Kazolu produces clear, concise communications and tools - ideas, writing and visuals that make complicated concepts understandable and shareable. You gain better understanding for your brand, businesses, your organization, or yourself. You will share a better story through strategic brand planning, effective written communications and video production.
Kazolu grew from my experience working with big marketing firms who told grand, well-researched, and compelling brand stories for a lot of money. One day, I asked myself if it's possible to share similarly developed stories without the costly overhead of those bigger organizations. They have great processes and plans - but so do we. We have the tools and skills to do superlative work, and with personalized focus you get our fullest attention. That's how Kazolu started, and it's how we got here.
People fundamentally understand their professional purpose, but they can get caught up in day-to-day complexities. Their purpose - and their brand - may become difficult to define. Kazolu offers processes that peel away layers of compexity to reveal your core purpose - the foundational simplicity that is your brand's identity.
Rob McLean - Principal, Kazolu.
Kazolu is a platform for strategic brand consulting, business communications development, and video production. Our process can be called "strategic storytelling" - our clients receive clear communications, compelling stories and clearly-understood brand identities for their businesses, not-for-profit groups, and themselves. Kazolu is intentionally based in Guelph, Ontario, working regionally and nationally with a wide variety of brands, companies, and organizations.
Our work draws on a team of associates who provide flexibility with expertise, styles, and tactical implementation as required. We keep our overhead low and our skill sets high because we believe it's a better way to work. Efficiency is really important to us, but effectiveness is even more so, and authenticity is essential in everything we do. You're as good as the stories you share, so we work to tell stories that are consistent, authentic, truthful and impactful.
Kazolu's core services are brand consulting, strategic planning, and video production. We provide brand strategy, and deliver any tactical approach that is required to meet client needs. We have worked in the past with large corporations, independent entrepreneurs and SMEs, not-for-profit organizations, individual products, and individuals - regionally, nationally, and internationally. We work as a part of your team, building your business and your brand, not our own - and we deliver the results that you expect from a member of your own team.
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A good idea is the core of a good conversation. Kazolu takes great ideas and builds great conversations into action.
Good ideas are delicate, complicated things. We all have ideas, and we're trying to be heard. Ideas need to be brought to life in order to make a difference, and they must be expressed creatively and convincingly in order to reach their full potential. Ideas drive everything forward, and they need to be shared in order to come to life.
The best ideas sometimes appear like lightning bolts, but it usually takes a lot of time, patience and research to set the conditions for successful ideation. This is the core of Kazolu's "Understand Your Brand" process: the best way to move your brand, business or organization forward is to first fully comprehend where it has been. When you understand your assets, attributes and equity, then the best creative ideas for growth will appear. They'll hit as quickly and effortlessly as lightning - as long as you are ready to catch them.
You and I process information by putting ideas into language. We tell stories. Ideas must be articulated in order to be moved into action. Words matter.
According to the Global Language Monitor (January 1st 2014) there are 1,025,109 words in the English language. Kazolu uses the best ones available. Seriously - we write well - effective writing is our core in-house competency. Our people have years of experience with technical and business writing, and members of our team are also published writers of technical publications, fiction, non-fiction, and music.
Excellent written content is required beyond marketing and corporate communications - it's also needed for internal communications, human resources, sales, customer services, video scripts, and investor/stakeholder relations. We write content that is as concise, compelling, and interesting as possible. We help you to understand your brand to ensure authenticity, and we can help you to share that understanding. Your communications tools should look great (and they will), but your written content must be great first. We tell your story and leave your audience anxious for the next chapter.
Rob McLean (Principal at Kazolu) teaches Business Communication at the University of Guelph, and he has literally written the book on brand asset analysis: "Understand Your Brand" is launching early in 2017. The book is a guide to clear, consise, consistent communications, demonstrating how to audit the assets, attributes and equity that support every brand, regardless of its size or scope. Understanding the impressions and expectations that people have about a brand will set the foundation for all future brand-building effrorts. It is a fundamental, often-overlooked step, and "Understand Your Brand" tells the story of how it can be done, no matter what your goals are.
Rob McLean, principal of Kazolu, delivers brand development stories, speeches and keynotes that build on a diverse skill set developed through concurrent careers as a marketer, writer, parent, teacher, speaker, business coach, producer, and a folk-punk songwriter and recording musician.
Rob combines business experience and creative intuition to tell better stories for companies, organizations, and individuals. He is one of the few survivors of the 90s independent music scene to earn an MBA, and he survived a decade in the Canadian beer business where he defined unique, authentic brand identities for products that are (let's face it) fundamentally identical. He balances earned performance energy with learned business acumen to deliver presentations that are straightforward, crisp, frank and truthful.
Rob is the author of ‘Understand Your Brand,’ a guide to clear, concise, consistent communications, and he has released seven albums of original music. He customizes his speaking presentations for each audience, presenting relevant, workable ideas for corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and personal-brand entrepreneurs. He reveals how every person, product, or public organization is a collection of assets, attributes, and equity that must be understood in order to be best-represented. The ‘Understand Your Brand’ platform provides truth, resonance and authenticity to support marketing and communications efforts, and it works equally well for business growth, community-benefit member engagement, and personal development.
Understand Your Brand (Business communications) - How companies can leverage existing assets, people and resources to expand their brand and grow their business.
Understand Your Best Self (Personal Branding) - How personal branding can be developed and articulated to dramatically and beneficially influence personal and professional growth.
Understand Your Mission (Not-for-profit Outreach) - How community-benefit organizations map resources and goals to engage and expand their community, fundraising efforts, and impact.
Understand Strategy before Tactics (Strategic Branding) - Learn how “understanding” builds effective, efficient marketing strategy. A deep understanding of strengths and weakness is required before entering a business battlefield. Industry and competitive trends - the “terrain” on which you will do battle - must be mapped before boots hit the ground. Placing tactics ahead of strategy is the greatest mistake that marketers make, but it’s easy to avoid. Knowledge is power, but only if knowledge is understood. Sun Tzu said, “Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril.” That’s truth.