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Sport, brands and cultural relevance

The latest Unofficial Partner conversation is about the role of agencies in helping clients be culturally relevant in fans lives across sport, music and esports. And we ask why some brands seem able to build a bridge across those cultural divides, and some don’t.

Our guests are Richard Adelsberg and Owen Laverty from the independent creative agency Ear to the Ground, where something seems to be going right.

Despite the pandemic and the widespread cancellation of sport, Ear to the Ground has had a stellar year, tripling net profits and broadening its client portfolio that includes New Balance, Sony PS5, STATSports and Therabody, the performance tech brand.

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About the Podcast

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The Marketing Society podcast
The Marketing Society is a progressive global community of senior marketers. Our purpose is to empower our members to be brave leaders. Since 1959, we have grown into an influential network of 2500 members.

About your host

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Michael Piggott

Michael joined The Marketing Society as Digital, Content & Social Media Manager in 2013. At the end of 2018 he launched the Society's podcast channel, growing it to over 20,000 listens in two years. In 2019 he became Editor, relaunching the Society's main website and launching digital publication, Empower. On the side, he writes and performs spoken word, and is halfway through writing his first screenplay.