- Developing an Outside-In Customer-Centric Mindset
Starting with our customer in mind sounds obvious, but it’s unfortunately not our default. When we get stuck on the autopilot of our day-to-day roles, we begin with our inside-out mindset. But Johann Wrede, CXO of Emburse, believes an outside-in mindset can set your company apart. In this episode, Johann shares what gets unlocked when organizations think about the customer first, how to be an agent of customer-centric change in your company, and how to change your own mindset.41m | Sep 20, 2023
- G2’s Katlin Hess on the Untapped Power of Customer Reviews
All marketers know customer reviews are essential—but G2’s Katlin Hess believes they’re still an untapped goldmine. In this episode, Katlin dives into how the voice of your customer can be a differentiator, how to handle negative reviews, and tactical advice for how to get every part of your organization to care about the customer.35m | Sep 6, 2023
- Author Rod Cherkas on Why Marketing Should Have a Bigger Post-Sale Role
The advent of customer marketing has shown why marketing’s role shouldn’t stop after the sale. Unfortunately, not enough companies are getting on board. But author Rod Cherkas believes that should change. In this episode, Rod shows how marketers’ skill sets nicely mesh with customer success teams, why our existing customers are currently the best source of new bookings, and he dives into his book, The Chief Customer Officer Playbook.40m | Aug 30, 2023
- A Deep Dive Into the B2B Buying Disconnect
Every year, TrustRadius releases their B2B Buying Disconnect report that shows the misalignment between buyers and sellers. In this episode, we sit down with Allyson Havener, VP of marketing at TrustRadius, to discuss the report in depth, diving into the voice of the customer, marketing resources that make a difference with buyers, and why CFOs are more involved than ever.41m | Aug 9, 2023
- Yes, and Marketing: Unleashing Creativity and Adaptability Through Improv
Great creatives learn from those outside their field. But can marketers really learn anything from improv? Lauren Turner, Director of Customer Marketing at Alyce, believes they can.
In this episode, we talk about how Lauren first started bringing her learnings from improv into the marketing world, how improv can lead to more active listening (which can help you connect more deeply with your customers), and how it’s helped Lauren not be afraid to take risks.40m | Jul 26, 2023
- Empower Your Customers and Grow Your Business Through Customer Education
Many companies have some form of customer education—whether onboarding or knowledge bases—but not many are truly going all in. Mark Kilens (CMO of Airmeet) believes that’s a big miss.
In this episode, Mark shares his experiences building HubSpot academy, thoughts on why more companies aren’t investing in customer education, and some aspirational examples of companies who are nailing it.38m | May 31, 2023
- How to Drive Advocacy Across Your Entire Organization
Advocacy is often thought of as just a marketing responsibility—but it doesn't have to. In this episode, Julie Norquist Roy outlines why advocacy can truly impact every part of the organization, gives ideas for how to align sales and CS to this more customer-centric view, and shares why we lose focus on our customers.32m | May 11, 2023
- Why the Traditional Sales Funnel Is Outdated (and Its Customer-Centric Replacement)
According to Jeff Pedowitz (author of F the Funnel), the traditional funnel is outdated. It simply doesn't reflect the way modern consumers want to buy. Luckily, he believes there's a better way. In this episode, Jeff shares why the funnel isn't living up to expectations, walks us through his customer-centric replacement, and outlines how to put the customer at the center of your universe.43m | Apr 28, 2023
- 10 Low-Cost Ways to Launch a Customer Marketing Program
Looking to start a customer marketing program but don’t have the budget? No problem. Michelle Randall, CMO at Playvox, shares 10 ways to start a customer marketing program with just a little elbow grease.38m | Apr 6, 2023
- Unwrapping the Art of Customer Gift Giving
Looking to give gifts to your customers but don't have the budget of Oprah? Reputation's Cassie Sneed has you covered. In this episode, Cassie shares insights on the perfect times in the customer journey to give gifts, the types of gifts that are most impactful for different customer groups, and how to think about gift giving on tight budgets.41m | Mar 24, 2023
- HubSpot’s Natalie Gullatt on How to Overcome Advocacy Fatigue
When you find a customer willing to be an advocate, how often do you overuse that relationship? Probably way too often. HubSpot’s Natalie Gullatt has seen it throughout her career and has found ways to avoid advocacy fatigue.
In this episode, we chat about how to build meaningful reciprocal relationships with customers, how to ensure we aren’t burning out relationships with too many one-sided asks, and even how to get around PR and legal department roadblocks.41m | Feb 3, 2023
- Best-Selling Author Brent Adamson on How Sales and Marketing Can Better Support Customers
Your approach to B2B sales and marketing is becoming obsolete. But best-selling author Brent Adamson thinks the better way involves customer confidence. In this episode, we discuss how marketing and sales teams can operate differently to better serve prospects, how organizations can potentially completely rework their go-to-market strategy by reorganizing teams, and how to improve the likelihood that your customers feel great about their purchasing decisions.48m | Jan 13, 2023
- How GitHub Elevates Their Customers and Creates Unrivaled Content (at the Same Time)
GitHub’s The ReadME Project takes a unique approach to brand-based marketing and is perhaps the next evolution in customer marketing: giving your customers incredibly valuable resources without expecting anything back. In this episode, we sit down with GitHub’s Virginia Bryant and Robb Mapp to discuss this content initiative, how to create content that’s valuable to your customers, and how to make your customers want to provide you with user-generated content.
Read more about The ReadME Project here: https://github.com/readme/38m | Dec 9, 2022
- How B2B Buyer Journeys Are Changing and How Content Can Keep Up
Sam Shepler, CEO of Testimonial Hero, believes the B2B buyer journey has changed. More than ever, prospects want to self-serve, not be led by a salesperson. So how can our content adapt?
In this episode, Sam dives into this new buyer’s journey, how snackable and candid content can serve our prospects, and the power of video testimonials.30m | Dec 2, 2022
- How to Close the Loop on Customer Feedback (and Why It’s So Important)
Customers give you feedback—and then what? To get ahead, Airbnb’s Raj Sivasubramanian believes you need to close the loop on customer feedback. In this episode, Raj shares why so many companies fail to close the loop, how closing the loop can mean different things, and shares a video feedback program he spearheaded at Airbnb to help bring more empathy to customer feedback.31m | Sep 23, 2022
- How to Start and Grow Your Customer Advocacy Program
How valuable are customer marketing programs, and how do you get started? This episode’s guest, Steve George, Global Director of Customer Marketing and Community at Insider, shares advice on choosing the right person to lead an advocacy program, on different job types you might need to hire as you grow, and his three-step framework for building a program.43m | Aug 19, 2022
- The Importance of Diversity in Customer Storytelling—and Our Teams
Most of us in customer marketing claim to want more diversity in our organizations, but are we doing enough to make it happen?
In this week’s episode, Pascale Royal, Director of Executive Customer Programs at Coupa Software, talks about the impact of this lack of diversity on our customers, how featuring different groups of people can unlock more powerful stories, and how diverse teams can lead to better products—and businesses.36m | Aug 12, 2022
- When to Focus on Metrics in Your Community Program
Metrics matter in a community program, but what matters most is what and when you measure.
In this episode, Jae Washington, Senior Community Manager at Headspace, talks about long-term thinking, the fundamentals of community building, and how a customer community can impact every part of your business.34m | Aug 5, 2022
- The Most Important Part of the Customer Journey Might Be Onboarding. Do It Right
Everyone knows customer onboarding is important. But did you know poor onboarding is the cause of massive amounts of churn? In this episode, customer onboarding expert Donna Weber shares why customer-facing teams are so siloed, why onboarding happens before you close the sale, and her Orchestrated Onboarding™ framework to nail onboarding every time.29m | Jul 22, 2022
- Asana’s Joshua Zerkel on How to Build a B2B Community with a B2C Feel
You might think you need to approach B2B and B2C communities differently. Asana’s Joshua Zerkel rejects this, calling it a “false distinction.” He believes B2B communities can have the same fun, engagement, and feel of B2C communities. In this episode, Joshua shares how any B2B brand can cultivate a B2C-style community, how their Asana Together community helps drive meaningful impact, and some fun things they’ve built in their community that have resonated with their audience.39m | Jul 6, 2022