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, HBO, Maker’s Mark, the Minnesota Vikings, Salesforce, and Whole Foods.

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What to Do If Your Brand Sucks with Ernie Harker

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ernie harker on brand

“If you start off on the wrong foot and your brand isn’t in line with the attitudes or personality of the brand, there’s confusion.” Or, to put it bluntly, your brand sucks. That’s the title of strategist Ernie Harker’s new book. We discuss how to … not build a brand that sucks this week on the On Brand podcast.

Measuring Brand Dominance with Jonathan Tuttle

jonathan tuttle on brand
jonathan tuttle on brand

“Good things take time to build.” In his work as Founding Director of the digital marketing agency Revenue Ascend, Jonathan Tuttle helps brands of all shapes and sizes build good things. How do you know if something in marketing is good? Measurement and ROI—and we spent a lot of time talking about best practices and more this week on the On Brand podcast.

Building a Social-First Brand with David Brickley

“People want to interact with people—not brands.” David Brickley has been helping brands interact with their people through his agency STN Digital and his two podcasts Business of Social and Entrepreneur Wrap. This week he joined me as a guest on my podcast to talk about how to build a social-first brand.

The Art of Visual Storytelling with Dan Roam

dan roam on brand
dan roam on brand

“We are profoundly visual creatures. We respond to what we see more than anything else.” Dan Roam has spent his career helping people master the art of visual communication and storytelling. His books from Back of the Napkin to his latest, The Pop-Up Pitch, help organizations and individuals put this system into action. I couldn’t wait to discuss all of this with him this week on the On Brand podcast.

Choosing Your Customer with Jonathan Byrnes

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jonathan byrnes on brand

“In the old days, branding was a very broad thing. Today it’s picking your spot.” Jonathan Byrnes knows a thing or two about building a profitable brand for the long haul. He’s a Senior Lecturer at MIT, founding partner of Profit Isle, and the author of two books and numerous HBR articles. He’s also my guest this week on the On Brand podcast. Enjoy!

Qualitative Research in Branding with Duane Varan

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duane varan on brand

“A lot of the assumptions we make are bad assumptions.” When it comes to making assumptions, sometimes we marketers can’t help ourselves. To avoid this, we need to ensure that we have a good mix of both quantitive and qualitative research. Dr. Duane Varan is a leader in the field of qualitative research and was my guest this week on the On Brand podcast.

How Native Ads Build Better Brands with Dan Greenberg

dan greenberg on brand
dan greenberg on brand

“If you can design triggers into the thing someone’s already doing, you make advertising even more impactful.” Expanding the definition of advertising to include more human-centric and respectful ideas has been at the heart of Dan Greenberg’s work as CEO and founder of Sharethrough and as a leader in the native advertising movement. We discussed all of this and more this week on the On Brand podcast.

What the Pandemic Means for Brands with Emmanuel Probst

emmanuel probst on brand
emmanuel probst on brand

“The pandemic has forced brands to change the way they communicate and the way they operate.” As a research professor, author, and VP at Ipsos, Emmanuel Probst spends a lot of time studying, teaching, and writing about consumer behavior. His latest update to Brand Hacks provides brand builders with a useful compass for navigating the increasingly challenging world we find ourselves in. We discussed all of this and more this week on the On Brand podcast.

Why Conflict Is Critical in Storytelling with Norman Bell

norman bell on brand
norman bell on brand

“Storytelling is in the air for business but why is that? Why is it so important?” These questions and more were at the very heart of my interview with Norman Bell, author of The Story Powered Speaker, this week on the On Brand podcast!

Branding Through Science and Story with Jenna Arkin

jenna arkin on brand
jenna arkin on brand

“Consumers seek authenticity and they’re getting better at weeding out the greenwashing the brands that don’t have the people, story, and heritage behind them.” As the Vice President of Innovation at green cleaning brand ECOS, Jenna Arkin’s work sits at the intersection between science and creativity. This week on the On Brand podcast, she joined us for a discussion on this innovative brand’s story, differentiation, communicating science, and more.