Mike Colombo and Jason Ocker from the digital agency Maark discuss creativity and technology in a commercial world. Except it gets a lot messier than that. A weekly podcast from the agency's basement studio in Boston.

  • May 26, 2020 | 45:18

    Empathy for the Devil: Is Empathy a Fraudulent Concept?

    We hear a lot about empathy in design, empathy on the socials, and it seems to be considered a universal good. But is empathy that great? Does it actually lead to subpar work or, worse, bias and prejudice instead of protecting against that? Mike and Jason just want us all to be Deanna Trois.

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  • May 18, 2020 |

    At Least Your Chatbot is Cute, I Guess

    Almost every website has a chatbot these days. But are they useful? Do they drive engagement? Are they just gimmicky? Are they being misused? Are they powerful enough? Do they add a layer of annoyance to the experience? So many questions. Wish there was someone (or thing) we could ask them to. Mike and Jason just want Clippy back.

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  • May 11, 2020 |

    COVID Killed the Video Star: When Entertainers and Media Personalities Go Lo-Fi

    With everyone in quarantine, entertainers and media personalities who usually rely on highly produced video content to create their experiences have been forced into creating low-fi experiences that any schlub could create...and it's made culture a lot more interesting for the time being. Mike and Jason just want to see a "Cheers in Zoom" reunion.

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About Agency on Record

Here’s the issue: We can find 127,453,000 awesome podcasts about the most obscure of our hobbies. 373,435,000 great podcasts on current events that keep us informed. 6,734,000 strong entertainment podcasts to dull the pain. But we can’t find a single solid podcast about what we do every single day for a living at a digital agency. So we decided to make one. What would that podcast be about? Creativity? Certainly. We have to invent and execute ideas every day. Technology? Definitely. Ain’t no getting around that. Marketing? Of course. We live in a commercial world.

So we wanted a podcast that discusses creativity, technology, and marketing in a real, unvarnished way. A human way.

Michael Colombo is the CEO of Maark. Jason Ocker is the Executive Director of Creative Strategy at Maark. They’ve been friends for a quarter of a century, and in the industry for decades. And they’ve got a lot of baggage. They’ve seen a lot. They talk about it all a lot. So somebody stuck a mic between them.

Michael

Michael Colombo

CEO of MAARK

Mike is the founder of Maark and has served as the agency’s strategic, creative and technology lead in programs ranging from the complete digital transformation of Fortune 500 clients to the end-to-end relaunch of category-leading brands to the strategy, design, and development of new digital products.

Jason

Jason Ocker

Executive Director, Creative Strategy at MAARK

Jason Ocker is an award-winning author and the Executive Director of Creative Strategy for Maark. He has been featured on or in CNN, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, The New York Times, TIME, and other outlets.

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MAARK

Maark was founded in 2001 with the vision of setting standards. We wanted to collaboratively create the work that would serve as a standard by which our clients judge their future work, and by which their customers judge their competition.

We believe that core to this vision is a passion for innovation, and a broad understanding of how the digital world moves, communicates, engages and interacts with its fully connected environment. We help our clients define and communicate their vision and their story, design new digital experiences, and develop applications at the intersection of where what’s possible meets what’s relevant.

Learn more at maark.com.