerful Storytelling with Data-Driven Strategies:
    Combine a compelling company story with data-driven marketing strategies. Your narrative can be a powerful tool to fuel your revenue engine. Ensure your marketing resonates on a human level while being optimized through data.
    Align Brand Ethos Across All Channels:
    Make sure your brand’s core values (e.g., smart, helpful, human, responsible) are consistently reflected across various channels—whether it's SEO, social media, or direct sales interactions. Different channels might emphasize different aspects but all should sync with your brand ethos.
    Marry Human and Machine Elements in Customer Experience:
    Enhance customer experiences by blending human interactions with technology. For example, Serva uses both human support and technological platforms to ensure seamless relocation services, tailoring the approach based on individual needs.
    Incentivize Risk and Innovation:
    Encourage your team to take calculated risks and try new approaches, even if the current strategy is successful. This ongoing commitment to innovation can uncover unexpectedly successful tactics and prevent stagnation.

    Quote of the Show:
    “If content is king, then the channel is queen. You have to make sure that those two things marry.” - Michael Bailey
    Links:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelbaileymktg/ 
    Website: https://www.sirva.com/ 

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    Youtube: https://youtu.be/XQZ6yCChUQo 
     
    The Revenue-Driven CMO is sponsored by WebMechanix, the performance marketing agency that makes you smarter. Learn more at https://www.webmechanix.com/ 
    The Revenue-Driven CMO is produced by Ringmaster, on a mission to create connections through branded podcasts. Learn more at https://ringmaster.com/ 

    • 57 min
    Summer Break Round Up

    Summer Break Round Up

    As we enter into the second half of 2024, we want to highlight some insightful moments from a few of our favorite guests. In this episode, learn the key to successful customer discovery and effective marketing strategies. Discover the importance of deep customer inquiry to differentiate between wants and needs, and the transformative power of authentic and humanized content. The conversations will further delve into the magic of the LTV to CAC ratio for assessing marketing efficiency, the adaptive strategies in product-led growth environments, and the revolutionary potential of digital products across different industries. 
     
    Takeaways: 
    ~Engage Deeply with Customers: Spend an extraordinary amount of time asking questions to your potential customers to uncover their true needs, not just their wants. This will help you build a product or service that truly solves their problems.
    ~Differentiate Wants from Needs: Understand that wants and needs are two different beasts. By digging deeper into why customers behave the way they do, you can identify their true needs, which are more critical to address.
    ~Utilize Storytelling for Discovery: Use storytelling techniques to get customers to describe past experiences in detail. This will help you understand the real reasons behind their behaviors and needs.
    ~Create Competitive Content: Develop content that compares industry competitors' strategies. This can attract attention from both competitors and those who admire them, providing actionable insights for your target audience.
    ~Frequent A/B Testing: Constantly A/B test different strategies, especially in product-led growth environments. This dynamic approach allows you to optimize channels and programs quickly based on performance data.
    ~Leverage Humor in Marketing: Carefully integrate humor into marketing campaigns. Authentic and tasteful humor can make your brand more relatable and engaging, but ensure that it aligns consistently with your brand tone across all touchpoints.
    ~Embrace Vulnerability and Authenticity: Share transparent and honest updates about your company’s performance, challenges, and learnings. Authenticity builds trust with your audience and can be a powerful tool to inspire and connect with other leaders.
     
    Links to the full episodes
    Adam Robinson | https://youtu.be/6PmFWV0DRj0 
    Tifenn Dano Kwan | https://youtu.be/P9oHKwYBP-Y 
    Emeric Ernoult | https://youtu.be/JI9KGibRT6U 
    Melissa Rosenthal | https://youtu.be/uuuEiwrVvVI 
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    YouTube:https://youtu.be/1RqNZj75sxU 
    The Revenue-Driven CMO is sponsored by WebMechanix, the performance marketing agency that makes you smarter. Learn more at https://www.webmechanix.com/ 
    The Revenue-Driven CMO is produced by Ringmaster, on a mission to create connections through branded podcasts. Learn more at https://ringmaster.com/ 

    • 40 min
    Mastering Simplicity in Cybersecurity Marketing with Karl Van Den Bergh

    Mastering Simplicity in Cybersecurity Marketing with Karl Van Den Bergh

    In this episode of Revenue Driven CMO, host Chris Mechanic interviews Karl Van Den Bergh, the Chief Marketing Officer at Gigamon. They discuss the importance of simplicity and clarity in marketing messaging amidst information overload, especially for technical products. Van Den Bergh elaborates on strategies for breaking through the noise using humor, analogies, and straightforward communication. He also describes Gigamon's role in cybersecurity and the benefits of its deep observability pipeline. The conversation includes insights on balancing customer acquisition strategies, leveraging peer-based events for executive engagement, and handling the challenges of balancing established businesses with high-growth sectors.
     
    Takeaways: 
    ~Embrace simplicity and clarity in messaging: Regardless of how technical your product is, focusing on clear and straightforward communication helps in breaking through the market noise and resonates better with the audience.
    ~Use analogies and relatable concepts: Simplifying complex ideas through analogies makes it easier for your audience, even technical ones, to grasp your value proposition quickly.
    ~Implement a layered communication strategy: Start with a high-level, simple message to draw interest, then provide in-depth details for those who are curious and want to learn more.
    ~Engage industry leaders and prospects through peer-based and thought leadership events: Organizing panels, dinners, and thought leadership discussions can effectively engage high-level executives (CISOs), fostering peer conversations and networking opportunities.
    ~Combine humor with your brand campaigns: Utilizing humor can be a powerful way to break through the information overload and make your brand memorable. However, gauge the risk and ensure it aligns with your brand ethos.
    ~Leverage data and intent analysis to identify ideal customer profiles: Use machine learning models and intent data to pinpoint your target audience, making your marketing efforts more efficient and effective.
    ~Balance established and high-growth business segments: Manage priorities between your core established business and emerging high-growth areas by promoting agility and ensuring your team can switch effectively between different market demands.
     
    Quote of the Show:
    “The irony is that often, in trying to make things sound grand or complex, you actually create barriers. Simplifying things can often be the most powerful approach.
     
    Links:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karlvandenbergh/ 
    Website: http://www.gigamon.com/ 
     
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    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Webmechanix 
     
    The Revenue-Driven CMO is sponsored by WebMechanix, the performance marketing agency that makes you smarter. Learn more at https://www.webmechanix.com/ 

    The Revenue-Driven CMO is produced by Ringmaster, on a mission to create connections through branded podcasts. Learn more at https://ringmaster.com/

    • 53 min
    Transforming IT Operations with AI with Brooke Cunningham

    Transforming IT Operations with AI with Brooke Cunningham

    In this episode of The Revenue-Driven CMO, host Chris Mechanic sits down with Brooke Cunningham, a seasoned marketing executive with over 26 years of experience in B2B SaaS. Brooke discusses the pivotal role partnerships have played in her career, including her success at companies like SAP and Splunk, where she contributed to significant revenue growth. Now the CMO at Logic Monitor, Brooke shares her secrets to operationalizing partner relationships to drive revenue. She emphasizes the importance of mutual commitment, the necessity to treat partners like customers, and leveraging AI to enhance efficiency. The episode also explores Brooke's current role and initiatives at Logic Monitor, including the launch of their Gen AI-powered observability platform, Edwin AI.
    Takeaways: 
    ~ Leverage Partnerships for Growth: Treat your partners like customers, including implementing partner advisory boards and satisfaction surveys. This mutual respect and focus can lead to strong, revenue-driving relationships.
    ~ Invest in Joint Solutions: Start with a joint solution that has proven customer demand. Create and track a joint program or campaign to measure its success and use that data to negotiate further investment and growth.
    ~ Commit Resources: Both you and your partner must commit resources. Ensure there’s involvement from areas like product development, marketing, and operations to turn partnerships into successful ventures.
    ~ Tailored Incentives: Utilize specific incentive programs like SPIFs and rebates to encourage partner engagement and performance, adjusting these incentives based on the partner’s success and business impact.
    ~. Operationalize Partnerships: Focus on the operational aspects of partnerships. Ensure smooth transactions and the realization of revenue through joint strategies and tactical implementations.

    ~ AI for Efficiency: Integrate AI into both your product offerings and internal processes. For instance, using AI to generate marketing material, or within your product to provide actionable insights and reduce time to resolution for your customers.

    ~ Elevate Thought Leadership: Leverage your company's success stories and industry differentiators to build thought leadership. Engage with customers and partners to turn these stories into compelling narratives that solidify your market position.

    Quote of the Show:
    “I think there's an element of liking challenges and being creative and solving challenges”
    Links:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brookecunningham/  
    Website: https://www.logicmonitor.com/ | Edwin AI: https://www.logicmonitor.com/press/logicmonitor-supercharges-observability-with-edwin-ai?qgad=703311853826&qgterm=logicmonitor%20edwin&campaignid=21395337755&adgroupid=161581319257&adid=703311853826&gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAjw-O6zBhASEiwAOHeGxbGiQdLpXdUoMEv6kzG5cF139b9RSwnBxi5Mrn0h7XIkqX_fBMQJDhoCfiQQAvD_BwE  

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    YouTube: https://youtu.be/3KSaHEfSMgk 
     
    The Revenue-Driven CMO is sponsored by WebMechanix, the performance marketing agency that makes you smarter. Learn more at https://www.webmechanix.com/ 
    The Revenue-Driven CMO is produced by Ringmaster, on a mission to create connections through branded podcasts. Learn more at https://ringmaster.com/ 

    • 51 min
    Bridging Sales and Marketing through AI

    Bridging Sales and Marketing through AI

    On this week's episode of The Revenue Driven CMO, host Chris Mechanic takes a look back at some of our favorite conversations with 5 guests who give amazing insights on AI and what the future holds in store for it. These guests dive into fascinating topics on AI such as using automation to achieve desired business outcomes, the possibility of AI being able to shorten our work week, and why we will always need the human mind as AI continues to grow.
     
    Takeaways: 
    AI prioritization engines, like Salesloft's Conductor AI, analyze various data signals from buyer behaviors to sales outcomes to prioritize actionable steps for sales reps. This AI-driven approach ensures that sales teams are making data-informed decisions to achieve better outcomes and meet business objectives effectively.
    AI and automation are revolutionizing performance marketing, where many tasks will be fully automated, leading to the commoditization of traditional marketing roles. Marketers need to brace for these changes by redefining their roles and adapting to new technologies.
    While AI can greatly enhance efficiency by automating tasks and generating initial ideas, it cannot replace the creativity and context that human marketers bring. AI should be seen as a supplemental tool that supports rather than replaces human input.
    Viewing AI primarily as a means to reduce costs is a limited perspective. Instead, AI should be seen as a tool to create better customer experiences and drive revenue growth by enhancing the effectiveness of marketing strategies and improving customer engagement throughout the funnel.
    Using AI to objectively assess competitors by generating summaries of their positioning and differentiators from their websites. This helps to identify commonalities and unique aspects that can influence strategic decisions in positioning and marketing campaigns.
    Links to the full episode of each guest:
    Devang Sachdev: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XG70kzrpTQ&feature=emb_imp_woyt 
    Jason Goldsmith: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZtcqefdYpU&feature=emb_imp_woyt 
    Ali Fazal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFVOfEhWVoo&feature=emb_imp_woyt 
    Shiv Singh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff_ht_mJ9iY&feature=emb_imp_woyt 
    Randy Littleson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbr_5sW8Tec&feature=emb_imp_woyt 
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    iHeart: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/263-the-revenue-driven-cmo-99614345/ 
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    The Revenue-Driven CMO is sponsored by WebMechanix, the performance marketing agency that makes you smarter. Learn more at https://www.webmechanix.com/ 
    The Revenue-Driven CMO is produced by Ringmaster, on a mission to create connections through branded podcasts. Learn more at https://ringmaster.com/ 

    • 53 min
    Winning Strategies: Affiliate Marketing and Data Optimization

    Winning Strategies: Affiliate Marketing and Data Optimization

    In this episode, we highlight 5 financial service leader, and their secrets to success. Their experiences and insights on affiliate marketing. They highlight the benefits of establishing strong affiliate partnerships, which can drive significant results and enhance brand reputation. The conversation contrasts affiliate marketing with influencer marketing, noting that while influencer marketing is trendy, affiliate marketing offers performance-based benefits that are often overlooked. This episode underscores the importance of adopting a strategic approach to affiliate marketing and advises leaders to consider the potential of affiliate programs to boost their business's digital presence and direct traffic. 
     
    Takeaways: 
    1. Form Strategic Partnerships with Affiliates: Instead of relying solely on competitive bidding in search engines, seek out partnership avenues with affiliates to significantly increase results.
     
    2. Integrate Affiliate Marketing into Quarterly Strategies: Make affiliate marketing a key component of your quarterly strategy to enhance brand reputation and drive direct traffic.
     
    3. Incentivize Performance-Based Bidding: Encourage affiliates to bid on a performance basis, similar to platforms like Google and Facebook, to optimize marketing investments.
     
    4. Invest in Manual Effort: Efficient affiliate marketing requires hands-on effort and can't rely on a single DSP or central platform.
     
    5. Utilize Affiliate Marketing Platforms: Explore platforms like Impact.com for managing affiliate partnerships efficiently.
     
    6. Leverage Website Traffic for Affiliate Links: Allow website owners or individuals with an audience to promote your brand using special links, offering commission on resulting transactions.
     
    7. Consider Influencer Marketing as an Extension: View influencer marketing as a form of affiliate marketing where payment is based on posts rather than performance, but be cautious in the B2B space.





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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32wWCna4zsA&feature=emb_imp_woyt 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt9eJL07ycI&feature=emb_imp_woyt 
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    YouTube: https://youtu.be/3IxbeIjfN8U 
     
    The Revenue-Driven CMO is sponsored by WebMechanix, the performance marketing agency that makes you smarter. Learn more at https://www.webmechanix.com/ 
     
    The Revenue-Driven CMO is produced by Ringmaster, on a mission to create connections through branded podcasts. Learn more at https://ringmaster.com/ 

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Illinois-RL ,

Great discussion on important topics

Really enjoy the discussions with practitioners on very relevant topics for todays marketers. Everyone can benefit from other perspectives as we all work to navigate the constant change.

CC Pod Reviews ,

Entertaining and Insightful

Entertaining and insightful interviews of top marketing leaders. I love how each episode includes nuggets of unique marketing strategy used by successful businesses to drive revenue growth.

SamLovesPodcasts ,

Awesome Marketing Insights!

Love the show and the wide range of super smart marketing leaders that Chris talks with. I’ve taken so many ideas from the conversations on this podcast and implemented them in my own work in marketing, to great results! Speaking to CMOs from both B2C and B2B companies brings to light so many great innovations and ideas from the cutting edge of the foremost marketers.

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