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Wild Abandon with Perfect Precision

While agency life will often demand a fast-paced working style, sometimes it's important to set aside a few more minutes to prevent typos and ensure a stronger finished product.

Morgan Hughley

When Likes Disappear

While eliminating the Like feature on social media may be a step in the right direction for everyday individual use, companies will now need to reevaluate their social media marketing plans.

Morgan Hughley

Boston Conferences Every Marketer Needs to Attend

When immersed in client work and glued to a desk for long periods of time, it’s possible to become stuck in a pattern of delivering projects that may meet client expectations, but lack the true innovation needed to push the work to the next level. Sometimes it’s not only beneficial to step away from the office for a moment but absolutely necessary in order to refresh the mind and deliver better ideas. Conferences and tradeshows are great opportunities to leave your desk for a few days while still remaining engaged with the marketing world.

Morgan Hughley

The Multitasking Myth (Part One)

I can’t multitask. Well… neither can you.

Dan Zarzycki

Access Your Data Archive

It’s no surprise that the real conglomerate of our personal data is Google. But did you know you can download the data archive? Learn how to access your data.

Morgan Hughley

Influence the Right Way

Companies are relying more and more on influencers to spearhead conversations with their audiences in order to spark interest in their brands. However, in order for an influencer marketing campaign to be successful, it has to be planned out correctly.

Morgan Hughley

How to Go Off the Grid for Two Weeks. For Real.

In modern agency life, it seems impossible to take a vacation without taking work with you, but it can be done. Here’s how I did it.

Meghan Gardner

Flexbox

As a back-end developer, it can be hard to style a web page. CSS is not very intuitive and around every corner there’s a “gotcha.” Flexbox is a fairly new CSS technology that once mastered, can be much easier to use.

Dan Sudenfield

How to (Successfully) Lead Your First Tech Meetup

There are a number of reasons you might want to start a technology meetup. In order to narrow the focus a bit, we’re going to approach this from the standpoint that you work for (or run) a company that is interested in the idea of hosting a meetup.

Brendan Butts

How Do You Fix a $75,000 Mistake?

As a new marketing manager for a practice group within a consulting firm, I had a lot to learn. And a few of those things, I had to learn the hard way, like making an error that cost the company many tens of thousands of dollars.

Meghan Gardner

Now Hear This

I was first introduced to Podcasting around 2005. Apple had recently added the category to its iTunes app, and I was in need of mental stimulation during my mind numbly boring summer data entry job. I filled my hours by listening to podcasts on wine, personal finance and investing, and discovering the bounties of NPR produced content.

Somewhere along the line, probably coinciding with the rise of blogging and social media I fell off the Podcasting train. At that time, the blogosphere was sucking up all energy and it was where all the best knowledge sharing was happening. I had just started my first job in the digital marketing realm and had a lot to learn, so was frequently finding myself falling asleep at night, laptop on chest (no tablets yet!), trying to soak up as much as I could. Podcasts, to me, were old tech and no longer relevant.

Fast forward a few years, and though I had heard casual mention of Podcasts again, it probably wasn’t until the explosion of NPR’s first season of Serial that I realized that Podcasts were back again in force. Since that time, I’ve come back to Podcasts as my primary source of current news, ongoing education and entertainment. Much like blogging and social media in the late aughts, it’s where all the current energy is, and where people seem more willing to share their knowledge with others.

While I try to maintain variation in my Podcast sources, these are the fifteen I find myself coming back to the most, and the ones that help me the most in my daily digital marketing activities.

  1. ADLANDIA

Hosted by Laura Correnti (EVP at Giant Spoon) and Alexa Christon (Head of Media Innovation at GE), ADLANDIA offers an entertaining and sometimes enlightening look at the current media, innovation and advertising landscape. This podcast will also delve into the challenges faced by advertising agency professionals, like why sleep is so important for creativity.

  1. The Daily

The New York Time’s popular daily podcast covering the latest national and global news. Often filled with A+ reporting and storytelling, this is a conduit into the daily events which shaper our lives (and influence our marketing decisions).

  1. HBR IdeaCast

Harvard Business Review’s ongoing podcast is a great source for inspiration and educated takes on modern marketing and business challenges.

  1. How I Built This with Guy Raz

NPR’s startup focused podcast, where host Guy Raz takes listeners on a narrative journey recapping the rise to success of successful and visionary companies. Lots of good lessons can be found on common business challenges and how to overcome them.

  1. Motley Fool’s Industry Focus & Market Foolery

Motley Fool has a number of good podcasts, but I find these two to be the most helpful for getting a read on the current financial markets, trends, and a basic education on how business finances, how they are evaluated and judged, and what it all means.

  1. Masters of Scale

Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn) produces and hosts this podcast which attempts to tease out the elements of a successful company. Season one featured interviews with visionaries like Netflix’s Reed Hastings, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Airbnb’s Brian Chesky. The podcast also explored concepts like, “The Beauty of a Bad Idea” and what the next Silicon Valley could look like. Season two kicks off soon.

  1. Recode Media

Discussions on the future of media and technology.

  1. TED Radio Hour

Also hosted by Guy Raz, NPR’s Ted Radio Hour offers a more produced look at Ted Talks, often stitching together pieces of multiple talks into a single show wrapped around a common theme or topic. Often provides important context to current trends or things to consider for our clients in the future.

  1. This Week in Startups

Hosted by angel investor Jason Calacanis, this podcast covers news, trends and ideas surrounding the digital startup ecosystem. As it has been for some time now, startups in Silicon Valley and other locals are driving business forward. Staying abreast of changes offers an opportunity for insight into the direction of the marketplace, which can be applied to marketing activities in a number of ways.

  1. UnChained

This Forbes produced podcast goes in depth into the world of Blockchain - what it is and how it will change everything from financial services to identity, healthcare and more. This burgeoning technology will likely drive significant disruption in a number of industries, so it’s important to understand what it all means.

  1. VB Engage

From VentureBeat, VB Engage is a new addition to my “must listen” category (thanks James). Hosts Stewart Rogers and Travis Wright offer informative and insightful discussions on all things digital marketing and mobile engagement.

  1. What it Means

Forrester’s podcast covering current marketing and business trends offers exactly what the title implies. Forrester’s industry experts offer their analysis and takeaways for businesses trying to make sense of the changing business landscape.

  1. A16z

A16z is the podcast by the venture capital firm (founded by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz) by the same name. This podcast offers extremely interesting and engaging discussions about tech, culture trends, future prognostications.

  1. Social Pros Podcast

Convince and Convert’s regular podcast focuses on social media and content marketing trends. Social Pros can be a little to tactical at times, but worth a listen to catch up on execution level trends and valuable case studies.

  1. Yeah, That’s Probably an Ad

Adweek’s podcast covers the latest in digital marketing, tech and advertising.

These podcasts were recently added to my rotation. I’m intrigued by their potential, but haven’t listened to enough episodes to offer full judgement.

  1. Angel

Jason Calacanis interviews angel investors.

  1. The A-List Podcast

Interviews with the best of the best in Advertising about how they broke into the industry.

  1. The Bad Crypto Podcast

Another blockchain podcast, hosted by the same folks as VB Engage.

  1. Deloitte’s The Change Exchange

Focused on discussions and analysis of the trends and ideas that shape organizational change.

  1. Clockwise

Rapid-fire discussion of current tech issues.

  1. The Critical Path

Discussing success and failures within the evolving mobile computing and related spaces.

  1. Decrypted

Bloomberg’s podcast covering the global tech industry and its impact on the direction of the economy.

  1. The Digiday Podcast

Discussion on the latest trends and stories from marketing, advertising and tech.

  1. Disruptor Series

TBWA Chiat Day’s discussion on business, culture and life disruption.

  1. Exponent

Examining the effects of the tech industry on society.

  1. Fearless - The Art of Creative Leadership with Charles Day

Talks with the leaders of the world’s most disruptive companies.

  1. Forrester’s CX Cast

Covering the latest trends and developments in the customer experience space.

  1. Gartner ThinkCast

Business and IT insights from Gartner.

  1. Knowledge@Wharton

Business trends and insights from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

  1. The McKinsey Podcast

Discussions on business and management topics.

  1. Odd Lots

Bloomberg’s sort of answer to Freakonomics.

  1. Problem Solvers

Entrepreneur talks with business owners and CEOs about solutions to business challenges.

  1. Recode Decode

Kara Swisher interviews business and tech influencers.

  1. The Science of Social Media

Buffer’s podcast offering tactical social media marketing solutions.

  1. Tagline

Conversations with storytellers, culture makers and creators.

  1. Thoroughly Considered

Entrepreneurship, product design and the ups and downs of running a small business.

  1. Under the Radar

Discussions on independent app development.

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