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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Amplifying Your Brand’s Online Reputation with Aaron Weiche

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aaron-weiche-on-brand

“If you’re not amplifying the positive stories around your brand, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity.” This past week, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Social Media Rockstar event in Minnesota alongside last week’s guest Lee Odden. Also speaking at the event was Aaron Weiche, CMO of GetFiveStars, an online review platform. I couldn’t wait to share his insights with you on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.

Using Influencer Marketing to Optimize Your Brand with Lee Odden

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lee odden on brand

“There’s a gravity to shiny new objects and tactics that people can easily fall prey to.” As CEO of TopRank Marketing, Lee Odden helps both B2B and B2C clients overcome the obstacles of today’s shiny new things. He’s also the author of Optimize and an expert on influencer marketing. We discussed all of this and more on this week’s episode of the podcast.

Social Sound Bite: What Facebook Video Length Works Best?

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social sound bite

On this week’s Social Sound Bite – recorded live at the KXIC studios in Iowa City – Jay and I discussed new data on Facebook video length from Q2. Best practices usually remind us to keep videos short and sweet but that may not be the best advice. Listen for the full sound bite and enjoy these useful links to the news, trends, and tips included in this week’s show.

Get Scrappy with Nick Westergaard LIVE at Prairie Lights

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westergaard on brand

This week, we have something a little different for our podcast listeners. Recently, I was asked to do a reading of my new book, Get Scrappy: Smarter Digital Marketing for Businesses Big and Small at Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City. Prairie Lights is something of a literary institution — both in the region and beyond. I was delighted to read from my book and answer a few questions. I thought I’d share the audio from the event as a special live episode.  

Branding in the Age of Disruption with Geoffrey Colon

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geoffrey colon

“The new normal is that there is no normal.” Geoffrey Colon opened this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast with these daunting words. Colon, a self-described data punk, DJ, podcaster, and author, serves as a communications designer and Microsoft. He also just released a new book on this very topic Disruptive Marketing. We discussed all of this and more on this week’s episode of the podcast.

Brand Yourself or You Risk Being Branded by Others

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deb gabor

“It’s brand or be branded.” That’s the ultimatum that Deb Gabor presented this week on the On Brand podcast. The founder and CEO of Sol Marketing and author of the new bestselling book Branding Is Sex explained that if you aren’t talking to your customers, finding out what’s important to them, and making that a part of your brand story, you run the risk of being branded by them. She discussed all of this on the On Brand podcast.

Social Sound Bite: Is Twitter in Trouble?

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social sound bite

On this week’s Social Sound Bite – recorded live at the KXIC studios in Iowa City – Jay and I discussed the latest news out of Twitter. And it’s not super great. With a recently downgraded market share of the US social networking space, Twitter is flailing — adding features, seeing what works, and trying to stop the bleeding. Listen for the full sound bite and enjoy these useful links to the news, trends, and tips included in this week’s show.

How Schwinn Uses Stories to Power Brand Advocacy

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samantha hersil

“Don’t be afraid to to embrace your brand ambassadors. Make them a part of your marketing.” Schwinn Bicycles is a historic brand that’s part of the lives of generations. As Associate Marketing Manager, it’s part of Samantha Hersil’s job to communicate this history while finding new stories from customers, advocates, and their own innovations. We discussed all of this on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.

Social Sound Bite: Why Is Facebook Blocking Ad-Blockers?

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social sound bite

On this week’s Social Sound Bite – recorded live at the KXIC studios in Iowa City – Jay and I discussed an interesting development. Just as Facebook continues to offer their own robust advertising solutions, they’ve taken a big step to block the ad-blocking apps that many love. Let’s take a closer look. Listen for the full sound bite and enjoy these useful links to the news, trends, and tips included in this week’s show.

How Stories Can Help Your Brand Stand Out with Aaron Orendorff

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aaron orendorff on brand

“It’s almost cliche to say but the Internet is challenging. There’s so much noise. Why do we need another blog or another channel?” While digital media has provided more opportunities for building brands online, it’s also created a level of noise that’s hard to break through. Aaron Orendorff helps college students, speaking audiences, and marketing clients do just that. We discussed all of this on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.