2015 Transform conference North America
New York City,
Transform conference North America
Registration, breakfast and networking
Welcome and open address
Breaking boundaries - an insight into innovative brands
It’s no longer business as usual. With a burst of start-ups growing into well-known brands in a short period of time, it’s time to do things differently. Some organisations are putting innovation at the heart of their business strategies – and it’s paying off. How can innovation change the way brand strategy is developed? Can innovative brands redefine entire sectors? The Transform North America conference begins with a look at companies that have made inventive, boundary-pushing strategy part of their brands.
Airbnb is one of the fastest growing, global start-ups with an innovative business model. Airbnb owns no properties yet is the largest accommodation provider in the world. Instead, the platform and the interface is incredibly valuable and the branding needs to be perfect. Wrede Petersmeyer, New York City Manager, Airbnb sits on this panel discussion looking intertwining innovation and brand.
New York City manager
director of marketing
The Jewish Museum
Moderated by Leesa Wytock
director digital activation
Capitalising on brand value
Private equity and venture capitalists are no longer just adding cash and management skills. Increasingly they are bringing an understanding of brand to their portfolio companies. VC firms either make sure they have those skills in-house, develop strong relationships with brand advisory firms or go out and buy brand talent, integrating brand strategists alongside their own money men. It is a logical process, providing business skills and cash to build the tangible asset and brand strength to build the intangible. And it's a process that seems to be paying off. In this session we’ll listen to the least likely brand builders.
vice president, communications
National Venture Capital Association
managing director, investor relations and marketing communications
senior managing director
Castle Hill Capital Partners
Moderated by Simon Thackway
Transform Tales: Meals on Wheels America
The Transform conference will be punctuated with a series of short sessions in which delegates will be taken on a brand’s transformation journey. Starting us off will be Susan Waldman, chief marketing and communications officer at Meals on Wheels America.
Meals on Wheels found it was perceived as too successful and had poor penetration into Millennial audiences. It sought to reinvigorate its brand and drive change across the organisation. Delegates will hear in just 15 minutes the story of how Meals on Wheels rebranded to give an optimistic outlook and put people are the center of its brand strategy. Having changed its messaging from the traditional guilt inducing tone, the voice is now positive and the brand is driving forward, steadily gaining momentum.
chief marketing and communications officer
Meals on Wheels America
Coffee break and networking
Investing in your employer brand, investing in your reputation
Employer brand management is about developing your reputation as an employer, with employees often described as an organisation's most valuable asset. Those they want to recruit are, by extension the intangible assets of the future, so there should be a clear line of value in the investment an organisation makes in its employer brand. Yet how much emphasis do organisations put in aligning their reputation to external stakeholders with their reputation as an employer. This session explores questions on how to attract, retain and engage the best talent, and how to ensure consistency in that brand message.
design talent acquisition
Moderated by Jeff Sindone
Transform Tales: MLS
The Transform conference will be punctuated with a series of short sessions in which delegates will be taken on a brand’s brilliant transformation journey.
Until a few years ago, Major League Soccer (MLS) was hardly part of the global conversation about soccer. Now, the major US broadcasters Fox Sports and ESPN will be sharing English language broadcasts of the sport. The challenge for MLS is to get soccer fans in the US and Canada to become fans of their local MLS clubs. This year, MLS rebranded - an outward manifestation of the wider communications strategy for the league. At the Transform conference in New York, David Bruce, senior director of brand and integrated marketing at MLS will tell delegates about the rebrand journey and strategy.
senior director of brand and integrated marketing
Major League Soccer
Creating a consistent brand experience
All companies have multiple touchpoints with their audience which can be designed to provide a consistent and unique brand experience. Concentrating on the financial services sector, we explore the different components of brand experience. From traditional banking in a built environment, through mobile and the online experience, financial services needs to gain the trust of the user, fast. This session looks at the importance of consistency in the process developing that brand experience.
head of communications
executive creative director
Moderated by: Andrew Thomas
Lunch and networking
Bringing brand strategy to life with typography
In an age when every brand touchpoint is put under the microscope to find opportunities for optimization, it’s only natural to start with the typeface. As the voice of your brand, your typeface can bring your brand strategy to life in every written message – a multitude of touchpoints with a single tool. Fabio will illustrate how brands can benefit from careful typeface consideration and give an insider’s look at how design forms translate into brand attributes, helping the audience cross the bridge between strategy and typeface design.
Transform Tales: City of Mississauga, Canada
The Transform conference will be punctuated with a series of short sessions in which delegates will be taken on a brand’s transformation journey.
Branding a nation, city or place is always an interesting concept. The stakeholders of a location are different and have different expectations to those of a company. In this enlightening session, the brand manager of Mississauga city in Canada tells the story behind the recent rebrand.
The aim was to help build civic pride among residents and communicate to key audiences why they should choose Mississauga to live, work, invest, play, study, and visit. Delegates will be shown how branding extends to the cities we live in. A place brand is built and marketed to be perceived in a certain way.
City of Mississauga
Inroduced by Adam Newall
In midst of the maelstrom
The Transform conference finishes, not with more theory but with a case study of a brand in the middle of the maelstrom of rebranding. North American Power and Gas in currently rebranding. This session explores the catalyst for change, the audience communication and the implementaion of its rebrand process.
All of our speakers have been carefully selected to share their stories and experiences. We always encourage discussion, debate and questions at our events and always encourage delegates to participate.
When & where
Date: Tuesday 27 October 2015
Time: 08.00 -15.00
Venue: Espace, 635 W42nd St., New York, NY 10036
If you would like to be a supporting or media partner for the Transform conference in New York please email our marketing manager, Hannah Wilkinson with your suggestions on how we can collaborate. We're always happy to find creative ways to work with external companies and we'd love to hear from you.