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Why You Should Move the Marketing Team into the Finance Office

Why You Should Move the Marketing Team into the Finance Office

Mar 28, 2019 by Photo of 454 Creative454 Creative in Lean Marketing Framework

We often think of marketing and finance as being worlds apart from each other. Thoughts of the finance team conjure old stereotypes of men and women in their professional suits, pouring over spreadsheets, hopelessly chained to their 10-key calculators. And then there’s the marketing department. Creative and care-free, the marketing department has a dress code of their own, working on the umpteenth revision of the website, and is in love with their latest and greatest campaign.

While both are essential business functions, marketing and finance can exist in parallel dimensions and seldom interact. However, this way of working is outdated, inefficient and painfully wasteful. The new paradigm of marketing is moving from communication and promotion into one of being a predictable driver of growth for the organization.

454 Podcast - The Vision behind Rockharbor’s New Website

454 Podcast - The Vision behind Rockharbor’s New Website

Mar 06, 2019 by Photo of 454 Creative454 Creative in CEO Coaching

Welcome to Episode 2 of our podcast - In this episode, we'll learn how our team at 454 Creative worked alongside Rockharbor Church to help them reimagine their content strategy and develop a dynamic new website.  Paul sits down with Chad Coltman, Director of Operations, Joe Benson, Director of Technology, Josh Philips, Graphic Design and Parker Munson, Content Manager, to discuss how our Web Audit and Assessment processes and Lean Marketing Framework principles transformed how their team thinks about their online presence.

Start At Zero - Budgeting & Strategic Planning for the New Year

Start At Zero - Budgeting & Strategic Planning for the New Year

Dec 19, 2018 by Photo of 454 Creative454 Creative in Lean Marketing Framework

As you begin your annual marketing strategy and budgeting process, consider pushing reset and start at zero for both strategy and budgeting.

Implementing Lean Marketing: Basic Principles To Get Started

Implementing Lean Marketing: Basic Principles To Get Started

Nov 05, 2018 by Photo of 454 Creative454 Creative in Lean Marketing Framework

Congratulations on making the first steps to implement Lean Marketing at your organization. We’ve put together this guide as a way to bring clarity to the operating principles and job function for the marketing team. However, these principles have broad benefit to the entire organization and should be implemented cohesively with the leadership team. Learn the system and execute with diligence. Occasionally, omitting a single step can invalidate the entire system

Why your marketing should be operating in Sprints.

Why your marketing should be operating in Sprints.

Oct 22, 2018 by Photo of 454 Creative454 Creative in Lean Marketing Framework

Most organizations have a "hunker down and get stuff done" philosophy.  Here’s why sprints have HUGE advantages for your marketing team compared to a traditional "get it done" structure.

Last Chance Email For Sales Accepted Leads

Last Chance Email For Sales Accepted Leads

Sep 11, 2018 by Photo of Paul BresendenPaul Bresenden in CEO Coaching

In almost every decision, someone is pushing on “yes” and someone is pushing on “no”.  In sales, we assume that it’s the salesperson’s role to push on “yes”.  However, the position of power lies with the ability to say “no”.

Our CEO’s Must-Read Book Recommendations

Our CEO’s Must-Read Book Recommendations

Sep 10, 2018 by Photo of 454 Creative454 Creative in CEO Coaching

Many CEO's have an incredible obsession with learning. Our CEO, Paul Bresenden, is no exception. On average, PB reads a new book every week. Here are his “must-read” recommendations for 2018.

How to Keep Your Sales Process from Being Hijacked by “Potential” Partnerships

How to Keep Your Sales Process from Being Hijacked by “Potential” Partnerships

Aug 08, 2018 by Photo of 454 Creative454 Creative in CEO Coaching

We are always getting calls and emails from different people that are wanting to become referral sources. Unfortunately, these introductions pose as prospects and have been taking up more and more of our partners time. It seems to be a waste of time, rarely do they actually refer clients or the the people they refer are not a good fit for us. Keep your sales process from being hijacked by "potential" partnerships.

What you should know about GDPR

What you should know about GDPR

May 01, 2018 by Photo of 454 Creative454 Creative in CEO Coaching

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an important regulation coming through the European Union that all organizations in the United States should be prepared for. With less than a month left until the deadline for compliance on May 25th, 2018, 454 Creative’s CEO, Paul Bresenden, has put together a video on transactional vs. promotional emails, data collection, and how GDPR affects your business directly.

454 Podcast - Why “No” is our second favorite answer with Chris Jennings

454 Podcast - Why “No” is our second favorite answer with Chris Jennings

Apr 05, 2018 in CEO Coaching

Welcome to Episode 1 of our podcast. Join us as Paul sits down with Chris Jennings of Sandler Sales Institute to discuss some of the finer points of how to approach sales from a consultative position. Chris's systematic approach to sales puts the clients' best interest first and empowers the sales person to properly navigate business development conversations to quickly reach a "Yes" or "No."

The Truth About Yelp

The Truth About Yelp

Nov 30, 2015 in CEO Coaching

For customers, Yelp can be the difference between a great meal and a bad night. For business owners, it can be a repuation nightmare with a high cost. Find out the truth about Yelp and what you can do to protect your business.