The Marketing Companion

The Marketing Companion

The world’s most entertaining marketing podcast! The Marketing Companion brings you laugh-out-loud comedy, “celebrity” guest appearances, and cutting edge marketing insights. With more than 50 years of marketing experience between them, hosts Mark Schaefer and Brooke Sellas deliver insightful, creative commentary on the world of digital business. The Marketing Companion is always fun, always interesting, and always on-target with insights and ideas that will turn up your marketing intellect to an “11.”... Show More

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Technology is creating incredible opportunities to connect with customers in meaningful new ways. Mark and Brooke look at some of the most exciting examples of how marketing and customer connection might be transformed.

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May 11, 2020

Mark Schaefer returns to the show after recovering from COVID-19 and relates three lessons of his experience, including an unexpected insight with long-term implications for the world. Mark and Brooke reflect on the impact on their own businesses and how they are being inspired during this crisis.

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Guest host Mathew Sweezey joins Brooke Sellas to talk about his new book, The Context Marketing Revolution. Together, we discuss the five context elements needed to create better customer experiences.

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Guest host Katie Robbert joins Brooke Sellas to discuss how brave brands stay relevant in times of crisis, including advice from other top marketing experts, a note on advertising, and which tools are making work-from-home easier.

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Mark and Brooke dissect important new research to find some surprising shifts in the use of social media, smart speakers, podcasting consumers. We reveal the identity of listener number one million!

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March 23, 2020

Mark Schaefer shares his view of personal and business priorities in this time of extreme disruption and loss.

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Mark and Brooke dissect a variety of trends including an experiential marketing plan that includes "full body towelettes," innovations from Twitter and LinkedIn, a discussion of slow tech adoption, and a personal reflection from Mark on his competition.

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On the latest show, Mark and Brooke announce a contest to honor the one millionth download of The Marketing Companion podcast! Could YOU be the lucky winner? The hosts also cover big news from the podcasting world plus innovations coming from Twitter and Instagram.

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New statistics show that blogging activity has slumped after a decade of continuous growth. Mark and Brooke examine the true story behind blogging in the content ecosystem and also discuss an integrated marketing trend, the marketing ideas consumers love most.

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Need a celebrity for your next event? New technology may allow you to bring Elvis, Marilyn Monroe or Elvis to your next customer meeting. Mark and Brooke look at this new trend as well as LinkedIn events, and the impact of digital detox ion the advertising industry.

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Machine learning is entering the world of everyday marketing helping us streamline tasks and free up time for our employees and customers. The tech is getting simpler and less expensive. Mark and Brooke look at how this can be applied to our everyday marketing lives. They also cover an unexpected new retail trend and discuss tech optimism versus tech pessimism.

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Mark Schaefer and guest Jay Baer reminisce about their decade in social media. What were the hits, the misses, the things they love, the trends they regret? Lots of wisdom and insight jam-packed into this unmissable episode!

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December 23, 2019

In this episode, Mark and Brooke discuss some surprising trends impacting marketing in the years to come, including a surprising take on a "culture in, brand out" movement that is percolating in the business world. And, the world is introduced to the "Nimbie"

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Mark and Brooke explore "parasocial" relationships that seem to be forming in the podcast space and how this might be useful to brands. They also look at an experiential marketing case study and marketing lessons from the streaming video wars. Meanwhile, Brooke debates a potential move to another closet.

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Forrester reports on a 20-year trend to eliminate top marketing positions. If marketing is central to the success of your company, what is going on and what can we do about it? Hosts Mark Schaefer and Brooke Sellas explore this vital topic and also explain why "anxiety" is the hottest social media trend.

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November 11, 2019 43 min

Mark and Brooke dissect some heavy issues surrounding the legal, ethical, and political issues surrounding social media news, ads and fact-checking. Practically, what can be done? The hosts also explode the "OK Boomer" craze, marketing leadership imperatives, and the 10 words that absolutely indicate fake news.

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October 28, 2019 36 min

A few years ago, Mark Schaefer predicted that "Facebook would be the next Facebook," explaining that the company had the engineering, technical, and financial resources to build or buy their way into the next phase of social networking. Is that still the case? Brooke and Mark also examine developments at Amazon and an "office-less" office.

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In this final bonus episode, Mark Schaefer gives away another free chapter from his book LESSONS: Essays to help you embrace the chaos. In this installment, he provides his best tricks to help you get ready for an important presentation.

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October 13, 2019 39 min

Host Mark Schaefer hosted a marketing retreat dedicated to exploring the future of marketing. Mark and Brooke report on some of the key takeaways from this exciting gathering of business thought leaders.

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In this exclusive bonus chapter from Mark Schaefer's book LESSONS, he tells a story about one his great mentors changed his life with a single word!

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