On Brand Podcast

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The On Brand podcast helps organizations and individuals tell stronger stories and build better brands. Each week host Nick Westergaard of Brand Driven Digital interviews marketing and communication thought leaders or those working for innovative brands like Adobe, Ben & Jerry’s, Maker’s Mark, the Minnesota Vikings, The Onion, Salesforce, and Whole Foods.

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Tom Peters on Practicing Extreme Humanism

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tom peters back on brand

“Every day we spend with our fellow human beings, we can contribute to making their life a little bit better—making them a little bit smarter, a little bit more thoughtful, and so on—or not.” It’s rare that a single guest has appeared three times on the On Brand podcast. However, when Tom Peters calls and wants to talk about empathy and extreme humanism in the middle of one of the most challenging times in work and life, you answer the call. I’m thrilled to share my most recent conversation with Tom Peters on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.

Optimizing Your Marketing Mix with Bonnie Crater

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bonnie crater on brand

“There’s been a big change in how businesses went to market.” Through a storied career that has taken her from Netscape to Salesforce to Oracle, Bonnie Crater gave use some important context in how brand building for B2B tech brands has evolved in the valley and beyond. She also stressed the ongoing importance of experimentation and optimization. We discussed all of this and more this week on the On Brand podcast.

Customer-Focused Branding with FreshBooks’s Paul Cowan

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paul cowan freshbooks on brand

“I’m constantly coaching my team on how we market the marketing.” As CMO of FreshBooks, Paul Cowan has a lot on his plate—even marketing the marketing! However, this is important as it helps everyone internally find the brand’s “true north.” We discussed all of this and more this week on the On Brand podcast.

Influencer vs. Influence Marketing with Jason Falls

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jason falls on brand

“I’ve always considered public relations to be influencer marketing—you’re trying to find a third party to borrow some trust from.” When it comes to trust, there’s no one I trust more on the subject of digital marketing strategy than Jason Falls. As an agency marketer, podcast host, and author of three books including his latest—Winfluence—I couldn’t wait to talk with him on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.

Neuromarketing with Matt Johnson & Prince Ghuman

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matt and prince on brand

“I think you could have gotten away with mediocre branding before platforms like Amazon and Facebook came along.” However, today, the bar is set incredibly high. The modern consumer is savvy and expects exceptional branding from any company entering the market. That’s why we need to apply the latest in brain science and consumer behavior to our branding and marketing. Matt Johnson and Prince Ghuman, co-authors of Blindsight, are here to help us do just that.

Winning Hearts Through Branding with Evan Dash

Evan Dash On Brand
Evan Dash On Brand

“When we stumbled into this, we didn’t know anything about branding. We just knew it was important.” ‘Stumbled into it’ is putting it mildly. As the CEO of StoreBound and creator of the Dash brand of kitchen tools, Evan Dash has built a big brand with a lot of heart. Literally. We discussed all of this and more this week on the On Brand podcast.

Focus Your Content Marketing with Steve Pockross

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steve pcokross on brand

“First, amplify what you’re doing really well and consider new channels. Second, if things aren’t going well you’ll need new channels!” This was Steve Pockross’s answer to my question about how marketers can know when new channels make sense to add. As CEO at Verblio, helping marketers focus their content marketing is the focus of his work. We discussed all of this and more on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.

Transformation-Focused Branding with Allie Martin

allie martin on brand
allie martin on brand

“I start with the transformation and work backward. What happens when the customer experiences your brand?” Allie Martin has a holistic approach to brand building that she’s refined over the last decade. Through her work, she helps brands find “fame and fortune” and entrepreneurs get a little “selfish” with self-care. We discussed all of this and more on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.

Positioning and Planning for Growth with Benjamin Shapiro

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benjamin shapiro on brand

“Planning is the most important part of everything we do.” And Benjamin Shapiro does a lot of things. He’s producer and host of the top-rated MarTech Podcast as well as the Voices of Search Podcast. Managing two daily shows and running a consulting business takes a lot of planning—especially this year. We discussed all of this and more on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.

Brand Strategy Is Defined by Choices with Peter Wilken

peter wilken on brand
peter wilken on brand

“The best marketers never lose sight of their customers.” As a brand builder with years of agency leadership experience, Peter Wilken has seen it all. From global brands to bootstrap basics, we discussed it all on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.