The Persuaders Marketing Podcast
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In this interview we have an extended discussion with founder of Irish travel company which celebrates five years in business this month. Paul and I discuss a wide ranging set of issues, including the history of the company, online buying behaviour, the role of social media and public relations in marketing a travel business.

Plus Patrick O'Donoghue, MD of the Gleneagle Group tells me about a new initiative The Learning Resort, which seeks to position Killarney as a location for learning experiences. The Learning Resort will welcome internationally renowned Master of Story-Telling, Robert McKee on May 22nd.

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In the run in to the Phocuswright Europe Conference taking place in Dublin from 12-14 May 2015, we have a special edition of the show featuring...
Tony D’Astolfo, Managing Director, Phocuswright. Tony assumed leadership of Phocuswright in July 2013. A travel industry veteran, he is an accomplished executive with rich expertise in travel and technology and a passion for moving the industry forward


Mike Webster, Co-Founder and CEO, Mobacar. Based in a small town in the west of Ireland, Mobacar is testimony to the abilily to scale a business on the web from anywhere - Mobarar is an online car rental distribution company employing over 30 people and was winner of last year’s Travel Innovation Summit Europe.


Dermot O’Connor, Boxever's VP of Engineering and co-founder. Dermot is involved with Phocuswright’s Young Leaders Summit- an exciting development program for travel industry leaders under the age of 35 – this program has run very successfully for 4 years for the U.S. Conference and is debuting the European program this year in Dublin.
In the podcast, as well as previewing the various elements of the conference we take a more general look at some travel and tourism issues including destination branding, social media influences, mobile tech and travel, and disruptive innovations in travel.


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In this podcast a feature interview with Zara Flynn, who is managing director of new agency Guns or Knives, which is part of the wider Rothco group. Now in business for 20 years, Rothco has grown to become Ireland’s top independent creative agency with an enviable client list. Three years ago Flynn helped  Rothco to help develop Rothco Social+. which has now metamorphised into the new entity. In our interview we discuss how brands are increasingly turning to experiental types of strategy to foster and cement relationships with customers.

Also we are joined by telephone by Brian Sweeney from The People Group to review the marketing recruitment scene in 2015 - a buoyant sector is experiencing key shortages in the digital sectors in particular.

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In this podcast an extended interview with Ronan Kinahan,  the head of Eyeful Ireland (a sister co. of Vibe Training & Presentations)


With a studio of 12 full time slide designers based in the UK, the companty create presentations for a host of clients globally

In the podcast we discuss the science behind presentation recall


Engagement is a big problem for all types of presentations nowadays which is compromising recall. 



Among the issues we will address will be how PowerPoint is often used incorrectly, software alternatives pro’s & cons / video best practice / RECALL method > VARS / Messaging problems / Reading v presenting to audience. Ronan is offering a number of companies the opprortunity to have a complimentary presentation seminar - contact him on


At the start of the show I am joined by Steve Dann, founder of Amplified Robot and keynote speaker at the  European Augmented Reality Marketing Conference, taking place in Dublin on April 29th, 2015. In our interview we discuss the current state of play in AR and also its sister technology Virtual Reality.

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In station interview with Jimi McGrath, Account Director at Rothco about the AIB documentary #TheToughestTrade - the first documentary produced by Rothco. There is also pre-recorded interview with Matt Cooper (Founder) and  Laura Swinton ( Editor )  of Little Black Book Online.
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In this podcast we take a look at emerging trends in video marketing. In the week when Twitter launched Periscope we became the first Irish radio show to broadcast live using this new channel. 

In studio I was joined by Russell Keating, Market Engagement Manager for Sony Ireland and Diarmaid Mac Mathúna from Agtel.Russell is responsible for account management of key global sales accounts in Ireland and also manages generic marketing, advertising and PR for Sony Ericsson Ireland.

Diarmaid leads the digital and video projects team at Agtel. He is as an award-winning producer/director and he's also a Sunday Independent Top 30 Business Tweeter. 

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In this podcast there are interviews from an evening event hosted by the French tourism promotion agency - Atout France. Speakers from Nantes and Normandy Tourism outline the various attractions on offer to Irish visitors in 2015. 

And An Post's Gavin Fox discusses the strategies available to businesses to use Direct Mail as part of their overall marketing strategy. In the podcast he discusses the innovative Senses campaign that the company ran to showcase the fleibiltiy that the medium offers.

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In this podcast guest presenter Dave O'Sullivan from Ignition Integrated Ideas People --- he is joined  by Siobhan O'Connell Marketing Director of Business Plus Magazine and Fiona Heffernan, Head of Direct Mail at An Post to preview the big Irish marketing awards taking place in May - the AIM All Ireland Awards from the Marketing Institute and the An Post Marketing Awards. Among the brands reviewed are Eircom, Electric Ireland, Tesco Ireland, Musgraves, Lidl Ireland, Irish Distillers, Liberty Insurance and Kerry Foods.

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In this podcast an extended interview with Kevin Rowe, whose company -KR Events - has become the leader in designing and implementing the Strictly fundraising event for numerous sporting and charity groups in Ireland. In the podcast we discuss how he started the company, the success of the Strictly format, and how he markets his business. 

Also, by telephone I am joined by CEO of IAPI, Tania Banotti, who discusses the new initative to foster creative talent in Ireland, where four young creative will get the chance to take part in the Cannes Lions Festival.

And Mick O'Keefe previews the Irish Sponsorship Summit, taking place on February 26th.

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This podcast has two interviews. In the run up to the forthcoming European Augmented Reality Marketing Conference on April 29th, we speak to Keith Jordan, founder of iTagged who are conference Silver Sponsors. We discuss Keith's business background, and the story of the foundation of iTagged, a leading company in the augmented reality space. The evolution of agumented, virtual and now mixed reality are the subject of discussion too.

The podcast also features an interview with Tom Ponsonby from Tom discusses the company's services and trends that are happening in website management.


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