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Tony Wells, Board Member and C-Suite Executive, on marketing success in an era of rapid technological transformation and (potential) “marketing austerity”

Tony Wells is an accomplished, results-oriented board director and C-Suite executive with a deep and extensive knowledge of contemporary marketing. Today he serves as Venture Partner at AZ-VC and Member of the Board of Directors at Nexstar Media Group, TripleLift, Yelp, the Advertising Club of New York, and the Association of National Advertisers.

I wanted to sit down with Tony to discuss the challenges of defining marketing roles and responsibilities within an organization, the challenges of navigating marketing budget cuts, the significance of brand strength in digital marketing, and the delicate balance between creativity and performance. We also talk about the importance of tailoring marketing efforts to local markets and trade notes on the need for authenticity in corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

Topics covered in our discussion include:

  • Why CMOs should work with CROs/CIOs to establish clear roles and responsibilities for marketing and technology teams to drive company growth.
  • How cuts in marketing budgets can be made without compromising brand value or demand creation.
  • Data showing how cutting marketing budgets during economic uncertainty can lead to long-term growth problems.
  • Why marketers need to “market marketing” within their own organizations to be truly heard.
  • Why there’s a strong correlation between brand strength and lower funnel advertising effectiveness.
  • Why CMOs must balance creative execution with strategic insights and revenue growth.
  • The potential for brands to break through clutter by investing in local-level activations.
  • Why marketers must practice nuanced thinking and execution in local marketing, despite headcount reductions and agency pressure.
  • The importance of authenticity and long-term commitments in CSR efforts.
  • Why marketers should prioritize year-round messaging and creative execution that showcase their commitment to diverse audiences, rather than relying on one-time campaigns.
  • Why prioritizing performance marketing over brand building can create negative consequences for the brand’s reputation and relevance.
  • The importance of considering diverse perspectives and demographics in marketing strategies to ensure relevance and growth in a rapidly changing society.


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