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The One Question To Ask Your First Marketing Hire

If you’re a startup founder who’s looking for someone to build your team, what do you look for in your first marketing hire? It’s a tough question. Before you start holding interviews for your first marketing hire, ask yourself this: what is the purpose marketing in the first place?

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Does a Great Brand Name Even Matter?

What does every (good) marketer do to develop a new brand? They spend time (and lots of it) trying to come up with a brilliant and unforgettable name. But despite all that hard work, great brands often die. Meanwhile, some brands that eschewed the traditional naming process manage to last decades. Is that fair? Not

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How To Stay Motivated During A Pivot

I originally wrote this as a piece for Huffington Post, which you can find here. Startups face no shortage of uncertainty, and nothing creates more uncertainty than going through a pivot. A pivot can be a soul-wrenching, sleepless, and hair-pulling ordeal that can leave you feeling like the whole startup thing was never worth it.

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Should You Hire a Marketing Agency For Your Startup?

One of the defining characteristics of a startup is that you never seem to have enough people to get everything done. Marketing is no exception. The desire for extra marketing help is always going to be there, whether you’re a team of one or one hundred. While recognizing that you need to add manpower is simple, deciding whether

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