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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Creating Experiences Customers Crave with Nicholas Webb

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“The future for both organizations and entrepreneurs is in leveraging innovation techniques to design masterful customer experiences.” Nicholas Webb knows a thing or two about both customers and innovations. As an inventor, he’s been awarded over 45 patents. He now channels his innovative skills to help some of the world’s top brands excel at customer experience. We discussed all of this and more on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.

Social Sound Bite: Should You Use Hashtags on Facebook?

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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 a question on the minds of many social media marketers — should you use hashtags on Facebook? We found answers in some recent research. 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 Develop the Right Brand Name with Naming Expert Mike Pile

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“We have to make a distinction between the name and the brand. The name piques your interest or curiosity. It’s like having someone over for coffee or dinner. The brand is the impression that’s left after the experience.” As the president and creative director of a verbal identity firm, brand names are Mike Pile’s business. We took a deep dive on this critical brand touch point on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.

Answering Difficult Questions Can Create Breakthrough Brand Stories

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“You have to look beyond the color and logos with brand identity. They’re really the product of something deeper.” It’s this kind of brand introspection that Gregory Diehl excels at. As the author of two best-selling books including Brand Identity Breakthrough, Gregory has a unique, global, and modern perspective on how we build brands both online and off. We discussed all of this and more on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.

The Impact of Social Currency on Branding with Erich Joachimsthaler

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“A brand is not just to make marketing better. It’s to lead the company into the future.” Erich Joachimsthaler of Vivaldi Partners has a decidedly global perspective on brand building. The author of Brand Leadership and the new Hidden in Plain Sight has spoken at conferences and corporate events around the world in English, German, and Spanish. We discussed the most recent developments in brand strategy and evolution on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.

How to Be Your Brand’s Editor in Chief with Ann Handley

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“The value of an editor cannot be understated. The editor is the proxy for the audience.” As the Chief Content Officer of MarketingProfs and the best-selling author of Everybody Writes and Content Rules, Ann Handley knows a thing or two about writing and editing. Most marketers have staffed up for content creation but what about editing? How do you know if you’re creating what’s best for your audience and brand. We discussed all of this with Ann on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.

Social Sound Bite: Election Fatigue Hits Social Media

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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 what people are tired of hearing about on social media these days — the 2016 presidential election! New data from Pew Research shows that most have had enough. Listen for the full sound bite and enjoy these useful links to the news, trends, and tips included in this week’s show.

Creating a Crisis-Ready Brand with Melissa Agnes

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“It’s not about crisis preparedness. It’s about how culture approaches challenges.” Social media has created a powerful new dynamic for brands of all shapes and sizes. When things are going great, it can be an incredible business communications tool. When things go badly, they call crisis communications expert Melissa Agnes. We discussed crisis planning, culture, responsiveness, and more on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.

How SEO Can Help You Grow Your Brand with John Jantsch

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“SEO isn’t done unless your done growing.” Growth is something that John Jantsch has helped countless small businesses with in his decades of experience. As the author of the classic Duct Tape Marketing and founder of the Duct Tape Marketing Consultant Network, Janstch has written five books on marketing. His latest, SEO for Growth, asks marketers and brand builders to rethink how they think about SEO.

Social Sound Bite: Why Social Platforms Don’t Want to Be ‘Social’

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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 a recent article from Adweek, which noted that social platforms like Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter are getting away from the ‘social’ label. Listen for the full sound bite and enjoy these useful links to the news, trends, and tips included in this week’s show.