On Brand: A Podcast About Branding

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On Brand is a podcast for brand builders, by brand builders hosted by Nick Westergaard of Brand Driven Digital. Each weekly episode features an in-depth interview with a branding thought leader or a practitioner from a notable brand. Our conversations focus on the art and science of branding today while including actionable insights and tips that listeners can implement right away.

Most weeks we’ll also publish a short 5-minute Social Sound Bite with the latest social media and digital marketing news, trends, and tips. Remember, to help others find the show, please consider leaving a rating and review on iTunes. (Need a quick tutorial on how to do this? Check this out.)

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Why You Should Build a Free Range Brand with Nicole Ertas

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nicole ertas on brand

“You have to be able to let go.” As brand builders, we’re used to being in control of our brands. But that’s something we have to get over today. Our brands are owned not by us — but by our community. Nicole Ertas knows this. That’s why she helps companies like Wrigley, Johnson & Johnson, and General Mills become what she calls “Free Range Brands.” This is also the focus of her new book. We spoke about all of this and more on this week’s On Brand podcast.

Social Sound Bite: Most Lack Confidence in Social Media ROI

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social sound bite

On this week’s Social Sound Bite – recorded live at the KXIC studios in Iowa City — Jerry and I discussed the latest on how marketers are using social media. While many rate it as effective, most marketers aren’t confident in their ROI measurement. Listen for the full sound bite and enjoy these useful links to the news, trends, and tips included in this week’s show.

Social Sound Bite: Top 7 Findings of Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2017

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social sound bite

On this week’s Social Sound Bite – recorded live at the KXIC studios in Iowa City — Jerry and I discussed several new and emerging trends from Kleiner Perkins’ Mary Meeker in her annual report of Internet Trends. Listen for the full sound bite and enjoy these useful links to the news, trends, and tips included in this week’s show.

How to Listen for Brand Advocates with Mack Collier

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mack collier on brand

“It takes time to cultivate relationships.” Mack Collier has been cultivating relationships for a long time. The social media strategist, speaker, and author has been blogging for 12 years and has hosted the Twitter chat #Blogchat since March 2009. He’s also the author of the book, Think Like a Rockstar: How to Create Social Media and Marketing Strategies That Turn Customers Into Fans. We discussed all of this and more on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.

Social Sound Bite: The Reports of Facebook’s Death Are Exaggerated

social sound bite
social sound bite

On this week’s Social Sound Bite – recorded live at the KXIC studios in Iowa City — Jerry and I discussed some new data that disproves a popular theory — specifically that Facebook is dying. In short, not so much. It’s alive and well and where most of us are getting are news. Listen for the full sound bite and enjoy these useful links to the news, trends, and tips included in this week’s show.

Social Sound Bite: Customers Don’t Like When You’re Snarky

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social sound bite

On this week’s Social Sound Bite – recorded live at the KXIC studios in Iowa City — Jerry and I discussed some new data from Sprout Social on what behaviors customers like most from the brands they follow on social media. Hint: Think twice before getting snarky. Listen for the full sound bite and enjoy these useful links to the news, trends, and tips included in this week’s show.

A Healthcare Branding Prescription from Vince Parry

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vince parry on brand

“Brand identity helps doctors see the patient behind the condition.” Vince Parry has spent his career at the forefront of the healthcare branding industry. He has launched some of the most iconic healthcare brands, such as Lipitor, Botox, and Prozac. He has also been instrumental in transforming the way society is educated about illness and the possible options for relief. We discussed all of this and more on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.

Social Sound Bite: Snapchat’s Millennial Users Remain Loyal

social sound bite
social sound bite

On this week’s Social Sound Bite – recorded live at the KXIC studios in Iowa City — Jerry and I discussed some new data on Snapchat’s users following the growth Instagram has experienced since copying Snapchat adding a stories feature of their own. Listen for the full sound bite and enjoy these useful links to the news, trends, and tips included in this week’s show.

Personal Branding from A to Z with Barry Feldman

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feldman on brand

“There’s often some confusion and conflict around personal branding.” It’s true. For whatever reason, some people and companies have trouble with this concept. But in the interconnected digital age, personal interaction and influence matters more and more for brands. Barry Feldman’s new book, The Road to Recognition, provides a handy reference guide for those building new personal brands as well as seasoned personal brands. We discussed all of this and more on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.

Preparing Your Brand for Wilderness Survival with Jonathan David Lewis

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jonathan david lewis

“Research shows that our psychology is very similar in situations where we’re struggling with branding and marketing challenges and when we’ve crash-landed on a mountain.” Today’s marketplace is chaotic. Jonathan David Lewis, partner at McKee Wallwork + Company, calls this new normal we find ourselves in “the wild.” This is the focus of his new book, Brand vs. Wild: Building Resilient Brands for Harsh Business Environments. We chatted about survival, leadership, and how your brand can avoid walking in circles on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.