May 16, 2018
This week in “Marketing Today,” Alan talks with Brandon Rhoten, outgoing CMO at Papa John’s. Prior to his stint there, he spent almost six years at Wendy’s, where he was VP for Marketing, heading up advertising, social media, and digital marketing.
During the course of his conversation with Alan, he talks about the importance of establishing a brand voice to connect with consumers. “It sounds cliché,” says Rhoten, “but you’ve got to establish that voice first. Because that’s really what builds everything.” And he goes on to add, “You have to build out tools, and rules, and measurements to understand how you really are reaching and influencing someone and their behavior. And that takes some time.”
In the end, though, for Rhoten, the success of a brand hinges on the work: “You just have to be willing to believe in the work. If you’re a champion for the work, and for the people doing the work, eventually you win.”