The Connective Good is a boutique retained executive search practice with a hyper-focus: recruiting CMOs and VPs of Marketing in B2B SaaS.

Chief Marketing Officer | VP Marketing | VP Revenue Marketing / Demand Generation / Growth | VP Digital | VP Product Marketing | VP Customer Marketing | VP Marketing Operations | VP Brand / Corporate Marketing

The CMO Hiring Market

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Scale-ups

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Podcast: The Get

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Representative Projects

Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer

for a B2B SaaS company in the public safety category

VP of Marketing and Sales

for a leading car-sharing company

Global VP of Marketing Data & Technology

for a large SaaS tech company

VP of Marketing Analytics

Evangelizing and explaining analytics to consumer marketers

VP of Marketing

for a cybersecurity company funded by Bain Capital

Why Clients Choose The Connective Good

Specialization

100% focused on marketing

Dedication

Focus on 3 searches at a time, max

Speed

Slate of 3-5 candidates within 2 weeks; 80% of clients hire from that initial slate

Diversity

Commitment to diverse slates of candidates

Agility

Pivots are easy when you don’t have a lot of cooks in the kitchen

Staying Power

The tenure of placed executives tends to be significantly longer than industry average

The Connective Good Process

A repeatable process that has led to delighted clients and sky-high retention rates.

Discovery

Your culture and needs are unique. First up: immersion in your culture, through detailed intake interviews with key stakeholders, and often spending time in your office. This helps in representing your particular culture to candidates and bringing you people who are additive to it.

Positioning

Most job specs are boring. They focus just on what the company needs. You’ll get a compelling job spec and other ways to pierce the attention barrier with candidates, like videos. Also, you’ll listen to and shape the elevator pitch that candidates will hear.

Scouting

The best candidates are not necessarily out there looking actively. They have to be wooed. You’ll get a diverse set of top candidates, even if it takes hundreds of conversations.

Evaluating

Marketing leaders can make a great first impression, but you don’t want the person who just interviews well. You want the person who will be the best at the job. Every candidate goes through 2 rounds of evaluation before you meet them, to rule out the ‘false positives.’ You’ll go beyond interviews and evaluate the actual work that candidates do.

Selling

A sky-high acceptance rate on job offers, as the process is so careful and robust. 

“Loved the speed, hustle, and communication! Erica quarterbacked a range of inputs into a clear and compelling story/spec quickly, then got profiles in front of the group to calibrate quickly. She did a great job communicating to ensure the right stakeholders had the right information at the right time, and/or that she had the proper guidance to move forward and make progress. There was no ‘well I was waiting to hear back from you’.”

“Selfishly, I’d prefer to keep Erica’s talents a secret, but I appreciate her and value our partnership too much to withhold a ringing endorsement. Erica brings energy, focus, creativity, expertise, levity, professionalism and drive to her engagements. You experience this from the onboarding process to candidate pipelining, vetting, closing, and the post-mortem. She loves the challenge of finding outstanding talent and it shows. If you can find a way into her client roster, you won’t be disappointed.”

What Clients Say

She loves the challenge of finding outstanding talent and it shows. If you can find a way into her client roster, you won't be disappointed.

You provided proper scoping, good market intel, active and creative 'product marketing' when thinking through our needs and what's in the market, and good hustle.

You're a force multiplier – you pulled us together well, and there was no wasting of my time.

Selfishly, I'd prefer to keep Erica's talents a secret, but I appreciate her and value our partnership too much to withhold a ringing endorsement.

It was a no-brainer for us to choose Erica because of her depth of experience hiring for this kind of role in our type of company. The search was a great experience, beginning to end.

She nailed just about every conversation she had on our behalf — whether or not the prospect turned out to be a perfect fit or not.

Some search people disappear. You drove the process and invited us into it. It elevates you above others.

In the end, we had two outstanding candidates that left us in the enviable position of being able to be picky about the final decision.

Erica brings energy, focus, creativity, expertise, levity, professionalism and drive to her engagements.

Other search processes are three to six months; this one took two months.

You were accessible, responsive, flexible, and had a sense of urgency.

Most recruiters are biased and just want to close the deal. You're the only search person I fully trusted to do good reference calls. And you provided balanced, insightful briefs on candidates.

Loved the speed, hustle, and communication! There was no 'well I was waiting to hear back from you'.

This was the best recruiting process I have been a part of. A nice mix of scrappiness, organization, professionalism, and creativity.

Erica Seidel is a masterful recruiter of relevant marketing talent with a strong network and a process to ensure a great fit with your organizational needs and culture.

You were intentional with keeping the process moving (nudging where necessary). You gave white glove service to candidates, and you gave us good counsel to close the candidate.

Erica's network and understanding of the niche marketing talent pool is second to none.

The Connective Good Blog

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The Get: Finding And Keeping The Best Marketing Leaders in B2B SaaS

Check out The Get podcast at thegetpodcast.com

Recent themes have included:

  • The CMO and Board Relationship in B2B SaaS: From Fraught to Functional to Fabulous
  • Solving for the Scale Journey in B2B SaaS
  • Diversity in Marketing Leadership & Hiring

Listen to the latest episode here:

The CMO and Board Relationship in B2B SaaS: From Fraught to Functional to Fantastic (Highlights from Season 5 of The Get)
byErica Seidel

Erica Seidel, the host of The Get, provides an overview of the key themes from this season. Erica runs The Connective Good, the executive search practice that specializes in placing CMOs and VPs of Marketing for B2B SaaS companies. She is known for recruiting the ‘make money’ type of marketing leaders, not the ‘make it pretty’ ones. 

This episode serves as an executive summary of the learnings from our fifth season, which has focused on the CMO and Board relationship. 

We cover:

  • What do Board members want in a SaaS CMO? And how can you ace your interview with a Board member?
  • Board meetings: How can you land on your feet once you are inside the Boardroom? 
  • How do you build a strong dialogue with the Board OUTSIDE of Board meetings? 
  • Serving on Boards: How can you become the CMO who gets tapped for Board seats? 

I designed this season to be a guide for how to upgrade from one-way reporting to the Board to a two-way dialogue. With that ongoing dialogue and collaboration, both in and out of the Boardroom, both sides will learn more, and the business is more likely to be successful. 

A huge thank you to the guests this season, who ranged from B2B SaaS marketing leaders, CMOs who have become Board members, and Board members/investors who are involved in hiring CMOs:

  • Elana Anderson
  • Kelly Ford Buckley
  • Allison Dancy
  • Evan DeCorte
  • Jennifer Pockell Dimas
  • Chris Fountain
  • Sandra Lopez
  • Madeline O’Phelan

Please tune in to each of their episodes. And, check out the episodes from the previous four seasons. Last season, for instance, we covered ‘Solving for the Scale Journey in B2B SaaS.’ 

To stay in the know for our next season, please keep following the show in your preferred podcast listening app.

Key Links

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericaseidel/

https://theconnectivegood.com/

https://thegetpodcast.com/

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The Get is here to drive smart decisions around recruiting and leadership in B2B SaaS marketing. We explore the trends, tribulations, and triumphs of today’s top marketing leaders in B2B SaaS.

This season’s theme is the CMO and Board Relationship in B2B SaaS: How can that relationship go from fraught to functional and even to fantastic?

The Get’s host is Erica Seidel, who runs The Connective Good, an executive search practice with a hyper-focus on recruiting CMOs and VPs of Marketing, especially in B2B SaaS. 

If you are looking to hire a CMO or VP of Marketing of the ‘make money’ variety – rather than the ‘make it pretty’ variety, contact Erica at erica@theconnectivegood.com. You can also follow Erica on LinkedIn or sign up for her newsletter at TheConnectiveGood.com

The Get is produced by Evo Terra and Simpler Media Productions.

This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

OP3 – https://op3.dev/privacy

About Erica Seidel, Founder

Erica Seidel is known for recruiting the ‘make money’ type of marketing leaders – not the ‘make it pretty’ ones. She founded The Connective Good, a boutique retained executive search practice, in 2011. The Connective Good is hyper-focused on placing CMOs and VPs of Marketing in high-growth B2B SaaS companies.

Previously, Erica ran Forrester Research’s global advisory businesses for CMOs and digital marketing leaders of Fortune 500 companies.

Erica has an MBA in Marketing from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in International Relations from Brown University. Her favorite job ever, aside from executive search, was being the Brown bear mascot in college.

“Erica Seidel is a masterful recruiter of relevant marketing talent with a strong network and a process to ensure a great fit with your organizational needs and culture.”

“Erica’s network and understanding of the niche marketing talent pool is second to none.”

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