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Want a taste of the real-life digital marketing game? Supercharge your marketing skills and sharpen your mindset with incisive insights from industry experts. The Ahead of the Game podcast is brought to you by The Digital Marketing Institute.

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Ahead of the Game • Season 1 • Episode 17

Real-Life Stories from a Career Coach

To be a good coach, you have to be able to really listen to people. And Kevin Reid shares some of the great lives and situations he's listened to and helped over the years: from students and millennials to a 94-year-old nun. You can divide your ability into three things - what you should do, what you should not do, and what you should delegate to someone else.

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Ahead of the Game • Season 1 • Episode 16

Practical Social Media Strategy

In this episode, Will gets the full low-down on practical ways to approach your social media strategy. He talks to Julie Atherton, founder and managing director of Small Wonder. With 30 years of experience, she has seen first-hand the transition from traditional to digital marketing, and explored every channel out there.

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Ahead of the Game • Season 1 • Episode 15

How to Thrive During a Pandemic

  BONUS EPISODE  DMI CEO, Ken Fitzpatrick, had with renowned digital marketing expert (and DMI advisory champion) Neal Schaffer, on Neal's own podcast, Maximimize your Social Influence. Ken shares insights from DMI's member survey on how the coronavirus crisis has affected the work and careers of professionals around the world. They cover the current appetite to upskill and reskill and more.

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Ahead of the Game • Season 1 • Episode 14

Data Driven Marketing

There is just so much data out there, so how do you use it to its maximum potential to target your customers and prospects? Will Francis chats with email marketing expert Karen Talavera about how to get a handle on all this data to flesh out your personas, and essentially understand the people behind the numbers.

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Ahead of the Game • Season 1 • Episode 13

What is Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is really about transformation of people, not just your business. In this episode with host Will, digital marketing and branding specialist Clark Boyd breaks down the five myths of digital transformation and looks at how changing your digital mindset and culture are more important than just buying the latest tech solution.

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Ahead of the Game • Season 1 • Episode 12

Staying Productive While running your own company

Social media consultant Alison Battisby of Avocado Social shares thoughts on running a small business with your spouse, dealing with distractions when they're part of the job, the blur between clients and your personal life on WhatsApp.

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Ahead of the Game • Season 1 • Episode 11

Life as an Analyst

Expert analyst Cathal Melinn talks with Will about what data analysis is really all about. They cover educated guesses, soft metrics, assumptions about human motivations, the creative joys of Excel, site optimization and A/B Testing, different social platforms' definition of a click or a conversion and much more.

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Ahead of the Game • Season 1 • Episode 10

The Art and Science of Email Marketing

Experienced email marketing consultant Karen Talevera covers all the bases of this tried-and-tested technique which is going through a resurgence in 2020. In chatting with Will Francis, she explains how to evaluate email ROI, the best programs to help you, how to make a plan, common mistakes and her predictions for how email will evolve.

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Ahead of the Game • Season 1 • Episode 9

Experiences of Leadership

This lively discussion on the meaning of leadership covers it all - from early mentorship to loneliness at the top, learning humility and being authentic, with Orla Nugent discussing starting her career as a female engineer and Declan Power's experiences grounded in the military.

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Ahead of the Game • Season 1 • Episode 8

What is Voice Search?

People are searching with their voices more and more. So brands need to start listening. In this episode Will Francis chats with digital marketing expert Clark Boyd about the different approaches being taken to voice search around the world and the opportunities marketers have yet to grasp.

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Ahead of the Game • Season 1 • Episode 7

Productivity Tips for Freelance Marketers

Will chats with SEO expert Joe Williams as they dive deep into concepts like Deep Work to Eating the Frog and smart ways to manage your emails and screen time, using apps like Notion, Forest, Airtable, and Slack.

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Ahead of the Game • Season 1 • Episode 6

How are Brands Coping with Covid-19

How are brands coping in this time of crisis, and how can they think about the future? Will has a fascinating discussion with brand strategist Jørgen Helland.

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Ahead of the Game • Season 1 • Episode 5

The State of eCommerce Today

An in-depth look at what works, and what drives success in ecommerce today. Will chats with veteran marketer and DMI expert, Cathal Melinn.

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Ahead of the Game • Season 1 • Episode 4

How to Foster Social Media Communities around your Brand

How can brands create real value in their social media presence and earn a loyal community? Will talks to social media consultant Alison Battisby, founder of Avocado Social.

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Ahead of the Game • Season 1 • Episode 3

How does SEO really work?

SEO is often misunderstood but it's really quite simple. Will talks with SEO veteran Joe Williams.

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Ahead of the Game • Season 1 • Episode 2

How does a career coach manage his own time?

Career coach Kevin Reid advises people on how to manage their career and work life, but how does he organize his own time?

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Ahead of the Game • Season 1 • Episode 1

What is leadership

What is a leader, in the corporate world, in everyday management and in conflict situations? Will Francis meets senior leader and trainer Orla Nugent and security and defence analyst Declan Power.

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Ahead of the Game • Season 1 • Trailer

Ahead of the Game Trailer

The Digital Marketing Institute brings you a new podcast that focuses on real-life experiences from digital marketers at the peak of their game.

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The Ahead of the Game podcast is brought to you by The Digital Marketing Institute.

Every two weeks host Will Francis explores with each guest all aspects of their own digital marketing expertise, as well as those soft skills like presentation and productivity techniques, that we could all learn from.