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4 Guidelines to Achieving Great Advertising Creative

April 19, 2017

The importance of starting with brand strategy The conversation with clients about how to get great creative often starts with the client asking something along the lines of “I want a brand and a great video that will be a social media viral success”. The conversation then quickly gets bogged down with executional details. The… [read more]

The Important Link Between Employees and Trust

February 21, 2017

Brand Matters was recently interviewed by Strategy magazine on the topic of Canadians’ perspective on leadership. This discussion was a build on the results of the 2017 Edelman Barometer indicating that trust in Canadian business leadership is slipping fast.   The Edelman study points out that “for the first time since Edelman started tracking the general population, Canada… [read more]

Global Branding and Teamwork: Brand as a Bridge

November 15, 2016

As the founder of a Canadian branding company, Brand Matters, I am participating as a branding expert in a global branding project with the International Standards Organization (ISO). This standards project pertains to the challenging process of evaluating an intangible asset such as brand. The work involves bi-annual meetings and on-going committee work. A central… [read more]

Will Blockchain Unlock Brands and Business?

July 26, 2016

Don Tapscott, the bestselling author of Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, launched a new book entitled The Blockchain Revolution – How Brilliant Technology is Changing Money, Business and the World. I went to hear him speak and what a philosopher he is; I now understand why his books sell so well. The premise of… [read more]

5 Steps to Making Data Insights More Actionable

Digital Marketing

March 31, 2016

I had the opportunity to attend the CMAInsights Conference earlier this month. The conference theme was built around “how true insights express the best of data and marketing”. The following is a summary of key conference takeaways for marketers on how to leverage data and analytics in the development of successful marketing campaigns. An insightful… [read more]


January 31, 2016

Marketing is being remade before our eyes – or is it? I had the opportunity of attending a CMA Executive Breakfast earlier this month with a discussion led by an IBM executive on the topic of “Marketing’s Accountability in Corporate, Company and Brand Vision“. It sounds like a mouthful and it was! There were several… [read more]

The Fundamentals of Brand Management: Marketing Planning

November 9, 2015

I had the privilege of developing and delivering a seminar on the “Fundamentals of Brand Management” for the University of Toronto earlier this fall. It was challenging to condense 25 years of brand management and marketing experience into a two-hour seminar. I decided that sharing key milestones in my career and how to develop a… [read more]

6 Branding Tips for Canadian Associations

August 17, 2015

“There’s something happening out there.”   Our agency has been bombarded with branding project requests from Canadian associations over the past 6 months – a phenomenon we’ve never seen from a single sector in our 15 years’ experience. With this blog we assemble our observations and advice for Canadian associations. Did you know that there are… [read more]

Brand as a Reflection of Society and a Colourful Benchmark of History

June 17, 2015

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Brands in London, England while at an international symposium on brand management and measurement. The Museum of Brands boasts a collection of over 12,000 brands as represented by packaging, posters, toys and games. Given the roots of modern day advertising in London, the… [read more]

What Leaders can Learn from Howler Monkeys

April 3, 2015

I was traveling in Costa Rica earlier this month where I had the pleasure and amazement of hearing the howler monkeys each day at dusk and dawn. I was curious to learn more about their very distinctive call. As it turned out this was the leader of the howler tribe’s way of staking out their… [read more]

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