OnBrand is a global community and Europe's leading branding conference—powered by Bynder—exploring “what’s next?" in branding, marketing, and creativity. By amplifying the voices of brand leaders from some of the world’s most iconic companies, OnBrand aims to unravel the complex web between brand storytelling, technology, and creativity in these rapidly changing times.
Brand management: Why it matters in 2023 and beyond
23:04Branding management is not just for large global brands that need to fiercely guard their reputation and assign billions of dollars to the right advertising channel. Branding management is for every business that wants to resonate and engage with their target audience. It’s for every brand that needs to develop a powerful digital marketing strategy that demonstrates its value and helps them stand out from the crowd. It’s for every business that wants to build an omnichannel presence that gets them noticed by the people that matter when it matters.
"Women Can’t Drive, Men Can’t Cook" (And Other Lies Brands Still Tell Us) - futurefactor, Anomaly, Dept, and Diageo (Panel Discussion)
29:38Is your father constantly dropping your kid? Does your girlfriend hit three SUVs as she parallel parks? Is your dad rubbish at cooking for himself? Probably not. Yet brands still resort to stereotypes when looking to connect with consumers. Does this lack of imagination of what an evolved human is today come from laziness, ignorance, or something else? Where does humor end, and responsibility begin? In this panel discussion on bias in branding—from gender and ageism to (dis)ability and culture—questions will be asked on whether stereotyping of consumers is good for business. The session is moderated by Kerrie Finch (Founding Partner, futurefactor) with Amanda Fève (Chief Strategy Officer, Anomaly), Eileen Bosman (Head of Content, Dept Agency), and Sally Smallman (Global Head of Consumer Planning, Johnnie Walker at Diageo). Recorded live in Amsterdam at OnBrand ‘19, Europe’s leading branding conference.
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How Creativity Enhanced Democracy in the EU - &Co., EU Parliament, and Creative Review (Panel Discussion)
30:13Can hope, humor and optimism tackle the problem of tribal politics? The European Elections in 2019 finished with the highest voter turnout in two decades, and the first increase since the very first election in 1979. Unlike former election campaigns, this push was led by a piece of highly emotional storytelling that had tremendous impact - resulting in the most highly effective election campaign ever. In this interview, Creative Review Editor Eliza Williams sits down with Mikael Jørgensen, CEO of Danish creative agency &Co., and Tanja Rudolf, Advisor to the Director-General of the EU Parliament, about why creativity is essential to making complex messages more appealing. Recorded live in Amsterdam at OnBrand ‘19, Europe’s leading branding conference.
Keeping it Bright: How to Brand the World’s Leading Electronic Music Festival - Thomas Spronk & Twan Ronnes (Amsterdam Dance Event) in Conversation with Renske van Kollenburg
26:37The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is both a music conference and festival, widely recognized as the global meeting point for the creative industry around electronic music. ADE consists of a daytime conference & festival and night-time festival program, with more than 1000 events across 200 locations. Which basically means that the city of Amsterdam breathes electronic music for five days and nights. In this episode, Thomas & Twan share a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of organizing, promoting, and branding such an iconic event. Recorded live in Amsterdam at OnBrand ‘19, Europe’s leading branding conference.
How Can Brands Take a Stand on the Climate Crisis? - The Humblebrag, Dopper, &Co., and Vivobarefoot (Panel Discussion)
28:07“For too long, brands have been too focused on short-term revenue, and not on the long-term impact of what we’re doing.” The business case for brand activism is clear, but what are the limits and opportunities of brands stepping in to solve our climate crisis? Can brands really step up to support systemic change? Pairing agency insight with long-standing experience from those working to drive positive impact, this panel discussion reflects on our new social and political landscape and why brands and business leaders need to prepare to embrace change. Hosted by Lucy von Sturmer, Founder of The Humblebrag, this panel discussion features Merijn Everaarts, founder and owner of Dopper, Emma Hamilton-Foster, Head of Sustainability at Vivofoot, and Morten Saxnaes, Head of Brand Activation at Danish creative agency &Co. Recorded live in Amsterdam at OnBrand ‘19, Europe’s leading branding conference.
Exist Loudly: The Road to Emotional Innovation - Stephen Gates (InVision)
31:49“I tell designers that on Halloween they should go dressed as who they pretend to be on social media.” Everyone is trying to figure out how to quantify the impact of design so they can get a real seat at the leadership table and elevate the impact of design inside of their company. But what if they are asking the wrong questions and trying to fix the wrong things? In this episode, Stephen Gates opens up about the challenges he sees in most companies, actionable insights he has discovered that reveal the real problems, and the solutions he has implemented as the Head Design Evangelist at InVision working to elevate the impact of design with companies of all sizes across the world. Recorded live in Amsterdam at OnBrand ‘19, Europe’s leading branding conference.
Re-branding Modern Branding - Zach Pentel (Spotify)
25:35“If you make something for everyone, it won’t really appeal to anyone.” In an age of worn-out brand tropes and increasingly predictable marketing strategies across the globe, how does one build a modern brand that maintains cultural heat while appealing to increasingly broad—and global—audiences? In a world where brands are all racing toward a predictable middle-ground, building a brand that audiences love can be hard to do when differentiation becomes difficult. In this episode, Zach Pentel explores themes and brand-new standards relevant to brand marketers and agency folks alike, using Spotify as an example of how to use data to make creative marketing scale—and likewise, how to be sharp and pointed as a culture-bending company grows. Recorded live in Amsterdam at OnBrand ‘19, Europe’s leading branding conference.
Today’s Relentless Pursuit of the Unmemorable - Tiina Salzburg & Kalle Hellzen (180 Kingsday)
25:41As the industry continues to accelerate towards performance marketing, are brands eschewing their cultural significance in the relentless pursuit of the unmemorable? Are we, as an industry, focusing too much time and budget on momentary snapshots, rather than creating lasting memories? Tiina Salzberg, Executive Strategy Director, and Kalle Hellzen, Executive Creative Director, at award-winning creative agency 180 Kingsday, explore the physiology and psychology of memory and the critical role cultural imprinting plays in long-term brand building. Together, they examine how modern marketing is changing the way we approach brand building, and the inherent risk such an approach carries in the pursuit of longer-term brand growth. Recorded live in Amsterdam at OnBrand ‘19, Europe’s leading branding conference.
Public Relations is an Avocado - Stefan Fountain (pr.co)
22:38Stefan Fountain believes that if public relations were a fruit, it would be an avocado: simultaneously the most overrated AND underrated. And also similarly placed in the wrong botanical (marketing) category. In the 1900s, the definition of public relations was coined as 'a program of action to earn the public's understanding and acceptance'. Since then, it has been a practice both despised as corporate spin and admired as a clever way to gain market share. In Europe, it's often seen as marketing's little sister that should also be invited to the party only if there is room (read: budget). In an age where your audience cares deeply about a brand’s purpose, with customers now empowered and part of the dialogue, earning their understanding and acceptance is more important than ever. The art and craft of public relations, if applied correctly, becomes a powerful program of action to earn the understanding and acceptance of all your stakeholders. In the end, only the customer gives a business a license to operate, and forming a healthy relationship with your stakeholders requires an empathetic, genuine, simple, and targeted approach to communication and interactions. In this episode, Stefan Fountain, CEO at pr.co, will explain how forming a healthy relationship with your stakeholders requires an empathetic, genuine, simple, and targeted approach to communication, outlining examples where effective public relations can be your brand's sustainable competitive advantage. Recorded live in Amsterdam at OnBrand ‘19, Europe’s leading branding conference.
The Exploitation of Purpose - Alain Sylvain (Sylvain Labs)
26:56Companies are 'woke-washing.' Has ‘doing good’ become appropriated for the wrong intent? The concept of "purpose" has become something of a cliché—a fashion accessory in the world of business. Corporate leaders preach about it, employees desperately crave it, and consumers are buying into it more and more. But is it even possible for a company to have a conscience? To have a moral compass or reason for being that is bigger than profit? Has purpose started to be appropriated for the wrong intent? And what about us? In our day to day work, are we thinking about “purpose” in the right way? In this episode, Alain Sylvain, Founder & CEO of Sylvain Labs, tackles these questions using contemporary examples, history and pop culture. He draws from his journey as a founder, his company’s recent experience in joining the ranks of leading Certified B Corporations, and his work with clients including BlackRock, WazeSpotify, and the WNBA. Finally, Alain argues that while the need for business with purpose is at an all-time high, many companies today are still exploiting it to drive their own agendas. Recorded live in Amsterdam at OnBrand ‘19, Europe’s leading branding conference.