New Directions
new directions
Welcome

Welcome to the entrepreneurial revolution.

The world is changing faster and faster every day. The future belongs to the people who’ve seen the new possibilities and made the new connections. It belongs to the people who’ve had the guts and determination to head off in new directions. It belongs to the entrepreneurs.

It belongs to you.

Passion for Change
passion for change

It takes a special someone.

You’ve got a fire in your belly. A drive. Hell, if we were being fancy, we’d say you’ve got a passion for change. You see the world as it could be. New products, new businesses, even whole new ways of doing business — it doesn’t matter. What matters is that when you do see a better way of doing things, you have to bring it to life. And you have to do it your way.

Determination
determination

We get it.

Everything it takes. The special insight to see new possibilities. The determination to tough it out in the face of all the naysayers. That…bizarre instinct you have to see challenges as opportunities. And that sense of commitment that keeps you in the driver’s seat the whole way through. Everything that brought you to where you are today.

Because we’ve been there ourselves.

And we're the marketing partner who can take you higher.

We don't just get what it takes to be entrepreneurs We have skin in the game
Anyone can read a Wikipedia page about entrepreneurs. What you need is a marketing company who lives in the same trenches you do.
Well, here we are.
Downward Bracket
Arlene Dickinson

First off: this is Arlene Dickinson. You might know her as one of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs. Or maybe you‘ve seen her as one of the stars of CBC’s Dragons‘ Den. Or maybe you’ve checked out one of her two national bestselling books, Persuasion and All In. Or maybe you caught one of her many speaking engagements as the voice of the entrepreneurial movement in Canada.

(We like to call her “boss”.)

You Inc.

Second thing: this is YouInc. It’s a digital lifestyle platform that encourages, celebrates, and embraces everything that makes entrepreneurs unique, while also providing them with the resources, support, and tools necessary for success. We launched YouInc in 2012 with the aim of helping entrepreneurs share, connect, and grow by entertaining them, educating them, and helping them connect with one another.

Our experience, our mindset, and our resources should convince you we are the agency partner to take your business further.

How can we help?

On the one hand, we speak your language. We know what drives you and what keeps you up at night. No other agency will understand you like we do.

On the other hand, we know marketing. (We should, since we've been doing it for over 30 years.)

Venture is one of Canada’s largest independent full-service marketing agencies. We come at things strategy first, specializing in truly understanding the entrepreneurial approach to business - your approach - and how marketing can help take you to the next level.

  • strategic brand & marketing planning
  • creative development
  • digital and traditional execution
  • media buying
  • PR

There are three ways we can make a difference.

Are you ready to take your business to the next level?
Are you trying to reach entrepreneurs?
Are you trying to be more entrepreneurial?
Not ready for Venture?
If you’re just starting out and establishing your business, it’s too early for us to help. Check out our list of resources to help you get going in the right direction:
Open Positions

 

Overview:

We are currently looking to add a full time CMS Administrator to our Calgary team. This is an entry-level role, responsible for managing and supporting back end CMS systems for a variety of clients under the direction of the Digital Director.  The successful candidate will have proven technical, strategic and communications skills with a high attention to detail and ability to manage a variety of projects simultaneously.

Core Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Manage content within a variety of CMS systems, adjusting page/product content and information associated to a plethora of other entities
  • Provide email and telephone support for clients that leverage CMS systems being managed
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with supported clients
  • Effectively interface with Project Managers to ensure scheduling and completion of support tasks which require digital resourcing
  • Build a deep familiarity with the systems being managed, and propose adaptions or improvements, correct typos, catch potential issues before they occur, be in touch with the entire system’s health.

Desired skills and experience:

  • 1-3 years in a related capacity (digital, ecommerce, support).
  • Knowledge of online marketing and understanding of major marketing channels and marketing fundamentals all considered assets
  • Proficient at problem solving, and understands the basics of web technology
  • Demonstrated HTML experience, and familiarity with WYSIWYG’s
  • Excellent grammar skills and high attention to detail
  • Photography and editing software experience an asset, including expertise with smartphone-based tools
  • Proficiency in CMS systems management, for example Wordpress, Silverstripe, ModX, …
  • Experience utilizing social media management software, such as Hootsuite or TweetReach, as well as social listening tools considered an asset
  • Ability to work collaboratively across departments
  • Pro-active, entrepreneurial mindset
  • Agency experience and French language proficiency considered assets.  

To apply please send your resume and cover letter, attn David Fawcett, to careers@venturecommunications.ca.

 

 

Overview

We are looking for a passionate Information Architect / User Experience Specialist, focused on digital product development, to join our team based in Calgary.


As part of our technology group, this person will be focused on championing great user experiences for our clients and digital products.

Responsibilities

  • Perform analysis (heuristic and similar) to generate documentation that directs information architecture, the user experience, and wireframes.
  • Create information architecture documentation for digital products across web, smartphones, and tablets in both browser and mobile app mediums.
  • Design cutting edge user experience documentation for digital products across web, smartphones, and tablets in both browser and mobile app mediums.
  • Quickly and clearly concept ideas through sketching or other rapid prototyping methods.
  • Produce user interaction diagrams, use case diagrams, screen flows, wireframes, and creative mock-ups.
  • Work closely with internal stakeholders including project management, client management, strategic planning, design, and development.
  • Understands audience groupings and personas.
  • Assist in getting feedback from target audiences through usability testing, surveys, or focus groups.

Requirements

  • A strong portfolio demonstrating your mobile and web application work.
  • Passionate about the end user experience and best practices in the digital space.
  • High degree of interest in usability and understanding user needs.
  • Experience working in an iterative and highly collaborative design shop.
  • Fluency in wire-framing mockup tools such as Keynote, Omnigraffle or Balsamiq.
  • Proficiency in visual prototyping tools, such as Axure, and HTML/CSS.
  • Familiarity with graphic design tools, including Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Excellent oral and written communication abilities, with experience in presenting to and influencing stakeholders.
  • Experience in the entire product lifecycle.
  • Ability to work effectively and independently on multiple projects in a fast paced environment.

Education and Experience

  • Post-secondary education preferably in interaction design, multimedia design, ergonomics, human factors or a related field.
  • 5+ years of UX design experience for digital consumer products and services.
  • 2+ years of experience in mobile platform UX design.

To apply please send your resume and cover letter to careers@venturecommunications.ca

 

Contact Info
Speaking Engagements:
speaking@venturecommunications.ca
Marketing and Growth Strategy:
marketing@venturecommunications.ca
Technology Strategy and Build:
technology@venturecommunications.ca
Investments:
investments@venturecommunications.ca
Calgary
2540 Kensington Road NW
Calgary, AB T2N 3S3
Canada

Phone: +1 403 237 2388
Toronto
504 Wellington St W
Toronto, ON M5V 1E3
Canada

Phone: +1 416 849 1874
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July
07/19/2017 Arlene Dickinson talks to CBC about her new podcast
07/18/2017 Arlene Dickinson offers entrepreneurs fresh advice on new CBC podcast
April
04/11/2017 Arlene Dickinson returns to CBC’s Dragons’ Den