The Human Element: A Carat Podcast

The Human Element

Exploring how insight and humanity impact modern marketing to build stronger brands.

The Human Element: Intro
Trailer 6 min 27 sec

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In this special edition of the pod, we sit down with Mike Law, newly appointed Carat US CEO about his career journey, inspiration and early priorities for Carat US.

Dec 6

26 min 52 sec

John Buzzell, Lead Enterprise BD at Unreal Engine, Epic Games and Michael Liu, VP Director, Innovation & Strategy at Carat US join us to discuss all things digital humans, from a limitless creator culture to implications for society, brands and the advertising industry.

Jun 21

53 min 34 sec

In honor of Pride Month this June, we have a very special edition of the pod featuring some of the amazing people within the dentsu LGBTQIA+ community, to not only celebrate Pride but to reflect on the opportunities and challenges within our industry.

Jun 14

1 hr 4 min

Mike Law, President; Cara Lewis, EVP Head of US Investment; and Dave Sederbaum EVP, Head of Video Investment, at Amplifi US part of dentsu, join us to share how brands should be leaning into this year’s Upfronts, DE&I within the TV landscape and some bold predictions for the future of the marketplace.

May 3

29 min 50 sec

We’re joined by Bethanie Blanchard, Strategy Lead, and Annika Barrett, Strategy Director, at Carat Australia to take us through the team’s recent review of the beauty category, from the most drastic shifts in consumer behavior to tech acceleration and cultural reckoning.

Apr 19

45 min 35 sec

Gaurav Shirole, Director Ad Measurement at Roku, and Brad Stockton, VP National Video Innovation at Amplifi, part of dentsu US, join us to share insight around March Madness, the shifts in consumer consumption and what it means for brands reaching today’s active sports viewers.

Apr 13

32 min 44 sec

Joe Anthony, Chief Hero at Hero Collective; Alexis Tirado, Head of Multicultural Branded at Buzzfeed; and Haley Paas, CSO at Carat US join us to discuss the role of community and what it takes for brands to make the long-term in roads to authentically connect in culture.

Apr 5

49 min 7 sec

In this episode of The Human Element our CMO and dedicated, unwavering and irreplicable podcast host, Robert Schwartz, shares his favorite episodes and podcast memories from the past two years with producer, Jason, and co-host, Chelsea.

Mar 15

30 min 51 sec

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we have a special edition of the pod featuring some of the many amazing women across Carat and dentsu.  They share their views on the opportunities and challenges of being a woman in business today, and what they #ChooseToChallenge.

Mar 8

39 min 43 sec

For the 100th episode of The Human Element we revisit the single most important issue we have covered over the past two years: diversity, equity, and inclusion in marketing. Christena Pyle, Chief Equity Officer for Dentsu Americas, joins us to talk about the progress and remaining challenges for marketers and agencies alike.

Feb 23

39 min 54 sec

Alex Heath, Reporter at The Information, joins us again for a scan across the big tech landscape including Facebook and Apple’s burgeoning feud, Clubhouse hype vs. reality and so much more.

Feb 9

39 min 19 sec

Michael Liu, VP, Director of Innovation & Mobile at Carat and Sarah Stringer, EVP Head of US Media Partnerships at dentsu discuss the impact of virtual CES & the topics that owned the “show floor.”

Jan 17

33 min 53 sec

Your Human Element hosts and producer are back with their third annual “Christmas Fish,” year-end podcast reflecting on the wonderful guests who have joined us and (of course) some holiday memories along the way.

Dec 2020

32 min 26 sec

We are joined by Danni Wright, National Head of Strategy & Connections Planning at Carat Australia; Dan Calladine, Head of Media Futures at Carat Global; and James Allen, SVP Head of Strategy at Carat US to review our marketing and media trends and predictions for 2021.

Dec 2020

39 min 31 sec

We sit down with Nate Shurilla, Global Director of Commerce & Voice at iProspect and based in our Tokyo offices, to discuss the impacts of the pandemic on commerce, how brands should be building trust and authenticity, and the growing influence of voice on marketing.

Nov 2020

31 min 28 sec

This week we took some time to speak with a few of our Carat US team members to share what they are most thankful for in this challenging year and are most looking forward to this Thanksgiving.

Nov 2020

10 min 50 sec

In this very special episode of the pod, Fiona Lloyd, Managing Director and Global Client President, and Sean Healy, Global CSO at Carat join us to talk about the launch of Carat’s most significant research study ever, identifying the most emotionally intelligent brands for 2020.

Nov 2020

40 min 30 sec

This week The Human Element hosts Robert Schwartz, Global CMO, and Chelsea Radovanovic, Director of Marketing, and Producer Jason Oberholtzer attempt to make a few predictions about one of the most historic US elections. While the predictions across the presidential, senate, house and select ballot initiatives are serious - the tone of our little crew is not.

Nov 2020

26 min 34 sec

We invited a new perspective into the pod this week as Donna Halper, Boston-Based Historian, Radio Consultant and an Associate Professor of Communications joined us to discuss the evolution of radio, this political moment for her communications students, media ethics, and the moment that helped define her career: discovering the band Rush.

Oct 2020

27 min 55 sec

Dylan Collins, CEO at SuperAwesome, joins us again for a discussion of recent developments in kids digital media and privacy, the implications for advertisers and social platforms alike, and the recent news that SuperAwesome is joining the Epic Games family.

Oct 2020

43 min 48 sec

In this special edition we gathered Stef Michalak, Creator and Producer of The Michalaks YouTube channel, Denia Souli-Vounisiou, Client Account Director at Carat UK; and Amy Bryant-Jeffries, Partnerships Director at Gleamfutures. They joined us to discuss our recent proprietary report about unlocking growth through influencer marketing and digital-first talent.

Oct 2020

44 min 35 sec

This week Erin Schmidt, Chief Strategy and Client Service Officer at Branded Entertainment Network, joins us to share her perspective on the biggest shifts in content development and distribution, building trust with consumers through human insight, and how her mom led her into the marketing business.

Oct 2020

31 min 1 sec

In this episode Mike Law, US President at Amplifi; Martha Matthews, SVP Group Director Local at Carat, and Eric Bryant, VP Director of Local Media Activation at 360i join us to discuss the implications of the upcoming US election on brands, from inventory and pricing to market pressures, all based on our weekly, proprietary 2020 political briefings.

Sep 2020

39 min 26 sec

Melissa Hobley, CMO at OkCupid, joins us to discuss the business of love. From shifts in the online dating landscape to leveraging human insight to build genuine experiences and connections, Melissa shares her perspective on all elements of marketing.

Aug 2020

37 min

Dan Calladine, Global Head of Media Futures and Haley Paas, EVP, Head of US Strategy and Insights at Carat sit down with us to revisit some of the media trends and predictions we initially had for 2020. (Hint: a few things have changed since January).

Aug 2020

30 min 9 sec

JiYoung Kim, Chief Digital Officer at Carat USA, sits down with us for a chat on all things digital. From marketer’s biggest concerns of the moment, balancing performance and brand strategies, and how to handle advertising during the upcoming election.

Aug 2020

33 min 39 sec

Alex Heath, Reporter at The Information who covers all things Facebook and its competitors, joins us for a special edition of the pod as we talk about Facebook’s past few months, how employees have texted internally, where they go next, and what on the earth the government may have in mind for them. (Oh, plus a TikTok update!)

Aug 2020

37 min 35 sec

Xavier Jernigan, Head of Cultural Partnerships at Spotify and host of the podcast, The Window, joins us to share an insider look at podcasting, his approach to servant leadership, and advice for CMOs in an era of social unrest.

Jul 2020

43 min 54 sec

Alex Lieberman, Founder & CEO at Morning Brew, joins us for a special episode of The Human Element to discuss the responsibilities of a new media company, supporting journalism, the real challenges of boycotts - and leading a company through it all.

Jul 2020

46 min 31 sec

Samir Sheth, Head of Content at Morning Brew, joins us to continue our discussion on race and equality in marketing and media. We talk about social media boycotts and the role of media companies to better serve underrepresented communities.

Jul 2020

39 min 12 sec

It's been a very, very heavy few months, so we decided we could all use a lighter hearted episode. So, our Human Element hosts and producer sat down to do just that - and this is what happened...

Jul 2020

35 min 34 sec

Nandi Welch, Head of Business Strategy at Rupture Studio and Ed Cotton, Creative Strategist and Consultant and former CSO at BSSP, join us to continue our discussion of race and equality within the marketing industry.

Jun 2020

31 min 8 sec

In this episode Elekia Akhuetie, Media Account Director at Gyro UK, and Venya Wijegoonewardene, Strategy Partner at Carat UK, both co-founders of the REPRESENT diversity network within Dentsu UK, join us to continue our discussion of race and equality we must have across the industry.

Jun 2020

30 min 12 sec

In this episode Chantl Martin, Senior Associate of Analytics at Merkle, and John Santiago, CEO at M8, both leaders in our multicultural group across Dentsu join us to begin a conversation that we must have all across this industry.

Jun 2020

33 min 18 sec

In this episode, we are joined by Josh Sternberg, formerly of Adweek & Washington Post and founder of The Media Nut newsletter, to discuss the current state of the media business, the real obligations of brand purpose, and CMO's new realities.

Jun 2020

37 min 32 sec

Catalina Salazar, Chief Operating Officer at iProspect Colombia joins us to share the latest developments on marketing amidst the pandemic from Latin America.

May 2020

32 min 11 sec

Julie Arbit, Global SVP of Insight at Vice Media joins us to discuss their recent COVID research highlighting the hopes and fears of younger generations during this crisis and beyond.

May 2020

31 min 37 sec

Christi Olson, Head of Evangelism for Search and Advertising at Microsoft and Jeremy Hull, SVP Innovation at iProspect join us to discuss their recent research on the empowered consumer and the intersection of brand privacy, trust and truth.

May 2020

36 min 35 sec

We are joined by Dan Calladine, Global Head of Media Futures; Cristina Moyano, Madrid CSO; and Graham Deneys, South Africa Group Strategy Director at Carat to discuss the latest trends in consumer behavior that are emerging from the global quarantine.

Apr 2020

40 min 8 sec

In our next episode of The Virus mini-series, we invited Sean Healy, Global CSO, and Lucy Barbor, Global Strategy Partner at Carat to join us and discuss what the post-pandemic consumer mindset might look like, how brands can best be prepared for moving out of quarantine, and how the nature of leadership is changing.

Apr 2020

36 min 3 sec

Dylan Collins, CEO of SuperAwesome joins us for our mini-series on the impact of COVID-19 on marketing and media to discuss how the pandemic is changing how kids are connecting with brands and each other.

Apr 2020

28 min 56 sec

In this episode of our series on the impact of COVID-19 on the marketing and media industry, Ryan Duffy, Emerging Tech Writer at Morning Brew joins us to discuss his recent COVID Traffic Report highlighting how much we are changing our behavior online, and off.

Apr 2020

33 min 29 sec

In this episode of our mini-series about the impact of COVID-19 on the marketing and media industry, Mike Law – President at Amplifi, US - joins us to share how clients and partners are managing media investment during the crisis.

Apr 2020

30 min 11 sec

Welcome back to Carat’s mini-series on the impact of COVID-19 across marketing, advertising and media. This week Richard Frampton, Head of Strategy & Solutions, DAN Media China joins us to share how clients and consumers have handled the crisis in that market.

Mar 2020

30 min 22 sec

In this episode of our mini-series around the impact of COVID-19 on the marketing and media industry, Jason Schulweis - Head of Brand Partnerships and Integrated Marketing at Morning Brew joins us.

Mar 2020

27 min 44 sec

Welcome back to Carat’s mini-series about the impact of COVID-19 on the marketing and media industry. In this episode Marla Kaplowitz, President and CEO of the 4A’s joins us to share her thoughts.

Mar 2020

31 min 14 sec

In the following weeks, we will be doing a series of episodes around the impact of COVID-19 on the marketing and media industry. In this episode Dan Calladine, Head of Media Futures at Carat Global joins us.

Mar 2020

28 min 52 sec

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we have a special edition of the pod featuring some of the many amazing women of Carat USA. They share their views on the opportunities and challenges of being a woman in business today.

Mar 2020

30 min 33 sec

We had a chance to sit down with Joseph Alminawi, better known as Swiftor, Twitch Streamer and YouTuber, to talk about the life of a creator, the importance of his community, and how to balance authenticity and sponsorship.

Mar 2020

37 min 39 sec

In this episode Donna Dei-Baning, Associate Director of Insights and Joey Medici, Associate Director of Strategy at Carat US join us to discuss Carat’s proprietary research on the world of creator culture and how brands can safely engage and leverage creators.

Feb 2020

40 min 53 sec