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04/06/2018 - iTunes Link

Priscilla Gets Radical with Thought Leadership Theory

What happens when you put two thought leaders in the same room? In this episode of Ponderings from the Perch, Priscilla McKinney, Momma Bird and CEO of Little Bird Marketing, and Dan Leadbetter explore the different roles of thought leaders.

After getting asked the same question at numerous speaking engagements, Priscilla honed in on the topic of thought leadership. Whether they acknowledge it or not, Priscilla explains, “Companies are built around thought leadership.” Identifying and amplifying your thought leadership style can give your brand the advantage in your industry.

At this point, you might be asking, “But how do I know what my thought leadership style is?” Don’t fret! Our “What Kind of Thought Leader Are You?” quiz will tell you that very thing. In this episode, Priscilla (the Radical) and Dan (the Visionary) compare their leadership styles after taking the quiz.

In addition to thought leadership, Priscilla and Dan dive into the topic of content marketing. They discuss:

  • How to develop unique content for your brand
  • 3 common “Content Traps”
  • Priscilla’s #1 rule of content marketing

So are you a Visionary, Radical, Inspiration, or Revolutionary? Find out your thought leadership style by taking the quiz!

Don’t forget to head over to iTunes and leave a review with your results.

03/16/2018 - iTunes Link

Priscilla and Simon Dunn are "Really, Really Keen"

Join a fun-filled podcast with design wiz Simon Dunn, from Keen As Mustard Marketing, as he and Priscilla discuss holistic marketing strategy methods, data visualization, and the importance of industry networking.

Simon, with Keen as Mustard, has been finding new ways for agencies to understand research and insights for the past ten years, with an indisputable understanding of the complexities of the field.

“You don’t just do a new brand, or launch a new website, sit back and wait for the work to come in. It’s all about actually doing all of those things, joining them up, having a plan - segmentations - targeting. It’s a whole joined-up web of stuff that you’re doing - and you do need to be doing all of them. And for quite a long time!”

In addition to providing marketing research PR and media relations, Keen as Mustard also helped develop Viz-Fest, an annual 4-day webinar full of market research insights.

While the discussion is rife with extremely serious industry discussion, Simon and Priscilla find time to reminisce about Simon’s classiness, laugh about rebranding difficulties, and share a moment of sadness about Priscilla’s missed opportunity for Scotch eggs.

While you’re enjoying the episode, be sure to connect with Simon on LinkedIn, register for Viz-Fest, and give Ponderings from the Perch a swell review on iTunes!

03/02/2018 - iTunes Link

Priscilla and Kathrin O'Sullivan Move a Giant Ship

Join Priscilla McKinney, CEO and Momma Bird at Little Bird Marketing as she chats with Kathrin O'Sullivan, organizational development consultant, facilitator, executive coach, and extraordinary public speaker. O'Sullivan is a twelve-year veteran of Google, where she most recently served as Leadership Development Manager, and has studied with some of the most distinguished thought leaders in her field.  

Priscilla and Kathrin discuss the complexities of effecting change through coaching in an organization, and how it can often resemble the efforts of steering a giant boat. O'Sullivan brings a fresh and progressive viewpoint to the topic of how individuals and teams relate to their work. 

"From a company perspective, it’s like, ‘How can we help people become more productive in their work?’ And you do this by helping people - or, at least it’s my personal philosophy - enjoy their work more. The more they enjoy their work, the more they will collaborate, and the better the results will be."

They also discuss:

  • How to navigate complexity
  • The importance of cultures that stimulate creativity
  • The rise of short-term teams
  • How to approach coaching for first-timers

This episode is positively bursting with thought-leadership insights, and is an excellent starting point for anyone wanting to escape the waldeinsamkeit of job dissatisfaction. 

Be certain to follow Kathrin on LinkedIn, check out her website and read her blog for even more wisdom. 

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02/16/2018 - iTunes Link

Priscilla and Fritz Grutzner Slay the Brand Dragon

In this episode, Priscilla McKinney, CEO and Momma Bird at Little Bird Marketing chats with Fritz Grutzner, founder and President of Brandgarten. As a brand strategy consultant with 30 years of brand-building experience for Fortune 500s and non-profits in the U.S. and abroad, he shares his insights about how emotion drives behavior. His superpower involves identifying emotional insights and drivers of brand choice, helping organizations discover their most compelling, authentic brand story and teaching them to tell it in a consistent way.

While Brandgarten is primarily a strategy firm they do a lot of in-depth marketing research, because their strategies depend on having deep human insights. Fritz pontificates on his perspective about brand building and delivering actionable insights from the research. In the end, their team works with client to: 

  • understand the latest brain research and how to deal with the 95% of our cognitive activity that is really subconscious.
  • help brands tell memorable stories instead of focusing on brand facts.
  • help marketers understand the core emotions and total volatility of consumer loyalty.
  • integrate empathy into brand stories for bigger impact.
  • use current methodologies to tap into consumer's unfiltered thoughts.

You'll enjoy some of Fritz's personal stories including his work with Johnson & Johnson baby products. If you enjoyed this interview, you'll enjoy Fritz's recommendation of Nobel Prize winner, Daniel Kahneman's book entitled Thinking Fast and Slow

Find Fritz on LinkedIn, and check out their amazing case studies about their work with company greats including Delta, Rogaine, Organic Valley, Band-Aid, Acuvue, and more!

And of course, if you loved this episode and want to hear more don't forget to give our podcast show a great review on iTunes

02/02/2018 - iTunes Link

Priscilla Reviews Lifestyle Blogging with Kyle Drenon: Content Strategies for In-house Marketing Teams


Want to know what makes a blog successful? Join Priscilla McKinney, CEO and Momma Bird at Little Bird Marketing as she chats with Kyle Drenon, Director of Marketing at Murney Associates in Springfield, MO. After attending Mozcon 4 years ago, he details his slightly-Jerry Maguire story about how he came back to his job ready to take his company's marketing a new direction. 

Find out what happened next to bring this man, this myth, this Springfield, MO lifestyle guru to leading a small but mighty team making real estate fun again. “Our strategy on content creation is to sell more than just a house; we’re selling a community, too.” From this concept came a fresh batch of blogs people actually want to read. “We felt like we were uniquely qualified to speak about that because we’re in those communities every day. It was a natural fit to start writing a lifestyle blog about Springfield and the surrounding areas.”

In this podcast they tackle not only strategy and tips for good content, but they also talk about the process needed to keep a team inspired and organized. They also discuss:

  • Repurposing content
  • Creative brainstorming
  • SEO vs. PPC
  • Types of content pieces
  • Social distribution strategies 
  • Killing your babies (how to let a piece go that just isn't working out)
  • Reviewing your stats
  • Why Kyle loves wearing a robe

Check out this most excellent article they reference: 26 Things Only People who Lived in Springfield in the 90s Will Remember

In parting, we leave you with this: 

“How’d we come up with the robe? Was some guy just like, ‘Hey, I’ve got an idea! Why don’t we make a coat out of a towel? You can have a little belt that goes around. You could dunk the belt in the toilet! Have a toilet belt.’”

-Jim Gaffigan

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01/05/2018 - iTunes Link

Priscilla Tries Interact - a Quiz Taking Software with Josh Haynam

Are you desperate to know what kind of fruit you are?

Need to know who is your celebrity style icon? 

First, join Priscilla McKinney, CEO and Momma Bird at Little Bird Marketing as she chats with Josh Haynam of Interact, a quiz software company. In this episode we ask:

When was the last time you took a fun quiz?

When was the last time you took a meaningful quiz?

And, for the purposes of this show,

When was the last time someone took a quiz and it turned into a sale for your business?

Yup, Josh is the founder of Interact where their software helps businesses and non-profits create quizzes to not only boost brands, but generate leads. 

But "Why?" you ask. Why do businesses need to create quizzes for lead generation success? Well, according to an IBM study, email marketing has an ROI of 43x, meaning that for every $1 spent on email marketing you’ll earn $43 back. Email is also the way businesses SECURE their ownership of direct access to their potential customer base. So, growing your business email list is incredibly important and quizzes are one of the best ways to generate new subscribers.

In this episode Priscilla and Josh answer some tough questions for marketers like: 

  • How do you attain a average conversion rate of 50% or higher?
  • How can interactive quizzes create personalized workflows to drive sales? 
  • How can quizzes spark genuine conversation to increase social media reach? 
  • How can quizzes integrate into my automated marketing dashboard? 

Josh reveals the ease with which anyone can choose an already created quiz and they discuss the strategy involved in creating your own custom quiz. Specifically, Priscilla discusses how she uses her completely custom quiz, WHAT KIND OF THOUGHT LEADER ARE YOU? to help her audience understand what kind of blogging or content creation will align best with their thought leadership style. 

Lead generation quizzes can help move a business marketing plan and it can go far beyond deciding what vegetable or Star Wars character you are. Believe us, this is just the beginning. Try Interact for yourself. 

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Ponderings from the Perch

Conversations with Priscilla McKinney, founder and President of Little Bird Marketing, a boutique marketing firm specializing in "better than your average bear" branding design and campaigns. As a marketing principal and serial entrepreneur topics range from marketing best practices to the reality of running a business, managing creatives, company culture, and other marketing oddities.