Planner Parley
S4 EP4: The Wonders and Wanders of Web3

S4 EP4: The Wonders and Wanders of Web3

November 1, 2022

Web3. What is it? Why does it matter? How do you navigate it? And how is it changing the way brands and planners work? The internet is evolving, which has us asking these questions and so many more. Good thing we were joined in this episode by Brian Piper, director of content strategy and assessment at University of Rochester, Allison Chen, independent consultant and visual designer, Josh Coon, director of experience at Truth Collective, and of course, John Roberts, chief strategy officer at Truth Collective to help guide us through the next frontier of digital space and what it means for small agencies.

Key Takeaways:

  • What Web3 has to offer brands and vice versa
  • The critical difference between audience and community
  • How to get clients into Web3 — and the real questions they should be asking themselves
  • Why utility value and generosity will succeed
  • How long-term solutions and impact on a larger scale are the future for brands in Web3
S4 EP3: Feeling Seen - Proof of How Diversity Unites Us

S4 EP3: Feeling Seen - Proof of How Diversity Unites Us

October 18, 2022

Today, we’re deepening our investigation into diversity in advertising with the recent release of the Feeling Seen USA report. To provide insight and unpack what learnings came out of this stateside study, Jon Evans, chief customer officer at System1, returns with invaluable insight from Thomas Kurdy, executive creative director at ConCreates, and of course John Roberts, chief strategy officer at Truth Collective. Join them to find out why genuine inclusivity is the new industry barometer and what it means for small agencies.

Key Takeaways:

  • Why emotion, not diversity, is the key to successful advertising and how to apply it
  • How to bring real human truth to the creative and keep the bravery of the idea throughout the process
  • Getting clients to see the light instead of waiting to feel the heat
  • How to embrace the “I don’t knows” and bring reaching out into your process
  • Diversity is not one action, but a series of actions
S4 EP2: Go Luck Yourself: 40 ways to stack the odds in your brand’s favor

S4 EP2: Go Luck Yourself: 40 ways to stack the odds in your brand’s favor

September 20, 2022

In this episode, we’re getting lucky! Despite it being mentioned in only 2% of management books and theories, luck can play a big role in your work and it’s within your powers to make it happen. Sure, you can stumble into luck, but wouldn’t’you rather create your own chances that get you where you want to go? 

To find out how, join Andy Nairn, Campaign UK award-winning strategist 3 years in a row, founding partner of Lucky Generals, and author of Go Luck Yourself: 40 ways to stack the odds in your brand's favor, Lynette Xanders, director of brand strategy at Truth Collective, and, of course, John Roberts, chief strategy officer at Truth Collective, as they share how to get luck under your control, or not, and what it means for small agencies.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to take your luck in life from private to public
  • 4 ways to stack the odds in your favor
  • Setting the table so the fairies show up
  • How to sell luck to your clients
  • Why “the harder you work, the luckier you get" mindset is not all it’s cracked up to be, and can also be damaging
S4 EP1: Hot Takes and Great Debates on StratFest ‘22

S4 EP1: Hot Takes and Great Debates on StratFest ‘22

September 20, 2022

We’re back with Season 4 of Planner Parley and we are kicking it off, as always, with StratFest! This year, purposeful work took center stage. So did the debate over how strategists can help shepherd brands and clients to making a difference – and whether or not they should.

Join Steve Kozel, senior vice president of strategy, media, and marketing technology at OBP, Sara Macfarlane, principal at Sara Macfarlane Consulting, and of course, John Roberts, chief strategy officer at Truth Collective, as they unpack two days of strat-mazing material and break down what it means for small agencies.

Key Takeaways:

  • Why strategists want to do meaningful work and the challenges they face
  • Are principles a luxury in our business?
  • Should we be catering to unique audiences when everyone is unique?
  • The ways in which we can be like Ryan Reynolds without needing to be Ryan Reynolds
  • Bystander, accomplice or  steward – the honest choices we help our clients make
S3 EP5: Feeling Seen UK: How Diversity in Advertising Drives Business

S3 EP5: Feeling Seen UK: How Diversity in Advertising Drives Business

August 12, 2022

Enjoy this episode from our vaults. Season 4 starts mid-September. In today’s episode, we’re taking a long hard look at diversity in advertising and how translating the emotional response it evokes can bring advertising impact for good. In his new report, Feeling Seen, Jon Evans, chief marketing officer at System1 shared insights from a significant study on how people feel when they see themselves in advertising, and his findings just might surprise you. Listen in as he and John Roberts, chief strategy officer at Truth Collective, reveal the power of Feeling Seen.

Key Takeaways:

  • Diversity done right is celebrated by all
  • The power of telling one story and telling it well
  • Walking the fine line of stereotypes
  • How being overly inclusive ends up shutting us all out
S3 EP3: Brands and a Point of View: Shifting from Purpose to Purposeful

S3 EP3: Brands and a Point of View: Shifting from Purpose to Purposeful

August 11, 2022

Enjoy this episode from our vaults. Season 4 starts mid-September. Why do you get up in the morning? Why do we exist? What do we promise people and how is that relevant to daily life? Believe it or not, we’re not talking about existentialism. We’re talking about purposeful brands and marketing. In today’s branding landscape, authenticity and connectivity to your audience are the name of the game, even for B2B. So how can brands make sure they’re living their purpose and sticking to their North Star? Find out as Maggie Lower, CMO at Hootsuite, and Preeti Philip, managing director and partner at Sterling-Rice Group, join John Roberts, chief strategy officer at Truth Collective, as they reveal the ways brands can mine their spiritual health to ensure their values and relevance are long-lasting, and what it means for small agencies.

Key Takeaways:

  • Finding your brand’s North Star and how to stick to it
  • Activating clients and the wiring inside
  • You can’t outsource your soul
  • Why everyone needs a listening strategy and a talking strategy
  • Your brand doesn’t need to be world-changing; it needs to be world-helping
S3 EP2: The Art of Ugly in 2021

S3 EP2: The Art of Ugly in 2021

August 10, 2022

Enjoy this episode from our vaults. Season 4 starts mid-September. In today’s episode, we’re getting ugly – and it’s a thing of beauty! With social channels driving audience engagement and client budgets, how do brands learn to let go of perfection without losing creative authenticity? Find out as Tim Leake, chief marketing & innovation officer at RPA, joins Jeremy Schwartz, chief creative officer at Truth Collective, and John Roberts, chief strategy officer at Truth Collective, to get into the whys and hows of selling ugly in 2021 and how being less precious can be the answer for small agencies.

Key Takeaways:

  • Ugly content is more relevant than its origin in 2019
  • Being less precious about how to create content can improve business
  • Ugly content can provide more creative opportunity, we just have to be OK with it
  • Content marketing: Think creators, NOT influencers
  • Redefining success for you and your clients
S2 EP8: Agency Diversity and Inclusion in our Time

S2 EP8: Agency Diversity and Inclusion in our Time

August 9, 2022

Enjoy this episode from our vaults. Season 4 starts mid-September. In a year of reckoning that truly opened our eyes to the gross inequalities and racism in our country, we wanted to take a long, hard look at the reality of it in our industry, and learn what we can do about it. Alexis Agosto, director of the 4As Foundation MAIP Program, and Jineen Carcamo, data strategy director at Translation and MAIP alum, in New York City join John Roberts, CSO at Truth Collective in Rochester, NY to discuss this important and pressing issue, what we need to be doing differently, and what it means for small agencies.

Key Takeaways:

  • MAIP’s unique and all-encompassing services and programs are an industry game-changer
  • How to be of the culture, not just in the culture
  • Strategists are fundamental to moving our agencies from conversation to action
  • Building a culture that engages fully in the individual; It starts with leadership
  • Being comfortable with being uncomfortable so that we can grow and learn
S2 EP7: Lemon: How the advertising brain has soured

S2 EP7: Lemon: How the advertising brain has soured

August 3, 2022

Enjoy this episode from our vaults. Season 4 starts mid-September. This week, we’re delving into a repair manual for the creativity crisis by author Orlando Wood, chief innovation officer at System1 Group in London, England. He joins John Roberts, CSO at Truth Collective in Rochester, New York, to share his revolutionary new book, “Lemon. How the advertising brain turned sour” – and what we can do about it. Join them as they dig into why fame, feeling and fluency are at the heart of what brands need to be doing, why they aren’t, and what it means for agencies.

Key takeaways:

  • Why advertising sours and how we can sweeten our work through character, incident and place
  • Connecting with the real world through the right brain
  • Why left-brain dominance is driving more than it should and what to do about it
  • Emotion doesn’t just mean sentimentality
  • Why the brief is broken and how to remedy it
S1 EP8: Agency Culture–Where Strategy Can Actually Flourish

S1 EP8: Agency Culture–Where Strategy Can Actually Flourish

July 26, 2022

Enjoy this episode from our vaults. Season 4 starts mid-September. In this week's episode, our panel shared – and shared about sharing – as they let us behind the scenes of agency leadership and creating culture. They defined the strategy wallow pit, provided tips on how to stay out of it, and, instead, taught ways to shoot from the heart, be playful, and stay mischievous. Join our guests, Mark Pollard, strategy CEO at Mighty Jungle in New York City, Julian Cole, strategy consultant joining from Melbourne, Australia, and, of course, John Roberts, CSO of Truth Collective in Rochester, NY, as they reveal new ways of looking at the things you look at all the time, and what it means for small agencies. Pull up a chair and listen in.

Key Takeaways:

  •  See It, Do It, Teach It
  • Take the Work Seriously, Take Yourself Less Seriously
  • Dare to Be Mischievous
  • Prove It
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