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The Key to Knowing When to Buy MarTech


On this episode of The Marketer’s Journey, I interview Jason McClelland, CMO at Algolia, a startup that enables developers to build next generation apps with composable APIs. During the episode, we discuss Jason’s non-traditional path to CMO, how brands can make the most of their tech, and the key processes that ensure success.


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Key takeaways from this episode:

  • Keep an eye out for potential. Jason took a non-linear path to the role of CMO. Part of the reason for his success was his ability to recognize potential and follow through on his interests throughout his career. When looking for a new company to join, it’s important to look at the bigger picture and visualize the highest potential of an organization from the beginning.
  • Be intentional. As a tech advisor for major corporations like Coca-Cola and Nike, Jason noticed that it was common for CMOs to become enamored with flashy new technology without stopping to think about the real function and purpose they were looking to fulfill. This is why he recommends getting crystal clear on the goal in mind and the systems that will help to achieve it before hitting go on a digital transformation.
  • Pick a specialty. For anyone who’s on a path to CMO, Jason recommends ensuring you have adequate knowledge of all areas of the marketing function, while also specializing in one key area. He notes that most companies hire people based on the need to solve a specific problem, so aligning on one key area that you can become a true expert in will ultimately serve you well on your career trajectory.

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About the Author

After 5 years as our CMO, I moved to focus on engaging with our community. This could be a customer or someone just dipping their toes into Content Experience. I am here to guide you, but more likely learn from you and share it back. As Chief Evangelist, I want to bridge your stories so we create a better content experience and in turn customer experience (CX). The term “evangelism” actually comes from Greek history and the three words of 'bringing good news'. This is my goal - to bring good news to you every day. It could be a customer story you could learn from or a simple upbeat thought to get you out of a rut.

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