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Welcome to Embracing Marketing Mistakes, the show for CMOs and Heads of Marketing with revenue over £15M who are looking to double their marketing ROI and achieve record revenue targets. 

The show is hosted by Chris Norton and Will Ockenden, who collectively have over 45 years of experience in the PR industry. They have built the award-winning PR agency Prohibition, where they help top organisations with PR strategy, social media marketing, media relations, content marketing, and brand awareness to drive sales and grow businesses.

Each episode features interviews with industry-leading marketers, as well as solo episodes where Chris and Will share real-life examples of marketing blunders and offer actionable insights. These stories and strategies will give you the knowledge to avoid mistakes other marketers have made so you don’t have to.

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Ever wondered why some marketing campaigns flop while others skyrocket? Uncover the secrets of transforming your marketing mishaps and f*ck ups into monumental successes with the Embracing Marketing Mistakes Podcast. Join me, Chris Norton, and my co-owner, Will Ockenden, as we guide you through the labyrinth of marketing screw-ups, sharing our 25 years of industry insight and expertise. Promising to boost your ROI and skyrocket your revenue, we reveal how even the most costly mistakes ca...
Ever wondered how the rise of audiobooks impacts the traditional publishing landscape? Join us as we chat with Richard Noble, Head of European Public Relations at Audible, to uncover the secrets behind Audible's explosive growth and its harmonious relationship with print books. We'll explore how Audible's extensive in-house productions and partnerships with iconic IPs like Marvel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer are reshaping the audiobook market. Discover the shifting demographics of audiobook l...
Unlock the secrets to a dynamic social media strategy that keeps you ahead of the curve. This week, in a slightly different sounding pod we're handing over the playbook from a recent webinar that we held with more than 300 marketing professionals. Prepare to sharpen your skills in real-time strategy adaptation, steer clear of the creativity trap, and align every post with your brand's long-term vision.Dive deep into the world of marketing insights with us, where setting SMART objectives isn't...
Rev up your engines and tune your ears—Sarah, our account exec with the midas touch for marketing campaigns, joins us to dissect Ford's high-octane partnership with 'Euphoria's star, Sydney Sweeney. Buckle up as we speed through the 'Build Ford Proud' campaign, where Sweeney's genuine passion for car mechanics shifts stereotypes into reverse and drives home the message of female empowerment in the auto industry. With less than 3% of mechanics being women, this collaboration isn't just a brand...
Have you ever wondered if the secret to captivating an audience is hidden in the art of jiu-jitsu? Join us as Richard Mulholland, a wizard in public speaking, reveals how to bridge the gap between speaker and listener with expert storytelling techniques. From his initial plunge from the music industry into the marketing world, Richard shares the insights that have made him a sought-after communication strategist. His tales of closing an office and moving his family to the Isle of Man blend pr...
Ever wonder how a brand can elegantly dance around the issue of product knock-offs while reinforcing its market dominance? Sinead Morrissey from Prohibition joins us to reveal how Olaplex's 'Ola Dupe' campaign did just that—turning the tide of imitation into a wave of authentic brand love. Sinead, who rose through the ranks from intern to senior account manager, shares her first-hand experience of this marketing masterstroke. Together, we unwrap how Olaplex sent fake duplicates to influencers...
Unlock the secrets of thriving in a volatile media world with Marshall Manson. This episode promises a goldmine of insights as we navigate audience engagement's transformation in the wake of Google and social media's evolving roles. Discover strategic nuggets on marketing approaches and the rise of misinformation, learning how brands can pivot to stay pertinent as the market churns ceaselessly.Step into the realm of leadership within the communications universe and witness the power of CEOs a...
Discover the secret behind Stanley's shift from your grandpa's thermos to the must-have accessory gracing the hands of Gen Z, as Victoria from Prohibition joins us for a revealing chat. We unpack the strategic pivot that saw this classic American brand turn its durable beverage containers into viral sensations, tapping into the unquenchable thirst for the latest and greatest in hydration fashion. As we sip on success stories and cringeworthy marketing mishaps, you'll get a taste of the real, ...
Join Vicki Murphy and me, Chris Norton, as we swap tales from the working life of marketing with Chris McKay, Head of Brand Engagement at Hillary's. Chris shares his initial steps into the professional world right out of university the thrills of working with iconic brands, and the crucial lessons that only failure and hands-on experience can teach.Step into the nostalgia-fueled Ministry of Sound era with us as we trip down memory lane, reminiscing over legendary dance DJs and digital m...
In this episode of Campaign Crunch we dissect Dunkin's strategic pivot from donuts to coffee. Our spirited conversation will reveal how Ben Affleck's Boston roots and his genuine love for the brand stirred up a local flavour that New Englanders couldn't resist. We're looking into its brand extension risks and rewards, and serving up the importance of cultural connections in marketing—all with our usual splash of terrible humour.Switch gears with us as we tackle the glitz and glamour of Super ...
Ever wondered how to catch the eye of a marketer with your marketing? That's exactly what we try to unravel with Natalie Davidson from Prolific North, the digital powerhouse steering through the currents of non-London agency growth. Together, we peel back the curtain on the vibrant explosion of creativity in the North of England, where agencies are rewriting the playbook with authenticity and bold storytelling. Natalie reveals the strategic manoeuvres behind Prolific North's rebranding succes...
This episode of Campaign Crunch takes a heartfelt turn with Emily Moult from our team at Prohibition, who guides us through the stirring Norwich City FC and Samaritans collaboration. This campaign is a masterclass in achieving social impact through storytelling, proving that a video with a modest budget can still pack an emotional punch. Learn how simplicity in messaging can spark crucial conversations about men's mental health.As seasoned pros in social media and public relations, we're not ...
Imagine uncovering the secret strategies that have revolutionised public relations in the AI era—tune in for a whirlwind tour through the trials and triumphs of brand image management. Our guest, Greg Matusky, CEO of Gregory FCA, a Top 40 US PR Agency, brings a treasure trove of knowledge from his three-decade tenure in PR. Greg shares some amazing F*ck Ups on the show including when his client decided to change their story mid-broadcast interview to a tale about walking away from the De...
Ever wondered what it takes to work through a truly successful partnership between a marketing agency and its clients? Join us as marketing guru Andrew Block, an expert behind agency mergers and with a rich history at FrankPR, offers his goldmine of expertise. Discover the secrets to understanding the real business challenges behind a brief and how the simple act of asking 'why' can set you apart in a crowded field. Andrew also delves into his vital role as a matchmaker for brands and cr...
Ever wondered how the digital marketing landscape continually evolves and what it takes to stay ahead? Prepare to gain invaluable insights as we sit down with Gerry White, the VP for Growth at Mirador, whose knowledge in SEO and analytics is extensive. From the juicy details of SEO controversies to the progression of a web design enthusiast to an industry-leading strategist, Gerry's stories will not only entertain but educate you on the nuances of an effective digital presence.Diving headfirs...
Get ready for an in-depth exploration of the pivotal social media trends shaping brand strategy in 2024! In this episode, we delve into three game-changing trends revolutionizing the digital landscape and empowering brands to stay ahead of the competition.AI in Social Media Advertising: Discover how artificial intelligence is revolutionising social media advertising, enabling brands to target and engage with their audience more effectively than ever before.The Rise of Podcasting: Explore the ...
Prepare to be armed with the marketing dos and don'ts that could make or break your brand's presence in the digital world. Chris Norton and Will Ockenden, are here to share the invaluable lessons we've learned from the past year's marketing hits and misses, and to guide you through the shifting sands of social media as we tread boldly into 2024. As we celebrate a new subscriber milestone, we're unwrapping the insights gleaned from our sold out webinar, where we dissected the successes of bran...
Embark on an enlightening expedition into the heart of market research and customer insights with our illustrious guest, Katie Tucker of Product Jungle. We uncover the transformative power these tools hold for businesses of all sizes, debunking the myths that shroud their potential. You'll gain a front-row seat to Katie's own evolution from journalist to entrepreneurial trailblazer, as we delve into her globe-trotting revelations and the customer-centric philosophy that now drives her success...
Join the conversation with Laura Brown, Engtel's marketing maestro, as we pull back the curtain on the thrilling world of international marketing in the era of remote work. Our latest episode boasts an intimate discussion with Laura, illuminating her rise to marketing strategy stardom and how she orchestrates a culturally diverse team from miles apart. Vicki Murphy (standing in for Chris this week) chimes in, offering her take on the unique challenges and triumphs of telecommuting from across...
Prepare to navigate the murky and slightly terrifying waters of brand misinformation with Ant Cousins as we uncover the key strategies you can use to defend your brand's reputation. This episode of Socially Unacceptable is a treasure trove of insights, where a veteran of the IT and defence sectors joins us. Ant Cousins from Cision brings his rich experience, guiding us through the complex maze of misinformation that threatens all marketing campaigns and brand integrity in 2024. Listen as we c...
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