#55: Master of Scale and Rover CMO, Bill Kong, on Presentations to Jeff Bezos and Cutting His Marketing Teeth in Affiliate (Part 1)

By Jakub Kubicka

[Want an easy $50? if you leave a WRITTEN review on Apple Podcasts, you're entered into a $50 Amazon gift card raffle which we'll announce the winner of every other Thursday.] Bill Kong is the CMO of Rover, the world’s largest marketplace for pet services like walks, boarding, daycare, grooming, and more. The mission of Rover is to make experiencing the love of a pet accessible to everyone, regardless of how busy you are. Bill, originally born in China, moved to the US at a young age and studied computer science at UC Berkeley before starting his career as a product manager in Silicon Valley. While working for companies that were ahead of the curve in enterprise SAAS (Vantive, Metreo), affiliate marketing (Amazon), and behavior targeting (AudienceScience), he realized his passion for marketing and it’s ability to interweave closely with product management and operations. Bill ultimately ended up at Drugstore.com (now Walgreens), managing the profit & loss of the online store which brought in revenue of over $0.5 billion and turned around the direct-to-consumer lenses business, Vision Direct, a profitable element of the business that raked in over $100M in revenue. After leaving Drugstore.com, Bill headed to Sears to become their Chief Digital Marketing Officer and branch the company into e-commerce while leveraging all digital marketing channels (SEO, SEM, affiliate, display, and paid). In recent years Bill has developed expertise in marketing successful direct-to-consumer brands like Commerce Hub, Vital Choice and Rover. Vital Choice Wild Seafood is particularly cool, an online ordering marketplace for the highest quality salmon and other seafood you can find. Bill holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. This conversation was so fun. Bill distills marketing principles down to the essentials so anyone can understand and start leveraging them immediately. We talked about the need for a new generation of marketers who are data scientists + technologies + artists all in one to be effective in today’s world, his appreciation for affiliate marketing, an often poorly perceived (and misunderstood) marketing channel that has incredible power for any brand that taps into it. SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/34vww4d  Connect with Jakub Kubicka: Visit The Daily Marketer PODCAST: https://jakubkubicka.com/category/podcast/ Visit the Jakub Kubicka BLOG: https://jakubkubicka.com/ Follow Jakub Kubicka on TWITTER: https://twitter.com/jakub_kubicka Follow Jakub Kubicka on INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/j_kubed/?hl=en Like Jakub Kubicka on FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/kubickaconsulting/

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