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We Need People To Make Brands Work


We Need People To Make Brands Work

In 2000, the Wired article The Future Does Not Need Us called into question whether machines were quite the panacea we hoped they were. It was possible, said Bill Joy, that this dependence on machines was not going to a good place. If we can conclude as marketers that machines are building barriers and taking the human factors out of brands he was right.

The power of big data is that it gives us what feels so much like greater insight. The danger is that it could tell us so much that we don’t think we need people to make brands work.

Well beyond the transactional world and high above functions, features and benefits, the strongest brands thrive by their human-centricity and the people behind it. Each connecting on a level where their customers turn from alternatives and accept no substitutes.

For 50 marketers that are focused on building human-centric brands, The Blake Project and Branding Strategy Insider have designed a uniquely powerful experience for keeping brands human in the age of disruption. We call it The Un-Conference: 360 Degrees of Brand Strategy for a Changing World.

It’s unlike any other branding or marketing conference you’ve attended before:

  • Everyone in the room is an expert and gains from the sum of the expertise in the room.
  • Our competitive learning format is fun, energized and impactful.
  • The walls are down, there are no podiums or stages, there is no hierarchy – your uniform is jeans.
  • The focus is on learning outcomes, not ticket sales.
  • Small is powerful, with only 50 marketers participating in hands on learning.
  • This is marketing’s ONLY issues-based, problem-solving event.
  • As in your marketplace, some will win, some will lose, all will learn.

2018 Brand Strategy Conference

No Attendees. Only Participants.
The best pathway for learning is through participation, not observation. The Un-Conference: 360 Degrees of Brand Strategy for a Changing World will challenge your thinking about brands and brand management. To do that, we’ll put you on a team of 10 and offer you opportunities to compete, lead and learn alongside other marketers in a unique environment. The challenges you’ll tackle are based on and influenced by the actual issues that you and other participants are facing.

In May of 2018, our 6th annual event, through the lens of Keeping Brands Human, we’re taking a close look at the shaping forces occupying the intersection of brand strategy and technology. Some of the topics we’ll cover include: How Participation Drives Brands, Creating Frictionless Customer Experiences, Disruptive Marketing Trends, Building Emotional Connections, Encoding Brands In The Mind, Brand Storytelling, Brand Leadership, Digital Strategy, B2B Brand Strategy and more.

The Un-Conference is highly interactive and designed to question assumptions, taking participants on searching journeys to arrive at new and optimistic decisions about their competitive future.

Brand Strategy Conference 2018 San Diego

It all takes place at The Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego, California May 14-16, 2018.

Our schedule…

Monday, May 14th – Kickoff Mixer: 7- 9pm at The Hard Rock Hotel Rooftop Pool

Tuesday, May 15th – Day 1: 8am – 5pm, at The Hard Rock Hotel / 6:30pm – ? Team building event and dinner

Wednesday, May 16th – Day 2: 8am – 5pm, at The Hard Rock Hotel

Who Should Participate?
We have reserved these two days (and a kickoff mixer on the evening of the 14th) for 50 senior B2C and B2B marketers who see professional growth and value creation as a mandate for success and who seek a learning experience superior to last century’s format of marketing conferences:

-Marketing oriented leaders
-Marketing professionals (brand managers, product managers, directors, vice presidents, CMO’s, brand strategists etc.)
-Advertising agency professionals (account executives, planners, creatives, agency heads)
-Marketers facing brand strategy issues
-Marketers seeking a competitive advantage
-Professionals in charge of brand building, brand management, human resources
-Professional brand consultants, digital consultants and researchers
-Entrepreneurs launching new brands
-Marketers who prefer participation over observation
-Marketers who don’t believe that last century’s format of marketing conferences advances them as leaders.

Every year a wide range of marketing oriented leaders and professionals from around the world join us representing startups, emerging, regional, national and global brands. Past participants include AAA, Air France/KLM, Bayer, Bloomberg, Humana, Land O’ Lakes, Liberty Mutual, Pilot/Flying J, RJ Reynolds, TD Ameritrade, GlaxoSmithKlein, Wounded Warrior Project, Monsanto, Ogilvy, Kawasaki, GE and many more.

Your $2,200 registration ($2,500 after September 25th) includes:

-Private kickoff mixer at The Hard Rock Hotel Rooftop Pool

-Private Team building event and dinner

-Lunch and refreshments for both Un-Conference days

-Conference Materials

-Special room rates at The Hard Rock Hotel

Only 50 marketers can participate. To secure a spot for you or your group at The Un-Conference: 360 Degrees of Brand Strategy for a Changing World call me directly in Los Angeles at 813-842-2260. Or simply email me.


Brought to you by experiential agency Moosylvania and the Los Angeles American Marketing Association

I do hope you can join us.


Derrick Daye for The Un-Conference, Branding Strategy Insider and The Blake Project

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