October 10, 2018
The State (and Future) of Digital Marketplaces
B2B Marketing for high-growth companies is hard: marketers are expected to find that magic bullet that drives sales velocity, with limited chips and a fail-fast but not-often, ethos. My bestie Jeff Nolan, Venture Capitalist-turned marketing operator and I have put our heads together over the years to cook the most complex, elaborate menus. And so we decided to apply the same rigor to this conundrum. The problem is that we’re both cheap bas%$#ds, always looking for a deal, so we knew that we wanted a return of 10x for what we would put in.
Here’s the hypothesis:
We sensed that if we could expand the pool of fiddlers and tinkerers and testers and hackers across marquee B2B SaaS startups and leverage the success of one, for the benefit of the collective, we would significantly improve marketing velocity. If we pulled this off, we’d end up de-risking the work of individual teams, and at the same time, significantly improving the odds of finding and employing methods and emerging tools that have legs. With the risk now spread out between high growth teams, yet equal gain for each from the wins, this could be a 10x idea.
And so we decided that a working session between our marketing and SDR professionals needs to happen – a forum where tactical teams could discuss clever, sneaky, cheap, high-velocity tactics and use of tools across content marketing, growth marketing, product marketing and outbound sales.
What started as a simple meet up between our marketing teams blew up into a few more companies coming together. And so we decided to give it a name.
Enter DemandFest 2017.
Is this a one-trick pony or will there be a repeat act? We don’t know. But we’re at capacity without even really advertising the event and we’re about to find out how good it will be. All I know is that a bunch of super smart doers put the agenda together based on what they wanted to share and learn.
It’s going to be a hoot.
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