Sarah Whipp on the 3 Things CMOs Should Be Talking About
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Sarah Whipp on the 3 Things CMOs Should Be Talking About

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Transforming and building marketing into something that delivers value is no easy feat for CMOs. Chief Marketing Officers are challenged daily to align their entire marketing departments with the business strategy, rather than operate adjacent from it. Oftentimes, the role is much more a science than an art and it changes all the time.

On this episode of Stuff You Should Know About Our Changed New World, Sarah Whipp, CMO and Head of Go-To-Market Strategy at Callsign sits down with host Colin Day, Managing Director EMEA at Oktopost to share a typical day in the life of a Chief Marketing Officer. The conversation centers around CMOs building, curating and maintaining a brand with a focus on messaging.

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Key Take-Aways from Sarah Whipp:

Focus on Company Goals

Rather than operating adjacent from the business, CMOs can align their initiatives with management by focusing on company goals.

From there, put marketing practices in place to be measured on outcomes.

For instance, start with walking through how the C-suite should understand measuring marketing. Marketing KPIs should be directly correlated to the goals of the organization.

In addition, by getting the organization on the same page about marketing metrics, defending the marketing budget and choosing budget safe tools, like Oktopost, become much easier when teams are aligned.

Effectively Communicate, Internally

Consider how marketers present their ideas.

Instead of giving lengthy presentations, or fluffy word clouds, CMOs can guide their marketers to better navigate what marketing contributes to the company by keeping it simple. Create presentations that are one page only. As Sarah Whipp shares,

“It all comes down to being able to communicate effectively internally. Simplify your plan or go-to-market strategy to only a page. Get it down to one page because then people remember it.”

A one page plan becomes much more effective for others in the organization to understand marketing needs, resources, and just how much the marketing department is a necessity in the organization. Leadership is able to take the marketing team more seriously because the marketing department is now speaking their language.

Get the Message Right

CFOs are looking to save money and CEOs are looking at ROI. The most effective CMO understands how to impress them both by getting the messaging right. the context in which their company’s products and services have value and hones in on the message. If marketers are unable to answer the following questions, than the sale will fail:

  • How will CFOs save money by purchasing your product or service?
  • Why is your product or service an essential part for the organization?

The challenge for many marketing departments today is that all brands are all currently going after the same small amount of channels. But marketers who get their messaging right will see higher returns from their marketing activities.

Once messaging is on point, the channel will come. Yet if the message does not exist, the content will continue to hinder any impact on company goals.

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