How to overcome challenges in dealing with IT and move forward with your CTO.
My last column dealt with the all-too-familiar marketing/IT tug-of-war, where I explained that the role the CTO/CIO plays is one of risk management; given things like scope creep, etc., the CTO has to promise the least she thinks you will accept in the most amount of time that you can stand. CTOs as a group have a fairly standard way of handling new projects/ideas/processes, particularly those that are introduced by the business side of the company. I've worked together with John Quarto-vonTivadar to share these with you. I hope you work with your vendor to overcome these challenges.
There are four common objection phases the CTO has developed to deal with marketing's request:
Once we understand these phases we can learn to deal with the most common objections, such as:
These are five of the most common objections we've come across in almost 15+ years of working through marketing/IT projects. I'm sure you have come across others that you may or may not have been able to overcome. What were they? If you did overcome them, how?
Editor's note: This article was originally published on August 24, 2012.
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Bryan Eisenberg is co-founder and chief marketing officer (CMO) of IdealSpot. He is co-author of the Wall Street Journal, Amazon, BusinessWeek, and New York Times best-selling books Call to Action, Waiting For Your Cat to Bark?, and Always Be Testing, and Buyer Legends. Bryan is a keynote speaker and has keynoted conferences globally such as Gultaggen, Shop.org, Direct Marketing Association, MarketingSherpa, Econsultancy, Webcom, the Canadian Marketing Association, and others for the past 10 years. Bryan was named a winner of the Marketing Edge's Rising Stars Awards, recognized by eConsultancy members as one of the top 10 User Experience Gurus, selected as one of the inaugural iMedia Top 25 Marketers, and has been recognized as most influential in PPC, Social Selling, OmniChannel Retail. Bryan serves as an advisory board member of several venture capital backed companies such as Sightly, UserTesting, Monetate, ChatID, Nomi, and BazaarVoice. He works with his co-author and brother Jeffrey Eisenberg. You can find them at BryanEisenberg.com.
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