Digital Changemakers Podcast

Become a digital changemaker in your own organisation.

JCDecaux, in collaboration with award-winning analyst Ian Whittaker, brings you a brand-new marketing podcast series, called Digital Changemakers. Join Ian Whittaker and marketing experts as they explore the latest advertising trends and debate how marketers can navigate the most complex macroeconomic landscape we’ve seen in our lifetime. Industry silos, leaking advertising spend, multi-channel marketing planning or investment strategies - which most resonates with you and your marketing objectives?

Season 1 Trailer: Digital Changemakers Podcast

Get to know the podcast host, Ian Whittaker, and the marketing topics which will be covered in the Digital Changemakers Podcast on this trailer. What are the key marketing challenges facing marketers when you look at the 5 biggest advertising trends post-pandemic? How can you approach conversations with the CFO to prove why marketing is important and how it drives shareholder value? Get some new ideas and inspiration and become a Digital Changemaker in your own organisation.

Season 1 Episode 1: 5 Megatrends Curious Marketers Should Know

The interviewer becomes the interviewee for the first podcast as Rajvi Kantaria (Director of Marketing, JCDecaux) interviews Ian on the key marketing trends from Ian’s report, Pandemic: Pause or Play. Through the discussion, they explore the 5 biggest advertising trends facing marketers today in their quest for brand growth. With Ian’s thought-provoking commentary and challenging questions, you’ll discover new ways you can approach marketing conversations with the CFO and prove why advertising is important and how it drives shareholder value.

Season 1 Bonus Episode: Don’t panic! How to navigate a recession

The pressure to cut costs and regrow margins is fierce, but are boards being penny-wise and pound-foolish? Find out how to put yourself in the best position to take positive action for business results. Rajvi Kantaria (Director of Marketing, JCDecaux) joins award-winning Analyst, Ian Whittaker, to discuss why Advertisers and Marketers are facing one of the most complex macro-economic landscapes of our time. Discover how you can switch from Consumer mindset to Investor mindset to make the best decisions for your marketing plans in today's environment.

Season 1 Episode 2: Leaking Ad spend, a billion-pound problem for advertisers

Did you hear about the PWC study showing 15% of UK digital advertising spend falls into an unknown delta? Award-winning Analyst, Ian Whittaker, discusses the report findings with Sam Tomlinson, who led the report-writing team at PWC. Hear how the Advertisers that are paying attention to this unoptimised ad spend are the ones who are reaping the benefit, but they are in the minority. Blaze a trail in your organisation by learning how to implement more sophisticated econometric modelling, measure the long term effect of sales and block leaking ad spend.

Season 1 Episode 3: Learn the Language of the CFO

Ian Whittaker (Liberty Sky Advisors) and Sam Tomlinson (PWC) discuss the tools that persuade Boards to treat marketing as a long-term investment rather than a cost. Hear about the psychology and motivations of the CFO, the accounting practices behind advertising spend, econometric modelling, and using the right financial language to execute a successful long term investment case. Smart brands are treating advertising investment in this way, but can marketers and advertisers arm the CFO with the right information and data to convince the wider investment and analyst community?

Season 1 Episode 4: Why marketers should talk in numbers, not crayons

Award-winning Analyst, Ian Whittaker, interviews Mark Evans, Managing Director of Marketing and Digital at Direct Line, on how he changed Boardroom perceptions of Marketing from a cost to an essential investment for long term growth. Follow Mark’s top tips on how to build a Marketing Effectiveness programme, change the language marketers use, adapt company culture and ultimately how to make Marketing investment a Board priority. You too could change the perception of marketing being a “colouring in” function to being an essential growth driver.

Season 2 Episode 1: Digital is the new traditional - brand channels’ latest digital capabilities

The IAB has officially classified Digital Out of Home and Broadcast Video on Demand as digital channels due to the latest capabilities. But how easily is this being accepted within the industry? Award-winning Analyst, Ian Whittaker, is joined by IAB CEO James Chandler, PWC’s Steph Claxton and Jawad Safdar, Hyperoptic Broadband, where they discuss the concept that digital campaigns can extend beyond performance channels due to capability advancements in traditional media. They debate the opportunities and challenges the industry faces and how you can take this forward for your organisation.

Season 2 Episode 2: An expert guide to multi-channel measurement

In Multi-channel marketing, the biggest question to be answered is how can it be measured? As traditional channels like Out of Home advance in their digital capabilities, evidence-based measurement is as important as the capabilities themselves. In this episode Ian Whittaker interviews Andy Brown, ex global CEO of Kantar about how the industry is performing in terms of measurement and the effect that channel silos are having on progression in the area. This is a frank and informative conversation about challenges, opportunities and how to take a holistic approach to measurement.

Season 2 Episode 3: Location-based advertising, a 17.78% CAGR growth market worth £76.4bn globally

Your local Out-of-Home poster is now a live data source that segments and targets its audience. Digital capabilities are radically changing how multi-channel marketing campaigns are planned, but one of the biggest questions is - how can they be measured? Ian chats with Chris Felton, Director of Data and Insight at JCDecaux about how Digital Out-of-Home is using data to deliver evidence-based results and improve multi-channel marketing measurement across the industry.

Adapt or Die: The Macroeconomic and Structural changes affecting Advertising today.

The macroeconomic effects being endured by the ad industry are commonly documented in recent years, but are there more fundamental structural changes underway? Daniel Knapp, Chief Economist for the International Advertising Bureau shares his insights on where ad markets are heading, and the recipe companies can follow to keep up. Slowing digital ad performance, unrealised ecommerce forecast, and social media content disruptors are requiring advertisers to rethink strategies. Listen to what Ian and Daniel have to say and how you can steer your marketing plan to remain competitive.

The Public is your only Critic.

Ian chats with Zoe Harrison (1854) and Janet Guest (JCDecaux) to discuss the annual national photography competition Portrait of Britain. The joint venture between JCDecaux and the British Photography Journal uses out of home screens to turn Britain into a national gallery, showcasing people across genders, geographies and generations. Photos of the public, by the public, in public, serves as a reminder of the broadness and diversity of audiences across the country. Find out how you can use the power of the public screen to amplify your message across every diverse audience in Britain today.

Pause. Assess. Be Bold. Repeat.

Ian chats with Kelly Parker, CEO of Wavemaker to discuss new ways for marketers to think about driving exponential growth. Since the industry has been in a constant state of flux over the past few years, Kelly’s gives her observations on how marketers’ behaviours have changed over the last few years, and who is standing out for the right reasons when it comes to growing brands. Listeners can use these challenges to their advantage to act boldly and step up their advertising strategies. Exponential growth requires uncomfortable change - are you bold enough?

The £4.5bn untapped market: Results speak louder than words.

In this unmissable conversation about the Multi-Ethnic consumer, Ian chats with Lydia Amoah, CEO of Backlight and author of the acclaimed Black Pound Report. With a disposable income of over £4.5Billion annually, the Black, Asian and Multi-Ethnic consumer is without a doubt one of the most untapped audiences within the UK. Lydia is recognised as one of Britain’s leading authorities on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and shares her experience dealing with brands who have not only adopted the moral obligations behind DEI, but have capitalised on the economic reasons and driven growth in their bottom line. Can your brand afford not to invest in this audience? Listen now to find out more.

Marketing shouldn’t be left to the marketing department.

Today Ian interviews Mai Fenton about the tactics marketers can use to challenge the oversimplified rhetoric that marketing can be done by anyone and prove the value of marketing and advertising for the business. Especially helpful when budgets are under pressure in today’s economy. Today’s expert guest is Mai Fenton, CMO at Superscript is a marketer all-too familiar with the Boardroom. Mai has been named CMO to Watch, Revenue Marketing One to Watch and a Top 30 Most Influential Fintech Marketers.

Google and JCDecaux: Black, Asian and Multi-ethnic Disruptors.

Ian is joined by Precious Oyelade from The Google for Startups Black Founders Fund and Thanh Catachanas from JCDecaux Reach to continue the conversation about reaching and commercialising diverse and inclusive audiences, with two successful examples of new programmes to inspire marketers.

The Google for Startups Black Founders Fund and JCDecaux Reach are hugely successful programmes designed to support brand growth for Black, Asian and Multi-Ethnic brands, helping them scale and grow by reaching their chosen target audiences through Capital Investment and the Power of the Public Screen. What can big brands learn from the disruptors in this space? 

Summer Series: Scaling your brand with the power of the public screen.

How do you build brand fame for a product that is often considered taboo? Ruby Raut, FemTech pioneer and founder of WUKA, joins Thanh Catachanas, part of JCDecaux UK’s Reach programme, to discuss her ambition to put an end to period shame and encourage women to use her sustainable period pants. Getting the message out to her audience is key and she shares how Out-of-Home will help her take her brand to the next level and talk directly to her target audience.

Ruby talks about her brand’s origin story, having to use old sari rags growing up in Nepal and how that ultimately sparked her desire to create an eco-friendly period care brand. 

Summer Series: Using Out-of-Home to build a brand.

Visionary businesswoman Anna Samuels, founder of Boxx, talks with Thanh Catachanas, Head of JCDecaux UK’s Reach programme, designed to support brand growth for Black, Asian and Multi-Ethnic brands, about her goal to make boxing-inspired fitness accessible to everyone and how using Out-of-Home will enable her to build her brand.  

A former chartered accountant, Anna saw a gap in the market when she was on maternity leave and launched Boxx, which champions fitness wherever you are, be it on the the Boxx+ app or in her East London studio. Now she’s ready to take her brand to the next level with with OOH.  

Summer Series: Cutting through with Out-of-Home.

Ugo Agbai, Co-Founder of Ruka Hair, joins Thanh Catachanas, from JCDecaux UK’s Reach programme, who are on a mission to create the definitive hair brand for Black women nationwide. The pair talk about the power of the public screen and how Out-of-Home will be key in scaling up and buildingbrand fame.  

Launched during the pandemic and a recipient of the 2022 Google for Startups Black Founders Fund, RUKA Hair focuses on bringing the latest science and innovation to the treatment and management of curly, coily and wavy hair. Now they’re bringing their brand to a national audience with their upcoming OOH campaign, giving them unprecedented scale and reach. 

Giffgaff talks people, planet and profit.

How do you balance business growth with sustainability – or does sustainability drive the bottom line? Giffgaff balances people, planet and profit with equal value and effort. Having launched a call-to-arms to market for brands to bring sustainability higher up their agenda when it comes to media planning, JCDecaux welcomes a true pioneer in the space. B Corp-certified and very much focused on long-term cultural change, giffgaff’s Georgina Bramall, Marketing Strategy Director, shares her experience and learnings for others wanting to push sustainability further up their organisation’s agenda.

With a new report out from JCDecaux UK and Campaign on a new report to market, looking at the importance of sustainability in brands’ media planning, Ian and Georgina discuss how sustainability can impact media planning and the role of channels such as Out-of-Home in that sustainable journey.

Gen Z: The Economic Powerhouse.

With Gen Z now comprising 15% of the UK population, tapping into their increasing spending power is an opportunity that marketers can’t afford to miss. But how different are Gen Z from previous generations and how should this shape brand and marketing strategies?

Kian Bakhtiari, founder of The People, a Gen Z insights and strategy agency, joins Ian Whittaker to explain the importance of understanding Gen Z and the channels that work best to cut through. Named as one of the Top 20 Future Leaders by the Financial Times for his contributions to marketing, JCDecaux welcomes Kian as an inspirational changemaker who is bridging the gap between brands and young people by giving Gen Z a seat at the marketing table.

Following the launch of JCDecaux UK’s GENgage, a new programme to help brands reach and engage the digitally native Gen Z audience, Ian and Kian talk about the opportunity that digital Out-of-Home provides marketers with so that they can connect and be relevant within the context of young people’s lives.