John Watson

Calgary, Canada

Virtual CMO, Startup Specialist, Digital Marketing Strategist and Coach
John's Skills
Brand Strategy
Business Strategy Formulation
Business Strategy
Business Concept Development
New Business Development
Small Business Development
Digital Business Development
Business Development Programs
Business Development Consultancy
Business Development
Sales & Marketing Leadership
Sales & Marketing
Website Promotion
Website Creation
Photo Art Direction
Startup Marketing
Start-up Leadership
Start-up Consulting
Start-up Business Consulting
Start Up's
Marketing Consulting
Search Engine Marketing (SEM)
Search Analytics
Marketing Communications Planning
Marketing Coaching
Marketing Analytics
Marketing Agency
Business Process
Business Analysis
Branding & Identity

Startup Experience

Founded 2+ startups

Age Group


About John

I often say that marketing, advertising in particular, is one of the fastest ways to waste money short of gambling. It is a high risk proposition that businesses need tight controls over and a solid plan of action to see results from.

My approach has always been to start by eliminating the barriers to sales. Once the sales process is sound and reliable and you can forecast and manage your promotional investments, we shift to growing the business. Normally this starts with sales lead generation via search marketing, online advertising and content marketing. We also consider traditional direct sales and marketing techniques where appropriate.

I measure my performance in part by eliminating wasteful spending on promotional activities, before companies have their sales, production and service foundations in place. Then once they do, I measure performance by virtue of how much we can drive down the average cost per sale, while increasing the rate of earnings growth and control over the sales funnel.

Helping companies setup and develop the capacity to operate a closed-loop sales and marketing program is how I ultimately measure my contribution to a firm. I am process driven in that regard, However, this is precisely where I've seen start-ups struggle out of the gate. Once the selling system is built the challenge transitions more towards scalability and operational controls.


It starts by getting clear and committed to a worthy course of action. - John Watson

Work Experience

VP Strategy

Raremethod Interactice

November 2002 - April 2006

Helped to direct the development of Raremethod into a full-service digital marketing firm.


Accrue Performance Marketing Inc.

June 2006 - Today

I am the founder and principal consultant at Accrue. We coach and consult to startup entrepreneurs and the owners of small to mid-sized companies in setting up, operating and optimising earnings growth programs.


Advanced Information Marketing

November 1998 - November 2002

Specialized in pre and post-campaign management, data analysis, data hygiene and CRM implementations. We were value-added resellers for MapInfo, StatsCanada, Goldmine and InfoCanada.