Cannes: Ruth Yearley and Tera Miller on being creative at work (Ep. 87)

June 23, 2017

Ketchum execs Ruth Yearley and Tera Miller join the Echo Chamber in Cannes to explore how the intersection of work and life can help inspire creativity at work. The duo, in conversation with Arun Sudhaman, discuss why keeping you work and personal lives separate can impede creative performance and also reveal where they have their best ideas. 


H+K Strategies CEO Jack Martin (Ep. 86)

June 22, 2017

H+K Strategies CEO Jack Martin joins the Echo Chamber podcast in Cannes to discuss the PR industry's transformation. In conversation with Paul Holmes, Martin also applies his vast public affairs experience to the complex question of whether brands should take a political stand in the Trump era. 


Partner Content: Hacks & Flacks - There’s No Bad Time for Pop Tarts

June 19, 2017

When you’re trying to start a business, it can be tough to figure out your next step. Daquan Oliver, founder and executive director at WeThrive, learned this from a young age, and now he works to develop entrepreneurial skills in students from middle school on up.

In this episode of Hacks and Flacks, Daquan shares a few lessons in social entrepreneurship and nonprofit marketing and communications. Having successfully built a national collective of undergrad mentors for youth in under-resourced communities, Daquan describes how informal mentorships have given him the support system to build his company.

He also explains why he chose to avoid media outreach at a certain point in WeThrive’s development, how press coverage gave him a boost at the right time, and how a few simple marketing and tech tools helped his business scale in a way that eludes many other nonprofit organizations.



Cannes preview & UK General Election lessons with Quartz’s Jason Karaian and Tory candidate Dean Russell (Ep. 85)

June 15, 2017

The Echo Chamber previews next week's Cannes Lions festival with Quartz global finance and economics editor Jason Karaian, who discusses some of the key trends likely to emerge from the event, including digital ad fraud, brand safety and the rise of advertising 'frenemies' such as Facebook and Google. Karaian also discusses lessons from the surprising UK General Election result, which is explored in greater detail by PR consultant and Tory parliamentary candidate Dean Russell. 


Creativity Series: Why Diversity Matters for Creativity

June 6, 2017

The Holmes Report has partnered with Ogilvy for a multi-part series looking at creativity from a variety of angles. The first in this three-part series looks at the issue of diversity — a critical element for fostering diversity within any workplace. The Holmes Report's Aarti Shah talks to Ogilvy's chief diversity and inclusion officer Donna Pedro on why diversity continues to be a challenge for the industry and its impact on creativity.  


Jo-Ann Robertson on the UK General Election

June 1, 2017

Ketchum London deputy CEO Jo-Ann Robertson joins the Echo Chamber to discuss the state of the UK election race. A former Labour activist, Robertson also explores the rift in the party and the paucity of strong political communicators today. 


In2Summit EMEA 2017: Purpose, fake news & behavioural insights (Ep.82)

May 24, 2017

A cross-posted episode from the C-Suite Podcast at our 2017 In2Summit EMEA in London earlier this week. Russell Goldsmith spoke with three of the event's speakers: Gareth Hopley, Head of PR and Communications at Pizza Hut Restaurants talked about Purpose Driven Brands; Brad Staples, APCO Worldwide's CEO discussed how corporate communicators can best navigate a fake news world; and Matt Battersby explained the concept of applying the Science of Human Behaviour to the Art of Communications.


Subtle Ways Workplace Inequalities Happen (Ep. 81)

May 23, 2017

The latest episode of the Echo Chamber explores unexpected ways that workplace inequalities can happen with two guests who are advocates for more gender parity within the agency leadership. InkHouse CEO and co-founder Beth Monaghan talks about salary negioation, after-hour email bans and other practices that might subtly hold women back. Then Ketchum's global president Barri Rafferty joins the podcast to talk about gender equality in the Trump era and lessons from Davos. 





Holding groups vs independents; World’s best marketing campaigns (Ep. 80)

May 18, 2017

Two guests for the latest Echo Chamber episode. WE Communications international president Alan VanderMolen drops by to discuss holding groups vs independent networks, why Amazon's Alexa is 'homicide on brands' and the rise of management consultancies in the marketing communications world. Then WARC head of content David Tiltman visits the show to explore lessons from the WARC100 annual ranking of the world's top marketing campaigns — including the resurgence of TV, moment-based marketing, consumer participation and purpose vs sales, amid a recent spate of high-profile advertising missteps.


Chris Owen on mental health & addiction in the PR industry (Ep. 79)

May 15, 2017

M&C Saatchi PR director Chris Own joins the Echo Chamber to relate how addiction and mental ill health almost derailed his career. Owen and Arun Sudhaman discuss how the PR industry is addressing findings that more than half of the UK's PR and communications practitioners have suffered from mental ill health, while the vast majority of industry employers do not have a formal mental health policy. In a candid conversation, Owen explores such areas as the always-on agency culture, the pervasive influence of alcohol, and the need to improve training and processes.

For anyone requiring further guidance on any of these issues, Owen and the PRCA have helped to compile the following resources:

NABS - championing mental health in the advertising and media industries

Business in the Community mental health toolkit

Mind, the mental health charity

Mental Health Foundation

Action on Addiction