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Episode 326: Building a SaaS Marketing Team From Scratch With Michael McCunney of Revenue Analytics

Episode Summary

When Michael joined Revenue Analytics as its Vice President of Marketing more than two years ago, he was a one-man team. Since then, he’s built out a small team of talented marketers, executed a complete brand refresh and solidified the company’s marketing strategy.

Over time, Michael has found that rather than investing in sales and business development reps, content prevails. People don’t want to be told what their problem is; they want to discover it for themselves, and content allows them to do just that.

“I like to tell our team when we’re creating something, pretend it’s for your brother-in-law or sister-in-law, someone you’re genuinely trying to help — not someone you’re trying to sell,” Michael says.

On this episode of Tech Qualified, Michael talks about his trials and tribulations when building out the Revenue Analytics marketing team, and he explains what he’s learned along the way. He also shares how his team has weathered 2020 and what he’s doing to best support them (and himself) during these trying times.

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Michael McCunney

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Episode Highlights

“I’m sure all of us have gone through more than a couple of personas sessions where you’re trying to identify who the players are, but it’s also important to understand what’s the actual role, challenge and problem of the company … so really making sure you identify what makes them specific within their own vertical is how we segment and how we try to speak to those very specific segments within the market.”
“Where we’ve had the most success is by taking what we do now and by talking to our SMEs, customers and prospects and putting that into really motivating content that can speak very explicitly to what the challenges are and how we can solve them. So BDRs and SDRs didn’t work for us, but content does.”
“I like to tell our team when we’re creating something, pretend it’s for your brother-in-law or sister-in-law, someone you’re genuinely trying to help — not someone you’re trying to sell. … The most important thing is that, as the reader, we’re constantly educating them, that we’re constantly providing value, that we’re of use to them. And that next interaction, the next time we try to reach out, they’re going to be that more apt to interact with us because we provided value — we’re not just trying to sell them.”
“By being able to walk them through what was actually happening to their customers, what was actually the journey that their customers were going through, they were able to self-educate and self-realize that, ‘Hey, these are the problems that are really affecting us, and this is what’s hurting our bottom line.’ And so I think the content has to provide that kind of self-realization that’s like, ‘Oh, that is me. Oh, that is my problem.’”
“I think I was probably too focused on carrying out my vision and making that immediate impact and having those early wins and not as much focused on getting everyone on board as I should in retrospect. So it could have been probably better to go at 80% of the pace and spend more time bringing folks along than it was on, ‘Hey, I’m the only darn person here. I have to make a difference. Let me spend all my time trying to produce that vision.’”
“I have to be really intentional about my big-picture strategy time. If I don’t set aside specific time to just think and really be intentional about that, that’s something that’s easy to brush aside and to spend time on more tactical things, like helping something get across the finish line, or being part of a meeting to make sure a project gets completed.”
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