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:

The graphic designer is responsible for all stages of craftsmanship, precision and quality control This position will effectively deliver Venture’s final printed and digital product on time and on budget. The graphic designer must have a keen understanding of Venture’s process and work directly with the production managers, creative director, art director’s, designer’s and any other studio artist’s. The graphic artist is expected to bring a senior level of knowledge and can effectively make decisions in all these areas of print and digital production: color separation, checking files for pre-press, optimizing ads for digital display, resizing ads for print and web development, trouble shooting corrupted ad files, font management, archiving and backing up files. The role requires strong organizational and interpersonal skills and the ability to adapt to a changing technological environment.

Desired skills and experience:

  • Ability to create artwork that conforms to the style and content specifications provided by the Creative/Art Director and Project Managers.
  • In depth knowledge of InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop (CC) and Microsoft Office programs.
  • Advanced working knowledge of digital advertising. Able to oversee and occasionally create static and animated digital ads. Understands HTML5.
  • A strong design sense with outstanding typographic skills and keen eye for details.
  • Able to format and combine text, numerical data, photographs, charts, and other visual graphic elements to produce print-ready material.
  • Knowledge of 4 color, spot and digital printing process and prepress requirements.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple priorities against tight timelines.
  • Flexible and able to adjust to shifting priorities.
  • Maintain photo and logo libraries, as well as final art archives.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Experience with image retouching is also an asset.
  • Experience with template design for Microsoft PowerPoint and Word would be a bonus.
  • Working knowledge of PowerPoint.
  • Working knowledge of After effects.

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.

We are currently looking to add a full time Content & Social Writer to our Calgary team. This role is responsible for developing predominantly digitally-consumed and social-media-based written content under the direction of the Director of Content and Social Media. The successful candidate will have proven experience writing for a variety of media channels, across various industry topics.

The successful candidate will have proven creative, strategic and communications skills with dedicated experience with international social media accounts (both existing and start-up-based), and a thorough understanding of content marketing principles and SEO.

Core Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Copywriting and proofreading in a wide variety of styles, tones and formats
  • Researching, writing and editing pieces for marketing communications campaigns, predominantly in the form of web content, blog posts, articles, white papers, and social posts
  • Ability to operate in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment with multiple simultaneous assignments
  • Inherent understanding of writing for a target audience(s) and with specific marketing campaign objectives in mind
  • Collaborate in the creation of client content calendars; establishing workflow of creation, editing and publishing of content
  • Proactively proposing new, innovative, sharable content ideas
  • Establish strong cross-departmental relationships
  • Develop and generate meaningful, shareable content that incites action and engagement (short form copywriting, microcontent)
  • 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
  • Weekly and monthly editorial calendar writing and editing
  • Research and social auditing for various industries and segments
  • Creation of Digital Personas from strategic audience research
  • Recommend SEO strategies working with in-house team

Desired skills and experience:

  • 3-5 years in a related capacity (copywriting, journalism, public relations)
  • Superior grammar skills and high attention to detail
  • Demonstrated experience with social media content creation (including blog writing, promotional campaign creation, and infographics) across various channels and media types
  • Established written portfolio
  • Proven experience writing for SEO and implementing SEO approaches
  • Strong time management skills
  • Firm understanding of brand strategy and development
  • Proven understanding of content marketing and social media marketing
  • Demonstrated competency on all social media channels, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, G+ and YouTube
  • Proficiency in WordPress and Adobe Design Suite considered assets.
  • Implement brand reputation management components for review sites such as YELP and Google Review

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

 

Job description

Venture is seeking a client marketing manager to actively participate in the servicing of Venture's key customer accounts with a focus on building customer loyalty, maintaining customer relationships, and generating additional service opportunities.

The ideal candidate will have 3 years of experience in a marketing and/or communications field, and should have a university degree in the social sciences, including communications, English, political sciences, history, or something similar.

The candidate's responsibilities will include:

  • Actively following the Venture process for delivering marketing programs.
  • Delivering client contact reports, budget control reports, and the development of accurate estimates in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • Routinely holding face-to-face meetings with the clients assigned to them, as well as managing the relationship in a professional, ethical, and disciplined manner.
  • Working with other communities to integrate Venture’s offerings into a hollistic approach based on the customers’ needs.

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
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
In The News
See what we're up to
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