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Brene Brown: What it takes to be a brave leader right now

Organisations and leaders need to stop seeing results-driven performance, accomplishment and achievement, and empathy, care and connection, as mutually exclusive items and focus instead on uniting the two for corporate success.

People

CMO interview: Building sustainable brand connection at Kathmandu

More and more, consumers are looking for brands they can have an emotional connection with, says Kathmandu’s chief customer officer, Eva Barrett. And for the Australia and New Zealand-based outdoor apparel brand and retailer, credibility around sustainability will be key to achieving this as it works to build engagement locally and abroad.

Leadership

Why Bega Cheese needed a high-tech bee hive

Bega Cheese has expanded its product line-up and now moved into the honey aisle with the arrival of B honey, its 100 per cent Australian honey sourced directly from local beehives. And in the process, developed a high-tech bee hive to protect local honey bees.

Leadership

Study: Emotional connection key to brand longevity

The FutureBrand Index 2020 has just been released, the first comprehensive global study into the perception of global brands since the outbreak of COVID-1. And the findings show well-perceived companies can consistently align the full picture of the experiences they create with their wider corporate purpose.

Leadership

Ford CMO takes reins as A/NZ CEO

Andrew Birkic is now Ford Australia and New Zealand CEO, moving up from chief product marketer for Ford Ranger and Everest, reporting to Ford International Markets Group (IMG) president Mark Ovenden. Birkic has taken over the position from Kay Hart, who is moving to a European-based global role as enterprise product line manager for Ford Van and Bus.

People

RMIT, MyState, Clubs Australia and Dexus on the keys to CMO-CIO alignment

Digital is a driver and catalyst for delivering company growth and transformation across industries. And both marketing and IT teams recognise its importance as a strategic tool and mechanism to deliver growth ambitions and outcomes. But without alignment between the two functions, organisations will only get so far in disrupting themselves and achieving the customer-led transformation required today, both sides agree.

Leadership

Joachim Holte appointed Youi CMO

Joachim Holte has been appointed as the new chief marketing officer at Queensland-based insurer Youi, heading up its award-winning in-house marketing team.

Digital Marketing

8 lessons Mission Australia’s CMO and CIO learnt together to deliver martech success

Despite the demand for marketing technology, statistics have shown about half of all martech stack implementations fail. There are a mix of technical, operational and cultural reasons for this, but arguably the big hurdle is marketing and technology functional alignment. During this week’s Adobe Experience Makers virtual event, the CMO and CIO of Mission Australia jointly shared lessons they learnt when tackling the not-for-profit’s marketing technology stack implementation in order to achieve success.

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Why marketing technology utilisation is taking on new urgency

Disparate data sources, fragmented technology and a lack of funding has left many brands struggling in the battle for online customer attention amid a global pandemic. Now more than ever, brands need to focus on unlocking the value of their marketing technology.

Suzanne Croxford

Marketing technology partner, Wunderman Thompson Australia

How to design for a speculative future

For a while now, I have been following a fabulous design strategy and research colleague, Tatiana Toutikian, a speculative designer. This is someone specialising in calling out near future phenomena, what the various aspects of our future will be, and how the design we create will support it.

Katja Forbes

Managing director of Designit, Australia and New Zealand

The obvious reason Covidsafe failed to get majority takeup

Online identity is a hot topic as more consumers are waking up to how their data is being used. So what does the marketing industry need to do to avoid a complete loss of public trust, in instances such as the COVID-19 tracing app?

Dan Richardson

Head of data, Verizon Media

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