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The Work Of A CCO - Laura Bambach, CCO
Laura Bambach is D&AD President, co-founder of SheSays, and Chief Creative Officer of Mr President in London. In this episode, we discuss the work of a Chief Creative Officer. What does a CCO do? How do they look at the work? What's the best way for them to spend time? Laura compares her experiences working in leading roles in large agencies to her time at Mr President. She also discusses her work with SheSays and the conversations we need to have more of when it comes to women working in advertising.  You can find Laura here: https://twitter.com/laurajaybee      For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
53:34
August 20, 2019
Strategic Integrity - Jon Wilkins, Cofounder of Naked
Jon Wilkins was a cofounder of Naked, a prolific agency that burst into the world in the year 2000 then rampaged into some of the toughest advertising markets to establish itself as a much admired creative force. The agency attracted brilliant misfits and championed the idea of communications planning (using media in novel ways and in ways that magnified or played with the campaign ideas - as opposed to just stuffing them into a generic media plan). After Naked, Jon was hired as Executive Chairman of Karmarama and he is now Global Managing Director of the Creative Council at Accenture Interactive. Yes, he's had a big career.  In this first part of a two-part chat, we discuss Naked - how and why it started, how it thought, whether it could start again now and what would have to be different for it to succeed now.  You can find Jon here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wilkinsjon For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
49:17
August 16, 2019
The State Of Research - Farrah Bostic, Founder
Farrah Bostic runs The Difference Engine where she does brand strategy and qualitative research. In this chat, we discuss the latter and Farrah shares very clearheaded and astute observations about where research is at and is able to do so through the mind of a strategist - as in, someone who has to also use the research. We discuss the challenges research is facing, what data is, what a data-driven insight is, and much more. You can find Farrah here https://twitter.com/farrahbostic and here https://www.thedifferenceengine.co.  For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
50:42
August 15, 2019
Working With Other People Isn’t Meant To Be Easy - Walk And Talk, San Francisco
Politics, ego, and extroverts - how do you deal with them? In this episode, we answer 20-plus questions about working with other people - why it’s difficult, whether it needs to be difficult, and how to make it less difficult. Stream-of-consciousness. Someone gave the podcast a 1-star rating. If you’ve gotten something out of the 135 episodes, could you drop a 5 star rating in iTunes, please? I’m fragile. http://www.instagram.com/markpollard (PS The recording cut off a few minutes so I added a second section - hopefully the sound is just good enough)
1:00:19
August 13, 2019
Strategy On The Road - Olivia Poglianich, Strategist
Olivia Poglianich is a freelance brand strategist from New York. She studied at Cornell and interned at BBDO. She was a finalist in BBH's Griffin Farley's Beautiful Minds strategy bootcamp, she volunteered for the 4A's StratFest, she studied some more and then she thought... "What have I signed up for? Maybe there's another way to live." So, now, she does strategy and marketing work while moving around the world - working out how to earn enough to live a good life without giving her life to a corporation. And this is what we talk about. You can find Olivia here: https://www.instagram.com/lostwithliv For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 6,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
43:19
August 8, 2019
Has Art Direction Lost Direction? - Cathy Heng, Creative Director
Art direction is a beautiful thing - to reach for an idea that says one thing clearly and clearer than the other visual ideas it competes with and to do so in a way that makes unique sense for a brand. But does art direction still exist? Or, does it exist like it could? With the rise of social media, rapid turnarounds, cheap stock image options, mood boards and social media calendars, multivariate testing, and a whole chunk of the industry just banging out work to stay alive, are we doing a good enough job with the ideas people see?  Meet Cathy Heng, an art director recognized by D&AD, Cannes, the British Arrows, and the IPA Effectiveness Awards. She even featured in Campaign’s ‘Top 100’ Hall of Fame for her work on BMW.  We discuss what art direction is, how it happens, good examples, and how to do it better. You can find Cathy here: https://www.cathyheng.com For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
33:29
August 6, 2019
Does The World Still Need Digital Strategists? - Bogdana Butnar, Strategy Director
Bogdana Butnar is currently contracting as Digital Strategy Director at Accenture, London. She ran strategy at Poke, she once worked at Google, and she was MD of MRM in Romania. She's a ferocious learner, she loves product and service design, and, after an exceptional career in agencies, she is now playing her mind to a management consultancy.  We discuss the different shades of digital strategy, how the title can even confuse the people who do it, experience strategy and what is it?, working in silos, the programmatic mind, and building models. Oh, and baking and dating. You can find Bogdana here http://www.twitter.com/bogdana  For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
52:26
August 4, 2019
Strategy Job Interviews - Walk And Talk, London
Today, a chat about strategy job interviews, Europe, happiness, moving goal posts, problems, favorite projects, and more. Thanks for your questions: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard
50:20
August 2, 2019
Working With A Moving Mind - Faris Yakob, Cofounder
Faris Yakob is a Cofounder of strategy and innovation consultancy Genius Steals. A prolific thinker and writer, he has worked all over the world and is now six years into also living all over the world. But what we discuss in this interview is having a mind that sometimes won’t stop moving - how it feels, how Faris tries to deal with it, and why people find the topic so difficult to discuss. You can find Faris here: http://www.twitter.com/faris. Don’t forget to read his book “Paid Attention”. 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
39:20
July 29, 2019
Questions About Research Questions - Walk And Talk, Copenhagen
What research is useful research? How can we deal with bias? What’s a good way to take notes? What are common pitfalls in research interviews? Does intuition matter? And more. http://www.instagram.com/markpollard
53:27
July 26, 2019
The Executive View Of Marketing - JP Hanson, CEO
JP Hanson is CEO of strategy consultancy Rouser where he works with executives to improve their marketing. He also contributes to Marketing Week. In this chat, we discuss what makes someone commercially minded, the CMO's struggle for credibility, and how JP approaches his writing. You can find JP here https://twitter.com/rouserjp and Rouser here https://rouser.se/ For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
44:16
July 25, 2019
Living Your Principles - Rosie Yakob, Cofounder
Rosie Yakob runs the nomadic strategy and innovation consultancy Genius Steals. She moves around the world with her partner Faris doing strategy work and talks, and constantly contemplates their belief system and how to apply it to their lives outside of the New York agency world. We discuss their goals of working 20 hours per week, of not having an exit strategy, how they'd work on a project with very little time, the importance of creating space for yourself, and the value of patience. You can find Rosie here https://twitter.com/rosieyakob and Genius Steals here http://geniussteals.co/ For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
42:44
July 23, 2019
Introversion At Work - Walk And Talk, Amsterdam
10+ questions from Instagram answered in Amsterdam, including:  What would you say to an immigrant strategist trying to find work in a new country? Why can’t strategists strategize their own lives? Does anxiety and depression help you be a more creative thinker? What did you learn from writing raps that makes its way into strategy work? How can I grow in strategy without a boss or a good boss? For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co
1:05:00
July 21, 2019
The Art Of Peaceful Resolutions - Toby Ryan, Security Boss
Toby Ryan runs security in a large casino-resort in Macau. It’s one of the biggest in the world. He’s worked in security for over two decades, having trained in martial arts and initially wanting to apply his skills for a living. In this chat, we discuss what he’s learned about people in his job - as a “simple guy”, then a manager, and now as someone running one of the largest casino-resort security operations in the world.   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
35:23
July 18, 2019
Cross-Race Effect And Not Being Shitty To Each Other - Rachita Vasan, Strategist
Rachita Vasan is a strategist at Leo Burnett in Chicago. Recently, she presented thoughts about being less racist and less shitty in the workplace. A friend filmed it. I saw it. We invited Rachita to present it at The Strategy Super Sizer Megaclass in Chicago. And, now, she’s here sharing it into your ears. This episode features Rachita’s talk and then an interview. You can find Rachita here https://www.instagram.com/rachitavasan/ For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
49:25
July 16, 2019
You Are What You Haven’t Done - Tim Levinson, Urthboy
Tim Levinson is a rapper, songwriter, label manager, and artist manager. He’s been in the public eye for two decades as Urthboy and as part of the Elefant Traks record label (Hermitude are one of the groups representing the label around the world). We discuss how Tim thinks about his art and touch on many ideas a strategist would do well to absorb into their lives. You can find Tim here https://twitter.com/urthboy For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard   3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
52:12
July 15, 2019
Strategy At Speed - Lauren Joyce, Strategy Boss
Lauren Joyce is the National Strategy Director at the Australian Radio Network, a company that reaches millions of Australians every week. She's also worked in media agencies (Universal McCann), branded content, and in another publisher (Mamamia, a publisher that reaches 4 million Australians each month). We discuss how strategy is different in each of these types of companies, how to deal with short timelines, and how being a parent can shape your strategy life. You can find Lauren here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lscassar/ For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard   3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
57:56
July 11, 2019
Dear Strategy Career, Where Shall We Go Next? - Alasdair Lloyd-Jones, Strategist & CEO
Alasdair Lloyd-Jones is a strategist-turned-CSO-turned-President-turned-COO-turned-CEO. Most recently, he led SET Creative, an agency that recently sold. I caught Alasdair as he was contemplating what to do next - should he create his own agency, go client-side, or join another agency with deep experience design expertise? This feels like a rare conversation - someone who's lived in multiple countries and who's had many different roles and who still loves what he does having an open chat about how he's thinking through what to do next.  You can find Alasdair here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alasdair-lloyd-jones   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
59:03
July 10, 2019
Strategizing While Black - Melle Hock, Strategy Lead
How does it feel to be a strategist and have people invite you into strategy projects but not to do strategy? Instead, sometimes you're invited to "represent your people," a solo focus group on behalf of an entire population. How does it feel to be a lead strategist and have people invite you to meetings but treat you like you're not a lead strategist? These things have happened to Melle. And Melle wanted to discuss them. You can find Melle here http://www.twitter.com/mellehnyc Art Noir, her art collective, is here http://www.artnoir.co For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
37:54
July 8, 2019
Please, Can We Do Advertising Together? - Trine Keller-Andreason, Strategist
Trine Keller-Andreason is a planner at Forsman & Bodenfors. She's worked in Denmark and New York, but now lives in Sweden. Just over a week ago, her team won the inaugural Creative Strategy Grand Prix at The Cannes International Festival of Creativity. The project took Volvo's history and focus on safety somewhere it hadn't been before. This will come as no surprise because Forsman & Bodenfors is an agency many haven't seen before. They espouse a certain humanity and equality in how they work with each other - there isn't much formal hierarchy, there aren't many big titles, and people have to agree before projects can move ahead. Recently, the agency name arrived in New York through osmosis with KBS. But consensus, flat hierarchy, and small titles, can that even work in New York? You can find Trine here: https://twitter.com/trineka  For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
46:44
June 30, 2019
Strategy For Sales - Walk And Talk, Bryant Park
Today - a quick word to strategists who work in pre-sales for tech platforms and publishers, as well as for agencies that are new to strategy and mostly use it in pitches. Plus questions about doing strategy without much time, finding out things without being able to talk to people, and what planners need from Heads of Planning.  For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/   2. Strategy drawings: www.instagram.com/markpollard    3. Strategy Twitter: www.twitter.com/markpollard   4. Join 5,000+ strategists: www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
1:01:16
June 29, 2019
A Young Lion In Cannes - Max Slonim, Strategist
Max Slonim is a senior strategist at Initiative in New York. He's attended the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity twice. The first time he attended was to compete as a Young Lion. He and his partner had 24 hours to come up with a campaign. This year, he attended the academy.  You can think what you want of the festival - good or bad. That's because you're an independent thinker. I have no vested interest in seeing the event in any particular way. Truth is, it's a private, profit-focused enterprise. It's not some universally ordained governing body or representation of what we do. It doesn't represent me. It's a business. It's its own thing. I spoke there once. I enjoyed it. But I didn't get carried away with the materialistic nature of it - the boats, the rosé, the awards. I didn't even drink. But so what? If you're into that, do you. And then know that people you didn't give pay-rises to this year because your holding company is 15 years into salary freezes are watching. Live with it. Max has also enjoyed his two tours of Cannes. And this is what we discuss.  You can find Max here: https://twitter.com/maxslonim For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: www.instagram.com/markpollard   3. Strategy Twitter: www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
51:33
June 27, 2019
Your Questions Are My Priority - Walk and Talk, Central Park
Your questions answered in the face like a dog with its head out the window of a car speeding down a freeway.  For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: www.instagram.com/markpollard   3. Strategy Twitter: www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
51:59
June 22, 2019
Get In Where You Fit In (Or Make A Thing To Fit You) - Zoe Scaman, Strategist
Zoe Scaman runs Bodacious, a strategy consultancy in London. After a good run through Droga5, Undercurrent, Naked, and Adidas (yeah yeah, this is your dream list), Zoe isn't exactly settling down because maybe that's not how she's made. In fact, after growing up bouncing around, getting expelled twice, living in America, West Sussex, and Sydney, and constantly seeking new experiences and new ideas, maybe she came to the realization she didn't fit in anywhere and then she had to work out how to create the thing in which she fitted. But now that this is written here, she'll probably defy it. So, whatever. We discuss: - How Zoe grew up - What makes a good strategist - The consulting life We touch on mental health, self-perception, self-worth, and a bunch of other ideas that I think a lot of people will relate to, and I appreciate Zoe's openness.  You can find Zoe here https://twitter.com/zoescaman and Bodacious here http://www.bodacious.be/ For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
45:56
June 21, 2019
Your Voice Is In My Hands - Chapin Clark, @RGA
ECD Chapin Clark works at R/GA in New York. He has done so for a very long time, so long R/GA put its voice in his hands. It's not because he outlived his coworkers and R/GA had no choice, and it's not because Chapin got all Hunger Games at the office one long Winter's day. He just knows how to write things we wish we could say.  We discuss: - Moving from journalism into advertising - Why on Earth R/GA would trust Chapin with its Tweets - How Chapin thinks about writing - What gets in the way of brands doing Chapin to themselves (I call this "Chapining" - feel free to use it, especially if you work with Chapin) You can find Chapin here http://www.twitter.com/chapinc and R/GA's Tweets here http://www.twitter.com/rga May you enjoy his voice in your ear holes the way R/GA enjoys its voice in his hands. For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
33:27
June 19, 2019
Studying The World - Nayantara Dutta, Strategist
Nayantara Dutta has lived in Scotland, Vietnam, Hong Kong, India, and the USA. As a third culture kid, she has had to contemplate how to fit in as she's moved around while also learning different ways of being. And, in advertising, she's found a way to take this experience and contemplation and turn it into a career in New York, then into a report about young Muslim women.  We discuss: - Growing up around the world - The South Asian renaissance - Unapologetically Muslim - Nayantara's trend report about young Muslim women You can find Nayantara and her report here: https://www.nayantaradutta.com  For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
41:42
June 13, 2019
Saying What You Want To Say But Can't - Mickey Taylor, Adweak
Mickey Taylor runs Adweak, a satirical Internet presence that mocks advertising and all the silly things we do. He's a long-time creative director on the West Coast of the USA and has navigated his career from more traditional channels into running a Twitter account that thousands pay attention to every single day. We discuss: - What Adweak is all about and what Mickey has learned from doing it - How social media isn't just for kids - Working on the West Coast - Having a heyday (maybe you're having one right now) You can find Adweak here https://twitter.com/adweak and Adweak Studio here https://adweakstudio.com   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
43:55
June 11, 2019
How Strategists Speak To Themselves - Walk And Talk, Central Park
In this episode, I answer a few questions from Instagram - Does strategy need a rebrand? How do you get an executional client to think bigger? How do you avoid post-rationalizing ideas? What’s up with “purpose”? For AMAs: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
54:45
June 9, 2019
How Advertising Bro Culture Hurts Non-Bros - Megan Averell, Boss
Megan Averell runs The Insight Inn, a research and strategy consultancy. After years working in large agencies, she decided she’d had enough of Bro culture - misogyny dressed as creativity and frat games. So, she left. Then she researched her own industry and, after speaking to 20 women, she published what she’d found on her website and she presented it at The 3% Conference. Now, she discusses it here. You can find Megan here https://twitter.com/Meggatron and here https://theinsightinn.com  For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
1:11:50
June 5, 2019
Selling Clients Online, Selling Yourself Offline - Duane Brown, Digital Marketer
Duane Brown runs a digital marketing agency called Take Some Risk. He’s all across PPC (Pay Per Click) and the hashtag of the PPC community #PPCChat. He’s visited 40 countries and he has just moved from Vancouver to Montreal. And along the way, he’s spent time working out the company he wants to work in while building it. We discuss:  Basic digital performance marketing concepts Not charging for hours worked Quora, Pinterest, Reddit, Google Shopping, Facebook When a client outgrows you Which categories are hard to sell online Working out what you want to do and not do You can find Duane here https://twitter.com/duanebrown and his company here https://www.takesomerisk.com/   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter 2. Strategy drawings: www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
43:14
June 5, 2019
Strategy Upon A Strategist (ZeeMELT) - Walk And Talk, Central Park
A quick look at the ZeeMELT Conference in Mumbai this week just after I arrived back in NY. It includes a brief summary of talks by Faris & Rosie, Laura Bambach, Vicki Ross, Dave Trott, Kate O’Neill, Mr Sodhi, Samuel Scott, Fernando Machado, Rodger Beekman, Gerardo Mazzeo, JP Hanson and Wiemer Snijders. Complete with at least 200 mistakes and mispronunciations. Shout-outs to Payal, Sanika, Tushar, and Animesh for hanging out and to the Kyoorius crew for bringing us out - Rajesh, Anant, Pakhi, Nupur. P.S. My currency conversion was horribly wrong - where I mention $800 it’s closer to $8   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: www.instagram.com/markpollard    3. Strategy Twitter: www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
57:49
June 1, 2019
Live Action Strategy - Dos Toros, Mexican Food - Julian Cole, Davis Ballard
Dos Toros is a Mexican food joint. They are lunch-sponsoring the first occurrence of The Strategy Super Sizer Megaclass in New York. So we thought we'd throw around some ideas like the last episode Julian and I did together. Can we think out loud and messy and try - just try - to find a thread from problem to comms idea and tactics in less than an hour and then draw it up? Will any of it make sense? This time, we brought in Davis Ballard who provided research support (Thanks, Davis!). This is hypothetical thinking. And it's an unedited pod. If you think you can beat it, beat it! Julian and I will do a Live Action Strategy sesh live in our Megaclasses (NYC, Chicago, LA). You can find Julian's newsletter Planning Dirty (not Dirty Planning or Planking Dirty) and his Tweets here: http://www.twitter.com/juliancole. You can find Davis here: https://twitter.com/mrdavisballard. The Strategy Super Sizer Megaclass: http://bit.ly/StrategySuperSizer The deck for the last Live Action Strategy sesh (Lamps): http://bit.ly/LiveStrategyLamps The deck for this Live Action Strategy sesh (Dos Toros): http://bit.ly/LiveStrategyDosToros   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
1:11:20
May 27, 2019
Writing Creative Briefs - Walk And Talk, Central Park, Memorial Day Weekend
Writing creative briefs, creative brief templates, running brief-writing workshops, propositions, and more. Shout-outs to Gillian Rightford and Shane O’Leary for the Saturday morning encouragement. http://www.instagram.com/markpollard For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
1:16:58
May 25, 2019
Not Dancing Around Diversity And Inclusion - Lauren Cole, The One Club For Creativity
Lauren Cole is Senior Manager of Inclusion & Diversity at The One Club For Creativity. In this role, Lauren helps organizations improve how they understand and apply important ideas about creating workforces that represent the communities they're in, while helping individuals understand more about the industry they are in or might enter. We discuss: - The very concepts of diversity and inclusion - The most pressing diversity and inclusion issues right now - Euphemisms and perpetual surprises about diversity and inclusion You can find Lauren here: https://twitter.com/MsCole84 For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
41:38
May 24, 2019
Learning Strategy - Walk and Talk, Riverside Park
How do you learn strategy? In this episode we look at 15+ questions from strategists around the world and we discuss deliberate practice, sets, and practice as sanity. Ask questions here: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
50:31
May 18, 2019
London New York Brooklyn Strategy - Ben Phillips, World Champion of Strategy Skateboarding
Ben Phillips is Strategy Director at Anomaly in New York. His parents are from America. I'll claim him as Australian because my family and I walked past him this one time in Ultimo, Sydney. He did work in Sydney. Then he spent a bunch of years in London and he worked at R/GA there. He's also the best skateboarder on the strategy Internet. He got engaged last year but, when we spoke, he either got the date or the year wrong because he was so excited about... talking to me. Or getting married. You decide. We discuss: - London - New York - London - New York You can find Ben here https://twitter.com/Ben_Phillips For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
40:41
May 18, 2019
Go For It - James Kirkham, Agency Cofounder
James Kirkham co-founded and co-sold the agency Holler. He started it in London. He was young and naive. He worked to spread offices around the world. Then he sold Holler to Leo Burnett. Now, he is the Chief Business Officer of Copa90, a football fan media empire. We discuss:  - Going from freelance to business - The power of young naivety - Luck, proximity, hard work, recession, catching waves, and audacity - What James has learned about football culture in recent years You can find James here https://twitter.com/spoonybear and Copa90 here https://copa90.com.   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
41:33
May 17, 2019
How To Make Generalization Work - Kate Richardson, Consultant and Coach
Kate Richardson is a marketing consultant who can work on a wide array of projects. As a generalist, she touches business strategy, marketing strategy, digital and comms planning, and, now, coaching and training. She once worked at Naked in Australia (news came out this week of their merger with BMF), she was the National Strategy Director of the TV network Channel Ten, and she believes in sabbaticals as a way to get distance from the day to day. She also contributed a chapter to "Eat Your Greens". We discuss: - How to approach career changes - How to find the story in a generalist career - The pros and cons of consulting You can find Kate here https://www.katerichardson.co and here https://twitter.com/KateRichardson   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
47:09
May 16, 2019
What Makes Strategy Harder Than It Needs To Be - Walk And Talk, Central Park
A chat about 27 things that make strategy harder than it needs to be as suggested by the good folks who answered my question about this on Instagram. Plus 21 things that I believe make a good operating system for doing good work. If you like these walks, let me know: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
1:09:56
May 11, 2019
Putting Yourself And Your Campaigns Out There - Julian Cole, Comms Planner
Julian Cole was formerly the Head of Comms Planning at BBDO in New York. We've known each since around 2008. We've blogged, taught Skillshare, and spoken at conferences side by side. And now we're doing a strategy class in a bunch of different cities side by side. It's called The Strategy Super Sizer Megaclass. Dates for NY have been announced. Chicago, LA, and others are coming soon.  We discuss: - Revenge-astroturfing a bank by walking into it and yelling at it - The value of writing and putting yourself out there - Giving useful feedback about ideas - Working better with media agencies - An impromptu strategy for saving lamps from hypothetical extinction You can find Julian and his Planning Dirty newsletter here: https://twitter.com/juliancole And you can find out about the MEGACLASS here: http://bit.ly/StrategySuperSizer     For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
52:18
May 9, 2019
Working In Tokyo While Watching It And Making It Dance - Mike Sunda, Strategist
I don't know how good Mike is at strategy but I'd hire him just from how good he is at the things that make a good strategist: finding out stuff, spending time in unfamiliar places, talking to people, documenting it all, and putting it out into the world.  Mike is from London but has lived in Tokyo for the past 11 years. He's a journalist, documentary-maker, and DJ, and he spends his days at Mullen Lowe, where he founded their cultural insights group Tokyo20XX. He speaks Japanese. He's written for The Japan Times and the BBC. Just check him out: https://www.mikesunda.com/ We discuss: - Starting fresh in a new city - At what point is observing culture also participating in it? - That freelance writer/DJ lifestyle - Dealing with doing deep research but shallow outputs - Orientalism    For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
50:08
April 27, 2019
What Anxiety Is Good For - Rob Estreitinho, Strategist
I interviewed Rob about philosophy a year ago. This time, we chat anxiety and what it's good for. For some reason, there are topics like this that I really want to talk about but when I ask the questions... I get a little anxious and they don't come out right. And I think some of my questions here a bit vague but Rob handled it well. You can find Rob and his newsletter Salmon Theory at https://twitter.com/robistyping   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon. 
36:10
April 24, 2019
AMA - 20 Questions From Instagram - Walk And Talk, Central Park
Here are answers to about 20 questions people asked today via Instagram Stories. The questions include: How do you inspire creative teams? What do I do without a planning director for a year? What are some useful presentation tips? What’s a good creative brief template? Should anybody give up? Is getting credit important? Find me on Instagram here: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
1:19:01
April 19, 2019
How BBDO Does Business Development - Nicole Landesman
Nicole Landesman is Head of Business Development at BBDO in New York, where she helps potential clients navigate everything BBDO has to offer. And she was once a planner. We discuss: - The BBDO new business process - What’s going on inside a marketer’s mind during a pitch - What makes a useful pitch brief - Moving form planning to business development   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
32:12
April 12, 2019
The Crucial Challenges Facing Brands And Their Marketers Right Now - Jason Lonsdale, CSO
Jason Lonsdale is the Head of Brand Strategy at Ogvily. Originally from New Zealand but now based in New York, Jason manages a team of strategists across America.  We discuss: - What Ogilvy New York is about - B2B marketing - The New York agency landscape - Advice for upcoming strategists You can find Jason here: https://twitter.com/jasonlonsdale   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
36:36
April 9, 2019
Work That’s Unafraid To Go There - Helene Dick, Strategist
Helene Dick is Strategy Director at New York's Barton F Graf, an agency renowned for provocative work. And in a time where provocative work seems rare, how on Earth do these ideas travel through an agency committed to them? And what role do planners play? We discuss: - The work: Supercell, Welch’s, Little Caesars, Emerald Nuts, The Climate Name Change, Ragu - Briefs, briefings, and reviews - Client presentations You can find Helene here http://twitter.com/helenebd   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
41:56
April 5, 2019
What Makes A Good Planner? - John Kenny, CSO
John Kenny is CSO of FCB Chicago, an agency with a planning team of 85 people. A transplant from Ireland who arrived in Chicago many years ago to attend college, John has seen planning in America since the early days of planning in America. We discuss: - Why John feels so bullish about the future of planning - What makes planning and planners work - Planning in the USA You can find John here https://twitter.com/johnxkenny   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
49:02
April 4, 2019
Getting Beyond Stereotypes - Dave McCaughan, CSO
Dave McCaughan was a public librarian for 10 years then worked 27 years for McCann in Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Japan. This makes him one of Australia's earliest planners. He is still based in Asia - Bangkok, Thailand, and he hosts a podcast about market research called MR Realities. He talks, he advises, and he is definitely open to you asking him about planning. We discuss: -  The Australian Planner - The white Australian male - Stereotypes - useful or not useful? - How do you know when you’ve gone beyond a stereotype? - Current and interesting market research and survey techniques - Marshall McLuhan and Umberto Ecco You can find Dave here https://twitter.com/bibliosexuality   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
57:07
March 29, 2019
Singapore As A Metaphor For The Future Of Advertising - Mylene Ong, Strategy Boss
Mylene Ong is the Head of Strategy at Colenso BBDO in Auckland, New Zealand. She has worked in New York, Shanghai, and her hometown Singapore. Much of our discussion uses Singapore, a country that is just over 50 years old, as a metaphor for the future of advertising. We also discuss: - Adapting yourself to different cultures - Generalists and specialists in strategy departments  - How working in a small market in an agency that consistently does good work might be the only shortcut there is  You can find Mylene here https://nz.linkedin.com/in/mylene-ong  P.S. I think she's hiring. P.P.S. According to various rankings, Colenso BBDO, is one of the best advertising agencies in the world http://www.colensobbdo.co.nz For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
46:39
March 29, 2019
Insights - Walk And Talk, Central Park
On Instagram, I recently asked people what questions they had about insights and I responded as an Instagram Story. This episode of Sweathead is those questions and my responses but on a walk around Central Park. Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
2:17:34
March 27, 2019
The Independent Agency Mindset - John Harris, CEO
John Harris is CEO and President of Worldwide Partners. Worldwide Partners is a network of 72 independent agencies in 40 countries. It has existed since 1938. One thing that makes Worldwide Partners interesting is that the agencies own the network - the network doesn’t own the agencies. John helps make it work and, insodoing, he has great insight into the minds, needs, and trends of the independent agency. We discuss: - CEO and President - What exactly are these roles? - How an independent network works - The psychology of people who run independent agencies - Why people set up agencies - Trends with new independent agencies You can find John here https://www.linkedin.com/in/netharris and Worldwide Partners here https://www.worldwidepartners.com/ For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
46:02
March 25, 2019
What’s It Like Client-Side? - Emma Brooks, Marketer
Emma Brooks leads marketing at Toronto's Wattpad. Wattpad serves stories to 70 million people around the world every month. Many of the authors are anonymous and many share as they write. Some of the stories are making their ways into books and movies. It's an intimate community where people are able to share ideas that haven't always belonged elsewhere. Also, Emma worked in advertising for over a decade.  So, we discuss: - The stories and community of Wattpad  - Why Emma decided to leave advertising - What it's like on the other side You can find Emma here: https://twitter.com/ejbrooks   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
35:43
March 23, 2019
Short-termism And Writing About Strategy - Gareth Price, Strategist
Gareth Price is a senior planner at JWT/WundermanThompson in London. He won the 2017 IPA President’s Prize and the Advertising category in the 2018 WPP Atticus Awards for his IPA Excellence Diploma thesis, Thinklong, which outlined a seven-point plan to tackle short-termism in marketing. So we decided to talk about writing about strategy. Topics include: - The IPA Excellence Diploma - Short-termism and Gareth's thesis about why people don't think long - Writing about strategy - why even do it? You can find Gareth here https://twitter.com/G_Price P.S. There are minor glitches in my questions - well, the sound of my questions. But Gareth's audio is 100%.   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
32:42
March 20, 2019
How To Create A Good Culture For Account Planning - Matt Tanter, CSO
Matt Tanter is the Chief Strategy Officer at Grey London and the Chair of the Account Planning Group (APG). As far as planning credentials go, CSO + Grey + London + Chair of APG = legit. He's a leader who's interested in culture over process and I thought I'd talk to him about this focus to help companies trying to bring in planning understand that you can't just drop in a planner and have planning. Planning happens within an operating system - a city, an agency type, an agency, the philosophy of the agency, the processes of the agency, and the attitudes of managers. We discuss: - Establishing a good culture of planning - The pressures on planners right now - Managing up - Mental health in planning' - The APG and its creative planning awards Shoutouts to all the lone planners or people trying to establish planning where it has never existed. You can find Matt here https://twitter.com/matttanter and the APG here https://www.apg.org.uk/   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
50:35
March 19, 2019
What Holds Us Back From Better Creative Work - Gillian Rightford, MD
Gillian Rightford grew up in the vibrant South African advertising industry. Now, Gillian lectures at the University of Cape Town and, in her company Ad Therapy, she consults with marketers and agencies about how to do better creative work and how to have better relationships to get to better creative work.   We discuss: - Why marketing suffers a credibility issue - The advertising industry in South Africa - Global brands and missteps in going local - The broader societal need for creativity You can find Gillian here https://twitter.com/grightford and here http://www.adtherapy.co.za/   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard 3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
37:37
March 18, 2019
How To Make A Global Brand Feel Local - Govind Pandey, CEO
Govind Pandey is CEO of TBWA\India, a global advertising agency he sees as a startup. This idea is an easy one to say but Govind can speak to what this actually means as part of his philosophy of running the company (Is the agency solving interesting problems well? Is the agency applying what they learn back to their projects? Are they building new revenue streams and pricing models because of this?). We discuss these ideas and we get into the challenges of taking global brands to India, a country with states bigger than many countries. And we chat planning because, guess what? Govind was a planner. And we hear how TBWA mandates 12% of direct costs to planning and how the global CEO looks at this. Amazing. Topics we touch: - How brands like Suzuki, McDonalds, Coca Cola, and Cadburys have adjusted to India - The role of celebrity in Indian advertising - Going from planner to management, CEO You can find Govind here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/govind-pandey-9309b0/   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
42:20
March 17, 2019
The Only Work To Do Is Brave Work - Anselmo Ramos, CCO
Anselmo Ramos cofounded and sold the Miami agency David after years working his way around the world. Madrid, New York, Sao Paulo, and Buenos Aires feature on his itinerary. He recently cofounded another agency, Gut. You'll know him from his work with Burger King and Dove's "Real Beauty Sketches." He takes risks and takes on clients who' also take risks. For, what else is there? We discuss: - The difficulties in doing brave work - The challenges in finding brave clients - The shared DNA of planning and creative roles - A rubric to apply to ideas in creative reviews - The importance of dating in business It's one of those chats to which I hope strategists, creative teams, and clients can listen to develop more empathy and commit to bigger ambition for and with each other. You can find Anselmo here: https://twitter.com/anselmoramos   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
47:00
March 15, 2019
Why Live In Public On The Internet? - Lynne D Johnson
Lynne D Johnson is an adjunct professor at SUNY, she's worked in agencies like R/GA, in publishing companies such as Fast Company, and she did a stint at the Advertising Research Foundation. She has spent well over two decades tinkering with the Internet, blogging, and expressing on social media. Lynne and I first crossed paths when Lynne was at Vibe Magazine - and I was publishing a hip hop magazine in Australia (Stealth), so it was great to be able to speak in public all these years later with both of us now in the same city. We discuss: - The early days of magazine publishing, social networks, and the Internet - Blogging While Black - SxSW 2005 - Introversion and public self-expression - Dealing with online trolls - Class, race, and gender in media - Finding your voice online You can find Lynne here: https://twitter.com/lynneluvah For strategy articles and drawings: www.markpollard.net www.instagram.com/markpollard New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
38:57
March 14, 2019
How To Listen To Yourself - Heidi Hackemer
Heidi Hackemer. Many of you have heard of her, met her, watched her speak, or read her. Many of you will have seen her article "I've cried on a few runs lately" in which she documents losing her job at the Chan Zuckerburg Institute, family health problems, closing the agency she co-founded, edging towards 40 years of age... and now what?  We spoke on the day Heidi was due to get an impressive tattoo so I wanted to publish this close to the conversation. It's raw, intimate, candid. Everyone is working things out. We discuss: - Creating space for yourself to speak to yourself - Working in advertising but not really being into buy stuff - Recovering from personal and career wipeout You can find Heidi here https://www.instagram.com/uberblond and here https://medium.com/@uberblond.   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
43:15
March 10, 2019
The Taboos Of Strategy Work - Kaitlin Maud, Strategy Boss
Kaitlin Maud recently set up Current Forward, a strategy collective based in Austin, Texas. And as part of her preparation for our conversation (yes, sometimes people do homework... but I don't judge either way), Kaitlin asked the strategy community on Twitter about strategy taboos - what topics or points of view are just too raw for us to admit or examine?   The taboos we discuss:  - Strategy is a creative act - Good at talking, not good at execution - PowerPoint is a weak way to communicate ideas - Brief templates are uninspiring to creative teams - Briefings are too boring - Not every strategist loves brainstorms You can find Kaitlin here: https://twitter.com/kaitlinmaud   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
35:45
March 8, 2019
Swashbuckling: A Surprise Strategy Workshop About Doing Riskier Work - Phil Adams, Strategy Boss
Phil Adams has helped to merge three agencies. He's also worked in London at BBH and in Edinburgh at The Leith Agency and Blonde, and is now at Signal. He's had strategy and managing director roles. He's an OG and was kind enough to let me surprise him with something that resembles a virtual workshop about how to do better work. Like, what happened to taking risks? We discuss: - What we’ve got wrong with process and rigor - The power of asymmetry in creative returns - How to double your chances at winning pitches - The power of a chip on the shoulder - and Edinburgh You can find Phil here: https://twitter.com/phil_adams    For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
39:17
March 7, 2019
"Strategy Is Your Words" Book Excerpt - "Fighting Words"
We're about to hit 100,000 listens. Seems like a solid number. Thank you for listening and sharing it with your friends. It means a lot to me because this podcast is how I trap people into deep conversations. If you'd like to rate the podcast, which is something you've probably been contemplating, please do.  Recently, I finished the second draft of this strategy book I'm writing and I wanted to read out the first chapter - Fighting Words. There's still work to do but it will give you a sense of the attitude of the book.  There are two main sections to the book. The first half focuses on 24 words that I find strategists and account planners using (or needing to use) in their work (clarity, meaning, truth, impostor, lonewolf, etc). It's surreal philosophy of sorts. I want it to feel like I'm in your head because I'm channeling hundreds - maybe thousands - of conversations, emails, and meetings. The second half of the book is more practical. It compiles frameworks from my "Strategy! The Workout" training sessions, helps you understand how to apply them, while also breaking down what ideas, problems, insights, and strategy statements are.  I want to get "Strategy Is Your Words" onto desks and walls (posters) around the world. There will be a digital version but... I want you to touch this and be able to point to it.  I'm just starting on launch and marketing plans. I'm open to ideas :) Enjoy.  Mark    For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
30:26
March 7, 2019
The Agency-Client Relationship - Alexandra Stankiewicz, CMO
Alexandra Stankiewicz is CMO and Head of Online Sales at Aloha. She's also worked at Chobani and Calvin Klein. But, guess what? Alex was one of the first ten employees at Mother New York and she spent seven years there. So I thought it would be great to talk to her about what she's learned from being on both sides of the fence.  We discuss: - How agencies and clients can have better relationships - What hurts the relationships - Marketers' appetite for strategy from agencies - What agency folk thinking about jumping client-side need to know You can find Alex here: https://www.instagram.com/alexbdalex   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
33:45
March 6, 2019
We Are More Alike Than Different - Omer Azeem, Strategy Lead
Omer Azeem is 20 years into a career that has taken him from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, Oman, Eqypt, Qatar and back to Pakistan. We recorded this a few weeks ago before the war talk between Pakistan and India this week so you'll hear Omer say that things feel "calm". You'll also hear him echo the sentiment in the interview with Priyanka Agrawal from Bombay, India - that we are more alike than we are different. We discuss: - Planning in what many people might see as "closed markets" - Identifying as a progressive but working in what many people see as conservative cultures - How Pakistan is changing - What strategy and planning do in Pakistan You can find Omer here: https://twitter.com/omerazeem   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
32:15
March 2, 2019
Doing Strategy Alone (But For 1.3 Billion People) - Priyanka Agrawal, Strategist
I spoke to Priyanka today. She was in Bombay - or "Mumbai," as some call it. Earlier this week, news abounded with fears of international war between India and Pakistan. We discuss this then we discuss doing strategy as the only planner in an agency and how India's diversity requires different approaches to advertising. War to strategy - easy segues all round. You can find Priyanka here: https://twitter.com/pri_agrawal   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
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March 1, 2019
How To Work The System - Jerrold McGrath, Disorderly
Jerrold McGrath helps artists and creators solve big problems and work out how to make a living from their art. He spent a decade consulting with companies and leaders at the amazing Bannf Centre in Calgary and now advises Artscape Daniels Launchpad, a program that takes places in a 30,000 square-foot space in Toronto. We discuss: - How to have a creative practice - Understanding the systems in which you operate - Creativity and saving the world - Hiding from your own creative practice in a job You can find Tom here: https://twitter.com/JerroldMcGrath   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
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February 27, 2019
Who Can Even Do Brand Strategy? - Tom Donald, Strategy Lead
Tom is 20+ years into strategy work and now runs brand strategy at Re in Sydney, Australia. He's worked in the UK, NYC, and Sydney.  We discuss: - The blindspots of different types of agencies doing brand strategy - How complexity has earned many companies money - The return to simplicity in strategy You can find Tom here: https://twitter.com/thepunkrockshop   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
43:26
February 24, 2019
Go Deep, Go Offbeat - Mel McShane, Brand Strategist
Mel McShane has spent well over a decade at renowned design agency Wolff Olins and consults with executives around the world on their brand strategies.  One question up-coming strategists are sometime curious about is which type of agency actually does brand strategy because... so many agencies say they do everything but when you're in them you realize it isn't always true. We discuss: - Where brand strategy happens - How Mel approaches brand strategy - Interviewing people vs running people through questionnaires You can find Mel here: http://linkedin.com/in/melanie-mcshane   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
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February 23, 2019
The Billionaire’s Strategist - Simon Smiles, UBS
Simon Smiles is the Chief Investment Officer for the Ultra-High Net Worth investors of UBS in Switzerland. He spends his days with people who have over $50M in investments with UBS. UBS banks with half of the world's billionaires. Simon has a PhD, he is a regular attendee of the World Economic Forum and the Milken Institute events, he speaks with hundreds of the world's business, government, philanthropy, and NGO leaders every year. He has a thing for impact investment - investments that earn money for the investor while also helping the planet. And he thinks there are better and more urgent ways to create a different future for the world. We discuss: - How the wealthy think about their investments - The UN’s Sustainability Development Goals - The World Economic Forum - Profit, sustainability, and greenwashing - How to speak to business people about doing good You can find the UBS white-paper on the United Nation's Sustainability Development Goals that we discuss at http://ubs.com/wef2019   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
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February 20, 2019
Solve Your Own Problem - Open Strategy's Jonathan Colmenares & Matt Butler
Jonathan Colmenares and Matt Butler established Open Strategy at the start of 2015. They assembled strategy presentations and tools into a website. Then they launched a Slack channel which housed thousands of strategists. Then events and an email newsletter. Then they both left the full-time agency world, reduced how much time they spend online and they now spend less time talking about strategy. But Open Strategy taught them about their love for community, teaching, and doing.  We discuss: - The needs of full-time agency folk - What Jon and Matt learned from running open Strategy - What life after full-time agency life is like You can find Matt at https://twitter.com/MattButler07 and Jon at https://twitter.com/mrjonath   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
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February 15, 2019
Strategy To Right Wrongs - Harsha Prag, Strategy Boss
Imagine if you could put your strategy skills to work for some kind of good. All that brainpower, that empathy, and that creative lust... surely you could change the world. Well, in some places it might be possible. Harsha Prag is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, a country of 50 million people with 11 official languages and a lot of social problems that need help. Having run account planning at JWT, Harsha now works with companies to create products and communications that help more than pollute and hurt. We discuss: - Empathy - what is it and what isn't it? - Advertising in post-apartheid South Africa - How some brands put money into potholes and traffic lights - Advice to heads of planning You can find Harsha at https://twitter.com/Harsha_Prag   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
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February 14, 2019
Quick, Double Down! The Heart of American Strategy - Tom Morton, CSO
Tom Morton is co-CSO of R/GA in the USA. It's a new role, so new it was announced this week. Tom shares the role with Jess Greenwood. With over 60 strategists in 7 US offices while working with large and fast tech companies but not just tech companies, what does strategy do at R/GA and how is strategy different between the USA and England, the other place both Tom and Jess have worked? We discuss: - Doing strategy in the USA - Doing strategy fast and under pressure - Problems and insights - What a CSO does You can find Tom at https://twitter.com/tommorton   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
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February 13, 2019
When A Strategist Runs The Agency - Samanta Judez, MD
Samanta Judez is Managing Director of DDB Barcelona. Before this, she was the agency's CSO. She isn't alone as a planner-turned-agency-leader but the convention is to reserve the role for someone from account management. So, what can a planner bring to agency leadership? We discuss: - What an MD does - How to know if this path is for you - Planning in Spain - Barcelona's long history of creativity  You can find Sam at https://twitter.com/samjudez13   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
35:55
February 5, 2019
Strategists, Where Are Your Spines? - Murray Calder, Strategy Lead
How would you feel the day you found out you had cancer? How would you feel the afternoon after your first chemotherapy session? How would you feel the sleep before spinal surgery? Would you seek out and do more strategy work or less? Would you know how to speak about any of this with your family and friends? What would you say?  Murray Calder is strategy director at Mediacom in Edinburgh. He also spent a couple years as chairman of the IPA, Scotland. Hearing quietly about what he was going through, I decided to hassle him for some volume. YO, MURRAY! WHAT'S ALL OF THIS LIKE? We discuss: - What it felt like to get his cancer diagnosis - What he's learned from his illness - What makes good strategy - and we use his spine as a metaphor Thanks for the brave chat, Murray. To any of you going through similar things, we're here. You can find Murray at http://www.twitter.com/ScotStratGuy   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
28:31
February 4, 2019
This Business Is Personal - Sudeep Gohil, Strategy Head
Sudeep Gohil has worked in Sydney, London, Portland, LA, Mumbai, and Tokyo. He's run a Droga5 office, led strategy at Wieden and Kennedy, helped 72andsunny develop plans for Asia, and now runs brand strategy at KPMG.    We discuss: - How moving around helps you connect more dots - Working in a growing market like India - Taking a break from agencies - The move from strategist to CEO - How it feels when your agency closes - Taking business personally - Building the case for planning - with insight into W+K You can find Sudeep here http://www.twitter.com/sudeepgohil   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
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January 30, 2019
You Have To Be Part Of Something - Tina Yip, STRTGST
The strategy life is full of lonely strolls through the garden of the mind, blank timesheets, and career paths. Sometimes, there are allies. Sometimes, there aren't. Sometimes, you don't even know. Do strategy in a massive city like New York and the sense of isolation can multiply by the number of people in the city in some bizarre and ironic act of revenge. With her crew at STRTGST, Tina organizes events for strategists, and helps them find a supportive room of allies. We discuss: - Embracing your otherness - What Tina learned at each of the 8 events STRTGST ran in 2018 - The power of side projects You can find Tina here https://twitter.com/tina_yip and STRTGST here http://www.strtgst.co   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
38:59
January 28, 2019
Raising Children In Advertising - Jake Rusznyak, Creative
Jake Rusznyak has held very senior creative roles in very good advertising agencies in Sydney. BMF, Host, and The Monkeys feature on his resume. But what caught my eye was an article Jake recently wrote about being a father of twins while wrestling the needs of clients and maintaining a marriage to a CMO.  We discuss: - The idea of symmetry in relationships - Love languages - The power of routine for families but the lack of it in agencies - Who's in control of your time? - What fathers can do to improve the advertising industry  You can find Jake here: https://twitter.com/angstigator and his article here: https://www.gabberish.com/home/2018/12/14/s687fx83juvqlsqos9pjgzu5qdgjv1   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
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January 23, 2019
Designing Research for Design Thinking - Kate Bordwell, Researcher
Kate Bordwell leads design research at Skyscanner in Scotland. Yes, the website that helps you fly places for your Instagram feed. And in former lives she was an account planner and a digital strategist. So how do all these experiences inform her approach to design thinking?   We discuss:  - What design thinking is - Working across company silos and departments - Ways to approach ethnography - Common issues with research plans - Running workshops You can find Kate here https://twitter.com/kbordwell   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
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January 22, 2019
The Early Years Of Strategy Careers - Tess McGourty, Strategist
Tess McGourty is strategy lead at Elephant in Los Angeles. Elephant is part of digital agency Huge so Tess now works on digital projects. She started in a media agency then spent several years in advertising. And she has written several articles for strategists new to the industry. So this is what we decided we'd talk about.  We discuss: 1. Mentorship and what's the point? 2. Unusual career leaps into planning 3. Working with creative teams 4. Introversion, overconfidence, and burnout 5. Switching from advertising planning to experience planning You can find Tess here https://twitter.com/tessmcgourty and her articles here https://medium.com/@TessMcGourty   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
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January 17, 2019
Advertising Under Pressure - Nancy Hill, Former 4As President
Nancy Hill became President and CEO of the 4As in 2008. The 4As is the American Association of Advertising Agencies. It is the main advertising agency body in the USA. In 2008, the economy tanked, middle-management roles disappeared, salaries didn't disappeared, and the misbehaviors of agency leaders started going public. Many people set up their own agencies as a way to do work they liked and to regain a sense of control over their careers. Nancy now consults with some of these small and mid-sized agencies in her company The Agency Sherpa. We discuss: - How diversity requires public numbers - Trade publications and whether they are too cozy with their topics - Where money goes in holding companies (i.e. not to you) - New York arrogance and titles - Does planning even work in the USA? You can find Nancy here https://www.linkedin.com/in/nancy-hill-advertising/   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
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January 16, 2019
Getting People To Work In Digital Agencies - Tom Beck, SoDA
Tom Beck once ran then sold an agency. Now, as the Executive Director of the Society of Digital Agencies (SoDA), he helps other people who run agencies.  We discuss: 1. The eras of digital agencies over the past 20 years 2. The missteps some agencies have taken 3. How to get the people to work... specifically, what are the challenges in bringing in strategy, account management, user experience, and creative folk? 4. Is "production" a dirty word? You can find Tom here https://twitter.com/laughingrobots and SoDA here: http://sodaspeaks.com   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
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January 15, 2019
Five Critical Marketing Facts - Wiemer Snijders, Consultant
Marketing consultant Wiemer Snijders recently gathered some of his favorite brains into a book. The book is a call to marketers and strategists of all kinds to deploy more evidence and more facts in their work. The book's name is "Eat Your Greens". It is available through Troubador. We discuss: 1. The 5 most useful fact-based ideas to marketers right now 2. The allure of consulting models and diagrams 3. Marketing's credibility issue You can find Wiemer here: https://twitter.com/wiemersnijders   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
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January 13, 2019
Marketers Fight For Ideas - Fernando Machado, Global CMO Burger King
Fernando Machado is the Global CMO of Burger King. His marketing team is one of the most creatively awarded teams in recent years. And that's all you need to know. I recorded this interview with a brand new microphone but I didn't edit it much. I want you to hear a chat between someone at the peak of his game and a beginner. Yes, the beginner is me. Although, the way Fernando talks, he seems to have a wonderful beginner's mind.  We discuss: - Making the Super Bowl decision - What January for a CMO feels like - How marketing works at Burger King -  Working with agencies You can find Fernando at https://twitter.com/fer_machado123   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
58:36
January 12, 2019
21 Challenges Facing Strategists Right Now - Lucy Cochran, Strategy Head
Lucy Cochran has just arrived in New York. She's run strategy teams in Australia and Amsterdam. She's won a bunch of awards. She ran the Melbourne arm of the Account Planning Group. And we decided to give ourselves the challenge of discussing and answering 20 of the main questions facing strategists right now. They include: 1. Why don't clients want to pay for it? 2. Why don't some agencies support their own strategists? 3. How do you deal with a jargon-heavy culture? 4. How do you build relationships with creatives? 5. How can someone get good at insights? 6. How an a planner have a good career? 7. What makes planning such a hard career to sidestep from? You can find Lucy at http://www.twitter.com/lucycochran   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
40:56
January 11, 2019
Take Creative Risks Or Else - Suzy Batiz, Poo-Pourri
Suzy Batiz is founder and CEO of Poo-Pourri. She is in a minority of business leaders who insist creativity is so important to a business that it's a default expectation of everyone in her company. As is the use of intuition. Having just launched the new direct-to-consumer brand Supernatural, Suzy has used creativity and intuition to create an empire of honest and comedic advertising and products from her home base in Dallas.  This episode is for anyone trying to get their marketing clients to take risks or people who are thinking of setting up their own product-based company.  We discuss:  - How to build creativity into business  - How to trust your gut  - Challenges facing direct-to-consumer companies right now  You can find Poo-Pourri here https://www.poopourri.com Supernatural here http://www.supernatural.com and Suzy Batiz here http://www.instagram.com/suzybatiz    For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
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January 9, 2019
Applying Strategy To Life - Heather LeFevre, Strategist & Author
Heather Lefevre has done a lot for strategy people. With The Strategist Survey, she helped strategists understand their salaries. With her book "Brain Surfing", she takes strategists around the world with her to meet and experience other strategy minds. But she's also done a lot for herself by applying her strategy sensibilities to her own life. We discuss:  - Writing a brief to find love - Divorce and decision-making - The Strategist Survey and strategist salaries - Brief and brand as algorithm for decision-making - Doing karaoke to gain confidence as a presenter - Sensitivity - Meaningful living - Linking and ranking cultures - Performance evaluations and feedback WTF? - Reflecting and listening to yourself You can find Heather at http://www.twitter.com/hklefevre   For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
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January 5, 2019
What Can Go Right? A Primer On Positive Psychology - Courtney Ackerman, Researcher & Author
Courtney Ackerman is a researcher and author. She focuses on positive psychology. Her first booked was called "My Pocket Positivity" and contains tens of exercises to help people practice positivity. She has two new books in the pipeline - one on bliss and one on gratitude.  We discuss:  - What is positive psychology? Is it misunderstood?  - Bliss and gratitude and how they affect the brain  - Turning dark rumination into something positive  - Realistic pessimism  - Research survey design  You can find Courtney here: https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/?s=courtney+ackerman and her books in Target, Walmart, and on Amazon.    For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
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January 4, 2019
Can You Plan Happiness? - Mo Seetubtim, The Happiness Planner
How much is happiness a leap of faith? And, like entrepreneurship, does the leap ever end? Meet Mo Seetubtim. Mo runs The Happiness Planner while running around the world to cities such as Bangkok, London, San Francisco, and New York. She once worked in a media agency in Australia but left and created her own company. And a new way of living.  We discuss:  - Happiness in different parts of the world  - Moving countries to understand who you are  - Living a free life  - Relationships - what's a happy relationship?  - Jumping from a full-time job into starting a company  - Running an online business  - The power of writing  You can find Mo at http://www.thehappinessplanner.com and http://www.instagram.com/happinessplanner    For more strategy talk: 1. Strategy newsletter: http://www.markpollard.net/email-newsletter/ 2. Strategy drawings: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard  3. Strategy Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard 4. Join 5,000+ strategists: http://www.sweathead.co New book "Strategy Is Your Words" out soon.
55:22
January 2, 2019
On Being Somebody And Hip Hop - Miguel D'Souza, Journalist
In October 1990, Miguel D’Souza started The Mothership Connection on 2SER FM with Roxanne. Within a couple of years it was Sydney’s preeminent hip hop radio show. Every Tuesday at 2pm (or at 2.30pm for a period), it was one of the few places on any radio station that played hip hop, underground hip hop, local hip hop, while also hosting hip hop DJs and open mic freestyle sessions. Around April 1998, Miguel handed the radio show to me. I was 20. I had no idea what I was doing. And I spent five years trying to work it out while also trying to work out what I was about. In this chat (edited from 2.5 hours), Miguel and I compare notes about the show, what it meant to us, the role we think it played in the local community, some of our favorite memories, and how it changed us. Topics include: - How the format of the show evolved - The recent Australian youth protests. Is change happening? - Indigenous hip hop - Finding yourself by bringing others together Contributing to a community while analyzing it - How Miguel researched and interviewed people Getting people into hip hop - Dealing with aggression, bad rap, open doors - How the Internet and September 11 affected rap and the business of rap - The Four Elements, style enforcing, and fascism Stepping aside as one ages - or not? - Participants, observers, and tourists in subcultures - What’s real hip hop and who gets to decide? - Finding an identity in Australia as an immigrant Names mentioned include: Molly Meldrum, Easy Bass, DJ Kavi-R, Gil Scott Heron,  Bootsy Collins, Roy Ayers, Roc Raida, DJ Qbert, Def Wish Cast, Just Us, Mako and Perret, Katalyst, Obese Records, Next Level Records, Parallax Records, Celsius, Bliss n Eso, Hilltop Hoods, Elefant Traks, Urthboy, Meta Bass n Breath, The Sleeping Monk, Ugly Duckling, Raised by Wolves, Wu Tang Clan. You can find Miguel at https://twitter.com/MiguelDSouza For more internet: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard http://www.instagram.com/markpollard http://www.sweathead.co
1:31:46
December 24, 2018
It's More Than A Numbers Game - Becky Wang, CEO
Becky Wang is CEO and Founder of Crossbeat, a company she set up after running data and analytics at Saatchi & Saatchi New York then at Droga5. She's worked in Hollywood, she's published a book ("Creativity and Data Marketing: A Practical Guide to Data Innovation"), and she gets things done. We discuss: - What data and analytics people ask her about their careers - Robotic reporting and software jockeys - The uncertainty in agency leadership right now - Selling without feeling slimy - The importance of stretching yourself - Freelancing You can find Becky at http://www.instagram.com/gnostica. For more Internet: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard http://www.instagram.com/markpollard http://www.sweathead.co
39:09
December 20, 2018
Working In Media Strategy In China And New York - Shann Biglione, CSO
Shann Biglione recently moved to New York as the Head of Strategy at Zenith after five years in China, including a stint as CSO of Publicis Media. And he's French. With an Italian last name. So what are all these places like to work in? And what's happening with strategy in media agencies right now? We discuss: - How to deal with someone saying, "We don't need strategy" - What it's like to work in China and New York - The importance of doing - Why Shann loves people who ruffle feathers (P.S. Ask him for a job using "Feather ruffler" in the email subject line) - How working in different countries teaches you - Communications Planning vs channel planning You can find Shann at https://twitter.com/LeShann For more Internet: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard http://www.instagram.com/markpollard http://www.sweathead.co
55:55
December 19, 2018
What Can A Journalist Teach A Strategist? - Ky Chow, Journalist
Ky Chow is a journalist. He's appeared on or in Sky News, The Financial Review, ABC, and SBS in Australia. But he didn't start his journalist career until his late 20s. He spent his early twenties in accounting and marketing at companies like KPMG, CommSec, and Macquarie Bank. I wanted to talk to Ky to explore the similarities between journalism and strategy, as well as to understand how he approached making his big career change. We discuss: - How annoying is too annoying when you're interviewing? - How do you become a 5-minute expert? - Honoring things you loved doing when you were young - Dealing with other people's negativity about your choices - Diversity in the media in Australia - How strategists and journalists are similar - How self-interest drives news You can find Ky at http://www.kychow.com and https://twitter.com/KyBusiness. For more Internet: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard http://www.instagram.com/markpollard http://www.sweathead.co
1:09:17
December 19, 2018
It's Noisy In My Head - Natalie Tran, National Treasure
Natalie Tran has spent her entire adulthood on YouTube. Not literally. But she first published videos to YouTube in 2006 when she was 20 and she kept going. Well, until recently. In public, Natalie appears confident and articulate, and as the owner of a savage wit and powerful brain. She's at ease in her honesty and with what makes her feel vulnerable but she also deals with a noisy head and has spent long periods not leaving her home and not moving much between rooms in her home. I really appreciate Natalie sharing her experience with us in this chat. She's an incredible spirit. We discuss: - The early days of YouTube - How YouTube has changed - How Natalie approaches her writing and projects - Living with OCD and supporting someone with OCD - Getting older - Why Natalie doesn't own a TV station or have a national TV show You can find Natalie at http://www.twitter.com/natalietran and https://www.youtube.com/user/communitychannel For more Internet: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard http://www.instagram.com/markpollard http://www.sweathead.co
53:30
December 18, 2018
What Am I Doing With My Life? - Sam Hammington, Actor
Sam Hammington is an extreme freelancer. When he's working, he's really working. And when he's not, he's really not. That's because Sam is an actor. He's an Australian actor in Seoul, South Korea. If you turn on a television in South Korea and change the channel a few times, chances are you'll see Sam's face. He has starred in several massive TV shows (Gag Concert, Real Men, The Return Of Superman) but even with what looks like success from the outside comes the frequent question: What am I doing with my life? We discuss: - How South Korea has changed - The explosion of South Korean culture onto the world stage - Being a foreign actor in South Korea - The challenges of an extreme freelance life - The benefits of self-expression for mental health - Mixed-race children in South Korea You can find Sam at http://www.instagram.com/samhammington and his sons William at https://www.instagram.com/williamhammington and Bentley at https://www.instagram.com/bentleyhammington. For more Internet: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard http://www.instagram.com/markpollard http://www.sweathead.co
1:08:09
December 13, 2018
How Do You Think About A Museum? - Seb Chan, CXO
Seb Chan is Chief Experience Officer at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne, a museum that over 1.5M people visit every year. Seb has also led digital efforts at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York and is one of the world's most renowned experts on getting museums to open up - to get their collections online, to get people using the museums in new ways. And he was a well-respected DJ, radio host, zine maker, music and video game writer, and we hosted radio shows back to back for five years. We discuss: - The early years of museums getting onto the Internet - How an IT guy ends up a Digital Head - What is a museum? How have museums changed? - What is the business model of a museum? - The metrics that matter to museums - Career paths one just... falls into You can find Seb in many corners of the Internet, especially http://www.twitter.com/sebchan For more Internet: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard http://www.instagram.com/markpollard http://www.sweathead.co
58:59
December 9, 2018
Extreme Is Clear - Fredrik Öst, Creative Director
Fredrik Öst is Founder and Creative Director of Stockholm agency Snask. Snask makes bold, frank, outspoken work. This is why I've had a crush on them for two years, which was nine years into their existence. We discuss: - Fredrik's philosophy on what makes good work - The importance of extremes - How frankness doesn't work in all cultures - The importance of side projects - The beauty of making mistakes - Fredrik's time in the military - Fredrik's experience as a Korean adoptee in Sweden - The importance of manifestos You can find Snask at http://www.snask.com/ and https://www.instagram.com/snasksthlm/. More Internets: Instagram http://www.instagram.com/markpollard Strategy class http://www.skl.sh/markpollard Articles http://www.markpollard.net
56:47
December 4, 2018
The Power Of Negativity - Ryan Wallman (Dr Draper), Copywriter
Ryan Wallman is an Associate Creative Director at Wellmark in Melbourne, Australia. He's also a prolific Internet satirist. It's not that he satires the Internet but he does satire marketing and advertising on the Internet. Formerly a psychiatrist, and having experienced an assault while working with a patient, Ryan switched into a copywriting career later than many. We discuss: - What's distracting the industry now - Why is everything so bland? - The power of irreverence, humor, and negativity - The industry's insecurity - Ryan's work as a psychiatrist - Why people call things "negative" and what they're missing out You can find Ryan at http://www.twitter.com/dr_draper More Internets: Instagram http://www.instagram.com/markpollard Strategy class http://www.skl.sh/markpollard Articles http://www.markpollard.net
38:06
December 3, 2018
Insights Are Life And Death (But You Take Them All Too Seriously)
An update about all things Sweathead as well as the talk from Google Firestarters in London mid-November. It's not the actual talk. It's a reading of an 11-page script of the talk. If you like it, let me know. Otherwise, maybe I'll delete it in a few days. Instagram http://www.instagram.com/markpollard Strategy class http://www.skl.sh/markpollard Articles http://www.markpollard.net
38:09
November 30, 2018
How Could You Work On That? - Jen Bonhomme, Strategist
Where are your morals? Do they exist on one side of a line and prevent you from working on projects and clients on the other side of the line? Where is the line? How did it get there? Has it ever moved? Jen Bonhomme is VP of Planning at Huge in Brooklyn. We chat about working on projects that others object because they are evil or taboo and we discuss how to enjoy the taboo on all projects. We discuss: - Miss America - organized objectification or scholarships? - The opioid crisis - The role of the military in US values and policy - Insurance for the ultra rich You can find Jen at https://twitter.com/JenBonhomme and her strategy framework collection here: https://medium.com/@JenBonhomme - More Internets Facebook strategy group: http://www.sweathead.co Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard
41:33
November 28, 2018
Starting Out In Social - Jack Appleby, Creative Strategist
LA's Jack Appleby is a Director of Creative Strategy. He has touched projects for Beats by Dre, Microsoft, Rockband, and more. Almost a decade into a career that has focused largely on whatever social is and with a title that now suggests a broader remit, we chat about the challenges facing social strategists at a time when few get training. We discuss: - Best Practice Machines - What's up with "engagement"? - What is social strategy? - Could other types of strategists do social work? - The skills social strategy folks need - The Los Angeles agency zeitgeist - Video game marketing - What is a creative strategist? You can find Jack at https://twitter.com/JuiceboxCA For more internet: Facebook group: http://www.sweathead.co Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard
50:06
November 27, 2018
Freelance Strategy For Life. Or Is It? - Camilla Grey Petty, Freelance Strategist
Camilla Grey Petty is an independent strategy director who's walked the halls of London's Wolff Olins, Brand Union, and Moving Brands, and is now three years into a freelance lifestyle. We discuss: - How people make the freelance decision - What people don't think about before going freelance - What's good and not so good about freelance - How to charge and get paid - Camilla's strategy email newsletter You can find Camilla at http://www.oddkid.co and http://twitter.com/camillaxgrey. You can find her article "How to get a job as a brand strategist" here: https://medium.com/open-strategy/career-planning-for-brand-strategists-getting-into-strategy-roles-in-agencies-start-ups-and-a2754d362e8e ---- Internets: New Skillshare strategy class: http://skl.sh/markpollard Articles: http://www.markpollard.net Community: http://www.sweathead.co Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard
1:06:47
November 21, 2018
Strategy For Sex Lives - Lani Wyche, Product Strategist
Lani Wyche is a product strategist at Dame Products. She holds a BA from Stanford and she has spent some time in agencies, but now she spends her days trying to understand people's sex lives. We discuss: - Design thinking in agencies - The shift from agency to product - Researching what is intimate to people - Sex positivity, sexual wellness, and other important concepts You can find Lani at https://www.laniwyche.com and Dame Products at http://www.dameproducts.com ---- Internets: New Skillshare strategy class: http://skl.sh/markpollard Articles: http://www.markpollard.net Community: http://www.sweathead.co Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard
36:12
November 21, 2018
Get Your Head Into Words - Justine Bloome, CSO
CSO Justine Bloome runs strategy at Vayner in NYC and is about to run a planner into the world. Not a strategy planner - a book planner. A journal planner. It's called The Mindful Strategist. It's part of a series called The Mindful Series. We discuss: - The importance of unstructured time - How noticing and writing help your head - Strategy as a creative discipline - Why people don't value strategy - Managing 40 people, managing strategists in general You can find Justine at https://twitter.com/inbloome and The Mindful Strategist at https://twitter.com/TheMindful__ and https://themindfulseries.com/ ---- Internets: New Skillshare strategy class: http://skl.sh/markpollard Articles: http://www.markpollard.net Community: http://www.sweathead.co Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard
54:46
November 14, 2018
Pass it on. Plan, teach, plan. - Germaine Fagan, Strategist
Germaine Fagan recently hosted an event to honor the life of a planner, Grace McDermott, in Dublin. Grace was a planner from New York who passed away in Ireland last year after what sounds like years of passion for planning and passionate teaching of planning. We discuss: - Grace McDermott's outlook on planning and her research - Griffin Farley's Beautiful Minds event (BBH) - How courageous acts make things fall in place - Teacher planners - Literary translation You can find Germaine at http://twitter.com/fagangermaine and the website for Radiate for Grace here: http://www.radiateforgrace.com ---- Internets: New Skillshare strategy class: http://skl.sh/markpollard Articles: http://www.markpollard.net Community: http://www.sweathead.co Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard
45:21
November 10, 2018
Where Are My People? - Rachel O'Donovan, Thomas Geoghegan, Strategists
Dublin's Rachel O'Donovan and Thomas Geoghegan are strategists who want other strategists to talk about strategy. They recently set up a Dublin branch of London's Group Think, a community of hundreds of strategists that is trying to provide emotional and intellectual support that doesn't seem to be something agencies or industry organizations are interested in, capable at, or resourced to do. We discuss: - Dublin's pub philosophers and writers. And are planners this? - The frustration, loneliness, and self-doubt of the planning life - What midweight planners need - What is a midweight planner? A senior planner? - What happens at Group Think You can find Rachel at http://www.twitter.com/phaedria http://www.twitter.com/thomasgeoghegan and Group Think event dates here: http://wwww.group-think.co.uk ---- Internets: New Skillshare strategy class: http://skl.sh/markpollard Articles: http://www.markpollard.net Community: http://www.sweathead.co Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard
51:29
November 10, 2018
Could I Get Some Agile On The Side, Please? - Neil Perkin, Consultant
Neil Perkin is a digital consultant and author who helps businesses move faster. One could call him a jockey. Workshops are his gentle whip. Live from across the road of Web Summit which Neil was not in Lisbon to attend, we discuss Neil's consulting life, his writing, and his blog Only Dead Fish which has gathered a decade of the Internet's favorite strategy posts in one place. Only Dead Fish is also his company's name. The name of his first book is "Building the Agile Business through Digital Transformation". Chat topics: - The consultant life - What makes business change difficult - Why the answers are always inside the company - The power of humility - Writing and blogging for over a decade - Google Firestarters You can find Neil at http://twitter.com/neilperkin and http://www.onlydeadfish.co.uk * Don't forget to leave a rating or review. Please. ** Want an article? Try "How To Explain An Idea": https://www.markpollard.net/how-to-explain-an-idea/ ---- Internets: New Skillshare strategy class: http://skl.sh/markpollard Articles: http://www.markpollard.net Community: http://www.sweathead.co Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard
51:08
November 8, 2018
What If Strategy Were Stand-up Comedy? - Fanny RK, Strategist
Fanny RK makes jokes. She also does stand-up comedy. That's not to say her strategy at companies like Shopify and Johns St has ever made anybody laugh. But what if it did? What if a strategist used techniques that make people laugh to make strategy? We discuss: - A need for attention and immediacy - Strategy as The Thing Before The Thing - The role of uncontrollable laughter in ideas - Writing and writing jokes - Techniques strategists can use You can find Fanny RK http://twitter.com/fannyrk and at Shopify or on stages around Toronto * Don't forget to leave a rating or review. Please. ** Want an article? Try "How To Do Account Planning": www.markpollard.net/how-to-do-account-planning-a-simple-approach/ ---- Internets: New Skillshare strategy class: http://skl.sh/markpollard Articles: http://www.markpollard.net Community: http://www.sweathead.co Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard
51:32
November 7, 2018
Have Passport. Will Travel, Teach, And Plan. - Edwin Rager, Strategist
Edwin Rager is a Bolivian in Argentina who is about to move to Colombia. He's taught strategy at Brother and worked at Mother, Google, and MediaMonks having made Buenos Aires his strategy home for several years. We discuss: - How travel helps the strategist - Planning in Argentina - How teaching teaches a teacher - Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, and Chile You can find Edwin at http://www.twitter.com/locosombrero and http://www.edwinrager.com * Don't forget to leave a rating or review. Please. ** Want an article? Try "How To Do Account Planning": http://www.markpollard.net/how-to-do-account-planning-a-simple-approach/ ---- Internets: New Skillshare strategy class: http://skl.sh/markpollard Articles: http://www.markpollard.net Community: http://www.sweathead.co Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard
42:26
November 7, 2018
The Strategy and Planning Scrapbook - Alex Morris, Strategist
Alex Morris has just published a strategy scrapbook that will stir the soul of even the most rusted strategist. And it will set alight the rainbow of the strategist who's simply trying to get steady footing in his or her young career. The book spans 146 pages and includes quotes, techniques, philosophy, frameworks, and absurdist art. We discuss: - How and why Alex made the book - Some of our favorite parts of the book - The importance of doing stuff for the sake of it You can find Alex and his scrapbook here: http://alexmorris.co You might find yourself in it. * Don't forget to leave a rating or review. Please. ** Want an article? Try "How To Do Account Planning": https://www.markpollard.net/how-to-do-account-planning-a-simple-approach/ ---- Internets: New Skillshare strategy class: http://skl.sh/markpollard Articles: http://www.markpollard.net Community: http://www.sweathead.co Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard
56:14
October 24, 2018
Run, Strategy Department, Run! - Agathe Guerrier, Strategy Head
BBH LA Head of Strategy Agathe Guerrier has run a strategy department or two, and, right now, when it seems strategy doesn't always know where it's running, it also seems useful to speak with someone who's put a saddle on a strategy horse in her time. We discuss: - What Agathe did when she took over strategy at BBH London - The most important things new heads of strategy can do - The logistics of BBH LA's strategy department - The hardest thing about finding good planners right now You can find Agathe here: http://twitter.com/agatheg ---- Internets: YouTube: http://bit.ly/2Ji3zNt Community: http://www.sweathead.co Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard
48:01
July 2, 2018
The Search Of Strategy - Michael King, CEO
Rapper-turned-search specialist Michael King knows a thing or six about search - what the search engines pay attention to, missteps advertising agencies make when showing search data, and whether and how machine learning and blockchain will help marketing. We discuss: - The key concepts of search - What to look for when you think about buying a website - Rap - Rap - Rap - How strategists can use search in their non-search work You can find Michael here: http://www.twitter.com/ipullrank http://www.ipullrank.com ---- Internets: YouTube: http://bit.ly/2Ji3zNt Community: http://www.sweathead.co Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard
49:40
June 29, 2018
Spend Your Privilege - Sarah Moran, CEO
Girl Geek Academy Co-Founder and CEO Sarah Moran is on a mission. With her team, she's aiming to teach technology to 1,000,000 women by 2025. The greater goal is to ensure that the Internet of the future reflects more of the people who use it, rather than it reflecting one gender based in Silicon Valley. We discuss: - The career choices of technical people - Starting something and founder fears - The work of Girl Geek Academy You can find Sarah here: https://twitter.com/sarahmoran?lang=en https://girlgeekacademy.com/ ---- Internets: YouTube: http://bit.ly/2Ji3zNt Community: http://www.sweathead.co Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard
1:12:36
June 27, 2018
How To Do Account Planning - Mark Pollard
In 2010, I wrote an article about how to do account planning. For the 25th episode of Sweathead, I thought I'd read it to you and add a little extra context (but not too much). Over 90,000 people have read this article. The accompanying drawing has appeared in all sorts of places - CVs, presentations about strategy, business plans. And while I promise to re-write it and make it, you know, decent writing at some point, that didn't stop me from wanting to read it to you. Here it is: http://www.markpollard.net/how-to-do-account-planning-a-simple-approach/ ---- Internets: YouTube: http://bit.ly/2Ji3zNt Community: http://www.sweathead.co Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard
22:35
June 14, 2018
Turn Your Data Wars Into Wrestles - Tony Clement
Tony Clement has worked data in agencies in Sydney, London, and New York. We've worked together in two of these places - Leo Burnett in Sydney about a decade ago and then at Brooklyn's Big Spaceship. Tony has the rare background of having worked with a lot of different types of data - CRM and direct marketing, advertising effectiveness measurement, web analytics, and social, and, in his time in New York, he worked on several Google brands, YouTube, and Samsung. The guy is legit. In this interview, we discuss: - Why data struggles in agencies - How to get data to work better - The politics of data - Growing up in 26 different places - Fatherhood You can find Tony at: http://twitter.com/tonyclement http://www.instagram.com/tonyclement ---- Internets: YouTube: http://bit.ly/2Ji3zNt Community: http://www.sweathead.co Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard
58:10
June 8, 2018
Work The Angles - Tony Effik, Strategist
Tony Effik is SVP, Client Strategy at NBCUniversal and an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University. Before, he ran Media & Connections at R/GA and he was CSO of Publicis. Big titles. The thing is, talking to Tony makes me think of this Dilated Peoples lyric: "I work the angles sharp and precise." Everything he has done in life is work the angles. From Nigeria to a housing estate in London to New York. From selling ads to making them. From trying to understand what angle would work for his life and for a possible customer. There is the sound of a beard rubbing against a microphone in this conversation. But maybe it's just Tony working out his next angle. You can find Tony at https://twitter.com/aeffik ---- Internets: YouTube: https://bit.ly/2Ji3zNt Community: http://www.sweathead.co Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/markpollard
50:04
June 5, 2018
Planning Is For Punks - Gareth Kay, CSO
Gareth Kay co-founded Chapter after a stint as CSO of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and leading planning at Modernista! in Boston. However, he's originally from England where he achieved a MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford. So his planning bonafides are well bonfided. In this 40-minute interrogation, I hit Gareth with 150 questions. OK. Maybe 30. It's fast-paced. We cover a lot of planning topics that some people might think are below them to discuss. Not us! - What is planning? - Planning vs strategy - does it matter? - Does planning work? - Has planning always had a credibility issue? - What makes a good planner? - Why does planning struggle in agencies? - Are there nuances in the USA that make planning harder? You can find Gareth at http://twitter.com/garethk Video: http://www.sweathead.co Mark: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dscjW5
38:08
June 1, 2018
Respect Words, Respect Writers - Vikki Ross, Copywriter
Vikki Ross copywrites. That means she finds words for brands to help those brands express themselves in ways that are unique and compelling. Vikki Ross also trains, mentors, and judges. She does these things with the School of Communications Arts 2.0, SheSays, Creative Equals, Who’s Your Momma?, and D&AD. And she co-runs an event for copywriters in London called Copy Capital. Yes, she keeps busy. Mad busy. In this interview, we discuss: - What makes good copywriting - Giving feedback to writers - Respecting the craft You can find Vikki at http://www.vikkirosswrites.com and http://twitter.com/VikkiRossWrites Video: http://www.sweathead.co Mark: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dscjW5
40:50
May 31, 2018
Why You Aren't Getting Ahead - Dr Kasey Windels, Academic
Why have so few women progressed into senior roles within creative departments? Dr Kasey Windels has researched this. In 2008, she analyzed the 1984, 1994, and 2004 issues of the Communication Arts Advertising Annual, and learned that only 3% of the creative directors across those issues were women. She's also spoken to a lot of female creatives. This is an important discussion. We cover: - What the 3% number actually means - What gets in the way of women moving ahead - How Kasey approaches qualitative research - Her coming work on mental health in advertising You can find Dr Windels at http://kaseywindels.com and https://twitter.com/windels. Video: http://www.sweathead.co Mark: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Sweathead newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dscjW5
50:30
May 29, 2018
You Can't Growth Hack Your Way Out Of Being F&*ked - RG Logan, Strategy Head
Know Vice? RG Logan works for their agency Virtue. He's worked in advertising, social, and digital agencies, but now spends his days helping brands to create content worth watching. We discuss: - What a publisher agency even does - Creating ideas of importance - "Branded content" - doing it good, doing it bad - Feeling comfortable doing something drastic Video: http://www.sweathead.co RG Logan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rglogan Mark: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Sweathead newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dscjW5
39:20
May 24, 2018
Is Advertising For You Anymore? - Jocelyn Lai, Consultant
Jocelyn Lai has assembled teams at Droga5, R/GA, and GSD&M. She now does this for companies all over the place through her own consultancy in Pittsburgh, JSL Talent Consulting. We discuss: - Ways to re-energize your career - Reflecting on whether advertising is for you anymore - How to move beyond your advertising career Video: http://www.sweathead.co Jocelyn on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jocelynslai Mark: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Email newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dscjW5
49:31
May 23, 2018
Advertising Is Up For Grabs - Bennett D. Bennett, Writer
The Drum's Bennett D. Bennett once worked as a copywriter inside a large New York agency but now writes about agencies and the media world in which they live. He's also hosting a free portfolio program over summer: https://www.theconceptingclass.org/ We discuss: - What's going on with agencies right now? - The Upfronts and New Fronts - Diversity in the key of "real talk" (The Pipeline Is Blocked, Progress Isn't Cute, Roadblocks Ahead) - Career burnout - Where does a hybrid work? - The American idea "Everything is up for grabs" Video: http://www.sweathead.co Bennett on Twitter: https://twitter.com/theacecapade The Drum: http://www.thedrum.com Mark: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Email newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dscjW5
1:09:35
May 23, 2018
All Your Socials Look The Same - Adam Pierno, CSO
CSO Adam Pierno thinks you think too much, not too well. This was Hamlet's problem. Adam also thinks all your social media looks the same. Hamlet would have killed at social media. Straight out of Pheonix, Arizona, where Adam CSO's for Santy, podcasts 'The Strategy Inside Everything', and recently released his book 'Under Think It', we discuss: - Agency culture in NYC, Boston, Atlanta, and Arizona - How everything looks like Pinterest on Pinterest - A framework for thinking about making unique social media - Dealing with depression Video: http://www.sweathead.co Adam on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/apierno 'Under Think It ' on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Under-Think-Adam-Pierno/dp/0999399004 Mark: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Email newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dscjW5
59:08
May 19, 2018
Got A Gang? Every Advertising Career Needs One - Chelsea Coleman, Rachelle DiGregorio, Strategists
Meet Chelsea Coleman and Rachelle DiGregorio. They recently formed Flock, a community of women from the University of Oregon that helps each other get jobs, get paid, and shine. Flock is a gang and chances are that if you think for a living you spend too much time alone and you need a gang. Get a gang. In this interview we discuss: - Making that running jump from college to agency - Common problems with internships - Starting salaries - Making mentorship work - Communities organized around gender - The WAIT RUle (Why Am I Talking?) - #TimesUp Video: http://www.sweathead.co For more: Flock website: http://hey-flock.com/ Flock Twitter: https://twitter.com/hey_flock Flock Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/hey_flock/ Flock Email: heyflock@gmail.com Chelsea: http://twitter.com/chelseaLcoleman Rachelle: http://twitter.com/rachelledigreg Mark: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dscjW5
49:29
May 18, 2018
An Executive Strategy Director Who Grew Up Digital - Rachel Mercer, Strategy Boss
Rachel Mercer is an Executive Strategy Director at R/GA in New York City. In fact, she just started the job. Three weeks ago. And we discuss this but we also discuss: - American culture shock in London - Finding a way into strategy - The short eras of digital agency work - Managing teams - Pressures on doing good work - And a lot of other stuff Video: http://www.sweathead.co Rachel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rachelmercer Mark: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Email newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dscjW5
44:48
May 17, 2018
"I Want To Do Work With More Meaning" - Malaka Gharib, Writer
Whenever someone working in strategy or marketing says, "I just want to do work that has more meaning," Malaka's face is one of the faces that rushes through my head as an example of someone who is building a life and career around meaning. After a flirtation with the music industry and the agency world, Malaka has spent much of her career writing about some of the most challenging topics our world confronts - conflict and poverty. Based in Washington D.C., Malaka has worked for ONE.ORG, the Malala Fund, and is now an editor at NPR. She is also working on a graphic novel "I Was Their American Dream," in which she's capturing stories about growing up in some fourth dimension straddling Egypt, America, and the Philipines. Video: http://www.sweathead.co Malaka on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/malakagharib Malaka on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MalakaGharib Mark: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Email newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dscjW5
41:41
May 16, 2018
Your Career Needs Your Confidence - Lexie Perez, Strategist
How do you grow your confidence? Meet Lexie Perez. She's lived and worked in New York, Seoul, and San Francisco. She's worked in TV production, digital agencies, and, now, she's the strategy lead at Agency Inside at Intel. In this episode, we focus on the idea of confidence - how it grows, how to build it off a base of expertise, the need for allies and pushing your comfort zone, and we discuss how to find your voice. We also talk about working with Korean businesses. Like, comment, share. I know a lot of you who are just starting out in your careers will get something useful from this chat with Lexie. Video: http://www.sweathead.co Lexie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lexave/ Mark: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Email newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dscjW5
45:32
May 6, 2018
Do Your Ads Even Work, Bro? - Tom Roach, Data Boss
Yeah! Tom! Tom is the Head of Effectiveness at BBH London. He shares such good things on the Internet, things that will help you do more effective work for your clients. And guess what? We discuss this. We also discuss: - "All data is wrong but some is useful" - What makes advertising effective - Objectivity, confidence, and pride - How to shepherd good ideas - How to approach writing an effectiveness paper We had a couple of WiFi glitches (sorry - I'll get more pro!) but it was a fun chat. MOST MARKETING IS BAD BECAUSE IT IGNORES THE MOST BASIC DATA http://bbh-labs.com/most-marketing-is-bad-because-it-ignores-the-most-basic-data/ Fwd to CEO: THE MOST VALUABLE BUSINESS TOOL EVER INVENTED http://bbh-labs.com/fwd-to-ceo-the-most-valuable-business-tool-ever-invented/ Video: http://www.sweathead.co Tom: http://www.twitter.com/tomroach Mark: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Email newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dscjW5
41:38
May 4, 2018
How A Production Company Runs (Hint: No Legs!) - Jason Prohaska, MD
How does a production company even work? Whether you live in an agency or not, it's so important to spend time understanding how your industry works. Especially right now as... well, hang on, is it working any more? Yeah yeah. Of course, it is. Meet JP (aka S Jason Prohaska). He is the Managing Director of MediaMonks in New York Fucking City. Great gentleman, great company. In this interview, we discuss: - Wrestling with ambiguity through scopes - Procurement and what's all that about? - Profit centers and cash money things - Agency culture - How projects happen at MediaMonks You can find JP on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/sjprohaska/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/sjprohaska Video: http://www.sweathead.co Mark on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Email newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dscjW5
49:17
May 3, 2018
Strategy Jobs. What's Going On? - Erin Noel, Recruiter
Have you ever wanted to ask a recruiter... "Like, come on now, could you tell me what's really going on?" Well, I just did. And - BONUS - Erin Noel who's currently Director of Team Operations at Stink Studios was a strategist for 13 years before doing recruitment so she can speak to both sides. In this interview, we discuss: - How to honor yourself in your career - The 2 most common crossroads in a strategist's career - The art of compromise - Getting a job, keeping a job, and career twilights - Working with recruiters (and specific recruiters Erin recommends) You can find Erin on LinkedIn. Related article: Give Me That Strategy Job (Can you passion your way into a job?) https://mailchi.mp/mightyjungle/give-me-that-strategy-job Video: http://www.sweathead.co Mark on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Email newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dscjW5
53:30
May 1, 2018
Working Through Cultures (Social Media, Agencies, Countries) - Maura Tuohy, Marketer
Maura Tuohy is the Global Head of Social Content & Experiential Marketing at Mozilla (think the Firefox browser) in San Francisco. She has an MBA, she's studying law, she's worked in agencies and in brands, and she's done this in the USA as well as during a short stint in Australia. We discuss: - Mozilla and Firefox and being a not-for-profit tech company - How social media works at Mozilla - Working in the USA versus Australia - Working in agencies versus brand-side You can find Maura on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/mtuohy Video: http://www.sweathead.co Mark Pollard: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Email newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dscjW5
44:17
April 26, 2018
Data And The Right Side Of Creepy - Mark Cripps, CMO
Mr Mark Cripps is CMO at The Economist in London. Mark grew up around advertising and direct marketing and then spent his career in agencies in roles that often involved working out how to help "digital" and all things data make sense to people who weren't as familiar as he. We discuss: - The evolution of data within agencies - Key data and direct marketing concepts (a great 101) - How The Economist thinks of the marketing discipline Mark Cripps: https://twitter.com/crippo The Economist: https://www.economist.com Video: http://www.sweathead.co And me: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard Email newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dscjW5
48:03
April 23, 2018
What You Learn When You Learn Advertising - Prof Deborah Morrison
Deb is a Shogun. A professor at the University of Oregon, she doesn't just teach, she doesn't just hold down a job, she gets people careers. She does this with how she teaches but she also takes a much deeper interest in students than any other professor I've met. In this chat, we talk: - What learning advertising is really learning - The role of portfolios - Which agencies students want to get it into and why - Finding meaning in strategy work - What advertising students look like in 2018 - What's up with Oregon? - And so much more. You can find the shogun here: https://twitter.com/debkmorrison Video: http://www.sweathead.co And me: http://www.twitter.com/markpollard
47:39
April 19, 2018
What's On Strategists' Minds? - James Lees & Arthur Perez
Group Think is a London-based strategy community that gets people together to think, drink, and discuss. They have 500+ members. Here's an interview with James Lees (strategist at Sword and Stone) and Arthur Perez (Head of marketing and brand strategy at Depop) from Group Think in which I share 9 or 10 generalizations of things I've been hearing to see how London feels about planning. Points I ask them to consider include: 1. Not many agencies are clear on why they exist 2. "Advertising" has become a dirty word 3. "Going upstream" - is it really a thing? 4. The strategy career is amazing but many agencies don't know how to make it work 5. The confusion of the job title sprawl For the video, visit http://www.sweathead.co Group Think: http://www.group-think.co.uk/ James: http://twitter.com/jameslees101 Arthur: http://twitter.com/arezpe You can find Mark at http://www.twitter.com/markpollard
31:43
April 18, 2018
The Philosophy of Strategy - Rob Estreitinho, Strategy
Philosophy is dope. Sure, some of the books are dense and the words longer than a giraffe, but we all have philosophies and can improve our lives by learning how to debate them with ourselves. Meet Rob Estreitinho, senior strategist at VCCP in London, and maker of Salmon Theory, a newsletter about the philosophy of strategy. We discuss: - Having A Thing - not just a CV - What philosophy is - The philosophy of freelancing - The philosophy of expectations versus reality - Going full-time You can find Rob at https://twitter.com/restreitinho And his beautiful newsletter Salmon Theory at https://tinyletter.com/estreitinho For the video, visit http://www.sweathead.co You can find Mark at http://www.twitter.com/markpollard
42:55
April 15, 2018
Starting Out In Strategy - Natalie Kim
Yo! It's Natalie Kim from We Are Next. After 10 years in the agency world with her last role being Director of Strategy at Firstborn, Natalie now runs We Are Next where she helps people new to the industry navigate how to get into it and thrive once they are there. We discuss: - Studying advertising in college - The most common question of new strategists - Informational interviews (what are they and what's the point?) - Recent strategy job trends - Patience You can find Natalie at http://www.twitter.com/natalieykim and http://www.we-are-next.com/ For the video, visit http://www.sweathead.co You can find Mark at http://www.twitter.com/markpollard
44:17
April 10, 2018
Where Did The Advertising Industry Go Wrong? - Eaon Pritchard, CSO
Eaon Pritchard recently published "Where Did It All Go Wrong? Adventures At The Dunning Kruger Peak of Advertising". Eaon is the Head of Strategy at Universal McCann in Melbourne, Australia. We discuss these things: - WTF is data anyway? - The Dunning-Kruger effect (where the incompetent think they're good and the competent do not) - Sturgeon's Law (output connecting to the quality of output) - The importance of being confident in your own self-doubt You can find Eaon on Twitter here: http://www.twitter.com/eaonp And you can pick up his book here: https://www.amazon.com/Where-Did-All-Wrong-Advertising/dp/1544901054 For the video, visit http://www.sweathead.co You can find Mark at http://www.twitter.com/markpollard
38:14
April 10, 2018
What Makes People Buy Things? - Richard Shotton, Data Boss
Richard Shotton is the Deputy Head of Evidence at MG OMD over in London and has just released a book called "The Choice Factory: 25 behavioural biases that influence what we buy." We discuss the power of flaws, mirror strengths, virtue signaling, the principal-agent problem, the decline in rhyme, and many other biases. You can find Richard's book on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Choice-Factory-behavioural-biases-influence/dp/085719609X/ You can find Richard on Twitter - https://twitter.com/rshotton For the video, visit http://www.sweathead.co You can find Mark at http://www.twitter.com/markpollard
50:43
April 10, 2018
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