Ready to Modernize Your Marketing? Here’s the First Step

Change. It’s hard and intimidating. And as marketers we’re facing what can feel like more than our fair share of it.

I know how it feels to work in a changing industry. As a marketing CMO and practitioner, my goal is the same as yours: to turn marketing investments into revenue. To generate leads, bring in sales and have a measurable impact on our company’s success. That’s my holy grail, and I know it’s yours.

You’re dealing with change every day. And you know the solution isn’t as simple as buying the perfect marketing technology, turning it on and hoping for the best.

To keep up with our industry’s changes, you have to modernize every part of your operations. Strategy, technology, lead management, data, reporting — all of it.

But breaking it down into categories doesn’t really make the idea of change more manageable. You don’t want me to say “improve your marketing strategy.” You want to know how — because you need to start modernizing right now.

Know Your Starting Place

“Modern marketing” is a big concept, and getting started can feel overwhelming. First, find out where you stand.

I see so many marketers jump into modernizing their operations without ever evaluating where they are. I love that enthusiasm, but modern marketing isn’t something you can achieve in a day; it’s a journey. And you need to know where you are before you can get where you’re going. To get the results you want from your modernization efforts, you have to know which areas you’re struggling in and what you’re doing well.

And I mean “know,” not “guess.” You probably have a gut feeling about where your operations need improvement, but for a change this important you’re going to need more.

Small Steps, Big Impact

Fortunately, there are plenty of frameworks you can draw on. Like The Mx Group, for example, you can follow SiriusDecisions’ approach to modern marketing. Renowned for its research and insight into high-performance marketing, this firm studies marketing maturity holistically across the function. It shares what a modernized marketing function should look like across different operational areas.

Identifying those gaps makes it easier to set specific, measurable goals for your modernization process. “Improve lead management” is too broad to tackle, but a concrete goal like “make sure sales and marketing share a definition of a qualified lead” is easier to accomplish.

While these small steps might not feel transformational by themselves, together they add up to something powerful. Together, they’re the foundation of modern marketing.

What Next?

If you’re ready to find out where you are in your modern marketing journey, there’s one more useful tool I recommend. The Mx Group has created a marketing assessment based on SiriusDecisions’ model. This simple online assessment evaluates your operations and gives you the personalized, concrete steps you can take to modernize.

This tool has power to get your modern marketing efforts on track.  Check it out here!

Modern marketing is a big change. But as with any big change, the way to achieve it is one step at a time.

This post was originally published on, where The Mx Group was recently named the No. 8 B2B agency in the United States.

Suzanne Martin

Suzanne has over 25 years of marketing leadership experience and is an award-winning industry leader, speaker, educator and two-time BMA Chicago president. She is a special contributor to The Mx Group Blog.

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