CMO Corner

Coverage of industry leaders from our journalists


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    ANA: Marketing workforce diversity slips, reversing yearslong trend

    While progress was lost at the macro level, senior-level marketing roles hit the second-highest level of ethnic representation recorded by the trade body.

    By Feb. 16, 2024
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    Why DraftKings bet on other brands to build buzz beyond the big game

    CMO Stephanie Sherman explains why DraftKings teamed with Tums, DiGiorno and Samuel Adams to engage with a growing sports betting audience.

    By Feb. 12, 2024
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    The Marketing Dive Outlook on 2021

    There is perhaps no facet of marketing that went untouched by a tumultuous 2020. Read on for the trends and topics that could shape the industry in the new year.

    By Marketing Dive staff
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    Meta spotlights how AI investments are paying off for advertisers

    Strong ad performance during the holidays convinced Jones Road Beauty to get a line of credit so it could keep investing, CMO Cody Plofker said.

    By Feb. 9, 2024
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    How Burger King’s AI-generated Whoppers reflect the brand’s heritage

    CMO Pat O'Toole explains how the brand leaned into the buzzy tech with a focus on customized orders in an experience created by Media.Monks.

    By Feb. 8, 2024
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    Marketing playbook: Breaking down industry trends to follow in 2024

    Areas of growing investment, including retail media networks and the creator economy, could be impacted by the death of the cookie and generative AI.

    By Marketing Dive staff • Jan. 26, 2024
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    CMOs gain business savvy and confidence of CEOs, survey finds

    Nearly half of CEOs regard their marketing department as being “best in class,” up from 20% in 2021.

    By Aaron Baar • Jan. 17, 2024
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    Choice Hotels CMO talks the brand’s largest marketing campaign to date

    Starring Keegan-Michael Key, the chain’s latest campaign highlights its growing presence in the upscale space, Chief Marketing Officer Noha Abdalla shared.

    By Jenna Walters • Jan. 8, 2024
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    Gartner: 20% of brands to go ‘acoustic’ amid rising generative AI concerns

    One-fifth of brands will lean into being AI-free as a point of differentiation, a trend that contrasts with CMOs’ growing investments in the tech field.  

    By Dec. 18, 2023
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    Papa Johns taps The Martin Agency, Carat in agency shakeup

    Both shops pitched the pizza chain on insight-driven strategies that can drive cultural relevance and improve areas like targeting and loyalty.  

    By Dec. 12, 2023
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    Peloton CMO jumps to Verizon after less than a year in role

    As top marketer, Leslie Berland will have a wide remit and “usher in a new chapter” for the telecom’s brand, CEO Hans Vestberg said.

    By Dec. 7, 2023
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    Opinion

    Here’s what separates a good marketer from a bad one

    At the core is the desire to gain a holistic understanding, according to Meta Reality Labs' Dave Kaufman.

    By Dave Kaufman • Dec. 7, 2023
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    Hilton CMO on why its ‘For the Stay’ campaign is the hotel’s ‘Just Do It’

    Mark Weinstein shared the inspiration behind the marketing platform, the story of the company’s 10-minute TikTok and strategy tips for marketers.

    By Noelle Mateer • Dec. 4, 2023
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    Why Domino’s is awarding half a million dollars in snow plowing grants

    Chief Brand Officer Kate Trumbull explained how the chain’s latest effort shows off an “experienced by few, seen by many” ethos.

    By Dec. 4, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    How the best marketing campaigns of 2023 mastered pop culture nostalgia

    Brands faced a preponderance of global challenges this year and opted for a familiar playbook as the industry arrives at a crossroads.

    By , , Nov. 29, 2023
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    How Walmart’s shoppable rom-com bridges holiday content, commerce

    Ads on TikTok, Roku and YouTube showcase an assortment meant to balance “inspiration and impulse” for the season, according to CMO William White.

    By Nov. 28, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    Brand backlash: Are 2023’s epic marketing fails part of a bigger problem?

    High-profile controversies have sent a chilling effect across an industry facing down another contentious election year and crusades against “wokeness.”

    By Nov. 28, 2023
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    AB InBev US CMO to resign as Bud Light woes continue

    Benoit Garbe will exit at the end of the year, with marketing to be overseen by U.S. Chief Commercial Officer Kyle Norrington.

    By Nov. 16, 2023
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    Nike names new CMO as it chases next era of growth

    After leaving to found a creative ad agency, company veteran Nicole Hubbard Graham will return to oversee all aspects of marketing starting in the new year.

    By Nov. 15, 2023
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    Opinion

    How corporate communicators can stay ahead in the age of AI

    AI has the power to paint the picture and tell the story, tasking communicators to level up their strategy, according to Robert Gibbs and Jeff Nussbaum.

    By Robert Gibbs, Jeff Nussbaum • Oct. 31, 2023
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    Do CEOs understand modern marketing? 66% of CMOs say ‘no.’

    As the role of the marketer continues to evolve, CEOs must work to clarify responsibilities and create a framework for measurement, per McKinsey.

    By Oct. 30, 2023
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    Top takeaways from Advertising Week 2023 marketers need to know

    From rebrands and retail media to identity and ad fraud — plus plenty of Taylor Swift — here are the biggest lessons from the annual gathering.

    By Oct. 26, 2023
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    Inside J.C. Penney’s holiday marketing strategy

    On the heels of a new $1 billion turnaround plan, the retailer’s seasonal push includes paid creators, video ads and a “Penney Prepper” challenge.

    By Oct. 25, 2023
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    What Taco Bell and DoorDash learned about loyalty through collaboration

    Taco Bell Chief Digital Officer Dane Mathews and DoorDash CMO Kofi Amoo-Gottfried dug into building brand trust at Advertising Week New York.

    By Oct. 20, 2023
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    State Farm’s marketing head on ‘lightning-in-a-bottle’ Kelce-Swift stunt

    Marketing Dive caught up with Alyson Griffin at Advertising Week New York to discuss how it partnered with agency Maximum Effort for a viral Swiftie play.

    By Updated Oct. 18, 2023
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    What Wendy’s global CMO Carl Loredo learned from Taylor Swift

    The executive explained how fandom, value and nostalgia come together for the QSR chain during an Advertising Week New York discussion.

    By Oct. 17, 2023