Nick Westergaard


About Nick Westergaard - Author and Speaker on Branding & Marketing:

Nick Westergaard is a strategist, speaker, author, and educator. As Chief Brand Strategist at Brand Driven Digital, he helps build better brands at organizations of all sizes — from small businesses and Fortune 500 companies to President Obama’s Jobs Council. Nick is the author of Get Scrappy: Smarter Digital Marketing for Businesses Big and Small.

In addition to posting insights on branding and marketing at, Nick is a contributor to the Harvard Business Review and host of the popular On Brand podcast. His thoughts have been featured in news sources such as US News & World Report, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Mashable, and more.

Nick is a sought-after keynote speaker at conferences and corporate events throughout the world. He teaches at the University of Iowa, where he sits on the Advisory Council of the Marketing Institute at the Tippie College of Business and the Professional Advisory Board for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is also organizer and host of the Social Brand Forum and a mentor at the Iowa Startup Accelerator.

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What Nick Westergaard Talks About: 

Leading with Story: Using the Science of Story to Captivate, Engage & Inspire
In study after study, communication consistently ranks as a top leadership skill. Communicate effectively and your team can move mountains. But how can you stand out in our crowded, distracted world? Storytelling is one of the most powerful tools for connecting with and inspiring others. By learning to tell your story, you can take ownership of your unique voice. During this actionable and engaging keynote, you’ll learn the science behind storytelling, how leadership stories work, and how you can integrate story into your work and life.

Get Scrappy: Smarter Digital Marketing for Business Big and Small
When it comes to marketing, it’s the best of times and the worst of times. New media allows us to reach more people, build personal relationships, and deliver real value to our customers. However, budgets are tighter than ever and we’re constantly distracted by all of the shiny new things coming at us. The answer? Get scrappy. During this myth-busting and actionable talk you’ll discover how getting scrappy can help you put your brains before your budget and simplify your marketing in today’s complex world.

What’s Next? The Future of Digital Marketing and What You Can Do to Be Ready
With over a billion users on Facebook and half of U.S. teens creating and consuming content on Snapchat, it’s safe to say that social media and new forms of content continue to dominate our marketing. As new networks emerge and existing platforms add even more features, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all of these rapid shifts. This insightful and engaging keynote takes a look at seven digital marketing trends that need to be on your radar, what they mean, and what you can do to be ready for them.

Brand Now: How Today’s Digital Dynamics Can Help You Build a Better Brand
With social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram forever disrupting the way we do business, do traditional constructs like “branding” still matter? You may be surprised but because of the opportunities created by new media and disruptive technology, strong brands with something to say matter now more than ever. This talk reviews and recasts the role of brands in today’s digital age and provides a framework for building a solid brand, telling your story, and engaging your brand ambassadors.

The Scrappy Brand’s Guide to What’s Next (and What to Do About It)
While marketing is changing more rapidly than ever, the one thing marketers can’t afford to do is everything. But how can you know what’s both new and worth your brand’s always limited time and resources? Pulling on the latest expert interviews from the popular On Brand podcast, this forward-looking yet practical, tactical talk takes a look at the latest trends that need to be on your radar, what they mean, and, most importantly, what you can do to be ready for them.

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