Deirdre Latour, former GE Chief Communications Officer, reputation consultant and host of podcast FlackU!, visits us to talk about brand and executive communications in 2018. On this episode we talk about the relationship between corporate communications and marketing, and how that manifests in culture. Deirdre shares insights on why brands should avoid packaging the message and focus on authenticity. We discuss the balance of gut and data with a focus on courage, and what skills are required for great communicators (vulnerability, empathy and more) in today's marketplace. Listen to why Deirdre believes every brand can stand for something, and how we can all become better professional communicators externally and internally. This episode may have you starting an F U fund, thinking about being present and changing your email habits. Don't miss an all new #KillBuyDIY.
Start with the Headline
On this episode we're talking PR and communications with Kimry Blackwelder, Sr. Director of Global PR and Social at Cole Haan. We discuss the importance of integrating comms and marketing from the beginning, or concept phase, of ideas and planning, and it’s impact on our obsession with generating earned value. We learn how the PR industry has evolved, the one rule that must be followed, the impact of (micro)influencers and what skills are required to be effective today (hustle is key!). Plus, don't miss an all new #KillBuyDIY where Kimry is killing the traditional press release and tells us how she plans to do it.
The Now & Next in Podcasting
Podcasting, we’re still figuring it all out. Nick Quah - founder of podcast newsletter, HotPod - calls in to talk about the current state of the industry. On this episode we're decoupling podcasting from audio, talking about the advertising model (host reads, programmatic and more), discussing formats and why 2014-2018 was an interesting in-between period for the medium. We talk best practices, the biggest signals around acquisitions, and what scale looks like when we move from organic to paid growth. Don't miss why Nick thinks we should think more Headspace, less Netflix about the future of podcasting models and what pods he recommends we all listen to this weekend. Plus, his answers to #KillBuyDIY.
Breaking Down the Blockchain
Returning guest Jarrod Dicker, now CEO of, , a blockchain company for creators, visits us to talk all things blockchain. In this episode, we get an education on what it is, why we need it and some provocative use cases for how it may just be the thing that upends the media industry. We debate the meaning of premium and who gets to define it, along with the role of publishers in a world where creators carry all the value. We learn about the 3 R's the internet is built from (recency, relevancy, and reputation), and can't help but think out loud "scale f'd it all up". If you’re not thinking about the blockchain, this episode will change your mind. Can you hear us…BLOCKCHAINLANDIA?
The Agency of Others
When the existing system isn’t working, reinvent it. That’s what this week’s guest, Cindy Gallop, industry renegade, stops by the studio to talk about and tells us her philosophy on radical simplicity. With an unwavering perspective, A + L talk with Cindy about how to live and work your values (regardless of brand, business or individual) to fully capitalize (and monetize) your unique talents, point-of-view, creativity while embracing serendipity and the non-linear career path. Hear her playbook for finding new business opportunities and why she takes issue with ‘leaning in’ to the current system. This one is for the ‘misfits’ and ‘others’ who refuse to take the already paved path and knows that reinventing a new system, including a new holding company model is an undoubtedly lucrative and fulfilling path. Also, hear her on-point #KILLBUYDIY.