a podcast by Social Chain
feat. Joe Harper
Tackling Cynical Britain: How Brands Can Combat Distrust Among the UK Consumer
Modern Britain is presenting brands and marketers with more challenges than ever before. Staggering social media use….
Modern Britain is presenting brands and marketers with more challenges than ever before. Staggering social media use and overexposure to advertising has taught us to be cynical – and it’s having a major impact on campaign strategy and content creation. But how do you charm a nation of cynics? In the pilot episode of Social Minds, the UK’s first social media marketing podcast by Social Chain, we’re joined by Kellogg’s UK & Ireland social lead, Joe Harper. In this, we ask whether or not consumer cynicism is a behaviour we can unlearn, and Joe reveals how FMCG brands such as Kellogg’s are working to educate a woke generation and earn the elusive trust of the UK consumer.
feat. Jason Spencer
Love Island Exposed: How One Show Ended the War Between TV and Tech
If Love Island was ever a guilty pleasure, this year, they dropped the guilty. But how much….
If Love Island was ever a guilty pleasure, this year, they dropped the guilty. But how much of the show’s success is owed to social media? In our second instalment of Social Minds, ITV business development director, Jason Spencer, reveals how Love Island managed to become the summer’s hottest TV show. Covering everything from brand partnerships to savvy social media use and winning the coveted attention of a 16-24 demographic, this conversation challenges the myth that tech is the enemy of traditional television.
feat. Chris Williamson
Social Equity and the Student Night Out: An Events Marketer’s Secret To Survival
When marketing a club night where the venue, the DJ and the drinks deals are all the….
When marketing a club night where the venue, the DJ and the drinks deals are all the same, how does one ensure their night out is the place to be? In Episode 003 of Social Minds, we speak to the managing director of student events company Voodoo Events and host of the Modern Wisdom podcast, Chris Williamson. In this, we gain a candid account of social equity, selling the student night out and how championing students’ emboldened sense of self is in an events marketer’s best interest – if they hope to survive in this unforgiving industry.
feat. Tom Peters
Influencer Fraud Explained: The Questions Brands Should Be Asking
Calls have been made for urgent action to tackle influencer fraud – before trust is lost forever…..
Calls have been made for urgent action to tackle influencer fraud – before trust is lost forever. But short of being put off, brands continue to blindly pump billions into influencer marketing. Social Chain head of influencer talent, Tom Peters, claims brands still aren’t asking the right questions on credibility or challenging ROI. And without adequate action from the platforms, it’s up to agencies to educate brands on how to improve the integrity, transparency and measurement of influencer marketing.
feat. Simon Gunning
The New Face of Charity: How No-Nonsense Advertising Is Saving Lives
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK; nevertheless, a metaphorical handbrake exists….
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK; nevertheless, a metaphorical handbrake exists whenever the ‘S’ word is mentioned. This week on Social Minds, we sit down with Simon Gunning, the CEO of CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), who is taking a sledgehammer to the taboo of male suicide with a hard-hitting approach to advertising. We discuss the new face of corporate social responsibility (CSR), poisonous masculine stereotypes and the role data-led technology can have in saving lives.
feat. Syd Lawrence
Bots Are No Silver Bullet: Why Marketers Must Manage Their Tech Expectations
When it comes to automated tools, as an industry we’re confused. Are chatbots artificial intelligence, a customer….
When it comes to automated tools, as an industry we’re confused. Are chatbots artificial intelligence, a customer service tool, the death of email marketing or all of the above? Syd Lawrence, CEO of The Bot Platform and our guest for Episode 006 of Social Minds, laments the term chatbot; after all, who wants to chat to a bot? Instead he explains why marketers are in dire need of managing their tech expectations, and shows us the real magic that can happen when bot technology is put in the right hands.
feat. Mike Blake-Crawford
Understanding Meaningful Engagement: What Facebook Isn’t Telling You
Facebook’s algorithm is crippling content which fails to inspire ‘meaningful engagement’ – but who dictates what meaningful….
Facebook’s algorithm is crippling content which fails to inspire ‘meaningful engagement’ – but who dictates what meaningful means? As Social Chain strategy director, Mike Blake-Crawford, points out: the perceived value of content differs between people. And as content restrictions continue to contradict Facebook’s latest objective, agencies’ role to provide unbiased guidance has never been more crucial. In Episode 007 of Social Minds, we translate Facebook’s actions and agenda to reveal how brands, publishers and creators can survive in such uncertain times.
feat. Steven Bartlett
A CEO’s Burden: Predicting The Unpredictable Future Of Technology
Social Chain Group CEO, Steven Bartlett, has a responsibility to brands, employees and investors to predict the….
Social Chain Group CEO, Steven Bartlett, has a responsibility to brands, employees and investors to predict the ever-changing landscape of social media. But how do you predict the unpredictable? In Episode 008 of Social Minds, Steve gives us a candid insight into how he navigates constant shifts, the state of social media – following a scandalous year – and the importance of finding optimism in innovation.
feat. Richard Johnson
When Sponsorship Meets Sport: How Brands Can Engage The Next Generation of Fans
For sports fans in 2018, a logo on a shirt simply isn’t enough. Sponsorship deals are part….
For sports fans in 2018, a logo on a shirt simply isn’t enough. Sponsorship deals are part and parcel of the beautiful game, but Social Chain head of sport, Rich Johnson, warns that brands are failing to resonate with a modern crowd. As a new generation of sports fans comes of age, it is imperative that marketers meet heightened expectations, navigate endless accessibility and translate the integrity of sport through authentic advertising. In Episode 009 of Social Minds, Rich reveals how.
feat. Kat Callow
See It, Scan It, Buy It: How AR Will Shape E-Commerce in 2019 and Beyond
To the average consumer, augmented reality means little more than face filters – for now. But ask….
To the average consumer, augmented reality means little more than face filters – for now. But ask a futurist such as Kat Callow, our guest for Episode 010 of Social Minds, and you’ll see how this revolutionary tech is set to shape the future of shopping – causing ramifications for bricks and mortar, e-tailers and influencers. Snap Inc. has shacked up with Amazon and, whilst Facebook opens beta for Instagram Camera Effects under Spark AR, Google Lens looks to move from maps to media buys. As huge changes are on the horizon for 2019, brands and marketers must move fast to trial AR tech ahead of its mass adoption.
feat. Oliver Yonchev
Nature, Nurture and Neuroscience: How To Win The Minds of a Generation Who Expect It All
As marketers, we’re obsessed with making people feel. But why should anyone have feelings about a brand?….
As marketers, we’re obsessed with making people feel. But why should anyone have feelings about a brand? Social Chain’s own Oliver Yonchev believes that ‘the mindset marketer’ will be everything in 2019. And as age and profile labels become redundant, a greater focus will be placed on emotion. In Episode 011 of Social Minds, Oliver reveals his learnings on the youth brain and explains why understanding the mindset of a generation must come first, before earning the right to sell to it.
feat. Matt Wilson
Q&A With The ASA: Who Claims Responsibility For Social’s Media?
Born from a saturation of social media scandals, the age of digital transparency is upon us. Episode….
Born from a saturation of social media scandals, the age of digital transparency is upon us. Episode 012 of Social Minds hears Matt Wilson, senior media relations officer for the Advertising Standards Authority, explain that while regulators don’t seek to censor the colourful, risqué and edgy world of advertising, their duty to prevent harm and offence will not waver. Having lived through the advent of social media and the dawn of influencer marketing in his 14 years at the ASA, Matt has some important distinctions to make and advice to impart, as calls for social media regulation grow bolder.
feat. George MacGill
Turning Social Inside Out: The Top 10 Hacks We’re All Unaware Of
Solving social media can sometimes feel like everyone is in on the secret but you. But for….
Solving social media can sometimes feel like everyone is in on the secret but you. But for Media Chain head of innovation, George MacGill, growth hacking is not only about having the answers but asking the right questions. Whether it’s cracking YouTube discoverability, Facebook’s hidden crypto conspiracy or the new app dominating Chinese social media, in Episode 013 of Social Minds, George proves that once you know where to look, there’s no shift you can’t decode.
feat. Parry Malm
Just Ad Copy: Why Artificial Intelligence Won’t Kill Copywriting
The AI apocalypse is a recurring theme in tabloid newspapers, but journalists have bigger concerns than bots….
The AI apocalypse is a recurring theme in tabloid newspapers, but journalists have bigger concerns than bots cloning the newsroom. Copywriters are less optimistic, however, and their fears haven’t been quashed by the arrival of Phrasee – a tool that uses AI to produce millions of email subjects and social media captions in seconds. In episode 14 of Social Minds, Parry Malm, Phrasee’s CEO and co-founder, calls BS on claims that AI will kill copywriting and explains why he wants to liberate wordsmiths, not replace them.
feat. Nick Speakman
Think Inside The Box: Why Vertical Video Should Be A Priority For Brands
96% of video is consumed on mobile, so brands and marketers should understand the importance of mastering….
96% of video is consumed on mobile, so brands and marketers should understand the importance of mastering vertical video. In reality, many remain stubborn in their execution – either hacking, botching or ignoring the pivot to 9:16 entirely. In episode 015 of Social Minds, we’re joined by head and founder of Sporf, Nick Speakman, who has brought dynamic vertical content to the screens of 15 million people – diversified for purpose and platform. His advice to his industry peers? Prioritise vertical now, or fall behind for good.
The Art Of Influence: Why Today’s Youth Are Rejecting ‘The Influencer’
You might think that kids all want to be YouTubers or Instagrammers when they grow up. But….
You might think that kids all want to be YouTubers or Instagrammers when they grow up. But among adolescents, the desire to be an ‘influencer’ is on the decline. In episode 016 of Social Minds, we’re joined by Bexy and Krupali of culture-based agency, Amplify, to discuss the disconnect between youth’s craving to be influential and their rejection of ‘the influencer’. As marketers seeking to engage and influence a youth market, we first have to ask what influence really means to them.
feat. Elizabeth Knights-Ward
An Industry’s Prejudice: Why Social Media Managers Deserve Our Respect
Social media professionals typically suffer from a lack of understanding and respect from the outside world –….
Social media professionals typically suffer from a lack of understanding and respect from the outside world – but there’s one position which struggles to gain recognition within the walls of the industry. In episode 017, we’re joined by Elizabeth Knights-Ward, marketing director and champion of the social media manager. In this, we address why such a challenging position is regarded as entry-level – and why it’s time for that to change.
feat. Alex Ayin
Rewriting Social Storytelling: How To Engage The Masses In 15 Seconds Or Less
Is storytelling a realistic goal on social media, or just another of marketers’ favourite buzzwords? In episode….
Is storytelling a realistic goal on social media, or just another of marketers’ favourite buzzwords? In episode 018 of Social Minds, we sit down with Alex Ayin, commercial director at Media Chain, to find out exactly how brands can overcome platform limitations to drive a powerful narrative home – in 15 seconds or less.
feat. Lee Benecke
Social Media IRL: Why Experiential Marketing Must Embrace Utility To Survive
Experiential marketing is broken. That is the opinion of Lee Benecke, head of digital engagement and our….
Experiential marketing is broken. That is the opinion of Lee Benecke, head of digital engagement and our guest for episode 019 of Social Minds. In this episode, Lee gives a sobering account of the state of online/offline activations and blames brand naivety for the thoughtless addition of social media to OOH campaigns. With screen time increasing and marketers constantly competing, we ask: have social media marketers stopped living in the real world?
feat. Mike Blake-Crawford
Moving FWD: What 2019 Will Bring For Users, Platforms and Brands
From the death of the News Feed to social-first CRM and a departure from social networking, December….
From the death of the News Feed to social-first CRM and a departure from social networking, December has seen an influx of marketers making their predictions for 2019. In our final episode of 2018, Social Chain strategy director, Mike Blake-Crawford, makes his return to Social Minds in order to pave the way for brands in 2019. In this, we cover his top 5 predictions, including WhatsApp’s advent as a business tool and what Instagram’s leadership under Adam Mosseri will bring in the new year.
feat. Theo & Eve
Breaking Social: On Mark Zuckerberg’s NYE Resolution, Instagram’s Hypocrisy and THAT Gillette Ad
In our first episode of 2019, Theo and Eve sit down for a special edition of Social….
In our first episode of 2019, Theo and Eve sit down for a special edition of Social Minds: Breaking Social. In this, we debrief from the biggest social media stories to break so far this year—including Mark Zuckerberg’s challenge to host public debates, the hypocrisy of Instagram’s spam ad scandal, Twitter’s promising public beta and, of course, THAT Gillette advert. To make sure you’re prepared for every change 2019 has in store for social media, download FWD: Cut The Bullsh*t Volume 2 here: insights.socialchain.com/fwd-2019
feat. Xenia Muntean
Content That Works: 3 Principles to Effectively Scale Your Marketing Output
Content marketing is still relatively new, so why are our processes stuck in the past? Externally, we….
Content marketing is still relatively new, so why are our processes stuck in the past? Externally, we strive for speed and innovation but, internally, the industry’s way of working remains slow and bloated. In episode 022 of Social Minds, CEO of Planable, Xenia Muntean, shares her three core principles to effectively scale content marketing, create a shared language with your clients and, ultimately, save valuable time so that creatives can do what they do best—create. Ready to bring your organisation into the 21st century?
feat. Anya Du Sauzay
Sounds of Social: Why Emerging Artists Are Becoming Influencers
Disruption is on the way, and Silicon Valley’s tech giants have an appetite for it. In episode….
Disruption is on the way, and Silicon Valley’s tech giants have an appetite for it. In episode 023 of Social Minds, we’re joined by Anya Du Sauzay, head of digital marketing at Sony Music Entertainment / Syco Music, to find out how social media has altered the way new artists are discovered and marketed. In this, we explore how important social media, brand partnerships and algorithmic Spotify playlists are to today’s rising stars—and vice versa. It’s clear that social has changed music forever, but is it a threat to the industry or a new opportunity?
feat. Rob Alderman
The Perfect Pitch: How You Can Make Your CEO Care About Social Media
Social media is not just a young person’s game. It is increasingly important that C-level executives have….
Social media is not just a young person’s game. It is increasingly important that C-level executives have a full understanding of the value which social media can provide. But how does a social media manager sell a big idea to a big cheese? In episode 024 of Social Minds, we’re joined by senior strategist at WeStrategise, Rob Alderman, to find out what makes the perfect pitch—and how those skills can create actionable solutions to an industry-wide dilemma.
feat. Theo & Eve
Breaking Social: A Content Crisis, the Secret to Organic Growth and Facebook’s Transparency Paradox
For episode 025 of Social Minds, Theo and Eve sat down for another edition of Breaking Social,….
For episode 025 of Social Minds, Theo and Eve sat down for another edition of Breaking Social, this time covering the hottest social media stories to break in February. We dissect YouTube’s latest brand safety debate along with its new community legislation; the launch of LinkedIn LIVE and what this means for the up-and-coming social network; and Facebook’s ongoing struggle between offering transparency and security and what this means in the face of government regulation following a scathing report.
feat. Amy Williams
Social for Good: How Brands and Charities Can Eradicate Badvertising
$500 billion was spent on digital advertising in 2018 alone. Now imagine if that money could be….
$500 billion was spent on digital advertising in 2018 alone. Now imagine if that money could be funnelled into life-changing causes. That’s the vision of our guest for episode 026 of Social Minds, Amy Williams—founder of ad tech platform, Good-Loop, which aims to make digital advertising ethical again by donating half of its revenue to charity. In this, we speak to her about the future of cause marketing, the epidemic of young ad-blockers and social media’s crucial role in fixing both.
feat. Dr Fjola Helgadottir
Antisocial Media: How Social Media Became The Cause and Cure of Social Anxiety
The brain requires idle time to develop, but our constantly connected world seldom allows for boredom. Attention….
The brain requires idle time to develop, but our constantly connected world seldom allows for boredom. Attention is now currency; aggressive marketing tactics and intensive social media use has earned the industry a reputation for its contribution to mental health issues. But our guest for episode 027 of Social Minds, Dr Fjola Helgadottir, has research which proves otherwise. What’s more, her online CBT programme demonstrates how digital media can actually be used to cure the very illnesses it can contribute to.
feat. Sam Jones
Time Is Money: Gener8 Ads’ Plan to Bring Value Back to Advertising
Mistrust in advertising is the result of a lie. That lie tells consumers they are the audience….
Mistrust in advertising is the result of a lie. That lie tells consumers they are the audience of advertising when, in reality, they are the product. Now, a solution has emerged which aims to solve the attention crisis by literally giving value back to the user. In episode 028 of Social Minds, Sam Jones, founder of Gener8 Ads, reveals his industry-shaking plan to educate consumers, reclaim ad space and pay users in cash for their attention.
feat. Maria McKenzie
Wanderlust in 2019: How Social Media Is Dictating Global Travel Trends
40% of millennials choose their next holiday spot based on its Instagrammability, but how much does social….
40% of millennials choose their next holiday spot based on its Instagrammability, but how much does social media influence global travel trends? In episode 029 of Social Minds, we’re joined by Maria McKenzie, social communications manager at Lonely Planet, to discuss influencers, overtourism and how Instagram became a booming tourism industry in its own right. In this, Maria reveals the travel trends shaping 2019 and where marketers should look to find them.
feat. Theo & Eve
Breaking Social: On Article 13 Controversy, Instagram Checkout and the Fate of TV
For episode 030 of Social Minds, Theo and Eve cover the biggest social media stories to break….
For episode 030 of Social Minds, Theo and Eve cover the biggest social media stories to break in March. On our list is Instagram’s new Checkout button, including what it means for social commerce and e-tail websites; Article 13, the EU’s controversial copyright law amendment and so-called meme ban; and the future of linear TV following Apple TV+ and the news that online subscriptions have overtaken cable for the first time. Finally, we answer your questions about the world of social media marketing.
feat. Leo Harrison
Moving In-house: How Agencies Are Adapting To Changing Adland
We’re undergoing a substantial shift in the way agencies operate; large network agencies have learned to share….
We’re undergoing a substantial shift in the way agencies operate; large network agencies have learned to share the market with specialist and challenger agencies. But how do we differentiate from one another when there’s an agency for everything? In episode 031 of Social Minds, Oliver Global COO Leo Harrison joins us to discuss differentiation, sustainability benefits for consumers and brands and the future of the agency model in our new adland.
feat. Dan Price
Regulation Is Coming: How an Internet Crackdown Will Shape the Next 5 Years of Social
product teams. The government has also decided it’s time to regulate social media platforms. But are either….
product teams. The government has also decided it’s time to regulate social media platforms. But are either the right ones for the job and if not, then who? For episode 032 of Social Minds, we spoke with Useful Social founder Dan Price about the price of data, the ramifications of regulatory legislation and what happens when both are placed in the wrong hands.
feat. Lee Wilcox
Niche Value: Why Facebook Still Needs Publishers
Facebook and publishers are locked in a power struggle; neither want to concede ownership of their communities,….
Facebook and publishers are locked in a power struggle; neither want to concede ownership of their communities, but both need the other to survive. In episode 033 of Social Minds, we speak to On The Tools co-founder and CEO Lee Wilcox, to discover the value exchange that can happen when the two work together. In this, Lee explains how niche communities are combatting the symptoms of content overload. These groups also play a crucial role in deciding and influencing trends, and On The Tools are using that to make real change in the construction industry. Finally, we reveal the fate of UGC as social video moves further towards long-form.
feat. James Cross and Tim Jones
Bigger, Better Creative: The BBC’s Defence Against Netflix and YouTube
Young people are watching less TV—that cannot be argued. So where does this leave traditional broadcasters? In….
Young people are watching less TV—that cannot be argued. So where does this leave traditional broadcasters? In episode 034 of Social Minds, we’re joined by James Cross and Tim Jones, creative directors at BBC Creative, for a candid discussion about the future of linear television. In the face of Netflix, Hulu and YouTube, organisations like the BBC have been forced to play catch up. Now, we get an insight into their survival strategy. For James and Tim, the answer is a reimagined approach to creativity.
feat. Theo & eve
Breaking Social: F8 2019 Reveals The Private Future of Social
As we enter a new era of social media, Facebook’s annual F8 conference laid out the blueprints….
As we enter a new era of social media, Facebook’s annual F8 conference laid out the blueprints for a privacy-first approach. Across messaging, commerce and meaningful interactions, Facebook made clear exactly how user behaviour is changing and where its focus—and ours—should be. In episode 035 of Social Minds, we break down each major update announced at F8, what they mean for Facebook and the opportunities they present for brands and marketers.
feat. Theo and Robin
Earning Cultural Capital: Why Brands Are Moving Underground
Being present in culture is a dream for any brand, but earning real capital takes more than….
Being present in culture is a dream for any brand, but earning real capital takes more than sponsorship—brands must be sincere to succeed. In episode 036 of Social Minds we’re joined by Theo and Robin, directors at Warm Street, to discuss how brands can participate in subculture movements through music. In this, we reveal the steps brands need to take to make an impact from grassroots level to mass marketing campaigns.
feat. Ash Read
Outsmarting Social: What Data Can Really Do For Your Social Media Strategy
Earlier this year we collaborated with Buffer on its annual State of Social report, which enables marketers….
Earlier this year we collaborated with Buffer on its annual State of Social report, which enables marketers to form an informed strategy through social-first data. In episode 037 of Social Minds, we’re joined by Buffer’s editorial director, Ash Read, to unearth the learnings which have come to light since then, discuss how to strike the balance between research and creative instinct, and reveal when to use data to outsmart the platforms’ ever-changing landscape.
feat. Tom Foster-Carter
The Millennial Mindset: How Culture Is Determining the Success of Start-Ups
Every new business wants to create the ideal working environment. Challenger bank, Monzo, is no different. In….
Every new business wants to create the ideal working environment. Challenger bank, Monzo, is no different. In episode 038 of Social Minds, Social Chain COO Dom McGregor is joined by Monzo COO, Tom Foster-Carter. In this, we discuss how core values, an intuition for what young people want and determination to do things differently is the only way to create a successful business in a time where the average lifespan of a company is just 15 years.
feat. Julian Hearn
A Social-First Success: Why Huel Created Its Empire on Facebook Ads
rejected niche appeal and advertises its products purely on social over traditional means—to enormous success. So how….
rejected niche appeal and advertises its products purely on social over traditional means—to enormous success. So how does a brand go from start-up to household name without all of the above? In episode 039 of Social Minds, we’re joined by founder and chief marketing officer of Huel, Julian Hearn. In this, Julian reveals how one-to-one communication with customers, an intuitive paid social strategy and the knowledge that no success is permanent has the likes of Forbes, The Telegraph and The Guardian calling Huel “the food of the future”.
feat. Theo & Eve
Breaking Social: Why Landscape IGTV Is Instagram’s First Failure
Has Instagram left itself vulnerable to vertical-first competitors? In episode 040 of Social Minds: Breaking Social, Theo….
Has Instagram left itself vulnerable to vertical-first competitors? In episode 040 of Social Minds: Breaking Social, Theo and Eve are back to translate the biggest social media stories to break in May. We discuss Facebook’s latest algorithm update and its effect on publishers, and share the first-look reaction from our own Pages; Twitter’s update which places emphasis on direct messages, as a wider shift towards private sharing continues; Snapchat’s recent licensing deals, which put music front and centre of the platform; and what brands should make of IGTV now after Instagram wobbles, surrendering to creators and sacrificing the USP of its long-form experiment.
feat. Katy Leeson
Stay On Target: Where The Real Value Lies In Targeting Audiences on Social
In all forms of marketing, misunderstanding your target audience means missing the mark. But why are so….
In all forms of marketing, misunderstanding your target audience means missing the mark. But why are so many brands failing to resonate with their audience on social media when the tools available to them are so sophisticated? In episode 041 of Social Minds, we’re joined by Social Chain UK managing director Katy Leeson, to discuss how social-first data capabilities are revolutionising our understanding of modern consumers and what lessons can be transferred from traditional media targeting. Intuitive targeting means knowing that customers’ offline actions don’t always marry with their online thoughts, or that effective youth marketing means not falling for the stereotypes associated with millennials and Gen Z. In this, Katy reveals how brands can succeed by understanding who is talking about your brand, where they’re talking and what those conversations really say about you.
feat. Jon Cornwell
Licensing Virality: Understanding the Peaks and Pitfalls of Video’s Democratisation
Social has irreversibly changed the way news is broken; publishers now rely on user-generated content for on-the-ground….
Social has irreversibly changed the way news is broken; publishers now rely on user-generated content for on-the-ground video and photo reporting. But what does that mean for the health of information and the content we consume? In episode 042 of Social Minds, we’re joined by Jon Cornwell, co-founder and CEO of Newsflare—a company which licenses viral and breaking news videos to media and news organisations globally. In this, we discuss Facebook’s treatment of publishers, the democratisation of editorial video as well as what the future has in store for different video formats such as LIVE and long-form episodic content. We also cover the EU’s new directive, Articles 13 and 11, also known as the meme ban and link tax respectively, and what these new laws will mean for aggregators of social-first video content.
feat. Ashley Jones
First Impressions Last: Why Now Is the Time to Build Your Personal Brand
People respond to people, not logos. That’s not news, but LinkedIn’s focus on personal video posts has….
People respond to people, not logos. That’s not news, but LinkedIn’s focus on personal video posts has provoked a personal branding revolution. In episode 043 of Social Minds, personal brand consultant Ashley Jones discusses the impact of personal branding for businesses. Ashley, who was instrumental in raising Steven Bartlett’s profile at the beginning of Social Chain, also shares the crucial difference between personal branding and influencer marketing. Finally, we discuss how raising the profile of leaders and employees—at every level—can win pitches before you even enter the room.
feat. Theo & Eve
Breaking Social: Social Media’s Latest Updates Prove 2019 is the Year of Peer-To-Peer
What do LinkedIn, Libra and Instagram Stories all have in common? Each one has made recent changes….
What do LinkedIn, Libra and Instagram Stories all have in common? Each one has made recent changes which take us a step further towards a social media landscape that is primarily designed for peer-to-peer interactions—whether that’s through messaging, payments or regular posts. In episode 044 of Social Minds, Theo and Eve discuss the meaning behind June’s biggest social media stories, including LinkedIn’s algorithm change, Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra and Instagram Stories’ new Chat Sticker. This episode also sees the return of our monthly Q&A segment as we answer your submitted questions.
feat. Charlie Perry
Listen Up: What Really Matters When Starting a Podcast
2019 is the year of the podcast; high value and low competition means the opportunity for first-mover….
2019 is the year of the podcast; high value and low competition means the opportunity for first-mover advantage is hot right now. But how does one avoid being just another voice with nothing to say? In episode 045 of Social Minds, we’re joined by Social Chain audio executive Charlie Perry. Charlie played a crucial role in getting PrettyLittleThing’s podcast, PLT: Behind Closed Doors, to number one in the top podcast charts in just 24 hours. In this episode, she reveals how to rank in the top charts, why downloads are a weak metric and why discoverability is key. We also discuss the importance of audio quality, effective promotion and the lucrative qualities unique to podcast listeners. Finally we explain where brands fit into the mix—and why branded podcasts are proving to be a life line for those seeking diversification, intimate consumer relationships and a home for long-form, value-rich content.
feat. Mark McCulloch
An Appetite For Experience: Why Social Is Food Marketers’ Secret Ingredient
Food and drink should be an easy sell; it’s a necessity for every age and demographic. So….
Food and drink should be an easy sell; it’s a necessity for every age and demographic. So why is the industry still falling behind in its comms and marketing? In episode 046 of Social Minds, we’re joined by Mark McCulloch, brand and marketing executive at Supersonic Inc and host of the Supersonic Food Marketing Podcast. In this, Mark reveals why food and drink marketing needs to move beyond knee-jerk promotion and how brands can do that while using social to make their budgets stretch. We also discuss the brands who are succeeding at innovation and relevance, and break down their recipe for success.
feat. Andréa Jones
Giving Brands A Voice: Why Personalities Win On Social
People respond to people. That’s not a new lesson, far from it, but it has forced brands….
People respond to people. That’s not a new lesson, far from it, but it has forced brands to change how they talk to their consumers on social. Andréa Jones, a strategist and founder of her own social media consultancy firm, Onlinedrea, regularly tells businesses to show off their personality or risk going unnoticed. She joins us via Skype for episode 047 of Social Minds, which discusses the opportunities for valuable dialogue between brands and people, and the role copywriters, AI and chatbots play. Finally, we forecast the future of email marketing and increasingly integrated marketing strategies across social and non-social platforms.
feat. Theo & Eve
Breaking Social: 3 Things Brands Can Learn From Social Media Companies
In episode 048 of Social Minds: Breaking Social, Theo and Eve translate the biggest social media stories….
In episode 048 of Social Minds: Breaking Social, Theo and Eve translate the biggest social media stories to break in July 2019. Snapchat took its naysayers by surprise with impressive second-quarter results and its first major ad campaign; Twitter’s Me On Twitter user-generated ads hint at a noticeable and cost-effective marketing opportunity; and Facebook’s FTC’s fine was the largest in its history. We also discuss the Facebook widgets falling foul of GDPR and the release of Netflix’s Cambridge Analytica exposé, The Great Hack – two setbacks which come at a crucial time for Facebook. Finally we are thrilled to share the details of Social Chain Data’s official launch—a new dedicated service giving brands access to 80 million super fans, consumer trends and unprecedented marketing insights.
feat. Nicholas Young
Buck It Up: Are Creative Advertisers Scared of Interesting Ideas?
In our fast-paced, tech-driven world, marketers have just three seconds to be remembered. Our guest for episode….
In our fast-paced, tech-driven world, marketers have just three seconds to be remembered. Our guest for episode 049 of Social Minds, Nicholas Young, thinks that is stifling creativity in advertising. Nick puts it down to an epidemic of fear among creatives who would rather play it safe than anger Twitter trolls and is remedying this by educating the next generation of advertisers as a senior lecturer in creative advertising at Leeds Arts University, after over 12 years serving as creative director for several major agencies. The first lesson he teaches his students? Take risks to execute fearless ideas. In this episode, Nick reveals the trends he’s seeing in tomorrow’s creatives, the truth behind brand loyalty, how to fix ageism in the industry and the many ways social media has changed everything.
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Break Fresh Ground: Why Student Marketing Matters All Year Round
Students are a key demographic for all B2C brands. But this generation of freshers is different from….
Students are a key demographic for all B2C brands. But this generation of freshers is different from their predecessors; the internet was up and running before they learned how to speak. That means their formative years were spent on Facebook, and they’ve spent the last decade being targeted by Instagram ads. In episode 050 of Social Minds, we’re joined by Social Chain social media director Roxanne Parker. Freshers Week is just around the corner but, formerly of UNiDAYS and the National Union of Students, Roxanne stresses the importance of student marketing all year round. In this episode, she reveals how social-first data can aid understanding current student behaviour, which events in the student calendar to note and how to think outside the Facebook bubble to reach more students. We also discuss the crucial difference between practical and aspirational student marketing and how to find where your brand fits into the mix.
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Social Anatomy: How To Align Your Strategy With The Platforms’ Game Plan
Understanding the inner workings of social media is crucial to creating a successful strategy. At the end….
Understanding the inner workings of social media is crucial to creating a successful strategy. At the end of last year, Social Chain strategy director Mike Blake-Crawford came on the podcast to predict what 2019 would have in store for social. Now, half way through the year, we check back in with Mike to see which of his predictions have come to pass and what new trends have presented themselves. In this episode, we cover the ‘demetrification’ of social as Instagram moves to hide likes, noting what the impact will be. We also discuss the rise in chatbots and ‘chatvertising’ amid a shift towards private messaging. Finally, Mike reveals Facebook’s motive behind encouraging long-form videos, how YouTube and Facebook have reversed their stance on video length, and what our data says about the ongoing long-form versus short-form debate.
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The Influential 1%: Anyone Can Be An Influencer, But How Many Make It?
90% of people are watchers and 9% are engagers, which leaves 1% of content creators who can….
90% of people are watchers and 9% are engagers, which leaves 1% of content creators who can demonstrate influence over audiences, social media platforms and brands. So why does it feel like the bubble could burst at any moment? Neal Schaffer is a Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer and business consultant with a tremendous amount of influence. And while he doesn’t fit into the traditional lifestyle blogger blueprint, his advice to brands and defence of influencers who have fallen on the wrong side of the mistrust debate is relevant to everyone. In Episode 052 of Social Minds, we question why people still listen to influencers over brands and touch on the one organic social strategy that still rivals paid media.
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Threads of Genius: What Fashion Brands Are Doing Better Than You
You know times have changed when a high-end heritage brand like Gucci starts posting memes. But fashion….
You know times have changed when a high-end heritage brand like Gucci starts posting memes. But fashion brands’ innovative uses of social media are setting a precedent for the rest. In episode 053 of Social Minds, Amy Miller, senior account manager in fashion at Social Chain, presents the ethical conversations are impacting the fashion industry, what drives teenagers to wear luxury labels and why the high street is far from dead. Social is in vogue, and no sector is proving that more than fashion; from luxury to fast fashion, clothing brands and retailers are busy weaving the fabric of online experience. But as others are left to watch and learn, we discuss the tactics available for every brand to try. Plus, we delve into the emerging opportunities in new media.
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Breaking Social: Brand Fails, Instagram’s New App and Snap’s AR Gamble
Would you pay £330 for Snap’s latest Spectacles? We’re debating Snapchat’s parent company and its bold push….
Would you pay £330 for Snap’s latest Spectacles? We’re debating Snapchat’s parent company and its bold push into augmented reality and much more from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in our latest edition of Breaking Social. This month, that includes several key platform updates and a crash course in how to take care with controversy. Expect to hear why advertisers should care that there are now 1.5 million more over 60s than teens on Facebook, why influencers are using Instagram to promote their tweets, and why everyone is talking about NARS and Adidas. Plus we provide a first look at Instagram’s new messaging app, Threads, and invite you to join our brand new Facebook Group for Social Minds.
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Disability Is Diversity: How We Can Fix Representation in Advertising | Marianne Waite
1.3 billion people in the world live with disability. Just 0.6% of adverts represent them. In episode….
1.3 billion people in the world live with disability. Just 0.6% of adverts represent them. In episode 055 of Social Minds, we’re joined by Marianne Waite. Marianne is director at Omnicom’s The Valuable 500 – the global movement putting disability on the business leadership agenda, whose Diversish campaign took home a Cannes Lions award earlier this year. Disability is seen as a charity or government issue, but Marianne stresses that it is brands and corporations that have the scale, power and money to make real change. In this episode, we expose the fear, bias and ignorance that is taking place across our industry and preventing the fair and accurate representation of a large group with equal spending power.
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Much Ado About Data: Separating the Facts from the Fearmongering
What do you think of when you hear the word data? Big data, little data, data scandal,….
What do you think of when you hear the word data? Big data, little data, data scandal, personal data, market data, opinion data… Forget what you’ve read in the headlines; Social Chain’s own head of data and insights, McVal Osborne, joins us on episode 056 of Social Minds to iron out the facts. In this episode we discuss when our concerns are justified – and when they aren’t – what the different types of data mean and which are the most useful to brands and marketers. Finish this episode understanding how to manage your personal information and how to employ ethics when using data to target your audience.
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Magnetic Marketing: Why You Should Preach to the Converted | Teresa Heath-Wareing
Getting people’s attention is one thing. Actually converting them is another. In episode 057 of Social Minds,….
Getting people’s attention is one thing. Actually converting them is another. In episode 057 of Social Minds, Teresa Heath-Wareing, TEDx speaker and one of the UK’s leading experts on social media marketing, puts an end to the use of ‘value exchange’ as a buzzword. Instead, she reveals how marketers can put it into practice. We discuss UK marketers’ confidence issues, the meaning of lead magnets and the importance of give and take. Teresa also explains the necessary boundaries between brands and businesses who expect too much, and those who aren’t asking enough. This episode is packed full of actionable insight and demonstrates perfectly the reasons why we should stop trying to get everyone’s attention and just focus on the people who we know will buy into a brand.
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Front Page News Feed: Is PR Still Relevant in 2019? | Nicki Bannerman
When brands are free to control their own online narrative through social media, is the traditional press….
When brands are free to control their own online narrative through social media, is the traditional press release still relevant or has it become an obsolete relic of the past? In episode 058 of Social Minds, we’re joined by PR publicist, producer and and co-founder of The Influential Women podcast, Nicki Bannerman, to debate the role that public relations plays in 2019. We discuss how PR has moved from print to online, whether or not being published by trade and national press still holds weight and how brands and marketers can sync their earned media with PR activations to get the most exposure. We also cover people’s attitudes towards PR stunts among contrast between a demand for experiences yet a disdain for fabricated or forced publicity.
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Breaking Social: Why a Solid USP Is the Best Defence Against Facebook
Vast changes have been made to the social landscape over the last month. In this week’s episode….
Vast changes have been made to the social landscape over the last month. In this week’s episode of Social Minds: Breaking Social, Theo and Eve dissect the latest updates you need to know about, including Stories ads’ new chatbot function, Instagram Shopping’s new Product Launch tags, Snapchat’s extended three-minute ad spots and LinkedIn’s new targeting mechanism. We also take a first look at Facebook Dating as it launches in the US, and translate the leaked audio of Facebook’s internal Q&A which revealed its takedown strategy for TikTok and contingency plan if Senator Elizabeth Warren succeeds in breaking up the Facebook ecosystem. Finally we walk you through Twitch’s brand refresh, Reddit’s new video formats and Libra’s latest blow, as PayPal, VISA and MasterCard all reconsider their input.
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Bank of Facebook: The Truth About Libra | Dilen Pattni and Josh Riddett
eBay, Mastercard, VISA and Paypal are four of the world’s most powerful companies. Along with Stripe, a….
eBay, Mastercard, VISA and Paypal are four of the world’s most powerful companies. Along with Stripe, a Californian financial software company, they are also the first early backers to leave Facebook’s Libra project. But is Facebook’s plan to launch a cryptocurrency doomed or will it push through regulation to help create the world’s biggest bank? In episode 060 of Social Minds, we’re joined by Social Chain’s instant messaging lead, Dilen Pattni, and Josh Riddett, the CEO of Easy Crypto Hunter. Both have a comprehensive knowledge of blockchain technology and a deeper interest than most in what Mark Zuckerberg is up to. They discuss blockchain, bitcoin and why not every international government is averse to Facebook’s plans, even if the G7 are.
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Digital Emancipation: Why The Dark Web Is The Least of Parents’ Worries | Kat Callow
New parents are often warned against posting pictures of their children online, due to the dark web….
New parents are often warned against posting pictures of their children online, due to the dark web hosting a network of child abusers. But while that is a very real concern, it is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to reasons why parents should think twice before hitting Post. In episode 61 of Social Minds, we welcome back Kat Callow who has recently returned from a consulting role in Silicon Valley. Children become self-aware at age 5. By that point, there are already about 5,400 images of them online – and that’s just in the UK. In the last few years, millennial parents have popularised ’sharenting’ while some children are influencers in their own right. But Kat emphasises the permanence of hosting images on Facebook or Google’s servers, and how they’re used to study behaviour for commercial gain. As we start to see the first legal cases of digital emancipation emerge, transgender rights, ownership of identity and mental health are all feature heavily in this growing debate between parents and platforms.
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Breaking America: How We Moved Our UK Agency Stateside | Oliver Yonchev
America is a market so large that its 50 states may as well be 50 countries. So….
America is a market so large that its 50 states may as well be 50 countries. So what can UK businesses do to ensure they make a transatlantic impact? In this episode of Social Minds we catch up with managing director of Social Chain USA, Oliver Yonchev, who is currently growing our office in New York. We discuss the hurdles that UK companies need to overcome when tackling the US, what to consider for differences in size, tone and culture, and the nuances in innovation, creativity and competition. Madison Avenue gave the American advertising landscape the gift of maturity, but Ollie insists that the UK remains adland’s hub for experimentation. In this episode, he reveals the strategies that each market should borrow from one another and how brands crossing the pond can employ the best of both.
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Guarding Against Tech: While Facebook Hungers for Power, We Pay the Price | Alex Hern, The Guardian
In June 2006 Yahoo tried to buy Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg ignored advice to reject the offer. That….
In June 2006 Yahoo tried to buy Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg ignored advice to reject the offer. That September, Facebook launched News Feed, once again against strong advice. Now, Zuckerberg has been conditioned to believe he knows best. In episode 063 of Social Minds, The Guardian’s UK tech editor, Alex Hern, joins us to discuss Facebook’s growing power and the repercussions of that. Alex says that, while Zuckerberg is skilled at making the right decision for Facebook’s business model, those decisions are rarely best for everybody else. In this episode, we learn the heavy responsibility of a tech reporter today. Plus we get the insider account of Snapchat’s dossier, the dark life of content moderators and the crucial role of the whistleblower.
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Breaking Social LIVE: Facebook Is Losing Its Own Competition | Theo and Eve
Facebook’s end goal has always been to eliminate its competition, whether that’s through acquisition or a ‘clone….
Facebook’s end goal has always been to eliminate its competition, whether that’s through acquisition or a ‘clone and destroy’ strategy. Except it’s not working. In fact, recently other tech firms have been showing Facebook how’s it’s done. In our first LIVE episode of Social Minds, Theo and Eve discuss social’s latest headlines and get candid about the state of Facebook. While Facebook says it can’t fact-check political ads — but absolutely can ban popular emojis used in a sexual context — Twitter has banned political ads altogether, Snapchat Discover is giving publishers the ad revenue that Facebook won’t provide, and TikTok hasn’t even flinched at Facebook’s clone efforts. Instead, it’s expanding further still by introducing its own advertising platform. In this, we reveal the new features coming to Twitter in 2020, the surprising year-on-year growth of Snapchat Discover, TikTok’s agency pitch deck and Facebook’s real motive for introducing the world to the new but not that improved FACEBOOK.
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The Creative Countdown: Why Instinctive Thinking Births the Best Ideas | Nick Entwistle, One Minute Briefs
Who here is guilty of overthinking a creative idea? A stroke of inspiration can easily be diluted….
Who here is guilty of overthinking a creative idea? A stroke of inspiration can easily be diluted by meeting after meeting, chef after chef. One man who has made a business out of avoiding that trap is Nick Entwistle, founder of One Minute Briefs – an online community with over 20K followers. Like its name, One Minute Briefs asks its fans to draft adverts in one minute, with prizes for the best each week. Some have even been realised as fully-fledged campaigns. In this episode, we find out from Nick why instinctive ideas are the best, how to develop these ideas without losing their genius, and when to balance speed and quality. We’re also asking our listeners to try their hand at a One Minute Brief, selling the medium of podcasting. To take part, tweet your submissions to @OneMinuteBriefs and @TheSocialChain. Good luck!
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Rally For Reform: Social Media Has Democratised Everything—Besides Democracy | Tristan Hotham
As the UK prepares for another General Election, we spoke to PhD researcher Tristan Hotham, who has….
As the UK prepares for another General Election, we spoke to PhD researcher Tristan Hotham, who has spent the last four years collecting over a decade’s worth of data on political parties’ use of social advertising. His findings prove that irreversible damage has been done. Now, as Twitter bans all political advertising and Facebook is under immense pressure to do the same, a new problem presents itself: how can challenger parties and smaller political groups be seen and heard? 80% of Trump’s tweets become news headlines. As we know, organic reach is reserved for the posts which create the most intense emotions. In politics, that’s often the most divisive and controversial messages. In this episode of Social Minds, we learn how banning political ads—or allowing them to run amok—has and will continue to upset Western democracy.
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Get Over Yourself: Why Empathetic People Make the Best Marketers | Joe Glover
Creative professionals come with an ego attached. That’s usually their downfall. In episode 067 of Social Minds,….
Creative professionals come with an ego attached. That’s usually their downfall. In episode 067 of Social Minds, we’re joined by Joe Glover, founder of The Marketing Meetup. In this episode, he explains why empathy is the trait to be proud of and a skill that everyone can develop. Joe says empathy doesn’t just mean being nice. Empathy is the ability to become the person you’re trying to reach. To take on their problems in order to provide their solutions. But it’s not not being nice. In this episode, find out why humanity is the best strategy for long-term business success.
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Playing Facebook’s Game: How to Make the Algorithm Work for You | Hannah Anderson
Facebook is a hostile environment for pages right now. Organic reach continues to decline, Facebook is pushing….
Facebook is a hostile environment for pages right now. Organic reach continues to decline, Facebook is pushing three-minute videos and capping the reach of memes, despite their popularity. In episode 068 of Social Minds, we’re joined by Social Chain co-founder and director of social and creative at Social Chain Media. In this, she reveals what Facebook is asking of publishers and brands, what changes are being made in the backend of their algorithm and just how far its dictatorship goes. We also discuss the definition of growth hacking in 2020 and why TikTok and Twitter present huge opportunity for those struggling under Facebook’s weight.
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Class Issues in Advertising: Is The Industry Doing Enough? | Craig Oldham
Many would argue the standard of advertising and creativity is now the best it’s been for ages…..
Many would argue the standard of advertising and creativity is now the best it’s been for ages. But how much better could it be if the industry opened its doors to the millions that are held back from creative careers by their class or background? In episode 69 of Social Minds, Craig Oldham, who chairs D&AD North, gives a frank take on the lack of representation in top creative roles. We also discuss the classism that still exists in the industry and whether or not the world’s most awarded works give a true reflection of society. Craig also calls for an end to outdated hierarchies at idea-level, arguing that a creative director doesn’t always have better ideas than a junior.
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That’s a Wrap: What to Expect from Platforms and Brands in 2020 | Theo and Eve
And just like that, 2019 is over. We entered the year bursting with questions about influencer fraud,….
And just like that, 2019 is over. We entered the year bursting with questions about influencer fraud, meaningful engagement and political ad meddling. Though that last one is yet to be resolved, 2020 presents new questions about private payments, brand safety and digital wellbeing – among other things. In our final episode of the year, Theo and Eve break the latest news from each of our favourite platforms, critique this year’s Christmas ads and present our predictions for the coming year. Plus, we answer your burning questions. That’s a wrap for 2019. See you in the new year!
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All About Podcasts: Tricks to Help You Ideate, Grow and Distribute Your Show | Mark Asquith
For our first episode of 2020, we’re joined by Mark Asquith – aka ‘that British podcast guy’…..
For our first episode of 2020, we’re joined by Mark Asquith – aka ‘that British podcast guy’. Mark’s years of experience as founder of Rebel Base Media give him unrivalled authority to advise on podcast ideation, production, growth and distribution. Forget the myths you’ve heard about chart-climbing. Find out if your brand suits a slick show or a chilled chat. Plus learn the importance of retention rates, varied content streams, repurposing and bonus content. This episode is a must-listen for brands, influencers and individuals who want to grow or launch a successful podcast.
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Serve Your Purpose: Why Big Brands Are Losing out to Social-First Challengers | Tim Donald
Big brands are forgetting what their founders set out to do; when you’ve been in the business….
Big brands are forgetting what their founders set out to do; when you’ve been in the business for decades, you can lose touch with your roots. This week, we speak to Social Chain’s new creative director, Tim Donald. He reveals the challenge facing brands to simultaneously adapt and to rediscover their purpose. And brand purpose to Tim doesn’t mean cause marketing – not every purposeful piece of content has to reflect an environmental mission. It’s also not about product pushing. In this episode, Tim explains what brands need to do to reconnect with themselves, and their audience.
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Data’s Dark Side: Deep Fakes and Even Deeper AI Secrets from Silicon Valley | Omar Latif
They know every search, every purchase, every click. Facebook, Google and Amazon are data-mining companies. More than….
They know every search, every purchase, every click. Facebook, Google and Amazon are data-mining companies. More than ever, people understand how their data affects the advertising they see online. Still there is a huge discrepancy between what we knowingly give away and what uses its put to by third-parties. In episode 076 of Social Minds, we’re joined by Omar Latif, founder of AI tech firm We Are Assif and ex-developer at Google. In this, he reveals what big tech and third-parties do with our data, what the pixelocalypse and demise of cookies will mean, and why deep fakes have more sinister repercussions than impersonation.
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The Power of PR: What Brands Can Learn From Experts in Shareability | Adrian Ma
Social science says organic reach is near impossible. But PR specialists have always known how to spread….
Social science says organic reach is near impossible. But PR specialists have always known how to spread a story far and wide for virtually no cost. It comes down to the TRUTH. Transparency is key, but in this case TRUTH is also an acronym for the five steps that our guest this week, MD of Fanclub PR Adrian Ma, swears by. In this episode we discuss how PR can create shareablity for social campaigns, the power of a well-timed stunt and how to navigate a press nightmare. We also reveal how to increase sales using PR tactics and the ways in which PR and social have had to evolve to accommodate each other.
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Hacks at Home: How to Stay Motivated and Productive in Isolation | Chris Williamson
Madness requires methods. We’re all adjusting to this new normal. Whether you’re working from home, passing the….
Madness requires methods. We’re all adjusting to this new normal. Whether you’re working from home, passing the time or having to pivot an entire business model, Chris Williamson has some life-changing hacks to share. Chris is the director of Voodoo Events – an industry that has been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. But he’s also the host of Modern Wisdom, whose Life Hacks series has been making people more productive since 2018. He’s also no stranger to working from home. In this episode, Chris shares the methods he’s found most useful to increase productivity. He talks us through how to build habits that you can use now to cope, and when reintegrating into work. Expect to hear some surprising truths about posture, metabolism and mindset, as well as some of the creative ways independent businesses are keeping their livelihoods afloat. This guide for the confined is a slightly different episode than you’re used to, but we really hope it helps you cope in this strange climate. Look after yourselves – Eve, Theo and Ollie.
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Campaign Against COVID-19: The True Impact of a Pandemic on Advertising | Omar Oakes, Campaign Magazine
Read the room. COVID-19 has changed everything over the last month and advertising is definitely no exception…..
Read the room. COVID-19 has changed everything over the last month and advertising is definitely no exception. We spoke to the global tech editor of Campaign Magazine, Omar Oakes, to find out how the industry is responding, how consumer sentiment has changed and what brands’ place is in all of this – if they have one at all. Omar has been celebrating and critiquing brands in Campaign Magazine for over 5 years and he had seen it all – until now. In this episode we spoke about why it’s not the time for wartime spirit, why the internet is angry at McDonald’s and how Campaign is adapting to a shift in readers’ attitudes – including by canning its iconic Turkey of the Week segment.
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A Brief Quarantine: How to Discover Your Creativity in Isolation | Olivia Downing, TBWA
COVID-19 has split advertisers and creative professionals into those halting spend and output entirely and those using….
COVID-19 has split advertisers and creative professionals into those halting spend and output entirely and those using this rare moment of global togetherness to create something that resonates. In this episode we’re joined by TBWA\MCR’s copywriter Olivia Downing, also named in The Drum’s 50 under 30 outstanding women in creativity and digital. We discuss what makes a powerful piece of work amid a pandemic, why fear is still our greatest enemy and why Olivia thinks isolation is having a profound effect on our creativity.
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The Burden on Brands: Why We Turn To Brands In Times of Crisis | John Kyriakou and Jon Slater
People look to brands when they feel like governments are failing, when they want something to change….
People look to brands when they feel like governments are failing, when they want something to change and when they need to believe that corporations with money are more than that. In this episode we’re joined by a formidable creative director duo in John Kyriakou and Jon Slater, aka The Jo(h)ns. In this, they reveal why now more than ever, brands have to reassure and support their customers, both in action and creative work. Expect to hear why all your audience data is now useless, what people will think of brands when this is all over and how brands can turn the tide on trust.
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The Innovators Behind AR: Why Snapchat Matters to the Future of Big Tech and Media | Will Scougal, Snap Inc.
If you’re a brand that wants to speak to Gen Z and you’re not on Snapchat, what….
If you’re a brand that wants to speak to Gen Z and you’re not on Snapchat, what are you doing? We have Snapchat to thank for the mass adoption of augmented reality. It’s the reason everyone is currently sat at home trying on ‘guess the gibberish’ and ‘which Disney character am I?’ filters. Here to tell us why AR lenses are the phenomenon they are is Snap Inc’s global director of creative strategy, Will Scougal. Before Snap, Will was head of brand strategy at Twitter. In this episode, we reveal what brands can achieve with immersive ad experiences, why Snap is determined to democratise AR and why inclusivity has been key to the platform’s success. Snap Inc has been named the most innovative company of 2020 by FastCompany and now with the DIY Lens Web Builder, a promised $750,000 to AR influencers this year and optimistic revenue and user growth in Q1, it seems this is no lucky streak for Snapchat but years of consistent innovation and a strong USP finally paying off. This episode gives you an inside look at the creative strategy of Snapchat – now the go-to platform for direct-response advertising and Social Minds’ favourite comeback kid.
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A Global Call to Action: WWF on Social Media’s Role in Saving the Planet | Alice More O’Ferrall and Holly Kay
Non government organisations like WWF are used to driving action on and off social, while balancing sensitive….
Non government organisations like WWF are used to driving action on and off social, while balancing sensitive messaging with limited budgets. Now the majority of brands find themselves in that very position. So what can brands learn from NGOs during a global pandemic? This week we’re joined remotely by Alice More O’Ferrall and Holly Kay, acting head of global digital and social account manager at WWF respectively. WWF needs no introduction; it was established in the 60s and is the world’s leading independent conservation organisation. In this, we discuss how COVID-19 has impacted the WWF’s messaging around climate change and animal welfare, as well as key activations such as #EarthHour. Plus, we learn a crucial lesson in how to not be tone deaf, and hear how to spend a limited budget wisely when it comes to comms and marketing.
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How to Be Famous: Decoding the YouTuber Framework | Chris Stokel-Walker
Journalist Chris Stokel-Walker understands YouTube better than most. The majority of his career has been spent covering….
Journalist Chris Stokel-Walker understands YouTube better than most. The majority of his career has been spent covering the vast and sometimes chaotic development of its influence and its influencers. In this episode of Social Minds, Chris joins us to share his insight into the world of the streaming powerhouse, its creators and their superfans. In this, we discuss whether or not YouTubers can claim privacy, the crossover of YouTube and TV and the nuances of new ‘celebrity’. Plus he reveals the mistake every single influencer today is making that puts their privacy – and sometimes their lives – at risk. Brands, agencies, YouTubers: this conversation explains the YouTube career in detail, exposing the complex motives that drive fans to become so much more than a subscriber.
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The Cost of Reach: How Paid Social Managers and Platforms are Meeting Demand | Katrina Cimetta, Ex-Domino’s
As more and more users join social media, the challenge of reaching those most relevant to your….
As more and more users join social media, the challenge of reaching those most relevant to your brand gets harder, dialling up the demand for ad space. Knowing this, platforms have to continually find new ways of helping paid social managers and advertisers reach users on their apps. So which of social’s main players should you invest more time in? This week we’re joined by Katrina Cimetta, a paid social media manager for Domino’s at the time of recording, to discuss everything from incrementality testing to the race for more creative solutions in paid social. In this episode, Kat, who’s now working at Great Ormond Street Hospital, discusses the lessons to be learnt from each platform and the future for TikTok as it ramps up its appeal to paid marketers. And finally, with so much uncertainty, is now the time to ramp up your paid social activity or take a step back?
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Talk This Way: Why Oatly’s Approach to Tone of Voice Works | Michael Lee, Oatly
Marketing and advertising is saturated with rules for best practice. Swedish plant-based milk brand Oatly has rejected….
Marketing and advertising is saturated with rules for best practice. Swedish plant-based milk brand Oatly has rejected them all. The brand frequently mocks the idea of advertising within its ads, it prints negative feedback on its packaging and once took to Instagram to poke fun at its own CEO. In this episode of Social Minds, we’re joined by Oatly’s creative director Michael Lee, to find out the process behind every self-deprecating billboard or tweet. The impressive part? Oatly has successfully scaled with just three copywriters, no CMO and no TOV guidelines across global markets. In this, Michael explains the importance of TOV and language, why having a marketing director hurts progress, and how a brand can be 100% serious about its cause, without taking itself seriously at all. This episode is a lesson in unapologetic fun, meaningful action and doing things differently.
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Lockdown Listens: What COVID-19 Quarantines Did to Podcasting | David Hill, Acast, Spotify
A lot of industries have been damaged or made irrelevant by the onset of COVID-19 lockdowns across….
A lot of industries have been damaged or made irrelevant by the onset of COVID-19 lockdowns across the world. Podcasting isn’t one of them. Despite a lack of commuting, there has been a significant shift in the creation and consumption of podcasts, in everything from wellness to true crime. In this episode, we’re joined by David Hill, account manager at Acast and previously of Spotify, to lean how people’s behaviour with podcasts has changed in the last three months, which behaviours are here to stay and which will revert back to normal one day in the hopefully not-too-distant future. Acast’s primary data on podcast listeners across all demographics is a crucial resource for creators and brands, which includes insight on sponsored reads versus branded shows and the time of day that people tune in.
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Influencing the Future: Why We Have to Future Proof Influencer Marketing Now | Rahul Titus, Ogilvy
In a time where consumers have been confined to their homes and social contact has been limited;….
In a time where consumers have been confined to their homes and social contact has been limited; influence has been pulling to the forefront of our increasingly virtual reality. Where other channels have been on the back foot, unable to activate amongst social distancing, influence has found itself in a unique position. In this episode of Social Minds, we’re joined by head of influence at Ogilvy, Rahul Titus, to find out how brands and agencies can future proof the influencer marketing landscape when it is needed more than ever, and new platforms like TikTok are changing how we interact with and discover talent. Challenges such as brand safety, engagement fraud and consumer mistrust still plague influencer marketing, and Rahul says it’s up to us to address these issues as influencers will become ever more important to their brand partners. In this, expect to hear why the ASA is crucial, the opportunities for influencers now and the measures brands can put in place to ensure real ROI from their influencer campaigns.
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Disordered Tech: Is Social Media Responsible for Preventing Suicide and Self-Harm? | Dr Ysabel Gerrard, Facebook Advisory Board
Warning, themes of a sensitive nature (suicide, self-harm, eating disorders): Social platforms face enormous pressure to improve their….
Warning, themes of a sensitive nature (suicide, self-harm, eating disorders): Social platforms face enormous pressure to improve their policies on suicide, self-harm and eating disorders. But pointing the finger at Facebook might be the most dangerous move of all. In the same week that the UK government sparked outrage among people recovering from an eating disorder, we spoke to one of Facebook’s advisory board members, Dr Ysabel Gerrard, whose job it is to make sure Facebook isn’t also adding to a problem that pre-dates its existence. In this episode she reveals exactly how policies are implemented at Facebook Inc and what matters to the company right now. We also discuss the other social platforms posing an equally problematic risk. Importantly, Ysabel reveals the issue with governments and press using Facebook as a scapegoat for mental health, and how everyone from parents to fashion brands has a role to play. Ysabel specialises in the psychology of eating disorders and tells us that anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any other mental illness. Its online communities are among the most impenetrable and private. And that is presenting researchers and platform moderators with an unprecedented ethical and logistical dilemma: should we be trying to moderate recovery?
feat. Roya Zeitoune
Watching the World: What YouTube’s Trending Tab Says About Your Audience | Roya Zeitoune, Youtube, Google
For the last 15 years, YouTube has shaped culture, but culture equally shapes YouTube. Because the platform’s….
For the last 15 years, YouTube has shaped culture, but culture equally shapes YouTube. Because the platform’s Trending tab is curated based on what’s popular, it’s a true reflection of society and culture by country – and therefore an invaluable resource for brands. This week we’re joined by YouTube’s culture and trends lead, Roya Zeitoune, whose job it is to track these trends. In this episode she reveals what is popular right now, how brands can use that information in their strategy and what you can learn about your audience with these insights. We also discuss how YouTube content reflects how our needs have changed since the pandemic on a truly global scale. Plus we cover the impact of YouTube on culture, broadcasting, celebrity and discoverability. This episode is a must-listen for brands and marketers that want to crack YouTube, understand the function of its many content formats and understand its nuanced relationship with your customers.
feat. Inam Mahmood & Abi Clarke
Make TikToks Not Ads: How Brands Should Leverage the Platform of 2020 | Inam Mahmood and Abi Clarke, TikTok UK
When TikTok first stepped on the scene, cynics called it a passing fad. It’s only been two….
When TikTok first stepped on the scene, cynics called it a passing fad. It’s only been two years since Musical.ly merged into TikTok and the platform has fast become the gold standard for content creation. In this episode, we’re joined by TikTok’s managing director of global business solutions, Inam Mahmood, and Abi Clarke, a stand-up comedian who has shot to fame on the platform over lockdown. Between the two of them, they provide a comprehensive look at TikTok for brands and creators. We discuss how TikTok’s algorithm works, how to find creators to partner with and the tangible impact of UGC. From breakdowns of the best TikTok campaigns to the power of the platform’s comment section, we find out everything you need to know to make your mark on the hottest platform of the year.
feat. David Griner
Front Page Ideas: How To Get Adweek’s Attention | David Griner, Adweek
As one of the most prestigious advertising magazines in the world, it’s easy to fall into the….
As one of the most prestigious advertising magazines in the world, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking Adweek’s writers only care for a specific type of ad. But just as creativity has moved on from eye-wateringly expensive masterpieces and ten-minute short films, so too has Adweek’s definition of what makes a memorable campaign. In this episode, we’re joined by Adweek’s creative and innovation editor, David Griner, who reveals he and other industry insiders would rather see great ideas executed swiftly and in a way that’s culturally-relevant than flawless ideas that come late. That’s welcome news for anyone working in social, where speed and reactivity often trump indulgent artistry. So is it possible to penetrate Adweek’s pages with a well-timed tweet or TikTok trend? From creative effectiveness to award show politics, tune in to hear what the top writers in advertising are looking for from brands today.
feat. Dom Boyd
The Last Laugh: Has the Advertising Industry Lost Its Funny Bone? | Dom Boyd, Kantar
Times are tough. And, as such, in the past few months, brands have taken their duty to….
Times are tough. And, as such, in the past few months, brands have taken their duty to communicate purpose seriously – too seriously. This week we’re joined by Dom Boyd, managing director of market research company Kantar and previously of adam&eveDDB. Dom says there’s a concerning trend in creative advertising: we’ve lost our sense of humour. Kantar has crunched the numbers and found that funny ads are becoming harder to find. While we are in a pandemic, Dom believes that people don’t need intermittent reminders that life can suck – ad breaks are annoying enough. So why have brands cowered away from comedy, how can advertisers reverse the trend and what are the differences in tone between traditional and digital? We discussed all of this and more, revealing Kantar’s own data on the matter and Theo and Eve’s advice for brands who want to use social to inject some comic relief back into their creative.
feat. Toa Dunn
The Inside Track: How Video Games Created a New Stage for Artists and Brands | Toa Dunn, Riot Music Group, Riot Games
Gaming’s popularity is experiencing an unstoppable evolution, a large part of which is the involvement of the….
Gaming’s popularity is experiencing an unstoppable evolution, a large part of which is the involvement of the music industry. Fortnite’s recent live in-game gig with Travis Scott saw over 12 million players tune in while brands like Burberry and Louis Vuitton are already utilising the creative opportunities that this collision of worlds has created, designing digital fashion lines and sponsoring virtual musicians. In this episode, we’re joined by Toa Dunn, the head of Riot Music Group, which is owned by Riot Games, the company behind League of Legends. In this, Toa teaches content creators how to craft emotional narratives through music, how in-game concerts and esports matches present massive opportunities for brands and how major artists are using video games as a means to connect with new audiences.
feat. Harold Klaje
r/AskReddit: What Opportunities Lay at the Front Page of the Internet? | Harold Klaje, Reddit
Reddit was once a relatively niche forum website. Today it sits alongside behemoths like Facebook and Instagram,….
Reddit was once a relatively niche forum website. Today it sits alongside behemoths like Facebook and Instagram, and even overtakes Twitter and Pinterest in daily active users. With its growth has come increased opportunities for brands and advertisers, which we hear all about in this episode from Harold Klaje, Reddit’s VP and president of global advertising, previously of Pinterest and Google. In this, we discuss the unique qualities of Reddit’s audience that can’t be reached elsewhere, the importance of using Reddit to trend-spot for brands and the rewards available from its many ad product offerings. Harold also reveals what motivated the company to open its first HQ in London recently and the truth about brand safety concerns on the platform, including how they’ve tackled it since 2017.
feat. Arooj Aftab & Scott Morrison
Done With Diversity: How Businesses Should Actually Fight Inequality | Arooj Aftab, Scott Morrison
The #BlackLivesMatter movement and the events of 2020 have shone more light on the issue of inequality….
The #BlackLivesMatter movement and the events of 2020 have shone more light on the issue of inequality within business. So how can companies make sweeping changes from entry-level to C-suite and how do we all promote inclusion and representation without box-ticking or indirect discrimination? This week we learn from Scott Morrison, a mentor, founder of The Boom, and advertising alumnus for names such as Diesel, Levi Strauss & co and Saatchi and Saatchi. Plus we’re joined by Arooj Aftab, the Diversity Campaigns Executive at Brand Advance, winner of the Asian media awards in 2019 and the creator of the #DoneWithDiversity campaign. In this, we learn why diversity is the wrong word to use, why hiring different nationalities doesn’t solve anything and how this generation is hustling to benefit the next.
feat. John Hutchings
Finding Your Funny Bone: Why KFC’s Social Media Marketing Always Hits Headlines | John Hutchings, KFC UK, IRE
Ask anyone in the industry which brands do humour on social well and chances are KFC will….
Ask anyone in the industry which brands do humour on social well and chances are KFC will be mentioned; the brand has gained notoriety for its witty jokes and quick comebacks on Twitter. Its recent Rate My Plate Twitter activation even made it to the big screen through an acclaimed TV spot which saw social inspire OOH – something most brands wouldn’t even consider. In this episode, KFC UK & Ireland’s social media executive reveals the secret spices, sadly not in the chicken, but of the brand’s social strategy. We talked about the changes they’ve had to make post-pandemic, the merits of leading with your social media manager’s personality and what brands miss out on when they consider themselves to be above cracking the odd joke.
feat. Jason Maldonado
The Best of B2B: Why Data Is The Key To Creating Exciting Campaigns | Jason Maldonado, SurveyMonkey, MailChimp
Social-first creative and online experiences make sense for consumer-facing brands, where product complexity and purchase consideration are….
Social-first creative and online experiences make sense for consumer-facing brands, where product complexity and purchase consideration are generally low. Can the same be said for business customers? In this episode, we spoke to Jason Maldonado, director of social media at Survey Monkey, and previously the head of social media marketing at MailChimp. We discuss why B2B brands should compare themselves to aspirational B2C brands, how to balance strategic-led thinking with the speed of social, and how marketers can use deep data and insights to tell stories, both during the pitching process and in the end campaign.
feat. Theo & Eve
2020 Rewind: Theo and Eve’s Top Picks From the Year on Social Minds
And just like that, Social Minds has wrapped for 2020. But before we part, we wanted to….
And just like that, Social Minds has wrapped for 2020. But before we part, we wanted to look back on our highlights from what has been a year of incredible guests and insightful conversations. In this episode, Theo and Eve share their favourite moments from the podcast this year, sharing times when our guests took us by surprise and taught us all something new and the trends that have stood out the most in hindsight. Catch up on moments you might have missed, relive your favourite episodes and listen out for our top tips for 2021. Thank you all for your continued support of the show and we’ll see you in the new year.
feat. Carlo Karim Frem
Make The Dream Work: How Amazon Prime Video Built A Leading Social Team | Carlo Karim Frem, Amazon Prime Video
Talent or training? Specialised or broad skills? Experience or attitude? Your social team are the front line….
Talent or training? Specialised or broad skills? Experience or attitude? Your social team are the front line of your brand. Knowing which roles to fill, what culture to employ and how to lead by example are therefore crucial to any modern brand’s success. In this episode, we’re joined by Amazon Prime Video’s head of social media and editorial content, Carlo Karim Frem, to find out how Amazon Prime Video’s leading social team was created. In this, we reveal why company values aren’t just words on a wall, the red (and green) flags to look out for when interviewing talent and what skills you need to nurture to build the dream social team from scratch.
feat. Ben Lancaster-Nogueira
Survival of the Savviest: How Threatened Retailers and Banks Can Avoid Irrelevance | Ben Lancaster-Nogueira, Deloitte Digital
It’s no secret that regulated industries and major companies take longer to adopt new tech. But how….
It’s no secret that regulated industries and major companies take longer to adopt new tech. But how can social work within the walls of regulation and still do its job? In this episode, we’re joined by Ben Lancaster-Nogueira, managing consultant at Deloitte Digital. Ben advises brands in the banking industry and so is no stranger to opening minds to social. In this episode, we discuss the possibilities available to risk-averse companies with ample red tape to navigate, the repercussions of slow adaptation, and why challenger brands in the same sectors can often move faster. Plus we talk about the best social channels for regulated industries, how to manage risk and crises, and how social commerce is shaking up the industry.
feat. Yulia Aleksandrova & Jackie Klimes
Get On Board: Why Brands Shouldn’t Overlook Pinterest | MADE.com, Pinterest
People are primed to purchase on Pinterest. 98% of Pinners report trying new things they find on….
People are primed to purchase on Pinterest. 98% of Pinners report trying new things they find on the platform. So why aren’t more brands taking it seriously? In this episode, we’re joined by Yulia Aleksandrova, global social media manager at MADE.com and Jackie Klimes, retail partnerships manager at Pinterest – previously of LinkedIn. Pinterest is an instrumental element of MADE.com’s marketing and their activity is the perfect case study of how powerful Pinterest can be, both organically and for paid campaigns. In this episode, we find out the differences in visual search versus social media strategies, how Pinterest caters for both long-consideration and impulse buys, and the content types that provide brands with the highest ROI on the platform.
feat. Kyle Elliot
Changing The Game: How Adidas Balances Exclusivity With Mass Appeal | Kyle Elliot, Adidas
Often the most engaging social-first experiences are those that feel exclusive to the audience. But when you’re….
Often the most engaging social-first experiences are those that feel exclusive to the audience. But when you’re a global brand with millions of fans around the world, how do you balance that exclusivity with mass appeal? In this episode, we’re joined by Kyle Elliot, senior global social media manager at Adidas. Having worked behind-the-scenes on global campaigns and activations like Tango Squad FC and Adidas’s Rent-A-Pred hotline, Kyle analyses the importance of exclusivity for global brands on social and why major sports brands can’t always conform to consumer expectations. In a nod to the next wave of audio platforms, we also touch on how platform disrupters like Clubhouse and Discord are changing the game.
feat. Josh Benge
Being Top Dog: How BrewDog Uses Social-First Trends to Inspire New Products | Josh Benge – BrewDog
BrewDog is known for its outrageous stunts and reactivity. But where most brands would respond to a….
BrewDog is known for its outrageous stunts and reactivity. But where most brands would respond to a social or cultural trend with a quip on Twitter, BrewDog lets it inspire new products, which then fuels PR, sales and more online conversation. In this episode of Social Minds, we’re joined by BrewDog’s head of social media Josh Benge, previously of KFC UK&IRE, to discuss the merits of the brewery’s unique approach to product and social. We also talk about when stunts go wrong and how to deal with backlash, how to talk about brand purpose without appearing self-congratulatory, and what BrewDog is doing to forward climate change activism.