On Brand is a podcast about the art and science of brand building. Each week host Nick Westergaard of Brand Driven Digital interviews thought leaders or those working for innovative brands like Ben & Jerry’s, Maker’s Mark, the Minnesota Vikings, The Onion, Salesforce, and Whole Foods.
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“As marketers we retreat to the mean — to trendy best practices.” What’s required is out-of-the-box thinking. As the founder of Unthinkable Media and author of the new book Break the Wheel, Jay Acunzo knows a thing or two about pushing beyond the everyday and inspiring others to create and share exceptional stories. We discussed all of this and more on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.
“It’s imperative. You must design your culture. It plays such a big role.” Educator, author, and designer Josh Levine has made his mission helping organizations understand the need for culture design in our rapidly changing digital world. His new book Great Mondays charges organizations with developing a company culture that employees will love. We talked about how to think and act differently when it comes to culture this week on the On Brand podcast.
“Marketing is the balance of the irrational and the rational.” Someone that would utter this truth would naturally have some ideas that are out of the box. Drawing on his career at Microsoft and Motorola, Jeremy Dale has gathered stories on what makes a standout business — from authenticity to causes — in his new book The Punk Rock of Business. We discussed all of this and more on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.
“Twenty or 30 years ago, business did not have to be connected to society.” Today this is not the case. Author and strategist Alberto Lopez-Valenzuela helps organizations overcome this challenge at several different levels. As Chief Executive at Alva, he helps organizations connect data sets to answer big questions such as this. As author of The Connecting Leader, he helps those at the top lead the charge for change. We discussed all of this and more on this week’s episode the On Brand podcast.
“Hold off until you have something to write home about.” As a podcaster and branding thought leader, Case Kenny offered insights on personal branding that many miss. Namely focus — both on your brand credentials as well as the right channels. We discussed all of this and more during our discussion on this week’s episode of the On Brand podcast.
“The science is just sitting out there in academia.” That’s why consultant, educator, and author Will Leach decided to package it up in a revolutionary new book. Marketing to Mindstates is about looking beyond traditional market research by understanding and appealing to your audience when they’re in the optimal mindstate. We unpacked this concept and more this week on the On Brand podcast.
“Webinars are a fundamental campaign we’re overlooking.” As Todd Earwood said that in the first few minutes of our interview it rung true. Webinars are a powerful direct marketing tool and yet we overlook them in favor of shinier new things like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. We discussed how to avoid this mistake and strategies for better integrating webinars into marketing campaigns this week on the On Brand podcast.
“Stop being Switzerland!” This could sound like vague advice but it’s so important today. Translated it means that your brand can’t be neutral anymore. There’s so much noise you have to stand out. To help, marketers and serial co-authors Ekaterina Walter and Jessica Gioglio have penned the new book The Laws of Brand Storytelling, which launches this week. Both joined me on the On Brand podcast to discuss.