Episode 10 - 6 Months to the Super Bowl, with Alvaro Luque of Avocados from Mexico

The Marketing Futures Podcast is proud to present a special miniseries on The Future of Brand Activation, recorded on-site at the 2019 Brand Activation Marketing Conference in Orlando, FL. The miniseries showcases brands that are driving growth using key elements of Brand Activation, including influencer marketing, commerce marketing, content marketing, and more.

In 2014, Alvaro Luque was hand-picked to become the first president and CEO of Avocados from Mexico, a not-for-profit organization charged with coordinating the marketing activities for all major Mexican avocado farmers. Just six months later, the brand introduced itself to the world on the largest possible stage for advertising: the Super Bowl. In each of the five years since, Avocados from Mexico has taken either the No. 1 or No. 2 spot on Merkle’s “Digital Bowl Report,” which evaluates Super Bowl advertisers’ digital marketing efforts. Luque shared his philosophy behind the brand’s bold debut strategy, and discussed the omnichannel activations that amplified the brand’s Super Bowl efforts beyond the TV screen.

Episode 9 - Future-Facing Brands, with Ned Duggan of Bacardi

Innovation takes many forms -- using cutting-edge technology to engage customers, forging unconventional partnerships to bring your brand into new spaces, and taking a bold stand on something you believe in, to name a few. We were lucky enough to speak with the head of marketing for Bacardi, a brand doing all of the above and more.

Ned Duggan, Global SVP of Marketing at Bacardi, talked company culture, the importance of music to Bacardi's brand, and why the company is vowing to eliminate the use of 1 billion single-use plastic straws by 2020.

Episode 8 - Corporate Venture Capital, with Jessica Peltz of MDC Ventures

In the quest to keep up with technological advancements, brands are beginning to enter the world of venture capitalism to "get in on the ground floor" of the next game-changing innovation. But what type of partnerships make sense for brands, whose objectives aren't quick profit, but learnings and competitive advantages? And how does a brand even enter this space?

We spoke with Jessica Peltz of MDC Ventures, who shared her journey into the world of Corporate VC, and discussed some tech developments marketers should keep an eye on.

Episode 7 - Digitally Transforming a Century-Old Brand, with Charlie Chappell of The Hershey Company

The Hershey Company, celebrating its 125-year anniversary in 2019, was founded by Milton S. Hershey, a serial entrepreneur on a mission to “democratize chocolate,” which at the time was considered a luxury good. Over the years, what began as a simple candy bar has become a globally recognized family of brands, an amusement park, a school, and an entire town. But even a brand as established and beloved as Hershey isn’t impervious to disruption. We spoke with Charlie Chappell, Head of Integrated Media and Comms Planning at The Hershey Company, about the company’s philosophy on innovation, what it took to “digitally transform” its legacy media strategy, and some of the hits—and misses—that the brand experienced along the way.

Episode 6 - The Future of AI, with Michael Trapani of IBM Watson Marketing

Artificial Intelligence is already a significant part of most marketers’ toolkits. Whether it’s email automation, product recommendation, programmatic media buying, or data analytics, AI touches a majority of the marketing function. But did you know that the commercial application of AI is still 10 years behind what the technology is actually capable of? We spoke with Michael Trapani, Director of Marketing at IBM Watson Marketing, about the “now, new, and next” of AI, including the future of personalization, the importance of data security, and what the next decade of AI developments has in store for marketers.

Episode 5 - Diversity, Inclusion, and Innovation, with Netta Jenkins

recent study that looked at the 3,000 largest publicly traded companies in the U.S. found that businesses that hire and retain a diverse workforce across the ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation spectrum were better at developing innovative products and services. We spoke with Netta Jenkins, VP of Global Inclusion at The Mosaic Group and Ask Applications, about the importance of not only hiring, but training and empowering underrepresented employees. Netta shared how brands could take active steps to create an inclusive environment for their employees, and laid out the business benefits that come from a broad and dynamic marketplace of ideas.


Episode 4 - What's Next in Programmatic, with Matt Sweeney

Programmatic technology is still largely a mystery to many marketers. Considered the Holy Grail by some, and Pandora’s Box by others, one thing is clear: it has completely transformed the way advertisers reach consumers through digital media.

The ANA Marketing Futures Podcast set out to shed some light on the subject with our very special guest Matt Sweeney, CEO of Xaxis, the largest programmatic platform on the planet. Sweeney pulled back the curtain to reveal how Xaxis approaches issues like brand safety, visibility, and bot fraud. He also discussed how everyone in the digital supply chain—from agencies, to brands, to platforms like Xaxis—can be better partners in shaping the Future of Programmatic.

Episode 3 - Understanding Gen Alpha, with Laura Macdonald of Hotwire Global

Individuals born in 2010 and beyond belong to “Generation Alpha.” This group will grow up with an unprecedented amount of exposure to technology, in a world of virtual assistants, mixed realities, and AI-enhanced human capabilities. ANA’s own Mike Berberich spoke with Laura Macdonald, Head of Consumer, North America at Hotwire Global, about their new report on this group of future consumers. Laura discussed the challenges and opportunities marketers will face when attempting to engage and build relationships with this new generation, and shared case studies of brands who were already making inroads with both children and their millennial parents. It's never too early to prepare for the future—are you ready for Generation Alpha?