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JUST Branding

JUST Branding

The JUST Branding Podcast, hosted by Jacob Cass & Matt Davies, is the only podcast dedicated to helping designers & entrepreneurs grow brands.

Each episode goes deep into the details of the brand building process, with professional insights, actionable tips and resources to help you build better brands.

The focus is on helping designers & entrepreneurs bridge the gap between strategy and design. Branding professionals from around the world join Jacob & Matt in discussing the benefits of brand strategy, top tools, how to sell strategy, brand purpose, brand positioning, neuroscience, brand personality, messaging, storytelling, brand naming, tag lines, logo design, brand identity design and brand experience.


Jacob Cass is a Sydney-based designer & strategist who runs JUST Creative, an award-winning branding & design firm that doubles as an industry leading blog. Jacob helps brands grow & get results by crafting distinctive logos & brand identities that are backed by a solid brand strategy.

He recently rebranded San Francisco and Puerto Rico, and also branded New York's Digital District. Other clients have included the likes of Disney, Nintendo and Jerry Seinfeld. Jacob has spoken at TEDx, been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur and has been awarded LinkedIn?s ?Best of? for branding.

For him, design is a lifelong journey of continuously honing his craft, as well as educating other fellow designers & business owners to build on theirs, which has allowed him to build a large and loyal following, including his website which has been been viewed over 50 million times. Jacob is an avid traveler and has traveled to 87 countries.


Matt is a brand strategy specialist working with leaders to align around their brand and get it ready to connect deeply with those inside and outside of their organisations. His work enables you to grow your business faster and easier. Matt solves a variety of brand challenges, from strategy and positioning to naming and identity right through to company culture and product innovation.


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S04.EP12 - Distinctiveness, Differentiation, and Brand Growth with Jenni Romaniuk

Our guest today is the esteemed Professor Jenni Romaniuk, an expert in marketing and consumer behaviour from the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science.

In this episode, we explore the significance of distinctiveness in branding and its role in a brand's success. Jenni shares key elements for building distinctive brands and provides examples of distinctive brand assets.

We also delve into the concept of differentiation and its importance in establishing a brand's competitive edge with Jenni offering insights into how distinctiveness and differentiation work together to drive brand growth.

Tune in to this enlightening episode of JUST Branding and gain expert knowledge from Professor Jenni Romaniuk's extensive experience in the world of marketing science and consumer behaviour.

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S04.EP11 - How to Build Big Brands on Small Budgets with Ian Bernard

Join us as we sit down with marketing strategist, Ian Bernard, and delve into the world of brand performance and its distinction from performance marketing, exploring the positioning process (4Cs) and the significance of creating future demand.

Ian shares valuable insights on how small brands can grow when competing against larger market leaders and highlights the most common advertising mistakes made by small brands.

Tune in to learn how brand marketing can facilitate profitable scaling and discover the 2-4-5 framework for effective full-funnel advertising.

We also discuss digital marketing mistakes that damage brands and uncover strategies for positioning brands to become the top-of-mind choice.

Don?t miss this insightful conversation that will level up your brand & marketing expertise, no matter your level.

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S04.EP10 - Mastering Brand Building in a Regulated World with Terri Goldstein

Mastering Brand Building in a Regulated World: Insights from the Brilliant Terri Goldstein!

?? Calling all business owners and marketers operating in regulated environments like finance or medical! This episode is tailor-made for you. Join us as we delve into the extraordinary mind of Terri Goldstein, a visionary strategist and design expert, whose unwavering commitment to brands has spanned decades.

? Step into the captivating realm of brand creation amidst regulations, where Terri unveils her groundbreaking methods and invaluable experiences in the medical field. Discover how she skillfully guides customers to 'way-find' and effortlessly navigate through her Shelf Sight Sequence, tapping into our innate ability to perceive colors, shapes, and symbols.

? Brace yourself for a deep dive into the core challenges encountered in regulated spaces and Terri's ingenious solutions. Uncover the pivotal role distinctive assets play as strategic drivers and gain invaluable insights on how to conquer the unique hurdles faced by brand builders operating in regulated environments.

? Don't miss out on this dynamic conversation packed with wisdom and inspiration. Tune in now and revolutionize your brand-building game in the world of regulations!

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S04.EP09 - Creativity, Empathy & Culture with SNASK

Frederick Ost and Erik Kockum of SNASK join us to discuss how to build culture, and along the way our conversation diverts into a myriad of topics including creativity, empathy, philosophy, and of course, branding.

We discuss how their agency SNASK approaches brand building, the key to creativity, how to create a culture of trust and creativity, as well as how leading with vulnerability and empathy can give you an edge in the industry.

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S04.EP08 - Personal Branding & The Power of LinkedIn with Mike Roberts

LinkedIn is one of the most powerful platforms for making business connections and growing your personal brand.

But are you leveraging its power to the full?

Join us in this episode as we are joined by LinkedIn expert, Mike Roberts, to dig deep into how to use LinkedIn to grow your personal brand for success.

Together we review how LinkedIn can help you build a powerful personal brand and what you need to do to ensure your LinkedIn profile is in tip-top condition for success.

We also get Mike's top tips on how to use the platform, how video is the next big thing, and what you can do right now to bring awareness to your brand. Not to be missed!

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S04.EP07 - Uncovering Insights & Measuring Brand with Dan White

Dan White is a branding consultant and author of "The Smart Branding Book" and has over 30 years of experience in marketing and branding.

In this episode, we discuss the latest thinking and methods for brand building including the rarely discussed area of uncovering insights and measuring brand, with successful examples.

We highlight how insights and measurement can be used together to create successful branding campaigns, and discuss how to adjust and improve branding strategies over time.

Lastly, we touch on emerging trends in branding and how branding may evolve in the future.

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S04.EP06 - How to Grow Brands with AI with Rob Lennon

Get ready to revolutionize your branding game with the help of AI!

In this episode of JUST Branding, we are joined by the renowned digital marketing expert and "AI whisperer," Rob Lennon, who has 45 publications under his belt and a wealth of knowledge and resources around AI, ChatGPT, and prompt craft.

Rob shares actionable insights on how you can leverage AI, particularly ChatGPT, to grow your business. Plus, we dive into the benefits of using AI, such as improved efficiency and personalization, and showcase real-life examples of successful AI integration in brand & marketing efforts.

But that's not all! Rob also reveals specific tools and techniques that can be used to teach AI to embody your brand's unique voice, style, and customers. By the end of this episode, you'll have all the strategies and tools you need to take your brand to the next level with AI.

We also discuss the ethical concerns related to using AI in content and marketing, and explore the potential pitfalls and mistakes that companies should avoid.

Finally, we look towards the future and discuss how AI will continue to shape the world of branding and marketing.

Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to learn from the AI whisperer himself and unlock the full potential of AI for your brand.

This summary was written by AI based on the transcript of the episode. How?s that for practicing what you preach!

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S04.EP05 - Rebelious Branding with Stix of Liquid Death

Are you thirsty for some killer marketing strategies? Then grab a glass of Liquid Death Mountain Water and tune in to the latest episode of the Just Branding Podcast!

Hosts Matt & Jacob sit down with Steve Nilson, AKA Stix, the 'Vice of President of Cult Indoctrination' at Liquid Death, to dive into the innovative thinking behind one of the most successful up-and-coming consumer brands.

Stix and his team have made waves in the industry by breaking all the rules and creating a refreshing new approach to selling water.

We'll explore the brand's clear purpose and positioning, which not only hydrates but also has shaken up the entire water category.

Stix's philosophy of authentic brand building is the perfect recipe for success, relying on radical creativity and genuine endorsements to quench the thirst of consumers worldwide.

But we'll also take a gulp of Stix's risk assessment approach to ensure that creativity never goes overboard, while still considering the brand's potential for global expansion.

If you're looking to make a splash in your industry and disrupt the market, this episode is a must-listen.

Don't let it slip through your fingers like water through a sieve - tune in now to discover the phenomenal brand power of Liquid Death!

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S04.EP04 - NFTs: The New Frontier for Brands with Kate Pincott

Warning. This episode might blow your mind.

In this episode, Matt and Jacob speak with Kate Pincott - Head of Design at Matteruem. Mattereuem are at the cutting edge of technology which enables brands to create NFT digital passports of real-world assets which are certified by third parties and which may enable the spiral economy.

If none of that makes any sense to you then definitely listen to this episode to cut through the jargon and get an insight into the future of brand building in the digital world.

We tuck into how NFTs can be used in a practical way to build consumer trust. We delve into what NFTs are and why when pairing them with real products customers can obtain huge amounts of value.

Ultimately, if you want your brand to be relevant in the future, you will need to know about the next frontier for brands. You heard it here first.

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S04.EP03 - Workshop Design with Brittni Bowering

Do you run strategic brand-building workshops with your clients or team? Or wish to?

Then this episode is for you! We go deep into workshops with expert workshop designer Brittni Bowering (ex AJ&Smart).

In a jam-packed episode, we discuss why workshops are so powerful, when and when not to use workshops, and tips on how to create and run a powerful workshop.

We also go into the pros and cons of physical and virtual workshops and also explore the future of workshopping.

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S04.EP02 - How to Build Community

In this episode, Jacob Cass & Matt Davies delve into the subject of community building for both brands & creatives.

We jump straight into understanding your audience, where we cover defining your target audience, understanding their needs and behaviors, and researching to gain insights.

We then move on to defining your community's purpose, highlighting the importance of identifying core values and the overall mission, setting goals and objectives, and aligning with your audience's goals.

Building and growing your community is next on the agenda, where we discuss strategies for attracting members, engaging them, managing conflicts, and measuring success.

We also touch on monetizing your community, finding the right strategy, and ensuring that it benefits both your community and its members.

Finally, we share best practices and tips for success, including common mistakes to avoid, recommendations for successful community building, and tips for management and growth.

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S04.EP01 - How to Become a Brand Consultant

In this episode, we dive into the world of brand consulting, what it is, and how it differs from other roles in the branding industry.

We discuss the key qualities that make a successful brand consultant, including confidence, communication and listening skills, a growth mindset, and strong facilitation abilities.

Next, we will each share our own background and experiences in the branding industry, including how we got started and how we have developed our skills and knowledge.

We also share our unique perspectives on the process of working with clients and how we stay current on industry trends and developments.

Join us as we explore the ever-expanding field of brand consulting and gain insights for your own journey!

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S03.EP21 - Best of Season 3 (2022)

What a year! In this episode, we share some of our favorite insights from our esteemed guests.

Episodes featured (in order): 

E19: Supercharging Innovation & Creativity with Hussain Almossawi

E9: Agile Swarming with Dennis Hahn

E20: Brands VS Blands with Ariadna Navarro

E11: Debunking Branding Bull with Austin Franke

E13: Million Dollar Consulting with Alan Weiss

E18: Brand Positioning with Ulli Appelbaum

E4: The Future of Brands with Anneli Hansson

E3: Global Brand Strategy with Jan-Benedict Steenkamp

E16: Archetypes & Stories with Carol Pearson

E17: Disruptive Innovation + Purpose-Driven Branding with David Aaker

E10: Corporate Branding from The Inside Out with Meg Kypena

E1: Designing Company Culture with Josh Levine

E7: Web3, NFTs & The Metaverse with Konstantinos Kolias

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S03.EP20 - Blands VS Brands with Ariadna Navarro

As brand builders, we used to build brands that would last.

Campaigns would extend for years, and visual identity systems?once created?wouldn?t become obsolete for decades.

Today, the speed of change is so aggressive, brand builders must consider that what they build now could be irrelevant in a few months.

Brands face a choice. First, they can commit to brand positioning and stay true to their visual appearance and social stances regardless of where the wind blows.

Or, they can create a flexible, and ever?A/B testing brand that can evolve as the world does. This second option has contributed to the rise of the blands?brands from the past five years that look, sound, and show up as simultaneously trendy and generic.

In this podcast episode with Ariadna Navarro, the Chief Strategy Officer at VSA partners, a hybrid strategy & design consultancy, we discuss the differences between blands and brands, how we got here and where we need to go next

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S03.EP19 - Supercharging Innovation & Creativity with Hussain Almossawi

Discover how to harness your fire, flex your courage and supercharge your ideas to create remarkable products, services & experiences, with the knowledge shared by the creative powerhouse, Hussain Almossawi.

Hussain has just released a book titled ?The Innovator?s Handbook: A Short Guide to Unleashing Your Creative Mindset? which is full of insights, ideas, stories & practical exercises that will take your creative thinking to the next level.

We discuss the first principles of innovation, how to generate new ideas with practical methods, as well as the common traps to avoid when trying to achieve impactful innovation.

We tap into the mindset, ?failure? and inspiration all in the pursuit of unlocking greater innovation for brands & creatives alike.

If you want to supercharge your creativity & get more innovative, this episode is for you!

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S03.EP18 - Brand Positioning with Ulli Appelbaum

How can brands position themselves for success in today?s marketplace?

That is the question.

And we have the answer!

In this episode, we discuss proven brand positioning methodologies that actually work, complete with examples and practical steps you can use to develop your own brand positioning that are truly differentiating, distinctive, and highly relevant.

To guide us, we have Ulli Appelbaum, the author of the new book The Brand Positioning Workbook: A simple how-to guide to more compelling brand positioning, faster.

Ulli is an award-winning marketing and brand strategy consultant with more than 20 years of experience creating brand strategies and building brands, holding senior strategy roles at some of the largest advertising agencies in the world including BBDO, Leo Burnett, and SapientNitro.

If you want to be able to create attractive brands that succeed in today?s marketplace, this is the episode for you!

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S03.EP17 - Disruptive Innovation + Purpose-Driven Branding with David Aaker

David Aaker is the author of over 100 articles and 18 books on branding, business strategy, and marketing that have sold well over one million copies.

Hailed the ?Father of Modern Branding?, David is a true authority on branding and we?re incredibly humbled to have him here on JUST Branding.

In this episode, we focus on two of his recent books?

The first is ?Owning Game-Changing Subcategories? which focuses on disruptive innovation & growth in the digital age.

And the second is his latest book, The Future of Purpose-Driven Branding: Signature Programs that Impact & Inspire Both Business and Society.

Tune in to understand how brands can break through with disruptive innovation and the ?must-haves? for growth in the digital age.

Plus, how brands can maintain relevance & connect with future consumers through purpose-driven branding while avoiding green-washing.

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S03.EP16 - Archetypes & Stories with Carol Pearson

What stories are you living? What about your brand?

And how do you manage that meaning?

With Archetypes.

And who better to discuss the power of archetypes than Carol S. Pearson?

Carol is the co-author of ?The Hero and the Outlaw: Building Extraordinary Brands Through the Power of Archetypes? (Published 2001), alongside Margaret Mark.

This book has been incredibly influential in the brand strategy space as its ideas on archetypes have been taken and used to align teams and intentionally build brands.

Carol?s latest work focuses on exploring how archetypes show up in individuals and her recent book is called "What Stories are You Living? Discover Your Archetypes, Transform Your Life."

In this episode, Matt Davies and Jacob Cass discuss Carol's work ? both past and present ? to uncover the power of archetypes and how this knowledge should be used and how it should not.

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S03.EP15 - Verbal Brand Identity with Nihilo

We get super practical with Israeli duo, Margaret Jerr-Jarrett, and Emunah Winer, founders of Jerusalem-based agency, Nihilo.

We tuck into how they use words and ideas to build powerful brands and we explore how the strategic elements of brand building find their way into the creative look and feel and customer experiences a brand produces for customers.

We review what a ?Verbal? Identity is and why brands need one. We also explore the principles of the tone of voice and how a verbal identity connects with visual identity.

We also do a deep dive into how this duo works and goes about creating and defining brand identity as well as exploring live projects.

If you want a peak behind the scenes as to how the brand building works in practice - this episode is not to be missed.

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S03.EP14 - The Brand Mindset with Ezequiel Abramzon

Ezequiel Abramzon is a brand strategist who spent 20+ years working as an executive at Disney as a marketer and strategist running digital across LATAM and later overseeing global creative from the UK.

He now lives in Spain where he works as a consultant helping entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies transform the way they see their business by unlocking their brand mindset.

And brand mindset is the focus of this episode.

We explore what a brand mindset is and why businesses need it.

We go deep into the 6 traits of a brand mindset and explore how to develop each trait. We also pick Ezequiel's brains on how to keep a mindset on track - both for yourself and your team.

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S03.EP13 - Million Dollar Consulting with Alan Weiss

Who better to learn about consulting from than "the consultants consultant" Alan Weiss?

Alan wrote the famous best selling book "Million Dollar Consultant" and is the author of over 60 books on consulting and business.

In this episode Matt and Jacob sit down with Alan to discuss how the principles of Alan's books can be applied to brand strategy.

We explore why consultancy is a good option, different consulting approaches, how to sell it and how to grow a consulting practice. We go deep into value based billing and show how selling time is a terrible idea.

Matt is especially thrilled with this episode as he has been using Alan's techniques to great success.

This episode is NOT to be missed!

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S03.EP12 - Friction in Branding with Soon Yu

Friction isn't something to be avoided. Successful brands not only understand the difference between good and bad friction but also know how to embrace a dose of good friction to create greater value.

Soon Yu, author of ?Friction: 'Adding Value By Making People Work for It' will show you how to leverage good friction to drive increased engagement, meaning, belonging, rapport, assurance, competence, and exclusivity, for more memorable brand experiences.

Soon Yu is an international speaker, award-winning author, and expert on innovation, branding, design, and entrepreneurship. He has worked with brands such as The North Face, Vans, Timberland, Nautica, and Wrangler and is a former adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design, a guest lecturer at Stanford University, and a Forbes contributor.

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S03.EP11 - Debunking Branding BS with Austin Franke

Austin Franke is a brand strategist and the founder of WooPunch, a brand & design consultancy rooted in the science of how brands grow.

Austin is going to be sharing his approach to brand, which is a less conventional approach, based on behavioral science and other evidence-based fields.

We?re going to ?debunk? or at least throw a few punches around in regards to what Austin calls ?Branding Bullshit?.

In particular, brand differentiation, customer engagement, brand purpose from a values viewpoint, loyalty marketing, and how designers can truly help a brand grow beyond the typical clichés.

Now get into your corners, and welcome to the ring, Austin Franke.

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S03.EP10 - Corporate Branding from The Inside Out with Meg Kypena

Big companies struggle with the principles of brand. In this episode we sit down with Freelance Internal Brand Strategist, the powerful Meg Kypena.

In this episode we dig deep into how corporations can use the power of branding to align their people and communicate better.

This is branding from the inside, out.

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S03.EP09 - Agile Swarming with Dennis Hahn

This episode is a real treat for anyone looking to level up on how to work on brand strategy collaboratively.

Matt Davies and Jacob Cass sit down with global agency leader Dennis Hahn of Liquid agency.

Together they quiz Dennis on his 'agile swarming' methodology covering what swarming is and what problems it solves for leadership, strategy, and creative teams.

Dennis outlines his principles for swarming and how to conduct a swarm. He also gives insights on what makes a great facilitator, the environment, and the tools he uses for success.

If you want to know how an agency at the cutting edge is doing its strategy work this is the episode for you. Not to be missed.

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S03.EP08 - Scaling Brands with Richard Cotter

If you are serious about brand building at scale, this is the episode for you.

Richard Cotter is a brand consultant at the top of his game. He left school at 17 and developed his career to the point where now he is parachuted to work with large organizations that have brands that are underperforming and help scale them.

He is best known for turning around outdoor performance and lifestyle brand Berghaus.

He is the author of the book The Zebra Reality: How to Create Unstoppable Organizational Momentum? and achieve all your business goals.

In this episode, Matt Davies and Jacob Cass sit down with Richard and tuck into how he has got to where he is and his top tips on scaling underperforming brands.

We talk about differentiation, attributes of global brands, the power of alignment, and the five steps for creating organizational momentum.

A super episode packed with value with someone who has been there, done it, and got the Berghaus T-shirt.

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S03.EP07 - Web3, NFTs & The Metaverse with Kostas K.

What does Web3 mean for brands & creatives? What about NFTs and The Metaverse? 

We break it all down for you in layman?s terms, with special guest Kostas K!

We go over the fundamentals of Web3 including its definition, why it matters, tokens, the blockchain, cryptocurrency, wallets, and trends in the space. 

Plus a discussion around NFTs, what they are (and are not), and the opportunities brands and creatives can tap into such as AR & VR, DeFi, DAOs, Virtual Commerce, Digital Assets including Digital Real Estate, Virtual Worlds, the Metaverse, Mixed Reality Solutions, the Blockchain & the Decentralised Web, and so much more! 

Ready to go down the Web3 rabbit hole? Jump in. "

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S03.EP06 - Brand Hacks with Emmanuel Probst

Often we think of brand-building from a commercial or business perspective. This week's guest thinks this needs to change and that as brand builders we need to consider our efforts from the perspective of the meaning consumers will attach to a brand.

Tune in to list insights from Emmanuel Probst - author of Brand Hacks, How to Build Brands by fulfilling the consumer quest for meaning.

In this episode, we discuss the three levels of meaning, brand hacks, examples of meaningful brand building, and how to deal with ?naysayers?.

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S03.EP05 - Branding for Start Ups & Founders

Alex Naghavi is the ECD at Josephmark which is a global venture studio based out of Brisbane and Los Angeles.

In this episode, we learn how to design, validate, launch and sell a brand by deep diving into the process, exploring the benefits and nuances of working with a venture studio VS a traditional design shop.

We discuss MVPs, MVBs, failures and successes and how purpose, beauty and simplicity can help create better brands that make an impact.

We even explore the future of brands through the lens of Web 3.0, VR, 3D Printing, DAOs and the Metaverse.

If you?re startup, founder or someone that works with them, this episode is not to be missed.

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S03.EP04 - The Future of Brands with Anneli Hansson

Anneli Hansson is a brand strategist, coach & speaker based out of Stockholm, Sweden.

Many will know Anneli as the resident strategist over at TheFutur with Chris Do who we interviewed back on Episode 13.

Anneli just launched an incredible 6-figure course over at The Futur called Brand Strategy Fundamentals.

What people may not know, is that Anneli has a background in building sustainable brands (long before it was a trend) and has recently pivoted into helping creatives transform into strategic thinkers.

With this background, it?s no wonder we have invited Anneli here on to JUST Branding!

In this episode we discuss ?The Future of Brands? and all that entails. This is not to be missed!

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S03.EP03 - Global Brand Strategy with Jan-Benedict Steenkamp

Are you looking to take a brand to an international audience? 

Global expansion needs careful consideration and so if this is you this episode will be packed with value! 

We sit down with marketing expert, academic and author Jan-Benedict Steenkamp (or as we know him "JB"!) to discuss his book "Global Brand Strategy: World-Wise Marketing in the age of Branding"

In this insightful episode, JB walks us through the COMET framework and the components of which are helpful to consider for brands seeking to go international or for brands who are already international and need to focus their strategy.

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S03.EP02 - Building Legendary Brands with Storytelling w/ Gair Maxwell

The strength of any brand ? including yours - hinges on two key factors: Differentiation & Relevance. But it doesn?t stop there. What makes a truly legendary brand is the STORY behind it.

In this episode we decipher why some brands have lines reaching around the block, while other perfectly apt competitors sit empty just steps away.

Gair Maxwell shares case studies including WHY the Mona Lisa is famous and how every-day leaders can build irresistible brands.

Gair Maxwell is a brand strategist, historian, speaker, a former radio and TV host and author of the new book, Big Little Legends:

If you want to build a legendary brand, tune into this brilliant episode.

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S03.EP01 - Designing Company Culture with Josh Levine

How can you create an amazing company culture that ensures a brand strategy can be actualized?

That's at the core of this discussion with the amazing Josh Levine, author of Great Mondays.

We sit down with Josh to examine how branding should be done from within by intentionally designing a company culture.

Together we discuss the six components of company culture - Purpose, Values, Behaviors, Recognition, Rituals and Cues.

If you are a brand builder looking to operationalize, align and motivate a whole company around brand thinking, this one is for you.

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S02.EP22 - Best of Season 2 (2021)

Listen in as we reveal our favourite outtakes from Season 2 of the JUST Branding Podcast in 2021, including branding insights from creative minds such as Sagi Haviv, Joseph Pine II, Denise Lee Yohn, Natalie Nixon, Bill Gardner, Emily Cohen, Armin Vit, Julian Cole and more.

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S02.EP21 - Building Brands for a Sustainable Tomorrow with Katie Klencheski

Katie is the Founder and Creative Director of Brooklyn-based SMAKK, a branding and growth studio whose mission is to help values-led clients build world changing brands.

For much of her career she has worked with everyone from industry giants like American Express and Shiseido to a variety of nimble disruptive beauty, fashion, wellness, and lifestyle brands, including The Honey Pot Company, Harry?s Razors, and more.

Katie applies her expertise across content creation, ecommerce, social media, marketing, and digital experiences toward changing consumer behavior, leading to purchasing decisions that are better for people and the planet.

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S02.EP20 - Powerful Personal Branding with Rob Levinson

What makes a powerful personal brand and how can you build one that endures? We outline all the steps you need to follow to craft an authentic brand narrative that will help you get noticed, remembered and results.

Rob Levinson is a seasoned brand strategist who?s worked for global consumer brands such as DeBeers, Rolls-Royce, BMW and more. Now he?s the principal of Leverage Advisors which helps grow middle-market B2B businesses, as well as a Personal Brand Coach which helps people to develop brand stories that get them noticed & remembered. He?s also a lecturer at Boston Uni, and a former Wall Street Journal online columnist.

If you?re wanting to improve & grow your personal brand, this episode is for you!

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S02.EP19 - Creative Briefs & Strategy Fundamentals with Julian Cole

Learn how to write rock-solid creative briefs and the fundamentals of strategy so you can gain confidence in your strategic abilities, and ultimately have a bigger impact on your company.

Julian Cole is a strategy consultant for global brands such as Apple, Facebook & Disney.

Previously, he?s held the role of Head of Comms Planning at BBDO & has helped create award-winning work for PlayStation, Pepsi, Google and after looking at his wrap sheet - pretty much the Global 100.

Julian is also a strategy coach and in 2017 he founded the Planning Dirty Academy which helps agency strategists improve their craft by getting their hands dirty.

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S02.EP18 - Branding From The Inside with Kyle Millar

What's it like working on corporate brands from the inside?

In this episode we take a peak behind the curtain to see how big brands are managed by their in-house teams. We sit down with the fantastic Kyle Millar, VP of Marketing at SodaStream Canada.

Kyle outlines how he views brand strategy, the principles he uses to build brand, create memorable customer experiences and to inspire his teams to success. He also digs into what it?s like to work ?in-house? - both the highs and the lows.

If you are thinking about working in-house, or if you are just curious as to what it's like joining a large organization in their brand department, this episode is not to be missed.

Previously Kyle has led leading brand roles in Unilever, Molson Coors and Capital One - so it you want to learn from someone whose been there, done it and got the corporate T-shirt, this is the episode for you.

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S02.EP17 - No-BS Strategies To Evolve Your Creative Business with Emily Cohen

In this episode, we go deep into the world of business strategy with Emily Cohen.

Emily is a self-described ?brutally honest? consultant to creative professionals and in fact, she even named her book that!

Her business book, Brutally Honest: No-Bullshit Strategies to Evolve Your Creative Business, is chock full of advice, insights, business best practices, actionable strategies, case studies and much more, but unlike many other books for our industry, Brutally Honest is designed for visual learners (like us!) and includes colorful info-graphics, checklists, as well as short & impactful sound bites to apply!

So if you?re looking for the tools & strategies to whip your business or team in to shape, this episode is for you.

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S02.EP16 - Simplicity in Branding with Scott Buschkuhl

Today we have Scott Buschkuhl who is the Creative Director at Siegel & Gale, a brand strategy, design, and experience firm with its global headquarters located in NYC.

Here, Scott develops teams and works hands-on with his clients who have included folks like New York Times, Victoria?s Secret, Wired, and dozens more. He?s got a ton of awards on his belt, he?s a sought-after lecturer, an esteemed judge for competition juries, and also a professor at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.

He?s previously worked at Pentagram and also ran his own agency for 12 years so it?s safe to say we?re in good hands.

Today we?re going to be discussing Simplicity in Branding which is S&G?s philosophy on brand in general. In fact, they state ?We?re the simplicity company? as their tagline.

We discuss designing for humans, emotional responses, team collaboration, simplicity as an approach to brand strategy, presentation techniques, and much more!

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S02.EP15 - Staying Relevant as a Brand with Allen Adamson

Relevance. That's the key to ensuring a brand thrives. We sit down with expert and author of "Shift Ahead", Allen Adamson, to understand how to stay relevant in today's fast moving world.

How organizations stay relevant is Allen?s area of specilality. Together we tuck into the principles of relevance, and Allen gives valuable first-hand examples of how to apply these principles in action. We look at how the best organizations recognize when it?s time to change direction, and how they pull it off while bolstering their brands.

As well as ?Shift Ahead? Allen is an author of a number of branding books such as; BrandSimple, BrandDigital, and The Edge:50 Tips from Brands That Lead ? which are used in universities across the USA.

He is also the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Metaforce, a disruptive marketing and product consultancy which, unlike traditional firms, takes a multi-disciplinary channel-agnostic approach to marketing challenges. So - if you want to learn from an industry giant on the key topic of Relevance, look no further!

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S02.EP14 - The Customer Experience Economy with Joseph Pine II

As a customer, you?re not buying the item. You?re buying the experience. Today, we have Joseph Pine, co-author of The Experience Economy, on the show to discuss the importance of delighting your customer, along with some powerful examples that will help you ?Design the TIME the customer spends with YOU?. If you work with people, then this episode is for you.

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S02.EP13 - Copyright & Trademark Law with Joey Vitale

Trademark law is tricky. And unsexy. But not anymore.

Come join trademark lawyer, Joey Vitale, who will teach you the ins and outs of trademark law so you can practice safe branding.

Joey is a ?lawyer with a soul? who works with small businesses, helping them stay safe when it comes to entity formation, trademark registrations, contract drafting and other fundamental legal needs.

In this episode, we break down the legal jargon in a way that actually makes sense, so you can stay safe and keep pumping out great work, without being worried of the consequences. We discuss:

- How can you protect your ideas & work

- What do you do if your work is stolen

- What to put in your contracts

- The differences between ® ? © symbols

- The trademarking process

- Plus dozens more legal questions for you to get schooled on.

Practice safe branding people. Take a peek inside this episode.

It?s glorious.

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S02.EP12 - Problem Solving with Sagi Haviv

Sagi Haviv is a logo design legend. However, in this episode we go deeper and uncover what it takes to solve big brand & business problems. We discuss CGH?s branding process using case studies from Discovery+, Harvard University Press and Chase Bank, as well as Sagi?s biggest life lessons, how to ?pressure test? a trademark & visual identity system, presentation techniques that win, when & how to break the rules, and ultimately how to ?problem solve?. Hint? you first must define the business? problems & success criteria. Tune in for a monster value-packed episode.

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S02.EP11 - Brand Discovery & Innovation with Jose Cabeller

Jose Caballer is a designer, strategist & creative entrepreneur. He currently teaches organizations how to create a culture for rapid innovation - focused on alignment, experimentation & feedback. Jose previously worked at RazorFish during the dot com era, and ran a digital agency for 11 years, working with clients such as Jamie Oliver, Disney and Nike. Today he combines his 20 years of design and business experience to train thousands of professionals on webinars and in workshops worldwide.

What some people may not know, is that Jose co-founded The Skool with Chris Do, which is now called TheFutur and this is where we came across Jose. Jose released CORE which is a Design Strategy Framework and consequently is one of the TheFutur?s most popular products. Today we?re going to discuss CORE, brand strategy & innovation and how these tools can be used to help businesses achieve their goals. Plus, we?ll get a sneak peek into Jose?s latest project, The System.

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S02.EP10 - Rebranding Strategy with Armin Vit

When should a brand, rebrand? What makes a good rebrand? How can you use strategy to ensure your brand?s rebrand is a success?

Armin Vit answers these questions and more in this episode focused on Rebranding Strategy. Armin also reveals his design process, critiquing methodology, how he built a successful branding conference and shares some classic rebranding failures.

Want to learn more about rebranding? Then this episode is for you.

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S02.EP09 - Building A Million Dollar Strategic Agency with Mash Bonigala

Mash Bonigala is a brand strategist & owner of Spellbrand, a brand strategy & design agency. Mash reveals his rollercoaster entrepreneurial journey of growing his first agency, going bankrupt, how he overcame these adversities and then how he built up his now, million-dollar agency, Spellbrand.

Mash shares all the techniques he has used to sell design & strategy over the years, with some compelling & unconventional methods that will be sure to blow your mind. You?ll be spellbound in this magical episode.

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S02.EP08 - Logos VS Brands with Bill Gardner

Bill Gardner joins Jacob Cass and Matt Davies to discuss the differences between logos and brands, Jennifer Aawker?s brand personality framework, the discovery process with clients, objectivity VS subjectivity, establishing design briefs, how to sell the value of branding, logo design trends and magic. Yes, magic!

Bill Gardner is the owner and president of Gardner Design, where he and his team have produced effective and award winning results for such industry leaders as NFL, Pepsi, Pizza Hut, Kroger, Hallmark, SeaWorld, and others. He understands the nuances of brand practicalities better than anyone in the business and leads his team to always first consider the business that the design is supporting.

As the founder of ? the international, searchable compendium of logos ? Bill authored the affiliated bestselling LogoLounge book series, volumes 1-12, and is the author of the annual LogoLounge Logo Trend Report. 2013 marked the release of the highly anticipated Logo Creed, a foundation textbook for students, educators and professionals alike. Bill is also the author and presenter of LinkedIn Learning?s series of online courses concentrating on branding and identity design.

In 2014, Bill became an AIGA Fellow Award recipient for his contributions to the local, national and international creative community. Bill also judges design competitions and speaks nationally and internationally on identity trends and logo development. In his spare time, he serves on several community boards and has completed a six-year term as the Territorial Vice President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

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S02.EP07 - Primal Human Desires with Nathan Hendricks

Nathan Hendricks believes there is no excuse for a lousy brand. As chief creative officer at LPK, he challenges the organization?s creative teams to uphold the vision that every brand should make a powerful and positive difference for the people it serves. A candid cultural commentator, he?s never afraid to tell it like it is. In this episode, we explore primal human desires and how we can use that to create stronger brands.

Nathan holds a bachelor?s degree in industrial design from The Ohio State University, where he majored in visual communications and cultivated an affection for industrial beer.


LPK is a brand, innovation and customer experience consultancy, helping organizations build enduring brands that thrive in the emergent culture. Merging trends, insights, strategy and creativity, we create the now, near and next for B2Bs and B2Cs, startups and Fortune 50s.

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S02.EP06 - Brand Building Mistakes with Jacquelin Lieberman

Learn what NOT to do when it comes to developing your brand. Listen in as we discuss with brand strategist, Jacquelin Lieberman, the most common mistakes brands make as they grow & market their brand. This is a juicy episode, where we discuss the brand purpose, core values, uncovering brand truths, brand management, creating value and so much more. If you want to learn how to create an enduring brand that matters, this episode is for you!

Jacquelin Lieberman is the founder of the brand strategy consultancy, BrandCrudo. She?s honed her no-B.S.-approach to marketing strategy over the years guided by one belief ? when you make brands more human, you connect them to more people. Throughout her career, she has developed a narrative-based approach to traditional strategic planning to uncover the brand truth that resonates with audiences. She has worked with many brands, most notably for many of Unilever's iconic brands, Beech-Nut, General Mills, and most recently with Happy Family Brands and fintech disrupter, the Alternative Investment Exchange. Jacqueline applies both art and science to understanding human insight and interpreting findings in order to unearth the real reason people should care about your brand. For Jacqueline, it?s all about finding a brand's raw truth and making it matter.

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