Carat Chats

Carat Chats

Carat Chats is a podcast for those who are in the know, want to be in the know or don’t even know about the NZ Marketing industry. Hosted by Alex Lawson, General Manager of Carat NZ, we get stuck into all aspects of the industry, from agencies to clients, publishers to consumers, interview to debate. Lend us your ears and let us take you into the fascinating, often fractious world of media, advertising and marketing!... Show More

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December 15, 2019 64 min
It’s the end of the season and the end of anther year, in fact another decade! We take a candid and light hearted look back at 2019 and all that it delivered in the media and marketing world with Murray Streets, Managing Director of BCF Dentsu and the Herald’s own Damien Venuto. Find out what we admired, were puzzled by and what gave us ire in a fun filled hour of podcast!  
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December 8, 2019 53 min
Business, life or executive coaching has been a thing for a while now, and in agency land we’re all exposed to it too. But what makes one of the most successful ad men of the last 25 years want to become a coach? We sat down with Tony Gardner, a veteran leader of some of our top creative agencies and also original medicine warzone runner, to find out why coaching was right for him, how we can all be better coaches and why we should...
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This week we sat down with Justin Hamilton, Director and Co-Founder of Davanti Consulting. The Consultancies have been the wolves at our doors for a while now, but is that really deserved or are they actually just another part of our industry looking to find a way to work harmoniously with us? Let’s find out…
 
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November 27, 2019 52 min
This week we’re joined by Head of Brand for Spark, Sarah Williams. Find out how they’re living their purpose every day, and how making little huge is a key part of everything at Spark. We talk creativity in advertising, how Agile has effected their business and how bravery is a central tenet. Strap in – this was a doozy!
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November 19, 2019 34 min
This week I sit down to chat with Ben Rose, GM or Print and Partnerships for Stuff New Zealand. Ben has the unenviable task of saving newsprint sales and advertising for Stuff, which is a good chunk of the NZ market. If you have ever wondered why someone would take on this task, how they might do it or what drives them – then this is the podcast to listen to!
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November 13, 2019 42 min
This week we sit down with Rob Harvey, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network NZ and Rachel Anderson-Cormack, Head of Operations for DAN NZ, to talk the agency. How do they run? What goes into a great agency network? How should we be charging clients for a fair and equitable value exchange and what does the future hold for them?
Agencies are a cornerstone of the marketing industry, how can we build the best types, what skills will we need in t...
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The Pitch is a regular part of life in advertising. How businesses tender their business to agencies varies and changes with every client. Recent voices in the industry have defended and decried the pitch process for it’s methods, requirements on people and the general cost vs the results.
This week Jonathan Sorensen leads a discussion with Julia Imlah, CMI and Innovation Manager for DB Breweries, and Head of Strategy for Dentsu NZ,...
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November 3, 2019 41 min
The Media Industry is notoriously high paced and demanding of everyone who works in it. Keeping the balance between work delivery, career advancement, personal satisfaction and private lives is a constant struggle for individuals and organisations. With a wider lens on it this is a national problem with NZ suffering a significant rate of Anxiety and Depression along with one of the highest rates of suicide amongst teen boys in the ...
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In this episode of Carat Chats we sit down with three of our leaders of the future, at the start of their careers. What’s it like being at the junior rung of the ladder in todays agency world? What are their hopes and aspirations and what do they think we’re doing right or wrong? Get an insight into the thinking of some of our most important employees – the ones that you may be reporting to one day!
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October 16, 2019 39 min
This week on Carat Chats we’re talking diversity! It’s been a hot topic for a little while now, and one that really should have been settled a long time ago – but we’ve got work to do yet! My guest to discuss where we’re at, where we still need to go and what we need to do to get there is DAN NZ Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Kim Kastelan. Join us and get enlightened!
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For this, the first episode of season three, I’m joined by NZME’s Managing Editor Shayne Currie, and Online Business Editor Damien Venuto, to talk about everything journalism in todays age. Is it really dead? Should we have seen more mergers? Is the spectre of the digital duopoly really coming to take away all our balanced reporting? Has the paywall saved or signed the death warrant? All this and more awaits the intrepid listener!
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