In the midst of the burgeoning cannabis industry and as Canada approached legalization last year, we had the opportunity to collaborate on building a brand for a craft cannabis company based in Edmonton, Alberta.
It’s a common term used in brand and marketing circles and on the surface most in-tune businesses understand that differentiation is needed to stand out from the competition. But today, differentiation is a bit more distinct than perhaps in years past.
Last year we put out this list and received such positive feedback we just had to do it again! Without further adieu, and in no particular order, here are 8 Alberta-based brands we think are killing it right now:
Once again we’ve curated a list of awesome brand-related conferences happening around the world in 2019.
In our ever-changing industry, we find the professional development and networking opportunities found at many of these events to be invaluable tools for building a successful business and brand — we hope you will too. Enjoy!
Wow. Where has 2018 gone?! It’s hard to believe that a year has nearly passed since I officially launched this company. It’s been one whirlwind of a year, but I couldn’t be more thankful for the incredible ride it’s been. In keeping with a common new year’s even tradition, I’m reflecting on the year that’s passed and the many things the company has to look forward to in 2019.
Building a brand is an extensive process that doesn’t happen over night, and should involve a thorough, self-reflective deep-dive with an objective third-party. To get you started, we’ve curated a list of eight key questions to ask yourself (or have someone ask you) to kick-off your brand building process.
Customers, like companies, aren’t static. Every so often they undergo huge changes. Gone are the days of erratic buying and mindless spending. Customers have evolved; they think carefully not only about their purchases, but who they’re purchasing from.
We now live in a digital age where we are able to get minute-to-minute updates on everything from current events, to crises and disasters, to celebrity mishaps and public blunders. This is one very important reason for needed a strong, cohesive, and consistent brand.
What makes a brand truly great? The truth is, a great brand isn’t defined by its profits or popularity. It’s defined by its values, what it communicates to the public, how it makes a customer feel, the community it creates, and so much more.
If you live in Alberta, this one’s for you. We all know there are a myriad of amazing local brands in our great province, but here are 11 that really stood out to us:
When most people think of a company’s “brand” their minds immediately shift to the visual identity of a company — logos, colours, fonts — all the visual elements one might associate with a company. Branding is actually so much more than a well-crafted logo, color scheme, or typeface.
Where brands and culture meet depends on who's presenting the topic, but unquestioningly I think we can all agree that consumers are demanding more from brands; consumers expect brands to take a stand. In 2017, the common theme at The Gathering, and among brand strategists in general, focused on brands with purpose, and yet the idea of brands and culture seems to take last year’s idea of a purpose-driven brand even deeper.
As a branding professional, it’s essential to stay up-to-date with industry trends. A great way to do this is to attend conferences and summits that enhance your skills, help build your network, and provide quality learning opportunities. With so many branding and marketing conferences out there, it can be overwhelming to choose which ones to spend your money on.
To help you out, we’ve curated a list of 7 can’t-miss brand and marketing conferences happening in North America 2018.