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 Sr. Content & Social Media Manager to our Calgary team. This role is responsible for developing and executing innovative social media marketing campaigns for a variety of clients under the direction of the Director of Content & Social Media.  The successful candidate will have proven creative, strategic and communications skills with dedicated experience growing international social media accounts (both existing and start-up-based), and a thorough understanding of content marketing principles.

Core Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Create, manage and execute content strategies by translating overall brand strategy into campaigns on appropriate social media channels
  • Oversee proof-reading and approval of monthly client calendars, adhering to brand voice and tone
  • Development of social media playbooks and How-To documents that comply with up-to-date, international rules, regulations and policies
  • Work in collaboration with paid media strategies to amplify efforts; implement boosted content buys
  • Develop and generate meaningful, shareable content that incites action and engagement (short form copywriting, microcontent)
  • Execute original, curated and engagement-based social media tactics
  • Weekly and monthly editorial calendar writing and editing
  • Perform and maintain up-to-date analytics and reports on all accounts, with continuous optimization toward key audiences and objectives
  • Perform social media followership building, through outreach, and day-to-day engagement
  • Research and social auditing for various industries and segements
  • Daily monitoring and engaging within social channels, with continuous optimization and recommendations
  • Ongoing analysis of social data and metrics; issuing weekly, monthly and yearly reports and executing appropriate strategies and recommendations for improvement
  • Creation of Digital Personas from strategic audience research
  • Keeping abreast of all industry trends, insights, topics and best practices with monthly memos
  • Set up, optimize and manage clients’ social profiles and Google Places pages
  • Implement brand reputation management components for review sites such as YELP and Google Reviews

Desired skills and experience:

  • 5+ years in a related capacity (digital, social media, public relations)
  • Deep knowledge of all social media platforms (including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Snapchat, Pinterest and YouTube)
  • Experience creating for and executing both personal and corporate social media brand presence
  • Understanding of content marketing principles and ability to integrate them into social media publishing tactics
  • High attention to detail
  • Ability to confidently multi-task various clients and responsibilities with simultaneous deadlines
  • Team player with demonstrated ability to work across agency disciplines (analytics, creative, strategy, media)
  • Self-starter; takes initiative to proactively problem-solve
  • Able to operate with minimal daily direction with a strong work ethic
  • Proven ability to grow social followership using integrated organic and paid tactics (please provide case studies and samples)
  • Excellent grammar skills and high attention to detail
  • Proficiency in tracking conversion metrics and SEO strategy
  • Demonstrated experience with social media content creation (including blog writing, promotional campaign creation, and infographics) across various channels and media types
  • Photography and editing software experience an asset, including expertise with smartphone-based tools
  • Proficiency in WordPress and Adobe Design Suite considered assets
  • Experience utilizing social media management software, such as Hootsuite or TweetReach, as well as social listening tools
  • Experience building and growing international brands on social media
  • Agency experience and French language proficiency considered assets.  

To apply please send case studies, work samples and your resume and cover letter, to the attention of Lindsay Smith at careers@venturecommunications.ca.

 

 

Overview:

Are you the kind of person who is inspired by the opportunity to create a perfect public relations plan, message or stunt that gets maximum coverage for your client? Do you go to bed thinking about how to push ideas and brands to a place where they aren’t just great, influential as well? Do you thrive on taking bold ideas and amplifying them so they break through the media landscape? And do you want to be an integral part of a full-service team of innovative experts in marketing, communications, social media strategy and creative execution? If so, then we want you.

Venture Communications is looking for a seasoned Public and Media Relations Specialist to plan and execute communications strategies at our Calgary office. We want someone with integrity, experience, and, above all else, an entrepreneurial approach to problem solving. In partnership with Venture’s full-service team, you will help the clients of one of Canada’s largest independent marketing shops take control of their market in creative ways that cannot be ignored.

Here’s how you succeed:

  • You are professional. You will work with Venture clients to develop and execute winning public and media relations strategies and tactics.
  • You are meticulous. You will help research and plan PR and media campaigns, events and activations down to the last detail, and leave no stone unturned in the search for the right connection, execution, or soundbite.
  • You are clear. You will contribute to the public positioning of clients, through PR campaigns, media relations that amplify marketing efforts, or in issue management work. This will include proposing and writing clear, well-written and compelling content for those campaigns and efforts, including plans, media releases, key messages, speeches and others as required.
  • You are outgoing. You will be comfortable reaching out to media and stakeholders and developing strong relationships, to drive messaging on behalf of Venture’s clients.
  • You are creative. You will build your reputation – and Venture’s – by going the extra mile to earn publicity for our clients. You are naturally curious and will be unafraid to learn and apply new methods for reaching target audiences.
  • You are accountable. You will participate in the development of goals and the strategies to meet them, and apply critical thinking to ensure our PR executions are delivering the greatest results for our clients.

Desired skills and experience:

  • 3+ years as a public relations professional in a private sector or agency role
  • Excellent communications and listening skills
  • Superior planning, writing and communications skills, with a high attention to detail
  • Established portfolio of success, showing your ability to reach and influence various media at local, national and international level
  • Demonstrated success in planning and executing public relations campaigns through new and traditional media, across various channels and media types
  • Demonstrated competency on social media channels, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube
  • A firm understanding of brand strategy and development
  • Previous experience developing relationships with different kinds of media personalities and influencers, and an innate understanding of the kinds of media and public engagements that would be useful for a diverse range of clients and projects
  • Comfort presenting your ideas and collaborating with clients
  • Demonstrated success in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment with multiple simultaneous assignments
  • Agency experience, French language proficiency and CPRS accreditation are considered assets

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

 

 

Overview

Venture is a leading national marketing and communications agency that helps entrepreneurs build global brands. Working with entrepreneurs to carve new paths is our passion –whether we’re working with Canada’s largest corporations or the country’s most exciting start-ups. We’re good at it. We’re growing. And we want you.

Venture is looking for an SEO Strategist to build our clients’ digital presence. We want someone with extensive knowledge of how to develop and execute SEO campaigns, while providing strategic advice to our Digital, Media, and Social Media & Content teams. As a member of Venture’s Strategy community, you will help clients of one of Canada’s largest independent marketing agencies take control of their digital presence in ways that cannot be ignored.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with agency communities to ensure content is developed with an SEO focus, including recommendations related to website architecture, digital and social media content, and links
  • Providing recommendations to strategy, digital, media and social media and content teams regarding SEO approaches
  • Writing SEO and ranking strategy recommendations, rationale and reports for our clients
  • Conducting SEO and content audits
  • Researching and implementing content recommendations for organic SEO success
  • Providing advice on optimizing content for SEO
  • Collaborating with writers and designers to maximize targeted SEO
  • Assisting in the development of strong calls to action
  • Perform ongoing keyword discovery, expansion, and optimization
  • Conducting in-depth keyword research, on an industry-by-industry basis
  • Maintaining an active file on our clients’ competitors’ SEO strategies
  • Analyzing and troubleshooting SEO-related challenges
  • Maximizing local search exposure, and creating citations to strengthen clients’ local presence
  • Driving traffic from numerous sources around the web
  • Studying traffic and analytics to ensure SEO is optimized
  • Regular data reviews to ensure campaigns are performing effectively
  • Conducting A/B testing

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • 5+ years of professional experience developing and executing SEO campaigns
  • Demonstrated excellence in analyzing, researching, planning, and executing SEO strategies in the past
  • Solid understanding of how websites function, and a firm understanding of HTML
  • A passion for our clients’ success,
  • Comfort preparing and presenting analytic performance/strategy
  • An entrepreneurial approach to problem solving
  • In-depth experience with Google Analytics, as well as other analytic tools

To apply please send your CV, cover letter and two writing samples to Greg McFarlane, via careers@venturecommunications.ca

 

Digital Analyst

Venture is a leading national marketing and communications agency that helps entrepreneurs build global brands. Working with entrepreneurs to carve new paths is our passion –whether we’re working with Canada’s largest corporations or the country’s most exciting start-ups. We’re good at it. We’re growing. And we want you.

Venture is looking for a meticulous, accountable and professional Digital Analyst to undertake research and analysis projects in our Calgary office. We want someone with integrity, attention to detail, and, above all else, an entrepreneurial approach to problem solving. In partnership with Venture’s full-service team, you will help the clients of one of Canada’s largest independent marketing shops ground their marketing and communications in research, data, analytics and up-to-the-minute knowledge of markets and consumers.

Responsibilities

As a member of Venture`s strategy community, you will work with colleagues and clients to:

  • Participate in the development of goals and the strategies to meet them, and apply critical thinking to ensure our campaigns are delivering the greatest results for our clients
  • Compile, organize and analyze market data for reports, and communicate analysis to strategy and client marketing teammates, as well as clients
  • Prepare and verify industry and client data reports in support of ongoing activities for clients or within the agency
  • Digital analysis, web analytics, and social and mobile measurement to provide ongoing marketing recommendations to clients
  • Competitive analyses and researching market trends
  • Liaise with clients to ensure reporting serves their business and marketing needs
  • Make recommendations regarding up-to-date tools to ensure Venture is providing the very best in digital analysis to our clients

Desired skills and experience

  • 5+ years as a digital analyst, preferably in an agency environment
  • Exceptional analytical, strategic, and research abilities
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent communications, interpersonal and listening skills
  • A firm understanding of how analytics helps to shape brand strategy or advance a brand in the marketplace
  • Advanced skills in Google analytics, PowerBI, Excel, PowerPoint and MS Word, as well as Logix.
  • Demonstrated success in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment Ability to work independently, in an open-concept environment
  • Completed post-secondary education in marketing, business, or equivalent discipline.
  • French language proficiency is considered an asset

To apply please send your resume and cover letter to Greg McFarlane, via  careers@venturecommunications.ca.

 

Overview:

Venture is a leading national marketing and communications agency that helps entrepreneurs build global brands. Working with entrepreneurs to carve new paths is our passion –whether we’re working with Canada’s largest corporations or the country’s most exciting start-ups. We’re good at it. We’re growing. And we want you.

Venture is looking for a strategist to help build our clients’ brands. We want someone with extensive experience building brands and providing strategic advice to guide marketing and communications campaigns. A clear thinker and a clear communicator, the ideal candidate is intelligent, curious and, above all else, has an entrepreneurial approach to problem solving. 

As a member of Venture’s Strategy community, you will contribute by researching, proposing, and writing clear, well-written and compelling insights, in the development of brand strategies. You will also direct the building of marketing and communications plans, alongside Venture’s community leaders. Your thorough research, clear judgment and exceptional writing skills will help clients of one of Canada’s largest independent marketing agencies take control of their market in ways that cannot be ignored. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing brand strategies and marketing and communications plans for large and small entrepreneurial companies and organizations
  • Overseeing research programs to inform the development of our clients brands and marketing campaigns
  • Writing clear, succinct briefs to guide marketing campaigns and creative platforms
  • Working with client managers to provide ongoing brand leadership for our clients
  • Working with analysts to set goals and objectives for our campaigns, and to assess campaign performance
  • Remaining current on marketing strategy innovations, to ensure our clients stay ahead of their competition

Required skills and experience:

  • 5+ years of direct responsibility for developing brand strategies and planning marketing and communications campaigns, preferably in an agency environment
  • Excellent communications and listening skills
  • Superior writing skills, with a high attention to detail
  • Comfort presenting your ideas to colleagues, our clients and their partners and stakeholders
  • A collaborative and engaging demeanor, with a willingness to share ideas, assist others, and accept feedback from agency leaders and clients
  • A knack for success and multi-tasking in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
  • Knowledge of and branding experience in the CPG space is considered an asset
  • An undergraduate arts, business, marketing, or communications-related degree from an accredited University
  • French language fluency is considered an asset

To apply please send your CV, cover letter and two writing samples to Greg McFarlane, via careers@venturecommunications.ca

 

Job description

We are currently looking to add a Client Marketing Director to our Calgary team, to manage a roster of top tier clients. This role is a senior client management position, responsible for managing strategy, campaign management, leading a team of senior/junior account managers, and driving new business for some of our largest clients.

Core Duties and Responsibilities include

  • Lead Venture key customer accounts with a focus on building customer loyalty, maintaining customer relationships and generating additional service opportunities;
  • Drive excellence across the agency in our client deliverables, from strategy through to creative product and execution.
  • Actively follow the Venture process for delivering marketing programs. Deliver Client Contact Reports, Budget Control Reports; develop accurate estimates in a timely and appropriate manner. Manage the relationship in a professional, ethical and disciplined manner.
  • Work with other teams to integrate Venture’s offerings into a holistic approach based on the customers’ needs;
  • Support business development efforts through contributions to RFP responses as well as new business meetings with prospective clients; always thinking about how we can better serve clients and grow their business.
  • Responsible for client satisfaction metrics, client acquisition goals, and profit goals.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • 7-10 years of related agency experience with proven ability as a self-starter and client relationship leader.
  • Demonstrate bigger picture understanding of client's marketing strategy and ability to communicate how current insights/tactics associate with longer-term strategy objectives
  • Ability to take complex ideas and explain to clients.
  • 5+ years of online marketing, direct marketing and/or related strategy work including campaign development and performance analyses.
  • Proven experience in managing teams of people, and in working cross-functionally across an organization.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including extremely strong written and verbal communication skills.

Please apply via LinkedIn, including your resume and cover letter, or send both 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
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