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One simple truth is redefining the marketing landscape: consumers are getting smarter. With businesses like Amazon setting an increasingly high bar for customer experience, doing the bare minimum is no longer enough — especially when algorithms are learning to judge website quality on how much businesses care about their customers. But with so few willing to invest in delivering quality online experiences for their customers, what’s to be done?Join hosts Siobhan Solberg and Russell McAthy as they catch up with Jono Alderson, head of SEO for Yoast, digital strategist, and award-winning marketing expert. Listen in to hear Jono’s views on prioritizing customer experience, the importance of accessibility for SEO, and why images are criminal. Plus, stay around until the end for Jono’s challenge to our listeners (it may win you a beer!)In this episode: Considering the tools and research available, does having a slow website suggest you don’t care about your customers? Are disruptive companies investing in developing fancy yet ineffective SPAs (Single Page Applications) just as bad as old-fashioned businesses that rely on outdated tech? Today, the only differentiator between brands is whether or not customers want to shop with you, so doing the bare minimum to keep your website functional is not enough. Many organizations can’t deliver quality experiences as this has never been their focus. Without an organizational restructure, site optimization is a losing battle. Are algorithmically-driven systems like Google, Meta, and Amazon preventing some brands from reaching their audiences? Site speed is about more than load time; it’s impacted by accessibility, trends, and a business’s operations, including tech stacks, leadership, and marketing strategies. Why are businesses so hesitant to invest in improving their sites and marketing, despite their importance for driving growth? If you’re reacting to what a competitor is doing, you’re already too late; businesses need to be proactive in giving their marketing teams the resources and investment they need. Website quality scores are no longer based on site speed alone but on whether a company is taking steps to improve and is considered deserving of a high ranking. How is Google’s website analysis algorithm evolving to assess whether businesses care about their customers? Site speed isn’t about customers being irritated by slow load times but reducing the friction experienced as they browse. Why do so many businesses fail to use images appropriately? A complete organizational restructure is often the best solution to a poor website quality score. But when this isn’t feasible, what are brands to do? Should we treat mobile differently from desktop, or has this separation led to businesses’ hesitancy to invest in better experiences? Resources:Jono’s websiteJono on LinkedInJono on TwitterYoast for Shopify
Taking the path of least resistance can be incredibly tempting. After all, if a solution promises to fix all your business’s problems, isn’t it worth a try? In reality, clever tools and tactics never deliver the fix-all solutions they claim to offer. Only an understanding of how our work impacts that of others, fluid communication, and a willingness to learn can improve business operations in the long term. But in a world where ego reigns supreme, how do we make communication a priority and become less reliant on tools? Simply, how do we unf*ck this process?Join me, Siobhan Solberg, and my co-host Russell McAthy as we chat with Simmer founder and digital marketing consultant Simo Ahava about all things communication and control. We get into why better communication is the solution to siloed working, the importance of prioritizing collaboration over ego, and how the server-side model can help any company within the digital space get better control of their data flows.In this episode: Are businesses too reliant on tools that promise to cure the symptoms of their problems rather than identifying the prime mover that causes them? All problems come back to two people failing to communicate their plans effectively. Stereotypes, like slow IT teams delaying marketing innovation, hold us back: how do we move on from them? How do we communicate complicated ideas and concepts around improving collaboration to all the different audiences these issues affect? To improve inter-team collaboration, egos must be dropped, barriers to cooperation removed, and company-wide goals implemented to connect siloed teams. Improving communication within micro teams is relatively simple, but how can we implement great communication structures across a large and complex organization? Could adopting agile practices be the solution to siloed working? Do consultants and agencies worried about becoming redundant prioritize protecting their tools and tactics over taking their clients on journeys? What is the function of a digital marketing consultant: to launch great campaigns or to answer questions their clients didn’t even know they were going to ask? What is server-side, and how can it help businesses control their data flows better? Browsers were previously intended to represent and protect the needs of the user. Why has this been turned upside down in recent years? What happens when businesses use server-side to try and circumvent data regulations? What GTM does well and why it should never be recommended as a blanket solution. Why it’s a red flag when vendors market their tools as 100% privacy compliant. Do companies use the server-side model to distract from the real conversations they should be having about improving their operations?
What came first, the process or the insight? In an ideal world, a business’s processes would be informed by data, with teams seeking information to help them reach pre-established goals and objectives. But when it comes to data collection, can we really understand what we want to do with this information before we have it in front of us? And as clients become increasingly concerned about maintaining growth in a changing world, how do we convince them that collecting more data isn’t a business-saving silver bullet?Join me, Siobhan Solberg, and my co-host Russell McAthy as we chat with Rick Dronkers, founder of Data to Value, about how to unf*ck marketing analytics. We get into how to get the most value out of our data, why people, not technology, are the answer to our problems, and the importance of learning to step back and embrace uncertainty. This episode is a fantastic look at the difficulties modern businesses face as technology evolves, even though we had a tech fail when we forgot to record the Zoom video (whoops).In this episode: The loop of turning data into actual value is often not completed as businesses don’t use what they collect to inform their actions. Humans seek information to help control the uncontrollable, a desire that innovative technology firms selling insights-as-a-service appeal to. Is there any truth to the idea that businesses should collect data on everything because it might be valuable in the future? Why marketers should ask themselves what real-life action they’ll take when they collect specific data rather than letting the data guide their actions. Businesses invest heavily in software because it’s perceived as a silver bullet solution, is an easier option than creating new processes, and is more controllable than people. Do businesses rely too much on oversimplified, top-level data from dashboards to inform their decision-making? To understand what data to collect, you must first understand your goals. As economic outlooks change and growth starts to slow, CMOs should focus on prioritization and goal-setting to maintain upward momentum. Data itself doesn’t improve conversion rates; instead, it provides insights that allow teams to make optimizations across processes that work together to generate growth. Clients need to better differentiate between the metrics they should be monitoring and the results they view as success. Why it’s impossible to hold a team accountable to an outcome metric and how to hold them responsible for practical output goals instead. How do we support clients concerned about privacy, an issue which increases uncertainty? Do marketers misunderstand the role of data analytics? Data is a tool to help businesses explore uncertain territories, optimize processes and answer questions. What does the future of data collection and processing look like with the rise of machine learning? Resources:Rick’s TwitterRick’s LinkedInLife after GDPR
It’s easier now than ever before for businesses to run CRO experiments, but what happens when great technology is misused? From not running enough tests to manipulating data to prove a favored hypothesis, there are many ways businesses use testing resources incorrectly — and screw up their growth in the process. So, how can we Unf*ck these issues?Join me, Siobhan Solberg, and my co-host Russell McAthy as we chat with Optimal Visit’s Optimiser in Chief, Craig Sullivan, about all things testing. We get into why there is no such thing as a ‘failed’ test, the importance of optimizing your experiment programs, and how A/B testing can help you grow better tomatoes (literally).In this episode: Many more businesses are starting to run tests, but few run enough to drive real impact. The more you test before setting updates live, the fewer mistakes you’ll make. There’s no such thing as a failed test. Tests that don’t prove your hypothesis are as valuable as ‘successful’ tests — and can actually tell you more. Tests should provide strong evidence that changing from what you’re doing now is the right idea. Hunches and leaps of faith have their merit but need to be augmented by data, not driven by assumptions. What should start-ups focus on if they don’t have adequate sample sizes or KPI outcomes? How can businesses blend qualitative and quantitative data to generate better quality ideas? Tests should never be run until a clear and measurable hypothesis that’s rooted in critical thinking has been written. Manipulating data to support your hypothesis and personal biases leads to flawed business decisions. The only way to truly understand your audience is to talk to them and run tests. Accurately and authentically representing your audience drives better results and can change the way they engage with your business. How to optimize experimentation programs in order to scale. Big decisions can’t be made based on one A/B test that fails to take into account wider contexts. Marketers should not ignore the importance of segmenting mobile and desktop users when running cross-device experiments. Why governance and transparency are the largest things to be Unf*cked in testing. Resources:Craig on LinkedInCraig on Twitter
Collecting customer data is something businesses take for granted. It’s an expectation: if they can’t gather data on their customers’ behavior online, how else are brands meant to optimize their user journeys? Yet as legal battles between Google Analytics and European data protection authorities show no signs of slowing down, global businesses risk losing access to data on a massive market. They need to reconsider their compliance strategies — and quickly. The shifting landscape of data security is impacting marketers, businesses, and consumers, but are the changes benefiting anyone?In this episode of Marketing Un*fucked, Siobhan and Russell talk to Cory Underwood, Analytics Engineer at Search Discovery, about all things privacy when it comes to marketing, legal, and analytics. Listen in as Cory shares his expert views on why brands can no longer collect data on everything and deal with compliance later, how data privacy goes beyond analytics teams to wreak havoc for marketing teams, and the rocky future of international data transfers.In this episode: The legal issues Google Analytics is facing in Europe will get worse before they get better. What is the impact on consumers when their analytics data is accessible by a foreign government? The issue extends beyond Google Analytics to become an issue of American businesses versus EU laws and regulations. Data security becomes alarmingly complex when laws and regulations differ from state to state and country to country. Will hefty fines for breaching GDPR encourage businesses to act to avoid being caught off guard? Legal councils, marketers, and IT teams must share knowledge to protect businesses and customers. Is it possible to be 100% compliant when privacy requirements evolve rapidly? A lack of clear and unbiased materials explaining the situation and its implications prevents marketers from understanding rulings. Are marketing agencies aware enough of privacy regulations to make effective decisions? The challenge of retooling systems with entirely new architectures when the rules are constantly changing. Could the cost of maintaining compliance see small businesses priced out of the market? Will we see an increase in the number of businesses building compliance teams? Businesses will need to weigh up the value of their data versus the potential risk. How differing legal language and definitions between states and countries cause confusion. Marketers need to move on from talking about third-party cookies and email open rates. Resources:Cory’s BlogCory on LinkedInCory on Twitter
Marketers often exist within a bubble that messes with their perception of their audience. They build ideas about their customers based on their own desires and preconceived notions about different segments, thinking that older audiences are slow and don’t engage with brands online. That an instant conversion is always a win. And, most dangerously, that everyone looks and acts like them.This is based on ego, not data, and is totally F*cked. But how do you move away from comfortable ideals and begin to engage with your audience in a way that drives higher lifetime value by embracing their diversity and changing behavior?Join me, Siobhan Solberg, and my co-host Russell McAthy as we speak to Janis Thomas, Ecommerce Marketing Director of Look Fabulous Forever and ex-Marketing Director at Birchbox, about everything from marketing Playboy to young men to marketing make-up to post-menopausal women.In this episode: Granular customer data that tracks journeys helps businesses attract the right sort of customers that stay long term. Content that doesn’t drive instant conversions is still a valuable part of the customer journey and can drive higher retention. Businesses should look to shift from the short-term goal of instant conversion to lifetime value. Customers that take more convincing often leave later on. Representation and accurate portrayals of real people are key when marketing to underrepresented audiences like post-menopausal women. Older audiences may take longer to make decisions and convert but are willing to push through longer page load times. While older audiences may have lower expectations of side speed and load time, it is important to give them the best possible experience in return for their loyalty. Looking at customer data can help e-commerce marketers avoid the common pitfall of believing their customer looks and acts like them. Talk to and listen to customers to get the most valuable behavioral insights via Facebook groups and research. Over 65s is one of the fastest growing markets, and their experiences should be invested in rather than only chasing Gen Y and Z. Continually learning about marketing and evolving technologies helps marketers understand their customers' journeys better and create consistency. There are company-wide benefits of engaging with marketing teams across the business and learning from each other’s work. Creating a culture where everyone can submit ideas for optimization invites ideas from people without set assumptions. Mixed ability groups create better results. Brands have a duty to support their customers through the difficult periods of life. Mentoring is important for women to take the next step up in their careers, and encourage more to consider where a board role may fit in their careers. Mentors have just as much to gain from the two-way relationship as mentees. Resources:Janis on LinkedInPublic speakingRob Jackson’s WYK DigitalLook Fabulous Forever
Small business owners often make the mistake of not fully understanding where their marketing dollars are going. This sticky issue has a fancy term: attribution marketing. That is, if you spend x amount of dollars, what’s the true return? Where are the customers coming from? How much do you need to spend for them to find you?Join me and fellow host, Russell McAthy, on Marketing Unf*cked as we talk through the analytics that can shift the needle in your business and how to identify them. Russell is a marketing attribution expert. We talk about the common pitfalls he sees business of all sizes make when trying to master the data-led approach to marketing. We’ll dig into how you can dig deep to ask the right questions to improve performance markers, the pitfalls of software like Google Analytics and the metrics you need to measure for success (and the ones to ignore!) The truth about what data-led strategic approach really means. Why it is important to be data-driven in an actionable way. Should you use opinion-based hypotheses or evidence-based decision-making to transform your marketing? The 5 whys method - How to ask the right questions to identify how to make your performance better. Identifying the levers of change in your business framework isn’t always easy. How politics in business can get in the way of your marketing strategy. Cost per acquisition vs number of returning customers - which metrics really matter? When is your business ready for the mindset change necessary to unf*ck your marketing? Google Analytics encourages you to ask the wrong marketing questions. How to identify the best program to support your marketing strategy. The difference between Google Analytics 3 and Google Analytics 4. You need other data resources to build a more holistic portrait of your marketing data. How to get the best answers from all advertising platforms. Is machine learning the only answer? Statistics on how cost per acquisition changes from new customers to returning customers. How to follow through with marketing attribution in the face of the current privacy landscape. The “cookieopolis” - do cookies still work? The pitfalls of Facebook advertising. CPM (cost per mille/impressions) model vs CPC (cost per click) model vs CPA (cost per acquisition) model - which is better?
From planting trees to fighting hunger, many companies have a cause to champion. But with so much greenwashing and virtue signaling, audiences are (understandably) suspicious. How do you build an authentic purpose into your business in the right way? And can it really help your marketing?Join me on Marketing Unf*cked as I speak with Fiona Ras-Jones, founder of the Make Impact agency, as we talk about the right ways (and wrong ways) to build a purpose-driven business.We get into the perils of greenwashing, how to measure the effects of your work, and the many benefits you can find by aligning your purpose with your business — at every possible level.In this episode: Let’s define what a purpose is, and how it impacts your business. You have to do integrate your company’s purpose throughout your entire business. Why do marketers need to have a purpose in the first place? Customers want companies they can believe in, and they are more aware than ever before. Why aren’t more marketers working on their purpose? Every good purpose aims to solve a clearly defined problem. Once you define your purpose, how do you measure its impact? What are the prerequisites you need to achieve first? When your purpose is aligned with your business, more profit also means more social impact. How do you align your purpose with your business when it comes to e-commerce? We’re all scared of doing this the wrong way...but it’s a learning process. Consider the negative impacts and side effects of your business. What are the benefits of the Theory of Change Framework? How do we communicate our positive impact to customers? Consider the power of a clear, compelling story that conveys your purpose. How do we deal with the challenges of greenwashing (and other forms of “washing”)? Don’t project perfection, but be honest and realistic about how much impact you can make right now. Resources:Fiona on LinkedInMake ImpactTheory of Change FrameworkWebsite Carbon Calculator
SEO can be defined as the practice of making your website findable on search. But there’s a lot more to it than checking a few boxes. You need good research, a holistic approach, and a consistent framework to make sure your SEO delivers results. Join me on Marketing Unf*cked as I speak with Maeva Cifuentes, content marketing specialist and founder of Flying Cat Marketing. We discuss the value of quality SEO that goes beyond keywords and backlinks to become part of a company’s very foundation. We’ll dig into how to use research and data to understand what customers need, how to build valuable content that actually works, and why you need to have an end goal from the very beginning. In this episode: Good SEO should be a core part of your business strategy.  SEO is about building assets that drive growth. Every company is different, and will need different strategies.  The best SEO is holistic, with multiple areas to balance.  Which kinds of businesses benefit most from SEO?  Start with the end goals for the company, and set KPIs based on those goals.  More traffic doesn’t mean more conversions.  Don’t focus too much on rankings, and remember to create good content.  How do we measure the ROI of our SEO?  The FGS Framework: Foundations, Growth, and Scale.  Use market research to understand the customer’s journey and pain points.  SEO strategy can help guide a company’s decisions.  Which kinds of content does your website need?  A few thoughts on landing pages, subject matter experts, and content writers. We have to help clients understand the value of SEO.  If you know where you’re going, you know what to prfioritize, and you’ll see bigger results faster. Resources:Maeva CifuentesFlying Cat MarketingThe FCM Podcast
Marketing agencies and SaaS companies can partner up to gain leads, grow revenue, and offer a better customer experience. But that’s a lot easier said than done. In many cases, software providers don’t truly understand an agency’s needs, and agencies don’t want to change the way they do things. So, how do we create two-way partnerships that benefit everyone involved?Join me on Marketing Unf*cked as I speak with marketing specialist Juliana Jackson. We discuss how to create stronger partnerships between SaaS companies and marketing agencies by using data, being kind, and forging more authentic relationships from the start.We cover how to build trust by starting small, and why a zero-expectation mindset helps form connections. We go over tips on using research, data, RFM segmentation, and tech to gain better understandings — because that leads to better relationships, better business, and better everything.In this episode: When SaS companies don’t understand agencies, prospecting can come across like spam. If software providers talk to agencies, they can learn what their interests are. Develop a mindset of helping others without expecting anything in return. Data is important, but remember there’s always a person at the other end of the line. Before launching a full partnership, start with small collaborations to build trust. People know what works for them. Agencies may be hesitant to reinvent the way they do things. Make sure you get along, and align on values, before committing to work together. Be present, available, and helpful. It goes a long way. Customer support logs can be a goldmine of information. Track customer behavior to guide your content creation, curation, and updates. How to use RFM (recency, frequency, monetary value) segmentation to understand customer behavior. Use your tags wisely to gain new insights. Understanding your customer leads to a better relationship, which ultimately gives you better everything else. LinksJuliana JacksonThe End of Average - Todd RoseRFM Segmentation
Excellent marketers don’t just do the work — they believe in their work, support others, and create opportunities for people to thrive. If you want to show your audience you really care, you have to have some serious skin in the game. But what exactly does that mean, and how does it help you succeed?Join me on Marketing Unf*cked as I speak with Andra Zaharia, a Content Marketing specialist with cybersecurity expertise, who outlines why it’s so crucial to develop a personal stake in our work as marketers.Andra shares thoughts on educating your audience, Customer Development Interviews, investing in yourself, the value of human connection, and why in this industry you absolutely have to eat your own dog food in order to thrive.In this Episode: As marketers, we have to put skin in the game. That means having a personal stake in our work. Excellent leaders support others, and create opportunities for people to thrive. Our work is always about serving someone. Those who do it best care about the issues they’re trying to solve. Blanket models are not enough, because every audience is different. People are looking for specific information, not generic concepts. To better understand your audience, eat your own dog food. Do our customers always want to be educated? It depends. Ask yourself what kind of customers you want — and build a relationship with them. Investing in yourself helps you understand how other people think, create more empathy, and connect more directly. How the Jobs-to-be-Done framework helps you serve your customers. The benefits and insights of Customer Development Interviews. Immediate goals versus deeper emotional goals. Pain and happiness are the essential drivers for our decisions. You can’t make much headway without talking to people. Personal experience is more powerful than information alone, and keeps us connected to our customers. Find Andra:on LinkedINon Twitteron her Websiteand make sure to check out her podcast Cyber Empathy
How can we be more inclusive in our marketing, intentionally? What steps can we take to choose an audience, make them feel seen, and avoid excluding others along the way? Join me on Marketing Unf*cked as I speak with Sonia Thompson, an inclusive marketing strategist and consultant. She helps brands win customers by delivering inclusive and remarkable experiences that make them feel like they belong. Tune in to learn how to create an authentic and inclusive marketing plan that connects with your audience, and can grow along with your business. Sonia shares her 5 Degrees of Inclusivity, the importance of knowing your values, and how all of this will make your brand more successful — in more ways than one.In this episode: Brands unintentionally exclude people, because they don’t decide who they want to specifically include. How can you re-think customer personas to better address the needs of your audience? Start small, be realistic about who you can serve now, and scale as you grow. Inclusive marketing isn’t about including everybody every time, it’s about intentionality. What can you do to make sure your audience feels seen in your marketing materials? You can serve a specific audience while still welcoming others. How to choose who to serve with your brand. Sonia’s 5 Degrees of the Inclusivity Spectrum. How does better inclusion affect the success of your overall business? Inclusion and customer experience are intertwined. To create an inclusive marketing plan that sticks, you have to align it with your values, and apply it to all aspects of your business.
Words are powerful. As marketers, we know this is true. Yet so many businesses struggle to find the right message. If you want to unfuck your messaging, you’ve got to lead with the customer.   So, what does this mean, exactly? Messaging Strategist and Conversion Copywriter, (and the founder of Lion Words), Diane Wiredu, reveals everything you need to know about creating customer-focused messages in this episode of Marketing Unfucked. Diane helps scaling SaaS and B2B companies simplify their message, attract more perfect-fit customers and get better results from their marketing. With a focus on customer research and brand strategy, she blends the art of storytelling with conversion-focused techniques to help her clients stand out from the crowd. Tune in to find out how to get inside your customers’ minds so that you can create powerful messaging that speaks to your ideal customer.   In this episode: ·      00:25 – Why your marketing messages should always ‘lead with the customer’·      01:08 – The problem with copying your competitors instead of sharing messages your customers need to hear·      03:11 – How fear stops marketers from creating truly unique messaging ·      04:35 – Why you need to focus on a specific message that speaks to your target customer·      06:01 – What it means to ‘start small’ when it comes to your messaging·      07:33 – How to identify and create an ideal customer persona·      09:09 – How Diane helps business owners identify their customer persona·      11:43 – The benefits of supplying copywriters with additional information ·      15:32 – Tips to help you focus your messaging on the customer·      17:32 – How and why you should validate your messaging·      18:55 – How to unfuck your marketing by delivering customer-focused messages  If you enjoyed this episode and want more insider tips to help you unfuck your marketing and run a business that gives a shit, please subscribe to the Marketing Unfucked podcast. Resources: ·      Jobs-to-be-Done Framework·      LionWords website ·      Newsletter sign-up·      LinkedIn (Diane Wiredu)·      Twitter (@dianewiredu)·      Free resource: Voice Of Customer research template + interview and survey questions·      Free resource: 27-point High-Converting Landing Page Checklist  
Ever wonder if there are any principals that can guide an organization way to being better?Join me on Marketing Unf*cked as I speak with Tim Frick, advocate for the responsible, equitable, and sustainable use of design and technology, about Corporate Digital Responsibility and itss 7 principals.In this weeks episode we cover: the 7 principals of Corporate Digital Responsibility using b-corp assessment to help understand impact the importance of aligning your story how marketing can avoid green-washing, woke-washing, rainbow-washing... the affect of digital on the environment - no, it's not all good! where the team the created CDR envisions it going in the long term Resources mentioned on this episode: Tim Frick on LinkedIn Tim Frik on Twitter What is Corporate Digital Responsibility? (blog) 7 Core CDR Principles (blog) CDR Infographic (PNG file) CDR webinar (YouTube Video) Mighty Bytes Code of Ethics  CDR Manifesto (page on a full blog dedicated to CDR)
What is the key role of marketers today? Is it to generate leads for the sales team, or strategically position the company to win? Discover the answer in this episode of Marketing Unfucked featuring my special guest, Derek A. Lackey.  Derek is the Managing Director of Newport Thomson, a company that seeks to assist marketers to update their data practices to comply with new privacy and data protection laws around the world – including the new privacy regulations in Canada. Tune in to learn how to market to consumers while respecting their data and privacy. You’ll also find out why Derek believes that the secret to unfucking our marketing starts with respecting your customer’s data and privacy. In this episode: ·      00:25 – Derek shares why marketers have become digital executioners rather than strategic marketers·      01:21 – Why the key role for marketers should be to strategically position the company to produce results·      04:50 – Why companies should consider dividing marketing from digital marketing teams·      06:22 – How marketers can gain consumer’s consent·      07:32 – Derek talks about Canada’s new privacy regulations and how it will impact how we market to consumers·      10:50 – The problem with the lack of creative thinking in digital advertising·      12:57 – Will personalized marketing have a place in the future of digital advertising and marketing?·      15:31 – Derek shares his top tips for marketing in Canada in light of the new privacy regulations·      17:04 – The best consent management tools for marketers·      19:40 – How better consent management can help increase consumers' trust in a company·      21:25 – Why more companies need to use legitimate interest·      25:37 – How legal oversight can damage your customer relationships·      27:34 – Derek reveals how he would fix the problem with today’s marketing industry If you enjoyed this episode and want more insider tips to help you unfuck your marketing and run a business that gives a shit, please subscribe to the Marketing Unfucked podcast. Resources: ·      Newport Thomson·      Best of Privacy·      Connect with Derek on LinkedIn·      Follow Marketing Unfucked on LinkedIn·      CassieMailchimp
Do you want to know why your website isn’t performing as well as you hoped?  Dennis van der Heijden, Founder and CEO of, warns marketers that neglecting to measure performance could send your business down the crapper…  Alright, maybe he didn’t say those exact words… but he did raise some important points around measuring and A/B testing. Don’t be fooled into thinking that measuring performance is only for businesses with tonnes of traffic! It isn’t. You should still measure even if you don’t get a lot of traffic. Find out why in this episode of Marketing Unfucked featuring my special guest, Dennis van der Heijden. I promise that by the end of this episode, you’ll be ready to start experimenting and making data-driven decisions to help unfuck your marketing. In this episode: ·      00:35 – The consequences of not measuring the effectiveness of your marketing and ‘going blind’·      01:33 – Dennis shares some intriguing examples of times when marketers are going blind but pretend that they aren’t·      03:52 – Why you should be willing to keep trying and learning as you go·      04:49 – The ‘right’ approach to unfuck your marketing and why you should trust ‘the hunch’·      05:33 – The value of quantitative measurement and how big brands (like Amazon and Netflix) have perfected their approach·      07:54 – How to measure if you haven’t got a lot of traffic (yet!)·      10:24 – The first steps to accurately measure your marketing ·      12:15 – Why you need to set a ‘big goal’ before you start A/B testing·      14:36 – Dennis reveals a simple starting strategy to help marketers measure effectively·      15:57 – Why you should try to learn something from your failed A/B tests and experiments·      20:50 – Dennis talks about why people aren’t measuring ·      24:30 – What you stand to lose if you don’t measure If you enjoyed this episode and want more insider tips to help you unfuck your marketing and run a business that gives a shit, please subscribe to the Marketing Unfucked podcast. Resources ··      Dennis’ LinkedIn profile
When was the last time you invested in a content audit for your website? A good content audit will help you decide which content to keep, re-write, update, or delete. If you keep convincing yourself that a content audit isn’t necessary, this episode of the Marketing Unf*cked podcast will change your mind. My guest in this episode, Lauren Pope, is an independent content strategist who knows how to help marketers like you get the right content to the right person at the right time. She shares insider tips on how auditing your content can improve your accessibility, authenticity, and sustainability.  Listen in to find out how performing a content audit can unf*ck your marketing and stay tuned until the end for Lauren’s top three tips to make your content more user-friendly, accessible, and inclusive. In this episode: ·      00:29 – Why marketing professionals need to focus more on doing less and sustainability·      01:09 – How to be more sustainable when it comes to your content strategy·      02:25 – How user research helps marketers slow down and become more sustainable·      03:58 – Why it’s important to carry out a content audit and make sure your content is always relevant·      06:14 – What to look out for when running a content audit on your website·      07:28 – How auditing your content can improve your authenticity and sustainability ·      08:56 – How content audits can help determine if your website is accessible and inclusive·      09:34 – How deleting irrelevant content will impact your SEO·      11:27 – Tips for building a content strategy following an audit·      13:00 – How Lauren builds a content strategy from start to finish·      14:03 – How to make sure you’re delivering the right solutions for the user while also considering company stakeholders·      15:11 – The consequences of not auditing and strategically thinking about your content·      16:07 – Lauren shares some stories that’ll make you think twice about skipping your next audit!·      18:26 – Three things you can do to make your content more user-friendly, accessible, and inclusive If you enjoyed this episode and want more insider tips to help you unfuck your marketing and run a business that gives a shit, please subscribe to the Marketing Unf*cked podcast. Resources: ·      LaPope Website·      Sign up to Lauren’s Ten Things Newsletter·      Download Lauren’s Toolkits·      Lauren’s LinkedIn·      Lauren’s Twitter 
Did you know that many of the emails you receive from organizations contain tiny spy pixels?  Dave Smyth, Designer, and Developer at Scruples Studio joins the Marketing Unf*cked podcast to discuss how organizations use ‘spy pixels’ to send your email data back to the original sender - and the steps you can take to protect your privacy. Spy pixels relay private information about how you engage and interact with your emails back to the original sender. These sneaky little pixels can log information such as if and when an email is opened, what device was used to open it, and some can even access a rough estimate of your physical location using your IP (internet protocol) address. Listen to this episode of the Marketing Unf*cked podcast to hear what Dave has to say about spy pixels, including how to eliminate them from your emails. In this episode: ·      00:24 – How spy pixels are used to collect data ·      01:03 – What information spy pixels relays back to the original sender  ·      02:09 – How Dave learned the truth about the privacy implications of spy pixels ·      03:33 – Alternative methods to track open rates while preserving the user’s privacy·      05:23 – How to block spy pixels·      06:43 – Why tracking open rates accurately may no longer be a viable option for marketers·      08:05 – How marketers can optimize their email marketing strategies·      09:31 – How marketers can eliminate spy pixels from their emails·      10:14 – Signs that could reveal whether or not your emails are tracked by spy pixels·      11:10 – How users can prevent organizations from including spy pixels in their emails·      13:12 – How to address the issue of spy pixels with small businesses·      14:43 – Examples of email marketing software that you can use as a marketer that makes it easy to remove spy pixels  If you enjoyed this episode and want more insider tips to help you unfuck your marketing and run a business that gives a shit, please subscribe to the Marketing Unf*cked podcast. Resources: ·      Mailchimp·      ConvertKit ·      Buttondown·      MailerLite·      Revue·      Dave’s website·      Dave’s Twitter· 
Are you guilty of trying to get your customers to do things that, deep down, they don’t want to do? You’d be surprised at how many marketers are guilty of this, whether they do it intentionally or not.  Stéphane Hamel is a seasoned digital marketing and analytics consultant, innovator, keynote speaker, pre-seed investor, and start-up & agency advisor. He joins the very first episode of the Marketing Unf*cked podcast to discuss how marketers can unf*ck their marketing by focusing less on automated chatbots and more on building trust with customers. Tune in to rediscover the true value of building a trust-based relationship with customers and why this may be the secret ingredient missing from your existing marketing recipe. In this episode: ·      01:06 – The importance of developing trust with your customers·      01:38 – Whether automation is effective at delivering personalized emails or not·      03:43 – How to build trust with customers and retrieve essential data to help build powerful marketing campaigns·      05:36 – Why brands need to focus on being transparent with their customers·      07:00 – How to gain a customer’s trust·      10:51 – The problem with GDPR cookie banners ·      12:54 – The hard truth about why so many marketers use ad and cookie blockers ·      14:20 – What marketers are doing ‘wrong’ with the data they collect·      17:04 – How to avoid making the same mistakes as Cambridge Analytica·      18:58 – Why marketers need to put themselves in the shoes of their users If you enjoyed this episode and want more insider tips to help you unfuck your marketing and run a business that gives a shit, please subscribe to the Marketing Unf*cked podcast. Resources: ·      Stéphane’s website·      Stéphane’s Twitter·      Stéphane’s LinkedIn·      Brave
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