Speaking

brand driven digital speaking

Looking for a keynote speaker or host for your next event? Or perhaps you are looking for an internal workshop or corporate training event? Brand Driven Digital’s Nick Westergaard can help. Contact Nick to discuss your event and learn about availability and fees.

Professional Speaking

With a background in improvisational comedy and psychology, Nick is a dynamic speaker. His style balances evidence-based insights on branding, digital marketing, and social media with a light and humorous delivery that keeps the audience engaged and entertained. In addition to speaking and keynoting at conferences and workshops across the country, he also teaches marketing at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business.

He is available to speak on a variety of topics within these areas or on a topic of your choosing. To place a date hold, check rates, or to receive a customized speaking proposal, contact us now. If you need bios or photos of Nick for your  event, you can access them at our media center.

Workshops & Corporate Training

Interested in a half- or full-day workshop for your team? Check out our on-site Brand Driven Boot Camp series. This intensive and interactive master class is designed to get your brand’s social media and content marketing in gear. Learn more.

To discuss how we can bring our Brand Driven Digital insights to your workplace for a customized, interactive day of learning and team-building, contact us now.

Host, Emcee, & Panel Moderation

Whether you need an entertaining host for your event or an engaging moderator for your panel, Nick has the skills you need. As host or moderator, Nick will work with you to understand your event and what matters most to your audience. In addition to this preparation, his background in improvisational comedy allows him to add insightful commentary and relevant humor. A seasoned multi-tasker (he has five kids!), he can easily wear many hats at your event including host, moderator, and speaker.

With Nick on stage, you’re guaranteed to have an audience with smiles on their faces. To learn more about Nick hosting or moderating at your event, contact us now.

See Nick in Action

Watch this 18-minute Bold Talk from Hubspot’s INBOUND Conference:

Contact Nick to discuss your event and learn about availability and fees.

Popular Speaking Topics Include

  • The Scrappy Marketer’s Guide to Social Media — ”I really want to take our social media to the next level but I’m not {INSERT BIG BRAND HERE} with a {INSERT BIG NUMBER HERE} budget.” Sound familiar? It’s easy to get excited reading case studies or listening to speakers but then you deflate as you realize that their resources are in a very different league. Though intimidating, big brand awareness and budgets don’t have to be limiting factors. This myth-busting talk shows you why you don’t have to be a big brand with a big budget to have a big impact with social media.
  • Why Branding Matters Now More Than Ever — With social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube forever disrupting the way we do business today, do traditional disciplines like branding still matter? With these shifts, the brands behind our marketing matter now more than ever. During this talk, we’ll review the role of brands and branding in this digital revolution and take a look at how you can ensure that your brand has a solid foundation online and off.
  • The Future of Social Media — It’s safe to say that social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram have disrupted how we live, work, and play. As new networks emerge and existing networks add even more features, it’s easy to get distracted by all of the “shiny new things” when it comes to social media. During this engaging keynote, we take a look at what’s next, what it means, and what you can do about it.
  • Time, Talent, & Terror: Overcoming Internal Obstacles to Social Media Adoption — I don’t want my employees Facebook-ing all day … We don’t have the right people … If we’re on social media then people will say bad stuff about us … Sound familiar? Meet the “3 Ts” that threaten social adoption head-on and learn strategies for attacking them at your business.
  • Pics to Clicks: Social Media’s Visual Revolution — As social media continues to evolve, one reality is coming into focus: brands are becoming increasingly visual. From emerging networks like Pinterest and Instagram to updates to venerable platforms like Facebook, it’s clear that brands that aren’t ready for this visual revolution will get left behind. What does this mean and more importantly how can you prepare your brand?
  • How Work Works: Tips, Trends, & Traps from the World of Work — If you’re looking for a talk outside of the realm of marketing and digital media, this talk draws upon Nick’s experience as co-host of The Work Talk Show podcast. In his talks with industry thought leaders on how they get work done, Nick has identified several tips and trends to help you and your team succeed in the new world of work.

To learn more about how Nick can customize his presentation for your industry or to suggest a topic you don’t see above, please contact us about speaking.

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Select Speaking Engagements

Previous and upcoming engagements include:

  • Social Travel Summit — Keynote — Leipzig, Germany
  • APPA National Conference — Closing Keynote — Chicago, IL
  • Digital Marketing World — Keynote — MarketingProfs.com
  • Expanding Entrepreneurs Expo — Keynote — Jefferson, IA
  • Quad Cities Public Relations Network — Keynote — Moline, IL
  • Storm Lake United — Keynote — Storm Lake, IA
  • Inbound Marketing Conference — Bold Talk — Boston, MA
  • Marketing Nation Summit — Speaker — San Francisco, CA
  • Dreamforce — Speaker — San Francisco, CA
  • MarketingProfs B2B Forum — Speaker — Boston, MA
  • Social Media Integration Conference — Speaker — Atlanta, GA
  • Explore Minneapolis (Social Media Explorer) — Speaker — Minneapolis, MN
  • Cadillac Dealer Group — Speaker — Dallas, TX
  • Iowa Health Care Association — Speaker — Des Moines, IA
  • Iowa City Area Association of Realtors — Speaker — Coralville, IA
  • ACT’s National Workforce Development Conference — Speaker — Chicago, IL
  • MarketingProfs University — Speaker — MarketingProfs.com (Webinar)
  • EntreFEST — Speaker — Iowa City, IA
  • BarcampICR — Speaker — Iowa City, IA
  • Social Media Club Des Moines — Speaker — Des Moines, IA
  • American Advertising Federation (AAF) — Speaker — Cedar Falls
  • Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) — Speaker — Cedar Rapids, IA
  • American Marketing Association (AMA) — Speaker — University of Iowa
  • Iowa City Chamber of Commerce Expert Edge Series — Speaker — Iowa City, IA

What Others Are Saying

“Lots of people say they understand digital marketing and social media. After all, we’re all on Facebook, right? But Nick Westergaard understands the ONLY difference that matters: how to use social media to build your business. He’s smart, funny, knowledgeable, and engaging – the perfect storm for speakers. Hire him, or risk getting all wet.”
— Jay Baer, Convince & Convert, Author of Youtility

“If you are looking for the perfect blend of killer content with humor and wit, Nick Westergaard is your man. Nick has a unique ability to keep today’s social media ADHD crowd focus and tuned in – not an easy feat in today’s world of multi-taskers.”
— DJ Waldow, Founder/CEO of Waldow Social, Co-author of The Rebel’s Guide to Email Marketing

“Nick’s presentation was relevant, interesting and educational without being lecture-like. It isn’t always easy to find new and useful information to share with a room of marketing professionals, but Nick somehow managed to do so. All with a sense of humor and approachable style. I’d easily book him again.”
— Jennifer Kramer Williams, American Advertising Federation (AAF) Cedar Valley

“Nick spoke at my ‘Blogging and Politics’ class at the University of Iowa. The students and I were really impressed. Nick is a very accomplished and eloquent professional who knows the facts and the stories behind the facts about social media and campaigns. But more than that he has obviously thought long and deeply about the strategies and ideas that lead to the advancement of causes and candidates in today’s political world. Plus he kept two dozen 18-year olds and this middle aged professor entranced and fascinated for an hour!”
— David Perlmutter, Ph.D., Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa

“Nick Westergaard spoke to the American Marketing Association about social media and the importance of branding. We liked how he tailored the presentation around where advertising is heading in the future with the increased use of social media. Our members found his speech to be memorable and some even went out and purchased a book he recommended.”
— Jessica Downey, Vice President, American Marketing Association (UI)