GTM 50: Solving the Age Old Problem, A Sales & Marketing Misalignment with Nicole Wojno Smith

Nicole Wojno Smith is the VP of Marketing at Tackle, where she oversees the strategy and execution across brand, demand gen, content, product, customer, and partner marketing. She’s passionate about building GTM programs aligning cross-functional teams while scaling revenue. Before Tackle, she built and scaled the marketing team from the ground up at two previous SaaS companies.She enjoys advising early-stage SaaS companies as they build their marketing team and strategy.

What You Will Learn:

  • The importance of taking ownership as a business and leaning on your team for support.
  • Building the strongest possible cross-functional team in order to collectively tackle the problem you’re solving.
  • Nicole’s 4-part framework: 1 shared revenue goal, executing integrated campaigns across the org, and a multi-touch attribution model.
  • The importance of infusing an integrated theme across the organization.

Highlights:

(3:17) The meaning of alignment between sales, marketing, & partnerships.

(5:35) The framework Nicole built to create better alignment between sales & marketing.

(11:03) How to extract data and diagnose a breakdown where problems are happening.

(13:10) The impact on Nicole’s company after rolling out her framework.

(16:08) What led Nicole to make changes within the sales and marketing org.

(17:45) How Nicole motivated her team to adjust to these changes.

(20:40) The importance of leading with data in every situation.

(23:47) Nicole’s operational shift error.

(26:53) Nicole’s biggest learnings and takeaways.

(28:07) Listener question: Where to allocate marketing dollars in demand gen today.

(30:15) Decreasing ad performance in today’s market.

(31:35) Hot take: 1 Marketer with 10 different roles isn’t the way to succeed.

(33:59) How to leverage AI for every possible role today.

Guest Speaker Link:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolewojno/

Host Speaker Links:
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ssbarker/
Newsletter: thegtmnewsletter.substack.com/

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Before helping found GTMfund, Scott spent 4 years at Outreach as Director of Strategic Engagement. He was in charge of aligning key relationships with VCs, BoDs, ecosystem partners and community members to drive revenue and strategic initiatives across Outreach. Scott initially ran revenue/partnerships for Sales Hacker (which was acquired by Outreach in 2018). Prior to Sales Hacker, he led and built outbound Business Development teams at Payfirma and MediaValet. Scott also advises for a number of high growth start-ups and is the host/author of The GTM Podcast and The GTM Newsletter. At GTMfund, Scott leads all fundraising efforts and runs the media arm of the firm. He’s also responsible for assessing investments, team management, LP/community relationships and GTM support for founders.

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