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The Makeshift CMO: Marketing, Growth & Business Podcast For Early Stage Founders & Teams

The Makeshift CMO: Marketing, Growth & Business Podcast For Early Stage Founders & Teams

By Bruce Chen

This podcast is the founder's cheat code to understand marketing beyond unexplainable jargon. We talk about marketing as a strategic function and how it makes a true impact on an early-stage startup.

We don't just cover pure marketing, we also cover how marketing works with other startup functions such as sales, operations, product and more. We also do interviews with other startup founders and talk all things marketing, business and growth.

If you're a founder, this is the podcast you have been waiting for.

No fluff. Just value.
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The State of Prop Tech & How You Can Take "Agency" Tactics and Scale it into a Specialized Mar Tech Company
The State of Prop Tech & How You Can Take "Agency" Tactics and Scale it into a Specialized Mar Tech Company
In this episode, Bruce has on Joshua Lipton, his buddy from the Prop Tech world who has transitioned from marketing, to sales, to Director of Product & Operations at Rentsync, which turned from a Marketing Agency to a Prop Tech, SaaS company that is a leader in multifamily marketing software & services, with 20000+ properties on the platform and over five million leads generated annually. As we go on this episode, Josh and Bruce geek out over the prop tech market, talk career changes and talk about the differences between true SaaS GTM and how to transition out of an agency to a repeatable, SaaS model. "It's never going to be perfect. But I'd rather have a really good product 85% of the way there today, than a 100% perfect product 2 years from now." Josh Lipton, Rentsync: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshua-lipton-9756778a/  Read about how Rentsync is disrupting to the prop tech/long term rental space: https://www.rentsync.com/resources/blog
50:14
November 26, 2022
The Lifecycle of an Email Marketer's Career, AKA How to Progress to Lifecycle Marketing Like a Boss with Lauren Lord
The Lifecycle of an Email Marketer's Career, AKA How to Progress to Lifecycle Marketing Like a Boss with Lauren Lord
In this episode, I thought I was going to talk to Lauren about email marketing and just simply ask her to define lifecycle marketing. Instead, we stump each other a bunch on tough questions on what lifecycle marketing actually is, how she conducts her tests and how she works with her internal teams to make it really happen. "At the end of the day, lifecycle marketing is about to try and provide an amazing, valuable experience for users and customers. If you do that, the KPIs, the money and revenue will follow. Provide value, don't take. I think in marketing in general, what value can you provide up front?" Take five minutes to be intentional about your time this week. Get in touch with Lauren Lord: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/laurenlord
49:14
October 11, 2022
How to Find the Value in Ungated Content & Marketing to Sellers with Camille Trent, Dooly
How to Find the Value in Ungated Content & Marketing to Sellers with Camille Trent, Dooly
Camille Trent it the Head of Content, AKA "that one girl from dully or something" who unlike most marketers, MATH was her best subject growing up. Perhaps that's what's given her her analytical, scienc-y approach to copy and content writing. Camille works with Dooly leading their content strategy, content marketing and copywriting. In this episode we take a deep dive through Cam's interesting work history: going from a bank to Marketer Hire to Dooly, while balancing her time as a freelancing, copywriting expert.  Learn more about what Dooly does at: https://www.dooly.ai/ Connect with Cam at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/camillehansentrent/
39:15
September 25, 2022
Fighting Inequality and Creating A Better Workforce With Jake Hirsch-Allen, LinkedIn
Fighting Inequality and Creating A Better Workforce With Jake Hirsch-Allen, LinkedIn
Great episode alert!!! In this episode, Bruce chats with Jake Hirsch-Allen. Jake works with North America's governments, workforce development organizations, colleges, and universities to leverage LinkedIn Talent Solutions to close skills gaps and increase sustainable employment. His goal is to expand economic opportunities for every member of the workforce. He has an incredibly interesting background as a connector, a former lawyer, and a community builder. If you want to connect with Jake, you can do so on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jakehirschallen/ Other projects that Jake is involved in: Workforce and academia at https://www.readworks.org/ Creator advisor at https://www.hireguide.com/
45:04
April 03, 2022
Social Impact, Marketing and Brand Strategy and Merger Real Talk with Daniel F, King St Media
Social Impact, Marketing and Brand Strategy and Merger Real Talk with Daniel F, King St Media
In this episode, Bruce has on Daniel Francavilla, who is passionate about helping others to create social change. He's a Marketing Advisor & Brand Strategist through his own practice, Daniel Does.  After travelling to developing countries as a student, he formed a nonprofit to help children in the developing world receive an education and to empower local youth to become leaders. Today, ACCESS focuses on supporting youth who are creating their own projects and organizations for positive social change, and now offers micro-grants, hosting Bright Ideas Pitches.  His main squeeze these days is at King Street Media, after the agency he founded in 2013 was acquired in 2021. As a partner and lead strategist, he collaborates with creatives and marketers to support startups, businesses and non-profit organizations. As part of the merger, he now launched Now Impact Studio.  If anyone wants to reach Daniel...  http://danieldoes.co/marketing https://linkedin.com/in/danielfrancavilla
44:47
February 12, 2022
The Case For An MBA As a Founder with Kait M. Stephens, CEO of Brij
The Case For An MBA As a Founder with Kait M. Stephens, CEO of Brij
Brij is a software platform that powers one-touch registration & reorder to connect brands to their customers with the simple scan of a QR code. You would think it is started by some e-commerce nerd on YouTube or maybe even a college drop out, but nope!  In today's episode I sit down with Kait Stephens, CEO of Brij. She (gasp) went to college and didn't drop out (double gasp)? More than that, in fact. She went to Harvard for her MBA, with a specific mindset and idea to come out better equipped to become a startup founder.  With a background in PE and Wallstreet, and a Harvard pedigree, Kait brings firepower and a unique mindset to Foundering (yes that's now a thing). I loved this conversation as it touched on many topics including: The value of an MBA, even as Elon and Jack Ma are hating on it The value of a network, even if you don't have an MBA How to recruit talent for startups in a very specific, targeted manner
41:39
October 02, 2021
Sitting down with an actual CMO whose company just raised a Series A with Dora Du, Wynd
Sitting down with an actual CMO whose company just raised a Series A with Dora Du, Wynd
In this episode, Bruce sits down with one of the first people he has literally known, Dora Du. She is the CMO of Wynd, a clean air tech company that has gathered a team of fellow MIT, NASA engineers and renowned designers to create a clean air tech product. WYND products are sold on Amazon, their website, and more. This multitouch approach to marketing and growth has allowed Dora to parlay her experiences in the corporate world into the startup world effectively. Wynd produces smart personal air purifiers, which has given Dora an interesting product backdrop to tell an incredible story.  Want to learn more about awesome air quality? Visit: https://shop.hellowynd.com
33:59
September 11, 2021
Adopting a customer-first, insights-driven marketing approach and creating intrapreneurship with Chris Meador, Wista
Adopting a customer-first, insights-driven marketing approach and creating intrapreneurship with Chris Meador, Wista
In this episode, Bruce sits down with Chris Meador of Wistia, who joined the tech startup during a period of growth and transformation to reimagine their marketing strategy as they continued to scale. In this episode, we chat about how to revamp marketing practices and effectively transitioning marketing team to adopt a customer-first, insights-driven approach for all campaigns, leading to wins like increased lead volume increases and double digit revenue growth. We also chat about Chris' history working with Facebook, and what it means to create a "job" within a job. 
37:30
August 22, 2021
How Tech Startups Can Get Media Coverage In the Vicious World of Tech PR with Nesh Pillay, Press Pillay
How Tech Startups Can Get Media Coverage In the Vicious World of Tech PR with Nesh Pillay, Press Pillay
Bill gates, unstealable bikes, and false narratives about oneself as an entrepreneur. In this episode, Bruce has on Entrepreneur, Storyteller, and Strategic Marketer...Nesh Pillay! The Founder, the Robinhood of PR in the startup world, Nesh comes on this episode to build the business case for something that is oft disregarded in the tech startup world: PR. How do you get media coverage? How do you continue to educate and set expectations with founders that their baby (product) may not be something that the world wants to hear about? How do you convince boards and directors that getting more press and investing on PR is the BEST choice?
36:22
July 23, 2021
Growing a One-Woman Consultancy into a Team of 20 with Jackie Hermes, CEO of Accelity
Growing a One-Woman Consultancy into a Team of 20 with Jackie Hermes, CEO of Accelity
In this episode, Bruce sits down with the BOSS. Not a lady boss. Just an actual boss. I am of course talking about JACKIE HERMES. She is the Founder and CEO @ Accelity. She is the definition of "Bootstrapper" (listen to the MIDDLE about what she really means when it makes PERSONAL sacrifice for her business) I am really unsure of how a human being can have so much time to be everything she is. A growth advisor. A keynote speaker in the local area of WI. More importantly, I discovered her for her unreal advice on growing your company and frankly, your mind as an entrepreneur. Jackie is one of the most knowledgable LinkedIn microinfluencers out there for not just marketing, but how to build your personal brand. She is part of the reason why I decided to occasionally post videos of myself babbling on LinkedIn. Follow her... IG: @thejackiehermes W: jackiehermes.com OR accelitymarketing.com
42:28
June 12, 2021
Creating Community, Taking Chances and Going Big On Content with Mark Kilens of Draft
Creating Community, Taking Chances and Going Big On Content with Mark Kilens of Draft
I sit down with Mark Kilens, who is VP of Content and Community at Drift where he leads the content, events, community, and learning and development teams. He oversees Drift's content strategy, Drift Insider (35,000+ members), L&D functions, and Drift’s RevGrowth and HYPERGROWTH events. Prior to joining Drift, he served as VP and founder of HubSpot Academy. As an enthusiastic former customer, Mark joined HubSpot in 2010 as an Inbound Marketing Consultant, where he spent two years working with thousands of HubSpot customers to scale their inbound strategy. Text Mark at 978-226-6965
34:54
June 09, 2021
The Foundational Part of Startup and the Unsexy, Practical Way to Fix Your Marketing with Erin Blaskie
The Foundational Part of Startup and the Unsexy, Practical Way to Fix Your Marketing with Erin Blaskie
Bruce is pumped to have on Erin Blaskie, his original mentor in the world of tech startups when it comes to early-stage marketing. Erin is an incredibly astute, thoughtful storyteller of a marketer. She's a mother, a scrappy entrepreneur and has incredible stories of how she accidentally started working with some of the world's foremost startups through Ottawa's premier startup orgs: Telfer School of Business, L-SPARK, etc. We talk about the gritty truth of marketing and true product-revenue growth: that new acquisition channels are often overrated and most small companies are better off focusing on the foundations of their growth and marketing. You should be asking yourself: 1. Are your funnels set up properly? 2. Is your marketing website displaying the product correctly? 3. Do you know who you serve? We also talk about what it really means to set EXPECTATIONS when it comes to startup marketing hires for CEOs and CMOs. Follow Erin on everything at: https://www.erinblaskie.com/ LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/erinblaskie Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErinBlaskie Insta: https://www.instagram.com/erinblaskie
39:25
May 22, 2021
Building Marketing Teams and Certifications From Scratch with Beth Wanner, Senior Director, Product Marketing & Brand Strategy at Uberflip
Building Marketing Teams and Certifications From Scratch with Beth Wanner, Senior Director, Product Marketing & Brand Strategy at Uberflip
In this episode, Bruce sits down with Beth Wanner, a super marketer hailing from Saskatchewan who takes her history of public education marketing and communications all the way to Uberflip, a content experience platform for B2B marketers. We joke about our shared background in Telecoms (me selling crappy cellphones, her as a VP marketing for IQMetrix LOL) From a marketing side, we talk about how to get marketing a seat at the table, some of the latest product marketing trends that lead Uberflip to create their new tool, Sales Assist and much more on the team-building side of marketing. Beth is an incredibly disciplined intrapreneur; with many opportunities in her time and certainly the pedigree to start something on her own, I asked her what she would start if she had the money. Without a great answer, she bowed out, showing great restraint. The world is excited, holding their breath for what Beth will do next.  For now, she's crushing Product Marketing and Brand at Uberflip. Discover Uberflip Academy: https://academy.uberflip.com/ and check out Sales Assist on Uberflip! If you're a great marketer looking for their next role, give Beth a shout as she's always looking for great marketing talent for her team: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bethwanner/
41:43
May 05, 2021
The Tastiest Way To Run an E-Commerce Agency with Tom and Kyle of Commerce Chefs and PB+J
The Tastiest Way To Run an E-Commerce Agency with Tom and Kyle of Commerce Chefs and PB+J
In this episode, Bruce sits down with the Co-Founders of pb+j, Tom and Kyle. They are on a mission to partner with the best, bravest DTC founders to kick-a$$ and take names in e-comm.  In this episode, we... Talk about why we love Patagonia's brand so much Make bad bad jokes Talk about how Kyle and Tom fell in love (was it at first sight) Make more poor jokes that NO ONE WAS LAUGHING at (since there was no one else on this podcast) Like Bruce, Kyle and Tom are also podcasters of an E-Comm podcast called: https://www.commercechefs.com Check out what PB&J are doing at: https://addpbj.com/ If you're an e-comm brand looking to up their design, brand and just overall everythingness give Tom or Kyle and shout!
40:21
April 30, 2021
What Happens When You Grow From 2 to 20+ At An Early Stage Startup with Nishaant Sangaavi, CEO of EnergyX and EIR, The Ryerson DMZ
What Happens When You Grow From 2 to 20+ At An Early Stage Startup with Nishaant Sangaavi, CEO of EnergyX and EIR, The Ryerson DMZ
In this episode, Bruce sits down for an unfiltered discussion with his first boss in the startup world, a mentor and a friend in Nishaant Sangaavi. Nishaant marks the third ex-coworker he has had on but definitely the one to offer most to founders as someone who has been in the trenches building a B2B SaaS startup for the last five years. In this pod, we go beyond the EnergyX story that I in many ways helped; we dive into the doldrums and tough parts of growing a SaaS company in a virtual world but also, what are the tough choices one must make as you go from a 2 person startup to a 20 person startup. Some burning questions we answer... "Alright, we raised $1 million. Now what? Do we raise 5? 10?" "If so, what do we spend it on?" "I'm a sales focused founder, but now, my job is no longer to sell but to coach and lead. How does that work?" Nishaant's personal growth as CEO has lead to his appointment as a coach and EIR at the Ryerson DMZ, where he now gives back to other founders who were once in his shoes. Nishaant's CTA: https://ca.cookswhofeed.com/
52:34
April 23, 2021
Having the Stones To Say No To a Big Client When It's Not The Right Fit With Aaron Savatti, EnergyX
Having the Stones To Say No To a Big Client When It's Not The Right Fit With Aaron Savatti, EnergyX
In this episode, Bruce sits down with Aaron, his old coworker from EnergyX. Aaron is man who once had the stones to walk away from a big deal because he made the call that it didn't fit with the ethos of what our old company was building. In the latest #makeshiftCMO episode, Aaron and I talk about how marketing and sales work together to... 🚴‍♀️Brave long buy cycles with enterprise clients 🔢Find the right metrics to focus on 👨‍💻How to convert in-person trust to long-lasting business relationships in a virtual world Check out what EnergyX is doing these days at https://www.energyxsolutions.com/
46:12
April 09, 2021
The Basics of Intellectual Property Strategy for Founders
The Basics of Intellectual Property Strategy for Founders
In this episode, Bruce attempts to understand what IP...is. He brings on his buddy Curtis Behmann of BLG, who is recognized as one of the top 300 IP strategists in the world according to the IAM Strategy 300, Curtis is a professional engineer, registered patent agent and design expert. He has more than 20 years’ experience brings a unique combination of deep expertise and board-level strategic insights to startups, scale-ups and world-leading multinationals. In this episode, he and I talked about his work with the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (the voice of intellectual property professionals in Canada) and treasurer of AIPPI Canada. He is a member of BLG’s Innovation Thought Leadership Committee, chair of BLG’s Ottawa Charitable Donations Committee, and a former member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee (2008-2018). Find more about what Curtis does at: https://ipic.ca/about-us/board
37:58
March 30, 2021
Creating Urgency With Content, Growth Hacking and Webinars with Kartik Krishnan, Capdesk
Creating Urgency With Content, Growth Hacking and Webinars with Kartik Krishnan, Capdesk
In this episode, Bruce chats with his old Founders Factory pal, an experienced Head of Growth with a demonstrated history of working with SMEs and startups to enhance their growth...Kartik Krishnan. Kartik is a true startup veteran who is skilled in PPC, SEO, CRM, Hypothesis-testing, Interviewing, Business Development, Social Media, and Mobile Advertising. He has parlayed a career in Google ads into one as a startup advisor, but also a Growth Director for Capdesk, a company focused on helping startups unlock the power of their equity. Learn about Capdesk: https://www.capdesk.com/
39:45
March 26, 2021
Marketing Vs. UX/UI, Startup Benefit Packages and an Open Mental Health Discussion for Hustlers
Marketing Vs. UX/UI, Startup Benefit Packages and an Open Mental Health Discussion for Hustlers
In this episode, Bruce interviews his ex-colleague and amazing friend, Annie Ngu. Annie is the Lead Designer at EnergyX Solutions, but also a do-everything designer, marketer and businesswoman. She is a great writer and as this podcast learns, someone who is great at talking about the softer parts of working at a tech company. We start off by debating the Marketing Vs. UX debate, but quickly we spiral into a hilarious convo about the first time she thought she was interviewing for a UX job, but wasn't. Then, we talk about how startup benefit packages need to step up their game and have an open convo about mental health when you are somebody who hustles hard. Learn more about what Annie does at: https://www.anniengu.com/  Learn more about the Women United Project: https://www.womenunitedproject.com/
42:50
March 22, 2021
Who Is More Important? Sales Or Marketing? Navigating Common B2B Marketing Pitfalls with Angela F of Get Laudable
Who Is More Important? Sales Or Marketing? Navigating Common B2B Marketing Pitfalls with Angela F of Get Laudable
In this episode, Bruce sits down with a refreshing take on B2B marketing from another energy efficiency ex-employee, Angela Ferrante of Laudable. Laudable is a fully remote way to produce video. We make it easy, fast, and affordable to leverage customer stories and other forms of video. We're out to kill dull company-centric case studies and make b2b marketing less boring. Learn more at: http://www.getlaudable.com/
37:51
March 09, 2021
The Michael Jordan of Public Speaking: Practicing 100's of Times Until It's Perfect and A Mutual Hate for Editing
The Michael Jordan of Public Speaking: Practicing 100's of Times Until It's Perfect and A Mutual Hate for Editing
In this episode, Bruce talks with Brenden K of MasterTalk, who, in his own words was scared shitless when he first started public speaking, but is now an absolute god. "Despite all the presentations I’ve given over my life, I still remember to this day how scared I was to post my first YouTube video. I didn’t look like anything in my workshops or presentations, but I went ahead with this project for one reason. Impact. A wise friend once told me that I couldn’t possibly coach every human being on Earth with the limited time I had in my life, so I needed to go on video to share my message with the world. I got over my fear, practiced 100’s of times on camera until I was finally able to say that I was “YouTube Ready”. All’s to say that when you care about others and only want to add value, you’ll be able to overcome any fear/obstacle in the service of others." That's all that needs to be said about Brenden.
31:31
February 15, 2021
The Onerous Case Study, Horrible Online Marketing and Sales Enablement Marketing 101 with Matt Evered
The Onerous Case Study, Horrible Online Marketing and Sales Enablement Marketing 101 with Matt Evered
In this episode, Bruce hooks up with Matt Evered, his boy with the Ryerson DMZ. He is a product marketing manager by trade, and has made the unusual transition from Sales into Product Marketing. Matt has an extensive resume as an entrepreneur, a side hustler and of course, listening to a lot of Gary Vee. This is an episode so epic that it actually births the launch of another podcast, but this time, it did. Check out what Matt Evered of StackAdapt is doing: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mevered/
41:15
February 08, 2021
Starting Your Day at 3 AM: Rocket Science, Purpose and Helping the Little Guy With Zeze Peters
Starting Your Day at 3 AM: Rocket Science, Purpose and Helping the Little Guy With Zeze Peters
In this episode, Bruce hooks up with Zeze Peters, a rocket scientist (literally) in the world of marketing. Zeze is the founder of Beam.city, a serial entrepreneur, aerospace engineer & innovator with 20 years of experience in software, robotics & applied A.I. who has led large teams across continents to build million dollar platforms for Fortune 1000 & other fast growing companies. $3 of $5 spent on ads is wasted due to this complexity, human inability to handle large data-patterns and click fraud. For marketers, there was never a solution to this problem...until now.  Learn more about Zeze's product at: https://www.beam.city/dna
34:58
February 01, 2021
The Wizardry of SEO, Paid Search and Consistent Learning with Ali Abbas, Director of Marketing at Crowdlinker
The Wizardry of SEO, Paid Search and Consistent Learning with Ali Abbas, Director of Marketing at Crowdlinker
In this episode, Bruce dives into a mini-SEO and paid search crash course with Ali Abbas, Director of Marketing at Crowdlinker.  Ali works with North America's brightest Tech Start-ups to increase their Search Visibility and Overall Domain Health. He is Founder of Courses by Ali and Creator of a Best-Selling Search Engine Optimization Course. Learn more about what Ali does at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/a1abbas/
36:60
January 23, 2021
Stock Options...Let's Get Everyone On the Same Page
Stock Options...Let's Get Everyone On the Same Page
In this episode, Bruce breakdowns the barrier between founder and employee on a sensitive topic: Options. We talk about something that’s fairly outside of the realm of marketing and very founder-focused and why it's SO important to be transparent and HOW to be transparent about options.
25:37
January 17, 2021
Finding Your Values, LinkedIn Vs Google Marketing and Democratizing Developer Hiring with Ilya Brotzky, VanHack
Finding Your Values, LinkedIn Vs Google Marketing and Democratizing Developer Hiring with Ilya Brotzky, VanHack
In this episode, Bruce interviews one of the most selfless and empathetic entrepreneurs he has even met: Ilya of VanHack, who is on a mission to democratize and help tech companies hire talent faster. He is a founder who is very hands-on with marketing and genuinely feels happy to see his marketing team get conversions and for the VanHack brand to succeed.  We dive deep into the future of work in Canada for developers. He also gives us a great sneak preview into VanHack's new remote work product which, given these times...could be the next big thing. :) Also, why they may build the next great ATS. 
32:02
January 12, 2021
Finding Your Purpose as a Marketer for a Small Team With Zoe Chung, BioBox Analytics
Finding Your Purpose as a Marketer for a Small Team With Zoe Chung, BioBox Analytics
Not MQLs. Not leads. Not pipeline generated. Bruce has a refreshing convo with Zoe Chung of BioBox Analytics today talking about how her north star is the number of customers she talks to. Putting the customer first is what Zoe is in charge of 100%. There is an incredible amount in this episode, which covers everything from her background in paid search and SEO in nonprofit to finding her why as a marketer for a bio-genomic startup. Zoe talks about how finding communities for certain products is similar to Pokemon Go, as well as why the recent Netflix drama, Startup has become an inspiration for her.  She also talks about how she works alongside product to ensure that as MD, her messaging and product promotion is on point.  At BioBox, they are a team of six with three departments: Founders, Marketing, and Product. Learn more about what they do at https://biobox.io/
38:03
January 03, 2021
Shopify Growth Part 1: Perfecting Free Trials, The Value Chain and Content Growth
Shopify Growth Part 1: Perfecting Free Trials, The Value Chain and Content Growth
In this episode, Bruce talks about another large Canadian tech giant's product marketing strategy: Shopify. Today we’re going to talk about Shopify’s origins. Their humble beginnings marketing to super small business owners selling trinkets and their Etsy creations online. Long before their behemoth partnership with Walmart and long before 16-year-olds were making 20K per month on Shopify selling youtube courses, Shopify needed to get a bunch of small business owners on their platform and beat out WooCommerce, BigCommerce, etc.  This is how they leveraged: Product as a growth hack (free trials) Owning the marketing and product value chain Content growth
14:23
December 23, 2020
The Future of Nonprofits and Maintaining Remote Culture with Alex Jivov, CEO of Hopeful Inc
The Future of Nonprofits and Maintaining Remote Culture with Alex Jivov, CEO of Hopeful Inc
In this episode, Bruce sits down with Alex Jivov, CEO of Hopeful Inc, an ad-tech startup for nonprofits can better attribute their media efforts in relation to dollars generated. Alex talks about a variety of topics including delegation, time efficiency and the future of nonprofits. Also a fun story about how his how team members do improv comedy to spice up their Friday standups. Learn more about what they do at https://hopefulinc.me/
33:21
December 22, 2020
How To Be a "Unicorn" Of Both Marketing and Time Management with Alexandra Sifton, Futureproof Inc
How To Be a "Unicorn" Of Both Marketing and Time Management with Alexandra Sifton, Futureproof Inc
In this episode of the Makeshift CMO, Bruce sits down with Alexandra Sifton, the owner of Futureproof, specializing in defining marketing direction and repeatable processes for startups and SMBs looking to grow.  Ali is the definition of "Fractional Marketing Director". She can help define your product, set marketing strategy while organizing and optimize your paid ad campaigns, write website and blog copy and more.  Along the way, this episode will hopefully teach you a bit about bootstrapped marketing, time management and why no matter what, marketers should presume positive intent. Oh, and also read historical fiction to avoid burnout.  Learn about what Ali and Futureproof do at meetfutureproof.com
35:05
December 18, 2020
Why An Acquisition Isn't Necessarily the Biggest Win with Steph Andrews, Quill
Why An Acquisition Isn't Necessarily the Biggest Win with Steph Andrews, Quill
In this episode, Bruce sits down with founder turned acquisin-ee in Steph Andrews. Steph founded OMH when she was 17 years old, and went from knowing "literally nothing" to getting acquired this past year. She breaks down some awesome stories about what it means to truly love yourself as an entrepreneur and how to keep your "distance" as a founder. She also breaks down what it means to stare a dwindling cash balance in the face and rise up from this challenge. 
56:23
December 15, 2020
Marketing Breakdown: How Wealthsimple Used Content Marketing to Get to a $1.5B Valuation
Marketing Breakdown: How Wealthsimple Used Content Marketing to Get to a $1.5B Valuation
In this episode, Bruce breaks down one of his favourite brands ever, Wealthsimple. How they used content and paid to scale their business and how why they are putting Canadian fintechs on the scene. Also, 3 lessons on how you can do content marketing like Wealthsimple. 
21:03
December 11, 2020
The History and Future of Facebook Ads (And How The Social Network Got It Wrong)
The History and Future of Facebook Ads (And How The Social Network Got It Wrong)
In this episode Bruce goes down memory lane of what Facebook ads started as (drawing on his memories from high school) and what they are today: the pillar of the advertising world and a process that every other ad platform has copied. He also breaks down his bold prediction for how this affects early stage teams and marketers. 
20:39
December 04, 2020
The Importance of Identifying Market Segments
The Importance of Identifying Market Segments
In this episode, Bruce talks about why market segment is so incredibly important when it comes to marketing to the correct customers. He also talks about the major advantages and disadvantages to marketing to companies with 100 people or less: that there are only 1-2 people you need to convince. 
09:35
December 03, 2020
Growth Vs Marketing: What's the difference?
Growth Vs Marketing: What's the difference?
In this episode, Bruce solo dives into the difference between growth and marketing, and why they aren't the same thing. We dive into product lead growth, growth hacking myths and an example: Calendly. He also breaks down why there is such a big confusion gap between the two and how founders can address this. 
11:05
November 30, 2020
The Problem With Startup Marketing Pt.1
The Problem With Startup Marketing Pt.1
In the inaugural episode of The Makeshift CMO, Bruce details why he created a podcast for people who are: Founders who don’t know much about marketing and has to do it themselves Working in marketing at a startup with less than 50-100 people A startup advisor who wants a good chuckle every now and then We then break down the modern problems with startup marketing and why most content on the internet is useless to founders or early-stage marketing teams.  Contact us at bruce@thebannermarketing.co Follow us on IG @banner.co
13:49
November 26, 2020