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Human-Centric Brands Cannot Be Automated


Human-Centric Brands Cannot Be Automated

At the core of every brand is a reason for being — its purpose. Purpose is the difference that a brand makes in people’s lives, the answer to a human need, and when strong enough, the catalyst for lasting relationships. 

When we analyze the massive change in our world today we find one great constant; people want relationships. Relationships…cannot be automated.

The world needs the warmth of human-centric brands now more than ever. For 50 marketers that are committed to building the human side of their brands, The Blake Project and Branding Strategy Insider have designed a uniquely powerful learning experience. 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 actionable 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.
  • The experience is gamified and as in your marketplace, some will win, some will lose, all will learn.

2018 Brand Strategy and Marketing 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 Brands Win By Being Strategically Humanistic, 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.


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 complex marketing 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 have tired of last century’s conference format

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 $2,500 registration 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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