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The Current Podcast
26 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Visible’s Former CMO, Minjae Ormes
Visible is an all-digital wireless carrier owned by Verizon, marketed to customers who want a more flexible phone plan that won’t break the bank. It was recently named the “Best Telecom Brand” by Adweek. Since the pandemic, the company has cultivated and expanded its younger, tech-savvy customer base thanks to the marketing leadership of Minjae Ormes, the former Visible CMO who is now at LinkedIn. In this edition of The Current podcast, Ormes reflects on how her company’s values of economic and racial equity were reaffirmed during a turbulent year, and why that is crucial to the brand’s identity.
22 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Los Angeles Times’s Josh Brandau, CMO
In this edition of The Current podcast, we hear from Josh Brandau, the CMO at the Los Angeles Times. Brandau, who comes from the agency world, recently took on the title, and he’s tasked with growing the celebrated publication’s digital subscribers from 400,000 to 1 million in a world where newsprint is declining. With publications caught between subscriptions and digital ads, Brandau offers his insights into how the LA Times is navigating the choppy waters of change with a fresh marketing strategy that sees California as the center of gravity.
22 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Spotify’s Jay Richman, VP, Head of Global Advertising Business & Platform
Spotify started podcast wars. And before it was the podcasting behemoth it is today, it built its name and reputation as a music streaming service. From a small start-up in Sweden, the company has grown to become the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service with over 365 million users, including 165 million subscribers, across 178 markets. In this edition of The Current podcast, we hear from Jay Richman, the VP, head of global advertising and platforms, to find out why the company is betting big on podcasts (with over 2.6 million on the platform, plus this one) and how the company is thinking about improving the advertiser experience for listeners.
21 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Clorox’s Doug Milliken, VP of Digital Transformation
Doug Milliken joined The Clorox Company in 1987 before “digital” was even a strategy. After 34 years, he’s now the VP of marketing and digital transformation at the company. Milliken has seen Clorox expand and diversify into the global powerhouse it is today, with a portfolio of brands ranging from its namesake bleach to Burt’s Bees to Kingsford charcoal. We sit down with Milliken and ask him what’s the point of capturing first-party data to sell lip balm, as well as why the brand kept spending ad dollars during the pandemic when other companies were hitting pause.
21 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Kimberly-Clark’s Zena Arnold, Global Chief Digital & Marketing Officer
In June 2020, Zena Arnold became the Global Chief Digital and Marketing Officer at Kimberly-Clark — the CPG giant famous for its paper goods such as Cottonelle, Kleenex and Huggies. Its products are used by more than a quarter of the world’s population in 175 countries. Facing the challenge of joining the company amid a global pandemic, Arnold brought lessons from her years as a Google executive into a classic CPG environment. In this debut episode of The Current podcast, we sit down with Arnold — who is remarkably candid — to find out how she helped Kimberly-Clark embark on a global digital transformation during a year when everything changed.
3 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
The Current podcast launches on September 15. Each episode gives listeners a seat at the modern marketer’s table, alongside Senior Editor co-hosts Damian Fowler and George P. Slefo, as they explore— in plain English — how digital marketing is changing the way we work and live our lives today.
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