Brand Enabled: The human stories behind branding

Hosted by Gabriel Cohen

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Welcome to Brand Enabled! This show brings together the most sophisticated brand leaders around the world to discuss the complex issues they face on a day-to-day basis. Each episode delves into a specific brand challenge, and how the problem was solved. Our goal is to provide insight, remind you that you are not alone in the challenges you face, and help you move to action on your own brand questions.

Listen in as we talk to industry leaders who know what it is like to implement brand strategy and solutions at Fortune 1000 companies or in complex industries such as healthcare and finance. Learn about brand roadblocks they have encountered in their careers. Discover how they found the first indicators of the problems and went from an initial reaction to an active response. Find out how they crafted and prioritized solutions, assigned roles to every team member, and addressed the root cause of an issue. Bring your brand to the next level through their valuable advice and useful tips from their real-life stories.

Season 2 Episodes

Your brand in 2024: Are you ready?
Special edition webinar with Molly Fisher, Director of Brand Management, WTW

In this special edition episode, Gabriel Cohen and Molly Fisher discuss the continuous evolution of brand and challenges brand teams are facing today. The discussion also includes the varied ways of approaching a rebrand, bringing brand messaging down from the ivory corporate tower into business units, and much more.

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E20: Mastering leadership: Insights in marketing, patterns & brand resonance
Norman Guadagno, Chief Marketing Officer at Mimecast

In this episode, Norman Guadagno discusses the intersection of marketing, leadership, and team dynamics, emphasizing the critical role of marketing in capturing attention and fostering resonance with customers.

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E19: The power to pivot: Measuring brand success
Engelina Jaspers, Author and Marketing & Brand Advisor

At some point, businesses have to make a pivot, be that through mergers and acquisitions or rebranding. In this episode, Engelina Jaspers shares the wisdom she’s earned from her incredible professional journey in marketing and brand along with the essential elements driving successful business pivots.

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E18: Creating strategic marketing alignment
Scott Bynoe, VP, North America Marketing, Crawford & Company

In this episode, Scott Bynoe reveals the art of aligning your efforts and leveraging insights for a marketing revolution. As the Vice President of North America Marketing at Crawford & Company, Scott shares how marketing works in the financial sector.

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E17: Brand direction: The importance of a clear vision
Tom Butta, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer, Airship

Creating a successful brand requires vision, boldness, and a belief system that transforms challenges into opportunities. In this episode, Tom Butta talks about the importance of creating a strong brand vision, ambitious goal, and firm belief system.

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E16: Building a thought leadership platform
Aidan McLaughlin, Global Director, ESG Brand at Indeed

Storytelling isn’t exclusive to marketing and communications. It’s essential for a variety of organizational functions. In this episode, Gabriel Cohen sits down with Indeed’s Aidan McLaughlin to discuss how to break down barriers to create invigorating and inspirational stories.

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E15: Being the challenger: Agility and risk-taking
Patrick Reynolds, Chief Marketing Officer at BlueConic

Challenger brands need certain attributes to succeed– Patrick Reynolds has a knack for developing these qualities in challenger brands throughout his career. Tune in and learn how he puts key concepts into practice.

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E14: Executing a global brand transformation
Francois-Xavier (FX) Reodo, Chief Marketing Officer at Capgemini Invent

In this episode, Gabriel Cohen sits down with Francois-Xavier (FX) Reodo who shares how Capgemini navigated their brand transformation from initial negative reactions to the acquisition process. The key? Tying brand evolution to the legacy it was built on.

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E13: The vital comeback of a 100-year-old healthcare brand
Matthew Pinzur, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer at Jackson Health System

Building a healthcare brand isn’t just about selling enticing products or offering convenient services. It’s centered on treating ailments and saving lives. In this episode, Matthew Pinzur discusses using storytelling to boost marketing strategy and beating private sector competitors at their own game.

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E12: Disrupt or be disrupted: The future of brand marketing
Slate Olson, Chief Marketing Officer at LOGE Camps

Brand loyalty isn’t about what you sell, it’s about the authentic connection you create. In this week’s episode, Slate Olson explains how the definition of brand loyalty is changing and how innovative strategies can disrupt the status quo.

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E11: Rebranding from the inside out
Justin Steinman, Chief Marketing Officer at Definitive Healthcare

In this episode, Justin Steinman shares lessons he applied to the rebranding at Definitive Healthcare, taking us from the inside out of the process and how they repositioned themselves as an industry leader in healthcare commercial intelligence.

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E10: Making a statement: Lessons from a successful rebrand
Alejandro Yu, Vice President of Marketing at Raiz Federal Credit Union

Joining our special guest host Brian Elkins this week, Alejandro Yu, shares explains everything the Raiz team had to consider during their rebrand process with Monigle that allowed them to build a modern brand that celebrates the future of the organization and honors their decades-old legacy.

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E9: Bridging finance and emotion in lending
Alec Hanson, Chief Marketing Officer at loanDepot

Despite being an important part of our world today, the financial services industry often has subpar marketing strategies, often feeling very similar and lacking human connection. For Alec Hanson, the Chief Marketing Officer at loanDepot, the opportunity for differentiation comes in branding.

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E8: Evolving horizons: Elevating your brand for a new era
Gabriella Henault, Chief Marketing Officer at AlphaSights

With a passion for collaboration and an eye for detail, Gabriela shares how brands can navigate the complexities of client-side demands while staying true to their core identity. Discover the critical role of collaboration, the power of feedback, and the nuances of crafting the perfect brief.

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E7: Brand DNA: The foundation for iconic brands
Ian Stewart, Chief Marketing Officer at Xcel Wetsuits / Wedge Brands

Becoming an iconic brand and maintaining this status is easier said than done. In this episode, Ian Stewart joins the podcast to discuss how the biggest brands like Nike and Converse studied the latest trends and integrated them into their marketing decisions and overall business playbook.

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E6: Chemistry, curiosity, and creativity
Max Pfennighaus, Former Director of Enterprise Brand Design at Johnson & Johnson

In an insightful conversation, Max brings us into the world of agency selection and brand transformation. Tune in to this episode for an eye-opening exploration of the agency-client relationship, packed with practical insights that can transform your approach to branding and agency collaboration.

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E5: The branding edge: Unveiling effective strategies
John McIndoe, Former Global Chief Marketing Officer at IRI

Drawing from his extensive background as a former Chief Marketing Officer, John unveils the secrets behind successful brand strategies that leave a lasting impact. Discover the essential elements that comprise a winning brand strategy, and gain practical tips to elevate your own brand’s positioning and design.

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E4: Transforming the role of brand in a commoditized category
Rich Kylberg, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at VMP (Vinyl Me, Please)

Transforming the brand into a commoditized category requires strategic thinking, innovation, and a deep understanding of the market and consumer dynamics. Rich emphasizes the value of empowering others to do something great. You can help empower others by getting them into their goal without imposing the presumption of your goal upon them.

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E3: Uniting two organizations under one brand
Amy Barzdukas, Chief Marketing Officer at WiTricity

Brand mergers lead to more lucrative business opportunities, a wider audience reach, and a bigger growth potential. However, it also means going through a challenging time bringing together different brands with their own identities and cultures. Amy talks about her experiences in choosing a brand name, the things to consider when creating a business logo, and the right way to approach executives.

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E2: CPG, Branding, and Marketing: On the importance of getting external
Drew Deering, SVP: EltaMD and China Transformation at Colgate-Palmolive

A true mark of a successful product is when it becomes an important part of people’s lives. This is especially true in the world of CPG, where you really need to be in people’s homes. Drew emphasizes the importance of getting external as we think about our brand and marketing. That is, by actually going out and spending time with people. Only then can you fully understand your brand purpose and deliver the true brand experience.

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E1: The paradox of longevity, differentiation in Financial Services, and the Transamerica brand promise
Jamie Poston, Head of Enterprise Marketing at Transamerica

Transamerica expresses its purpose as “helping people live their best lives.” How does it deliver on that brand promise? Jamie Poston shares what he and his team came up with to address the paradox of longevity through innovative customer centric solutions. 

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About the host

Gabriel Cohen is an experienced marketing executive who has successfully promoted brands in a variety of sectors and regions, he currently serves as CMO at Monigle – a leading Brand Experience agency in the U.S. With experience in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Brazil, he has a strong understanding of international markets and the ability to navigate complex business environments. Because of his unique combination of analytical and creative skills, he is able to create cutting-edge approaches to marketing analytics that effectively address difficult business challenges. His superior management abilities and knack for creating profitable brands, new service offerings, and kicking off expansion projects have made him a highly sought-after marketing expert. Gabriel has been at the helm of organizational change and constructing successful brands for over a decade.

Season 1 Episodes

Episode #18: Brand Accountability in an Age of Transparency
Emmauel Probst, Global Lead: Brand Thought-Leadership, Ipsos

With all the tools available, it is easy to validate claims that brands make. When a promise is made, it is impossible to get out of it. People are now more empowered in following through and holding brands accountable for what they put on the label. Emmanuel Probst, the Global Lead: Brand Thought-Leadership at Ipsos and the author of Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller, Brand Hacks, shares insights into the new era of marketing and how sustainability, transparency, and authenticity play into making the biggest impact.
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Episode #17: Understanding Digital Strategy
Simon Kingsnorth, Author

Digital strategy is an essential part of marketing. Leveraging the tools available and executing the right strategies helps a lot for your company’s success in the digital age. In this episode, Simon Kingsnorth, the author of Digital Marketing Strategy and Digital Marketing Handbook, discusses the importance of understanding digital strategy.
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Episode #16: The Business Case for Digital
Daniel Incandela – Chief Marketing Officer, Reachdesk

When Daniel Incandela joined ReachDesk, he was tasked with revamping the entire operation and designing a competitive brand in a digital environment. He chats with Greg Silverman to share how he accomplished the company’s rebranding and relaunching process. Daniel explains how he focused not just on digital innovations but also on actively involving every team member throughout the process.
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Episode #15: Measuring the Experience
Jonathan Yaffe – Co-founder and CEO, AnyRoad

Does experience really change how consumers behave? Today’s guest is Jonathan Yaffe, co-founder and CEO of AnyRoad, the first ERM (experience relationship management) platform that focuses on delivering and measuring experiences that transform consumer behavior. Jonathan joins Greg Silverman to explain this cultural shift in the market and why thriving brands are now transforming into experiential businesses. Learn about how you can transform consumer behavior, elevate brand perception, and achieve better ROI through experiential marketing by tuning in to this episode.
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Episode #14: Digitally Enable Your Personal Brand
Vivian Chen – Founder and CEO, Rise

With everything and everyone going digital, how can you separate your brand from the pack and stand out? Vivian Chen, the Founder and CEO of Rise, is helping brands do that and more! In this episode, she joins Greg Silverman to talk about how to digitally enable your personal brand. At the heart of it, Vivian highlights the importance of identifying your ‘why’ and telling your story to humanize your brand. So tune in to this conversation and find out how you can thrive in this digitally forward world.
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Episode #13: The Digital Workaround – When Traditional Approaches Don’t Work
Kieve Huffman – CEO, Engager Brands

In this digital age, it only takes one post to make or break a brand. In this episode, the founder and CEO of Engager Brands, Kieve Huffman talks about the marketing challenges and limitations they had to face and how those hurdles drive innovation on how they take their products to a bigger audience.
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Episode #12: Personal Branding – Why It Matters In A Digital World
Rachel B. Lee – Co-Owner and CMO, Standout Authority

Personal branding is increasingly becoming important as many of our interactions happen online. Personal branding is what people say about you when you’re not in the room. It’s how others perceive you and sets you apart from the competition. And that is what Rachel B. Lee shares with you in this episode. Tune in as Rachel Lee talks about what personal branding means in today’s era and how people manage their own brands.
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Episode #11: The Role Of Culture And Leadership
Rachel K. Cross – Chief Business Sherpa, Rachel K Group

As digital technologies increasingly shape how we interact with brands, culture and leadership play an increasingly important role in digital branding. With so much noise and competition online, companies need to have a strong sense of self that comes from a clear and purposeful culture.
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Episode #10: Branding In The Era Of Ecosystems
Dr. Marcus Collins – Chief Strategy Officer, Wieden+Kennedy New York

Nothing has made us more aware of how connected we all are than digital technology. The online world shows the strong ecosystems we have all built—a network of data, devices, and even humans. That is why brands today can hardly thrive without digitalization. In this episode, award-winning marketer and cultural translator Dr. Marcus Collins dives deep into branding in the era of ecosystems.
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Episode #9: Rebranding: A Digital First Perspective
Jamie Moldafsky – Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Nielsen

The world of media is increasingly becoming more digitized with a ‘streaming first’ world. So, how is a 100-year-old company rebranding to these changes in the industry? Here to share their transformation journey and process is Jamie Moldafsky. Jamie is the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Nielsen, a global leader in audience insights, data, and analytics, shaping the world’s media and content with accurate market measurements.
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Episode #8: Claiming Your Digital Identity – The Verbal Way
Chip Edwards – Partner, CreateMyVoice.com

Technologies are being refashioned, and some devices are going the verbal way, which means these devices utilize voice assistants like Alexa and Siri. How can businesses claim their digital identity in this setting? Many users adapt to these new technological modifications with the changing digital world, while some prefer to use the old models. In this episode, Chip Edwards, the partner at CreateMyVoice.com, explains the idea of how their brand could help the users in their business.
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Episode #7: Conducting A Complete Digital Audit
John Lyons – Senior Loyalty Proposition Manager, Global VIP Program, The LEGO Group

Listen to your host Greg Silverman as he interviews John Lyons of the LEGO Group about digital marketing strategies, campaigns, creative problem solving, and nurturing opportunities. John explains digital audit and educating people on different aspects of a business. Is the CRM you’re using helping you save time? Tune in to learn more about what you need to consider with the tools and methodologies you have in your organization.
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Episode #6: Overcoming The Digital Challenge In Rebranding
Jim Heininger – Rebranding Strategist, The Rebranding Experts

Businesses and various organizations would often use branding to establish themselves on a wider reach, separating themselves from other similar services—something that makes them stand out from the rest. But what happens when a business entity decides to change their image?
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Episode #5: The key to your digital playbook
Scott Doniger – Chief Marketing Officer, Growth Warrior Capital

There are so many brilliant people in leadership roles who never get to express their full potential and reach their goals simply because they don’t have a playbook to get there. In this day and age, that playbook has transformed to best suit the digital times. In this episode, Scott Doniger is here to help and discuss the key to your digital playbook.
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Episode #4: How to solve a digital problem
Riham El-Lakany – Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, BJC Healthcare

One of the benefits of shifting towards digital is how processes can be much more streamlined and easier to access. Unfortunately, there are still some who find the digital experience to be quite cumbersome. At the center of it is the importance of customer experience, and Riham lays down the ways we can improve and simplify our digital processes.
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Episode #3: Cracking the CX Code
Pam Piligian – Chief Marketing Officer, Navy Federal Credit Union

In an increasingly digitized and automated world, it is easy to forget the importance of human connection. However, when it comes to delivering a great customer experience, human connection is still crucial. In this episode, Pam talks about the impact of digitization on customer experience, why journey mapping is essential, and how human connection is still crucial for delivering a great customer experience.
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Episode #2: Digitally Enabled Experiences
Jesse Purewal – Vice President of Brand, Qualtrics

In this succinct 12 minute episode, listen to Greg and Jesse discuss how to engage a large community to experience the brand of Qualtrics through digitally enabled content by learning about the digital challenges Jesse faced while doing some innovation around experience management. Discover his advice on building content that matters and how to run your business or brand as a digital experience.
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Episode #1: How To Build An Authentic Brand With A Compelling Online Story
Paige Arnof-Fenn – founder & CEO, Mavens & Moguls

In this 15 minute edition, listen to Greg and Paige discuss a key challenge in business today – you cannot exist as a brand if you can’t be found online. This episode delivers actionable insights that all brand leaders can leverage to better evolve your digital strategy to tell your brand’s story.
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