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Digital Changemakers

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Season 3, Ep. 2

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?

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