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Colgate launches first ever podcast advertising campaign with The Diary of a CEO

Colgate launches first ever podcast advertising campaign with The Diary of a CEO


June 5, 2024

5th June 2024, London, UK – This week, Colgate, the UK’s number one toothpaste brand , launched its first-ever UK podcast advertising campaign with Apple’s number one podcast of the year for 2023, Steven Bartlett’s The Diary of a CEO (DOAC). In a deal coordinated through Colgate’s media agency, Wavemaker UK, and Adelicious, the podcast hosting and monetisation network, the collaboration is a key move in the brand’s strategic positioning to reach their consumers in a more diverse media ecosystem.

Colgate has teamed up with The Diary of a CEO (DOAC) due to the podcast’s significant influence, attracting a demographically balanced audience of millions each week that prioritise self-improvement and health. The six-month campaign will position Colgate Total (found in one in five UK households) as the superior toothpaste for preventing oral care issues and also introduce the brand’s latest innovation, Colgate Total Plaque Pro-Release.

DOAC has consistently held its position as one of the most popular shows in the UK and is the second largest show globally on YouTube, with more than 390 million total views to date. The campaign will see host reads from Steven about Colgate Total appear across various segments of each show, highlighting brand benefits together with his own personal endorsement.

Rob Marcus, Head of Marketing Northern Europe at Colgate, said: “Partnering Colgate Total, the number one toothpaste brand in the UK, and The Diary of a CEO, the number one podcast in the UK feels like a very natural fit for our first ever podcast campaign. Both are trusted, expert brands who share common values and a mindset of proactively taking care of health, actively understanding and preventing health problems before they start. Together we can help build a healthier future for everyone in the UK.”

Antonia Digby, Content Director, Wavemaker UK said: “We are super excited to launch Colgate’s first-ever UK podcast advertising campaign with Steven Bartlett’s The Diary of a CEO. The campaign brings together two highly credible brands with shared values and shared audiences – it truly is the perfect partnership.”

Christiana Brenton, Chief Commercial Officer for Flight Studio, the home of DOAC, said: “’The Diary of a CEO offers the ideal platform to introduce Colgate Total’s advanced oral care benefits directly to the proactive health seekers that Steven and his guests attract every week. We are confident that Colgate will see the power of podcasting in this first pivotal campaign for the brand.”

Gemma O’Brien, Sales Director at Adelicious, said: “Colgate and The Diary of a CEO are a perfect alignment of audience and messaging. This partnership not only marks a significant milestone for Colgate, but also demonstrates our commitment at Adelicious to pioneering new paths for brands to connect meaningfully with their consumers.”

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About Adelicious

Adelicious, founded in 2020 by podcasters for podcasters, is the UK’s leading independent podcast hosting network. Our founders recognised the need for honesty, integrity, and fairness in the podcast advertising landscape. Their vision led to Adelicious, a platform built around quality inventory, excellent customer service, a podcaster-first mentality, and innovation. Today, as an invite-only network, we’re the trusted choice for some of the world’s leading podcasts, with a three-fold growth in listeners year on year. At Adelicious, we believe in a personalised, results-driven approach that ensures both podcasters and advertisers benefit from our hands-on expertise. To find out more visit

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