EPISODE #71 || Keith Stoeckeler, VP/Group Director, Digital at MKTG


Keith Stoeckeler, VP/Group Director, Digital at MKTG, is here to answer all your questions on being a digital strategist. Hear about switching from account management to strategy, the evolution of the role of a digital strategist, what he's learned from working in experiential at MKTG, why self-reflection is crucial to your job search, and how he learned to speak up and navigate meeting culture. 

Topics Discussed

  • Asking to spend time in every department as an intern, why you don’t have to start your career in NYC, and identifying brands you want to work on.

  • Advice for switching into a different role, based on his switch from account management to strategy.

  • The evolution of the role of a digital strategist, and an example of deliverables a digital strategist might work on.

  • The work that MKTG does at the intersection of music, entertainment, and sports, MKTG’s culture of respecting people’s time, and what he’s learned from working in experiential.

  • What he looks for in jr. talent, creating user manuals for each of his teammates, and the self-reflection you should do before taking a job. 

  • Learning how to speak up as a strategist, and figuring out meeting culture.

Mic Drops

“A lot of people leave to get a different role, and start a different part of their career, and they didn’t ask, could I make this switch? Do you think it would be realistic? You have to have that dialogue.”

“They should not be afraid to call bullshit on stuff. I think we get too close to it as an agency and we created this thing, and of course we think it’s amazing. And if the client bought off on it, then surely they think it’s amazing. But at some point, someone’s gotta take a step back and say, ‘Is this right? Does this make sense?’”

“Know what you know and know what you don’t know, and just be honest about it. Don’t act like you know it all, and if you don’t know something, don’t be afraid of saying, ‘I don’t know, but I’m going to find out.’’’

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About Keith

Currently VP/Group Director of Digital at MKTG, Keith Stoeckeler is responsible for all Digital work and staff. With a background in digital strategy and brand planning, before joining MKTG Keith was a VP, Digital Strategist at CDM NY where he led digital for healthcare and pharmaceutical brands Novartis, Pfizer, and Takeda. Prior to CDM, Keith helped build the digital offering at Fleishman-Hillard, and spent over two-years at Publicis New York focusing on Proctor & Gamble brands. Before returning to New York, where he was born, Mr. Stoeckeler worked on Harley-Davidson and Subaru during two-years at Carmichael Lynch in Minneapolis. 2018 is his 13th year in the industry.