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In The Spotlight

Launching a place brand strategy amidst a pandemic

Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo was facing an unusual challenge in early 2020 – how to create and launch a place brand during a global pandemic. We reached out to Andrea Haley, Director of Brand and Corporate Services for Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo Economic Development & Tourism, to understand how they turned lockdown into an opportunity to build community support for the place brand strategy.

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Hall of Fame: 20 of the best place marketing and place branding campaigns

Over the years, we've been privileged to see some of the best and brightest of place branding and place marketing campaigns from around the world. As we gear up for the 2021 City Nation Place Awards, we wanted to revisit this list to share some of our personal favourites from the Awards archive and to update it with the campaigns from 2020 that we just can’t stop thinking about!

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In the Spotlight

Interviews with the place leaders and CEOs, Directors, CMOs and heads of strategy for place branding teams from around the world.


Berlin’s Culture Project: plans for recovery after a year in lockdown

Berlin is arguably one of the cultural powerhouses of the world. With the global cultural sector devastated after a year of lockdown, we reached out to Burkhard Kieker, CEO of Visit Berlin, to discover what the city’s plans were for recovery, and how they have reframed their approach from ‘attracting tourists’ to ‘having guests’.

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Putting Baltimore on the map as one of America's most inclusive destinations

It's critical that a place brand strategy is representative of your community - and that your community is engaged with your approach. Al Hutchinson, President & CEO at Visit Baltimore, joined us to share the story behind Visit Baltimore's brand re-design, and how they put community voices in the spotlight with their messaging.

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Strategy Toolbox

How-to articles and case studies sharing best-practice approaches to all elements of place branding and marketing.


Trends & Insights

Blog posts bringing together takeaways from events, interviews, and our conversations with place branding practitioners around the world that suggest important trends, or provide inspiring ideas.


Responsive investment promotion and economic development strategies

What's been learned from the current crisis that will strengthen your approach to investment promotion and economic development? Hear from Sarah Russis, Global Head of Sales for FDI Intelligence, Manuel Laboy, Secretary of Economic Development & Commerce for Puerto Rico, Khaled Tash, Deputy for Marketing & Communication for Saudi Arabia's MISA, and Sirpa Tsimal, Director of Investment Promotion for Switzerland Global Enterprise.

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City vs region: how cities and communities within regions can collaborate rather than compete in the recovery?

Will the opportunities to share resources and market the bigger picture as a regional organisation provide greater support for recovery planning post-Corona? What are the challenges and the benefits: what lessons can we learn from places doing it well?

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What Works

Case studies, research reports, and articles demonstrating the effectiveness of nation, city, and place branding and marketing strategies.


#VappuAtHome: Celebrating a virtual May Day

The City of Helsinki took home our 2020 Award for Best Citizen Engagement for their creative approach that invited citizens to enjoy the May Day celebrations from home by joining a virtual concert. A year on - and with another virtual concert planned for this year's May Day celebrations - we wanted to throw back to the original campaign that wowed our judges last November.

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