What Works

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

What Works

Hall of Fame: 21 of the best place branding and place marketing examples

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 2023 City Nation Place Awards, we wanted to some of our personal favourites from the Awards archive and to update it with the campaigns from last year that we just can’t stop thinking about!


label_outline Citizen EngagementDesignEconomic Development Place BrandingSocial MediaTourism
What Works

Destination placemaking Engineering experiences through collaboration with multicultural communities

Today’s experience junkie travellers are searching for the richness, flavours and textures of destinations, which many times are embodied in the communities and cultures of a place. Joe Veneto, Veneto Collaboratory, explores how the stories and people of a place provide the ingredients to design and develop unforgettable experiences for travellers.

label_outline Citizen EngagementCultural HeritageDestination MarketingTourism
What Works

Awards Masterclass

What does it take to be a winner at the City Nation Place Awards? And what can we learn from previous year’s finalist and winner case studies about the key ingredients of a successful nation, city, or place brand and marketing strategy? Join this global tour of the very best work being implemented by nation branding teams, city marketing boards, destination marketing, and economic development organisations around the world.

label_outline Citizen EngagementDataDesignDestination MarketingInvestment PromotionPlace Branding
What Works

From place brand campaign to true place brand strategy

So often the focus of a place branding project is on communicating the brand's central idea externally, and the most important part of a place – its built environment – can be forgotten or overshadowed. CivicBrand's Brisa Byford and Layne Ferguson explore how you can infuse your brand's story into the built environment - told through the lens of a place branding project in High Point, North Carolina.

label_outline Place BrandingPlace Making
What Works

Engaging your private sector in the development of a unified city-brand – Case study: Brussels

Private sector organisations are key ambassadors for their destinations. Jeremie Feinblatt, Resonance Consultancy, joins Aurore Martano and Annemie Vershueren of visit.brussels to explore how they engaged their private sector from the ground-up to create a more meaningful and consistent destination brand experience.

label_outline Citizen EngagementEconomic Development Place BrandingPrivate Sector
What WorksEconomic DevelopmentEuropeTalent AttractionDenmarkBest Communication StrategyCOPUSWinner20225m-10m

The Danish Machine

It's difficult to get the attention of international tech talent - particularly when they may not have heard of your country. Discover how Copenhagen Capacity gathered companies with similar recruitment needs under one brand to realise the strength in working together to attract international talent.

label_outline CollaborationEconomic Development Talent Attraction