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Aug 9, 2017

Yell at your smart home to dim the lights and silence the flying roomba, because our podcast panel is back to talk about the hottest trends in marketing tech. We'll also catch you up on Google's diversity debate, a hotel group's ad assault on Airbnb, Dunkin' sans Donuts, the Bachelorette finale, our talk with film/ad legend Errol Morris and more!

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This week's panel is:

David Griner, Adweek director of digital initiatives
Tim Nudd, Adweek creative editor
Lauren Johnson, Adweek senior tech editor
Sami Main, Adweek digital media reporter
Marty Swant, Adweek tech reporter


Aug 2, 2017

Is advertising a soulless den of carnivorous capitalism? Yes. But that doesn't mean it can't occasionally accomplish a few good things. This week, Adweek's panel of editors looks at how marketers have tried to advance social causes, with mixed results. We also look at the week's best ads, the baffling chaos of White House communications, HBO's programming announcements and much more.

This week's panel:
• David Griner, Adweek Director of Digital Initiatives
• Tim Nudd, Adweek Creative Editor
• Kristina Monllos, Adweek Senior Editor, Brand Marketing
• Chris Ariens, Adweek Media Editor

Jul 26, 2017

Activate Taco Mode in your Lyft (or just go buy a taco like a sucker) and then settle in for a fun chat about the next hot jobs in digital marketing, the week's best ads, the pain of pivoting to video and much more on Adweek's podcast.

Jul 19, 2017

Delta vs. Ann Coulter. Reebok vs. Trump. Square vs. ... a fart sandwich? Brands are increasingly willing to stand up to critics, politicians and trolls in social, so this week we look at the growing trend of Twitter clapbacks. We also talk about the return of DuckTales, the best ads of the week and Chicago's new "alternative" to ketchup.

Jul 12, 2017

There have just been too many good ads (and "probably ads") in 2017 to wait until the end of the year, so we're pausing to recap all the best work from the first six months. We also talk about brands with millennial loyalty, learn about a "Ghost Store" letting you experience a moment of eternity, and get an update on the legal case against Dentsu over an allegedly overworked employee's suicide.

Jun 28, 2017

We're back from the Cannes Lions, and we're looking back at the biggest winners and controversies of the annual advertising festival. We also look at Adweek's annual list of the most powerful women in sports, Publicis' decision to stop entering award shows for a year and lots more.

Jun 23, 2017

In our last dispatch from the Cannes Lions, we're joined by Sophie Worth, recruiter for Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam. She explains how agencies can get serious about diversity and gender balance, while also turning today's best young talent into tomorrow's leadership.

Jun 22, 2017

We're at the Cannes Lions, where DJ Mick Batyske is in high demand. He's been running parties for the likes of Twitter, Pinterest and Nielsen, but he made time to sit down with Adweek and talk about the unique demands of DJing a brand party. 

Jun 21, 2017

The always candid Y&R Global CEO David Sable joins our podcast from the Cannes Lions to talk about what really happens in the judging rooms of Cannes and other award shows. Find out how so many huge talents and egos work together behind closed doors. 

Jun 20, 2017

The godfather of podcasting joins us for a special dispatch from the Cannes Lions, where he's been trying (with limited results) to convince brands and agencies to invest in podcast advertising. Joins us as we talk podcast trends and the general weirdness of Cannes.

Jun 19, 2017

We're at the Cannes Lions festival in France, where we sat down with Airbnb global head of production Rachel Holbrook to talk brand values, flexible content and what she learned transitioning from Coca-Cola to the agile startup world.

Jun 14, 2017

It's nearly time for the Cannes Lions, the Oscars of advertising, so Adweek's panel of editors and writers looks at this year's front runners. We also talk about our annual Creative 100, a list of today's most creative professionals, and our spotlight on Chicago's marketing, cultural and tech communities.

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Jun 7, 2017

This week, Adweek profiled 37 women disrupting the marketing, media and tech industries, and we've got staff writer Kristina Monllos on the podcast to tell us more about her conversation with our iconic cover star, Geena Davis. We also talk about the ominous future of ad blocking for publishers, how Motel 6 is keeping it lit for you and why cable news ratings are so bonkers.

May 24, 2017

Self-driving cars! Self-skipping ads! And now a self-listening podcast! Simply hit play, walk away, and we'll do the rest. In this week's Adweek podcast, we share advice for graduates going into marketing and media, discuss Ford's dramatic executive overhaul and decide whether we want to sleep on Sweden's couch. 

May 17, 2017

"Mum, what was Adweek's podcast like?" "Oh it was big and cuddly, tall as a house, never scruffy, and packed with great info about this week's most controversial ads, the return of 1990s ABC hit Roseanne and all the other surprising announcements from TV networks at this year's upfronts." "Oh....OK."

May 10, 2017

Like a world-weary, ruggedly handsome Colonel Sanders fleeing his mysterious past, our podcast panel is back to explore the week's most interesting marketing moments. This week, Adweek's editors and writers talk about Carter finally getting his nuggs from Wendy's, Nike's ambitious effort to break a marathon record, our Oreo flavors of choice and this year's roster of Media All-Stars. 

May 3, 2017

Join us for a VIP, life-changing experience on a podcast once owned by Pablo Escobar. This week, we discuss the Fyre Festival fiasco, Adweek's Elisabeth Moss interview, Domino's new ordering innovation, Trump's declining tweet engagement, Heineken's social experiment and much more.

Apr 26, 2017

Feel the POWER as Adweek's panel of writers and editors recaps our annual Power List of the top 100 marketing, media and tech executives. We'll also talk about why Shea Moisture is in hot water, what's happened since Bill O'Reilly's exit from Fox News and why we're fans of Darren Aronofsky's new ads for The New York Times.

Apr 19, 2017

OK Google, tell me about this week's episode of Adweek's podcast. "It features discussions of how Burger King is invading me, your innocent Google Home device. Adweek's editors and writers also debate MTV's chances under a new corporate president, Pandora's new on-demand option and Facebook's efforts to appease users and advertisers."

Apr 12, 2017

Attention passengers, we've overbooked this podcast with too much topical content, so unfortunately we'll need to forcibly re-accommodate a random listener. On this episode, Adweek's editors and writers talk United's drag-out social disaster, the lessons of S-Town and all the cool things happening in the modern brand Mecca of Atlanta.  

Apr 5, 2017

What was Pepsi thinking? Its new long-form ad, featuring Kendall Jenner as a soda-carrying savior for social injustice, was an immediate disaster and is already being described as one of the worst ads ever. In this quick bonus episode, we talk about what happened, why it was such a stinker and what kind of lingering damage Pepsi may have done to its brand.

Apr 5, 2017

Who are the media world's new pundits and personalities worth following? In this week's episode, Adweek's writers and editors break down our list of 2017's Political Power Players, debate the Carl's Jr anti-cleavage ad and recap this year's best April Fools' brand pranks. We also talk about advertisers fleeing Bill O'Reilly's show after new sexual harassment claims came to light.

Mar 28, 2017

Who are the most tech-savvy CMOs? How do you make a tequila cloud? Why does London have a giant boob on a rooftop? All this and more shall be revealed in this week's installment of the Adweek podcast. 

Mar 22, 2017

What are the hottest apps, tech brands and gadgets of 2017? Adweek's writers and editors unveil our 2017 Digital Hot List and discuss the agency world's dangerous addiction to overwork. We also stop and look around so we don't miss Domino's homage to Ferris Bueller.

Mar 14, 2017

Like the Heinz Ketchup to your naked french fries, Adweek's podcast panel is back to make your week complete. Our panel of editors and writers talks SXSW, Don Draper's long-awaited pitch win and our favorite moments from International Women's Day.

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